DFC Junior Newsletter – May 2015

Concussion

headcheckThe club ran a great session in May on the recognition and treatment of concussion.  The night was run by our Colts coach and resident Drysdale GP Dr David Walder, and we had 18 interested junior coaches and managers in attendance.  The key message was that concussion means a lot more than being knocked out.  It can arise from any incident involving a knock to the head…..so ‘when in doubt sub them out’.  To assist in the assessment of concussion by non-medical volunteers, the Murdoch  Childrens Research Institute has released an app for iphones.  It is called Headcheck, and it is free.  It provides a short series of questions requiring a simple yes or no answer.  Any single ‘no’ answers prompts you to call an ambulance. Doc Walder has had a look at it and believes it is a useful tool for the parents and coaches to use.  You will find it in the Apple App Store.  We note that the Institute are currently seeking crowd funding to develop an Android version.

 

Games in Full Swing

DFC U16 Bennett 2015We are now well into the season and it’s great to have 10 teams of great kids running around representing the Drysdale Hawks.  The addition of a second U16 team has been a great boost for the age group, and the arrival of the U12 Junior Girls has been a revelation.  Grading as always has been kind to some but hard on others, however each team is doing well in their own way.  A tough hand was dealt to our U14 Hector team who were graded in Division 1 (on the back of us winning Div 2 in 2014), however the team are rising to the challenge of playing the best teams in the district week in and week out.  Whilst the scoreboard may not show it, these boys will benefit greatly by playing at this level.

 

Fundraising

DFC BBQWe again ran our regular BBQ at Aldi during May, raising around $470. Whilst this may seem only a moderate amount, we expect to raise over $5,000 from these BBQ’s over a full year.  Once again the day was co-ordinated by the tireless Mark Murone and manned by both parents and kids from various junior teams.  We are very fortunate that Aldi give us this opportunity on a monthly basis, and grateful that supply is with the sausages and bread each time.  There will be another BBQ in a few weeks’ time, so please keep an eye on Facebook where we will call for volunteers.

 

 

Club Hoodies

DFC hoodies 2015Most players should by now have received the free club hoodie that came with their membership.  If you have not picked yours up yet then please speak to your coach or team manager as soon as possible, as we will stop ordering them at the end of June.  We would like to see as many kids as possible wear them on game day.  It is a great site when the teams congregate outside the rooms on arrival all proudly wearing their club colors.

 

 

 

Coach of the Month

U12 girlsCongratulations to our Junior Girls coach, Rachael Martin, on being announced as Coach of the Month by the Geelong & District Coaches Association.  As well as coaching a great group of girls in this inaugural U12 team, Rachael also assists with one of our U14 boys teams. As a monthly winner Rachael is automatically a nominee for the female coach of the year. Great work Rach.

 

 

 

Auskick

Auskick inflatables dayAuskick has been very busy so far this season.  They have played at ½ time at Simmons Stadium, had 4 clinics at Drysdale primary school, attended the Super Clinic at Simmons Stadium, took part in a Fox Sport promotion to be played round 12 as part of the Bounce programme, and played at ½ time at a Drysdale home game and run a session using Inflatables!  Auskick are now also running a BBQ at games with sausages for $1 each and drinks $1.  Shortly they will be announcing details of a couple of major fundraisers so watch this space!

 

 

 

Facebook

facebook logoAs you can see we are trying to lift the level of communication with junior players and members this year.  One of the ways we are doing this is by the use of a club Facebook page specifically for the Junior Division.  This page is used to pass on information in between these monthly newsletters and puts you in instant contact with the junior co-ordinator and subcommittee.  To join the page just click on the following link.  Drysdale Juniors FB  We have also set up a Facebook page for each junior team – search for yours and request to join to keep up with your team’s activities.

You can of course also ‘Like’ the broader club’s page as well at Drysdale FB.

Please be aware that social media needs to be used responsibly and there is a Cyber Safety policy under the Governance tab above.  Also, we ask that members do not create pages purporting to represent our club or a team without the prior approval to do so from the committee.