A mix of experience and first timers will take to the field in Sunday’s SANFL League Grand Final. The team charged with over seeing the match was announced early this week.
Field Umpire Mitchell Harris will officiate his first League Grand Final. Having only officiated in 35 League Matches, Mitch has made a rapid rise to the big stage after strong performances through out the season, including the final series. Joining Mitch will be familiar faces, Toby Medlin and Corey Bowen, who will both officiate in their 4th League Grand Final. Emergency Field Umpire for the day is 2018 AFL Rookie List Umpire Jamie Broadbent.
Sam Royans and Matthew Herrmann will officiate in their 3rd straight League Grand Final when they run the boundary line on Sunday. It will be Sam’s 4th League Grand Final whilst Matthew will be in his 3rd. Running with them will be Damian Robinson and Aaron O’Malley, who both make their SANFL League Grand Final Debuts.
Keeping on top of the scores in the goals for the day are Matthew Cummins, who will officiate in his 7th SANFL League Grand Final, and Rhys Negerman, who will be umpiring his 2nd League League Grand Final. Emergency Goal Umpire for the day is Mathew Wilson.
The Reserves Grand Final Umpires have also been announced. Remember some of the names, as we are sure they will all become regulars amongst League ranks in future years. The Field Umpires for the match are Sam Morgan, Tom Bryce and Luke Wittenberg. SANFLUA Cimmittee Member Aaron Bennett is the Emergency Field Umpire.
On the boundary is Isaac Fishlock, Elliott Raymond, Dylan Speck and Cory Herrmann. In the goals will be Brad Hammer and Michael Button. After making her SANFL League Debut in 2018, Allanah Bruno will be the Emergency Goal Umpire.
SANFLUA congratulates all of it’s members who have been appointed to Grand Finals.
SANFL League Grand Final Umpires Stats (including the 2018 Grand Final)
Toby Medlin – 208 League Games, 14 Finals, 4 Grand Finals (2014, 2015, 2017, 2018)
Corey Bowen – 276 League Games, 21 Finals, 4 Grand Finals (2008, 2009, 2017, 2018)
Mitchell Harris – 36 League Games, 3 Finals, 1 Grand Final (2018)
Jamie Broadbent (Emergency) – 56 League Games, 3 Finals
Sam Royans – 179 League Games, 22 Finals, 4 Grand Finals (2014, 2016, 2017, 2018)
Matthew Herrmann – 68 League Games, 7 Finals, 3 Grand Finals (2016, 2017, 2018)
Aaron O’Malley – 74 League Games, 3 Finals, 1 Grand Final (2018)
Damian Robinson – 120 League Games, 9 Finals, 1 Grand Final (2018)
Matthew Cummins – 231 League Games, 17 Finals, 7 Grand Finals (2007, 2008, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2016, 2018)
Rhys Negerman – 97 League Games, 7 Finals, 2 Grand Finals (2016, 2018)
Mathew Wilson (Emergency) – 118 League Games, 6 Finals, 1 Grand Final (2010)
Stats courtesy of SANFLUA Statistician Steve Paunovic
Photos courtesy of Deb Curtis Photography