#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.

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.

2017 Season Launch

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The 2017 Season Launch was held last night with close to 100 umpires in attendance. President, David Hili, General Manager Steven Giles and Senior Coach Dwayne Connell spoke to the group about their expectations for this year. Other topics included the Social Calendar, use of Schedula, social media and Training. 

 A copy of the presentation is available via our Coaching Page.

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. 

JMAC makes VFL Senior Squad

jmac2It was announced this week that 2015 Riddell Senior Grand Final Goal Umpire, Jordan McMillan, was appointed to the VFL Senior Umpiring Panel. I sat down with Jordan to find out about his journey. 

 

Well congratulations Jordan! A massive achievement. Let’s go back to the beginning. How did you get into umpiring? 

I started umpiring back as a club field umpire for an Under 12’s team back in 2009, throughout the day, I would also volunteer for other teams ] as either a boundary or goal umpire on the day.

 

Then in 2011 I took up offical umpires in the field with the BFL. In 2012 I moved to Geelong for a year to study and gave up umpiring for a year. When i moved back home, I took up field umpiring again with the Ballarat League, however a mate who I worked with at McDonalds mentioned to me that they needed goal umpires. I had always been keen on goal umpiring and loved the skill, so I took him up on his offer and went down and trained with the goal umpires.

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