President’s Letter: Edition 6

Welcome all our Sharks parents, in particular, this week. The welcome comes with a huge THANK YOU. Why? Well Round 6 incorporated National Volunteers Week. To see parents every week accepting the various roles they must play in their children’s sport is fantastic. I know it gets a bit hard having to stand as goal umpire in the pouring winter rain, but that’s the sacrifice we make. I must admit, on those wet days, how great it was to be the time keeper and keep nice and dry.

Without our Team Managers co-ordinating each week’s roster for parents, the games couldn’t go on. So, as a big thanks, our local ‘Blue Dog’ Café offered a voucher to all our TM’s this week, including the away team Team Managers at Domeney and Stintons. Now that’s a great show of generosity and community spirit. A true reflection of our club’s ethos and how we integrate into our local community. Whilst our parents quietly go about their business each week our young men and women turned it on match day this week.

Our Sharks players turned up en masse to compete with gusto, full effort and heart. Many battles were played out on the day with more wins than losses. The true competitive spirit displayed by our U12 Girls was fantastic, a great win by a few points at home, well done.

As said, there were some close results, a few big wins and some honourable losses. The beauty of football is that we quickly refocus and look to the next week.

It’s hard to believe that next week (Round 7) is effectively the half way mark for the season. At the culmination of football matches, please turn up for our 2nd Burger Night for the year. During the evening, we will be presenting players with their 50 game and 100 game milestone medals/trophies. I’m told the banners have been booked solid over the first 6 rounds, well done to the players who have achieved these results.

Sponsor of the Round – Blue Dog Cafe

Blue Dog Café located at 590 Park Road, Park Orchards are this week’s sponsor. If you’ve not been before or haven’t been for a while, then do yourself a favour and get along there soon. The folks are friendly, the atmosphere is warm and the food is fantastic. Open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, check out the ‘specials’ as the taste sensation created are out of this world. Thank you Blue Dog for providing our Team Managers with voucher for National Volunteers Week. The team at Blue Dog have my tick of approval, keep up the great efforts in producing your yummy winter warmers.

AFL Vic Metro Junior Development

Congratulations to the players from our club who have been chosen to represent the Yarra Magpies in the upcoming AFL Metro Junior Development Series under 14 and 15 matches.
The standard of training has been high and the selection process has been difficult one for the coaches. I am sure all the boys and girls in the squad have enjoyed the experience so far and will find the remaining weeks of the program beneficial.
The following players have been selected from the Sharks:

U14 Boys Squad
Josh Tovey
Cooper Trembath

U15 Boys Squad
Jake Trembath

U15 Girls Squad
Lily Cameron
Petra Edwards
Ava Leonard
Charli Newton

Burger Night – Sunday 2nd June – Bendigo Bank Buddies Night

Burger night this Sunday, is the Colts/U8’s & U9’s Bendigo Bank Buddies Night. They will be hosting and cooking for us all. So come one, come all and let us warm you up with our tasty burgers and a sherbet or two. Look forward to seeing you all there.

Queen’s Birthday Weekend – Sunday 9th June

No games scheduled on Sunday 9th June. PARENTS enjoy a sleep in. SHARKS PLAYERS what a great opportunity to help out around the home. Remember Mum and/or Dad transport you, so as a thank you all players could maybe do a bit more to help out…. from washing dishes to vacuuming, to cleaning up their room. The following weekend (16th) as per normal. This Round we celebrate “The Big Freeze” for MND.

Gala Evening – 15th June

This will be a night to remember forever. Bookings are starting to come in, however, we always seem to leave it till the last minute. Please can I call upon all the Sharks family to seriously consider coming along and booking as soon as possible. This will greatly help our organizing committee. The amount of effort put in behind the scenes is immense. We have folks running around organizing fantastic gifts and hampers for our silent auction including memorabilia. The food, wine and beer menu’s have now been completed and the acts are all in rehearsal. I promise that speeches celebrating our 50 Years will be kept to a minimum so that all can mingle with each other. This is our only major event for the year and its being put on for YOU, our Sharks membership (past and present).

The committee and I look forward to seeing as many as possible on the night. I promise you that the stories will only get bigger and better as the years roll on. Please, get your friends together and book your table this week.


Looking forward to Round 7 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