Breaking The Gender Barrier - Females Succeeding In All Levels Of Umpiring


Umpiring Australian Rules Football has been dominated by males in the past however times are changing. Currently 15-20 % of umpires across the country are girls and females in umpiring has been the largest growth area in recent years.

Most people are aware of Goal Umpire Chelsea Roffey. She began her career with AFL Queensland in 1998 before becoming the 1st female to join an AFL umpiring panel back in 2004. In 2012, she became the 1st female to umpire a senior AFL grand final when she officiated the Sydney vs Hawthorn match. When it comes to females umpiring, Chelsea had the following to say "Females have what it takes to umpire football. It's not a matter of should they or shouldn't they, it's just that they can".

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Catching Up With Donna - Riddell Umpires Most Successful Female Umpire

Donna Brown is arguably the most successful female to pull on a whistle at the Riddell Umpires. Donna is a boundary umpire who umpired 75 RDFL games (48 senior)  between 2003 and 2006. She is a keen cricketer who has played state level in both Victoria and Western Australia. She originally decided to take up umpiring as a way to keep fit in the cricket off season and because her brother Andrew and his future wife Kerry were umpiring at the time. It didn't take Donna long to achieve success. She umpired the RDFL Reserves Grand Final in 2004 and achieved ultimate success in 2005 when she umpired the RDFL Senior Grand Final.

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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

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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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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