President’s Letter

President’s Letter: Annual Report 2021

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.

The Season

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 Captains

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!!

Ritchie Appleby
Outgoing President, Sharks JFC

President’s Letter: Round 11 2021

Hi all Sharks!

Wow, what year it has been! As we approach the final few weeks it is a great relief that Melbourne is out of lockdown again and we are able to come together as a team and play out the remaining games. 

Due to the most recent lockdown the season has been extended slightly and a reduced finals series is planned to provide our players with as much game time as possible.

Key dates for the finals series are as follows:

  • August 8, 15 & 22: Last home and away matches
  • August 29:   1st will play 4th and 2nd will play 3rd – whoever wins will play in the Grand Final
  • September 5:  Grand Final Day

With the past 18 months being some of the most difficult, it is fair to say that coming together as a community has definitely been a highlight on the weekend with players, parents and family being able to enjoy team sport together. A big thank you to our parents, coaches and team managers for making it happen each week – from getting the kids up and on the field (even on the coldest of Melbourne days) to the support, leadership and enthusiasm we see at every game – it wouldn’t happen without you!

Congratulations to all Sharks players who have participated this year, it’s been a fantastic season and we couldn’t be prouder of the comradery and level of sportsmanship you all display on and off the field. Well done and good luck in the upcoming weeks of the series finals. You should all be very proud of your efforts and what you have achieved this year.

Cancellation Of Upcoming Events

Colts, U18 Youth Girls Transition Dinner, Life Members Dinner & Final Round Burger Night

Sadly, it is with a heavy heart that we cancel this year’s events due to current COVID restrictions and the strict limitations on numbers being able to attend. We apologise for this and look forward to better times when it is safe to once again host club events.

AGM & Presentation Sunday 19th September

The Sharks will hold a Presentation Day at Domeney Reserve this year on Sunday 19th September.  The day will be split into sessions with the AGM occurring at the midway point. There will be activities for younger members including jumping castles, BBQ’s with bacon and eggs on in the morning to sausages and burgers for lunch. Please arrive 10min early for your designated session.

The timings are as follows:

  • 9:45am – 10:15am: Under 8, 9, 10
  • Tim MacLennan Medals
  • 10:30am – 11:15am: Under 11, 12, 13
  • 11:30am: AGM
  • 11:45am to 1:00pm: Under 14, 15, 16, Youth Girls & Colts
    (please be in attendance of the AGM prior)
  • Life Members 
  • Club Person of the Year
  • Medals/Trophies


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
0408 367 444

President’s Letter: Round 10 2021

Hi all Sharks!

I trust all Players, Mums and Dads enjoyed their break over the school holidays. I know the committee welcomed the chance to charge their batteries and put their feet up for a few days. Well, hasn’t time flown, we are into our last month of home and away games before the finals commence on the 22nd of August. So much to do, so little time!

From our committee’s point of view, we know the season is fast coming to an end. During the next few weeks, we have our Youth Girls/Colts, Life Members Dinner, Team Managers wrap up, Coaches meeting, YJFL Directors/President’s meeting and Committee meetings and then finals – Phew!

The last round on 15th August, we look forward to seeing you at our burger night afterwards at Domeney Reserve from 5pm onwards.

During the last month it has been great to see the PONRPJFC represented by Players in the YJFL selected teams taking on other leagues. Well done to our Rep Players who participated in and enjoyed stepping up to a new level.

Sunday was the perfect winter footy day. The air had a chill, but the grounds were dry, and a lovely amount of sun was shining. Yes, it was a weak winter sun, however the input by out Sharks was strong. Players turned up with renewed vigour not to mention the well soaked bright white shorts. Thanks mums, well done. Whilst the scores can be unfair on teams during the year, it’s great to see the ticker shown from the players. Use the rest of the year as a learning curve if the results aren’t going your way and let’s show a united front in 2022. Focus on your coaches’ instructions, pick up new skills and enjoy being with your teammates. Thank you all parents for the support roles you’re involved in, particularly Team Managers – you are magnificent.

Representative Acknowledgement

Once again, we are honoured to have an extensive list of our players selected to represent the Sharks across a range of high-level competitions. It is an outstanding recognition of a player’s skill, their embodiment of our club’s culture and their potential in the wider football community. Well done to all players who have been selected and we look forward to hearing about your success in these exciting new opportunities.




  • Logan Hamilton
  • Daniel Nielsen
  • Logan Ross
  • Logan Sonderhof
  • Isaiah Thomas


  • Mia Bosna
  • Emily Rankin


  • Felix Kilworth


  • Grace Bettiol
  • Allie King
  • Scarlett McInerney
  • Mia Spencer-Jones


  • Josh Galstians
  • Oliver Nitz
  • Josh Smillie


  • Hannah Taylor
  • Zoe Miriklis
  • Mia Servinis
  • Remy Archer


  • Will Sonderhof


  • Petra Edwards


  • Jorja Livingstone
  • Jade Hutchinson

New Date For Club Photo’s – Now Friday 30 July And Sunday 1 August

Please see schedule below for your time

Please arrive 15 minutes early to Domeney Reserve


Colts, U18 Youth Girls & Life Members Dinner

Tuesday 3rd August – 6.30pm at Club Kilsyth (Cnr Canterbury and Colchester Roads)

Normally, the transition dinner is for players in Colts and Youth Girls who are playing their final year in Juniors. However, due to COVID and the league introducing an U18 Youth Boys division this year, the format will change for Season 2021 and all our Colts and Youth Girls are invited to attend. The Sharks look forward to welcoming our Life Members along for the evening as well.

The Club will pay for the Players, Life Members and Guests meals and drinks on the night. Parents are encouraged to attend and will need to pay $30 for a 2-3 course meal. Drinks at bar prices. Our special guest speaker for the evening will challenge, interact and create perceptive insights for today and our future. 

Please RSVP your attendance by Sunday 1st August

Final Round Burger Night – Sunday 15th August – Sponsors Night

Our final round night for end of home and away season. A great opportunity to thank all who have helped out and wish those in the finals all the best. A great way for our club to thank all our Sponsors for 2021. 

The club will provide complimentary food and a drink or two as a way of saying thanks and there will be plenty of activities on the night.

AGM & Presentation Sunday 19th September

Under our constitution, all members are encouraged to attend the short formalities which will be conducted midway through the presentation. More on the timetable over the coming weeks.

Park Orchards Cricket Club

POCC look forward to welcoming many of the Sharks players and their families back to Domeney Reserve for the Summer. Registrations open 30th July and the club is fielding U12, U14, U16 and hopefully an U18 team this season playing mostly on Friday nights.

POCC is also fielding at least 3 Senior teams across 2 and 1 day games, as well as a Vets over 40 team playing on Sundays – there will also be two 20/20 teams playing on Tuesday nights.

Enquiries please contact Craig Hunt, President POCC on 0419 108 660


  • Round 11 this weekend the 18th of July
  • Coaches, please make sure your weekly reports for the ‘Shark Attack’ are sent by Tuesday COB
  • If at any stage you have any queries, then please don’t hesitate to contact myself

Go Sharks!!

Ritchie Appleby
President, Sharks JFC
0408 367 444

President’s Letter: Round 8 2021

Hi all Sharks!

What fantastic winter sunshine Sunday produced! Whilst a few of our teams had a “bye” for the start of school holidays, the rest of the club enjoyed playing with out any concerns. Great to see the extent of our U16 Girls win. Also, a few of the boy’s teams had their first win since grading. Congratulations one and all for being on the ground participating each week. Enjoy the mid-term holiday break this Sunday.


Club photos of each team will be held on 2 separate days:

  • Friday 23 July 
  • Sunday 25 July

Team Managers are being sent time allocations today. Please arrive in your playing gear 15 minutes prior to your photo.

Transition Dinner, Life Members Event – Tuesday 3rd August 2021

Each year the club holds a Transition Dinner for our Colts and Youth Girls. This is an evening to shar with each other, hear from our Senior Club Coaches and Captains and be enthralled by a current or past AFL Player.

Parents are invited to attend, however due to possible COVID protocols, our numbers may be capped at 100. Parent cost for a 2-3 course dinner is $30.00. Players and Life Members will be paid for by the club.

SAVE THE DATE! TUESDAY 3rd AUGUST AT 6:30PM AT CLUB KILSYTH – Your Team Managers will be in touch.

Burger Night – Sunday 15th August

Hopefully we might finally get a social event as a club together. Subject to all the ‘protocols’ now in life, the committee are planning our first Burger Night in two years!

The evening will kick off from 5:00pm and there will be fun filled events aimed at all age groups. The bar will be open from 5:45pm and also a reduced canteen. The night is to be held at our new club rooms at Domeney Reserve, Home of the mighty Sharks. This also is a celebration of the last Home and Away round prior to Finals.

Presentation Day & AGM – Sunday 19th September

Please keep Sunday 19th September free.  The full fixture of teams and times will be out in the coming weeks.  We will have a full wrap up of the season with Best and Fairest Awards handed out to every team, including Club Recognition Awards. 

As per normal we will hold a very quick AGM during the process.

Toyota Good For Footy Raffle

The Toyota Good For Footy Raffle is up and running! With the raffle being digital, there’s no more paper tickets and all sales happen online. All transactions take place within our personalised club portal, and you receive tickets directly via email.

What hasn’t changed is that our club still gets to keep 100% of the proceeds of every ticket sold. There are 3 brand new Toyota’s up for grabs (see attached) – PLUS a further 9 prizes. Check them out at:

Toyota Good for Footy Raffle – Support Local Footy and Buy a Ticket) (

We would love for every PLAYER to purchase just one ticket and we would love for every FAMILY to pass on the link to family and friends so they too have a chance to win.

Fundraisers like Toyota where there is zero cost to the club, help us keep club fees down.  Raffle closes Sept 10th, 2021.

Click here to buy a ticket!


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.


Enjoy the weekend free of local football commitments. Looking forward to Round 10 on Sunday 11th July.

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
0408 367 444

President’s Letter: Round 9 2021

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 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 for complete property services. You can also visit 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.


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.


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
0408 367 444

President’s Letter: Round 6 2021

Welcome all our Sharks parents, in particular this week. The welcome comes with a huge THANK YOU. Why? Well Round 6 incorporated National Volunteers Week. To see parents every week accepting the various roles they must play in their children’s’ sport is fantastic. I know it gets a bit hard having a to stand as goal umpire in the pouring winter rain or feel as if we back up almost every second week to fulfill a role, but that’s the sacrifice we make. I must admit, on those wet days, how great it was to be the timekeeper and keep nice and dry.

Without our Team Managers coordinating each week’s roster for parents the games couldn’t go on. So, as a big thanks, our local ‘Blue Dog’ Café offered a voucher to all our TM’s this week, including the away team TM’s at Domeney and Stintons. Now that’s a great show of generosity and community spirit. A true reflection of our club’s ethos and how we integrate into our local community.

Whilst our parents quietly go about their business each week our young men and women turned it on match day this week. Our Sharks players turned up in mass to compete with gusto, full effort and heart. Many battles were played out on the day with more wins than losses. As said, there were some close results, a few big wins and some honourable losses. The beauty of football is that we quickly refocus and look to the next week.

It’s hard to believe that next week (Round 7) is effectively the halfway mark for the season. Normally around the midseason mark and approaching school holidays, we hold one of our ‘Burger Nights’. Unfortunately, due to Covid protocols and also the rooms at Domeney being refurbished, this will not happen. Hopefully later in the season we shall be able to successfully have a club get together.

Apart from the opportunity of our community coming together and being able to openly socialise, it’s a great time to acknowledge various achievements. In particular, our young players who have reached 50 or 100 games played. We also recognise our 150 game milestones; however, these are formally acknowledged at the end of season presentation.

Rhonan Appleby celebrating 150 Games

On a personal note, three of my sons have all achieved 100 games for the Sharks. Yet on Sunday, my youngest Rhonan, celebrated running through his banner for 150 GAMES! This makes him the 57th Sharks player to notch up all his games played at our wonderful club. Well done and congratulations Rhoey.

Sponsor of the Round

Blue Dog Café located on Park Road are this week’s sponsor. If you’ve not been before or haven’t been for a while, then do yourself a favour and visit soon! The folks are friendly, the atmosphere is warm, and the food is fantastic. Open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, check out the ‘Specials’ as the taste sensations created are out of this world. Thank you, Blue Dog, for providing our Team Managers with vouchers for National Volunteer Week. The team at Blue Dog have my tick of approval, keep up the great efforts in producing your yummy winter warmers.

Queen’s Birthday

Please note that Sunday 13th June there are no games scheduled on this weekend. PARENTS, please enjoy a sleep in. SHARKS PLAYERS what a great opportunity to help out around your home. Remember, Mum and/or Dad transport you to training and matches each week, remind you if you’ve got everything and have jumpers and shorts clean to wear. So, as a thank you all players could maybe just do a bit more to help out – from washing dishes, to vacuuming, to cleaning up your room – oh the list goes on!

Team Photos

Please be aware that Team Photos will be taken on Friday the 18th and Sunday the 20th June


Looking forward to Round 7 for our Juniors. If at any stage, you have any queries then please don’t hesitate to contact myself via text or catch up in person.

Go Sharks!!

Ritchie Appleby
President, Sharks JFC
0408 367 444

President’s Letter: Round 5 2021

Great to see the teams settling down for their first week of games since grading concluded. As mentioned last week, grading can be a difficult time as scores comprehensively vary from very high to very low. Grading does work for most teams. I was really proud and pleased to see some competitive results this week. Fantastic to see one of our teams get their first win for the year! Our club policy is to get kids onto the park and being able to enjoy playing football with their teammates, whatever their level of talent, being part of a team and contributing is really what’s most important.

Our committee meet monthly to discuss how the season is going, rules that need to be addressed and how we can assess our club in the big picture. What we have in place and how we go about it may not always ring true. Advancements in technology and processes and new opportunities must always be considered.

We are always looking at how our club is progressing and what areas need to be examined. I love this Club and the committee involved in being able to accept challenges and see the excitement of turning dreams into reality, worries into problems and then solutions. Whilst decisions are based on history, knowledge and policy, we are trying to be proactive rather than reactive going forward.

Therefore, from time to time, we will challenge various parts of policy and what we do to see if we can improve areas within our Club. At the end of the day, it is about our players enjoying the game of football, bonding with teammates and being part of a healthy environment.

Code of Conduct

On a serious note, it was disappointing that we have heard of a couple of incidents from the round. We need to reiterate that all families (and especially players) make themselves acquainted with understanding the ‘Code of Conduct’.

The YJFL has made contact with us regarding the conduct of match day officials and in particular comments that are made from the Coaches’ box. A reminder that only four people can be in the box: Coach, Assistant, Runner and Trainer.

These four people must display exemplary behaviour and never vocally criticise Umpires. I know footy is passionate, but please let’s show other clubs how we at the Sharks are a ‘Good Sports Club’. This year we have now obtained our level 3 accreditation.

Conversely, we need all parents to please understand that our Coaches are doing their absolute best for players and teams each week. If for whatever reason you have questions regarding the position of a player or their role within the team, please approach your child’s coach outside match day and ask accordingly. There is no need to create dissention or create ‘Chinese Whispers’.

We need all teams united and working hard for each other out on the field. Parents questioning their children in a negative manner is not a good look. Fortunately, the vast majority of our membership are supportive and offer encouragement, thank you.

The league this week suspended and/or put on notice a number of coaches from other clubs. These people know better, yet unfortunately some umpires were targeted with abuse and threats including in the U10/U11’s. This will not be tolerated, let alone that most of these umpires are young kids themselves.

Our Umpires Academy

Opportunity to join our Umpires Academy is now open and your expressions of interest are invited. We currently have 5 new recruits aged 13 to 17 years that train on a Tuesday night from 6-7pm at Colman Park in Warranwood. 

Did you know you could be earning from $40-$100 per game? What a fantastic opportunity to further your game, enhance personal development, learn new skills and maintain fitness levels whilst earning some pocket money too! Contact Nina or myself for more information.

Sponsor of the Round

ResiVentures is a Gold sponsor of the Sharks and a long-standing Sharks family member. Predominantly they are land sub-dividers and developers of medium density townhouses. With the lockdowns of 2020 now behind us and scarcity in the property market, now is a great time to invest. To see their various land estates, please visit 

The ResiVenture team are offering fantastic property investment opportunities at a fantastic price for Sharks families who may be interested. Give them a call via Anthony Braunthal or contact me personally if you would like to discuss further. Invest now and cash in for the future.


Looking forward to Round 6 for our Juniors. If at any stage you have any queries, please don’t hesitate to contact myself.

Go Sharks!!

Ritchie Appleby
President, Sharks JFC
0408 367 444

President’s Letter: Round 4 2021

Hi All Sharks

Round 5 

What a fantastic family atmosphere that prevailed across all the Sharks teams this weekend. It was pleasing to see so many Mums out and about on Sunday with their various charges. Thank you to all the Team Managers who assured Mum received a gift from their children after their games. Well done one and all. The support for Breast Cancer was at many different venues this year. Again, we appreciate all those who gave on the day and a heartfelt thanks to our volunteers for organising events at our end. It really goes to show our community is a tightknit group of families. I’m humbled by your coordination, generosity and involvement. 

Keep up the good work!                                                   

The YJFL Grading for 2021 has now reached its conclusion. We will know the positioning of teams that have made a request to change divisions within the next 24 hours. Once this knowledge is at hand we shall inform all team managers to pass on to their respective teams.

Congratulations to the teams who have performed well during this process. Also, congratulations to the teams who have tried hard but have been outclassed due to being in the wrong division. Your commitment to complete each week and play for your teammates is exemplary. Your coaches have tried their best and look forward to a more balanced season ahead.

The YJFL follow their policies and agendas during this period and it’s always difficult when there are blowouts in scores. Ah by golly I’m glad grading is now complete and we look forward to a more competitive season ahead.

Sometimes football reflects life in teaching us various lessons and how we, as a collective, deal with them even if not fully understanding why? Loyalty to team mates, allowing ‘process’ to playout, discipline, being able to communicate clearly and trusting are just a few. At the end of the day, we play sport to increase our skills, create fellowship and enjoy a win when we can. 

Bring on Season 2021 in its true format and may all of our players enjoy being on the park each week representing the Sharks Junior Football Club.

Sponsor of the Round

Thank you to Warran Glen Garden Centre and Café for their generous sponsorship of Mothers’ Day. Warran Glen kindly donated over 40 vouchers that 2 mums in every team won. Congratulations mums, enjoy your time wandering the wonderful setup and maybe enjoy a well-deserved cuppa at the conclusion of your visit. The Taylor family look forward to saying “Hi” to all the Sharks family when they make a visit, so call in, open 7 days a week.

Social Media

From time to time we have had a few problems with comments made by players and parents on social media. Please may I ask all Sharks members to focus on positive comments via this platform? On our website under ‘Club Policies’ you will find policy regarding ‘Social Media’, ‘Bullying’ etc.

Anyone suspected of engaging in unacceptable use of these outlets can and will be dealt with by the Club and the YJFL. Our committee encourages everyone to enjoy the junior sport that their children are involved in.

Queen’s Birthday

Please note that Sunday 13th June we have no games scheduled for the weekend. PARENTS please enjoy a sleep in. SHARKS PLAYERS what a great opportunity to help out around the home. Remember Mum and/or Dad transport you to training and matches each week, remind you if you’ve got everything and have jumpers and shorts clean to wear. So, as a thank you all players could maybe just do a bit more to help out – from washing dishes, to vacuuming, to cleaning up their room – oh the list goes on!! The following weekend (20th) all is as per normal. This Round we celebrate “The Big Freeze” for MND. 


Looking forward to Round 5 for our juniors. If at any stage you have any queries then please don’t hesitate to contact myself. Go Sharks!!

Ritchie Appleby
President, Sharks JFC
0408 367 444

President’s Letter: Round 3 2021

Hi all Sharks,

The first few rounds of every season are a little unsettled. The Veterans in the club understand this. To our new families, all will settle down in the next week or two.

This Sunday is sponsored by Warran Glen Nursery and Café

The YJFL grading process is being applied – results are all over the shop.

Coaches are trying to work through their lists to ensure everyone is getting a go.

Team Managers are working through the administration processes required around game day. Wow, these folks do heaps to keep our kids on the park.

The canteen manager is trying to work out how to calculate appropriately the desired levels of food and drinks that should be ordered for each week.

With sponsorship we need all to make a difference in our great club with monetary pledges of support. This year we have barely reached our starting target, however, if you are able to help, please contact myself and make a difference.

Committee are continually bombarding everyone with the information necessary to ensure your child gets a game of football each week & the club runs correctly. 

And on it goes… 

Thanks go to our Committee members in attendance each week, for their assistance and help. They have been up early working with TM’s & crews in setting up our grounds at Domeney and Stintons for each match day and pack up procedures. Hopefully, all teams now know the requirements. If at any time you’re not sure please call us to help you out. I would rather know match day than 9pm at night.

For the majority of our membership, your calm will be restored by round five or six once the season’s fixture is sent out by the YJFL and thus we can all get on with enjoying the season and watching our children play.

Mother’s Day – Sponsored by Warran Glen Nursery and Café

This Sunday is MOTHER’S DAY Round 5 – Reminder to all Dads & Players!

Sharks Pink Ribbon Day is a fund raising event for the Breast Cancer Foundation. We are continuing with this Tradition of Fund raising for such a worthy and important cause again this year. I am sure many of us have been/or are affected by a person close to us who has been diagnosed with Breast Cancer.

The Sharks Committee fully support the initiative and ask that all Team Managers circulate an email amongst the playing groups advising all of Sharks Pink Ribbon Day this weekend. We request that each player please bring a Gold coin donation to the game (home & away) as we strive to raise money and beat 2019’s amount. We would like to raise as much as possible for the Breast Cancer Foundation on this year’s Mother’s Day Weekend – Sunday 9th May 2021.

Two Mum’s from each, (including Auskick), will win prizes donated by Warran Glen, our Sponsor of the Round. Also remember Club Ringwood are offering a High Tea on the Saturday beforehand.

Pink buckets will be placed at the Canteen or coffee trucks to help with these and further collections.

Code of Conduct – Match Day

Thank you our Sharks parents who have abided with exemplary behaviour over the first few rounds. Your support has been enthusiastic whilst being controlled in cheering on the players.

Let us keep it that way please & set an example for other clubs to follow.

Unfortunately, there are times when parental behaviour does not abide by the Code of Conduct that we all sign at the beginning of the year. I know we all get passionate at times, but please remember there are young ears listening in to what we say.

If you notice any inappropriate behaviour, please inform your team Manager immediately. This will allow us to address the behaviour and ensure the safety & welfare of all players on the ground.


A couple of Sharks players have suffered a variety of injuries up to this point of the season, so it’s timely to let you all know that we are insured. The YJFL has an injury insurance policy through JLT Insurance that provides not only players but also parents/helpers etc… An information sheet is available on our website. If you require further information please give us a call.

YJFL Grading Process

The process has one more week to go. Coaches wishing to make recommendations need to lodge with our Y.J.F.L. Director immediately. If you have any questions regarding the above, then please call Damian.


If you require any garments, socks etc. please go online and order it. Nina and her team will make sure it’s available in the quickest time available.


During the season if you wish to raise any queries then please catch up with me in person or give me a call.

Wishing everyone all the very best for Round 4. I wish the lucky Mum’s all the best with their selections at Warran Glen. Enjoy Mother’s Day.

Go Sharks!!

Ritchie Appleby
President, Sharks JFC
0408 367 444

President’s Letter: Round 2 2021

Ringwood Clocktower at Dawn

A brilliant ANZAC Day; respect, remembrance, traditions upheld and our children running around enjoying mateship – perfect.

Thank you to all the parents and helpers for fulfilling their roles to allow our children to get out on the ground each week. Special thanks to committee members in assisting with ground setup/pack-up and of course chasing up the keys for the Umps Portable to then realize they weren’t needed! Ohh well, always something to keep us on our toes.

We had some close competitive games, huge wins and absolute blow out defeats. All can hold their heads high as they tried their best. Please remember, it is grading and this will continue for two more week as the YJFL try to correctly place teams.

From U8’s upwards, new club members & final year players, I’m very proud of you all and how, on behalf of your Club, you’ve conducted yourselves over this round. The passion of the first two rounds has been fantastic whilst displayed in a controlled manner.

Also, thanks to all parents for their involvement, encouragement & support while barracking in a respected and enthusiastic manner during all games. It really is appreciated.

Lachie, Jorja, and James at the Dawn Service

It was marvellous to see all our teams show respect for this ANZAC Round. To see the unity of our teams, arm in arm during the reading of the ANZAC Ode and the minute’s silence was easily taken in their stride. To show support in memory of those who gave their lives so that we could partake freely in the past-times we enjoy, such as football, was a true show of unity and strength by our club.

Thank you young and old, players, parents and support for being a part of this day of remembrance.

On this note, I was very proud of our older boys and girls who attended with many parents at the Dawn Service. To see in excess of 40 + players in their club jackets at the clock tower in Ringwood was a great response. Yes it was a bit chilly in the morning, however the spirit and respect from our players was commendable. To uphold the ‘Tradition’ of the club’s membership from previous years’ attendance was exemplary. Then a get together at McDonalds with lots of laughter and stories (before a quick nap on the couch) and attendance at Stintons and Domeney to observe matches in a “weak” but beautiful sunshine.

Wreath laid at ANZAC Day Dawn Service

In last week’s Shark Attack we welcomed our Captains for Season 2021. On Sunday, our three Captains laid a wreath on behalf of the Sharks at the Dawn Service.

Thank you Lachie, Jorja and James.

The Shark Attack is a great medium for all to be kept up to date about the teams and what is happening around the club. Please view it each week via “Team App” or on the Sharks Website. Everyone would have noted blank spaces at the top of each team beside the Coaches photos. These blank rectangle areas need filling with members from each team in sponsorship. We need you now to come on board. To invest in each space is only $500 for the year.

Weekly Sponsor

Club Ringwood and Club Kilsyth are hosting “High Tea” for families on the Saturday 8th May, prior to Mother’s Day. A great opportunity to get together the day before in a relaxed manner rather than rushing around everywhere on Sunday. See flyer attached. Bookings from 11.30am till 2pm, with departure by 4pm

Over the next month, every player will be receiving a special offer for discount meals and drinks, watch out for your families special offering by the Club. A great family Bistro that caters to all tastes, food and dietary requirements.

Mother’s Day – Round 4

Our annual Breast Cancer Awareness Fund Raiser occurs on Mother’s Day. Started by one of our mums a few years ago, we are seeking a gold coin donation on the day from all players and parents. All Team Managers (at Home or playing Away) will collect donations. One of our main Gold Sponsors “Warran Glen Centre‘ are kindly donating prizes for the day. These will be drawn from the total membership base.


Please remember our players are our greatest recruitment advertisement, so if you know someone who wants to come and train and give it a go; then encourage them to come along.

Next year there will be some movements within the committee, please consider if you could help our great club by getting involved. It really is a wonderful opportunity to be part of our close-knit group to help guide the club into future years. To make the transition easier, we will be seeking out individuals to shadow current members during the year.

As always, happy to take calls or meet up face-to-face if you have any queries. 
Wishing all the best for Round 3. Enjoy and go Sharks!!

Ritchie Appleby
President, Sharks JFC
0408 367 444