The AFL announced the umpiring panel for the 2019 AFL Grand Final between Richmond and the GWS GIANTS, to be played at the MCG this Saturday, September 28.

Shaun Ryan, Matt Stevic and Ray Chamberlain have been selected as the field umpires with Simon Meredith named as the emergency. The three field umpires have officiated 15 Grand Finals between them and over 100 AFL finals matches collectively.

On the boundary, Matt Tomkins, Chris Gordon, Ian Burrows and Matt Konetschka have officiated in 12 previous grand finals and 95 finals.  Joshua Mather is the emergency boundary umpire in his first taste of grand final fever.

The goal umpires have the only grand final debutant, Michael Craig.  He is ably supported by Steve Piperno and first time emergency goal umpire, Angus McKenzie-Wills.  The goal umpires have one grand final and 12 finals between them. It is also Michael Craig’s 100th game.  What a way to bring it up!

The career statistics of each umpire appointed to the 2019 Toyota AFL Grand Final are presented below:

 

Field Umpires:

Shaun Ryan: 25

Debut: 2003

Games:329

Finals: 37

Grand Finals: 2008, 2009, 2010 (2), 2011, 2017, 2018

 

Matt Stevic: 9

Debut: 2004

Games: 379

Finals: 40

Grand Finals: 2012, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018

 

Ray Chamberlain: 18

Debut: 2004

Games:312

Finals: 26

Grand Final: 2010 (2)

 

Emergency:

Simon Meredith

Debut: 2004

Games: 368

Finals: 33

Grand Finals: 2012, 2013, 2014, 2016, 2017

 

Boundary Umpires:

Matthew Tomkins

Debut: 2012

Games: 186

Finals: 19

Grand Finals: 2014, 2015

 

Christopher Gordon

Debut: 2009

Games: 258

Finals: 25

Grand Finals: 2011, 2015, 2018

 

Ian Burrows

Debut: 2006

Games: 296

Finals: 32

Grand Finals: 2008, 2010 (2), 2012, 2014, 2015, 2016,

 

Matthew Konetschka

Debut: 2012

Games: 168

Finals: 17

Grand Finals: 2017

 

Emergency

Joshua Mather

Debut: 2014

Games: 123

Finals: 5

 

Goal Umpires:

Steven Piperno

Debut: 2015

Games: 85

Finals: 8

Grand Finals: 2018

 

Michael Craig

Debut: 2014

Games: 99

Finals: 4

 

Emergency

Angus McKenzie-Wills

Debut: 2016

Games: 69

Finals: 5

 

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