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From Footy Boots to Whistle

Ask Leigh Fisher what his burning ambition is in umpiring and his reply is as quick and as focused as any umpire on the AFL list "a grand final of course!" Then comes a knowing pause and a statement with as muc...
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Footy Umpires Wanted…It’s Your Call

A major AFL umpire recruitment drive will target women, former players and ethnic minorities in a bid to reverse a chronic umpiring shortage, as match-day officials continue to leave the game due to abuse. P...
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50 Years for Umpiring Group

BEING an Aussie Rules football umpire may not be among the sporting world's easiest jobs every week, but the Northern District Football Umpires Association has supplied men and women in white - and nowadays ora...
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AFL In Asia

Each morning when I wake up, I reach for my I-Pad and turn on SEN radio, this is followed by downloading and reading the Herald Sun and The Age (sport only).  I head off for a morning run or ride and listen to ...
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Umpire Shorts – May 13

Round seven sees only one milestone being achieved but it is a good one!  WA based boundary umpire Alan Zanich clocked up his 150th game when he took to the field in the Fremantle v. Collingwood game at Paterso...
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Umpire Shorts – May 8

Stephen McBurney has resumed his quest towards the 400 game milestone when he returned to AFL senior ranks two weeks ago.  Stephen, who trained 76 days straight in the lead up to the pre - Christmas benchmark f...
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Is There A Doctor In The House?

In an ironic way the latest injury to AFL goal umpire Courtney Lai may well have clarified his speciality in medicine. Courtney has toyed with the idea of a career in medicine on and off since he was 10 year...
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