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President’s Letter: Round 9 2021

June 22, 2021 · Ritchie Appleby · President’s Letter

Hi all Sharks!

Folks, please indulge me and read all of this message, as it covers lockdown and a number of key dates moving forward.

Welcome Sharks family, what a fantastic winters day we had Sunday.  A weak sunshine broke through for most of the late morning through till around 4.00pm.  I enjoyed watching a number of games whilst being lulled into a false sense of security regarding the weather.  The last term commenced around 4.20pm with clouds gathering and within 10 minutes the last of the light disappeared.  The poor players needed head lamps to try and locate the ball.

I observed some wonderful football matches over the weekend. They were close, tough encounters whilst played in good spirit. It’s amazing how the game of football can teach many of life’s lessons. Caring for your team mates, participating in a team environment, respecting our opposition through to following the rules. Society is no different, participation, looking out for others, obeying regulations and displaying respect.

What a fantastic year our teams are having. Whilst our club focuses on participation, fun and improving the children’s skills, all players know where their teams sit on the ladder. Nine rounds in (with Round 7 & 8 rescheduled) only 7 home and away matches left, the competitive juices are flowing. Out of a potential 14 teams (U11’s upwards) playing for points, we currently have two teams in the top two. There are currently 6 teams in the top 4 with 3 others knocking on the door. Our Colts team sit fourth and our Youth Girls teams sit third – Players, mums and Dads, enjoy the ride and I hope you get the chance to experience finals. Well done to all players to date. To the Under 14B and Under 11R teams, keep your heads up, I know it’s sometimes difficult, but lessons learnt from this year will help to improve us all next year.

Season Dates

Recently I have heard a few conflicting comments regarding when various rounds fall and what Sundays we have off. Please consult the “Events and Calendar” on our Sharks website to bring yourself up to date. The latest lockdown has seen round 7 and Round 8 rescheduled and relocated to the following dates:

  • June 27 Round 8 (rescheduled) to first week of School Holidays
  • July 4 NO GAMES – Middle week of School Holidays
  • Jul 11 – Aug 8 Rounds 10-14
  • August 15 Round 7 (rescheduled)

This will be followed by 3 weeks of finals culminating on Sunday 5th September. Our end of season Presentation Day will be extended by one week and will now be on Sunday 19th September.

Sponsor of the Round

Thank you to the Warrandyte branch of the Bendigo Bank for their fabulous support of the Sharks.  Every year they support our club with thousands of dollars of sponsorship and grants.  If you’re needing a loan or just want to compare rates, then please drop in or give them a call.  With the current Reserve Bank rates, it may be a great time to make contact.

Sponsors Recap

Over the first six rounds we have introduced a few of our Sponsors of the Round.  Please, these people have put their hard-earned dollars into helping our club run each week.  I implore all our Sharks families to try to acknowledge our sponsors when possibly needing a similar service.

Not for Profit, every $ back into the community! Club Ringwood is open for business. The Bistro, Lounge, Sports Bar and The Deck are all inviting you down from 9.00am daily. Go to www.clubringwood.com.au to drool over our scrumptious menus and offerings. Bookings Essential, call 9879 8733 or book online. See you there!

If you’re needing a new or used family car, people mover or ute then consider Darren Paul and his team at Ringwood Mazda.  Let them know your part of the Sharks family and ask for a great deal.

Warran Glen Nursery, their café and gifts are waiting for your visit this weekend.  Take time to check out their great giftware and clothing offerings, wander through all the exotic plants that would be ideal in rejuvenating your front yard and then enjoy a relaxing cuppa.  The Taylor family are looking forward to welcoming you and assisting in your needs.

Resi Venturers will be available to assist in your asset growth with some great townhouse offerings.  If you’re ready to add to your property portfolio, then with historically low interest rates and increasing rents, now is the time to act.  Please give me a call personally and I’d be happy to help.

Appleby Real Estate, with the pace of capital gains across Australian housing markets at record levels and National growth rate in the first quarter being the fastest since 1988, there is no better time to invest. Whether you are buying, selling or renting, Appleby is here to help! Specialising in Residential, Commercial/Industrial and Property Management, call today on 8727 9555 or email info@appleby.com.au for complete property services. You can also visit www.appleby.com.au to view current listings for sale and for lease.

Team Photos

Please note:  Due to the latest lockdown, the date has changed. We are endeavouring to lock in a new date, anticipated to be in late July. The photos will need a $5.00 contribution from each player towards defraying what it costs the club. This year the actual cost is nearly 4 times this amount. Your Team Managers will start collecting your contribution once dates are confirmed.

Committee

At the end of Season 2021, several positions will become vacant on Committee. These roles are a mixture of Executive, Non-Executive and Off-Committee roles and they include:

  • President
  • Director of Football
  • Events Manager
  • Sponsorship Coordinator
  • Marketing and Social Media Coordinator

Whilst these opportunities are open to all parents, I’d love to see the next age bracket, our parents of U11’s, U12’s and U13’s take the opportunity of being able to grow into the roles. We are NOW seeking your support, so if you’re in a position to assist, please contact me.

Summary

If at any stage, you have any queries then please don’t hesitate to contact myself. Please TEXT ME to organise a time to chat or meet up. 

Go Sharks!!

Ritchie Appleby
President, Sharks JFC
president@sharksjfc.org.au
0408 367 444