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AFL Umpire Martin Rodger Umpires YJFL Game

As part of Community Umpiring Week (May 6-12, 2024) the YJFL was fortunate enough to have AFL Umpire Martin Rodger officiate an Under 13 YJFL game between Parkside & Park Orchards at Pitcher Park.

Martin is a respected Umpire amongst the AFL Umpiring Community, having begun his journey at the top level in Round 1 of 2023. No stranger to the region, Martin came through the ranks of the Northern Football Netball League as a youngster, eventually going onto the VFL/VFLW & eventually onto the AFL/AFLW.

Young up & coming YJFL umpire Luke Bittigieg officiated the game with Martin, an incredible opportunity & insight for any young umpire to learn from such an experienced and well credentialed mentor. It was also a great learning experience for the players involved, with Martin able to give clear explanations & education around decisions.

Wanting to join the YJFL umpiring team? The YJFL is seeking new umpires (U14 – Mature Age) to officiate matches in 2024. Please head to our Umpiring page of the website to register your interest or contact Cameron Nash (Programs Manager – Club & Umpiring) at

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