Update on Giants Round 1 ticket offer

As you may have heard, the AFL will be playing round 1 games without any spectators, following the government recommendation to avoid gatherings of greater than 500 people.

As a consequence, any tickets that you purchased through the recent offer from GWS Giants will be fully refunded. The club is currently working through the best and most efficient way to do this with the link provider .

Once we have an update, we will keep you informed.

Junior registrations still open

If you haven’t already done so, please register as soon as possible. We are in the final stages of submitting our teams to the AFL, so we need clarity on our numbers.

In particular, we are keen to here from any boys in the U13 and U14 age group who are considering playing AFL.

Don’t forget, you can claim the $100 Active Kids voucher once again in 2020. Make sure you download the voucher code before you start the registration process. If you have any issues, please contact our Registrar (Brian Gillard)

So don’t wait any further, click here to register your child.

Club Information presentation

We held a club information night recently to outline the season ahead. Everything from Auskick, the Junior training structure, how we put together teams, the AFL fixture, to junior pathways was discussed.

If you couldn’t attend, please click here to view the presentation that was used on the night.

If you still have a burning question about your team, the club or the sport, please reach out to the relevant people. Contact details are at the back of the presentation.

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.