President’s Letter: Edition 4

Hi All Sharks

What a fantastic family atmosphere that prevailed across all the Sharks teams this weekend. It was pleasing to see so many Mum’s out and about on Sunday with their various charges. Thank you to all the Team Managers who assured Mum received a gift from their children after their games. Well done one and all. The support for Breast Cancer was at many different venues this year. Again, we appreciate all those who gave on the day and a heartfelt thanks to our volunteers for organising events at our end. It really goes to show our community is a tightknit group of families. I’m humbled by your coordination, generosity and involvement. Keep up the good work.

The YJFL Grading for 2019 has now reached its conclusion. We will know the positioning of teams that have made a request to change divisions within the next 24 hours. Once this knowledge is at hand we shall inform all team managers to pass on to their respective teams.

Congratulations to the teams who have performed well during this process. Also, congratulations to the teams who have tried hard but have been outclassed due to being in the wrong division. Your commitment to compete each week and play for your teammates is exemplary. Your coaches have tried their best and look forward to a more balanced season ahead.

The YJFL follow their policies and agendas during this period and it’s always difficult when there are blowouts in scores. Ah by golly I’m glad grading is now complete and we look forward to a more competitive season ahead.

Sometimes football reflects life in teaching us various lessons and how we, as a collective, deal with them even if not fully understanding why? Loyalty to team mates, allowing ‘process’ to play out, being able to communicate clearly and trusting are just a few. At the end of the day, we play sport to increase our skills, create fellowship and enjoy a win when we can.

Bring on Season 2019 in its true format and may all of our players enjoy being on the park each week representing the Sharks Junior Football Club.

50 Year Gala Dinner

Celebrating 50 years strong. Come on Mums and Dads, we can only do this night once. It’s taken fifty years in the making, and WOW it’s going to be a night to remember. Saturday the 15th June 2019 will be spoken about for years to come. You’ll be embarrassed to say ‘Ohh, Ahh, sorry I wasn’t there”. So come one, come all as there will be something for everyone on the night. For the low price of $120 per ticket, we are providing everything. Food, wine, beer, soft drink entertainment, special MC, raffles, silent auctions, and memorabilia, the list goes on. Not to mention the outstanding opportunity to catch up with the other Sharks in a relaxed atmosphere. Past parents and players are being invited including various dignitaries and foundation members.

If you have any memorabilia, photos or know someone from ‘back in the day’ then please contact Ingrid Ross or Nina Foxwell (details on site under committee). I look forward to seeing hundreds of our club membership (past and present) on the night.

Sponsor of Round 4

Thank you to Warran Glen Garden Centre and Café for their generous sponsorship of Mothers’ Day.

Warran Glen kindly donated 42 vouchers that 2 Mums in every team won. Congratulations Mums (for the full list of winners check out TeamApp), enjoy your time wandering the wonderful setup and maybe enjoy a well-deserved cuppa at the conclusion of your visit. The Taylor family look forward to saying “Hi” to all the Sharks’ family when the make a visit, so call in, open 7 days a week.

Social Media

From time to time we have had a few problems with comments made by players and parents on social media. Please may I ask all Sharks’ members to focus on positive comments via this platform? On our website under ‘Club Policies’ you will find policy regarding ‘Social Media’, ‘Bullying’ etc.

Anyone suspected of engaging in unacceptable use of these outlets can and will be dealt with by the Club and the YJFL. Our committee encourages everyone to enjoy the junior sport that their children are involved in.

Queen’s Birthday

Please note that on Sunday 9th June there will be no games scheduled. PARENTS please enjoy a sleep in. SHARKS PLAYERS what a great opportunity to help out around the home. Remember Mum and/or Dad transport you to training and matches each week, remind you if you’ve got everything, and have jumpers and shorts clean to wear. So as a thank you, all players could maybe just do a bit more to help out – from washing dishes, to vacuuming , to cleaning up their room – oh the list goes on!! The following weekend (16th) all is as per normal. This Round we celebrate “The Big Freeze” for MND.

Burger Night Sunday 2nd June – Bendigo Bank Buddies Night

The next burger night (only 3 for the year) is the Colts/U8’s & U9’s Bendigo Bank Buddies Night. They will all be hosting the night and cooking for us all. So, just giving everyone a heads up on the date and parties involved. Look forward to seeing you all there.


Looking forward to Round 5 for our juniors. 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