We are coming to the end of another fantastic season of Auskick. We have seen many highlights ranging from the Dan Jackson visit, the Sharks tour to Bangkok and the recent visit by the Bali Geckos.  All this is outweighed by the number of smiles on the kid’s faces and enthusiasm for our great game.  Participation rates have been maintained at a high level through the season, and the skill levels have clearly improved based on the recent games that have been played.  The traditional kid’s versus adults games will be this Saturday, and the parents will have their work cut out for them!!  A huge thank you to all those that make our Auskick season so successful, ranging from the kids, the coaches, the parents, the volunteers, the sponsors and the committee.

From the Gym

While some of the coaches were away in Bali competing in the 35+ championships, the players had some current, and new, coaches taking over the reigns with the sessions on Saturday. The feel was pretty much the same with lots of running, kicking, handballing, marking and target work, using stations throughout the gym. The combination of skills continues to progress as the players piece together the many skills learned over the year into an AFL format.

This week, for our very last session of the year, we have lots of fun and games planned in a friendly, competitive environment. I would like to give a big thanks to all of the coaches and parents who, as usual, stepped up to take the players for a challenging, enjoyable and rewarding session on Saturday. The feedback has been very positive!

Hopefully we can get the air-conditioning happening this week and we can enjoy the last session in a bit of comfort!

Ian Forbes

Sharks Dads Hit Bali

The Sharks Dads acquitted themselves very well at the annual Bali Masters (over 35s) Aussie Rules tournament hosted by the Bali Geckos last weekend.  Under the expert guidance of coach, David Snow (who, along with some other Shark Dads, played with the Wombats-Sharks "Audo United" team in the upper pool) the Sharks started off very well, winning both of their qualification games on Friday.  Perhaps a little bleary-eyed on Saturday morning, they lost their first game on day two but bounced back strongly to win the next, putting them into a final against "Expat Property Breakers", competing for the highly coveted Shield trophy.  With fatigue, soreness and general old age starting to take over, the boys dug deep and ran out convincing winners against an opposition that had no answers for the desperation shown by the visitors from Singapore.  So we have some more silverware (actually a piece of plastic) for the Sharks display cabinet – well done boys!

The Singapore footy community came together for the 2014 Bali Masters as Audo United to honour the recent passing of Nick Auden. Nick's honest, brave and regularly publicized battle with cancer has inspired many and is now helping others with better access to the drugs and treatment they need. The best way to keep him and his family at the forefront of our minds was to play footy and win for our mate Audo. Nick was a playing  member of the Singapore Wombats, an active Auskick coach for the Singapore Sharks football club and he pulled on the Sharks Dads Guernsey for the annual Sharks v Wombats contest. The Audo United team went through the pool stages of the competition undefeated with easy wins over the Adelaide Phantoms, Wembly and the Dubai Heat and only being pushed with a tougher game against the Waratahs. In these games, the class across all positions  was on display. The back line was rarely troubled, the mid field dominated the contested ball and the forward line provided multiple avenues to goal giving the opposing teams  headaches throughout the day.  The final against the Darwin Dugongs was labelled as the best contested in ten years at the Bali Masters. Audo United worked hard to 5 goal lead at half time, with the Dugongs letting Audo United off the hook with wayward goal kicking. The mid field was not being given an easy run of it but managed to push the ball award enough for Carmody, Rampling and Wright to slot away vital goals. In the second half, the Dugongs worked their way back into the contest with quick goals and the run of play getting them with five points before Cam Wright snatched a late goal  giving United some brief respite before the Dugongs narrowed the gap again. The siren couldn't come quick enough as Audo United endeavoured to lock the ball in for the final flourishes to walk away with a 5 point victory. The siren was met with a full range of emotions from players, supporting Sharks and Wombats members as achieving a tournament win in Nick's meant a great deal to all. Congratulations to Dale Carmody for being nominated Player of the Tournament. Thank you to all players from both clubs for making the trip to Bali and playing a great team brand of footy that Nick would have been proud to be associated with. Special thanks to David Snow, Craig Geehman, Justin Hotton and Dale Carmody for their work in organising Audo United across the weekend. We all look forward to next edition of the Audo Cup between the Sharks and Wombats to honour the memory of Nick Auden.

Melbourne Trip

Still a few spots left for our Melbourne Auskick game at the MCG. If you are in Melbourne for the school holidays and keen to have your child participate in the MCG game, please email us at sharksfc@ais.com.sg, as soon as possible with your confirmation, as places will be allocated on a first come first served basis.

Playing at the MCG will be a memorable experience for our young sharks, and we encourage anyone who has thought about it, but not yet signed their child up to join the game.

Also, the Richmond FC Punt Road Oval tour has been confirmed for Wednesday 18 June, 3pm at the Punt Road Oval, with Dan Jackson welcoming the children again!

Here is the break down for suitable ages.

•         Auskick Rules

o   Grades 4, 5 and 6 (preference to higher grades)

o   1 ticket per player and 2 for parents

•         Grid Games

o    Grades 2, 3 and 4 (preference to higher grades)

o   1 ticket per player and 1 for parent 

Round Robin Tournament

A weekly round robin competition is being organised for the older kids during term 3.  Final details are still being confirmed but the plan looks like mid-July to end of August.

3-4pm – Grades 4/5

4-5pm – Grades 6+

5-6pm – Dad’s training

Hong Kong Dragons Coming Soon

Lastly, we have confirmed a visit to Singapore from the Hong Kong Dragons AFL Club on the 30th August at the school. In the next few weeks we will be asking for registrations to play against the Dragons in a round robin competition.  This is another great opportunity for the kids to play in real matches against other AFL clubs from around the region.  The day will follow similar format to the recent trip to Bangkok and our visit to Hong Kong last year.


* Thank you to our BBQ volunteers last week; Michaela, Kris and Aleathia

* Sharks FC has created a Dan Jackson's Visit photo album on Flickr. Please click here to see the fantastic photos, courtesy of Andrew Mowat.

* Thank you for your support on the petition to keep the AFL on TV here in Singapore.  As a reminder, we encourage you to voice your disapproval via this online petition.

* End of season functions and the Grand Final day are in the process of being organised.  Further information will be circulated shortly.

* Singapore Sharks Football Club has a Facebook page. Please ‘Like” us => Search for 'Singapore Sharks AFL'

* Twitter account @sgsharksfc is also now active if you want to follow us.  #gosharks.

Last but not least, thank you all for a fantastic Auskick season and look forward to seeing you back next year.

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