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Donovan Koch


Born Somerset West, South Africa
Occupation Umpire
Local Umpiring Association Queensland
Favourite cricketer growing up Peter Kirsten
One word to describe you Chilled
Favourite sporting team Liverpool FC
Which cricket club did you play for

Somerset West CC, Van der Stel, South Africa, Whitley Hall CC, UK

What was your first ever job Sales Consultant for a Indoor Cricket Centre
Who would play you in a movie Richard Gere
Favourite holiday destination Mauritius
Which sporting event in the world would you love to attend Augusta Masters
Favourite food Steak
What talent do you wish you had Professional Golfer
What’s the best advice you’ve received Just be Yourself
If you could invite three people to your house for dinner, who would they be and why

Dad, Ernie Els, Graeme Pollock

Combine my 2 favourite sports with my late dad



Why did you choose umpiring?

Finished playing and wanted to stay in the game

Who has had the most influence on your umpiring career?

Terry Bentham  UK, Dave Orchard

Describe your memories from your First Class debut

Blessed that my debut was on the MCG, Melbourne weather turned it on and had all 4 seasons in those days. Got food poisoning on the evening of day 3 and umpired the last day not feeling great

Which is your favourite cricket ground to umpire at and why?

Adelaide Oval - Great stadium and good crowd

What's the strangest thing you've seen happen on field?

An umpire standing at square leg, catching a outfield ball that was coming straight at him

Greatest cricket moment you've seen on field?

Stoinis’ BBL hundred at the MCG

If you could invent a new rule for the game, what would it be?

One hand one bounce rule in all formats of cricket

Why should people get involved with umpiring?

Great to be part of the best sport in the world. Best seat in the house to watch cricket

What advice would you give to aspiring umpires?

Back yourself and enjoy the moments on the field