We hope that you and your families are all as well as can be, and are finding ways to stay healthy and mentally nimble.
It’s not unexpected news that the YJFL called time on our season yesterday. While it’s a bit sad that it has all come to an end, we should look at the big positive– we actually had a season! 26 teams, including 8 new ones, and 556 kids got to play footy with us this year, and with girls making up 40% of our club, RJFC is the largest girls’ footy club in the league. The ongoing growth of our club, after no 2020 season, and all of this season’s uncertainties is testament to the strong and supportive community we are all part of.
Particular recognition and thanks must go to the persistence and flexibility of the nearly 200 volunteers who made it all possible each weekend; all of the Coaches, Team Managers, Assistant Coaches, Runners, Goal and Boundary Umpires, Covid Officers, Umpire Escorts, Ground Managers and the multitude of other parents and volunteers involved that allow all of our kids to play some footy. The kids will probably never fully appreciate the time and effort you all put in, but we do – so Thankyou on their behalf.
The YJFL also announced today that the top of the ladder teams will be confirmed as 2021 Premiers.
A massive congratulations to our three Premiership teams:
- our Colts Boys team – coached by Chris Swenson
- our Youth Girls Yellow team – coached by Dave Martin
- our Under 14 MIxed Yellow team – coached by Hugo Boreham, Steele Baillie and Teigan Otter
We fully intend to celebrate all the season achievements and particularly the 3 premierships at an in-person Presentation day as soon as we are able to – we will send out a save the date and details when restrictions allow.
Please remember there is plenty of summer sports to get the kids active and involved in and we highly recommend our fellow Richmond Clubs with strong junior programmes; Richmond Union Cricket Club, Richmond Riots Basketball Club and Richmond Harriers Athletics club.
And then it’s onwards and upwards for next year – believe it or not, registrations will open for Season 2022 in November, and we will begin our Summer Squad again. Next year will be a big one for us, with the opening of our new clubrooms at Citizens Park, more growth in teams predicted, and most importantly we hope to resume our regular functions and social events, so we can bring back the best part of our club – getting together as a wonderful tight-knit community.
Stay well and we hope to see you soon. Go Tigers.
President – on behalf of the RJFC Committee