More BFUA talent rising through ranks

ON THE RISE: Ballarat Football Umpires Association field official Tom Lyon will feature in Victorian Football League and TAC Cup fixtures this season.

ON THE RISE: Ballarat Football Umpires Association field official Tom Lyon will feature in Victorian Football League and TAC Cup fixtures this season.

Three Ballarat Football Umpires Association members have secured a place in the squad that will officiate VFL and TAC Cup matches in 2017.

HISTORY MAKER: Central umpire Kellie McLeod is the first female from the BFUA to progress to the elite levels of the VFL and TAC Cup.

HISTORY MAKER: Central umpire Kellie McLeod is the first female from the BFUA to progress to the elite levels of the VFL and TAC Cup.

Field umpires Tom Lyon and Kellie McLeod and goal umpire Ken Mitchell will take their passion to new heights this season.

They join other former BFUA members Shane McInerney (AFL field), Michael Palm (AFL goal), Dan Phyland (VFL boundary) and Trent Bowes (VFL boundary) currently participating at an elite level.

BFUA senior field coach Roger Le Grand said McLeod has become the association’s first female to reach the VFL/TAC Cup level and hopes younger people will see umpiring as a pathway to reaching the AFL.