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...

Finals panel 2019 released

Ten debutants have made the first cut of the AFL 2019 finals race.  Five field umpires, three boundary umpires and two goal umpires have had their performances in 2019 vindicated by selectors and eagerly await ...

Hayden hits 50………. 50 AFL Games

It only seems like yesterday that Hayden Gavine commenced his career with the AFL, having been appointed to the list in 2017.  Two seasons later, he notched up his 50thAFL game when he took to the field on Satu...

Shane McInerney – The GOAT?

Five hundred and two games after an inauspicious start in a Carlton v Sydney match at Princess Park in 1994, the curtain has finally come down on one of the real characters of AFL umpiring. Let’s take nothing ...

Veterans go back to the future

A few months back I made a few discrete enquiries as to the health and fitness of some of our veteran umpires when I was formulating a plan for selecting umpires to officiate in the 2019 version of the EJ Whitt...

Round 23 shorts: Mark Thomson – 400 of the best

The boundary umpire factory of South Australia has produced another outstanding athlete, boundary umpire and more important, a great person.  Stand and applaud, 400 AFL games, Mark Thomson. Mark is only the se...
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