President’s Message: Round 15

Hi All Sharks

The sun was shining on Sunday to signify that finals were upon us. Five teams set out to do battle, all with a clear focus of what was needed to make the next step. Well done to Paris Harrie’s U15’s and Heath Lee’s U11’s for wins that put them straight to the Grand Final. 

Colts Red had a poor day at the office but I’m sure will bounce back this week to get themselves into a much deserved Grand Final. Great effort and well fought, however, Rob Clarke’s U11’s and Andy Schafer’s U12’s just failed to get there. Congratulations on a great season for both teams. Neither were expected to play finals, but someone forgot to tell the boys. Looking forward to seeing you all in action next year. 


2.45pm @ Bulleen Park Oval No. 1.

Come on Sharks Family, let’s get out and support our boys. We want to flood the oval with red, black and white. See you there Sunday, thanks for your support.

9 September – YJFL Presidents Meeting @ League HG

All clubs attend at the headquarters last week for an end of season, pre-finals meeting. In attendance from the Sharks we Mark Powell (YJFL Director), Mark Leonard (Director of Football) and myself. One of the main points of interest to us was from the four youth forum representatives. All play in the YJFL and all are approximately 15 years old.

They each had a minute or two to speak during the night and gave the following messages from a player’s perspective:

  • They don’t like aggressive nature or aggressive barracking from parents,
  • They don’t tolerate abuse towards players or umpires, and they have seen an improvement here
  • Like to see positive interactions between everyone – regardless of club or role you are representing
  • Want everyone to ‘Think before you speak’, understanding you are representing your club as well
  • We are all role models – remember this at all times

Out of the mouth of babes.  A message for us all to adhere to next season.

The YJFL will be putting on a 6 session Junior Development Program later this year. This will apply to this year’s U11’s, U12’s and U13’s.

  • L2 Coaches in attendance
  • Aim is to encourage interaction, improve skills and build self esteem.

Emails of actual dates and times will be sent to us shortly and will subsequently be passed on. If interested you will need to respond directly to the YJFL.

Youth Girls – Female Coaching

The YJFL and AFL Victoria are running a level 1 coaching course for females on 17th September at Bulleen Park 1, Bulleen. 8.30am arrival for 9.00am start until 5pm finish

Cost: $190 per person, lunch will be provided.

The course will give participants an AFL Level 1 Coaching Accreditation which will be valid for four years.

The course aims to give participants an understanding in Youth participation with a specific focus on:

  • What motivates youth participants
  • Social aspects of working and managing players
  • Specific communication skills
  • Developing higher level skill and understanding

The registration link to book is below, please inform participants to select “AFL Female Level One Junior – Inner East”.

Youth Girls (Born 1999 – 2004)

Do you think you have the skills and abilities to take on other girls? Do you want to get fit and learn new footy skills? Then this could be for you.

The TAC Youth Girls Academies provide on and off field development. Our Region is in three Academy areas.

  1. Eastern Ranges
  2. Oakleigh Charges
  3. Northern Knights

Please register interest prior to August 31st at or contact Charlotte Mahoney @ YJFL 9850 6615


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