VAFA Umpires Round

VAFA Umpires Round is this Weekend – Celebrating Umpiring in the VAFA!

Click to read an editorial regarding Umpiring in the VAFA by Umpire Operations Manager, Haydn O’Connor.

Pick up a copy of the VAFA Umpires edition of the Amateur Footballer (shown above) at your match on the weekend.

Also, head to the VAFA website and check out the ‘For the Love of the Game’ Podcast and VAFA Tragics episodes featuring our very own Gavin De Kretser and Matt Oakley!

#goGreen đź’š

AFL Umpires at Training this Week

Round 4 (next Saturday May 4) is VAFA Umpire Appreciation round, and this Wednesday some umpires from the AFL will be attending training at Elsternwick Park!

Get down for some fun, games, coaching drills, and to see & hear about what it’s like to umpire at the highest level.

As usual, training starts at 6.15pm and dinner will be provided. See you there!

Season Launch 2019

This Wednesday (April 3rd) we will be hosting our season launch for 2019!

Round 1 is this Saturday (April 6th), so this is a great opportunity to celebrate the beginning of the season with all umpires.

Drinks & dinner will be provided, starting from 6.30pm upstairs at Elsternwick Park. All umpires are encouraged to attend, and families & friends are more than welcome. See you there!

Andrew Heffernan joins the AFL!!!

The VAFAUA sends a huge congratulations to Andrew Heffernan, who has joined the AFL Field Umpire list for 2019!

Andrew started umpiring on the Boundary as a 12 year old at the Yarra Junior FL, before switching to the Field. He came to the VAFA as a Field Umpire in 2010, going on to officiate our Premier Grand Final in 2012. He joined the VFL Development list in 2013, and has gone from strength to strength, including umpiring the VFL Development League Grand Final in 2016.

Andrew was ‘Rookie Listed’ with the AFL in 2017, and has acted as Emergency umpire for many AFL games over the last 2 seasons. He had a very successful AFL Womens season this year, and will officiate the AFLW Grand Final this coming Sunday.

Andrew is a great example of the YJFL/SMJFL – VAFA – VFL – AFL pathway, and has previously acknowledged the significant influence of our Premier Squad coach Tony Hales, along with our own Brian Goodman and Geoff Deveson from the YJFL, on his umpiring career.

Andrew joins a number of former VAFA Umpires at the AFL, including Nick Brown, Chris Donlon, Cameron Dore, Leigh Fisher, Andre Gianfagna, Simon Meredith, Rob O’Gorman and Brent Wallace.

Congratulations Heff, and we look forward to seeing you out on the big stage!

Andrew Heffernan in VFL Orange

VAFA Umpires in the VFL & AFL

It has been another very successful off-season for our VAFA alumni, with a number of additions and promotions within the VFL system!

Jackson Gillespie, Hamish McCartney, Luke Myatt and Joe Dorrat Thorpe have all successfully joined their development squads.

Jackson Gillespie, Leigh Fisher and Hamish McCartney in 2017.

This year we also have three promotions to the VFL Senior lists – Josh Ball (Field), Adrian Pretorius (Boundary) and Jack Stammers (Goal).

Josh Ball, (4th from right), Adrian Pretorius (3rd from right) and Jack Stammers (far right) during the VFLW Grand Final 2018. All three have been promoted to their Senior lists for 2019!

Josh and Jack join their respective Senior lists in just their second year at the VFL, and Adrian in his Third – absolutely outstanding achievements!

VFL Senior
Peter Bailes (F)
Josh Ball (F)
Christopher Doyle (G)
Patrick Dwyer (G)
Andrew Heffernan (F)
Adrian Pretorius (B)
Jack Stammers (G)

VFL Senior Development
Sam Beer (B)
Jacob Rockwell (F)
Raushaan Seychell (B)

VFL Development
Tope Adepoyibi (G)
Joe Dorrat Thorpe (G)
Jackson Gillespie (F)
Hamish McCartney (F)
Jake Marnie (G)
Luke Myatt (B)
Jack Punshon (B)

We also have a number of umpires officiating in the AFL this year:

AFL Field
Nick Brown
Chris Donlon
Cameron Dore
Leigh Fisher*
Andre Gianfagna*
Andrew Heffernan
Simon Meredith
Robert O’Gorman
Brent Wallace*

* With VAFA through the AFL Player to Umpire Program

AFL Boundary
Damien Cusack
Matthew Jenkinson
Michael Saunders
James Scully

AFL Goal
Matthew Dervan
Steven Piperno

With such an extensive VAFA alumni throughout the VFL and AFL system, the VAFA truly is the place to umpire!