A fun Auskick Saturday was had by all last week.  Kids really are picking up the skills with the older groups really engaging in some great games at the end of their drill sessions.  We also saw some great kicking in the gym with our little Sharkies, with the littlies really starting to get an understanding of how their fingers can hold that ‘odd shaped ball’.

This coming Saturday AIS has their family Fish n Chip night.  Although Auskick is on as usual, we will have some slight changes to accommodate this event.  Please note the following movements:-

  • Ages timeslots still stay the same, however the little Sharks will be out on the small Junior School oval & undercroft area (as 2 weeks ago) our bigger Shark age groups will be up the other end of the oval
  • Carparking – Parking is not permitted at Gate 2 this weekend to allow access to the Fish n’ Chip Vendors to setup so please utilise the parking at Gate 3 under the Junior Building or up at Gate 1 outside.
  • NO Dads Training at 6pm this Saturday due to the AIS Fish n Chip Event
  • There will be no Sharks BBQ this weekend nor will there be drinks for sale. Please bring your own.
  • As the Fish n’ Chips event is run by the AIS Parents Assocation, it is only open to AIS students & families.  Registrations by AIS families for the event will not be accepted on Saturday, this must have been done beforehand through the school

Sharks vs Hong Kong Dragons Carnival Day Saturday 21st May – Shark Park  

All our drills & hard training will be on display for our annual Carnival Day with the Hong Kong AFL teams.  Lock the date in your diaries for a fun filled day of ‘ real’ games and the opportunity to meet like-minded AFL fans from Hong Kong.  Always a great day for the kids & parents alike. Further details of age groups, teams etc to come in the next couple of weeks' newsletters.

From the Oval 

It was a perfect day for Auskick on Saturday with all age groups feeling the heat but increasing their level of tempo throughout drills and games. Again, I want to thank the coaches for their efforts in the heat to help out our kids. It is challenging weather to be completing outside activities but again, we had great numbers of coaches, enabling kids to get plenty of touches of the ball.

With Week 5 under our belt, I want to remind parents of the dangers of playing contact sport without a mouth guard. Below is a statement from the AFL and their belief of mouth guards. "Mouthguards have a definite role in preventing injuries to the teeth and face and for this reason they are strongly recommended at all levels of football."  This is not entirely needed at the U7 level but for the U9's and upwards it is, as the Auskickers are tackling in games. To protect our Auskickers, we have adopted a "No mouth guard, no play" rule. Mouth Guards are not required for drills but are required for games and can be purchased from a variety of locations around Singapore.

I look forward to another great day of footy Saturday…Coach Murph

From the Gym  

Week 5 in the Gym had a more specific skill focus, still with a fun and enjoyable element. The players were still working on accuracy, team work, control, gross motor skills and visual tracking, but more guidance was being given to enhance specific skill levels and biomechanical movement patterns. The U6 group focused more on foot skills; how they position their foot while kicking through to the ball drop onto the foot, whereas the U5’s worked more specifically on each of the football skills concerning kicking, handballing, marking, gathering and movement skills. As stated previously, we will be focusing more on specific skills and learning movement patterns to continually improve skills.

Here are some more teaching strategies to assist your child with improving their skill level:

  • Kicking: pointing the toes towards the target, not drawing the toes back and towards the sky, and hold the ball with the ring fingers down the seam and the point of the ball going up and down, not pointing at the belly button.

Handballing: sit the ball on the platform hand, bend at the waist holding the ball at waist level and slightly in front of the body, ensure that the thumb is tucked below the fingers, not on the index finge

Cheers, Stevo

SSFC Annual AGM & Social Night Friday 18 March   

The Annual General Meeting of the Singapore Sharks Football Club will take place this Friday at Dallas Restaurant and Bar – located at 31 Boat Quay. The meeting will be at Level 3 from 7pm. Finger food will be provided with drinks at Happy Hour prices. This Friday @ Dallas Bar from 7pm – level 3, 31 Boat Quay

Up and Coming Events

Keep these dates free to join the fun with more information to follow in coming Newsletters:

  • SSFC annual Trivia Night Saturday 23 April
  • Hong Kong Dragons Vs Singapore Sharks @ Shark Park Carnival Day Saturday 21st May. Teams will be advised closer to the day!
  • Bangkok Tournament Tour expected in May – dates TBC
  • Bali 9s Masters in June

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