Getting To Know: Michael Button

Michael Button in action at Elizabeth Oval

Umpiring Discipline: Goal Umpire

1st SANFL League Game: Woodville-West Torrens vs Sturt, Woodville Oval, Round 18, July 30 2016

Commenced Umpiring Career With: South East Football Umpires League (Mount Gambier, SA) in 2008

Honours in Umpiring: Goal Umpire of the Year (SEFUL 2010-13); Golden Whistle (SEFUL 2014-15); Goal Umpire Seniors Grand Final (SEFUL 2010-15); Most Improved Goal Umpire (SANFL 2016); Emergency Goal Umpire Reserves Grand Final 2016

Why did you become an Umpire: I took a liking for the role of a Goal Umpire at a young age and when I realised that I was too tentative to get in and under the packs as a player I decided to focus just on umpiring.

Before a game I always: Check my bag about five times and check my appointment before I get in the car, just to make sure I am heading to the correct ground. Hasn’t failed me yet!

Occupation: Full-time student

Favourite Food: Pizza or pasta

Favourite Movie: Anchorman

Favourite Music Artist/Band: Muse, U2

3 People you’d like to have dinner with: Jason Day, Adam Gilchrist and Carl Barron

Favourite Holiday Destination: Mount Gambier – I don’t really go on many holidays!

Most admired sportsperson and why: Adam Gilchrist – such a humble player who was extremely entertaining to watch, both with the bat and behind the stumps with the gloves.