The work of our South Metro Junior Football League (SMJFL) umpires has been recognised at the annual Umpires Presentation Night at Kingston City Hall.
2017 was another successful year for the umpire department, with 364 active umpires in total, 64 female and 230 of those active taking up the whistle for the first time, a 56% increase on 2o16 numbers.
Led by Head Coach Cam Watts and his greater coaching team, 2017 has been nothing short of a raging success, with the collective umpiring group praised for their willingness to learn and improve.
Veteran AFL umpire and SMJFL ambassador Justin Schmitt was also in attendance as the guest speaker on the night, himself partaking in a number of training sessions over the season, lending his knowledge and support to our young brigade.
The 2017 Under 11-13 Grand Final umpires were also announced on the night, one of the more prestigious honours of the SMJFL Umpires.
If you’re interested in umpiring in 2018, email firstname.lastname@example.org for more info!
The full list of major award winners can be found below:
Len Manzie Training Awards – Ben Tilbrook, Chris Menara, Chester Ryan
Encouragement Awards – Daniel Pate, Max Delaney, Riley Johnstone
Eddie Griffin Award (Best 1st Year Umpire) – Jack Seymour
Boundary Umpire Award – Sam Ritchie
Robinson Walsh Award – Indiana Budimir
Pathways Award (SFNL) – Justin King
Most Promising Umpire Award (VAFA) – Jonathan Clark
Golden Whistle Award – Brett Poll