President’s Report: Round 1

Hi All Sharks,

The season is up and running, hopefully smoother for most of our coaches & teams than we on committee could have imagined. The planning to get the season underway has been occurring for the last five months. Thank you to all the folks involved in volunteering to get our Club to this point. 

Once again, thank you to all for your help & roles undertaken throughout our great club. In particular our Director of Football – Mark Leonard, Secretary – Andrew Mortlock and Team Managers Coordinator – Paul Hayes amongst other committee members.

Let’s now all enjoy season 2017!

It was with great pleasure to see so many familiar faces during the day on Sunday. The committee were out in force assisting teams in preparation and the ladies in the Canteen had the food hot and ready to go. It was great to see experienced Volunteers giving a helping hand to our new members, especially novice Coaches and Team Managers. Thank you and well done one and all – a true family involvement!

I was thrilled to see our Youth Girls in action and congratulate all three teams on their endeavour. For all our Players and Parents, great to get the first match under our belts.

Grading Process

There was a real mixed bag of results from Round 1.

Each year the YJFL embark on a Grading process over the first four rounds. They consider last year’s results, info provided by your club prior to the season & post the grading rounds and an assessment of results during the first four games.

In the past from time to time this has created some difficulty for committee, so as a result we please ask you familiarise yourself with YJFL Bylaws – Schedule A.

ANZAC Round 1

I think the Sharks were early in recognising the ANZAC Legend within the YJFL, with all clubs now recognising the people that fought to provide us with what we have today.

It was great to see our teams stand in lines of solidarity, whilst listening to the reading of the Ode, & participating in a minute silence.

My family will be at the Dawn service on Tuesday at Ringwood to show our respect along with our Colts. I encourage you to join us on site at the Clock Tower Tuesday morning.

Burger Night Wrap Up

WOW, what a great response to our season launch Burger night. There were hundreds of our Sharks family in attendance. Well done to all from Auskick to U8’s at their first burger night through to the Colts & all the Mums & Dads.

Sorry, due to the food lines not diminishing until all food has sold out, we got under way a bit later than normal. The Kids loved the Giant Blow up Castle & of course the Raffle. Thanks to all our helpers on the night who allowed the evening to run smoothly. U11s – you were brilliant with support and efforts on the BBQs, thank you!

Club Captains

Congratulations to all the Colts who applied for this Distinguished position. Due to the quality of applications received, interviews conducted, club policy & age, we were left with a daunting decision to make. It was a very close call on all applicants.

Well done to Jordan Knox as Club Captain & Will Macrokanis as Vice Captain and Grace Drijfhout as Deputy Vice Captain.

Every application received showed great maturity & leadership. Watch out for our Colts this year, they are a great bunch of young men.

SharKwiz – Trivia Night!

SharKwiz 2017 is fast approaching, Saturday 3rd of June at Domeney Reserve. This is our primary fund raising event for the year, please see your Team Managers & Website for details. Come on be a part of it!

The SharKwiz is an informal night & a great opportunity to get to know the families in your Teams. Also whilst having a bit of fun. Don’t sit with me though as I have the odds sealed on last place!! Again!!

The organising committee are seeking sponsorships & Auction items for the SharKwiz. A flyer explaining the sponsorship opportunities available & request for any prizes/auction items that can be donated will be out to you all soon. Your voluntary contributions will be greatly appreciated.

For more information, please contact our Events Coordinator

Sponsorship – Name Sponsors

Whilst our club is built on volunteers we need every ones input in securing various sponsorship deals. Their contributions allow us to keep fees at a reduced level whilst assisting in our operating costs. Please contact our Sponsorship Coordinator if you can help in any way.


The Sharks are looked upon with envy by other clubs over how our Parents conduct themselves at matches; let’s please keep it that way. I know we are all very passionate towards barracking for our children, please make sure it’s in a positive manner. Umpires are there to help the game flow. Remember they are only human and at times can make mistakes, please show positive support & watch swearing.


If at any stage during the season you wish to raise any issues then contact me directly, please feel free to do so either personally or on the phone Wishing all the Teams the best for next week and the season ahead. 

Go Sharks!

Ritchie Appleby
President, Sharks JFC
0408 367 444