Daniel Furze has made a remarkable journey in his umpiring career, from starting as a club umpire in Umpire4Fun in 2018 to making his QAFL umpiring debut in 2023. After umpiring the Under 14 Division 3 Grand Final in 2021, Furze joined the QAFL Umpiring Academy in 2022 and immediately made an impact through his high work ethic.
Furze was selected to umpire the 2022 Colts Grand Final, a great achievement that showed his dedication and hard work paid off. However, he was in Japanese class at school when he found out about his QAFL debut, a surprise that he did not expect in round 1. Despite the unexpected news, Furze was excited to take on the challenge and said, "I've really been striving to get there, really been building up to something."
QAFL Academy Coach David Grogan is thrilled of Furze’s elevation saying, “he has always ticked a lot of favourable boxes as a young umpire – committed, intelligent, highly coachable; but it’s also been his humility and selflessness that has impressed”.
Asked about the secret to his round 1 success Furze reflected, “Hard work pays off. If you put in the effort, it will pay off at the end of the day”.
Before the game you can expect him to be pumping up to the tune of Call Me by Blondie before walking out for his highly anticipated debut.
We can’t wait to see Daniel in action this weekend when Redland-Victoria Point take on Noosa, 2pm at Totally Workwear Park. Well done Furzey!
- Written by Tyler Higson -