Keeping Up With Kyle

DSC 0718Welcome to the 1st edition of Keeping Up With Kyle. In this piece we will follow the off season of Kyle Fisher as he aims to make it onto the VFL list as a boundary umpire in 2014.

For those of you that don't know Kyle, he has been a boundary umpire at the Riddell Umpires since 2011 umpiring 67 games of which 39 have been senior games. The 3 years that Kyle has spent at the Riddell Umpires has been a large success for him. In his first year he umpired the U/18 grand final and in 2012, only his second year, he achieved the ultimate goal of umpiring his first senior grand final. In 2013 Kyle backed up his senior grand final appearance and also won the coveted Golden Whistle Award - This award is provided by the AFL and is presented as an encouragement award to an umpire who is identified as having the potential to umpire at the highest level.

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Off Season Training

Please find below a full training program for umpires for duing the off season. Following this program will give you a great start to the 2014 season.

There are 4 training sessions where anyone who is interesed can meet to train together. Even if you are new, you are welcome! Thanks to Fitness Coach, Nick Luke, for his work on this.

Group Training Sessions

Wednesday 18th December @ 6.30pm - Boardman Oval Athetics Track

Thursday 2nd January @ 6.30pm- Macpherson Park

Wednesday 15th January @ 6.30pm- Macpherson Park

Wednesday 29th January @ 6.30pm - Boardman Oval Athetics Track

Training will take Place, Rail, Hail or Shine!

Download this file (RIDDELL UMPIRES OFFSEASON.pdf)2014 Off Season Training Program[ ]268 kB

Riddell Umpires Greatest Success Story Calls It A Day.

Justin Bennison PhotoJustin Bennison, arguably Riddell Umpires greatest success story has called an end to his illustrious 10 year AFL career. Justin umpired his 205th and final game in the 2013 round 23 match between North Melbourne and Collingwood.

Justin started as a boundary umpire at the Riddell Umpires in 1997. He came from an athletics background competing at state level. He was introduced to umpiring by a friend that suggested he could make himself some money umpiring rather than running cross country during the winter months. At the age of 16, this appealed to Justin so football and Boundary umpiring became his passion.

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Umpires Corner - Edition 1

Welcome to the 1st edition of Umpires Corner. It may be the off season but there are plenty of things happening around the place. Recently the coaches group and committee met to discuss the 2014 season and beyond. Highlights included 100% attendance and two of our younger brigade in Ti-Arne Hickey and Harley Darmanin presenting to the group. You can look forward to our new website, different training and times, an exciting fitness camp and range of new initiatives to take Riddell Umpires into the future.

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It is our pleasure that we can announce that our own Senior Coach, Michael O'Keeffe, has been awarded the AFL Coaches Association, Victoria Metropolitan Umpire Coach of the Year. 

Michael was presented his award at a Gala dinner held at the MCG on November 8th. He was selected from all Umpire coaches from across Melbourne. Michael made his way over to the Riddell Umpires in 2010 from the NFL after a successful career as a field umpire. Since joining the RDFL Michael has also had some other fantastic achievements including representing the AFL at the Under 16's National Championships in Sydney as the Head Coach.

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Congratulations Michael. We are happy to have you here at Riddell!