Club News

I would like to wish all a great shortened season and no doubt all are happy to be back playing. It has been a hard road to get Oyster Bay Oval back in any sort of playing condition despite no play until now. Firstly with the long dry spell and water restrictions followed by almost constant rain and the remainder of the new turf unfortunately laid in atrocious conditions. The ground has had 1 tonne soil, 3 tonnes top dressing and 2 tonnes of sand applied to it to date over the Covid period. Please bear with us if OB1 is rough in spots as it has taken a lot of loving care to get it anywhere near to what may be considered a playable state. I would like to personally thank Michael Krogh and Dale Graham for their assistance and our Club Secretary Debbie Kearns for her never ending support in obtaining everything we required to do the necessary work. Enjoy your football no matter what the result. 

- The Unofficial Field Maintenance Person

The SSFA are offering the Skills Training Coaching Certificate Course which is aimed at coaches of 8-14 year old players. 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.

When, where and how much is the course held and how long does it go for?

What: Skills Training Certificate (10 hours)

Cost: $90 (GRFC will reimburse your fee on completion of the course)

When: Friday 07 August 6.00pm-9.00pm & Saturday 08 August 9.00am- 4.00pm.

Where: Harrie Dening Football Centre, Bates Drive Kareela (off Princes Hwy).

Much of this course is 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 – we will help you to get your coaching qualification in a friendly inclusive environment.

What do you need to do to register and prepare for the course?

1. Register via this link (Ensure you click on the correct course and location (i.e. Skill Training Certificate at Sutherland Shire Football Assoc – Location is Kareela)

2. Download the course manual

What do you need to bring to the course?

1. Suitable attire to actively participate in practical sessions – this includes suitable footwear (boots if desired) , shin guards, wet weather gear and towel

2. Writing materials, drink bottles, sun screen

Coaches associated with SSFA affiliated Clubs will be given priority. Participants will be advised (via email) of their acceptance to the Course as soon as numbers are finalised.

Dates have been set for 2020 team photos, seniors included! 

Junior photos will be 08 & 15 August, and seniors will have their photos professionally done for the first time in years on Sunday 09 August.

And don't forget the Tiger Cubs: Friday 14 August.

Major club sponsor Flow Physio is offering 10% off new injury consultations for all Tiger families. Hopefully we all come away unscathed this season (especially during the first few rounds!) but it's good to know that the expert and friendly team at Flow Physio has all your physio needs sorted, including:

Sports injury

Orthopaedic rehabilitation (pre and post operative)

Injury prevention programs

Women's Health

Paediatric physiotherapy


Give the team a call on 9545 0361.

We have received Return to Play Guidelines from Football NSW and have endeavoured to summarise everything our players, parents and spectators need to be aware of, and abide by, to help make our return to play a safe one (we as a club have many more).

These guidelines are provided to ensure the health and safety of everyone involved in our game and are in effect from 01 July:

Spectators to be limited to 2 persons per player.

Maintain social distancing of 1.5 metre between spectators.

Team benches to be organised to ensure 1.5 metres between coaching staff & substitutes.

No sharing of food (e.g.: half time oranges and full time lollies).

Any handling of equipment is to be kept to a minimum.

If bibs are used, each individual player is to be allocated a bib and each player is required to take the bib home to be washed.

Toilets will be open for use. Signage states toilets should be entered one at a time.

Social activity once games have concluded should be limited to essential gatherings and be within government guidelines.


The following are to be avoided:

Team handshakes prior to kick-off


Team huddles, handshakes and high 5s

Multiplayer goal celebrations


Normal playing rules apply, however changes have been made to borrowing rules (managers will be advised in a separate communique).
Please note: Georges River male & female change rooms will remain closed until further notice.

The GRFC canteen, BBQ and Tiger Inn will all be in operation, albeit within social distancing parameters. 


From Wednesday 01 July we will move to Level C training as per the below:



Once training has concluded, any social activity should be limited to essential activities.


Players and parents/guardians are not to participate in any football activity (training, matches or ground control) if in the past 14 days they have:

been unwell or had any flu-like symptoms, or

been in contact with a known or suspected case of COVID-19, or

any sudden loss of smell or loss of taste, or

are at a high risk from a health perspective, including the elderly and those with pre-existing medical heath conditions.

Please check this NSW Government website link for advice regarding the full list of symptoms associated with COVID-19 infection



Players, officials, volunteers and/or their parents/carers should carry hand sanitiser on their person in order to enable good personal hygiene.

If using tissues, place them directly in the bins provided.

Seek to avoid the use of public toilets, however if necessary, ensure hands are washed thoroughly.

Each participant is to provide their own drink bottle that is clearly labelled and is only used by that individual. No sharing of drink bottles.

Each participant is to take their bib home to wash individually.

No sharing of pens or clip boards, each volunteer must bring their own to venues.

Wash your hands frequently with soap and water, before and after eating, and after going to the toilet.


Cover mouth and nose with a tissue or your elbow (not your hands) when you cough or sneeze.

Wash hands with soap and water often.

Use hand sanitiser gel if soap and water are not available.

Do not touch your eyes, nose or mouth if your hands are not clean.

No spitting at any time.

Wipe down all surfaces and objects with appropriate anti-bacterial/disinfectant wipes or soap, particularly those frequently touched. This includes door handles, light switches, kitchen surfaces, bathroom surface, phones, remote controls and any other high touch areas.

Do not share drink bottles.

Practice social distancing. If someone comes and stand next to you, move around the field and ensure you implement social distancing requirements.

Tiger Cubs is back on and kicking off just after the school holidays on Friday 24 July. And it's not too late to join in! Both new and returning Cubs can register here.

If you have already signed up our registrar will be in very touch soon.

We are starting up our Skills Academy for boys and girls U9-16 in partnership with the SSFA just after the school holidays and it is not too late to register:

Girls U14-U16
Boys & Girls U9-U13


Welcome to new club sponsor Peak Plumbing! Peak Plumbing Services Pty Ltd is a local, family owned and operated business based in Oyster Bay. The team specializes in residential and commercial plumbing services and is available 7 days a week for your convenience. Give them a call on 0409419299 and support one of our River families.

"Chris is an awesome plumber.Has fixed a few of our homes problems that other plumbers have tried unsuccessfully to over the years. On top of that he is the nicest guys!"




Please be advised that the close date for registrations has been extended to 31st July. it's not too late to play!

Now we're back in action, Bob plans to kick off his FREE "Keep 'Em Out" keeper training sessions at The Bay starting Thursday 18 June from 5-6pm.

Bob's training sessions will continue throughout the season apart from school holidays and of course subject the number wanting to participate. 

You might not realise, but this is Bob's 17th year running training for our keepers at no cost. it is a great opportunity for all keepers to practice the particular skills they need for the vital position of goalie on game day.

It is open to all players 9 years and up who play in goal on a regular basis.

Should anyone have any questions contact Bob (Bobby) on 9528 4660


We're delighted to have the continued support of Kemp Recruitment this season.

Kemp Recruitment was established by long time River players Janelle and Michael Kemp in 2011. Together they have over 30 years experience in healthcare recruitment.

Operating Australia-wide, Kemp Recruitment specialises in connecting professionals with healthcare organisations for both short term and permanent employment solutions. 

Janelle Kemp and her team of experienced consultants understand that every enquiry is different so they provide a personalised service to ensure your individual needs are being met.

If you're a nurse, head over to Kemp Recruitment where the team can find you Temporary or Permanent work in the healthcare industry.

Think experience, think quality, think personal… think Kemp Recruitment.

In case you missed the news, NSW Sports Minister Geoff Lee has just announced that people of *all ages* will be able to take part when community sport recommences in NSW on July 1. Community sport was previously only set to return for juniors on this date... It's game on Tigers!!

With training now up and running and Community sport competitions being able to restart for those aged 18 years and under from 1 July it is timely to provide an update on proposed plans for the restart of competition matches for 2020.

It is proposed that competitions for boys and girls Under 6 MiniRoos up to and including Under 18 year old competitions (Juniors and Youth) will be scheduled as follows:
– Commence on the weekend of Saturday 4/Sunday 5 July.
– Schedule is for thirteen (13) weekends (with no capacity to make up washed out matches)
– Be completed on the weekend of Saturday 27/ Sunday 28 September.
– It has not yet been decided whether a Finals Series is possible. This will be decided in conjunction with the Clubs and subject to field availability.

Please note that the aforementioned start and finish dates are subject to formal confirmation that Cricket will accommodate a delay in their season (which appears likely and is greatly appreciated), the impact on other users and sign off/approval from Sutherland Council.

Please also note that SSFA and FNSW are also lobbying State Members of Parliament to consider allowing Community sport competitions for those 19 years of age and older to also commence as soon as possible. Your clubs will be advised as information comes to hand.

Other items that are worth noting include:
• The Women’s Under 18’s have previously been and will continue to play on a Sunday. It is likely that these games will be played at a central hub (for example the Kareela synthetic fields or another location that has multiple grounds) rather than at a team’s ‘home’ ground (at least until the older age groups are permitted to ‘return to play’).
• Competitions for those 19 years of age and older (i.e. Under 21 on Saturdays and the remaining Sunday Competitions) will commence as soon as the State Government confirms a start date (subject to Council approval). Again, it is hoped (and expected that these competitions will play until Saturday 27/Sunday 28 September (as per the above provisos).
• Borrowing rules will be altered/relaxed to make sure all teams can field players. The clear intention is to provide as many opportunities for players and teams to play matches and be flexible enough to ensure all teams can borrow players to make up numbers if required. Details have been provided separately to your clubs.
• The draw will be published as far in advance as possible to allow players and teams to plan. Note that the draw is presently being modified to remove byes wherever feasible.

Draft ‘Return to Play’ guidelines have been prepared. These guidelines have been submitted to the State Government seeking their approval – as no other guidelines, criteria or directions have yet been forthcoming from the State Bodies. As soon as these, or other approved, guidelines become available they will be shared with the clubs.

Last night the NSW Government announced that community sport competitions can restart for those aged 18 years and under from 1 July.

Key outtakes from the press release are as follows:

Community sport competitions can restart for those aged 18 years and under from 1 July.

 Health Minister Brad Hazzard said COVID-19 safety plans for each activity or sport are critical to enable this re-start.

“Sport and businesses will need to do things a little differently than in pre-COVID-19 times and following their safety plan is key to keeping people safe,” Mr Hazzard said.

 “Re-opening kids’ sporting competitions on 1 July gives groups and local government which manages many of these facilities, time to work through all the new changes.” 

Acting Minister for Sport, Geoff Lee said indoor and outdoor community sports for those aged 18 years and under are ready to return from 1 July.

“Children and young people will be thrilled they can get together with friends and teammates again and I am sure parents will welcome the news too,” Mr Lee said.

 “NSW loves sport, and I am so pleased clubs and organisations will now be able to plan their fixtures list for their seasons to resume.”

 A decision on a potential return date for adult community sport will be made at a later stage.

Please note: Further to the above, FNSW will be meeting with Minister Lee on Wednesday with the aim to receive clarity on what will need to be put in place to resume playing football and clarification on a timeline for a return for adult sport.

You can see the full press release here.

As per the Return to Training Guidelines set by Football NSW, Georges River FC is required to allocate training based on the following:
  • Teams with 10 or less (including coach) to be allocated ¼ of a full pitch. 
  • Teams with between 10 and 20 (including coach) to be allocated ½ of a full pitch. These teams are then to be split into groups of no more than 10 (including coach) and allocated ¼ of a full pitch. 
  • No interchanging of players throughout that training session (i.e. players to remain in their ¼ of a full pitch area).
We have done our best to both a) comply with the above, and b) meet the training time/day requests of our 100+ teams. As we were required to lodge our training schedule with appropriate authorities it is highly unlikely that any requests for changes will be granted.
Teams / Players are to:
  • Arrive as close as possible to the starting time of their training session (not more than 15 mins before commencement);
  • Be dressed ready for training before arriving (with the exception of boots if impractical);
  • Bring their own water bottle (and no sharing of water bottles);
  • Complete training at least 5 minutes before the next allocated training session (i.e. run 40 minute or less sessions starting from your allocated time);
  • Leave the oval, car park and surrounding areas immediately after conclusion of training;
  • Maintain social distancing regulations current at the time of your training session (as you should at all times).

We are pleased to advise that GRFC has been granted permission to return to training – albeit under strict conditions, including (but not limited to) the below: 

- Teams must only train as per this training schedule lodged with appropriate authorities 

- Only essential personnel are to attend training – players, team officials, essential volunteers.

- No more than 10 people to be in any one training zone.

- No person-to-person contact drills are permitted at this stage (e.g. tackling, 1 v 1, games and challenges). :

Please refer to the Return to Training Guidelines and also the Return to Training Requirements Checklist from Football NSW for further conditions and information. 

Please take the time to read these documents carefully as any disregard of these Guidelines and Requirements could lead to a reversal of our approval to train as a club.

It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of former Georges River FC member Ken Brown.

Ken served on the GRFC Committee for many years during his children’s playing days including two years on the Executive Committee as Honorary Treasurer.

GRFC sends its condolences to Ken’s family and friends.

2020 is a rule change year and a number of rules have changed for our competition teams (U12 and up) from the coin toss, to taking quick free kicks, to where leave the field the field when subbing. Please take a few minutes to read (and absorb) the updates here: SSFA Law Changes 2020

The Referees Association will be hosting two seminars to explain the Law Changes applicable to the 2020 Season in more depth (including video examples etc.). These seminars will be held at Harrie Dening Centre Bates Drive Kareela at 2pm on Saturday 14 March and Saturday 21 March.



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