President’s Letter: Edition 7

Folks, please indulge me and read all of this message, as it covers two weeks.

Welcome Sharks family, what a fantastic winters day we had Sunday.  A weak sunshine broke through for most of the late morning through till around 4.00pm.  I enjoyed watching a number of games whilst being lulled into a false sense of security regarding the weather.  The last term commenced around 4.20pm with black clouds gathering and within 10 minutes down it came.  The poor players needed head lamps to try and locate the ball.  On my way back to Domeney I thought, how great will the attendance be tonight for our Mid-Season Burger Night!!  Normally, the Buddies Burger Night is well populated with our very youngest and most senior players.  Thanks go out to our Colts players and parents for cooking and serving the BBQ and manning the canteen.  It was great to see our two wise men in residence behind the bar, thanks Kev & Fas.  Two life members of the club and still heavily involved.

A HUGE thank you also to our resident mobile skip operator and Sharks family member Dave Phelan.  All the bins were overflowing prior to Burger Night and he arrived back from up country at 4.45pm to collect rubbish and leave some empty bins for us to re-fill.

With the long weekend upon us, Dave is offering a well-priced Bin Hire for Sharks families to assist in their own clean up.  If you grab the chance this weekend, $40 from each mobile bin hire will be donated to fight MND.  So come on and get going to de-clutter the house and support this great cause.  Go to or call 1300 675 477.

Season Dates

Recently, I have heard a few conflicting comments regarding when various rounds fall and what Sundays we have off.  Please consult the “Events and Calendar” on our Sharks Web Site to bring yourself up to date.

For ease of reference:

June 9​​ Queens Birthday weekend – NO GAMES
June 16 ​​Round 8
June 23​​ Round 9 – Team Photos
June 30​​ First week of School Holidays – NO GAMES
July 7​​ Middle week of School Holidays – NO GAMES
July 14 ​​Round 10

Then matches each week until final round on the 11th August being Round 14.  This will be followed by three weeks of finals culminating on the 1st September.

Sponsor of the Round

Thank you to the Warrandyte branch of the Bendigo Bank for their fabulous support of the Sharks.  Every year they support our club with thousands of dollars of sponsorship and grants.  If you’re needing a loan or just want to compare rates, then please call in or give them a call.  Now with the latest Reserve Banks cut, it may be a great time to call in.

Sponsors Recap

Over the first six Rounds we have introduced our Sponsors of the Round each week.  Please, these people have put their hard earned into helping our club run each week.  I implore all our Sharks families to try to acknowledge our sponsors when possibly needing a similar service.

Club Ringwood are offering a “Winter Warmer” special for Saturday lunch.  A 3 course meal for only $20, now that’s great value.  Choose one of four or five mains from the menuon the day or the offered ‘specials’ board, couple that with soup and dessert.  Available for June and July.  

If you’re needing a new or used family car, people mover, or ute, then consider Darren Paul and his team at Ringwood Mazda.  Let them know you’re part of the Sharks family, and ask for a great deal.

Warran Glen Nursery, café and gifts are waiting for your visit this weekend.  Take time to check out their great gift ware and clothing offerings, wander through all the exotic plants that would be ideal in rejuvenating your front yard and then enjoy a relaxing cuppa.  The Taylor family are looking forward to welcoming you and assisting in your needs.

Resi Venturers will be available to assist in your Asset growth with some great town house offerings.  If your ready to add to your property portfolio, then with historically low interest rates and increasing rents, now is the time to act.  Please give me a call personally and I’d be happy to help.  From information I’ve been given (subject to Deposit amount) the weekly rent would cover the weekly interest cost.  

Rob Dolan Wines have joined as a sponsor and have offered us some unbelievable, Red, White and Bubbles at below cost.  Let us know if you would like to order some.

Bendigo Bank Buddies Burger Night

The Bendigo Bank Buddies Burger Night felt like a very intimate family affair. I think the weather psychologically influenced attendance prior to the actual event. Congratulations to the almost 100 hardy souls who turned up. Plenty of food, heaters going and the rain had stopped. Oh how I love Melbourne.

As part of the evening we acknowledge out milestone achievements obtained so far for season 2019. Well done to all players who notched up 50 games, and 100 games, and even two players who are close to reaching 150 games.


On our 50th Birthday year, I am delighted to announce a first time ever event.  For the 1st time ever, on Burger Night, I presented the first ever 50 game milestone to our first youth girl.  Congratulations Ava Leonard on achieving this magnificent milestone.  Ava is a wonderful young lady who gives her all to her team and the club.  For the second year running she has made the YJFL interleague team.  Watch out, a future AFLW player may have just emerged.  Her comments when I spoke with her was “Thanks heaps, this is awesome, I LOVE THE SHARKS!!!”


50 Games

Lachlan Allan​ – Under 12 Red
Archie James​ – Under 12 Black
William Tait​ – Under 13 Red
Bertram Kye​ – Under 13 Black
Keane Blake​ – Under 14 Black
Lucas Ramage – ​Under 14 Black
David Broadbent – ​Under 14 Red

50 Games – Youth Girls

Ava Leonard ​- Under 14 Red

100 Games

Will Sonderhof​ – Under 14 Red
Shannon D’Souza – ​Under 15 Red
Ryan Dickenson
James Mason
Mason Appleby – ​Colts Red
Will Fason​ – Colts Black
Lachie Parrott – ​Colts black

Gala Social Night – Saturday 15th July

Come and celebrate our 50 years as a community football club. A quick reminder that the Parents Social Night is fast approaching. Get in quick and book your tickets via the Event on TeamApp. Tickets are $120pp and include food, drink, entertainment and fantastic prizes. Located at the Manningham Function Centre above the council office, plenty of parking onsite, 7.00pm kick off. Click here to book now!

Team Photos

Team photos are scheduled for Friday evening, the 21st of June. First up will be the Under 8’s, 9’s, 10’s and 11’s. Sunday 23rd June will be all other teams. Your team managers will send out confirmed dates and times for participation during the next week.

Colts and Life Members Dinner – Tuesday 23rd July

The evening will take place on Tuesday 23rd of July at 6.30pm at Club Kilsyth, Corner Canterbury Road & Colchester Roads Bayswater North.  This is the transition of our Senior Colts annual dinner and attended by all our Colts Players.  We have a great guest speaker this year who will encourage and challenge the boys as they transition in life going forward.  Confirming the Sharks will pay for all Players and Life Members; with parents contributing $29 for a 2-3 course dinner.  Drinks at bar prices.


Enjoy the long weekend off and we look forward to seeing everyone for Round 8 on the 16th of June.

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