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The Eastern Football League is excited to announce the appointment of Neville Nash to the new role of Female Umpire’s Development Coach.

The EFL has seen a huge growth in both women’s & girls football competition & equally a rise in females taking up umpiring.

Nash will provide the coaching & development of our growing list of female umpires which will involve coaching sessions & observations on matchday to assist the umpires in their development. 

Umpiring 217 VFL/AFL games, including the 1983 Grand Final, Nash comes with a wealth of knowledge from a career in football spanning 50 years.

EFL Head of Umpiring Scott Van Noordennen is thrilled at the prospect of having someone of the calibre of Nash part of the coaching team,

“Nev’s experience in coaching & developing people in our sport is well regarded in the industry,

“To have him involved in our female development program will compliment our already very experienced and dedicated umpiring coaching team.”

Nash joins a cast of experienced coaches who will oversee the leagues umpires in 2019.

As well as welcoming Neville Nash the league has also secured Division 1 Grand Final field umpire Nathan McDonald and Boundary umpire Pieter Van Pinxteren to strengthen an already experienced line-up.

Seniors  – Men & Women Competitions

Field Umpiring

Senior Field Coach – Bruce Onken
Emerging Umpires Coach – Nathan McDonald
Female Umpires development Coach – Neville Nash

Boundary Umpiring

Senior Boundary Coach – Stephen Smith
Assistant Boundary Coach /Observer – Trevor Finch
Assistant Boundary Coach / Observer – Pieter Van Pinxteren

Goal Umpiring

Senior Goal Umpires Coach – Warren Sidebottom

Juniors – Boys & Girls

Junior Field Umpires Coach -Sean Clarke
Junior Field Umpires 1st & 2nd year Coach – Graeme Meredith
Junior Field Umpires Appointment Officer – Graeme Bushby


Head Fitness Coach – Mal Cree
Assistant Fitness Coach – Stephen Smith



Anyone interested in becoming an umpire in 2019 (former players, beginners, athletes) contact EFL Head of Umpiring, Scott Van Noordennen at EFL House on 9762 5766 or email svannoordennen@efl.org.au, or register HERE.  

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