Players are not the only ones feeling nervous at finals time. There is an interesting article about the pressures junior coaches face at this time of the season at http://goodsports.com.au/great-junior-coach Spare a thought for all the extra effort these dedicated volunteers put in as they juggle the differing expectations of players, parents and supporters in the weeks ahead.
The AFL, in partnership with Monash University, are seeking the support of all Junior Leagues and Clubs for the Headgear in Australian Football Study, which aims to assess the evidence in relation to usefulness of headgear in youth Australian Football: http://j.mp/2KMDEOZ One component of the study is a survey addressing the usage and attitudes towards headgear by players, parents, coaches & trainers. Other aspects include a study of injuries suffered by players with and without headgear, and an assessment of forces involved in collisions with and without headgear. The 5-10 minute survey can be completed by players (with parental oversight if needed), parents, coaches or trainers. Participants will go into the draw to win a $1000 sports equipment voucher for their football club.
Presentation Day for all teams is Sunday 26 August. The schedule has been altered slightly to accommodate family commitments and will now start with U10 Girls and U12 Girls, followed by U9 and U10: 9.55-10.00 Welcome Ann-Maree & Kirsty 10.00-10.15 U10 Girls Nicole Carwyn 10.15-10.30 U12 Girls Chris Niall Morning tea for U10 and U12 girls teams outside 10.30-10.45 U9 Gold Jeanette Fyffe 10.45-11.00 U9 White Louis Psarras 11.00-11.15 U9 Blue Aaron Shackelford 11.15-11.30 U10 Gold Matt Dummett/ Mark Stanyon/ Paul Daffey 11:30-11:45 U10 Blue Damien Home Fruit and water for U9 and U10 teams outside as come/go presentation 11.45-12:45 U9 /U10 scratch matches U9/U10 Coaches to co-ordinate 12.00-12.15 U11 Vince Lodato 12:15-12:30 U12 Gold Chris McGeachan 12.30-12.45 U12 Blue Nick Dance 12:45-1:00 President’s Address Award of Rohan King Perpetual…
Volunteers of the week this week are all our Team Managers – the people who make sure the players turn up at the right ground at the right time in the right coloured shorts, as well as perform the various other organisational feats necessary for the teams to get out on the park each week: Jason Hodge Michelle Thomas Richard Page Sam Sabatino Ida Bakos Monique Home Cameron Froomes Liz Robertson Cameron McDonald Kath Liddell Tom Willcox Narelle Frazer Tizzi Di Pierro Lauren Andrew Vinnie Beatty Sarah Adamson Thanks as well as the other people who have helped out as Team Manager this year (apologies if I have left anyone out): Matt Manterfield, Chrissy Manterfield, Sharyn Petrevski & Andrew Wallace
Each team had 3 pizza vouchers, provided by club sponsor La Gustosa, to award during the season. I have a couple of extra vouchers to award for special contributions. So congratulations to…. Parker Malpeli for her profile of Northcote Cougars JFC published recently in the Thornbury High School Year 7 student newspaper Wirrigirri; and Hugh Curry for being in the unfortunate situation of breaking his collarbone near the end of the season and having to watch his U11 team play finals from the sidelines.
School Sports Victoria are holding the quarter finals and semi finals of the intermediate and senior schools competitions at McDonell Park on Thursday 16 and Monday 20 August and we will be raising funds with a BBQ and cake stall. Volunteers are needed to help out, particularly for Thursday 16th. If you can help out from 10.30am-1pm or contribute something for the cake stall please let Ann-Maree know.
Final home and away round for everyone except U11, U12 Gold, U12 Blue and U16 Girls who will be playing finals from Sunday 5 August! Please come along to support one or more of our teams during the finals. Fixture Round 14 Don’t forget to return your playing jumper and helmet to your team manager at your last game.
NJFC is very privileged to be associated with the Northcote Park Football Club. Based just down the road at Bill Lawry Oval in Westgarth St, the club plays in Division One in the Northern Football and Netball League. If you can get to a few games with the kids it is a great inspiration to watch our local lads play such quality football. The senior team is currently fighting for a finals spot, and play at home against Montmorency this Saturday starting at 2.10pm.
Volunteers of the week this week are Peter Panopoulos, Jackson Bedggood, Aimee Trew and Zac Elliott. These young people have been Cougars players in previous years and/or are siblings of current players. Thanks to all four of them for helping out some of our teams during the season in team official roles in the absence of other volunteers!
We are looking for a group of 3 or so people to put their hands up to form a social events and fundraising subcommittee to coordinate various functions that the committee just do not have time to organise. Proposed suggestions include a sports speakers night, trivia/bingo, cake stall and a car boot sale, but maybe you have even better ideas? Forming this group will be even more important if our application to the YJFL is successful and we need to find additional funds. Please let Ann-Maree know if you can help (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Thank you to the players who took part in the two feedback sessions recently. The main findings were that players liked the community feel and inclusiveness of the club and particularly appreciated playing with their friends. Younger players valued the rotations through different positions but older players would like to spend more time in on-field positions they felt they were best suited to. Players also had some suggestions for training arrangements and improvements to the facilities. We found this a very useful exercise and are planning more sessions for next year.