Six Victorian-based umpires have been promoted to AFL Umpiring Department panels for the 2018 season.
Finalised late last year, all six umpires selected to the national umpiring panels officiated in the recent Peter Jackson VFL Grand Final between Port Melbourne and Richmond, with field umpires Nick Brown and Andre Gianfagna, boundary umpires Patrick Dineen, Patrick Jackson and Damien Main, and goal umpire Sam Walsh receiving call-ups to the elite level.
Of the six Victorian selections, four umpires began their umpiring journeys in local Victorian community leagues, with Brown starting out in the Victorian Amateur Football Association and Dineen, Main and Walsh in the Eastern Football League.
“It is a great result for the VFL umpiring program to have six umpires promoted to the 2018 AFL umpire panels,” AFL Victoria’s State League Umpiring Head Coach Cameron Nash said.
“It shows that the structure, coaching and environment we have in place provides the umpires with the best opportunity for AFL promotion.”
See the promoted umpires’ stats below.
Nick Brown – 56 VFL games, 2 VFL grand finals
Andre Gianfagna – 41 VFL games, 1 VFL grand final
Patrick Dineen – 86 VFL games, 3 VFL grand finals
Patrick Jackson – 29 VFL games, 1 VFL grand final
Damien Main – 59 VFL games, 2 VFL grand finals
Sam Walsh – 99 VFL games, 1 VFL grand final