350 up for Thommo

Week after week for 21 years, Mark Thommo Thomson has trained and prepared his body to umpire AFL Football. Since his first appointment back in 1996 to Adelaide Vs Sydney, Thommo has umpired in 28 Finals, 5 Grand finals (including the 2010 replay), and a substantial amount of Adelaide […]

By |July 21st, 2017|News|0 Comments

Right on Par with the greats Nicho 300

Mat (Nicho) Nicholls got involved in umpiring for some pocket money and to lose some weight back in the Diamond Valley Football League in 1992. He is now one of the most elite and professional umpires at the AFL level in 2017. This weekend Nicho walks out to officiate […]

By |July 21st, 2017|News|0 Comments

Round 17 shorts: Country boy hits 200 games on Country Week

Warragul boy, Chris Roberts walked onto the MCG on Saturday in the Geelong v Hawthorn match very proud of his 200 game milestone.  His good mate, Chris Gordon estimated that Chris has travelled up and down the Princes Highway to the tune of 122,400 kilometres to undertake his role.  Now that’s […]

By |July 19th, 2017|News|0 Comments

True umpiring trailblazer

Imagine telling Robert Flower, Robert DiPierdomenico or Mark ‘‘Jacko’’ Jackson to ease up on the football field.

That was Glenn James’ life for the eight years he spent umpiring in the Victorian Football League, directing players double his size and dealing with the fallback.

But the indigenous umpire was quick on […]

By |July 14th, 2017|News|0 Comments


612km or 9 hours is the amount of travel and time it takes boundary umpire Chris Roberts to commute every week to ensure he is fulfilling his role. This weekend after 122,400 km of total travel, Chris, or (Robbo), or (nicknames we can’t disclose here), will umpire in his […]

By |July 14th, 2017|News|0 Comments

Round 16 shorts – Rob Haala joins the elite

Boundary umpire Rob Haala, becomes the 12th boundary umpire in the history of VFL/AFL football to reach the imposing milestone of 300 games.  Rob umpired the Collingwood v Essendon game at the MCG, an iconic venue and in a clash of traditional rivals.  Rob becomes the fastest boundary umpire […]

By |July 11th, 2017|News|0 Comments

Graham Carbery – a man who stood up

Former VFL boundary umpire, Graham Carbery, died on Wednesday after a long illness.  Carbery umpired 145 VFL games, including five finals.  He loved umpiring.  His career was different to every boundary umpire in VFL/AFL history.

Most boundary umpires retain anonymity.  They gather the ball, throw it in and run around […]

By |July 11th, 2017|News|0 Comments

The Gilham brothers – two of our hall of famers

Umpiring has been a family affair in community football leagues across the country for generations. We know whom those families are when we think about our first foray into umpiring as youngsters.  

The VFL has also been a family affair.  The McMurray’s, father (Jack) and son (Jack), the Nash’s, […]

By |July 10th, 2017|News|0 Comments
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