With more sunshine then the previous week, Round Two was a very important round for the Yarra Junior Football League as this was our ANZAC Round. It was great to see so many clubs participate in the last post and in a minute silence, to remember those who fought for our country. Well done to the clubs for such a great day. It was also great to see so many clubs with special ANZAC Day jumpers and even St Marys ground with the ANZAC logo.
This round was very important for our clubs too, here are some special stories from our clubs.
Some years ago, as a mark of respect to life member and WWII veteran Ted Kelly, the club created a medal in his honour which is awarded to a player in each team that displays the ANZAC spirit courage, endurance, initiative, discipline, and mateship during the Anzac Day round. The honoured player is presented with their Ted Kelly Medal at Family Night on the Sunday night, nowadays, by a member of the late Ted Kelly’s family.
Macleod JFC had Jeff Mawkes (President – Watsonia RSL) present the Under 13 with their commemorative jumpers and taught the players the meaning of ANZAC spirit.
St Marys were honoured to have Bill and Berdine from the Greensborough RSL join the club to celebrate this round. Both were actively involved in the day addressing both home and away teams in the Youth girls and colts boys, then addressing the 300 strong crowd at a after match dinner.
The club was able to raise over $1000 to support the RSL. On ANZAC Day itself, St Marys will be involved in a very special memorial service conducted by the Greensborough RSL. The RSL have extended an invitation for all St Marys Players and Families to attend the Memorial Service which will begin opposite the RSL at 8.30am. The Colts 1, Colts 2 and Youth Girls Captains will represent the club by laying a wreath in respect.
On Wednesday the 18th YJFL hosted the club presidents and club coordinators dinner. This was a great event which gave clubs the opportunity to meet each other and welcome the new presidents. David Mitton from SALT (Sport & Life Training) which delivered a fantastic presentation on the education programs they deliver to clubs. More information on SALTS services will be provided to clubs and available on the website. Jeff Hooper the president of the board discussed a number of topics and changes the league will be making during the year. For a full wrap of the night head to our website.
Another exciting week in the YJFL office with the announcement of three new sponsors.
Firstly, we have Hiredepot who will be the sole sponsorship partner of the YJFL teams competing in the Metropolitan Junior Championship Program in 2018. Hiredepot provides reliable and cost-effective equipment hire in Melbourne. To view their equipment list and how to hire visit their website. https://www.hiredepot.com.au/
Secondly, we have DAY2DAY REWARDS.
By purchasing a $20 reward card, members will be able to benefit and receive discounts from a number of entertainment, food, travel and fashion partners. Please visit website for full list.
The card can also be used as a fundraising tool for clubs as $5 from every card purchased will go directly back to the purchaser’s club of choice. To register and become a rewards member please visit: https://www.day2dayrewards.com.au/yjfl
Lastly, we have CLUB WAREHOUSE.
Club Warehouse provides medical supplies at a discounted warehouse price. Club Warehouse will support the League as the preferred supplier of medical supplies to clubs. To view their range or to order your club medical supplies visit their website: https://www.clubwarehouse.com.au/
We encourage the YJFL community to get behind and support these business, as they are going to be a big support to the League and Clubs through 2018.
What a huge week it has been for the Yarra Junior Football League. A reminder that the YJFL office will be closed ANZAC day.