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  • 30/08/2017 10:42 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    As finals season approaches, please see the attached Reality Check document from Coach Tony Hales regarding finals appointments.

    Good luck to everyone for this finals series!

  • 30/08/2017 10:06 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)
    The VAFAUA is saddened to hear of the passing of Lucy Stokes (nee Cooper) on Saturday. Lucy was the matriarch of an umpiring family, mother of Ray Stokes, and Grandmother to Frank, Julia, William and Louisa.

    Requiem Mass will be offered at Nazareth House Chapel (16 Cornell St Camberwell) on Monday the 4th at 9:30am. Following the Mass, the Cortege will proceed to the Roman Catholic Section, Springvale Botanic Cemetery for Burial at 2pm. A gathering will follow Mass at Nazareth house at approximately 11am. Rosary will be recited at Le Pine Chapel, 1603 Dandenong Rd. Oakleigh on Sunday evening at 6:15pm. Viewing prior to Rosary at 6pm. 

    All umpires are requested to wear black arm bands this weekend in memory and support of the Stokes family. 

  • 17/08/2017 12:15 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    TomorrowThursday 17th of August will see us celebrate two milestones.

    The first is our inaugural 'Bright Night' training session. All umpires are encouraged to head on down wearing the brightest, boldest gear you can find. The more fluoro the better. Think pink wigs, skintight orange leotards, and glow sticks. 

    We'll have tunes playing as we train - all leading into our...

    Inaugural VAFA Women's Grand Final umpire appointments.

    We'll be gathering in the rooms from 7:30 after training to announce the umpires who will take to the field this weekend to officiate the first ever VAFA Women's Grand Finals. Grand Final appointments are a tremendous achievement for any umpire, and we look forward to celebrating those achievements tomorrow.

    Look forward to seeing you all there!

  • 17/08/2017 12:06 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The VAFAUA were saddened to hear of the passing of David Murray on Friday, 11th of August.

    David was a long-time VAFAUA member and VAFA umpire, but I doubt there would be many in the Cricket or Football umpiring communities in Melbourne that haven’t crossed paths with David. 

    He retired from umpiring VAFA matches a couple of years ago, but that didn’t stop him being involved – he remained a member of the association, and would often cycle to training to catch up with his umpire mates. You’d always know David had arrived when you saw him roll in on his bicycle in his high-vis vest, and it didn’t seem to matter how bad the weather was, he’d always get to training.

    Always looking to help develop younger umpires, David came down to training this season to donate his uniform and flags to the VAFAUA, to help support the next generation coming through.

    A service of thanksgiving for David's life will be held at St. Augustine's Anglican Church, 90-92 Como Parade West, Mentone on Monday August 21st at 1:30pm. No flowers by request - donations may be made to Alzheimer's Australia or to St Augustine's. 

    All umpires are asked to wear black armbands this round in memory of David and in support of the Murray family.

  • 09/08/2017 9:12 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Nomination forms for the 2018 VAFAUA Committee can be downloaded here.

    Nominations must be received by the VAFAUA Secretary by email ( or hand by 7:30pm on 17 August 2017.

    Please contact any member of the committee if you would like to discuss the roles, or how to nominate! 

  • 05/07/2017 8:50 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    This coming weekend sees the VAFA 'Big V' representative sides take to the field.

    Playing for the Big V is a huge honour for players - similarly, being appointed to a representative match is one of the highest honours the VAFA can bestow an umpire.

    The VAFAUA congratulates the following umpires on their appointments: we know you will represent us at the VAFAUA superbly.

    VAFA v AFL Victoria Country (Seniors) - July 8 - Frankston
    Field: Daniel Silfo and Haydn O'Connor
    Boundary: Raushaan Seychell and Nick Weidmann
    Goal: Clayton Evans

    VAFA v AFL Victoria Country (Under 19) - July 8 - Frankston
    Field: Ben Traplin and Josh Ball
    Boundary: Luke Myatt and Nick Obst
    Goal: Jack Stammers

    VAFA v AFL Goldfields Female Football (Women's) - July 9 - Ballarat
    Field: Gavin de Kretser
    Boundary: Tia Chitty
    Goal: Tope Adepoyibi

  • 22/06/2017 3:53 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    As you all should know, it has been a requirement for the last few years for all umpires in the VAFA to hold a valid Working With Children Check (WWCC).

    The VAFA, with VAFAUA support, will soon be conducting an audit to verify that all umpires hold a current WWCC, or fall into an approved exemption. This will be completed shortly after the Bye week.

    We understand there are a variety of reasons why you may not hold a current WWC card at this time. For example, you may have just turned 18, or your previous card may have recently expired. 

    All umpires without a current WWCC must urgently take action to obtain this card.

    Please also bear in mind that you must notify the authority (via the WWCC website) if you change address/contact details, and must notify them within 21 days if you start work at a new organisation. An example would be an umpire who has a WWCC from their work at a Junior association, and has recently joined the VAFA.

    Further details will follow from VAFA Umpire Operations as to how this information will be collected, and the cut-off date (which we expect to be shortly after the bye week). Umpires who do not have a valid WWCC after this date will not be appointed. To save embarrassment, and to ensure you can continue to be appointed, you should apply for this card NOW.

    Please visit for more details, and to apply.

  • 16/06/2017 7:29 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Umpires Corner

    I’m sure that most of our umpires (along with players) enjoyed the week rest to let the body recover and refresh as Representative Football time of year approaches. It is also a great opportunity for us all to stop and reflect on the season so far, and set our goals for the second half.


    This weekend we have two umpires reaching their 200th match in the VAFA!

    Guy Hexter reaches this milestone in his 10th season with the association. Guy also serves as the coach of our Cadet group of umpires, teaching our newbies (and not so newbies!) the art of umpiring in the VAFA before they move to our other squads. Congratulations on your milestone, Guy!

    Adrian Keane also brings up his 200th game Milestone this week. Adrian is a regular fixture in the Goals in Premier grade, and he also serves on the VAFAUA committee, helping keep the association running smoothly. Adrian also arranges all matters honuor-board, so keep in his good books if you want your name spelled correctly! Congratulations Adrian – I know the Goalies will ensure your milestone is celebrated in style!

    During Round 7 Jamie Gunn officiated his 500th VAFA match during the second game of his double header –Kew v Old Hailebury in the Premier C Reserves. Double (and triple?) Headers are a common event for Jamie, and he is always the first available to fill in when we need. Jamie has also run the boundary and waved the flags in numerous finals throughout the years.

    Congratulations Jamie on this wonderful achievement – and we know there are many, many more games to come!

    Social Week Off…

    Western Campus Dinner Success

    Our tight-knit Western Campus, who train at Westbourne Grammar School, held their Mid-Season Dinner during the break, with a great turnout. It is inspiring to see that such a great bond has been formed under the watchful eye of coach Terry Gunn and his able assistants, and that the group continues to grow.

    Goal Umpire’s Mid-Season Dinner

    In the same week as our Western Campus, our Goal Umpires held their own Mid-Season dinner get-together. It is great to see our umpires choosing to get together to socialize on non-training nights. Thank you to Alex Wolf and Ray Stokes (and the others I’m sure I’ve missed!) for their efforts in organising the night.

    Save the Date – Pre-Finals Dinner

    It’s never too early to get excited about our signature event for the year!

    The VAFAUA Pre-Finals Dinner will be held on the 28th of August, once again in the Members Dining Room at the MCG. We have a few changes to the night in store, and it promises to once again be a stellar evening. Keep the date free for this compulsory event – we will have more details over the coming weeks.  

    APPOINTMENTS - ROUND 9. Reminder - Schedula is the primary source of appointment information.

  • 10/06/2017 5:31 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Dear Members,

    Yesterday afternoon you will have received an email from Brian Woodhead detailing the change to training nights from Monday 10th of July.

    For some, this will confirm what you were advised earlier in the season.

    However, for most of you, this will come as a very inconvenient surprise.

    Within Brian’s email, you will see a list of reasons justifying the change. It should be noted that the VAFAUA support the aims and goals outlined, however, despite allusions to the contrary from some circles, the change in training night was IN NO WAY supported by the VAFAUA committee. 

    The VAFAUA were told of the change to training night not long prior to Round 1, and were advised that this was the unanimous position of the Umpiring Department and Coaching group.

    The VAFAUA Committee held (and continues to hold) significant concerns about this change, and we do not believe that a change in training night is required to achieve these mutually desirable outcomes. This position was strongly communicated to the VAFA Umpiring Department. 

    The VAFAUA recognise that the provision of training nights belongs to the VAFA Umpiring Department, and we remain confident that we did everything practical to ensure the VAFA were aware of the significance of this change to our members, and of all the factors at play.

    The initial plan presented to the VAFAUA involved Monday/Wednesday training continuing from pre-season. The VAFAUA were mindful that many of our members have commitments outside of umpiring, and they would be significantly affected. We argued that umpires needed time to adjust their other life commitments, and a change to Monday/Wednesday, if it must occur, should be delayed to give this time. We were pleased the VAFA Umpiring Department agreed to this change, although we are disappointed that they chose to wait until June to communicate the July change to the whole group, rather than tell all umpires when the decision was confirmed in April. 

    For the avoidance of doubt, Old Melbournians Football Club will change to Tuesday/Thursday night training at the same time, and we will not be sharing the oval on our training nights.

    Despite the inconvenience that this may cause you, we ask that all umpires continue to engage with the VAFA and VAFAUA, and where possible, continue to attend training and coaching nights. The VAFA remains an exciting place to be, and ‘the place to umpire’.

    Finally, we encourage any umpire who has concerns about this change, and their ability to participate in training and coaching, to contact Brian Woodhead and your coach for further guidance. 

    We hope you all enjoy a happy and safe Queen’s Birthday weekend off, and look forward to seeing you back on the training track on Tuesday and Thursday next week. 

    VAFAUA Committee

  • 08/06/2017 9:38 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    There will be no training held this Thursday night (8 June), with no matches this weekend (Queens Birthday).

    Training will resume Tuesday 13 June.

    We hope all umpires will enjoy the break, and look forward to seeing you all back on the 13th.

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