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Grand Final great passes away

AFLUA life member and grand final umpire Leo Sutton passed away in Canberra last week after a short illness.  Leo was a tireless volunteer in his latter years working for the Canberra Lions Club and the Ca...
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Vale Colin Newcombe

Former Cadet Squad field umpire and long time friend and supporter of the AFLUA, Colin Newcombe has passed away after an eight month battle with cancer. Col began umpiring in 1984 in the Colac and District FL....
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350 up for Thommo

Week after week for 21 years, Mark Thommo Thomson has trained and prepared his body to umpire AFL Football. Since his first appointment back in 1996 to Adelaide Vs Sydney, Thommo has umpired in 28 Finals, 5 Gra...
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Right on Par with the greats Nicho 300

Mat (Nicho) Nicholls got involved in umpiring for some pocket money and to lose some weight back in the Diamond Valley Football League in 1992. He is now one of the most elite and professional umpires at the AF...
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True umpiring trailblazer

Imagine telling Robert Flower, Robert DiPierdomenico or Mark ‘‘Jacko’’ Jackson to ease up on the football field. That was Glenn James’ life for the eight years he spent umpiring in the Victorian Football Leagu...
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THE MAN FROM THE COUNTRY GETS 200

612km or 9 hours is the amount of travel and time it takes boundary umpire Chris Roberts to commute every week to ensure he is fulfilling his role. This weekend after 122,400 km of total travel, Chris, or (Robb...
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Round 16 shorts – Rob Haala joins the elite

Boundary umpire Rob Haala, becomes the 12th boundary umpire in the history of VFL/AFL football to reach the imposing milestone of 300 games.  Rob umpired the Collingwood v Essendon game at the MCG, an icon...
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Graham Carbery – a man who stood up

Former VFL boundary umpire, Graham Carbery, died on Wednesday after a long illness.  Carbery umpired 145 VFL games, including five finals.  He loved umpiring.  His career was different to every b...
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The Gilham brothers – two of our hall of famers

Umpiring has been a family affair in community football leagues across the country for generations. We know whom those families are when we think about our first foray into umpiring as youngsters.   The V...