Club News

We're delighted to announce that The Prince Hotel is a new club sponsor!

On top of club sponsorship, The Prince will very generously be giving our club a rebate on all spend by our club members, and of all the clubs they sponsor, the club with the biggest spending members will receive a massive $10,000!!!
 
If you are an existing member, please email your card number or mobile + your name to reservations@ferosgroup.com.au asking for your card to be linked to Georges River Football Club.
 
If you're not a member, please sign up and link your card to Georges River FC!
 
Thanks for your support.

All turf fields are CLOSED today Monday 25 March due to wet weather. No training at Oyster Bay Oval today.

After a false start, Round 1 has been redrawn. You can download the updated draw here.

An important thing for our competition teams to note (U12s and older) is that Grand Finals can now be played as late as 01/02 September (spare weekend for any Finals series washouts) - something to think about when planning your holidays! Our very own Vice President Matt learned the hard way a few seasons ago...

The good news is the grass is green and we are now even more ready to go!

Goalkeeper training for Georges River players will commence on Thursday 28 March from 5.30 – 6.30pm. The sessions are run by Bob Holme and are for those junior keepers who regularly play in that position but unfortunately not those who have their turn in goal once or twice a season.

Following the early session, and depending on interest, an additional half hour will be available (6.30 – 7pm) for those keepers U18 and up who may be reluctant to train with the young ones.

These sessions as always are to allow keepers to practice their particular craft which is sometimes difficult to do in a normal team training environment.

Our Tiger Cub nursery program will be kicking off another season on Saturday 04 May for 10 weeks. If you have a future Tiger aged 3-5 who might be interested, please email Melissa via registrar@grfc.com.au with their name and date of birth. We'll then be in touch with more information.

You may have noticed some brand new signs the council has placed at Oyster Bay Oval... Please be mindful if you take your dog down for a run as you may be fined if you let it off the leash.

 

The Sutherland Shire Football Referee’s Association (SSFRA) is currently recruiting for new Referee’s for the 2019 Season.

Refereeing is a great way to earn extra pocket money, whilst volunteering and giving back to grassroots football. 

The SSFRA offers flexibility to allow its referee’s to continue playing club football, whilst also providing the option to easily update their availability to referee from week-to-week.

To become a referee, the requirement is to bring a passion for football, a willingness to learn and you must be at least 14 years of age. 

The entry requirements are as simple as completing an online Laws of the Game certificate and attending a 1-day practical training course, which will be held over 4 dates in February and March.

To find out more, please refer to this flyer and visit https://www.ssfra.org.au/single-post/join-us-in-2019 for details.

** UPDATE: REGISTRATION NOW CLOSED FOR 8 BOYS, 10, BOYS, 11 BOYS, 12 BOYS, 9 GIRLS, 12 GIRLS, 14 BOYS, 15 BOYS, 16 BOYS AND 16 GIRLS **

Dear Players & Parents,

Welcome to the 2019 season!

Registration is now open via playfootball.com.au. This is an all-new system released by Football Federation Australia and there are a few ongoing issues that the FFA are working through.

We ask that you please register ASAP so our volunteers have time to resolve any issues and to help us manage age group numbers. Some age groups are already at or nearing capacity so please register now to avoid disappointment.

Registrations after 31 January are subject to team vacancy.

Important things to note:

  • All players, new and old, must register online via playfootball.com.au 
  • Here is a step-by-step guide to the new registration system.
  • Everyone must create a new account in the Play Football system for 2019
  • For families; create an account for a parent first and then link all children
  • All photos (U10s and up) must be replaced in 2019. You MUST have a head shot ready when you register
  • 2019 Active Kids Vouchers: If your child attends school you can reduce his or her registration fee by $100. Apply for your voucher(s) here and enter your unique code as part of the registration process. 
  • Normal registration period closes midnight 31 January.
  • Registrations from 01 February are subject to team vacancy.
  • Please register in the age group you would like to play - kids can choose to play up an age group if they like and will have the option of two age groups when they register.
  • Please ensure your contact details are up-to-date and accurate: This is essential to ensure you receive team communiques.
  • By registering with Georges River FC you agree to fulfil ground control duties (canteen and/or ground control) on at least (but not limited to) two occasions during the season for every team a player / parent is part of.
  • Contact the Play Football Support Centre (not GRFC) if you have any issues with the new online process.

VERY IMPORTANT: New player ID photos are required for ALL players playing U10s and over. This is because existing photos were not migrated across to the new system. 

You can actually skip uploading a photo, but you cannot to go back and update later so make sure you have a photo ready before you start the process:

  • Headshot only
  • Plain background
  • No hat or glasses (unless approved sport glasses with letter from optician)
  • Clear with good lighting

Selfies are okay, and the new system has some basic editing tools for you to optimise your photo. You can also upload from your smartphone.

The SSFA charges clubs $10 for every card that needs to be reprinted due to photo issues - please help us avoid having to pass these charges on.

Family Discount:

You're eligible for a $65 discount on the 3rd and any subsequent registrations in your family. Apply the 'Family Discount' before paying for the 3rd player from your family then list all playing family members as part of the process.

Traditional Clubhouse Registration:

  • There is one more  face-to-face registration day remaiing: Sunday 10 February (9-2pm).
  • This is for new players to show proof of age and address documentation and/or to pay your registration by cash. The gear stall will also be open on these days. 
  • We will have a special orientation session for our U6s to show proof of age and address documents, buy uniforms and form teams on Friday 08 February (5-7pm). Read our U6 FAQs here.

Please note you will still need to register online, rego day is for ID sightings, registration difficulties and cash payments only.

Proof of Age & Address - Players new to the SSFA:

AGE: As per Sutherland Shire Football Association rules of registration, original birth certificates, driver’s licence or passports must be produced by players registering with the Association for the first time as proof of age, these documents are to be sighted by club officials.

ADDRESS: It is an Association requirement that all new players must reside in the Sutherland Shire and need to show proof of residence if registering for the first time. Proof documents may include driver’s licence, council rates, rental agreement or bank statement in your name.

If a child lives outside of the Shire, but attends a Sutherland Shire school, a letter from the school confirming 2019 attendance must be emailed to registrar@grfc.com.au for forwarding to the SSFA.

GRFC Junior Team Grading Days: 03 - 10 February

  • Click here for the 2019 grading schedule for boys and girls U6-U16
  • Please bring kids along with their boots (or sneakers) and shin pads as all kids will have a kick on the day. 
  • Grading may not be required for some age groups due to numbers etc.  We will attempt to contact you if this is the case, but please keep an eye on our website and Facebook page for updates.
  • Junior teams from U8 / W08 and up are graded on ability, with U7 / W7s invited to trial for our A / B teams (optional grading)
  • All enquiries relating to grading are be directed in writing to grading.coordinator@grfc.com.au, however please review the club's grading policy and Grading Day FAQs first.

Club Playing Strip and Clothing:

Players will need club shorts ($20) and socks ($10). Juniors will be given a playing shirt on loan for the season. Seniors will also need to buy their own jersey ($45). Our gear stall will be open on rego days, with additional gear nights to be scheduled before the season starts.

Are you planning a holiday in 2019? You might want to check these dates first...

Click here to see all the dates from Round 1 to Grand Finals.

The Football Federation of Australia is currently bidding to host the FIFA Women’s World Cup in 2023 and we're calling on all Tigers to take a few seconds to #GetOnside and support the Bid by signing up at ausbid2023.com

We want to demonstrate to FIFA that we're passionate football fans and will warmly welcome the world’s biggest, and most prestigious, women’s sporting event!

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

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.

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.

Follow them on Facebook.

 

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Thanks to our Sponsors

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