Presentation Night 2017

Congratulations to all of our end of season award winners

AFL Umpire of the Year Michael Saunders
Golden Whistle Cameron Barr
Peter Hampshire Award Conor Nakkan
Michael Heinrichs Award Nicholas Ford
AFL Sydney Best Field Umpire Matt Geddes
AFL Sydney Best Boundary Umpire David Wood
AFL Sydney Best Goal Umpire Brendan Ford
AW St Clair Award Gavin Bertram
President’s Award Joshua Greave
Umpire’s Umpire Matt Geddes
The AFL Award Morgan Lee
Mark Rendell Shield Ben Curdie
Frank Kalayzich Award Amber Foster
Shane McSpeerin Award David Charlton
Ken Ray Award Stephen McGillivray
Jim McSweeney Spirit of Umpiring Craig Terrey
Trainers Award Dean Garroway




2017 Presentation Night - 01 - Mike Heinrichs Award (N Ford) 2017 Presentation Night - 02 - Mike Heinrichs Award (N Ford) 2017 Presentation Night - 03 - AW St Claire Award (G Bertram) 2017 Presentation Night - 04 - Field UOTY - M Geddes 2017 Presentation Night - 05 - Field UOTY - M Geddes 2017 Presentation Night - 06 - Boundary UOTY (D Wood) 2017 Presentation Night - 07 - Goal UOTY (B Ford) 2017 Presentation Night - 08 - Goal UOTY (B Ford) 2017 Presentation Night - 09 - Jim McSweeney Award (C Terrey) 2017 Presentation Night - 10 - Umpires Umpire (M Geddes) 2017 Presentation Night - 11 - Umpires Umpire (M Geddes) 2017 Presentation Night - 12 - Presidents Award (J Graeve) 2017 Presentation Night - 13 - Presidents Award (J Graeve) 2017 Presentation Night - 14 - Mark Redell (B Curdie) 2017 Presentation Night - 15 - Mark Redell (B Curdie) 2017 Presentation Night - 16 - AFL Award (M Lee) 2017 Presentation Night - 17 - AFL Award (M Lee) 2017 Presentation Night - 18 - AFL Award (M Lee) 2017 Presentation Night - 19 - Trainers (D Garroway) 2017 Presentation Night - 20 - Frank Kalayzich Award (A Foster) 2017 Presentation Night - 21 - Frank Kalayzich Award (A Foster) 2017 Presentation Night - 22 - Ken Ray Award (S McGilvray) 2017 Presentation Night - 23 - Ken Ray Award (S McGilvray)

Vale – Jeff Milne

The Sydney umpiring community lost one it’s much loved and respected members last week,  with the passing of former goal umpire Jeff Milne, at the age of 65.

Jeff joined the AFL Sydney Umpiring Group in 2006 and retired at the end of the 2009 season. During his period umpiring, he umpired four grand finals, and reached the 50 game milestone in Premier Division football. Jeff was not only known for his on-field capabilities – he was a terrific mentor to those goal umpires learning their craft, and took great pride in watching younger members achieve their goals – an attribute that he then took to the top level when he served as the AFL’s Goal Umpire Coach in NSW.

His contribution to football in Sydney was not limited to on-field – Jeff was an active member of the New South Wales Australian Football Umpires Assocation (NSWAFUA), stepping onto the committee to fill a casual vacancy in 2008, before becoming Vice President the year after. He then served as President for seasons 2010 and 2011, before handing over the reins to Emma Polette in 2012, and moving back to the Vice-President’s position in order to ensure a smooth transition.

During his presidency, Jeff guided the NSWAFUA and it’s members through one of the biggest changes to Sydney umpiring in over 100 years – the introduction of the North East Australian Football League (NEAFL).

Jeff had a true heart for community – every decision and action he took in his positions with the NSWAFUA was always in the interest of the running members He spent countless hours volunteering his time to develop the soul of Sydney umpiring – from coordinating social events, to cooking the Thursday after training meal, to negotiating the umpires pay and welfare conditions– Jeff’s passion for people was hard to match.

Jeff will be forever known for the enormous contribution he made to umpiring in Sydney, but most of all he will be always remembered for his kind-heartedness, positive, cheerful and thoughtful nature.

Vale Anthony William (Tony) St. Clair

One of our much-loved past umpires and Life Member of the NSWAFUA, Tony St. Clair recently passed away at the age of 66.

Tony umpired in the Sydney AFL competition from 1984 to 1989 and he influenced many umpires in a relatively short period of time. Life Membership was awarded to Tony by the NSWAFU Association in 1988. He took on the Vice President role in 1985, President role in 1986 and the Umpires’ Advisor Role in 1987 and 1988.

Tony umpired 78 games in Sydney that included 47 Premier Division games. He played a pivotal role in umpiring during the Swans transition into the Sydney market and the development of umpiring in a voluntary capacity until the AFL employed David Levens in 1989 as the NSW State Director of Umpiring.

In honour of Tony’s contributions, the NSWAFUA established the A. W. St Clair Award for the Best All Rounder in 1989.

Recently retired NSWAFUA Life Member Frank Kalayzich, who did his first senior grand final under Tony’s guidance, described him as “a bigger than life character who fostered and encouraged many junior umpires into the senior ranks.“

In the first Round of the 2016 AFL Sydney competition, in all grades, umpires will wear black armbands out of respect for A.W. St Clair.

2014 AGM Minutes

The Minutes for the 2014 NSWAFUA AGM can be found by clicking the link below:

NSWAFUA AGM 2014 minutes

Following the subsequent committee meeting held on 16 June, Rob Taylor and Liam Rowe were elected to the casual vacancies of President and Vice President respectively.


The NSWAFUA Committee for 2015 is therefore as follows:

President: Rob Taylor

Vic President: Liam Rowe

Secreatary: Angus McKenzie-Wills

Treasurer: Gordon MacArthur

Ordinary Members: Lachlan MacDonald, Glen Callaghan, Rob Cooksley


Congratulations to the new Association Committee!


Annual General Meeting 2014

Please be advised that the Annual General Meeting of the NSWAFUA will be held on Tuesday 26th May at 7:45pm at North Sydney Oval.

We would welcome any nominations for people seeking to become involved in the NSWAFUA Committee for 2015. As it stands we will be seeking expressions of interest for the roles of:

  • President
  • Vice President
  • Secretary
  • Treasurer

If you would like to form part of the NSWAFUA committee for 2015, could you please email the Secretary at by C.O.B on 1st May 2015.

Nominations are also open for Life Membership of the NSWAFUA. A candidate for Life Membership must have rendered outstanding service to the Association or any equivalent Umpiring State or National Association as an active member of not fewer than ten (10) years standing. If you would like to nominate an umpire for Life Membership, could you please outline in writing how your candidate meets the above criteria and email the Secretary by C.O.B on 1st May 2015.

The proposed Agenda of the AGM is available by clicking the link below:

NSWAFUA AGM 2015 Agenda

The 2014 Annual Report can be found here