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Senior Coach Dinner Dance Address

IMG 5747Outgoing Senior Coach (pictured here with his wife Rachel) spoke to the group at our Annual Dinner Dance. See his speech below. 


"Just over 7 years ago I was preparing to umpire a grand final at the Northern Football League when I received a phone call from the then General Manager of the Riddell Umpires Glen Shilling. He said he was looking for a new Coach and after 13 seasons of umpiring, I was interested in seeing the coaching side of our great sport. After meeting with Glen and the committee I was appointed as the Senior Coach in 2010.


Major Riddell Umpire’s Announcement.

Senior Coach Michael O’Keeffe has announced he is stepping down for the role of Head Coach in 2017. We thank Michael for his efforts over the last six years and wish him all the best in his future endeavors. 

We Congratulate Dwayne Connell on his appointment to the Senior Coach Position in 2017. We wish Dwayne all the best in his new venture. 

We also congratulate Billy Mitchell on his appointment to the Senior Assistant Coaching role and Harley Darmanin on his appointment to the Junior Head Coaching role. We extend our best wishes to both Billy and Harley. 

We would to also like to thank Britney Giles on her Role as Boundary Coach over the last two seasons. Britney has indicated she will be stepping down from the role in 2017. We once again thank Brit for all her hard work, dedication and tireless effort in her role. 

We wish all our first week of Senior Finals Umpires all the best for the weekend.

Finals Week 1 2016

The home and away season is finally done and dusted. Congratulations to all teams who will feature in finals over the coming weeks. Thank you to all clubs for your ongoing support of Riddell Umpires throughout the regular season. Greatly appreciated

Many Riddell Umpires have had a busy weekend just gone with a number of umpires officiating in up to five games covering the final round as well as the first week of junior finals.

Congratulations to the following umpires who have been selected on our 2016 Finals Panels.

FIELD -Alex Bond, Michael Bretag, Dwayne Connell, Michael Cumbo, Troy Cusack, Harley Darmanin, David Galloway, Mark Goodrope, Kelly Humphries, Luke Humphries, Peter Humphries, Steven Jaunkalns, Kaleb Laker, Ron Lalli-Cafini, Scott McCamish, Paul McGarry, Billy Mitchell, Matthew Muster, Michael O’Keeffe, Jacob Port, Steven Rankin, Robert Semmens, Chris Stead, Brendan Taylor

BOUNDARY- Jordan Athorn, Tim Attard, Ronan Boldger, Alec Boorsma, Dylan Boorsma, Jarrod Chatfield, Jake Callaghan, Aaron Dyer, David Edwards, Tully Fattore, Eric Garwood, Ash Goudie, Brayden Howard, Sam Hudson, Dylan Humphries, Benjamin Jankowski, Bailey Marshall, Jacob Martin, Joshua Martin, Cory McCamish, Josh McMahon, Jordan Muster, Daniel Muster, Andrew O’Keeffe, Zach Patrick, Darren Quirk, Austin Randall, Daniel Roache, Kasey Sinclair, Marcus Tingley, Warren Tingley

GOALS- John Bretag, McGregor Brough, Graeme Carter, Lita Cooney, Andrew Crone, Matt Cusack, Lachlan Edwards, David Hili, Addam Icely, John LeeTet, Stephen Lucardie, Rob Lynch, Ollie Matthews, Kevin McIntyre, Curtis Westworth, Jack Wilson

We wish them all the best for the upcoming finals.

For those umpires who have finished, thanks for another successful year, and hope you all return fit and healthy in 2017.

Congratulations to our Senior Coach Michael O’Keeffe on officiating his 300 combined NFL/RDFNL Senior game last weekend. 

Reminder to our umpiring community that we have two major social events on the horizons with our Junior Presentation and Senior Grand Final Appointments Evening on Wednesday 14th September at TABCORP Park and Annual Dinner Dance on Friday 7th October also at TABCORP Park Melton. Thanks to Social Coordinator Peter Humphries for all his efforts in organising these functions.  An invitation is extended to all umpires, family members and friends to join us in celebrating the 2016 season. Contact Peter (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. ) for attendance.

2016 Finals Information

Please find below all the information regarding the 2016 RDFL Final Series 

2016 Senior Finals Panel

Senior Finals Arrangements

Junior Finals Arrangements

Junior Field Umpires Finals Coaching Session

Junior Field 10 Must Do's



The moment has arrived! The final round of the home and away season is upon us. Just as clubs are vying for final positions, so too are Riddell Umpires readying themselves for a tilt at the finals, with the ultimate prize a grand final appointment.

For some umpires this will be their final opportunity to show case their talents.

Riddell Umpires wish to thank all umpires for their continued dedication and commitment throughout a long season. We hope all umpires recommit for 2017, and encourage prospective umpires to join us for an exciting 2017 season. We always welcome new umpires to join our group. If you have ever considered umpiring, you need to get on board for next season.

Good luck to all final umpires whether it be Juniors or Seniors.