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Key Contacts

VAFA

  • Umpire Operations Manager – Matt Dervan ([email protected])
  • Field Umpire Head Coach – Russell Davidson
  • Premier Field Umpire Coach – Owen Hinson
  • Senior Field Umpire Coach – Lionel Katz
  • Development Field Umpire Coach – Guy Hexter
  • Boundary Umpire Coach – Ryan O’Shea
  • Goal Umpire Coach – Bernie Jephson
  • Fitness Coach – Matthew Clinton

VAFAUA

  • President – Josh Colman
  • Secretary – Patrick Mathews
  • Treasurer – Sam Scott

History of VAFA Umpires

The VAFA Umpires have been based at Elsternwick Park since the VAFA moved their offices there in 1960. The VAFA Umpires Association is the representative body of the VAFA Umpires and the Umpires together form the largest VAFA club.

The VAFA is always looking to sign up new umpires, so if you want to stay fit, keep involved in football and want to officiate in the best, most popular and welcoming league in all community football then the VAFA Umpires is a great place to start.

The VAFA currently has 28 former umpires officiating in the AFL and state league competitions.

Former VAFA Umpires on the AFL List;

Field

  • Chris Donlon (2011 AFL GF Umpire)
  • Leigh Fisher**
  • Robert O’Gorman
  • Nicholas Brown
  • Simon Meredith (2012-14, 2016-17, 2020 AFL GF Umpire)
  • Andre Gianfagna **
  • Cameron Dore**
  • Andrew Heffernan
  • Brent Wallace**

**Promoted as part of AFL Player-Umpire Pathway

Boundary

  • Damien Cusack (2017 AFL GF Umpire)
  • Matthew Jenkinson
  • Michael Saunders (2013 AFL GF Umpire)
  • James Scully

Goal

  • Matthew Dervan (2020 AFL GF Umpire)
  • Steven Piperno (2018-20 AFL GF Umpire)

Former Umpires on the State League and associated competitions list;

Field

  • Peter Bailes (AFLW Listed)
  • Jacob Rockwell
  • Josh Ball

Boundary

  • Sam Beer
  • Luke Myatt
  • Adrian Pretoriuos (AFLW Listed)
  • Jack Punshon
  • Raushaan Seychell

Goal

  • Tope Adepoyibi (AFLW Listed)
  • Joe Dorrat-Thorpe
  • Chris Doyle
  • Jake Marnie
  • Jack Stammers (AFLW Listed)

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