2018 was a year of change at Asquith Magpies.
I had big shoes to fill replacing Mike Mercer as Football Club President. Mike had been in this role for 10 years and had contributed so much to the club which we will be forever grateful. Mike’s contribution was recognised at the North Sydney Volunteers Day where he was awarded a Men of League Volunteer award for his contribution and committed service.
My job, as President was made that much easier through the support I received from both Mike as part of his handover, the members of the Football Committee, the Magpies Waitara Board and the many families and volunteers that make the Asquith Magpies the best Junior League Club in the district.
Let’s look at some of the great highlights of the year that was:
• The year started with a heavy recruitment drive through schools, gala days and fetes. This was represented in many new families joining the club
• One of the standouts of this recruitment drive was having State of Origin and Manly brothers – Jake & Tom Trbojevic having a training session with some of out teenage teams. It is not too often you can get greats like these two kicking a ball with our kids at training.
• Our usual trials with teams from the Central Coast – Kariong & Ourimbah was a great success to get everyone ready for the season ahead. 2018 NORTH SYDNEY DISTRICT JUNIOR RUGBY FOOTBALL LEAGUE INC. ANNUAL REPORT Page 10 A big focus in 2018 was about Game Day Experience. I think everyone will agree that we delivered on this.
• Eftpos was added to the Canteen facilities which increased our merchandise sales and painted Storey Park Black & White with supporters • Continuation of our teams running out to their chosen entrance music
• Themed days including – Mother’s Day, Women in League, Sponsors Day and Old Boys Day.
• Who can forget our MAD MASCOT DASH – with the Magpie and Bear mascots competing in obstacle courses and having fun with our junior teams. This year Asquith Magpies decided to get behind the Mark Hughes Beanies for Brain Cancer Charity. As a club we were able to raise over $6000 for this great course and hope this will continue to grow in the years ahead.
• We participated in our Annual Appreciation march at ANZ stadium before the Souths v Cronulla game. The Souths organisers were so impressed with the representation and team spirit of the Magpies they invited one of our mini teams to compete at ANZ stadium at half time of Souths vs West Tigers.
• This year we competed in the National Primary Games, taking 5 teams to Tamworth for a weekend of Rugby League playing against some tough country competition. There were many families that joined this trip representing the club. The feedback received from players and families has been overwhelming with this trip being the highlight of the year for many kids. We are already starting to plan for this trip again in 2019.
Our highlights were amplified by some of the amazing team and individual results we achieved in 2018:
• Two Asquith Magpies teams made the Grand Final – the U10 and U14 Gold
• The U9’s and U20’s teams were fortunate to play in the semi finals but were just beaten on the day.
• Kaeo Weekes from the U17’s again was chosen to play in the NSW U16 team vs QLD, to which they came home with the win.
• Sam Richardson from the U17’s was chosen to represent NSW in the Indigenous Team travelling to Tonga later this year • Billy Pollard for the U17’s was chosen in the Australian School Boys Rugby team.
• Asquith Magpies also had strong representation in the North Sydney Development Squads.
Let’s review the year that was for each team in 2018:
The U6’s were lucky enough to have two teams again this year. Great retention and recruitment from all involved. With a mix of new and old kids in both teams, the development of the kids was evident as the year progressed. The most important part of U6 football is having fun and this was seen both on and off the field by this group. It was great to see the involvement and enjoyment from new and old parents in and around the club on game day. Seeing the smiles on all the kids faces both before and after games shows we are on a winning formula and have a great future ahead for these “Mini Magpies”. A big thanks to the Coaches Adam Steele and Phil Huxtable who were well supported by the team managers Deb Johnson and Tiffany Huxtable.