Calls To Phase Out The Bounce
Trolls have slammed Adelaide umpire Eleni Glouftis online following her history breaking efforts on the weekend.
Footy fans took to Twitter to attack he AFL’s first ever female lead-umpire after some of the 25-year-old’s centre bounces went astray.
One fan labelled her performance a ‘shocker’ while another said she made 'too many mistakes early on and doesn’t have the strength to bounce the ball.'
While the Adelaide girl said, she was ‘pretty-disappointed’ by her performance, it’s been revealed the oval had recently been re-turfed making the conditions very difficult.
Other field umpires also struggled with the bounce, which was abandoned in the third quarter in favour of the throw up.
Glouftsis said the encouragement she received from players during Essendon’s match against the West Coast Eagles at the MCG helped her stay calm.
'On the field, even when I had a poor bounce, a lot of the boys were like, ‘Just keep going, be confident,’ which is really, really lovely.'
Glouftsis has been umpiring for the last nine years in Adelaide and in 2013 became the first ever female umpire for the South Australian National Football League.
Bombers coach John Worsfold praised the talented Adelaide woman's efforts and called for the centre bounce to be dropped in the hope of encouraging more female umpirs.
"I like the bounce, but if it means restricting good decision making umpires, you probably need to look at it," he said.