2 AUG 2019 | BY GRAEME DE VALLANCE
Hello Club Members and Welcome to Round 14,
This week we are excited to throw our support behind the AFL NSW/ACT state-wide initiative to support mental health awareness and in particular shine a light on the outstanding work of their community partner, R U OK ?
RUOK’s mission is simple – they aim to inspire and empower everyone to meaningful connect with people around them and support anyone struggling with life.
Last night 75-80 players and parents were privileged to listen to a talk from Simon Gillard. Simon is a bestselling author (Life Sentence) and spent 15 years in the police force before being invalided out of the force due to Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. He now spends his time being an advocate for others suffering from all forms of mental illness and letting everyone know it is OK to say you are not OK and more importantly we all have a role to play in looking out for each other. So if you notice something doesn’t seem quite right with a team mate, family member, friend, work colleague – ask the question R U OK ?
His stories were powerful and had everyone captivated. Thank you, Simon. A podcast of Simon’s talk will be available to members on our website and teamapp under Member Info laster tonight.
With two rounds remaining a number of teams have one eye on the finals. Here is the current state of play for our teams that play under a competition format (u11’s and up)
Under 11-1 – Whilst finals may be beyond reach this year, the boys continue to play a strong brand of football and have pushed a number of the top teams right down to the wire. They are building for a great 2020 season.
Under 11-3 – Coach Leonard has worked his magic this year to quietly put the boys in finals contention. They currently sit 5th only separated from 4th by percentage. Finals comes a week or two early with an ‘8 pointer’ game against 4th place Mosman this Sunday. So make sure you get down to the Ern early to cheer them on (9am bounce).
Under 12 – If only the season could run for another month or so. These boys are playing a terrific brand of footy of late and their results over the last 4-5 weeks have been super impressive. Convincing wins against Nth Ryde and 3rd placed Willoughby, mixed in with single digit losses to the 1st and 2nd placed teams show the development these boys have had this year. Another team destined by good things in 2020.
Youth Girls 12 – One of our form teams and riding a three-game winning streak. Currently sitting 5th on the ladder and only separated by percentage. Which means tonight’s game at Ern Holmes against 4th placed St Ives is a blockbuster and clearly has finals implications. 6:30pm start – make sure you are there to cheer on our girls!
Under 13-2 – With an imposing 11-2 record and sitting 3 wins clear of 2nd place, the minor premiership is wrapped up. However, I know the boys won’t take their foot of the gas. 4 wins from here is their goal.
Under 13-3 – Currently sitting 6th but are making a late season charge towards the finals with 3 wins from their last 4. The round 15 game against St Ives could determine 4th spot but the boys must firstly take care of business against this week’s opponents, 8th place Forest Lions.
Youth Girls 14 – Sitting 3rd on the ladder but have the same win-loss as the 5th placed team means every game is critical. They are playing some cracking footy of late having won their last 4. They play the 2nd placed team this week and if they can extend the winning streak to 5 that should all but cement a finals spot.
Under 15-2 – With an outstanding 10-1 record and a huge percentage of 342% the boys are primed for a good tilt at a premiership. A win this week against 5th placed Canada Bay will lock in the minor premiership and a home final, so there is everything to play for. Another team with a goal of finishing with 4 wins from here!
Under 15-3 – Finals are a bridge to far this year, but the boys have battled hard all season despite injuries and general unavailability. They play the two teams directly above them over the next two weeks, so if they can win those two, they will finish 6th which is a tremendous achievement given the adversity.
Youth Girls 16-1 – This will go right down to the wire. We are currently sitting 5th with the same 6-6 record as 4th placed East Sydney. If we can finish with two wins (against 8th and 2nd) we may well claim that 4th spot.
Youth Girls 16-2 – Finals are locked in as we can’t drop lower than 4th (currently 4th). We can finish as high as 3rd and lock in a home final with 2 wins (against 6th and 1st). Although I keep hearing coach
Gareth saying “one week at a time”. Although, I’m not sure if he is talking about his girls or his Brisbane Lions! Either way both teams are there to contend.
Under 17-1 – Currently sit 4th and two wins clear (and a healthy percentage) of the 5th placed team, so finals are very much on the agenda. Another team that could lock in a home final if results go our way over the next two weeks. This week’s game against 3rd placed Manly will go a long way to determining that. 1:15pm at the Ern – make sure you are there to cheer on the boys.
Under 17-2 – Mathematically still possible to finish 4th given they are only two wins from the 4th placed team. So as long as there is a glimmer of hope…you never know.
Under 17-3 – They are having a fantastic season sitting 2nd with a 9-4 record and having won 5 of their last 6 and that loss being a very close game against the undefeated top team. So, they have every reason to be bullish about what lies ahead.
Youth Girls 18 – The girls are currently 5th and a win behind 4th place Dockers. So, we need a few results to go our way to prize away that 4th spot. They are certainly capable, so let’s hope those results do indeed fall our way.
The Ern canteen and carpark will get a good workout this weekend with a massive 13 games scheduled over the weekend plus we get the final appearance from young emerging superstars, the Auskick Rookies.
Good luck everyone. I hope you have a great round of footy
Cheers, Steve Protogeros President, Pennant Hills Demons Junior Football Club on behalf of the PHDJFC Committee
We acknowledge the traditional owners of the lands of Hornsby Shire, the Darug and Guringai people.
ROUND 13 FIXTURES
Ern Holmes Oval Friday Night
6:30pm (u9) Pennant Hills Blue v Pennant Hills White 6:30pm (YG12) Nth West Lightning v St Ives
7:30pm (u8) Pennant Hills Red v Westbrook Blue
7:30pm (u10) Pennant Hills Blue v Westbrook Blue
Sunday 8:00am (u10) Pennant Hills Red v St Ives Longmire
8:00am (u9) Pennant Hills Red v St Ives Cameron
8:30am Auskick Rookies
9:00am (YG10) Nth West Lightning v Forest Lions
9:00am (u11-3) Pennant Hills v Mosman Swans
10:15am (u17-2) Pennant Hills /Northern Lights/Nth Ryde v Cronulla Sharks Blue
11:45am (u17-1) Northern Lights/Pennant Hills/Nth Ryde v Manly Bombers
1:15pm (u17-3) Northern Lights/Pennant Hills/Nth Ryde v Miranda Bombers
2:40pm (u13-3) Pennant Hills v Forest Lions
4:00pm (u13-2) Pennant Hills v Nth Ryde / Lane Cove
8:00am (u8) Pennant Hills White v Hornsby Berowra Eagles at Rofe Park
12:00pm (u11-1) Pennant Hills v Balgowlah Suns at Balgowlah Oval
12:15pm (u12) Pennant Hills v Pittwater Tigers Rioli at Nth Narrabeen Reserve
12:30pm (u15-3) Pennant Hills v Manly Bombers Black at Weldon Oval
1:30pm (YG16-1) Nth West Lightning v Willoughby Mosman at Middle Head Oval
1:30pm (u15-2) Pennant Hills v Canada Bay Canons at Drummoyne Oval
2:20pm (YG14) Nth West Lightning v Balgowlah Suns Blue at Balgowlah Oval
3:30pm (YG16-2) Nth West Lightning v Forest Lions Maroon at Middle Head Oval
3:45pm (YG18) Nth West Lightning v St Ives / Forest Lions at Rofe Park
Bye (u8) Pennant Hills Blue