Well football is now at round 5 for the season and our senior teams are doing well with the A’s undefeated and the B’s with one loss. The women have now played just the 2 games with one win and one loss but our juniors are struggling a bit this year with the U14’s yet to win a game and the U16’s and U18’s both with just the one win although all games have been very close.
We have only had 2 home games so far and both days made for a really good day of local footy with the juniors playing in the morning and the seniors in the afternoon. The women play on Sunday afternoon. For our first home game we had our sponsors and members day and last weekend we had the ladies day and pink socks to support Breast Cancer Awareness. All players from both our teams and the visitors joined in and we raised a good donation to this very worthwhile cause.
We have a number of functions coming up throughout the season and on June 14th (a Friday) we have teamed up with our neighbours, the Blackwood Golf Course, for a club function that is open to all our players, sponsors and supporters. If any locals would also like to join in then you will be very welcome. Check out the flyer below. We will also be having a Quiz night, Lamb on Spit and the Thunderball during the season.
As always locals are welcome to come and have a meal at the club on a Thursday evening, watch the home games and stay for a meal and on a Sunday afternoon come and watch the women’s game. As well as football there are netball home games every second weekend to enjoy as well.
Being the first weekend in May the Auskick programs at Coromandel and Hawthorndene Primary Schools has now started. There are a lot of kids enjoying this program and our senior players take the kids through all the skills drills and the kids really enjoy themselves. Lots of girls involved too which is great to see.
One of our challenges in recent years and for many other Hills League clubs is the Junior competition. With kids being offered so many new choices, including non-physical activities and parents having so many other things to do with their time other than driving their kids around the Adelaide Hills, many clubs are finding it difficult to recruit junior players.
In 2018 we hosted a meeting of all the Country Division clubs to discuss this issue and forwarded our ideas to the HFL Board. In 2019 many clubs have again struggled to field junior teams and the HFL is now looking for feedback from clubs as to what can be done. We hope that the HFL will listen to the clubs and make some changes to ensure the long-term sustainability of Hills Footy.