President’s 2017 Report and new 2018 committee

We held our Annual General Meeting recently, with a few new faces jumping on board to help steer the club through the 2018 season.

This year was another great season for the club.  Juniors members were up 12% to 101 across 6 teams. This also included our first ever youth girls team. Auskick members were up 35% to 127. It was the biggest group of Auskicker to ever play at LCC. We also joined the first ever U8 competition in North Shore, which was a resounding success.

In the AFL9s division, we helped organise the first ever Autumn and Winter AFL9s competitions at Blackman Park and have entered 5 teams in Spring season. This culminated in the club winning the Over 35s competition at the recently held AFL9s Sydney Classic tournament.

In terms of events at the club, we had another very successful Sports Legends Lunch. While revenue was slightly down,  so were our costs (due to less spent on apperance fees). Overall we raised nearly $12,000 for the club. Next year our aim to ramp up advertising to increase numbers closer to 200-250.

The Soiree returned in a more low key approach, with less focus on fundraising and more on fun. Next year we plan to adjust the timing slightly and ramp up other activities such as making the sports quiz a bigger component

On the field we had some great success. The canteen was a huge success, with it providing a new source of revenue for the club. However the best part was the atmosphere it created, with more kids and parents hanging around after the game to gran an egg & bacon role and discuss the game highlights.

We hosted our first every Junior Finals at Blackman Park, which also involved our U11 team. They eventually made the grand final but lost to a very strong Cheerybrook team.

We spent a bit of money outfitting the storage shed. This year our focus will be on spending more money on football equipment for the kids.

We had another successful defense of the Donk Cup (by the U9 & U10 age groups). We also launched the inaugural AFLJ 7s series. With over 60 players, including nearlyh 20 girls across 8 teams it was a huge success.

New committee

Club President Daniel Hynes was re-elected and is  joined by a revamped executive committee.  Jane Zahra, who many of you would of seen around the club in various roles in 2017, is coming on board as the Vice President. The club will no doubt benefit from her great commitment and can-do attitude.

Also new to the executive committee is  Michael Jools, who will fill the Secretarial role. Returning for another year is Morgan Hunter as Treasurer, while Brian Gillard is stepping back slightly to focus just on registrations.

The important football related roles will be filled by two great men. Peter Beck will return as Auskick Coordinator. Peter grew the program to reach a record h high 128 children, including the most girls in Sydney North region. And Nick Brumley will be the Director of Coaching for the Juniors in 2018.

We have also tried to appoint various committee members to small but important roles. These include:

  • Gear Steward: Sally Bryne
  • Social Media Coordinator: Victoria Davies
  • Youth Girls Coordinator: Greg Byrne
  • Director of Sponsorship: Matt Cunneen
  • General Committee roles: Amanda Webb, Jon Ladmore, Gavin Bartier, Paul Schofield & Denis Fitzgerald

We all look forward to another great season in 2018.