President’s Letter: Edition 14

Hi All Sharks,
The sun was shining on Sunday but the wind was blowing a gale and made for some interesting kicking and marking. It was great to see one of our U17 Youth Girl’s, Tahlia Tait, run through the banner for her 50th. 

The last home and away round this week, whilst some teams will have completed their season, others will go on to finals. What an interesting time of the year for all the players and parents. 

Last Wednesday I met up with a champion team and marveled at how football skills and lessons apply in all walks of life. Our coaches have drilled us constantly on how to kick and more importantly where to kick to.

On what role we can play in a team, even when we, the player, feels it’s not proactive. Not everyone can be a full forward kicking goals. Someone has to be a stopper and reduce the flow. Or even be employed as a tagging role. A great team, is a team of players who do their role that’s expected of them. They work together as a well-oiled machine. Sometimes, we may not make the starting team but be asked to be the water carrier. How do we act? What emotions do we display or do we settle on a “team first” focus and be a great club person.

All the above I encountered first hand on Wednesday at Peter Mac Cancer hospital in Melbourne. From check-in I was allocated a person whose sole role was to take me from ground floor to level 6 and introduce me to my nurse, nothing else, however his smile and banter was comforting.

In the next 60 minutes, I met 5 nurses and 2 doctors all doing their own role but double checking by asking the same questions. The specialists who read how our team was going “the anesthetist” gave orders in a soothing manner before meeting the two key players –the oncology and plastic surgeons. Boy, did everyone know where to be, what needed to be done when and how to participate no matter how minor input.

Outcome – total success, all parties happy, especially this little black duck.

So for those boys and girls competing in finals. Listen to your coach, play your role and do the best you can do. The outcomes will follow the effort. To those players finishing up for the year, congratulations on doing your best. Sometimes we don’t see the lessons at the time, however they are important for next year. When we can keep a team together, the following year after a tough one is normally a successful one.

Passion & Emotion

Sunday is our last home and away round. Congratulations to all Sharks players who have participated in season 2018. Thank you for pulling the boots on each week and being part of a team environment in the “best” club in the YJFL. On Monday evening we spoke with the committee regarding the approach of finals. Wow, what a good effort to make it to a finals appearance. Levels of expectation, encouragement, support and participation seem to go up a notch. However we need to be mindful of expectations vs reality and how we support our players without being tagged as “one of those parents” in weeks ahead.

Auskick Wrap up – Saturday 4th

Thanks to our coordinators and all the parents for helping out during the season. I hope all our young Auskickers have enjoyed learning new skills during each Saturday. Our final clinic was on the 4th of August, with a BBQ put on for the players by the committee.

Thanks to all, and see the progressing players in U8’s next year.

Lost Property

During the year we have collected various items of clothing, jackets and even football boots. These will be on display in the room near the bar for your attendance on Burger Night.


Congratulations to all our milestone players over the last few weeks. The banners have been booked solid for 50, 100 and even 150 games milestones for quite a few players. This is a great indication of the family atmosphere our club offers whilst receiving loyalty from our players. Well done to all players who have received their medals and trophies.

Burger Night – Sponsors Night

Our final burger night (prior to the 9th September AGM – Presentation Day) is on this Sunday. We will be holding our annual “Club Sprint” handicap event. Every team will be represented. Of course, the giant slide, raffle and plenty of food will be available for all.

As a gesture of thank you to our sponsors, the Club will be putting on food and a few drinks at no charge for them. Please make yourself known to Committee Members via your Sponsors card, to receive your complementary drinks and food. Our Sponsors are integral in keeping registration fees down and helping to purchase much needed training materials. Thank you to all our sponsors who have supported our great Club during 2018 and we look forward to your assistance during 2019. Please consult our Directory of Sponsors and where possible use the services they offer.

We look forward to seeing as many in attendance as possible. Mums & Dads, a night off from cooking, the chance to socialize with other parents, enjoy a glass of bubbles or other refreshments and be around for the raffle at approximately 7.30pm.

PRESENTATION DAY – Sunday 9th September 2018

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.

The timings are as follow:
Under 8, 9, 10 10:30am to 11:00am
Tim McLelland Medals
Under 10, 11, 12, 13 Boys (Red, Black) & Girls 11:15am to 12:00pm
AGM 12:30pm
Under 14, 15, 16, 17YG, 18YG & Colts 12:45pm to 2:00pm
(please be in attendance of the AGM prior)
– Life Members
– Club Person of the Year
– Medals/trophies

ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING – Sunday 9th September 2018

The Park Orchards North Ringwood Annual General Meeting will be held at 12:30pm on Sunday 9th September 2018 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 eligible to vote is 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.


Round 15 this weekend the 12th of August
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