article placeholder

Round 5 – shorts

The ANZAC round of AFL was the second highest single round attendance in history. 391,980 fans turned out across the 9 games of round 5. Monday night’s ANZAC day eve clash between Richmond and Melbourne was the...
article placeholder

AFL Umpires help mentor new mates

Seventeen of Melbourne’s up-and-coming young field umpires will learn from some of the AFL’s best officiators in the 2017 Mates Program. Created in conjunction with AFL Victoria and AFL Umpires, the Mates Prog...
article placeholder

Reginald Treloar MM

Reginald Treloar, 1891-1969 Reg Treloar became one of three VFL umpires to be awarded a medal for valour during World War I. He received a Military Medal for his actions at Cerisy in 1918. Treloar debuted wi...
article placeholder

Anzac Day Clash

During many wars, Australian rules football matches have been played overseas in places like northern Africa and Vietnam as a celebration of Australian culture and as a bonding exercise between soldiers. Despi...
article placeholder

Eight epic weeks: Recapping the inaugural AFLW season

Libby Toovey is a 3rd year field umpire with the VFL.  As a promising developing umpire, Libby was invited to umpire in the inaugural AFL Women’s competition earlier this year.     Here Libby pro...
article placeholder

Round 4 – shorts

Easter long weekend hosted a round 4 footy feast. By the sounds of things, the footy wasn’t the only feast most of the umpires had over the weekend, with plenty of family lunches and dinners attended.  Go...
article placeholder

Century for WA goal umpire – Brett Rogers

Who would have thought being a soccer goalkeeper as a kid would help Brett Rogers reach his 100th game milestone when West Coast played St Kilda on Saturday 1 April 2017 at Domain Stadium. “Being a soccer goal...
article placeholder

Round 3 shorts: Solid start continues

The heat was on after round 2, ask Gary Ablett, Nathan Buckley, Rodney Eade and the umpires to name but a few.  Retired umpires took to the airwaves and the written press to urge people to take a deep brea...
article placeholder

Why the AFL experts are wrong to bash umpires

Retiring from umpiring two months ago has left me with a sense of calm I have not felt in years. I'm no longer the target of the ridiculous phrases directed at my former colleagues: "disgraceful", "back to the ...