Season 2020 is upon us as the AFLW begins its fourth season under lights at Ikon Park on Friday night.
Not only does February signal the start for the best female footballers around the country, but also the elite contingent of umpires that take the field for the first time this decade.
Western Australia will again have strong representation amongst field, boundary and goal umpires in the AFLW, with seasoned campaigners Dean Margetts and Jeff Dalgleish leading from the front during the competition.
WAFL League Grand Final umpires Matt Adams and Jordan Wright will feature throughout the campaign, while Gabby Simmonds will continue her meteoric rise up the umpiring ranks taking to the field in AFLW.
Louis Jago and Jordan Fry complete the group of WA field umpires.
Luke Graves, Ethan Lamont, Jordan Russell, Lewis Williams and Nick Wrenn will line up as boundary umpires, seeing many elevated from WAFL into the national competition.
Tiana Fry and Chloe Wright will represent the goal umpiring fraternity, with Sam Hunter and Jason Yazdani joining them behind the goals.
WAFL & Talent Umpire Manager Margetts believes the clear talent pathway in Western Australia gives these umpires the perfect platform to perform at their best during the AFLW.
“These appointments are reward for effort amongst the Umpiring WA cohort and we congratulate the 14 umpires selected to officiate the AFL Women’s competition,” Margetts said.
“The Umpiring WA talent pathway transitions from officiating junior football right through to the WAFL and WAFLW, giving individuals a great opportunity to get the best out of themselves.”
“I am extremely proud of the WAFL umpiring team we have formed for season 2020, it is our largest group we have had on the books in the history of WA Umpiring, we have 170 umpires plus our coaching and support teams, it is a real privilege to lead such a wonderful group of committed people, who work hard to achieve the goals they aspire to meet.”
“Seeing three WA females represent out state at the highest level is also a very proud moment for our program.”
West Coast and Fremantle will begin their AFLW campaigns on Sunday February 9.