What a huge week is has been for the Yarra Junior Football League.
This week we completed our final grading match for the year. We are now in the process of grading and fixturing for the remainder of the year. With over 500 teams you can understand that this is a lengthy process and we thank clubs for their patience. Round Five fixtures are now available, with the the remainder of the year being uploaded within the next two weeks.
This week was AFL Victoria Community Umpire Week, in which we recognise the important role umpires play in our game. At Sundays AFL Match between St Kilda and Melbourne, four YJFL umpires walked out on to the ground with the AFL umpires at Etihad Stadium. Well done Jordan Allen, Hugh Florance, Mitchell Brown and Charlotte Allen.
The Under 15 Team Vic AFL team was also announced during the week, congratulations to the following YJFL players who were named:
Mia McAuliffe (Park Orchards), Mia Papachristos (Ivanhoe), Stella Reid (Kew Comets), Jessica Simpson (St Marys), Jorja Livingstone (Park Orchards), Alice Mayne (Bulleen Templestowe), Chloe Lee (Park Orchards), Sarah Cato (Kew Comets), Scott Beilby (Glen Iris), Braden Andrews (Boroondara Hawks), Ned Long (Fitzroy).
Congratulations to the current and former YJFL players selected in the Vic Metro team for the AFL W U18 squad:
Eleanor Brown (Glen Iris), Nicola Xenos (Kew Comets), Katie Lynch (Kew Rovers/Camberwell), Hannah McLaren (Surrey Park), Daisy Bateman (Whitehorse Colts), Sarah Sansonetti (St Marys), Lauren Szigeti (Bulleen Templestowe) & Grace Dicker (St Marys).
Vic Metro will play Vic Country in Geelong on Saturday 16th June, before heading to the Gold Coast to play the remaining U18 State teams in July.
This coming week is Beyond Blue round across many leagues around the country including the AFL. Templestowe Junior FC is one of just 100 clubs across Victoria taking part. This Sunday TJFC players will wear blue medical tape/strapping tape around their right wrists. Wearing blue tape is a symbolic action, telling everyone that speaking up and seeking support is OK. Well done TJFC on this great initiative.
Richmond Junior Football Club are also doing their bit for charity this weekend. On Sunday the club will be taking part in Pink Sports Day in support of the Breast Cancer Network. Well done Richmond on supporting such a great cause.
As part of MacLeod’s JFC 50th Anniversary, the club is hoping to track down as many past players and those involved with the club as possible. If you have been involved at Macleod JFC in the past 50 years, please visit their Facebook page.
Our Interleague squads for the Metro Junior Championships and Under 13 game vs SMJFL are currently being finalised by the coaches. Congratulations on those being selected and we look forward to seeing you all represent YJFL.
On channel 7 this week there was also a story regarding concussion testing for your children. The AFL and the Murdoch Children’s research institute have developed the “HeadCheckApp” which assists in checking for symptoms of concussion in children and will help clubs decide on a suitable course of action. We encourage all our clubs to download this App. Head to our Facebook page for the full story.
Lastly a happy Mother’s Day on Sunday to all the fantastic YJFL mothers out there. Many of you give up your valuable time for not only you children’s participation but also your club and we hope you enjoy your day.