THE WARRANDYTE Junior Football Club has put the long, hot summer behind them and is raring to tackle the 2014 footy season head on as Round 1 kicked off on the weekend.
Proudly sponsored by Quintons Supa IGA and Warrandyte Community Bank, the junior Bloods will be led by newly elected club captain Jack Poole and club vice captain Jarrah Sofarnos, both second year Colts players.
“The junior Bloods are confident of a successful season as they look forward to their imminent move into new club rooms,” president Ross Snowball told the Diary.
Jack has been a long time member of the junior club, having commenced his career with the club in the Under 10s. Studying Year 11 at Warrandyte High and with an eye on a future career in commerce or engineering, Jack is a keen and talented
sportsman recently taking home a bucket load of awards with the Warrandyte Cricket Club’s Under 16s.
In his spare time Jack enjoys a spot of fly fishing with his father Tim. Jack’s football journey has been anything but smooth sailing, initially sustaining a foot injury and then a broken collarbone curtailing the number of times Jack has taken the field for the Bloods.
In spite of that, Jack has a strong determination to succeed and is keen get to know as many of the club’s younger players as possible. A natural leader who is looked up to by his peers, Jack is looking forward to taking on the role of club captain
in his final year at the Warrandyte Junior Football Club.
Joining Jack in 2014 will be club vice captain, Jarrah Sofarnos. A 16-yearmay old, Jarrah studies Year 11 at the Melbourne Rudolph Steiner School.
Jarrah has an amazing story to tell, having overcome cancer in 2013 and he recently enjoyed a three-month exchange to Germany, immersing himself in the language and culture.
“Jarrah has been with the club for four years and is a quietly spoken, polite and mature individual who is not afraid to face life’s challenges head on,” the president said. “The way in which he carried himself throughout his cancer treatment was inspirational and he brought tears to many people’s eyes when he declared at the 2013 Colts Best and Fairest night that he would be back playing football for the Bloods.
Rounding out the club leadership group, Jack and Jarrah will be joined by Ben Richardson and Josh Huntly.
Ben, currently studying Year 11 at Whitefriars College, is in a number of leadership roles at school and is about to embark on his fourth year at Warrandyte, while Josh is studying Year 11 at Warrandyte High School and loves playing football and cricket for Warrandyte and has a passion for the arts.
Picture: Gareth Dickson
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