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Robert Hill

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Boundary

  • Age 20
  • Started 2010
  • Highest Level Division 1 Seniors
  • Games 40
  • Grand Finals 2
  • Occupation Trampoline Park Monitor
  • Proudest Achievement 2015 Division 1 Grand Final

At just 14 years of age, Robert Hill remembers being extremely nervous before his first game and equally fatigued afterwards. Fast forward six years later and he's quite the opposite; a no-nonsense veteran of the boundary line who possesses a booming throw and can run all day.

Success was slow to arrive for Rob - a first grand final didn't come until the U16A's in 2013 - but he has come on in leaps and bounds since cracking senior football. After running the Division 1 U18s decider the following year, he had a wonderful 2015, performing consistently enough to take the most promising boundary umpire award and earn selection in the Division 1 Senior GF. Next week, he'll even be able to put running on the MCG on his CV when he officiates at the Richmond v St Kilda legends match.

Now 20, Rob is already one of the old stagers of the forever changing boundary group, but in good news for them, he has no intentions of taking off just yet. His immediate goal is to repeat last season's efforts and run the last game of the year once again, then see where next year takes him. 

There's plenty of activity in Rob's life - during the day he works at Airodrome Trampoline Park in Altona - but as far umpiring goes, it's the mateship that keeps him coming back.

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