Our Hong Kong trip last weekend was a huge success and our thanks must go out to our hosts in Hong Kong for putting on such a well organised event. Almost 40 Sharks kids participated across the under 8's, 10's and 13's. Conditions were made a little tricky after an early morning thunderstorm but the skills on show by the kids in all age groups is testament to all the hard work the coaches put in each Saturday. You should all be very proud.

The U8’s first game got off to a great start as all the kids stayed in their zones and showed great teamwork to move the ball up the ground. Thomas was an early star and was rewarded with a couple of goals. It was great to see all the younger kids getting involved in the play as Mia and Ella got stuck in and the Sharks skipped out to a solid half time lead. Matthew, Harry, Hagen, Oliver and Caleb seemed to be everywhere whilst up front Lucas and Charlie reminded some older dads of the Krakouer brothers. Ruben, Felix and Zac loved the conditions so much they wanted to step up and play in the U10’s as well. It ended up a solid victory with very even contributions across the board.

In game 2 a lot of the kids had played in the U10’s as well and this seemed to tire a few of the boys as we were a bit sluggish in the first half and we were down by about four goals. The kids showed a lot of heart in the second half and despite a spirited effort we fell short by less than a goal. Matthew tried his heart out and kicked four great goals. Oliver continued his great form as well.

The U8’s finished 1-1 and it could easily have been a win in both games. All the kids played by the rules and everyone certainly got their chance to shine. Most importantly the kids had a great day and enjoyed their games which were played in great spirit and in front of a large and enthusiastic crowd of excited parents and siblings.

The U/10’s kicked off Game 1 against Hong Kong Island Blue at 9:55am, having witnessed the U/8’s impressive victory in their first game and the U/13’s well on top after the first half of their opening match. The umpire allowed ‘grab’ tackles to be laid, somewhere between the U/8’s touch and the U/13’s full-on tackles, very appropriate for our team, especially as most of the Sharks were also U/8’s (and some of our opponents were girls and giant worms). There was also a very generous (but consistent) interpretation of marks to match the slushy conditions. Despite this, the skill level displayed by the Sharks was impressive and very satisfying. Ball movement between the regular U/10’s (Dominic, Caleb W, Will, William and Oscar) was excellent with well directed kicks and handballs and some great contested marks. The U/8’s (Oliver, Hagen, Lucas, Harry, Matthew, Caleb S, Thomas, Ruben, Felix & Zac) were right in the mix, displaying the benefits of some solid training under the Auskick program. The Sharks were up against it from the start with HKIB scoring early and maintaining their lead through to half-time. The team rotations in the second half seemed to work in the Sharks’ favour and the half-time gap was quickly closed. There were multiple lead changes after half-time but unfortunately the full-time whistle was blown just after HKIB scored a goal to go four points up.

In the second game, against Lantau, the boys resumed with purpose. The Sharks adopted their third rotation structure and jumped to the lead. With the momentum going our way, it seemed everyone wanted to attack! The second half rotation matched the player’s strengths and emphasis was on positional play. The Sharks kept the scorers busy with several goals and many behinds. Centre clearances between Will and Dominic were exceptional.

The U/10’s finished with one victory and one loss. There were some satisfied U/10’s, exhausted U/8’s, and plenty of proud parents. This was a great event. The opportunity to play competitive AFL was thoroughly enjoyed by the players.

The U13’s team had a fantastic two games. The work of coaches Chegwin and Schaefer paid off in spades as the boys looked and played like a team that had been playing together for a long time. The impressive element of the performance was the team work and team acts that set up the goals. First give to a team mate, tackling, shepherding etc were keys to the great performances. All the boys got to play in all positions and did so very well. Thanks to all of the parents who came along to umpire etc as well as our band of loyal supporters. Also well done to the kids on representing the club with pride and enhancing the reputation of the Singapore Sharks!

Game 1 SSFC 9.8.62 def Lantau Lizards 1.0.6. Goalkickers – Antony 3, Harvey 2, James G 1, Cameron 1, Kyle 1, Jakob 1.

Game 2 SSFC 11.2.68  def HK 1.0.6. Goalkickers – Harvey 4, Alex 2, Cameron 2, Coby 1, Jake C 1, James G 1.

Many thanks to the organisers, the volunteers, the Hong Kong Police College and the families who made the trip from Singapore and a special mention to Dennis and Michael for the great umpiring work.

The Melbourne tour is all but finalised and a special thanks goes out Nick Carracher for his work on this. It promises to be a great tour with the kids having a run on Etihad Stadium at half-time in the Hawthorn vs West Coast game on June 21 while a game on Sunday, June 23 against Ivanhoe has also been organised.

The dad’s head off to Bali on June 7 & 8 for the Bali Masters and the “old boys” have been training the house down in preparation for this annual event.

Photos and Trophies

As a lot of families take off for the school holidays straight after the end of the AIS break-up on June 14, we intend to have the group photos and trophy presentation a little earlier this year. With the public holiday falling on Friday and a number of families already indicating their absence this week, we will be holding the group photos and trophy hand-out on Saturday week, June 1, following each group’s training. Training will continue on June 8 and for those who are around, on June 15.

Photo Gallery

On the Sharks website are three albums - two from the Auskick program at AIS (2013 Preps/Grade 1 and 2013 Grade 2/3) and the other from the HK trip last Saturday. Check it out under ‘Photo Gallery’ on the website or please click here.

No barbeque this week

With the long weekend coming up and a number of families heading away, there will be no barbeque this weekend.

Lost and Found

Two weeks ago a mouth-guard was left behind at AIS following the Year 6 and over age group’s training. It was left down at the main table area. It is a dentist made mouth-guard with the name “Harry” inscribed in it. If anyone happened to pick it up could you please return to the main table this week.

Footy Tipping

This week’s winner of the $50 Dallas or Rotisserie voucher is Anthony O'Neil who correctly tipped 8 winners with a 10pt margin on last Friday night’s game.  At the top of the table is Zac Batagol & David W on 58pts. Good luck this week!


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