Field Umpire, David Harris achieved his 100th AFL game milestone in the game between Adelaide and Carlton at Adelaide Oval on 5 May 2018.
In the week following, he reflected on his achievement. “It was great to reach the milestone and umpire with some great mates at one of my favourite venues.” David went on to say that it was special for him to celebrate with one of his close mates and family who have guided him throughout his journey so far.
David’s umpiring journey began when he started umpiring with the Warrnambool and District Umpires’ Association back in 1996, umpiring back to back VFL grand finals in 2011 and 2012 then being fortunate enough to umpire his first AFL game between North Melbourne and Melbourne in Round 18 2012.
His career highlight is making it onto the AFL list and umpiring his first AFL game. “I still pinch myself being involved in the AFL. The more games you do, the more comfortable you feel in this environment.” David believes that resilience and believing in his own ability are two of his biggest learnings so far.
David’s most enjoyable game to date was the Round 5 2015 clash between Sydney and the Western Bulldogs. The Bulldogs held on to win their first game at the SCG in a long time, in tough wet conditions. “It was the start of their rise up the ladder from that point on.”
Being involved at the highest level, having the opportunity to travel around the country/overseas and making life long mates is what David loves about umpiring. He also believes that he is a great team member on match day and is someone who is willing to take the load when required. His work rate and bouncing are certainly some of his strengths.
Preparing for a game is quite easy, as David keeps fairly relaxed on game day listening to music, reading the football record, having a massage and reviewing the ‘Playbook’ so he is able to focus clearly once he walks onto the playing field.
A quirky fact about David that no one knows…… “As a kid I wanted to be a policeman, and was school captain in primary school.” David also looks up to Steve Waugh as his most admired sportsperson given his leadership skills both off and on the field.
Congratulations David on achieving 100 games, all the best for the remainder of the year.