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FOOTBALL | SPORT
FOOTBALL | SPORT
And on Saturday at the Grand Final these umpires
acquitted themselves extremely well, having to do a lot
of ball-ups due to the nature of the tight, pressure in and
under football played by both sides.
And as they usually say if you didn’t notice the um-
pires, they have done a fine job!
One of those umpires and better known to many as
reverend of the Leongatha Uniting Church, Paul Bauer
is something of a veteran when it comes to umpiring
His first was in 1994 and he rates his biggest as a Bal-
larat Football League Grand Final, a nail biter in 2008.
Mr Bauer has also umpired at the State League level
He is a goal umpire coach and his advice to his team
on grand final day is that nerves are a good thing; you
don’t want to be blasé.
When you arrive at the ground and see all those
people though, the excitement is very real and Mr Bauer
said, “Your breath gets taken away - you do get lifted.”
“Once over the initial adrenalin rush it is another
game of football.
“You don’t want to think about making a mistake.
“I said to my congregation, if I make a mistake
which costs the Parrots a flag, you won’t have a minis-
ter; I’ll be run out of town!”
His focus on Saturday was on arousing the attention
of no-one. That means Paul Bauer will have done his job
well and will return home a happy man.
AFTER a magnificent season not
dropping a match until the grand
final, it was another heart wrench-
ing moment for the Leongatha
reserves when it lost the one that
Despite a stirring last quarter when it
looked like the momentum was shifting its
way, it wasn’t to be as Traralgon won the flag
by 20 points.
The writing may have been on the wall in
the second semi-final when the reserves really
should have been defeated by Traralgon.
This gave added incentive to the Maroons
who could sense vulnerability in the Parrots.
Traralgon got away to a good start in the
match and led by 3.0.18 to Leongatha’s 1.1 .7
The Maroons kicked four straight in the
second with a Lochie Wright goal late in the
term keeping the Parrots in touch.
Half Time Traralgon 7.0.42 to Leongatha
The third quarter started badly for Leon-
gatha when a Traralgon player was felled and
the umpire awarded a free and 50 metre pen-
alty; giving Traralgon a gifted goal.
When Leongatha’s best player Nick Ar-
gento was tackled high his resultant goal saw
only one goal apiece for each team as the Par-
rots tightened the screws. At three quarter tie
Traralgon still had a good break 8.5.53 to Le-
It would take a herculean affort from here
but Leongatha did rally.
When Clint Johnston goaled early the Par-
rots were gaining momentum and Traralgon
However the next two forays forward re-
sulted in behinds, one into the post before a
pass from Jack Ginnane to Johnston resulted
in another. Suddenly the Parrots were just nine
The Maroons steadied the ship with a goal
from just 25 metres out.
The Parrots had a chance to hit back when
Blake Moscript roved beautifully but his run-
ning shot was just wide.
With time running out Traralgon got a goal
and the margin was back out to 20 points and a
certain win to Traralgon with the siren not far
Nick Argento was the best for the Parrots
with Ben Chalmers, Caine Salmon, Grant
Fleming, Chris Rump and Blake Moscript all
playing serviceable games.
HIGH quality netball was played out in
Moe on Saturday, but Wonthaggi Power’s
U/15 side fell short of defeating Maffra.
The girls went into the game prepped for a tough bat-
tle and gave it their all, only going down by eight goals.
Maffra got the jump on the Wonthaggi girls early, tak-
ing an early lead in the first quarter by seven goals.
Wonthaggi – keen to show the cheering crowd what
they are made of – bounced back in the second quarter
and left the margin at just one goal by half time.
Some strong play was demonstrated in the second
half, but Maffra stayed on top. Wonthaggi were down by
three goals going into the last quarter, but Maffra’s shoot-
ers weren’t to be beaten.
Wonthaggi had lost to Maffra twice during the home
and away season, but had defeated the side in the semi
finals, sending them straight into the grand final.
Wonthaggi coach Fiona Cengia said the girls knew
the challenge ahead and she was not disappointed in the
end result. She was proud of the team effort the girls dis-
played throughout the game.
“As a club, we have a lot of respect for Maffra,” she
“The girls played really well and it was a very excit-
The final score was Maffra 47 and Wonthaggi 39.
Pace: Jackson Harry speeds off with the ball for Leongatha.
Top skills: Nick Argento was Leongatha’s best player in the reserves grand final.
• Gippsland League Reserves Grand Final
Reserves down after amazing season
Traralgon goals: N. Rowley 3, T.
Mustoe 2, R. Loprese 1, D. Brooks
1, L. Phillips 1, B. Marshall 1, C.
Leongatha goals: C. Johnston 2,
B. Vanrooy 1, T. Olden 1, N. Ar-
gento 1, L. Wright 1.
Traralgon best: J. Bishop, N.
Rowley, L. Phillips, H. Akram, J.
Leongatha best: N. Argento, B.
Chalmers, C. Salmon, G. Fleming,
C. Rump, B. Moscript.
Ready for the big game: goal umpire Paul
Bauer has the flags ready for the senior grand
Honoured: the South Gippsland Umpires Association was proud to have officiated in the
senior Gippsland League Grand Final at Moe on Saturday; back row from left, Matt Wright
(goal), James Brown (field), Murray Lynch (field), Brian Landsdown (field), Jesse Boyd
(field), Paul Bauer (goal), front row from left, are the boundary umpires, Harrison Marshall,
Zayden Kemp, Hamish Beecroft, and Doug Mancarella.
Sensational grand final by our umpires
UMPIRING associations work in rotation
when it comes to officiating at grand finals.
The Gippsland Football Netball League Seniors
Grand Final this year was the turn of the South Gippsland
Into the ring: Wonthaggi Power’s goal
shooter Chloe Cengia indicates for her goal
attack to run into their goal circle.
Strong effort: despite a loss in the premiership, back from left, Zali Anderson, Chloe Cengia,
Annabelle Williams, Chelsea Bowman, Ellie Bates, coach Fiona Cengia, Felicity Bates, assis-
tant coach Sharon Anderson, front from left, Isabelle Tiziani, Macie Gilmour, Erin DeSantis,
Lara Garry and Bella Anderson had a successful year in the U/15s Wonthaggi Power side.
Power girls fight to the end
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