Club News

We have a STACK of unclaimed trophies, highlighting past glory and service to the club. Check this list of to see if you have something waiting for you, and come down on rego day to pick up your slice of River history.

Rego days:

- Sunday 20 January 1-5pm

- Sunday 03 February 9-2pm

- Sunday 10 February 9-2pm

All GRFC players, family and friends are entitled to $15 Adult and $10 Junior tickets to this Saturday's Sydney FC match*.

Claim your discounted ticket by visiting Ticketek here and entering passcode SSHIREFOOT18. 

Each ticket includes public transport to and from the ground for free, plus don’t forget to bring a ball for "Macca’s Families on the Field" scheduled for post-match**!

*Bronze General Admission tickets only, and all prices exclude Ticketek transaction fees.
**Weather permitting

The Sydney FC and SSFA holiday clinic starts next week with 2 or 3 day options available AND if your child is not already a Sydney FC member, they will receive a Sydney FC Junior Membership to the last 3 A-League home games at Jubilee Stadium when registering which is a great inclusion for all SSFA junior footballers.

PLUS all aspiring goalkeepers in the 9-15yo age groups can select to participate in specialised goalkeeping training at the clinic.

Key Details:

 

Location: Harrie Dening Football Centre, Bates Drive, Kareela

Date: Wednesday 23 January to Friday 25 January 2019

Time: 9am-3pm

Age Group: 5-15 year old boys and girls

Inclusions: Sydney FC training shirt, shorts, socks and hat, a 3 game Sydney FC Junior Membership to the R13, R14 & R17 A-League home games (membership is only applicable to those who don’t use a member discount at checkout) , plus the opportunity to meet some of the Sydney FC players

Price: $295 for 3 days, $265.50 for 3 days (no kit), $230 for 2 days, $207 for 2 days (no kit)

Discounts Available: Sydney FC members receive a 20% discount or there is a 10% two sibling or 15% three sibling discount available (only one discount applies per transaction)

Goalkeeping sessions: Goalkeepers in the 9-15yo age groups can select to participate in specialised goalkeeping training on all three days of the clinic

To register your child and to find out more details of the Sydney FC and SSFA holiday clinic, click here

 

Welcome to the 2019 season!

We have now reopened registration via playfootball.com.au however there are still ongoing issues that the FFA are working on. Please register ASAP so our volunteers have time to resolve any issues and 
to help us manage age group numbers.

VERY IMPORTANT: Please generate a new account within Play Football using the email address you used to register last season otherwise a new FFA number will be generated and playing history not carried across. You can start a new account as parent for juniors but if kids were registered under different emails they will need to start their own account. If you are not sure which email to register with please contact registrar@grfc.com.au first.

Registrations after 31 January will incur a higher fee (+$50) and are subject to team vacancy.

Important things to note:
  • All players, new and old, must register online via playfootball.com.au 
  • 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 cannot 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.

2019 Registration Fees by age group (register before 31 JAN):
  • 6 - 7: $145
  • 8 - 9: $150
  • 10: $155
  • 11: $160
  • 12: $180
  • 13-14: $185
  • 15-16: $195
  • 18: $200
  • 21:  $295
  • AL / WS: $315
  • W30 / O35 / W37 / O45: $315
Please note: The Play Football system has been making random errors and not always applying full fees to invoices. Our registration team will check all invoices and be in touch with how to make up for any inadvertent shortfalls. We thank you in advance for your patience and understanding!

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 will be face-to-face registration days in the Clubhouse, Oyster Bay Oval, on 20 January (1-5pm), 03 and 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.

We have put together a few FAQs to give our new 5 and 6-year-olds a better idea of what to expect as part of the registration and grading process. Please click the link to learn more.

GRFC is a registered Active Kids provider. If your child attends school and is aged 4.5 to 18 you an 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 via playfootball.com.au. 

 

 

We have several face-to-face registration days planned at the clubhouse for anyone having issues with new process, for anyone wanting to pay by cash, and for new players to show their proof of age and address documents:
 
- Sunday 20th January, 1-5pm
- Sunday 3rd Feb: 9-2pm
- Friday 8th Feb (U6 Night): 5-7pm
- Sunday 10th Feb: 9-2pm
 
Friday 8th February is a big night for our U6s, so if you now any kids wanting to sign up for the Tigers for the first time in 2019 please help us spread the word!

A massive THANK YOU to all of our players & parents who took part in the IMB Cook Community Classic raffle this season. We raised close to $10,000 putting us in the top 4 fundraisers of the 78 community groups involved which is JUST AWESOME! All funds raised will be invested back into the club and will go towards our field fund. Special thanks to Laura Croxson for all of her hard work behind the scenes making it happen, and to Club Secretary Deb for representing GRFC at the draw on Saturday.

We're delighted to announce that our grant application for the Community Building Partnership 2018 has been successful!! We've received $35,000 from Eleni Petinos MP which will be used to improve facilities within the clubhouse and also buy new portable goals and cages to store them (making ground control MUCH easier!) A massive thank you to Pina Salesa who led the application and to all of our players and parents who showed overwhelming support by signing the petition earlier this year. THANK YOU!!

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.

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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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