Umpires wanted for new AFL season

Originally published by the Illawarra Mercury.

The rise of teenage Wollongong umpire Shauna Flynn  to AFL level will hopefully inspire others to take up officiating in AFL South Coast this season.

Flynn, 16, debuted as a boundary umpire in the Giants 43-43 draw against Fremantle in their AFLW clash on Saturday just 12 months after beginning as a goal umpire in AFL Sth Coast Div 2.

AFL South Coast has 110 registered umpires with 70 per cent aged 14-21 and are always looking for new members who have an interest in AFL.

‘’Our officials cover three competitions – AFL South Coast seniors on Saturday plus Illawarra Juniors and Shoalhaven Juniors on a  Sunday and we always need new people,’’ said Bill Reid, head coach of AFL South Coast.

Anyone from basically Year 7 high school can take up officiating starting as a goal or boundary umpire. Training is 5.30pm at Fairy Meadow Surf Club each Wednesday or more details at

Written by Mike Driscoll.