Pre-Finals Dinner/Awards Night

We’re now well and truly into the second half of the season, and our signature event is not far away!

The 2019 Pre-Finals Dinner will be held on the 15th of August (Thursday Evening) in the Medallion Club, Marvel Stadium, commencing at 7pm.

We will be enjoying a sit-down 3 course banquet, with beer, wine and soft drink included all evening. Bruce Eva returns as our Master of Ceremonies to celebrate our award winners and life member inductee(s), and the evening will conclude with music and dancing.

The night is suitable for umpires of all ages, and we highly encourage partners, family & guests to join us for our night of nights, helping us to celebrate our year in style.

Dress code is cocktail/formal – dress to impress!


As per previous seasons, all member umpires are assumed to attend and will have the ticket price processed through the early August pay run.

Guest tickets can be purchased through pay deduction, or by cash/card/bank transfer.

Tickets, which include a 3 course banquet and drinks all night, are $120 for Adults and $90 for Under 18’s.

Guests, Dietary Requirements & Table Requests

Guests are more than welcome, and we encourage all members to bring along partners, family or friends to help celebrate the year! Guest tickets can be obtained by contacting Lionel Katz at [email protected].

Dietary requirements and table preferences should also be sent to Lionel.


Our Pre-Finals dinner is our night of nights, and attendance by all running umpires is both expected and assumed. Apologies for absence must be received by Lionel Katz (at [email protected]) by 1 August, and include reason for absence.

We look forward to seeing you there!

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