Adam's big 500 game milestone

Adam Hennessey (33) has umpired 500 Barossa, Light and Gawler football games - an astounding feat for any umpire. Photo: Stuart Taverner
Adam Hennessey (33) has umpired 500 Barossa, Light and Gawler football games - an astounding feat for any umpire. Photo: Stuart Taverner

Almost 20 years ago, a young Adam Hennessey begrudgingly agreed to boundary umpire football games with a few of his mates.

Now the president of the Barossa Light Gawler Umpires Association, Adam Hennessey last week umpired his 500th BL&G game.

Despite the significance of this incredible milestone, Hennessey said the occasion almost passed by unnoticed.

"I just happened to be checking some of the records in my role as president and mentioned to another member of the group that it was coming up."

"To now be up there with a couple of legends in the panel in Carl Whitaker and Phil Fechner who have done 500 plus games and with those guys does feel good.

"They were mentors to me when I was starting up so it certainly feels good and is always good to reach some sort of milestone."

Hennessey said highlights include recently umpiring the increasingly popular women's league this season and his involvement with the Umpires Association.

"I was lucky enough to be made a life member of the panel a few years ago and that was a big moment for me," he said.

"Some places you might automatically get a life membership for time and service but it was voted through and at only 30 years old, to be made a life member of any group at 30 is a pretty proud moment for myself."

When asked what he would say to people considering getting involved in umpiring, Hennessey said it is not as daunting as people think it is.

"Particularly if you have a footy background it is a really good way to stay involved in the game post-career. We do often find that ex-footy players often make some of the better umpires that we've got," Hennessey said.

"Having said that, if you haven't been involved or you're not necessarily making it as a player it's a fantastic way to be involved, to earn a bit of cash and keep relatively fit.

"It's also a great group of guys to be around - because it's not win, lose or draw for us we can have a bit of fun. We can socialise outside of the game and don't necessarily have to worry about what the result is on a Saturday."