2020 Season Update – ON OUR WAY BACK!

Training will be back soon! The AFL has now authorised official club training to start to take place.

As you can imagine we are required to modify the way that we train, and there are a lot of things to organise, so the club is going to be working on a plan to return to training over the coming weeks and we will be in touch as soon as we have training dates and times confirmed.

I know that you are all keen to get going however the most important thing is our club member safety, and we cannot rush back too quickly. There is no confirmed start date for the playing season as yet so there is still plenty of time to get match ready!

There are some resources available on the AFL ACT/NSW web site in regards to what a return to training will look like.

www.aflnswact.com.au/return-to-play

 

We look forward to seeing you all again in the not too distant future.

 

All Training Suspended Until Further Notice – All Age Groups U5 to U18

The COVID-19 situation is evolving rapidly.

The safety and welfare of our players, volunteers and their families is our number one priority.

With the cases of COVID-19 increasing in New South Wales, the Club has decided to do its part to limit the spread of the virus and suspend all training  and events until further notice.

We are expecting further directives from AFL NSW regarding the 2020 Season in the next 24-48 hours and will update you further as soon as possible.

Maroubra Saints

FAQ- COVID-19

Frequently asked questions

 

How do I tell my child about the virus?

Most importantly if your children are worried about Covid-19 please see here for how to discuss this with them. https://www.unicef.org/coronavirus/how-talk-your-child-about-coronavirus-covid-19

 

What are the symptoms?

Patients may have a fever, cough, runny nose, shortness of breath and other symptoms.

In some patients, it seems like a cold and has mild symptoms. If in doubt speak with your local GP or call Healthdirect for advice on 1800 022 222

 

I have travelled outside of Australia – what do I need to do?

Review the information on the NSW Health FAQs to determine which approach you should follow. This may require home isolation for 14 days or a requirement for social distancing. It is likely that your child may not be able to play AFL for 14 days after returning from a country overseas. Please see this link for information and follow the recommendations.

https://www.health.nsw.gov.au/Infectious/alerts/Pages/coronavirus-faqs.aspx#1-7

 

I think I may have been exposed Covid-19?

We would ask that should you find out you are a confirmed case of the virus you please send an email to maroubrasaints@gmail.com. We will then work with the NSW Department of Health to determine who has been in contact with the patient and what process needs to be followed regarding monitoring.

 

How do I protect myself and others?

The best way to protect yourself from COVID-19 is the same way you would protect yourself from catching flu or other respiratory illness:

  • clean your hands for at least 30 seconds with soap and water, or when unavailable use an alcohol-based sanitiser with at least 60% alcohol.
  •  cover your sneeze or cough with your elbow or with a tissue.
  • avoid close contact with people who are ill
  • avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth
  • do not share drink bottles, towels or food
  • Stay home and seek medical treatment when you are sick

 

For the most up to date information visit NSW Department of Health.

 

Football hygiene – guidance from AFL

  • Covid-19 or not, communal use of water bottles should be avoided at all times.
  • All players should be in possession of their own drink bottle, and should not share with any other players
  • Do not share drinks, towels, lip balm, sunscreen with others (have own)
  •  Limit physical contact such as avoiding shaking hands, pre or post-game
  • Limit travelling party to matches/training/sessions where possible.

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An Important Message about COVID-19 (Corona)

Maroubra Saints Junior AFL Club has been monitoring the spread of Covid-19 (Corona) virus closely and are greatly concerned about the health of our club members. The situation is emerging and subject to change rapidly. With that in mind, we are issuing our current stance on the situation with the proviso that this may change unexpectedly.

 

As parents, players and members of the club, we along with Sydney Harbour Juniors AFL competition and AFL NSW are taking the threat of Corona virus seriously. We have and will continue to obtain advice from Australian and NSW governments and the AFL. See the attached PDF for a statement from the AFL.

 

The current advice is to continue with the season, with the expectation that we are in unprecedented territory and participation may be impacted by decisions outside of our control.

 

The Maroubra Saints Junior AFL Club may also, outside of the AFL and Sydney Harbour Juniors competition, decide to shut down training and games should we at any stage deem there is a likely risk to our members.

This will not be taken lightly but first and foremost is the safety of our players and community.

 

It is important if you or your child have any symptoms that might indicate an infection or illness that you do not attend training or play matches.  We also ask that parents and kids follow strict hygiene protocols (both at home/work and at footy) to prevent spreading infections.  As parents you are free to take a break from training/matches if they wish to avoid contact for any reason, we each must assess the risk to our families. We do ask that you inform your Coach and Team Manager of that decision so we can accommodate.

We are hopeful that the season will not be significantly impacted by the unusual circumstances and will continue to monitor the situation and provide updates as necessary.

If you need specific information on our response to the virus to contact us through Facebook, or email us here. We have appointed a committee member to address your concerns.

Like all of you, we here at Maroubra Saints wish for a safe season for all.

Maroubra Saints Junior AFL Club Committee.

Maroubra Saints Canteen – POSITIONS VACANT

Help our club with the canteen!

We rely heavily on the canteen to not only feed everybody on a weekend morning, but also to ensure the financial security of the club. We also want to be known to have the best bacon and egg roll of all the clubs!!

In addition to our very important and valued volunteers, we are looking to fill a couple of other positions:

  • Roster Coordinator. Are you a whiz with spreadsheets and can pull together information quickly? This volunteer role will take around 1-2 hours per week, from the comfort of your home.
  • Canteen Coordinator. This is a paid position, which is responsible for overseeing the canteen operations. Ensure the rosters are set, the food ordered and the helpers know what they need to do. Around 10 hours per week and requires you to be there on a Saturday morning, the busiest time for the canteen, during home games of the season (approx 7-8 rounds)

If either of these roles interest you please contact Renee Beck on 0410 555 255 who can explain the role further.

We are able to make sure that there is flexibility in this role to fit it around the other things in your life.

Meet Our New President – Renee

Find out why being a Sponsor of the Saints is so rewarding!

You are invited to the Maroubra Saints 2020 Sponsors Info Night

Taking place on Thursday, 12 March 2020 at the Doncaster Hotel

If you have loved being part of the Mighty Maroubra Saints, why not consider being a sponsor for the 2020 season. You can be a Sponsor for as little as $300.

Sponsors help provide our great Club with the equipment and resources we need to continue giving our kids a fantastic AFL experience. The Club had 559 registered players in 2019, of which almost 25% were females. We turn 21 this season and our Club continues to grow strongly.

If you would like to find out more, please join us at our 2020 Sponsors Info Night. Our current sponsors will share the benefits sponsorship brings and our Club Officials will detail how sponsorship funding is put to use.

Please come along to the Doncaster Hotel on 12 March 2020. We will kick off at 6PM and wrap up by 8PM. Drinks and light refreshments will be provided.

 

RSVP TO STEVE BY CLICKING HERE

A message from one of the clubs founders

Our club celebrates 20 years and one of the clubs founders, Patrick Curtis who received the clubs very first Life Membership at our 10th year celebrations in 2009 has written a letter for us all which was to be read at the 2019 social night.

Amanda Bartholomeus has shared Patrick’s note and gives us this context:

Patrick Curtis was approached by the AFL to help with founding a second junior club in the Eastern Suburbs as Easts Bulldogs were nearing capacity.  Patrick’s knowledge and passion for the game and his personable nature made him a perfect fit to help promote the new club and in the year 2000 Maroubra Saints played their first season with approximately 40 kids.

 Patrick served as President for 11 years, seasons 2000 through to 2010, while also managing registrations, handing out jerseys and ground managing in the early years. All this with no children playing, just a passion and enthusiasm to help AFL expand in the Eastern Suburbs.

 Patrick’s strong sense of fairness and inclusivity became the cornerstones of the club and the inspiration behind the Patrick Curtis Club Spirit award which is awarded annually to a youth player who exemplifies these traits.

 

Hello Maroubra Saints Families.

Firstly, I do apologise for not being able to attend such a momentous occasion – 20 years of the Saints existence.

As much as I want to be with you all, unfortunately my poor health precludes me from driving up from Ulladulla to attend.

Secondly, kick your heels up and enjoy the occasion and friendship that helps make this great Club thrive and successful.

Thirdly, a big Thank You to all our volunteers that has continued to keep the club moving forward, a happy family club which continues to grow in strength.

Fourthly, during my time at the Sainters, we had many fantastic people, ie, committees, coaches, team managers and various other volunteers to assist in running the club.

So keep up the good work Mums and Dads.

Finally, I recall my first encounter with the “small but great committee”, I put my hand up to be a goal umpire but ended up being elected as President which lasted 11 years !! what an incredible journey but one I thoroughly enjoyed 😃

Thanks to all those fantastic volunteers during the early days 😃

Go the Sainters and may the club continue to grow and reach further milestones in the coming years.😃👍

Patrick 😃

Studio 54 – Outta Sight!

Oh what a night!

Check back here for a full report on how much money was raised – and how much fun we had.

In the meantime – check out the photo’s captured in our photo booth

Check out all the images HERE