Match Report Round 2: U12YG vs Pittwater Tigers Sunday 14th April

I get knocked down, But I get up again, You’re never going to keep me down…

Chumbawamba from Tubthumper 1997

It was a physical game against the Pittwater Tigers today, not the least we had 9 girls covering a large oval so there was plenty of running from end to end. They may have been a larger side, but we were first to the ball and faster to find a team mate close by. There was some pushing and shoving during game, but I was proud of how we played the ball with great effect. The score today reflected the way we played as a team, looking for a player in a better position when we had the ball and applying pressure on the ball carrier when we didn’t.

Lily S, todays captain, chose to run with the wind in the first quarter. Their midfield started well moving the ball well into our defensive line, but like last week, Charlie D, Elin L and Lizzy Y, repelled every attack sending the ball back down field. Our forward line of Jeanie N, Maia K, and Grace O, worked well to keep the ball in our 50m arc, with Grace being rewarded with the teams first Goal.

In the second quarter running into the wind, we kept a similar structure with a goal to Lily S and no goals to Pittwater we went into the half time break tired and weary but happy with our efforts to this point. The oranges were well appreciated and needed.

In the second half we mixed the positions up moving Charlie D and Elin L forward, both had shots on goal Charlie D scoring one and Elin L preferring to kick towards the soccer goal adjacent to the posts. Grace O was tenacious in the middle of the ground and Lizzy Y had showed no signs of the knock to the head, tackling her much bigger opponents. Jeanie N provided great support to her team, shepherding an opponent to allow a kick down field. Sami Z tried hard all day, scored a goal in the last quarter and was a threat throughout the game. Eliza M was all class in the middle, kicking strongly and always finding a team mate down field. Lily S ran all game and as captain set a fine example for everyone to follow, and lastly Maia, nearly kicked a second goal for the year, and I am sure the Pittwater team won’t forget our number 10, for a long time.

Score Lane Cove Cats 4-9-33 vs Pittwater Tigers 1-1-7

Players player – Grace O and captain next game

Spirit Award – Eliza M

Courage Award – Charlie D

Happy Easter everyone enjoy your break. I will be at training on Wednesday 17th for a low key goal kicking practice session that might involve easter eggs 🙂 No training the week after.

Match Report Round 2: U14YG McWilliams vs St Ives U14YG-2 Sunday 14th April

Low on numbers due to the school holidays, but high on confidence, Team McWilliams took on the highly fancied St Ives Saints.  St Ives got off to a bright start with a couple of early goals while the Cats steadily worked themselves into the game and although not troubling the scorer in the first quarter, put up a game fight.

In the second and third quarters, against a tall, skilful and fast team, the Cats played some of the best footy we’ve seen from them.  Particularly pleasing were the second, third and fourth efforts in both attack and defence and the shepherding and quick handballs that allowed the team to gain possession and move the ball into the forward line.  At three quarter time, while still behind on the scoreboard, Avishi had kicked the first and second goals of her AFL career and Tipsy had punted one in from the half forward line.  Jaime, Charli and Burna all stood out for their repeated efforts.

Unfortunately, by the last quarter, the effort had told and St Ives kicked away and the scoreboard flattered the winners.  A lesson for our girls in playing the game out to the end.   Final scores – St Ives Saints 14-15-99 d Lane Cove Cats 3-1-19.  Goal Scorers – Katmaneni & Halloran.  Player’s Player – Griebel & Morelli.

Match Report Round 1: U10YG vs Forest Lions Sunday 7th April

The U10 Dal Pos team had the perfect start to the season, withstanding a spirited effort from Forest Lions to come away with a victories smile.

Under a scorching sun at Lionel Watts Reserve, the girls took some time to get into the game. This was unexpected, with half team playing their first ever AFL Sydney Junior competition game.

The help get as many girls out onto the park, we had one Dal Pos girl play for the Forest Lions. And they seemed to have their best period with the opposition. Genevieve kicked a goal for the Lions in the second quarter. However, Tanya, who only joined the team a week ago, seemed to improve markedly within the game. She ended up having her best performance for the day with the Lions shirt on.

What they lacked in cohesion in the early parts of the game, they made up for in effort. A missed kick or errant handball wasn’t fussed over. Instead they kept on charging for the ball.

Forest had some tall girls and made use of this advantage by kicking the first goal through their aerial dominance. But Dal Pos came at them hard and never gave up.

The girls didn’t shirk any challenges. This saw us have to utlise our magnificently stocked Coaches Bag during the game (thank you Jane Zahra!). Veronica sprained her wrist, but came back onto the ground to play a great game.

We went into final term down a few points. However, they finally clicked as a team and had numerous forward entries. Genevieve and Chloe got on the end of these and kicked four goals to help get the Dal Pos girls over the line.

We didn’t have the printer working this week so couldn’t hand out the game day awards. However, the following girls will receive the following awards at next week’s game.

Courage Award – Veronica for spraining her wrist and returning play out the game after some ice.
Spirit of the Game Award – Genevieve for playing for the opposition and kicking them a goal, and for swapping positions with team mates to ensure others got a turn to kick goals in the forwards.
Play of the day – Chloe’s big mark and goal in the last quarter

We also have a team mascot called Kit Kat. One lucky girl every week is given the responsibility of looking after her. This week it was Tanya Graham for her magnificent effort in playing for Forest Lions in her first ever AFL game. What team spirit!

Match Report Round 1: U12YG vs Forest Lions Maroon Sunday 7th April

With an extra hour in the day and beautiful sunshine at Lionel Watts Oval, there were no excuses in missing our late 15:45 start time today. It was a bit of an unknown for everyone today, new team combinations on the field, and a parent cheer squad that had been missing the opportunity to exercise their lung capacity over the summer. Neither of these disappointed.

The game started as a tight affair, with the Cats midfield of Lily S, Lizzy Y, Eliza M and Sami Z clearly enjoying the freedom on no zones and the ability to tackle their opponent freely. The Forest Lions team was strong initially winning the ball out of the centre and threatening our defence of Charlie D, Elin L and Genevieve H on multiple occasions. The ball continually hit a break wall though and was returned efficiently every time. The most pleasing part of the 1st quarter was the way our forward line worked together and held the ball inside the 50m arc. Jeanie N, Grace O, and Maia K ran tirelessly providing options and defended strongly when Forest had the ball.

Eliza M took a great mark in front of goal and kicked truely to score the teams first goal and this was followed by Maia, sneaking out the back and getting our second. The whole team looked fast and agile as the quarter went on in the hot afternoon. This is a great example of what a strong pre-season training can do for the team.

At the quarter time break I am sure I saw Genevieve, Elin and Charlie building a wall in the sand pit covering the cricket pitch in the middle, because in the second quarter Forest Lions only managed a point and at half time we were ahead 5-1-31 to 0-1-1. Lily continued to run strongly and was rewarded with a strong goal in the quarter. Sami scored the first of her 5 goals for the match and Lizzy chimed in for a goal as well.

In the second half, we changed the team around and importantly this had no impact on the teams performance which continued to excel. Grace was everywhere in the middle and courageously tackled everything in her path.

Finally a big thanks to Genevieve for playing up and filling in!

The game ended up 11-3-69 to 2-1-13…

Players player was close between Lily S and Eliza M, Lily S got the nod this week

Spirt award was Maia and Courage went to Grace

Goal kickers for the Cats Sami 5, Elin 1 , Eliza 1, Maia 1 , Lily S 1, Lizzy 1, Grace 1

Match Report Round 1: U14YG McWilliams vs Canada Bay Cannons Sunday 7th April

The season kicked off in splendid sunshine at Blackman Park as Team McWilliams faced the Canada Bay Cannons in a pretty evenly matched U14 Youth Girls game.  The game opened brightly as the Cats dominated possession in the first three quarters.  Jaimie, Bronte and Natalie all made their debut with the Cats with strong games, and AFL debutant, Avishi, held down the full forward spot with determined attack on the ball.  After being 3 goals down at half time, the Cats had fought back in the third quarter to be 2 points down at the break and as fatigue was starting to set in, it was clear that we were in for a grandstand finish.  In the final quarter, a tight struggle for the first ten minutes meant neither team bothered the scorer, but with three minutes to go the Cannons slotted the heart breaker and the game was as good as over.

The Cats can be very proud of the way that they ran out the game.  Everybody was strong at the ball and there was plenty of ferocious defence from both sides.  Kicking, handballing and general awareness has significantly improved from last season, but the greater space and quicker defence tested our structures and showed, at this level, that the individual efforts need to support the team structures.  This was reflected in the score line as the Cannons were able to break free and kick goals, whereas the Cats spent long periods camped in the opposition forward line, unable to find a clear path to goal.  Final scores – Canada Bay Cannons 6-2-38 d Lane Cove Cats 3-10-28.  Goal Scorers – Armstrong, Dorahy & Griebel.  Player’s Player – Armstrong & Halloran.

Junior fixtures released

AFL Sydney Juniors have just released the fixtures for the 2019 season. Please click on the links below for a detailed list of times and locations for games this year.

These fixtures can also be found on the LCC TeamApp (under Fixtures). You can also view them via the website version.

Please note it should always be assumed that these online fixtures are the official fixtures. If you ever have conflicting times or locations for a particular game, the online version takes precedence.

Under 9

City North competition

Under 10

North Swans competition

North Red competition

Under 11

North Division 1

Under 12

Division 2 Red

Under 13

Division 2 Red

Under 14

Division 2

Under 10YG

North competition

Under 12YG

North competition

Under 14YG

Div 2 Red competition

Meet Giants star Zac Langdon at training

We are lucky to have Zac Langdon visiting the club this week.

He’ll be on hand to help out with some drills at Wednesday’s youth girls training session, before hanging around to have a chat and sign some autographs.

Mature-age forward Zac Langdon has been a revolution for the Giants. He was selected at pick 56 in last year’s NAB AFL Draft and made his AFL debut in round one, kicking three goals in his first two games.

Zac Langdon is a ready-made small forward who was drafted out of the WAFL playing for Claremont. He has huge endurance and showed enormous determination to make it on an AFL list. He has elite running and foot skills and is a highly-skilled player who pushes hard to impact up the ground as well as in the forward 50.

Get a friend to register and win a signed AFL footy

Despite the majority of teams fixed and the fixture being prepared, we are still keen to hear from anyone who is thinking about playing AFL.

There are several teams that only have the bare minimum numbers. With the normal injuries and absences, it would be great to have a few more.

So spread the word to all your friends about the benefits of playing AFL. Its one of the most inclusive football codes in Australia, with unwavering support from the top administration.

Its a fast pace game that caters to every type of player. Each boy or girl in the junior age groups are encouraged to try every position. No one is left one the sidelines or excluded due to their level of skill.

At the Lane Cove Cats, we are focused on creating a family friend environment that will enable the kids to have fun while learning the basics of the game. However, there are plenty of opportunities for highly driven players to push their development and become the best that they can be.

And we don’t charge a fortune for this support

Our fees are some of the lowest in the sporting landscape at only $240 per season. The peak AFL body heavily funds the development of community football. The club also covers the costs for any players who reach representative or development carnivals.

We also have access to some of the best coaches in the country. The AFL conducts regular coaching clinics to up-skill volunteers. They also send Sydney Swans and GWS Giant coaches out to junior clubs to support these coaches.

Win a signed AFL footy

As a reward, anyone who gets a friend to register will go in the draw for a AFL footy signed by the Sydney Swans.

Just get your friend to include include your name in the registration form, under the section titled “Friends name who referred you


Just direct your friends to the following address:

Are you looking to be a team volunteer this year?

The AFL are holding a junior club development day on the 17th March which will get you up to speed and provide you with all the tools to tackle the season ahead.

Held at the Novotel Hotel (Homebush), its a perfect way for coaches to get their full accreditation. It also provides great advice on how to manage a team, deal with injuries, and much more.

We strongly advise all team volunteers to attend the day.

If you plan to coach, you will also need to register on coach.AFL before attending the day. The process only takes 15mins to complete.

Details of the even are below.

Sunday, March 17, 2019
9:00 am – 12:00 pm and 1:00pm – 4:00pm
Novotel Sydney Olympic Park, 11 Olympic Blvd, NSW, 2127

Places are limited so please register below which sessions you will be attending (this needs to be completed by everyone who attends).

A full schedule of course is available here. If you are unsure of which sessions to attend, please contact us prior to registering.


This link will close at 9am Thursday 14th March.