2017 AFL International Cup

This year's AFL International Cup will be played from 6 to 19 August and experienced umpire coaches/administrators Mark Volich and Glen Shilling have been appointed to oversee and manage the umpiring component for the International Cup.

They are seeking nominations from suitable qualified/accredited field, boundary and goal umpires for this fantastic experience. Field umpires must be currently Level 2 accredited whilst boundary and goal umpires must be Level 1 accredited as at 21 June 2017. They are also looking for umpire coaches who may be interested in doing some observing/providing feedback during the carnival, especially for the International Umpires who will be officiating.

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2017 AFL Victoria Metro Junior Championships

AFL Vic 

Congratulations to those umpires selected to represent us at the 2017 AFL Victoria Metro Junior Championships.Check our the appointments   http://bit.ly/2nPTaC8



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 www.riddellumpires.com.au for more information. 

Women in Umpiring

Well before females starting playing our great game, women have been umpiring AFL at all levels for many years. In fact community leagues have showcased female umpires for over 30 years. For a long time it was the only option for young girls to get involved in the game as there were issues around females playing AFL in junior competitions. Today women make up 15% of the Riddell umpiring group, with that number continually on the rise. 

Last weekend a milestone was reached, with 25 year old school teacher, Eleni Glouftsis, becoming the first female field umpire to officiate in a VFL/AFL game. After earning a three-year scholarship to train with the VFL and AFL in 2014, the South Australian has gradually and impressively worked her way up the ranks. She has been an 'AFL Pathway' umpire since the start of the 2016 season, which has allowed her to be an emergency umpire in matches over the past two seasons. The AFL currently has two female goal umpires, Chelsea Roffey and Rose O'Dea. Chelsea was the first female to officiate in a grand final.

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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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