Goal Umpire Jason Crowe will this Saturday, achieve a milestone which is unlikely to be surpassed in many years, when he Goal Umpires his 1000th match in the SWFL at Gloucester Park in the match between Augusta Margaret River and Carey Park.
Crowe, who became the General Manager of the SWFL last November, will the retire from full time umpiring, effectively making Saturday’s League fixture his last on a full time basis. Crowe has made a significant contribution to the Umpiring Landscape in the SWFL, becoming the President in 2011, only standing down at the end of last season, and was made a Life Member in 2018.
Last weekend he broke the all time record for most League Games officiated (440 set by Hall of Fame Member of both SWFL and SWFLUA – Kevin Nettleton)
Crowe started umpiring in 1994 and continued through until July 2001 before moving to Geraldton with work, where he Umpired 392 further matches on top of 101 in the WAFL, including the 1998 Colts Grand Final. Crowe is just 6 games shy of 1500 career matches, a truly remarkable achievement, in a career that has spanned 28 years.
The Goal Umpire has been part of many memorable matches. “I was officiating when the Collie Saints and Carey Park had the lights go out at Collie in the late 90s, before there was even a rule about un-finished matches, I was able to umpire the first final to be played in Collie, between Collie and Mines Rovers, where a quarter time storm saw the ground submerged in water for the remaining three quarters, and I did the famous League Grand Final draw between Collie Eagles and eventual winners Busselton”. “I have been very lucky with umpiring, I was no good at playing, and it has enabled me to represent Western Australia many times, and was lucky enough to Umpire at Adelaide Oval in a State Match between South Australia and Western Australia which was a real thrill and a highlight. There are pathways for players to higher levels and the same goes for Umpires, if you are good enough you can make it, and you can end up with life long friends as a result”, Crowe said.
Crowe will become the first umpire in SWFL history to reach 1000 games.
FOR THE RECORD
SWFL – LEAGUE 442, RESERVES 301, COLTS 243, WOMENS 14 – TOTAL 1000
Other Leagues – Great Northern 392, WAFL 101, PEEL 1. – CAREER TOTAL 1494
Overall – 623 League Games
SWFL Finals – 70, League Finals – 50, League Grand Finals – 19
Most League Grand Finals by an Umpire – 19
Landmark / Nutrien Ag Country Championships A Section Grand Finals – 14
Most Consecutive League SWFL Grand Finals by an Umpire – 13
Representative Matches – 69 (58 League)
Represented Western Australia 7 times in State Matches including a match in 2016 at Adelaide Oval (a highlight)