Register a friend and win Giants tickets

Next Thursday’s training session (5 April) also double up as our “Come and Try AFL” session. If you have a friend that is interested in trying AFL, bring them down to Blackman Park.

We’ll show them how much fund AFL is by getting them involved in some drills and min-games.

If your friend ends up registering with the club, you will go into the draw to win tickets to the Giants game against Fremantle on 28 April (Spotless Stadium). To enter this competition, please make sure they enter your name in the “Friend’s name who referred you” section in the registration form.

If you have any issues, please contact registrations@lanecovecats.com

Season launch and jumper presentations

To celebrate the start of the 2018 season, we will holding a BBQ while various teams slug it out in their final hit outs before round 1.

Drills and practise games for junior teams will commence at 8:00am. This will be followed by a pre-season trial game between our U12 team and Glebe.

The BBQ will fire up during the last match, with jumper presentations for the varoius age groups commencing from 09:45am. All should be be finished by 11am.

Full schedule

07:30-08:00 Coaches/managers meeting & set up

08:00-09:30 Drills and practise games

09:30-10:00 Youth Girls practise session

09:30-09:45 Under 12 jumper presentations

10:00-11:30 Lane Cove Cats U12 vs Glebe

09:45-10:15 Jumper presentations (for all remaining age groups) & BBQ

10:15-10:45 jumper exchange (if required)

LCC Footy Tipping Competition 2018

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  • Do you think you know a thing or two about AFL?
  • Do you get online Thursday evenings to go through the team selections?
  • Do you sleep with an AFL within arms reach?
  • Do you win tipping competitions you have no idea about.

Then you should join the Lane Cove Cats AFL Tipping Competition.

The competition is free to enter and is open to current players (both Auskick and junior competition), as well as their immediate families (such as mother, father, brother or sister).

PRIZES TO BE WON

Better still, there are some great prizes on offer.

1st: $100 LCC online voucher
2nd: $50 LCC online voucher
3rd: $20 LCC online voucher
Last: LCC cap

The LCC online vouchers can be used for any times in the shop, including registration fees, merchandise or even events such as LCC Soiree.

There will also be various mid season prizes (i.e., best over five games, closest margin on selected rounds etc).

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REGISTRATION

To register for this competition, follow these instructions.

  1. Click on this link to go directly to the Lane Cove Cats tipping competition. Otherwise, go to footytips.com.au and search for the “Lane Cove Cats” competition.
  2. If you haven’t registered before, you will see the follow message.
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  3. Click on the “Join Comp” link..
  4. Next, click on the Join button and enter your details to register and join the competition.
  5. If you were in the footy tipping comp last year, you should havealready received a reminder to rejoin.  You can still use your username and password for last year.

New direction for youth football

We are excited to announce that Lane Cove and North Ryde will be working closely together as our club moves into youth football.

Lane Cove split out from St Michaels in 2013 and has been growing strongly ever since.  We started out with roughly 20 kids kicking a footy around Blackman Park. Last year we had 140 Auskickers, and nine junior teams across age groups up to U11.

However, 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.

We as a club are now facing these challenges. 

We as a club will always be fun & family first. However, we also want to provide an avenue for children who want to further develop their skills in this sport. As such, we will also support success.

Under this new 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.

In fact, it will allow both clubs to have competitive and participation based options, and increased access to coaching resources.

This will start with a joint venture with the Dockers in the U13 boys/mixed age group in 2018. This team, to  be known as North Ryde Lane Cove U13, was approved by the AFL this week.

But it will most likely develop into a more club wide venture in years to come. North Ryde is a natural fit with Lane Cove. They have a very similar culture, based on fun and families. They also have some excellent facilities at ELS Hall, which is only a 10 min drive from Blackman Park.

This structure is a common set up across the 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.

In addition to this, we also have a new venture with Mercy College in the youth girls U15 age group. We have teamed up with the Chatswood-based girls school to provide an option for their year 7 and 8 girls to play AFL in a local club based competition. This will be open to any girls, no matter what school you attend.

Below is a diagram outlining the structure of the club and the pathway for children from Auskick to senio. We hope this provides some clarity for parents.

Active Kids vouchers

We are please to announce that the Active Kids program is now live.

Its an initiative by NSW Government to help families meet the cost of getting their kids into sport and active fitness and recreation activities. The program will enable a claim of up to $100 per school child, per calendar year, as a voucher.

The Lane Cove Cats, under the umbrella of the AFL NSW/ACT, is registered as an Active Kids Provider.

How to apply for an Active Kids voucher

Parents can apply for a voucher from the Service NSW website from 31st January. Please note that you will need to have an account with Service NSW to claim the rebate. To avoid the rush, I would encourage you to set one up now. It only takes a couple of minutes.

Go to https://www.service.nsw.gov.au/ and click on “Apply for a voucher”. You will then be required to enter details of your child.

The voucher that you claim can only be used for one sports registration at any time during the calendar year.

Who is eligible to claim?

Every child (4.5 – 18 years old) enrolled in school from Kindergarten to Year 12 will be eligible for an Active Kids Voucher.

What to do once you receive a voucher?

If you have yet to register with Lane Cove Cats (either Auskick or junior football), click here to start the process. During the registration process, you will be asked to enter your alpha-numeric voucher code.

If you have already registered your child and elected to pay later using this voucher,  you would have been sent an email at the time of registration with instructions on how to pay the registration fee.

If you can’t find this email,  please follow these steps.

Juniors

  1. Click on the registration link
  2. Select the number of children you need to pay registration fees for.
  3. If it asks, enter your email that you registered under.
  4. Enter your password. If you have forgotten your details, click the “Forgot?” link below the password window.

Auskick

  1. Click on the registration link.
  2. Select the number of children you need to pay registration fees for.
  3. If it asks, enter your email that you registered under.
  4. Enter your password. If you have forgotten your details, click the “Forgot?” link below the password window.

If prompted for a four digit pin please enter your child’s date of birth in the following format DDMM (eg. 0412).

Further information

Further information on how to redeem your Active Kids voucher can be found here.

Our FAQ post from last year may also help.

Assistant coaches

The Lane Cove Cats Junior AFL Club seeks to recruit some energetic and dedicated assistant coaches for the junior teams. The role is casual but will have set times of 2 hours per week on Thursday afternoons (4-6pm).

Work Type: Casual

Salary: $25/hour

Detailed Description 

The assistant coaches will support the head coach of various junior teams at the Thursday training session at Blackman Park. This will include teams in the U9 to U13 age groups.

Responsibilities will include such things as:

  • Get training equipment from storage room and set up Blackman Park.
  • Warming up children, including running and stretches.
  • Assisting coaches in running specific drills.
  • Pack up sporting equipment and return to storage shed.

This will suit a senior high school student who has experience playing AFL.

Essential:  Working with children check

Closing Date 9 Mar 2018

Apply to LCC President
Phone (mobile) 0414987235
Email jobs@lanecovecats.com

President’s Update, Jan 2018

Welcome to the 2018 season! Yes, while most of you may be still soaking up the summer, its only 45 days until pre-season training starts.

We are hope you are looking forward to the 2018 season as much as we are.

We plan to build on another successful  season for the club.  Last year juniors membership was up 12% to 101 across 6 teams. This also included our first ever youth girls team. Auskick members were up 35% to 127. It was the biggest group of Auskicker to ever play at LCC. We also joined the first ever U8 competition in North Shore, which was a resounding success.

This year we are planning to increase teams to approximately 11, including new teams in U10 and U15 youth girls divisions. We are also strengthening our relationship with nearby club North Ryde Dockers. The two clubs will work together to help field teams when numbers are low. This will mean any child who registers should be guaranteed a team to play in.

In terms of events at the club, we had planning another successful Sports Legends Lunch. The proposed date is 20 July, so keep your diaries free.

We also plan to build to make some changes to our annual get together, the Soiree. This will remain a more casual event,, with less focus on fundraising and more on fun. But this year we plan to adjust the timing slightly and ramp up other activities such as making the sports quiz a bigger component

Late last year we also made some changes to our committee. While I am returning as President, we have a revamped executive committee.  Jane Zahra, who many of you would of seen around the club in various roles in 2017, is coming on board as the Vice President. The club will no doubt benefit from her great commitment and can-do attitude.

Also new to the executive committee is  Michael Jools, who will fill the Secretarial role. Returning for another year is Morgan Hunter as Treasurer, while Brian Gillard is stepping back slightly to focus just on registrations.

The important football related roles will be filled by two great men. Peter Beck will return as Auskick Coordinator. Peter grew the program to reach a record h high 128 children, including the most girls in Sydney North region. And Nick Brumley will be the Director of Coaching for the Juniors in 2018.

We have also tried to appoint various committee members to small but important roles. These include:

  • Gear Steward: Sally Bryne
  • Social Media Coordinator: Victoria Davies
  • Youth Girls Coordinator: Greg Byrne
  • Director of Sponsorship: Matt Cunneen
  • General Committee roles: Amanda Webb, Jon Ladmore, Gavin Bartier, Paul Schofield & Denis Fitzgerald

We all look forward to another great season in 2018.

Important club dates in 2018

With the 2018 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 3 February. Feel free to pop along and find out more about what we are planning this year.

Juniors

We will commence pre-season training for all junior teams on 1 March, 2018. Training session will be held on Blackman Park #4 oval. They will commence at 5:00pm and end around 6pm. More details regarding training will be sent out closer to the date.

This year we will be splitting up the groups to accommodate the extra teams. In 2018, youth girls teams will be training on Wednesday’s, while the majority of boys/mixed teams will be on Thursday.

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 8 April 2018. Note this is the week before 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.

Auskick

All 5-8 year olds will commence Auskick on 8 April 2018. All Auskick session will be played on the synthetic grass oval at Blackman Park.

 

You can keep track of all important club dates via our club calendar or via our LCC App.

Pre-season training to begin 1 March

Its closing in on that time of year again, PRE SEASON TRAINING time!

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We will be holding the first pre-season training session for all junior teams on Thursday 1 March @ 5pm. It will be a relatively easy session, with the coaches concentrating on basic skills.

The following week, we are be breaking up training sessions across different days. Youth girls will be training on Wednesday afternoons (5-6pm), while the boys (or mixed) teams will be training on Thursdays. A full run down of the training sessions will be communicated closer to the time.

All training this year will be conducted at our home base, Blackman Park on ovals 3 and 4.

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We will be using TeamApp 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. If you were registered last year, we ask that you update your details. We use this to notify you of any changes to the schedule or washouts.

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.

Most of these are included in the Lane Cove Cats code of conduct. Click here to download a copy.

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

See you on the footy field!

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