What’s Coming Up:               

Easter Holiday Break – NO Training on 1st & 8th April – Training resumes on Saturday 15th April – times as per usual except 14+ who will now start their training at 4.30pm for extra ‘game time’ – this will continue through the season

May 4 to 6 – Nicola Barr AFLW Player Visit & Training with Sharks – More details to come

May 13 – Shanghai SSFC Tour –Calling for ‘Expressions of Interest’

May 27 - SSFC 10 year Anniversary Social Night - more details to come on FB – SSFC’s most popular social night on the calendar celebrating 10years!

June 10 & 11 – Hong Kong Tour – Calling for Expressions of Interest – a highlight of the season for our Sharks!

The full schedule of dates for 2017 is now on the Sharks website and on our Facebook Page – Singapore Sharks AFL

Easter Holiday Break - SSFC wishes everyone a safe and relaxing break over the next 2 weeks for Easter, we’ve already seen some  fabulous footy out at ‘Shark Park’ so far….looking forward to refreshed & ready to go Sharkies on 15th April when training resumes!

2017 Shanghai & Hong Kong Tours – Confirmation and Last Call for Expressions of Interest

Shanghai trip is the weekend of May 13/14. If you would tickets to the game and have not yet confirmed, a limited number of tickets are being held until 3pm Thursday 30 March by which time we need to confirm final numbers and make payment. Please write us with your child’s name & age group to sharksfc@ais.com.sg– with Shanghai Tour in the subject before 3pm, Thursday 30 March.

Hong Kong Tour June 10/11  So we can get our teams picked and organised, please email your “Expression of Interest’ to sharksfc@ais.com.sg with your child’s name and age group with Hong Kong Tour in the subject.  More details on the annual challenge will follow as soon as we have numbers. A fantastic ‘Sharkies Tour’ to be involved in, the kids & adults alike have a blast!

News from our Coaches

From the Oval 

Friday Under Lights and some inclement weather - It has been a huge two weeks for Sharks footy and I could not be happier than to be part of such a great club. Last Friday night under lights was a real highlight for me and the atmosphere was electric like that of a Friday match at the MCG. We saw some brilliant free flowing football with a real improvement in ball movement and skills. 

This week, we did not let the inclement weather stall our program or stunt the enthusiasm. There was an element of spontaneity and improvisation as storms came and went throughout the day so we took things indoors to our institute of high performance (The Big Gym). Our program did not change as we continued to focus on basic skills of kicking, handling and evasion. This was all evident when in such small confines of the gym. All ages played a game or modified game after their skill rotations this week and had a great time. It was fantastic to see them put those basic skills that they have been learning and practising into a game scenario. We will continue to do this as they progress through the season.

NOTE: Due to the shortfall of match time the 14+ Sharks players will now be starting at 4.30pm each week and training with Scooter, Talbs and myself. 

Congratulations to all our Shark of the Month awardees. Coaches take this initiative very seriously and award those Auskickers who are continuing to strive and show all the attributes of being a Sharks Footballer; Being a great teammate, showing outstanding sportsmanship and continuing to demonstrate commitment and attitude to improving their game.

Shark of the Month Award 

  • U7 – Harvey
  • U9 – Nicholas Cocoli
  • U11 – Flynn Whelan
  • U13 – Felix Katsaros

 We have two weeks off now for school holidays so I wish everyone a safe and brilliant Easter break. See you back on the 15th April!

Coach Murph

From the Gym

Week 6 and we were in the upstairs gym, this session was based more on an AFL skill theme than in previous weeks where we had been concentrating on general skill orientation. The U6’s had a focus on gathering skills and working on picking up the stationary and moving ball below their knees. Body orientation in relation to the ball at this age is quite linear and can be difficult to judge the bounce and flight, therefore, repetitive practice is needed, especially in a game where the ball spends a fair bit of time on the deck! The U5’s had a kicking focus with an emphasis on timing and visual tracking. Focusing on the movement of the ball and following it into their hands is normally a developmental skill but still needs repetitive practice to improve.

For those of you playing at home, following are some teaching points that you can use with your kids. You can also use some of the same activities that we do on a Saturday which all helps.

• Gathering: fingers pointing towards the ground, watch the ball into the hands, have feet spread one foot in front of the other, bending at the waist and knees

• Visual tracking: objects of differing weights can be used, floating type objects are a good start, watch the object into the hands

• Kicking: point the toes to kick and finish with the toes pointing towards the target, hold the ball up and down, not pointing towards the target

Cheers, Coach Stevo

U7s March SOTM – Harvey
U9s March SOTM – Nicholas Cocoli
U11s SOTM March – Flynn Whelan U13s SOTM March – Felix Katsaros
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