March Update from Senior Committee.
The 2015 Men’s Competition
The club is continuing on the path to playing in the newly structured Canberra Division 1 and 2 competitions. With in the past 2 weeks the League has confirmed that all regular season games bar one will be played on Saturdays with the only Sunday being due to the GWS Giants AFL fixture. Seven 1st Grade, 2nd Grade and Rising Stars home games will be played at the Gungahlin Enclosed Oval.
In addition, the NEAFL player allocation has been circulated (in draft) and as per the Canberra Times article the Jets have been allocated approximately 33 contracted NEAFL players. (NEAFL playing lists are not due until late March, hence this number may go up or down slightly). Despite the club’s on paper allocation of 33 players, the actual availability of these players will probably be between 6 to 12 players each week. These players will be eligible for Jets selection and will play with the Jets when not selected at NEAFL level. The details of how these players will integrate into training and the club is still being ironed out by the Jets coaches and the respective NEAFL clubs. Preliminary plans are working towards contracted NEAFL players not selected for a weekend’s game to train with the Jets each Thursday at Amaroo. This plan is subject to change as variations such as listed emergencies, travel, the NEAFL draw, differences in training schedules and working with two other clubs means that while ideally the club would like to have access to these players as much as possible it may not always be the case. This is a new and innovative approach for AFL Canberra and clubs, so there will inevitably be some uncertainties to work through.
Much talk has been suggested around the potential of the newly named UC Magpies being a thirds/feeder for the Jets as well as Belconnen. Currently both clubs are in discussions to work out how such an arrangement would work. An arrangement for the Jets depends on our estimated final numbers. As we get closer to the season we are working through the details of the arrangement, but the intent is to allow Jets players who are not playing first or second grade to have the opportunity to play football with UC Magpies until a playing spot appears at the Jets. All players should register with the Jets (Jets players at UC Magpies will play under match permits).
The club continues to have an open door policy regarding recruitment, if you know some one looking for a game get them along to training. Training numbers are healthy and with the addition of our NEAFL allocation we are expecting a successful season for all grades.
Last week the club was able to appoint Pete Kocmar as the coach of the women’s team for 2015. This closes out our senior coaching team. The committee and the squad are excited to have Pete on board and we looking forward to a successful year of women’s footy at the Jets.
The club needs every player to register with Footyweb to be eligible to play. In addition it is club policy that all players must be financial to be eligible for weekend selection. Rego fees can be paid online during completing the Footyweb form, direct debit to the clubs account, in cash/card at Thursday trainings.
|Men||$390||Jets Sports Bag, Jets playing shorts, Jets Training jumper|
|Women||$350||Jets Sports Bag, Jets Training jumper|
|Students (men & women)||$300||As above|
Rego fees are an important part of your commitment to the Gungahlin Jets. They help contribute to insurance, ground costs, equipment and medical supplies. While it doesn’t cover the complete cost of an individual playing for the club it is commitment from the player to assist the club make ends meet.
At this time of year the committee starts to draft up our social calendar.
– Poker Night (soon)
– Jumper Presentation 30 April
– iPod Shuffle night 10 May
– High Flyers 11 July
– Trivia Night in August (TBC)
– AFL Grand Final at the Hangar 3 October
– Jets Presentation Night 10 October.
The senior committee will be assisting this years Trivia where required.
Every Thursday night is President’s Bar with cheap food and drink for sale post training. Proceeds from President’s Bar go towards game awards for players. Also any time an AFL match is scheduled for Thursday night the game will be shown on the TV.
It is looking like an exciting year ahead Jets…get on board and accept the challenge.