Bill Connell - Riddell Umpires Most Recent Life Member

At the end of the 2013 season Bill Connell became the 17th Life Member of the Riddell Umpires.

Life membership is not given out lightly with only 2% of umpires in the associations history receiving the honour.

Bill started umpiring in 1994. He started umpiring because he was already following his two sons John and Dwayne to their matches. Bill has amassed 523 games of which 234 senior games.


Bill has achieved success on the field as a goal umpire, umpiring the 2006, 2008, 2010, 2012 and 2013 Senior Grand Finals. But it is off the field where Bill has earnt his Life Membership. Bill has been the associations trainer since the late 1990's. Bill is always available at training to assist with an injury and prepare umpires for training. If Bill is not umpiring a final, he is in the white trainers uniform assisting umpires in anyway possible. Along with his trainer duties, Bill can always be found assisting in the kitchen on a wednesday night making sure that all umpires are well fed and ready for our association meetings. Bill joined the committee in 2011 and still holds that position, helping to build the association into the place it is today. Bill's commitment to the association led to him being awarded the Bob Croxford - Best Club Person Award twice in 2003 and 2007. Bill rates Bob Croxford, a fellow life member, as the person who has had the biggest influence on his career.

Bill enjoys being a part of the Riddell Umpires because its a place where he made a lot of friends and because it allows him to be in the best place to watch a game of footy.

Bill is a highly respected member of the Riddell Umpires. We would like to yet again congratulate Bill on receiving his Life Membership and we look forward to sharing many more years ahead.