A busy week for the Singapore Sharks both at training and also off the ground. We enjoyed the annual Trivia Night at The Park Royal - Beach Rd, a huge thanks to our sponsors, organising committee and guests.  Congratulations to the winning team "One Better Than Last Year".

Also a thank you to our BBQ volunteers last Saturday, Robyn, Kristine, Jo & Cliff Brown. This weekend commemorates Anzac Day.  On the 100th anniversary, sure to be an emotional day as many people journey out to Kranji for the dawn service.  To mark this day, each training session will hold a minute of silence out of respect to the sacrifices made by many people during times of war.  In the evening, an ANZAC Day beach party is being held at Sentosa featuring Mondo Rock and Angry Anderson, details are below.  We have upcoming footy trips, player visits and social nights with those players.  Read on for more details.

Nearing last call for the Hong Kong trip (8th, 9th & 10th May) which is just around the corner and there are still spots available.  A great weekend of footy and socialising is guaranteed.   Flights are still very reasonably priced and we have negotiated a great deal at the Holiday Inn, Nathan Rd. Contact sharksfc@ais.com.sg to confirm your interest and we can send you the hotel booking form.

Carnival Day 2015

It's game time....Carnival Day kicks off on Saturday, May 30th.  There will be more details next week.

From the Gym

Last Saturday we saw the players participating in a variety of activities, working on skills that you don’t necessarily see as important or teachable in a regular AFL session. The U5’s were focusing on marking (yes, a normal AFL skill to be taught and learned) and landing. While getting the ball into the hands and demonstrating control is a continuous skill for marking, landing skills are important for sequencing, bio-mechanical movement and joint strengthening. We don’t want to see the players going to ground if possible, but if they do quickly getting up and continuing to play. The U6’s followed the same sort of theme concentrating on rolling, leaping and landing skills. This gives the players different opportunities to feel and understand where their body is in space and situation. Quick movement and control is imperative in AFL.

For those playing at home, here a few teaching points that you can do with your kids:

  • Landing: ensure giving with the knees and the waist to absorb the pressure, maintain eye contact on the ball (if a ball is involved), have the eyes level instead of looking at the feet, practise landing with both feet and one foot as they progress.
  • Leaping: practise single foot, and both feet, when jumping; however, when doing it with one foot drive upwards with the opposite knee
  • Marking: eyes on the ball and watch it into the hands, extend the arms giving with the elbow joint on contact

At the beginning of training, members of the Sharks committee and coaching panel are hoping to line the students up for a minute of silence in respect and recognition of ANZAC Day. This will most likely take place outside with other players who train at the same time. Please talk to your children about the importance and significance of this event as to show respect.

Now, I’m not sure if I will be able to make this Saturday’s session due to work commitments; however, the players will be in good hands with the coaches that assist every week. Hopefully, I will see you on Saturday?!

Coach Forby

From the Oval

U/7; Our first major weather interruption, not a bad result into Term 2! Unfortunately, this group missed the last 15 minutes of their session due to lightning. To re-iterate, the Sharks Football Club follows the AIS policy regarding lightning and this means that all adults and children need to be under cover for 15 mins following a strike. Any subsequent strikes mean that the 15 min period starts again. Thank you for your support on making this happen on the weekend. The tackle bags came out this week much to the excitement of the kids. We will be building them up to have them ready to play games at a Carnival Day to be held later in the term. Thanks to our helpers who came in from the side lines to help take a skill group this week, much appreciated.

U/9; Rotations continued, although they have been shortened to allow a longer time for games. The skills of this group are coming along well. The tackle bags also made an appearance for this group as we prepare them for both Hong Kong and the upcoming Carnival Day.

U/11 and U/12+; An increase in game time with the threat of a weather break was well received by the kids. As it turned out we got the whole session in and the kids enjoyed some extended game time. With a Carnival Day and Hong Kong tour coming up, more game time will be the main focus for this group over the next few weeks.

Thanks again to all of the coaches who are helping out week to week. The numbers have remained strong and there are always people available to step in when needed. This week will be one such week with ANZAC events on around the island and Vietnam taking some of our coaches away for the day. If you are around and keen to help out, please make yourself known to a fluro shirt!

Dale Carmody

Rehashing the news of our upcoming AFL player visits. Starting on the 2nd May, we have Adelaide Crow Andy Otten joining us.  The tall agile defender has played 69 games for the Crows.  He was runner-up to Daniel Rich for the Norwich Rising Star Award in his debut season in 2009.  Not far behind, on the 23rd May, Melbourne star Jack Trengove will be a guest of the Singapore Sharks. A former Melbourne co-captain, a number two draft pick, Jack has represented his club 81 times and also appeared in the Australian side against Ireland.  Both guys are recovering from injury, so a great opportunity for us to learn from active players in the middle of their careers. We will also shortly announce some casual drinks with the guys while they are in Singapore. 

Noticeboard

  • The Melbourne Footy Trip has also been confirmed. We will play the main grid game at half time on Saturday June 20 at Etihad during the Western Bulldogs vs Brisbane clash. Please email expressions of interest to sharksfc@ais.com.sg please include name and child's year group.
  • And last but not least is the Perth Trip on the Saturday 8 August.  Please direct expressions of interest including name and child's year group to sharksfc@ais.com.sg Please see below for full details.
  • Watch this space for details on our upcoming football carnival in Singapore.

Social Media

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

SINGAPORE SHARKS TRIP TO PERTH

Introducing the Trip to Perth

As previous newsletters have identified, we are planning a trip to sunny Perth for the Mighty Singapore Sharks to take on the Cottesloe Magpies Junior Football Club (http://www.cottesloejfc.com) over the Singapore National Day weekend of 8/9 August 2015.   The Singapore Government has also kindly made both the Friday prior and Monday after public holidays, minimising the impact on KIDS missing school and annual leave requirements.

Key Events  

We have agreed with the Magpies to bring one or two Under 9 teams (up to 20 players) and one or two Under 7 teams (up to 20 players) for Auskick matches.  Obviously we will try to cater for siblings that fall just above and below these age brackets.  We have also arranged to attend and play the half time game on the ground at the East Fremantle Sharks WAFL team (http://www.effc.com.au) versus the West Perth Falcons match at ATOM Stadium (a.k.a. Shark Park).

Itinerary

For those deciding to travel on the Thursday, on the Friday (7 August 2015) we will visit Domain Stadium (previously known as Paterson stadium and home of the Fremantle Football Club and the West Coast Eagles) to watch the AFL Premiers, the Hawthorn Hawks, train ahead of their Saturday game against the Eagles.

On the Saturday (8 August 2015) we have a tour and lunch arranged at Little Creatures Brewery (https://littlecreatures.com.au/venues/1-fremantle-brewery) in the morning, before heading to ATOM Stadium, as identified, to take part in the half time game on the ground at the East Fremantle Sharks (2014 Semi-finalists) versus the West Perth Falcons WAFL match.  Child-friendly venues are currently being explored to identify a place for dinner and to watch the live telecast of the Hawks versus West Coast game on the television.

On the Sunday (9 August 2015) morning, the Cottesloe Magpies will host the Singapore Sharks in an Australian Rules Football tournament.  Lunch will also be arranged either at the ground or at a nearby venue.  Participants are then obviously free to either travel back to Singapore later on the Sunday or on the Monday (10 August 2015) Singapore public holiday.

Next Steps

Once numbers are confirmed, we will work with airlines and hotels to identify package rate deals.  If you are interested, please forward your expression of interest, along with child's name and age group, by clicking here.

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