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July School Holiday AFL Clinics

July School Holiday AFL Clinics

Yikes! School holidays are just around the corner. Looking for some footy clinics?

Fairplay Sports have places in their AFL camps from 6-10 July at Balmain High School (there are 2, 3 and 5 days options). Contact Rich Watkins: http://fairplaytennis.com.au/holiday-camps/

ASC’s winter camps are for kids to the age of 16, and there’s a 20% discount if you’re from Drummoyne Power and use this link: australiansportscamps.com.au/nsw20

There are two AFL NSW/ACT holiday camps – the first is at Glover Street Leichhardt on 1-2 July and you can book here: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/JULY2015LEICHHARDT.

There’s a second AFL NSW/ACT camp at Alan Davidson Oval on 7-8 July. The booking link for the ADO camp is here: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/JULY2015ALEXANDRIALeichhardt Holiday Clinic flyer

 

 

St John Volunteers

Club MVP: St John First Aid Volunteers

Club MVP: St John First Aid Volunteers

This week’s MVP is not just one person but a group of people. You love to know they are there, but you never want to need them: the volunteers from St John.

Drummoyne Power’s association with St John goes back about six years, and it is a partnership we value.

It’s a requirement (and obviously common sense) to have qualified first aid on standby when our kids play AFL. So, at home games, St. John sends along between 2 and 4 people (who are all volunteers, by the way) to watch our kids play footy, and to be there in case of injury.

On a good day, they’ll watch the footy (or get through a good book). But, we are grateful they are there when we need them, with their medical kits and first aid skills.

St John Operation Manager – Western Suburbs Cadet Division, Saskia Hunt, says St John volunteers meet weekly for compulsory courses, and training. Qualifications are frequently updated for both adults and cadets.

Cadets are required to put in at least 30 volunteer hours a year, while adults volunteers do twice that.

Saskia says all St John volunteers participate in local events – like providing first aid Drummoyne Power footy games – and bigger state events.

Pictured are two St John volunteers, Melanie and Maggie, who gave up one of their Sundays recently, to supervise our youth teams at Drummoyne Oval. Thanks Melanie and Maggie – we’re nominating you as Club MVPs for this week, representing all the St John volunteers who help out Drummoyne Power.

Of course, we’ll be entering you both in the Swans Club Friendly MVP competition. The Sydney Swans are holding a weekly Club MVP competition, asking each junior Club to nominate a weekly MVP for our Club. The MVP could be a player, an official or volunteer around the grounds. If our entry is selected, the nominee wins four tickets to a Swans game.

Learn First Aid

Been thinking you “must do a first aid or CPR course some time”? Details are here.

Interested in becoming either an adult volunteer, or becoming a St John Cadet?  Their cadet programs cater for kids from eight years old.

 

 

Drummoyne Power players

UPDATED: June Diary Dates

Club, it is a HUGE month of footy at Drummoyne Power…

Monday 15 June: AFL Coaching Accreditation Course (for coaches and assistant coaches), Part 1. Drummoyne Oval. Details online.

Wednesday 17 June: The special Swans training session for our Junior and Youth teams on Wednesday 17 June has been rescheduled by the Swans. We’ll let you know when that happens.

Thursday 18 June: Swans Visits – extra training night. It’s not a normal training night and we have passive areas at Drummoyne Oval. The Swans are coming from 5-6pm. If it is fine, we’ll be on the passive areas for a skills clinic, if it is raining, we’ll be in the middle grandstand for a Q&A and a chance to get signatures.  Coaches, assistant coaches, parents: we’d love some helpers. Contact Milan.

Friday 19 June: Canada Bay Cannons mid-season Pie Night, Drummoyne Pavilion from 6.30pm. This event is for our U11s (next year’s Cannons), Cannons U12-U14s and Drummoyne Power U17s. RSVP via Survey Monkey.

Sunday 21 June: Sydney Swans Skills Development Gala for Auskickers at Mahoney Park, Marrickville, U5/U6 at 8.30am, U7/U8 at 9.45am.  RSVP to your team manager or auskick@drummoynepower.com ASAP.

Monday 22 June: AFL Coaching Accreditation Course, Part 2. Drummoyne Oval. Details online.

Swans fans

Swans ‘Club of the Month’… is us!

The very first Sydney Swans Club of the Month is… Drummoyne Power!

 Due to our participation in Swans Club Friendly promotions and the Red Rookie program and – let’s face it – the general all-round awesomeness of our kids, the Sydney Swans have named us the very first ‘Club of the Month’. 

As a special treat, they’ll be sending along two specialised coaches to training. These coaches will be best suited to our Junior and Youth teams. Unfortunately, the Swans have had to reschedule the advertised date of 17 June. We’ll let you know when they make a new date.

Keep up the great work, Drummoyne Power!

Finn kicks a goal for U13/2

Club MVP: Finn U13/2

Club MVP: Finn U13/2

Our Club MVP this week comes from our youth teams, the Canada Bay Cannons.
Finn is a quiet, young player in our U13/2 team but a real talent and had a blinder at the weekend, against Pennant Hills at Drummoyne Oval.
Finn started the match in the back lines, but the coach moved him up forward at quarter time. Probably the best move the coach made all day as Finn went on a goal fest, kicking nine goals and was obviously a major contributor to a very health scoreline that saw this team win their second match for the season by a considerable margin.
Finn will be a player to watch and we can’t wait to see what this young man has in store for the rest of the season.
The Sydney Swans have asked each junior Club to nominate a weekly MVP – it could be a player, an official or volunteer around the grounds. If our entry is selected, the nominee wins four tickets to a Swans game. Finn, we’ve entered you in the competition as our Club MVP this week. Good luck!

 

U18 Youth Girls - Sissy (with ball)

Club MVP: Sissy U18YG

Club MVP: Sissy U18YG

Our nomination for this week’s Most Valuable Player is U18 YG Vice Captain, Frances (better known as Sissy).

Our girls scored a hard fought victory over the 2014 Premiers Queenwood on Sunday at Middle Head Oval. But victory came at a cost, with Sissy taken to hospital with a broken leg.

Sissy showed enormous courage after her injury and now has her leg in plaster.

Sissy is a key part of the team. She played a solid game this week and was one of the best on ground last week at Drummoyne Oval against Mosman.

We’d like to nominate Sissy as our Most Valuable Player this week. We’ll be entering Sissy in the Sydney Swans weekly Club MVP competition. The Swans are asking each junior Club to nominate a weekly MVP – it could be a player, an official or volunteer around the grounds. If our entry is selected, the nominee wins four tickets to a Swans game.

Sissy, everyone at Drummoyne Power wishes you a speedy recovery!

U18 Youth Girls - Sissy (with ball)

U18 Youth Girls – Sissy (with ball)

UPDATED Ground Closures: 23 May

Updated 9.10am on Saturday 23 May

Heffron Oval Maroubra has been CLOSED.

Bat and Ball Oval at Moore Park has been CLOSED. 

Games at both these ovals have been cancelled.

Goddard Oval at Concord is OPEN and games there are proceeding.

Alan Davidson Oval is still listed as OPEN and games are going ahead.

If there are any further updates, we will let you know. Sunday teams, all ovals will be reassessed and we’ll let you know if there are any ground closures.

Assume all games are going ahead, unless you are specifically told otherwise by the Club.

Five Dock Volkswagen logo - Platinum Sponsor

Announcing our new Platinum Level Sponsor: Five Dock Volkswagen

Welcome to the Club, Five Dock Volkswagen

We’re excited to announce that Five Dock Volkswagen has come on board as a Platinum level sponsor for Drummoyne Power Junior AFL for 2015 and 2016!

This is really good news for Drummoyne Power as this commitment cements our position as a healthy, sustainable club.

If you – or someone you know – is in the market for a car, take a look at Five Dock Volkswagen (155 Parramatta Rd Five Dock). Be sure to mention you’re from Drummoyne Power!

Bryson umpires U9

Club MVP Bryson: Umpire

Club MVP Bryson: Umpire

Last weekend’s round was Community Umpiring Round, supporting umpires at a grassroots level.

While we’d like to nominate ALL our umpires this week as Club MVPs for Round 5, we’ve had to pick one… so this week Club MVP is Bryson:

Plays: U14s for our youth side, Canada Bay Cannons (although not at the moment because he has a cast on his wrist. Bryson broke his scaphoid bone while smothering a ball in a game in Round One… really putting his body on the line for his team!).

Umpires: U9-U11

How long have you been umpiring? This is my third year.

How many games have you umpired this weekend? Two, they were both U9.

Favourite grade to umpire? U11, just because the skills are better it is more fun.

Why do you like umpiring? It gives me something to do on a Saturday rather than sitting at home, and I get paid, so that is good. The best thing about umpiring is probably getting to spend time with new people and making new friends.

What is the worst thing about umpiring? Paperwork.

Umpires train once a week. What do you do at training? We do a lot of theory work and sometimes do some fitness work. The other night we were doing a lot of laps. We mostly focus on weaknesses from the coaches’ reports that previous weekend.

Ever cop any abuse as an umpire? A little bit, but generally you just warn the players and they stop.

Would you recommend umpiring? Definitely. It is a lot of fun and you get to meet new people… and you get paid!

Congratulations Bryson,  you are the Club MVP for Round 5. We’ll be entering Bryson in the Sydney Swans weekly Club MVP competition. The Swans are asking each junior Club to nominate a weekly MVP – it could be a player, an official or volunteer around the grounds. If our entry is selected, the nominee wins four tickets to a Swans game. And we know Bryson is a huge Swans fan.

About umpires

Each week we need more than 300 umpires across AFL NSW/ACT and it is critical that we work together to create a positive atmosphere for umpires.

While we may not agree with an umpire’s call, we always need to respect their authority on the field. No player, parent or official is permitted to approach an umpire to question a decision at any time.

If you have any concerns about the standard of umpiring, let your coach or manager know and they’ll take it through the proper channels. Please remember they are working hard and doing their best. Just like our players and even parents, umpires are not perfect!

We also need to remember that many of the umpires at our game are young, and still learning, so give them the space they need to do that.

Drummoyne Power has a great record of producing umpiring talent. If any family is interested in the umpiring program we strongly encourage you to give it a go – our club is leading the way with junior umpires and it’s a great way to become a leader and earn some pocket money.

Becoming an umpire is an excellent way for kids to learn not only the rules of the game but also to learn the way the game moves and flows. This can be a very valuable tool when umpires are playing the game themselves.

If you have any questions about umpiring, please contact our Umpire Ambassador, Gavin Nelson.

Holly in ruck for U14 Drummoyne-Willoughby Youth Girls against Pittwater Tigers, Round Four

Club MVP Round 4: Holly, U14 Drummoyne-Willoughby YG

Our Youth Girls finally made it onto the field for the first time in Round Four with wet weather and other scheduling quirks delaying the start of their season until this weekend, when it was double the action!

Our U14 Youth Girls – playing this year as Drummoyne/Willoughby – fronted up for their first game of the season under lights at Drummoyne Oval on Friday night, then turned around for a second game on Sunday against the Pittwater Tigers at North Narrabeen.

Newcomer Holly has had an immediate impact on the team, providing some much needed height in ruck. Holly awed her teammates (and opponents) from the first centre ball-up, sending the Sherrin a long way towards the Drummoyne/Willoughby goal with her well-directed and powerful taps.

Holly had a taste of AFL as an U7 Auskicker then switched to volleyball… and aren’t we glad she gave it another shot in U14 Youth Girls! Those volleyball skills are transferring well to the ruck! Two games into the season, Holly has proved she’s an integral part of the team.

In the Sunday game, Holly suffered a finger injury, but played on, bringing down one of the opposition stars a couple of times with some fabulous tackling skills.

Congratulations, Holly, you are the Club MVP for Round 4. We’ll be entering Holly in the Sydney Swans weekly Club MVP competition. The Swans are asking each junior Club to nominate a weekly MVP – it could be a player, an official or volunteer around the grounds. If our entry is selected, the nominee wins four tickets to a Swans game.

Just for the record, Queenwood won the match on Friday night, but it was pleasing to see our girls didn’t give up and really owned the second half. With only eight players on Sunday, Drummoyne/Willoughby was required to forfeit but again showed great promise. This is a team of players coming together for the first time, getting to know each other and learning some great skills…. watch this space!

Holly in ruck for U14 Drummoyne-Willoughby Youth Girls against Pittwater Tigers, Round Four

Holly in ruck for U14 Drummoyne-Willoughby Youth Girls against Pittwater Tigers, Round Four

Holly from U14 Drummoyne-Willoughby Youth Girls at Drummoyne Oval after her first game on Friday night.

Holly from U14 Drummoyne-Willoughby Youth Girls at Drummoyne Oval after her first game on Friday night.