The AFLUA would like to congratulate field umpire Robert Findlay, boundary umpire Matthew Konetschka and goal umpire Adam Wojcik, who were selected as the 2023 All-Australian Umpires at the recent AFL Awards function. This is a reward for their outstanding year of umpiring.
Robert Findlay (AFLUA Heritage Number 415) began his umpiring journey in 1993 with the Dandenong Umpires Association. He made his AFL debut in 2009 and was also the Ian Coates Medallion recipient in 2010 as the most promising first- or second-year field umpire. Robert has 327 AFL matches to his credit so far, including 12 Finals, and he was the emergency field umpire at the 2020 AFL Grand Final. This is his first All-Australian award recognition.
Matthew Konetschka (AFLUA Heritage Number 548) made his AFL debut in 2012, and had commenced his umpiring career with the South Australian Amateur Football League in 2008. The five-time AFL Grand Final umpire has taken to the field in 261 AFL matches, including 29 Finals. This is Matthew’s maiden All-Australian award as well.
Four-time AFL Grand Final umpire Adam Wojcik (AFLUA Heritage Number 319) was awarded his third career All-Australian blazer this time around, after his first two All-Australian accolades in 2015 and 2016. The 292-game veteran marked his AFL debut in 2008, and was recognised with the Brian Pratt Medallion the same year. Adam was also awarded the Leigh Keen Shield twice (2016 and 2018).
To know more about past All-Australian Umpires, please visit this link on our website – https://aflua.com.au/awards/all-australian-umpires/.
# Featured image – The 2023 All-Australian Umpires (L-R) AFL Field Umpire Robert Findlay, AFL Boundary Umpire Matthew Konetschka and AFL Goal Umpire Adam Wojcik during the 2023 AFL Awards at Centrepiece on August 30, 2023 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Dylan Burns/AFL Photos)