Congratulations to David Hindle who umpired his 550th game this weekend with the VAFA!
550th Game – Ormond v Monash Blues at E.e. Gunn Reserve
A huge congratulations on this epic achievement.
When did you start umpiring in the VAFA?
I umpired my first VAFA game, as a field umpire, on 19 April 1969 between Old Paradians and Caulfield Grammarians Reserves, my fee received was $11. We have come a long way since then. I was a field umpire from then until 1983 and did 284 games. I resumed my career as a goal umpire in 2007, after Kevin “Chillie” Segota suggested that I should take on goal umpiring.
Any highlights of your career?
Life membership of VAFAUA
Game 500 at Fitzroy
In 1973, when we didn’t have a boundary umpire squad, appointed to 2 representative games on the MCG (only 1 boundary umpire on each side).
Appointed to 5 consecutive A grade grand finals on the boundary between 1971 and 1975.
As a field umpire, in 1979, I did the A grade preliminary final (De La Salle V Uni Blacks) and the C grade grand final between Kew and St Kilda CBC.
What keeps you umpiring?
I have kept umpiring because I enjoy the mateship of my fellow umpires, the acceptance of the umpires by the clubs during and after matches.
Why should people get involved in umpiring with the VAFA?
For young people with ambition, the VAFA can be a great steppingstone to the VFL/AFL and we have many examples of former VAFA umpires who have risen to great heights in those leagues.