22 April

Statistics and milestones updated for the week ending 20 April

Congratulations to Jake McKinnon (B) on his VFL debut on 20 April

Congratulations to Peter Balding (G) who moves to third place on the all-time totals list - 189 (Shane Mason 188)

Shaun Gleeson (F) is scheduled for his 100th VFL match on ANZAC Day at Franskton.


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.

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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 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


28 January

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

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
Track Representatives
  • 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


20 January

VFUA logoFirst 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.

Click here to view the article at AFL Victoria