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Merchandise

All players should have received a bag as part of their registration this year. If you have not collected yours yet please stop by the storeroom on match day or at training to pick it up.

New NJFC Hoodies ($50 kids, $60 adult) and socks ($10) are available for purchase.

50 Gamers

Congratulations to Oliver Williams and Oliver Manterfield from Under 14; the latest players to reach 50 games.

Looking forward to seeing the boys run through their banner together!

Free Kick Program – Drivers needed

Our Free Kick Program allows kids who do not otherwise have the opportunity to play community sport the chance to play footy at our club. Many of our teams have Free Kick players and we are grateful to the Team Managers, Coaches and parents who help them each week in getting ready for the game and instructing them in the finer points of AFL. In supporting the Free Kick program, we are seeking four pairs of parents who can help with transporting kids to and from training on any one Tuesday or Wednesday night during the first month of next term. We need a driver and a supervisor for each minibus trip. A current drivers licence and Working with Children Check are required (an endorsed licence is not needed). Volunteers would need to be in Fitzroy for the first pick up at 4.45 on the day. Let me know if there is a day when you can help out.

Safe and Secure at Football Grounds

A Message from Darebin City Council
Darebin City Council​ would like to remind clubs to be extremely mindful of leaving valuable belongings and personal possessions inside change-rooms and around club facilities at all times.
 
An incident in Darebin has recently occurred during which a vehicle and a number of bags were stolen during a club training session.
 
While this event is extremely unfortunate and unlikely, it should serve as a stark reminder to clubs to remain vigilant in ensuring club facilities are a secure and safe place to participate in sport.
 
Darebin strongly recommends locking valuables in a secure location and having a club official monitor club facilities during all training and competition times, in addition to locking sports facilities after use.

Socks! (and other merchandise)

New cougar merchandise is now available to purchase from the club

Socks at $10 a pair.

Adult size hoodies are available for $60 (sizes XS, S, M, L and XL).

Kids hoodies have also just arrived and available for $50 (size 8 through to 14).

Cake Stall achievement

Thanks to Violeta Traicevski for co-ordinating a very successful cake stall Sunday 4th June, to help with the expenses of running the Free Kick Program. Thank you to everyone who donated home made goodies and/or assisted on the stall during the day. The generosity of our families meant that we raised $1219, which will help the kids in the Program continue their involvement in community sport.

If anyone is keen to be involved in other activities to support the club’s fundraising efforts please let me know.

 

Results Round 8

Round 8
Competition Team Score Team  Score
 Under-11 Red Northcote Blue 3.3-21 Epping 4.4-28
 Under-11 Green Northcote Gold 5.4-34 Mernda 6.4-40
 Under-12 Silver Panton Hill 2.5-17 Northcote Gold 4.9-33
 Under-12 Girls Research 6.3-39 Northcote 0.2-2
 Under-12 Red Research 5.6-36 Northcote Blue 6.7-43
 Under-13 Red Greensborough 9.5-59 Northcote Blue 8.6-54
 Under-13 Green Northcote Gold 7.5-47 Hurstbridge 9.5-59
 Under-14 Girls Blue Yarrambat 6.5-41 Northcote 10.3-63
 Under-14 Red Northcote 10.8-68 Eltham 4.9-33

50 Games!!

Congratulations to Lochie Reynolds from U11 Gold who is celebrating his 50th game this week.

Great work to have reached this milestone halfway through Under 11s!

Player Numbers

We are excited to have passed the milestone of 300 players registered for 2017, as new players continue to register to fill the gaps we still have in some teams.
We now have more than 50 female players, which is a terrific achievement in our first year of having all-girls teams.
We are still seeking players for U13, U12 and U12 Girls teams in particular – if you can think of anyone interested, registrations will be accepted up until 30 June.

Cake Stall this Sunday

This weekend we are running a cake stall to raise funds for our Free Kick program. This initiative has grown substantially in 2017, from 6 players last year to 30 players this year.
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Round 8 – 4 June 2017

Competition Name Match Time Team  Team  Venue Name
 Under-9 Green 8:45 AM Eltham Orange Northcote Eltham Central Park
 Under-9 Yellow 9:00 AM Northcote Blue Northcote Gold McDonnell Park (Back Oval)
 Under-9 Red 9:45 AM Greensborough Green Northcote Anthony Beale Reserve
 Under-10 Green 10:15 AM Reservoir Northcote Gold Crispe Park
 Under-10 Green 10:15 AM Northcote Blue Mill Park White McDonnell Park (Back Oval)
 Under-10 Girls 11:30 AM Northcote Laurimar McDonnell Park (Back Oval)
 Under-11 Red 9:00 AM Northcote Blue Epping McDonnell Park (Main Oval)
 Under-11 Green 10:30 AM Northcote Gold Mernda McDonnell Park (Main Oval)
 Under-12 Silver 11:00 AM Panton Hill Northcote Gold Panton Hill – A.E. Cracknell Reserve
 Under-12 Girls 11:30 AM Research Northcote Research Park
 Under-12 Red 12:45 PM Research Northcote Blue Research Park
 Under-13 Red 11:00 AM Greensborough Northcote Blue Anthony Beale Reserve
 Under-13 Green 12:00 PM Northcote Gold Hurstbridge McDonnell Park (Main Oval)
 Under-14 Girls Blue 1:00 PM Yarrambat Northcote Yarrambat War Memorial Park
 Under-14 Red 1:30 PM Northcote Eltham McDonnell Park (Main Oval)

Still Missing .. Can you help

MISSING from the home change rooms on Sunday 14 May:

§  One plastic shopping bag containing blue NJFC shorts, skins, navy Nike socks and playing jumper #19.

§  Training top with ‘Eric’ on the back that was accidentally put in the wrong bag before the U12 Silver game.

If found please call/text 0429 663 580

Round 7 – 28 May 2017

Competition Name Match Time Team 1 Team 2 Venue Name
 Under-9 Red 10:15 AM Northcote Montmorency Black McDonnell Park (Back Oval)
 Under-9 Yellow 10:00 AM Reservoir Northcote Blue Crispe Park
 Under-9 Yellow 9:00 AM West Preston-Lakeside Northcote Gold J.E. Moore Park (Top Oval)
 Under-9 Green 9:00 AM Northcote Mill Park McDonnell Park (Back Oval)
 Under-10 Girls 9:00 AM Eltham Northcote Eltham Central Park
 Under-10 Green 10:15 AM West Ivanhoe Northcote Blue Seddon Reserve
 Under-10 Green 10:00 AM Mill Park White Northcote Gold Redleap Reserve
 Under-11 Red 9:00 AM Northcote Blue West Preston-Lakeside McDonnell Park (Main Oval)
 Under-11 Green 10:15 AM Kilmore Blue Northcote Gold J.J. Clancy Reserve
 Under-12 Red 10:30 AM Northcote Blue Bundoora Park McDonnell Park (Main Oval)
 Under-12 Silver 12:00 PM Northcote Gold Lalor McDonnell Park (Main Oval)
 Under-12 Girls 1:00 PM Montmorency Northcote Simms Road Reserve
 Under-13 Red 11:45 AM Kilmore Northcote Blue J.J. Clancy Reserve
 Under-13 Green 1:30 PM Northcote Gold Mill Park McDonnell Park (Main Oval)
 Under-14 Red 11:00 AM Bye Northcote
 Under-14 Girls Blue 3:00 PM Northcote Wallan McDonnell Park (Main Oval)

Team Photos

Thanks to photographers Nick and Colin, and special thanks to Bernadette Curry for organising and co-ordinating the team photos this week. All went very smoothly with most teams finishing their session ahead of schedule. Photos should be available for collection in a month or so.

50 Games for our Girls..

U14 Girls have cause for a double celebration, with Sophie Goffin playing her 50th game last Sunday and
Ellouise Bishop playing her 50th game this Sunday.
Both girls will wait a few weeks to officially celebrate together.

Missing Training Top…..

If anyone has found an extra training top with ‘Eric’ on the back please let us know.

It was accidentally put in the wrong bag last Sunday.

Please check your football bags in case you have an extra top.

Thank you.

50 Game Congratulations

Congratulations to Archie Rider from our Under 13 Blue side who celebrated his 50th game last weekend.

Well done also to Tom Cameron from Under 12 Silver who is playing his 50th game this weekend.

Good luck for the game on Sunday!

Team Photos – next week !

TEAM PHOTOS

Team photos will take place this coming Tuesday and Wednesday .

Tuesday 23rd May

Under 11 GOLD     4.45pm

Under 11 BLUE      5.05pm

Under 12 SILVER –  5.25pm

Under 12 RED        5.45pm

Under 13 GOLD     6.05pm

Under 13 BLUE       6.25pm

Under 14                  7.05pm

Wednesday 24th May

Under 9 GOLD     4.45pm

Under 9 BLUE       5.05pm

Under 9 GREEN   5.25pm

Under 9 RED         5.45pm

Under 10 GOLD   6.05pm

Under 10 BLUE    6.25pm

Under 10 GIRLS   6.45pm

Under 12 GIRLS     7.05pm

Under 14 GIRLS     7.25pm

Envelopes would have been handed out at training – please bring along on photo night with completed credit card slip or exact money as no change will be available.

Players should wear full football uniform including blue shorts and socks.

Clubroom memorabilia display

You may have noticed some changes inside the clubrooms recently.

Catherine Hart has kindly been working on tidying up and updating our display of club memorabilia, which will soon include some of our premiership flags .

We have various other short-term projects around the club that volunteers could assist with – please contact me if you have some free time and could help out.

Training tops and socks

The second order of training tops is expected on 12 May, so tops should be distributed at training next week.

We are still waiting for the sock order to arrive.

Do you know about our Free Kick program?

The NJFC ‘Cougars Free Kick’ program launched in 2016 and has expanded significantly in 2017, with more than 20 children now involved across 8 teams. The program runs with particular support of NJFC volunteers Chris McGeachan, Simon Negrelli, Andrew Wallace and Steve Harford, and engages with children from disadvantaged backgrounds to give them the opportunity to participate in community sport.
Thank you to the children and parents across the club who have made these players welcome and able to feel part of the club. We gratefully acknowledge the financial support of the program by Andrew Chapman from the Merchant Group and the City of Darebin (Darebin Community Grant).
How can you contribute?
Some of the children are local and come along with their families. Others live in Collingwood, Fitzroy and Richmond and are predominantly transported to and from the club by bus. These children often arrive eager to play footy, but without having eaten breakfast. Given that, we have recently started a Breakfast Club for these kids at our ground on Sundays. We have a couple of people running this, but it can be difficult when their children have away games. We’re looking for extra people to help. It would particularly work for any U9 or U10 parents willing to help out when their child is playing at home. It would essentially involve arriving at the club about 8:15, setting up, making toast, managing spillages, encouraging the kids to sit down and eat their meal and chatting to them.

We are also planning on running a couple of cake stalls on a few busy game days over the season. So keep an eye out for info about dates, how you can contribute to baking and when to come prepared to buy some delicious homemade goodies. This will provide some cash flow to buy bread, cereal, fruit etc.

Team Photos

Team photos will take place on Tuesday 23 May and Wednesday 24 May.

Photos will be held during normal training time or very close to it; the schedule will be available shortly.

Envelopes will be handed out at training next week – please bring along on photo night with completed credit card slip or exact money as no change will be available.

Players should wear full uniform including jumper, blue shorts and socks (if you have them!)

 

Lost and found – Bags and Jumper

It is great to see the Cougars colours out there with so many blue bags.
However, please make sure you label your bag clearly with your name. We have already had a few instances of players taking the wrong bag home.

FOUND! Brisbane Lions Jersey. At a practice game in Bundoora a couple weeks ago.
Size 10 and helmet. Please email comms@njfc.com.au or call Ros on 0431935758

Fixture Round 5 – 14 May 2017

Competition Name Match Time Team 1 Team 2 Venue Name
 Under-9 Red 8:30 AM Northcote Keon Park McDonnell Park (Back Oval)
 Under-9 Yellow 8:30 AM Eltham Yellow Northcote Blue Eltham Central Park
 Under-9 Yellow 9:00 AM West Ivanhoe Northcote Gold Seddon Reserve
 Under-9 Green 9:45 AM Northcote Thomastown McDonnell Park (Back Oval)
 Under-10 Girls 9:45 AM Laurimar Northcote Laurimar Reserve (School Oval)
 Under-10 Green 9:45 AM Bundoora Park Northcote Gold Bundoora Park Oval
 Under-10 Green 9:00 AM Northcote Blue Bye
 Under-11 Red 10:15 AM Yarrambat Northcote Blue Yarrambat War Memorial Park
 Under-11 Green 10:00 AM Research Northcote Gold Panton Hill – A.E. Cracknell Reserve
 Under-12 Red 9:45 AM Northcote South Morang McDonnell Park (Main Oval)
 Under-12 Silver 11:15 AM Northcote Kinglake McDonnell Park (Main Oval)
 Under-12 Girls 11:45 AM Whittlesea Northcote A.F. Walker Recreation Reserve
 Under-13 Red 12:30 PM Wallan Northcote Blue Wallan Recreational Reserve (Main Oval)
 Under-13 Green 12:45 PM Northcote Gold West Ivanhoe McDonnell Park (Main Oval)
 Under-14 Red 12:00 PM West Preston-Lakeside Northcote J.E. Moore Park (Main Oval)
 Under-14 Girls Blue 2:15 PM Northcote Montmorency McDonnell Park (Main Oval)

 

Results Round 4

Round 4
Competition Team Score Team Score
 Under-11 Red Northcote Blue Bye
 Under-11 Green South Morang 1.2-8 Northcote Gold 9.7-61
 Under-12 Silver Keon Park 11.4-70 Northcote 4.2-26
 Under-12 Red Northcote 6.12-48 Epping 4.5-29
 Under-12 Girls Northcote 0.0-0 Diamond Creek Womens 17.15-117
 Under-13 Red Mernda 15.7-97 Northcote Blue 3.0-18
 Under-13 Green Northcote Gold 6.3-39 West Preston-Lakeside 16.10-106
 Under-14 Girls Blue Research 2.9-21 Northcote 4.5-29
 Under-14 Red Northcote 9.9-63 Mernda 9.7-61

AFL Victorian Junior Metro Championships

I would like to congratulate U14 Northcote Cougar Players, Oliver Manterfield & Jack Harper for making the Final Squads for the U14 Boy’s AFL Victoria Junior Metro Championships.

Equally would like to congratulate U14 Northcote Cougar Player Chloe Williams for making the Final Squad for the U15 Girls AFL Victoria Junior Metro Championships.

A fantastic effort by all 3 players whom I had the pleasure of coaching last year.

To those other Northcote Cougar players both Male/Female who unfortunately missed selection in the final squads, it was a great effort and well done for your commitment to the program.

A link to the Dates / Squads here:  http://nfl.org.au/final-squads-announced-for-junior-metro-championships/

Best Regards

Phil Bedggood

NJFC U14 Coach

Helpers needed

It is important that the grounds are safe to play on so we need parents to assist at home games by helping the Coaches, Team Managers and Grounds Manager to mark out grounds and pick up rubbish/sticks/stones/dog poo before the start of the first match of the day.

Helpers are also required at the end of the day to pack up after the last game.

We appreciate your assistance in this regard.

Team Photos

Don’t forget team photos will take place on Tuesday 23 May, Wednesday 24 May and Thursday 25 May.

A schedule and more details should be available next week.

50 Games!!

Congratulations to Ben Wallace from Under 13 Gold and Riley Trew from Under 12 Silver who are both playing their 50th games this weekend.

Well done and good luck for your games on Sunday!

Fixture Round 4 – 7 May 2017

Competition Name
Under-9 Red 8:30:00 AM Northcote West Preston-Lakeside McDonnell Park (Back Oval)
Under-9 Yellow 8:30:00 AM Northcote Gold Eltham Yellow McDonnell Park (Main Oval)
Under-9 Yellow 9:45:00 AM Northcote Blue Fitzroy Stars McDonnell Park (Back Oval)
Under-9 Green 9:00:00 AM Research Rebels Northcote Research Park
Under-10 Green 9:00:00 AM Northcote Gold Bye
Under-10 Green 9:45:00 AM Eltham Black Northcote Blue Eltham Central Park
Under-10 Girls 11:00:00 AM Northcote Eltham McDonnell Park (Back Oval)
Under-11 Red 9:00:00 AM Northcote Blue Bye
Under-11 Green 9:45:00 AM South Morang Northcote Gold Mill Park Lakes Reserve (Back Oval)
Under-12 Red 11:15:00 AM Northcote Epping McDonnell Park (Main Oval)
Under-12 Silver 10:15:00 AM Keon Park Northcote J.C. Donath Reserve
Under-12 Girls 12:00:00 PM Northcote Diamond Creek Womens McDonnell Park (Back Oval)
Under-13 Green 12:45:00 PM Northcote Gold West Preston-Lakeside McDonnell Park (Main Oval)
Under-13 Green 11:00:00 AM Northcote Blue Bye
Under-13 Red 11:30:00 AM Mernda Northcote Blue Waterview Recreation Reserve (Oval 1)
Under-14 Girls Blue 11:45:00 AM Research Northcote Research Park
Under-14 Red 2:15:00 PM Northcote Mernda McDonnell Park (Main Oval)

Results Round 3

Competition Team Score Team Score
Under-11 Green Laurimar 0.3-3 Vs Northcote Blue12.8-80
Under-11 Green Northcote Gold 7.15-57 Vs Kilmore White 2.4-16
Under-12 Silver Panton Hill 0.0-0 Vs Northcote 17.19-121
Under-12 Red South Morang 20.13-133 Vs Northcote 0.1-1
Under-12 Girls Northcote 2.2-14 Vs Eltham 4.5-29
Under-13 Green Northcote Blue 17.6-108 Vs Northcote Gold 5.2-32
Under-14 Green Keon Park 1.0-6 Vs Northcote 31.11-197
Under-14 Girls Red Kilmore 6.5-41 Vs Northcote 7.4-46

50 Games!!

Congratulations to U13 players Reuben Komene and Jai Hedger who will both be celebrating their 50th games this weekend. Well done to both boys on reaching this milestone.

Helpers needed

There is a lot of work that goes into setting up the grounds each week. For our home games we ask that parents assist by helping the Coaches, Team Managers and Grounds Manager by marking our grounds and picking up any rubbish/sticks/stones/dog poo that we don’t want players to land on (gloves provided). It’s usually the Under 9 parents that get this fun job, but it is important that the grounds are safe to play on. We also need helpers at the end of the day to pack up after the last game – many hands make light work!

Information for Volunteers

Last week the club has rolled out BlueQ. This is a database, chosen by the NFL, to store and administer our compliance with Child Safe Standards, first aid training and coaching courses. The many wonderful volunteers in our club will have received an email about how to load up their details. Please let Kirsty (secretary@njfc.com.au) know if you have not received the email. This initiative will be a significant aid to ensuring we do all we can to keep our children safe and provide up to date training to all those teaching our kids how to play the game.

Merchandise

Thankyou for being patient with us as we source clothing for the 2017 season.
– The first order of training tops was delivered this week; the second order for those who registered a little later should be with us within the next fortnight (hopefully next week). They will be handed out to the children at training.
– The socks are supplied by the NFL and we have to wait for them to fill this order (Sorry but they can’t tell us when this will be!)
– The hoodies are being re-designed for this season and beyond and will be available in a month or so. A sample of the design should be available soon and will be put on display in the club house. We have opted to go for a better quality garment, with greater warmth and integrity. Many found the previous jumper quickly shrunk and went out of shape in the wash.

Fixture Round 3 – 30 April 2017

Competition Name
Under-9 Green 8:30 AM Northcote Bundoora Park Teal McDonnell Park (Main Oval)
Under-9 Red 8:45 AM Bundoora Park Blue Northcote Bundoora Park Oval
Under-9 Yellow 9:00 AM Fitzroy Stars Northcote Gold Sir Douglas Nicholls Oval
Under-9 Yellow 9:00 AM Greensborough White Northcote Blue Anthony Beale Reserve
Under-10 Green 9:45 AM Northcote Blue Northcote Gold McDonnell Park (Main Oval)
Under-11 Green 11:30 AM Northcote Gold Kilmore White McDonnell Park (Main Oval)
Under-11 Green 9:45 AM Laurimar Northcote Blue Laurimar Reserve (Main Oval)
Under-12 Red 11:00 AM South Morang Northcote Mill Park Lakes Reserve (Main Oval)
Under-12 Silver 11:00 AM Panton Hill Northcote Panton Hill – A.E. Cracknell Reserve
Under-12 Girls 1:30 PM Northcote Eltham McDonnell Park (Main Oval)
Under-13 Green 3:00 PM Northcote Blue Northcote Gold McDonnell Park (Main Oval)
Under-14 Girls Red 1:00 PM Kilmore Northcote J.J. Clancy Reserve
Under-14 Green 11:00 AM Keon Park Northcote J.C. Donath Reserve

Merchandise

Thankyou for being patient with us as we source clothing for the 2017 season.

– The training tops should be with us within a fortnight. They will be handed out to the children at training. For those children who registered after the order was placed, we will be getting your order a little later.
– The socks are supplied by the NFL and we have to wait for them to fill this order (Sorry but they can’t tell us when this will be!)
– The hoodies are being re-designed for this season and beyond and will be available in a month or so. A sample of the design should be available soon and will be put on display in the club house. We have opted to go for a better quality garment, with greater warmth and integrity. Many found the previous jumper quickly shrunk and went out of shape in the wash.

As always if you have any concerns or suggestions please feel free to contact me,
Ann-Maree
president@njfc.com.au

Results Round 2

Round 2
Under-11 Green Northcote Gold 4.9-33 Vs Laurimar 4.4-28
Under-11 Green Northcote Blue 15.14-104 Vs Mernda 3.4-22
Under-12 Red Northcote 2.5-17 Vs Diamond Creek 12.7-79
Under-12 Girls Northcote 0.0-0 Vs Laurimar 14.12-96
Under-12 Silver Northcote 20.11-131 Vs Lalor 2.3-15
Under-13 Green Northcote Blue 15.11-101 Vs South Morang 4.2-26
Under-14 Green Kinglake 0.3-3 Vs Northcote 20.7-127
Under-14 Girls Red Northcote 14.3-87 Vs Panton Hill 2.2-14
Under-14 Green Mill Park 1.4-10 Vs Northcote 7.12-54

Message From The President December 2016

Just a final message for 2016 to let you know what’s been happening as we work towards season 2017…

New Committee Members

Welcome to our new Committee Members! Mark Armstrong and Vic Chiappini have put their hands up to join the Committee as Social Coordinators. Club social events have been lacking in the past few years without anyone filling this role so we’re glad to be able to address this gap. We also welcome Chris McGeachan, who has taken on the important role of Player Welfare Officer. We now have enough Committee Members but still need volunteers for other key roles such as Communications Manager, Registrar and Property Manager. More information on these roles is listed below. Please let me know if this is something you might consider – we can achieve much more as a club with more volunteers helping out.

Communications Manager. This primarily involves updating information on the website and sending out the club newsletter. Time commitment around 2 hours per week during season and much less off season. Management of the Facebook page is already sorted (Thanks Ros!)

Registrar. This person handles the registration queries, player transfers, registration payments, payment plans etc. Time commitment peaks February – April at about 5 hours per week but is much less during the rest of the year.

Property Manager. This person is responsible for sales and ensuring adequate supplies of shorts, socks and playing jumpers, as well as any other club merchandise. They also prepare the team manager and training kits at the start of the season. Availability to attend training/ match days for uniform sales would be a help. Time commitment also peaks February – April at 4-5 hours per week, with 1-2 hours per week for the remainder of the season.

Girls Teams in 2017

We are moving ahead with plans for three girls teams in 2017 – Under 10s, U12s and U14s. We have invested in new female fit jumpers for each of these teams and are planning clinics for players new to football in the lead up to the season. Please encourage your friends, sisters, cousins neighbours and school mates to join in. 2017 will be an exciting year for female football and we want to be part of it – keep an eye on our Facebook page for the latest updates or contact Steve Harford (0414 573 737 or stephenharford@hotmail.com).

Sponsors Required

We would like to have NJFC training tops available for all players for the coming season. It our intention that these tops be available at no additional cost to all players, funded by sponsorship from local businesses. Although several potential sponsors expressed interest following the 2016 season we have still not confirmed these sponsorships, or heard from other possible sponsors. Unless this happens soon we won’t be able to get these tops organised and ready for 2017. Please contact me if you are interested in being a sponsor for these tops, or could consider other ways of supporting the club.

Survey Results

Thanks to all families who completed surveys in 2016. The response rate from many teams was disappointing, so we are likely to move to an online survey for 2017 . A brief summary of the main findings:

Responses were generally positive, with team level responses highly rated as we have seen in previous years. One area of some dissatisfaction is player rotations in older age groups. Pre-season planning and communication, especially at Under 9 level, was a concern that will need to be addressed. Email remains by far the most preferred means of communicating with families.

The club level questions also indicated a high level of satisfaction. Areas of concern were around club-wide social events and the lack of healthy options in the canteen. The suggestion of running more social events will be possible now that we have Social Coordinators. On average the canteen remains the area of lowest satisfaction level across the club.

Responses related to age groups with multiple teams indicate a need to make teams as even as possible while maintaining friendship groups, and to consider how to balance age group teams training together or as individual teams. This latter issue is very much determined by the availability of coaching staff. The question about if or when players should be streamed on ability rather than friendship groups again produced a range of responses. The average age suggested as appropriate for streaming was 13.6 years, slightly up from 2016.

Canteen Operations

In response to the survey findings we’d like to invite anyone interested in changing the way the canteen operates to consider becoming Canteen Manager. In the past few years we have contracted out the operation of the canteen, but in the years prior to that it was managed by club members. The revenue to the club is obviously greater if it is run by volunteers, but a paid canteen manager (or managers) is something that could be discussed. Time commitment varies depending on the management arrangement but would involve ordering and delivering supplies as well as Auskick and match day preparation and sales. We expect to make a decision about 2017 canteen arrangements at our next meeting on 23 January so please contact me ASAP if you are interested.

Child Safe Standards

The Victorian Child Safe Standards will apply to all sports clubs from 1 January 2017. We are looking for a general parent member to join our subcommittee that is overseeing the rollout of the Standards in the lead up to the season. Please contact me if you can help out.

Preseason Dates

We hope to be able to announce coaching arrangements and pre-season training dates late in January. As always it is complicated as we don’t have access to the grounds and clubrooms until the cricket season finishes. I’d like to thank Dennis Cricket Club for being so cooperative and allowing us to fit in around their training and match schedules.

There will be a ‘Come and Try’ Day on 9 February (4.45-6.45pm), with players from Carlton FC in attendance. All players are welcome to come along on this day for a bit of a kick around the park.

Registrations

Registrations for 2017 are open: click on the link on the webpage http://njfc.com.au/ to take you to the form. Fees for 2017 are $240 (or $180 for Health Care Card holders) for the first child in each family. Members will also need to pay the NFL Junior Levy in order to register – please note that this levy can only be paid online. The NFL now require new members to upload a copy of the player’s birth certificate as part of the registration process.

Wishing you all the very best for a safe and happy festive season,

Ann-Maree