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

AFLUA Training Overview – Work Experience Perspective

I’ve been doing work experience here at the AFL Umpire’s Association for the week between July 3 – July 7. I was asked to attend a training session on Tuesday July 4, and to write an article describing important aspects of the session, including the facilities being used, the […]

By |July 7th, 2017|News|0 Comments

Rob Haala Joins the 300 club

From the six boundary umpires to debut in 2004, there stands just one in 2017. A man who will be only the 12th boundary umpire in history to walk out for 300 AFL matches this weekend. A man who also typifies the utmost professionalism, with a CV to match […]

By |July 7th, 2017|News|0 Comments

David Rodan to debut in the AFL this week

Former AFL footballer David Rodan will debut in his first AFL game this weekend as a goal umpire.  David will partner Stephen Williams in the Nth Melbourne v Fremantle match this Sunday.

David played 185 games for Richmond (2001-2006) Pt Adelaide (2007-2012) and Melbourne (2013).  He becomes the 84th VFL/AFL […]

By |July 5th, 2017|News|0 Comments

Round 15 shorts – Adam Coote back into the action

Boundary umpire, Adam Coote was back for his third game in 2017 on the weekend.  Adam’s season has been scuttled by injury following a pre season operation.  Adam now has 270 games to his name including 25 finals and 5 grand finals.  Let’s hope he can finish off the […]

By |July 5th, 2017|News|0 Comments
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