Vale - John (Barry) Stuart
The Yarra Ranges Umpires Association community wish to extend their sincere condolences to the Stuart Family on the passing of Life Member John (Barry) Stuart. More below...
Life Member YVMDFL, YVMDFLUA, YRUA
The Yarra Ranges Umpires Association community wish to extend their sincere condolences to the Stuart Family on the passing of Life Member John (Barry) Stuart.
Barry commenced umpiring with the YVMDFL during the 70’s and went on to become Director of Umpiring from the late 70’s through to the early 80’s whilst still continuing to umpire. Barry also spent time as an Umpire Observer/Adviser and as League Secretary (assisted in this role by his late wife Joan, who famously used to make sandwiches for the Tribunal).
A great Tigers supporter (who had a healthy passion against Collingwood), Barry was known to ‘tell it how it was’ earning the respect of everyone involved in football at all levels, he was a great umpire, leader and teacher for our umpiring community and will be very much missed.
Although many of our current umpires may not have had the opportunity of meeting or umpiring with Barry, past members of the Association remember him with great respect, describing him as a true gentleman of the game whose tireless contributions helped shape the successful foundations of our Umpiring Association.
To the Stuart family, on behalf of all past and present Yarra Ranges Umpires, we share in your sadness as you remember Barry and we extend our deepest sympathy during this difficult time.
Yarra Ranges Umpires
12th August 2020
With the 8th July 2020 announcement of a return to Level 3 restrictions and lockdown, the AFL Outer East commission has made the immensely difficult decision to cancel all football and netball competitions for the 2020 season.
We understand that we will have many disappointed footballers, netballers, coaches, and community following this news. The staff and Commission of AFL Outer East share this disappointment. As a community we are passionate about football, netball, our clubs, and competition, but we face an unprecedented situation, beyond any of our control.
We have a responsibility to our community, our clubs, and our participants to provide clarity in such uncertain times, to prioritise health and safety in our community and to minimise the significant burden and stress on our volunteer network.
Our position has been throughout this process that we would exhaust every avenue to return to football and netball this year, until a return was no longer possible. We feel we have done this, however with no guarantee of a return post lock down, continuing to hold off for a return would be irresponsible on our behalf and unfair on our community.
AFL Outer East would like to thank all its, clubs, volunteers, officials, umpires, players, sponsors, commercial partners and the broader AFL Outer East community for their support and co-operation during these challenging and unprecedented times. We are immensely proud of the way our clubs, community and staff have met this challenge head on. Though disappointed there will be no football or netball in 2020, we shift our focus to returning bigger and better in season 2021.
Please stay safe and we urge all associated with our respective communities to heed the advice and regulations in place by order of the State Government. We all have a role to play in ensuring that our community remains safe and healthy and that we can all return to football and netball in season 2021.
Tony Mitchell (Chair AFL Outer East)
Aaron Bailey (Region General Manager AFL Outer East)
The full statement from the Commission can be found here:
By Peter Dixon (YRUA President), 15th May 2020
We know it took a while and we appreciated your patience during the build, now we’re excited to announce the launch of our YRUA Training Portal! Especially designed for you, our registered Yarra Ranges umpires, this new Portal gives junior and senior umpires extra value adds; you’ll find training exercises, food and nutrition tips, heaps of footy trivia, quality quizzes, umpire flip card games, a coaches corner and much much more! All designed to keep you engaged, educated, active and healthy, and most of all motivated about umpiring. We will be releasing new content regularly so stay tuned to the Portal as it will become your ‘online umpires toolkit' for pre, post and throughout the footy season - and anytime in between!
You'll need to register to access the Portal so here's what you'll need to do next:
Good luck, have fun and we look forward to your feedback.
By Peter Dixon, YRUA President
In November 2019, the new Executive and Committee were elected at the Annual General meeting of the Yarra Ranges Umpires Association.
Our Club is focusing this year more than ever before to expand our numbers across all age groups and disciplines in the men's and women’s AFL outer east competitions. This is a main priority for our Committee and for newly appointed Umpiring Operations Manager for AFL Outer East, Scott Van Nordennen. More information about recruitment, training venues and the 2020 season will be released soon.
Our Club is fortunate to have a diverse group of people who love keeping fit and enjoy the challenge of umpiring a fast-paced game of football and I'm looking forward to the 2020 season and getting out there on the ground myself!.
Registrations for 2020 are now open and there are links on this site and an article about registrations from Scott Van Noordennen, AFLOE Umpiring Operations Manger, that all new and returning members should read.
Meet the members of the YRUA Committee below and check out all the other great content available on this new YRUA website.
Check out all our other News Articles and our Video News below.
The AFL Outer East has released its Strategic Plan for 2020 to 2022, a document which details the Commission’s Mission, Vision, Values and Key Pillars as it looks to continue building a strong, sustainable and successful competition across all facets of the AFL Outer East community. The Strategic Plan will guide the operational direction of the league over the next three years. It also provides information on the community benefits of sporting clubs.
Region General Manager Aaron Bailey says that this document shows that the league has the wellbeing of its clubs and communities at the forefront of its future planning and mentioned the time that had been placed into developing this strategic plan.
Mr Bailey went on to say that the AFL Outer East is clear on where they would like to go, and aim to be as transparent as possible with its members, who are the lifeblood of the competition.
AFL Outer East Commission Chair Tony Mitchell echoed Mr Bailey’s thoughts around transparency and communication with the competitions members and said that this document, along with the previously published Future Direction of Football document, provides that transparency.
View the AFL Outer East Strategic Plan via the external link below.
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