• 1. Chris Donlon
    1. Chris Donlon
  • 2. Nick Foot
    2. Nick Foot
  • 3. Leigh Fisher
    3. Leigh Fisher
  • 4. Luke Farmer
    4. Luke Farmer
  • 5. Leigh Haussen
    5. Leigh Haussen
  • 6. Dean Margetts
    6. Dean Margetts
  • 7. Jeff Dalgleish
    7. Jeff Dalgleish
  • 8. Brett Rosebury
    8. Brett Rosebury
  • 9. Matt Stevic
    9. Matt Stevic
  • 10. Rob O’Gorman
    10. Rob O’Gorman
  • 11. Curtis Deboy
    11. Curtis Deboy
  • 12. Andrew Stephens
    12. Andrew Stephens
  • 13. Nick Brown
    13. Nick Brown
  • 14. Hayden Gavine
    14. Hayden Gavine
  • 15. Mathew Nicholls
    15. Mathew Nicholls
  • 16. Brendan Hosking
    16. Brendan Hosking
  • 17. Justin Schmitt
    17. Justin Schmitt
  • 18. Ray Chamberlain
    18. Ray Chamberlain
  • 20. Sam Hay
    20. Sam Hay
  • 21. Simon Meredith
    21. Simon Meredith
  • 22. Nathan Williamson
    22. Nathan Williamson
  • 23. Rob Findlay
    23. Rob Findlay
  • 24. David Harris
    24. David Harris
  • 25. Shaun Ryan
    25. Shaun Ryan
  • 26. Craig Fleer
    26. Craig Fleer
  • 27. Andre Gianfagna
    27. Andre Gianfagna
  • 28. Troy Pannell
    28. Troy Pannell
  • 29. Scott Jeffery
    29. Scott Jeffery
  • 30. Shane McInerney
    30. Shane McInerney
  • 31. Andrew Mitchell
    31. Andrew Mitchell
  • 32. Jacob Mollison
    32. Jacob Mollison
  • 33. Brent Wallace
    33. Brent Wallace
  • 34. Eleni Glouftsis
    34. Eleni Glouftsis
  • Andrew Adair – Rookie
    Andrew Adair – Rookie
  • Patrick Burns – Rookie
    Patrick Burns – Rookie
  • Cameron Dore – Rookie
    Cameron Dore – Rookie
  • Trent McPhee – Rookie
    Trent McPhee – Rookie
  • James Strybos – Rookie
    James Strybos – Rookie
  • Matthew Baigent – Rookie
    Matthew Baigent – Rookie
  • Jamie Broadbent – Rookie
    Jamie Broadbent – Rookie
  • 18. Alex Whetton
    18. Alex Whetton
  • 40. Cameron Barr – Rookie
    40. Cameron Barr – Rookie
  • 37. Andrew Heffernan – Rookie
    37. Andrew Heffernan – Rookie
  • 38. John Howorth – Rookie
    38. John Howorth – Rookie
  • 44. Giles Lewis – Rookie
    44. Giles Lewis – Rookie
  • 46. Justin Power – Rookie
    46. Justin Power – Rookie
1. Chris Donlon

AFLUA Heritage Number: 403

Shirt Number: 1

AFL Matches at the end of 2017: 268
 
1st AFL Match: 2005 , Hawthorn v Brisbane
 
Commenced umpiring career with: MSJFL in 1992, VAFA in 1994
 
Height: 177cm
 
Honours in umpiring: 
VFL grand final, 2004
VFL U18 grand final, 1999
U18 national championships, 2000
U16 national championships, 1999
AFL grand final umpire, 2011
 
Occupation: IT Consultant
 
Favourite Food: Any Asian Cuisine – Thai, Indian, Vietnamese
 
Favourite Movie: Coming to America
 
Favourite city in the world and why: New York City
 
Before a game I always…: Fill in my game scrap book, a journal about the game, teams, umpires, things I am working on.
 
Best attribute as an umpire: Grit
 
Why did you become an umpire:  Earn some pocket money
 
Most admired sportsperson and why?:  Roger Federer – durable, humble and a great role model.
2. Nick Foot
AFLUA Heritage Number: 424
 
Shirt Number: 2
 
AFL Matches at the end of 2017: 95
 
1st AFL Match: Rd 2, 2012, St Kilda v Gold Coast
 
Commenced umpiring career with: Tasmanian Football Umpires Association – 2001
 
Height: 176cm
 
Honours in umpiring:
TSL senior grand finals, 2009, 2010 and 2011
AIS All Australian umpire, 2011
Tasmanian umpire of the year, 2011
European Legion v Australia U17 in England, 2012
 
Occupation: Owner of ‘peggyLANE – instruments of time’ (www.peggylane.com.au)
 
Favourite Food: Thai
 
Favourite Movie: The Shawshank Redemption
 
Nickname: Footy, Footspa, Lord, King Ragnar
 
Favourite city in the world and why: New York City – the food, culture and sights
 
Before a game I always…: Complete the ‘spot the difference’ in the AFL record in a timely manner
 
Best attribute as an umpire: Running and ability to make position
 
3. Leigh Fisher

AFLUA Heritage Number: 429

Shirt Number: 3
 
AFL Matches at the end of 2017: 96
 
1st AFL Match: Rd 3, 2013, Melbourne v West Coast Eagles
 
Commenced umpiring career with: VAFA – 2011
 
Height: 187cm
 
Honours in umpiring: First AFL game
 
Occupation: Business Manager at Running Fit Coaching
 
Favourite Food: Yoghurt and bananas
 
Favourite Movie: Blood Diamond
 
Nickname: Fish, Leeroy
 
Favourite city in the world and why: New York – so much happening there!
 
Before a game I always…: Go for a walk and a coffee in the morning
 
Best attribute as an umpire: Able to read the play
 
Why did you become an umpire: To stay involved in footy and keep fit
 
Most admired sportsperson and why?: Robert Harvey – a champion player due to hard work and commitment
4. Luke Farmer

AFLUA Heritage Number: 407

Shirt Number: 4

AFL Matches at the end of 2017: 185
 
1st AFL Match: Rd 1, 2007, Adelaide v Essendon
 
Commenced umpiring career with: East Fremantle Junior Region – 1996
 
Height: 176cm
 
Honours in umpiring: 
WAFL grand finals 2002, 2004, 2005
Interstate match – WA v QLD, 2005
Interstate match – WA v VIC, 2004  
U’18 National Championships, 2001,
First AFL final, 2012 
 
Occupation: Teacher
 
Favourite Food: Pasta
 
Favourite Movie: Usual suspects
 
Nickname: Lukey
 
Favourite city in the world and why: New York
 
Before a game I always…: Listen to iPod
 
Best attribute as an umpire: Composure/communication appropriate
 
Why did you become an umpire: To make money as a teenager and to get fit
 
Most admired sportsperson and why?: Roger Federer – longevity and humble
5. Leigh Haussen
AFLUA Heritage Number: 437
 
1st AFL Match: Rd 5 2017, Western Bulldogs v Brisbane
 
AFL matches at the end of 2017: 12
 
Commenced umpiring career with:  2001 – Sturt Primary Schools, 2006 – SANFL
 
Height: 180cm
 
Honours in umpiring: 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013 SANFL Grand Finals, 2012 Golden Whistle
 
Occupation: Sales
 
Fvaourite  food: Pizza
 
Favourite movie: Die Hard
 
Nickname: Horse
 
Favourite city in the world and why: Hoi An (Vietnam) – Culture, food, laid back lifestyle
 
Before a game I always…: Warm up well, stay relaxed
 
Best attribute as an umpire: Composure
 
Why did you become an umpire: No good at playing footy but always loved the game
 
Most admired sportsperson and why? Paul Pierce – Loyalty and coolness under pressure
6. Dean Margetts
AFLUA Heritage Number: 391
 
Shirt Number: 6
 
AFL Matches at the end of 2017: 298
 
1st AFL Match: 2002
 
Commenced umpiring career with: Demons District – 1996
 
Height: 187cm
 
Honours in umpiring: 
5 x AFL Finals
Bishop Shield, 2012
 
Occupation: Account Manager
  
Nickname: Deano, Heave-ho
 
Favourite city in the world and why: Perth, because you always look forward to coming home when you have been away
 
Before a game I always…: Have an omelette for breakfast
 
Best attribute as an umpire: Composure, you just have to have it when the heat is on
 
Why did you become an umpire: Because I love the game of AFL and umpiring allowed me to stay in it 
 
Most admired sportsperson and why?: All elite athletes are to be admired, their dedication is something to behold
7. Jeff Dalgleish

AFLUA Heritage Number: 416

Shirt Number: 7

AFL Matches at the end of 2017: 166
 
1st AFL Match: 2009, Fremantle v Sydney
 
Commenced umpiring career with: East Fremantle Juniors and WA Amateur Football League, 1999
 
Height: 178cm
 
Occupation: HSE and Business Improvement Manager
 
Favourite Food: Roast lamb
 
Favourite Movie: Top Gun
 
Nickname: Daggers
 
Favourite city in the world and why: Perth – weather and casual vibe
 
Before a game I always…: No real routine, but I usually warm up
 
Best attribute as an umpire: Work rate, understanding of the game and perspective
 
Why did you become an umpire: Help contribute to the game
 
Most admired sportsperson and why?: Roger Federer, he is a true champion, on and off the court
8. Brett Rosebury

AFLUA Heritage Number: 384

Shirt Number: 8
 
AFL Matches at the end of 2017: 371
 
1st AFL Match: 2000, Fremantle v St Kilda
 
Commenced umpiring career with: South Suburban Juniors, WA – 1995
 
Height: 186cm
 
Honours in umpiring: 
NAB cup grand finals, 2008, 2010 and 2011
Ireland v Australia international rules series 2010 in Ireland 2nd Test
U’16 national championships, 1998
U’18 national championships, 1999
NTFL grand final, 1998 and 1999
WAFL grand final, 1999 and 2000
All Australian, 2008, 2009 and 2011
AFLUA umpire of the year 2008, 2009
AFL grand final, 2009, 2010 + replay, 2011, 2012, 2013
 
Occupation: Operations Accountant
 
Favourite Food: Mexican
 
Favourite Movie: The Notebook and Shawshank Redemption
 
Nickname: Pete, Peter, Rosebling, Bling, Rosie
 
Favourite city in the world and why: New York City – the people and the vibe
 
Before a game I always…: Clean my boots the night before
 
Best attribute as an umpire: Communication with players
 
Why did you become an umpire: I was playing football as a junior and I used to abuse the umpires and I thought that I could do a better job so I got involved and umpired and played from 14 years old
 
Most admired sportsperson and why?: Roger Federer – his composure and ability to perform on the big points in the big games over many seasons
9. Matt Stevic

AFLUA Heritage Number: 397

Shirt Number: 9

AFL Matches at the end of 2017: 331
 
1st AFL Match: 2004, Western Bulldogs v West Coast Eagles
 
Commenced umpiring career with: West Gippsland Umpires Association – 1991
 
Height: 181cm
 
Honours in umpiring:
VFL grand final, 2003
AFL All Australian umpire, 2012
U17 international series, 2004
ANZAC day, 2009
AFL grand final, 2012, 2014 and 2016
International series umpire, 2013
 
Occupation: Teacher
 
Favourite Food: Seafood or thai food
 
Favourite Movie: Shawshank Redemption
 
Favourite city in the world and why: New York – so much to see and do whether that be sport, restaurants, bars, running through Central Park, plenty of shopping
 
Before a game I always…: Give positive reinforcement to my peers
 
Best attribute as an umpire: Having rapport with players
 
Why did you become an umpire: To keep fit and earn some money
 
Most admired sportsperson and why?: Roger Federer – because he’s an absolute legend of the sport but still is a humble champion and respects his fellow competitors and never looks to blame others
10. Rob O’Gorman
Shirt Number: 10
 
AFLUA Heritage number: 431
 
1st AFL Match: 2014, Hawthorn v Gold Coast 2014
 
AFL Matches at the end of 2017: 65
  
Commenced umpiring career with: Moorabbin Saints Junior Football League – 2006
 
Height: 178cm
 
Honours in umpiring:
VFL grand final umpire, 2013
VFL development league grand final, 2011
 
Occupation: Manager Productions
 
Favourite Food: Italian
 
Favourite Movie: Gladiator
 
Favourite city in the world and why: Melbourne, it’s home and has everything
 
Before a game I always…: Have a big breakfast 
 
Best attribute as an umpire: Try to keep things simple
 
Why did you become an umpire: To keep involved in footy and learn new skills
 
Most admired sportsperson and why?: Adam Scott – shows composure under pressure
11. Curtis Deboy
Shirt Number: 11
 
AFLUA Heritage number: 432
 
1st AFL Match: Rd 4 2015, Western Bulldogs v Adelaide
 
AFL Matches at the end of 2017: 55
 
Commenced umpiring career with: CDJFL (South Australia) – 2004
 
Height: 174cm
 
Honours in umpiring: 
SANFL golden whistle, 2013
SANFL league grand finals, 2012 and 2013
SANFLUA most dedicated field umpire, 2013
AIS-AFL academy tour of Europe umpire, 2012
AFL high performance academy, 2011
NAB U18 championships, 2009
NAB U16 championships, 2008
 
Occupation: Marketing Coordinator
 
Favourite Food: Changes weekly! Can’t go wrong with a good steak
 
Favourite Movie: The Dark Knight/Shaun of the Dead
 
Nickname: Curt, Curty
 
Favourite city in the world and why: London – dreamed of going there as a kid and it didn’t disappoint!
 
Before a game I always…: Find a quiet moment to pray
 
Best attribute as an umpire: Composure
 
Why did you become an umpire: Because football is the best sport in the world and umpiring offers incredible opportunities
 
Most admired sportsperson and why?: Mike Hussey – for his dedication, perseverance and dependability
12. Andrew Stephens
AFLUA Heritage No: 430
 
1st AFL game: 2014, Rd 5, Brisbane v Richmond
 
AFL Matches at the end of 2017: 72
 
Shirt Number: 12
 
Commenced umpiring career with: AFL Brisbane Juniors – 2001
 
Height: 180cm
 
Honours in umpiring: 
NEAFL grand finals, 2011, 2012, 2013
 
Occupation: Civil Engineer
 
Favourite Food: Chocolate
 
Favourite Movie: The Blues Brothers
 
Nickname: Stevo
 
Favourite city in the world and why: Munich
 
Before a game I always…: Nothing specific
 
Best attribute as an umpire: Composure
 
Why did you become an umpire: Pocket money
 
Most admired sportsperson and why?: Roger Federer – humility
13. Nick Brown

AFLUA Heritage Number: 434

Shirt Number: 13

1st AFL Match: Hawthorn v Gold Coast, 2015
 
Commenced umpiring career with: VAFA, 2003
 
Honours in umpiring: 
TAC Cup Grand Final, 2011
State League (VIC v SA), 2014
VFL Grand Final, 2014 and 2017
AFL Listed, 2015 and 2016
 
Favourite Food: Mexican Parma
 
Favourite Movie: The Great Escape
 
Favourite city in the world and why: Vegas – for obvious reasons
 
Before a game I always…: Take the dog for a walk to the coffee shop
 
Best attribute as an umpire: Workrate
 
Why did you become an umpire:  Something different to playing, but still wanted to be involved in AFL
 
Most admired sportsperson and why?:  Roger Federer – consistent high performer for a long period of time
14. Hayden Gavine
AFLUA Heritage number: 439
 
1st AFL Match: Rd 14 2017, St Kilda v Gold Coast 
 
AFL matches at the end of 2017: 10
 
Commenced umpiring career with: Southern Umpires Umpire Association (Mornington Peninsula) – 2007
 
Height: 186cm
 
Honours in umpiring: 
2015 and 2016 VFL Grand Final
 
Occupation: Cook
 
Favourite Food: Pasta and Pizza
 
Favourite Movie: I am legend
 
Nickname: Gav
 
Favourite city in the world and why: New York City. Sport and lifestyle
 
Before a game I always…: Eat a cheese and bacon roll
 
Best attribute as an umpire: Composure
 
Why did you become an umpire?: Cricket trip to UK/Ireland
 
Most admired sportsperson and why?: Ricky Ponting. Loved watching him bat
15. Mathew Nicholls
AFLUA Heritage Number: 394
 
Shirt Number: 15
 
AFL Matches at the end of 2017: 308
 
1st AFL Match: Rd 2, 2003, St Kilda v Adelaide
 
Commenced umpiring career with: Diamond Valley Football League – 1992
 
Height: 186cm
 
Honours in umpiring:
U17 international rules series, 1999
VFL grand final, 2003
U18 national championships, 2000
Emergency grand final umpire, 2012
AFL grand final umpire, 2013 and 2014
All Australian umpire, 2013
 
Occupation: Leadership Program Facilitator
 
Favourite Food: Dark chocolate
 
Favourite Movie: Any of the Bourne movies
 
Nickname: Nicho
 
Favourite city in the world and why: Melbourne – sport, culture and coffee!
 
Before a game I always…: Write out exactly the same match plan
 
Best attribute as an umpire: Composure
 
Why did you become an umpire: Earn pocket money, get some exercise and be involved in footy
 
Most admired sportsperson and why?: Adam Scott for his tremendous skill and displays of humility following success
16. Brendan Hosking

AFLUA Heritage Number: 425

Shirt Number: 16

AFL Matches at the end of 2017: 109
 
1st AFL Match: Rd 3, 2012, GWS v West Coast Eagles
 
Commenced umpiring career with: Essendon District Football League – 2003
 
Height: 181cm
 
Honours in umpiring:
TAC cup grand final, 2010
VFL grand final, 2011 
 
Occupation: Personal Trainer
 
Favourite Food: Mexican food
 
Favourite Movie: Remember the Titans
 
Nickname: Hosko
 
Favourite city in the world and why: Phuket, Thailand – relaxing!
 
Before a game I always…: Keep relaxed during the day by playing PS3 or a round of golf, then listen to music before the game
 
Best attribute as an umpire: Good feel for the game
 
Why did you become an umpire: Bit of pocket money and to be involved in football in a different area
 
Most admired sportsperson and why?: Adam Scott
17. Justin Schmitt

AFLUA Heritage Number: 374

AFL Matches at the end of 2017: 350

1st AFL Match: 1997

Commenced umpiring career with: 
 
Height: 
 
Honours in umpiring:
 
Occupation: 
 
Favourite Food: 
 
Favourite Movie: 
 
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?:
18. Ray Chamberlain
 AFLUA Heritage Number: 401
 
Shirt Number: 18 
 
AFL Matches at the end of 2017: 264
 
1st AFL Match: 2004, Hawthorn v West Coast
 
Commenced umpiring career with: ACT AFL – 1996
 
Height: 172cm
 
Honours in umpiring:
Anzac day, 2010
AFL grand final, 2010 and 2010 replay
International Rules, 2011
 
Occupation: Finance Broker
 
Favourite Food: Indian
 
Favourite Movie: Anything with Mark Wahlberg
 
Favourite city in the world and why: Paris… too cool
 
Before a game I always…: Sing… (it’s a nervous thing)
 
Best attribute as an umpire: Decision making and work rate
 
Why did you become an umpire: Love AFL football
 
Most admired sportsperson and why?: George Gregan…a gun! (that tackle!)
20. Sam Hay

AFLUA Heritage Number: 414

Shirt Number: 20

AFL Matches at the end of 2017: 158
 
1st AFL Match: 2009
 
Commenced umpiring career with: Glenelg SASFA Panel – 1998
 
Height: 180cm
 
Honours in umpiring: 
SANFL grand final, 2005, 2007 and 2008
State match SANFL vs VFL, 2008
AFL U’18 championships, 2004 and 2005
AFL U’16 championships, 2003 
 
Occupation: Personal Trainer
 
Favourite Food: Pasta
 
Favourite Movie: Forrest Gump
 
Nickname: Big Red/sauce
 
Favourite city in the world and why: Adelaide – climate, pretty easy to get around, beaches and home to the best cricket ground in the world
 
Before a game I always…: Go for a walk to clear my head
 
Best attribute as an umpire: Composure
 
Why did you become an umpire: To stay involved in footy and earn some pocket money
 
Most admired sportsperson and why?: Mike Hussey – waited a long time to make the Australian team and then had a great career into his late 30s
21. Simon Meredith
AFLUA Heritage Number: 398
 
Shirt Number: 21
 
AFL Matches at the end of 2017: 315
 
1st AFL Match: 2004, North Melbourne v Carlton
 
Commenced umpiring career with: MSJFL and VAFA – 1989
 
Height: 180cm
 
Honours in umpiring:
VFL grand final, 2003
ANZAC Day 2012, 2013
AFL grand final umpire 2012, 2013, 2014 and 2016
International Rules 2014
 
Occupation: IT Consultant, Website Developer
 
Favourite Food: Room service
 
Favourite Movie: American History X
 
Favourite city in the world and why: Melbourne – no place like home
 
Before a game I always…: Have no routine just stay relaxed and enjoy the build up
 
Best attribute as an umpire: Unobtrusive 
 
Why did you become an umpire: Pocket money
 
Most admired sportsperson and why?: Jason Day
22. Nathan Williamson

Shirt number: 22

AFLUA Heritage number: 436

1st AFL Match: Rd 1 2017, Fremantle v Geelong

AFL matches at the end of 2017: 22

Commenced umpiring career with: Peel Junior Region – 2005 
 
Height: 178cm
 
Honours in umpiring:
WAFL Colts Grand Final, 2013
U18′s National Championship, 2014
WAFL Reserves Grand Final, 2014
National Officiating Scholarship, 2015
 
Occupation: Student
 
Nickname: Nath
 
Favourite Food: Penne Vodka
 
Favourite Movie: S.A.L.T/Inbetweeners
 
Favourite city in the world and why: Albany, WA – always have good times there
 
Before a game I always…: Eat subway for lunch
 
Best attribute as an umpire: Communication/Rapport with players
 
Why did you become an umpire?: To hopefully one day umpire AFL
 
Most admired sportsperson and why?: Roger Federer – his composure, skill and humility. Absolute legend
23. Rob Findlay

AFLUA Heritage Number: 415

Shirt Number: 23

AFL Matches at the end of 2017: 188
 
1st AFL Match: 2009, Rd 4 – Richmond v Melbourne
 
Commenced umpiring career with: Dandenong Umpires Association – 1993
 
Height: 183cm
 
Honours in umpiring: 
VFL grand final, 2008
 
Occupation: Engineer
 
Favourite Food: Beef Stroganoff
 
Favourite Movie: Dead Poets Society
 
Favourite city in the world and why: Melbourne – because it’s home!
 
Before a game I always…: Watch some footy, to prepare mentally
 
Best attribute as an umpire: Resilience
 
Why did you become an umpire: To keep fit for cricket
 
Most admired sportsperson and why?: John Maclean – he totally commits his mind and body to attaining difficult goals; inspires others to do the same
24. David Harris

AFLUA Heritage Number: 427

Shirt Number: 16

AFL Matches at the end of 2017: 92
 
1st AFL Match: Rd 18, 2012, North Melbourne v Melbourne
 
Commenced umpiring career with: Warrnambool and District Umpires Association – 1996
 
Height: 182cm
 
Honours in umpiring:
VFL grand final, 2011 and 2012
State Game TAS v Vic, 2012
TAC cup grand final, 2009
 
Occupation: Personal Trainer
 
Favourite Food: Pizza
 
Favourite Movie: The fighter and Inception
 
Nickname: Harro or Spud
 
Favourite city in the world and why: Warrnambool – because it’s home!
 
Before a game I always…: Listen to music
 
Best attribute as an umpire: Always wanting to learn and improve my skills
 
Why did you become an umpire: Love the game
 
Most admired sportsperson and why?: Steve Waugh – his leadership and would always get the job done when he needed to
25. Shaun Ryan

AFL matches at the end of 2017: 282

26. Craig Fleer

AFLUA Heritage Number: 426

1st AFL Match:  Melbourne v Western Bulldogs, Round  4 2012
 
AFL Matches at the end of 2017: 76
 
Commenced umpiring career with: Glenelg SASFA – Year 2000
 
Height: 180cm
 
Honours in umpiring:
U18 Championships, 2011
SANFL Most Improved Field Umpire, 2011
SANFL vs WAFL State game, 2015
SANFL Grand Final, 2015
SANFL Golden Whistle Award, 2015
 
Occupation: Electrician
 
Favourite Food: Thai
 
Favourite Movie: Horrible Bosses
 
Nickname: Pepe
 
Favourite city in the world and why: Helsinki – first city I ever travelled to and I fell in love with it!
 
Before a game I always…: Eat a chocolate bar
 
Best attribute as an umpire: Being relaxed
 
Why did you become an umpire?: Loved the game, but couldn’t play so I thought I’d give umpiring a go
 
Most admired sportsperson and why?: Michael Hussey- Perseverance, dedication, attitude, belief
27. Andre Gianfagna
Commenced umpiring career with: Eastern Football League, 2014 
 
Height: 183cm
 
Occupation: Teacher
 
Nickname: Gia
 
Favourite Food: Rib Eye Steak
 
Favourite Movie: American Psycho
 
Favourite city in the world and why: New York City – does everything bigger and better
 
Before a game I always…: Eat a lot of food
 
Best attribute as an umpire: Team first attitude
 
Why did you become an umpire?: Wanted a change from playing and wanted to stay in the game
 
Most admired sportsperson and why?:  Roger Federer – best at what he does for a long period of time and fame hasn’t changed who he is as a person
 
28. Troy Pannell

AFLUA Heritage Number: 402

Shirt Number: 28

AFL Matches at the end of 2017: 205
 
1st AFL Match: Rd 3, 2005, Essendon v Hawthorn
 
Commenced umpiring career with: WRFL – 1992
 
Height: 185cm
 
Honours in umpiring:
State league grand finals
2 x AFL finals
 
Occupation: Commercial Manager
 
Favourite Food: Pizza
 
Favourite Movie: Rudy
 
Nickname: Tpain
 
Favourite city in the world and why: New York
 
Before a game I always…: Listen to music
 
Best attribute as an umpire: Work rate
 
Why did you become an umpire: Pocket money
 
Most admired sportsperson and why?: Steve Waugh – ice cool!
29. Scott Jeffery
AFLUA Heritage Number: 385
 
Shirt Number: 29
 
AFL Matches at the end of 2017: 324
 
1st AFL Match: Rd 6, 2001, Essendon v West Coast Eagles
 
Commenced umpiring career with: Southern Tasmanian Junior Football League 
 
Height: 167cm
 
Honours in umpiring: 
4 x NAB cup grand finals
London exhibition match, 2006
Shanghai exhibition match, 2009
AFLUA President, 2011 and 2012
AFL leadership group, 2o12 -2014 
AFL Grand Final Umpire 2016
 
Occupation: Tax Accountant
 
Favourite Food: Chicken and potato curry
 
Favourite Movie: Dumb and Dumber
 
Nickname: Rove
 
Favourite city in the world and why: Hobart, because of family, friends, relaxed lifestyle and fishing
 
Before a game I always…: Like to be the last umpire out of the rooms before walking onto the ground
 
Best attribute as an umpire: Unobtrusive
 
Why did you become an umpire: I was too small to play and was getting hurt, but loved the game
 
Most admired sportsperson and why?: Stephen Bradbury, he is resilient, persistent, overcame injuries and after all that he tasted the ultimate success
30. Shane McInerney
AFLUA Heritage Number: 353
 
AFL Matches at the end of 2017: 466
 
1st AFL Match: 1994, Carlton v Sydney 
 
Commenced umpiring career with: Ballarat Football Umpires Association – 1987
 
Height: 177cm
 
Honours in umpiring: 
AFL U19 grand final, 1999
AFL reserves grand final, 1993
AFL grand final, 2004 and 2007
24 x AFL finals
 
Occupation: Manager
 
Favourite Food: Steak and Pasta
 
Favourite Movie: Star Wars saga
 
Nickname: “Hack”
 
Favourite city in the world and why: Shanghai
 
Before a game I always…: Have a good night sleep and stay relaxed
 
Best attribute as an umpire: Composure
 
Why did you become an umpire: Love of footy and opportunity to earn some money
 
31. Andrew Mitchell

AFLUA Heritage Number: 423

Shirt Number: 31
 
AFL Matches at the end of 2017: 104
 
1st AFL Match: Rd 1, 2012, Western Bulldogs v West Coast
 
Commenced umpiring career with: Waverley Junior Football Association – 1997
 
Height: 172cm
 
Occupation: Accountant
 
Favourite Food: Lasagna
 
Favourite Movie: Jerry Maguire
 
Nickname: Murph
 
Favourite city in the world and why: New York
 
Before a game I always…: Hydrate
 
Best attribute as an umpire: Composure
 
Why did you become an umpire: Football career came to an end and I wanted to stay fit and involved in the game
 
Most admired sportsperson and why?: Roger Federer for his professionalism, humility and life values off the court

 

32. Jacob Mollison
AFLUA Heritage Number: 413
 
Shirt Number: 32
 
AFL Matches at the end of 2017: 191
 
1st AFL Match: Rd 6, 2008, Western Bulldogs v West Coast Eagles
 
Commenced umpiring career with: Albury Umpires League – 1997
 
Height: 179cm
 
Honours in umpiring:
Ovens and Murray senior grand final umpire 2002, 2003 and 2004
Australian country championships senior grand final, 2004
VFL state league grand final 2006 and 2007
VFL umpire of the year, 2007
AFL elimination final St Kilda v Sydney, 2011
 
Occupation: Bank Manager
 
Favourite Food: Chocolate
 
Favourite Movie: Remember the Titans
 
Nickname: Animal, BSMF
 
Favourite city in the world and why: Melbourne – music and sport
 
Before a game I always…: Get to the game 2 hours prior to the match
 
Best attribute as an umpire: Change of pace
 
Why did you become an umpire: Pocket money and fitness
 
Most admired sportsperson and why?: Michael Jordan, he is the greatest of all time for a reason, stepped up when it mattered
33. Brent Wallace
Shirt Number: 33
 
AFLUA Heritage number: 435
 
1st AFL Match: Rd 11 2015, St Kilda v Melbourne
 
AFL Matches at the end of 2017: 36
 
Commenced umpiring career with: Eastern Football League and Victorian Amateur Football Association – 2012
 
Height: 179cm
  
Honours in umpiring:  
VFL development league grand final, 2013
  
Occupation: Student
  
Favourite Food: Chicken parma
 
Favourite Movie: Remember the Titans
  
Nickname: Wally or Wal
 
Favourite city in the world and why: Melbourne, sporting capital of the world
 
Before a game I always…: Check I have everything I need, way too many times
 
Best attribute as an umpire: Work rate
  
Why did you become an umpire: Opportunity to try something new, follow a new pathway and challenge myself
  
Most admired sportsperson and why?: Michael Jordan, for his brilliance over a number of years
34. Eleni Glouftsis
Shirt number: 34
 
AFLUA Heritage number: 438
 
1st AFL match: Rd 9 2017, Essendon v West Coast 
 
AFL matches at the end of 2017: 5
 
Commenced umpiring career with: North Eastern Metro Junior Football Association, 2006
 
Height: 167cm 
 
Occupation: PE Teacher 
 
Nickname: El
 
Favourite Food: Caramel Thickshakes
 
Favourite Movie: Hunger Games
 
Favourite city in the world and why: Paris – love the food and the culture
 
Before a game I always…:  Eat pasta the night before
 
Best attribute as an umpire: Communication with other umpires
 
Why did you become an umpire?: Because I love footy and wanted to stay involved
 
Most admired sportsperson and why?:  Adam Gilchrist –  so talented but was always gracious and honest
 
Andrew Adair – Rookie
Commenced umpiring career with: AFL Brisbane Juniors – 2011
 
Honours in umpiring:
NEAFL Umpire of the Year, 2017
U18 Curtain Raiser to the 2017 AFL Grand Final
 
Occupation: Student
 
Favourite Food: Cafe 63 – cheap and delicious food
 
Favourite city in the world and why: New York – stunning city with an amazing atmosphere at any time of the day
 
Before a game I always…: Brush my teeth twice the morning of a game
 
Best attribute as an umpire: Able to read the play well and anticipate where the ball and the contest is likely to go
 
Why did you become an umpire?: Purely for another perspective on the game and to stay in touch with footy once my playing days were over
 
Most admired sportsperson and why?:  Roger Federer – he’s an unbelievably humble player and one of the best athletes of all time
Patrick Burns – Rookie
Commenced umpiring career with: Essendon District Football League, 2008
 
Honours in umpiring: 
VFL Best First Year umpire, 2013
VFL Most Improved, 2014
TAC Grand Final, 2014 and 2015
Development League Grand Final, 2016
 
Favourite cafè or restaurant and why?: Cafe – Ferrovia Deli and Fine Foods, Pascoe Vale. Linguine Pancetta with Artichoke hearts – that’s why!
 
Favourite city in the world and why: Melbourne
 
Before a game I always…: Listen to the Footy Footy by King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard
 
Best attribute as an umpire: Team player
 
Why did you become an umpire:  Continued to get concussed as a player, and I was better at umpiring
 
Cameron Dore – Rookie
Commenced umpiring career with: VAFA, 2015
 
Honours in umpiring:
TAC Cup Grand Final, 2016
Frank Leverett Shield, 2016
Emergency VFL Grand Final, 2017
 
Nickname: Dorey
 
Favourite cafè or restaurant and why? Cafe Oggis Burwood – Just a nice quiet local family restaurant 
 
Favourite city in the world and why: Melbourne – It’s the sports capital of the world and all my friends and family live here
 
Before a game I always…: Prepare consistently by hydrating, eating the right foods and warming up sufficiently
 
Best attribute as an umpire: Decision making – I feel my best attribute is to interpret the laws of the game to each match and remain composed in difficult situations
 
Why did you become an umpire?: I’ve wanted to always get to the highest level in footy and I feel umpiring is the best way to reach that level
 
Most admired sportsperson and why?:  Roger Federer – he has been the best for such a sustained period of time. He also shows such great sportsmanship in victory or defeat
Trent McPhee – Rookie
Commenced umpiring career with: West Perth junior umpires, 2009
 
Honours in umpiring:
WAFL Grand Final, 2017
AFL National Under 18s, 2017
AFL National Under 16s, 2014 and 2015
 
Nickname: Trenta
 
Favourite cafè or restaurant and why? Yello – good coffee, great coastal location and local
 
Favourite city in the world and why: Melbourne – the football atmosphere and coffee shops
 
Before a game I always…: Listen to music and make sure I have my lucky underwear on
 
Best attribute as an umpire: Rapport with players
 
Why did you become an umpire?: Dad umpires and encouraged me to try it
 
Most admired sportsperson and why?:  John Cena – due to his longevity in professional sporting environments and for his contributions to the community and the time he volunteers to help others
James Strybos – Rookie
Commenced umpiring career with: AFL Brisbane Juniors, 2005
 
Honours in umpiring:
National U16, 2015
QAFL Grand Final, 2015
National U18, 2016
NEAFL Grand Final, 2016
 
Favourite cafè or restaurant and why? Déjà Vu – Best eggs benedict and view of the Sunshine Coast
 
Favourite city in the world and why: Brisbane – friends, family and lifestyle 
 
Before a game I always…: Check my bag a number of times
 
Best attribute as an umpire: Composure
 
Why did you become an umpire?: For my love of AFL and helped with a bit of early pocket money
 
Most admired sportsperson and why?:  Jason Day – A humble character who has achieved so much and still remembers where has came from
Matthew Baigent – Rookie
Commenced umpiring career with: Sydney South Juniors – 2006
 
Honours in umpiring:
AFL Sydney Grand Final 2011 and 2015
NEAFL listed since 2012
 
Nickname: Baig
 
Favourite cafè or restaurant and why? Al Aseel Lebanese – heaps of dips, meat and bread!
 
Favourite city in the world and why: New York – so much to do and see
 
Before a game I always…: ‘3 tap’ myself – pencil in sock, spare whistle and notebook
 
Best attribute as an umpire: Ability to make a correct split second decision while fatigued and under pressure
 
Why did you become an umpire?: The opportunity as a 15 year old to be paid to run around and be involved in AFL. Now it’s being involved with a good level of footy with a great group of people
 
Most admired sportsperson and why?:  Athletes that achieve on the world stage who aren’t full time athletes. Quite a few olympians, elite female female athletes. Need to balance so much in their lives and still achieve great things
Jamie Broadbent – Rookie
Commenced umpiring career with: Metro South Junior Football League, 2010
 
Honours in umpiring:
SANFL football system – 6 years (1x U16 GF, 3X U18 GF, 1x Reserves GF)
 
Favourite city in the world and why: Queenstown – picturesque and home to adventure sports
 
Before a game I always…: Go out for brunch
 
Best attribute as an umpire: Calm, cool and collective
 
Why did you become an umpire?: I enjoyed running, loved football and was not making the 1st football team, so I took my love for football elsewhere
 
Most admired sportsperson and why?:  Mo Farah – very inspiring and great to watch
18. Alex Whetton
Shirt Number: 39
 
Height: 172cm
 
Commenced umpiring career with: AFL Brisbane Juniors – 2008
 
Honours in umpiring:
NEAFL Grand Final 2015,
AIS Scholarship Holder 2015,
AFL U’18 National Championships 2015,
AFL Grand Final AIS Curtain Raiser 2015,
AFL U’16 National Championships 2013,
All Australian U15 Umpire – South Africa Tour 2012
 
Occupation: Development Coordinator
 
Favourite Food: Sushi
 
Favourite Movie: Any Bond movie
 
Favourite city in the world and why: Alotau, PNG – Family and the best spot to escape the world
 
Before a game I always…: No routine, focus on anything but footy until it’s time to switch on
 
Best attribute as an umpire: Rapport with players
 
Why did you become an umpire:  Pocket Money
 
Most admired sportsperson and why?: Greg Norman – Attack Life on and off the sports field

40. Cameron Barr – Rookie
Shirt Number: 40
 
Commenced umpiring career with: Yarra Valley Mountain District Football League – 2002
 
Honours in umpiring:
NEAFL GF 2015
2015 AFLNSW Golden Whistle
2003 & 2005 YVMDFL Golden Whistle
U18 Nationals, 2015
 
Occupation: Business Development Manager
 
Favourite Food: Seafood
 
Favourite Movie: Endless Summer II
 
Favourite city in the world and why: Paris
 
Before a game I always…: Relax & walk around the ground
 
Best attribute as an umpire: Running
 
Why did you become an umpire:  To keep involved with footy
 
Most admired sportsperson and why?: Roger Federer – Always humble and professional
37. Andrew Heffernan – Rookie
Commenced umpiring career with:  YJFL 2007, VAFA 2010
 
Height: 186cm
 
Honours in umpiring: 
VFL Emergency Grand Final Umpire, 2015
VFL Reserves Grand Final Umpire, 2016
 
Occupation: Project Manager
 
Favourite Food: Pasta and Pizza
 
Favourite Movie: Remember the Titans
 
Nickname: Heff
 
Favourite city in the world and why: Melbourne – sports capital of the world
 
Before a game I always…: Relax and talk with peers until its time to switch on. I talk alot when nervous!
 
Best attribute as an umpire: Composure
 
Why did you become an umpire?: Earn pocket money as a teenager
 
Most admired sportsperson and why?: Roger Federer – class on and off the court
38. John Howorth – Rookie
Commenced umpiring career with:  Bendigo Umpires Association, 2005
 
Height: 174cm
 
Honours in umpiring: 
 
TAC Cup Grand Final, 2016
 
Occupation: Golf Course Greenkeeper
 
Favourite Food: Chicken
 
Favourite Movie: Happy Gilmore
 
Nickname: Johnny
 
Favourite city in the world and why: Melbourne – hosts all the big sports, best golf courses going round!
 
Before a game I always…: Don’t really do anything special, just give myself plenty of time
 
Best attribute as an umpire: Fitness
 
Why did you become an umpire?: As a kid too small to play footy and was petrified of getting hurt but still wanted to be apart of the game
 
Most admired sportsperson and why?: Adam Scott, Roger Federer and Michael Hussey – these guys just go about their business without being noticed. No antics, just do all the right things and are role models for others in how to conduct themselves on and off the field.
 
 
 
44. Giles Lewis – Rookie
Commenced umpiring career with:  North Eastern Metro Junior Football Association, 2005
 
Height: 174cm
 
Honours in umpiring: 
 
AFL NT Premier League Grand Final, 2012

South Australian Amateur League Division 1 Grand Final, 2014

SANFL League Debut, 2015

SANFL Reserves Grand Final, 2015

NEMJFA Life Member, 2015
 
Occupation: Teacher
 
Favourite Food: Pasta and Sushi
 
Favourite Movie: Back to the Future
  
Favourite city in the world and why: Adelaide – family, friends and great weather
 
Before a game I always…: Double check everything in my bag
 
Best attribute as an umpire: Composure and knowledge of the rules
 
Why did you become an umpire?: Was getting injuries from playing so started umpiring
 
Most admired sportsperson and why?: Nairo Quintana – humble beginnings, determination, self-discipline and successful
46. Justin Power – Rookie
Commenced umpiring career with:  West Perth Junior District Umpires Association, 2005
 
Height: 184cm
 
Honours in umpiring: 
 
WAFL League Grand Final, 2016
WAFL Colts Grand Final, 2013, 2014 and 2015
2016 National Officiating Scholarship
 
Occupation: Commercial Accountant
 
Favourite Food: Anything Italian
 
Favourite Movie: Space Jam
 
Nickname: JP
 
Favourite city in the world and why: New York City – endless sport and food options
 
Before a game I always…: Eat Pasta the night before and Weet-Bix the morning of a game
 
Best attribute as an umpire: Composure
 
Why did you become an umpire?: Joined with a school mate to keep fit and earn pocket money
 
Most admired sportsperson and why?: Mike Hussey – I admired his professionalism, work ethic and determination to get to the highest level