Former VFL boundary umpire, Graham Carbery, died on Wednesday after a long illness. Carbery umpired 145 VFL games, including five finals. He loved umpiring. His career was different to every boundary umpire in VFL/AFL history.
Most boundary umpires retain anonymity. They gather the ball, throw it in and run around the boundary. When their career is over, they shift back into society, a former boundary umpire no less.
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