2020 PFD President’s Speech

We know that everyone will be missing the 2020 PFD, which was planned for tonight. In place, President Hartnett has recorded his welcome speech which you can view here:


If you’re missing our comedic stylings, you can also watch most of our skits and ‘umpires falling over’ videos on our youtube channel – just search for VAFAUA!

VAFA Women’s Academy Bounce & Brunch

The VAFA has announced an exciting event for Sunday February 23rd at Elsternwick Park (see flyer attached).

The inaugural ‘Bounce and Brunch’ event will commence at 9.30am on Sunday February 23rd at Elsternwick Park.

All females in attendance will be exposed to coaching and training as well as the chance to meet and speak with current VAFA coaches and exciting AFL guests to be announced shortly, finished with a brunch to welcome in the academy.

The VAFA is proud to support women in achieving their goals in umpiring by providing a fun environment where they can learn, develop or progress their umpiring and the BJS Women’s Umpiring Academy aims to increase female participation and active community engagement through our junior leagues, VAFA clubs and pathway programs.Bounce and Brunch banner on the right-hand side to register your interest!

Click below to register your interest!

We are hoping to generate as much interest in this event so please pass this onto your networks as we look to have a big opening to the academy.

Any questions or queries, please contact Umpire Operations Manager, Matt Dervan.

Tony Corr OAM

The VAFAUA extends its congratulations to Tony Corr, who has been acknowledged in the 2020 Australia Day Honours. Tony received the Order of Australia Medal (OAM) for services to cricket, with a lifelong commitment to his beloved Highett West CC.

This honour follows countless others, including the Cricket Victoria 50 Years of Service award, and induction into the Hall of Fame in the South East Cricket Association in 2017.

Tony’s commitment to local sport is phenomenal, and we are lucky to count him as one of our members.

Congratulations Tony!

Chuck’s Wedding

Congratulations to VAFAUA Life Member Wayne ‘Chuck’ Hinton, who wed his lovely bride Alina on Saturday 18 January. Chuck was ably supported by umpiring royalty for groomsmen, with Rob Sneddon and Mark Gibson standing by his side along with AFL Grand Final umpire John Russo as best man.

Another member of umpiring royalty, Glen James, gave a welcome to country at the reception.

We were able to round up just a few of the UA members for a photo at the reception.

Congratulations Wayne and Alina, and we wish you all the very best for your married life together!

2019 Award Winners

Congratulations to all of our award winners announced at our Pre – Finals Dinner on the 15th of August, and thank you to Winning Edge Presentations for supplying our high-quality awards!


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Shaun Bourke
Nic Gilbert
Chris Lonergan
James McCartney
Oli Murray
Ollie Bell
Eddie Boal
Paul Colbert
Ian Clydesdale
David Lepair
Daniel Silfo
Peter Pullen

10 Year Service – Ollie Bell, Ian Clydesdale, Andrew Hartnett, Daniel Silfo, Ray Stokes

Most Improved Goal Umpire – Matthew Laird

Most Improved Boundary Umpire – Ben Myatt

Most Improved Field Umpire – Campbell Hymans

Young Achiever – Lachlan Clancy

Best First Year Umpire – Sam Scott

Golden Whistle – Oliver Murray

Andy Carrick Award – Bill Evans

Bob Dunstan Award – Mitch Nire

Life Member Inductee – Peter Teasdale