What’s Coming Up:     

Saturday 29 April – Lightning Rounds Registrations – 2 weeks to Register ONLY -  Collect your forms – spots are limited – further details below.

Saturday 29 April – Shark of the Month Awards – make sure you’re at training this Saturday – Gotta be ‘in it’ to ‘win it’!

Saturday May 6 Training with Nicola Barr AFLW – GWS Player Visit & Training

26 May – Friday Night Under Lights Footy Training – As our last Night Under lights was so successful, we will have training again under lights on Friday, 26 May in lieu of the Saturday 27th – allowing you all to get ready for our 10th Year Anniversary Event.

May 27 - SSFC 10th Year Anniversary Social Night – lock the date in for a fabulous fun night with the Sharks Community.

June 10 & 11 – Hong Kong Tour – Last call to register for the Tour – Schedule of the tour below – a highlight of the season for our Sharks!

June 10 & 11 – Bali Masters - more details to come on FB & next newsletter

Lightning Rounds 2017

The Singapore Sharks Football Club is pleased to announce the Lightning Round Premiership will run again in 2017. There will be a Junior league alongside a Senior league. The Lightning Rounds are open to U9s, U11s & U13s. With a change in age groups this year, we are yet to determine the break-down of ages for the Junior and Senior Leagues.The oval resurfacing project is expected to finish in early August.  Assuming that it is completed on time, the competition will run over 6 rounds commencing August 12, culminating in the exciting Finals Day on September 23.  This is much later than we had hoped but Sharks Park will be primed for the rounds to kick off.  Continuing on from last year, each team will receive their own custom team jumper.

To facilitate putting kids into teams, ordering jumpers and the many things required for the competition to run smoothly, we require players to PRE-REGISTER.  Registration forms will be handed out at training on April 29 and will also be available by emailing the club at sharksfc@ais.com.sg with "Lightning Round Registration Form" in the subject line.  Registration forms MUST be submitted by May 13 together with a $60 registration fee per player.

There will be a strict cap on the number of players in each team with players taken on a first come, first served basis and preference given to those players who were registered with the club for the 2017 Auskick season.  We will also be calling for volunteers to undertake roles from coaching to photography and score-keeping to bringing the traditional “half-time oranges” so please consider how you can contribute to the success of the competition.

We strive to promote the competition as not only a great opportunity for the kids to play competitive footy but also to create a wonderful carnival atmosphere for the whole family so even if you’re not part of the Lightning Rounds, please come join us each week to watch some great footy action with your picnic rug and basket, pick a team to support and enjoy the day!

Full details will be available on the registration form so be sure to collect it this week at training or from the club.

In preparation for Lightning Rounds, we have decided to bring in the Lightning Round Rules to assist in this transition.

  1. No kicking off the ground
  2. 1 bounce only
  3. If you pick up below the knees, you must handball
  4. No sling tackles – hold and release
  5. No mouthguard, no play

    

 May 6 – GWS Women’s League #1 Mostyn Medal & Rising Star Medal Winner for AFLW – ‘Nicola Barr’ Training Session   

 Start practicing those skills ‘Auskickers’ as we have AFLW Star Player – Nicola Barr (who is an ex-AIS Student) coming along to training next weekend sharing her winning pointers.  

 “Hard-running midfielder Nicola Barr was the first pick in the 2016 NAB AFL Women's Draft. Nicola, 20, started playing football three years ago, won the 2016 Mostyn Medal – AFL Sydney                Women's Premier Division best and fairest medal. The 168cm midfielder also won the 2015 AFL Sydney Women's Rising Star award. Barr, from Sydney University, is regarded as an elite runner with plenty of speed when out in space. She is also a powerful and accurate kick. A talented junior soccer player, Barr said she decided to pursue football because the game has all the components that interest her and hasn’t looked back” (info supplied by AFL Footy Feed)

 Auskickers, bring your GWS/footy gear for authographs & see you out on the field next Saturday 6th May.

Hong Kong Tour June 10/11  

Last call for registrations.This is our 3rd year touring HK over the last 6 years and it’s always been a fabulous tour the kids & parents enjoy.  HK Dragons have always turned on a great tournament for us and all kids attending get to have a good number of challenging games.  So if you’re keen for your ‘Auskicker’ to come on tour and also for those already registered, please confirm your attendance by email – your child’s name & age group ASAP to sharksfc@ais.com.sg with ‘Hong Kong Tour’ in the subject line.  A brief tour schedule has been put up on our FB page, here’s the run-down:

  • Fly in & settle at our hotel Friday, 9th June
  • Saturday, 10th June – Early kick off playing at Sandy Bay/Kennedy Town Region.  SSFC will arrange transport to and from the Games for all Auskickers and family
  • Saturday Evening – A ‘kid-friendly’ club function where all can watch Saturday Oz AFL games & have dinner as a team – venue details will be supplied closer to the date
    Hotel: TBA –SSFC are currently liaising with a couple of hotels for the best deals for our Auskickers - once confirmed, we will send players the details for families to book direct.
  • Flights: Flights are best organised individually – get in quick as there are currently some great deals available.

From the Oval

It has been a great couple of weeks for footy where weather has not interrupted our play. Unfortunately, I missed the Easter weekend training session but having such a great many coaches, Auskick went on as usual with some extended game time. 

Besides basic skills, some things I would like each individual age group to continue to focus on in the coming weeks;

  • U7s – find space and spread out
  • U9s – Don’t ball watch and get caught in between kicks
  • U11s – Back up team mates, follow your kick up and second efforts.
  • 12s+ - Constructive talk, switching the play, 1%ers

Mouthguards 

"Mouthguards have a definite role in preventing injuries to the teeth and face and for this reason they are strongly recommended at all levels of football."  To protect our Auskickers, we have adopted a "No mouth guard, no play" rule. Mouth Guards are not required for drills but are required for games and can be purchased from a variety of locations around Singapore.

Shark of the Month Award  

Next Saturday, we will be awarding the April “Shark of the Month”. This award is given to Sharks for displaying all the attributes that we as a club pride ourselves on - great teammates, sportsmanship, commitment and attitude to improving their game.

From the Gym

The theme for the U6s this week was kicking, with some other skills mixed in. It’s often difficult to have kicking skills without marking skills also. At this age, often making contact with the ball can be difficult as timing the drop and striking out of the hands is not a natural movement; however, with continued practise and repetition this skill, like many others, improves over time. With remaining sessions, we will look at combining different AFL skills that we have covered this year into one. The U5s theme was on movement and handball. Contact with the ball when handballing has improved immensely, now it’s time to continually rectify the technique for better efficiency. Here are some teaching strategies for those playing at home.

• Kicking: ring fingers down the seams of the footy, arms extended (especially for those who kick with the knee); point the toes towards the target when kicking.

• Handballing: bend at the waist, ball on the platform hand, shallow backswing of the striking fist; catch the first when striking (no massive follow-through).

Cheers, Coach Stevo

Other News 

All uniforms are now in as well as the Socks of all sizes (minus a few later enrolments)…please swing by the desk underneath the ‘Sharks’ Banner for collection.

Our Auskick packs for our Little Sharkies have unfortunately ran out, we will have more next Saturday, 6 May. If your Auskicker hasn’t received one yet, please swing by to collect on 6 May.   

The AFL Footy cards have been a ‘real hit’ with the kids this year.  We will have more available this Saturday so bring your pocket money, kids.

We would also like to pass on a Big Thank you to our BBQ volunteers this year.  It has been wonderful to see so many parents put their hands up and commit to helping out. We thank you for your contribution.

2017 marks Sharks 10 years in Singapore – Est. 2007

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