Key grand final roles for Leongatha duo

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Key grand final roles for Leongatha duo

LIKE everyone else, grand final umpire Matt Stevic was surprised at how Saturday’s big game panned out.

“Especially given the way the two teams finished the year.”

Going into the match, Stevic said the pressure was incredible and the first ten minutes of the game was intense.

“The 2012 grand final was an unbelievable game of football with three or four momentum shifts. This one was different.”

Stevic said that while Hawthorn was in control for three and a half quarters, and that did take some of the pressure off, it did not make it any easier.

“It is the grand final and it is really critical to perform to a high level.

“We want to be consistent throughout the game.

“When I reviewed the game I was pleased with how we performed as a group.”

Following a short debrief after the game and family and friends visiting the rooms for the wind down, there was an official AFL function in the evening following the game.

Stevic, who has umpired more than 200 AFL games, was named AFL All Australian umpire for the second time.

It is an accolade he also had bestowed on him in 2012 after his first AFL grand final.

“It makes me a very proud man.”

Born in Leongatha in 1979, Stevic was a student at the Leongatha Secondary College.

His mother as well as his brother and his wife and their two children live in the town.

From school Stevic went on to work for Athletics Australia for several years which spanned the time Melbourne hosted the Commonwealth Games.

He taught physical education, business management and geography at Scotch College, Xavier and Melbourne Grammar, and while he is currently between careers his first love is property and ultimately that is the field he would like to work in.

He has just bought a property to renovate in South Yarra.

The AFL umpires are visiting New York City as a group in October to compare operations with the NBA and NFL as a training, learning and reviewing exercise.

Happy to kick a few: Jarryd Roughead played a leading role in the Hawk’s premiership with 11 kicks, 12 disposals, five marks and the all important five goals. He said afterwards he was happy to kick a few in the ‘granny’. Those five goals took his tally for the three Hawthorn finals’ appearances to a whopping 13 goals. The Star tried to contact Roughead but not surprisingly, with celebrations in full swing, Jarryd was not answering his phone. Photo courtesy of the Herald Sun.

Happy to kick a few: Jarryd Roughead played a leading role in the Hawk’s premiership with 11 kicks, 12 disposals, five marks and the all important five goals. He said afterwards he was happy to kick a few in the ‘granny’. Those five goals took his tally for the three Hawthorn finals’ appearances to a whopping 13 goals. The Star tried to contact Roughead but not surprisingly, with celebrations in full swing, Jarryd was not answering his phone. Photo courtesy of the Herald Sun.

All Australian: Leongatha born and educated, Matt Stevic was named for the 2014 AFL All Australian following a year which culminated in his being named one of the three grand final field umpires.

All Australian: Leongatha born and educated, Matt Stevic was named for the 2014 AFL All Australian following a year which culminated in his being named one of the three grand final field umpires.

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