Razor Ride 2017

With the 2017 AFL season now over, October is normally a time for umpires to rest their bodies after a long demanding season. Whilst most still undertake some sort of light cross training and gym programming, f...

Quiet life of service followed moment of fame

Umpire Graham Carbery was the victim of one of football's most notorious incidents, but away from the headlines he lived a quiet life documenting the history of Australia's gay movements. Graham Carbery's 15...

Vale William (Bill) Barbour

1959 VFL grand final umpire, Bill Barbour passed away yesterday after a brief illness. Bill was 93 years young! Bill began umpiring in the VFL Reserve Grade in 1947.  He joined the VFL senior list in 19...

Kevin Frederick Smith – 53 years in umpiring

Now this is something to ponder over!  Kevin has been involved in umpiring, either officiating or advising for two-thirds of his life! And that is worth celebrating! Kevin Frederick Smith was born on 10...

All Australian Umpires announced

Umpiring a grand final is one accolade that all umpires aspire too.  Then to be chosen as the best in Australia in your craft is the icing on the cake.  Field umpire Matt Stevic was announced as th...

Everyone has a story to tell

THE Mornington Peninsula has many retirees with a story or even a book, and Eric Brewer is one of those. A few months ago he moved to Rosebud from Benalla, which had been his home for a good part of his life. ...

Rose O’Dea is not defined by football

AFL goal umpire, Rose O’Dea has put her umpiring career on hold as she takes a bold step to further her career.  I chatted with Rose last week to gain a better understanding of what she was doing and why.&...
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