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Sandy Bay Junior Football Club – Newsletter 1 – March 2016

Welcome to season 2016, a year which promises to be an exciting one for all, with the footy action beginning this weekend.

The STJFL are still in the process of finalising the rosters, and the first edition of the roster is subject to change in the first few weeks. Along with our committed band of coaches and managers, we will endeavour to sort out any teething problems, so please be patient with us.


President: Tim Johnstone
Public Officer: Stephen Bastick
Secretary: Claire Reeves
Treasurer: Chris Mctye
Registrar: Ian Warner
Director of Coaching: Bill Trethewie
Property Steward: Drew Moore
Committee Members: Justin Young
Warwick Golding
Sarah Gillman
Ed Hayes-Newington
Darren Sheen
James Groom
Alastair Downie
Paul Clark
Sean Stevenson
STJFL Delegate: Charlie Cottier


Auskick: Damien Geason/Matthew Johnson
U8: Chris Waterworth
U9: Drew Moore/Ben Christie
U10: Simon Chesterman/Troy Bennett
U11: Tim Scott/Mark Baldock
U12: Philip Parsons
U13: Carl Cazaly/Gene Phair
U14: Bane Shepherd
U16: Jason Coad
U18: John Barwick

A big thanks to all those who have put up their hands to coach this year, particularly our first timers Bane Shepherd (U14’s) Troy Bennett (under 10’s) and Chris Waterworth (under 8’s). I am sure you will find it a rewarding experience to guide our very enthusiastic youngsters through their early years of footy.

Thank you also to the team managers for your significant commitment to the club, without you we simply would not be able to operate.

I would encourage parents and other family members to offer their assistance to the coaches and managers for the various roles required on game day (umpiring, runner, first aid, time keeping, interchange stewardship) and at training. It is never as difficult as you think, and it is fun to get involved.


As mentioned Chris Waterworth has “volunteered” to coach the under 8’s this year, and has plenty of footy experience to call on. Establishing a new team (or teams) at under 8’s level is always a bit of a late scramble. We are never really sure how many players will turn up at the last minute, and organising a support crew can be a bit of a battle. But the more parents or other family members prepared to lend a hand, the easier the transition period will be.


Committee member James Groom will contact team managers in the near future to co-ordinate merchandise orders. I am aware that new players, in particular, will be keen to be decked out in Lions gear. From experience, it is money well spent, because the kids will wear the gear until it falls off their backs.


You may have noticed some large poles behind the goal posts at the southern end of Queenborough. The good news is a new net is ready for action. “At last” we hear you cry, well no one is more relieved than the committee members who have driven the process. While some footies may elude the net, it will certainly reduce the frustration for all concerned with balls disappearing down the bank.

Stay tuned for some more ground developments in the pipeline.


The Sandy Bay Junior Football Club is entering a new and exciting era this season. We will be part of the Women’s Southern Junior Football League, which will start with two age groups (9-12, 13-17).

The club held a ‘Come and Try’ day on March 28, and I am pleased to report 28 girls came along, and Sarah Gillman believes this may be the tip of the iceberg in terms of the level of interest.

The girls were taken through a skills session by representatives of our club and Hobart City, and committee members provided a barbecue afterwards.

Just as you would expect, some fun games at the end brought out the genuine enthusiasm of the girls, with even a good kickout from goal prompting high fives all round. One girl suffered the full force of a ball in the face, but after a quick hug and some encouragement from mum was straight back in the fray – great stuff.

A Gala Day will be held at North Hobart Oval on Friday (April 1).

A flyer was dispatched to schools last week, and the club would welcome any girls who are interested in playing Australian Rules to contact Sarah on 0412 135 398.


The club is in a strong financial position, and the following corporate supporters have played a big role in this:

Andrew Jones
Back in Motion
Edwards Windsor Real Estate
Drew Moore Construction
Federal Group Tasmania
Clennett’s Mitre 10
Tas Meats
Roberts Commercial

I thank these sponsors so much for their continued assistance and encourage all to support the businesses that support our Club. New sponsors are always welcome. Please contact Committee member James Groom for further information.


Games will be played during the holiday period, so if a player is going to be unavailable for these games please advise managers by email as soon as possible.

I wish you all good luck for the 2016 season.

Tim Johnstone