Coaching for the future

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Excitingly Mel Story – Coach U14 Boys 2018 has accepted an invitation to coach with both the Carlton 2019 U15 Next Generation Academy and U15 Matthew Kreuzer Squads.  It is a privilege and great opportunity for Mel and the boys to pursue a passion and desire to learn, lead and take their footy game to the next level. Well done to the players and our 'Cougars Team' that have assisted in our development thus far. We look forward to the developmental flow on effects within the team for 2019 in U15 Boys. 
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Football Development at the Cougars

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Six boys (26%) from the team the U14 2018 NJFC Team have been successful in receiving invitations to further their football development through training with the following squads.  Carlton U15 Next Generation Academy :Travis Abdule, Finn Andrew Frazer, Iggy Simm  Finn & Iggy were selected to play in a match between the Carlton and Essendon NGA teams held at Ikon Park on Sat Dec 1st. It was a great afternoon and good experience to try and match pace and defensive pressure with a very quick and hungry Essendon on a hot day. I had the privilege of coaching the team with Brett Potter and thoroughly enjoyed the experience.  Carlton Knights U15 Matthew Kreuzer Squad: Ben Little, Finn Andrew Frazer, Iggy Simm, Reg Dugan Oakleigh Chargers U15 Development Squad: Sully Everett Congratulations .
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Northcote Park Cougars – Seniors to rebound in 2019

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Northcote Park is making significant moves to ensure it bounces back quickly from an underwhelming 2018 campaign. After a Meadows Greyhounds Division 1 season heavily affected by injuries and unavailability to key players, particularly during the second part of the year, the Cougars have set themselves for a return to finals action in 2019. Among the key signings in the off-season is former Sydney Swans-listed ruckman Kyle Galloway. The 21-year-old is a former Vic Metro representative and has also spent time with VFL outfit Werribee TAC Cup side Murray Bushrangers. Northcote Park general manager Dennis McNiece said Galloway would help address the Cougars issues in the ruck. To read more on this story click the link  
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Invitation – International Junior Development Tour led by Kevin Sheedy

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We would like to extend an invitation to Northcote Junior Football Club players to take part in a once in a lifetime international Aussie Rules Development Tour to South Africa, led by Master Coach Kevin Sheedy!  The tour is open to individual players aged 13 to 16 years of age. The tour will feature games against South African Provincial sides and the chance to conduct Aussie Rules youth clinics to local children. Not only will players have the unique opportunity to play overseas and spread the game internationally, they will also have the chance to be coached and mentored by Kevin Sheedy. As well as overseeing training session and games, Kevin will mentor players passing on all of his experience gained over 929 AFL/VFL games. Parent and family are also more…
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SCHOOL HOLIDAY ARRANGEMENTS

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Training U9                          Not training first week, training as normal second week U10                        Not training at all during holidays U10 Girls              Not training at all during holidays U11                        Not training first week, training as normal second week U12                        Not training first week, training as normal second week U12 Girls              Not training first week, training as normal second week U13                        Not training Tuesday 3 July but otherwise training as normal during holidays U14                        Training as normal during holidays U14 Girls              Not training first week, training as normal second week U16 Girls              Not training first week, training as normal second week Competition No matches Sunday 8 July. Round 12 played Sunday 15 July Auskick No Auskick Saturday 7 July or Saturday 14 July. Next Auskick Saturday 21 July
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Response to Q’s – Discussion Paper on Moving Leagues

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A few more clarifications about the discussion paper and survey in response to feedback: Sunday travel times The re-calculation of the travel times for Sunday travel (fastest route calculated from 55 Clifton St Northcote from 12.15pm - 1pm Sunday 17 June) has increased the estimates for travel to some clubs, with an increase in average travel time of 0.9 minutes for NFNL clubs and 3.6 minutes for YJFL clubs. This will likely vary for the time of day, with early games probably not as greatly affected. The re-calculated tables are below: NFNL Club Home Ground Suburb 2018 Junior teams (n) Dist. (km) Time (min) - off peak Time (min) - Sunday 12-1pm Bundoora Park Bundoora Park Oval Bundoora 8.5 11 20 14 Darebin Falcons A.H. Capp Reserve Preston 5 5…
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Free Kick to an inclusive club

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Free Kicks The Free Kicks scheme provides free footy for kids that wouldn’t be able to play without this scheme. It includes: Free Club Membership Free Kit and Uniforms Transport to training and matches from pick up points A Breakfast Club for players If we raise $50,000 we can sustain it for three years, including purchasing a mini-bus to include more children in the scheme and to extend the scheme across Darebin. In 2017 we had 35 kids on the Free Kicks scheme but with increased funding we can increase these numbers and offer more activities like the Breakfast Clubs. After three years we hope to have other funding in place, like sponsorship. You can donate and find out more by clicking here. If you are not aware of Free…
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EOFY Sale

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  Fancy making a tax deductible donation to the Cougars before the year end?! The Cougars have joined up with the Australian Sports Foundation (ASF) to allow people and businesses to make tax deductible donations to support and improve our club. The Australian Government set up the ASF to help raise funds through public and corporate donations for the development of sport in Australia. It has Deductible Gift Recipient Status so any donation you make to us via the ASF is tax deductible. As you probably know we have a strong community focus at our club trying to get as many kids playing footy as possible. Our tax deductible fundraising schemes will enable us to do more by: Improving the facilities we share with Dennis Cricket Club and the local…
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TEAM PHOTOS REMINDER

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Wednesday 30 and Thursday 31 May at training Wear: playing jumper and socks, blue shorts, footy boots. Bring photo envelope with completed credit card slip or cash (correct money please!). Spare envelopes will be available on the night if you haven't received yours.  Wednesday 30 May U9 Blue - 4.40pm U9 Gold - 5.00 U9 White - 5.20 U10 Blue - 5.40 U10 Gold - 6.00 U10 Girls - 6.20 U12 Girls - 6.40 U14 Girls - 7.00 U16 Girls - 7.20  Thursday 31st May U12G - 4.45pm U12B - 5.15 U11 - 5.45 U14 - 6.05 U13 - 6.25
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Photo Schedule

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TEAM PHOTO SCHEDULE Wednesday 30 May U9 Blue - 4.40pm U9 Gold - 5.00 U9 White - 5.20 U10 Blue - 5.40 U10 Gold - 6.00 U10 Girls - 6.20 U12 Girls - 6.40 U14 Girls - 7.00 U16 Girls - 7.20 Thursday 31st May U12G - 4.45pm U12B - 5.15 U11 - 5.45 U14 - 6.05 U13 - 6.25  
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School Sport Victoria Team Vic 15 years Representative

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Congratulations to Chloe Williams from U16 Girls, who has been selected in the School Sport Victoria Team Vic 15 years and Under Girls Australian Rules Football State Team competing in the School Sport Australia Championship to be held in Adelaide, South Australia from 21 July – 28 July 2018. This year Victoria is fielding two teams, and it has been a great performance by Chloe to make the final squad of 50, following a selection process that began in April. Good luck to Chloe and her Victorian teammates in competing for the Australian title!
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TRAINING ON ANZAC DAY

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A few changes to training this Wednesday: U9 - not training U10 - normal training 5-6pm U10 Girls - training 10.30-11.30am U12 Girls - training 10.30-11.30am U14 Girls - not training U16 Girls - not training
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Free Kick Program

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Do you know about our Free Kick Program? In 2016 the Northcote Cougars began the Free Kick program to assist disadvantaged children by participating in community sport, as​ ​well​ ​as​ ​to​ ​learn to be​ ​part​ ​of​ ​a​ ​team​ ​and​ ​club outside of their normal environment. It​ ​has also helped to​ ​raise​ awareness​ ​and​ ​acceptances​ ​of​ ​cultural​ ​differences within​ ​the​ ​NJFC​ ​and​ opposition clubs within our competitions. By providing transport, uniforms and free membership the Free Kick program has enabled children of diverse backgrounds​ ​to​ ​join​ ​in​ ​training​ ​and​ ​playing​ ​games. The program has grown from 8 kids in 2016 to over 30 boys and girls from Northcote,​ ​Collingwood,​ ​Richmond​ ​and​ ​Fitzroy​ ​participating​ ​in 2017. In 2017 we also introduced a breakfast club for players, for which we can always do…
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Practice Match Details – latest update

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Boys 25 March 2018 Team Opponent Venue Time Quarters Under 9 Bundoora Bulls McDonnell Park - Back Oval 9:00am 4 Under 10 Bundoora Bulls McDonnell Park - Back Oval 10:15am 4 Under 11 Eltham McDonnell Park - Main Oval 9:30am 4 Under 12 Bundoora Bulls McDonnell Park - Main Oval 11:00am 4 Under 13 Northcote McDonnell Park - Main Oval 12.:45pm 4 Inter - club Under 14 Bundoora Bulls NJ Telfer Reserve - Bundoora 11:30am 4 Girls 25 March 2018 Team Opponent Venue Time Quarters Under 10 Parkside McDonnell Park - Back Oval 11:45am 4 Under 12 Parkside McDonnell Park - Back Oval 1:00pm 4 Under14/16 Parkside McDonnell Park - Main Oval 2:10pm 4
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Our Better Facilities Fund

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Did you know we are working to improve the facilities at McDonell Park? We plan to: improve the female changing provision (we already have one grant to help with this) install new and re-positioned floodlighting to allow improved evening usage improve safety by installing drainage to prevent areas, including important access routes, from flooding provide a barbecue area for everyone to enjoy too If you would like to make a donation  or learn more click the link.        
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Practice Match Details- Updated

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Boys  25 March 2018 Team Opponent Venue Time Quarters Under 9 Bundoora Bulls McDonnell Park - Back Oval 9:00am 4 Under 10 Bundoora Bulls McDonnell Park - Back Oval 10:15am 4 Under 11 Eltham McDonnell Park - Main Oval 9:30am 4 Under 12 Bundoora Bulls McDonnell Park - Main Oval 11:00am 4 Under 13 Northcote McDonnell Park - Main Oval 12.:45pm 4 Inter - club Under 14 Bundoora Bulls NJ Telfer Reserve - Bundoora 11:30am 4 Girls  25 March 2018 Team Opponent Venue Time Quarters Under 10 Parkside McDonnell Park - Back Oval 11:45am 4 Under 12 Parkside McDonnell Park - Back Oval 1:00pm 4 Under14/16 Parkside McDonnell Park - Main Oval 2:10pm 4
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