The VAFA has been strongly represented in the Victorian Football League (VFL) and the Australian Football League (AFL) in recent years. This is due to the strength of the coaching programs provided by the VAFA Umpiring Department and the culture the VAFAUA fosters that help developing umpires to get the best out of themselves. This year is no exception.
Congratulations are extended to the following former VAFA Umpires who after a long preseason and trial period have been selected on VFL lists:
Josh Ball (Development Field)
Jack Punshon (Development Boundary)
Raushaan Seychell (Development Boundary)
Tope Adepoyibi (Development Goal)
Jake Marnie (Development Goal)
Jack Stammers (Development Goal)
These umpires join the following former VAFA Umpires at the VFL in 2018.
Peter Bailes (Senior Field), Cameron Dore (Senior Field), Andrew Heffernan (Senior Field), Matt Pryor (Senior Development Field), Jacob Rockwell (Senior Development Field) Sam Beer (Development Boundary), Adrian Pretorius (Development Boundary), Chris Doyle (Senior Goal), Patrick Dwyer (Senior Goal), Michael Driver (Development Goal) and Antonio Valente (Development Goal).
Former VAFA Umpires who are currently umpiring in the AFL are:
Nick Brown (Field), Chris Donlon (Field) (2011 AFL Grand Final Umpire), Leigh Fisher* (Field), Andre Gianfagna* (Field), Simon Meredith (Field) (2012, 2013, 2014, 2016, 2017 AFL Grand Final Umpire), Robert O’Gorman (Field), Brent Wallace* (Field), Matthew Jenkinson (Boundary), Damien Cusack (Boundary) (2017 AFL Grand Final Umpire), James Scully (Boundary), Michael Saunders (Boundary) (2013 AFL Grand Final Umpire), Matthew Dervan (Goal) and Steve Piperno (Goal).
AFL Field Umpire Rookies: Cameron Dore and Andrew Heffernan.
*part of the AFL’s player to umpire pathway
Anyone thinking about umpiring across any discipline or any players that have had one injury too many and are looking to transition to becoming an umpire should contact Haydn O'Connor at the VAFA on 9537 6707 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Once again the VAFAUA is proud to continue to provide the VFL and AFL with quality umpires.