Young umpire wins AFL Grand Final Experience

Published on Wednesday, September 19, 2018

First-year NFNL career umpire Patrick Polidano has been selected to participate in this year’s AFL Grand Final Experience.

Patrick will be part of the Grand Final Parade the Friday before the Grand Final and will be chauffeur driven through the city with the stars of the game and the 2018 Premiership Cup.

His adventure will continue on Saturday, where he will umpire in front of 100,000 in the Grand Final half time Auskick grid game, along with meeting the Grand Final umpires.

The MCG, the home of this magnificent event and will have Patrick right in the middle of it.

“It’s like finding Willy Wonka’s golden ticket,” Patrick said. “I can’t believe it.”

NFNL Director of Umpiring Martin Ellis was full of praise for the AFL Grand Final Experience program.

“It’s a great initiative by the AFL to introduce young umpires up close to the stars and a career pathway,” he said.

The NFNL is strongly aligned with AFL and VFL programs to secure umpiring and career opportunities for new and career umpires.

NFNL career umpire Andrew Talbot has been appointed to field the 2018 VFL Grand Final. Joel Clamp will field umpire the TAC Cup Grand Final, while Nick Scott to field umpire the VFL Women’s Grand Final.

Umpiring opportunities are available in the NFNL in all disciplines – field, boundary and goal – and new female and male umpires are welcome.

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