AFL Riverina umpires chasing

NEXT GENERATION: Max Charleson (left) and Ernie Sanbrook are backed by Dave Waterman and Tim Beard at Riverina umpires training this week.

NEXT GENERATION: Max Charleson (left) and Ernie Sanbrook are backed by Dave Waterman and Tim Beard at Riverina umpires training this week.

AS the football season fast approaches, Riverina umpires are putting the call out for more whistleblowers.

Past players, keen spectators and young football followers – like Ernie Sanbrook and Max Charleson – are all encouraged.

“We are in need of umpires,” AFL Southern NSW umpires development officer, Troy Mavroudis, said.

“It’s not an emergency but we always need umpires.”

A former AFL goal umpire, Mavroudis says friendship, fitness and some spare cash are among the benefits.

“We’re seeing some of the younger generation come though on the boundary and as junior field umpires,” he said.

“We’ve got footy on both days of the weekend so you can really cash in if you’re keen.

“And retired players make great umpires, so we want to encourage people around the clubs who want to contribute to footy to grab a whistle and have a go.

Riverina umpires received a masterclass from AFL officials in February ahead of the pre-season game at Narrandera between GWS and West Coast. 

Local umpires are training on Wednesday nights at 6pm at Maher Oval.

For more information on getting involved in umpiring, go to getinthegame.com.au