AFL Townsville Umpires Association Committee

Your committee is here to ensure the smooth running of the association and to assist the members become the best umpires they can be.  All members are welcome to talk to any committee member at any time if they have any questions or feedback.  We are a family orientated association where all members and their supporters are welcome at training sessions, compulsory nights, on match days and at AFLTUA functions.

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Chris Payne

Association President

Chris has been umpiring with AFLTUA for a couple of years now after being posted in with the defence force.  He joined the committee last year and this year has agreed to take on the role as president.  He has been involved with AFL for many years mainly playing, and a bit of boundary umpiring in the EDFL.  More recently being involved with coaching and team staff with his sons football teams he and his sons now umpire.


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Malcolm Gray

Regional Umpires Managers (RUM)


Mal is our caoch and appointed by AFLQ and represents AFLQ on the AFLTUA executive.   


Mal is responsible for the training and development of umpires and for the game day appointments.  He is more than happy to talk with anyone about their umpiring. Mal Mal has been part of the AFLTUA umpiring group for several years. 


Now retired from the army, he has taken on the daunting task of training our umpires !


Association Vice President

No VP this year!


Katrina Orr

Association Treasurer


Previously undertaking the role of Sponsorship, Social & Marketing Coordinator, which she did exceedingly well at,  Katrina has this year taken on the role of treasurer. 


Katrina is one of our senior Goal Umpires which she has now done for several years. 



Pieta James

Association Secretary


Pieta joined the AFLTUA committee in 2012 and served as Association Secretary until 2016.  Taking a welcome year off from the secretary role but remaining on the committee,  came back as secretary in 2018.  Pieta does not umpire but is actively involved in other association activities.

Pieta is also a life member of the association.



Ben Milne

General Committee Member

Ben has been umpiring with us for a couple of years and has joined the committee this year.  Ben is also in the defence force and we welcome him joining the committee.


Cheryl Gray

General Committee Member

Cheryl is one of our Senior goal umpires and has been umpiring with us for a number of years.


Cheryl has served several years as a general committee member and recently took on the Vice Presidents role.  She makes wonderful desserts for our social meal nights!!  Cheryl also recently tried her hand at field umpiring after many years in goals!

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Jason McLinden

General Committee Member

Jason has joined the committee this year for the first time.  Jason has been umpiring with the group as a field umpire for the last few years.

Jason is one of our defence members and umpires outside of his defence commitments and is a welcome addition to our committee.