Monday, May 8, 2017

Newsletter - 09 May

 Round 4 done and dusted...

U17 Pathways Program Update

On Thursday night the U17s were introduced to the Senior Leadership Group. The Players met Jayden Post, Jordan Robbins, Joel Magnabosco and Steven Kennedy. (Trav Lunnardi is overseas at the moment).

The introduction was the first step in the U17 Mentoring Program, as part of the Pathway Program. The Senior Leadership Group will be aligned with U17 Leadership Group as their Mentors throughout the season.

The U17 Boys are all looking forward to having Senior Mentors and being exposed to the Senior Team. We appreciate Saade Ghazi's and the Senior Team's ongoing committment and interaction with the group and to the Pathway Program.
Michael Rubino - Captain will be aligned to Jordan Robbins. 
Connor Moir - Vice Captain will be aligned to Jayden Post. 
Ryley Grech - Vice Captain will be aligned to Steven Kennedy. 
Daniel Bolkas - Part of the Leadership Group that will be aligned to Trav Lunnardi. 
Spencer Johnson - Part of the Leadership Group that will aligned to Joel Magnabosco. 
Lucas Markham - Part of the Leadership Group that will be aligned to Jayden Post.

What's really fantastic about this is that every member of the Senior Leadership Group was once an Altona Juniors Player!

Winners are Grinners...
Well done to the following Vikings this week...
  • Joshua Falzon (U10 Red) - Numero Uno Award (no photo)
  • Joshua Bree (U10 Red) - Movers and Shakers Award (no photo)
  • Rob Jarmain (U14) - Heartland Award
  • Leon Limmer (U8) - Mover and Shaker Award
  • Joshua Denami (U8) - Numero Uno Award
  • Cooper Dale (U8) - Heartland Award 

Don't be shy U13-17''ve been very quiet so far this season! 
We are happy to share any exciting news from on and off the field for any of our AJFC members, so let us know!
Please email Sarah at:

Vic Metro Squad

A big Congratulations to Emerson Jeka who has been selected for the Vic Metro Squad for the NAB AFL Championships this year. This is a huge accomplishment in a tough, competitive environment and the AJFC wish Emerson all the best!
For more details on the squad, please go to :

100 Games - WOW!!!

This young man only joined the Viking ranks this year and has quickly become a big part of the U17 Div 1 Team!

Congratulations to Tyson Amos on reaching 100 games! We are happy to share this great milestone with you Tyson, Well Done!

STOP. One Punch Can Kill Pledge Update
Another fantastic week and another thank you to all the families who have pledged or donated to the Stop. One Punch Can Kill tally. We are really humbled and appreciate your support to this great campaign.
$663.00 to date
New Pledged and Donations this week have been received from:
Anne Casley
Cassar Families x2

Support Those Who are Supporting Us!

Purchase one of the AJFC Community cards for local discounts galore!
You'll be surprised at how much you'll save and your heart will do flips for supporting our community as well!
Email Nadine at - for further details.

'Children are great Imitators, so let's give them something great to imitate!'

The AJFC would like to encourage all Parents and Supporters to consider their behaviour when attending games. Yes, we understand incorrect decisions (in your opinion) can be frustrating but we would like to remind you, Our Coaches are Volunteers and the Umpires are human – and sometimes still learning themselves.
Mistakes or errors in judgment can occur so the AJFC asks you to consider your actions before undertaking them and please remember all the little eyes watching you!

Behind amazing kids are amazing parents, 
so please lead by example and partake in healthy supporting and 
show our kids what great Sportsmanship is…   

In addition to the above, please see the below extracts from the AFJC Code of Conduct (2017) regarding Player and Parental Conduct. We will have these handed out to players and families in the coming weeks...
Players’ Code of Conduct
• Play for the ‘fun of it’ and not just to please parents and coaches.
• Play by the Rules and the laws of the game.
• Never argue with an official. If you disagree, have your captain or coach approach the official during a break or after the game.
• Control your temper. Verbal abuse of officials or other players, deliberately fouling or provoking an opponent and throwing equipment is not acceptable or permitted in any sport.
• Work equally hard for yourself and your team. Your team’s performance will benefit - and so will you.
 • Be a good sport. Cheer all good plays whether they are by your team or the other team.
• Treat all players as you would like to be treated. Do not interfere with, bully or take unfair advantage of another player.
• Co-operate with your coach, team mates and opponents - Without them, there would be no game. • At all times show respect and manners to everyone concerned.
Parents’ Code of Conduct
• If children are interested, encourage them to play sport. However, if a child is not willing to play, do not force him or her.
• Focus upon the child’s effort and performance rather than the overall outcome of the event. This assists the child in setting realistic goals related to his/her ability by reducing the emphasis on winning.
• Teach children that an honest effort is as important as victory so that the result of each game is accepted without undue disappointment.
• Encourage children to always play according to the Rules.
• Never ridicule or yell at a child for making a mistake or losing a game.
• Remember that children learn best from example. Applaud good plays by both teams.
• If you disagree with an official, raise the issue through the appropriate channel rather than question the official’s judgment and honesty in public. Remember that most officials volunteer their time and effort for your child’s involvement.
• Support all efforts to remove verbal and physical abuse from sporting activities.
• Recognise the value and importance of volunteer coaches. They give of their time and resources to provide recreational activities for the children and deserve your support.
• Always remember two points – Sportsmanship and most importantly, always have fun.
• Any grievances should be directed to the Team Manager or Coaches Co-Ordinator.   

A Congratulations to one of our Sponsors!

Congratulations to Shawqi Ein and Peter Seitanidis and their Altona Team at Sweeney Estate Agents. They have recently opened another office in Altona North.
Best wishes for future successes!

Looking forward to another great week!

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