AFL umpire appointments 2020, preliminary finals: Razor Ray Chamberlain dropped, Grand Final
The AFL’s most recognised umpire is set to sit out the rest of the 2020 season, with ‘Razor’ Ray Chamberlain unlikely to be selected to officiate either preliminary final.
Foxfooty.com.au understands Chamberlain’s name isn’t expected to appear on this week’s appointments, despite umpiring a final in each of the past two weeks.
Chamberlain officiated in Port Adelaide’s qualifying final win over Geelong before also taking part in the Cats’ semi-final win over Collingwood.
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It comes just over 12 months after Chamberlain was picked to umpire in his second AFL Grand Final — and first since 2010 (he also umpired the replay that year) — when Richmond faced the Giants.
Whistleblowers selected for the Grand Final are usually picked from the pool of six that officiate across the two preliminary finals, meaning Chamberlain’s season now appears over.
Chamberlain on the weekend was urged by two-time premiership Kangaroo David King to surrender his bouncing duties in future finals after the 44-year-old struggled to gain height from his centre bounces in his two finals.
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“I’m not sure why we’re persisting with it. It’s not your strength Ray, you’re a great umpire but he just doesn’t get the height in his bounces,” King told Fox Footy’s First Crack.
“It doesn’t sound like a big issue, but when you’ve got a trio in there at ground level looking to put a move on and get their timing right to arrive as the tap is about to happen, (sometimes) no one even gets a tap at it and it basically becomes play on.
“It’s not a problem with the venue, it is just Ray so lets be mature enough to say ‘Ray, umpire the games, no problem, but you cannot take the bounces.’ Simple as that.”
Gun umpire Matt Stevic, who umpired the Cats-Magpies clash alongside Chamberlain and Craig Fleer on the weekend, is seen as a hot favourite to take part in his eighth Grand Final in nine seasons.
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Robert Findlay, Shaun Ryan and Jacob Mollison officiated the Tigers-Saints semi-final.
The emergency umpires for the games were Simon Meredith and Curtis Deboy.