Welcome Sharks Families to season 2022!
We are excited to have our players and families back on the park, kicking the footy and enjoying being part of this wonderful community. After a disruptive couple of years, we have no doubt the players are itching to get back into footy.
Super important players start completing their registration. This is our best indication of club numbers and drives many of our decisions around events, merchandise and teams. Use the below link to register
Thank you to those players who have completed their registration
There is NO requirement for different away shorts. Only BLACK shorts for season 2022
NOTE!! There has been a delay in the production of our shorts. We are out of stock of a few key sizes. They will be delivered prior to season start.
- U8-U10 Welcome Session. Sunday Feb 27th 9-10am. Domeney Res. Merchandise will be open for all club members to pop down and purchase
- Mouthguard Fittings. Gary Linkin from Gary Linkin Denture Clinic will be at Domeney Clubrooms Wed Feb 23rd. 5.30-7.30pm. Players can be properly fitted for mouthguards, choose their colour and claim on their health insurance. Merchandise will be open for all club members. (a second night is currently being planned). NOTE there is no booking. Simply come and line-up.
- Practice Games. Sunday March 20th and 27th. Games will be played at Stintons, Domeney and other clubs venues. Merchandise will be open at Domeney for all club members.
- Merchandise will be set up for purchase at Domeney:
- U8-U10 Welcome Session (27th Feb),
- Mouthguard Fitting Nights (23rd Feb),
- Practice games (March 20th and 27th),
- Alternatively, merchandise can be purchased online from the online store
Season Launch CHANGE OUR GAME
Sunday March 27th Domeney will come alive with practice games throughout the day showcasing our girls teams culminating in a senior women’s practice game.
CHANGE OUR GAME is an initiative to ignite an undeniable desire amongst women and men who want to see their sport and recreation activities prosper into the future.
The day will also include a club wide social event to open Season 2022. Details to follow!!
The Lions Club of Park Orchards are a huge supporter of the Junior Club. As a community we lean on each other in various activities that has the people of Park Orchards and surrounds at the forefront.
Please see the attached flyer regarding the Lions Street Party celebrating the opening of the Community Recovery Wall.
Come down and join in the fun and festivities from 11.30am
The Park Orchards community and friends are reminded that a Street Party is scheduled for this coming Sunday (13th February). The Street Party is being held to celebrate the Opening of the Recovery Wall. Activities commence at 11:30am and will include a free BBQ from the Lions Snagbuster, a special Street Party menu from Binga & Mooch, live music, wines from Boat O’Craigo and more.
Please note that this event will comply with Covid Safe requirements. All people over 18 need to scan the QR code on entry to the Street Party area.
(A gold coin donation will be appreciated at the snagbuster to cover costs of the Snagbuster supplies, and because no-one carries cash these days, please grab a coin from your coin jar).
2022 Junior Footy is going to be BIGGER and BETTER!!
REGISTRATIONS ARE OPEN!!
With Pre Season Trainings starting back now is the time to head back to the Shark Tank and focus on making 2022 BIGGER and BETTER!! By registering you are also assisting our hard working committee so we start to get an idea around club numbers and can plan programs, events and teams.
Below is some information which we released before Xmas…
- Sharks JFC is passing on the refunds received from the league to all members reducing CLUB FEES by $30. As a result of this discount, there will be no further family discount for the season
- New PLAYHQ system makes it easier to register. With this transition to PlayHQ all players will need to enter or confirm their details including medical information prior to finalising registration
- COLTS – For season 2022 ALL boys turning 18 (in 2022) will be allowed to play one more season of junior footy, however in 2023 Colts age eligibility moves to 17.5yrs (i.e. if you turn 18 pre July 1st you will be ineligible to play)
- TRANSFERS – Know anyone wanting to join the Sharks from another club? Please ask them to email our registrars, Katie and Dustin. Please note that players won’t be able to initiate a transfer through PlayHQ until 1st Feb.
- MERCHANDISE – You can now purchase hoodies, shorts and socks during the registration process. (PLEASE NOTE: some sizes are out of stock)
Register Online Now!
SHARKS JFC committee is looking forward to welcoming all our members back in 2022. We intend on making up for lost time and to put the last 2 years behind us all and focus on the future of our club and our community.
To all Sharks families
It is great to see that pre-season training has commenced for some teams, and we look forward to more teams getting on the ground early next year.
We hope that this is the beginning of a great season ahead.
In the meantime, I would like to remind you that as we are still living in a ‘COVID world’ we need everyone to be mindful of what our role as coaches, parents and players are.
Consistent with the club’s code of conduct, complying with the Public Health Directions is the responsibility of all parents, carers and players.
In line with Victorian Government requirements, if venues are used for community sport, patrons participating or facilitating community sport (e.g. players, coaches, volunteers) do not need to be vaccinated to access the facility.
We ask that all parents check in to training via the Service Victoria app, or ask your coach to make a note that your child was in attendance.
Should you or your child test positive with COVID-19 or identified as a close contact, please notify us and follow the guidelines outlined on the Victorian Department of Health website.
We understand that some players may not feel comfortable returning to training at this time and this is fine. We encourage you to contact your coach to let them know.
If you have any further questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact me.
Thanks a million,
President, Sharks JFC
T: 0415 169 015
Life Membership – Tim Livingston
It is with great pleasure and honour that I announce the recipient of Life Membership, which goes to living legend Tim (Livo) Livingstone.
It is without a doubt there is no greater deserving club member than Livo, servant of the club and undeniably one of the most giving humans we have the privilege of being part of the Sharks family.
A few things about Tim…
Tim has always conducted himself in a calming manner, displaying equal and fair leadership and thus rewarded with absolute respect. His desire to impart knowledge and self-growth for each individual no matter their level of skill is a special quality that is well received by every player.
A quiet confidence, never pushing his own barrow, yet whenever Tim is asked to assist or give of his time, he always delivers over and above. He is a man of substance and moral conviction and interacts with great enthusiasm, a warm demeanour, great sense of humour and a genuine laugh!
Timeline at the Club
- 2004-2006 Auskick
- 2007-2008 Tackers Coach
- 2009 Assistant Coach U10
- 2010 Coach U11 – Premiers
- 2011-2012 Coach
- 2015-2016 Coach – Colts Division 1 – Premiers
- 2018-2021 Youth Girls Coach Generating 3 AFLW Players
Tim has also assisted in planning for the Senior Club, and assisting other girls team Coaches, and from 2008-2016 he implemented and ran the Sharks Development Program.
In 2010 Livo was awarded the ‘Eastern Region Coach of the Year’ and in 2016 the ‘YJFL Coach of the Year’ Award.
His involvement with the club never stops on the field, setting up and packing up various BBQ’s and social functions, assisting with multiple presentations and coaching groups supporting player development.
Tim is a true gentleman with great balance through love for and of family.
It is with great pleasure and pride, on behalf of the PONRPJFC and the Membership, that in recognition of service, I congratulate Tim Livingston with Life Membership.
Well done and thank you Livo.
Lions Club 2021 – Ben Duffy
Ben commenced his time at the Sharks as a budding Auskicker in 2009
- Drive – Determination on the field, always encouraging others
- Personality – A bit cheeky, but very respectful (a trait we all love)
- Positivity – uplifting team member with a positive vibe
- Helpful – Assisting coaches, helping with set up and pack up
- Thoughtful – Helping younger players
It is Ben’s spirited commitment to the club, his character and passion that is being acknowledged when presenting him with this award. Congratulations and well done Ben!
Club Person 2021 – Dean Prest
This year’s recipient has been ascending to a recognised brilliance over the last 5 years. Dean took on the role of Coaches Coordinator in 2018 and at first wondered what he had got himself into! Having previously overseen Auskick and been involved in the day to day activities, he immensely enjoyed the fellowship of all and the young Chargers and parents hung onto every word.
It was certainly a stormy course for that first year on the committee. Securing Coaches took skill, however, the weekly focus and ability to negotiate “Alpha’s” was a journey in itself. Presty is a no-nonsense down to earth mate that everyone wants on their team. He doesn’t like to offend or upset people, yet his determination in guiding and sharing ‘the hard tell’ truths is handled with aplomb. You can tell by the look in his eyes when he sets that steely look and sets his jaw. This year though, I think Dean has absolutely mastered his position and has expressed an air of relaxed professionalism. His ability to just get things done, question what doesn’t quite feel right and display a genuine openness is the epitome of a quintessential Aussie. Really, he is a bonza bloke and a fair dinkum cobber!
During the past two COVID effected seasons, Dean has not only gone about his endeavours in a seamless manner, but made sure he’s available to assist everyone. His family and the committee know the amount of effort and hours put in and it’s all done in a level-headed manner.
Presty enjoys the comradeship and light hearted banter of the committee. However, his eyes shine when speaking of the love he has for his family.
On behalf of the PONRPJFC, it is with great pleasure that we acknowledge the Club Person for 2021 as Dean Prest.
Welcome and thank you to all our members, parents and support groups for your assistance and participation for season 2021.
Unlike the completion of 2019 whereby I mentioned that the season had gone “extremely smoothly” we encountered a few obstacles this year. I must make comment though that it was more like a lovely bright rainbow. Rainbows brighten the horizon yet are created by dark storm clouds, rain and beautiful sunshine.
After NO PLAY for season 2020 with the onset of COVID-19 conditions, which created many stalled attempts to get going, season 2021 started slowly. There was almost an air of apathy during pre-season however once round one was upon us, our young chargers leapt from the trenches and the seasons battle began in earnest. Parents returned to performing the various roles required on match day.
Our main oval at Domeney was in upheaval as buildings were being demolished and rebuilt. No canteen available for the traditional dimmies, hot dogs or drinks. Schedules for training having to be shared with the senior club and Auskick enjoying a new Thursday twilight timeslot. Oh boy and on it goes.
Thankfully, we have the absolute BEST committee in the whole wide world! That’s “my opinion” and of course I’m correct. Our committee applied themselves to their various roles and assisted in set-up and pack-up each Sunday. They attended additional online meetings regarding protocols and get-togethers for new playing conditions. In other words, all the behind-the-scenes activities that they apply their knowledge, expertise and subsequent implementation to.
Sometimes, our young charges are oblivious to the back-stage work involved by parents who contribute each week in various roles. Thank you to our extraordinary parents – not only on their contributions, but how they conducted themselves each week. I know it’s been said during the season in emails of the President’s Message, yet I am over the moon with the exemplary behaviour of all this season. Without a doubt we are the custodians, in time representing the P.O.N.R.P.J.F.C and without the wonderful contributions of past committees and parents we wouldn’t have this great legacy to follow nor uphold. So, from past achievements to current undertakings, let me say it doesn’t go unnoticed.
So, to enable us to further grow and provide the absolute best for our membership, we need your help. We request your assistance, encouragement and support of your committee in the 2022 season so that we may continue to move forward, be it policy, our unique story as a club through to playing opportunities and equipment. In whatever positive manner this support is undertaken, it is greatly appreciated and needed every season.
Thank you for your continued efforts and reliability.
Our junior club was down on playing numbers this year, however I believe the comradery and mateship has never been closer. We were down approximately 40 girls and 60 boys from the previous years. Our numbers were around the 400 players mark this year from 24 teams in 2019 to 18 fielded in 2021, plus an increased Auskick.
It was good to see how our Junior and Senior Clubs worked together during this interrupted season. The Auskickers received assistance during the season from Junior and Senior Club players and coaches. The Juniors and Auskickers were invited to attend Senior matches, training sessions and functions.
2021 saw record numbers of Sharks’ Youth Girls invited to train with the YJFL and Eastern Ranges Squads. The Boys were invited to the YJFL Magpies, Eastern Ranges and the Northern Knights for trials. Whilst some players will always move away from our club because they believe the “grass is greener” elsewhere, we know that it’s because there is more “cow manure” scattered around there. With the requests from the YJFL and other organisations, we know that our home-grown talent is immense.
The opportunities the club offers could even open AFL or AFLW doors for players. To see how the pathway is in place for our Juniors, one only must recognise the composition of the Senior Club. Some 72% of all players in the U19’s, Ladies, Reserves and Seniors played Junior Football at the Sharks. Now that’s healthy!
Our committee and previous committees have always focused on getting players out and onto the field each week. Therefore, we make no apologies that where possible we field two teams of 17 players each rather than have one super team of 34 and players rostered off each week. The difficulty is where players hold back on registration and sometimes it’s too late to make that second team. Please, all players, let us know by early February of your intentions.
We had a few hiccups during 2021, however the participation rates were high. Most years teams enjoy their season; however, it is noted that there were two teams this year that did it tough. I fully believe we have acknowledged and made adjustments, and this will be reversed next year. The season ended with a whimper as lockdown 5 and 6 cruelled our season, yet it was fantastic to have played 9 of 14 games for the year. A vast improvement on season 2020.
Well done to players, coaches, team managers, assistants and parents to have been a part of the journey in this Covid effected 2021. All I can say is watch out other clubs, 2022 looks like it is going to be a fantastic season! I’ve watched our current crop of young players and have observed significant growth in skills this year. More importantly, I’m seeing a closeness and desire to be there with friends. Mateship is a wonderful feeling, and a special sense of belonging is a key pillar in life.
All our membership, players and guardians must be congratulated for an exemplary season of conduct. Without a doubt, this has been a fantastic year. I believe we may have received only one yellow card on the field during matches and that was it. Our supporters showed great zeal and enthusiastic barracking without overstepping the mark. The YJFL recognise our Club as one of the elites in the competition when it comes to conduct. Thank you one and all for remembering it’s a sport for our young people and for understanding that umpires are human and most are young and learning their trade as well. It’s great to acknowledge our own umpires academy commencement this year
Club Captain: Lachlan Jury
Club Vice Captain: Jorja Livingstone
Club Vice Captain: James Mason
Committee – President
Our committee have been entrusted with a wonderful history and custodianship of our club. The past accomplishments achieved are recognised by our current representatives and we strive to protect them whilst we implement improvement. Sometimes we get it pretty right, other times we step on a few toes. However, it’s the meaning of the intent, the spirit to be open and the desire to offer consistency of experience for our membership that drives us all.
The past two years have had us in unknown territory and I would like to personally acknowledge that:
- Each President brings their own style and talents and in particular, communicating the weekly Presidents Message and End of Year Annual Report
- Writing the report every week and focusing on Club topics and issues needing to be expressed can be difficult; this includes the manner in running social events.
- From time to time not all our membership may be happy with the reports that are written, and some may consider them slightly “politically inappropriate” through to the “array of agendas” discussed not being to their taste.
Since becoming President in 2015, how I communicate, I decided will include varying degrees of emotion and a certain transparency into the life I lead and how I naturally respond to issues. This includes life moments that impact on myself or may family which I try to turn into a learning opportunity for others. Thus, furthering the works, ideas and communication of previous committee members. The beautiful thing about our Club is that it is made up of a vast array of different personalities with diverse learned life experiences. So why do I write and say various comments?
I like to think I have an open and inclusive style. It’s my style and it’s who I am.
More importantly, it’s about what occurs in life that can be turned into life lessons and these events that are encountered being reconstructed. Thus, the ability to compose an understanding of a lesson that can be used towards educating into a “sporting life”. These opportunities can be expressed as experiences towards our playing membership. Every day in some way, we are tested in life; from this we need to impart lessons that can be understood and applied to the sporting arena. It’s how we apply this knowledge to a growth learning scenario to become a better person in our community, our school and our team is what is most important.
I am very privileged and honoured to be in the role at this great Club. A number of truly wonderful people have gone before me and imparted their learnings and imprint. To all past committee members, your wisdom, guidance and implementation gives direction to our deeds today. Thank you for your great vision and having been a part in the journey of the years to date.
This year I will be stepping sideways into the Vice Presidents role. This will allow for succession planning to be imbedded with our new President. Covid has inhibited a proper handover as all social events for the last two years have been cancelled. Please welcome our new President and offer all the assistance you can possibly give.
I would like to personally thank those committee members who have also been involved in guiding the club over the previous years, thank you for your efforts and enjoy retirement.
Leaving your Mark
What footprints do we leave on this planet? Who are we and how do others see us?
Sometimes we are tested in a most unusual manner. No matter how young or old, our outlook on life holds varying degrees for different folks. We all want to be winners every week, but what does this really mean? I believe to be part of a team, be part of a great club and to be part of a community is to be a true winner. Life and sport are not only about what we personally learn, but I think more importantly how we impact on those around us.
The challenges we face in life revolve around ‘culture’. The culture of an individual, a team, the club and the local community. In life as in sport, we need to be empathetic, understand others (teammates) challenges in life whilst having the ability to reflect on our and their actions. To be able to remain true to yourself and observe what’s occurring around us is the true test of culture and our character. So, let’s work on ourselves, develop our skills and leave a true impact on others of who we are and let our ripples forever reach outwards. Too often as young people, we are influenced by what others say and we listen to what people say we can’t do. The most difficult aspect of life is comparing ourselves against others. Our attitude, values and support of others can be tested each week on the sports oval. So, stop being limited by others, listen to your coaches, life mentors and be all you can be. Be who you really are, apply what you learn from life (including each game played) to constantly grow as an individual and have a positive impact on others. NOW that’s what I call a true winner.
Be the best you can be, get up with a good outlook each day and be proactive in achieving your goals regularly. Take a moment to reflect on what you’re doing and how you’re doing it and if need be, ask for assistance.
Remember our journey during 2020 and 2021 and the impact lockdowns have had on us all, and time we have been able to share with each other in our 5km radius. We have been tested like never before. I’m extremely proud of all in our club how they’ve taken the opportunity to climb the mountains that have confronted us. The impact of our legacy onto others’ lives, be it in the home, sport, school or work acknowledges the true champions we are.
Thank you for your support.
Go Sharks in 2022!!
Outgoing President, Sharks JFC
With Season 2021 now officially wrapped up, we move forward into preparing for Season 2022.
There will be a number of roles being advertised. Some are to replace leaving committee, others are in addition to current roles to help lighten the workload.
The most urgent for now is the role of Registrar.
We thank Ellen Gallagher for her time and dedication over the last year. Ellen and Dustin Albers (who is staying on) have created fabulous working processes allowing this role to be done by 2 people.
The role of one of the registrars is now vacant and as we approach the commencement of registration period for 2022 it’s of utmost importance that this be filled immediately.
It does make it really tough to open registrations without this position filled as it places more workload on existing committee members.
Please find attached a brief outline of what the role entails. A more detailed role outline can be provided upon request.
This is a role that can’t be done by other committee members who are already busy preparing the club for the 2022 season.
Please contact Nina Foxwell (0409 564 724 or email@example.com) or any other committee members for further information.
On behalf of the Senior & Junior Club at the Sharks, we are inviting our whole community to a special tribute for local legend – Johnny Gayfer.
Next Saturday & Sunday 9th & 10th we invite you at your own time to do a lap of Domeney reserve oval and leave a ribbon on fence down cricket nets end. A simple way to acknowledge and salute a great life and a treasured community man loved by all.
Greetings Parents and Players,
Thank you to everyone who jumped online last Sunday for our Virtual Presentation Day.
Massive Thank you to Damian Noonan who spent an exorbitant number of hours pulling together the presentation and videos plus the pictures and music.
Collection of Trophies and Medals
Tomorrow Sat 25th Sept committee members will be set up at Domeney and available at the following times for collections:
- 10-10.30am U8 U9 U10 U11 U8 and U9 TMs to collect team medals. All award winners to collect their trophies
- 10.30-11am U12 and U13 All award winners to collect their trophies
- 11-11.30am U14 and U15 All award winners to collect their trophies
- 11.30am-12pm U16 and Colts/YG All award winners to collect their trophies. TMs for Colts/YG to collect departing gifts for graduating players and organise distribution
Milestone medals will be delivered to either the recipient or team TMs by committee
Please stick to your age group time to avoid over crowding
The committee will now go into planning mode for 2022.
A number of positions on committee are being vacated and replacements are needed. Emails for these roles will be sent in the coming weeks