Message from our new President

Hi Sharks families,

My name is Travis Rankin and I’m looking forward to being the junior club president over the coming years. I’ve lived in the community for about ten years with my family and we’ve been involved in the club for the past three years. My wife Meg has been an assistant coach in the Under 16’s and my daughters Em (U16) and Lucinda (U14) have enjoyed their playing involvement in our community club greatly. My footy club background extends back to my earliest memories at Moama, Bendigo Pioneers, Mitcham and Eaglehawk. My most recent involvement has been coaching the fantastic U14 Sharks girls, easily my most rewarding footy challenge.

Also new to the committee, we welcome Eulinid Bilucaglia (VP), Tim Dawson (Welfare), Sophie Broadbent (Teams Manager), Rob Sprague (Sponsorship) and huge gratitude to the returning committee members and our wider support team who selflessly dedicate time towards ensuring our kids can enjoy playing their favourite game.

Without trying to sound like a presidential campaign our focus will predominantly centre around the community, development and enabling opportunity to thrive. Our strength is our community, we’ll develop capabilities in our players and coaches whilst giving every player the best environment to thrive as young people on and off the field.

Thank you to the near one hundred people who took advantage of the early intent to play register. This is a record for this time of year and I encourage everyone to sign up once registrations open in early November.

There will be a small increase in fees to enable the YJFL and our club invest in equipment and umpires. You’ll be able to find more information on our website in the coming weeks.

I’m looking forward to the next two events we have planned. We’re celebrating ‘This Girl Can Week’ on Sunday at Domeney with three AFLW players in attendance (10-11am) followed by a BBQ. We’ll also hold our annual ‘Come & Try’ event on the 26th of November (10-11am) again followed by a BBQ.

Please contact me directly if you’d like to connect.

Enjoy your off-season and I look forward to a fun 2024.

Cheers Trav
0409 229 362