AFL girls only camp

Something for all our AFL Girls to consider during the coming school holidays. Australian Sports Camp are running their first ever AFLW Girls only camp to run at North Ryde July 16, 17 & 18 (9am -3pm), Louise Stephenson from the Giants is confirmed to coach at that camp which is for girls only aged 6 to 16. See flyer attached.

To help LCC girls to attend, there is a less 20 % code of:


which can be used for all girls looking to attend.

The web site for all bookings is:

Match Report Round 10: Lane Cove Cats Hawkins U10 vs Mosman Swans U10 23rd June 2019

Having missed last week’s game due to the weather and with the holiday round, it had been over three weeks since Team Hawkins had played. It had been a decisive win for The Cats at Allan Border the last time these two teams met, but we were certainly not going to take them lightly.

Our game day focus had not changed over the break, and Coach Mic emphasized the points of going one-on-one, sticking with your man and moving the ball forward. After a rousing address by Captain Tommy, The Cats ran onto the field and promptly lost the toss, kicking into the sun in the first.

The Cats initially got out to a lead, with Jude cooling slotting a set shot after a high tackle decision, but from the centre-bounce that followed the Swans dominated the remainder of the quarter, kicking three goals to go into the first break well ahead. Team Hawkin’s starts this year have been noticeably poor, and the coaches wonder if they just need 10 minutes of getting beaten before they kick into gear and get some ferocity.

The turn-around came after quarter-time, as coach reminded of the need to go hard at the ball and to pick up their man. Our defenders in the second were particularly pressed, as the Swans kicked one goal and pressed strongly in attack. This term saw perhaps the play of the day when a long defensive kick-in from the goal square was marked and marked and marked again, downfield into the forward zone, where Noah sharked the ball off a textbook front-and-square and kicked our second goal. Lucky we did those front-and-square training drills on Thursday night! Hudson also slotted a very nice individual goal, breaking free of two defenders and making space for himself to score on the run. 

The boys had to be reminded at half time that despite the poor start they were actually getting on top in general play. “Stick with your man” was the mantra, as they would tend to drop off as they got tired. The third quarter was a bit of a slog, the Swans scoring the only goal with a bit of luck.

At three-quarter time break, the boys were reminded that they were only 3 goals down and they were back in their preferred zone positions. Could they bridge the gap? 
The boys went in with fire, and from the centre-bounce were on top. Our defenders only touched the ball on a handful of occasions, when covering and returning to the centre zone. Our midfielders kept up the pressure on the ball and ball-carrier and the forwards were busy. Henry had impressed at goal-kicking drills on Thursday night with his long-range goals, and kicked a very nice example to bring the margin back. Jacob showed off his soccer background not only by kicking a grubber that somehow failed to miss every single defender’s fingertips and get through the big sticks, but also by celebrating with the trademark jumper-over-the-head run normally seen only in the A-League. Both Jacob and an injured and limping Jude had chances to win the game with set shots in the final minutes, but sadly both shots viered wide. Our last quarter score of 2.2 to 0.0 was not enough, and The Cats went down by three.

The trainers will look at their marking and particularly leading to a kick, also the ball-up set-up would break down as the boys got tired. Drilling this into them would set them up so that it was automatic. If we could train them to get over the First Quarter Blues we would also, as it is that aspect of our game that costs us matches.

Despite the close loss, this was a great effort though, no doubt about it. When asked to pick up their man the boys did, and when challenged to perform they did impressively. Defensive Play of the day went to Shane for his hard work in the second quarter, and Team Player went to Hudson, who was consistently clearing the ball whatever zone he was in and kicked an outstanding goal. The Coach’s Hot Chocolate went to Jacob, who played easily his best game yet, he certainly enjoyed his tackling today and scored his first major.

Hawkins next game is at Mike Pawley Oval at Curl Curl this coming Sunday, and hoping to atone for our big loss to Manly Mustangs. 

Match Report Round 6: Rohan U8 vs Narkle U8 Sunday 23rd June 2019

With 7 of our stars out of the team this week we had some big gaps to fill – thanks to Verity, Callum and Jagger for stepping up from Auskick into Under 8s to help us, they all did a great job against very strong competition in Lane Cove Narkle!

Whilst we were beaten to the ball today, there were still some great displays of teamwork.  None better than the passage of play lead by our captain Saskia who did a great job.  With a handball from Saskia to Gus who had positioned himself beautifully into space, Gus moved the ball to Angus steaming through the midfield to put his super-boot into the ball to find Oscar in the forward line.  After a pirouette then a side step, Oscar kick the goal to complete the play of the day.

Thanks to Ran again for the work in goals, he was under significant pressure in the second term when it started raining goals from Narkle…

Team Captain – Saskia

Best Handball – Oscar

Best Team Player – Angus M

Next week we are at Blackman again at 9:15 (be there 8:45) to take on Willoughby, hopefully with a full team. Thomas will be the team captain, the Lumley & Rigg families will be doing the B&F votes and the Willemsen family will be on orange & snake duty.

See you next week.

Go Cats!

Match Report Round 10: Lane Cove Cats Swanson U12YG vs Willoughby Wildcats U12YG 21st June 2019

It was a cold Friday night at Gore Hill Oval, as we lined up against the Willoughby Wildcats. In our last meeting they ran us down in a real close game and I know our girls were keen to play well and obtain a better result in this outing. We were without Lily S and Genevieve H and Eliza M was only coming at half time. Netball and sickness, doh! We were lucky to have Izzy B and Scarlet H as awesome replacements from the U10s, they play like they belong.

We started in a defensive position, we knew they would come out hard. The plan was to hold up till half time, have Eliza M join the team and then release key players forward. The girls in defence were brave. Charlie D and Elin L played down back all game and were simply awesome. Lizzy Y and Sami Z both rotated down back with Grace O, but Willoughby’s pressure throughout the first half had us down 3 goals at half time. Lexie W was great in the ruck winning lots of ball and contributed to the small margin at half time.

Eliza M joined the team and the third and fourth quarter were a pleasure to watch, we moved players around and by the end of the game had three great goals and lots of near misses. We didn’t end up winning today but at the Cats our culture is that player enjoyment and development come first.

I am excited when I see Izzy B take an awesome mark and have a shot on goal that just sails wide of the post. Scarlet H burrow in for the ball and come off second best, she comes off, but before we can get some ice she is back on the field working towards the next contest. Maia K and Lexie P continue to win the ball and enjoy this with the team and lastly Jeannie N laying a solid tackle on her opponent.

Grace O in full flight passing the ball to a team mate. Eliza M so good getting the hard ground ball and Charlie D’s rock solid defence.

At the Cats,

We coach to encourage our girls to improve as individuals and play as a team

We play positive footy and celebrate not only good play on our team but good play on our opposition as well

Our parents support our players, we cheer form the side line, some of us emotionally feel every tackle and high five each other.

Our runner encourages the team, looks for opportunities and provides support, is a role model and active part of the team

Most importantly we create an environment where players have fun, look forward to training, can’t wait for their game on the weekend and sleep with their footballs.

I am a proud member of the Lane Cove Cats

Eliza – 1 Goal
Grace – 1 Goal 2 behinds
Samantha – 1 Behind
Lane Cove Cats 3-3
Willoughby – 5-5

Spirit – Izzy B

Courage – Scarlet H

Match Report Round 9: Lane Cove Cats Swanson U12YG vs Mosman Swans U12YG 16th June 2019

With a few other grounds closed on the day we were surprised, but glad that Steve Chisholm Oval remained open for our clash with the Mosman Swans. The U10YG side’s game was cancelled so they provided some extra numbers. Thanks so much to Genevieve H, Scarlett H, Victoria W, & Isabel B for slotting in at the last minute. They all competed hard and will be welcome back anytime.

We were also missing Lily S, who was unwell. Hope you are feeling better Lily (See you on Friday).

We started off our warm ups by declaring that the girl with the dirtiest uniform at the end of the game will win a prize… It’s at this point I must declare maximum ignorance to those who were going to clean said uniforms. I did not think this through but it didn’t take long for Genevieve H to take on the challenge and find the occasional mud patch to bathe in (again so sorry Team Hynes!). The oval was in great condition though and although there was some surface water on top it looked good to go.

The girls started slow in the first half and although we were playing well and competing really hard for the cake of soap (ball), they just didn’t get the rewards for their effort. Mosman slotted a quick goal in the first quarter, there was quite a bit of chatter down in defence. I am hoping it was about the game and the slippery conditions but on reflection I think Elin L and Jeannie N might have been sharing notes on the latest Tolkien book they had read. We were down 0-5-5 to 1-1-7 at half time.

A big thank you to whatever was injected into the oranges at half time because the team came out in the third quarter and kicked 5 goals to none. They dominated the play sharing the ball around and even at some times over using the hand pass to get clear. Lexie P took a spectacular mark in front of goals kicking truely to bring up her first. The organised goal celebration was a barrel role in the wet, which Lexie tentatively performed. This apparently was not good enough and the team ordered her to do another one, we all have standards that need to be maintained.

I was so pleased to see the U10’s get involved in the play and always look for a free team mate. No making up the numbers here, Izzy B made up for her size in the way she burrowed into each contest. Scarlett H has a lovely right boot and was confident to use this whenever she had the ball. Veronica W looked comfortable in the forward line pressuring the opposition at ever opportunity. Genevieve H was aqua planing across the wet ground due to the fact she was already so wet herself.

In the last quarter Elin L took a solid mark and kicked a goal, but overall the girls played as a team, it’s not about who kicked the goal. It’s about how we move the ball into positions where we can cause problems. Maia K was dangerous whenever she grabbed a possession. Charlie D had her game of high standard, whether it was in the forwards, midfield or defence, there was no equal. Sami Z recovered from her elbow injury and tackling and winning the ball all over the ground. Standouts today were Grace O and Eliza M, they both ran hard in the midfield selflessly hand passing when required and kicking when in space.

It was a solid win today.. Well done to all… Bring on the big game this Friday and let’s hope we get a wet Friday so the whole team can get a start.

Players Player: Lexie

Courage: Eliza

Spirit: Genevieve (dirties player)


Charlie: 1.3

Elin 1.1

Eliza 0.1

Lexie 2.1

Grace 2.0

Match Report Round 9: McWilliams U14YG vs Pittwater Tigers U14YG Sunday 16th June 2019

19.8mm of rain was recorded at Mona Vale on Sunday and it is fair to say that almost all of it fell between 8am and 9am as the Cats took on the Pittwater Tigers at Narrabeen.  Inevitably, in so wet a game, a low scoring and defensive game was expected, but to the delight of the crowd assembled under umbrellas, the result was an evenly matched and close game, showing off a surprising level of skill.

The game started well for the Cats, with close marking and attention to the ball resulting in good field position.  Avishi toed through a goal in heavy traffic and the Cats held a well deserved lead at quarter time, 1-1-7 to no score.  Jaimie took on the rucking duties along with a fair amount of the roving and a good share of the tackling, but really there were simply no weak links in the team with a great contribution across the board.  Avishi found some clear air to score again, but two goals from the Tigers left the Cats with a small lead at half time, 2-3-15 to 2-0-12.  Emma’s kick sailed through the goals only seconds after the siren sounded and didn’t count.

At half time, Coach Rohan declared the worst of the rain over, which of course precipitated the heaviest downpour of the day.  With only a single point scored in the third quarter, Charlie at fullback performed outstandingly on an opponent twice her size and Armo attacked the ball relentlessly and cleared the ball beautifully.  Lexie and Charlotte had one of their strongest performances of the year, both handling the slippery ball and injecting themselves into the play.  Three quarter time, 2-4-16 to 2-0-12.

At the three quarter break, Coach Jemma emphasised that effort would win the day and with those words ringing in their ears, the team played strongly and for the first ten minutes of the final quarter held possession across the forward line.  Three behinds for the Cats pushed the lead out beyond a goal, before Elin picked up the ball in the forward pocket, went around her defender and lined up a kick into an empty goal square.  The ball sailed truly, landed right in the middle of the goal square and took a sharp right hand turn and missed everything.

The ball then shifted to the other end and for the last five minutes was locked into the Tigers forward line.  A behind, brought the difference back to a goal and in the ensuing ruck the goal ball was punched low toward the goal.  Charlotte clearly got a hand on the ball, but the crowd couldn’t tell where in relation to the line; the goal umpire dropped both hands and the scores were tied.  From the centre bounce, the ball again went towards the Tigers goal and with a heartbreaking kick from a Tiger’s forward, the Cats, who hadn’t been headed for 59 ½ minutes of the game, fell behind.

Despite a disappointing result, the team can be very proud of the way and the spirit in which they played in very challenging conditions.  Amber played strongly at the ball and Eloise and Lily ran themselves ragged as usual.  Another close result in what has been a season of close results.

Final scores – Pittwater  4-1-25 d Lane Cove Cats 2-7-19.  Goal Scorers – Katamaneni (2).   Player’s Player – Armstrong.

Match Report Round 8: U9 Cockatoo vs Manly Phantoms U9 Sunday 2nd June 2019

On Sunday we returned to Frank Gray Oval in Curl Curl to take on the Manly Phantoms. Manly’s other U9 team, the Lightenings, had given us a bit of a touch up earlier in the season, so we were expecting a tough game. And so it proved.

The Phantoms had a couple of big strong players, who used their physicality to good effect, in particular number 24, who had a great fend to go with his imposing size. The problem for the Cockatoos however was not so much the physicality of the game, but the lack of support our boys were providing. Too often we would have one player on his own playing against three opponents, so even when we won the ball, there was no-one in support to offload the ball to when the inevitable tackle came. Too many of our players were waiting for someone else to win the ball, or sitting back waiting to intercept the long kick. It made it far too easy for the Phantoms midfield to get the ball forward, and put our defence under constant pressure. Our backline of Jonti, Oscar and Jude did a good job of repelling their forwards, but they had to work a lot harder than they should have, and couldn’t stop every goal. Jonti’s abiltiy to clear the ball out of the back line with that powerful left foot of his meant we did get the ball into our forward line from time to time, but it was far too little in the first quarter. 

The Cockatoo’s Coach was not a happy one at quarter time. It was not so much that we were being beaten, but that we were allowing ourselves to be beaten. The second quarter was a slight improvement. but still we were failing to work as a team. Ivan did a mountain of work in defence getting his hands on the ball and working it forward, including taking a couple of strong marks. Jerry and Aza lifted their intensity following Ivan’s lead. Our midfield started to win the ball, particularly Jonti and Jude who both worked together to get to the ball and to pass it off to the other player in space. We were able to make a bit of an impact on the scoreboard, but we were still playing well below the standard we set ourselves in the previous two weeks. 

At half-time our players came off the field grumpy and sore. The main message at half time was to use that grump to get their hands on the ball, and to work together as a team. To that point the Phantoms were showing us the benefit of team-work, and we were not.

The message must have gotten through, because what came next for the last two quarters was some of the best footy our boys have played. They did indeed use that grump to get to the footy first, and were backing each other up and being there for the hand-off if the Phantoms were able to tackle. They applied enormous pressure on the Phantoms, and minimised the impact of that big number 24. Best goal of the game came from Jerry scrambling to the ball after a ball up, passing to Jonti, who kicked into the forward line, where it was crumbed by Aza, notwithstanding he was outnumbered. While being tackled he hand-balled to Jude in space, and Jude ran in front of goal,  about 15 metres out, steadied himself and kicked the ball perfectly through the middle of the big sticks. It was a great team goal, with Jude’s composure and poise in front of goal the cherry on the cake!

The last quarter saw Ryan playing head and shoulders above the other midfielders (not bad for the shortest guy on our team). He took running marks, won the contested ball, and kicked into the forward line with precision, setting up a number of goals. When he didn’t have the ball, he chased, tackled and pressured the opposition. Whether the ball was in our back zone, midfield or forward zone our boys were hard at the ball, and hard when they didn’t have the ball. Jerry made a number of goal saving tackles in defence, always supported by Jude and Ivan. Ryan, Aza and Ollie worked hard to get the ball in the forward zone, and Jonti, Hamish and Oscar finished off their hard work with great goals. 

Despite an inglorious first half, we more than made up for it in the second, giving us good cause to sing our team song at the end of the match. Four quarters played like the last two and we can match any team in the competition. 

The decision on who should win the coaches award came down to the players who contributed for the full four quarters. Ryan had an exceptional second half, Jude had one of his best games, including his first goal for the season, Aza worked hard to get to the ball, and Jerry ran out the game superbly. However there were only two players who played hard for all four quarters, being Ivan and Jonti. In the end Jonti just shaded Ivan for the award. In the first two quarters Jonti was everywhere. Including chasing down his own kicks when our players failed to win the ball. He continued with the same intensity in the second half. He kicked two great goals (albeit one when he was a midfielder, which despite Jonti telling the umpire that he was not a forwarded, was still called a goal), and helped set up a number more. He played a big part in neutralising that big number 24, including winning the ground ball off him, and using his pace and strength to get into space, and laying multiple effective tackles. That does not downplay the game that Ivan played, it took an exceptional effort to shade him this week. 

This weekend is the June long week-end which means NO game this Sunday. As we will have most of our team away, there will also be NO TRAINING this Thursday night. We will resume training next Thursday, 13 June 2019 at the usual time and place.  Have a great week in the meantime and I will look forward to seeing you next week. 

Match Report Round 4: Narkle U8 vs Willoughby Wildcats U8 Sunday 2nd June 2019

This week’s game was an old fashioned arm wrestle with both teams giving no quarter in defense and forwards finding it hard to ply their craft in front of goals. It was a Rumble in the Urban Jungle at Willoughby Oval with its grand urbanisation and high rises as the backdrop. Football and the nervous band of parents and on-lookers being the winners on the day for witnessing an eventful, but sometimes tense display of U8 AFL.  Ultimately our kids learnt the benefit of team play, persistence, and pressure on the ball carrier to perhaps take the bragging rights over their cross-shore rivals.  I think that the ground was a good 30 metres longer than they were used to meaning it was more that a run bound and kick though each third, meaning everyone had to be more focused on clean ball movement under pressure.

Kicking to the hospital end in the first term, Jack Phillips was the difference, converting truly twice for important goals after marking well and playing in front of his direct opponent. Will was a powerhouse in the middle of the ground early, and so too was Marcus with his goading of the opposition with ball in hand teasing them to smother, only resulting in yards gained and retained possession for his side.  Maddie getting team mates involved with crucial hand passes and poise around the contest while maintaining pressure on the opposition and using her voice to encourage team mates.

Ethan our running machine had a highlight reel that even Dusty Martin would be proud of, the “get-down-get-the-ball, get-up, get-away-from-me DON’T ARGUE, try and catch me” with a clean set of heals was superb.  His run out of defense early was also valuable for the team in setting up our attacks.

Jake and Jack connected well through the middle of the ground with silky-smooth passing, marking and clean possession, the latter having a great all round game with his war chest of skills used throughout, whether in defense or attack.  Also I recall “Repeat Effort Evan” was prostrate on the wing after multiple efforts to thrust the team forward only for the ball to turnover several times in attack and defense. 

We know Jordan is a natural midfielder, blocking and bustling, winning the ball and having a gallop seem to be done by this lad with ease….and always a cheeky smile on his face.

Charlie was a key focal point up forward, either marking the ball strongly or gaining possession at ground level, never giving up against a willing opposition.  Edward was steady and focussed and continued to do the team things like the one-percenters and being a wall of enthusiasm in defense, stopping the opposition runs to attack.

After the game, the opposition coach approached me and praised our kids effort and their running and bouncing through the middle of the ground, as well as getting everyone in the team involved with hand passing and kicking accuracy.  There is a lot we can take out of these tight games, the key elements being hitting targets with our kicking and handball, as well as using team mates when we are in trouble.  While we should never forget that the team is U8, it is important that we continue to emphasise team work, respect for the opposition, and the umpires – as well as having fun!  Our kids were great and we should be proud of their effort, spirit, and sportsmanship.

This week, parents have earnt the bye for the long weekend. Well done and enjoy the sleep in!  We will be back at Blackman Park on the following Sunday 16/06 at 9am. I look forward to another impressive display in 2 weeks.

Finally, the list of items left behind after games is growing – I have a kids orange Uniqlo puffy jacket and a red mouth guard in the kit bag that were left behind over the past weeks.  If you know of who they belong to, I will have them with me on the 16/06.

Match Report Round 8: Swanson U12YG vs Pittwater Tigers U2YG

From the first bounce today you could see the team was switched on and focused on the task at hand. Some of the girls were coming back from the U14YG game so if there were any cobwebs they were removed well before our first bounce.

We welcomed Genevieve H and also Lexie W back this week after an absence last week. It was great for the team to run out with a full quota of 12, this is an occasional luxury.

The game started in a tight fashion, we went with our standard setup and both teams were playing well. There were early signs that the Cats were getting on top, our focus on early handballs was paying dividends releasing our running talent of Eliza M, Lily S and Grace O in the middle, sending the ball forward where Maia K and Jeanie N kept it close at hand. An early goal to Grace O was well deserved and what was more important was the goal celebration. We will continue to practice these at training, but the opposition was clearly put off by our antics because in the second quarter we kicked 7 goals to none. Lily S, Maia K, Lexie P, Charlie, Eliza M and Elin all hit the scoreboard hard. Pittwater did not know what had happened and the brilliant celebrations caused confusion amongst their playing group.

We changed up the team in the third quarter with Assistant Coach Emma setting the positions. Our defence in the second quarter didn’t see much of the ball so Emma swapped everyone around. It was a tight quarter with no goals scored. The important thing was our opposition’s score sheet was empty. Our defence was strong and although we were scoring goals, we were also saving them at the other end of the field.

I should mention at this point how good the umpiring in our games have been recently and today was no exception. The best judge of this is when the girls come off the ground they are never talking about decisions from the umpire which is great to see. Well done.

In the last quarter, we continued the scoring with the addition of three goals. In the end the score was 10-2-62 to 0-2-2

The improvement in this young team has been astounding over the past few weeks. We are playing as a team. Insert corny metaphor here…..

“The way to achieve your own success is to be willing to help somebody else get it first.” ― Iyanla Vanzant

“It is amazing what you can accomplish if you do not care who gets the credit.”— Harry S Truman

I could rattle off more here, but Pittwater had no answers to the way we cleared the ball out of the ruck area. We tackled in packs, continually causing turnovers. We are learning to use our bodies when going for the ball, legally pushing the opposition away giving us clear access. I think after today everyone can see what a magnificent display of great team footy this was… Awesome work.

Proud Coach(s) and Team Manager! and Parents

Today’s fabulous game:

Players player: Jeanie

Courage: Charlie

Spirit: Grace


Charlie 2.0

Maia 1.1

Elin 1.2

Eliza 1.2

Grace 4.0

Lexie P 1.0

Lily 2.2

Thanks to David Davenport for all the great photos

Match Report Round 4: Rohan U8 vs Balgowlah U8 Sunday 2nd June 2019

Today we played against our toughest competition in Balgowlah who had a lot of quality players which made for a great contest considering we had 3 of our stars in Max, Angus and Angus all on the sidelines.

Team Captain Owen wasn’t going to let the absence of stars unsettle the team – a solid week of shadow boxing and eye of the tiger got him fired up early enough today to be dressed to play by 5:30am…

All children played great games today however there were a couple of highlights. 

The focus of taps out of the ruck to a player was brilliant and we won the ball out of the middle on several occasions.  If we keep working on this over the rest of the season it will set the children up well for the years to come as if you can get first possession forward it puts pressure on the opposition.

The other highlight today was Collette not only kicking her first goal for the season, but seeing her do well in all zones and get plenty of possessions and sharing it with her team – with that kind of skill she could be getting a game for the Swans with their current form…

Something for the team to work on for the next game is to look for a teammate when they have the ball.  Today there were a few times where they just kicked the ball long without looking for anyone – if they do that it quickly comes back as invariably the opposition get the ball.  As soon as we slowed down and did a short kick to our team to control possession then more often than not it resulted in a goal.

Special mention to the Boyle family for today – Saskia’s best game yet, Natasha organising the oranges and snakes for the team and for Felix taking control to teach Alex (dad) to the ropes for goal umpiring – solid work Team Boyle!!

Enjoy the Bye week next week and see you the following week – Go Team Rohan!!

Team Captain – Owen

Best Effort – Saskia

Best Kick – Collette