Club News

With season 2018 over, now is a great time to prepare for the next season and gain formal coaching accreditation and experience via the FFA Community Coaching Pathway.
 
The SSFA is offering Skills Training and Game Training Coaching Certificate Courses aimed at coaches of 9-13 year olds and 13-17 year olds respectively.
 
If you are coaching in these age groups you will find the information on these courses invaluable. The courses are largely practical in nature so you will get to experience first-hand some of the latest methods and techniques used in the FFA National Curriculum. You will also receive FFA accreditation and an opportunity to meet fellow coaches with similar objectives.
 
Fast Facts:
 
Skills Training Certificate (12 hours – i.e. 2 x 6 hour days) 9am-4pm
 
Aimed at Coaches of 9-13 year olds
 
When: Sunday October 14th & Sunday October 21st
 
Where: Harrie Dening Football Centre, Bates Drive Kareela (off Princes Hwy).
 
Game Training Certificate (12 hours – i.e. 2 x 6 hour days) 9am-4pm
 
Aimed at Coaches of players 13-17 years.
 
When: Sunday November 18th & Sunday November 25th
 
Where: Harrie Dening Football Centre, Bates Drive Kareela (off Princes Hwy).
 
** Cost per course is $90 which will be reimbursed to GRFC coachs **
 
Much of these courses are practical and most of the work is done in groups and the main role of the presenter is to ensure each candidate understands the course and that they get their coaching qualification in a friendly inclusive environment.
 
What do you need to do to register and prepare for the course?
 
Access the appropriate course manual: https://www.playfootball.com.au/coach/community-pathway
Ensure you click on the correct course and location (i.e. Skill Training or Game Training Certificate at Sutherland Shire Football Assoc – Location is Kareela)
 
What do you need to bring to the course?
 
Suitable attire to actively participate in practical sessions – this includes suitable footwear (boots if desired), shinpads, wet weather gear and towel. Also writing materials and a drink bottle.

Sutherland Shire Football Association (SSFA) advises that trials for the 2019 FNSW Women’s Premier League (WPL) teams, the FNSW Girls SAP (GSAP) and the SSFA Girls Junior Academy Squads will be conducted at Harrie Dening Centre, Bates Drive, Kareela.

Please click here to register.

 
FNSW will be operating competitions for Women’s Premier League Football in the following age groups: U14, U15, U17, Reserve and First grade across three Leagues (WPL1, WPL2 and Conference).
 
FNSW will also be operating the FNSW Girls Skills Acquisition Program (GSAP) for U13, U12, U11 and U10 age groups. The GSAP teams will also represent the SSFA playing games on a weekly basis (with players playing only for the SSFA GSAP teams)
 
The SSFA will also augment the WPL and GSAP programs with the SSFA Girls Academy – a skill based training program that follows the FFA National Curriculum and is part of the FFA/ FNSW pathway for talented players.
 
Trials have been set down for the following weeks by FNSW:
- WPL1 trials will commence on Sunday 21 October and will need to be completed by Friday 2 November.
- WPL2 trials will commence on Sunday 4 November and will need to be completed by Friday 16 November.
- GSAP and Academy trials will be run during this same period.
 
Details of exact dates and times of trials by age group will be updated on the SSFA website as soon as the Leagues are announced by FNSW (scheduled for late September at the earliest).
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Players interested in trialling are required to complete (and submit) the below to Register their attendance at the trials. On line registration is COMPULSORY to participate in the trials.
Note that Players trialling/selected for the Academy program and the GSAP will be required to meet residential and/or player eligibility requirements as stipulated by FNSW and the SSFA (as noted below).
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The SSFA will be conducting programs in the following Age Groups:
U9 Girls Academy
U10 Girls GSAP & Academy
U11 Girls GSAP & Academy
U12 Girls GSAP & Academy
U13 Girls GSAP & Academy
U14 Girls WPL & Academy
U15 Girls WPL & Academy
U17 Girls WPL
First and Reserve Grade WPL (Opens)
 
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Eligibility Criteria for the SSFA GSAP are as follows:
Players must reside within the Sutherland Shire to participate.
Players must be turning the age of the SSFA GSAP team in which they are participating (as determined by the age the player turns in 2019).
Players selected in the GSAP will not be permitted to register or play with a local club.
 
Eligibility Criteria for the SSFA Academy are as follows:
Players must return to and maintain registration at their 2018 club in 2019 if that Club has an A or B Grade team in that Players Age Group or if they played in an older age group and have an A or B Grade team in that Older Age Group.
The player must be registered with an SSFA club whilst participating in the SSFA Academy.
The player must meet current eligibility rules for Registration (in accordance with SSFA Rule 4.D) at the time of trialling.
Age restrictions do apply for Academy participation. That is, players must be turning the age of the SSFA Academy in which they are participating (as determined by the age the player turns in 2019) – the age group they play in on the weekend is not relevant.
 
Failure to meet these guidelines will result in a loss of GSAP or Academy place.
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Coaching Appointments
Details of Coaches appointed to the Womens Premier League (WPL) teams are listed below:
1st Grade WPL: Dragan Blazevic.
Reserve Grade: Geoff Holden.
Under 17 WPL: Mark Greenfield & Jordan Baker
Under 15 WPL: Britt Christie.
Under 14 WPL: Geoff Gidney & Georgia Manos
 
GSAP coach appointments will be advised subsequent to the SSFA coach application process being finalised.
 
Trial Dates & Times
Specific times and dates for each age group will be advised on the SSFA website (www.shirefootball.com) as soon as Leagues are announced by FNSW (expected late September). Players must attend all ‘open trials’ in order to maximise exposure to the selectors.

Please click here to register.

Sutherland Shire Football Association (SSFA) advises that trials for the 2019 SSFA Association Youth League (AYL) Teams, the SSFA Boys Skills Acquisition Program (SAP) and the SSFA Boys Academy will be conducted, from mid October, at Harrie Dening Centre, Bates Drive, Kareela for the AYL age groups and at 5Sports, 125 The Boulevard, Caringbah for the SAP age groups.

 
Details of exact dates and times of trials by age group are available (and will be updated if needed) on the SSFA website.
 
Players interested in trialling are required to complete (and submit) this registration form to register their attendance at the trials. On line registration is COMPULSORY to participate in the trials.
 
Note that Players trialling/selected for these programs will be required to meet residential and/or player eligibility requirements as stipulated by FNSW and the SSFA (as noted on the SSFA website).
 
 The SSFA will be conducting programs in the following Age Groups:
 
U9 Boys SAP & Academy
U10 Boys SAP & Academy
U11 Boys SAP & Academy
U12 Boys SAP & Academy
U13 Boys AYL & Academy
U14 Boys AYL & Academy
U15 Boys AYL & Academy
U16 Boys AYL & Academy
 
Good luck!

A special messge from Bob Holme:

I would like to thank all those who assisted in maintaining the grounds this season. With watering for over six months, weeding and the dumping and spreading of three truck loads of top soil, and three tonnes of sand by a volunteer  team during the season, it was great to see that neither ground was pulled out as unplayable. Even with favourable weather.

In past years, Oyster Bay 1 in particular has normally been one of the first grounds in the shire to be deemed unplayable due to wet weather with games moved elsewhere. The only Saturday round lost was due to insufficient grounds being available for play but not Oyster Bay.
 
 This has enabled nearly all to get to play a full season and resulted in almost maximum revenue for the club. Unfortunately, the oval no resembles a desert and will again require loving care to be ready for 2019.
 
Thanks again all and may I say it has been my pleasure to have been involved.
 
 
 
Bob (Bobby) Holme

The boys played their hearts out in a big 3-1 win versus Miranda Magpies. So good to watch!!

The lads won 3-2 versus Bosco in extra time (2-2 at end of normal time). Well played boys - top season!!

 

Our mighty 45C-1s took down Como 3-1 in their Grand Final. Well done Lads!!

The girls wrapped up the Minor Premiership with four rounds to go and were certainties to have their photo on the wall. Alas, it wasn’t to be, with the team going down 2-4 in their Grand Final. However the girls (and Phil) can be very proud of their season.

The girls played hard, they played well, and can hold their heads high having held Minor Premiers Gymea for almost the entire game. The girls ended up going down 0-2 right at the end. Well done on a fantastic season!

Well done Ladies on a great season, and commiserations that the result didn't go your way on the day - the girls went down 0-2 against Minor Premiers Bosco.

CONGRATULATIONS to our mighty W8As who won the Under 8 Girl's Competition at the Sylvania Heights gala day! They won their group, then their Semi Final 1-0, then the Grand Final 1-0. It was a 7-hour windstorm but they hung tough. Well done girls - an awesome achievement!!

Earlier this year we donated football gear for Dr Peter Locke and his wife Carolyn (parents of Andrew & Jack in our U18s) to take to Zambia as part of their latest medical mission.

Peter, Carolyn, their daughter Annalise and Steve Marcellino (another GRFC dad) were part of a team that saw 166 patients a day in very isolated communities. The work they do is very humbling but also very rewarding. Carolyn says that the joy that the Club's donations brought to the children was priceless:

"They have never had shirts, shorts, shin-pads or water bottles before. They have never even had balls to play with! The school we donated the gear to has 200 pupils (including 25 orphans) and zero sports equipment so you can imagine the excitement!"

A number of young GRFC players have put their hands up for next year's trip, perhaps an Australia vs Zambia match will be on the agenda?

Peter and Carolyn are the founders of Global Links Medical Foundation which is fully self-funded and works on 0% admin costs. If you are interested in helping them out please visit: www.globalinksmedicalfoundation.org.au

Congratulations to our fabulous SWD-1s. The girls have had a fantastic season and have already claimed the Minor Premiership with three rounds left to play. Well done!!

CONGRATULATIONS to our Mighty 45C-1s: Their round 15 win big sealed their Minor Premiership, with three games still to play. Well done lads!!

SP Screens are your local experts in all things "screens" and are offering all GRFC Players and Parents a 10% discount on their screening solutions. Pop up to their Oak Road showroom in Kirrawee or give them a call to arrange a free consultation.

As a member of the Sutherland Shire Football Association, an affiliated club or a person is required to

comply with the association’s member protection policy and must meet the following requirements
in regard to conduct during any activity held or sanctioned by SSFA:
Respect the rights, dignity and worth of others.
 
1. Be fair, considerate and honest in all dealing with others.
2. Be professional in, and accept responsibility for, your actions.
3. Make a commitment to providing quality service.
4. Be aware of, and maintain an uncompromising adhesion to high standards, rules, regulations and policies.
5. Operate within the rules of the sport including national and international guidelines.
6.Do not use your involvement with SSFA or an affiliated club to promote your own beliefs, behaviours or practices where these are inconsistent with those of SSFA or an affiliated club.\
7. Demonstrate a high degree of individual responsibility especially when dealing with persons under 18 years of age.
8. Avoid unaccompanied and unobserved activities with persons under 18 years of age, wherever possible.
9. Be aware of responsibilities under the Child Protection Act and report any matters as required under the mandatory reporting requirements of the Child Protection Act.
10. Refrain from any form of harassment, discrimination or racial vilification of others.
11. Refrain from any behaviour that may bring SSFA, an affiliated club or football into disrepute.
12. Provide a safe environment for the conduct of the activity.
13. Show concern and caution towards others who may be sick or injured.
14. Be a positive role model.

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We are pleased to announce that Geoff Manning Marketing is a new club sponsor! Established in 1988, Geoff is a quality supplier of promotional merchandise to clubs, and small to medium business.

 
Geoff has been supplying Georges River FC since 2006 and he offers a range of high-quality sports and corporate clothing plus a full range of promotional merchandise which can be printed or embroidered with your name or logo.
 
Please contact Geoff on 0408 276 541 or by email via geoff@gmm.net.au to find out more.

We are pleased to announce that Jannali Healthcare Centre is a new club sponsor!

Jannali Healthcare Centre has a team of allied health practitioners who work collectively to provide you and your family with quality, affordable, natural health care services so that you can enjoy life at your happiest and healthiest. The centre offers chiropractic care, remedial massage, nutrition/dietetics, counselling, yoga and Pilates classes.

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It's not every day that FOX Sports Australia comes to the River! As part of the Hyundai Goals For Grassroots initiative, some of our kids were lucky enough to be filmed having a kick with the lads from Sydney FC. After the filming wrapped up all of our kids (and parents!) had the chance to meet Aaron Calver, Rhyan Grant and Anthony Kalik.

You can watch the Fox Sports GRFC excluvie here

We have also shared some more of our photos here:

Fox Sports shoot

Meeting the players

 

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