Players and coaches from all over Sydney descended on Epping Club on Monday for the annual Kieran Jack medal awards ceremony.
The night celebrates junior football across Sydney, with awards handed out for coaches, players, umpires and administrators in age groups U13 and above. It culminates with the Best & Fairest for the premier U17 age group.
And the night was a successful one for the Lane Cove Cats. In the U14 youth girls division, Charlotte Armstrong came third overall in the Best & Fairest. Charlotte was also picked in the All Star team from the U14YG representative carnival along with Jaime Morelli. Well done girls!
To top things off, Greg Byrne (our Youth Girls Coordinator) was awarded the Youth Coach of the Year. Congratulations!
Our youth girls program has gone from strength to strength over the three years. It started with our inaugural all-girls team in the first ever U12YG competition in Sydney in 2017. This was driven by the then newly appointed Youth Girls Coordinator, Greg Byrne.
Greg coached the Lane Cove girls team in a competition comprising of only four teams; St Ives, North West Lightning, Willoughby Mosman Swans and Lane Cove Cats.
The following year we entered a team into the U10YG age group, coached by Daniel Hynes. And this year we expanded again with a team entering the U14YG competition. All up, we gone from nothing to having 50 girls across three teams playing competitive Aussie Rules at the club in the space of three years.
Next year we are looking to expand even further, with plans well advanced to enter a team in the U16YG age group. And judging on this night, we are in some good hands.