Wayne Campbell appointed AFL umpiring director

MELBOURNE - Former Richmond captain Wayne Campbell is the new AFL umpiring director, replacing Jeff Gieschen.

Campbell, recruited from Golden Square, played 291 games for the Tigers before retiring in 2005 and was a four-time club best and fairest winner.

He had held various off-field roles at the Western Bulldogs and Richmond.

Gieschen was the umpiring director for 14 years before resigning last month.

"What attracted me to the role was working in a high-performance environment where I think I can make an impact," Campbell said in a statement.

"The breadth of management skills required in the implementation of the national umpiring plan is an area that excited me and I want to continue the good work already done in increasing the respect for umpires and help boost the number of umpires at grass roots level."

Meanwhile retired AFL star Jude Bolton completed his first bluewater classic on board Perpetual LOYAL, finishing second behind line honours winner Wild Oats XI.

The race began in such benign conditions Bolton dispensed with the seasickness tablets. But that all changed on Saturday when the remodelled supermaxi clocked more than 35 knots on the run home.

"To be perfectly honest, the first part of it was fairly easy," Bolton said.

"It was really calm conditions, you get to sleep on the boat. It just turned (on Saturday) and it was full-on. It was very intense."


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