Nine state-league umpires will join Richmond and Williamstown VFL players in reaching the pinnacle of their 2019 season when they officiate in Sunday’s Hard Yakka / Totally Workwear VFL ‘Love the Game’ Grand Final.
Two of the three appointed field umpires will be officiating in their first VFL Grand Final – Michael Pell and Martin Rodger – as will boundary umpire Nicholas Phillips.
The three recently-announced state-league umpires of the year will also take the field in the VFL decider: Rodger (Field Umpire of the Year), Samuel Stagg (Boundary Umpire of the Year) and Callum Leonard (Goal Umpire of the Year).
Victorian State League and Talent Pathway Umpiring Head Coach Cameron Nash said he was delighted with the quality of the VFL Grand Final umpiring panel.
“All these umpires have performed to a consistent standard throughout the VFL home-and-away season and then taken that form into the ‘Love the Game’ Finals Series,” Nash said.
“There is a good blend of experience levels in the panel and I’m extremely confident they will all perform on the biggest stage.”
Nash also praised the umpires selected to officiate in Sunday’s Swisse Wellness VFL Women’s ‘Love the Game’ Grand Final between the Western Bulldogs and Collingwood.
“As we’re predominantly a development/pathway program, it’s exciting to be able to appoint umpires from our Senior Development/Development Squads to umpire the VFLW Grand Final,” Nash said.
“All these umpires have officiated in the VFLW and NAB League competitions during the season and finals, so they’re well prepared for the Grand Final this Sunday”.
See the full umpiring panels for the VFL and VFL Women’s grand finals below.
VFL GRAND FINAL UMPIRING PANEL
36 VFL games / first VFL Grand Final / from Essendon District FL
58 VFL games / second VFL Grand Final / from AFL South East
Martin Rodger (Field Umpire of the Year)
47 VFL games / first VFL Grand Final / from Northern FNL
Luke Porter (emergency)
21 VFL games / from Southern FNL
142 VFL games / second VFL Grand Final / from Southern FNL
104 VFL games / second VFL Grand Final / from Warrnambool
48 VFL games / first VFL Grand Final / from Northern FNL
Samuel Stagg (Boundary Umpire of the Year)
85 VFL games / second VFL Grand Final / from Bendigo
Callum Leonard (Goal Umpire of the Year)
127 VFL games / second VFL Grand Final / from Ballarat
150 VFL games / fourth VFL Grand Final / from Eastern FL
James Rizio (emergency)
26 VFL games / from Eastern FL
VFL WOMEN’S GRAND FINAL UMPIRING PANEL
Harry Birch (Essendon District FL)
Courtney Gibson (AFL Queensland)
Brayden Hunter (AFL South East)
Cameron Williams (emergency) (Essendon District FL)
Sam Beer (VAFA)
Kyle Fisher (Riddell District FNL)
Corey Malcolm (AFL Outer East)
Jake Marnie (VAFA)
Brendan Moloney (Western Region FL)
Thomas Gath (emergency) (Western Region FL)