At last, the sun appears! Unfortunately, Oyster Bay Oval - as you would expect - has not faired well after the amount of rain we have received. With this in mind, we have made the early call to cancel the Como vs River trial matches scheduled for 19 and 20 March to allow the fields as much chance as possible to recover with the hope we get 18 rounds of football played.
We have spoken to Council this morning and the grounds will remain closed this weekend and they anticipate them to be closed all next week.
We are currently working on the training schedule. After a pitch inspection on 21 March (and subject to grounds being open), we will confirm with team managers when training can commence.
How can you help?
We understand that a field looking like a swimming pool is difficult to pass up, however, the GRFC committee has invested a great deal of time as well as made a significant financial commitment to maintain and try to improve our playing surface. A difficult task given the location.
Sporting fields are built for what the name suggests, sport. Oyster Bay, along with many other fields around the Sutherland Shire have been damaged by their misuse:
Riding bikes across the field,
Using bodyboards on the field, or
Throwing a ball to an off-leash dog
All of this tears up the turf. Again, sporting fields are not built for this use. All year long GRFC looks after Oyster Bay Oval, not just for us, but also for all of the other sporting groups that use it as well as many schools. Pre-COVID, Oyster Bay Oval was in use almost every day of the week.
We get that kids want to play, but please ask them to look after our ovals, for the benefit of all oval users. With the Sutherland Shire Football population what it is, we don’t have the luxury of an overflow of fields, which is why when a small number of fields “wash out” we have to cancel a whole day of games.
Thanks for your support.
COME AND SUPPORT GRFC IN THE AUSTRALIA CUP!
Come and support our Shire Premier League team in Round 2 of the 2022 Australia (FFA) Cup this Saturday 12 March kick-off 4pm @ Peakhurst Park (Synthetic) vs Sans Souci FC. See you there!!
UNIFORM SHOP OPEN TONIGHT
Grounds are closed but our uniform shop is OPEN tonight from 5 - 7 pm for shirt swaps, uniform sales and kit collection. Skip the queue and order your uniform online.
PLAYERS (STILL) WANTED
Registration is now closed for most age groups and the registration deadline to play Round 1 has now passed for competition teams (U12s and up). However, we are still looking for:
45D (1-2 players)
If you know anyone thinking about signing up, please get them to get in touch with Melissa ASAP (firstname.lastname@example.org).
ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING
Everyone is invited to attend our Annual General Meeting on Wednesday night. Come along and kearn more about our club and the volunteers who run it.
PLEASE SUPPORT OUR SPONSORS
DATES FOR YOUR DIARY
Last date to register to play this season: 29 May
Keeper Training with Bob resumes: Thursday 17 March at 5.30 pm (if grounds are open)
Tiger Cub Summer Season continues: 04 February - 08 April
Summer Skills Academy continues: 04 February - 01 Aprl
Draw available for Round 1: 15 March
2022 AGM: 16 March
"Making Good Choices" Teen Talk: Wednesday 23 March form 7:00 pm
Round 1 Australia Cup vs Sans Souci: Saturday 12 March @ Peakhurst Park, 4:00 pm
Shire Premier League R1: GRFC v Kirrawee 6.15 pm & 8.00 pm Friday 18 March - Kareela 3
Round 1: 26-27 March
Comedy Night: Saturday 21 May
Junior Team Photos: 28 May & 04 June
Senior Team Photos: 29 May & 05 June
Firecracker Night: Sunday 12 June
Tiger Cubs Winter Academy: 22 July - 23 September
Coach, Manager & Sponsor Appreciation Night: 05 August
GRFC Dad Todd Brannock is very excited to be presenting another “Make Good Choices” talk at GRFC. Todd has worked as a Correctional Officer at the Long Bay Complex for 15 years and is also a qualified teacher. Todd’s program is aimed at kids between 13-17 years to help them see the importance of making good choices as they gain more freedom and independence.
Where: Oyster Bay Clubhouse
When: Wednesday 23 March
Time: 7.00 to 8.00pm
If you're interested in attending, please text Todd on 0410 634 030. When RSVP'ing please advise the number of people attending. Remember a parent/guardian should attend with the child. Todd will have pizza for all attendees.
Todd is passionate about helping our youth and is volunteering his time. In lieu of payment for this program, please consider a donation to Project Youth Miranda, an organisation that Todd supports.