Thank you

Volunteers are the backbone of AFL community clubs. Therefore its no surprise that the success and sustainability is strongly linked to the quality of volunteer base. They are the leaders of our club, the influencers, the mentors and the role models to our young players.

And I believe we have the best bunch of volunteers on the lower North Shore.
So I would like to say a big THANK YOU to everyone who’s helped out around the club.

As Winston Churchill said,

We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give.

From the Auskick parent who carried some goal posts back to the storage room, to the coaches who give up their spare time to teach the kids, to the parents who set such a positive example for the kids on the sidelines; you have all helped. Even something as simple as purchasing a raffle ticket, is well appreciated.

We also have a hard working committee, who give up hours of their time to help keep this club running smoothly. Most of this work goes unnoticed but is no the less important as coaching a team.

We’ve also seen some people go beyond the call of duty.

  • To the people who have helped out on the BBQ. In particular on election day (McLeods, Ogier’s, Stewart’s Lowry’s, Jones’, Ladmore’s, Stante’s, Hoult’s), where we made ~$2000 serving democracy sausages,
  • Our Vice President Jane Zahra who has single-handedly organised our great looking club merchandise,
  • Our coaching coordinator Paul Schofield who has supported all the coaches despite not having a child playing at the club,
  • Mark Scown, who spearheaded the acquisition of our new sponsor, WonderWhite!

This Saturday, the Sydney Swans are also celebrating the volunteers with a Grassroots Appreciation Round. We will have 10 players taking part in a lap of honour before the game. The Swans have also offered us discounted tickets ($35 each, with children under 14 free) to sit as a club together. If you would like to take up this offer, please email me before Thursday 12pm.

So once again, thank you for the hours all of you have given. This is your club, and you should all be proud of what we we have created.

Daniel Hynes

Lane Cove Cats

The Toyota Good for Footy Raffle is back

This raffle supports grass roots clubs like ourselves. Through the generosity of Toyota and the AFL, Lane Cove Cats will keep 100% of the proceeds of the ticket sales.

We plan to use the proceeds to purchase some additional training equipment, as well as going towards new lights on Steve Chisholm Oval at Blackman Park.

Tickets are only $5 each and prizes up for grabs include a Toyota Kluger and loads of signed merchandise (see below).

Tickets are sold online. Click here to purchase yours and support the club.


4th PRIZE – 2.5 hour coaching clinic with an AFL Star (RRP: $15k)

5th PRIZE – 2.5 hour coaching clinic with an AFL Star (RRP: $15k)

6th PRIZE – 2019 Sherrin football signed by a player from each AFL Club

7th PRIZE – 2019 Sherrin football signed by a player from each AFL Club

8th PRIZE – Jarryd Roughead signed 2019 Hawks Guernsey (RRP: $495)

9th PRIZE – Jarryd Roughead signed 2019 Hawks Guernsey (RRP: $495)

10th PRIZE – Jonathan Brown signed 2019 Lions Guernsey (RRP: $495)

School holiday break

With some school’s breaking for holidays this week, the AFL season also slows down.

In juniors, this weekend is designated a holiday round. That means the minimum numbers to field are team are reduced by 2. For the U9/10 age groups , you will only need 7 players to start a game. For an U11/12 game the min falls to 10.

But then AFL takes a break. The weekends of 7th and 14th of July there will be on Auskick or Junior footy.

Football returns on Sunday 21 July, when Auskick and round 12 of the junior competition will be played. This will also be designated an holiday round.

Purchase your tickets to the Sports Legends Lunch

This year we have another great line up. Headling the lunch is sports legend Steven Bradbury. The Australian former short track speed skater and four-time Olympian won the 1,000 m event at the 2002Winter Olympics after all of his opponents were involved in a last corner pile-up. He was the first athlete from the Southern Hemisphere and Australia to win a Winter Olympic gold medal and was also part of the short track relay team that won Australia’s first Winter Olympic medal, a bronze in 1994..

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We also have the privledge of having Collingwood AFLW Captain Stephanie Chiocci.  A highly respected leader and brilliant defender, Chiocci has made history as Collingwood’s inaugural AFLW captain. Skillful, quick and daring, she provides plenty of drive off half back and through the wins.

We are also excited to announce that Jobe Watson will be part of the panel. Jobe is a legend of the game, having captained Essendon between 2010 and 2015 and become one of the greatest midfielders of the modern era. He is dual All-Australian, three-time W. S. Crichton Medallist and representative of Australia in the 2014 International Rules Series.

He was also the face of the Essendon playing group during the club’s most turbulent period in the history of the VFL/AFL, when 34 players were suspended as part of the Essendon Football Club supplements saga.

They will be joined by local funny man, Simon Kennedy as our MC for the event.

There will also be a host of sporting memrobilia on auction on the day.

Tickets are $185, which include a 2 course meal, premium beer and wine


Contact either Daniel Hynes or Matt Cunneen  at for more information

Sydney Swans Academy Trials



2019 Trials will be held in the July school holidays for boys in the following age groups:

U10 – Monday July 15 (born 2009)
U11 – Tuesday July 16 (born 2008)
U12 – Wednesday July 17 (born 2007)

Registration opens Monday June 3 at 9am.


Venue: Tramway Oval (Lakeside Oval, opposite SCG), Driver Avenue, Moore Park, Sydney

Time: 5pm – 7pm


2019 Trials will be held in September for girls in the following age groups:

U11 – Monday September 9 (born 2008)
U12 – Tuesday September 10 (born 2007) 
U13 – Wednesday September 11 (born 2006)

Registration opens Monday August 5 at 9am.


Venue: Tramway Oval (Lakeside Oval, opposite SCG), Driver Avenue, Moore Park, Sydney

Time: 5pm – 7pm


If you are unable to make trials or do not meet the age requirements, there are alternative pathways into the Academy. If you consider yourself an Academy prospect and display many of the attributes we consider important – disciplined, focused and competitive – you can submit your details as instructed below. Please note you do not have to have extensive AFL experience, but you must have a keen interest in the sport.

Please send an email answering each of the below to

  • Players full name
  • DOB
  • Height
  • Parent/guardian’s full name
  • Phone
  • Email
  • Sports played
  • Rep level achieved
  • AFL club (if currently registered)
  • 25 words or less: What are your sporting aspirations?

Your application will be reviewed by our Talent Identification team and added to our database. Please note we are consistently receiving and reviewing applications, should our Talent Identification team wish to take things further we will contact you directly.


Get your tickets now for LCC 2019 Soiree

Friday 31 May @ 7:00pm
The Alcott Hotel

We cordially invite you to the Lane Cove Cats 2019 Soiree.

This year we have decided to move our annual soiree to the start of the season. The aim is to get everyone together early in the year, in particular the new families to the club, and celebrate what is ahead for everyone involved with the club. And we are in no doubt that we are inline for another great season at the Lane Cove Cats.

We are excited about the re-development of the lower turf field at Blackman Park. With a completely new surface and re-aligned to create a 160m long field, we are able to run games for older age groups all day Sunday. We recently announced we would be be calling this field the Steve Chisholm Oval, after the founder of our club.

The Auskick program has gone from strength to strength, run by the Auskick Coordinator of the Year (Sydney North) Peter Beck. We also entered three teams in an Under 8 competition.

In the junior division, we are entering a new era, with the club joining forces with the North Ryde Dockers in a number of joint venture teams. Under this new strategy, we will have a much better chance of providing a club environment that caters to all age groups and skill sets the school years.

We also continued to expand our youth girls division, with the club enter a team in the first ever under 14 division. This adds to teams in the U10 and U12 age groups. The rest of the junior teams have gone from strength to strength. Encouraging for the future was the creation of three teams in the U9 age group. Overall we are on track to increase our total numbers by at least 20% this season.

We are also planning our third edition of the Sports Legends Lunch. This is now firmly entrenched as our main fundraising event for the club. Last year it raised over $12,000 and help fund new equipment and the recruitment  of assistant coaches and a ground manager for 2019.

The night will include an AFL trivia quiz, which is sure to provide plenty of fun on the evening, Delicious finger food will be provided, while a private bar will be available to purchase drinks.

Tickets are $45 and can be purchased here.

2019 Team Photos

This year we are conducting our team photos sessions over the next two weekends; 19 and 26 May. This is for both Auskick and junior club members.

A preliminary schedule is as follows:

Sunday 19th May 2019 @ Blackman Park

  • 08:00 Auskick Team Giants
  • 08:20 Auskick Team Swans
  • 08:35 U8 Rohan
  • 08:50 U11 Menegola
  • 09:10 North Ryde/Lane Cove U13
  • 09:30 Auskick  Team Cats
  • 09:40 U8 Parfitt
  • 10:00 U12YG Swanson
  • 10:20 U9 Blicavs
  • 10:50 U8 Narkle
  • 11:30 U14YG McWilliams

Sunday 26th May 2019 @ Blackman Park

  • 08:00 Hawkins U10
  • 08:20 U9 Cockatoo
  • 08:35 U9 Menzel
  • 08:50 Selwood U10
  • 09:10 U14 North Ryde/Lane Cove
  • 09:30 U10YG Dal Pos
  • 09:50 U11 Fyfe
  • 10:10 U11 Menegola
  • 11:00 U12 Duncan

Once again, Sports in Focus, a Manly based photographer will be managing the entire process. They do this for many junior sporting clubs, and produce a magnificent final product. A representative will be in touch to arrange times for each team to gather, in line with games they are playing over the weekend.

The photos will be available for purchase on a customised website, with plenty of options for how the photos are produced.

In fact, photos can be pre-purchased now, with discounts up to 35% if you purchase before 28 May.

Photos can either be sent to the club, or posted to your home address for an additional $5 postage fee. Photos sent to us will be available for collection from the BBQ/canteen once printed.

Click here to pre-purchase your photos now!

Shoosh for Kids

Lane Cove Cats are joining the state-wide Shoosh for Kids campaign. Let’s show respect to kids and officials by keeping our comments positive – remember, sport should be fun!

The general rule is if you haven’t got anything nice to say, not to
say anything at all.

  • Be enthusiastic – but don’t scream and shout instructions from the sideline;
  • Emphasise trying hard – not winning;
  • Cheer and acknowledge good play from all sides and teams;
  • Accept decisions from officials. They’re human – they make mistakes;
  • Let coaches do the coaching.
  • Always remember – volunteers run kids sport;
  • Understand, uphold and support your club’s code of conduct.
  • Allow your child to play for themselves. Let kids make decisions, on and off the field.
  • Think before you speak – your words may harm others.
  • Keep it fun – don’t take it too seriously. It’s not the World Titles.

Shoosh for Kids is a collaborative effort between the Office of Sport and State Sporting Organisations to promote positive behaviour to members, clubs and associations.

Election Day BBQ volunteers required

The Lane Cove Cats have been given the opportunity to run a BBQ for hungry voters on federal election day at the Lane Cove Public School polling centre. This will be a significant fundraising opportunity for the club. This voting centre had nearly 3000 voters turn up at the last federal election. You can only imagine the money both clubs will make if even half of the people buy a sausage.

The polling centre is open from 08:00-18:00. We are looking for 2-3 parents to help out at any point in time.

Please open the LCC TeamApp to view all the timeslots we have scheduled across the day. Or click on the links below to register your availability.


Why don’t you coordinate your voting with an hour on the BBQ, and help Lane Cove Cats make some money which will be put just back into the club