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John Ward


Melbourne, Victoria

Favourite cricketer growing up 

Allan Border 

One word to describe you


Favourite sporting team 

Melbourne Demons

Which cricket club did you play for 

Park Orchards and Chirnside Park Cricket Clubs

First ever job 

Trainee plastic extruder 

Who would play you in a movie 

Danny Devito or Joe Pesci

Favourite holiday destination 

Phillip Island, Victoria

Which sporting event in the world would you love to attend 

AFL Grand Final

Favourite food 


Which talent do you wish you had 

Wish I wasn't so hopeless at golf

What's the best advice you've received

When you’re thinking of doing something stupid put the words “Your Honour” on the end of it and see how it sounds

If you could invite three people to dinner, who would they be

Sir David Attenborough (I like animal stories).

Ron Barassi (I would like to hear about Melbourne Premierships)

Paul Keating (so he can give me some good sledges that may come in handy)



Why did you choose umpiring? 

When I stopped playing I wanted to stay involved

Who has had the most influence on your umpiring career? 

The two Bobs - Parry and Stratford

Describe your memories from your First Class debut

Victoria versus India at the MCG standing with Richard Patterson. Due to a declaration misunderstanding both teams came out to field on day 2

Which is your favourite cricket ground to umpire at and why

MCG. Facilities are exceptional and the lunch is restaurant quality

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

Saw a colleague take his pants off at square leg after a wasp flew up his trouser leg and stung him

Greatest cricket moment you've seen on field

Clint Mackay and James Faulkner put on about 70 for the last wicket to defeat England in an ODI at the Gabba

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

We don't need any more rules!

Why should people get involved in umpiring? 

It’s good fun and you make fantastic friendships

What advice would you give to aspiring umpires?

Enjoy every moment