Warwick High student off to Melbourne to umpire hockey
HOCKEY: Warwick State High School student Isaac Johnson has been selected as an umpire for the Australian under-16 hockey championships in Melbourne.
He will be in Melbourne on August 6-13.
Johnson first played for Darling Downs at primary school level when he won a Daily News/Warwick Credit Union Junior Sports Star of the Month award.
He now plays J1 and A2 hockey for Red Lion in Toowoomba.
This year, he was a shadow for the Darling Downs under-19 schoolboys team for the state championships in Ipswich.
Johnson predominately plays in defence at fullback in senior and junior hockey.
His aim is to play A1 hockey in Toowoomba before the end of this season.
As well as playing, he likes the chance to umpire and for the second year running was one of the umpires at the state schoolboys championships.
Last year, he umpired at the Gold Coast and last month in Ipswich.
Each state selects one umpire to travel with the Queensland schoolboys under-16 team to Melbourne for a week and Johnson received the nod based on his impressive performances with the whistle in Ipswich.
All umpires for the U16 nationals have to be school students and Johnson, 15, is from Warwick High.
He umpires up to A2 in Toowoomba and has been part of the Toowoomba Umpires Academy for the past two years.
Johnson is coached by Phil Goodsell and Michael Boyd and each week a more senior umpire watches his game to mentor him.
“I like to let the game flow,” Johnson said.
“Long term, I plan to concentrate on umpiring at higher levels, one day I want to umpire national hockey in open ranks.
He travels to Toowoomba twice a week for training and once weekly for games.
As well as hockey, he has one weekend of Australia Day cricket a year with the Palace Cows along with his father Greg, one of the originals of the Cows team.
Issac is a wicket-keeper so is at the back in cricket just like his hockey.