Lucy Lopes has begun traiing with the AFL umpires. For the full story click here
Congratulations of VFL Goal Umpires Coach, Steven Stirling who has been appointed to the new role of AFL National Goal Umpires Coach. Steve has been observing and coaching with the VFL for four years.
A reminder that the 2014 VFUA Awards Presentation and AGM will be held on Monday 8 December 2014, 7pm for a 7.30pm start at the Loading Dock Cafe, 70 Lorimer Street, Docklands (Yarra's Edge side next to freeway).
Attendance is compulsory for all VFUA Members. The VFUA will provide a limited bar tab at the beginning of the function. A special menu for meals for $20 is available.
Congratulations Jack, Nick and Brent
The AFL announced that the three 2014 VFL Grand Final umpires Jack Edwards, Nick Brown and Brent Wallace have been promoted to the AFL list for season 2015.
A new selection system is in place this year and umpires from all over Australia have been observered closely over the coourse of the year by AFL scouts.
After undergoing further end of season testing Jack, Nick and Brent were successful. They will also be joined by 2014 AFL rookie Curtis Deboy.
Best wishes for an exciting year ahead.
Umpire scholarship for VFUA's Lucinda
On Tuesday, the AFL announced that South Australian Eleni Glouftsis and Victorian Lucinda Lopes have been placed on AFL Female Pathway Scholarships in a bid for them to reach the senior field umpire list in the coming years. Click to read more
Last night the VFL announced the umpire appointments for the 2014 VFL and TAC Cup Grand Finals.
Congratulations to Alex Woodward on being awarded the J.J. Liston Trophy See details at the VFL web site
Congratulations to Jack Edwards (F, left) and Haydn O'Connor (F, right) reaching 50 VFL matches
Finals panels announced
The VFL announced it finals umpires at Victoria Park on Tuesday night.
Field, boundary and goal umpires were all in attendance as their coaches named the various panels before Umpires Coach, Cam Nash, reinforced the team philosophy that has run through the season and that the umpires need to finish of the year as they started, "as a team".
A number of umpires will be umpiring thier first VFL finals: field umpires Brent Wallace, James Davey, Nick Brown, Thomas Chrystie, boundary umpires Andrew Leggo, Jerome Rowcroft, Lachlan Rayner, Kieran Ferguson, Pat Dineen, Mitch Smith and goal umpires Luke White, Matthew Dervan and Chris Doyle.
Congratulations and best wishes to all VFL umpires appointed to finals.
2014 State Match umpire Jack Edwards (F, left) and Haydn O'Connor (F) reach 50 VFL matches at Box Hill and Punt Road respectively
If you did not pick up an AFL Victoria record on the weekend check out the double page spread on Andrew McCoy (F) and Anthony Kyrkou's (G) 100 VFL matches. Download the Round 19 edition at the VFL web site
More first games
Congratulations are now due to Luke McIlroy (F) and James Alexander (B) who will umpire thier first VFL matches this weekend. Both are umpires on the Development Squads.
VFL Umpires Head Coach, Cam Nash noted, "We said to the group at the start of the year if development squad umpires were performing to a high standard they would be given the opportunity at senior level. With Sam Stagg (B) having already debuted, now with James Alexander (B) and Luke McIIroy (F) this week we have followed through on our word.
"Luke has been our best performing development squad field umpire this season on and off the field and deserves this opportunity."
Best wishes to everyone who has a milestone this week.
President on the radio
For those who missed it VFUA President Steve Piperno was a guest on the recent SEN Peter Jackson VFL Show. Catch all the highlights by clicking here. Scroll thorough to the 12:00 minute mark for Steve.
The VFUA Executive met on Sunday 21 July. The 2014 objectives have been updated to reflect goings on. Check with your track rep. for further details.
Gallery updated with some foggy pics from Round 15 Sandringham v. Geelong.
Achieving his goal
It is not just clubs where the game’s multicultural reach extends, the men and women in orange are just as culturally diverse.
Cyrus Wong, a son of Malaysian Chinese parents, is a member of the AFL Victoria umpiring panel.... Click here to read more
NIck Laurence moved into the number one spot for most matches on the boundary on the weekend with his 139th VFL match.
Brendan Elvey (B) chalked up 100 VFL matches whiile NEAFL visitor and AFL rookie field umpire Kayne Nund made his debut in conditions unlike those he normally faces in Queensland.
Congratulations to Dan Lawlor (F) (left) who debuted in the VFL after 28 Dev. League and 29 TAC Cup matches since joining the VFUA in 2011. Dan's father, former VFL umpire George Lawlor, was in attendance for the big day.
This week Simon Plumridge (G) celebrates his 50th VFL match at the wilds of Casey Fields.
Congratulations to Andrew Leggo (B) who achieved the 50 VFL match milestone at Sandringham on the weekend. This week we look forward to the 100 VFL match milestone Brendan Elvey (B) scheduled for Port Melbourne v. Essendon.
In a big week for boundary umpriing Nick Laurence passes Damien Cusack for the modern era VFL boundary games record when he is scheduled to move to 139 matches on Sunday at Coburg.
In the same match Daniel Lawlor (F) makes his VFL debut.
Statistics , milestones and QAP updated for the week ending 29 June. Congratulations Luke White (G) for his 50th VFL match on Sunday at Sandringham.
Sandringham sees anotherr 50 VFL match milestone this week when Andrew Leggo (B) takes the field
Congratulations to Tim Carlos (F) and Dylan Benwell (G) on their 50th VFL matches.
It was a day of Brotherly Love at Sandringham on Saturday as Jack (F) and Matt (G) Edwards (left) became the seventh pair of brothers to officiate in a VFL senior match in the modern era. They were the first pair to appear in different disciplines.
Other brothers -
Alistair and Anthony Kyrkou - 3 VFL matches as goal umpires (2013) Josh and Shaun Geraghty - 2 VFL matches as boundary umpires (2013) Jamie and Robert Guppy - 1 VFL match as boundary umpires in (1995) Dean and Leigh Crettenden - 1 VFL match as boundary umpires in (1996) Alan and Graham Brewer - 1 VFL match as goal umpires in (1990) Sam and Richard Leslie - 2 matches as boundary umpires (1992-93)
They're not brothers but the Wallace boys Brent (F) and David (G) also umpired at Sandringham and they do take a nice photo so... (right)
* Updated: Thanks to life member Judi Elliott (T) for reminding us about the brothers Leslie - Sam and Richard
Congratulations to Peter Balding (G) who umpired his 195th VFL match moving him to the most matches by a goal umpire in the VFL era. It also places him in second place overall behind Dan Beard (F) who is on 224.
A bit delayed but finally the work of Michael Richardson at Box Hill earlier in the year is available in the gallery - click here or go to the gallery
Life members gather
On Sunday 18th May, around 30 guests attended the annual VFUA Life Members’ dinner at the Mail Exchange Hotel in the city. The attendees, made up of VFUA life members and current VFUA executive, shared a meal and a drink to celebrate the contribution by those who have been recognised by their peers as having provided outstanding service to the association.
After welcoming all in attendance, Vice President and host for the night, Daniel Butcher, thanked Judi Elliott for her ongoing support for the Association after she recently donated a magnificent Easter hamper raffled off at our first association meeting this year. Leigh Keen was also presented with his Courage Award, a reward that Leigh was nominated for in 2013 for his battles with cancer as well as recovering from extensive shoulder surgery. Leigh also happened to be the door prize winner of two medallion club tickets to an AFL match to see his beloved Demons.
After dinner, the most recent inductees to life membership, Tristan Burgess, Michael Blair and Richard Mills were presented with their certificates and badges from President Steve Piperno. Damien Cusack was unable to attend. Each new life member then gave a unique insight into what umpiring and the VFUA meant to them.
It was pleasing to see such a well attended event and was a great opportunity for current executive members to mix and socialise with life members from all walks of the VFUA’s history. Massive thanks to Daniel Butcher for organising and hosting such a successful event as well as all life members in attendance.
Photographs from the night and also Round 6 matches in the gallery - click here
Congratulations to Thomas Chrystie (F) on is first VFL match and Jason Schilling (F)on 50 AFL Development League matches.
Peter Balding (G) is now equal second (with Michael Richardson) on the all-time games list (since 1990) with 194 VFL matches
Umpires named for state match
At Victoria Park last week the VFL Umpring Department named the umpires who will represent Victoria in next Saturday's state match against the SANFL.
Victorian boss, Cam Nash, left no doubt that the best performing umpires to this point in the season would be getting the honour of representing their state, and their mates, at North Port Oval.
The team is:
Field: Jack Edwards, Nick Brown Boundary: James Scully, Ben Macdonald Goal: Sam Walsh
They will be joined by their South Australian team mates Curtis DeBoy (F), Jason Moore (B) and Steven Paunovic (G)
Get down to North Port on Saturday and cheer on all the umpires... and, of course the Big V
Congratulations to Heath Grundy who stepped up on the weekend. Having umpired trhe AFL Vic. Dev. match on Saturday he was plucked from his post-match recovery when Stuart Wenn (AFL) injured himself during the senior match warm up.
Heath came on at quarter-time and joined Andrew Talbot and Tim Carlos for the remainder of the Blues-Scorpions clash. Interesting to note this is Andrew Talbot's second match involving an injured AFL colleague this year. Earlier in the year he replaced an injured Jason Armstong at Docklands. Stuart was one of the other field umpires that day.
BOUNDARY umpire Tim Lougoon will make his AFL debut in the Easter Sunday match between Melbourne and Gold Coast at the MCG. Just a few weeks after being called up to the AFL squad, Lougoon will be running around at one of the most famous sporting arenas in the world.
We will now be placing regular updates of the QAP for 2014 -Click here
Presidents' Dinner 2014
On a balmy Sunday evening in late March, the VFUA held the Presidents' Dinner. The current VFUA Executive Committee hosted eight of the association’s past presidents over a beautiful Docklands setting to recognise the contribution and influence these past leaders have had in making the VFUA what it is today.
The past presidents in attendance were Greg Russo (1998), Russell Davidson (1999), Steve Stirling (2000), Chris Snell (2001-02), Stephen Evans (2004-05), Rob Findlay (2006-07), Adam Wojcik (2008) and Richard Mills (2010-11), who shared their stories of their time as president along with some of their umpiring experiences. It was a fantastic opportunity to for the current executive members to surround themselves with these key VFUA figures and to recognise and appreciate the history of the Association.
Current VFUA President, Steve Piperno, provided a comprehensive update of the current environment of the VFUA, including the nature of the state league competitions, our relationship with AFL Victoria, the current fees and conditions and subsequent representation of the members and the position we hold in the football community. The past presidents also heard about the most recent initiatives and activities of the association and were pleased to hear about the planning, strategy and direction in place to ensure its continued strength.
Steve Stirling provided a response to the opening welcome on behalf of the presidents in attendance. Steve acknowledged the hard work of the Executive Committee and commended the leadership group on their great working relationships with AFL Victoria.
It was a thoroughly enjoyable night for those in attendance and we are already looking forward to the next Presidents' dinner in 2016!
The running of the 2014 Mini-Olympics proved yet another triumph for the Senior Field squad. Michael Curtis humbly accepted the plaque on behalf of the squad, thanking sponsors, organisers, PK, his mum…
It was a tight contest – for spots 2-5. The winning margin for Senior Field was 16.25 points. However it was all up for grabs going into the final event with three squads in the hunt. Not surprisingly the showpiece bouncing was dominated by the field and goalie squads. They won or tied four of the seven events. They were physical and robust in the soccer, strong through the sit-ups, and their egg-and-spoon skills were world class.Senior Boundary may need Leading Teams for next year’s Olympics, having come last. Their performance in the relay was followed up by last place in the throw-ins.
Of course, the Mini-Olympics is about more than just a night of fun and games. We would therefore like to acknowledge the following:
VFLUD for allowing the event to be held
The VFUA executive for staging the event
The trainers for assisting with the BBQ
The umpires for their generosity and great spirit
The coaches for their assistance in judging and scoring
Not least, the Anderson family, whose commitment to attend each year makes the event worthwhile
Just to give a quick summary on the Lawn Bowls. We had approximately 25 people in total. A little down on numbers but a great afternoon for those that attended. Even with small numbers, we still made a small profit of $30. Thanks for all that attended and for Steve helping out on the BBQ.
The VFUA congratulates 2013 Peter Jackson VFL Grand Final umpire Rob O'Gorman, who has been elevated to the AFLlist joining already promoted fellow Grand Final umpires Michael Craig (goal), Damien Cusack and Josh Mather (boundary) in the AFL.
VFUA Executive Committee objectives for 2014
Following the Planning Weekend, the Executive Committee has finalised its list of objectives for 2013. The list is not exhaustive and is subject to change during the course of the year. Items in green completed.
The VFUA now have an official Twitter page; follow @vfua_info for all the latest news and social updates
Mini-Olympics date change
Due to circumstances and availability the Mini-Oluympics date is changed.
The VFUA will be hosting its annual fundraiser for the Victorian Cancer Council on Tuesday 4 March. Start sorting out your teams for this great night
VFUA 2013 achievements and 2014-17 strategic plan
Season 2013 was one of achievement for both VFUA members and Executive Committee. HIghlighted by a successful preparation and negotiation of the Fees and Conditions 2014-2016 package a review of the work that the Executive undertook and completed is available on the 2013 objectives page
As noted below the Executive is meeting over the weekend of 7-9 February to finalise the objectives for the 2014 season which will be conveyed to all members.
Another major objective which has been completed is the preparation of the VFUA strategic plan 2014-17. Enititled Striving for September Executive Officer, Peter Kelly, notes
This plan builds on the original strategic plan, reflects on the changes that it drove and updates the strategic priorities for the next four years. I hope that it will prove useful to members, future executive committees and external organizations in understanding the vision, mission & priorities of the VFUA.
The stratecic plan sits on the VFUA website and we encourage everyone to check it ou it with a view to undertansding where the VFUA is heading over the next stage of its life - click here to view
Important 2014 dates for VFUA members
Get these in your diary now
Sunday 2 March – Bowls Day
Tuesday 4 March – Mini Olympics
Tuesday 1 April (field/boundary) and Wednesday 9 April (goal) – Group Photos
Thursday 3 April – Association Meeting
Tuesday 8 April – Induction night for new members
In addition The VFUA Executive team will be holding its annual planning weekend on 7-9 February.
Fees and Conditions 2014-16
The VFUA has recently completed negotiations with AFL Victoria for fees and conditions for umpires umpiring in the VFL and TAC competitions for season 2014-16.
Information on the package contents will be distributed to all members who join the VFUA in 2014.
If you would like further information, please contact Peter Kelly, VFUA Executive Officer on firstname.lastname@example.org
New executive team for 2014
At the 2013 annual general meeting the following officers were elected: