President’s Letter: Edition 11

Hi all Sharks,

Only three more rounds until the end of season 2019.  Wow!  Our 50th year has moved at a frenetic pace.  Due to the wonderful folks on committee and the parent helpers as Coaches, Team Managers etc… a huge load is shared between many people each week.

It really feels as though this year has been a GO-STOP season punctuated by many breaks.  Congratulations go to our total playing group who have been able to manage their training and playing programs.

Whilst our overall playing numbers were slightly down on last year, the commitment has been massive.  Currently we have 9 teams in the top 4 and 3 teams still competing for a chance to play finals.  To all our teams whatever their position on the ladder, compete hard, but fairly over the coming weeks and enjoy your football with your team members.

Our role as a committee is to organise the club, ensure teams and grounds are available and supply equipment, merchandise, etc.  It’s up to each player to recruit new members to the club each year.  I’m very proud of my youngest, Rhonan, who has recruited a total of 11 new boys and girls to the club this year.  For season 2020, come on, let’s all try to bring one new person into the club.  We have the grounds and ability to field and additional 12 teams before we go into panic mode.  What a great challenge for everyone to have a crack at over the next four or five months.

Last night, Tuesday 23rd approximately 80 sharks attended Club Kilsyth for the Colts Seniors players dinner.  Thank you all for such a fun filled, informative and entertaining evening.  We had both Colts teams in attendance, Mums and Dads, Life Members, Past and Present Presidents, Committee Members and representatives from the senior club.  The hum of conversation interspersed with laughter was fantastic.  The opposite was on display when Christian Petracca our AFL player guest speaker took to the stage.  Everyone sat forward and listened intently as he relived his time as an U11 Sharks premiership player through to his transition from juniors into a senior AFL player.  Well done Rob for the quick witted interview questions put to Christian.  Christian shared the importance of friendship and culture.  He’s still a local boy at heart with great humility and identity of community from where he has come.

It was fitting that Glenn Archer was able to finish off the evening with some words of encouragement to the boys.  Also, magnanimous in his recognition of committee volunteers and their efforts.  Thanks mate, your words are greatly appreciated.

Final Burger Night

Round 14 on the 11th August will see us complete 50 year events at the Sharks.  We as a committee are going to try something a bit different.  Our Colts teams play at Domeney at 1.00pm and 3.00pm.  Our two U16 youth girls play at Stintons at 1.00pm and 3.00pm.  Accordingly to accommodate some of our younger teams (Auskick to U10’s) we are going to kick off around 3.30pm.  

We encourage all our younger members to please get down to the grounds and support our older age teams.  For most of our Colts Red it will be their last home and away game at 3.00pm for the junior club.  For everyone else, if you can make it early great, if not don’t worry burger night will kick on till normal time.  

Presentation Day

Please keep Sunday the 15th September free.  The full fixture of teams and times will be out in the next two weeks.  We will have a full wrap 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.

Park Orchards Football Netball Club

Our U19’s, Reserves and Seniors all won last week.  Our senior ladies had a bye but currently sit second on the ladder.  What a fantastic effort to date in their inaugural season.  This week sees the senior club playing at home against East Ringwood.  I encourage everyone that can to please get down to Domeney Saturday and support the senior club.

Daddy’s Day Out – Fri 2nd August

This will be our second event, “Meet the Maker” at Club Ringwood.   The luncheon will be hosted by Coldstream Hill’s Chief Winemaker Andrew Fleming.  He will take us through Coldstream Hills premium cool climate Shiraz & Cab Sav as well as Single Vineyard Wines from the Yarra Valley.  Wines will be perfectly matched with dishes prepared by the Club’s executive chef.  A premium event showcasing some of Victoria’s best wines.  There are only 40 places in the Parkview Room.  $80 ticket or $100 which includes a $50 bottle of wine.  Canapes, then 3 full courses with at least 6 wines that retail between $50-$110 each.  If you would like any further information regarding this limited ticketed event please contact, or myself.


If you wish to raise any issues throughout the rest of the season then contact me directly.  Please feel free to do so either personally or on the phone. 

Go Sharks!!

Ritchie Appleby
President, Sharks JFC
0408 367 444