Round 9, 23 June 2019

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President’s Letter: Edition 10

ROUND 10 Presidents Message

Hi All Sharks,

By golly, it was certainly a cold day last Sunday. What a “Welcome Back” to footy after a few weeks off. The temp on the dashboard never got above 8◦C. Hard to believe only 24hrs beforehand my family were in the Middle East where it was 45°C.

I know a number of families availed themselves of heading to warmer climates over the last few weeks. Beaver (Mark Leonard) our DOF and his family flew to England, Italy, France, Poland and who knows where else. It was great to see the Sharks tops in so many countries. My mob ventured to Africa and the Middle East. I’ve now got photos of Sharks with Elephants, Tigers, Leopards, Hippos, Monkeys etc…..

It was a fantastic trip of experiences, however without doubt the greatest lessons learnt by my boys was the observance of very lowly paid people who were genuinely happy in their environment. They showed great humility, whilst learning the value of money and its impact on daily situations.

In each country we adopted a ‘Family’ and shared our adventures and cultures together. The amazing reality was that the disciplines learnt and observed on the football field were very mirrored in our relationships and life experiences.

As a number of our members will have heard me say before “At School we get taught the lesson then we get tested; where as in real life we get tested first and from this we learn the lesson.”

Wherever you went and whatever activities you got up to, I’m glad to have all our families back together for the run home. Amazingly, we have still had new recruits joining us with three playing their first matches last Sunday.

Whilst away, I had the chance to reflect on our mighty club. From the experience and guidance of past committees, the number of players who have enjoyed their junior careers at the club to the fantastic parents/family groups who put time and effort in each week.

We Sharks have come a long way in 50yrs, as has our Society.

During this time we have walked in outer space and now have created computers that can interface. We have built cities on sand and turned sea into land. We have built super towers and have created solar grids to give power. We’ve come a long way to where we are today!

Our sense of community has never been greater on display through our sport, our club, our teachers/parents who we have mastered many lessons in life.

Yet we are not done.

Over the next few weeks some teams will be playing for a chance to compete in finals. Others will be building on their skills and friendship groups. This year, our 50th year, is now. Next year will be all it can be. But only if we realise we need to do more than we have before. Out Challenges we cannot ignore.

For some, it’s the next match, others the next two months but for everyone it should be every day going forward. If, as a club – united, focussing on our actions and how they impact others, we can rise to the occasion and come together as one community

All together we can make our own FUTURE

It can be great.

GO SHARKS.

COLTS & LIFE MEMBERS DINNER

Tuesday 23rd July @ 6.30pm @ Club Kilsyth.

Please note that the transition dinner this year is for BOTH Colts teams. The Club will pay for the player’s food and also Life Members in attendance. Numbers need to be confirmed by 21st July. Parents are encouraged to attend.

This is the transition of our Senior Colts annual dinner and attended by all our Colts Players.  We have a great guest speaker this year who will encourage and challenge the boys as they transition in life going forward.  Confirming the Sharks will pay for all Players and Life Members; with parents contributing $29 for a 2-3 course dinner.  Drinks at bar prices.

The event will take place at Club Kilsyth, Corner Canterbury Road & Colchester Roads Bayswater North.

Committee

At the end of Season 2019 a number of positions will become vacant on Committee. These roles are a mixture of Executive, Non-Executive and Off-Committee roles and they include: Social Media Co-ordinator, Director of Football, Events Manager, and Treasurer. Whilst these opportunities are open to all parents, I’d love to see the next age bracket, our parents of U11s and U12s 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

See you all for Round 11 next week, 21st July

If at any stage you have any queries then please don’t hesitate to contact myself.

Go Sharks!!

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

President’s Letter: Edition 8

There’s no better feeling…..

Than a once in a lifetime event that comes together. Saturday the 15th June will go down in the annuls of Sharks folklore. 

For anyone to ask “why?” then it’s an indication that they were not present on the night. I cannot commend the committee nor the Gala sub-committee with enough superlatives to thank them for their tremendous efforts. That is apart from a huge “THANK YOU” one and all.

It’s not often I’m lost for words, and those present would give testimony to my discourse during the evening. I’m told that I even upstaged our wonderful MC Billy Brownless for the most jokes and anecdotes told on the night.

Well, where to start.

The organising committee had set up a wonderful room of red and black and white including huge ’50 Year’ numbers. The tables were spaced around the dance floor all focussed towards the stage. Separately, the silent auction tables went from 5 to 10 by the time all items were displayed. What I found fantastic was there were no reserves on any items. The price paid for most of the items was below cost, talk about cheap tickets/ entry when you could walk away with some fantastic gifts.

Under two chairs at every table was a $50 Club Ringwood gift voucher with another gift voucher from various sponsors. We found winners whilst the night had only just began, talk about smiles galore and happy noise, I thought there must have been close to 10,000 people present on the noise alone. Imagine, when told we had an amazing 217 Sharks family in attendance.

There were tables of past players (including a premiership table representative from the 80’s), past presidents and movers and shakers, Life Members, Sponsors and the ever reliable representatives of current players parents from every year level. The band played fantastic dance music with a full dancefloor and two encores. My only negative was that (I must be getting older) when thy played it was hard to communicate with others on the tables. Mind you, at one stage, I was one of only two there as the others were all up dancing. What a wowser.

During the evening I came up with a new reality TV show. The Real Housewives of Park Orchards. The glitz and the glamour and the wonderful effort that everyone had gone to was excellent. The only thing missing were the arguments, there was too much laughter.

To see mums all covered up with beanies, scarfs and jackets at the footy verses the effort and outfits on the night was fantastic. Everyone had certainly gone to the enth degree and the atmosphere created was in recognition of their efforts. I felt a bit underdressed without a bow tie to go with my 50 year Sharks warm up top!!!

Our appreciation goes out to our major sponsors – Gala Evening, Elephant & Co. (A leadership, management and training organisation), Club Ringwood (Saturday Lunch in June/July – 3 Course for only $20) to Resi Ventures (Property land and town house developers – add to your portfolio now), to Warren Glen Nursery, Café and Giftware (Ideal place to browse, relax and enjoy a family outing), through to Bendigo Bank and Rebel. Without you and our other varied sponsors, we couldn’t put on the show each week for our kids. What a fabulous night had by all, before we knew it was time to pack up, head on home for a cuppa and monitor those wearing sunglasses on Sunday.

I hope everyone enjoyed their Queens Birthday long week. Congratulations to all, we’ve made it to the half way mark of the season. Wow, 8 rounds behind us, a game next weekend (Round 9, 23rd June) then two weeks off. Watch out though, the rest of the season moves really fast from Round 10 in July 14th.

Team Photos – THIS WEEK 21st and 23rd

Team photos are scheduled for Friday evening, the 21st of June. First up will be the Under 8’s, 9’s, 10’s and 11’s. On Sunday 23rd June will be all other teams. Your team managers will now have confirmed dates and times for participation during the next week, if still unsure please make contact.

COLTS & LIFE MEMBERS DINNER – Tuesday 23rd July

The evening will take place on Tuesday 23rd of July at 6.30pm at Club Kilsyth, Corner Canterbury Road & Colchester Roads Bayswater North.  This is the transition of our Senior Colts annual dinner and attended by all our Colts Players.  We have a great guest speaker this year who will encourage and challenge the boys as they transition in life going forward.  Confirming the Sharks will pay for all Players and Life Members; with parents contributing $29 for a 2-3 course dinner.  Drinks at bar prices.

SPONSOR OF THE ROUND – Elephant & Co.

Elephant and Co is a leading Business School – Advisory – Think Tank, for small to medium business owners and leaders. The team at Elephant & Co. works with small to medium business owners, leaders and key staff in implementing the tools to establish an environment that allows for continued thinking, leadership, innovation and growth. Please contact Jeremy or Dennis for a complimentary interview on how they can help your business grow and succeed. Email info@elephantco.com.au

Summary

We look forward to seeing everyone for Round 9 on the 22nd of June.

If at any stage you have any queries then please don’t hesitate to contact myself.

Go Sharks!!

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