New Green Look for Umpires in 2015

The opening of the 2015 Season on Thursday 2nd April witnessed the unveiling of a new-look umpiring uniform.

The traditional white uniform, which has been a significant feature of South Australian football history has now been replaced with a green and grey-short combination.

The change marks the first substantial change in uniform in nearly sixteen years. However, important historical features of the traditional uniform have been retained, including the characteristic stripe of the State’s primary colours which features across the right-hand shoulder of the uniform.

Speaking on SANFL Radio, SANFL Umpiring Manager Shane Harris believes the introduction of the new uniform is a “real positive change” and has been “well received.”

Harris acknowledges the primary reason behind the move was to ensure the umpiring uniform did not clash with team guernseys, in particular the Adelaide Crows playing guernsey, which is predominately white.

The new uniform features across all football grades, from Under 16s and 18s, all the way through to Reserves and League.

New Look: Field Umpire Toby Medlin in the new green uniform. Courtesy: Deb Curtis Photography.
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Green Umpires: From (L) to (R) Mathew Zacher (Boundary), Andrew Crosby (Field), Terence Carter (Boundary), Toby Medlin (Field) and Rowan Hundertmark (Field). Courtesy: Deb Curtis Photography.

Author: James Merrett