From Brazil to the big time: How two Brazilians mastered umpiring

By Hayley Hinze Two Brazilian goal umpires have topped off their first season by officiating the QFAW Division 2 North Grand Final, between Hinterland and Ipswich last weekend. University students Aline Leonel and Juliana Almeida Magelhaes began their AFL experience

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Cam Rayner’s new experience in the green

By Cam Rayner Cam Rayner writes for on his new experience from the other side of the whistle. As challenging as waking up early the morning after a game can be, it was well worth the early rise to umpire local footy games

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Sunshine Coast homecoming perfect for an Angus NEAFL Debut

By Ant Wingard The Sunshine Coast remains rather unfamiliar territory for the NEAFL. Unlike the Gold Coast or the surrounding Brisbane suburbs north and south of the brown snake, the Sunshine Coast doesn’t boast any teams that compete in the

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A new career high: Manthey to officiate NAB Under 18 National Championships

By Alice Barker Manthey’s milestone umpiring appointment Rising Queensland umpire Cameron Manthey will be among a bevy of Queenslanders set to officiate games at the NAB Under 18 National Championships beginning in June this year. At the ripe age of

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Gallery: Community Umpire Round

Images from Community Umpire Round which took place from Monday April 29 to Sunday May 7. Community Umpire Round celebrates the contribution of umpires to our game with the aim of encouraging people from all backgrounds to be involved in

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Community Umpire Round: Lauretta Dowling

By Ant Wingard Sometimes, it’s difficult to fully grasp the rigours and complexity that comes with umpiring a game of Australian Rules football. For umpires though, the other side of the fence – playing – is a somewhat familiar realm

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Community Umpire Round: BJ Workman hangs up the whistle

By Alice Barker One of AFL Queensland’s most dedicated community umpires, BJ Workman, is set to hang up the whistle this week following a decades-long career in the green. With Workman scheduled for surgery this week after recurring neck injuries

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Matt Bridges to umpire AFL Women’s decider

By Ant Wingard Queensland may not have a team competing in the AFL Women’s Grand Final for the first time this year, but Sunday’s blockbuster at Adelaide Oval will still have a dash of influence from the sunshine state. On

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“It’s pretty much indescribable”: Webb’s opportunity of a lifetime

By Ant Wingard   @AntWingard At a quarter past twelve last Thursday afternoon, February 28, Jake Webb received a phone call. By that same night, he was on a flight to Nauru. It was a trip Webb hadn’t even planned for

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Whetton’s stellar debut season paves the way for further umpiring success

By Justin Lillecrapp 2018 has been a whirlwind year for AFL field umpire Alex Whetton after being selected on the AFL list in February. Whetton was an umpiring prodigy from an early age, debuting in the NEAFL at 17. His

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Queensland umpires named for 2019 AFLW season

By Ant Wingard Some of Queensland’s top umpires have been named in the 2019 AFL Women’s officiating panel for the third instalment of the competition early next season. The Queensland panel was confirmed on Tuesday and includes experienced field pair

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Graduates announced from the 2018 State Umpiring Academy

By Ant Wingard    @AntWingard The AFL Queensland Umpiring Department have today announced the 2018 class of State Umpiring Academy graduates. The class of six represents a clear majority of the 2018 academy squad, who will now progress through the newly

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2018 QAFL Grand Final Umpire Panel Announced

By Ant Wingard Experienced NEAFL field umpire Cameron Valenti will lead the 2018 QAFL Senior Grand Final umpiring panel for Saturday’s decider between Palm Beach Currumbin and Broadbeach at Leyshon Park, Yeronga. Valenti has officiated 21 games at NEAFL level

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Ride for Love gearing up for this weekend

The Ride for Love is back for its second year in 2018 in the name of the Childhood Cancer Support. This is your opportunity to experience the thrill of a Harley-Davidson ride while supporting Childhood Cancer Support. In 2018, the

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An all-female panel will umpire a senior AFL Queensland final for the first time ever

By Ant Wingard   @AntWingard Women’s football in Queensland will make history this weekend following the announcement of umpiring panels for finals in the community football competitions. For the first time ever in the Sunshine State, an all-female panel will officiate

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“I was a bit gobsmacked”: Villalba to make QAFL Umpiring Debut

By Ant Wingard    @AntWingard AFL Queensland Academy Umpire, Ryan Villalba, will continue his rapid ascent up the umpiring ranks this weekend with the Mackay product making his senior QAFL debut. Villalba will officiate the Morningside v Broadbeach showdown at Jack

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Vale Tom McArthur

It is with great sadness that AFL Queensland and the AFLQ Umpires Association inform of the passing of Queensland Umpiring Legend and games record holder, Tom McArthur. A born and bred Queenslander, he played junior football at Taringa State School and joined Western

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Webb Embraces NEAFL Opportunity

By Ant Wingard   @AntWingard Brisbane junior umpire, Jake Webb, is set to make his NEAFL umpiring debut this weekend during the Round 10 showdown between Sydney and Redland. Webb, 18, received the call up on Monday from AFL Queensland State

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Queensland Umpires selected for NTFL Grand Final

By Ant Wingard @AntWingard The Northern Territory Football League (NTFL) Division 1 Grand Final will this year feature a splash of Queensland flare. Queensland umpiring duo, Ashlon Gardner and Tim Sommerville, have been announced as field umpires for the showdown

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State Umpiring Academy panel raring to go in 2018

By Justin Lillecrapp @lillecrapp17 The 2018 AFL Queensland State Field Umpiring Academy squad has been finalised. Umpires were chosen from across the state to begin the trial process in October 2017. The trialling umpires trained twice a week throughout the

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Courtney Gibson selected in National Female Umpire’s Academy

By Ant Wingard @AntWingard As former Queensland umpire Courtney Gibson set off on a preseason training run along Brisbane’s South Bank with her umpiring peers back in 2015, it’s unlikely a conversation amid training would prove a turning point in

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Queensland Umpiring Numbers on the Up

Umpiring numbers have increased this year, in a big positive step for AFL football in Queensland. In 2017, AFL Queensland counted 1235 umpires in their ranks, up from 1182 last year. Of the 163 new umpires, 79 were boundary umpires, 57

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Umpiring Registrations Open

Umpiring registrations for the 2018 season are now open, providing the opportunity for a new wave of umpires to join the sport. According to AFL Queensland Community Umpire Development Manager Nicholas Liparota, umpiring continues to have a strong appeal for

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New summer program for aspiring umpires

Whether you’re a previous AFL football player who isn’t quite ready to leave the game, or you’re just keen to get involved in AFL, the AFL Umpire Summer Development Program is for you. With the end of the 2017 season

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AFLW Nod for Young Ump

As a sixteen-year-old playing for the Aspley Hornets, Andrew Adair he made the switch to umpiring, a choice that now looks like a wise one considering his meteoric rise through the umpiring ranks. After doing his time in the QAFL

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150 Games for Fran Cudmore

Fran Cudmore grew up in a footy household, which often meant heading down to Glenferrie Road in Melbourne to watch her father’s beloved Hawks, or other times, listening on the radio when the former wasn’t available. Fran was even a

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Blowing the whistle on umpire abuse

As part of our Stop Umpire Abuse Campaign, AFL Queensland Community Umpire Development Manager and former AFL Umpire, Nicholas Liparota, shares his thoughts on the role we all play in changing negative views around umpiring. Preparing for the launch of

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Umpire Peter Taylor Cracks 900

Goal umpire Peter Taylor reached 900 games last weekend in a career that started in Geelong back in 1989. That is just under 400 games more than record holder for field umpiring, and AFL Hall of Fame umpire inductee Tom

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300 in Fluro for Morris

Having a moment to look back on and be proud of is something we all long for. That moment happened over the weekend for Andrew Morris, as he umpired his 300th game of community football. Morris’s love for football started at

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Umpire Terry Carter reaches 500

Brisbane goal umpire Terry Carter has seen quite a bit in his time officiating, from the pulsing coastline of Geelong in Victoria, to the red dust of Alice Springs and the North-Eastern humidity only Queensland can afford. Once, at a

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