President’s Report: Round 9

Hi All Sharks,

I observed some wonderful football matches over the weekend.  They were close, tough encounters whilst played in good spirit.  It’s amazing how the game of football can teach many of life’s lessons.  Caring for your team mates, participating in a team environment, respecting our opposition through to following rules.  Society is no different, participation, looking out for others, obeying regulations and displaying respect.  Emotion however, can sometimes take over rational thinking.  This coupled with perception can lead to incidents occurring which is out of character for most people. 

On the weekend, we had a situation occur at one of away matches whereby for a few minutes, this is exactly what occurred.  In the heat of the moment, a Parent acting with duty of care for a Player, made a mistake.  Due to emotion and a perception of events, parents’ tempers took control.  Thankfully, the situation was diffused fairly quickly and the Players became the main focus again.  Once passions had cooled, mistakes admitted to and apologies genuinely confessed, a number of adults regained the understanding of life’s lessons learnt.  For a few moments, it wasn’t a good look for junior football.  But give the Boys credit; they continued to play out an honest and enthralling match.  During the last few days both clubs have communicated in resolving the matter. The YJFL have also been involved in settling and regulating the situation that occurred. 

What a fantastic year our teams are having.  Whist our Club focuses on participation, fun and improving the Children’s skills – all players know where their teams sit on the ladder.  Nine rounds in with only five Home & Away matches left, the competitive juices are flowing.  Out of a potential 14 teams (U11’s upwards) playing for points, we currently have two teams undefeated in first position.  There are currently 10 teams in the top 4 with 2 others knocking on the door.  Both of our Colts teams sit fourth and all three of our Youth Girls teams’ sit 2nd through to 4th.  Players, Mums & Dads, enjoy the ride and I hope you get the chance to experience finals.  Well done to all Players to date.  To the Under 15B and Under 13R teams, keeps your heads up.  I know it’s sometimes difficult but lessons learnt from this year will help to improve us all next year. 

Team Photos – Friday 21st & Sunday 23rd July

The photos will need a $5.00 contribution from each player towards defraying what it costs the Club.  This year the actual cost is nearly 3 times this amount. Your Team Managers will start collecting from next week.

Social Night – Saturday 22nd July @ 7:30pm

Rosebank, 150 Warrandyte Rd, Ringwood North

Only $45 for tickets – Book Now

This night is put on for our Parents to enjoy, mingle and let your hair down – let’s enjoy the evening. 

All enquiries please contact Michael Newton, Events Coordinator 0421 049 904

Colts Dinner – Tuesday 25th July @ 6:30pm

Please note that the transition dinner this year is for BOTH Colts teams.  The Club will pay for the Player’s food and also Life Members in attendance.  Numbers need to be confirmed by 20th July.  Parents are encouraged to attend however, will need to pay a nominal $29.00 for a 2 course meal.  Drinks are at bar prices.  The event will be held at Club Kilsyth, corner of Canterbury Road and Colchester Roads, Bayswater North.


At the end of Season 2017 a number of positions will become vacant on Committee.  These roles are a mixture of Executive, Non-Executive and Off-Committee roles and they include; Director of Football, Coaches Coordinator, Events Manager, Sponsorship Coordinator, Registrar, Marketing and Social Media Coordinator, and understudy for Director of Team Managers.  Whilst these opportunities are open to all Parents, I’d love to see the next age bracket, our Parents of U11s, U12s & U13s take the opportunity of being able to grow into the roles.  We are NOW seeking your support so if you’re in a position to assist, please contact me.


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