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Geelong Umpires Most Outstanding Award
The Andy Barnett Memorial is awarded to the Most Outstanding Field Umpire and serves memory to Andy Barnett, a founding member of the GFUL and coach. He umpired from 1936-47 and his individual achievements included 60 finals and 13 Senior Grand Finals made him the doyen of field umpires. Andy was named field umpire of the silver era 1935-1960 and is fondly remembered and respected for his fairness, discipline, and knowledge of the laws of the game. Andy also played an integral part in the continuing formation of the laws of the game as we know them today.
The Jeff Walker award is presented to the Most Outstanding Boundary Umpire as it honours the outstanding umpiring achievements of Jeff Walker. Jeff was appointed to 6 GFL, 7 BFL and 2 GDFL Senior grand Finals and was a five time winner of the Most Outstanding Umpire awards. He was named in the Silver era team of 1961-1985
The Mark Osborne award for the Most Outstanding Goal Umpire is in recognition of the extraordinary achievements by this highly decorated goal umpire. Mark participated in 13 GFL and 2 BFL Senior grand finals. He has also been awarded six Most Outstanding Goal Umpire awards and was named in the Silver era team of 1986-2010.
AFL Vic Golden Whistle
AFL Victoria awards the Golden Whistle to an umpire from any discipline that has the potential to progress to the AFL.
Best Youth Umpire
Awarded to the best umpire aged 19 years of age and under.
Most Promising First Year Umpire
Awarded to an umpire who has excelled in their first year of umpiring in their respective discipline.
Best Development Panel Umpire
These awards are awarded to the best umpires aged 17 years of age and under in their respective disciplines. The Jack Ververs Field umpire award is named in recognition and acknowledgement of the dedicated service Jack Ververs has given to our least experienced umpires. He worked tirelessly in his role of Development Squad Coordinator, which involved both an on field coaching role and the all-encompassing administrative role with appointments.
Graeme & Mandy Turner Most Disciplined Youth Umpire
Awarded to umpires aged 19 years of age and under who have shown self-discipline in all areas of umpiring.
These awards are kindly made available by Graeme & Mandy Turner, generous supporters of this award for 18 years. Graeme is a former two time Andy Barnett Award winner for the Most Outstanding field umpire and Silver era field umpire in the 1961-1985 period.
Most Improved Umpires
Awarded to the umpires who have shown the greatest improvement in their respective disciplines.
Best at Training
Awarded to an umpire from each discipline by the Track Supervisor recognising effort and commitment during the season.
Coaching Panel Encouragement Award
Awarded to the umpire displaying the most commitment and effort in their discipline. The Boundary umpires award serves reference to Dennis Hargreaves, a loyal servant of the GFUL whose commitment and love for boundary umpiring is reflected by the achievement of being the games record holder for boundary umpires.
E J Wills Best Clubman
Eric Wills was a colossus in size, stature and kindness. He devoted in excess of forty years of his life to the GFUL serving in many capacities, including Boundary Umpires’ coach, Goal Umpires’ coach, League statistician, Social Secretary, Appointment’s coordinator and as an active goal umpire. He was a previous recipient of the Best Clubman award in 1967 and 69, bestowed Life Membership in 1970, a VCFL distinguished service honour and an Inaugural inductee to the GFUL Hall of Fame in 2005. He is also fondly remembered as the voice of the GFUL, his booming voice called upon to announce the finals’ appointments for many years. It is fitting that this award identifies his name.
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