Welcome back to the Singapore Sharks

Our older players this week commenced 6 weeks of AFL game time.  Fantastic to seeing the kids running around have a kick with lots of smiling faces.

Years 4/5 – Damian Davies

An initial turnout of 22 players was a good return for the resumption from school holidays.  Unfortunately not quite enough to split into three teams, which meant more game time for the players.  A few cobwebs in the first half, but in the second half we saw some great tackles, a couple of great pack marks, and importantly players looking to handball to their team mates and create some space. The umpires literally put the whistles away which allowed for some hotly contested ball.

Next week we will be splitting into three teams before starting, so encourage all the kids to arrive at 2.45pm to sort themselves out and warm up.  We will be following a format similar to the Year 6+ kids, running a league ladder and awarding 3-2-1 votes for best on field.  

Both age levels will have awards on 30 August, including Presidents Medal (Best on ground for Grand Final ) Rob Schaefer Medal (Best and Fairest for the Season).
Don’t forget the sunscreen, water and mouthguards.

Special thanks to the Dad’s that helped out with umpiring and coaching.  More the merrier!!

Year 6+ - Dave Walden

On a very hot Saturday we saw 29 year 6+ Sharks footballers turn out for the first game of the 2014 round robin.

The footballers were divided into 3 teams:
•    Makos
•    Hammerheads
•    Tigers

We saw some very exciting games with plenty of high quality football. The results reflected the tight competition.

From a coaching side it was fantastic to see the tough but fair way all boys played and both Tony (The Prez) and Cloughy should be acknowledged for the way they coached. Congratulations to all the boys for the spirit in which all games were played. Also thanks to Snowy for some great umpiring to keep the games free flowing.

The boys have really taken on the lessons from the years training and a highlight was the end to end footy with handpassing and good foot skills linking passages of play. There was also plenty of strong contested fair footy. One standout passage of play was a much smaller Hunter competing with and forcing a draw with a much bigger opponent on the wing. It shows how much you can achieve if you really want the ball.

Well done Hunter!

There were some good performances over the day and votes were taken after each game by the coaches on a 3,2,1 basis similar to the Brownlow. At the end of the tournament a Best and Fairest will be announced and a trophy or medal presented.

Some good performances in no order were seen by Jacko, Jack Mc, Ben, Nick, Remy, Marcus, Ryan, Snowy, Seb, Michael A, Hunter Kyle and Coby.

Boys next week if you can be at the ground at 3.45 pm for a 4pm sharp start. The Prez has also asked for everyone to wear a mouth guard (unless you have braces).Finally if everyone could put their gear, including drinks on the CTE side wing it will save lots of time for drinks breaks.

Thanks again to all for a great day of footy and all to helped.

See you next week

HK visit to play the Sharks

After a great season of playing against international teams from Bali and visiting Bangkok, we have the opportunity to host the Hong Kong Dragons AFL team for an Auskick carnival on the 30th August at the AIS school. The day will commence at approximately 1pm with games played in the following age groups:

•    Under 8's - must be 8 years or under on 31st Dec 2014
•    Under 10's - must be 10 years or under on 31st Dec 2014
•    Under 12 - must be 12 years or under on 31st Dec 2014

The Dragons will be entering at least one team per age group and we would like to enter two per age group.  For those that have been on our tours previously this is a wonderful opportunity for the kids to play competitive AFL footy against other international teams.

More details will follow as they come to hand, however in order to secure your child's place on a team please RSVP your child's name and DOB to: sharksfc@ais.com.sg by 16th August.

Grand Final Day celebrations:

We are in the process of finalising details for this “traditional” day of watching the season finale of the greatest game in the world.  Save the date, 27 September, with more details to follow.

Dad’s vs Wombats: Saturday August 2 – TURF CITY

A heads up that the Singapore Sharks Dad’s team will be resuming their rivalry for the AUDO CUP with the Wombats.  The next game is scheduled for 2 August and a family day is planned. More details next week.

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