• Chris Appleton
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  • Shaun Apted
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  • Steven Axon
    Steven Axon
  • Dylan Benwell
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  • Sally Boud
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  • Peter Challen
    Peter Challen
  • Alex Chisholm
    Alex Chisholm
  • Michael Craig
    Michael Craig
  • Matthew Dervan
    Matthew Dervan
  • Luke Edwards
    Luke Edwards
  • Mark Ensbey
    Mark Ensbey
  • Daniel Hoskin
    Daniel Hoskin
  • Sam Hunter – Rookie
    Sam Hunter – Rookie
  • Brodie Kenny-Bell
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  • Matt Maclure
    Matt Maclure
  • Angus McKenzie-Wills
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  • Alistair Meldrum
    Alistair Meldrum
  • Michael Palm
    Michael Palm
  • Steven Piperno
    Steven Piperno
  • David Rodan
    David Rodan
  • Brett Rogers
    Brett Rogers
  • Chelsea Roffey
    Chelsea Roffey
  • Tristan Symes
    Tristan Symes
  • Sam Walsh
    Sam Walsh
  • Steve Williams
    Steve Williams
  • Daniel Wilson
    Daniel Wilson
  • Adam Wojcik
    Adam Wojcik
Chris Appleton

AFLUA Heritage Number: 302

AFL Matches at the end of 2017: 249
 
1st AFL Match:  Rd 19, 2002, St Kilda v Geelong
 
Commenced umpiring career with: Eastern Football League – 1995
 
Height: 180cm
 
Honours in umpiring: 
ANZAC Day, 2008 and 2012
NAB Cup grand final, 2010
Emergency AFL grand final, 2013
AFL Grand Final, 2014 and 2016
 
Occupation: Draftsman
 
Favourite Food: Chicken Parma
 
Favourite Movie: The Hangover
 
Nickname: Apples
 
Favourite city in the world and why: London – so much history and such much to see & do
 
Before a game I always…: Like to have a kick of the footy in the rooms
 
Best attribute as an umpire: Composure
 
Why did you become an umpire:  Honestly, to earn extra cash as a teenager
 
Most admired sportsperson and why?:  Adam Gilchrist – had an amazing ability to play his own game no matter what the situation in the match

 

Shaun Apted

AFLUA Heritage Number: 323

AFL Matches at the end of 2017: 107
 
1st AFL Match: 2009
 
Commenced umpiring career with: Gold Coast Juniors – 2001
 
Height: 178cm
 
Honours in umpiring: 
AFLQ grand finals, 2008, 2009 and 2010
 
Occupation: Public Servant
 
Favourite Food: Ice Cream
 
Favourite Movie: Pulp Fiction
 
Nickname: Ted
 
Favourite city in the world and why: Boston – Sporting town and the culture
 
Before a game I always…: Listen to rap music
 
Best attribute as an umpire: Reading the play
 
Why did you become an umpire:  To stay involved in AFL due to lack of playing talent
 
Most admired sportsperson and why?:  Muhammad Ali – He aways backed up his words with actions!

 

Steven Axon

AFLUA Heritage Number: 311

AFL Matches at the end of 2017: 202
 
1st AFL Match: 2005, Port Adelaide v Carlton
 
Commenced umpiring career with: South Australian Amateur Football League – 1996
 
Height: 171cm
 
Honours in umpiring:
SANFL grand finals, 2001, 2002, 2003 and 2004
International rules series, 2008
AFL grand final, 2007 and 2008
All Australian goal umpire, 2007
 
Occupation: Production Manager
 
Favourite Food: Pizza
 
Favourite Movie: Forrest Gump
 
Nickname: Axe/ The Axe Man
 
Favourite city in the world and why: Adelaide – 9th best city in the world!
 
Before a game I always…: Check the condition of the goal area at both ends
 
Best attribute as an umpire: Speed and reading the play
 
Why did you become an umpire: Loved the game and always knew I would never make it as a player. It was also a great way to earn some ‘pocket money’
 
Most admired sportsperson and why?: Roger Federer – Extremely talented. He is also very passionate, dedicated and consistent as well as being so genuine, humble and humane

 

Dylan Benwell

AFLUA Heritage Number: 345

1st AFL Match: Rd 5 2017, Richmond v Melbourne

AFL Matches at the end of 2017: 9

Sally Boud
AFLUA Heritage Number: 344
 
AFL Matches at the end of 2017: 20
 
1st AFL Match: Round 7, Fremantle vs GWS, 2016
 
Commenced umpiring career with:
 
Height: 
 
Honours in umpiring: 
 
Occupation: 
 
Fvaourite  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? 
Peter Challen
AFLUA Heritage Number: 318
 
AFL Matches at the end of 2017: 60
 
1st AFL Match: Adelaide vs Geelong, 2007
 
Commenced umpiring career with: SANFL Umpiring Academy, 1999
 
Height: 180cm
 
Honours in umpiring: 
Best Goal Umpire Award in SANFL 2006, 11
SANFL Grand Finals 2006, 11, 14, 15
 
Occupation: Contractor compliance
 
Fvaourite  food: Mexican
 
Favourite movie: Snatch
 
Nickname: Cheter
 
Favourite city in the world and why: New York City, just a fantastic place.
 
Before a game I always…: Have a red bull.
 
Best attribute as an umpire: Listen to coaches feedback and apply.
 
Why did you become an umpire: Always admired what they did from afar and wanted to stay involved.
 
Most admired sportsperson and why? Aaron Rodgers, he is a quiet achiever.
Alex Chisholm
Commenced umpiring career with: Started as an Auskick field umpire, then moved to boundary umpiring, then goal umpiring all in 2012
 
Honours in umpiring:
U16 National Championships Goal umpire, 2013
x3 Preliminary NEAFL Finals, 2015, 2016 and 2017
Emerg NEAFL Grand Final Goal umpire 2017
AFL Sydney Goal umpire of the year, 2014
Premier Division Grand Final Goal umpire, 2014
 
Nickname: Chis
 
Favourite cafè or restaurant and why?  Anywhere Italian. Pasta is my weakness
 
Favourite city in the world and why: I can’t pick between Hawaii and Sydney. Hawaii for the weather, but there’s also nothing quiet like home
 
Before a game I always…: Listen to some top 50 tunes or MJ
 
Best attribute as an umpire: My speed, agility and my ability to read the play
 
Why did you become an umpire?: I always had a good footy brain, but no tikka and was too scared to get hurt when I played, so I switched to umpiring for a little bit of pocket money
 
Most admired sportsperson and why?:  Steven Gerrard – the definition of a true professional. Dedicated, loyal, great leader, passionate and always strive to be the best. Also, I’m a huge Liverpool FC fan so I can’t get enough of him
Michael Craig

AFLUA Heritage Number: 335 

1st AFL Match:  Rd 3, 2014, Western Bulldogs v Richmond 
 
AFL Matches at the end of 2017: 62
 
Commenced umpiring career with: WRFL (Previously FDFL) – 1998
 
Height: 170cm
 
Honours in umpiring:
VFL grand final, 2012
VFL state game representative, 2013
VFL grand final, 2013
Goal umpire of the year, 2013
 
Occupation: Business Consultant
 
Favourite Food: Lasagna
 
Favourite Movie: The Bourne Series
 
Nickname: Craigy
 
Favourite city in the world and why: Honolulu – So relaxing yet plenty of things to keep you busy
 
Before a game I always…: Watch some TV or a movie to chill out
 
Best attribute as an umpire: I’m pretty relaxed which helps with composure during difficult situations
 
Why did you become an umpire: My dad and brother were umpires and followed suit!
 
Most admired sportsperson and why?: Muhammad Ali – Was able to champion his sport at a time where racism affected the equality of the sport

 

Matthew Dervan
AFLUA Heritage Number: 341
 
AFL Matches at the end of 2017: 36
 
1st AFL Match: Round 2, Essendon vs Melbourne 2016
 
Commenced umpiring career with: VAFA 2010
 
Height: 190cm
 
Honours in umpiring: 
VAFA Premier Grand Final 2011
TAC Cup Grand Final (Emergency) 2013
VFL Grand Final 2014, 15
VFL Umpire of the Year 2014
 
Occupation: Student and Administration/football operations assistant
 
Fvaourite  food: Chicken schnitzel
 
Favourite movie: Apollo 13
 
Nickname: Derv/Dervan
 
Favourite city in the world and why: Melbourne – Most liveable city
 
Before a game I always…: Have Subway
 
Best attribute as an umpire: Reading of the play and speed/agility.
 
Why did you become an umpire: Lost the passion for playing footy after injury.
 
Most admired sportsperson and why? Ricky Ponting – wanted to be like him growing up
Luke Edwards

AFLUA Heritage Number: 332

AFL Matches at the end of 2017: 61
 
1st AFL Match: Rd 3, 2013, Fremantle v Essendon
 
Commenced umpiring career with: Western Australian Amateur Football League – 2005
 
Height: 198cm
 
Honours in umpiring: 
WAFL grand final, 2011 and 2012
State game, 2012
Merv Carter medallist, 2012
 
Occupation: Finance Broker
 
Favourite Food: Chicken Parma
 
Favourite Movie: The Dark Knight
 
Favourite city in the world and why: New York – there’s so much to do in the big apple, and love going to the Garden to watch NHL/NBA!
 
Before a game I always…: Eat vegemite, avocado & poached eggs on toast
 
Best attribute as an umpire: Presence on the field and reading the play
 
Why did you become an umpire:  Wanted to still be involved in footy and keep fit
 
Most admired sportsperson and why?:  Mike Hussey – his positive attitude and work ethic is something to aspire too. I loved watching him bat for Australia with so much intensity and energy whilst at the crease. Just a terrific role model!

 

Mark Ensbey

AFLUA Heritage Number: 337 

1st AFL Match:  Rd 6, 2014, Western Bulldogs v Adelaide 
 
AFL Matches at the end of 2017: 53
 
Commenced umpiring career with: Tasmanian Football Umpires Association – 2007
 
Honours in umpiring:
Senior TSL grand final, 2010, 2012 and 2013
TSL Colts grand final, 2011
Tasmania v NEAFL state match, 2013
 
Occupation: Carer
 
Favourite Food: Chicken
 
Favourite Movie: The Truman Show
 
Favourite city in the world and why: Monte Carlo – The cleanest beautiful location in the world
 
Before a game I always…: Listen to music
 
Best attribute as an umpire: Teamwork
 
Why did you become an umpire: Earn some extra dollars and keep fit
 
Most admired sportsperson and why?: Any elite athlete that succeeds in their dreams
Daniel Hoskin

AFLUA Heritage Number: 324

AFL Matches at the end of 2017: 97
 
1st AFL Match: Rd 8, 2009, Port Adelaide v Richmond
 
Commenced umpiring career with: SANFL Academy – 2000
 
Height: 182cm
 
Honours in umpiring:
SANFL League grand final (Emergency), 2005
SANFL League grand final, 2007
SANFL U19 grand final, 2003
SANFL U17 grand final, 2001 and 2002
 
Occupation: School Teacher
 
Favourite Food: Weet-bix and salt & pepper tofu
 
Favourite Movie: Garden State
 
Nickname: Hosko and Hosk
 
Favourite city in the world and why: New York City – it has the best Vegan food, and has always something on, no matter what time of the day
 
Before a game I always…:  No real routine
 
Best attribute as an umpire: Enjoy umpiring
 
Why did you become an umpire: Stay involved in footy
 
Most admired sportsperson and why?:  Eli Manning (NY Giants quarterback)
Sam Hunter – Rookie
Commenced umpiring career with:  Swan Districts Football Umpires Association, 2006
 
Height: 185cm
 
Honours in umpiring: 
 
WAFL Grand Final, 2015 and 2016
State Game, 2015
Merv Carter Medalist, 2015
 
Occupation: Mechanic
 
Favourite Food: Chicken Parmy
 
Favourite Movie: Can’t choose, anything Adam Sandler
  
Favourite city in the world and why: Perth – it’s where I call, home..
 
Before a game I always…: Relax and try not to overthink the match too much
 
Best attribute as an umpire: Speed and agility
 
Why did you become an umpire?: To say involved, and earn some pocket money as a kid
 
Most admired sportsperson and why?: Craig Lowndes, amazing attitude and always has time for fans
Brodie Kenny-Bell

AFLUA Heritage Number: 340

AFL Matches at the end of 2017: 51

1st AFL Match:  Sydney vs GWS, 2015
 
Commenced umpiring career with: Spencer Gulf Football League, 2006 
 
Height: 175cm
 
Honours in umpiring:
NAB U18s Championships, 2010
NAB U18s Championships, 2011
SANFL League Grand Final (Emerg), 2013
State Game NEAFL v WA, 2014
Goal Umpire of the Year ACT/NSW, 2014
NEAFL Grand Final, 2014
 
Occupation: Subway owner
 
Nickname: BKB
 
Favourite Food: Subway. I’ve had it each day for the last 10 years, and I’m still not sick of it!
 
Favourite Movie: Prefer reality TV
 
Favourite city in the world and why: Adelaide. There’s no place like home!
 
Before a game I always…: Triple check everything and allow enough sleep
 
Best attribute as an umpire: Commitment, dedication and being able to read the play
 
Why did you become an umpire?: Always had the ambition of making AFL as a player, but had the skills of a turkey
 
Most admired sportsperson and why?: Phil Taylor – 16 time champion of the world
Matt Maclure
AFLUA Heritage Number: 346
 
1st AFL Match: Rd 7 2017, Melbourne v Hawthorn 
 
AFL matches at the end of 2017: 8
 
Commenced umpiring career with: 2003 – Albury Umpires League 
 
Height: 170cm
 
Honours in umpiring: 
O&M Grand Final 2005, 2006, 2007
TAC Cup Grand Final 2011
AFL Victoria Dev League Grand Final 2015
VFL Grand Final 2016   
 
Occupation: Analyst/Communications at Racing Australia
 
Favourite Food: Italian
 
Favourite Movie: The Bourne Identity
 
Nickname: Maclure, Matty Mac
 
Favourite city in the world and why: Melbourne, there are so many things to do involving sport, food, music and the coffee.
 
Before a game I always…: Listen to the same playlist in the car on the way to the game
 
Best attribute as an umpire: Speed off the mark
 
Why did you become an umpire?: To stay involved in the game and earn some pocket money
 
Most admired sportsperson and why?: Roger Federer, the way he conducts himself on and off the court

Angus McKenzie-Wills
AFLUA Heritage Number: 342
 
AFL Matches at the end of 2017: 31
 
1st AFL Match: Round 3, Sydney vs GWS, 2016
 
Commenced umpiring career with: Sydney North juniors 2006
 
Height: 185cm
 
Honours in umpiring: 
NEAFL Eastern Conference Final 2013
NEAFL Grand Final 2014
Under 16s Nationals 2010
Under 18s Nationals 2012, 15
 
Occupation: Political advisor
 
Fvaourite  food: Mexican
 
Favourite movie: Mrs Doubtfire
 
Nickname: Gus
 
Favourite city in the world and why: Sydney – Harbour, weather and lifestyle.
 
Before a game I always…: Have a coffee and read the paper.
 
Best attribute as an umpire: Tenacity
 
Why did you become an umpire: Loved the game and wanted to be involved.
 
Most admired sportsperson and why? Adam Goodes – Made a difference on and off the field.
Alistair Meldrum
AFLUA Heritage Number: 343
 
AFL Matches at the end of 2017: 23
 
1st AFL Match: Round 5, Gold Coast vs North Melbourne, 2016
 
Commenced umpiring career with: AFL Darling Downs, 2007
 
Height: 178cm
 
Honours in umpiring: 
NEAFL Grand Finals, 2014 and 2015
National Under 18s 2013, 2014 and 2015
NEAFL vs Tasmania state matches, 2014 and 2015
NEAFL QLD/NT Goal Umpire of the year 2014, 2015
 
Occupation: Healthcare
 
Fvaourite  food: Lasagna 
 
Favourite movie: Independence Day
 
Nickname: Molly
 
Favourite city in the world and why: Melbourne – coffee, food and culture
 
Before a game I always…: Spot 5 in the AFL Record
 
Best attribute as an umpire: Commitment
 
Why did you become an umpire: Love of the game and to stay involved
 
Most admired sportsperson and why? Jason McCartney – To return to AFL after what he endured is a testament to his determination and resilience.  One of the greatest moments in football and a role model to so many young athletes. 
Michael Palm

AFLUA Heritage Number: 334

AFL Matches at the end of 2017: 77
 
1st AFL Match: Rd 3, 2013, Richmond v Western Bulldogs
 
Commenced umpiring career with: SANFL Umpiring Academy – 1998
 
Height: 193cm
 
Honours in umpiring: 
SANFL grand final, 2005
SANFL goal umpire of the year, 2005
VFL grand final, 2012
 
Occupation: Marketing Manager
 
Favourite Food: Anything on the BBQ
 
Favourite Movie: The Sandlot Kids
 
Favourite city in the world and why: Paris
 
Before a game I always…: Try to be the last umpire to leave the change rooms
 
Best attribute as an umpire: Ability to listen to coaches and learn from your mistakes
 
Why did you become an umpire:  Was watching a game at a local oval when I was 13, got asked to umpire it, and have never looked back
 
Most admired sportsperson and why?:  David Robinson (San Antonio Spurs), one of the greatest players of his position in NBA history and a great role model on and off the court

 

Steven Piperno

AFLUA Heritage Number:  339

AFL Matches at the end of 2017: 46

1st AFL Match:  North Melbourne vs Brisbane, 2015
 
Commenced umpiring career with: VAFA, 2003 
 
Height: 178cm
 
Honours in umpiring:
VAFA A Grade Grand Final, 2005
TAC Cup Grand Finals, 2006, 2009 & 2010
VFL Reserves Grand Final 2012
VFL Senior Grand Finals, 2011 & 2014
VFL Goal Umpire of the Year, 2014
 
Occupation: Workplace Analyst
 
Nickname: Pip
 
Favourite Food: Chicken
 
Favourite Movie: Inception
 
Favourite city in the world and why: Besides Melbourne, Florence, Italy – for its culture and architecture
 
Before a game I always…: ‘WTB’ (Watch the ball) on my hand
 
Best attribute as an umpire: Composure
 
Why did you become an umpire?: Tagged along with a mate who was joining umpiring
 
Most admired sportsperson and why?: Andy Murray for his reliance in such a dominated competition
David Rodan

AFLUA Heritage Number: 347

1st AFL Match: Rd 16 2017, North Melbourne v Fremantle

AFL matches at the end of 2017: 4

Brett Rogers

AFLUA Heritage Number: 325

AFL Matches at the end of 2017: 114
 
1st AFL Match: Rd 9, 2009, West Coast v Collingwood
 
Commenced umpiring career with: Swan Districts Junior Umpiring Association – 1998
 
Height: 181cm
 
Honours in umpiring: 
WAFL grand final, 2007, 2008 and 2009
Carter medallist, 2008 and 2009
 
Occupation: Research Officer
 
Favourite Food: Garlic Bread
 
Favourite Movie: The Truman Show
 
Favourite city in the world and why:  Prague – for its rich history and cheap food
 
Before a game I always…:  Throw a tennis ball around
 
Best attribute as an umpire: Spatial awareness
 
Why did you become an umpire:  Wasn’t any good at playing footy
 
Most admired sportsperson and why?:  Alistair Brownlee – He is freakishly fast

 

Chelsea Roffey

AFLUA Heritage Number: 310

AFL Matches at the end of 2017: 220
 
1st AFL Match: 2004, Brisbane v West Coast Eagles
 
Commenced umpiring career with: QAFL – 1999
 
Height: 165cm
 
Honours in umpiring:
Emergency AFL grand final, 2010 and 2011
AFL grand final, 2012
 
Occupation: Journalist
 
Favourite Food: Vietnamese
 
Favourite Movie: Dirty Dancing
 
Favourite city in the world and why: New York – Energy and palpable sense that anything is possible! Plus it’s like the whole world on one little island
 
Before a game I always…: Tell myself to relax
 
Best attribute as an umpire: Never satisfied – always looking to improve
 
Why did you become an umpire:  Footy fanatic
 
Most admired sportsperson and why?:  Jesse Owens – Triumphed against all odds, made the world listen and inspired millions of others to reach for their dreams

 

Tristan Symes

AFLUA Heritage Number: 317

AFL Matches at the end of 2017: 136
 
1st AFL Match: 2007
 
Commenced umpiring career with: QAFL – 1998
 
Height: 186cm
 
Honours in umpiring:
Most promising umpire – AFLQUA
Most dedicated umpire – AFLQUA
Most improved umpire – AFLQUA
AFLQ grand finals, 2006 and 2007
AFL NAB cup grand final, 2011
 
Occupation: IT Solutions Architect
 
Favourite Food: Subway cookies
 
Favourite Movie: Terminator 1 and 2
 
Nickname: Symesy
 
Favourite city in the world and why: Queenstown, New Zealand – just a beautiful part of the world
 
Before a game I always…: Triple check my gear
 
Best attribute as an umpire: Resilient
 
Why did you become an umpire:  Inability to play but loved and still wanted to be part of the sport
 
Most admired sportsperson and why?:  Adam Goodes, because of what he has done, not only for the sport, but for his people and culture

 

Sam Walsh
Commenced umpiring career with: Eastern Football League, 2007
 
Honours in umpiring:
VFL Senior Grand Final, 2017
2x State Game Goal Umpire – (2014 vs SANFL and 2017 vs WAFL)
VFL Goal Umpire of the year, 2017
 
Favourite cafè or restaurant and why?  Hendricks cafe – greatest bacon and eggs + an iced coffee
 
Favourite city in the world and why: Melbourne – what’s not to love? The city is full of remarkable opportunity, also Melbourne are the sporting capital of the world.
 
Before a game I always…: Part one – eat Subway and drink an iced coffee, part two – start to get a bit nervous, probably more excitement – generally run through scenarios and how I would deal with it.
 
Best attribute as an umpire: Personal level – always striving for improvement, team level – engage with other umpires and develop positive relationships that will help enjoy the experience and achieve goals.
 
Why did you become an umpire?: Love for the game – always had an interest for umpiring, even after 140 junior games, I knew that umpiring was where my passion lied.
 
Most admired sportsperson and why?:  Ricky Ponting – best batsman + greatest leader I have ever seen. His ability to be resilient, despite facing adversity, has been something I have admired about him.
Steve Williams

AFLUA Heritage Number: 322

AFL Matches at the end of 2017: 160

1st AFL Match: 2009
 
Commenced umpiring career with: Geelong Football Umpires League
 
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?:

 

Daniel Wilson

AFLUA Heritage Number: 308

AFL Matches at the end of 2017: 220
 
1st AFL Match: 2004
 
Commenced umpiring career with: Southern Football League – 1992
 
Height: 175cm
 
Honours in umpiring:
AFL finals x6
ANZAC day
VFL grand finals x 2
 
Occupation: Radio Producer
 
Favourite Food: Pasta
 
Favourite Movie: The Shawshank Redemption
 
Nickname: Willow
 
Favourite city in the world and why: Melbourne – my hometown and, of course, there’s footy!
 
Before a game I always…: Put my uniform on
 
Best attribute as an umpire: Determination
 
Why did you become an umpire:  Can’t remember – just always appealed to me as a kid
 
Most admired sportsperson and why?:  Adam Scott – persistence pays off

 

Adam Wojcik

AFLUA Heritage Number: 319 

AFL Matches at the end of 2017: 193
 
1st AFL Match:  2008, Melbourne v Carlton
 
Commenced umpiring career with: Geelong Football Umpires League – 1996
 
Height: 180cm
 
Honours in umpiring:
VFL grand final, 2007
ANZAC day, 2012 and 2013
AFL grand final, 2013 and 2016
 
Occupation: Public Service
 
Favourite Food: Where do I start – pasta
 
Favourite Movie: Air Force One
 
Favourite city in the world and why: Maui – Great place to relax and do nothing. Fiji isn’t far behind…
 
Before a game I always…:  Have a coffee
 
Best attribute as an umpire: Off the mark speed
 
Why did you become an umpire: Love of AFL and wasn’t a good footballer
 
Most admired sportsperson and why?: Gary Ablett Snr – always exciting to watch