President’s Update March 2017

Written by Daniel Hynes

22 March 2017

Welcome all new and returning players and parents to the 2017 season.

As you would have read in last week’s Rushed Behind, our president of the last two years, Denis Fitzgerald resigned recently. So far its been a whirlwind start for me in the new chair. I certainly have some big shoes to fill, with Denis having down so well at growing the club while keeping that family friendly atmosphere.

This reminds me of a recent call I had from a parent of a U14 player asking about joining the club. And while we couldn’t help them this year, his message resonated with me. The reason his son was leaving his old club was because, as an average player, he felt left out and neglected. His old club seemed to only focus on the best players. As such, his son had lost his love of the game.

At Lane Cove Cats, the committee and I are committed to making footy fun for everyone. While we will provide the pathway for ambitious young footballers to play at the top, we also wont neglect the boy and girls that just want to kick the ball around with their mates.

With the season only 10 days away, I thought I would give you an update on our football program.

We have had excellent growth in Auskick registrations, with over 100 already registered. The team of Peter Beck and his merry men are raring to go, with a great program already in place.

If you haven’t re-registered for 2017 season, you can do so now here.

In juniors, we unfortunately lost players in the U12 and U13 age group, which made it difficult to enter standalone teams in the Sydney Junior competition. This is a normal trend in junior sport, with high school requirements reducing the number of boys and girls wanting to play. All of the remaining U12 boys have moved over to Willoughby; however we were able to create a joint venture team with Canada Bay for our U13 boys.

Most excitedly, we are entering our first ever youth girls teams into the U12 division. Most of you would agree that the new AFLW has been an amazing success, with girls all around the country now excited about playing AFL. This is the first year for the all girls U12 competition, adding to the U14 and U18 divisions.

Talking of which, we have some of the GWS women players joining us on 29 March to talk to our girls about their pathway into the professional women’s league. Everyone is welcome to join us at the Diddy.

We also have an offer of 50% off registration fees for any youth girl who registers before the season begins. Click here for more details.

Next week Blackman Park will look much more like an AFL field. The council has decided to leave the large AFL goal posts up all year. This will make the ground more aesthetically pleasing (at least for us AFL fans). But it will also make the change over from Auskick to Juniors on Sunday morning much easier. Our U11 team will be the first team to utilise these posts, as they will be playing across this full AFL field this year.

Talking of which, the AFL Sydney Junior fixture will be released on 29 March. Please keep an eye out for notifications of games via our TeamApp. If you have registered, please do so before then.

Finally, we are looking for some fresh faces on the LCC committee. We will be holding an open committee meeting in due course, but if you’re interested in getting involved now, please don’t hesitate in contacting me directly.

Good luck and I’ll see you on the park!

Daniel Hynes

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