AFL Mates Program 2014

 DSC0468 Troy Pannell and MatesThe AFL Mates Program aims to promote the development of talented young umpires through a mentor program with elite umpires.


The program, now in its ninth year, pairs AFL field umpires with up and coming whistle blowers to help in their development and provide them with a first-hand look at what it takes to officiate at the elite level.

Over the duration of the season, the young officials, who range between the ages of 16 and 25, will speak regularly with their AFL mentor and develop their umpiring game plan.

The AFL umpires will get together with their ‘mates’ four or five times for the year and speak to them regularly about all facets of umpiring and the challenges that come with it.

In 2013 Troy Pannel; Ray Chamberlain, Chris Donlon, David Harris, Shane McInerney, Shane Stewart and Jason Armstrong were involved as mentors, passing on their experience to a new group of eager young umpires.

The concept helps teach, guide young umpires and help them overcome challenges they face along the way.

In 2014, Troy Pannell will again be the AFL Field Umpire affiliated with the Riddell Umpires. The umpiring group is proud to announce that in 2014, Troy will work with up and coming umpires Paul McGarry, Matt Bonacci and Zac Martin. Congratulations guys.

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To find out more contact AFL Victoria Umpire Development Manager Neville Nash via This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.