16 December

Congratulations to Tom Chrystie (F) who was recently awarded a 2015 National Officiating Scholarship

2 December

Even more AFL news

Congratulations to 2014 VFUA President Steve Piperno who has been promoted to the AFL goal umpires list for 2015. And also to James Scully and Jordan Andrews who join the ranks of AFL booundary umpires in 2015.

Also to 2014 Assistant Field Umpires Coach Damien Anderson who has taken on the job of state umpring manager for New South Wales

1 December

More AFL news

The VFUA are excited to announce that Michael Curtis and Andrew Talbot have been appointed to the AFL Field Umpire Rookie list in 2015. A wonderful opportunity for them both.

And contragulations to 2014 VFL Goal Umpires Coach, Steven Stirling, who was the successful appointee to the new postion of national goal umpires coach with the AFL.

Best wishes to all.

International Rules highlights from Sandringham.

Well done to our representatives Boundary umpires - Jordan Andrews and James Scully.
Goal umpires - Matt Dervan, Steve Piperno, Simon Plumridge and Chris Doyle.

Click here for highlights


26 November

AFL news

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.

Annual meeting

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.

9 October

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.


23 September

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



17 September

Last night the VFL announced the umpire appointments for the 2014 VFL and TAC Cup Grand Finals.

VFL website article


Field: Jack Edwards, Nick Brown, Brent Wallace (Emg Shaun Gleeson)
Boundary: James Scully, Brendan Elvey, Jordan Andrews, Jake Robertson
Goal: Matt Dervan, Steve Piperno (Emg Simon Plumridge)



Field: Tom Chrystie, Pat Burns, Daniel Butcher (Emg: Adam Havelberg)
Boundary: Lachlan Rayner, Ben Macdonald, Nick Laurence
Goal: Simon Plumridge, Sam Walsh (Emg: Paul Trotter)



15 September

Statisticsmilestones updated for the week ending 14 September

Congratulations to the AFL Development League Grand Final umpires:

Field: Tim Carlos, Haydn O'Connor, James Davey
Boundary: Pat Dineen, Kieran Ferguson, Andrew Leggo
Goal: Chris Doyle, Luke White

Congratulations to Andrew Talbot (F) who umpired his 100th VFL match in the Preliminary Final on Saturday.


8 September

200 matches for Peter Balding

He may be referred to by his colleagues as the 'fossil', but Peter Balding reckons he can still teach the young upstarts a thing or two... read more from the AFL Victoria record - click here



5 September

Gallery updated with photos from first week of finals - Click here


31 August

Statisticsmilestones updated for the week ending 31 August

Congratulations to Alex Woodward on being awarded the J.J. Liston Trophy See details at the VFL web site

27 August

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.

19 August

Statisticsmilestones updated for the week ending 17 August

This week sees two milestones.

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

15 August

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.


12 August

Statisticsmilestones and QAP updated for the week ending 10 August

Three milestones this week in the VFL on a big Saturday.

VFL life member Peter Balding (G) becomes only the second umpire in the modern-VFL era to reach 200 VFL matches. He will do the stand-alone match at Geelong on Saturday morning.

Matt Oakley (F)  travels to North Ballarat for his 100th VFL match and Adam Bell (B) 'rings' up 50 when he runs the boundary at the Northern Blues Port Melbourne fixture on Saturday


6 August

Statisticsmilestones updated for the week ending 3 August

This week VFUA President Steve Piperno (G, left) officiates in his 150th VFL match when he takes the field at Victoria Park.

Sam Stagg (B) umpires his first VFL match this week. He will  be at Queen Elizabeth Oval


29 July

Statisticsmilestones updated for the week ending 27 July

Congratulations to dual 100 VFL match achievers this week.

Anthony Kyrkou (G) umpires at Richmond v. Sandringham and former VFUA president Andrew McCoy (F) is at Coburg v. North Ballarat.

Have a great game boys.


22 July

Best wishes for a speedy recovery to Rob Young (F) who fractured his ankle at Princes Park on Saturday in the AFL Development League

Congratulations to Simon Plumridge (G) who officiated in his 50th VFL match at Casey on Saturday

Great article on Brendan Elvey's (B, left) recent 100 VFL match milestone in this weeks VFL Record. Click here and scroll to page 8 .pdf

Statisticsmilestones and QAP updated for the week ending 20 July

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.

17 July

Cyrus WongAchieving 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


15 July

Dan LawlorNIck 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.

Statisticsmilestones updated for the week ending 13 July


8 July

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.

Congratulations to all.

Statisticsmilestones updated for the week ending 6 July

1 July

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

17 June

Congratulations to Tim Carlos (F) and Dylan Benwell (G) on their 50th VFL matches.

Edwards brothersIt 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.

Wallace brothers

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)

If we have missed any let us know at

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

10 June

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.


9 June

VFL v. SANFL photos now in gallery - Click here or visit the gallery

2 June

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


30 May

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


26 May

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

12 May

Heath GrundyCongratulations 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.

Congratulations Heath on a fine debut

QAP updated

VFUA Executive objectives updated

Statistics and milestones updated for the week ending 4 May

AFL Vic Record5 May

Community umpiring round generates good news for VFL umpiring

There was some great coverage of VFL umpring over the weekend

AFL Victoria record editorial and articles about Cam Nash, Shaun Gleeson (and a nice shot of the boss in male model mode) - click here

ABC TV had a great story at half-time of the TV game - click here to view


18 April

Lougoon runs boundary at MCG in AFL debut

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.

Read more from the Bendigo Advertiser ...

17 April

QAP updates

We will now be placing regular updates of the QAP for 2014  - Click here

4 April

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!

Click here for photos from the night

1 April

Senior field take Mini-Olympics crown

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

The Mini-Olympics raised $1518 for the Cancer Council of Victoria. Receipts will be issued in the near future.

Pleasant Sunday afternoon

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.

Photos from the lawn bowls, Mini-Olympics and a practice match - click here or view the gallery


13 March

AFL Victoria field umpiring panel announced

  • History was created with the announcement of the 2014 AFL Victoria field umpiring panel as Lucinda Lopes became the first female field umpire in the VSFL/VFL era
  • 11 new umpires that were added to the development squad, as well as the 7 umpires who were elevated to the senior list this year.

Click here to view details

Congratulations Rob O'Gorman

The AFL finalised its 2014 list on Sunday

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.

9 March

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.

Click here to examine the objectives


2 March

Passing of foundation life member

Foundation life member Graham Danne passed away in South Carolina on 20 February 2014.

Graham umpired two stints with the VFL/AFL as a goal umpire 1977-84 and 1988-1994 amassing 253 VFL matches including  11 finals and the 1982 VFL Grand Final.

His break from umping was the result of a battle with cancer. He won his first battle  but cancer returned recently leading to his passing.

Graham Danne’s memorial service will be held in Renowden Chapel, at the Springvale Botanical Cemetery, on Friday March 7 commencing at 2.15pm. Refreshments afterwards from 3pm until 4pm.


2013 VFUA annual report

The VFUA annual report for 2013 is available on- line (10MB .pdf)

Click here to download



20 February

Bowls day has been changed to Sunday 2 March


10 February

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

30 January

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 exte