2014 has been a successful year for football umpiring in the Southern Football League. On Wednesday night almost 200 people celebrated the season at the SFL Umpiring Grand Finals Appointments and Awards night.

Director of Umpiring for the Southern Football League, Peter Mair, thanked all stakeholders across the league who assisted with delivery of the umpiring program, including the SFL Board and Administration, the Umpiring Department coaching and administration team, the SFL Umpires Association, all Umpires, the SFL Coaches Association, Presidents, Coaches, Captains and Players.

A number of Awards were presented during the evening.

AFL Victoria Umpire Development Manager, Neville Nash, presented the Golden Whistle Award to Sam Bridges. The Golden Whistle Award is an encouragement award for an Umpire in the formative stages of their umpiring career, who displays a clear desire to pursue an umpiring career in community and possibly the next level. Mr Nash also presented a Golden Whistle to Annie Mirabile. Annie is a listed umpire with the SFL, however, won the award as an Umpire in the Victorian Women’s Football League.

First year Umpires, experienced Umpires who assisted new Umpires, and Umpires who obtained Level 1 or Level 2 accreditation as part of the National Umpiring Accreditation Scheme, were all recognised.

Andrew Scott was awarded the Most Dedicated Umpire, for excellence in preparation and training.

Best First Year Umpire awards went to Ilya Fridman (Field), Daniel Ebbott (Boundary) and Adam Ross (Goal).

Leigh Dawkins (Field), Lachlan Harris (Boundary) and Tayla Manning (Goal) won awards for Most Improved Umpires.

Peter Martin won the prestigious Graeme Bertram Award which is a combined Umpiring Department / Umpires Association Award for ongoing excellence on the field and for making a major contribution to the Umpires Association off the field.

Best Clubman was awarded to Thomas Grundy.

Games milestones were recognised, together with two Umpires being awarded life membership of the SFL Umpires Association.

Carmel and Nigel Thompson (Canteen) and Kevin Mitchell (Uniform Shop) were recognised for their volunteer efforts, by receiving a community umpiring recognition award provided by the AFL.

The evening concluded with the announcement of the 2014 Grand Final Umpires across all grades.




The SFL Umpiring Department has announced the Umpires for this Sunday’s Division One Grand Final.

Annie Mirabile will become the second female Field Umpire to umpire a SFL Division One Grand Final. Kelly Williamson is the only other female to umpire a Division One Grand Final, back in 2011.

Annie will umpire her first Division One Grand Final this weekend, after umpiring the Division Three Grand Final last year. Annie is also a member of the AFL Victoria Female Umpiring Academy and combines her SFL duties by officiating in the Victorian Women’s Football League, where she recently won the prestigious Golden Whistle Award.

Joining Annie in the middle on Sunday are Sam Bridges and Andrew Scott. Both Sam and Andrew are lining up for their second Division One Grand Final after umpiring the 2013 decider. Sam won the SFL Umpiring Golden Whistle this year, while Andrew was awarded the most dedicated umpire for 2014 and has been nominated to trial with VFL Umpiring for season 2015.

The Boundary Umpires are Ben Priggen, Fraser Somerville and Tim Fierenzi. Ben lines up for his third Division One Grand Final in a row, while Fraser and Tim are officiating in their first.

In the Goal’s, experienced Umpire Dan Bomford has been selected to umpire in his sixth Division One Grand Final, while Nick Bridges will umpire his first.

As brothers, Sam and Nick Bridges are the first known Field/Goal brother combination to officiate in a Division One Grand Final, joining the father-son team of James (Field) and Dan (Goal) Bomford, who umpired the 2010 Grand Final and Smith brothers David (Field) and Paul (Boundary), who umpired the 1983 decider.

All Umpires in the Division One Grand Final are accredited to Level 2, as part of the National Umpires Accreditation Scheme, which is the highest standard in community football.

Congratulations to all Grand Final Umpires in all Divisions, across all grades.

Division 1 Senior


Division 2 Senior


Under 19's


Division 1 Reserve


Division 2 Reserve 



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