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Imby Langenbach

Meet Imby Langenbach from KARMME

Imby, a big thanks for being a Saints sponsor again this season. Can you tell us a little bit about yourself, your family and your business?

My name is Imby Langenbach. I have thee daughters, 16, 15 & 13 years old. My husband, Dean and I with our girls moved from Perth to Sydney for 1 year, 11 years ago! We fell in love with Sydney’s Eastern Suburbs and couldn’t believe we got to live near the beach. It still feels like we are on summer holidays most days. I own and operate KARMME ( pronounced calm, because that’s how creating makes me feel). I design leather handbags that are made in Redfern, Sydney by my amazing makers. The business focuses on producing beautiful, quality, simple, practical leather accessories to help you carry the things you need for your day to day or something beautiful to wear when you go out at night. I started KARMME 6 years ago when I didn’t want to carry a heavy hand bag on my shoulder anymore. I had recently had neck surgery and wanted to just have a small clutch to put my phone, keys, wallet and lip balm in. It has grown from a hobby to a full time business, thanks to many of our local community who have supported me for many years now. I love what I do, it barely feels like a job.

It’s Mother’s Day on May 9th. Do you have a special offer for the Saints?

I’d love to offer our Maroubra Saints Community 15% off any purchase of KARMME to celebrate Mother’s Day. I know Mums love a card and breakfast in bed but if you are looking for something else just pop ‘MAROUBRASAINTS’ in the coupon box until Friday 7th May. There is complimentary gift wrapping and express post or pick up from the studio in South Coogee.

When did you first become involved with the Maroubra Saints?

A funny story about when our third daughter was born, someone asked my husband if he was disappointed he didn’t have a son. He replied the wasn’t, and little did we know that fast forward 6 years we would be spending most of our weekend on the sidelines of an AFL field. Our youngest daughter Taya was adamant she was not playing netball, was not keen on the uniform, so we suggested she try AFL. There were no teams for girls her age then, so she joined Gerard Pignatelli’s boys team and played with them until under 12’s last year and subsequently the girls competition too. Gerard was instrumental in forming Taya’s love for footy, a true testament to how a coach can influence a child’s life. Our middle daughter Ava then joined and I started to manage the girls team, working with many coaches over the years. Dean, my husband is now the treasurer and we look forward to footy season with Maroubra Saints each year.

What prompted you to become a sponsor of the Saints?

I strongly believe that having kids involved in sport is crucial for their physical and mental wellbeing. I love seeing how the girls begin the season, not really sure, not knowing that many people and then by the end the camaraderie amongst the team and the friendships formed is so beautiful to see. Maroubra Saints provides a place to gather, a place to be accepted, challenged, have fun and learn discipline. I think it brings out the best in our teenagers, especially. It runs on the effort of so many people who volunteer their time. For all those reasons I will always support the club however I can.

What sports are your daughters playing this year?

Taya is playing in U14YG, Ava U16YG, Ruby our eldest doesn’t play AFL but dances. School sport in summer, waterpolo and touch footy.

How has your business, Karmme, been impacted by Covid 19?

When Covid first hit and we were in lockdown, no one was going out so no one was buying bags. It was pretty full on to go from sales to no sales so quickly. I spent the time creating new designs, rebranding and working on a new website. Slowly as people started to go out again people started to buy bags. I think the insecurity of jobs and loss of disposable income has affected KARMME but it showing signs of slowly getting back to preCovid levels in terms of sales. My supply chains were affected right in the beginning and now even I have to be much more organised with ordering leather from Italy, hardware from China due to severe freight delays. Being an Australian made, small production brand has definitely had its advantages though. I think people are looking closer to home to purchase and support smaller producers, which I very much appreciate.

What do you think makes a successful local community sports club?

The success of a local club depends on the commitment of the volunteers who run and organise it, the parents and carers who get their kids to training and the kids themselves who commit to show up, do their best and reap the rewards of friendships and skills they gain along the way. I think making the club accepting of all abilities, being welcoming to all families and being as fair a club as possible are the hallmark of a successful community sports club.

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

I played Basketball and Netball growing up. I wish I had continued it on further into my teenage years as I can see how nice it is for my girls to have a friendship group outside of their school group.

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

Um no :)

Do you have any pre game messages you give to your daughters on game day?

Have you drunk enough water and eaten proper food?

Be careful

What about post game?

You had a great game

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

I’d say start by offering to do any of the jobs that need doing on game day or at training. If you like physical things, get involved in pre game warm ups, especially in the younger years, many hands make light work! If enjoy interacting with the players and you know a bit about footy, offer to be the runner for the coach. If you are good at organising, stick your hand up to manage the team. I have loved getting to know all the girls a bit more by being the manager, you get to see them grow in confidence & skill and its lovely to see. We have a great community, I think just being amongst it, sponsor if you can, offer your skills/services if you can, offer your time if you can.

Which footy team do you follow? Why?

No team! My Dad will kill me for not saying the Eagles and my kids will kill me for not saying the Swans!

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

Strong 3/4 latte thanks :)

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

Definitely hot chips over any of them.

Bring a friend & try Auskick!

Win a $500 voucher

BIG NEWS!!! Thanks to our sponsor

Sugarcane Restaurant

we have a $500 voucher up for grabs in a pre-season/happy Easter raffle!!! Get your tickets today and be in the running to win this ah-mazing prize!!!

 

https://www.raffletix.com.au/maroubrasaints

 

Meet Steven Chichester

In the first of our Sponsor Interview Series for season 2021, we chat with Steve Chichester, long term Saints family member, experienced coach and all round good guy.

Thanks for being a Saints sponsor again this season Steve. Can you tell us a little bit about yourself, your family  and your business?

 I played a lot of football over many years and coached at Maroubra for 10 years while my son Tom played. I coached at the Swans Academy for 6 years and have been coaching the UNSW u19s for the past 6 seasons.

I am a fabric supplier for the clothing industry and have been running for 12 years at SC8 Fabrics, selling to various Ladies Fashion Brands. With the world turning to more sustainable solutions I am now supplying organic cottons and importantly recycled plastics from landfill and ocean rubbish. We can make anything ranging from T-shirts to bags to curtains, all with the same feel as regular fabrics. This is from Waste2wear and you can see the full story on our website.

Where did you grow up?

I grew up in Brisbane and moved to Sydney at 19.

When did you first become involved with the Maroubra Saints?

Around 2003 or 2004 I think.

Has the club changed since you first became involved?

The club is always evolving. We moved to Pioneers for the older ages while I was coaching, which was a big change, and the numbers continue to grow. Its wonderful to see the club leading the way with the Girls teams, so many good sides and so much talent.

I’ve heard you do a lot of coaching with the Saints? What do you think are the three main attributes a successful footy coach needs?

It has to be enjoyable for the kids most importantly, if they are having a good time they will learn.

Structured training, plan sessions, keep it simple, lots of footies and not running drills too long. Also coach on the run, limited lectures.

All inclusive, every child wants to be a part of it no matter what level they are at, its your job as coach to help them enjoy playing.

Do you have a standard pre-game message to your players?

We are a team, every player is important.

What about post game?

Always find something good to say about the game, what did we do well. What can we learn. Find a funny moment to give them a laugh.

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

I played Rugby League and Australian Football, I also ran. I learnt you always have more in the tank than you think.  You can be better with training and effort.  I learnt sport is a community engagement and some of these people may be friends for life.

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

 I played 11 losing Grand Finals before I won one. That win was sensational, however coaching the teams and seeing someone improve is always a thrill.

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

 To be involved in your child’s sport is a great chance to teach lessons about life. Be a community member, work the canteen, run the water etc.

It shows we all can be involved and enjoy the experience.

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

Most definitely. It takes a village to raise a family and we all go through tough times so having help is wonderful.

Which footy team do you follow? Why? 

 I was always Swans but now we have some ex Maroubra players playing at Adelaide in Ben Davis and The Giants in Jack Buckley, I follow them as well.  Great to see another Saint make his debut this week in Errol Gulden.

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

 Peroni and the Piccolo next morning.

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

All of the above, that’s what I miss most in the off season a good Saints BBQ.

Maroubra Saints Tipping Comp 2021

Super exciting news for all registered Sainters! We have put together a super fun and easy tipping comp for all those who wish to get involved.

Please see details below on how to register and start tipping!

 

All tips must be in before this Thursday’s first game – ROUND 1 Richmond vs Carlton.

Optional for your whole family or as individuals to enter.

 

To make things more exciting, please use a name that will show what age group the tipper belongs too (eg name: UPTHESWANS U11)

 

There are editing options on the page to show or hide sport betting odds. Please use the tool to individually set up each account.

 

This tipping comp is free to join as long as you are a registered Maroubra Saints member.

 

A wonderful opportunity to challenge your friends strategically and enjoy some good fun banter.

 

https://www.footytips.com.au/comps/MaroubraSaintsAFL&p=MaroubraSaints2021&ref=invitation

 

Competition Details
Comp Name: MaroubraSaintsAFL
Password: MaroubraSaints2021

SPONSORS NIGHT 22ND MARCH

Please come along and join us as a thank you to all of our Maroubra Saints sponsors on Monday 22nd March at Sugarcane restaurant in Coogee. 56 Carr st, Coogee.

Sugarcane – Restaurant in Coogee | South East Asian Cuisine

Our current and past sponsors include: ASG, Sugarcane Restaurant, DMH Accounting, NRG Solutions, LM legal, Superheroes inc, Virtue Advice, IGA Roselle.

If you are interested in becoming a sponsor this season we would also love you to join us. You can be a sponsor from as little as $300.
Sponsors help provide our club with the equipment and resources we need to continue giving our kids a fantastic AFL experience. Our club runs on a team of volunteers and the support they provide combined with sponsorship enables our kids to be part of a great club.
The Saints had 559 registered players in 2019 from ages 5-17 of which almost 25% were females. We turn 22 this season and our footy club, with your support continues to grow.

If you would like to find out more, please join us for a casual drink and some light refreshments at our 2021 Sponsors Info Night. Some of our current sponsors will share the benefits sponsorship brings. You can ask any questions you have about becoming a sponsor.

Date: 22 March 2020. We will kick off at 6PM and wrap up by 8PM.

RSVP: Camille camille@cdconsulting.net.au

GIRLS COME TRY DAY 6TH MARCH

All girls welcome to come try AFL with the Maroubra Saints, bring a friend and come play!

Saturday March 6th 12.30pm to 2.30pm at Pioneers Park, Anzac Pde Malabar

BBQ and footy fun provided

All girls welcome, aged 5 through to 18

Maroubra Saints encourage you to come along at try AFL.
No matter what your ability, you can learn new skills; make friends and be part of the fun

REGISTER FOR JUNIORS IN 2021

JUNIOR: Ages 9 to 18
This includes girls teams

If your child or youth is turning 9 or above in 2021, register for Junior & Youth.

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER FOR MAROUBRA SAINTS JUNIORS

Please ensure when registering that you register in the correct age group according to your year of Birth.

(U9 – U17 including Youth Girls)

1. On the registration form select how many players you are registering
2. Put in your email address (must be the same as last year if returning. If not, contact us at maroubrasaints@gmail.com)
3. Put in your password – if forgotten use the “Forgotten Password” link on page
4. Choose either option:
(a) returning junior club player – click on your name to complete the form
(b) a new player or transitioning Auskicker – select “New Member” and complete the form
5. Complete all details on the form
6. Please pay by credit card online