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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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:
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