It is with disappointment that the SFNL advises that Peter Marshall has stepped down as the League's Director of Umpiring.
Marshall signed as the SFNL Umpires' boss on ahead of the 2016 season and has done a tremendous job throughout his three years in charge, with umpire numbers growing from 221 to 342 (+55%) during his tenure.
"After meeting with the interim CEO of the SFNL, I feel the SFNL with the staff already in place, the League are better placed to tackle the issues from 2018 and prosper going forward," Marshall said.
"Having completed my agreed three-year term, I feel it's time to pass the baton over to the next person who will carry the group further again, as we have done over the past three seasons.
"I would like to thank Alan Manning and Rodd Johnson from the Umpires Association who have been brilliant to work with (and) to the Board and staff at the SFNL, thank you for entrusting me to work with the group.
"In closing, I feel proud of my achievements and hope I have left a positive mark on the group."
SFNL General Manager - Operations David Jennings was glowing in his praise of Marshall and his contribution to the League.
"The opportunity that Peter has provided to our umpires and volunteers to officiate in the League and enjoy a supportive, positive, united and fun environment is exemplary," Jennings said.
"The talent and culture established in the SFNL umpiring community is a testament to the application of Peter’s leadership. The numbers don’t lie – umpiring in the SFNL has been an outstanding success under his stewardship with a number of young talented umpires on track to reach the heights of the AFL.
"I would like to thank Peter for his tremendous contribution to the League over the past three years and wish him all the very best in his future”.