Coaching Panels Announced!

Earlier today Umpire Operations Manager Haydn O’Connor revealed the new-look coaching panels for 2019, with two notable recruits joining our ranks.

In the Field, Tony Hales continues as the Premier Squad coach, and Guy Hexter remains in charge of the Development Squad. The Senior Squad (catering for most umpires of Senior football outside of the Premier group) will be led by new recruit Peter Marshall.

Peter joins the VAFA with a wealth of umpiring and coaching experience. As an umpire he officiated at the highest level, and as an administrator has acted as the Director of Umpiring at both the Southern Football Netball League and Southern Umpires Association (MPNFL). He also serves as a match-day observer for the VFL.

Peter will be well supported by Senior Assistants Mark Gibson and Peter James – both highly credentialed umpires and coaches in their own right.

On the Boundary, Ryan O’Shea continues in his role as Senior Boundary coach, with Asha Hinton continuing in her role as Senior Assistant coach. To further develop our boundary ranks, we are privileged to welcome Andrew Leggo, joining Jack Punshon as development coaches. Andrew is fresh from the VFL, having officiated over 100 VFL Senior matches, and will bring this experience to the development of our up and coming umpires.

In the Goals it is ‘business as usual’, with Bernie Jephson returning as Senior coach, supported by Development coaches Shane Herbert and Charlie May

Umpires can expect to have a much closer interaction with their squad coach in 2019 under the new structure, with more to be revealed as the pre-season gets underway. These coaches are here to help you, and we encourage you to get down to training and use the coaching resources provided to help develop and improve your umpiring performances.

We are extremely lucky to have coaches of this calibre supporting our umpires throughout all disciplines and divisions. We have long claimed that we have the best coaches in the umpiring world, and the addition of Peter and Andrew will ensure this quality of training is available to all umpires within the group.

For more, you can read Haydn’s article here.

2019 Pre-Season Training

Preseason 2019 Calendar

It is that time of the year again! Dust off the runners, find the training shirt, and get down to pre-season training to catch up with old friends and get ready for the 2019 season.

Training kicks off at Chelsworth Park in East Ivanhoe on the 23rd of January, a session at the Tan on the 30th, and back at Elsternwick Park on Monday and Wednesday evenings from the 4th of Feb. These early sessions are predominantly running sessions, with coaching resuming later in the pre-season.

New umpires are more than welcome to join us! We look forward to seeing everyone throughout the pre-season.

Preseason 2019 Calendar

Baby Bonus?

So it turns out pre-season 2018 was a very productive one for three of our association members, and nine months later we welcome into the world three more future members of the group.

On the 13th of December Daniel and Erin Silfo were blessed with the birth of Jacob John, their first child.

Daniel, Erin and Jacob Silfo

Less than a week later Brad Nicholson and wife Bridey welcomed daughter Harper Paige on the 18th of December, with elder brother Jude reportedly revelling in his big-brotherly duties.

Harper Paige Nicholson

On the 9th of January Grace Lily was born to Adrian and Clare Damen. Grace joins a very extensive family of current and former VAFA umpires!

Grace Lily Damen

A Damen, Nicholson & Silfo Grand Final panel in 2019 and 2037? On behalf of all at the VAFAUA we extend our warmest congratulations to all these members and their families at this wonderful and exciting time.

2019 Season – From Umpire Ops Manager Haydn O’Connor

To all members of the UA, I wish you a safe festive season, and hope you are surrounded by your nearest and dearest. Thank you for your commitment and hard work throughout 2018, the VAFA never stops growing and while I hope you all are enjoying the off-season, the 2019 year is almost upon us.

2019 PRE-SEASON & YARRA JFL PARTNERSHIP
In 2019, a fantastic opportunity will be available to all umpires that find it difficult to attend training at Elsternwick Park. With the support of the Yarra JFL, VAFA Umpires will have a training base on Monday Nights from March 18th at Koonung Reserve, Bulleen. The VAFA will also provide coaching services on Monday nights at Koonung Reserve &  Wednesday nights at Bulleen Park West, the home of the Yarra JFL and urge all umpires who are based around that area to attend where possible. 

We will continue our fantastic arrangement with the SMJFL on Monday nights at Elsternwick Park throughout the 2019 season.

 More information on a Western training base will be sent to umpires in early 2019.

REGISTRATIONS
Registrations will be sent out to all 2018 registered umpires in late January, and any new umpires will be able to sign up from this point onwards.

RECRUITMENT
If you know somebody that is interested in umpiring with the VAFA in 2019, please pass on the following link for a registration of interest:

Vafa Umpires Recruitment 2019

COACHING
There has been a coaching re-structure along with personnel changes to the VAFA, with all announcements of appointments to come in January 2019. Follow “VAFA Umpires” on Facebook and Instagram to get all the latest information. 

OUT OF OFFICE
The VAFA Office will be closed from December 21st until January 14th. However, I will be returning and available to all Umpires from Monday January 7th 2019 via phone and email.

Haydn O’Connor
Umpire Operations Manager
Victorian Amateur Football Association
Phone: 9537 6777
Mobile: 0427 333 729

Umpire of the Year and Most Promising Umpire 2018

Congratulations to Matt Oakley for being awarded Umpire of the Year for 2018, collecting this award for the second time (2016 & 2018).

Congratulations also to Jackson Gillespie, who following a stellar year has collected both the AFL Victoria Golden Whistle and VAFA Most Promising Umpire awards.

Matt and Jackson were presented with their awards at the Woodrow Medal Night.

Well done!