Best wishes to all for a very special new year.
As the 2012 season rapidly approaches, I am mentally and physically preparing. Firstly, myself. Doctor's visit to check cholesterol levels and that the heart is functioning properly. Heart will be needed. Psychiatric evaluation to ensure mind is in the right space to cope with another year. Consult with yogis and other holy men to consider meditation to clear mind (useful at quarter time). Physically, all limbs appear to be attached and in some sort of working order.
Now that I have checked me off, what else do I need to check?
1. Djarragun College. I plan to make a visit there to speak to boarders as soon as it appears they are back. Get them early. Really want to get Jawa, Zed, Henry, Nicholas, Harry, Garrett, Leo back on board along with some of their mates if possible. may not get them all, but need to start trying.
2. Gordonvale High. Will get there somehow. Will work a meeting on my non contact at school. Really want Robert, James, Charlie, Jordan to come back plus as many mates as possible. Will also try to tap some U14's, especially those new to high school.
3. Gordonvale State School. Now that I am there will make a real assault on kids to try out at school level, ensuring returnees and hopefully new faces for 12's, 10's and other youngsters.
4. Yarrabah. have got somee talent from there (Charlie, Choco, Robert) but believe there is more. I believe we could secure others (ie: Lesley Bagiri) if we attack early via community, rather than just school. Reckon there could be others forr all age levels if we strike now.
5. Joe McGuinness Hostel. Even though Shaq, Keron, Alfred and co would be U18, they have said they have brothers who are younger. Worth a visit to get the kids but also befriend the hostel.
6. South of Cairns: Hope to attract Danny and Jammo, but would like them to encourage the likes of Ryan, Tim, Minnie, Sean B and others to return. I want a list that can play through the non-Djarragun times, so these local boys will be vital. Happy also for kids like Adam and George to play up from time to time.
7. White Rock. Will be chasing Eric and David again, but will find out about kids like Wayne Stafford, Edward Wosomo and Jack Morrison. Even if they are just holiday backups.
8. Mission Impossible. Any clues on Hazman (last I heard, still in Cairns), Peter (Goompa) Tyson (wanted to play lasy year...worrth finding family and see), Derek If he lives closee to ground), Ralph (saw him last week and he said he might come back) will be welcome and followed up. Solomon Blanket is also worth contacting, even if we offer he only play when available.
We have many threats (North Cairns, AFL Cape York, Djarragun, hormones, reegistration fees, transport etc). But we also have a little time to make some things happen. Looks like a lot, but if we start now, who knows? I would love any lead that will ensure that every Pyramid Power team that pulls on a jumper is competitive.
Also, can we get Chalky, Marty and anyone else who should be in the loop a page set up here. It has been such a useful communication tool, and as a teacher I am not encouraged to have a Facebook page. Would love to expand our on-line trading of inforrmation, stories and images.
For now, Happy New Year, and bring on season 2012.