Andrew Heffernan AFL Debut!

Congratulations to former VAFA umpire Andrew Heffernan who makes his AFL debut in the Melbourne v Carlton clash at the MCG on Sunday!

Andrew began his umpiring career as a boundary umpire in the Yarra Junior Football League when in Year Seven at Xavier College. The following year he switched to field umpiring and he steadily made his way up through the ranks, umpiring a number of junior Grand Finals.

In 2010, Andrew made his way to the VAFA where he successfully made the transition to umpiring in a senior competition, officiating the Under 19 North Grand Final.

In 2011, Andrew became one of a select few to debut in senior football in A grade, umpiring at Carey with Sacha Koffman. Throughout the season, Andrew, who is an extremely organised young man, successfully completed his VCE while serving as one of the Vice-Captains at Xavier College. On the football field, he had an outstanding first year in senior football, culminating in him being appointed to the Premier C Grand Final with Merv Monty and Tom Windlow. Andrew also was awarded the Golden Whistle this year.

Andrew worked hard on improving his umpiring and 2012 proved to be a stellar year, resulting in him being appointed to the Premier Grand Final with Luke Holmes and Matt Pryor.

In 2013 Andrew made his way to the VFL where he has umpired 100 senior matches, including a number of finals. In 2015 he was Emergency Umpire for the Senior Grand Final and in 2016 was appointed to the VFL Development League Grand Final.

At the beginning of 2019 Andrew began the year on a high, umpiring the AFLW Grand Final and found out soon afterwards that he would be one of the contracted AFL field umpires.

Congratulations Andrew on what you’ve achieved so far. All at the VAFA and the VAFAUA are looking forward to seeing you in AFL Shirt #29 for many years to come.

Credit: Tony Hales

Life Membership Nominations

Nominations for Life Membership of the VAFAUA are now open.

Applications must be in writing, and be nominated & seconded by current members of the association. Nominations should address the eligibility criteria, and explain why the person should be considered for Life Membership. Nominations must be received by the Secretary ([email protected]) by midnight on 10 July.

Eligibility criteria:

The following persons are eligible for election as a Life Member:

(i) A member who has met two of the three following criteria: 

A – completed at least 10 years of service as an umpire with VAFA;

B – been a Committee Member of the Association for 3 years or more; 

C – in the opinion of the Committee, in its absolute discretion, has upheld the purposes of the Association and rendered conspicuous service.


(ii) completed 20 years service umpiring with the VAFA, and in the opinion of the Committee, in its absolute discretion, has upheld the purposes of the Association

USA Night

This Wednesday June 19th is USA night! Get down and dress up in anything USA related and have some fun! (Perhaps NBA jerseys… Raptors perhaps?)

Dinner provided provided after training as always, and a few prizes for best dress up!

From 6pm at Elsternwick Park.

See you there!

Footy Legends Night

Footy Legends Night this Wednesday!

Cappaaaaaaa……. Wednesday night is Footy Legends night!!!

Get down and dress up as your favourite footballer! (Legends encouraged!!)

Get involved as we have some fun and play a few games at training at the first of our themed training nights for the year.

Dinner provided after training as always, and a few prizes for best dressed!

See you all there!


This year’s AGM will take place after training on Wednesday (May 8) at Elsternwick Park from 7:15pm.

All members are expected to attend, and dinner will be provided as usual!

Get down and hear all the latest about the UA.