• Ben Macdonald
    Ben Macdonald
  • Jordan Andrews
    Jordan Andrews
  • Corey Watkins
    Corey Watkins
  • Adam Bastick
    Adam Bastick
  • Graham Bergroth
    Graham Bergroth
  • Peter Bock
    Peter Bock
  • Chris Bull
    Chris Bull
  • Ian Burrows
    Ian Burrows
  • Sean Burton
    Sean Burton
  • Adam Coote
    Adam Coote
  • Damien Cusack
    Damien Cusack
  • Patrick Cran
    Patrick Cran
  • Brett Dalgleish
    Brett Dalgleish
  • Aaron Deckys
    Aaron Deckys
  • Nathan Doig
    Nathan Doig
  • Chris Esler
    Chris Esler
  • Daniel Field-Read
    Daniel Field-Read
  • Josh Garrett
    Josh Garrett
  • Chris Gordon
    Chris Gordon
  • Rob Haala
    Rob Haala
  • Gareth Hughes
    Gareth Hughes
  • Matthew Jenkinson
    Matthew Jenkinson
  • Matthew Konetschka
    Matthew Konetschka
  • Drew Kowalski
    Drew Kowalski
  • Ryan Kukura
    Ryan Kukura
  • Mitch LeFevre
    Mitch LeFevre
  • Tim Lougoon
    Tim Lougoon
  • Michael Marantelli
    Michael Marantelli
  • Josh Mather
    Josh Mather
  • Jason Moore
    Jason Moore
  • Tim Morrison
    Tim Morrison
  • Lachlan Rayner
    Lachlan Rayner
  • Chris Roberts
    Chris Roberts
  • James Scully
    James Scully
  • Robert Taylor
    Robert Taylor
  • Dillon Tee
    Dillon Tee
  • Shane Thiele
    Shane Thiele
  • Mark Thomson
    Mark Thomson
  • Matthew Tomkins
    Matthew Tomkins
  • Michael Saunders
    Michael Saunders
  • Nick Wade
    Nick Wade
Ben Macdonald

Commenced umpiring career with: Eastern Football League, 2004

Height: 180cm

Honours in umpiring: 

TAC Cup Grand Final 2014

VFL Reserves Grand Finals, 2011 and 2013

State Games, 2014 and 2016

VFL Grand Finals, 2012, 2015 and 2016

Occupation: Commerical Glazier
 
Favourite Food: Parma
 
Favourite Movie: Shawshank Redemption
 
Nickname: Benny/Benny Mac
 
Favourite city in the world and why: Melbourne – so many sporting events and has always been home
 
Before a game I always…: Pack my bag the day before
 
Best attribute as an umpire: Reading the play
 
Why did you become an umpire?: I started with a school mate for some fun/pocket money
 
Most admired sportsperson and why?: Shane Warne – he was an entertainer and a character
Jordan Andrews

AFLUA Heritage Number: 562

1st AFL Match:  St Kilda v Western Bulldogs 2015
 
AFL Matches at the end of 2016: 31
 
Commenced umpiring career with: Riddell Umpires, 2007 
 
Height: 170cm
 
Honours in umpiring:
VFL Grand Final, 2014
VFL v Tasmania State Game, 2012
 
Occupation: Student
 
Favourite Food: Chicken Parma with veggies or a roast
 
Favourite Movie: The Dark Knight Rises
 
Favourite city in the world and why: Gold Coast – theme parks, beaches, remarkable weather
 
Before a game I always…: Eat a lot of food
 
Best attribute as an umpire: The ability to finish the game strong
 
Why did you become an umpire?: Was asked by a friend to have a go at it, so I did
 
Most admired sportsperson and why?:  Michael Jordan and Tim Duncan (NBA) because both have a huge competitive drive to achieve success and both don’t forget those that have helped them to become the athlete and the person they are today
Corey Watkins

Commenced umpiring career with: 2008 independent schools/ SANFL academy

Height: 185cm

Occupation: Student (physiotherapy)
 
Favourite Food: Chicken Schnitzel
 
Favourite Movie: Shawshank Redemption
 
Nickname: Lenny
 
Favourite city in the world and why: Adelaide – its home
 
Before a game I always…: Listen to Coldplay
 
Best attribute as an umpire: Running
 
Why did you become an umpire?: Lose weight when I was in high school
 
Most admired sportsperson and why?: David Rudisha – 800m world record holder hence a great runner
Adam Bastick
AFLUA Heritage Number: 550
 
AFL Matches at the end of 2016: 67
 
1st AFL Match: 2012 – Fremantle v Brisbane
 
Commenced umpiring career with: WAFL Colts – 2006
 
Height: 184cm
 
Honours in umpiring: 
State game, 2011
WAFL grand final, 2010, 2011, 2013
 
Occupation: Physiotherapist
 
Favourite Food: Pizza and Pasta
 
Favourite Movie: Scott Pilgrim Vs The World
 
Nickname: Ads
 
Favourite city in the world and why: Reykjavik, It’s got the most beautiful landscape in the world and everyone that is super relaxed and friendly
 
Before a game I always…: Usually have spaghetti bolognaise for dinner the day before, then just chill out and try to stay relaxed during the day
 
Best attribute as an umpire: Running
 
Why did you become an umpire: I needed a job when I was 16 and getting paid to do running seemed like my perfect kind of work
 
Most admired sportsperson and why?: Emil Zatopek, because he seems like one of the most down to earth and friendly world champions. He was an incredible runner despite having terrible technique
 
Graham Bergroth
AFLUA Heritage Number: 551
 
AFL Matches at the end of 2016: 88
 
1st AFL Match: Rd 3, 2012, Western Bulldogs v St Kilda
 
Commenced umpiring career with: Eastern Football League – 2004
 
Height: 185cm
 
Honours in umpiring: 
EFL division 2 grand finals 2004 and 2005
EFL boundary umpire of the year, 2006
VFL Grand Final 2009
TAC Cup Grand Finals 2007, 2010 and 2011
Frank Leveritt Shield for best first year umpires across three disciplines, 2007
 
Favourite Food: Pizza
 
Favourite Movie: Romeo and Juliet
 
Nickname: Bergs / Bergy / Berga
 
Favourite city in the world and why: Melbourne because it is the home of football
 
Before a game I always…: Remember how privileged I am being doing one, I will never forget
 
Best attribute as an umpire: Ability to scoop up the ball on the run
 
Why did you become an umpire: Because I love football and running so this was a way of doing both with some financial reward
 
Most admired sportsperson and why?: Lleyton Hewitt, because he has a never say die attitude, Bret Lee because he is an aggressive fast bowler and Casey Stoner because he is such an inspiration, I love all for their patriotism
Peter Bock

AFLUA Heritage Number: 568

AFL matches at the end of 2016: 11

1st AFL Match: Round 8, Brisbane vs Collingwood, 2016
 
Commenced umpiring career with: AFL Queensland, 2015
 
Height: 185cm
 
Honours in umpiring: Hope I can add some here in the future
 
Occupation: Secondary School Biology Teacher and Queensland Athletics State Endurance Coach
 
Favourite Food: Curry Indian or Thai
 
Favourite Movie: Without Limits – the Steve Prefontaine movie with Donald Sutherland as Bill Bowerman
 
Nickname: Bocky
 
Favourite city in the world and why: New York – has a great vibe and just so much to do and see
 
Before a game I always…: Drink an espresso
 
Best attribute as an umpire: Running
 
Why did you become an umpire: Love footy, wanted a new challenge and got some encouragement from Queensland umpiring legend, Aaron Deckys.
 
Most admired sportsperson and why?: ‘The Little Emperor’ – Halie Gebrselassie, a lot to admire, was in the stadium when he won the Sydney Olympics 10,000m over coming injury to out dip former world recorder holder Paul Tergat on the line. I am also a big fan of the flamboyant Kenyan steeple chaser Ezekiel Kemboi. 
Chris Bull
AFLUA Heritage Number: 536
 
AFL Matches at the end of 2016: 122
 
1st AFL Match: Rd 1, 2011, Adelaide v Hawthorn
 
Commenced umpiring career with: North Eastern Umpiring Zone – 2000
 
Height: 179cm
 
Honours in umpiring: 
4 x SANFL grand finals
AFL Grand Final Umpire 2016
 
Occupation: Police Officer
 
Favourite Food: Fruit salad and vanilla ice cream
 
Favourite Movie: Shawshank Redemption
 
Nickname: Bully
 
Favourite city in the world and why: Vancouver, Canada
 
Before a game I always…: Since the 2007 SANFL grand final I have listened to the same song before every game
 
Best attribute as an umpire: Dedication
 
Why did you become an umpire: Injury cut short football playing career
 
Most admired sportsperson and why?: Shannon Eckstein
Ian Burrows
AFLUA Heritage Number: 519
 
AFL Matches at the end of 2016: 248
 
1st AFL Match: Rd 1, 2006, Collingwood v Adelaide
 
Commenced umpiring career with: Yarra Valley Umpires Association, 2001
 
Height: 176cm
 
Honours in umpiring: 
Yarra Valley Grand Final 2001
TAC Cup Grand Finals, 2002, 2003
VFL Reserves Grand Final, 2004
Interstate Match, VFL v SANFL, 2005 
VFL Grand Final, 2005 
Bill Sutton Medallion, 2007
Murray Williams Shield, 2014
AFL Grand Final, 2008, 2010 + replay, 2012, 2014, 2015 and 2016
All Australian, 2010, 2012, 2015
 
Occupation: News Producer, ABC
 
Favourite Food: Steak and veggies
 
Favourite Movie: Cool Runnings
 
Nickname: Buzz
 
Favourite city in the world and why: Berlin, because of its history, culture and nightlife
 
Before a game I always…: Listen to music
 
Best attribute as an umpire: Reading the play
 
Why did you become an umpire: To keep fit and earn pocket money
 
Most admired sportsperson and why?: Roger Federer, because of his humility as a champion
Sean Burton
AFLUA Heritage Number: 552
 
AFL Matches at the end of 2016: 17
 
1st AFL Match: Port Adelaide v Sydney, AAMI Stadium 2012
 
Commenced umpiring career with: SANFL Academy 2003
 
Height: 180cm
 
Honours in umpiring: 
4 SANFL Grand Finals 2011, 2012, 2013 & 2015
2013 Silver Whistle for Best & Fairest Boundary Umpire in SA
 
Occupation: Chartered Accountant
 
Favourite Food: Pizza
 
Favourite Movie: Remember the Titans
 
Nickname: PJ
 
Favourite city in the world and why: New York, the city that never sleeps
 
Before a game I always…: Complete the spot the difference/trivia in the footy record
 
Best attribute as an umpire: Dedication and hard work ethic
 
Why did you become an umpire: Injured too many times playing football as a teenager and saw umpiring as a way to still be involved in the game
 
Most admired sportsperson and why?: Usain Bolt because of his cool calm attitude towards everything he does but likes to show off when the job is done
Adam Coote
AFLUA Heritage Number: 514
 
AFL Matches at the end of 2016: 267
 
1st AFL Match: Rd 1, 2005, Richmond v Geelong
 
Commenced umpiring career with: Colac and District Umpires Association – 1997
 
Height: 176cm
 
Honours in umpiring: 
AFL grand finals, 2006, 2008, 2009, 2010 and 2010 replay
VFL grand final, 2004
All Australian umpire, 2008 and 2009
 
Occupation: Sales/account management 
 
Favourite Food: Steak
 
Favourite Movie: Not a big movie buff
 
Nickname: Bear / Cootey
 
Favourite city in the world and why: Melbourne! Because that’s where the big AFL games are played!
 
Before a game I always…: Have a nice long hot shower to wake up the mind and loosen the body
 
Best attribute as an umpire: Not sure! You will have to ask the coaching panel!
 
Why did you become an umpire: Initially to help my running / athletics in the winter and to earn some pocket money
 
Most admired sportsperson and why?: Cadel Evans
Damien Cusack
AFLUA Heritage Number: 557
 
1st AFL Match: Rd 1, 2014 – St Kilda v Melbourne
 
AFL Matches at the end of 2016: 65
 
Commenced umpiring career with: VAFA – 2001
 
Height: 191cm
 
Honours in umpiring: 
VFL umpire of the year, 2012
VFL grand final, 2012 and 2013
 
Occupation: Civil Construction
 
Favourite Food: Spaghetti
 
Favourite Movie: Without Limits
 
Nickname: Q, Cuse
 
Favourite city in the world and why: Melbourne. I love my sport, and you get a wide variation to enjoy
 
Before a game I always…: Walk 6km the night before, eat 4 hours before the match
 
Best attribute as an umpire: Reading the play and throw-ins
 
Why did you become an umpire: A friend from athletics invited me down to try some umpiring. I’ve always enjoyed running, and watching football, so I get the best of both worlds
 
Most admired sportsperson and why?: Steve Prefontaine – he had belief in his own ability and pushed himself to his limits to be the best athlete he could be
 
Patrick Cran
AFLUA Heritage Number: 563
 
AFL Matches at the end of 2016: 21
 
1st AFL Match: Round 1 2016, Sydney v Collingwood 
 
Commenced umpiring career with: Southern Sydney Juniors, 2006
 
Height: 185cm
 
Honours in umpiring: 
NEAFL since 2013
NEAFL 2014 and 2015 Prelim Finals
 
Occupation: Insurance Broker
 
Favourite Food: Mums meatloaf
 
Favourite Movie: Saving Private Ryan
 
Nickname: Cranny
 
Favourite city in the world and why: London – only city I feel I could live
 
Before a game I always…: Walk around the boundary
 
Best attribute as an umpire: Teamwork
 
Why did you become an umpire: I had to obtain a umpire certificate for a school project
 
Most admired sportsperson and why?: Michael Schumacher – 7 time world champion, need I say more!
 
Brett Dalgleish

AFLUA Heritage Number: 535

AFL Matches at the end of 2016: 142

1st AFL Match: 2010
 
Commenced umpiring career with: 
 
Height: 
 
Honours in umpiring:
 
Occupation: 
 
Favourite Food: 
 
Favourite Movie: 
 
Nickname:
 
Favourite city in the world and why: 
 
Before a game I always…: 
 
Best attribute as an umpire: 
 
Why did you become an umpire: 
 
Most admired sportsperson and why?:
Aaron Deckys

AFLUA Heritage Number: 475

AFL Matches at the end of 2016: 294

1st AFL Match: Rd 6, 1998, Brisbane v Richmond 
 
Commenced umpiring career with: Sunshine Coast AFL – 1992
 
Height: 178
 
Honours in umpiring: 
Queensland state league grand final, 1998, 2002, 2003, 2005
AFLQUA team of the century
London exhibition match
AFLUA Life Member
AFL Sunshine Coast Hall of Fame, 2010
AFLQUA Life Member
AFL finals, x5
 
Occupation: Secondary school teacher
 
Favourite Food: Quality steak and vegetables
 
Favourite Movie: Taken
 
Nickname: Doc
 
Favourite city in the world and why: Sapporo Japan – closest city to Niseko ski fields
 
Before a game I always…: Eat pasta the night before
 
Best attribute as an umpire: Speed and agility
 
Why did you become an umpire: A friend of mine who lived around the corner from me growing up, invited me
 
Most admired sportsperson and why?: Usain Bolt (used to be Lance Armstrong)
Nathan Doig
AFLUA Heritage Number: 516
 
AFL Matches at the end of 2016: 213
 
1st AFL Match: Rd 5, 2005, West Coast Eagles v Western Bulldogs
 
Commenced umpiring career with: WAFL – 2002
 
Height: 174cm
 
Honours in umpiring: 
WAFL grand final, 2003 and 2004
WAFL umpire of the year, 2004
Achieved 50 match milestone in 2007
Achieved 100 Match Milestone in 2010
AFL grand final umpire 2011, 2013 and 2014
 
Occupation: Remedial Massage Therapist
  
Nickname: Doigy
 
Favourite city in the world and why: Perth/LA – weather is unbeatable in both
 
Before a game I always…: Warm up
 
Best attribute as an umpire: Running
 
Why did you become an umpire: Training partner invited me down to WAFL umpire training
Chris Esler
AFLUA Heritage Number: 544
 
AFL Matches at the end of 2015: 84
 
1st AFL Match: Rd 1, 2012, Melbourne v Brisbane
 
Commenced umpiring career with: Western Region Football League – 2000
 
Height: 185cm
 
Honours in umpiring: 
VFL umpire of the year, 2011
 
Occupation: Student
 
Favourite Food: Kingfish Sashimi from Chin Chin
 
Favourite Movie: Point Break, Alfie and Strictly Ballroom
 
Nickname: Es or Esler
 
Favourite city in the world and why: Berlin, the culture is similar to Melbourne
 
Before a game I always…: Have too much coffee
 
Best attribute as an umpire: Determination
 
Why did you become an umpire: Played footy on Sunday mornings and then umpired the game afterwards
 
Most admired sportsperson and why?: Kelly Slater, being at the top of his game for so long

 

Daniel Field-Read

AFLUA Heritage Number: 560

1st AFL Match: Sydney v Essendon, ANZ Stadium 2015
 
AFL Matches at the end of 2016: 43
 
Commenced umpiring career with: Sydney City Juniors, 2006
 
Height: 177cm
 
Honours in umpiring:
3x NEAFL Grand Finals
 
Occupation: Student
 
Favourite Food: Pizza
 
Favourite Movie: Gladiator
 
Nickname: DFR
 
Favourite city in the world and why: New York – amazing size and diversity
 
Before a game I always…: Listen to music and podcasts
 
Best attribute as an umpire: Running speed
 
Why did you become an umpire?: Like most kids – for extra pocket money
 
Most admired sportsperson and why?:  Tom Brady – exemplary work ethic and ability to maximise his talent
Josh Garrett
AFLUA Heritage Number: 565
 
AFL Matches at the end of 2016: 17
 
1st AFL Match: Round 1, West Coast vs Brisbane, 2016
 
Commenced umpiring career with: WANFLUA in 2012
 
Height: 185cm
 
Honours in umpiring: 
WAFL League Grand Finals 2014, 15
Devine Medalist (Boundary Umpire of the Year) 2015
 
Occupation: Plumber
 
Favourite  food: Risotto
 
Favourite movie: The Castle
 
Favourite city in the world and why: Melbourne – Because of the sport and food plus the fact that I’m not very well travelled.
 
Before a game I always…: Have a couple of coffees and try to relax as much as possible.
 
Best attribute as an umpire: Running
 
Why did you become an umpire: To get fit for cricket and make a bit of money through high school.
Chris Gordon
AFLUA Heritage Number: 527
 
AFL Matches at the end of 2016: 189
 
1st AFL Match: 2009, Collingwood v Adelaide
 
Commenced umpiring career with: Southern Umpires Association – 2003
 
Height: 178cm
 
Honours in umpiring:
Nab Cup grand final, 2010
Nab Cup grand final, 2011
International rules series, 2011
AFL grand final, 2011
Emergency AFL grand final, 2010, 2012 & 2014
 
Favourite Food: Chicken Parmigiana
 
Favourite Movie: Wedding Crashers
 
Nickname: Gordo or Flash
 
Favourite city in the world and why: Melbourne, because I live here and it’s got the best sport in the world all of the time
 
Before a game I always…: Get a bit cranky at home
 
Best attribute as an umpire: Consistency
 
Why did you become an umpire: Couldn’t play footy but love it too much
 
Most admired sportsperson and why?:  Roger Federer – Great bloke, unbelievable athlete, passion, effort and everything a true champion represents
Rob Haala
AFLUA Heritage Number: 508
 
AFL Matches at the end of 2016: 285
 
1st AFL Match: 2004, Melbourne v Port Adelaide
 
Commenced umpiring career with: Southern Football League, 2001
 
Height: 176cm
 
Honours in umpiring: 
SFL grand final, 2001
VFL reserves grand final, 2002
VFL Grand Final, 2003
AFLUA Boundary Umpire of the Year in 2006 and 2007
AFL grand final, 2012, 2013 and 2016
 
Occupation: Dietitian
 
Favourite Food: Custard tart
  
Favourite city in the world and why: Munich, showcases the German culture
 
Before a game I always…: Hydrate
 
Best attribute as an umpire: Determination
 
Why did you become an umpire: I love football
Gareth Hughes
AFLUA Heritage Number: 566
 
AFL Matches at the end of 2016: 20
 
1st AFL Match: Round 3, Gold Coast vs Carlton, 2016
 
Commenced umpiring career with: AFL Queensland, 2012
 
Height: 192cm
 
Honours in umpiring: 
NEAFL Grand final 2013, 14, 15
NEAFL State Game 2014, 15
 
Occupation: Medical Student   
 
Favourite Food: Mangoes
 
Favourite Movie: 42
 
Nickname: Hughesy
 
Favourite city in the world and why: London – Sheer size and amount of things happening at one time.
 
Before a game I always…: Tie my left shoe first.
 
Best attribute as an umpire: Change of pace and repeat efforts.
 
Why did you become an umpire: Dad convinced me to start boundary umpiring for extra fitness.

Most admired sportsperson and why?: Jackie Robinson – Overcame obstacles far greater than the the sport he was in.

 

Matthew Jenkinson
AFLUA Heritage Number: 547
 
AFL Matches at the end of 2016: 107
 
1st AFL Match: Rd 1, 2012, Bulldogs v West Coast Eagles
 
Commenced umpiring career with: VAFA – 2004
 
Height: 178cm
 
Honours in umpiring: 
VFL grand final, 2011
 
Occupation: Physiotherapist
 
Favourite Food: Lasagne
 
Favourite Movie: Inside Man
 
Nickname: Jenks
 
Favourite city in the world and why: Kitzbuhel, because the skiing is awesome
 
Before a game I always…: Eat plenty of food
 
Best attribute as an umpire: Endurance
 
Why did you become an umpire: To make some extra cash
 
Most admired sportsperson and why?: Shane Warne, because of his amazing skills
Matthew Konetschka

AFLUA Heritage Number: 548

AFL Matches at the end of 2016: 100
 
1st AFL Match: 2012, Port Adelaide v St Kilda
 
Commenced umpiring career with: South Australian Amateur Football League – 2008
 
Height: 183cm
 
Honours in umpiring:
SANFL grand final, 2011
 
Occupation: Student
 
Favourite Food: KFC
 
Favourite Movie: The Hunger Games
 
Favourite city in the world and why: Adelaide, because I live here
 
Before a game I always…: Make sure I always get a good nights sleep
 
Best attribute as an umpire: My love for the game
 
Why did you become an umpire: Because I’m too weak to play
 
Most admired sportsperson and why?: Lleyton Hewitt – because of his fight
Drew Kowalski
AFLUA Heritage Number: 543
 
AFL Matches at the end of 2016: 112
 
1st AFL Match: Rd 5, 2011, North Melbourne v Richmond
 
Commenced umpiring career with: Western Region – 2000
 
Height: 183cm
 
Honours in umpiring: 
VFL reserves grand final, 2006 and 2007
U18 grand final, 2008
VFL senior grand final, 2009 and 2010
VFL umpire of the year, 2010
AFL nab cup grand final, 2013
 
Occupation: Senior Electrical Engineer
 
Favourite Food: Ravioli carbonara
 
Favourite Movie: The Shawshank Redemption
 
Nickname: Drewy
 
Favourite city in the world and why: New York, because it has everything
 
Before a game I always…: Touch the centre of the ground
 
Best attribute as an umpire: Train the way you approach game day 
 
Why did you become an umpire: Wasn’t good enough to be selected for TAC Cup
 
Most admired sportsperson and why?: Roger Federer, all class on and off the court
Ryan Kukura
AFLUA Heritage Number: 567
 
AFL Matches at the end of 2016: 15
 
1st AFL Match: Round 4, West coast vs Richmond, 2016
 
Commenced umpiring career with: 
 
Height: 
 
Honours in umpiring: 
 
Occupation: 
 
Favourite Food: 
 
Favourite Movie: 
 
Nickname: 
 
Favourite city in the world and why: 
 
Before a game I always…: 
 
Best attribute as an umpire: 
 
Why did you become an umpire:
 
Most admired sportsperson and why?: 
 
Mitch LeFevre

AFLUA Heritage Number: 526

AFL Matches at the end of 2016: 203

1st AFL Match: 2008
 
Commenced umpiring career with: 
 
Height: 
 
Honours in umpiring:
 
Occupation: 
 
Favourite Food: 
 
Favourite Movie: 
 
Nickname:
 
Favourite city in the world and why: 
 
Before a game I always…: 
 
Best attribute as an umpire: 
 
Why did you become an umpire: 
 
Most admired sportsperson and why?:
Tim Lougoon
AFLUA Heritage No: 559 
 
1st AFL Match: Rd 5, 2014, Melbourne v Gold Coast
 
AFL Matches at the end of 2016: 58
 
Commenced umpiring career with: Bendigo Umpires Association, 2003
 
Height: 188cm
 
Honours in umpiring: 
VFL grand final, 2012 and 2013
VFL umpire of the year, 2013
Bendigo FL senior grand final 2004 – 2008 and 2011
Bendigo UA umpire of the year, 2005 – 2007
 
Occupation: Civil Engineer
 
Favourite Food: Homemade Chinese
 
Favourite Movie: Top Gun
 
Favourite city in the world and why: Melbourne, world class sport, variety of entertainment, good food and different cultural experiences 
 
Before a game I always…: Do the 3 tap touch – sweatbands, pen, spare whistle
 
Best attribute as an umpire: Focused
 
Why did you become an umpire: Didn’t want to play anymore but wanted to stay involved in football
 
Most admired sportsperson and why?: Michael Jordan, he sought to learn from the mistakes that he made, something which I strive to do
Michael Marantelli
AFLUA Heritage Number: 541
 
AFL Matches at the end of 2016: 142
 
1st AFL Match: Rd 1, 2011, Melbourne v Sydney
 
Commenced umpiring career with: Essendon District Football League – 2003
 
Height: 170cm
 
Honours in umpiring: 
VFL grand final, 2009 and 2010
AFL grand final, 2013 and 2016
 
Favourite Food: Chocolate (hazelnut)
 
Favourite Movie: Gladiator
 
Nickname: Mara
 
Favourite city in the world and why: Berlin, amazing history
 
Before a game I always…: Warm up
 
Best attribute as an umpire: Hopefully consistency across all areas but probably ability to use speed and endurance throughout match
 
Why did you become an umpire: Encouraged by a family friend as a means to keep fit and earn a bit of money
 
Most admired sportsperson and why?: Nick Symmonds (800m) – Talented and committed athlete. Anti-doping and civil rights advocate to boot
 
Josh Mather

AFLUA Heritage Number: 558 

1st AFL Match: 2014, Rd 2, St Kilda v Greater Western Sydney 
 
AFL Matches at the end of 2015: 41
   
Commenced umpiring career with: WRFL (Western Region Football League) 2005
 
Height: 186cm
 
Honours in umpiring: 
2010 A-Grade WRFL Grand Final
2013 VFL Grand Final
 
Occupation: Landscaper
 
Favourite Food: Love a good chicken schnitzel with gravy!
 
Favourite Movie: Superbad / horrible bosses is a couple I’ve watched a few too many times
 
Nickname: Mather
 
Favourite city in the world and why: Hands down Melbourne! Nothing beats the culture and the variety of sports to enjoy! 
 
Before a game I always…: Enjoy some baked beans on toast for brekky
 
Best attribute as an umpire: Change of pace
 
Why did you become an umpire:  It was always big in my family so I took it up pretty young! Too earn some pocket money
 
Most admired sportsperson and why?: Lleyton Hewitt – I admire the way he approached every game with such urgency and determination keeping his performances at such a high level for so long.
Jason Moore

AFLUA Heritage Number: 549 

1st AFL Match:  R1 – 2012, Port Adelaide v St Kilda
 
AFL Matches at the end of 2016: 58
 
Commenced umpiring career with: Combined Southern Football League, 2005
 
Height: 195cm
 
Honours in umpiring:
SANFL Grand Final, 2009-2014
 
Occupation: Retail
 
Favourite Food: Chicken parmigiana 
 
Favourite Movie: Taken
 
Nickname: Moorey or Magnus
 
Favourite city in the world and why: Adelaide – it’s home, although Dubai and New York are pretty spectacular
 
Before a game I always…:  Check my bag twice
 
Best attribute as an umpire: Throw-ins
 
Why did you become an umpire?:  I got paid to stay fit and watch football
 
Most admired sportsperson and why?:  Rich Froning – his dedication and commitment to training and ability to push himself to the limit
Tim Morrison
AFLUA Heritage Number: 539
 
AFL Matches at the end of 2016: 129
 
1st AFL Match: Rd 1, 2011, Collingwood v Port Adelaide
 
Commenced umpiring career with: Western Region Football League – 2000
 
Height: 184cm
 
Honours in umpiring: 
TAC Cup grand final, 2009 and 2010
 
Occupation: Human Resources Operations Analyst 
 
Favourite Food: Roast of some kind
 
Favourite Movie: Saving Private Ryan
 
Nickname: Junior
 
Favourite city in the world and why: Apart from Melbourne, then New York City for its amazing food and atmosphere
 
Before a game I always…: Eat a packet of pretzels to assist in my hydration process
 
Best attribute as an umpire: Anticipation of the play
 
Why did you become an umpire: Pocket money 

Most admired sportsperson and why?: Peter Siddle – he just keeps performing at a very high rate at all levels of cricket

Lachlan Rayner
AFLUA Heritage Number: 564
 
AFL Matches at the end of 2016: 21
 
1st AFL Match: Round 1, Melbourne vs GWS, 2016
 
Commenced umpiring career with: Essendon District Football League, 2005
 
Height: 180cm
 
Honours in umpiring: 
EDFL A Grade Grand Final in 2010
EDFL A Grade Grand Final in 2011
TAC Grand Final in 2014
VFL Grand Final in 2015
 
Occupation: Student (Studying Bachelor of Business Information Systems / Bachelor of Business)   
 
Favourite Food: Post Training / Match Parma goes down a treat!
 
Favourite Movie: Harry Potter Series!
 
Nickname: Lachy or Rayner
 
Favourite city in the world and why: Melbourne is definitely number one. Love the sporting culture and don’t mind heading out to find a cool new café.
 
Before a game I always…: Stay relaxed. Will often read the newspaper in between warm ups / stretches / throws.
 
Best attribute as an umpire: Running
 
Why did you become an umpire: I knew current AFL Umpire Brendan Hosking and joined up because of him. Was largely because I could earn a bit of money whilst I was 13.

Most admired sportsperson and why?: Cathy Freeman – She is a great role model for Athletics and shows that if you work hard towards a goal, anything is possible.


Chris Roberts

AFLUA Heritage Number: 523

AFL Matches at the end of 2016: 184

1st AFL Match: 2007
 
Commenced umpiring career with: 
 
Height: 
 
Honours in umpiring:
 
Occupation: 
 
Favourite Food: 
 
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Favourite city in the world and why: 
 
Before a game I always…:
 
Best attribute as an umpire: 
 
Why did you become an umpire: 
 
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James Scully

AFLUA Heritage Number: 561

1st AFL Match:  St Kilda vs GWS, Etihad Stadium 2015
 
AFL Matches at the end of 2016: 34
 
Commenced umpiring career with: VAFA, 2005 
 
Height: 195cm
 
Honours in umpiring:
VAFA Representative Match, 2007
VAFA C Grade Grand Final, 2007
VAFA A Grade Grand Final, 2008/2009
TAC Cup Under 18 Grand Final, 2012
VFL Reserves Grand Final, 2013 
VFL Grand Final, 2014
 
Occupation: Electrician
 
Favourite Food: Steak
 
Favourite Movie: The Castle
 
Nickname: Sculls or Scully
 
Favourite city in the world and why: Melbourne – great night life, great food and an awesome city!
 
Before a game I always…: Stay composed and relax
 
Best attribute as an umpire: My throw -ins
 
Why did you become an umpire?: Good pocket money as a 14 year old!
 
Most admired sportsperson and why?:  Roger Federer – Great role model for younger people and trains exceptionally hard!
Robert Taylor
AFLUA Heritage Number: 553
 
AFL Matches at the end of 2016: 84
 
1st AFL Match: Rd 7, 2012, GWS v GC Suns
 
Commenced umpiring career with: Sydney AFL Umpires – 2007
 
Height: 178cm
 
Honours in umpiring: 
Sydney AFL premier division grand final, 2007 and 2009
NEAFL Eastern Conference Grand Final, 2011
NEAFL Cross Conference Grand Final, 2011
NEAFL Boundary Umpire of the year, 2011
 
Occupation: Teacher
 
Favourite Food: Lemon meringue pie
 
Favourite Movie: Mean Girls
 
Favourite city in the world and why: Sydney, because I can still go to the beach the day after a game even in the middle of winter 
 
Before a game I always…: Go to a cafe, have a bowl of porridge and read the paper
 
Best attribute as an umpire: Understanding the game
 
Why did you become an umpire:  To be able to stay involved in football once I’d finished playing
 
Most admired sportsperson and why?:  Justin Langer, because he worked hard to maximise the talent he had
Dillon Tee
AFLUA Heritage Number: 540
 
AFL Matches at the end of 2016: 106
 
1st AFL Match: Rd 1, 2011, Adelaide v Hawthorn
 
Commenced umpiring career with: SANFL Academy – 2003
 
Height: 179cm
 
Honours in umpiring: 
SANFL grand final, 2008 and 2010
 
Occupation: Orthotic Technician
 
Favourite Food: Cereal and pizza (not together)
 
Favourite Movie: Gladiator
 
Nickname: Tbag
 
Favourite city in the world and why: Rome, because of all the magnificent monuments and buildings
 
Before a game I always…: Soak my favourite whistle
 
Best attribute as an umpire: My team work
 
Why did you become an umpire: I had ambitions of playing AFL but realised early that I wasn’t going to make it, so I switched to umpiring to continue my dream of being involved in the AFL
 
Most admired sportsperson and why?: Roger Federer, because he was the best in the work in his field but still remained so genuinely modest
Shane Thiele

AFLUA Heritage Number: 531

AFL Matches at the end of 2016: 154
 
1st AFL Match: Rd 1, 2009, Port Adelaide v Essendon
 
Commenced umpiring career with: SANFL – 2002
 
Height: 170cm
 
Honours in umpiring:
3 x SANFL grand finals
2 x best SANFL boundary umpire
Achieved 50 match milestone in 2011
 
Occupation: Sports Administration
 
Favourite Food: Fruchocs (it’s an Adelaide thing!)
 
Favourite Movie: Top Gun
 
Nickname: Thiele, Thiels
 
Favourite city in the world and why: Adelaide, family and friends or San Francisco (so much to explore)
 
Before a game I always…: Arrive way too early!
 
Best attribute as an umpire: Running
 
Why did you become an umpire: Love for footy and several mates were umpiring already 
 
Most admired sportsperson and why?: Am loving Simon Gerrans’ and Richie Portes’ work at the moment. Taking on the world’s best, and beating them, plus I am a bit of a cycling groupie 
 
Mark Thomson
AFLUA Heritage Number: 458
 
AFL Matches at the end of 2016: 335
 
1st AFL Match: 1996, Adelaide v Sydney
 
Commenced umpiring career with: Combined Southern Football League, 1993
 
Height: 180cm
 
Honours in umpiring: 
International rules, 1999, 2001 and 2006
International exhibition match, 2003, 2010
SANFL grand final, 1998 and 1999
AFL Grand final, 2009, 2010, 2010 replay, 2011
All Australian umpire, 2011
 
Occupation: State Manager
 
Favourite Food: Thai
 
Favourite Movie: The Shawshank Redemption
 
Nickname: Thommo
 
Favourite city in the world and why: New York
 
Before a game I always…: Have a coffee on the way to the game
 
Best attribute as an umpire: My running and overall consistency of performance 
 
Why did you become an umpire: As a 15 year old it was a great way to earn some pocket money and keep fit
 
Most admired sportsperson and why?: Roger Federer, I admire his ability to perform at the highest level over such a long period of time
Matthew Tomkins
AFLUA Heritage Number: 545
 
AFL Matches at the end of 2016: 119
 
1st AFL Match: Rd 1, 2012, Essendon v North Melbourne
 
Commenced umpiring career with: Essendon District Football League – 2005
 
Height: 186cm
 
Honours in umpiring: 
VFL grand final, 2011
Emergency AFL grand final, 2013
AFL Grand Final, 2014
 
Occupation: Teacher
 
Favourite Food: Chicken teriyaki stir fry
 
Favourite Movie: Rush Hour 1 and 2
 
Favourite city in the world and why: New York, a city with so many places to see and great food to try
 
Before a game I always…: Check my bag a few times before I leave the house
 
Best attribute as an umpire: Throw-ins
 
Why did you become an umpire: To stay involved in football and keep fit during the athletics off season
 
Most admired sportsperson and why?: Steve Prefontaine – the way he went about his training and racing
 
Michael Saunders
AFLUA Heritage Number: 529
 
AFL Matches at the end of 2016: 172
 
1st AFL Match: 2009
 
Commenced umpiring career with: VAFA – 2004
 
Height: 185cm
 
Honours in umpiring: 
NAB Cup grand final, 2010 and 2013
London exhibition match, 2012
Murray Williams shield, 2013
100 match milestone, 2013
AFL grand final, 2013
 
Occupation: Business Improvement Project Manager
 
Favourite Food: Italian – pizza’s and pasta’s
 
Favourite Movie: Lord of the the rings trilogy 
 
Favourite city in the world and why: San Francisco – it’s like the love child of Melbourne and Sydney
 
Before a game I always…: Get well hydrated
 
Best attribute as an umpire: Consistency
 
Why did you become an umpire: To keep fit in between athletics seasons
 
Most admired sportsperson and why?: Roger Federer – skill and class personified
Nick Wade
AFLUA Heritage Number: 546
 
AFL Matches at the end of 2016: 100
 
1st AFL Match: 2012
 
Commenced umpiring career with: AFL Queensland – 2000
 
Height: 183cm
 
Honours in umpiring: 
U18 national championships, 2005
QAFL grand final, 2009
Interstate game, WA v QLD, 2011
NEAFL grand final, 2011
 
Occupation: Research scientist
 
Favourite Food: Savoury shapes
 
Favourite Movie: Apocalypse Now and Donnie Darko
 
Nickname: Wadey
 
Favourite city in the world and why: Paris, some of the best things in my life have happened there
 
Before a game I always…: Play sport the difference in the footy record
 
Best attribute as an umpire: Always giving 100%
 
Why did you become an umpire: I love running, footy and keeping fit, but was no good as an AFL player
 
Most admired sportsperson and why?: Norwegian biathlete Ole Einar Ejorndalen – still winning Gold medals in his 6th Olympics at age 40