Local Canberra Umpire, Michael Barlow Debuts for AFL

Round 10 of the 2018 Toyota AFL Premiership Season will see an exciting AFL debut for ex AFL Canberra & ACT NEAFL Boundary Umpire Michael Barlow. Barlow made the move to Sydney earlier this year after being listed on the 2018 National Boundary Umpire List.

With an impressive resume, inclusive of officiating last’s years NEAFL Grand Final and being awarded the NEAFL Boundary Umpire of the Year in 2017 – he will now take his umpiring to another level at Spotless Stadium this Saturday.

“I was obviously very excited to get the call up. It’s been a goal of mine for a little while now so I’m looking forward to ticking the box on Saturday” Barlow says

The AFL Canberra and ACT based NEAFL Umpiring groups have continued to produce and display a very high standard across the three disciplines. Damien Anderson, State Umpiring Manager NSW/ACT believes Barlow’s progression through the ranks highlights this.

“Michael has been a high performing boundary umpire in the NEAFL competition over the past few seasons, culminating in the 2017 NEAFL Grand Final” he says

“He has shown the determination and desire to improve and progress to the highest level possible. It is a great reward for his continued efforts and also shows the high-performance umpiring program at our state league level across NSW/ACT allows a clear career pathway to the AFL”.

“We wish Michael all the best for this year and look forward to seeing him out there at the SCG and Spotless Stadium”.


To find out more about umpiring in AFL Canberra, please contact:

Jake Bateman

Umpiring Development Coordinator – ACT/South Coast/Central West

Ph: (02) 6214 2301

 E: jake.bateman@afl.com.au