Coaches & Programs




Field Umpire Coach –
Scott Van Noordennen


Assistant Field Umpire Coach and Observer - Bruce Onken 

Commencing this role or similar in 2008, Bruce has mentored and coached EFL umpires with passion and dedication. He will continue to assist field umpires to ensure the development of our umpiring panel.


Boundary Umpire Coach –

Goal Umpire Coach – Garry Baumgarten

Garry brings with him over 150 games of VFL/AFL goal umpiring experience. After leaving the AFL he took over the role of umpires’ advisor with the VAFA for five years, before returning to the AFL as a senior goal umpire observer in 1997 and 1998. In 2014, Garry will be in his seventh season in this role.

Fitness Coach – Mal Cree

Mal has over 25 years experience in athletics, combined now with 11 years coaching and six years of personal training. Mal has been working with our summer academy graduates for a few years and was assistant fitness coach in 2012 before assuming this role in 2013. His impressive background has been of great benefit for our umpires and we look forward to having him oversee the fitness program for 2014.

Junior Umpires Coach – Sean Clarke

Rookie Squad Mentor - TBA

Women’s Liaison Officer – Holly Anderson

With the increasing number of female umpires in the EFL, Holly’s assistance is vital to the welfare of our group. She also assists with school visits promoting umpiring. Holly retired from umpiring at the end of the 2012 season, but remains with us in this important role.

Umpire Welfare Officer – Arthur McCarthy

The EFL and EFLUA take the welfare of every umpire very seriously, hence the role Arthur has played in the past has been very pivotal. He has been of tremendous assistance for our umpires over many years. Arthur, now retired, had a long and distinguished career with Victoria Police.

Senior Field Observers

Boundary Observers

Goal Observers

Assistant Junior Coach

Junior Observers

Administration Support

Trevor Finch


Umpiring Programs


EFL Rookie Squad Program – Gives young, up and coming senior field umpires an opportunity to be mentored by an experienced former umpires. Many umpires who have participated in the program have graduated into Division 1 football and even promoted to the VFL Development Squad.

VFL Rookie Squad Every year the EFL nominates up to three field umpires we believe have the ability to make the next step to either VFL or AFL football. These umpires participate in training with the current VFL squad every second Tuesday during the season and are mentored by a former AFL Umpire on a monthly basis.
The program allows umpires to gain extra coaching and high performance training in preparation trialling with the VFL the following season.
Squad members are observed throughout the season by VFL Umpiring Recruiters and given written feedback on performance. 

EFL Summer Academy – For the past six years, the EFL has conducted a summer program for promising umpires. This program includes fitness and personal development and has included umpires from the South East Junior and Yarra Junior Football Leagues.

AFL Mates Program – Every year the EFL nominates up to three field umpires to be mentored by a current AFL field umpire. The young umpires also get an opportunity to attend AFL Umpire training and coaching session.

EFL On-Ground Mentor Program – Over the past couple years, we have developed an initiative to assist young and upcoming umpires. We have experienced umpires whose role is to umpire week-in week-out with these young umpires in an on-ground mentor role. We also rotate senior Division 1 and 2 umpires through the grades in similar roles. This program fast-tracks the development of these young umpires.

EFL Poll

Who wins this weeks Westfield Knox Play of the Week?

Play A - O'Driscoll and Colombo (Heathmont)
Play B - Nathan Gordon (Balwyn)
Play C - Tim Harper (Noble Park)
Play D - Alistair Gillespie (Ringwood)
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