Umpires Corner Round 4
Over the first few rounds of the season we’ve seen three young boundary umpires make their debuts in Premier grade. To achieve an appointment at VAFA Premier level takes determination, hard work, and in a lot of cases, patience.
Brothers Bailey and Cooper Joyce joined the VAFA in 2015, and quickly moved from the U/19’s up to senior football. After another solid season in 2016, including Premier B and C matches, they both officiated the U/19 Premier Grand Final. In Round 2 they took to the field for their first Premier match between De La Salle and St. Kevins in Round 2.
Round 3 saw our third Premier debutant take to the field in the battle between University Blacks and Blues. Pranav Kalra spent a number of seasons running the boundary with the South Metro Junior Football League, before joining us in 2015. Pranav has been a regular fixture in B grade for the past two seasons, and was appointed to the Premier C Reserve Grand Final in 2016. He was also seen running the Premier C grand final on the same day, helping cover umpire illness.
Congratulations to you all, and we are sure you have many more Premier games to come!
The VAFAUA AGM was held on Thursday 27 of April in the Elsternwick Park rooms. The annual report was presented to, and accepted by, the membership and can be found on our website.
It’s not all about footy…
The South East Cricket Association announced its new Hall of Fame inductees earlier this year, and we’re proud to see a VAFAUA member on the list. Long time VAFAUA Field Umpire Tony Corr has been recognized for his contribution to SECA, alongside other distinguished players, coaches, umpires and administrators. All at the VAFAUA extend our congratulations to Tony on achieving this wonderful honour, and for his long-serving contribution to local sport.
Our first major social/fundraising event of the season, the Trivia Night, will be held in our rooms on the 20th of May. Doors will be open from 6pm, with the first question at 6:45pm.
The trivia will be hosted once again by head coach Tony ‘Rowdy’ Hales, and as always the specific challenges are TBC on the night. The evening is certainly not just for umpires, and the trivia is mixed – bring along your family and friends!
You can nominate a whole table, or just join a table on the night. Yes, there are prizes for the winner, and no, it’s not always the president’s table that wins.
Put your name down at training, or email firstname.lastname@example.org to let Goughy know you’re coming.
ROUND 4 APPOINTMENTS - Reminder that Schedula is the definitive source of appointments. If there is any doubt, please refer to your coach.