Field Umpire Scott Bau will make his official SANFL League Debut this weekend at Peter Motley (Unley) Oval when he takes charge of the Sturt v Glenelg clash on Saturday Afternoon.
Scott’s initial thoughts when opening his appointment slip this week were of great surprise.
“I was quite surprised and thought it was a mistake at first. I was with my work mates at the time who I told and they [jokingly] replied well done white maggot.”
Scott, 26 has been working towards this moment since arriving at the SANFL in 2008. However, Saturday won’t be the first time Scott has taken control of a League match. A unique opportunity arose during the 2014 Round 2 Clash between North and South Adelaide at Prospect Oval.
“I had [just] done a full Reserves game and pushed [myself] pretty hard. I finished my shower and heard the siren go for quarter time of the League match. I started to get dressed when Colin Rowston (umpire observer) came running in”
“Colin told me that Sam Lowe had done his hamstring and had to come off so he asked me whether I could umpire the rest of the game.”
Without hesitation Scott changed back into his sweaty gear to officiate the rest of the game with Andrew Crosby and Patrick Lally.
“I was spent afterwards but it was a great experience. I was concerned for Sam as he had only come back from injury, so [overall] it was a bittersweet experience, reflected Scott.
With this experience plus now having several League Trial Matches under his belt, Scott is in good stead heading into Saturdays game.
“I’m feeling quite relaxed and just going about business as normal,” said Scott.
Scott’s other umpiring achievements include officiating in the 2009 SANFL Under 19’s Grand Final at Adelaide Oval, and the 2011 SANFL Under 18’s Grand Final at AAMI Stadium. In Round 1 of Season 2012 Scott made his SANFL Reserves Debut.
Scott’s debut will be broadcast live on the Seven network for those unable to be there on Saturday.
Scott has come a long way since first picking up the whistle in 2007 with the Hills Football League to now umpiring the highest level of football in the State.
Congratulations! Enjoy the Moment!
Author: Hugh Merrett