Sydney Swans to visit Lane Cove Schools

SSSydney Swans will be visiting St Michael’s and Lane Cove West primary school’s next Thursday 12 March.

Senior members of the team will be at Lane Cove West from 9:30 – 10:15am and St Michael’s from 10:25-11:00am.

Students will be able to meet the players as they highlight the benefits of team sport and raise awareness of AFL Auskick.


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Footy Boots for Kids

Old Football BootsIn 2013 and 2014, Coles, The Age and Linfox partnered to supply remote Indigenous communities with football boots. In 2015, this community action continues with Eliza Fitzgerald, a year 10 student from Monte Sant’ Angelo and a Lane Cove resident, as she aims to donate 100 pairs of second-hand football boots to the Inala community, just outside of Brisbane.

As part of a school project, Eliza will create a video that captures the spirit of giving and the benefits this donation will have on the Inala children and the Inala community.

We seek your support and that of your club to donate football boots that are in good condition as they go towards building a brighter future for the Inala community. Boots can be left at the School Office during the month of March.

If you have any questions or would like more detail on Eliza’s
project please contact her via:
Phone: 0428 730 001

Proudly supported by the Lane Cove Cats Junior AFL Club

We need umpires!

Think you know the laws of the game?

The AFL has launched a new initiative to encourage people to consider umpiring.

Lets face it, our children couldn’t play if we didn’t have umpires. Its a thankless job, but one which is absolutely essential.

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Some of the advantages include:

  • Males and Females, young or old!
  • No Experience Necessary
  • FREE coaching and mentoring
  • Earn $20 – $65 per game, each weekend April to September.
  • Must be 13 years of age.
  • Umpire a game in the morning before you play.
  • Develop confidence, leadership and decision making skills.
  • Boundary and Goal umpiring opportunities also available.

There are umpiring groups located all over Sydney with weekly training throughout the season to teach you all you need to know. Locations include:

Sydney Harbour North Shore (Frenchs Forest)
Sydney Harbour North West (Baulkham Hills)
Sydney Harbour City (TBC)
Sydney Harbour South (Penshurst)
Western Sydney (Camden)
Western Sydney (Carnes Hill)
Western Sydney (Rooty Hill)
Western Sydney (Emu Plains)

For more information contact:
Carl Fletcher – Umpiring Development Coordinator
Phone: 0425 256 504


Bring a buddy!

mateDo you or your child have a friend who you may think might be interested in playing AFL?

We are encouraging our current junior competition players to bring a friend to training this term, in an effort to allow children who may be interested in playing but haven’t had a chance to try it out.

This is a no obligation offer. Come along and have a kick with our experienced coaches in a friendly environment.

Training starts on 12 March at Burns Bay Reserve oval. The session begins at 4:30pm and will go to around 6pm.


Why Kids Play AFL?

AFL is for active, strong and healthy kids. We create a fun and competitive atmosphere by running game-based training drills. AFL also helps kids learn skills and builds confidence.

To provide an environment where young players can play the game and sequentially develop their skills through activities, games, match rules and conditions commensurate with their stage of learning and level of ability.

As kids progress they get a good aerobic workout and develop a healthy lifestyle. It also helps develop mate-ships and become good sports. They also learn about teamwork, strategy and game tactics.


Junior training in 2015

Its that time of year again, PRE SEASON TRAINING time!


Training for all junior competition teams will kick off on Thursday 12 March @ 4:30pm. The sessions will go for about 1.5 hours, combining some training drills with match-based games.

For the first three weeks (12, 19 and 26 March), the training will be held at Burns Bay Oval.

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There after, we will be conducting training at our home base, Blackman Park on ovals 3 and 4.

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We will be using teamer as our primary game and training notification system again this year. When you receive an email to join, please make sure you have your mobile number added to your profile. We use this to notify you of any changes to the schedule or washouts.

At this stage we are entering 4 teams across 3 divisions (Under 9, 10 & 11) into the Greater Sydney Junior – Sydney Harbour North league. However, we won’t be able finalise the teams until after we conduct a trials session on 26 March.

As per previous years we have a core group of rules which we expect both the kids and parents to abide by:

  • We are here to have fun.
  • Training is a must. If you are unable to attend then drop us a email. We understand that from time to time kids will not be able to make it due to school commitments.
  • Encourage each other. Putting down a team mate or a son/daughter is not acceptable and will not be tolerated.
  • No arguing with the umpire. Players on the field and parents off the field.
  • Listen to the coaches at training. If the children are disruptive and not listening they are given a warning. If its repeated once, they sit out the drill. If its repeated twice, they sit out the balance of training and need to explain to you guys as to why.

If anyone is able to assist the coaches with weekly training, please let us know.

See you on the footy field!


AFL sports camp offer

Australian Sport camps

We have managed to secure a discount to Lane Cove Cats members to an upcoming AFL clinic run by Australian Sports Camps. The camp is conducted at St Joseph’s College (Hunters Hill) and comes at an opportune time, only days before the start of the 2015 season.

We highly recommend this camp. We have had numerous members attend and have shown immeasurable improvement afterwards. Recommended age group is 6-12 years so young Auskick players are also welcome. They break the group up into age groups and ability so that everyone gets a kick.

To obtain a 30% discount, bookings need to be made by 6 March. After that, we can get a 20% discount (please contact us for the code). Bookings can be made online here.

AFL Camp
St Joseph’s College, Hunters Hill
14, 15, 16 April 2015

The ASC NSW Football Camp in Hunters Hill, Sydney features a three day coaching program in all facets of Aussie Rules football with specialist coaching sessions. The panel will include experienced football coaches with guest coaching from leading AFL players and coaches.

Guest coaches at NSW Football Camps recently have included AFL legend Kevin Sheedy (former coach of Greater Western Sydney, and Essendon premiership coach), Daniel Hannebery (Sydney Swans) and Rhyce Shaw (Sydney Swans), with guests at the Sydney camp to be confirmed. Please note: not all coaches can attend all camps.

Stars Program (6 to 12 years)

  • The Stars Program is available for 6 to 12 year old players of all standards
  • Innovative program covering all facets of football, designed to improve skills and maximise enjoyment
  • Coaching from 9am to 3pm each day
  • Work with your peers in groups of 14 or less
  • Progress through a three day program utilising both group coaching and specialist coaches
  • Written coaches report with great feedback
  • Autographed photo of your group with the coaching director
  • The chance to meet your sporting idols and make friends, while having fun playing football

Important club dates

calendarWith the 2015 season fast approaching, we thought it wise to let everyone know of some important dates for club events.



General Club Events

We will be holding another “Registration Day” in the Lane Cove plaza this Saturday 21 February. Feel free to pop along and find out more about what we are planning this year.


We will commence training for all junior teams on 12 March, 2015. Training session will be held on Blackman Park #4 oval. They will commence at 4:30pm and end around 6pm. More details regarding training will be sent out later this week.

A “Pie Night” and jumper presentations will be held in late March (date to be confirmed soon). Each player will be presented with their playing outfit, including jumper, shorts and socks.

The season proper starts on 19 April 2015. Note this is the last weekend of the school holidays. We will be in touch with players closer to the time to determine availability.

The full schedule will not be know for a few more weeks so please check the website regularly.


All 5-8 year olds will commence Auskick on 19 April 2015. All Auskick session will be played on the exciting new synthetic grass oval at Blackman Park.


You can keep track of all important club dates via our club calendar. Either visit the page regularly, or link to the calendar on your Apple or Android smart phone. To do this, just click on the Google Calendar icon at the bottom right hand side of the calendar.

Registration Day at Lane Cove Village

We will be in the Lane Cove village this Saturday (14 February) to officially open registrations for the 2015 season. Just look for the Lane Cove Cats tent.

14165655565_624e4ce88d_oCome down and chat to our coaches/managers and find out how much fun AFL Auskick and Junior football is. We will also have some demonstrations for those new to the sport.


The Auskick and Junior football season will commence on Sunday 19 April 2015. Auskick session run from 8:30-9:30am. Training sessions for Juniors will be on Thursday nights (4:30-6pm).

Auskick and junior games will be played come rain, hail or shine on new synthetic ovals at Blackman Park.

Registrations can be completed online. Click here for more details.


Lane Cove Cats new home of football

We christened the magnificent new synthetic oval at Blackman Park (Lane Cove) with an official game of AFL9s.

The new facility will enable community sporting clubs such as Lane Cove Cats to play all year round; come rain, hail or shine. The double field also gives us the ability not only to play two junior games at a time, but also hold senior matches on a official sized playing field.

It will also enable Lane Cove to attract people from outside the area and become a beacon for community sport on the Lower North Shore.

We were lucky enough to have Kevin Sheedy and Jude Bolton to open proceedings, which kept the young and old at heart happy. Their support   for the game of AFL here in rugby’s heartland has helped our club and the game grow in NSW.



We would love to thank the Lane Cove Council for having the foresight and determination to see this project through.

Thank you Lane Cove Council’s Deputy Mayor Councillor Deborah Hutchens as well as Craig Wrightson (General Manager), Wayne Rylands (Executive Manager – Open Space and Urban Services), Annette Marsh (Facilities Officer) for their time and effort.



So next year, be part of something special and come join the Lane Cove Cats at Blackman Park!

Come join the Lane Cove Cats at Blackman Park!