Player to Umpire 2020 Recruitment Campign

It's with great excitement that we launch our 2020 Recruitment Campaign.


Read all about our 2020 Recruitment Campaign - Player to Umpire 

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TAC Towards Zero

Round 16 of the Riddell Disrict Football League was the Towards Zero round, which saw the league raise awareness for the TAC Campaign Towards Zero. The captains of the senior football sides wore the number 0 and our umpire's took a photo with the captains to signify that we support the cause and strive to achieve 0 deaths on the roads. Thank-you to all players and Riddell Umpire's who took a picture. 


Towards Zero 6

Towards zero 1 Towards Zero 2 Towards Zero 3 Towards Zero 4

Towards Zero 5


AFL Ticket offer for RU Members

RU Members keep an eye out if you are interested in going to an MCG game for the remaining games of the AFL season. As there will be a ticket offer for metropolitan umpiring groups. 

A note from Russell O'Toole - Community Umpiring Manager;

'AFL Ticketing is embarking on a ticket offer for all metropolitan umpiring groups' - community umpires.

As such, members ' details will be provided to our AFL Ticketing Department, who will generate correspondence to the 4700 community umpires who have opted into recieve "communications and speical offers" under thier opt-in agreements when registering on Footyweb earlier this year.

Due to privacy legislation, this information can only be sent to those members who have opted-in for this type of offer / correspondence. I'm unsure when the offer will be communicated but it may be worthwhile to look out for this offer that relates to MCG games throughout the remaining rounds of the season'.

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Finley's Trip to Sydney

During the week of Sunday 7th July - Friday 12th July our very own Finley Magee took off to Sydney with the AFL Goldfields team this is Finley's story!


"An action packed week began at Giants Stadium in Sydney's west where we we witnessed the Brisbane Lions topple the GWS Giants by 20pts. I was lucky enough to shake hands with the field umpire's; Dean Margetts, Ray Chamberlin and Brent Wallace prior to the game. We also got a brief insight from them on what it takes to umpire at the elite level. The Second day of the trip saw us treck to the SCG for an incredible all-access appearance from the Sydney Swans squad, which took everyone by surprise!

On the third day of the trip we made the long bus trip out west again, this time to Blacktown International Sportspark for game one of the tournament between the Sydney Swans Academy team and the AFL Goldfields which saw the Sydney Swans Academy get up 15.7.97 - 6.4.40. Following this we made our way to Bondi Beach for a bit of a receovery session in the freezing ocean waters. The fourth day saw us head across to Manly on a ferry for a day of winding down and chilling out in the amazing weather that was.

On the Thursday we made our way back to the SCG for a tour of the Sydney Swans training facilities, led by ex-Sydney & Premiership player Nick Davis. Following this the second game of the tournament took place in Gore Hill, North Sydney, on a synthetic oval. This game the AFL Goldfields won quite convincingly 8.16.64 - 0.4.4.

The highlight of my trip would have been meeting the great 'Razor' Ray Chamberlin at the GWS Vs Brisbane Lions clash. To finish off I'd like to say a big thank you the Riddell Umpire's and the AFL Goldfields for giving me this amazing opportunity".


 ginats stadium  razor    full sydney team
 game 1  bondi beach  harbour bridge
 fellow umps  locker  game 2

Another Great Night at the G!

On Friday 5th July the Riddell Umpires Junior event for the year took place, a bus picked up our junior umpires and headed to the mighty MCG to go and watch Hawthorn take on Collginwood. 4 young aspiring umpire's got to visit the umpire's rooms before the match and took a great picture with the three field umpires for the match. 

(Left to Right: Robert Findlay, Harley Darmanin, Finley Magee, Natalie Port, Ronan Bolger, Brandon Warren, Simon Meredith, Craig Fleer)  

Junior Coach Harley Darmanin organised and ran this Junior event, and like the previous years it has been another successfull event. Harley said it was great to see the umpires hangout together and 'build friendships'. 


RU meeting AFL

A big Thankyou to Umpire AFL for making this happen and letting 4 of our young umpire's have a great expereince.


The Riddell Umpire's got to watch a tight encounter between Hawthorn and Collingwood where the margin necer exceeded 18 points, Hawthorn made a late surge by kicking 5 goals to 3 in the final quarter to secure a much needed victory. This win pulls them out of the bottom four with an appetizing clash in Tasmania against the Dockers next week. Collingwood will be looking to bounce back as they prepare to face the Eagles in a Grand Final rematch! As for our Riddell umpires  especially those who spoke with the field umpires before the game, they will take what they learnt from the AFL Umpires and look to finish the season off strong as we enter the bussiness end of the Junior season.