Around The Disciplines: June

We’re smack bang in the middle of winter and don’t our Umpires know it. With our training venue for 2018 being so open, they’ve certainly been feeling the cold nights. Beanies, gloves and thick jumpers have all made an appearance amongst all 3 disciplines during these winter months. Only a few more winter sessions to go and the warmer spring weather should be upon us.

Matthew Williams in action at Alberton Oval in 2018.

The month of June saw more milestones achieved through the ranks. Goal Umpire Matthew Williams officiated in his 100th SANFL League Match in Round 10. Matthew umpired the Queens Birthday fixture between Glenelg and North Adelaide at Glenelg Oval. At AFL Level, Boundary Umpire Chris Bull Officiated in his 150th Match. Chris is a staunch supporter of SANFLUA and has achieved some great things during his Umpiring Career. We have no doubt there will be many more accolades to come.

Steve Murphy moving players out of his way during a match at Noarlunga in 2018.

Veteran Goal Umpire Steve Murphy knotched up a big milestone in June. Steve umpired his 300th SANFL League Match. He was able to choose his partner for the match and fittingly he chose Steve Axon. It just so happened that 20 years to the Round, Axon made his SANFL League debut with Murphy. The weather gods missed the memo and the day turned out to be quite horrendous. It did nothing to dampen Steve’s big day and we have no doubt the crowd in attendance (mostly Steve’s family) enjoyed the show. Congratulations Murph. A fantastic achievement.

Tom Bryce (F), Michael Button (G) and Gerard Carter (B) representing SANFL Umpires at the 2018 AFL U18s Championships.

The AFL held it’s week long U18’s Championships in Victoria at the end of June. SA were proudly represented by Tom Bryce (F), Gerard Carter (B) and Michael Button (G). All reports indicate that our team performed exceptionally well. Heading across to umpire in front of a different set of eyes certainly helps with the development of our umpires and this year was no different. Congratulations to all three.

Our Field Umpires fare welled a likable character amongst the group. Due to work commitments, Scott Galletly has had to cut his Umpiring year short. We’re hopeful that Scott won’t be lost to umpiring forever and that one day he’ll return, work commitments allowing. SANFLUA wish Scott all the best.

Field Umpire Scott Galletly taking charge at Woodville Oval in 2018.

SANFLUA held its annual Life Member’s Lunch recently. Some 50 plus Life Members and their partners attended what was a relaxed and enjoyable afternoon. Some left with door prizes which were all donated by some of our fantastic sponsors that we have acquired for 2018. Thanks to all the Life Members who attended. It would be great to continue to grow this luncheon further. It’s another great opportunity to catch up with friends from yesteryear.

June also saw our annual Ten Pin Bowling Night held. Once again this was a very well attended event, with the competitive juices flowing. As with all of our social events, it was a great opportunity to mingle across all 3 disciplines of umpiring, both rookie and senior umpires.

Congratulations are extended to Goal Umpire and SANFLUA Committee member Thomas Sharpe who became engaged recently. Tom and his long term partner Kate are looking to tie the knot sometime next year. We wish them both all the best.

Radio Station Mix 102.3 were partaking in the #JumpChallenge during the month of June and with Steve Murphy’s connection, they brought it to SANFL Umpires training. A mixed group of Umpires took on the challenge, which requires a person to begin in the kneeling position and without their hands touching the ground, jump from their knees to their feet. It’s not as easy as it sounds or looks, however we were very well represented with most successfully completing it. Jump on to our Facebook page to check it out and maybe give it a go yourself.

It’s hard to believe that we’re more than half way through the season. Stay tuned for more from Around The Disciplines in July.

By Matthew Cummins