Northern Umpires Association AGM 2015

Please see the attached official notice of the 2015 Northern Umpires Association Annual General Meeting.

If there are any questions please do not hesitate to contact one of the current executive members.

Week 2 Senior Practice Appointments



Please see the Week 2 Practice Match Appointments Below. Could all umpires please ensure they review the matches they are appointed to and check all details such as location and start time 

NUA/VFA Golf Day

Don't forget to come to the NUA/VFA joint golf day to be held on Sunday the 26th of October at the Whittesea Golf Course. To come along to what is always a fun day contact Craig Herman on 0419 379 005.

Final numbers are needed before Friday the 17th of October be sure not to miss out.



Kevin Smith Retires as Umpires' Boss


Kevin Smith has informed the Northern Football League he will not continue as umpiring director in 2015.

After completing his 50th consecutive year in football, Smith has decided the time is right to draw an end to a sensational career that began in 1965 as an umpire in the Preston and District Junior Football League.

NFL chief executive Peter McDougall commended Smith on his tremendous service to football and the Northern Football League, who he joined at the conclusion of the 2007 season.

“On behalf of the entire NFL community, I thank Kevin for his outstanding contribution to the league over the past eight years,” McDougall said.

“The NFL was looking for an experienced person to restructure the umpiring department when Kevin joined.

“Under his stewardship, the NFL’s umpire numbers have now reached a record high, with more than 150 umpires in attendance at training each Wednesday night.”

Smith’s achievements include umpiring 303 VFL games between 1971 to 1985, including 23 finals and four grand finals in 1975, 1976, 1979 and 1983.

A fortnight ago he was announced the winner of the 2014 AFL Merit Award, recognising his extraordinary contribution to football.

Smith has also been awarded life membership with both the AFL and AFL Umpires Association, and received induction into the AFL Umpires Association Hall of Fame.

This week NFL umpire Jack Edwards was added to the AFL field umpire list for the 2015 season. Another of Smith’s protégé Lucinda Lopes became the first female field umpire to be selected onto the VFL’s umpires list this season.

The Northern Football League thanks Kevin Smith for his tremendous contribution to the league and wishes him well in retirement.

The league will soon begin the process of finding a replacement for the umpiring director position.

Senior Presentation Night: Friday 26th September

FRIDAY the 26th of September 2014

Arrival at 7pm with proceedings to commence at 7.30









All umpires, families, partners and life members are invited to attend


To assist with catering, please complete attendance sheet or email, and make payment by Wednesday, September 24th.



Social News

We have a busy time socially at the NUA over the next few months, as the season begins to wrap to a close. Make sure you take note of these important dates:

SATURDAY, JULY 19 - NUA Trivia Night @ Barling Reserve Rooms - $10 entry incl. prizes & pizza

SATURDAY, AUGUST 9 - NUA's Night at the Greyhounds - The Meadows Racecourse - Price TBC - please sign attendance sheet at training

WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 13 - Junior Grand Final Annoncements & Junior Presentation Night - Venue & Price TBC - please sign attendance sheet at training

FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 26 - Senior Presentation Night & Dinner Dance - Casa D'Abruzzo Club: 55 O'Hearns Rd, Epping

FRIDAY, OCTOBER 10 - SUNDAY, OCTOBER 12 - Annual End of Season Albury Trip - Bus leaves from Montmorency FC at 8 AM; Greenbrook Shopping Centre (Epping) 8:30 AM - $250 incl. Accommodation, Bus & Limited Drinks. Please see Russell Yin to get your name down.

Neville Coutts to celebrate 600 A Grade Games

Neville Coutts is soon to celebrate his 600th A Grade game.

A celebration has been organised by some of his peers and there are a limited number of spots available should you wish to attend. Please see the attachment for details, and get along to help Neville celebrate what can only be described as a monumental achievement.

Tribunal Advocacy

Tribunal Advocacy

In line with announcements made at training and in the footy record if you require an Advocate for a report that is going to Tribunal you must make contact with NUA President Ben McWiggan by Sunday Night.

He can be contacted by phone on 0407 809 890.

Also remember to note you must notify Kevin Smith of any reports in the first instance.

Support the NUA!! Entertainment Books are Back!


Introducing the 2014 | 2015 Entertainment Book 
and the new Entertainment
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As part of our 20th Anniversary celebrations we are excited to announce that this year you now have a choice!


Whichever Membership you choose, $13 of your $65 purchase helps community fundraising, and you receive over $20,000 worth of valuable offers valid through to 1 June 2015! 

Previously you purchased your Entertainment™ Membership from Northern Umpires AssociationBuy again from Northern Umpires Association to support their fund-raising efforts this year.


Take a look at some of the many valuable offers available with 
the NEW 2014 | 2015 Melbourne Entertainment™ Membership 
that will be released on 31 March 2014:

and many more...


Previously you purchased your Entertainment™ Membership from Northern Umpires AssociationBuy again from Northern Umpires Association to support their fund-raising efforts this year.



Lucinda Makes the VFL!

It is with great pleasure that the Northern Umpires Association extend our congratulations to our very own Lucinda Lopes, who has become the very first female to reach the Victorian Football League level as a field umpire!

The announcement was made at VFL training on Tuesday night, and I think it's fair to say that all of us would like to take just a little bit of credit for Lucy's development.

Lucinda has been umpiring with us for over 10 years, starting as strictly a junior field umpire at a very young age, and having progressed steadily through the ranks to become an 'A' Grade regular in the field throughout the past 3 seasons.

We have no doubt that this is only one step in Lucinda's incredible journey, and we would like to wish you all the best for season 2014 and into the future!

Annual General Meeting - Season 2012 Minutes

In Accordance with the Northern Umpires Association's Constitution, the minutes of the previous Annual General Meeting must be advertised 14 days prior to the forthcoming Annual General Meeting. As the NUA's AGM is scheduled for March 19, please find attached the minutes of the last AGM. 

Election of the NUA Executive

In Accordance with Section 18 of the Northern Umpires Association Constitution, at the Annual General Meeting all Executive positions are declared vacant.

Tentatively the AGM of the NUA will be on the 19th of March, which means nominations must be recieved by the Secretary, Ben McWiggan, by Wednesday the 12th of March 2014.

A Nomination Form is attached.

Positions Up for Election are

  • President
  • Vice-President
  • Secretary
  • Treasurer
  • Assisstant Secretary
  • Assisstant Treasurer 

Should you have any queries contact a current Executive member, through the or in person.

Get Your Training Singlets this Wednesday!!

As training starts this Wednesday, what better time to get your NUA singlet, there are a variety of sizes available that will be at training and they will only cost $15; so come down and find a friendly exec member at training!!

Training Singlets Now Available!

The NUA training singlets are now available for purchase for $15 via our Clothing page.

Singlets are white in colour with the NUA logo on the left breast (as pictured).

You can purchase today via PayPal below.




Exciting New Partnership

The Northern Umpires Association would like to announce an exciting new partnership with Watermarc! This gives our members the opportunity to join the gym at a heavily discounted rate. Membership gives you access to Health Club, Group Exercise Classes, Pool, Spa and Sauna Facilities. See the flyer for more details. 

If you have any queries don't hesitate to contact Ben McWiggan through e-mail to the NUA.

2013 Award Winners

A huge thank you to all who came out to Casa D'Abruzzo for the 2013 Northern Umpires Association's Senior Presentation Night on Friday, October 5th.

In a more streamlined setting, we saw presentations kept to a minimum and the time and space for socialising, and indeed dancing, was the result. Particular thanks also go out to The Simon Wright Band for keeping us entertained for the night!

Of course, every awards night has its winners, and the NUA awarded the following in 2013:

NUA UMPIRES' CHOICE AWARD - Andrew O'Neill (F) & Cam McPherson (F) [tied]

Unfortunately, the Executive could not find a recipient of the Denis Groom Best Clubman Award for 2013, so this shield was not awarded.

Congratulations to all our award winners. There will be photos posted shortly.

Follow us on Twitter & Facebook

Don't forget to keep abreast of all things NUA and NFL by following us on twitter:!/northernumps and facebook: 

NUA Code of Conduct

As part of it's off-season activities, the NUA Exec recently updated and endorsed the NUA Code of Conduct.

A copy of the Code can be located under our Forms & Resources Section.

Equally important to be aware of, particularly with Article 1 of the NUA Code of Conduct is the NFL Social Media Policy. This is the policy that all umpires are required to adhere to as NFL Employees and the policy is endorsed by the NUA Executive.

A copy of the NFL Social Media Policy can also be found under our Forms & Rescources Section.


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