Davin - The Best In The Country

Davin ReidDavin Reid, a previous member of the Riddell Umpires has a list of umpiring creditials longer than most umpires and with his most recent award, that list just got a little bit longer.

Davin's attention to detail on the football field has led to him being awarded the Field Umpire Of The Year at the recent AFL Victoria Country Awards.

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Offseason Training Wednesday 15/1 - CANCELLED

Due to the current heatwave, this wednesday's offseason training session has been CANCELLED. If you know of anyone that was going to attend, please make sure they are aware

The final offseason training session will be held at Boardman Ovals in Sunbury on Wednesday 29/1 at 6: 30 pm. Please join us then.

650 By 26 For Troy Cusack

When you look at the Games Record Lists for any sport, the people at the top of the lists are generally in the older age bracket within their group which makes sense. The longer you are there, the more games you can play or in our case umpire. This is pretty much the case at the Riddell Umpires with all of our top 10 umpires being over the age of 50. But then comes number 11 on the list. Troy Cusack currently holds that position and he is at the ripe old age of 26.

Troy joined the Riddell Umpires in 2002 and Round 5 2014 sees him umpire his 650th game. Troy started his career as a Boundary Umpire for the senior competition and a field umpire for the junior competition. In recent years, Troy moved over to the field fulltime umpiring seniors while maintaining his committment to the juniors.

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Merry Christmas & Happy New Year

To all our Umpires, their families and our supporters.

Wishing you a Merry Christmas and a prosperus and happy 2014. Looking forward to seeing you on the track in February.

From the Coaches and Committee of the Riddell Umpires

ps If wish to celebrate the new year with your fellow umpires, join us at 6:30pm at MacPherson Park on Wednesday 2/1/14 for a session of offseason training.

Breaking The Gender Barrier - Females Succeeding In All Levels Of Umpiring


Umpiring Australian Rules Football has been dominated by males in the past however times are changing. Currently 15-20 % of umpires across the country are girls and females in umpiring has been the largest growth area in recent years.

Most people are aware of Goal Umpire Chelsea Roffey. She began her career with AFL Queensland in 1998 before becoming the 1st female to join an AFL umpiring panel back in 2004. In 2012, she became the 1st female to umpire a senior AFL grand final when she officiated the Sydney vs Hawthorn match. When it comes to females umpiring, Chelsea had the following to say "Females have what it takes to umpire football. It's not a matter of should they or shouldn't they, it's just that they can".

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