Canberra's Rose O'Dea will become just the third female AFL umpire to officiate at the highest level, earning the call up for the GIANTS and Melbourne clash.
Roy Reichert was recently announced as new Hunter Coast Umpire Manager, as part of the recommendations form the Arnold Review into umpiring, released 12 months ago.
The changes, made in line with the National Umpire Development Plan and revamped NEAFL competition, mark the first major shift in the Talent Pathway since 2007.
The entire Sydney Swans squad was out and about across New South Wales over the past two days as part of their Australia Post Community Camp.
New Southern NSW AFL umpire development officer Troy Mavroudis will bring experience from the highest level to his new role in the Riverina.
Canberra-based Rose O'Dea has been offered a contract to join the AFL Goal Umpire Panel in 2014, one of only three new additons to the group.
NSW-based umpire Michael Saunders has made history with his appointment to the boundary for the 2013 Toyota AFL Grand Final this week.
Sydney-based AFL Goal Umpire Sergio Villagra officiated his final match last weekend with Boundary Umpire Michael Saunders paying tribute to him.