“I never expected to make the AFL panel on my first attempt after umpiring the 2011 VFL grand final. I had only umpired 38 senior VFL games and it was my first final series, but you would never turn down the opportunity,” reflected Brendan today when he thought about […]
As Hawthorn premiership defender Grant Birchall and Melbourne captain Nathan Jones shake hands before the pre-game coin toss, participating in awe is 19-year-old Isabel Fitzgerald. From her vantage point in the centre of the MCG, arguably Australia’s grandest sports stadium, Isabel hears the heads-tails verdict and which end the […]
Every Tuesday and Thursday night, there’s always a familiar face at AFL Umpires training down here in Melbourne.
Head trainer Phil Watson is the man who makes sure each and every umpire is looked after when it comes to massage along with any other medical needs requirements they may have.
It only seems like yesterday that scoreboards and journalists were calling Brendan anything other than Hosking when he had his first game in 2012 between Greater Western Sydney and West Coast Eagles. “It became a little frustrating when nobody knew my real name,” exclaimed Brendan at the time. Fifty […]
The Hall of Fame celebrates the careers of great VFL/AFL umpires. On Monday June 29 umpiring royalty will be in attendance at the Park Hyatt Melbourne to recognise those who have delivered outstanding service to the AFLUA and the great game of Australian football.
The current members of the Hall […]
I wonder how many of you, like me, saw Michael Marantelli’s great running prowess and automatically assumed that his transition into umpiring came on the back of his elite running skills. Not so.
“I loved to run and keep fit as a kid. Dad was a runner but I had […]
The culmination of all of the activities of the community umpiring round saw three young umpires walk in front of each AFL umpiring team onto AFL grounds all around the country on the weekend.
Last week all AFL umpires went back to grass roots community footy with the sole purpose […]
Jack Edwards became the 433rd field umpire to debut in a VFL/AFL game. Jack was in charge of the Melbourne v Hawthorn at the MCG on Saturday. Jack has come through the VFL ranks as a rising star. He umpired the TAC Cup grand final in 2012, the VFL […]