News Update


Another exciting week at the Riddell umpires with AFL Visitors, Interleague and more new members taking on our great sport. 
Last Wednesday we were lucky to have four AFL Umpires visit training. Jacob Mollison (Field), Tim Morrison (Boundary), Matthew Tomkins (Boundary) and Matt Dervin (Goals) all made the trip to Melton to run training and speak to the group about umpiring at the highest level. It is always a special occasion when we have the AFL Umpiring department attend training. For some of our members, these athletes are their role models, just like AFL starts are for local players. The night was a huge success with over 100 umpires on the track. 
Interleague is a fantastic weekend for our umpires as we get to umpire at a range of grounds and with umpires from other groups. However the most exiting part is the quality of football. These appointments are only one step below Grand Finals, so its an honour for any umpire to be chosen for the game. Congratulations to Chris Stead, Brayden Howard, Bailey Marshall, Zac Martin, Billy Mitchell and David Hili who all represented our group with pride. 
Our numbers are slowly increasing as new members walk through the door. However as always we could do with some more. With the increase in Junior and Womens football, we need more umpires to cover all the games. If you think that umpiring is something for you, visit our website for more information. 

Riddell Umpires Last Man Standing

The Riddell Umpires Last Man Standing returns in 2017 but this year there is a slight twist.

The traditional Sunday afternoon drawer has been moved to Saturday July 8th following the Round 11 senior matches. The change is due to junior matches still being played on the sunday during school holidays.

The evening will start at 6:30PM with Barefoot Bowls, with Dinner available from 7:00PM. The $1000 drawer along with the evenings free drinks will commence at 8:00PM.

Tickets into the drawer are $25 each and will be available at training from Wednesday 17th of May. All umpires are expected to sell a few tickets. Please collect your tickets from Addam Icely, Paul O'Connor and Chris Stead.

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Mystery Bus Tour - June 17

Bus Tour FlyerRiddell Umpires 2nd social function for 2017 is fast approaching and numbers are almost reaching capacity.

On Saturday June 17, following the completion of Round 8 matches, the Riddell Umpires will gather for the return of the mystery bus tour.

Instead of being in control like all umpires should be, the umpiring group will have to venture into the unknown and see where the night takes them.

The evening promises to be a great night so don't miss out on your seat on the bus.

Pick up times and locations are yet to confirmed but will likely include a pick up location in both Melton and Sunbury.

To add your name to the list, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  or see Chris Stead at training.

#RUunder 25 Night at the 'G'

Junior AFL night 3The Riddell Umpires are proud to announce the return of the Under 25 Night at the G.

On Friday, June 30th, the Riddell Umpires will be again hosting a free social event for all umpires under the age of 25.

The group will venture to the MCG where a select group of umpires will get to visit the umpires room to watch the umpires prepare before taking their seats to enjoy the Melbourne vs Sydney match.

A free bus will provide pick up and drop off in both Sunbury and Melton. Pick up in Sunbury will bet at Sunbury College at 4:15PM followed by Melton Waves at 4:30PM

Tickets are strictly limited so if you would like to attend, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. , or see Chris Stead or Harley Darmanin at training.

All umpires under the age of 18 must return a signed permission slip which can be found by clicking here. Copies of the form are also available at training.

Please note, this is a supervised event and alcohol strictly forbidden.

2017 AFL Mates Program

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Once again the Riddell Umpires are proud to be a part of the AFL Mates Program. This year up and coming field umpires, Alex Bond and Jacob Port will be mentored by AFL Field Umpire, Sam Hay, during the 2017 season. Last night Alex and Jacob were inducted into the program at Visy Park in front of parents and umpire coaches.

The Mates Program aims to promote the development of talented young umpires through a mentor program with elite umpires.

The program 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.

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

Congratulations to Jacob and Alex. We look forward to hearing about your journey and many thanks to Sam and the AFL for your support.