I don’t envy the job sport referees, umpires and judges have. They must make split second decisions under pressure, and they make them numerous times in a game.
Being able to make these decisions is a burden unto itself. Faced with two teams on the field, the umpire must be the principle instigator of ensuring said teams play the game in a fair and sportsmenlike manner. At times you are faced with player arguments, heated battles and a lot of noise directed towards you.
State football has always been in the shadow of the AFL. However, if you go and watch a TAC Cup or VFL game, you will see just how good the talent pool is at both levels.
I had the privilege last year of watching a combined 7 VFL & TAC Cup home and away games, plus both grand finals. I was amazed at just how well the teams both moved the ball and how mature the players were in the TAC Cup.