President’s Letter: Edition 12

It was pleasing to hear of some great team results from the weekend. There were a few big wins as some teams start to tune up for finals. Conversely, there were a few teams who tried their absolute hardest yet fell short of kicking a winning score. No matter the results, you’re all champions to the parents, committee and myself because you go out every week and try your best. That’s all anybody can ask for, try your best, look to assist your team mates and focus on improving just that little bit more each week as a player.

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 a true winner. Life and sport is not only about what we personally learn but, I think, more importantly how we impact on those around us. I’ve had reason to reflect about life, community, a person’s ability to give and the footprints we leave on this earth. The last few days have been a bit heavier than normal. My father left this world on Sunday but the ripples from his footprints will be forever felt. Whilst never a great footballer he was a true champion due to the legacy of impact he leaves behind. He was my teacher in life, family, sport and business. He taught honesty, humility, to persevere, be determined and above all else be persistent. If a door closes, never give up, keep knocking because eventually, a door will be opened to you, he used to say.

He was a man strong enough to stand up for what he believed in. He was an absolute gentleman, an astute businessman and never stopped learning. It’s amazing how we can show how much life and sport mirror each other.

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, have an understanding of 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, lets 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 in particular we listen to what people say we can’t do.

The most difficult aspect of life is comparing ourselves against others. Our attitude and 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 with 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. All our players will be stretched over the next two weeks as the season comes to a conclusion. For those members lucky enough to reach finals, ask how you can do that little bit more to support your teammates and grow within. Look forward to being tested and handling the opportunity to climb the mountains that confront us each week in both life and sport.

Thank you.

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Final Burger Night – Sponsors Night – 50/100/150 Game Milestones

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 3.00pm. 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. Great chance to celebrate the end of the home and away season and wish those who have made finals all the best. It’s also our “thank you” night to all our sponsors for 2019. The club will provide complimentary food and drink to various sponsors as a way of saying thanks.

AGM & PRESENTATION Sunday 15th September

Under our constitution, all members are encouraged to attend the short formalities which will be conducted mid-way through presentation. Awards for Best and Fairest and a wrap up on the season will occur in 3 age groups with the AGM in between. Times to be confirmed in Round 14’s President’s Report.


Round 13 this weekend the 4th August.
If at any stage you have any queries, them please don’t hesitate to contact myself.

Go Sharks!!

Ritchie Appleby
President, Sharks JFC
0408 367 444