SHOOSH because…

SHOOSH because our kids are watching

Yelling negative comments from the sidelines is never OK. It is modelling disrespect for authority and showing kids that it’s OK to respond to a mistake – by a player or by an umpire – with abuse. As a Club, we won’t tolerate it. SHOOSH!

SHOOSH because our kids are listening

But what if it is just conversational complaints? Stop and think. Are the umpires really biased, or just learning? Is the push in the back by an opponent “deliberate”, while the push in the back by our player just a mistake?

We may not like an opposing team culture, but we need to remember that all players and umpires are still learning, and that team officials are volunteers doing their best for the love of the sport.

Focusing on complaints about umpires and the opposition teaches kids that it is OK to blame others for the result of a game and show them disrespect. SHOOSH!

SHOOSH because we want football relationships to be positive

Not many kids will grow up to be professional AFL players but we’d like to encourage them to play, umpire, coach or be involved in AFL in some capacity for many years to come.

People swap Clubs; Clubs form merger teams; development, representative and academy teams are selected. Those kids being criticised as “cheats” may soon be your child’s team mates. That “biased” umpire may one day mentor your team. That “dirty” team official? Meet your new coach.

Let’s make work to make AFL fun, and football relationships positive. SHOOSH!

SHOOSH because there’s a right way to address wrong behaviour

Sometimes there will be legitimate concerns about a player, an umpire, a parent or official. During a game, the team manager (and only the team manager) can approach the ground manager, who will then decide whether it’s an issue that needs monitoring and/or intervention.

Coaches also have access to a form to provide constructive feedback on umpiring, which directly informs umpire training sessions.

And if you ever have specific complaints after an AFL game, please contact our Club. If warranted, we’ll take it further on your behalf.

#shooshforkids

The Season Draw

The Season Draw has been published online. Please bookmark it, or download the free app to your smartphone.

The draw is available online via Sports TG (formerly Fox Sporting Pulse)

  • Sports TG website version
  • Sports TG also has a free app, available from the Apple App Store and Google Play, called Game Day Sports TG. 

Instructions for finding your team on Game Day Sports TG.

Once you have logged in, select ‘find my team’ and then ‘Australian Football’. Search for ‘Sydney Harbour City’ and then under the tab ‘competition’ you will find a list of divisions. Tip: Make sure you’re looking at the 2018 competition, as they leave the 2017 in place and you may have to scroll past 2017 to find it.

Please note that that while your team colour may be black, white or teal, your division may be a different colour. Just look through all the entries for your age group for Drummoyne Power until you find it. Once you’ve found it once, press the star in the top right hand corner, and it will stay on the home screen of the app, so you don’t have to look for it again.

The draw is considered the single source of truth. If there is ever any conflicting information about game times or locations, consult the online version of the draw.

Please also note, you should check the draw regularly. As the season progresses, it will be tweaked. We will, of course, notify you of any changes but nothing beats the eagle eyes of a whole team checking it.

 

Drummoyne Power Merchandise

Club merchandise

Look great and support your footy club with a wide range of great looking club wear, available for sale.

We’ll be taking orders at the Season Launch on Sunday 18 March. Please download the DPJAFC 2018 Merchandise Order Form.

Merchandise is sold at most home games. If a dedicated stall is not set up at the game, ask at the canteen!

Please be aware that not all sizes are available at all times.

The Nervous First-Timer

By Penny Langman, Drummoyne Power Auskick Coordinator

As our AFL season gets underway, there is a lot of excitement among the returning kids – and a lot of parents preparing themselves for the chilly early starts of game day mornings!

But not all kids are feeling the love.

It is very common – and normal – for our first time Auskickers to feel nervous about starting a new sport, particularly if they don’t know much about AFL or have not played organised team sport previously.

As the Drummoyne Power Auskick Coordinator, each year I have a lot of conversations with parents of nervous kids, and have first hand experience with one of my own sons.

With my husband being from Adelaide, there was no question that our sons were going to play AFL. However, my eldest son hadn’t been exposed to AFL (TV or live) so really had no idea when we turned up to U5 pre-season a few years ago.

My son is naturally shy, and when his friend couldn’t make the first week, we had tears on the oval. He would only participate for half the time. The following week was the same (even though his friend was there). And the week after was the same! We just went along each week, and I stood nearby, so he could see me all the time, and encouraged him. I got involved with the activities when the coach needed help so he could see I was a part of the action – and enjoying myself.

He slowly became more comfortable and confident and hasn’t looked back. He is now in U8s and loves AFL and his team mates.

Our story is very typical of many young kids joining us for the first time.

So what can our Club do to help if your child is apprehensive about playing?

If your child has any friends in the same age group, then we make sure they play in the same team. Our coaches are friendly and gentle and will encourage your child to participate.

If your child is still unsure, then please just let them watch. Turn up each week so they can start to feel comfortable. Get yourself involved with the training drills and have fun with it, which will further encourage your child to have fun too. On the weekends, get outside and muck around with the footy. Make it fun and silly.

Auskick is a fantastic, non-contact team sport for children, so if your child is like mine, please persevere!

Once settled in, your child will have years of fun and friendship (as well as learning great team values and respect for coaches), and you will have years of enjoyment seeing their skills progress. Oh, the joy (and shock!) of seeing them take their first mark!

Active Kids Voucher

In 2018, the NSW Government is helping kids get active with the new Active Kids program.

Parents, guardians and carers can apply for a voucher valued up to $100 per calendar year for each student enrolled in school.

The voucher may be used towards your AFL registration fees. It is important that you apply for your voucher online before paying your registration fees with Drummoyne Power.

So visit the Service NSW site, claim the voucher, then head over to our registration page.

Go Power!

AFL NSW/ACT Female Talent Program

The AFL NSW/ACT is currently accepting nominations from female athletes interested in attending selection trials for the Sydney East Female Talent Pathway Academy 2018 program.

The Academy’s general selection criteria is as follows:
• Born in 2004, 2003 and 2002 – Athletes turning age 14, 15 and 16 in 2018.
• Have strong footballing skills or strong athletic capabilities

The program has a skill development/talent identification focus.

Athletes who have a successful program will potentially gain access to the U16 AFL NSW/ACT squad following the academy games.

Please download the Sydney East Female Talent Program Application sheet for further information on the program, before registering your interest here: https://membership.sportstg.com/regoform.cgi?formID=75676

GWS v Carlton AFLW

AFLW heads to Drummoyne Oval: Friday Feb 9

Club, block out the evening of Friday 9 February, when the AFLW competition heads to our very own Drummoyne Oval.

GWS Giants will take on Carlton in Round Two of the AFLW under lights at our beautiful home ground.

Entry will be free. Don’t miss this!

The game starts at 7.05pm.

See you there, Drummoyne Power!

Welcoming Sundaraj & Co

We’re excited to announce a new sponsor of Drummoyne Power for Season 2018, with Sundaraj & Co coming on board as a Gold Sponsor.

Sundaraj & Co provides strategic legal and commercial advice for ASX-listed entities, private companies, fund managers and private equity clients. The team members have decades of experience working in global law firms, investment banks and multinationals. They apply this knowledge and expertise to providing their clients with personalised, efficient and cost effective legal and advisory solutions.

Thank you, Sundaraj & Co – and to Principal Anand Sundaraj and lawyer/practice manager Belinda Sundaraj. Your support of grassroots sport is appreciated. Your support of grassroots sport is appreciated. (Sundaraj & Co is also a Silver Sponsor of the Canada Bay Cannons.) You may recognise the names – Anand and Belinda were sponsors in a previous business – and we’re grateful that they have continued their commitment in their new venture. We wish you all the best with the new practice!

Look out for Sundaraj & Co promotions on our training/volunteer shirts, scoreboard and social media. And, if you are needing services in this space, please consider contacting Anand and Belinda. You’ll find them at: sundaraj.com.

2017 Yearbooks Out Now!

Yearbooks

Yearbooks are available to view for free online from the links below (best viewed in full screen mode). They are also available as a soft-cover book, and are printed to order. Prices cover the cost of printing and postage only. Please note, the price of ordering back issues is higher, as we do not benefit from bulk order discounts for single copies.

Please download the Drummoyne Power Yearbook order form or the Canada Bay Cannons Yearbook order form and return to info@drummoynepower.com

2017 Drummoyne Power Yearbook

2017 Canada Bay Cannons Yearbook