Some great milestones achieved in Round 1

Low scores, a couple of blowouts and a heap of warm and humid weather across the country didn’t stop AFL football from hitting our television screens for round one, across four days last week. On the back of...

Inside an umpire pre-season improvement camp

Umpires have a thankless task and are often the subject of criticism, but what goes unseen is the work they do to improve. Take, for example, the pre-season camp 10 developing whistleblowers went on last mon...

AFLW Preliminary Finals are here

The merits of a conference system can be argued until you are blue in the face.  What is indisputable is that two cut throat preliminary finals will be played this weekend that will determine the Grand Finalist...

Vote for Angus……….as he celebrates his 50th AFL game

This weekend is a big one for Angus McKenzie-Wills who not only will be officiating his 50thAFL game on Sunday but will be keeping a close eye on the results from the NSW election, wondering if he’ll have a job...

Three debutants from the class of 2019

There is one thing to get that much awaited phone call in early October to tell you that you’ve earned an AFL contract.  The next exercise is to pick up your belongings and move to the other side of the country...

Vale – Peter ‘Pedro’ Taylor

One of the stalwarts of our association Peter “Pedro” Taylor passed away peacefully over the weekend.  Pedro was still an active participant in our X umpire luncheons at Mornington and always had a good story o...

Where are they now – Mike Henry

When you reach retirement age, you may think that you would put your feet up and relax, but this was not the case for our next “Where are they now?” Umpire. Michael Francis Xavier Henry known as Mike, is bus...

Field umpires’ 21st century training

Players have had their every move, both in games and at training, monitored and pored over by each club’s Strength and Conditioning staff for well over a decade now. AFL contracted field umpires were presented ...
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