Umpire’s Corner

Hi all and welcome to the 2017 season.

We are very pleased to introduce Davin Reid and Steve Keating as Head Umpires Coaches for the 2017 season.

Both Davin and Steve bring enormous experience to the roles in what is a first time venture as co-head coaches for the Geelong area.

Jarrod Waight joins the senior coaching panel as a skills coach after 12 years with the VFL, he will also be a running umpire.

Darren Santospirito will continuing to build a development field program assisted by Joshua James, he has introduced Thursday night training from 4.30pm at Kardinia Park; for those umpires who play footy and cannot make regular Monday/Wednesday nights, anyone wanting to become a field umpire contact us at

AFL Barwon have seconded AFL Umpire David Harris into a skills coaching role for our developing field umpires each Wednesday night from 4.30pm, this is an exciting opportunity for our younger field umpires to further their development.

Our Boundary coaches led by Kel Clissold and assisted by Chris Bell have developed an engaging program that will encompass all aspects of boundary umpiring from throwing the ball in to building the confidence of our much younger umpires.

Colin Hood has taken the reigns as Head Goal Umpire Coach, he is still currently an umpire’s goal observer for AFL matches, and this brings great opportunity to develop all our goal umpires to current standards and expectations. Rob Steel will assist Colin as a first time goal umpire coach after many years as a goal umpire in Geelong.

We have also secured AFL Goal Umpire observer/coach Rod Davies to assist in skill development of our goal umpires.

A number of people will take on an official role as match day umpire observers in 2017 including Tony Brooks (Field), Mark Bushfield (Field), Ray Menzies (Goals) we do hope to build on these roles further moving forward.

We have assembled a very experience team of coaches to further develop umpiring in Geelong and in due course we will see improved umpire performance on match days.

Best of luck to all  teams today and we in umpiring wish you all well for the season ahead.

Next week we will look at some of the laws of the game and the changes that will impact community football in 2017

If you are interested in umpiring please contact Jock Hillgrove (

Geelong Umpires are now recruiting for 2017.

We would like to proudly thank our

Official AFL Barwon Partners