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 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.




Important information for juniors

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 2018 season.

This year we have a couple of new initiatives that should make it easier on volunteers and rewarding for the players. For mid-week training, we will have some assistant coaches from nearby youth and senior football clubs. This will be an invaluable resource for head coaches, enabling them to spend more time on improving the skills of individual players.

We will also be employing a ground manager to manage game days at Blackman Park. In the past, this very important job as been placed on parents from each team. However, we felt that the burden was too great. So we will have a dedicated person to make sure everything runs smoothly. Despite this, each team will still need to provide a volunteer to help assist the ground manager with jobs such as time keeping, or general crowd management.

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 & U15 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.

In some of the mixed competitions, we are also getting close to closing registrations in certain ages groups.

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


Pre-season training

Pre-season training started on Thursday for all junior players. From 7 March, we break up into two sessions; Wednesday for youth girls teams and Thursday for mixed/boys teams. Both sessions start at 5pm for one hour.

Club Education Sessions, 12/19 March

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

The AFL will be conducting education sessions for both coaches and team managers on the dates above. We would encourage all new volunteers to attend these session.

The venues have not been set but we will provide times and locations once notified by the AFL.

Sydney Swans club visit, 15 March

Our pre-season training will get a boost with some star members of the Sydney Swans joining us on 15 March. Enjoy mingling with other parents and club officials while the kids get a unique experience with the players prior to a meet and greet.

Please try and get to training before the normal start of 5pm. There will be LCC coaches there from 4:30pm. The Sydney Swans players will join us during the session, and then will hang around to chat and sign jumpers or hats.

Grading & Trial Games, 18/25 March

We enable the even spread of skills across all teams, we will be conducting trial games on Sunday 18 March between 8-11am. 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 25 March (8-11am).

Guernsey Presentations, 25 March

After the trial games on 25 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, 8 April onwards

The first game of the season commences on 8 April. Fixtures are not released until 28 March 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.

However, we do know that U10YG will be participating in a gala day tournament on Sunday 8 April at ELS Hall. This is a great way to introduce these young girls to competitive football.

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. .

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

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

Boys Div A
Boys Div B
Girls Div A