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!

VAFA & YJFL Partnership Begins

A reminder to all members that there will be NO training at Elsternwick Park tomorrow night (Monday, 18th March).

The YJFL & VAFA Umpires begin their partnership tomorrow night, kicking things off with training at Koonung Reserve from 6pm.

This will be an option as a training location for all VAFA umpires on Mondays throughout the season, so do your best to get down and meet some new faces!

Uniform 2019

It is time to order your new gear for 2019!

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

Uniform Policy

As a reminder of uniform policy, the following applies (mandatory items are in bold):

Field & Boundary Umpires:
Short Sleeve Shirt
Wristbands (Green, VAFA logo – new item)

Goal Umpires:
Long Sleeve Shirt
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.

All Umpires:

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.

Returning Umpires

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.

2019 Development Mentors Announced

We all know that joining a new club can be a daunting experience with much to learn. To help smooth this process for our 2019 recruits, we have named 6 Development Mentors who have recently been through the development system and are now umpiring senior football.

2019 Development Mentors. From left: Ben Wells, Will Houston, Tom O’Connor, Matteo Barba, Shaun Bourke (Absent – Harry Warmington)

Our mentors will not only act as an initial point of contact and someone to help with introductions, but will also be available to provide umpiring advice on stepping up the grades.

We congratulate these members for being selected to support our new umpires, and say thank you to them for giving up their time.

New umpires – please feel free to reach out to any of these umpires on the training track for any questions you might have!