Half of VFL umpire promotions from the VAFA

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The VAFA has continued its reputation as the leading competition for umpiring talent, with half of the umpires promoted to the VFL in 2024 from the VAFA competition.

This latest milestone underscores the association’s commitment to nurturing talent and fostering excellence in the umpiring group. Out of the eighteen umpires elevated to officiate in the VFL, nine have honed their craft within the ranks of the VAFA. This statistic not only highlights the calibre of umpiring within the association but also serves as a testament to the rigorous training, dedication, and support provided to VAFA umpires.

Through countless matches, training sessions, and mentorship opportunities, they have honed their skills and earned their place to umpire in the State League. Aspiring umpires across Melbourne now have a shining example of what pathways are available if they join the VAFA competition. The VAFA remains steadfast in its commitment to nurturing the next generation of umpiring talent, both on and off the field.

“Seeing half of the state’s VFL umpire promotions coming directly from the VAFA is a testament to the dedication and quality of our umpiring cohort. It reflects the hard work put in by our umpires and their coaches and underscores the VAFA’s role as a premier development pathway for umpiring talent.” – Stephen Privitera, VAFA Umpire Operations Manager.

“As a key objective in our strategic plan, the VAFA continues to invest significantly into the recruitment, coaching and development of our umpires, which is clearly evidenced by this outstanding achievement. We look forward to watching the journey of our promoted umpires as they continue their pathway to elite levels.” – Jason Reddick, VAFA CEO.

We congratulate the following VAFA umpires on their promotion to the State League:

Adam Bailes – Field

Mitch Bellingham – Boundary

Katie Gillespie – Goal

Josh Hamilton – Field

Asha Hinton – Boundary

Finn Horan – Boundary

Aidan McDonald – Boundary

Jack Seymour – Field

Tim Wood – Goal

New umpires are welcome to join the VAFA competition for the 2024 season. Pre-season training has commenced every Monday and Wednesday at Elsternwick Park Oval 4, New Street Brighton. To register as an umpire please visit our website (www.vafa.com.au/vafa-umpires).

Should you have any questions about joining, please contact VAFA Umpire Operations Manager, Stephen Privitera ([email protected]).

Two of the emerging VAFA umpires promoted to State League in 2024: Asha Hinton and Adam Bailes.