We finally have a start date for the season and the club bar will be opening this Thursday! Check out this month’s headlines below:
1. The Club Bar Is Open Tomorrow Thursday 11th of June
This Thursday the 11th of June the Willetton Football Club Bar finally opens! We will be open from 7:00pm after training so you can finally have a beer with your mates. We will be providing a free sausage sizzle and some vegetarian subway for anyone that doesn’t eat meat.
In order to open the bar, we have to follow these government requirements:
• all patrons must be seated whilst consuming alcohol;
• patrons may order and pay for drinks at the bar but must be seated to consume alcohol;
• we must provide at least 2 square metres of floor space per person, up to a maximum of 100/300 patrons per venue (excluding staff);
• when you enter you must write your first name, surnames and contact numbers in the register at the door.
The Bar will be open every Thursday night from 7:00pm every Thursday until the season starts and then continue all through the season. Once the season starts we will have the beer shed open from 1:00pm on Saturdays for home games and the bar will be open from 6:00pm on Saturdays for home and away games.
2. Contact Training Allowed and Change to Training Times
As of this week contact training has now been allowed with up to 100 participants in a single group. This means Thursday trainings the majority of the club can warm up together.
Training times are now:
Monday 6:00pm Colts
Monday 6:15pm Women
Tuesday 6:00pm League and Reserves
Thursday 5:00pm Integrated
Thursday 6:00pm League, Reserves, Thirds, Colts and Women
Once participant numbers are raised above 100 we hope to move the integrated training time to 6:00pm on Thursday in order for the whole club to warm up together so everyone can get to know each other.
These are the latest return to training guidelines:
3. What will the 2020 Season Look Like?
The proposed season start date for the Perth Football League is the 4th of July for all of our teams. The women will play an 8 round season with their finals starting during the men’s final round being round 9. There will be a three round finals series meaning semi finals of 1v2 and 3v4, the winner of 1v2 will get a bye while there will be a preliminary final between the loser of 1v2 and the winner of 3v4. Then there will be a grand final.
To qualify for finals league, reserves, thirds and colts will have to play 4 games during the season. Women and all abilities will have to play 3 games to qualify for finals.
Games will be shortened slightly so league games will be 22 minutes quarters. Reserves, colts and thirds will be 18 minute quarters. Women and all abilities will remain 15 minute quarters.
We are still awaiting fixtures to confirm how many home games we will have however if the fixtures remain as they were it looks like we will start with a home game for all grades.
4. Men’s Scratch Matches vs Bassendean 20th June 2020
We have organised a scratch match for the Colts, a combined Reserves/Thirds and the League sides against Bassendean for the 20th of June 2020. Game times are still to be decided and will be released as soon as they are decided on. There will be $10 game fee to cover the cost of umpires and trainers.
5. Women’s Scratch Match vs Canning South Perth 27th June 2020 Beer Shed and Bar Open
On Saturday the 27th of June 2020 we will really be ramping up into the football season. The bar will be open from 11:45pm for the Eagles Game on the big screen. The bar will shut when the women’s game starts but you will still be able to have beers up on the hill as you watch the women’s first hit out on a football field with a full team against Canning South Perth. The bar will then open again after the women’s game for the Fremantle game. There will be $10 game fee to cover the cost of umpires and trainers.
6. Transfer Window Closes 30th of June
If you know anyone who was intending to transfer to the club they need to come down to training and get their transfer sorted as quickly as possible. The transfer window closes on the 30th of June and from then on players will need to apply for a local interchange permit.
7. Pay Your Membership Fees
With the reduction of the season to a nine round season the Perth Football League have reduced our affiliation fees. This allows us to reduce our membership fees in half.
For the 2020 season players for the senior men’s teams (League/reserves/thirds) will only need to pay $150. An early payment discount remains so fees will only be $125 if they are paid before round 1! For the colts and integrated players fees will only be $75 or $62.50 if they pay before round 1.
The Willetton Football Club Website Team Store has been updated to reflect the halving of membership fees. You can pay your membership fees at THIS LINK or at the club bar on Thursday nights.
We still have plenty of social memberships to give away. For just $30 you receive a Willetton Football Club cap, stubby holder and membership card that puts you in the draw to win prizes every Thursday and Saturday night from round 1. You can purchase social memberships from the bar or buy them online through the team store at THIS LINK.
We have a very small number of training packs, men’s t-shirts and women’s singlets in stock you can purchase them from the bar or buy them online through the team store at THIS LINK.
We should receive our order of men’s and women’s polo shirts and casual shorts any day now once received they will be available for purchase over the bar or you can order one now through the team store at THIS LINK.
If you have previously bought merchandise from the club but are yet to collect it you will be able to collect it at the club bar every Thursday from tomorrow and every Saturday once the season commences.
9. New Players Are Welcome and Old Players Are Welcome Back
Do you know anyone who might want to play football this year? The club should have enough numbers to fill all our teams this year however we could still use another 10 to 15 players to ensure we can handle any injuries. The thirds team still has spots for a few more players who wish to play every game this season and the integrated all abilities team still has plenty of room so if you know anyone interested in playing for the blues get them down to training and signed up!
10. Kitchen Volunteers Needed
Glenn Palmer is once again volunteering to cook up the meals for the club on Thursday night’s this year. Not only that but thanks to his business Solomon’s Carpets Balcatta he is also sponsoring the club this year by purchasing all the meals. Let’s make sure everyone at the club gets behind purchasing these meals every Thursday to help support the club so we can buy new equipment and improve the club.
However, Glenn can’t do it all on his own and we need some people equally as awesome as Glenn to help him in the kitchen for an hour on Thursday’s to help cook and clean. It could be a parent who wants to help Glenn every Thursday night or it could be a few different player’s that want to rotate through the season but we need some awesome people to volunteer their time just like Glenn. If you are available to help in the kitchen or know someone who is it either see President Perry Kleppe or Vice President Lachy Perhavec and let them know at training or email firstname.lastname@example.org
11. Events Calendar
Your club is already in the process of planning our events for this season. Currently we are looking at hosting the following events:
Welcome Back Party - Round 1 Evening
1999 and 2000 Premiership Reunion Luncheon - First home game lunch
Ladies Day - Middle of the season
Past Players Day - Last home game of the season
Vote Count Night - First Thursday of finals
Gibb Medal – Saturday after the PFL Grand Final
We are also looking at having a few more events so get excited. Dates and more information on events will be released once the seasons fixtures are released.
12. Willetton Football Club is on Strava
Ever wondered what exercise your mates do outside of training? Willetton Football Club is now a club on Strava. Check it out at this link. Strava records all your runs, rides, swims and walks and can be connected to a smart watch to automatically upload all your exercise. It records plenty of other activities as well and even records golf if you have a smart watch with a golf app.
We currently have 17 members in the strava group but would love to expand it to more players, members and supporters. We know there’s a dads and mums army that still keep active and we want to challenge you to beat the young guys for training time on strava. Do you have what it takes to beat Connor Lewis or Liam Pennington for exercise time on our leader board?