The third block of carnival appointments for Tasmanian umpires have been released, with two umpires making their Cricket Australia Carnival debut and one returning to the pathway.
Hobart-based umpires Craig Seabourne, Karun DT and Simon Burns will fill appointments at the Australian Country Cricket Championships, National Indigenous Cricket Championships and School Sport Australian 15 and Under Boys Championships respectively.
For Seabourne, who debuted in 2015, it will be his first taste of a CA carnival and first experience of umpiring out a suitcase, travelling to Geraldton, Western Australia.
“The only occasion that I have been to Geraldton was a quick stop over on a trip from Perth to Monkey Mia back in 1999,” Seabourne said.
“The key learnings for me from this tournament will be working and learning from other umpires from different states, and sharing the knowledge and skills that each of us has acquired over time.
“The opportunity to officiate in the ACCC will also assist me to develop all aspects of my own game and help me reach a higher level, in what could be a challenging environment.”
Karun started umpiring in 2013 and has progressed to First Grade in the last two seasons.
Like Seabourne, this will be his first foray into umpiring on the mainland when he heads to Alice Springs.
“I like travelling which has always been part of my work,” Karun said.
“I have never been to Alice Springs but I am looking forward to going there on an umpiring assignment.”
Karun’s enthusiasm for this assignment is infectious and he is eager to test himself and learn in what can be pretty inhospitable conditions.
"I’m feeling excited to be part of this competition. I think it's a great opportunity for me to meet umpires from different parts of the country.”
For Burns, the Under 15s in Brisbane will mark a return to tournament cricket having stood in the CA Under 17 Male National Championships in Hobart in 2012.
Burns has become a regular fixture in First Gade Detail First CTPL games, recently passing the 50 First Grade game milestone.
“This has been a long journey for me, and this is the vindication for all of the hard work I have put in for the last four years,” Burns said.
“I’d like to thank Cricket Tasmania, in particular everyone in the Match Officials Department, for having the confidence in me to represent our state on the national stage.”
Burns’ experience in umpiring on the mainland through the very successful CT/CNSW exchange program and his tournament experience will be drawn on for this carnival.
Australian Country Cricket Championships: 5 – 13 January in Geraldton – Craig Seabourne
National Indigenous Championships: 3 – 12 February in Alice Springs – Karun DT
School Sport Australian 15 and Under Boys Championships: 11 - 18 February in Brisbane – Simon Burns
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