Umpires celebrated for another strong season

AFL North Coast has celebrated the outstanding efforts of the local umpiring fraternity with an online presentation to acknowledge high achievers in all disciplines.

This is the first time that Umpires have been recognised in such a way and is due reward for their tireless efforts throughout the season.

Award winners were as follows:

  • Field Umpire of the Year – Dave Young
  • Boundary Umpire of the Year – Maraiyde Dougan
  • Goal Umpire of the Year – Violet Livingstone
  • Best First Year Umpire – Brendan Dixon
  • Most Improved Umpire – Andy Campfield
  • Most Dedicated Umpire – Hudson Barry

In addition to the above, the major award winners from the North Coast Umpires’ Association presentation night were also acknowledged. These were:

  • Senior Golden Whistle – Matt Crawley
  • Junior Golden Whistle – Hudson Barry and Andy Campfield

It is great to see so many young Umpires acknowledged, as well as those that were new to the role in 2021. Thanks go to all members of the umpiring fraternity for the commitment they show on a weekly basis to what can be a challenging, yet extremely rewarding role.

As our sport continues to grow on a yearly basis, new recruits to the umpiring ranks are not only welcome but are actively sought (must be a minimum age of 12 years). Umpiring is a tax free, paid role that provides individuals with the scope to earn several hundred dollars per weekend depending on the number of matches officiated.

If you love footy, you’ll love being an umpire. Not only do you get the best view of the action, you also get paid for the privilege. Keep fit, be part of a team, and learn leadership skills for both on and off the field.

Please go to Umpire AFL to indicate your interest in umpiring in 2022, or contact Paul Taylor ( for more information.