Young umpire applauded

TOP OF THE CLASS: Ben Thiel – pictured right with boundary umpire of the year Thomas Miles – capped off a big year of Western Border football senior umpiring with the grand final appointment and the field umpire of the year award from the South East Football Umpires League.

BEN Thiel was widely applauded by his peers for his efforts in officiating the Western Border Football League grand final this season.

At just 15 years of age it was a big step for the young field umpire and the South East Football Umpires League.

But there was no disappointment,


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