BLUES NEWS – July ’18
Our Major Fundraising event this year has seen over 150 of our great footy people and supporters join in for a night of “Craptastic Trivia” and silliness. To say none of us knew exactly what we were getting into would have been an understatement and the “Elvis Convention” just goes to show how inventive, creative and supportive the people at our Club are.
Thank you to all who attended and bought raffle tickets and frequented the bar. You helped us raise over $3000
Thank you to our generous sponsors, all of who will be recognised in our Yearbook. Thank you to our Team Managers for spreading the word, our Committee for taking on the big tasks and our helpers on the day who set up, manned the door and helped pack away. We could not have done it all without you. Special mention must go the Robyn Eade and Andy Zell for doing so much of the leg work and helping me bring it all together.
If laughter is the greatest medicine, we were all the better for the night.
Many thanks to Kris Trewhella for coordinating the top up of the First Aid Kits. We hope that you have not necessarily needed to use them too much but find them handy when the need arises. Please let the Committee know if you need any items replenished or have any other requests of essential items.
You would have all been aware that the siren has been broken since the start of season. After many attempts to repair, it has been decided that it needs replacing. The new Siren, that makes you feel like you’re at the “G” will be installed in time for the first game back after the break. Thank you for your patience and understanding.
Some other pieces of new equipment that are being considered and researched for purchase are some new goal post pads and a new scoreboard. Stay tuned for more news in this space.
Auskick – A message from Coordinator Nat Fay
Auskick has started 2018 with a slightly different format designed to ensure everyone is getting lots of the ball over training and at Game Day. There are new games designed to engage and stretch our newest players and small 4 on 4 games rather than the three zone games we are all used to.
Our Pre-Primary group of 18 has taken to it like they were always footy players and their skills are coming along very well under the guidance of Coach Digby, Brett and Tyson.
Our Grade 1 and 2 Teams are really hitting their straps this year and they are becoming a cohesive playing group who are starting to think strategically as much as focusing on getting the ball. We can thank the awesome Coaches Owen, who is back for his 3rd Season, and Ryan, who has taken our Year 1 group again this year.
Our Grade 2 players have taken on Rossmoyne and Melville in interclub games already. They played well as a single team and we were pleased with their efforts.
This weekend all our Auskick groups are going to the Sharks Gala Day at East Freo Oval and they will have some tough games against East Fremantle, Palmyra, Rossmoyne and Canning Vale. I’m sure they will represent the WJFC with pride, determination and be the great sports we know they are.
The rest of Season 2018 is looking great for Auskick.
Year 3 Navy – A message from Coach Kris Trewhella
It’s be a tough initiation for the Year 3 Navy team in their first year of “real footy”. However, a rich vein of form has been discovered as we head into the mid-season break. Coach Brad’s motto of “have-a-go” has seen some excellent tackling, great marks & spectacular goals. We are looking forward to getting a few more wins on the board in the second half of the year.
Year 3 Blue – A message from Chris Lukosius
The Year 3 Blue team had their first win of the season last Sunday which was a great reward for all the training and commitment the team has put in.
We are lucky to have such a great bunch of kids who really enjoy their football and are keen to improve their skills. They play with great team spirit and with a “never say quit” attitude. It has been great fun and we are looking forward to the rest of the season and hopefully a couple more wins!!
Year 4 – A message from Coach Dave Repper
These boys have developed into brilliant little junior footballers. It has been a pleasure to see them grow over the years into what they are today.
The skills are really coming a long and every game has been a competition. Their training is always enthusiastic and we all couldn’t be prouder of the group.
Year 5 – A message from Coach Jake Duffield
The first few games of the season were tough for the year 5 group where we found ourselves a bit behind the opposition sides regarding our skill level, fitness and endeavour. Through a mixture of hard work, improved attitude and with a few players returning after a delayed start to the season we have seen rapid development and a major shift in the way the boys have performed over the past few weeks. We are taking responsibility for our own performances and starting to understand how individual effort affects the team’s performance. Although we have some natural leaders I am most proud of the development of the kids who found the first few weeks challenging and have put in the hard yards to ensure we are now a strong group focused on playing as a team.
Proud of our boys.
Year 6 – A message from Coach Cameron Girvan
The year 6 team has had an up & down start to the year. We began a bit low on numbers but thanks to our Year 5 team & coach Aaron Blight we were able to get a team on the park. We started the season with an exciting win and things looked promising for a big season. Over the next few weeks we came up against some very polished and hard at it teams and were unfortunately on the end of some heavy losses. We then had the year 5 boys wanting to return to the year 5 team to play with their mates and along with them we lost our coach Aaron who followed his son. Our numbers had steadied to 16 by this time and I came off the bench to resume the coaching role, and away we went again.
The midyear review by the league was definitely been beneficial and has allowed our kids to be more competitive on a weekly basis.
Since the restructure we have had one win and one loss and are showing signs of having a much more competitive year. We keep turning up week in week out and trying to put our best foot forward.
We certainly have a great bunch of parents all doing their bit to assist with team duties, but a big thank you must go to Rachel & Brendan Williams who have been managing the team from the outset of 2018 and have kept it all together.
Here’s to a big rest of the year and hopefully some real positive results and we’ll keep being Navy Blue.
Year 7 – Message from Coach John Greenwood
At the midway point of the season our Year 7 side is travelling along well. We have lost one game against Canningvale and today we drew against Bullcreek/Leeming . Currently the boys are sitting second on the ladder and we hope to continue strongly for the remainder of the season and the boys will hopefully participate in finals for the first time.
The team has combined together well and we are working on a brand of football where the boys share the ball around with constructive handball and kicking to a leading player.
On an individual basis we have had a number of players play their 50th game Milestone – congratulations to all of these players. We also have had Bailey Morgan and Jaxan Bibaeff selected as players for the WA State Under 12’s schoolboys AFL squad which will be competing in the championships in Canberra during August. We wish these boys all the best.
We are fortunate enough to have parents that bring their boys to training sessions and always on time for the games. They are always willing to pitch in and help at training and on game day. A HUGE thank you to everyone. It helps ease the load for the coaches.
Wishing the boys good luck for the rest of the season. And good luck to all the other teams as well.
Be Navy Blue
Year 8 – A Message from Coach Glenn Hunter
Wow, half way through season 2018 and it’s been a roller coaster ride for our Year 8’s.
The team started round 1 and the boys have matured into young men, experiencing life lessons and harden football in this short time.
With injuries having an impact, the team has unified and realised every team mate is important and relied upon. With the last few rounds, all players have been contributing throughout the game, lifting confidence and playing with purpose.
We now look forward to the rest of season playing positive footy and having an impact on the competition.
Year 9 – Message from Coach Travis Warner
We are currently sitting forth by percentage (equal 3rd) on the B division ladder since a regrading process after the first 3 rounds. We have quite a few new players to the team this year which has been a welcome addition to complement our existing players. We have been starting games really well which has been very pleasing but having second half fade outs making things very interesting winning two games by 7 points after leading comfortably at half time. Keeps the parent & coaches on our toes!!
The coaching staff of Dave Artingstall, Drew Drennan, Danny Katic, myself and various match day runners have been aiming to make these boys better players both mentally & physically.
Some of these boys will play in the Development squad carnival in October for East Fremantle, Perth and South Fremantle depending on their residential address. This is a great opportunity for these boys to further their football careers, make new friends and learn more about the game.
We have had a good start to the season and will hope to make an impact come finals time when the business end of the year is on us.
A huge thank you to our team manager Omar Chehab for juggling rosters and making sure players and parents are up to date with the current goings on with our team, it is great to have such a capable manager which allows me to concentrate on coaching the boys!
Thank you also to the parents who help with the week to week duties like goal umpire, water runner, timer, scoreboard, first aid, coach’s runner, lollies, oranges and bringing the boys to games and training.
Good luck to all other teams for the remainder of the season.
Year 10 – A message from Coach Callum Flynn
As of Round 8 our Year 10 boys are sitting equal second on the ladder. I am very pleased with the numbers (24 boys) this year as it means we have a bench giving the boys a rest on rotation. This year’s weather has been quite different to what we played in last year, making a couple of the games really challenging in major wind and rain. I believe the game in Round 7 was our most convincing win of the season with all the boy’s contributing to the game in challenging conditions. I’m looking forward to the lead up to finals and hope to have all the boy’s fit and ready to play.
A big thankyou to Caroline Robertson who helped with managing at the start of our season. I would also like to thank all the Mums, Dads, brothers and sisters who are making the season possible.
Year 7-8 Youth Girls – A Message from Coach Brian Edmonds
Currently sitting 4th on the ladder with 3 wins & 4 losses, these girls are by no means out of contention to play for a Premiership. With a mid-season change in fixtures which hasn’t been favourable for our team, the girls have stuck to the task but fallen slightly short in recent weeks, having to play the top team twice in a row.
The majority of our team are playing their first season of AFL and they are really exceeding expectation for such inexperience. The first game we had a big win and it was a great start for the girls gaining confidence with an even spread of goal kickers and contributors.
From our early games the girls have been learning and getting better each game, which is the most satisfying thing to see. I can’t speak highly enough about these girls, they put in the effort and try their best each week and most importantly are enjoying their footy.
From a team that was in jeopardy of not even being able to play before season started, the parents have all stepped up and have been a fantastic help. This is all coordinated by our great team Manager – Tecia.
A big thanks to Steve, who coaches the girls Y8-11 team and takes our girls into his group for training during the week. His love of the game is evident in his enthusiasm out on the track and it’s really appreciated. Training with the bigger, older girls has made a difference as our girls are excellent in contested ball situations.
The girls will come back from a couple of weeks break ready to tackle the rest of the season with hopefully a full healthy team. Win, lose or draw, everyone involved with this team is extremely proud of their efforts.
Year 8-11 Youth Girls – a message from Coach Steve Burgess
What a great bunch off young ladies! From day dot these girls have wanted to learn and develop to play footy. The culture they have created in the training squad to encourage all levels of skill and fitness to join in and get better. With this in mind, they have embraced the Year 7/8 Youth Girls into one training squad during the week and take the time and effort to help out with their development.
We started the season off on a high with a very impressive win. Over the next few weeks we found it hard going with the team hit by sickness and injuries. In the last three weeks we have faced the top three sides and have won 2 of the 3 games. We go into break with momentum and the belief that we can achieve anything when we play our brand of footy.
Thanks go to Darren (Asst Coach) and Kim (Team Manager). You guys have been outstanding and made game days easier. Also, thanks go to those parents who help consistently each week. Without these volunteers the game day wouldn’t happen.
Good luck to all the Willo sides in the remainder of the season.