Senior umpire, Shaun Ryan (R) has retired. Fellow umpires Brett Rosebury (L) and Ray Chamberlain (C) will undoubtedly miss their colleague

AFL Farewells Grand Final Umpire

Thursday, October 13, 2011

AFL Grand Final umpire Shaun Ryan has announced his retirement after a stellar career at senior level that saw him umpire the last five AFL Grand Finals.

Ryan decided to retire after a 215-game career that encompassed 25 finals and the last five Grand Finals covering 2008, 2009, 2010, 2010 Replay and 2011, since making his senior AFL debut in 2003.

Ryan wrote to the senior umpire list to personally convey his decision, before also contacting the AFL umpiring department.

"I have achieved way more than I ever expected," Ryan said.

"I could not have wished to meet a better bunch of blokes and be part of such a wonderful group."

Ryan and wife Stacey are shortly expecting their third child while his working career as a barrister requires an increasing time commitment.

Ryan told the umpiring department he wished to retire at the peak after a Grand Final.

AFL Umpiring Director Jeff Gieschen said he wanted to pay tribute to Shaun Ryan for his career at senior level and his leadership within the umpiring group.

"Shaun has been a wonderful umpire at the AFL level and has achieved everything possible with five consecutive Grand Finals," Gieschen said.

"With a growing young family and an extremely busy professional life, he feels itís the right time to commit his time to his family and his working life after a decade at the top level in umpiring.

"His success as an umpire was built around his great feel for the game and the players and he was an outstanding communicator who had the respect of all clubs and players.

"Shaun will be a great loss to our umpiring group but we wish he and Stacey every success with their future lives and the excitement of another child to shortly join their young family," Gieschen said.

Cameron Moore, 19-10-11 08:23:
Good luck with your endeavours Shaun. You were a pleasure to watch mate.

Rohan Briggs, 20-10-11 18:42:
Shaun Ryan was one of my favourite umpires as he would always communicate well with the players and looked calm at all times. He is an inspiration to all the young umpires I take care of and hope they make it to Shaun's level one day.

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