WONTHAGGI’S Peter McGregor umpired his 700th game as a field umpire recently.
Affectionately known as ‘Shuffles’, Peter is familiar to many of the local football community.
He said he enjoys every second of umpiring.
“I enjoy meeting all different faces and different people,” he said.
“I’ve made heaps of friends.”
Peter has umpired in the area for roughly 15 years after moving from Ararat.
According to South Gippsland Umpires Association secretary Grant Robinson, it is his willingness to help out that typifies Peter.
“He is one of our members who never says ‘no’,” he said.
“Quite often I will ring him on a Friday night and tell him he has to do a thirds game in Wonthaggi in the morning and follow that up with a goal umpiring gig at Fish Creek.
“He always says yes. That’s just the type of bloke he is.”
On Saturday, June 14, Peter ran out to umpire the Under 16s game between Wonthaggi and Warragul before backing up to umpire the Under 18s game alongside Gary Scholz to record his 700th game.
As well as putting his hand up to umpire every week, Peter has also mentored several of the region’s top umpires and has filled the role of the boundary umpires’ head coach for the SGUA in the past.
His hard work was recognised a few years ago when he was awarded a life membership by the association.
Umpires can often be hard to come by.
But Peter said he simply hates saying no.
“I remember one day I did three games in a day,” he said.
It is this commitment to helping out that the SGUA hopes to see for a few hundred more games in the years ahead.
And Peter hopes to stay on the field too.
“As long as my legs will carry me and my brain will keep going,” he said.