1st Round Dinner This Saturday

1st Round Dinner FlyerSaturday 5/4/14 plays host to the Riddell Umpires first social function for 2014.

The group will be meeting for dinner following the conclusion of Round 1 at Mac's Hotel, 322 High St, Melton. Mac's is a sponsor of our umpiring group, so it would be great to get as many numbers to the function as possible.

The group will be meeting at 7:30pm and each person will be required to pay for what they order.

RSVP for the 1st Round Dinner is this wednesday 2/4/14. If you are interested in attending, please see Chris Stead or place your name on the list at training or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Riddell Umpires Selected For AFL Country V-Line Academy

IMG 9961The Riddell Umpires would like to congratulate Nick Luke (field), Kyle Fisher (Boundary) and Ben Scott (Goal) who have been nominated to be a part of the AFL Country V-Line Academy.

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Fitness Testing Top Honours

The Riddell Umpires have recently completed 1km time trials and the beep test at training. A number of umpires also recently attended the Riddell Umpires Fitness Camp in the city.

The 1km time trials were led by Boundary Umpires Jesse Wilkie with an average of 3:36km's and Zach Patrick with 3:38. Others to break the 4min/km average included Paul McGarry, Matt Bonacci, Andrew O'Keefe, Jake Patton, Bronson Phillips, Kehlan Fisher, Casey Fisher, Jacob Port and our senior coach Michael O'Keefe.

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The Green Shirt - The L Plate Of Umpiring

DONT SEE RED 2-WEB2014 will be the start of something new for Riddell Umpires with all new field umpires participating in the AFL's Green Shirt Program. The program is an umpire education and development program that aims to use experienced umpires to mentor new and inexperienced umpires.

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It’s Ok To Mention The Waugh, O’Keeffe, Croxford And Bennison

When it comes to Australian sport, there are a number of families including Waughs, Ablett’s, Daniher’s and the Chappell’s, just to name a few, that everyone has heard of. As umpires often look at the teamsheets before our games and we see common surnames. Quite often brothers or cousins play in the same team. Recently the RDFL had a father son combo of Jamie and Tierone Cuffe playing for the Sunbury Kangaroos. Football is a family sport, quite often mum or dad is on the sideline cheering or is filling in as the goal umpire, doing a stint in the canteen or is on the committee helping to run the club.

Riddell umpires is a place to keep fit, make new friends and participate in Australia’s number 1 sport. It is also a place for families. At times in life you want to get away from your family, however at the Riddell umpires, this is barely the case. In 2013 alone, there were over 20 family groups, including brothers, brother and sister, father and daughter and father and son combinations. In the past we have also had mother and son and husband and wife combinations. They are often in different disciplines however sometimes they find themselves competing with each other for that coveted finals selection.

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