The East Brighton Vampires JFC would like to acknowledge Nick Ritchie, a former junior Vampires member who played who played over 50 games for the Club.
 
He has been recognised by the SMJFL through the Monash Leadership Award as the Finalist winner.
 
A short take out from the SMJFL press release
 
“Nick Ritchie, May’s Leader of the Month, is an umpire with the SMJFL Umpire Academy, who has displayed leadership both while officiating and coaching younger umpires. Nick was given the award for his dedication to umpiring; displaying skills beyond his years on-field, as well as regularly helping at training, and mentoring novice umpires when he was unable to be out on the field.
 
This kind of dedication is priceless and combined with his hard work on the track, he earned himself an appearance in the Under 17 Division 1 Grand Final as a field umpire. Nick is a very humble character and his leadership qualities help Nick to be well-respected in the community, in and out umpiring. Thus, proving him to be a worthy winner of the accolade.”
 
Rest of the article via the link.
 
http://smjfl.com.au/young-and-emerging-leaders-celebrated-by-monash-university/