SA based boundary umpire, Chris Bull has taken all before him this season and this weekend debuts in his first AFL grand final. He continues the great dynasty of SA umpires in AFL grand finals. Chris has umpired 121 games including 5 finals.
Scott Jeffery makes his grand final debut becoming the most experienced AFL field umpire to debut in a grand final. Scott walks onto the ground on Saturday with 308 games, including 12 finals under his belt. His partners on the weekend will be experienced duo, Matt Stevic, 304 games including 28 finals and three grand finals (2012, ’14, ’15) and Simon Meredith, 287 games including 23 finals and 3 grand finals (2012,13,14). Justin Schmitt is the emergency field umpire with 327 games including 12 finals.
Joining Chris Bull on the boundary is grand final veteran, Ian Burrows who comes in for his 7th grand final. Ian has 28 finals and previous grand finals in 2008, 2010 and 2010 replay, ’12, ’14 and ’15. Robert Haala returns to grand final day. Rob has 284 games, 23 finals and the 2012, ’13 grand finals. Michael Marantelli had a dream start to his career with a grand final in his third season on the list has been the bridesmaid since 2013 and now comes in for his second grand final. Michael has umpired 142 games including 12 finals. Emergency boundary umpire is young gun, Matt Konetschka from SA. Matt umpired his 100th game last weekend already has 9 finals under his belt.
Seasoned campaigners Adam Wojcik and Chris Appleton are appointed to the goals for the second time in two years. Adam has 170 games, including 21 finals and two grand finals, 2013, ’15. Chris has 229 games, 21 finals and two grand finals, 2014 and ’15. Chelsea Roffey sits for the third time in her 204 game, 16 finals career. Chelsea umpired the 2012 grand final.
We wish all umpires the best for the biggest day on the 2016 football calendar.
GRAND FINAL FIELD UMPIRES
GRAND FINAL BOUNDARY UMPIRES
GRAND FINAL GOAL UMPIRES
EMERGENCY GOAL UMPIRE – CHELSEA ROFFEY
EMERGENCY BOUNDARY UMPIRE – MATT KONETSCHKA
EMERGENCY FIELD UMPIRE – JUSTIN SCHMITT