Awards

A number of awards are presented to umpires annually by the South Australian National Football League (SANFL) and the Umpires Association (SANFLUA). The recipients of these prestigious awards and a description of how they are awarded are presented below.

List of Awards

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Golden Whistle Silver Whistle Golden Flag Most Dedicated Field Most Dedicated Boundary 

Most Dedicated Goal Most Improved Field Most Improved Boundary Most Improved Goal 

Golden Whistle  Top 

The Golden Whistle Award is awarded annually to the best League Field Umpire in the SANFL. See Conditions for information on how the winner is determined.

Winners

1975  P. Mead
1976  D. Foster
1977  P. Mead
1978  D. Foster
1979  P. Mead
1980  D. Foster
1981  R. Scholefield
1982  D. Foster
1983  R. Kinnear
1984  L. Argent
1985  R. Kinnear

1986  R. Kinnear
1987  R. Kinnear
1988  J. Hylton
1989  L. Argent
1990  R. Kinnear
1991  M. Abbott
1992  M. Abbott
1993  R. Williams
1994  T. Pfeiffer
1995  T. Pfeiffer
1996  R. Williams
1997  K. Chambers
1998  D. Woodcock
1999  D. Woodcock
2000  R. Williams
2001  D. Ryan
2002  T. Pfeiffer
2003  T. Pfeiffer
2004  T. Pfeiffer
2005  R. Williams
2006  R. Williams
2007  R. Williams
2008  S. Hay
2009  T. Dey
2010  G. Fila
2011  C. Rowston
2012  L. Haussen
2013  C. Deboy
2014  C. Deboy
2015  C. Fleer
2016 L. Haussen
2017 T. Medlin

Silver Whistle  Top 

The Silver Whistle Award is awarded annually to the best League Boundary Umpire in the SANFL.
See Conditions for information on how the winner is determined.

Winners

1975  N. Shanahan
1976  N. Shanahan
1977  N. Shanahan
1978  N. Shanahan
1979  A. Hopkins
1980  N. Shanahan
1981  A. Hopkins
1982  N. Shanahan
1983  G. Hilton
1984  A. Hopkins
1985  W. Turner

1986  W. Turner
1987  S. Tonkin
1988  S. Tonkin
1989  P. Litchfield
1990  M. Starr
1991  M. Starr
1992  M. Starr
1993  M. Starr
1994  M. Starr
1995  M. Starr
1996  M. Hane

1997  D. Wilson
1998  A. Sandison
1999  A. Sandison
2000  J. Creasey
2001  S. Wilson
2002  M. Hill
2003  S. Wilson
2004  S. Wilson
2005  A. Cleveland
2006  B. Fisk
2007  S. Thiele

2008  S. Thiele
2009  A. Chehade
2010  C. Bull
2011  J. Moore
2012  T. Bryant
2013  S. Burton
2014  J. Moore
2015  T. Bryant
2016 C. Watkins
2017 S. Royans

Golden Flag  Top 

The Golden Flag Award is awarded annually to the best League Goal Umpire in the SANFL. See Conditions for information on how the winner is determined.

Winners

1975  A. Smith
1976  R. Mules OAM
1977  R. Mules OAM
1978  A. Smith
1979  M. Rutter
1980  R. Garrick
1981  R. Garrick
1982  R. Gibson
1983  R. Gibson
1984  M. Rutter
1985  M. Rutter

1986  R. Mules OAM
1987  M. Rutter
1988  M. Rutter
1989  P. Symons
1990  M. Rutter
1991  M. Nicolai
1992  J. Hutchinson
1993  P. Symons
1994  P. Symons
1995  M. Nicolai
1996  A. Forster

1997  P. Honeyman
1998  D. Rawlings
1999  S. Riggs
2000 C. Ogilvy
2001  S. Axon
2002  S. Axon
2003  S. Axon
2004  S. Axon
2005  M. Palm
2006  P. Challen
2007  M. Cummins

2008  M. Cummins
2009  L. Corrieri
2010  M. Norton
2011  P. Challen
2012  M. Cummins
2013  R. Smith
2014  S.Paunovic
2015  T. Sharpe
2016  M. Cummins
2017  M. Norton

Conditions  Top 

The State Umpiring Manager and Coaching Staff determine the winner of the Golden Whistle, Silver Whistle and Golden Flag on the basis of the entire season’s performance and as a result of a detailed analysis and assessment of the following factors:

  1. Performance reports, submitted each week on the minor round games by SANFL Umpiring Observers.
  1. Attention, attitude and application to training and lectures during pre-season and in-season.
  1. Attitude and Conduct at Tribunal Appearances (if any).
  1. Personal Standards such as character, integrity, natural courtesy, discretion and dignity.

Most Dedicated Field Umpire  Top 

The award is presented to the Field Umpire who is voted by their peers as being the most dedicated Field Umpire for that season. The award is based on performance, dedication, commitment and adherence to exemplary standards in all aspects of umpiring, both on and off the field. The winner is someone who, in the eyes of their peers, holds the Association in high regard and shows care for the state of umpiring as a whole. The person is someone who always strives to contribute positively to the reputation of SANFL Umpires through their high standards of performance and upstanding character.

Winners

1979  G.B. Hilton
1980  R.G. Kinnear
1981  L.S. Gomierato
1982  B.J. O’Connor
1983  J.F. Field
1984  J.F. Rogers
1985  L.J. Argent
1986  C.A. Glennon
1987  S.J. Ardill
1988  L.S. Gomierato

1989  L.J. Argent
1990  M.G. Mackie
1991  T.M. Checker
1992  R.J. Williams
1993  D.A. Elliott
1994  L.W. Campbell
1995  G.W. Acland
1996  M.D. Abbott
1997  C.W. Rowston
1998  T.R. Philp

1999  R.T. Bettridge
2000  J.P. Schmitt
2001  M.H. Barnett
2002  M.S. Cousins
2003  D.R. Wright
2004  C.P. Doddridge
2005  A.C. Symons
2006  A.C. Symons
2007  D. Garrett
2008  R. Williams

2009  T. Philp
2010  S. Hay
2011  M. Avon
2012  M. Schramm
2013  C. Deboy
2014  A. Crosby
2015  A. Crosby
2016 D. Sobieraj
2017 D. Sobieraj

Most Dedicated Boundary Umpire  Top 

The award is presented to the Boundary Umpire who is voted by their peers as being the most dedicated Boundary Umpire for that season. The award is based on performance, dedication, commitment and adherence to exemplary standards in all aspects of umpiring, both on and off the field. The winner is someone who, in the eyes of their peers, holds the Association in high regard and shows care for the state of umpiring as a whole. The person is someone who always strives to contribute positively to the reputation of SANFL Umpires through their high standards of performance and upstanding character.

Winners

1979  N.A. Shanahan
1980  N.A. Shanahan
1981  A.J. Roberts
1982  N.A. Shanahan
1983  A.J. Roberts
1984  G.D. Hilton
1985  B.A. Robinson
1986  F.T. McHugh
1987  P. Harvey
1988  P. Harvey

1989  T. Barry
1990  R.K. Sheppard
1991  T. Barry
1992  R.K. Sheppard
1993  T. Barry
1994  D.S. Sheppard
1995  G.W. Dorey
1996  D. Barber
1997  B.K. Altus
1998  A.C. Symons

1999  D.S. Sheppard
2000  A.R. Sandison
2001  D.J. Wilson
2002  M.S. Thomson
2003  D.J. Wilson
2004  M. Arthur
2005  A.F. Chehade
2006  R.L. England
2007  S.M. Thiele
2008  C. Bull

2009  B. Sieben
2010  A. Chehade
2011  G. Diakomichalis
2012  M. Konetschka
2013  M. Konetschka
2014  B. Sieben
2015  B. Sieben
2016 M. Konetschka
2017 T. Carter

Most Dedicated Goal Umpire  Top 

The award is presented to the Goal Umpire who is voted by their peers as being the most dedicated Goal Umpire for that season. The award is based on performance, dedication, commitment and adherence to exemplary standards in all aspects of umpiring, both on and off the field. The winner is someone who, in the eyes of their peers, holds the Association in high regard and shows care for the state of umpiring as a whole. The person is someone who always strives to contribute positively to the reputation of SANFL Umpires through their high standards of performance and upstanding character.

Winners

1979  R.T. Mules OAM
1980  R.T. Mules OAM
1981  E.G. Griffen
1982  D.W. Bills
1983  M.R. Rutter
1984  R. Garrick
1985  G.H. Marsland
1986  D.W. Bills
1987  G.H. Marsland
1988  A.T. Cooper

1989  G.H. Marsland
1990  K.J. Anderson
1991  M.J. Nicolai
1992  R.T. Mules OAM
1993  A.R. Forster
1994  B. Forster
1995  A. Kemp
1996  W.J. Nixon
1997  G.T. Clifford
1998  C.J. Adey

1999  P.M.C. Ellis
2000  A. Alpaslan
2001  A. Alpaslan
2002  M.A. Bywater
2003  S.W. Dennis
2004  P.G. Honeyman
2005  J-Y. Wong
2006  L. Corrieri
2007  A. Alpaslan
2008  L. Corrieri

2009  P. Challen
2010  G. Diakomichalis
2011  S. Murphy
2012  J-Y. Wong
2013  S. Murphy
2014  M. Oxford
2015  S. Murphy
2016 M. Oxford
2017 M. Cummins

Most Improved Field Umpire  Top 

The award is presented to the Field Umpire who has displayed the most improvement during the season umpiring at Senior Level.

Winners

1980 R. Kinnear
1981  L. Argent
1982  Not Recorded
1983  D. Weston
1984  M. Mackie
1985  G. Hilton
1986  R. Campbell
1987  D. Trembath
1988  M. Abbott
1989  G. Schutz

1990  R. Williams
1991  T. Pfeiffer
1992  C. Doddridge
1993  R. Bettridge
1994  T. Burton
1995  A. Swaffer
1996  J. Schmitt
1997  D. Woodcock
1998  M. Humphreys
1999  C. Rowston

2000  T. Slaven
2001  S. Przibilla
2002  T. Dey
2003  P. Williams
2004  C. Carey
2005  S. Hay
2006  C. Bowen
2007  B. Duff
2008  T. Medlin
2009  J Ralston

2010  L. Haussen
2011  C. Fleer
2012  C. Deboy
2013  R. Hundertmark
2014  S. Hosking
2015  P. Lally
2016  G. Lewis
2017  M. Harris

Most Improved Boundary Umpire  Top 

The award is presented to the Boundary Umpire who has displayed the most improvement during the season umpiring at Senior Level.

Winners

1980  S. Tonkin
1981  P. Vincent
1982  Not Recorded
1983  I. Denham
1984  R. Starkie
1985  T. Checker
1986  P. Harvey
1987  S. Wooley
1988  D. Woodley
1989  M. Starr

1990  D. Sheppard
1991  D. Wilson
1992  P. Brennan
1993  M. Hane
1994  B. Pethers
1995  M. Thomson
1996  S. Leigh
1997  C. Brooke
1998  A. Holland
1999  M. Wilde

2000  G. Norris
2001  M. Fenech
2002  R. England
2003  N. Bruce-Gordon
2004  C. Bull
2005  M. Sandercock
2006  S. Burton
2007  S. Royans
2008  D. Tee
2009  B. Fisk

2010  S. Jelfs
2011  D. Whan
2012  M. Fallon
2013  T. Carter
2014  B. Sieben
2015  M. Elsegood
2016  B. Theil
2017  G. Carter

Most Improved Goal Umpire  Top 

The award is presented to the Goal Umpire who has displayed the most improvement during the season umpiring at Senior Level.

Winners

1980  R. Garrick
1981  P. Symons
1982  Not Recorded
1983  C. Sargent
1984  D. Bills
1985  T. Deverson
1986  K. Brooks
1987  R. Arblaster
1988  M. Nicolai
1989  J. Thompson

1990  R. Chandler
1991  L. Cummins
1992  L. Corrieri
1993  P. Honeyman
1994  A. Perkovic
1995  D. Caputo
1996  P. Mayger
1997  D. Rawlings
1998  S. Riggs
1999  M. Bywater

2000  R. Tainsh
2001  S. Chryssochoos
2002  L. Axford
2003  M. Palm
2004  D. Trengove
2005  D. Hoskin
2006  J. White
2007  E. Howell
2008  G. Diakomichalis
2009  M. Norton

2010  M. Wilson
2011  M. Oxford
2012  R. Smith
2013  M. Williams
2014  S. Rypp
2015  R. Negerman
2016  M. Button
2017  B. Hammer