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Hanmer Herald is the be-all to end-all of newspapers. Providing first-hand coverage of current events both relevant and not, WRFL Hall of Fame Legend Graeme Hodgart takes us on his quarterly tour of all things white (and blue and red).

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Issue 4 - September 2017

11 Sep 2017

The fourth issue for 2017 has been published. Read More

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Issue 3 - June 2017

29 Jun 2017

The third issue for 2017 has been published. Read More

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Issue 2 - May 2017

The second issue for 2017 has been published. Read More

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Issue 1 - April 2017

We begin with some good news. Both Harry Spurling and Edmund Mitchell were head-hunted and are now elsewhere in the newspaper industry. Privacy laws prevent us from divulging that one is out west and the other one is Inverleigh. Two new inspiring writers were interviewed and were very keen until they met five of our running umpires. No doubt you will know who those five were because immediately the pair turned tail and disappeared. This left Stephen Berry and Dane Cowper, both of whom know... Read More

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Issue 4 - September 2014

What do you do when you go to the MCG as a spectator? First you get a surprise text message from your cousin who lives in Canberra and you haven’t seen for about 5 years. Then you find out that they are in Melbourne for the week to deliver a lecture. Next, via another text, you discover that they are, in fact, at the MCG as well! So you spend the entire 3rd quarter watching a little bit of the football while catching up with your cousin. Read More

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Issue 2 - June 2015

Welcome to the second issue for 2015. Thanks again must go to the two main editors, writers, managers, reporters and gophers in Harry Spurling and Edmund Mitchell. The first issue went over like a lead balloon and hardly cause a ripple within the umpiring ranks. This was possibly due to the fact that no-one read the garbage that they published. Both these fine men are putting forward this tripe for the second year running. Keep up the shonky work, guys! Please remember that the contents of this... Read More

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Issue 1 - April 2015

Welcome to the first issue for 2015. Thanks to the two main editors, writers, managers, reporters and gophers in Harry Spurling and Edmund Mitchell. Both these fine gentlemen decided to take up the responsibility of publishing this tripe for the second year running. Unfortunately all those people with more talent declined the offer. Please remember that the contents of this great publication are totally fictitious. All names, people, places, events and dog carts have been changed to protect... Read More

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Umpires fight back to record a win

The usual annual football game between the WRFL Umpires and the Hoppers Crossing Fireys was played at Avalon Airport Oval, Chirnside Park, Werribee on Sunday 14 September. The numbers were fantastic with about 21 players on each side. Read More

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Academies

In 2009 the WRFL, in conjunction with the AFL, launched the very first AFL Umpires Academy, run out of Mackillop Catholic College in Werribee, Victoria. After 4 years in operations, the number of umpires coming into the system at the school has tripled, with over 100 field,... Read More