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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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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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!