The vision of a champion is bent over, drenched in sweat, at the point of exhaustion, when no one else is watching.
- Age 24
- Started 2005
- Highest Level Division 1 Seniors
- Games 100
- Grand Finals 5
- Occupation Student
- Proudest Achievement 2013 Div 1 Snrs GF
Like many umpires, Bianca Michetti started umpiring as a young girl after she was dragged down to training by one of her siblings.
Like many umpires, Bianca Michetti started umpiring as a young girl after she was dragged down to training by one of her siblings. Her older sister, in this case. The young 15 year old had been a club umpire ("clubbie") a few times for her local footy team (the one her uncle happened to be coaching in the under 16s), and was looking for something interesting to do. It was her older sister, Rosie, who dragged her down to Scovell Reserve and told her that if she was going to be an umpire, she might as well do it right (and get paid for it at the same time).
Bianca is now 24 and studying her Masters in Clinical Exercise Physiology at Deakin and has 6 months to go. She lives at home with her Mum and Dad (and brother and sister) and loves umpiring because of the enjoyment, the fitness, the involvement in footy, and the extra cash it gives her on weekends that would otherwise probably be spent socialising (or studying, depending on the time of year).
Over the years, Bianca has grown into one of the most respected boundary umpires in the league, with a tireless work ethic and commitment to training that recently resulted in her being appointed as a 2013 Division 1 Seniors Grand Final boundary umpire - the first time ever that a female has been appointed to the position.
Naturally, she was well pleased, but hasn't rested on her laurels. In 2014 she followed up that performance with a Division 2 Seniors GF berth, and was then nominated for the VFL Development Squad. "It didn't work out, though," she said. "I just had too many other things going on and I couldn't commit to it the way I wanted to, so I had to give it up."
This year, she's back at Scovell Reserve and will be back doing what she does best: Division 1 Seniors boundary umpiring. She is aiming for the Division 1 Seniors GF again, and making it 2 from 3. She has placed particular emphasis on her fitness in the pre-season, but never forgets why she started it all in the first place.
"I love it," she said. "I love the comaraderie the most. Coming down to training at the start of pre-season, catching up with all the guys again and running around the track... it's great. Running out there in September on the big day makes all the hard yards, the freezing cold, the pain during the year worthwhile. I would never give it up."