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Round 21 shorts: A moment to savour

Ian “Buzz” Burrows came into the year on the back of his 7th grand final in 2016 needing two games to move to 250 in his outstanding career.  He’s not sure whether he walked in front of a black cat, stood ...

Harry Beitzel passes away

Harry Beitzel passed away on August 13th in Gosford hospital following a brief illness, aged 90.  While Harry was renowned for his 16 years of media work on numerous Melbourne radio stations and for his now inn...

Beyond the ref’s room

Football Federation Victoria & Football Federation Australia hosted an evening with decorated international football referee Mark Clattenburg and two of Australia’s best football referees, Shaun Evans of th...
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Why the NFL is finally hiring full-time officials

The NFL took an important step Wednesday in what has been a five-year process to convert its officials into full-time league employees. After months of negotiations prompted by the NFL competition committee, th...

The Buzz man reaches 250

Ian ‘Buzza’ Burrows started his boundary umpiring journey with the Yarra Valley Mountain District Football League back in the year 2000. Seventeen years later he will umpire in his 250th AFL match on Saturday a...
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Ronald Keith Bailey, J.P.

It is with pleasure that I bring to you Ronald Keith Bailey J.P., one of the hardest workers for our association that you would ever meet. Nothing is too much for Ron as he prepares and organizes the X-men umpi...

Round 20 shorts – SA goal umpire makes history

Steve Axon has always taken every opportunity to break records.  He umpired his first SANFL senior grand final as an 18-year-old.  A child protégé, success came to Steve because he has a relentless approach to ...

Congratulations on 200 games – Steve Axon

The fascination for goal umpiring started at a young age for Steve Axon, who this weekend will officiate his 200th game between Adelaide and Port Adelaide at Adelaide Oval. Steve’s passion for umpiring began...

Drawn games

There is no doubt that a drawn game of football tantalises every statistician’s taste buds. Our own, David Flegg has had a great year providing us will all sorts of material. So I thought that for completeness ...

Round 19 shorts: Milestones aplenty

Congratulations this week must go to our two 100 game milestone achievers, Rob Taylor (boundary) and Andrew Mitchell (field).  Andrew umpired for 8 years and 150 games in the VFL before making the AFL list at a...