The program resumes this Saturday, April 13 at AISS at the usual times. We hope that everyone had a very enjoyable and relaxing break.

Please find in this newsletter a repeat of the head coach’s highlights and thoughts. This is a repeat from last week but a worthy repeat for sure!

Coaches Corner

This week head coach Dale Carmody takes us through the highlights of the different age groups as the first half of the Singapore Sharks Football Club season.

We’ve had mixed luck with the weather but it is time to reflect on the first half of the program of which we have many highlights. The amount of kids running around on a Saturday afternoon playing Aussie Rules, the enthusiastic parents helping out with the coaching, the great new kit that really does look amazing and the amount of mature, slow, balding, not as slim as they once were Dad’s having a kick after the kids have finished is what this great game of Aussie Rules is all about.

Pre-School

The pre-schoolers are having a great time with a devoted group of parents led by Ian. They are running, jumping dodging etc and all while getting a feel for the football and learning the key basic skills required to play the game as they get older. It is a fun, game based environment where they are gaining a solid grounding in their ball handling.

Year Prep/1

These kids would have to be one of the most unlucky groups weather wise. This lot is also focusing on the basic skills of the game, kicking, handballing and marking through a series of skill rotations in small groups. The amount of parent help leads to a ratio of 1:6 adults to kids most weeks. This means that over the session the kids touch the ball hundreds of times and this is great for their development.

Year 2/3

This is the ‘lightning’ group as the strikes tend to begin during their timeslot! This age group is beginning to work towards games. It is still very important that they have a skill development component to their sessions as they are in the very early stages of learning the key skills. We have moved them into some more competitive drills and they are practicing tackling techniques so they will be ready for games in the second half of the season. If we can just get them outside for a full session it would be great.

Year 4/5

Skills and games are the focus for this group. This is our smallest group and the one yet to be affected by the weather. The focus of the last few weeks has been tackling and competitive work in order to build into games. It really has been fantastic to see the kids in this group put into play what they are being taught in the skill rotations. The tackling in this week’s game was very good with very few free kicks given away due to poor technique. Games will continue for this group, as well as skill development in the first half of their sessions.

Year 6+

Games are on in full swing and the boys are really enjoying themselves under coaches Schaefer and Chegwin. This group loves the competitive nature of the game and watching the Everitt boys going at each other on the weekend was one of the reasons we love our game. The boys are putting all of what they have been taught into practice in hard fought, competitive and fun games.

The theme running through all of our groups is fun and skill development. None of this is possible without the unbelievable parent support that we have in each age group. I cannot thank enough the Dad’s and Mum’s who are out there with the kids showing them the skills of the game and having fun at the same time. Please keep it up as it is vital to the ongoing success of the program.

See you all on April 13!

Wombats 20th Anniversary

As part of the Wombats 20th Anniversary this year, the Sharks Dad’s team has been invited to play one, possibly two, games on April 27 at Dempsey. We will be playing The Wombats Legends and possibly a shortened game vs the Navy which are expected to be in town.

The first game is scheduled to kick-off at 1am and both games are expected to finish around 12:30pm, enabling those participating to get home, shower and get back to AIS for training on Saturday afternoon.

Mark the date down in your diary as we would love to see as many of the Singapore Sharks Football Club community at the game cheering on the “old boys”.

Footy Tipping Competition

The Sharks footy tipping comp is now underway with a total 81 participants.  With a winning pool of over $1600 plus a generous weekly vouchers from our tipping sponsors The Dallas Bar and Rotisserie, its sure to be a keenly contested year.  Due to a 3 way tie in our first round, the prize has jackpotted to a $100 voucher in round 2. Congratulations goes to Bill Fitzpatrick who correctly tipped 9 winners for the round with a margin of just 1 point in the Friday night game.

Our leader board after round 2 is Sam the Boss on 15pts from Special K, Seb Walden & David Richards all on 14pts.  Remember, there's a long way to go!!!

HK and Melbourne tour

Final numbers are being confirmed for the HK trip on May 18. Currently there are 29 kids confirmed, so great numbers for our inaugural tour. The Melbourne tour is also beginning to take shape – we will reach out to the members who expressed interest shortly to firm up numbers.   Please see one of the committee or email sharksfc@ais.com.sg for more information or to confirm places.

Footy Kits

For those members / kids who do not have the right gear or size, Kukri have delivered some stock to us over the holidays. Please drop by the desk on Saturday.

Trivia Night

Hopefully you would have seen the very generous offer from the Hollandse Club offering all Sharks AFL members a one-month free trial leading up to our Trivia Night on Saturday May 11. Please contact a table captain if you would like to attend as places are very limited.

On the night we will be auctioning off a 2 year membership to the Hollandse Club where the proceeds are for the benefit of the club and members. If anyone has interest to bid, please see one of the committee or email sharksfc@ais.com.sg

As a reminder, there are also one-year term memberships to Fitness First available also. Again please see the committee or email us

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