Here's a mid season message from Juniors President Nicki Spencer:
Well I blinked and we are at Round 10.
What a jam packed start to Season 2018.
As we head towards Round 10, and then two weeks break for the school holidays, it is an opportune time to reflect on all we have achieved so far, and what we have to look forward to for the remainder of the season.
Our modified rules teams are now in full swing and have become used to the Sunday morning excitement that is Football. Last Sunday presented its second weather challenge for the year, with Round 1 being a memorable wet start to the season. Swimming, rather than football was in order for the morning, with the afternoon providing some much needed sunshine to dry out the grounds.
Our Under 11 through 18's teams are now in the full throng of competition. Re-grades have been finalised and the pointy end of the season will determine which teams can progress into finals. Our coaches continue to strive to ensure all our players enjoy their season, and improvement has been shown across all levels, in many aspects of the game. This is an amazing reflection on the hard work and dedication of our football department and all of our coaches, assistants and helpers at training.
The high performance program is being rolled out across all groups, with a view to improving warm up, and warm down techniques. I would encourage all players and families to take advantage of the junior triage sessions on a Monday with the Clubs physiotherapist Lauren Brereton.
We have been lucky to be visited by some St Kilda players this season for training, as part of their community program. This is always a highlight for the kids, and certainly tests the skills and media training of aspiring young AFL Players.
The Beaumaris Football Club has been nominated for a club recognition award as part of former player, Ollie Florent's, NAB Rising Star nomination. We are very grateful to Ollie for nominating Beaumaris and will continue to support him with the Sydney Swans.
Shark of the Months have been well attended across all age groups, with some fabulous young Sharks receiving this club award. It speaks volumes about our junior program that we can have so many amazing young people within our midst. I am always fascinated to hear how our young footballers continue to shine, and the highlight is definitely their acceptance speeches.
Our Dads from all age groups have had the opportunity to attend our Dads/special persons lunches this season. We are very fortunate to have had Guy McKenna and Paul Dear speak and entertain our guests. It is wonderful to have such great connections within our club.
Pie, pizza and lasagna nights continue to unite our groups. It is a great opportunity for our players and parents to mix together in a social setting, and assists greatly in providing such a wonderful community feel.
We have again hosted the Cottesloe Magpies this season, which was a huge success. Our Under 12 group put on a great show, and joined with the magpies to belt out the club song at the Presentations afterwards. Well done Under 12's.
I continue to be impressed with the improvement in skill and game sense of our girls’ football teams, and the enthusiasm they bring to our club. All of our girls’ coaches and support crew, have done a wonderful job to continue to foster an inclusive environment for our girls to thrive. It will only be a matter of time before one of our Sharks is picked up at AFLW level, just like Kate Hore who now plays for Melbourne FC.
Well done to all the Beaumaris players that were selected for inter-league and state teams this season.
Best of luck for this week and the best to all of our players who are playing in the Under 14 and Under 15 inter league Grand Finals. We hope that your experience is something that you will be able to share with your club team mates in a positive fashion, and provide you with many valuable football lessons for the future.
As we look forward to Round 10 and beyond, there is still much to do. The final rounds of the season, lightning carnivals to organise, finals games, presentations, and never to forget our very popular ladies lunch.
A big thank you to all of our parents and supporters with your assistance in running the season so far. Junior Clubs cannot function without your help. It is important that we continue to foster good sportsmanship, inclusive environments and role model good behavior, so our players can continue to be the best they can be, in a supportive environment.
Thank you to those selfless volunteers who have taken on official game day roles. It is not easy sometimes, but as long as we continue to remember that team sport can provide so many positive memories and life experiences for young people, we cannot go wrong.
I would also like to sincerely thank the volunteers on the Junior Committee. I am continually blown away by the support, commitment and selflessness of these people who give so freely of their time on a weekly basis. Not just in the season, but the many hours spent planning the season and beyond. The Beaumaris Football Club is lucky to have such dedicated people.
Finally, I would like to wish everyone the best of luck for Round 10, and a happy and safe two weeks break.
I look forward to a renewed vigour as we tackle the back end of the season
Beaumaris Football Club