SAINTS RAFFLE – $200 Sugarcane Coogee voucher!

Thanks to our very generous sponsor, Sugarcane Coogee (and coach Milan!!), we have a $200 Sugarcane Coogee voucher up for grabs in a raffle.

Buy dad a ticket for Father’s Day!!! Or buy for yourself!!!

Raffle closes on Sunday 13th September at 5pm.  Purchase tickets here:

https://events.humanitix.com/saints-raffle-win-a-sugarcane-voucher

With no BBQ this season and no fundraising party, this will be a nice little help towards supporting the club, trophies etc.

MEET STEVE HERZBERG – CLUB SPONSOR AND ALL ROUND GOOD GUY

In this interview series, we introduce Saints members to our Sponsors.

Saints sponsors help our club in many ways, including; ground hire, purchasing equipment, paying umpires, keeping registration fees to a minimum and ensuring your children can train and play in a safe, healthy, fun environment every week.

Today we meet returning sponsor, Steve Herzberg from NRG Solutions.

Thanks for being a Saints sponsor again this season Steve. Can you tell us a little bit about your business, NRG Solutions and the types of clients you work with? 

NRG Solutions is a corporate training company. Michaela (my amazing wife) and I opened the business 15 years ago. We work with a range of clients, running programs on Leadership, Sales and Presentation Skills. I design and deliver the work and Michaela is our Operations Manager. Our clients come from a range of industries including Technology, Electrical, Haircare, Finance, Golf and Animal Health. Prior to 2020 we delivered most of our programs face to face. Since the pandemic started, we have moved all of our offerings to Video Conference/Online programs. We really had no choice.

Did you grow up in the Maroubra area?

No, I was born in England and moved to Perth, WA when I was 9. I moved to Sydney in the mid 1990’s, initially just for a look. I met my wife a few years later, and have called Sydney home now for 25 years.

What first  attracted you and your family to Maroubra Saints?

 A friend of mine told me his son had played at the Saints and loved it. Our son, Zac, had tried soccer and later basketball, and wanted to try something new. We said let’s try AFL. He loved it. He started as 6 year old and now is playing under 12’s.

 And what about your own family? Are you involved in different sports?

Our two teenage daughters, Emily and Nicola, play soccer, do reformer Pilates, go to the gym and are regular walkers . My wife, Michaela also does reformer Pilates and regularly does the coastal walk. She knows every second person in Coogee so when I walk with her, there’s a lot of stop and chats. I’ve been a member of Bonnie Doon golf club for the past 20 years and try and have a game once a week.

 How have you and your family coped with the pandemic and the delayed start to the season?

We’ve all been OK, thankfully. Zac can’t wait to start playing.

Growing up, did you play junior sport. If so, what were some of the life lessons you learnt?

I played a lot of junior cricket. I also played soccer up to under 15’s. I kept playing cricket into my adult life and was lucky enough to go on and play for WA and then Tasmania in the Sheffield Shield. Cricket taught me many lessons including; the team is more important than myself, taking responsibility for my own fitness and skills, resilience, adaptability and in order to stay sane, being able to laugh at myself.

Is there a standout memory or highlight of your own junior playing career?

In under 13’s we won a game of junior soccer 31-1. Our coach was slightly mad. We were up 18-0 at half time. He really got stuck in to us at half time saying we needed to apply ourselves more in the second half!

I’ll also never forget my first game of junior cricket, aged 9. The only thing we won that day was the toss. We were bowled out for 3. Yes, that’s not a misprint. 11 players made a total of 3 runs, one run was a no ball . Me and one other lad top scored with 1 run each!

Do you have any thoughts or ideas for parents  who might be considering becoming more involved with The Saints? Where should they start?

Great idea to get involved. The years go by quickly. Feel free to contact me if you’d like to discuss the benefits of becoming a sponsor. You can become a Saints sponsor from just $250. The club runs on volunteers and without volunteers, we would have no club. If you would like to get more involved, a great starting point is to let your coach or manager know. They can point you in the right direction.

 Do you think it’s important for local business and local families to be involved with a community sporting club?

It’s critical. Community sport is the glue that holds our society together. You see fewer kids playing in the street these days and school sport tends to be quite exclusive. Community or club sport is a great way to meet other people in your area, form new friendships, on and off the field, all coming together through the medium of sport.

Which footy team do you follow? Why? 

Swans. Cheer cheer the read and the white. Love the song. Love the SCG. Love beating the Vics.

Flat White, Long Black, Skinny Cap, Sav Blanc or Peroni? 

Long Black before midday, Peroni after midday.

Bacon and Egg roll, Sausage roll, Salad roll or Meat Pie?

B and E with BBQ sauce. Soft wholemeal roll if available.

Do you have a pre-game message to your son?

Listen to your coach. Support your team mates. Get stuck in.

What about post game?

Great effort mate. Well played (if warranted). Let’s grab some B and E rolls before they run out.

 

Meet Daniel Hobbs Club Sponsor And Dad

In this interview series, we introduce Saints members to our Sponsors.

Saints sponsors help our club in many ways, including; ground hire, purchasing equipment, paying umpires, keeping registration fees to a minimum and ensuring your children can train and play in a safe, healthy, fun environment every week.

Today we meet a brand-new sponsor, Daniel Hobbs from dmh Accounting.

 

Thanks for becoming a new sponsor this season Daniel. Can you tell us a little bit about your business, how you got started  and the types of clients you work with?

 Pleasure mate. Had been working in the city as an accountant for 10 years and our eldest was about 18 months old when I decided I wanted more flexibility and a better work life balance so took the plunge and set up dmh Accounting.

Varied client base including individuals, companies, trusts and SMSFs.

Clients range from a basic individual tax return to trading businesses with 15m turnover and 100 odd staff and everything in between.

 

Did you grow up in the Maroubra area?

 I grew up on the south coast of NSW. I moved to Maroubra as a 23 year old with a few mates in search of something a bit more exciting than our sleepy hometown.

 

What first  attracted you and your family to Maroubra Saints?

With our eldest now being 5 we wanted him to play a team sport and the Saints came very highly recommended by friends of ours.

 

And what about your own family? Are you involved in different sports?

Fred did Woolworths cricket over summer which was good fun. With boys aged 5 and 3 I’m sure there will be plenty of different sports to come.

 

How have you and your family coped with the pandemic and the delayed start to the season?

 We have been ok. I already work from home so that didn’t change. Spent a lot of time in the yard with the boys. Home-schooling  had it’s moments…….

 

Growing up, did you play junior sport. If so, what were some of the life lessons you learnt?

 Played a lot of junior sport. Soccer, indoor soccer, tennis, cricket, squash.

 Fun, things need to be fun!!!

 Everything is more fun with your mates.

 

Is there a standout memory or highlight of your own junior playing career?

 Standout memory – When I was 16 our team needing a police escort to get off a field and out of the change rooms. Fair to say the Sydney based team didnt enjoy losing to the south coast team

Highlight – was lucky enough to win a few premierships. Nothing better than winning with your mates.

 

Do you have any thoughts or ideas for parents  who might be considering becoming more involved with The Saints? Where should they start?

 Do it. Ask your coach or a committee member how you can help.

 

Do you think it’s important for local business and local families to be involved with a community sporting club?

 Massively important. Without sponsors and volunteers clubs like the Saints don’t  exist.

 

Which footy team do you follow? Why?

Saints – When I started to take a greater interest in AFL my favourite player was Robert Harvey, absolute gun!!! However I now realise I have picked my team very poorly!!!

 

Flat White, Long Black, Skinny Cap, Sav Blanc or Peroni?

Hot chocolate pre Midday and Peroni post midday.

 

Bacon and Egg roll, Sausage roll, Salad roll or Meat Pie?

Meat pie, chunky steak if possible.

 

Do you have a pre-game message to your son?

 Have fun

 

What about post game?

 

Hope you had fun mate, now to the canteen!!

Return Of Junior Football & NAB AFL Auskick Weekend of 17 – 19 July.

ANNOUNCEMENT!

We return to competition play for junior football competitions and NAB AFL Auskick on the weekend of 17 – 19 July.

AFL NSW/ACT welcomes the NSW Deputy Premier’s announcement today that from 1 July 2020 community sport competitions can restart for those aged 18 years and under. We are excited to work with our Leagues and Clubs to begin a dynamic 2020 Community Football and NAB AFL Auskick Season with the first bounce of official competition play planned for the weekend of 17 – 19 July 2020 following a contact-training and match preparation phase during the NSW school holiday period.

READ MORE HERE

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.

 

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