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Hockey umpire Melissa Trivic has become just the fifth Australian woman to receive the Golden Whistle award. Picture: DANIEL CARSON/DCIMAGES

Hockey umpire makes history

WHISTLE blower Melissa Trivic has written herself into the history books umpiring her 100th international hockey fixture.

Trivic, who has been involved with hockey for more than three decades and has umpired at the Olympics, World Cup, Commonwealth Games and World League finals, reached the milestone in the recent bronze medal match of the 2018 Women’s Asian Champions Trophy on May 20.

The 40-year-old Bassendean resident is now one of only a handful of Australian women to have earned the prestigious Golden Whistle award, an accolade given to International Hockey Federation (FIH) umpires who officiate 100 international matches. 

Her first international game was a Test match between Australia and China in Adelaide in 2004. 

Reflecting on the achievement, the mum-of-two said she was delighted to have achieved the feat. 

“I’m pretty excited and quite proud of myself, it’s something that I wanted to achieve,’’ she said.

“It’s been disappointing this year to miss out on World Cup selection, that knocked me sideways a bit but I thought, well, I’m close to reaching 100 international games so rather than pull the pin I thought I’d try and get to that milestone and that gave me something else to focus on.”

Having been involved with hockey since the age of five, she almost saw her childhood dream of going to the Olympics crushed after being told that she wasn’t a good enough player.

“I started umpiring to help out my club, a junior team that needed an umpire. 

“Then I started to get serious about it when I was about 17 after I got told by my coach that I wouldn’t make it as a player but might as an umpire. 

“I always wanted to get to the Olympics one day. 

“I went to Commonwealth Games in 2010 and then the 2014 World Cup and then to Rio – that was the pinnacle.

“There were lots of things that didn’t go right away from the field like the accommodation, not having water for a day and the toilets not working and things like that, but it was all part of the experience and I couldn’t fault it.

“How can you complain when you’re at an Olympic Games and having an amazing time? 

“You just enjoy every moment, laugh about it and embrace it.”

A regular official in Hockey WA’s Premier League – a competition which is considered one of the strongest in the world – Trivic insists she has no intentions of hanging up her whistle.

“I’ve been able to travel the world and do what I love.

“I am still passionate about what I do and am making sure that I enjoy every opportunity.

“I had so much fun at the recent Women’s Asian Champions Trophy catching up with friends, experiencing the culture and umpiring world level hockey.”

About Anita

Anita Mcinnes received a highly commended in the 2009 WA Media Awards suburban section for her reporting. Two of her sons were born at Swan District Hospital and for many years she was a partner in a small business, which operated in the Gingin-Muchea-Bullsbrook area. As a mature age student Anita studied journalism at Curtin University before working in Busselton, Dunsborough and Rockingham with West Regionals. She says the best part of her job is meeting eastern suburb residents and visiting the many attractions in the area.

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