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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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. 

#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.

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.

For more information, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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.