Coaching article

Newsletter
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.
Read More

Headgear Survey

Newsletter
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.
Read More

Presentation Day

Newsletter
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…
Read More

Volunteers of the week

Newsletter
    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
Read More

Extra pizza vouchers

Newsletter
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.
Read More

Social Events and Fundraising

Newsletter
Still seeking another one or two people for the social events and fundraising subcommittee. This is something that has been lacking at the club over the past few years and we are keen to get it up and running. Let Ann-Maree know if you can help (president@njfc.com.au).
Read More

Volunteers Needed

Newsletter
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.
Read More

Round 14 Fixture

Newsletter
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.
Read More

Round 13 Results

Newsletter
In line with the AFL Junior Match Policy of prioritising participation, there is no scoring for Under 9 and Under 10 games and results are not reported. Results from the older teams for Round 13
Read More

Milestone Games

Newsletter
Congratulations to Matthew Lodato, Oni-Ray Jeffery-Gallagher & James Fasilakis (U11) and Lewis McBride (U12 Blue), who are all playing their 50th games this week. Well done to all of you!
Read More

Sponsor’s Profile

Newsletter
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.
Read More

Volunteers of the week

Newsletter
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!  
Read More

Social Events and Fundraising

Newsletter
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 (president@njfc.com.au).
Read More

Player Feedback

Newsletter
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.
Read More

Merchandise

Newsletter
A new order of kids hoodies has arrived so we now have all sizes available for those of you who have been waiting or are thinking ahead for next season.
Read More

NJFC Annual Member Survey

Newsletter
The annual member survey will close this Sunday 29 July. A link to the survey was sent out via email on Tuesday 17 July. The survey is important to help us gain an accurate picture of how we are doing across the whole club, so please take a few minutes to complete it.
Read More

Round 13 Fixture

Newsletter
Only two home and away rounds remain. Don’t forget that if your team is not playing finals you need to return your playing jumper and helmet to your team manager at your last game. Fixture Round 13
Read More

Round 12 Results

Newsletter
In line with the AFL Junior Match Policy of prioritising participation, there is no scoring for Under 9 and Under 10 games and results are not reported. Results from the older teams for Round 12:
Read More

Milestone Games

Newsletter
Congratulations to James Vagias & Archie Johnston (U11), Liam Leonard (U12 Blue) and Mia Richardson (U16 Girls), who are all playing their 50th games this week.  
Read More