Eleni Makes History

Tuesday, September 03, 2013

Eleni Glouftsis, 21, recently became the first Female Field Umpire to officiate in a SANFL League match. The former boundary umpire took control of the North Adelaide and Glenelg match at Prospect Oval, along with former AFL Umpire Michael Avon and current AFL Rookie Leigh Haussen.

“From a national umpiring perspective, the appointment of Eleni to a SANFL senior match is an amazing achievement,” AFL National Umpiring Manager Jeff Gieschen said. 

“We have a strong and clear vision to try and recruit as many females to umpiring as possible. Eleni’s appointment demonstrates that females can make it to the top level in field umpiring. Field umpiring is obviously the most complex discipline of umpiring, therefore for Eleni to reach SANFL senior level this is a testament to her commitment, skill, knowledge, fitness and courage to persevere and have a go. 

“I would like to acknowledge the great work done by Shane Harris and his umpire coaches in the SANFL who have guided Eleni to this historic appointment. I wish Eleni all the very best of luck in her career and congratulate her sincerely on this wonderful achievement. Hopefully one day we may see Eleni and Chelsea Roffey (female goal umpire) umpiring in an AFL game together.”

Eleni performed at a very high level during her debut match and showed that she clearly deserved her opportunity at State League level. We will all be watching keenly to see where Eleni can take her umpiring.

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