President’s Letter: Edition 2

Welcome to football as a Winter Sport!

By Golly – after near 30 degrees conditions in Round 1, a few week later round 2 announced itself with rain and wind chill. 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 commitee members in assisting with ground setup/pack-up and of course chasing up the keys!!!

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 was fantastic whilst displayed in a controlled manner.

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

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 minutes silence was easily take 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 Thursday 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.

Gala Event

The PONRPJFC will be celebrating our 50 years with a tremendous fun-filled adults only evening on the 15th of June. The event will be held at Manningham Councils event centre in Doncaster. One ticket will cover you for a total evening of enjoyment. From Food, drink, band, MC and other specials instore for the night. Watch out for your invite via TeamApp and email over the coming week. Please contact all past players and anyone connected to the club that you know of to pass on an invite.

Weekly Sponsor

Club Ringwood and Club Kilsyth are hosting “High Tea” for families on the Saturday 11th 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

Currently, every player is receiving a special offer for discount meals and drinks, watch out for your family’s special offering by the Club.

Mother’s Day – Round 4

Our annual breast cancer Awareness fund raiser occurs on Mothers’ 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 “Warren Glen Centre ‘are kindly donating prizes for the day. These will be drawn from the total membership base.
Previous years our Auskickers, U8s and U9s have played their Saturday and Sunday games on Friday Night prior to Mothers’ Day. Thus allowing for a possible sleep in over the weekend. To date this has not been confirmed, we will endeavour to find out during the course of the week and let you know prior too.

Just a ‘heads up’ message in case it does happen.


I trust all our families enjoyed their Easter break and have recharged the batteries. 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.

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