St Mary’s Update March 24

To our St Mary’s players, club members & supporters

We want to take this opportunity to keep you up to date with League and Club decisions surrounding the COVID-19 situation. As you will all understand we are in new territory and the rules are changing daily.  Whilst we accept our season has been delayed until the end of May there is still a lot of uncertainty.

Our Board met last weekend to discuss the challenges facing our club. Our main priority was on how to keep our players and members engaged within the current environment.

We encourage our players to look after their wellbeing and keep connections with their friends and fellow players (via social media platforms and phone calls). It is important to maintain fitness and we encourage players to do what they can within the current distancing rules. No formal training will be organised by the club.

We understand that you are all feeling the impact of this situation and encourage you to speak to other club members, teammates, coaches, wellbeing representatives and coordinators if you are feeling overwhelmed, stressed or anxious.  Our club is committed to helping maintain both the physical and mental health of our members and here to support you in any way we can.

Unfortunately the Board has had to confirm the postponement of the following planned club activities
Don Mathieson Golf Day
Official Opening of the clubrooms
Trots Night
Sth Africa Trip

As you will understand we are guided by AFL Barwon and their recommendations so please use the following link where many questions you may have will most likely be answered.

We thank you for your patience and understanding.
Board and Senior Coaches meeting over the weekend
Our Sponsors need your support !

At this time when we know many businesses are struggling we ask you to support our loyal club sponsors who have stuck with us in good and bad times.
Below is a list of our Sponsors if you can use their services in any way.

Platinum Sponsors
KFC Geelong and Colac Stores
J. McMahon & Sons Shell Grit Merchants  
P J & T Motors P J & T Excavations
Blood Motor Group
Champions SUPA IGA Grovedale
Geelong Travel
Civil Mart
Buckleys Entertainment Centre
Goodyear Autocare Geelong

Gold Sponsors
Adroit Insurance Group
Alliance Victoria Refrigeration
Apprenticeship Support Australia
Bartlett’s Waste Management
Elephant & Castle Hotel
Enzed Geelong
Jack Rabbit Winery
K & M Paints
M&R Distributors
Plan Group
PreMix King
Ritchie Bros
The Inn / Geelong Hotel
Pizzas with Attitude

Silver Sponsors
A & K Tucker Excavations
Bayside Garages
Belmont Denture Clinic
Coulter Roache
Clubs United
Driscolls Australia
Geelong Diesel
Golden Farms (Turi Foods)
Insight Logic
Ivy Street
LBW Accountants
Loving Construction
McGrath Real Estate
North Geelong Engine Reconditioning 
Promote – it – Trophies & Clothing
Roderick Insurance Brokers
Russell McMahon Painter and Decorators
Southpoint Garden Supplies
Victoria Group Training
Winks Eyewear
Wizard Car Wash

In Kind
Advanced Digital Images
Belmont Stereo
Corio Bay Sports Medicine Centre
Gull Geelong
Kings Funerals
Standby Security
Steamatic Geelong
Regal Sleep Solutions
Top Cat Signs & Designs
Don Mathieson Pavillion Upgrade

On a much more positive note, our new rooms look amazing and are nearly complete.  Handover is planned for this week and we can’t wait to move in and put our St Mary’s stamp all over them.  We hope to be able to show small groups from each age group through the facility and let everyone see what great rooms they have to look forward to .

The total cost of rooms including in-kind work is approx. $2.7m. Currently we foresee our shortfall in funds to be only $50k so anyone who wants to donate and get their name on the honour board can still donate through the Australian Sports Foundation here.

Below are a few photos showing the rooms at present.