Commencing his umpiring career with AFL Canberra back in 2010, the last 9 years have been one to remember for Patrick. Four NEAFL Grand Finals and two grand finals in the VFL is how Patrick Jackson landed his position onto the AFL boundary list for 2018.
Patrick umpired his first major grand final back in the NEAFL Eastern conference grand final in 2011 He then umpired back to back NEAFL grand finals in 2013, 2014 and 2015. Patrick umpired the 2016 TAC Cup Grand Final and then a year later, the 2017 VFL Grand Final.
Patrick’s career highlight to date was the 2017 VFL Grand Final. “You can’t beat the atmosphere in the last quarter when Port Melbourne came back to take the lead. The shot after the siren to decide the game was unreal.”
The most influential person on Patrick’s career is past boundary umpire and AFLUA Life Member Luke Roberts. “He is an inspiring man and a true role model and someone l constantly look up to.”
The running aspect and getting paid are the reasons why he started umpiring and his advice to young and upcoming umpires is that you must enjoy what you are doing, get involved and make some great mates along the way. “You must listen to your coaches and earn the opportunity to show what you have, so that when the opportunity is right in front of you, you grab it with both hands!
Outside of umpiring, Patrick is currently studying Myotherapy at RMIT and while he isn’t studying, Patrick enjoys various activates including running, cycling, reading, meditating, juggling, loud music and coffee. Patrick also has a very specific eating plan before games which includes eating a wrap with peanut butter, honey and a banana exactly 3 hours before.
Well done Patrick and all the best for your first year on the list!