In 2018 over 500 umpires officiated in more than 3,300 home and away matches across six leagues in the AFL South East region.
Regional Director of Umpiring Carl Fletcher and Umpire Development Officer Leigh Buwalda manage the strategy, coaching, match appointments, umpire payments and development of umpiring in the region.
The region was previously managed by the Southern Umpires Association (SUA) who continue to play an important role for its members with a focus on the social and welfare aspects of the group.
There were four training venues across AFL South East in 2018 – that number now growing to six with Hastings and Mt Eliza joining Kananook Reserve and Rye on the Mornington Peninsula, and Cranbourne and Officer in the South East.
School-based Umpiring Academies also operate at St Francis Xavier College and Alkira Secondary College.
AFLSE is fully focussed on the enjoyment and development of its umpires, with opportunities available in junior and senior interleague, the V-Line Championships, with a select few being chosen to trial for the VFL in 2019.
Across the region, 34 umpires were selected in representative programs in 2018 across all three disciplines of field, boundary and goal umpiring.
AFLSE is also keen to recognise its umpires for outstanding performances, with Golden Whistle Awards presented at annual presentation nights, while 2018 saw a senior field umpire take a place in the senior football team of the year.
Return to the ‘Umpiring’ tab on the AFL South East home page for all information for the 2019 season.