TATHRA’s Lachlan Gordon umpired a game in front of one of the biggest sporting crowds in Australia’s history on Saturday.
Over 100,000 people were in attendance at the Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG) when Lachlan, 14, took the field to officiate an Auskick match before the AFL grand final.
Awarded as part of the NAB Auskick program, Lachlan and his dad Ross were given two tickets to watch the grand final, flights to Melbourne and home again and Lachlan was able to take part in the official AFL parade on Friday.
Taking to the field Lachlan said there was “a few nerves”, but he didn’t show it as he took control of the Auskick contest on the day.
“It was amazing,” Lachlan said.
“ It was overwhelming being watched by all those people.”
Lachlan said he felt surprisingly calm when he took to the field on Saturday and it was actually the parade on Friday which affected him more.
“The parade on Friday was really nerve wracking.
“Walking down the street watched by all those people was actually pretty scary,” he said.
Lachlan said it was good to do his part and then get to sit down and watch the game.
“It was a really good game it was pretty close.”
Umpiring at the MCG at Lachlan’s age is a remarkable feat, especially on grand final day in front of such a phenomenal crowd.
It has left Lachlan feeling inspired.
“It was a really good experience.
“I definately want to get down and umpire at the MCG again,” Lachlan said.
The experience has been a big incentive for Lachlan who hopes to umpire for the AFL at a professional level one day.
“Eventually I’d like to work with the AFL.
“It was really good fun,” Lachlan said.