UPDATED: June 13, 2019
We are over half way through the season and the colder weather has seemed to increase the tempers of a number of players, team officials and spectators alike from our competition and more sadly non-competition teams. The club has received over a dozen complaints or reports of bad behaviour the past 2 weeks. Many of other clubs are also dealing with a larger than normal number of issues this season.
All should take a moment to review their obligations under the various code of conduct for players, officials and spectators and ensure that even though you may have received a dubious call from the referee, or the opposition said something unwelcoming to you or your spectators, you decided to keep a cool head, ignore the rubbish, didn’t incite the situation into something far worse and just stuck to playing and watching football.
GPFC has zero tolerance towards poor behaviour and where required will investigate and if found guilty will issue lengthy suspensions to ensure all that play and watch football within the GPFC community are able to do so in a friendly and inclusive environment.
Please take a moment to re-acquaint yourself with the various codes of conduct via the link below
Should any member have a concern regarding a matter involving yours or your child’s team, please do not hesitate to email club president Graham Moore and/or Competition Secretary John Liepa with your issue, providing your details and factual information so that the club can investigate. Facebook messages and/or non-identifiable emails (nameless) will not be actioned.
UPDATED: June 13, 2019
It has been evident over the last couple of weeks a reduced number of official NRG (Nepean Referee Group) referees have been assigned to Mulgoa Rise and we also suspect other grounds as well.
GPFC nor the NFA have control over referee allocation so please do not criticise the club or its volunteers if you do not get an official referee. Your club volunteers on committee duty are not obliged to act as unofficial referees as they are responsible for ground management on the day.
The club unfortunately does not have any recognised club referees to cover for competition matches at present. Where no official referee is available, it is the responsibility of both the home and away team to source a suitable referee that both teams agree upon. Failure to agree a an unofficial referee does not mean your game will get replayed at a later date. If both teams cannot agree and the match isn’t played, it would be highly likely that the match is declared a no result! The club will endeavour to provide notification where matches have not been scheduled a referee by NRG via our clubs Facebook page.
For those who feel they are entitled to some sort of refund from their rego fees please be aware the referee fee component of your registration equates to approximately 5 or 6 games only, thus if you get anymore referees during the year, you are in front.
Please also be aware one of the main reasons for reduced referee numbers is the constant barrage of abuse suffered by them during games from players, team officials and spectators. So if you are one of these people who like to have running verbal battles with refs, criticise every decision or generally give them a hard time, maybe you need to check your behaviour and understand they are humans and volunteers. Next time you have an official or unofficial ref be grateful, accept their decision and just play the game. We all make mistakes, when playing and refereeing. How would you feel if it was your child, your parent, your partner out in the middle copping unnecessary abuse for just keeping involved in the game we all love. Remember how you behave for the rest of this year will impact on the referee numbers for next season.
The club will be looking at implementing club ref strategy and will be looking for volunteers to assist as club referees (and receive payment) but remember if YOU are not willing to do it why should others.
UPDATED: April 22, 2019
*** UPDATE – The full Saturday Ground Duty Roster is NOW AVAILABLE via the Rosters page links below ***
All teams have been allocated no more than 2 duties per season. If all parents/players assist the team, this should equate to no more than 2 hours of your time to support your club.
Please ensure all teams are aware of your allocated duty and please assist your teams coaches and managers when they are doing your teams roster and share the shifts amongst team members/parents. It is not the coaches/manager duty it is the whole teams duty. It would be nice if your team can arrange it so the coach & manager doesn’t have to do a shift! 🙂
Teams that fail to undertake the allocated duty will be reported to the executive committee and if warranted, the team may be stood down and NFA advised they are to forfeit their next match.
Saturday Canteen – all U5-U7 teams plus some Sunday competition teams
Sunday Canteen – all junior U12-U16 competition teams who play on Saturdays
Saturday BBQ – all Competition teams who play on Sundays (U16G to O35)
Saturday Ground Duty – U8 and U9 teams
Sunday Ground Duty – U10 and U11 teams