The culmination of all of the activities of the community umpiring round saw three young umpires walk in front of each AFL umpiring team onto AFL grounds all around the country on the weekend.

Last week all AFL umpires went back to grass roots community footy with the sole purpose of rubbing shoulders with the next generation of umpires and ensuring they were enjoying their footy.

VAFA Manager of Football and Umpiring Operations, Brian Goodman said, “You could’ve heard a pin drop for over an hour when field umpires Ben Ryan and Shane McInerney, boundary umpires, Rob Haala, Jason Moore and goal umpire Jason Venkataya made their presentations to the “Ammo’s” and then got out on the track to run the umpires through a range of skill drills.

Umpires ventured to all parts of Victoria, including Leongatha, Colac, Ballarat and Bendigo. Inner Melbourne wasn’t forgotten either in traditional leagues including the Western Region, Essendon and the Northern region football leagues.

In Melbourne at Ikon Park, the AFL umpires training base all of our AFL coaches had their hands full with nearly 100 community umpires coming in to be put through their paces by the AFL umpires coaching panel. Question and answer sessions, a video coaching session and skill drills were the order of the day.

Congratulations to all umpires who gave up their time to travel long distances to ensure all of our community umpiring groups were represented.

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