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Des Gleeson joins AFL

10 / 02 / 2011 Article by: Editor
Des Gleeson - welcome addition to AFL Match Review panel
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Former Racing Victoria chief steward and Tasracing board member Des Gleeson is a surprise new addition on the AFL match review panel.

Gleeson, who spent 12 years as chief stipe for thoroughbred racing until his retirement in 2008, boasts football experience having umpired more than 300 games in the Western District and Wimmera regions.

The 64-year-old joins former Melbourne captain James McDonald as the new members of the panel to replace Paul Broderick and Peter Carey.

AFL general manager of football operations Adrian Anderson expects both Gleeson and McDonald to bring plenty of expertise to the panel.

“We think the 2011 match review panel is a very strong team that represents a great balance of football experience and disciplinary experience in sport,” Anderson said.

“With the appointment of Des Gleeson, the AFL is able to call on his vast experience in decision-making in sports disciplinary matters.”

“James McDonald has been a superb representative for our game across 14 seasons for the Demons.”

“Match review panel chairman Mark Fraser has more than 100 games experience as a senior player, as well as experience as a senior umpire.”