Get ready for the 2019 AFL junior season

We are fast approaching the start of the season. Between now and round 1, we will be conducting a variety of training sessions and team events to prepare the boys and girls for the AFL Sydney Junior 2019 season.

Below are a list of club wide events that you should be aware of. Once teams are formed, your coaches and team managers may be in contact with you regarding team specific issues.

Register now!

If you haven’t already done so, please register as soon as possible. We are in the final stages of submitting our teams to the AFL, so we need clarity on our numbers.

In particular, we are keen to here from any girls who are considering playing AFL. We are entering a girls team in the U10, U12, U14 & U16 competitions. This isn’t just for accomplished players. Its a great way for new girls to experience what AFL has to offer in a fun and safe environment. In the younger age groups, there is minimal tackling and the focus is on skill development.

So don’t wait any further, click here to register your child.

Pre-season training

Pre-season training starts on Thursday 28 February.  Due to ground restrictions, this is the only weekly session we have for the preseason. This will be conducted on the newly upgraded turf field (B3 & B4) at Blackman Park. So we ask that both girls and boys attend these session.

From 27 March, we break up into two sessions; Wednesday (for youth girls teams and Thursday for mixed/boys teams. Both sessions start at 5pm.

Club Volunteer Education Sessions

For parents who would like to volunteer in helping out your child’s team, please let us know. For those who have already put their hand up, we thank you greatly.

Coaches Workshop

The coaching department at the AFL will be offering U9 & U10 coaches some additional support as they head into the 2019 season. This will be in the form of some additional coaching workshops to support the online coaching accreditation.

It will be held at Longueville Sporting Club (The Diddy) on Thursday 7 March @ 6:00pm. It will go for approximately 1.5 hours.

AFL Club Expo, 17 March

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.

With the 2018 season fast approaching, we thought it wise to let everyone know of some important dates for club events.

Grading & Trial Games, 24 & 31 March

We enable the even spread of skills across all teams, we will be conducting trial games on Sunday 24 March between 9-11:30am. Full details, including times when your children will be playing will be sent out closer to the date. Following this session, we will announce the teams and their respective coaches and managers.

This will be followed by further pre-season trial games on Sunday 31 March (9-11:30am).

Guernsey Presentations, 31 March

After the trial games on 31 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.

Further details will be communicated closer to the time but please block out the entire morning for this event.

Regular season games and training, 7 April onwards

The first game of the season commences on 7 April. Fixtures are not released until 2 April but will be sent out to parents and upload onto the website. In the meantime, please refer to a recent post outlining the key dates throughout the season.

Don’t forget, all these dates are on our online calendar. Please refer to this for official confirmation of dates and times for all club events. 

Watch Giants AFLW take on North

Head along to Drummoyne Oval to watch the Gaints AFLW team take on North Melbourne this Friday 8 Feb.

Entry is free and there will be plenty of entertainment outside of the main game. This includes our own team of little Auskickers, who will be playing at halftime.

Register now for 2019 season

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

And if you register and PAY before 22 Dec, you can receive a complimentary junior membership to the GWS Giants. Better still, you can choose either the AFL of the AFLW season.

Membership includes access to 3 home games, members core pack plus junior members pack (including pencil case), free access to easter show on 3 pre-determined dates.


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.

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.

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!

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 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.


Match Report Round 11 – U12YG Swanson Sun 1st July

A pinch and a punch for the first day of the month. It was so cold that we all needed this to kick start our morning. The Auskickers gave us a fantastic guard of honour to celebrate Elin’s 50th game for the club. The first quarter was really close as both teams felt each other out. Mosman has the better of the first quarter and converted one chance to lead. Our tackling was first class, with Charli G, Eloise and Charlotte Z all leading the way. Lexie W was also winning the ruck again which gave our quick midfielders plenty of opportunity.

Lily D and Charlotte A were outstanding in the second term. When the ball went forward it just rebounded back again which gave Annabelle plenty of opportunities which eventually resulted in our first goal. We were still trailing at half time, but we were al confident that if we could continue to get our hands on the ball we could score. In the second half, Olive, Lexie P,  Lily S, Lucy and Grace all outstanding, whilst Amber, Elin, Emma, and Isabelle tried hard in the middle to keep the ball moving forward. Charli D was great in defence continually marking their big kicks forward and returning these up field. We welcomed Izzy W back after a break and she contributed all over the field.

At the end of the game, we didn’t quite make it, but given we had 6 subs and only 12 on the field, everyone was really patient.

Better luck next week