VFL umpire Daniel Butcher is ticking off milestones one after another

In control: Former Penshurst local Daniel Butcher umpired his 100 VFL match on Saturday and already has his eyes set on his next goal. Picture: Jenny Owens.

In control: Former Penshurst local Daniel Butcher umpired his 100 VFL match on Saturday and already has his eyes set on his next goal. Picture: Jenny Owens.

Daniel Butcher is always working towards his next achievement. And he ticks them off frequently.

The 26-year-old umpired his 100th VFL match on Saturday, which he labelled a career highlight.

He said he had come a long way since starting his umpiring career as a five-year-old at Penshurst, getting paid with “a pie and can of coke”.

"It was an unbelievabvle achievement," he said.

"There has been plenty of ups and downs, and four or five years ago I was just scratching around to get one game, so to notch up 100 is amazing.”

Butcher acknowledged the milestone, but in trademark fashion said it was onto the next one.

"Umpiring a fourth consecutive VFL grand final is a possibility and that's what I am focused on,” he said.

"No one has done it before and so I'd love to have a crack at it.

"But it is not something that's just going to happen, I've got to work my ass off.

“I can’t control my selection, but I can control my performance.

"If I nail the non-negotiables each week which are decision making, work rate and team work, then come finals anything can happen."

Butcher said he also made time to help others climbing the ranks.

He spent the week as assistant to the umpire coach at the AFL Women’s under-18 Championships on the Gold Coast.

"I love it,” he said.

“It's good to pass on knowledge to younger umpires coming through.

"When I was coming through I never got the chance to speak to senior umpires, so now that I am at that level, I want to give the younger umpires that opportunity.”