Monday, April 24, 2017

Newsletter - 25April

Well Done this week Vikings,
5 winning Teams!
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Lest we forget... 25th April.

Amendments to Training Locations
(NOT times)
As of Wednesday 26th April, the following age groups will transfer from their current training location on Wednesdays & Fridays to the main grounds as follows:

Under 8        - Grant Reserve Oval, Centre Square Area
Under 9 Red  - Grant Reserve Oval, Bluegum Dr end
Under 9 Blue - Grant Reserve Oval, Cherry Lake end
Under 10      - Kirk Oval, Bluegum Dr end
Under 11      - Kirk Oval, Cherry Lake end

Training times will not change, only the training location.

The BIG 50!
Well done to our Under 12 Pocket Rocket James Munro for reaching his 50 game milestone on the weekend! It's a great achievement and he is a valued Team member of Mark Wheeler's Under 12's A-Grade team. Here is some profile info we would love to share with you:
Debut - 2013
Position - Half Back Flank
Footy Highlight - Winning the 2016 U11's G/Final
Fav Food - Pizza
Fav Footy Team - Bombers
Fav Footy Player - Jobe Watson
Hobbies - Cricket, eating, sleeping
His Coach says... "James is a pleasure to coach and a solid team player who gives 100% each week!"
His Team mates say... "James is a fast runner now that he cut his hair. He is always throwing his body into the game" 
Congratulations James - Well done!

Team Photos Reminder
A reminder to families regarding Team Photos on Wednesday and Thursday this week. 
Correct money must be in the order envelopes, no change will be given.

Congratulations to our Award Winning Kids
Well done to the following Vikings for their recent achievements:
  • Hayden Beckwith - Coaches Award (Round 2)
  • Lucas Beckwith - Heartland Award (Round 2)
  • Hamzeh El Hassan - Numero Uno Award (Round 1)
  • Tom Hansen - Numero Uno Award (Round 2)
  • Deven Camilleri - Coaches "Kit Kat" Award (Round 2)
Keep up the great efforts Kids! We are proud of you all!
Smoking Policy

The Altona Junior Football Club recognizes that passive smoking (inhaling second-hand smoke) is hazardous to health and that non-smokers, in particular children, should be protected from tobacco smoke. Passive smoking can lead to other serious illnesses such as bronchitis, lung cancer, cardiovascular disease, and chest illnesses in children. Accordingly, the following policy has been developed by the Altona Junior Football Club to help protect people’s health. The move to go Smoke Free also complements the Altona Junior Football Club’s desire to create a healthy family and friendly environment. Our club believes that such an environment and image will be advantageous in attracting new members and positively promoting the club in the community. Legislation and the legal duty of care also provide reasons to have a Smoke Free club. Under common law the Altona Junior Football Club has a legal duty of care to ensure that employees, volunteers, players and officials are not exposed to potentially harmful situations. The Occupational Health and Safety Act also stipulate that employees and working volunteers must have a safe environment to work in.  

Designated Smoke Free Areas The Altona Junior Football Club requires the following areas to be Smoke Free: 
• Club and social rooms 
• Administration and office areas 
• Changing rooms 
• Toilet blocks 
• Indoor spectator viewing areas 
• Playing areas 
• Eating areas 
• Spectator viewing areas 
• Near entries and exits of buildings, facilities and the ground 

Behavioural Expectations The Altona Junior Football Club recognizes that role modelling can have a significant impact upon the junior members of the club. Hence, the following individuals and groups will refrain from smoking while they are acting in an official capacity for the club or while in club uniform: 
• Coaches (when coaching or representing the club) 
• Trainers (when training players) 
• Officials (when officiating for the club) 
• Volunteers (when working for the club) 

Pledge Update - 25April

STOP. One Punch Can Kill

This week we welcome the Smith and Grech families to our Pledges!

Thank you!

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Pledge Update - 18April

The AJFC hope you have all enjoyed your long Weekend!

Thank you to all the families who have pledged or donated to the STOP One punch can kill Campaign so far! It is very humbling to see so many AJFC families helping out and most appreciated!
Our newest participants are the Casley-Old and Moore families - Thank You!
Keep the pledges coming!

Monday, April 10, 2017

Newsletter - 10April

Well done Vikings on a great start to the Season!
Everyone who turned out for the 1st Sunday deserves a huge pat on the back!
The Players were fantastic out in the wet and windy weather, as were the Supporters and Helpers!
Save the following link into your mobile devices to check every Sunday morning
Thank you to everyone for their patience over the next few months as the renovations are ongoing. Whilst our set up is not ideal, please keep in mind all parties involved are working hard behind the scenes to ensure things run as smoothly as possible. 
Your understanding is appreciated!

Heartland Award
Congratulations to Round 1 Heartland Winner Sonny Purdy (U14s).
 Keep up the great work Sonny!
We NEED Parents to put their hand up for First Aid help this season!
Upcoming First Aid courses:
Level 2 First Aid HLTAID003 (Includes Level 1, CPR and EpiPen Update)  $110

Werribee -  Wayaperri House (Saffron Kitchen) Sat 8th & Sat 22nd April

Point Cook - Phoenix Hotel on the Wed 12th & Wed 26th April

This training is beneficial in your personal life as well, Not just to football field. For further info, please refer to the link:

If a team doesn't have a First Aid Trainer, they can't start the game.
Please contact Naomi Redpath/Admin or see your Team’s Coach.

STOP. One Punch Can Kill
2017 WRFL Footy Show
Click on the above link to see the Club President, Vito Rubino interview and a WRFL Footy Show episode featuring the U17s Leadership night and the STOP. One punch can kill campaign and pledge.

Pledge Thank You's...
A huge thank you to the following families for being the first ones to pledge support for the STOP One Punch can Kill Campaign!
Any support is greatly appreciated!
Please email Vito
with you pledge details.
AJFC (Seniors)
Rubino Family
Wheeler Family
Szanyi Family
Walsh Family
Redpath Family
Jeka Family
Johnson Family
Casley-Old Family
Moore Family

See you all next week!...

Tuesday, April 4, 2017

One Punch Can Kill Campaign


AJFC Supporting STOP. One Punch Can Kill Campaign
Get on Board Vikings!

Complementing our Pathways Program for the Under 17s transitioning onto Senior football, the Boys attended a Leadership night at the Altona RSL on Tuesday. Partnered with the Altona Football Club, the program included;
• Senior Coach Saade Ghazi addressing Altona’s future Senior Players.
• Altona Football Club Senior Leadership Group; Jayden Post, Joel Magnabosco and Steven Kennedy supporting their coach and contributing a valued perspective from ‘on and off the field’.
• Under 17A Coach John Szanyi addressing his squad, in preparation for the 2017 Season and beyond.

The night was highlighted with the attendance of Caterina Politi. She is the mother of 22yr old David Cassai, who was killed in a “one punch” incident in Rye on NYE in 2012. She now campaigns for the STOP. One Punch Can Kill program and is a driving force behind the support for changes to laws surrounding these events that shatter families.

Caterina’s visit is a big deal to the Club. The Under 17s are at a pivotal age where incident such as David’s increase in chance and it is important to educate our young men about the importance of thinking before you act and to remind them that their actions have consequences.

The night for the Under 17s was a chance to forget about football for a minute and for us as Parents to think about our growing families. What happened to David Cassai (or the young man charged over the incident) can happen to your child and lives are changed forever! If we can reduce the chances of this occurring within our community, we will!
The AJFC Pledge

The AJFC are pledging $5 for every game our Junior teams win this season and will be presenting Ms Politi with a cheque on Presentation Day at the end of the 2017 Season.
Here's where you can help…
If you would like to pledge also (it is up to you how much), please email Vito Rubino, AJFC President, with your details and pledge amount, and we will keep everyone posted through our social media of the running tally throughout the year.

It may be $1 or $2 per team win, or a straight donation – Any amount is appreciated and we aim to raise funds and awareness for this fantastic campaign that can affect us all.

For further information go to or you can
watch David's story

A big thank you to the Altona RSL for the use of the room on Tuesday night. It was a wonderful sense of community and though emotional, it was a great night.