The Week Ahead 18th – 24th March

Keep Calm and Stay Safe…

Wednesaday 18th March

Cancelled

Thursday 19th March

Cancelled

Coming Up

Trial Games 22nd & 29th March

Cancelled

Auskick Starts 29th March

Postponed 31st May

Guernsey Presentations, 29 March

Cancelled

Junior Season Starts 5th April

Postponed 31st May

Cats Training began then we ran into COVID-19

“It started with a bang”, said Schoey (Paul Schofield) Director of football from the Lane Cove Cats. “Pre-season training is so important for skills development and team bonding. It’s all about having fun, getting fit and listening to the sage advice from our coaches who are involved in all levels of AFL in Sydney.”

Training for the various girls teams is on 5pm on Wednesday and Fridays and the boys train 5pm Thursday and Friday. The Friday session is really a chance to hone your skills practicing specific aspects of the game, a bit like a golfer is constantly tweaking their golf swing.

Training is also an opportunity to meet members of teams that maybe from different schools or in different age groups you don’t get to see regularly. “It certainly will be a great preparation for the weekends games”.

Unfortunately all of this has come to a sudden halt due to COVID-19 and the cancellation of the events till the 31st of May. This doesn’t mean you can’t stop training. You can always grab a ball, a friend or even a dog and have a kick, pass or run to enhance the skills you have already learnt.

Over the coming weeks we will post specific activities you can do on your own or in small groups after school or during the lunch break… Stay tuned.

The Week Ahead 11th-17th March

We are back for another year. There is plenty going on, so we will try and communicate this clearly over the coming weeks. If you have feedback or ideas for future articles then please e-mail us news@lanecovecats.com

Wednesaday 11th March

17:00-18:30 Training for teams @ Blackman B1/B2 Synthetic

Thursday 12th March

17:00-18:30 Training for teams @ Blackman B3/B4

Coming Up

AFLW Giants players visiting training 18th March

Trial Games 22nd & 29th March

We enable the even spread of skills across all teams, we will be conducting trial games on Sunday 22 March between 8-11:30am.

Auskick Starts 29th March

Guernsey Presentations, 29 March

After the trial games on 29 March, will be present guernsey’s to all junior players (boys and girls). This will be in conjunction with a Pie Night for both players and their families.

Junior Season Starts 5th April

The Cats vs Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Unfortunately our Young Cats are not immune to the Coronavirus, so there are some important steps we thought it best to communicate to make sure everyone stays healthy & continues to enjoy training and other events organised by the club.

You can view the NSW Health information here https://www.health.nsw.gov.au/Infectious/diseases/Pages/coronavirus.aspx

With respect to attendance at training & games, please try to employ a common sense approach :

  • Make sure your child has their own water bottle and avoid sharing water bottles with team mates.
  • If you have been told to self-isolate due to any reasons mentioned in the article above then please stay away from training and club events for the 14 day period.
  • If you are feeling unwell then again, it’s important to stay away from training and club events.

If we receive any further information from the AFL or NSW Health that pertains to our activities we will pass this on.

The Week Ahead 4th – 10th March

We are back for another year. There is plenty going on, so we will try and communicate this clearly over the coming weeks. If you have feedback or ideas for future articles then please e-mail us news@lanecovecats.com

Thursday 5th March

17:00-18:30 Training for teams @ Blackman B3/B4

Sunday 8th March

AFL Club Expo : The AFL will be conducting education sessions for both coaches and team managers at Sydney Olympic Park. We would encourage all new volunteers to attend these session. Parents who have never coached before will be able to walk away with the necessary training and registration. Register here

Coming Up

AFLW Giants players visiting training 18th March

Trial Games 22nd & 29th March

We enable the even spread of skills across all teams, we will be conducting trial games on Sunday 22 March between 8-11:30am.

Auskick Starts 29th March

Guernsey Presentations, 29 March

After the trial games on 29 March, will be present guernsey’s to all junior players (boys and girls). This will be in conjunction with a Pie Night for both players and their families.

Junior Season Starts 5th April

Lane Cove Cats Girls return to training

The year is already looking promising with a strong turn out for our first training session of the year. Girls ranging in ages from 8-9 to 15, hit the paddock in what will a year of fun and excitement. There were plenty of familiar faces from last year, but equally lots of new faces who were thrown a football and instantly made apart of the team.

On Wednesday 18th March there will be a “Come & Try” session, so if you have a family or school friend, who is keen to be involved in a family oriented club playing a great team sport, then encourage them to come down.

Also, we have 2 GWS Giants AFLW players coming to training on this same night at 6pm to help out, answer questions and throw the ball around!

Match Report Gala Day #2: U10 Hawkins Sunday 18th August 2019

The second of our gala days for U10s was held at Frank Gray Oval Curl Curl. It was a full day of U10s with all the North Beaches and North City teams meeting in three pools. Unfortunately for Team Hawkins, we’d drawn Pool A and a centre-bounce of 8am. The field setup was on three very large ovals, with no marked zones, and we knew the boys would be extra tired after five, albeit shortened, games. Team Hawkins, as team #3 in the pool, also drew the short straw in changing fields, and found ourselves moving for all but one change, while other teams remained stationary. Grumble.

The team (and Assistant Coach Mic) were happy to see Coach Roger take a break from coaching the AFLW Giants to coach the Cats. Tom Bredenhann had caught the family flu or something, and despite not being fit enough to take the field insisted on attending the day to cheer his teammates on, and assist his Dad with goal umpiring. With twelve players ready and raring to go, the team and staff hurriedly ran through a warm-up before Coaches address. The game focus was on pressuring your opponent, working together, and kicking the ball downfield, this last point emphasised due to the size of the fields.

First game was against Pittwater Tigers Rioli, who we’d never faced before. Noah won the toss and captained a solid start. Jacob delighted his teammates by gathering a ball that fell out the back of a contest and confidently kicking it through the big ones. The Cats dominated play in the first half, though there were a few nervous moments in the second in defence. Angus went down injured after a contest, but he dusted himself off and got back into it. The Tigers could only manage a solitary behind. A quick post-game debrief about bunching up too close to the kicker, and it was onto the second game. One game, one win.

The next was against, wait, didn’t we just play these guys? No, it was Pittwater Tigers Dusty, who had beaten us in the first game of the season. Coach rotated players to give some respite and change the mix. Harvey won the toss and captained strongly. Angus showed no adverse signs from his injury the previous game and kicked two goals, the last, the sealer, in the final minutes to break a deadlocked score. Two games, two wins.

The third game was against our dreaded bogey side, the Manly Mustangs, who’d humiliated us twice during the season. “But not on my watch,” said Captain Shane, and that was the set up for a hard-fought contest in which both sides scored one goal apiece. Team Hawkins’ goal was a final minute, tough, angled set shot from Noah after a free kick, and his team celebrated accordingly. There was a lot of rough-and-tumble about this game, thankfully no white-line fever, and Team Hawkins were happy with the result. A little bit of humour too, when Felix forgot he’d been rotated forward and kicked in the wrong direction, but the midfield recovered and Felix genuinely relished the tougher game and played well. Three games, two wins, one draw.

Coach Roger gave an urgent address about not sniping within the team, reminding the players that they were playing for each other, and not to let tiredness and frustration get the better of ourselves. A quick jelly baby injection was given before heading onto game four. This was against Willoughby Wildcats Gold, who had thumped us the previous week. The boys’ blood was up though, and it was an emphatic response from the Cats, captained by Ryan. Last week, the Cats did not bother the scorer, this week, the position was reversed. Ryan led from the front in this one, insisting on staying on after a nasty head clash that saw the other player leave the field. This inspired his team on. Recent international recruit Lewis missed a golden opportunity in an open goal kicking it into the post, but redeemed himself in the second half, kicking his first career goal. The score would’ve been far higher had we kicked straight. Four games, three wins, one draw.

The last was against Mosman Swans Red, who we’d not faced before. Captained by Zak, the Cats kicked ahead through Harvey and were never led, Lewis kicking his second of the day and a handful of behinds from the other forwards. Team Hawkins never looked like losing this one. Five games, four wins, one draw.

The results said it all, the boys performed superbly and were clear winners on the day. Most importantly, they were able to take instruction on the fly and respond. Just as important was the quality of instruction they were receiving from Coach Roger, whose keen insight was able to zero in on exactly the aspect of play that needed correction and then concisely get that point across to the boys. He also gave a cracking post-game/-season address to players and parents — he certainly has picked up some oratory skills from his son. He reiterated that it was working together and remaining a strong solid team that won us the day. He thanked Mic Lumley for his coaching and training assistance, Chris Brendenhann for brilliant Team Management, Michiel Tops for standing in for Chris when needed, and parents for transporting the boys and encouraging them in their sport. All players, parents, and siblings joined in for a final rousing, and might I say tuneful, rendition of the team song.

The final event left on Team Hawkins calendar is the Presentation Day on 8 September at the Diddy. All are looking forward to this.  

The Week Ahead 14th – 20th August

14th August 5pm Training for teams in Finals and Gala Days see coaches @ Blackman B3/B4

In addition to below there are also U9 and U10 Second Round Gala Days

Friday 9th August:

NO GAMES

Sunday 11th August:

Blackman Park (Synthetic)

NO GAMES

Blackman Park (Steve Chisholm Oval)

NO GAMES

ELS Hall

12:45 Westbrook Bulldogs U11-2 vs Lane Cove/North Ryde Menegola U11-2

Away

11:00 Glebe Newtown U14-2 vs North Ryde/Lane Cove Menegola U14-2 @Allan Davidson Oval

Coming Up

Presentation Day 8th September from 11am