BJ's in the VFL!

The Riddell Umpires wishes to congratulate Brendan Taylor for successfully trialing for the VFL. Brendan has officiated 8 Grand Final's in his time at the Riddell Umpires, including 1 Senior Grand Final in 2017, and his earliest Grand Final in 2005 officiating the Under 12B's.

Brendan said that the 'trial itself was quite challenging', but at the same time it was 'great to be pushed hard through the pre-season'. Brendan is eagerly awaiting the next step of his umpiring career. Brendan is looking forward to the challenge of 'moving up the ranks' and hopes to one day umpire 'senior football' in Victoria. Brendan would not have achieved this without the help he recieved from his coaches, and that is the message he is leaving us with. 'listen to the coaches, and take all the feedback on board. Work hard on the areas you need to improve'.

The Riddell Umpires wishes you well as you embark onto the next level of your career, we would also like to congratulate Joel Wood who also trialled for the VFL even with an interrupted pre-season due to injury.

BJ happy      

Auskick Games officially listed for Mitchell Howard and Bailey Hermit

The AFL season has offically begun in 2018. Riddell Umpires Mitchell Howard and Bailey Hermit have learnt the games they will be officiating in and there are some cracking games!

Mitchell Howard will be involved in

Round 3 St.Kilda Vs Adelaide @ Etihad Stadium

Round 6 Western Bulldogs Vs Carlton @ Etihad Stadium 

Round 15 Carlton Vs Port Adelaide @ MCG 

Round 23 Richmond Vs Western BUlldogs @ MCG


Bailey will be involved in

Round 4 Richmond Vs Brisbane Lions @ MCG

Round 8 Western Bulldogs Vs Brisbane Lions @ Etihad Stadium

Round 11 Western Bulldogs Vs Melbourne @ Etihad Stadium

Round 15 Melbourne Vs St.Kilda @ MCG

Round 21 Hawthorn Vs Geelong @ MCG 


and they are both inolved in

Round 2 North Melbourne Vs St.Kilda @ Etihad Stadium (The Good Friday Match)

Round 18 Essendon Vs Fremantle @ Etihad Stadium


We again would like to extend our Congratulations to both boys! if you are at one of these games be sure to have a lookout for them centre stage at halftime. auskick

Hermit and Howard Our 2018 Halftime Auskick Umpires.

Riddell Umpires wishes to congratulate Bailey Hermit and Mitchell Howard on being selected as the 2018 Halftime Auskick Umpires. Bailey and Mitchell will get to run out onto either the MCG or Etihad Stadium and officiate the main halftime game centre stage. Both individuals are second year field umpires this year and have been nominated off a strong first year and junior finals campaign. This is one of the amazing opportunities that umpiring can bring to an individual. Congratulations again Bailey Hermit and Mitchell Howard.



Bailey Hermit Mitchell Howard

More than 23km in the legs

More than 23km in the legs!

The Riddell Umpires preseason camp in Anglesea was enjoyed by all as we pushed ourselves to our limits and built the camaraderie amongst the group!

On Saturday We ran along a trial 12km long, ran a beep test, rode up and down some steep hills on bikes and completed a short sharp hard running session on the beach.
Sunday morning we ran out any soreness and exercised the legs in an hour session of run throughs.

All the umpires had a great time, and we certainly encourage any umpire to attend next year!

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1st Round Dinner

Our First Social Function for 2018 is fast approaching, the 1st Round Dinner will be occurring at Macs Hotel on the night of the 7th April at 6:30pm! RSVP to Paul O'Connor at training if you will be attending or not.

1st Round Dinner 2018 Flyer