After spending the month of February getting our new players familiar with AFL training, and getting the experienced kids to get back into the swing of things, we are now ready to step up the program a little. Firstly though an important announcement for this week…

Scheduling Change – 8 March

Please note that the AIS House Cup is on March 8 and this will cause some modifications to the schedule of our entire day.  The format will be largely unchanged for all age groups except the Year 6+ and the Dad’s. The 6+ group will be more of an exhibition game.  See below for timings and format.

*   Pre-school: 1 - 1.45pm in MPH
*   Prep: 12 - 1pm in MPH
*   Year 1: 12 - 1pm on Main Oval
*   Year 2 & 3: 11 - 12pm on Main Oval
*   Year 4 & 5: 1 -2pm on Main Oval
*   Year 6+: 3 - 3.45pm on Main Oval....Exhibition Game

*   Dads: Cancelled

*The MPH is the Multi-Purpose Hall is located above the junior school of AIS with a stairway near the junior oval. Directions will be provided.

From the Oval - Skill Application:

This week saw another great turnout on the oval for all of our groups.

The Year 1’s continue to practise the basic skills of football and are now applying them to small handball games. Thanks to the parents who jumped in to help out on the weekend. As I have said previously this is a big group and the more hands we have the better! We will continue with the skill acquisition over the next few weeks.

Year 2-3’s have been working hard, putting multiple skills together in one drill. This has seen a big improvement in their basic skills and is being transferred into game like scenarios in the last part of the session.

The Year 4+ groups have added tackling to their skill rotations and this will be included in games. The Year 4/5 group played some games putting the new found skills into play and it was fantastic to watch! Both of the older groups will now have sessions that incorporate games and skills. Please note that this means that mouthguards are even more important as the contact drills increase.

Once again, a huge thanks to the coaches who turn out every week and provide our kids with a quality program and exposure to the greatest game on earth!

Dale Carmody

And for younger kids in the gym:

Saturday saw something a little different in the gym for the Preps and Pre-schoolers to learn AFL. The players were put through their paces with a challenging obstacle course which gave them the opportunity to test their fundamental motor skills by jumping, landing, running, crawling, stepping and rolling…….and then we added the footies! This introduced hand-eye co-ordination skills through catching and handballing. Then we made matters a little more challenging by getting the players to go through the obstacle course with the footy, handballing off to the coaches and parents and back.

After the obstacle course, the relay races began. This gave the players the chance to implement the skills learned over the previous 3 weeks in a running, more competitive environment. We saw some ground work, handball, marking, and finally kicking skills, with the goal of accuracy. With these skills, the learning of basic processes were also in play; things like listening skills, following instructions and team work. This is an added focus for the remainder of the year.

So, the first four weeks of AFL for the Preps and Pre-schoolers was focused on ball control, safe movement and spatial skills, but what do we have in store in coming weeks? Well, now is the time where we implement more specific skill work around the AFL skills of gathering, handballing, kicking and marking. This will occur through the learning of particular body positioning and orientation, point of contact and timing skills via repetition, drill and minor game situations.

I would also like to put out another reminder to parents and coaches to drop me an email to let me know which group they would like to work with on a more consistent basis; coaching the kids in learning all of these skills. I send out the session plan on a Friday, therefore, you will know what to expect for AFL the next day when the players arrive. The more coaches, the better, as we can keep working group numbers lower for better focus and individual attention for improvement. My email address is ian_forbes@ais.com.sg. Hope to hear from you.

New Members Night

Hopefully this date has been marked in the calendar, our New Members Night”.  Held on Friday, March 21st at Dallas Bar - 3rd Floor (Boat Quay) from 5.30pm.  Meet new people, make lasting friendships and enjoy watching the AFL in the background.

Sharks Dinner and Trivia Night

Don’t forget to book in for the annual Singapore Sharks Dinner and Trivia Night which will be taking place on Saturday, 26 April.  This is our primary social event and only major fundraiser for the year and a CRACKER of a night.

Parkroyal Hotel, Grand Ballroom

Beach Rd

7.30pm til late

$150pp Inc Buffett and free flow beer and wine

 

For bookings please email: sharksfc@ais.com.sg

 

Bangkok Footy Trip

Sharks AFL have arranged a tour of Bangkok for the kids to play against the Bangkok Auskick and Junior Development teams (consisting of around 50 kids).

Details as follows:

 

Date: Saturday, 17th May

Venue: Bangkok Patana School

Time: 10am - 2pm

Age groups: Under 8 - Under 11 - Under 14

Logistics are in the final stages of being arranged, but if you would like to register your interest, please email reply to sharksfc@ais.com.sg

Noticeboard:

* Reminder that volunteers for coaching and the BBQ are always welcome. Do drop us a line here.

* Thank you to Leigh Kennedy for joining us as a coach and player on Saturday. With Leigh here on an 8 week secondment with Austrade from Melbourne, it was great to see him giving up his time by helping out the Sharks AFL.

* Mouthguards. Just a reminder about some of the available options:

Fitted mouthguards

• Dr David Bell, International Dental, Camden Medical Centre, 1 Orchard Boulevard, #02-01, Singapore 248649.

Ph 68873353 or info@internationaldental.com.sg. Cost is $59. For fitted mouthguards, this is a bargain.

Off-the-shelf mouthguards

• Motion Sports (Paragon Shopping Centre). A good supply of junior and senior mouthguards. $15.50 each.

• Liang Seng Sports (Marina Square, Tanjong Katong and University Town NUS). Range of affordable mouthguards from Adidas and Victory.

• Knockout Gear (Haji and Scape). Gel Max mouthguards from Shock Doctor. $25 each (subject to the store being open).

• Royal Sporting House (everywhere). Carries Nike “Max Intake Mouth Guard”. $35.90 each (subject to availability).

* The AFL have confirmed our game for the Melbourne trip – Richmond vs Swans on Friday night, June 20 at the MCG. We will be playing a couple of games on the MCG at half time followed by a back of house tour. More details to follow. To register your interest, please email.  All ages welcome.

* 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.

      See you on Saturday!!

 

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