Division 1 Grand Final boundary umpire, Luke Gonis, has been awarded the 2022 AFL Victoria Golden Whistle award for most outstanding umpire in Victoria.
As a member of the AFL Victoria Talent Academy, Gonis was awarded the Golden Whistle for his performances in state league (NAB League, VFLW) matches this year, his attendance and participation in academy personal development sessions and his willingness to assist in coaching fellow umpires.
Gonis’ outstanding season culminated in him umpiring the Melbourne Greyhounds Division 1 Grand Final.
NFNL Head of Umpiring Cameron Nash praised Gonis on his award, saying his performance throughout the year has been at a consistently high standard.
“Luke has had a fantastic season with the NFNL. He has a terrific attitude, and has a very bright future in umpiring,” he said.
“Whilst this award is a great personal achievement for Luke, it also shows that the NFNL has a fantastic umpiring program supported by great umpire coaches and umpires.
“The NFNL is committed to investing in umpiring to ensure we continue to develop high level umpires like Luke.”
Anybody interested in umpiring in the NFNL’s football competition is encouraged to visit the umpiring tile on the NFNL homepage for further information, including registration and training information for season 2023.