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 email@example.com
New executive team for 2014
At the 2013 annual general meeting the following officers were elected:
President Steve Piperno
Vice-President Daniel Butcher
Executive Officer Peter Kelly
Senior Field Michael Curtis
Development Field Luke McIlroy
Senior Boundary Tim Lougoon
Development Boundary Lawrence Koop
Senior Goal Luke White
Development Goal Callum Leonard
Historian / Statistician David Flegg
Communication/Project Officer Adam Havelberg
First social event for 2014 - Bowls Day
The VFUA will be holding its first social event for 2014 at the City of Melbourne Bowls Club on Sunday 23 February 1.00pm.
$20 for three hours of bowls and a BBQ. Drinks at bar prices.
Meet new umpires and catch up on events of the summer. Guests most welcome
Teaching umpiring in South Africa
AFL Victoria Female Umpire Academy member Libby Toovey has been playing her part to promote Aussie Rules overseas on a recent trip to South Africa.
The Southern Football League field umpire, who is currently trialing for the Peter Jackson VFL Development Squad, travelled to South Africa for a holiday, but also took time out to conduct umpire training and coaching sessions for South African players and umpires.