Finley's Trip to Sydney

During the week of Sunday 7th July - Friday 12th July our very own Finley Magee took off to Sydney with the AFL Goldfields team this is Finley's story!


"An action packed week began at Giants Stadium in Sydney's west where we we witnessed the Brisbane Lions topple the GWS Giants by 20pts. I was lucky enough to shake hands with the field umpire's; Dean Margetts, Ray Chamberlin and Brent Wallace prior to the game. We also got a brief insight from them on what it takes to umpire at the elite level. The Second day of the trip saw us treck to the SCG for an incredible all-access appearance from the Sydney Swans squad, which took everyone by surprise!

On the third day of the trip we made the long bus trip out west again, this time to Blacktown International Sportspark for game one of the tournament between the Sydney Swans Academy team and the AFL Goldfields which saw the Sydney Swans Academy get up 15.7.97 - 6.4.40. Following this we made our way to Bondi Beach for a bit of a receovery session in the freezing ocean waters. The fourth day saw us head across to Manly on a ferry for a day of winding down and chilling out in the amazing weather that was.

On the Thursday we made our way back to the SCG for a tour of the Sydney Swans training facilities, led by ex-Sydney & Premiership player Nick Davis. Following this the second game of the tournament took place in Gore Hill, North Sydney, on a synthetic oval. This game the AFL Goldfields won quite convincingly 8.16.64 - 0.4.4.

The highlight of my trip would have been meeting the great 'Razor' Ray Chamberlin at the GWS Vs Brisbane Lions clash. To finish off I'd like to say a big thank you the Riddell Umpire's and the AFL Goldfields for giving me this amazing opportunity".


 ginats stadium  razor    full sydney team
 game 1  bondi beach  harbour bridge
 fellow umps  locker  game 2