Given the change in training venue and the challenges that has caused, our Umpires have certainly made a solid start to the 2018 SANFL Season across all disciplines. This was something that was noted by SANFL CEO Jake Parkinson when he visited our Training venue during May. All Umpires are to be congratulated on their efforts so far.
The month of May saw many more Milestones across all three disciplines once again. The SANFL took on the WAFL in this years State League Match which was held at Adelaide Oval as a curtain raiser to the first Showdown of the year. All Umpires who officiated made their State League Match debuts. Congratulations to Field Umpires Andrew Crosby and Jamie Broadbent, Boundary Umpires Damian Robinson, Brayden Thiel and Sam Royans and Goal Umpire Rhys Negerman. Rowan Hundertmark was the Field Umpire Emergency whilst Matthew Williams was the Emergency Goal Umpire. All performed well.
Boundary Umpire Isaac Fishlock officiated in his 1st SANFL League Match in Round 7. Isaac is apart of a group of young up and coming Boundary Umpires of which we’re sure more will make their debut’s very soon. Isaac Umpired the Prospect Oval clash between North Adelaide and South Adelaide. Well done.
An historic milestone occurred in Round 9, with the debut in the goals by Allanah Bruno. Allanah officiated her 1st SANFL League Match at Richmond Oval when West Adelaide played Sturt. In doing so, Allanah became the first female goal umpire to officiate in a SANFL League Match. Allanah has been a regular appointment during the first two seasons of the AFLW competition which has given her some added experience. All of this experience helped her during the early rounds as she performed well at Reserves level, which ultimately led to her call up to League level. Keep an eye on our social media platforms and website as SANFLUA will be catching up with Allanah very soon.
Umpires for this years underage Championships have been announced. Representing us at the U18’s Championships are Tom Bryce (F), Gerard Carter (B) and Michael Button (G). At the U16 Championships, Jackson Nokes (F), Josh Hardy (F), Jaii Francis (B), Kier Francis (B) and Emilie Hill (G). The U18 Girls Championships will see Rory Husler (F), Steve Evanson (B) and Alisha Machek (G) flying the SA flag. Congratulations to all selected Umpires and good luck.
The Advertiser’s match report of the Round 7 clash between Central and Sturt made for interesting reading. Our Boundary Umpires were printed as being the Field Umpires for that match. We’re not sure if there is any truth to the rumours that Dylan Speck, Matt Herrmann and Scott Hargreaves all requested the Field Umpires Match Payments.
As a reward for joining up as a member for 2018, SANFLUA provided all three disciplines a chance to score some movie tickets. All they needed to do was join up at the Members BBQ (or prior) and they’d all be placed in a draw to win. Jamie Broadbent (FU), William Carter (BU) and Michael Button (GU) were the lucky winners. Congratulations guys.
The month of May also saw the addition of Red Bull to our always expanding Sponsor/Donations list. Providing cases of Red Bull drinks to be shared amongst our members, Red Bull will also donate some gear for us to use at our Quiz Night on July 21st, as well the possibility of supplying us a DJ for the After Grand Final Party. All of this saves SANFLUA significant costs as well as providing us an opportunity to raise funds.
Our Annual Movie/Dinner night was held at the end of May with a solid representation across all disciplines. We’d love to see some more of our members at our events so if you get a chance, come along. Our events are always a great night and they are a great chance to mingle with people from other disciplines. We’d also love to see some of our Life Members. We have our Ten Pin Bowling night on Saturday June 9th. Head over to the event here to grab your tickets.
Stay tuned for more from Around The Disciplines next month and learn more about our Umpires during season 2018.
By Matthew Cummins