AFL Northern Territory (AFLNT) would like to congratulate all the umpires appointed for a game on Men’s Grand Final Day this Sunday 18 March at TIO Stadium.
After many training sessions, fitness tests and umpiring weekly games during the season, the NTFL Umpires Association had some tough decisions to make. Reducing their 256 registered umpires, normally covering the 51 weekly games, to a list that only need cover the eight grand finals being played this weekend.
2017/18 NTFL ABC Umpire of the Year, Tomas McIntee, as been appointed the Men’s Premier League Grand Final in his first NTFL season. Hailing from Tasmania McIntee is an interstate umpire who came up as part of the NTFL Interstate Field Umpires Program.
With over 1,000 Men’s Premier League games between them the umpiring panel for this season’s Grand Final have plenty of experience behind them:
Tomas McIntee (2) - 22 PL Games 1st GF
Jamieson Galbraith (3) - 61 PL Games 2nd GF
Simon Walker (25) - 204 PL Games 9th GF
Michael Simpson – 519 PL Games 26th GF
Lachlan Pietzsch – 15 PL Games 1st GF
John Rawsthorne – 81 PL Games 2nd GF
Samuel Wright – 24 PL Games 1st GF
Melissa Thiele – 104 PL Games 3rd GF
Tony Miles – 45 PL Games 1st GF
Emergency Field – Lachlan McDonald (10) 21 PL Games
Third Scorer – Joanne Wood 140 PL Games
AFLNT Manager of Community Football and Facilities, Russell Jeffery, said that after a lengthy selection process this is the perfect opportunity for the umpires to display why they were appointed a grand final.
“Players are judged on their performance in big games and so are our umpires.
“This is a fantastic opportunity for our local umpires to perform on our biggest day,” Jeffery said.
The following umpires have been appointed for 2017/18 Men’s Grand Final Day.
Men’s Premier League
Field: Jamieson Galbraith, Tomas McIntee, Simon Walker
Boundary: Lachlan Pietzsch, John Rawsthorne, Michael Simpson, Samuel Wright
Goal: Tony Miles, Melissa Thiele
Emergency Field: Lachlan McDonald
Third Scorer: Joanne Wood
Men’s Division 1
Field: Ashlon Gardner, Stephen Panjer, Tim Somerville
Boundary: Kathryn Flynn, Merlene Hutt, Louis Reid, Leonie Richards
Goal: John Trott, Joanne Wood
Emergency Field: Ethan Spiritosanto
Men’s Division 2
Field: Ben Heaslip, Andrew Pietzsch, Isaac Reid
Boundary: Darien Blair, Jessie Brock, Garey Neenan, Jenny Roe
Goal: Erin Ranie, Jim Thiele
Emergency Field: Greg Ostler
Under 18 Boys
Field: Craig Garland, Lachlan Kendrick, Brodie Morcom
Boundary: Michael Butler, Sally Ellis, Ryan Gosper, Anthony Newlove
Goal: Georga Sallows, Jack Whitehead
Emergency Field: Ashley Manicaros
Under 16 Hickman
Field: Peter Clark, Sam Cunningham, Ben Ogden
Boundary: Abigail Hensler, Cooper Rainie, Matthew Rawsthorne, Luke Twartz
Goal: Peter Buckland, William Wood
Under 16 Leverence
Field: James Ashby, Andre Price-Quintner, Sheryle Schmode
Boundary: Matthew Chapman, Steven Kalikajaros, Zach Pietzsch, Donny Shao
Goal: Peter Buckland, Kyriakos Lambrinidis
Under 14 Gundersen
Field: Michael Cormack, Ben Griffiths
Boundary: Mahlea Anderson, Cameron Brodie, Zoe McDowell, Dakota Petti-Holmes
Goal: Fraser Beard, Kim Parnell
Under 14 Lewfatt
Field: Alastair Laird, Chris Lyndon
Boundary: Andrew Jones, Charlie Pettersen, Ryan Van de Venter
Goal: Angel Holliday, Isabelle Rawsthorne