Good Evening All,

The first bounce (they don’t do that anymore do they?) is almost upon us. How exciting!  There is still a bit of information to get out so let’s do that shall we!

Jumper Presentation/Season Launch

Tomorrow night straight after training we will kick off the season with our jumper presentation. Bring your cameras folks! There will be food from the BBQ for sale and the bar will be open. There will be a raffle with some awesome prizes as well.

Uniforms

We have received extra shorts for those of you who have been waiting. These will be available tomorrow night along with the socks. We will also have hoodie order forms for those of you who wish to order one. We will need to place the order next week, so if you want one, get in quick. We will not be doing another order this year. The hoodies are $40 and will need to be paid for at the time of ordering. There will be sample hoodies to try on in the rooms to help you get the right size.

Match day requirements

Hopefully you are all aware that mouthguards are compulsory. If your child doesn’t have one for the game, they will not be permitted to play. The weather forecast for Sunday is wet. Perfect football weather! Boots are highly recommended. If you need a pair there are a few pairs that have been donated to the boot swap that can be taken free of charge. If you have pairs that no longer fit your kids feel free to bring them to the club and we’ll see if we can’t find them a new home.

The WRFL has informed us that if your child is to wear a long sleeve top under their jumper, it is to be red in colour. Hoodies are strictly prohibited as there have been several children who have been injured by being tackled by the hood. Skins on the legs are ok, as long as they are skin coloured.

The Games

I have had a crash course in IT this season and have managed to link the fixtures to our new website. These fixtures can be found on the junior’s page of our website. They contain all the info you need such as game times and maps of the venues. Check them out here. Hopefully all of you know which team you’re in. For those in the Under 9s, here are the team squads to start the year.

Under 9 Red (Richie) Under 9 Blue (Paul)
               Luca Annese
Sasha    Araldi
               Efe  Anli
Griffin   Barker
                Archer  Earl                 Felix       Cameron
                Harry     Gardner-Solomon                 Mrinal   Chopra
                Jack Henry Laurence Geraedts                 Sophia  Cowall
                Iggy        Golz-Mcsweeney                 Nathaniel Cowie
                Dylan     Hall                 Eli            Despotellis
                Xavier   Howe                 Hadi       El-hodr
                Abby     Jovan                 Oscar     Ferraro
                Riley      Laakulu                 Jacob     Fitzgerald
                Eamon  Lacey                 Kai          Fraser
                Jack        Mosca                 Mitchell Houareau
                Clara      Mullaly                 Maya     Jess
                Louis      Mullaly                 Miles     Martin
                Otto       Murray                 Bastien Meyer
                Jack        Pennacchia                 Jake       Miller
                max       Phelan                 Arlo        Millsom
                Rylan     Rees                 Hugo     Newman
                Jackson Rose                 Noah     Pitliangas
                Oliver    Runciman                 Max       Richardson Buchanan
                Jamison                Simmons                 Artisan  Sairat
                Achilles Smith                 Alexander Scanlon
                Aiden    Tschappeller                 Arlo        Scott-Teunen
                Oscar     Wood

Both Under 9 teams are away this week.

The 10s, 11s and 13s are at home. This means we will need volunteers to work in the canteen from each parent group. Please put your hands up to help in the canteen and in the many other roles that need to be filled. Let your team manager know that you can help.

Under 11’s parents.  Rebecca is having IT issues at home, hence hasn’t been able to contact you yet. Don’t despair! She has loads of volunteer roles available. These include:
Goal Umpire
Boundary Umpire
Timekeeper
Umpire Escort
Water Person
Canteen helpers

These gigs need to be filled. Please text Rebecca on 0400 812 695 to fill these roles.

Lastly, but most importantly. If your child is unable to play this week, let your team manager know. Please be at the ground at least 50 minutes before the game is scheduled to start. Help your team managers get stuff done. Don’t bother coaches with questions. If you see something that needs to be done, please do it. Remember that Junior Football is for your child, and other children to enjoy. Be respectful of umpires, opposing parents and all children at the game. Let the coaches’ coach. Let the umpires umpire and let the children play.

Last year we had several parents take some great photos of our kids in games. Feel free to take some snaps and we will put the pic of them onto our Facebook page and on the website. Don’t send them all to me though. I’m a busy man!

Registrations

A friendly reminder that your club registration fees are due in the next two weeks. Those of you who have had their Active Maribyrnong Grant approved, please bring your email/letter to training and we can sort out the remainder of the club registration for you. If you are struggling to make the payment please apply for the All Aboard Fund via our Juniors page.

If I don’t see you tomorrow, I wish you all good luck for the first games of the season.

Go Roosters

Damian