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Brian played as a batsman with the Montagu Bay Cricket Club for many years in the then South Suburban Cricket Association (SSCA) in Hobart. As the club's captain he led his side to several premierships and spent ten years on the committee, his overall service being rewarded with Life Membership of the club. He took up umpiring in 1982 after retiring as a player, standing with the SSCA for three seasons before moving to the TCUSA and grade cricket in 1985. In the time since his higher-level service has included a "two hour stint" in a Sheffield Shield match when one of the on-field umpires fell ill. Off the field he served for many years on the TCUSA management committee, his contribution and work being acknowledged in 2008 when he was awarded TCUSA Life Membership.
1986-97 to 2008-19 (33 seasons).
Total matches as a TCUSA umpire:
797 (240 First Grade)
'Advisor's Merit Award'
Captain's Ratings Award
: 12-13 (3rd Grade).
Premier League First Grade
Premier League Second Grade
: 93-94, 95-96, 96-97, 98-99, 00-01.
Premier League Third Grade
: 90-91, 92-93, 97-98, 99-00, 01-02.
Premier League Under-17 Grade
Premier League Under 15 Grade: 16-17
: 11-12. 14-15
: 02-03 (Huon 'B'). 15-16 (Tasman)
Images of Brian during his TCUSA career.
The following about Brian appeared in the 19 March 2010 edition of the then TCUSA publication 'E-News':
TCUSA UMPIRING MEMBER
LINES UP FOR HIS 500TH MATCH
TCUSA Life Member Brian Pollard will walk out on to the ground at the Hutchins School just before half-past-eleven this morning to umpire the State Independent Schools second XI one-day grand final between that school and Saint Virgil's Collage, his 500th match as a member of the Association and the highest on record. Pollard, seventy, who stood in his first Tasmanian Cricket Association (TCA) game way back in 1985, continues to be rated highly by the selectors, so much so that he has also been selected to stand in a third grade two-day semi final this weekend at the TCA Ground, his 501st match.
Pollard played with the Montague Bay Cricket Club as a batsman for many years in what was then the South Suburban Cricket Association (SSCA) and now the Southern Cricket Association (SCA). In the 1960s he and his batting partner established the competition's record opening partnership of 208, a feat that still remains the highest on the SCA's books after all these years.
As the club's captain he led his side to several premierships and spent ten years on the committee, his overall service being rewarded with a Life Membership. After retiring as a player, Pollard took up umpiring in 1982 with the SCCA, standing in its matches for three seasons, each year of which saw him stand in a grand final, before moving over to the TCA at the instigation of then umpire and now Cricket Tasmania Board member, Paul Howard.
In the nearly thirty years since Pollard had, as of last weekend, clocked up 499 games, a record that includes twelve grand finals, a remarkable 236 of that total being TCA First Grade games, the last being just last year. His higher-level service included a "two hour stint" in a Sheffield Shield match when one of the on-field umpires fell ill. However, he has not only been active on the field in that time, for he served for many years on the management committee, his work in that role and as an umpire being acknowledged by the award of a TCUSA Life Membership two years ago (E-News 215-1192, 21 March 2008).
Richard Widows, Tasmania's State Director of Umpiring, told E-News yesterday that Pollard is highly respected by the whole cricket fraternity, players, match officials and administrators alike, for he epitomises "the very best qualities required to perform the sometimes difficult task of the sports official", and who "regardless of the circumstance, always maintains the highest level of integrity".
By the time this weekend ends, Brian will have stood in twenty-nine matches across a wide range of grades this season. Eleven of those were in second grade, four in third, three in the Under 17s, four Under 15s, two with the Southern Tasmania Cricket Association, three women's Twenty20 and two Independent Schools, a record Widows says demonstrates his readiness to go out of his way to make himself available for any appointment.
Please note - TCUSA records available prior to 1990 are not complete.
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