2017 SANFL Grand Final Umpires Announced

 

Giles Lewis in action during the 2017 SANFL Finals series

Giles Lewis will officiate in his first SANFL League Grand Final this weekend. Giles was elevated to the AFL Field Umpires Rookie list earlier this year and after a strong season, has been rewarded with his biggest Match Appointment of his short but promising career. It will also be Giles’ 50th SANFL League appearance. Teaming up with Giles will be Toby Medlin and Corey Bowen, who will both take charge of their 3rd SANFL League Grand Final. The emergency Field Umpire is Michael Schramm.

Toby Medlin taking charge in the 2017 SANFL Finals series

Running the boundary in his 3rd SANFL League Grand Final at Adelaide Oval on Sunday will be Sam Royans. He is joined by Matt Herrmann in his 2nd League Grand Final. Joining them and making their SANFL League Grand Final debuts are Brayden Thiel and Matt Zacher.

In the goals, officiating their 2nd SANFL League Grand Finals are SANFLUA President Matthew Norton and Thomas Sharpe. In what will be his last official appointment, the experienced Steve Paunovic will sit the bench on Sunday. Steve announced his retirement from Goal Umpiring at training on Monday night.

A relaxed Matthew Norton during the 2017 SANFL Finals series

The Reserves Grand Final is littered with up and coming umpires who’s names we’ll see up in the League ranks more regularly in the coming years. Taking charge in the Field are Mitchell Harris, Sam Morgan and Scott Galletly. Tom Bryce will be the emergency Field Umpire.

Running the boundary are Adam Spratt, Isaac Fishlock, Tom Kelly and Gerard Carter. In the goals are Braden Ford and Brad Hammer. Michael Button will be the emergency Goal Umpire.

SANFLUA congratulates all of its members who have been appointed to Grand Finals.

 

SANFL League Grand Final Umpire Stats (including the 2017 Grand Final)

Field Umpires

Corey Bowen – 255 League Games, 19 League Finals, 3 Grand Finals (2008, 2009, 2017)

Toby Medlin – 186 League Games, 11 League Finals, 3 Grand Finals (2014, 2015, 2017)

Giles Lewis – 50 League Games, 3 League Finals, 1 Grand Final (2017)

Michael Schramm (E) – 119 League Games,

Boundary Umpires

Samual Royans – 157 League Games, 20 League Finals, 3 Grand Finals (2014, 2016, 2017)

Matt Herrmann – 46 League Games, 5 League Finals, 2 Grand Finals (2016, 2017)

Bradyen Thiel – 59 League Games, 5 League Finals, 1 Grand Final (2017)

Matt Zacher – 164 League Games, 14 League Finals, 1 Grand Final (2017)

Goal Umpires

Matthew Norton – 115 League Games, 7 League Finals, 2 Grand Finals (2010, 2017)

Thomas Sharpe – 96 League Matches, 4 League Finals, 2 Grand Finals (2015, 2017)

Steven Paunovic (E) – 233 League Matches, 14 League Finals, 2 Grand Finals (2009, 2014)

Stats courtesy of SANFLUA Statistician Steven Paunovic

 

By Matthew Cummins