President’s Letter

President’s Letter: Pre-Season 2020

Hi All Sharks,

It has certainly been a crazy few months. Maybe it’s time to start taking stock and dare to be honest with ourselves.

I’m a gregarious, social, extravert who enjoys being in control and enjoying set routines. The last eight weeks have been extremely challenging. When beset by not knowing what is coming, times of anxiousness, wanting to hide from the world through to being dragged along to complete various work routines. Our biggest enemy has been that word “unknown.” To a degree it still applies. We can only judge our future on reference of yesterday’s lifestyle whilst experiencing the today of life. Luckily, I’ve been supported by a wonderful family whilst also enjoying calls from close friends. Yes, we have laughed, grown closer as a family but also blown up at one another and said some hurtful things at times to get a response. None of us want to blame ourselves, so when control is dictated to us, we can say some nasty things to those we love. However; time heals, the sun rises and the ability to forgive and “band together” is uniquely being human. I have been riding this roller coaster as I’m sure many others in our community have experienced during this pandemic. I’ll admit at times I’ve been scared about what might happen; I could be infected, how will we survive on a financial level. My exercise routines have gone out the window, my alcohol consumption (and smokes) have risen alarmingly during my enforced isolation.

I feel like I’ve been walking slowly through a heavy fog. Unfortunately, my focus has been more about me, the world revolving around me. It needs to change to whereby I play my role “within the world.” I need to reconnect with my community and see how others are being impacted. So last week I gave myself a kick up the backside, stared into my eyes in the mirror and made a commitment to me. As the Government have commenced to cautiously wind back restrictions and shine a light of hope, I’ve embraced the opportunity to get back to being who I was. My transformation through the chrysalis has been put into action. I am slowly emerging.

In the last 10 days, I’ve commenced back with a remedial therapist, exercise consultant, personal trainer and reshaped alcohol consumption and started a diet. My challenge to our Sharks Family and community is to join me. Now is the time to shake off any areas negative within our lifestyle and emerge into a bright new world focusing on improvement.

Let’s pledge to ourselves a positive enhancement of activity just to get the ball rolling. It could be a simple as “not so many biscuits or cake,” “focusing on a smile not a frown,” to “informing one person per day of a positive affirmation.” It’s time to embrace a new beginning and placing one foot forward into the direction we want to go. We need to be kind to ourselves so we can be kind to others. Forget self-interest and focus on best interest. It’s out duty of care and it’s fulfilling to have a positive impact on someone else’s life. Let’s empathise with others whilst empowering them to be the best person they can be.

Our Committee are so proud of our community who have been supportive, shown resilience, thought of others and observed Government guidelines. Football is back on the agenda and resumption of training may commence within the next 2-4 weeks where we can have only 10 on the oval with no contact. We aren’t allowed on the oval just yet. In 4-6 weeks’ time, we should see us at full contact and fielding full teams.

At Home Football Program

The Sharks have launched (at the Club’s cost) the At Home Football Program. Approximately, 100 families have joined up and are enjoying the weekly skills activities. Remember, no cost to you and a chance for the kids to get outdoors. Please, if you are not yet involved join up and take advantage of this opportunity. Click here to register to your details.

Domeney Refurbishment

Finally, the planets are close to aligning and we are one step away from agreement. At this stage, works will begin on new change rooms / social space late July, early August 2020.

Committee Positions

There will be a need for some new faces in 2021. Fortunately, all positions have full role descriptions and templates created to assist new members comprehend and fulfil their role. We need to find candidates for Secretary, Registrar, Football Coordinator and Conduct Officer. It’s a wonderful experience and I’m happy to discuss any role at any time. Please call me on 0408 367 444.

COVID-19 Training Course.

We are asking for all volunteers to complete this online training course over the next few weeks. Thanks

Whilst most of us are working from home and home schooling our kids it is now more than ever, we need to keep up self-care and get our bodies moving. The team at Hopetoun Natural Therapies share some simple stretches for you to do at home with the kids. 

As always, I’m happy to receive your thoughts and queries, hopefully we are all back out on the park in late July enjoying Round 1.

Go Sharks!!

Ritchie Appleby
President, Sharks JFC
0408 367 444

President’s Letter: Grand Finals

Season 2019, our 50th year celebration as a club, is now officially concluded!

Combined Auskick, Youth Girls and Boys membership was close to 550 attendees. Twenty one teams were fielded with 16 who played for points, 9 teams made finals with 4 teams progressing to a Grand Final appearance. On the day three teams were victorious as Grand Final Premiers. However, I think the hardest part was the after game celebrations and after parties. Oh boy, were emotions and adrenalin running sky high! I couldn’t believe the numbers in attendance back at Domeney afterwards, the combination of players from the junior and senior clubs celebrating the season was extraordinary.

Personally, I was emotionally wrung out after playing every position, kicking/hand passing every ball and running to every intercept during the matches. I feel black and blue from today from all the bumps received. I’m drained and am ready to sleep for a hundred nights to recharge batteries.

There again, so are probably another 150 or 160 proud Parents from today’s Grand Finals. At the mention of the word “Grand Final,” I start to tingle and feel alive again. Thank you to all our Players and Parents of our Grand Finalists for a truly memorable day. You played so well and put everything on the line, hence why we feel we’ve been on a number of roller coasters.

Congratulations to OUR SHARKS Premiership teams of the U15 Red, the U16 Youth Girls, and Colts Red. Commiserations to our U12 girls who played hard but were overrun by their opposition. Personally, a win/win for me. I had two sons toast victory in the U15’s and one Colts for the first time.

However, today I also felt as if I had an additional 42 sons and 38 daughters in total playing. I am so proud of you all in how you played, your passion and your conduct. The U15’s applied pressure and kicked 4 goals in the opening quarter then defended diligently, whilst continually attacking to run out 42 point winners. It helped by kicking a couple of goals in the final quarter and limiting the opposition to no score. The Colts showed their class from the get go and ran out comfortable winners. Every single player contributed and it was a true team effort with a 35 point win. This effort on the scoreboard was built upon quarter by quarter. Enjoy the win and I look forward to seeing most of you next year.

Our U16, Youth Girls, playing their 1st season in Division one was a most pleasing win. Kew had won the flag for the past 3 or 4 years. They are a well drilled team with confidence to match their skills. However, our girls applied themselves to their match plan and played to the best of their ability for a solid if at times scrappy win. By putting two goals on the board early, they threw down the gauntlet to Kew. The pressure was intense, the Coaches handled the day magnificently and encouraged their charges to keep applying force. Eventually, a wonderful result, whereby Kew were kept goalless and a score of 2.7.19 to 0.5.5 saw our girls Grand Final Premiers. You little beauty, well done one and all. All three Premiership teams celebrated with unbridled passion, enthusiasm, plenty of smiles and laughter.

Personally, on behalf of the committee, we would like to thank all the Sharks family who come out to support the teams. Our Community is a tight one and to see so many with Red, Black & White supporting was really encouraging. Also, thanks to all Parents who supported so passionately yet in a controlled manner. Well done and thank you to all participants. Thanks also go to our Seniors Ambassadors and past players and Committee for their attendance as well.

Well done to our Coaches, Team Managers and Parents who played a supporting role. Without your efforts, our kids couldn’t get onto the park each week, well done one and all. I must admit, I have so much to tell all our membership regarding Season 2019. However, I’ll keep it for our Presentation / AGM Report to be released on the 15th September.

Annual General Meeting – Sunday 15th September

The Park Orchards North Ringwood Annual General Meeting will be held at 11:30am on Sunday 15 September 2019 at Domeney Reserve, coinciding with the interval of our Presentation Day.

This meeting will discuss such items as the year’s football and financial performance and it is hoped that we will also identify and vote in any new committee members. Any member wishing to agenda items for discussion must do so 14 days prior to the meeting.

Each member via their child’s membership is eligible to vote and entitled to appoint another member who is eligible to vote as a proxy by notice given to the Secretary no later than 48 hours before the timing of the meeting. Proxy forms are available on request via the Club President or Secretary.

Presentation Day – Sunday 15th September

The Sharks will again hold a Presentation Day at Domeney Reserve. As per last season, the day will be split into sessions with the Annual General Meeting occurring at the midway point. Please arrive early for your designated session.

Under 8, 9, 10                                                              9:45am to 10:15am
Under 11, 12, 13 Boys & Girls                            10:30am to 11:15am
AGM                                                                                  11:30am
Under 14, 15, 16 (Boys & Girls), & Colts      11:45am to 1:00pm
– Tim MacLennan Medals
– Life members
– Club man/woman of the year
– Medals/trophies
– Milestone Awards
– Colts Recognition

Seniors P.O.F.N.C

The seniors play this Saturday at Tormore Reserve Boronia at 2:10pm. They play Croydon for a place in the Grand Final along with the U19’s & Reserves who have already qualified. We wish them all the best and encourage the junior club to get along and support them.

If you wish to contact me, please give me a call.

Go Sharks!!

Ritchie Appleby
President, Sharks JFC
0408 367 444