It is most important that all goal umpires correctly record the scores. The following procedures help minimise any scoring problems:
If the goal umpires' cards are not identical, the following will assist in deciding who has the correct scorecard:
Two Score Rule
Be prepared to register two scores. If a forward is infringed after an "all clear", the field umpire can award another kick and another score will be registered.
End of Quarter
At the end of the quarters the two goal umpires and a third Goal emergency (only in games where a third umpire is used) will come together and compare scores and agree to scoreboard if all is in order the goal umpire at the end facing the scoreboard will wave flags (same as goal) towards scoreboard indicating all is in order.
If the Goal umpires agree and the scoreboard is incorrect then both umpires will walk towards the scoreboard, get the attention of the scoreboard attendant and advise changes required to be made. When all is in order the goal umpires will then wave to indicate that the scoreboard is correct.
At end of the 1st and 3rd quarters the goal umpires should walk quickly to the centre. At the end of the 2nd and 4th quarter the goal umpires should run to the centre and then run off the field ensuring you arrive in the centre together and leave the field together.
If the scores cannot be agreed than the scoreboard will not be waved off or changed at end of quarter.
If the scoring irregularity occurs in first quarter at end of quarter and at half time do not wave scores, during the half time break confer with the match officials and rectify scorecards or get official to correct scoreboard.
If the irregularity occurs in the 3rd or 4th quarter then again do not wave off or change cards. At end of match in both circumstances the scorecards will be submitted to the league with match paperwork.
End of Game
Congratulate all umpire team members on the game. If there are any reports then you must not leave until reports are written and checked by all umpires ensuring all details including the teams, names, numbers are correct.
These tips have been provided by Nick Abbate (QAFL - Goal Umpires Coach). Local rules and regulations should take precedence over any specific advice provided.