Died 2.10.12
Monday, October 22nd, 2012

 Died. 02.10.12. Aged 62.

We have learned of the passing of Julia Gill.

Julia died on 2nd October 2012 after a long battle with cancer.


Julia was involved in many aspects of the game. She was a member of the Southern Counties Umpires Association before progressing to the Men’s National League Panel.  She served as a member of the old EHA Management Committee and more recently on the England Hockey Umpiring Committee and Technical Appointments Panel.

At club level she was a member of Epsom Hockey Club for a number of years before retirement saw her move to the West Country. Here she was heavily involved with the Devon Counties Umpire Association whilst maintaining a national role as a selector for the National Programme Umpires Association.

Julia is best known as a technical official and officiated at a number of world level events. Her international career highlights include officiating at the Athens and Beijing Olympics and taking the role of Tournament Director for the 2006 Commonwealth Games in Melbourne.

Away from the international scene, Julia never forgot her roots and was a regular and friendly face at all levels of domestic events around the country as a Tournament Director, Technical Officer and Umpire Manager.

Stephen Barlow, EHB Competitions & Events Manager said “Julia was a fantastic servant to the game. She brought a wealth of experience, guidance and good humour to all her different roles and we will miss her greatly”.

As a mark of respect all Devon clubs and those in the Investec Women’s Hockey League and Men’s Hockey League have been asked to hold a minute’s silence or applause before their games this weekend.

We send sincere condolences to Julia’s husband Bob.

 Margaret Hunnabal wrote …  

"Julia worked tirelessly in her efforts to help umpires of all ages and abilities to improve and I think the only thing that really frustrated her was those who had talent but wouldn't put in the work they needed to improve. She particularly loved working with our young umpires and seeing how quickly they improved.

"In many ways I think her preference was for umpiring men's teams – she enjoyed the speed of the game and the post-match discussions in the bar! 

"Outside hockey Julia adored her husband, Bob, with whom she shared many years at Epsom HC. They shared a love of travel, particularly of Africa and I was privileged to safari with them in Kenya one summer – there was nothing they didn't know between them about the country and its wildlife. She also enjoyed good food and quiz nights!

"Whatever she did, Julia always looked forward to more. Losing her so early in life has robbed hockey of one of its most dedicated, hard working followers – but few have achieved this much in their lifetime so I hope we will all look back and celebrate a life lived to the full."

Colin Howard writes …
"Julia was the first woman on SCHUA and I sent her to stroppy Purley for her third watching, just to make sure she was up to it.

"Julia Gill was only middle 50 and did a lot of work for EHB. She was a good Umpire and lately an Assessor and Umpire Coach. She was also a top International TD and match official including having been TD at World Cups and Champions Trophy events.