Young umpires show class at tournament
Two South Canterbury hockey umpires made big impressions during national tournaments last week.
Campbell Ross and Samantha Bower, both 17, attended the national under-15 premier tournaments last week.
Ross was selected for the boys' tournament in Auckland and Bower the girls' tournament in Timaru.
The pair have been umpiring for four years and have come through the age groups, impressing umpire managers on their way to gaining national tournament selection from Hockey New Zealand.
Ross and Bower were both rewarded for their efforts during the week by being appointed to their respective bronze medal matches.
Ross was also appointed as the reserve umpire for the gold medal match. The accolades didn't stop there for the duo. Ross was awarded the tournament's most valuable umpire from the panel of 16 umpires. Bower was also the female equivalent from a panel of 12 umpires.
Both have been umpiring senior level hockey in South Canterbury and also play at a top level.
Ben Grant was the last South Canterbury umpire to pick up such an accolade in 2007 and has been umpiring at the National Hockey League for three years with the countries best.
"You can't under-estimate the achievements of both these young umpires," Grant said. "They are umpiring among the best in the country for those aged under 18 and are incredibly talented.
"We do pretty well for a small region. Our young umpires tend to adapt well to how modern hockey is umpired," Grant said.
Ex-South Cantabrians Kaitlyn Young and Kate Grant have both achieved appointments to national under 15 tournament finals and are rising through the ranks.
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