Register now for AFLJ 7s series

Registrations have now commenced for this year’s AFLJ 7s series tournament.

If you didn’t play last year, AFLJ 7s is a fast paced, low impact version of the game. It will be played on a small sized oval and involve only 7 players on the field. Each team can also have up to three reserves.

Rules include:

  • Played on a 75m long oval.
  • 10-12 min halves, with a short half time break.
  • 7 a-side, with max 3 interchanges.
  • No centre bounces, with kick-ins from full-back after each score.
  • No mark given when ball kicked backwards.

Games will be played on the synthetic field at Blackman Park on Monday afternoons between 4-6:30pm, starting on 5 November. There will be three regular rounds, before teams play off in finals on the 26 November.

We are planning to run several divisions so that kids can play against similar aged opponents. This will include youth girls divisions.

Registration costs $25 per player, which helps us cover ground and umpire fees. We will also have a free BBQ on finals night.


If you have any queries, please don’t hesitate in contacting us.

Junior presentation day

We will be holding our team presentations this Sunday 9 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
  • Team Coaches & Managers to Present Individual Awards
  • Presentation of Brumley Award (best player in finals series)
  • Presentation of Gillard Award (best club person)
  • GWS-Giants “Lane Cove Cats Club Person of the Year” Medallion
  • Closing Remarks

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.

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.

Registrations open for 2019

While the children are enjoying the off-season, you can get organised early by registering them now for the 2019 season.


For children 8+ years old
Cost: $240 per child
Each player will receive a jumper, shorts and socks.  Jumper and shorts to be returned at the end of the season.

If you would like to secure your spot, but pay later, please select the “Junior Registration 2019 – secure spot, pay later” option when registering. This is perfect for people who want to register early but also want to uslise the 2019 ActiveKids voucher. For further details, please read these details on our website.

Otherwise secure you spot and pay the registration fee by selecting the “Junior Registration 2019” product.

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 age groups.

Click here to register for 2019.

All junior registrations before 22 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 “2019bonus” at checkout. The tops will be delivered with your playing gear at the guernsey presentation day early next year.


5-8 years old
Cost: $180 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.

Please note, if you would utilise your 2019 ActiveKids voucher, you will have to wait until 1 January before registering and paying.

We have another great season of Auskick planned in 2019. 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 2019!  

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) and socks.

If you pay before 16th December 2018, you should receive the Auskick 2019 pack prior to Christmas.

President’s Update – 2018 season

Another season has come and gone. Its been another highly succesful and rewarding year at the club.

Firstly, a big thank you to everyone who’s  helped out around the club. From the Auskick parent who carried some goal posts back to the storage room, to the volunteers who toil away every Sunday making sure everything runs smoothly. Clubs like us are only as good as the volunteer workforce that runs them. And I think we have the best bunch of people on the Lower North Shore. As Winston Churchill said, “We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give.

This year we had record numbers across both Auskick (147) and Juniors (144). And based on the smiles I saw at the various Gala Days last weekend, it has been a pretty rewarding experience for both players and parents.

We welcomed some new sponsors, with Belle Property coming on board. As a volunteer based junior sports club, we can’t thank enough the support that our sponsor provide. A big thank you goes out to our existing sponsors, including Apple Dental, Lane Cove Physio, Lane Cove Orthodontics, Avionics and Gillard Consulting Lawyers.

There should also be no doubt that we are doing something right. At the AFL Sydney Juniors presentation night, Lane Cove Cats were awarded the best junior football club on the North Shore, while Peter Beck backed up last year’s effort to be awarded the Auskick Coordinator of the Sydney North region.

We also won the Little Legends competition held by Macquarie Sports Radio, which came with a winners check of $2,000 to spend on equipment for the 2019 season.

We also had a succesful events, with both the Sports Legends Lunch and Soiree raising much need funds for the club.

However we have another exciting season ahead for us. While most of you may be turning your attention to the summer sport season, we are already planning for 2019.  On the 1 September,  registrations for next season will open up. Keep an eye out for an email outlining the details, or navigate to our website to begin the process for either Auskick, or Juniors.

As we highlighted at the start of the year, we are strengthening our relationship with the North Ryde Dockers. This has significantly increased the opportunity for the older age groups to continue their football with the club. This year we had our U13 boys join forces with the Dockers. The venture was a raging success, with the spirit of LCC living on strongly. In 2019, we plan to enter into more joint ventures where we feel it will benefit the children from both clubs. That should see us provide opportunities for boys aged all the way up to 17 to play with LCC.

On the youth girls side, we are planning to field teams in the U10, U12 and U14 age groups. The advent of the two-year age groups eases the transition from one age group to another. For the girls aged 7-9 playing in Auskick this year, I would highly recommend the U10YG program for 2019. They will be supported by a strong group of girls who are returning from their first year this year.

In the short-term, the AFLJ 7s series will make a return.  The 4 week series will commence in the first week of November. More details will be provided closer to the time. However, this year we plan to have separate boys and girls competitions. If you are interested in playing, please register your interest here.

In the meantime, if you have any suggestions or if there is anything we can do to make the club even better, please contact myself or any member of the committee.

Lily Dorahy awarded Swans Academy scholarship

Congratulations to Lily Dorahy, a member of our U12 youth girls team (Swanson) who received a QBE Youth Girls Program Scholarship after making glowing impressions in the early days of the inaugural Youth Girls Program.

A total of 130 girls in under-12 and 13 categories were welcomed into the Sydney Swans family as the first female athletes in history in April.

An initial 12-week elite training program wrapped up at the Academy Cup on Monday night as one girl from each of the six QBE Sydney Swans Academy regions received a scholarship.

The scholarships were presented based on attitude, commitment, professionalism, enthusiasm, improvement, ability and attendance, attibutes which we can attest to for Lily.

Lily was also part of the winning U12 red team at the Academy Cup, a tournament consisting of players from the Academy’s regions – the Hunter, Illawarra, Sydney city, Sydney south, Sydney north and Northern Beaches.

Well done Lily from everyone at the Lane Cove Cats!

2018 Gala Day Report – U9 Hawkins

The final weeks of the Team Hawkins season had the boys head to North Narrabeen for Week 1 of the Gala Day series. With 4 games in front of us, we would need to finish Top 2 in our pool to progress.

Conditions were cold and windy, perhaps one of the coldest days of the season. We played Pittwater Tigers, Forest Lions and two sides from Willoughby Wildcats. A tough start in heavy winds for Game 1, saw the boys fall agonisingly short to Pittwater by 1 pt. From there we backed up against Forest and played a brilliant game, easily defeating a side we had lost to twice during the H&A season. The boys were excited by the short 14min game formats and were well and truly aware of what was at stake. Two more wins against the Willoughby sides and Hawkins had finished 2ndin Pool C.  We were onto the Finals.

Allan Border Oval in Mosman hosted Week 2 and unfortunately Hawkins had drawn club mates Team Selwood in the Qualifying Final. The two teams had split our matches 1-1 during the H&A season, so both sides were quietly confident of a win. The game had been extended to 2x10min halves and Hawkins jumped out of the blocks winning plenty of the contested ball and attacking hard. We soon hit the scoreboard and in continuing form from last week the Hawkins boys managed to extend their lead and go on to win the game. It was a tough way to start the day against Selwood, but the excitement of the boys was building as we progressed into the Preliminary Final against the side we lost to last week – Pittwater.

In a terrific battle the boys had a good start and lead by a couple of goals at half time. A quick word to my Assistant Coach Mic and we decided that we would go for it and keep our side locked into preferred positions. This was against our season process, but it was obvious the boys wanted to win. In a 2nd half that repeated the first, the boys had some great connection and we poured on the pressure and delivered a comfortable win. We were into the Grand Final!

The GF had us up against the Manly Bombers. The breeze was favouring one end and we had the advantage of this in the 1st half. The message to the boys was simple. Go and win your own ball and get it on the boot or pressure the opposition with chase & tackle.

Both sides were very even and despite having the ball in our forward zone more than Manly, we could not hit the scoreboard efficiently. They were able to score 2 important goals into the breeze. Down at half, the parents rallied around the boys and with the additional support of Team Selwood, the noise sending the boys back out for the 2ndhalf was uplifting. We needed to move it quickly and get it to our forwards on the move. For the next 10mins the ball went up and down, both sides truly not giving an inch. Our defence was withstanding some heat, our mids worked up and back & side to side. Our forwards found their range and with goals back to back, we hit the front with only minutes to go. I was nervous for the boys but willed on more. Unfortunately, with only a minute or so to go, a Manly player found themselves in space and slotted a long-range goal. Moments later the siren sounded, and it was a moment lost, but not forgotten.

Tears and frustration flowed from the boys. We all felt their loss, but it had been a gallant two weeks of football. Hawkins had tried their hearts out and in doing so played their best footy of the year when it possibly mattered most. I was truly proud of their efforts, they were in a word “Fantastic”! We spoke about the loss and the tears. I knew this moment would be not be forgotten, not for the result, but for the day they realised how great AFL is and what an awesome game it is to play and share in as a team.

The Hawkins boys have been a terrific, committed team that has developed measurably. Thank you to Mic Lumley and Chris Bredenhann for their loyal support and organisation. Thank you to the parents for their weekly support. Finally, thank you to the boys. Well done on a great season, I have loved every minute of it.


Save the Date – AFLJ 7s series, Nov 2018

After last year’s successful running of the inaugural event, the AFLJ 7s  series tournament will be back in 2018.

If you didn’t play last year, AFLJ 7s is a fast paced, low impact version of the game. It will be played on a small sized oval and involve only 7 players on the field. Each team can also have up to three reserves.

Rules include:

  • Played on a 75m long oval.
  • 10-12 min halves, with a short half time break.
  • 7 a-side, with max 3 interchanges.
  • No centre bounces, with kick-ins from full-back after each score.
  • No mark given when ball kicked backwards.

Competition is scheduled to commence the week starting 5 November and be played over 4 weeks. We have yet to finalise the exact day, but it will be on a weekday between 5-7pm.

We are planning to run several divisions so that kids can play against similar aged opponents. This will include at least one seperate youth girls division.

Full details will be releaesd in the coming weeks. However, if you have any queries, please don’t hesitate in contacting us.


Match Report Round 14 – U10 Ablett Sunday 5th August

On a glorious Sunday morning, we gathered at Allan Border Oval, the fortress for the Mosman Swans, for our last game of the regular season. The field was more like the lunar surface than a footy field, especially the cricket pitch area that was rock hard.  

Coach Mark had just returned from his 5 week European trip and was really keen to apply all the latest European coaching tips and techniques he had learnt.

One of the messages Coach Mark and Coach Sten had been regularly giving to the boys was keeping them focussed on getting off to a quick start – some of our earlier games have seen the opposition get the jump on us, and usually lead at quarter time. But not today. Eddy was a ball magnet straight away, and kicked two goals in the first term.

Mosman kept at our boys all game, including some fair and physical tackles and marking. Our boys responded as they have all season – they kept at the footy, kept up their intensity (mostly) and supported their team mates. During the season the boys have always played the whistle, even when they didn’t understand some of the decisions. They just get up, mark up and try and win the ball at the next contest. I have been really impressed with the way the boys have behaved on the field. They should be proud of how they have conducted themselves.

Once again, Alex and Noah showed their ability to get in amongst a group of 8 boys and somehow bust through them all, with 2 or 3 opposition players hanging onto them, to then kick the ball forward.  Alex ended up with one goal from one of his inspiring efforts and Noah had the longest kick of the day, that went through the goals – unfortunately it didn’t count as he wasn’t a forward at the time(but good practice for next year, when it will count!). Kiran and Jeremy regularly used their pace to dodge and weave, to create space for themselves, as they have all year (although because of the smaller field and having less space to run, Mosman were able to shut them down before Kiran and Jeremy broke into their customary lightning sprints and shots at goal).

Rhett, Jack, Ryan, Dilan, Bryce and Tom all did a number of fantastic tackles and were often in the middle of the rucks that formed. They definitely slowed Mosman down and stopped them having a number of shots at goal, as well as winning the ball back from Mosman. Great tackles from Jack, Ryan and Tom saw them all take shots at goal from free kicks – Tom and Ryan ended up kicking goals from their kicks. Jack, with his parents and younger brothers supporting him, ended up doing the biggest kick he has done all season, from a long way out. Somehow, one of the Mosman players touched the ball just on the line. But it truly deserved a goal for Jack.

Liam was always in the middle of the rucks as well as running down the opposition when they had the ball and tackling them, including all of the bigger players. He was tenacious, showing he wasn’t intimidated by the opposition.

Eddy kept up his intensity all game, and was rewarded with four goals and a few assists.  There were a couple of times when he was playing in the midfield where Eddy burst through a pack, found himself in space, and his first instinct was to find a team mate to kick to, rather than have a shot at goal. Great stuff indeed!

At ¾ time, Bryce came off and told Coach Mark what he had observed that quarter. Coach Mark was so impressed by Bryce’s insights that he asked Bryce to share this with his team mates. Bryce told them all that they had taken their foot off the accelerator, and Mosman kicked a couple of goals. Then when the boys put their foot back on the accelerator, they kicked a few goals and got the lead back. The look on Coach Mark’s face was priceless – just like the re-runs of the 1970’s David Carradine Kung Fu shows when the Master helps the apprentice, the young Grasshopper, gain insights and understanding, until the apprentice eventually became the Master.

It was great to see a game where all of the boys were involved, really looked to help each other and to support each other and had fun. Yes, we did miss Nick and Jude playing, and we didn’t have any reserves. But to the boys credit, they took the game by the scruff of the neck and revelled in it.

It was a fantastic preparation for the Gala Day, where the boys will finish the year off really well, having developed their footy skills and teamwork while having a load of fun with each other.


Match Report Round 13 – Under 12YG Swanson 29th July

As summed by Jemma, our coach of the week
– one of our best games in terms of working as a team: one person in at the ball, and everyone else positioned around them to support them. Looked great and made the game flow!
– a few blinder marks!
– some cracker goals
– overall very impressed with how we worked as a team, always looking for options when you had the ball, and always looking to be an option when you didn’t have the ball
– phenomenal subbing: I know this doesn’t seem like a ‘skill’ but it’s incredibly important to give maximum effort on the field, then come off for a rest while someone else gives maximum effort on the field.
   It allows our team to have a high on field work rate throughout the whole game. This was one of the only games where we really made use of the bench, instead of just having girls miss out on a quarter and that’s really down to the players who ran themselves out and then took themselves off. It was great to see everyone getting in there and no one staying on the bench too long.
– thanks to the girls who played for the other team, which was most of our team this week!
Great to also see a celebration with first goal of the season to Charlotte Z

Match Report – Under 12YG Swanson 22nd July

Coach Greg was in the US of A and coach Gemma was in Sunny Brisbane, so coach Jono and coach Ro were left to provide all the inspirational quotes to the team today.

And what a beautiful day it was to play footy. We arrived early at the Balgowlah Suns home ground for a 1:30pm start. The previous day the GC Suns caused an upset against the Swans and although we were a long way from the SCG today there was plenty of talk that this was not going to happen to us.

Charlotte A won the toss and ran into the wind to start with. This turned out to be a great decision as we began the quarter camped in their front half with lots of attempts on goal. The ball was held pretty close in tight as both sides struggled to find space on the ground. When the Suns did get the ball out and kick clear the ball came straight back in due to our wall-like defence from Lily D, Lucy, Maia and Charli D.  Elin took what she thought was a mark, but it turned out to be touched off the boot. The call of ‘play on’ did not phase her as she slotted the ball straight through the sticks.

In the second quarter the team had the small target of kicking 3 goals, but equally I wanted to make sure everyone in the side gained at least a touch of the ball in the quarter. We focused on finding a free player and using our outrageously good skills to feed the ball in their direction. Instantly we all noticed a difference in the way the ball was shared around. The 3 goals came easily (plus a couple that hit the woodwork) and we raced to a big lead at half time.  The quarter was so good I noticed some of the golfers next door travelling up the fairway struggling to stay focused on their game as the Cats caused havoc, particularly, LilyS,  Emma, Annabelle and Izzy W.

The second half was a similar story with two more goals, but more importantly the team looked like they were really enjoying their time on the field. Lexie P, Eloise and Grace created so many chances for goals, with Charlotte Z never giving the opposition the ball back.

Players player today was Lily D, with Lily S, Annabelle and Charlie D all taking out a team award.

Next week’s  game is against a team level with us on the ladder and so we should expect a much closer result, but given what we saw today, I know the team will be up for the challenge.