On Sunday 1 February, umpires from across all disciplines descended on the the City of West Torrens Camden Classic Carnival at Camden Oval for the SANFL Umpires Association 400 Metres Umpires Race.
The race has been running since 1980 and is dedicated in memory of Andrew Vickers, a leading SANFL field umpire who was tragically killed in a car accident on his honeymoon in 1999, aged 33 and having umpired 66 League games. Andrew had always been a supporter of the SANFL Umpires Association Race, being a runner-up in the 1993 and 1995 finals. His name was dedicated to the race in memory in 2000.
The race was handicapped and two heats were ran. The first four placings of the two heats progressed through to the final as follows:
1st Josh Cunstance (Boundary) Handicap: 65
2nd Mitch Scott (Field) Handicap: 62
3rd James Merrett (Field) Handicap: 68
4th Hayden Cook (Boundary, Retired) Handicap: 46
1st Rowan Hundertmark (Field) Handicap: 44
2nd Lachlan Hennig (Boundary) Handicap: 48
3rd Payne Sowter (Field) Handicap: 70
4th Chris Cook (Field) Handicap: 63
The final was held later in the afternoon and finished tightly in the end. Lachlan Hennig and Rowan Hundertmark blazed through on the final straight to take out first and second place respectively. The battle for third was extremely close with Josh Custance just scraping through for the placing.
1st Lachlan Hennig
2nd Rowan Hundertmark
3rd Josh Custance
4rd Mitch Scott
5th James Merrett
6th Hayden Cook
7th Payne Sowter
8th Chris Cook
Congratulations to Lachlan Hennig for winning the 2015 SANFLUA 400 Metres Umpires Race. Lachlan received $150 prize money (donated by SANFLUA), a one month membership to Anytime Fitness Glenelg, a sash donated by Camden Athletic Club Life Member Mark Thomson, bottle of wine courtesy of Checkside Tavern and a Camden Classic shirt.
Second place received $60, third $30, fourth $20 and 5th-8th placing received $10. All cash prizes were donated by SANFLUA. All finalists also received a Coopers 6-pack.
Thankyou for all umpires who turned out, ran in the heats and supported our finalists running later in the afternoon. The day was really well received and enjoyed by everyone.
Congratulations also to Robert Kane who came first place in the 800 Metre Novice Handicap Race and all other umpires making representations in other races.