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I will take the time today to fill you in on my weekend, but firstly, HAPPY MOTHERS DAY TO ALL YOU WONDERFUL HARD-WORKING MUMS THAT GET OUR YOUTH OUT THE DOOR TO THEIR TEAM SPORTS.
What a great day we were gifted on Sunday, all teams finally graded and all teams looking competitive.
My weekend started on Thursday night, I watched several Rover Boys and Girls receive jumpers for the upcoming Interleague carnivals for U13,14 & 15 age groups. These children have worked very hard for the opportunity to represent themselves, our Club, the SMJFL and their families against the best talent in Metro Melbourne. The coaches have an unenvied task to narrow the talent pool down from 100+ nominated by SMJFL Clubs to just 50 in each age group. The SMJFL and Yarra leagues are the only leagues in Melbourne that run U13 rep footy – this is due to finance and the numbers of both leagues, with the SMJFL now the largest of all junior numbers in the Metro area.
Friday Night I popped into Boss James and watched the kids training. They were up and about. I went looking for cones and markers for the grid games early Sunday – DAMN – they were not there!
Popped down to Auskick Saturday morning. Gosh this took me back. Proud parents, clapping, well-structured drills, fruit cut up and great to see some VAFA Rover Ladies down helping with the coaching – that’s the Rover Spirit.
Again I went looking for ground markers and cones – FOUND THEM – all good!
I swung by Castlefield and gun Junior coach, Chris Leeds, was holding some skill sessions for groups of U10-12’s and U8-9’s. All the feedback we’ve received is positive and the extra skill is surely needed as I have reported in weeks gone by. Great stuff Leedsy.
Back to Boss James to watch the seniors, plenty of young guys straight out of Rover Juniors now running around the Boss on a Saturday afternoon.
I walked across the road to 37 to watch Carlton win a game against the Bombers (Thank the Lord). [Ed: I think it’s Matty Kreuzer and Daisy Thomas who Caggs should be thanking, but either way, good on you Blues!] Sunday Morning was fast and furious: social rooms being used as an away room, mobile goals, coaches, TM’s, 80 plus players and the coffee van doing a great trade.
I coached the D2 U16 at Dingley as Greg Miller was away. Although we got beat, the lads really tried hard and listened to instruction and out-played the Dingoes in the last quarter.
Word came through the D1 U13 lads back at Boss James were in an arm wrestle but went down to the Port /Sth Melb team. I drove back to see the D1 U14 team play the Beaui Sharks – great contest, a few U13 lads stepped in to help numbers, our team went down but plenty to like about Trent’s lads.
I headed off to Albert Park to watch the U16 D1 lads beat the newly promoted Sth Melb boys (up from D2 to D1). Our lads showed the Reds how D1 is played – our inside attack was great and our outside finish was classy.
Then back to the Boss for the last half of U17 to finish off the day. It was great to stand at the northern end goals with Stu and Katie Murray and chew the fat about everything and nothing. They are great community people. Stu is a Master Coach and loves watching his son Fergus and his mates form a great bond at Under 17 Level. The boys won and I snuck in to watch them sing the song and grab a shot of the lads and their mums.
Very Proud of these lads, MUMS look Proud also.
I then went home and found 18 of my family and Friends Celebrating Mothers day over Lamb Roast.
What a weekend, I love Footy and I love our community, I have read every team report and smile often at what a special club we have, more members still registering daily.
Monday night we had a Junior Committee meeting and we welcomed other great community people into the meeting to share their thoughts on some events post-season to help drive our club further. I sat there and thought how lucky we are in the suburb to raise children in an environment with such caring and driven people.
Keep up the great work everyone.
Can’t wait for this weekend.