Welcome to 2014
Dear St Marys GJFC Members,
The Footy Is Back!!!
The 2014 season starts this Sunday and I hope you are all as excited as I am to have the footy back!
This year we are fielding 25 sides across all age groups which I am happy to say includes for the first time 3 girls sides. A great achievement for our proud club! I would like to take this opportunity to wish all teams the best of luck for the upcoming season. Play hard, play fair, play your best but most of all have fun!
Our First Sunday Night at the club – This Sunday
Let’s celebrate the return of footy with a big turnout at the club this Sunday night. Food will be provided for all and the Joker Jackpot is back with $200 up for grabs in week one.
Get together with your family and friends, have a bite to eat (free sausage sizzle), a few drinks and start the season with a bang.
St Mary’s Code of Conduct
Can I remind all members and players of a few key points:
Respect is the cornerstone of what builds a successful club. This involves not only respect for your coaches, your team, your parents, club officials and the umpires but also opposition sides and their members. As we all know junior footy is primarily run by volunteers and is based on participation, fun and the opportunity to grow as individuals. Unfortunately passion sometimes gets the better of us and the desire to win can cloud our judgement, actions and language. I ask all members to remember that this is JUNIOR footy and as a club we have policies and procedures in place designed to deal with issues as they arise. These polices will be strictly enforced throughout the season.
Umpiring is an area of football that often creates the most discussion. The league is doing a fantastic job at recruiting umpires and has had a large intake of first year umpires in 2014. These new umpires are easy to recognise as they wear a bright green uniform. Whilst the club will not tolerate abuse of any league official I ask members to give these new umpires encouragement and positive feedback as they learn their craft. Remember without umpires we do not have a game. They are an integral part of the league and should be shown the utmost respect.
Help out where you can
Let’s not forget that every person involved in any position at the club is a volunteer. Help out where you can by volunteering on game day and supporting your coaches and team managers. You may just enjoy yourselves.
Support the U19’s and seniors
It would be great to get people down on Saturday to support the U19’s playing at 9.30am and the Seniors at 2pm. Jake Dambrauskas, playing for the seniors this weekend is coaching our U14 Green boys this year so let’s support him on Saturday.
Again I wish everyone a great first round and I look forward to meeting as many of you as possible on Sunday night.
St Marys GJFC