AFLJ 7s series a huge success!

The AFLJ 7s series concluded on 22 November with some exiting games in all divisions.

Team Ablett and Team Cockatoo squared off to earn the right to challenge the Jays for the division B title. In the end, the more experience Ablett boys got the win and advanced to the decider. The grand finals was a fierce contest, however Team Jays walked away as the inaugural Div B champsions. Well done boys!

In Div A, the highly fancied Joel’s Crew was awaiting the winner of the Dockers and Team Taylor. Like the other games, the semi-final was a tight affair, with the Dockers snatching a win and moving into the grand final.

The decider was an absolute ripper of a game, with neither team able to gain a decisive lead. Joel’s Crew led by two points with only a minute to go, before an error saw the Dockers launch an attached and kick a goal to win the game just before the siren sounded. It was a fitting game for a fantastic series. Well done to all the boys!

While the Div A girls series was contested by only two teams, they played a fitting final encounter to showcase how much they improved over this short series. We will no doubt see these girls battling it out next winter as the youth girl competitions expands even further in Sydney.

At the end of a great night of footy, the players then enjoyed some pizza and juice, as the recounted their exploits on the field.

Check out more photos from the night on our Facebook page.
We plan to bring this series back in 2019 even bigger and better than this year. As such wee would appreciate if you would fill out a very short 8 question survey to help us improve the competition.

Click here to complete survey

Have a great summer break and we will see everyone for pre-season training in 2018.

AFLJ 7s Series kicks of with a bang!

What a great start to our AFLJ 7s Series. With eight teams registering for this competition, we had plenty of enthusiastic kids kicking the ball around the park (which is always a great sight) on the night.

The series involves teams of seven playing on a short 75m long rectangle field. Games only go for 30mins, and involve a modified set of rules, including only touch tackles and no balls during game time. It means the games are fast and furious.

The Boys Div A division had players form Lane Cove Cats, Willoughby and North Ryde. They Boys Div B division was mostly from Lane Cove, including the best dressed team called Cockatoo. Even though they were aged around 8-9 years old, they put up a great fight against some older boys.

With only two teams in the Girls Div A division, we plan to mix the teams up to keep it fresh. We had girls from 8 up to 14 years old. But they all played brilliantly and with a spirit you rarely see in competitive junior sport.

 

If you didn’t register and are still keen to play, you are still welcome to come along as there are some teams that need extra players. Please send an email to aflj7s@lanecovecats.com

The entire series fixture for each division can be viewed on our website.

Boys Div A
Boys Div B
Girls Div A

Registrations open for AFLJ 7s series

We are proud to announce the inaugural AFLJ 7s series, to be played at Blackman Park this November.

The aim of the series is too fold, Hopefully it will give children who haven’t played before a taste of junior footy. However, it will also give current players an option to keep their skills up to scratch over the summer.

The game will be slightly modified to create 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 turf fields at Blackman Park. Competition is scheduled to commence on 1 November and be played over 4 weeks. It will culminate in a playoff to determine the winner in each division.

Due to a variety of age groups, we plan to run the following divisions for both boys and girls.

  • Boys
    • Division A (for ages 11-13)
    • Division B (for ages 9-10)
  • Girls
    • Division A (for ages 11-14)
    • Division B (for ages 9-10)

Note that the age groups are only indicative. We plan to match teams with similar ability as closely as possible. Therefore, if players aged 10 can compete effectively against 12 or 13 year olds, then they should play in division A.

To register, please complete the registration form on our website.

 

Details

When: 1 – 22 November

Where: Blackman Park B3/4, Lloyd Rees, Lane Cove West

Time: Wednesday nights, 5:30-7:30pm

Cost: $25 per player

Announcing the inaugural AFLJ 7s series

We are proud to announce the inaugural AFLJ 7s series, to be played at Blackman Park this November.

The aim of the series is too fold, Hopefully it will give children who haven’t played before a taste of junior footy. However, it will also give current players an option to keep their skills up to scratch over the summer.

The game will be slightly modified to create 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 turf fields at Blackman Park. Competition is scheduled to commence on 1 November and be played over 4 weeks. It will culminate in a playoff to determine the winner in each division. Full details are below.

Before we start taking registrations, we would like to gather expressions of interest to determine the age groups and team structure. However, its our intention that a competition for both girls and boys will be available.

To register your interest, please complete the following form.

Details

When: 1 – 22 November

Where: Blackman Park B3/4, Lloyd Rees, Lane Cove West

Time: Wednesday nights, 5:30-7:30pm

Gear collection

If you have finished playing for the season, please return your playing jerseys to your team manager (washed – dirty jerseys go mouldy over the summer season).

Managers and coaches, could you please bring your gear bags (which includes folders, flags, footies, training bibs, water bottle carriers and volunteer bibs and another other bits and pieces) to the presentation day on 3 September.

We will also be collecting unwanted boots, which we are planning to donate to disadvantages members of the community via registered charities.

We also need someone to help us count and sort this gear and work out what needs to be ordered for season 2018.

Can you help? Please email us at volunteers@lanecovecats.com.au

U10 youth girls – Expression of interest

The explosion of girls football in Australia has been phenomenal. The new semi-professional women’s league, AFLW has seen growth in youth girls football in NSW surge. This resulted in the introduction of the Under 12 junior girls competition in 2017, which was an outstanding success across Sydney.

At Lane Cove Cats, we fielded our first ever all-girls team into the AFL Sydney Junior league in 2017. We also saw an explosion in girls participating in our Auskick program. In fact, we now have the second largest number of girls playing Auskick in Sydney.

However, the AFL was mindful of the gap between Auskick and the current youth girls pathway. Therefore, they have decided to introduce a U10 youth girls program in 2018.

This will follow the same rules as set out in the AFL Australian Football Match Policy and align with the U/10 boys program, ensuring it  is played in a less competitive environment with no ladders and  finals series in place.

This competition will cater for girls turning 8 or 9 in 2018. In special cases, the AFL and the club would also consider allowing seven year olds to play. But this will be determined on a case by case basis.

If you have a daughter who is keen to play AFL and would be interested in joining the U10YG team, we would love yo hear from you.

Nominations for teams in the 2018 season are submitted to the AFL in December. Therefore we ask you get back to as soon as possible.

Special Offer: 75% off rego fees for youth girls

For the remainder of the season, we are offering 75% of the normal fee for youth girl registrations. That means it costs only $50 for the entire 2017 season.

For this amount, not only do you get to play AFL with girls your own age, you get a jumper and shorts for the season, and socks to keep forever.

Play with your friends in a girls only competition

Games will be played on Sunday morning, and most likely mirror the same format of the boys junior competition.

The team size is a minimum 9 and a maximum of 12, on a 110m long field (same as U9-11 boys). They will  use a synthetic size 3 ball and play over 4 x 10 min quarters. Tackling is a modified wrap tackle (can’t be brought to ground) and there is no barging, bumping or shepherding allowed. Importantly, a mark is awarded to players who catch it or shows control. So even if it hits the ground, if they held it for a moment, the umpire is likely to pay it.

To learn more about youth girls footy, please visit our website for a comprehensive run down of the rules.

Click here to register now.

 

First U12 Girls Comp Launches in Sydney

The first ever AFL Sydney Juniors Under 12s Girls Competition was launched over the weekend with 20 new teams joining the Sydney Harbour contest for 2017.

Over 300 girls and their families were present at the event where they were joined by GWS GIANTS AFL Women’s marquee players, Emma Swanson and Renee Forth, who also assisted with a coaching session later in the day.

With the Greater Western Sydney region producing another 12 new Under 12s Girls teams this year, female football in Sydney is certainly on the rise.

Following the introduction and marked success of the inaugural AFL Women’s competition, 2016 to 2017 female participation numbers have increased by 43.2% within the AFL Sydney Juniors league.

Considering this growth, AFL NSW/ACT has made it a key priority to ensure that development at a junior level is established, with the aim of producing well-rounded and skilled female players of the future.

Click here to read more…

GWS Women’s Night

CHANGE OF DATE: EVENT MOVED TO WED 29 MARCH

We are excited to announce that we will be hosting some GWS Giant women’s at our club. Players will hold a Q&A session where current and prospective youth girls players will be able to pepper them with as many questions as they have.

Then we will progress to the lawns to conduct a mini skills session.

Event: GWS Giants Women’s Night
When: Wednesday 29 March, 6-7pm
Where: Longueville Sport Club (The Diddy)

Please contact Daniel Hynes for any further information.