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2021 Committee Welcome Letter

It is my pleasure to welcome you all back to Beverley Hills JFC for the 2021 season.

For those families new to the club and our ”Auskickers” graduating into Junior Football we extend a special welcome. Our Auskick programs held on Friday, Saturday and Sunday are critical to the growth of our membership and we thank all those parent leaders of this program in past years. This year we have appointed a new Auskick coordinator Craig Moodie to the role but unfortunately due to Covid our Auskick centres did not open. We hope in 2021 you all enjoy becoming part of the Beverley Hills family and community.

This year was perhaps the most strange and challenging year in our Club’s history. The Covid 19 impact and effect on community sport was substantial.

Initially the season was delayed by the first wave but we continued to work with the AFL and YJFL and internally with some teams connecting via zoom sessions in preparation of delayed season commencement.

We remerged from the first wave with our Return to Training protocols which were very successful and well organised and in fact played some intra club practice matches in readiness for the season commencement. However in the week before our first game the season was delayed and sadly due to deterioration of the second wave that the YJFL cancelled the season months later.

The Club was more than prepared for the 2020 season and would have been prepared for a range of potential outcomes for games should they eventuated in whatever form.

Despite this BHJFC continued to persevere throughout 2020 with many highlights including;

  • Pre Season training in November – December 2019 being attended in continued large numbers with special appearances by former player and AFL 300 gamer Marc Murphy, Isaac Quaynor and Tom Phillips
  • BHJFC providing school clinics to Doncaster Secondary College pre Covid
  • Free Doncaster East Football Club Memberships entitling BHJFC members to all DEFC home matches
  • Family Fun Day with Ed Richards and Kerryn Harrington AFLplayer appearances and DEFC senior club and former AFL players assisting with BHJFC juniors in Zac Clarke, Maverick Weller, Sam Rowe and former BHJFC players James Locke and Jack Shollakis.
  • Under 18 Oakleigh charger selection of Will Phillips, Bailey Laurie, Giorgio Varagiannis, Lachie Godden, Amber Micallef and Charlotte Taylor.
  • Preparation and roll out of Team and age based Covid skills and fitness training programs prepared in conjunction with Phillips Coaching Services and Dean Lester strength and conditioning.
  • Promotion of health and wellbeing initiative undertaken by our former player Paul Roos to provide community support during Covid crisis
  • Zerbes ground development perspective we have secured partial funding from the Bendigo Bank Doncaster East and Templestowe Bank for the upgrade of lights to match standard which we hope with positive community engagement we will be able to play night football in 2021.
  • Reischeck reserve continued redevelopment of ground and pavilion which will provide us with an additional venue for training and games which is scheduled for completion in late 2021.
  • BHJFC player Zoom training sessions and Q & A’s by AFL stars Tom Phillips and Lauren Arnell
  • Continued emergence of our BHJFC AFL players;

Marc Murphy awarded AFL Life membership for his 300th official AFL game

Christian Petracca having a break out season and finishing equal third in the 2020 Brownlow medal and nominated in the 2020 AFL All Australian team a significant achievement together with his 100th game milestone

Isaac Quaynor rising star nomination and 2020 Collingwood Best young player award recipient

Will Phillips Bailey Laurie and Amber Micallef 2020 NAB Draft combine nominations

Our Executive would like to sincerely thank all General Committee members, parents, Covid officers, players, sponsors, supporters of our great club in navigating a very difficult season in 2020. In fact this year this took on a bigger dimension as Covid compliance placed additional strain and requirements on our club for Covid, record of attendances, infection control course requirements and temperature checks which we as a club were one of few who made them mandatory. I wish to acknowledge those who undertook these roles as they were vital for our Covid compliance and re-engagement for our BHJFC community. With covid restrictions contuining going forward all the measures we introduced will hold us in good stead going forward.

Despite the challenges our club continued to foster a great spirit, supportive and family atmosphere which serves a greater purpose than just the children playing football. Our community and social responsibility values were  clearly tested in 2020 and whilst games did not eventuate in 2020 we acknowledge Manningham City Council and sponsor support during 2020 from our Gold Sponsors Bendigo Bank Doncaster East and Templestowe, Phillips Foundation, Concept Logistics, Barry Plant Manningham and Diamond Creek Panels.

Over the course of the season we took care to minimize our expenses and worked with the Yarra Junior Football League to provide a common and logical approach in respect to refunds for 2020. BHJFC provided refunds for Covid hardship cases where required but in the main rolled over all memberships from 2020 into 2021 to ensure that for all 2020 members there will be no cost to play football in 2021 from a BHJFC cost perspective.

It was in effect a season without playing any games one wish we hope will not repeat into 2021.

Our club is in a strong position strategically, financially and operationally and we look forward to seeing you again in 2021 and thank you for your continued support of BHJFC.

GO HILLS

Jim Pahos

President