There is a famous statement that – records are made to be broken – and this week, the AFL Sydney Umpires Group has a MILESTONE record that will be made by field umpire Frank Kalayzich – 500 Senior Premier Division Games in the AFL Sydney Competition – a record […]
Spare a thought for Dean Margetts next time you pack your suitcase for a trip to Perth, or indeed anywhere on a plane. Since 2002 when Dean umpired his first AFL game he has packed his bags 154 times to head across the Nullarbor to fulfil his dream to […]
The first thing you notice about chatting with Chris Gordon (Gordo) is that his smile immediately disarms you and you relax into his company with ease.
I walked away from our conversation however, with a completely different mindset about what makes Gordo tick. You see, take out his first season […]
Field umpire Nick Foot was very happy as a youngster playing footy with his mates at North Hobart while his father coached opposition team Glenorchy. Nick was 14 years old, he played with mates on Saturday and umpired with mates on Sunday.
“I umpired senior Southern Football League seniors in […]
It was great to see all of the umpires walking onto the MCG yesterday in beanies supporting the big freeze event. Chris Kamolins officiated at the toss still wearing his in support of this magnificent fund raiser. Many of our older members will remember only too well VFL field […]
Former VFL umpire Murray Bird has produced a book called “Athenians and Red Invincibles” it tells the story of the beginnings of football in the north of Australia in 1866.
If you are interested in attending the book launch on Thursday 18 June in Melbourne, please click here to view the […]
Boundary umpire Rob Haala ran under the spotlight at the MCG on Saturday night with the footy focusing on the centre piece of the indigenous round, Dreamtime at the G and the great 400 game milestone of Dustin Fletcher.
Rob’s great milestone of 250 games includes 18 finals and 2 […]
Highly experienced boundary umpire Rob Haala umpired his 250th AFL game in a significant encounter at the MCG on Saturday night, dreamtime at the G. Rob moves into 15th place in total number of VFL/AFL games umpired by boundary umpires. Rob joins Aaron Deckys (259), Jonathan Creasey (280), John […]