Around The Disciplines: July

July proved to be a busy month for our Umpires. We saw more milestones, our annual night off and a 3km time trial. Preparation for the 2018 SANFL Finals Series certainly kicked into gear. We have no doubt at all that all of our umpires can’t wait for the warmer weather that spring brings.

The AFL U16 Championships were held on the Gold Coast and in Brisbane at the beginning of the month. Our Umpires were well represented by Josh Hardy (F), Jackson Nokes (F), Jaii Francis (B), Kier Francis (B) and Emilie Hill (G). These championships not only offer the players an opportunity to showcase their skills, they also provide valuable experience for umpires. Having the opportunity to be coached by a different set of eyes and mingle with umpires from all over Australia will only improve their skill set. From all reports, our umpires across all 3 disciplines performed admirably. Well done to all.

Kier Francis, Jackson Nokes, Emilie Hill, Jaii Francis and Josh Hardy.

Field Umpire Jamie Broadbent officiated in his 50th SANFL League Match. Jamie’s Umpiring career continues to flourish, with season 2018 being his first on the AFL Field Umpires Rookie List. Boundary Umpire Jonathon Poethke made his SANFL League Debut in Round 16, officiating in the Port v South clash. Congratulations to both.

Toby Medlin will be made Life Member of the SANFL at the beginning of 2019 after he officiated his 200th SANFL League Match in Round 14. Toby took charge of the clash between Sturt and Norwood. The game saw Norwood kick 13 goals in the final term, which we’re sure Toby will never forget. Congratulations Toby.

Each year our Umpires are given a night off from attending training. This night usually always falls in the month of July. This years night off saw our Field Umpires take part in Bubble Sports. All of them had a great time, however we’re lead to believe that a few had sore body parts the next day. Sometimes the older we get, the more bold we get. And then we pay for it after.

Our Field Umpires enjoyed Bubble Sport during their night off from training.

Our Umpires had their second 3km time trial for the year in July. As always, this is held at McKinnion Parade North Adelaide. All 3 disciplines take part, heading off separately depending on discipline and running ability. Some fantastic times were recorded across all disciplines on what was a cold, but still night in the city. Our umpires are primed for a great finals series.

Up and coming Field Umpire Sam Morgan celebrated his 21st Birthday recently. This may surprise a few as Sam doesn’t look a day over 15 years old. Happy Birthday Sam. We’re sure you had a great night celebrating with mates.

We held our annual Quiz Night in July at the Walkerville Bowling Club. It is always a great night of laughs and competitiveness. Once again it was fantastically supported by our members and their family and friends. We had some great silent auction items up for grabs, all of which were donated by our amazing sponsors/supporters. Former President Matthew Norton flew home from Sydney to be our Quiz Master. He is certainly making the night his own. We’re already planning next years event.

Our Quiz Night proved to be a success in 2018.

Our Annual Dinner is fast approaching. This will be held on Thursday August 23rd. Stay tuned for the next edition of Around The Disciplines to catch up on all the happenings from the night plus much more.

By Matthew Cummins