AFL Masters Townsville presented charity Beyond Blue with $2000 from money raised during last year's national titles.
Well done to all at the Townsville Sharks Masters.
MICHAEL THOMPSON | October 17th, 2012
TOWNSVILLE AFL umpires had their on-field efforts rewarded at the weekend with a glitzy awards night.
From serious awards to more light-hearted accolades, the officials were given due recognition for performing a vital but sometimes thankless job.
Tom Newsham won the 2012 umpire of the year award and Edwin Brown was acknowledged for reaching 300 games, while Matthew Wheelahan took out best junior umpire. Other winners included Joe Newsham for most improved and Cameron Moore for best field umpire.
Townsville AFL Umpires Association co-ordinator Peter James said the umpires thoroughly deserved their awards.
"On the whole, this year has been fairly positive and we've had many kids put their hands up," he said.
"We also have kids from seven families who are umpiring and that's great to see as well.
"As with any other sport we always need more umpires, but we work well with what we've got."
On a lighter note, umpire Brett Sprunt won the annual "stuff-up" award for leaving his dog at training and going home alone.
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