Saturday, May 29, 2010

‘Leave only footprints, take only memories’ Part II

From the President

In part I of this exciting topic we looked at the aspect of players leaving personal belongings and rubbish behind, now let’s take another quick peek from a club perspective.

On a Saturday or Sunday morning, if anyone is around early enough a figure can usually be seen carrying some or all of the following; a bag of jerseys, a bag of soccer balls, team sheets, ice packs, first aid kit, maybe even some personal belongings. They will then go on to be responsible for up to 15 players for the next hour or so. The real challenge will come when it is time to go, can they ‘leave only footprints’? From the club perspective, can they leave with all of the gear they brought in?

When we started this season Woodbridge SC had 19 size 5 training balls, these are used for the under 13’s and up. Over the course of this season we have lost at least 4 of these training balls at away games (seniors). When I took senior training on Tuesday we had only 6, this is a serious attrition rate and we are not even half way through the season. If anyone is butchering a pig could we have the bladder please because at this rate we’ll need it?

Is it because we live in a ‘throw away’ society or is it something more? Is it because children are given so much these days without really earning it? Or is it purely the coach or managers fault for not keeping track of the equipment?
Whatever the reason, the club (players, parents and coaches) needs to somehow change this attitude. Training balls are just one example; a new senior strip purchased in 2008 is another; we only have half of those shirts left.

The approach the current committee is taking is to provide quality equipment, quality coaching and working towards improving facilities so that members of Woodbridge SC can take pride in their club.

Players and spectators are converging on South Africa at the moment proudly representing their country, if we can instil a small portion of this pride in our club these problems will become a forgotten memory.

‘Aussie, Aussie, Aussie...’

Dalles Hayes.

Friday, May 21, 2010

From the President 20 May 2010

Our senior’s first game at Kettering is drawing closer, the last time I passed through Kettering I saw the cricket pitch had been covered. The next step will be marking out the ground and putting the goals in.

Take a look at the ground between the bottom goal and the clubhouse at Woodbridge Oval. The seniors have trained there in wet conditions for the last two weeks and it has taken a pounding. I believe we have made the right decision in moving our senior games to the Kettering Oval. If anyone is interested in voicing any thoughts on this feel to free to make use of any of our online forums.



WANTED – Match Day Officials

There is a major difference between our youth teams and our junior teams; the amount of paperwork involved with each game and the requirement to provide either a referee and/or a linesman. At the moment we have a severe shortage of people able and willing to run the line particularly for the under 13 games but also for the under 16’s and seniors.

It is very difficult to coach and manage the subs whilst running the line, children have missed out on game time because of this. Similarly there aren’t many confident enough to take the pitch with whistle in hand for youth and senior games. Football Federation Tasmania have offered to provide training for club officials, those that would like to help out either running a line or refereeing but need some training see Dalles about when you may be available for a training course.

WANTED – Match Reports

If you or your children are disappointed by the absence of a match report for their games why not put your hand up and contribute one, even if it is a once off effort. We are a community club that can only stand tall by the efforts of our members. Remember that some of our coaches wear many different hats, we may coach more than one team, we may have other responsibilities within the club, we may be at the club before and after everyone else has left and most importantly of all... we all have a family of our own. Your literary efforts will not be criticised but welcomed...’There are two mistakes one can make along the road to truth...not going all the way, and not starting’ Buddha.

WANTED – Rego Fees

Last of all, and please ignore this if it does not relate, we still need registration payments to come in. As of the 15th of May we still had over $7000 worth of fees still outstanding, this is causing considerable concern for those that are responsible for finances of the club. The last thing we want to do is to stop a child from playing but that is the position we are being put in. Remember payments can be made at the clubhouse on weekends at games (preferable) and after training (if necessary).

Thursday, May 13, 2010

From the President 13 May 2010

Sometime Sunday evening, after another weekend of football I was reflecting upon the bush-walking maxim of ‘leave only footprints, take only memories’. Having played the ‘World Game’ now over a period of more than 30 years I am well aware that we do take only memories. There may be trophies and pennants and the like but you scratch the surface of any long term player and the memories will come flooding out.

However anyone that cleans up a football ground after a game would be well aware that there is a hell of lot more than just footprints left behind. This last week of football I have picked up 2 ½ pairs of football boots, more items of clothing than I can remember and the same again with drink bottles and assorted bits of rubbish. Unfortunately the senior players are as bad as the juniors; I am starting to have a pathological dislike for Powerade bottles as there is always at least one left after the senior men play. Congratulations must go to John Gorrie and the under 6 team as their ground has always been packed away and any rubbish cleared away so that the under 9’s can start their game on time....’and little children shall lead them all’(Isaiah 11:6).
Dalles Hayes.

Thursday, May 6, 2010

From the President 6 May 2010

If last weekend was anything to go by the local residents of Woodbridge have an abundance of footballing styles served up in their very own village every weekend. No need to risk life and limb travelling to Africa, no need to risk severe financial hardship in signing up to the pay TV companies or fast speed internet. We had the highly competitive yet social rivalry with Cygnet Sea Dragons in the under 6’s, this rivalry is starting to take on the atmosphere and intensity of an English derby. We had the fast paced and high scoring games of the under 9’s, 11’s and 13’s. Last of all on the Saturday we were privileged to witness some high quality, fast paced football with the under 16’s which culminated in a nail biting finish, easily matching what will be served up in 35 days from the World Cup.

To finish off Woodbridge’s wonderful weekend of football at home we had the highly physical top of the ladder clash with the Div 4 men.

We only have the four home games this weekend, (u6, U9, U11 and U13) but as it is Mother’s Day on the Sunday it gives us just a little bit more time to get organised. Check out our Mother’s Day raffle in the canteen and on our website courtesy of our latest sponsors Grandvewe Cheeses. The raffle will be drawn at 3pm on Saturday, tickets $1.00 each, hurry, don't miss out :D