FIVE of the south-west's umpire fraternity are set to test themselves in the spotlight of representative football when they officiate Saturday's Ballarat versus Hampden AFL Victoria Community Championship match.
Warrnambool and District Umpires Association's Jamie Lake, Nick Ross-Watson (field umpires), Archi Perriss (boundary), Pat Nolan (goal) and Western District Umpires Association's Caleb Millard will travel to Mars Stadium to officiate the match.
Lake, who is the WDUA vice-president, said it was another great opportunity for some of the region's umpires to test themselves.
"When you go away for these games you get to do another standard of footy, which is usually free flowing," he said.
"All the selected players want to do at this level is play footy and we get the chance to umpire the best of the best. It's also a chance to umpire another league's players and with other umpires."
Lake, who has officiated "over ten" interleague matches, said the Bottle Greens would be impressive to watch this weekend.
"They (Hampden league) have a very good chance of winning but I haven't seen the final side yet," he said
"Those players who put their hands up can obviously enjoy playing at a high standard and want to win for the league."
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