Two goal umpiring stalwarts received their retirement caricatures and Pete Nastasi received his life membership in a small but classy dinner in Carlton on Monday night with most Melbourne based goal umpires in attendance.

David Dixon spoke in glowing terms about the impact that the Pete’s had on the group for over 11 years during their careers. He highlighted many stats that only a goal umpire would remember but took the boys back through their careers. The group then made very special presentations of an engraved silver plate in a wooden presentation box to each of the men recognising their AFL careers.

Peter Gonis goal umpired from 1999 until 2012. He officiated in 189 games and two finals. He was awarded life membership of the association in 2009. Pete is now spending his time with his family and watching his son play soccer.

Peter Nastasi joined the list in 2002. He became a life member in 2012. He umpired 158 games, 11 finals and the 2008 grand final. Pete is back in the VFL, goal umpiring, providing valuable on field leadership to the young and up and coming goal umpires.

The group all got around the boys and a good night was had by all.

Nastasi and Gonis goalies

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