UMPIRE... Wallaroo 15-year-old Jakeb Branford has stepped up to umpire A grade in the Yorke Peninsula Football League. UMPIRE... Wallaroo 15-year-old Jakeb Branford has stepped up to umpire A grade in the Yorke Peninsula Football League.

Making the call to back young ump

Jakeb Branford, of Wal­laroo, is umpiring A grade footy at just 15 years old.

He started boundary umpiring then gained some experience as a field umpire in the mini colts during the past couple of seasons.

This year, he contacted league vice-president and umpires’ trainer Stephen Brown asking to move into the junior colts, but never imagined he would be given a go in A grade come round one.

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