OUR HOME – AT HOME WITH THE ROVERS
Thanks to all that attended At Home with the Rovers (AHWTR) on Friday night. It was good to meet some new parents to the club. I got some great feedback on the Club’s direction and how our parents feel welcome in the Rover family. Whilst it was a ‘modest’ night by traditional Rovers standards, fun was had by all. Elf Sneaky Bottom, our entertainer on the night, put smiles on the kids’ faces. Congrats to the raffle winners. Nights such as AHWTR are key fundraising and community events for our Club. I’m looking forward to seeing more faces at the next AHWTR on Sunday 11 August.
SENIORS HOME LUNCH
Members of Juniors and Auskick joined the ‘Seniors’ Home Lunch last Saturday. These are great events, and probably one of the best kept secrets – great lunch, value for money and awesome company. It is also the most well attended and best run lunch in the VAFA (league for juniors). There are two more Saturday lunches left for 2019 (10 August and 31 August). Why not get a group of HRJ friends together and attend, from 12.00 – 2.30pm(ish) then watch the Seniors game. Tickets can be purchased through our Seniors website.
ROUND 11 HIGHLIGHTS
Sunday started a bit cold and wet, but the sun soon came out and some awesome footy was a result. It was also an incident free weekend, which I was very happy with. Passion, Teamwork, Fun and Respect were back where they should be at the front of everyone’s minds again.
This weekend is the Robert Connor Dawes (RCD Round) with many fundraisers being held around the grounds in support of kids with Brain Cancer. We all work so hard around the Club to keep our kids safe and happy, so it’s important we contribute and support those that are not so lucky and playing our part in curing this cruel disease. You can support on the day by buying a beanie, sponsoring goals kicked for your team or the club, or find a volunteer that is doing collections. Thanks for your support.
I’m happy to report that we have had a number of people step forward and agree to explore HRJ volunteer roles for 2020. This is helping us keep our Club strong and allow for a good handover going into next year. With over half of the HRJ Committee currently made up of people from the ‘older’ age groups, we are looking for representatives from our U8s, U9s and U10s to help shape the future of the Club. Please contact me if you would like to understand more or shadow the Committee to look at helping us in 2020.
Finally, I talk a lot about the importance of team sports, and the memories and friendships formed while playing at Hampton Rovers. These experiences and friendships can last a lifetime. I had the absolute privilege on the weekend to attend a 30-year reunion for my first junior premiership in my hometown. I can’t explain how amazing it was to see 19 of the 24 players from that year who made the trip back to South Gippsland (one coming from Brisbane). Spending time with these special people and our first coach, assistant coach and team manager was a special moment. Whilst we have all gone our separate ways over the years, it was like it was yesterday with a great bunch of players. For me these 24 hours with people that shared in an amazing childhood memory was a massive reminder of the role we play as volunteers and as parents in encouraging and facilitating kids sport. I was lucky to play in a back to back premierships, so I’m already counting down the days until next years reunion. I have made dear friends both playing and volunteering around football. I encourage all to have a go and volunteer.
Looking forward to the final rounds of the season
Jason – HRJ President
Passion, Teamwork, Fun, Respect