The 2019 Umpire AFL Mates Program is a Program aimed at enhancing the development of young community field umpires who are deemed to be 1 to 2 years away from a State League Rookie Squad nomination.
The 2019 Umpire AFL Mates Program launched on Tuesday, May 7 and was a great opportunity for up and coming umpires to meet their “AFL Mates”.
The AFL Umpiring Team has developed the content and arranges the delivery of the sessions.
A feature of this Program is that it aims to bring some of Victoria’s most promising young field umpires together with AFL Umpires to create the environment in which a “mateship” can be formed. The “mateship” will assist with the personal development and the acquisition of knowledge and skill that is required for young umpires to progress toward VFL umpiring and then, possibly, an AFL umpiring career.
The main objectives of the Umpire AFL Mates Program are to identify one or two promising young field umpires from selected community umpiring groups to participate in the program. The program aims to create an environment based on mutual respect and trust in which participants can develop a mateship with an AFL Umpire.
The Umpire AFL Mates Program conducts activities through which the AFL Umpire can share his/her knowledge and experience with participants and deliver education and coaching through the implementation of an Umpiring Game Plan. The program further conducts activities that build the self-esteem and confidence of the participants and encourage them to take pride in their role in umpiring Australian Football
The participants in this year’s Program are listed below.
|Community Umpiring Group||Christian||Surname||AFL Umpire ‘Mate’|
|AFL Barwon – Geelong Umpires||Charlie||O’Neill||David Harris|
|AFL Barwon – Geelong Umpires||Sebastian||Dew||David Harris|
|AFL Central Victoria – BUA / REFUA||Jack||Anderson||John Howorth|
|AFL Central Victoria – BUA / REFUA||Jeremy||Ellis||John Howorth|
|AFL Outer East – Yarra Ranges Umpires Association||Campbell||Harris||Craig Fleer|
|AFL Outer East – Yarra Ranges Umpires Association||Francis||Nickell||Craig Fleer|
|AFL South East – Southern Umpires Association||Cooper||Marriott||Hayden Gavine|
|AFL South East – Southern Umpires Association||Kyle||Van Raay||Hayden Gavine|
|Eastern Football League||Byron||Browne||Andrew Mitchell|
|Eastern Football League||Tom||Noonan||Andrew Mitchell|
|Essendon District Football League||David||Mann||Brendan Hosking|
|Essendon District Football League||Harry||Gibbs||Brendan Hosking|
|Northern Football Netball League||Anthony||Neale||Shane McInerney|
|Northern Football Netball League||Dominic||Brennan||Shane McInerney|
|Northern Football Netball League||Lachlan||Flinn||Brent Wallace|
|Northern Football Netball League||Tom||Centorino||Brent Wallace|
|Southern Football Netball League||Thomas||Moore||Rob O’Gorman|
|Southern Football Netball League||Alanah||French||Rob O’Gorman|
|Victorian Amateur Football Association||Jonathan||Clark||Leigh Fisher|
|Victorian Amateur Football Association||Liam||Jenkins||Leigh Fisher|
|Western Region Football League||Shannon||van Boven||Alex Whetton|
|Western Region Football League||Noah||Piggott||Alex Whetton|