AFL’s best umpires hit the road

The AFL Umpire Roadshow has arrived, with AFL Umpires travelling from Townsville to Northern NSW giving community and junior umpires a chance to meet and learn from some of the league’s best.

The Roadshow features umpires with a bevy of big game experience, and includes two Queensland products, Andrew Stephens and Tristan Symes, alongside Brett Rosebury, Brendan Hosking, Chris Appleton and Dan Hoskin.

The program, which kicked off in Brisbane on February 28, moved to Townsville on March 2nd.
The Roadshow will now move south where clinics will be held prior to NAB challenge matches on the Gold Coast and Northern Rivers.

Andrew Stephens and Tristan Symes lead the Brisbane leg of the tour, with a meet and greet followed by a coaching course and a Brisbane Juniors training session.

Brendan Hosking and Chris Appleton visited the Townsville umpires at training on March 2.
Brett Rosebury and Dan Hoskin will visit the Gold Coast Umpire training session on March 18, before visiting the Northern Rivers training session on the 19th.  

The Umpire Roadshow is an AFL initiative which provides metropolitan and regional umpires with exposure to elite umpires and positive match day environments.

AFL Queensland Community Umpire manager Cameron Williamson said the roadshow would provide a unique opportunity for the regions umpiring fraternity.

“The Umpires Roadshow provides our young and aspiring umpires an opportunity to tap into the experience and skills of the AFL’s elite level umpires,” said Williamson.

“These umpires have progressed through the AFL umpire pathway and their stories will provide inspiration for our up-and-coming young umpires who want to take their umpiring to the next level.”

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