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!
It has been three years since our last major uniform update, and there have been some changes in the off-season with the VAFA updating its logo, and Holmesglen joining the VAFA as jumper sponsor. Returning umpires should see below for required changes.
You can place your order by logging into the website, then selecting Members > Uniform from the menu
As a reminder of uniform policy, the following applies (mandatory items are in bold):
Field & Boundary Umpires: Short Sleeve Shirt Shorts Socks Wristbands (Green, VAFA logo – new item)
Goal Umpires: Long Sleeve Shirt Pants Hat Goal Jacket Short Sleeve Shirt
Goal Umpires must have a long sleeve shirt as their primary umpiring shirt. On match day umpires may elect to wear a short sleeve shirt if both umpires so do.
Match Day Polo (Mandatory for all umpires in Premier grades and for field umpires in all senior matches (for match arrival/attending after matches). Highly recommended for all other umpires.
Training Tee – Highly recommended. It is expected that umpires who regularly attend training will wear this garment.
To minimise the cost to returning umpires the change will be progressive, with only some items requiring update this season. Please see the list below for changes:
2019 Updated item mandatory: Wristbands (uniform green with VAFA logo) – Field/Boundary only Shirt – Mandatory for Premier and Premier B Umpires, recommended for all other umpires.
2019 updated item optional: Shirt (For other than Premier/Premier B umpires) Shorts (New stock from May will feature updated VAFA logo) Goal Pants (New stock from May will feature updated VAFA logo) Socks (New stock is a redesigned product)
2019 Items unchanged: Match Day Polo – same as 2018 Training Shirt – same as 2018
We are currently evaluating our off-field jacket options and will provide more information shortly. If you are confused about requirements please contact your coach, or [email protected] for more info.