Mike Ball Death: Former WAFL, VFL and AFL umpire, Mike Ball is dead, Cause of Death

Mike Ball Death – Cause of Death: Longtime and former WAFL, VFL and AFL umpire, Mike Ball has passed away.

Mike Ball died after a long illness aged 66. He umpired 301 games of league football between 1976 and 1992 (248 WAFL, 45 VFL/AFL) including 4 WAFL Grand Finals and 1 VFL/AFL final.

During his run as an umpire, Mike established an outstanding reputation for technical proficiency, integrity and respectful control in his management of league games and players.

He began umpiring at just 16 years in 1972 at the Hills Junior Football Council and was given control of the Hills Under 17’s Grand Final and of Little League games at Bassendean Oval that season.

He was inducted into the WA Football Hall of Fame in 2017.

He his a respected figure in the game, with the announcement of his death flooded by heartfelt tributes and condolences.

“So sad. Yes to young A really nice guy whose lovely wife was a Bulldog supporter,” Mal Brown wrote. “Mike was a Swans man. Good umpire and fine man. Deepest sympathies to all his family and friends. Thoughts with family.”

“Way too young , another WAFLUA legend , and a good mate of my dad who also recently departed ….. my deepest sympathy to Lizzie , Kendal n families ….. Thank you both for attending dad’s service,” Russell Hale shared. “I’m a bit far away for this one , but my thoughts will be with you all , now his battle over …. rest in peace Mike.”

“Wow deepest sympathy to his family and friends when I was umpiring I heard so much about this legend he had so much respect,” Adam G. Roberts wrote. “Rip bally.”