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.
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
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!