Training over school holidays

While many of you may be enjoying the last couple of weeks of our Indian summer over the school holidays, several of our coaches will still be around to conduct training.

So if you are still around, come down to Blackman Park this week, Wednesday for youth girls and Thursday for mixed/boys squads for a more intimate session.

Match Report Round 2 – U12YG Swanson Sunday 15th April

U12 YGs Swanson vs Balgowlah Suns – Match Report Round 2 – 15th April
It was a fantastic win for our U12 Girls team on the weekend  6-3-39 to 1-0-6 !!
It was a windy morning at Blackman Park, where we started off well with an early goal in the first quarter to Lily D and a behind to Elin that gave us momentum. Second quarter we played into the wind and the opposition fought back.
Our second half we rose to the challenge of a two goal target in each quarter and scored 5 goals.  A testament to good team play, and some excellent performances from our new players and seasoned players alike. A goal to our new team member Grace, and goals to Charlotte Z and Lexie W were impressive in their show of confidence and improved skills.
Lily D was voted players player, and the 3 other team awards were to our goal scorers

Match Report U10 Dangerfield – Sunday 8th April

It was a great opening game on Sunday against Manly where our team battled a highly skilled Manly team and blistering hot conditions.

All the boys performed admirably, with our new recruits, Jarvis and Oliver displaying great courage and commitment to the footy.

I am extremely happy with these 2 new recruits to our team. They will only get better also, as the team gets to know the boys.

This week we get a Home game down on Blackman 4. The boys know how to play this ground well, so I expect some exciting play. Chris Ellis will be coaching this week as Hamish and I are away.

Thanks parents for your support on the weekend, I encourage you ALL to come out on the ground at the Quarter breaks (if you wish) and listen to the coaches address, encourage the kids yourselves.. We have an excellent group of parents in our team, so I’m happy to extend that invitation.

Match Report U12YG – Swanson Sunday 8th April

Very pleasing to see a very enthusiastic turn out from the U12 Youth Girls Swanson team this week with all players arriving 45 mins before the first game of the season out at Mike Pauley Oval against the Manly Bombers. Of note, Lexie W returned from her family holiday overseas on Sunday morning, and insisted she wanted to play which is great team spirit.

We had 17 girls turn up including a number of new players, with 4 apologies, which was in stark contrast to our 4 players at the beginning of last season.

However nothing like the first game of the season against a skilled Manly Bombers team to wake us up, with the opposition running away with some very quick early goals.
From half time however we were able to regroup, and the game sense started to kick in again, with scores being even in the second half, and with our star centre Lily D scoring a great goal just before the full time siren and earning the play of the day award.
Charlie D won the team spirit award for her amazing marks as fullback against tall and intensive one on one opposition
Charlotte A in her first game earned the courage award for her consistent and tenacious efforts through the whole game.
Lily S was voted the player’s player for her speed and breaking away on many occasions to deliver the ball from the centres into our forward zone.
Great to also see some skills from our training drills passing into game play with some of the following notable examples
1. Lexie P contesting the ball and putting the opposition player off balance before picking up the ball and passing it on successfully
2. Some great shepherding by Emma
3. Some great marks by Lucy and Amber in their first games.
4. Some great contests by our returning players Elin, Charlie G, Zoe, Charlotte Z and Olive.
A big welcome to our new players this game with Zara, Grace, Charlotte A, Maia and Lucy and with Eloise to join us next week.
Hope Annabel gets well, and Isabel O ankle improves, and we see Izzy W back again next week.
Regards, Greg

The Week Ahead (4-10 Apr)

4 April
Youth Girls training 17:00-18:00 @ B2

5 April
Mixed juniors training 17:00-18:00 @ B3/4

8 April
Auskick week 1 07:45-09:00
Round 1 junior games

Home Games
09:00@B1&2 – Lane Cove Cats Blue U11 Div 2 v Manly Bombers U11 Div 2
10:10@B1&2 – Lane Cove Cats U12 Div 2 Glebe Greyhounds U12 Div 2
11: 20@B1&2 – U13 North Ryde / Lane Cove U13 Div 2 v Western Suburbs Magpies U13 Div 2
09:30@B4 – Lane Cove Cats U9 Selwood v Balgowlah Suns Red U9
10:30@B4 – Lane Cove U9 Hawkins v Manly Hornets U9

Away Games
09:20 @Middle Head Oval – Queenwood U15 YG Div 2 v North Ryde / Lane Cove U15 YG Div 2
10:00@Frank Grey – Manly Mustangs U10 v Lane Cove Cats U10
11:00@Allan Border Oval – Mosman White U10 v Lane Cove Blue U10
13:15@Mike Pawley – Manly Bombers U12 YG v Lane Cove Cats U12 YG
14:45@ELS – U10 YG Gala Day

Team selections

All players should now have been placed into their teams and received their playing jersey’s.

If you missed the season launch on Sunday, you will mostly likely receive your jersey at your first game on Sunday 8 April. However, please reach out to your coach or team manager to confirm this.

Team contact details can now be found on the website

2018 teams


Football pathways

The pathway for children in the AFL can be confusing. With new initiatives such as the AFL After-Schools Program, the PSSA,  and the Paul Kelly Cup joining more established programs such as Auskick and AFL Sydney Junior competition, its hard to know where your child should be placed to benefit the most from AFL.

So in the name of simplicity, we’ve tried to summarise it all for our members.


Auskick is the premier AFL program for children new to the sport. It makes learning to play AFL fun, safe and easy for boys and girls. Through weekly coaching sessions they will learn the skills of the game in an exciting, social and safe environment.

Children will learn the fundamental motor skills vital for future physical activity and sport participation as well as learning how to interact with other children as part of a team in small group activities.

Within the Auskick program, we have two main streams.

Auskick 5-8 years

This involes SUnday morning sessions for approximately one hour. It consists of drills that teach the fundamentals of the game in a safe and fun environment. It also involves some internal grid games, using modified rules and no tackling.

Auskick U8’s Non Competitive Games

Around week four of the season, the children aged 8 are invited to participate in the Auskick U8 competition. This is a step up from the internal grid games, with boys and girls playing against other Auskick programs around Sydney.

Its always played on Sunday morning, and has no competition tables or divisionalised or graded team. Its played on a reduced field size separated into zones to avoid congestion and spread opportunity. The rules are modified including no tackling.

To register for Auskick, including the U8 competition, please click here.


There are a host of programs tailored to primary school students across the nation. These aim to introduce the game to new children.

These include:

  • Learn AFL Auskick – a development program targeted at students with limited to no knowledge of AFL. The curriculum linked program to specific educational outcomes achieved through practicing the core skills of the game and learning about the Sydney Swans and GWS Giants.
  • Experience AFL Auskick – a development program targeted at students with some understanding of AFL. The curriculum linked program expands on this knowledge via specific skill sessions and modified match play whilst learning about the Sydney Swans and GWS Giants.
  • Sporting Schools Program – the AFL Sporting Schools Program has been developed to facilitate the delivery of AFL in schools. The program provides schools the opportunity to access Australian Sports Commission funding to assist with the delivery of the program.
  • After School Auskick Centre – after school clinics based on participant abilities, run on school grounds, after school by qualified AFL staff.
  • Multicultural/ Indigenous Programs

Please contact your school based AFL representative for more information.


This involves children aged 9 and above, although in certain circumstances we can have children aged 7 or 8 play in this competition.

Junior Football is the next step for kids who are ready to move on from NAB AFL Auskick or other introductory school and/or community programs. It’s the perfect environment for kids to have fun learning through play, make new friends and create memories that last a lifetime. Rules of matches are modified so children can continue to develop their skills in an enjoyable, safe atmosphere.

At Lane Cove Cats, we have two main programs; mixed juniors and girls. The mixed juniors involves boy ands girls playing in age groups from under 9 up to under 12.

The youth girls program is relatively new. In fact, this year is the first year for the under 10 age group, while the under 12 age groups is in its second year.

These competitions are female specific competitions aimed at introducing new players to AFL and continuing the pathway for females aged 13 to 18 years.

Many girls prefer to play Australian Football in single gender environments, and where possible we recommend girls over age 10 do so. However, should your daughter prefer to play in mixed-gender team or competition they are permitted to do so until age 14.

To register your child in juniors, please click here.


Tailor made for players of all abilities and aspirations, Youth Football caters to teenage boys and girls aged from 13 to 18. An ideal progression from either NAB AFL Auskick or Junior Football, Youth Football provides children with the opportunity to play in a graded competition within a club environment.

Fun, fast and often skilful, Youth Football is a chance for children to play football with their friends and establish new friendships, with a distinct focus on team building.

At Lane Cove Cats, our youth football program is provided through a joint venture with our neighbouring club, the North Ryde Dockers.

In most sports across Australia, you get a natural decline in participation as children enter high school. This is when study, social activities and part-time work pressures are increasing. Participation drop-out then accelerates through the teenage years. In Sydney we are also facing diminishing available green space and an explosion in Auskick and junior clubs on the North Shore.

Under this 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.

This structure is a common set up across the North Shore and the wider Sydney basin. Willoughby Wildcats have a joint venture with Mosman Swans from the U13 age groups and higher. Drummoyne Power and Concord Giants have also formed the Canada Bays Cannons for U12-U17 age groups.

To register your child in youth football, please click here.


Below is a diagram outlining the structure of the club and the pathway for children from Auskick to senior football. We hope this provides some clarity for parents.


Fixture for 2018 season

Please be advised that the fixture for the 2018 season is currently being finalised, and will be released on Thursday 29 March. We will send around details of the entire fixture when available, both via email and on our website.

However, we already know that the U10 youth girls team will be playing a gala day at ELS Hall from 3:00pm.

We can also advise that all teams from our Under 9, 11, 12 & 13 mixed/boys divisions will be playing at home. All other teams will be playing away.




Code of conduct

We pride ourselves on being a family friendly club. However, this can mean different things to different people. And sometimes the standard of behaviour required by our members may not be clear.

We also pride ourselves on respect. Respecting yourself, your team mates, coaches, umpires, officials and the opposition.

As such, we have developed a code of conduct, which provides all members with a clear guide on the club’s expectations regarding the behaviour of its members.

We will be reinforcing this to all members over the coming weeks. We also encourage parents to read this to your children separately.

A copy of this code of conduct will be handed out to players prior to the season commencing. You can also download a printable version here.


The Club Code of Conduct applies to all of our officials, volunteers, members and supporters.

Coaches code of conduct

Coaches are required to sign the AFL Code of Conduct as part of the Level 1 Accreditation requirement. All coaches must be accredited to coach in our league.

Players code of conduct

  • We acknowledge that;
  • Play by the rules – the rules of your club and the laws of the game
  • Never argue with an umpire or other official – without these people you can’t play football
  • Control your temper – verbal abuse of officials and sledging other players doesn’t help you enjoy or win any games
  • Be a team player – It’s a team game, treat it that way
  • Treat all players as you would like to be treated – fairly
  • Co-operate with your coach, the umpires and team-mates
  • Play for your own enjoyment & to improve your skills
  • Don’t use ugly remarks based on race, religion, gender or ability – you’ll let down your coach, team-mates and family if you do – & many such comments are actually now illegal

Parents, supporters & officials code of conduct

  • Remember that you are there for the participants to enjoy the game
  • Encourage participation, but don’t force it
  • Teach that enjoyment is more important than winning
  • Never ridicule mistakes or losses – supporters are there to support not downgrade
  • Lead by example and respect all players, coaches, umpires and spectators – physical or verbal abuse will not be tolerated
  • Recognise all volunteers who are giving up their valuable time
  • Never publicly criticise umpires – raise personal concerns with club officials in private
  • Don’t use ugly remarks based on race, religion, gender or ability – you’ll let down your family and yourself if you do – & many such comments are actually now illegal

Looking for volunteers

The Lane Cove Cats is a club run by volunteers. It is run by parents, so their kids can play football. To help our planning for season 2018, we need you to consider now, what you can do. (We do understand that circumstances can change over the off season, so we won’t write anything in stone but there will be an expectation that all families will commit some volunteer hours to the Club.)


General Volunteers

We’re currently looking for volunteers for a number of key club roles, including:

  • Events Coordinator/Events Committee. Next year, we’ll be allocating an event to an age group (for example, U10s will be organising one event; U11s will be organising another and so on). We need someone to act in a supervisory role across all events (so just coordinating other volunteers). And we’ll be calling for volunteers from age groups for the allocated events.
  • BBQ/Canteen Coordinator. The commitment is for home game rounds only.

If you are keen, or know someone who is, please get them in touch with us.