IT’S not only Orange’s netball players who have been grabbing plenty of attention lately.
Emma Kable has also climbed the representative ranks as an umpire.
The Orange teenager was selected from this year’s Central West State League tournament, to umpire at the inaugural Netball NSW Inter-Regional State League event.
This is Kable’s second year umpiring state league and she relished the opportunity to test herself even further at the Inter-Regional tournament.
“It was mind-blowing,” the 15-year-old said.
“I came home tired every day but happy. The games were so fast but so amazing to umpire.”
To add to her excitement, Kable was chosen to umpire the Inter-Regional grand final between Orange and Illawarra 15s.
“That was a big shock,” she said.
“It was amazing. It was so fast and it made you feel so important.”
Orange went on to win the grand final and become the first Inter-Regional champions.
Kable said she was happy with how she performed with the whistle in her hand.
“I think I did pretty well. I thought I missed a few things but every umpire does,” she said.
“I got heaps of coaching while I was there. I couldn’t fault the coaches.”
It was a busy weekend for Kable as she umpired two games on the Saturday and three, including the grand final, on the Sunday.
Kable started her umpiring career officiating club games before earning her C badge when she was 13.
She hopes to go for her B badge next year.
She also plays netball and enjoyed the majority of the 2013 Orange Netball Association season playing division two with CYMS Kensington.
Kable said she loves playing netball and it helps her umpiring.
“You know what players do so you can look out for those details,” she explained.