AGM Results & 2017 Season Information
The 2016 AGM was held over the weekend. Following this meeting I am pleased to announce the 2017 committee;
President – Damon Conley
Secretary – Jodi King
Treasurer – Amanda Hoey
General Committee – Sheree Esparon
General Committee – Vacant
General Committee – Vacant
In addition to the committee Duane Hoey will be continuing in Director of Coaching role and will continue to report to the committee on all matters football. Diana Hales has stepped down from the committee but has agreed to take on a new role as a volunteer coordinator. This role has been created to help improve communications and knowledge among our volunteers, particularly team managers and Diana will be the first point of contact within the club for our volunteers and report directly to me and the rest of the committee.
There are numerous changes to the competition structure next year, and while most of the changes will have a minimal impact on most of us there are a few changes to note. Firstly, the AFL Match Policy requires all players to be aged 7 by 30th June to participate in a competition, there will be a transition period for 2017 which will allow most children who played under 6’s in 2016 to participate in the under 8 program. What this means to us is the under 6 program will now be managed by us at a club level and be called Roy’s Juniors. This program is for children aged from 5 who are not eligible to play under 8’s. AFLBJ will continue to provide support to all clubs to help deliver a program in a seamless transition for children that fall into this age group. For the players there will be very little difference to what we are used to as all the changes are to the administration of this program. At the other end of the age spectrum there have also been changes made to the youth football programs (ages 12+).
By now you all should have received an email inviting you to re-register online for the 2017 season. Our sign on day will be on Sunday 5th February. Even if you have registered online come down to St Benedict’s to meet some of our coaches, other players and club sponsors, have a kick of the footy. We will also have club uniforms and merchandise on sale.
Pre-season training for children turning 10, 11 & 12 will commence on Tuesday 7th February under the guidance of Duane Hoey. Training for these children will take place between 4 & 5 pm each Tuesday and Friday at St Benedict’s. Further information will be provided closer to this date. Training for 7, 8 & 9 year olds will commence at a date to be advised.
We have received strong interest from a number of 12 year old’s who are keen to play for us next season. As a result of this interest we have decided to combine our 11 & 12 year old players to form for the first time in the club’s history our own standalone team in the under 12 age group. While this may seem like a huge jump for the boys who played under 10’s in 2016, the under 11 & 12 programs are very similar in their structure and we will be nominating in a lower division similar to what a number of other clubs do who also play a combined 11 & 12 team. A representative from AFL Queensland will also be coming out to one of our pre-season training sessions to provide further information to parents about the under 12 competition.
Fundraising for the club will again take place in many forms next season. Our first major fundraiser for the year will be on Sunday 19th February where we will be manning the sausage sizzle and Bunnings North Lakes. Please keep this date in your minds as we will need volunteers to help out for an hour or two throughout the day, further details to come. Proceeds from this event and others we hold during the year will be used to towards our end of season function.
Here are some key dates for the 2017 season;
5th February – Sign on day
7th February – Pre Season training commences for 10, 11 & 12 year old’s
19th February – Bunnings Sausage Sizzle
17-19th March – Round 1 of Youth Fixtures (Under 12 and above)
28-30th April – Round 1 of Junior Fixtures (Roy’s Juniors & Under 8-11)
18-20th August – Youth Finals begin
25-27th August – Last round or Roy’s Juniors & Under 8 – 11
8-10th September – Youth Grand Finals
Please feel free to contact either myself (0417 185 403) or Duane Hoey (0421 478 960) should you like to discuss any plans for the 2017 season.