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Four quarters: Why AFL’s umpires are a key ingredient

When I met Shaun Ryan he’d just been in court, working as a barrister. He looked wide-awake and explained to me how he’d imposed on himself a “media ban” that he was breaking for this interview, in part because he no longer reads football media.

“To read things only distracts […]

By |May 15th, 2017|News|0 Comments

MARA rises 150

Michael (Mara) Marantelli walked onto Etihad Stadium for the St Kilda v Greater Western Sydney clash at Etihad Stadium for his 150th AFL Match. 

Just like his athletic running ability, Michael’s career to date has flown by. Five years and 7 games to be exact, since Mara umpired his first […]

By |May 12th, 2017|News|0 Comments
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    Round 7 shorts: Footy is flying and we only look for the negatives

Round 7 shorts: Footy is flying and we only look for the negatives

AFL CEO, Gill McLachlan hit the nail on the head earlier this week when he mused, attendances are up, football is exciting and unpredictable, scoring in up, stoppages are down and all that makes headlines are a couple of umpiring decisions because journo’s don’t want to be seen talking […]

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

Maclure kicks goal of his own

FORMER Albury goal umpire Matt Maclure will officiate in Sunday’s clash between Hawthorn and Melbourne at the MCG.

After being an emergency for the opening six rounds of the AFL season, Maclure has been called up to make his debut.

Please click here to view the full article from The Border Mail.

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    Round 6 shorts – Aaron Deckys reaches an amazing milestone

Round 6 shorts – Aaron Deckys reaches an amazing milestone

Three hundred games by any measure is an amazing achievement, when Aaron Deckys crossed the boundary line last Saturday afternoon he became the first Queenslander to achieve that feat.  It is even more meritorious when you consider that for Aaron’s first 200 games there was only a game in […]

Aaron Deckys – 1st QLD AFL Umpire to each 300 games

There are not many umpires who can claim they started their AFL umpiring career back in the 20th century but one proud boundary umpire from the sunshine state, who recently umpired his 300th AFL game, certainly can!

Aaron Deckys umpired his first AFL match back in round 6, 1998 between […]

Community Umpiring Week

The AFL wishes to advise Round Seven of the 2017 Toyota AFL Premiership Season has been designated Community Umpiring Week with the aim to encourage people to get involved in umpiring Australian Football at the grassroots level.

Please click here to view the full article from the AFL website.

William Robert Sutton (Better Known as Billy)

Let me introduce you to William Robert Sutton.  What? You don’t know who Billy Sutton is?                        

Over the next few  paragraphs  I will endeavour to pass onto you the other side of Bill away from umpiring.

Bill was born in Menindee / Broken Hill,  New South Wales  in  1941, […]

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