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March 13 - 2020

Vol. LXVII No.1

The practice matches planned for this weekend (both tonight and tomorrow) vs Old Xaverians Football Club have been cancelled. In consultation with Old Xaverians Football Club it was decided not to play in view of the current circumstances surrounding COVID-19.

There will be communication about this cancellation via other social media as well. Updates to the practice match schedule shown below will be communicated ASAP via OSFC email and social media.
 
President's Report
Welcome to the first edition of the eDrumsheet for 2020.

At this most uncertain point in time I share with you a statement made by the VAFA in relation to the 2020 VAFA football season.

https://www.vafa.com.au/vafa-statement-covid-19/

I will continue to keep you updated with developments as they occur. Clearly these are unprecedented times, with much anxiety and uncertainty in the air, making our everyday lives challenging. I write to assure you that the welfare of our players, coaches, volunteers and members will be foremost in our minds as we make plans for the coming year.

So to the year ahead...
If the Old Scotch Football Club Foundation could have received a dollar for every time I have been asked who we have recruited over the off-season it would be overflowing with funds! Undoubtedly, there is an arms race occurring within the Premier section of what supposedly is amateur football. Whilst we have unsuccessfully attempted to attract some high profile ex-AFL footballers within the laws and spirit of amateur football, first, and foremost, our club is committed to creating an inspirational environment for the development of young people. This mission manifests itself in all the decisions that the committee makes. As such I write to communicate to you that we are heading down a different path; one which we hope builds a sustainable club based on strong footings. We have put the following priorities in place for our playing list:

Priority 1: Current players

Priority 2: Our feeder organisations
Scotch College, MLC, Camberwell Sharks and Camberwell High

Priority 3: External talent
We are genuinely committed to the wellbeing and development of our current playing group. For example, now when a new job position becomes available we share it first with our current players. We have introduced a Player Support Program and we look for opportunities to make our current players better people, both individually and collectively, on and off the field.

We are committed to building stronger and more effective relationships with Scotch College, MLC, Camberwell Sharks and Camberwell High. Building on the vision of former President Dave McCleery we are starting to see real returns with our building from the bottom platform. The most tangible example was the drought breaking Under 19 Premier Section premiership and the subsequent appointment of former player Mark Gnatt as Men’s senior coach. This premiership simply would not have occurred without our formal partnership with the Camberwell Sharks. Rather than hear my somewhat biased perspective, read the views of Shane Myers, Camberwell Sharks JFC President that appeared in a recent edition of the Progress Leader by following the link below:

https://www.yarrajfl.org.au/2020/03/02/camberwell-sharks-pathway-to-senior-football/

Whilst the recruitment of outside talent is ranked three in our list of priorities, it certainly does not mean it isn’t important to the club – it is. We have appointed Steven Icke to head up our recruitment of both new players and new corporate partners. Steven has had extensive AFL experience both as an admired player and as a respected administrator. For the first time in the club's 99 year history we will field eight teams this season. The addition of a second women's football team is a great moment for the club and testament to the partnership that we have forged with MLC, Camberwell Sharks JFC and Camberwell High School.

True to our mission we will create additional playing opportunities for women in a professional environment. The challenge of resourcing these eight teams cannot be underestimated and if you are interested in assisting in a volunteer capacity we would be delighted to hear from you. I can assure you that you will find your involvement emotionally nourishing.

For further information please don't hesitate to contact club General Manager Peter Simpson at peter.simpson@scotch.vic.edu.au

After a solid pre-season on on the best training facilities in Australia at Scotch College, we look forward to taking on Old Xaverians in this week’s round of practice matches.
After a solid pre-season on on the best training facilities in Australia at Scotch College, we were looking forward to taking on Old Xaverians in the first round of practice matches. Unfortunately these have now been been cancelled due to the current circumstances surrounding COVID-19

If you can make it to one of the practice matches, I am sure the players would appreciate it.

Attention Ladies and Gents

On Sunday March 29th this year is the Royal Children's Hospital, Run 4 The Kids event in the city. This event is something very special to my family. In 2015 my wife and I lost our first child, Hamish (pictured below), at the precious age of 6 weeks. I'm sure you can imagine the tough time we went, and to be honest at times still continue to go through.

Since that first year we decided to raise as much funds for RCH as we possibly could due to the level of care Hamish received, and we did as a family. Run 4 the Kids is the event we do every year in memory of Hamish and really as a celebration of his life and everything he continues to teach us. 

Our team is usually the biggest of the event every year with 75+ participants. I think we had 92 in 2018. Since 2015 we've raised somewhere around $40,000 which has contributed to this piece of manometry equipment pictured below with Hamish's surgeon, as we have the aim to prevent families from enduring what we did. This equipment really helps that.

The figure this far is something we are proud of but we have aims of a lot more for the rest of our lives. Now the day before we have some practice matches but, putting my high performance hat on, a recovery jog or walk is always encouraged the following day so why not do the 5km as a walk or jog? If you would like to join our team we would love to have you but there is absolutely no pressure. And I mean that. 

You can join here: https://www.registernow.com.au/secure/GroupSearch.aspx and search for the team HammerTime

Password to join is: Hamish0402

I can also organise a singlet which you'll see also pictured below. I can let anyone know costs of this but is usually about $30 by memory. If you are unable to participate but would like to donate which goes directly to research for kids with gut problems, we just re-launched this years fundraiser page, using the same as last year with an increased target. The page is located here https://hammertime.everydayhero.com/au/hammer-time and you can always copy, paste and share that link.

Brad Jenkinson OSFC High Performance Manager

 

The Old Scotch Football Club Foundation
Not only does building a team take much human resourcing it also takes significant financial resourcing. I urge you to either join the club as a non-playing member, or if you have the capacity, and inclination, join the Old Scotch Football Club Foundation, which was established last year to best prepare us for the challenges that lie ahead. Donations to the club now are tax deductible when made via the Australian Sports Foundation. Further information about membership of these entities will be distributed in the coming weeks.

Upcoming Social Events
The season will be officially launched with drinks at the Auburn Hotel on Thursday 26 March at 6:00 PM. Tickets are $25 and include finger food and your first drink. Further drinks will be available at bar prices. On the night you will hear from our Football Director Donald MacDonald and Recruitment Manager Stephen Icke; two former North Melbourne legends who've reunited at McQueen Park. For further information, and booking details, click here
 

The club will host another series of pre-game luncheons this season at McQueen Park. For further information, and booking details, click here

 

Go Cardinals!

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