• Sam Hunter – Rookie
    Sam Hunter – Rookie
  • Matt Maclure
    Matt Maclure
  • Alistair Meldrum
    Alistair Meldrum
  • Sally Boud
    Sally Boud
  • Peter Challen
    Peter Challen
  • Angus McKenzie-Wills
    Angus McKenzie-Wills
  • Matthew Dervan
    Matthew Dervan
  • Brett Rogers
    Brett Rogers
  • Luke Edwards
    Luke Edwards
  • Daniel Hoskin
    Daniel Hoskin
  • Steven Axon
    Steven Axon
  • Tristan Symes
    Tristan Symes
  • Shaun Apted
    Shaun Apted
  • Rose O’Dea
    Rose O’Dea
  • Brodie Kenny-Bell
    Brodie Kenny-Bell
  • Mark Ensbey
    Mark Ensbey
  • Adam Wojcik
    Adam Wojcik
  • Daniel Wilson
    Daniel Wilson
  • Steven Williams
    Steven Williams
  • Luke Walker
    Luke Walker
  • Chelsea Roffey
    Chelsea Roffey
  • Steven Piperno
    Steven Piperno
  • Michael Palm
    Michael Palm
  • Courtney Lai
    Courtney Lai
  • Michael Craig
    Michael Craig
  • Chris Appleton
    Chris Appleton
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
Matt Maclure
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

Alistair Meldrum
AFLUA Heritage Number: 343
 
AFL Matches at the end of 2016: 10
 
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: Pharmacy Student at UQ
 
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. 
Sally Boud
AFLUA Heritage Number: 344
 
AFL Matches at the end of 2016: 10
 
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 2016: 45
 
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.
Angus McKenzie-Wills
AFLUA Heritage Number: 342
 
AFL Matches at the end of 2016: 15
 
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.
Matthew Dervan
AFLUA Heritage Number: 341
 
AFL Matches at the end of 2016: 15
 
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
Brett Rogers

AFLUA Heritage Number: 325

AFL Matches at the end of 2016: 98
 
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

 

Luke Edwards

AFLUA Heritage Number: 332

AFL Matches at the end of 2016: 44
 
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!

 

Daniel Hoskin

AFLUA Heritage Number: 324

AFL Matches at the end of 2016: 83
 
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)
Steven Axon

AFLUA Heritage Number: 311

AFL Matches at the end of 2016: 186
 
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

 

Tristan Symes

AFLUA Heritage Number: 317

AFL Matches at the end of 2016: 121
 
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

 

Shaun Apted

AFLUA Heritage Number: 323

AFL Matches at the end of 2016: 91
 
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!

 

Rose O’Dea

AFLUA Heritage Number: 336 

1st AFL Match: Rd 3, 2014, Greater Western Sydney v Melbourne
 
AFL Matches at the end of 2016: 35
 
Commenced umpiring career with: AFL Canberra – 2007
 
Height: 167cm
 
Honours in umpiring: 
State grand final, 2010, 2012 and 2013
U18 nationals carnival, 2011 and 2013
 
Occupation: PhD student
 
Favourite Food: Raspberries
 
Favourite Movie: Up in the air
 
Favourite city in the world and why: Canberra – it’s home
 
Before a game I always…: Read
 
Best attribute as an umpire: Good learner
 
Why did you become an umpire:  To be involved in the game
 
Most admired sportsperson and why?:  Roger Federer – at his best he turns tennis into ballet
Brodie Kenny-Bell

AFLUA Heritage Number: 340

AFL Matches at the end of 2016: 34

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
Mark Ensbey

AFLUA Heritage Number: 337 

1st AFL Match:  Rd 6, 2014, Western Bulldogs v Adelaide 
 
AFL Matches at the end of 2016: 36
 
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
Adam Wojcik

AFLUA Heritage Number: 319 

AFL Matches at the end of 2016: 171
 
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

 

Daniel Wilson

AFLUA Heritage Number: 308

AFL Matches at the end of 2016: 201
 
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

 

Steven Williams

AFLUA Heritage Number: 322

AFL Matches at the end of 2016: 140

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?:

 

Luke Walker

AFLUA Heritage Number: 309

AFL Matches at the end of 2016: 239
 
1st AFL Match:  2004, North Melbourne v Port Adelaide
 
Commenced umpiring career with: Southern Umpires Association – 1998
 
Height: 183cm
 
Honours in umpiring: 
AFLUA Life Member
Leigh Keen Shield
Brian Pratt medallion
All Australian goal umpire
AFL grand final umpire, 2010 + replay, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014
 
Occupation: Accountant
 
Favourite Food: Chicken Parma
 
Favourite Movie: Semi Pro
 
Nickname: Sky
 
Favourite city in the world and why: New York – busy, lots to do and everything so easy to access
 
Before a game I always…: Have a good nights sleep
 
Best attribute as an umpire: Remaining composed
 
Why did you become an umpire: To earn some extra pocket money
 
 

 

Chelsea Roffey

AFLUA Heritage Number: 310

AFL Matches at the end of 2016: 204
 
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

 

Steven Piperno

AFLUA Heritage Number:  339

AFL Matches at the end of 2016: 29

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
Michael Palm

AFLUA Heritage Number: 334

AFL Matches at the end of 2016: 60
 
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

 

Courtney Lai

AFLUA Heritage Number: 329

AFL Matches at the end of 2016: 50
 
1st AFL Match: Rd 7, 2011, Melbourne v Adelaide 
 
Commenced umpiring career with: Southern Football League Umpires’ Association – 2005 
 
Honours in umpiring: 
Brian Pratt medalist, 2011 and 2012
VFL Grand Finals, 2009 and 2010
TAC Cup Grand Finals, 2007 and 2008
Southern Football League Division 1 Grand Final, 2006
 
Occupation: Doctor
 
Nickname: Doc
 
Favourite city in the world and why: I’m not very well-travelled, but I haven’t found anywhere yet that beats Melbourne
 
Before a game I always…: Listen to Muse – usually their Black Holes and Revelations album
 
Why did you become an umpire:  I was advised to stop playing due to shoulder injuries, and found that I had greater ability as a goal umpire than I ever did as a player
 
Michael Craig

AFLUA Heritage Number: 335 

1st AFL Match:  Rd 3, 2014, Western Bulldogs v Richmond 
 
AFL Matches at the end of 2016: 44
 
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

 

Chris Appleton

AFLUA Heritage Number: 302

AFL Matches at the end of 2016: 229
 
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