CRICKET by Ben O’Brien-Leaf
Published October 23, 2021 1:24 p.m.
Good referees are valuable to the game. And Poverty Bay cricket has seen two of its best elevated by the powers that be.
Jason Trowill, 51, is one of five officials selected to serve on the Northern Districts A panel and Luke Fisher, 17, is one of three on the ND Emerging Umpires list.
Trowill, Referee Manager of the Poverty Bay Cricket Association, who was formerly part of the Auckland Ellerslie Club, came to Gisborne four years ago and played one season for Horouta before taking on competitive matches here.
Fisher, a 12th grade student at Gisborne Boys’ High School, has been a GBHS first 11 member for three years.
Trowill, who already competes in age group tournaments, may now be considered for the Northern Premier League and Basil McBurney games – by Luan Kloppers, ND Regional Officials Coordinator and Developer. Kloppers, with regional coach, referee developer and former test referee Doug Cowie, is a man that Trowill and Fisher now report.
Trowill has lost 68 kilograms since having bariatric surgery in January. He feels better than in 25 years and says that he has reduced his shirt sizes “from 8XL to L”.
“I’ve always strived to be the best referee I can be, but I was super surprised and absolutely thrilled to make it to the A-panel,” said Liverpool fan, Gisborne Herald football reporter and Galaxy World manager Trowill, who never loses sight of the need to keep the stocks and standards of local officials high.
“I want to work to make Poverty Bay referees the best in the province (eight passed their level 2 exams and one passed their level 3 this month).
“Our goal as referees is to make the right decisions – to make cricket more enjoyable for everyone involved.
On a personal level, I will work to get as high as possible this season with good performances in representative cricket. “
Luke Fisher batting an eye for GBHS First 11. In the first Doleman Cup game last season, he made 72 balls out of 109 in Gisborne Boys’ High School’s 99-run win over Horouta. He loves cricket.
“I’ve always had an interest in umpiring,” said Fisher, who first represented the Bay as a player in elementary school in 2016 and is highly regarded by the cricket community as a good citizen.
“Umpiring allows me to be part of the game I love in a different way and I’ve enjoyed being in really good games out there and seeing good talent.”
He is a young, promising referee, honest and open: “When I am a referee, I know that I could give myself a little more time to make decisions; leg-before-wicket (lbw) can be difficult to judge as there are several factors to consider and you only have a fraction of a second to consider all of these factors. “
Perhaps the referee Luke had the most fun with is the former professional wrestler (“Dr.
Trowill and his fellow Poverty Bay umpires – Stewart Patrick (Premier Grade), Gary Coutts, James Raroa and Martin Bennett (Senior B) – have two umpires in Horouta’s Mel Knight and Clarence Campbell who are still active as players in the game. Trowill and Patrick will wear jerseys courtesy of England kit supplier Loft Cricket this season, and referee support is something Fisher – the youngest of them at 20 – rightly puts back in numbers.
Doug Cowie said, “I congratulate Jason on the work he is doing in Gisborne on behalf of umpiring and cricket. May it go on like this for a long time. Where people are left to their own devices, there can be confusion. It’s a happier place with referees. “
Recognized: Gisborne cricket umpire has been recognized with two significant appointments. Luke Fisher (left) is on the Northern District aspiring umpire list and Jason Trowill has been selected to serve on the ND A panel. Image by Paul Rickard