From the Vice President Junior Mixed Sport – Andrew Smith Dear Marby Members,
I would like to welcome all our new and past players and families to the 2022 Junior Football season. The Maribyrnong Park Football Club aims to provide opportunity for ALL who take part, to develop and learn in an enjoyable and family club environment.
I’d like to introduce fellow Junior & MPFC Committee members:
Theresa Murch - Junior Administration, Vice President & Head of Female Football
Michael Agresta - Junior Football Director
Anthony Schiena - Club Volunteer Coordinator, Junior Administration, Coach
Jono Dwyer - Junior Team Manager Coordinator
Dallas Sutherland - Junior First Aid Coordinator
Steve Coughlan - Junior Age Group Coordinator
Tim Bray - Junior Communications
Lu Livingston - Junior Uniform & Merchandise Coordinator
Cherie Keegan - Junior Uniform & Merchandise Coordinator
Our club is run by volunteers, without our volunteers there is no club, so thank you in advance to all those listed above along with the many others who will help make this year the best one yet!!!
WEBSITE & COMMUNICATION
All general communications are placed on the website so please use it as the first point of call for information about what is happening at the club including all club policies. It can also be accessed from your smart phone by logging into the EDFL site and then logging in to our club via the jumper logo. Otherwise you can log in directly to https://www.marbylions.com.au We also communicate via Facebook & Instagram and the weekly Marby Junior Wrap emails.
Team communication will be done via Team App – once your child has been placed in a particular team, your Team Manager will reach out around weekly team information.
KEY START DATES
March and April are very busy times for all and some key dates are important to start noting. The home and away season commencing on Sunday April 3rd with no games over the Easter & Queens Birthday weekends. We have locked in practice games March 20th & 27th for our Junior sides (U8-16). The times and venues will be communicated in due course by Team Mangers & on the club website.
PLAYER REGISTRATION - IMPORTANT
With the team selection process commencing this week ideally we’d like all players registered ASAP to ensure they’re selected in the correct team and to avoid disappointment, if your child is not registered they will not be placed in a team.
If you have not already done so please register your player as soon as possible. Click here for full details & fees http://www.marby-lions.com/juniors.shtml
Full Payment o fRegistration Fees are due before the start of Round 1.
As the fees cover the players’ insurance, team members will need to have the fee paid before commencing play.
As part of the 2022 junior membership fee all players will receive a complimentary Marby Lions backpack & drink bottle, all new players will also receive a Marby Lions training top. For those that have grown out of their current training top we will have replacements on hand.
PARENTS, FAMILY, SUPPORTERS PARTICIPATION
The success of the Junior Football Program, becomes more successful when there is active participation by the parents and friends of the players.
Your help is greatly appreciated in many areas and to help support our teams a roster system will again be in place this season for all game day roles and Friday night meals. Once we have appointed Team Managers will be contact with further details.
Currently our pre-season training is being conducted at Fairbairn Park on Tuesday nights around the following schedule:
Boys & Girls U8-12 5.00-6.00pm
Boys & Girls U14-16 6.00-7.00pm
Once the Maribyrnong St Mary’s cricket club have completed their season we’ll then revert to our seasonal schedule of Wednesday & Friday nights (expected around mid-March). Closer to the time the club will give an update on which date this will occur. This is dependent on how deep the cricket teams play in finals .. good luck to all our Marby cricketers!
This year will be introducing an on-line store through our website for all Marby merchandise. The intention is to run a click & collect service where are orders placed & paid before Wednesday will be ready for collection on Friday night.
We will have the following items available to purchase:
Marby Zip Up Jackets (limited numbers)
Further information around the process will be posted shortly.
Game Day Uniforms
With a potential 6 week turnaround with game day guernsey’s can you please ascertain whether a new one is required for the season. If required, please ensure you have registered and complete the below form ASAP so we can get an idea of sizes and numbers.
For those new to the club, you will require the following on game day:
MPFC game day jumper
EDFL Football shorts – blue home /white away games
EDFL logo Socks – blue, EDFL logo
Game day Marby hoodie
If you weren’t unable to attend the registration day on Sunday, Sports Safe Australia our preferred mouth guard supplier will be at the club for fitting on our first Wednesday night we return to the club – date tba.
I hope this information will assist you in planning for all the upcoming football commitments. Once again welcome to your club for the 2022 season. We look forward to a full season ahead & active kids taking part. Can’t wait to see them running around. Go Marby!
Andrew Smith – Vice President Junior Mixed Sport