There’s a classic Aussie song called “A Pub with no Beer”.

The first half of the 2020 football season seems a bit like that. Just when we were all gearing up for battle, all set to enjoy new coaches, new teammates, new committee members the rug has been pulled out from under us. No one’s fault, but pretty hard to come to terms with.

Worse still, none of us knows what the next few months will be like. We’ve never seen anything like it. It helps me to understand a little bit of what it was like for my grandparents and parents during the depression and WW2. Many, during that time faced extraordinary financial, physical and mental difficulties. How did people cope? Answer, they cared for one another and provided practical and emotional support to get through those dark periods.

We have all heard and probably agreed with the expression “There’s more to life than …..” We could put many things in that space – money, job, sport, sex, food, drink, cars, fashion, iphones etc. But how do we go when we lose some of these things? In some cases, not very well. If you find yourself struggling to cope over the next few months (emotionally, economically, socially etc), there’s no shame in admitting it.

Many of you will have those that you can trust to share personal issues with, but if not, you can always meet up with me for a coffee, or if that becomes difficult give me a call, as I will be happy to have a chat with you and find ways to support you further. (And if I am unable to provide the help you need, I  will endeavour to direct you to another appropriate source of help).

We are all facing a different kind of opponent than we’ve ever met. By supporting each other we can be well prepared for whatever comes our way. Keep in touch with each other and GO ROOS!

Noel Morley

Club Chaplain

East Ringwood Football Club

0448 811 506

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