Round 13 Shorts -Did the four umpire system work?

The jury is still out after 6 games of the 2018 version of the four umpire trial.  Free kicks were up slightly and commentators who were previously forwards in the game certainly relished the additional protect...

Australian Football Hall of Fame Umpire Passes Away

Queensland field umpire, Tom McArthur passed away suddenly on Friday June 15.  Tom was a good friend of the AFLUA and all umpires. In Queensland his career was without peer. Tom was one of only 14 umpires who ...

Where are they now? – Gordon Earnest Edward Watt

Photo: AFLUA Life Member, Gordon and his wife Wilma (Composer of Umpires’ Theme Song) Send a cheer over here, when the Men in White appear, they will umpire with Blood in their Boots. These are the openin...

AFL to again trial four field umpires

Four field umpires will officiate every game in rounds 13 and 14 in a trial that could be adopted on a full-time basis next season. Four field umpires were trialed in AFL games late in the 2015 home and away...

“Rocket Scientist” lands on 200 AFL games

Rob Findlay returned to the ground where his career started this weekend, when he officiated in his 200thAFL match between Melbourne and Collingwood in the Queen’s Birthday classic at the Melbourne Cricket Grou...

Round 12 shorts – The season powers on….

The split rounds have commenced and when we look around we have to ask ourselves where has the season gone?  It is fair to say that we all just get onto that treadmill called the weekly cycle and start peddling...