Round 4 has reached us already and signifies the last of the grading games. At this time, I would like to acknowledge the hard work of our football Department. Whilst we strive to get every team in an appropriate competitive grade we will never get this 100% right. However, in saying this the majority of our sides are competitive and we will only need to request a couple of sides to be regraded. A terrific effort by the team and a just reward for all the countless hours of hard work behind the scenes.

Round 4 also coincides with the AFL “Community Umpire Week”. It is a week where we acknowledge our umpires who make it possible for our children to play the game they love. This game cannot survive without this important role. Yes, they are human, yes, they will make mistakes but yes, they play a pivotal role in our great game. The YJFL has a large number of young and developing umpires (some of them St Mary’s Junior footballers) and with the spotlight on them this week I encourage you to support and thank them for the contribution to the game.

We are still looking for several Team Sponsors and I encourage you to consider becoming a sponsor. A sponsor has direct access to over 1,000 members who have a strong history of “supporting the supporters”. It is our sponsorship and level of volunteerism that enables us to keep fees low and provide better value to our children.

ANZAC Round update. In support of the Greensborough RSL over the ANZAC round we had volunteers going around rattling tins and selling badges. We raised in excess of $1,500 which was fully donated to the RSL. The RSL could not be more impressed with the level of commitment, community spirit and respect our club has demonstrated. A massive thanks to all those volunteers who helped with this cause.

A few important dates to keep in mind:

Friday 18 May – Poker Night – St Mary’s Senior Football Club are running this night and have offered an open invitation the Junior Football Club. $50 Entry. A great chance to show our support of the senior Club. Contact Evan Butterworth for tickets – 0413 266 484.

Friday 1 June – Trivia Night – St Mary’s Junior Football Club – A new social event – Book in early as it a highly anticipated event – $10 Entry – BYO food – bring a picnic basket of goodies. Interest in this event has been high already so get in early as space is limited. Contact Mel Read or Dean Arnel for any enquiries – tickets can be arranged through your team manager or at the bar on a Sunday night.

This Sunday night – Our Social Club will be open from approximately 5.30pm. Everyone is welcome and the night will be hosted by our Under 10 and Under 13 Age groups. There will be free food for children and adult meals for $5 as well as a $25 rebel voucher for one lucky player in attendance. Our Sunday Nights are a great way to meet new people as well as socialising with others from your team. It also gives you a night off from cooking!!!

Good luck to all our sides this week and remember “It’s All About the KIDS”.


Paul Tobin
St Mary’s Greensborough Junior Football Club