MUD, FAIR PLAY AND AHWTR
What a difference a couple of weeks has made. The weather has turned and the traditional footy weather greeted us during the week and certainly on the weekend. Thanks to all the parents, seniors and helpers that cheered our teams on during the horizontal rain on Sunday. Your efforts left smiles on lots of kids’ faces (albeit a little cold). Well done to all the teams again for playing with the effort and respect we pride ourselves on.
No mud slides
Whilst the wet muddy weather is a highlight for many of our kids, it creates some challenges for us (the club) and the Council that we need your help with please. We need to protect our grounds outside of game time by avoiding the muddy areas. This includes during training but also during the week generally (we have had kids riding through the mud on several days).
We are working with the Council to balance the load on the grounds – on Castlefield in particular. This will lead to training potentially being run at other venues and games being moved over the next couple of weeks. Your patience and understanding during this time is appreciated. We met with the Council this week to come up with strategies to help get us back to full capacity at Castlefield as soon as we can. We are lucky to be able to play on community grounds as good as these, but we need all Rovers families to do their bit to look after the grounds while they are wet. This includes discouraging post game slides through the mud! Speak to your team manager if you are not sure if your training or games have moved. Watch the SMJFL and Rovers websites too.
Fair play is all about respect
Over the last couple of weeks, we have had a number of incidents where parents or officials have been reported for shouting out to kids, umpires or officials. There is no place for poor behaviour at Hampton Rovers and penalties do apply.
‘Respect’ is what must be focussed on when ‘Passion’ heads in the wrong direction. It’s everyone’s responsibility around our club to ensure we all remain Respectful at all times.
Please report any poor behaviour to club officials please. It’s also important that poor behaviour on or off the field from opposition clubs is written into the Team Manager game day report. Umpire Escorts and Team Managers are responsible for crowd behaviour on game days, so please ensure you play your part in keeping our club and the league all about the kids.
At Home With The Rovers
Onto a happier note, this Friday is At Home With The Rovers (AHWTR) at the club at 5pm. We have great raffle prizes again, kids’ entertainment, and the bar and canteen will both be open. Please come down and support the club. We also have a number of new sponsors of the club that will be available to chat to – we’d love you to support them as they are supporting us.
See you all Friday.
Jason – President
Passion, Teamwork, Fun and Respect