President’s Update, Sep 2019

How time flies. Its seems like only yesterday that I was preparing for the 2019 season. And now I found myself looking back on what was another a great year.

As a club, we are well positioned to continue to prosper and provide kids in the Lane Cove area an avenue to not only keep fit, but develop life long skills for life in general.

However, we also lost one of our great stalwarts. Steve Chisholm, our founder and spiritually leader lost his battle with cancer earlier this year. We are forever indebted to him. Our thoughts and prayers are with this family.

We experienced another strong year with overall growth around 15%. We fielded a record 16 teams across the U8 to U14 age groups, including 4 JV teams and 3 girls teams.

One of the proudest initiatives I think the club has been involved with was the Disability Program. We were one of only SIX clubs to be part of the inaugural All Abilities program in AFL Sydney. This program targeted players with a intellectual disability, such as autism. We hosted one of the five gala days, as well as providing support at the other venues.

A lot of the time, these kids just want to be considered part of the normal cohort. So when we had a family reach out and ask if their son could play in one of our regular teams, we did everything in our power to make it happen. Jacob Brown is a true age U11 boy but attends main stream primary school at the year below his age (year 4). He has autism spectrum disorder (ASD) with a moderate intellectual disability. With the help of the AFL, we were able to get special dispensation for him to play in U10s within a few days. He ended up donning the LCC colours in round 5 this year.

We couldn’t of done this without the huge support of Roger Moten and Mic Lumley and all the boys from Team Hawkins. They welcomed him with open arms and treated him like just any other boy in the team.

Thank to all those that have so far responded to our member survey. I would like to quickly address some of the issues that have been raised from this.

We are still trying to find the right formula for the joint venture arrangement with North Ryde. And we have made some mistakes along the way. In particular, the U11 JV was not the right structure and sadly some boys ended up having a disappointing experience this year.

For that, we are sorry. We could of done better, and work work over the summer to make it a much more enjoyable experience for future kids.

But we can’t ignore the fact that the livelihood of our club will be dependent on this arrangement. In Sydney, junior numbers drop sharply when transitioning from primary school to secondary school. As an example, registrations were 850 in U10, to 820 in U12 and 670 in U13 and 580 in U14. That’s a 30% fall over 4 years.

As such, there is an increasing reliance on JVs across the Sydney region. In 2019, there were 23 teams in the U14 age group. Of these, 40% were JV teams. This is up from 20% in 2017.

In our region, there are club alliances such as the Canada Bay, Northern Lights and Willoughby Mosman. There are also multiple JV teams from clubs including Pennant Hills, North Ryde, Glebe & Newtown.

So we are determined to make this work. Such arrangements are clearly the best way for us to enable kids to enjoy their footy by playing at the right level.

In today’s world where the digital revolution is seeing more and more of use become less engaged with the community around us, the role of community organisations take on increase importance.

I don’t think there is any better community spirit found in junior sporting codes than in Australian Rules football. And at Lane Cove Cats, we pride ourselves as being a family friendly club that give every child a chance to enjoy this great game of ours.

We don’t solely focus on only the highly talented juniors who have dreams of playing in the elite competition. We want to be a club where kids can enjoy playing their footy with their mates. That is why a joint venture is so important. It will allow us to provide teams that meat everyone’s needs.

I’m really proud of our girls program, thanks to the hard work of our committee, lead by our youth girls coordinator Greg Byrne. Greg was in fact awarded the Youth Coach of the Year at the recent awards night for AFL Sydney Juniors.

This bodes well for the future direction of this program. In 2020 we are looking to enter a team in the U16 division, adding to our current U10, U12 and U14 groups.

We will be conducting the JuniorX tournament over summer once again. This is a great way to keep your skills up during the off-season. However, its also a great way for new people to the sport. Please read here for more information.

And of course, for all those parents who have been inching to show their kids how well they can play, your chance has arrived. The spring season of the AFL9s competition is just around the corner.

If you are interested in getting more involved with the club, we are always looking for more volunteers. Please contact myself, or any member of the committee if you want any more information. No offer is too big or too small.

If you ready to committee, why not come along to the 2019 AGM to be conducted at the Diddy on Wed 23 October. Click here for more information.

Hope to see you all back at the club in 2020!

Help out at the club by joining the committee

We have set the date for the Lane Cove Cats Annual General Meeting. It will be held 7.00 pm Wednesday 23 October 2019 at Longueville Sporting Club (The Diddy).

We encourage members from all age groups to consider committee involvement. Introduction of new talent to the committee ensures the Club continues to be relevant to its current membership, brings new ideas and allows prudent succession planning and knowledge transfer as longer serving members retire.

And it doesn’t matter what amount of time you can offer. It can be as little as an hour on one weekend, or multiple hours each week over the entire season.

In 2020, we are looking for a couple of key appointments. We are hoping to have a permanent canteen in place next year, and would love to have a Canteen Manager to make sure its stocked with food prior to each weekend of games.

We also have some key vacancies to fill. We are looking for someone (ie an accountant) to help manage the books over the season. This year the club setup the accounting package Zero, which should make things relatively easy to manage.

Please click here for more information.

Toyota Good for Footy raffle closing soon

The Toyota Good for Footy Raffle is closing soon. Purchase your tickets before Wednesday, 18 September 2019 at 12pm AEST to be in the running to win some magnificent prizes (including a Toyota Kluger).

Thank you so much to those that have already purchased a ticket. We have raised over $2200 so far. But we would love to reach our target of $2500 before it closes.

Remember, this money is going to the purchase of a canteen and small club rooms down on Steve Chisholm Oval.

Come try AFL’s new JuniorX

Following on from the successful AFL7s tournament that we have conducted over the past couple of years, the AFL are launching the JuniorX competition for the wider AFL Sydney Junior region.

The series will kick off on the 16th October at Gore Hill Oval and be run as an 8-week competition. At this stage It will consist of only U10 and U12 divisions for both girls and boys.

We fully support this new initiative by the AFL. In fact, we will encourage all our players aged 12 and under to play. For the older age groups (such as U14 and U16), we are still planning to run a series at Blackman Park. This will consist of a 4/5 week series starting in early November. Further details will be released closer to the time.

JuniorX will be run with rules similar to our AFL7s and the senior AFLX series that was conduct last year. This means games will be played on a modified field (usually a rectangle) and played with only 7 players on the field at any one time. More details will be released in coming weeks.

We will help arrange teams to play in this competition. As part of your registration, you will get a full LCC playing kit to use during it. To register your interest, please enter your the details here.

We will circulate more details when releases by the AFL.

Registrations for 2020 now open

While the children are enjoying the off-season, you can get organised early by registering them now for the 2020 season.

Juniors

For children 8+ years old
Cost: $240 per child
Each player will receive a jumper and shorts. These will need to be returned at the end of the season. Socks can be purchased at any time via our online store.

Please note that the NSW government announced earlier this year that each child would be eliglbe for two ActiveKids vouchers per year. For further details, head to the ActiveKids website.

You also have the option of donating an extra $50 to help fund the purchase of a canteen/club room down on Steve Chisholm Oval. This will help create an even better atmosphere on game day, and make the process so much easier on volunteers.

We are planning to enter teams in the AFL Sydney Juniors (Harbour North) league in 2019 across multiple divisions. This includes youth girls teams in U10, U12, U14 & U16 age groups.

Click here to register for 2020.

All junior registrations before 8 December will also receive a FREE training top. To make use of this offer, go to our website, select your training top and add the coupon code “2020bonus” at checkout. The tops will be delivered with your playing gear at the guernsey presentation day early next year.

Auskick

5-8 years old
Cost: $190 per child
Each player will receive an Auskick membership pack, jumper, shorts and socks.  Jumper and shorts to be returned at the end of the season.

We have another great season of Auskick planned in 2020. And you will be under the tutelage of some great coaches. In fact, coaches at the Lane Cove Cats have scoped the Auskick Coordinator of the Year (Sydney North) in four of the past six seasons.

Once again, children will allocated to age groups; Team Blue (Older kids, the Cats), Team Red (Swans) and then the little ones Team Orange (Giants).

Click here to register for 2020!  

Remember, all Auskickers get a great footy pack including a backpack, NAB AFL Auskick size 1 football, football pump, personalised door sign (with their club of support), bag tag, football card album and pack of footy cards. You also get a LCC guernsey & shorts (which need to be returned at end of season). Socks can be purchased anytime via our online store.

If you pay before 9th December 2019, you should receive the Auskick 2020 pack prior to Christmas.

School holiday camp

Sports Camps Australia and Under Armour are hosting an Australian Rules Football camp these school holidays in Lane Cove!

The AFL camp is for kids between the ages of 6-15 years. Its conducted between 30 Sep and 1 October, between 9:00am – 3:00pm at St Ignatius Collage, Riverview from .

Its run by Tim Barling, the current head coach of Riverview Year 9-10 teams. He has over 15 years of AFL coaching experience at the professional and junior level

It is also a great way for kids to stay active during the school holidays!

For more information, please click here.

2019 ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING

7:00 PM WEDNESDAY, 23 OCTOBER 2019

The Lane Cove Cats Junior AFL Club (LCCJAC) Annual General Meeting is being held 7.00 pm Wednesday 23 October 2019 at Longueville Sporting Club (The Diddy).

Nominations for committee positions are now being sought and to assist in the orderly proceeding of the meeting are recommended to be lodged with secretary@lanecovecats.com by 10PM Monday 21 October  2019. Verbal nominations at the meeting will also be required.

Any Member wanting more information about the roles and responsibilities of any of these positions are asked to contact Daniel Hynes at president@lanecovecats.com.

One hour, or the entire season. Any help is appreicated

We encourage members from all age groups to consider committee involvement. Introduction of new talent to the committee ensures the Club continues to be relevant to its current membership, brings new ideas and allows prudent succession planning and knowledge transfer as longer serving members retire.

And it doesn’t matter what amount of time you can offer. It can be as little as an hour on one weekend, or multiple hours each week over the entire season.

You can also be creative in your role on the committee. Have you considered holding a position jointly with a friend/s. For example, two or three people could look after the marketing/communications role.

In 2020, we are looking for a couple of key appointments. We are hoping to have a permanent canteen in place next year, and would love to have a Canteen Manager to make sure its stocked with food prior to each weekend of games.

We also have some key vacancies to fill. We are looking for someone (ie an accountant) to help manage the books over the season. This year the club setup the accounting package Zero, which should make things relatively easy to manage.

The Vice-President role is also vacant at this stage. This is a role can be what ever the person who fills it wants. But in essence, it supports the President and works across the entire club.

The job description for these roles and many other can be viewed here.

If you are interested in these positions or any of the additional ones listed below, please let us know.

AGENDA

  1. Present and apologies (Register of those present to be signed)
  2. Minutes of last Annual General Meeting.
  3. Presentation of financial accounts.
  4. All committee positions are declared vacant.
    1. Nominations called for President.
    2. New President takes the Chair and calls for nominations for remaining Management Committee positions:
      1. Vice President
      2. Secretary
      3. Treasurer
      4. Registrar
      5. Director of Football
      6. Auskick Coordinator
  5. Nominations to be called for other committee positions and general committee positions in accordance with the club constitution.
    1. Coaching Coordinator
    2. Child Protection Officer
    3. Equipment and Property Steward
    4. Youth Girls Coordinator
    5. Events Coordinator
    6. Sponsorship Officer
    7. Marketing Coordinator (newsletter, social media)
    8. BBQ/Canteen Manager
    9. Up to 3 general committee member(s)
  6. Close

Following the conclusion of the AGM a club committee dinner will be held at 8.00 pm.

Junior Presentation Day

We will be holding our team presentations this Sunday 8 September at the Longueville Sporting Club (The Diddy). Proceedings will commence at 11:00am.

All team awards (best & fairest, coaches award etc) will be presented on the day, plus a few club awards. The Diddy’s kitchen will be open for lunch, and probably have a few fun games of footy on the green.

The schedule will be as follows:

  • President’s Welcome
  • Sponsors presentation
  • Presentation of Club Awards
    • Brumley Award (best player in finals series)
    • Gillard Award (best club person)
    • Lane Cove Cats Club Person of the Year
  • Best & Fairest Awards
  • Team breakout session (including coaches awards)
  • Closing Remarks
  • Games

We plan to be all wrapped up by 1:30pm.

Return your Guernsey

We would ask that all players bring their Lane Cove Cats guernsey and shorts, preferably washed and in a bag labelled with your name.

Team Equipment

We would also ask that all volunteers bring any football gear they have been using for the year. This includes coaches bags, team manager equipment, and keys to the Blackman park storage room.

Donate your used boots

If your son or daughter has also grown out of their footy boots, also bring them along. We plan to donate all boots collected to disadvantages members of the community via registered charities.

Have you considered umpiring?

While all the focus was on the players over the weekend, boys and girls were also donning the yellow as umpires as the AFL Sydney Junior competition culminated with the grand finals.

Lane Cove Cats had four members trying their hand at officiating in 2019:

  • Samuel Hynes
  • Ryan Hunter
  • Will Schofield
  • Andrew Gillard

Congratulations on Samuel Hynes on his appointment as field umpire for the U11 ground final. On field with him was ex-LCC player Declan Fitzgerald.

They were joined by Ryan Hunter (U13 LCC/NRD JV team), who was goal umpire.

Congratulation boys!

  • Did you know you can save enough money for your first car in ONE YEAR by being an umpire? Or you can blow it all at Luna Park every weekend – your pick!
  • If you are fit and want to get fitter then umpiring is the perfect job. If you’re not fit but want to get fit, we have you covered too! We’re waiting for you!
  • Bring a bunch of your mates down and get paid to hang out or come down on your own and meet heaps of fun people your age. Umpiring is social – see for yourself!
  • Learn valuable skills such as conflict resolution, leadership and teamwork that you can bring with you into any career path.

If you are interested in joining them next year, please get in touch. Just email umpiring@lanecovecats.com. Or visit the AFL umpiring website.

Cricket season nearly upon us

Did you know that Australian Rules was created by cricketers looking for something to keep them fit during the winter?

Why not do the same and join the Lane Cove Cricket Club. The start of the 2019/20 season is only just around the corner. And there is a team for everyone.

Just as we’ve experienced huge growth in girls footy, so has the cricket code. After a magnificent debut season by the U11 girls tea, the LCCC are looking to enter a girls only U13 team this season.

Just ask some of our magnificent players; such as Eliza McLeod, Sam Zahra, Genevieve Hynes, Celeste Gilchrist and Elizabeth Yates who were part of the first ever girls only winning team in 2018/19. Its costs only $100 for the season (if you use the Active Kids voucher).

Of course, you can’t forget the boys. They also have another exciting season ahead of themselves.