Preliminary finals are for the purists

Amazingly, this weekend will be the first time since 2011 that both preliminary finals will be played at the MCG. In the last 7 years one has been at the MCG with the other being played in Sydney, Adelaide or P...

Week 2 Finals Shorts: Finals hit fever pitch

Here in the AFLUA office we are never far from supporter’s ire.  The phones run hot and our email line at times, is prone to melt.  Imagine the hysteria we were met with on Monday morning after Shaun Ryan’s com...

Two debutants make it to week 2

Congratulations to the two remaining 2019 finals debutants, Andrew Stephens (field) and Lachlan Rayner (boundary) who were appointed to semi-final weekend.  Stephens is joined by 300 game and grand final umpir...

Our members feature prominently in NEAFL grand final

The NEAFL grand final this weekend at Southport is the first of our state league partners to announce their grand final umpires.  Congratulations to all AFLUA members who have earned the right to manage the bes...

Footy and umpiring a shared passion

We sat on an old wooden picnic table outside the library in North Sydney, the sun warming our backs, sipping on a coffee chatting about footy and life.  I was the old fella and Alex Chisholm, the fresh faced yo...

One of a kind – Mark’s his 400th AFL game

South Australian based boundary umpire, Mark Thomson became only the second boundary umpire in the history of the game to umpire 400 AFL games in the round 23 clash between Port Adelaide and Fremantle.  The oth...