Thank you to everyone that helped out on Presentation Day by bringing food, helping out, organising games and just generally contributing to making the day a success. A special thank you, however, to Ros Pach and Dean Constable for organising and running the day, and to Colin Hamilton and Frank Castrucci for taking charge of the BBQ. Congratulations to Ann-Maree Duncan who was awarded the Rohan King Trophy and to Andrew Green and Colin Hamilton as new lifetime members. We hope to see everyone back in 2017!!
Congratulations to Damien Home and Aaron Shackelford from Under 9 Blue who have been nominated for the Northern Region Coach of the Year Awards in the Junior and Auskick categories respectively. NJFC is very pleased that AFL Vic has seen fit to recognise the great job they have done this season. Best of luck at the Awards Night on 7 September!
As announced at Presentation Day, we are very excited to be providing training tops for all of our players for next season. These tops will have the opportunity for up to four company or business logos to be displayed on the front or sleeves of the shirts to help offset the cost. Thank you to those businesses who have already offered to provide $500 sponsorships. We are seeking expressions of interest from other potential sponsors willing to assist, so if you know of any businesses interested in this promotional opportunity please encourage them to support the club. Enquiries can be directed to Treasurer Maurice Petrilli on email@example.com or 0417 575 260.
Now that the 2016 junior season is over, we are turning our attention to planning for 2017. Thank you to Ida Bakos (U9 Blue Team Manager) who has offered to take on the Team Manager Coordinator role, to assist in preparing Team Managers for the season ahead. We are, however, still in need of many other volunteers. New Committee Members will be needed for 2017, as many of the current Committee will retire at the AGM on 19 October. We also need other roles filled, including Grounds Manager and Communications Manager. Follow this link for role descriptions. In order to keep providing website and Facebook page maintenance, jumpers, team photos, 50 game plaques, and so on, we need new people to step up. Joining the Committee is not a requirement…
Don't forget presentation day is THIS SUNDAY!! Below is the schedule. 9s and 10s please be seated by 10:20 to ensure the day starts on time! 11s, 12s, 13s, 15s please be seated by 12:25 10.25-10.30 Welcome 10.30-10.45 U9 Blue 10.45-11.00 U9 Silver 11.00-11.15 U9 Gold 11.15-11.30 U10 Blue 11.30-11.45 U10 Gold 11.45-12.00 President’s Address 12.00-12.30 Lunch (Sausage sizzle) 12.30-12.45 U11 Blue 12.45-1.00 U11 Gold 1.00-1.15 U12 Blue 1.15-1.30 U12 Gold 1.30-1.45 U13s 1.45-2:00 U15s 2:00-2:05 Closing Remarks
Do you have any Cougar tracksuits, shirts, jumpers, socks etc that the kids have outgrown and/or you no longer want? Outgrown footy boots also wanted. Then please bring them on Sunday. There will be a box at the entrance of the club for you to place your items. At the beginning of next season, we plan to have a 2nds sale.
Thank you to everybody that helped out this season – water carriers, first aiders, boundary umpires, timekeepers, umpire escorts, fruit volunteers, runners, goal umpires, coaches, assistant coaches, team managers, Auskick helpers, sausage sizzlers, training helpers, committee members, photographers, Facebook contributors, line markers, drivers, and anyone else I’ve forgotten. A community football club can’t run without the help of the community, so thank you to you all! We’re already well into planning for 2017, so if you can help out in some way please come and talk to a committee member on Sunday. As there are several people stepping back from committee and other key roles after a good stint we need to find replacements. Many jobs can be shared between two people if the role seems daunting.
After an 11.18.84 to 1.1.7 win in the Preliminary Final last weekend our Under 13s face the very strong West Preston- Lakeside team. They would love everyone's support this Sunday. Please come along to Lalor Reserve at 10am to cheer for the team. All supporters are welcome to join the team back at the clubrooms after the match for pizza. Please note that as NJFC is an alcohol-free club no alcohol will be permitted on the premises during this event.
Congratulations to Oliver Manterfield who finished 3rd in the NFL U13 Green Division Best and Fairest at the NFL Junior Presentation Night on Monday. Many of his team mates also polled well, as did Jai Hockey from our Under 15 side. NJFC also finished in the top 5 for the Junior Club of the Year Award on the back of our 2015 win. Congratulations also to the U13 players who have been invited to trial for the 2017 U14 NFL Representative Squad: Jackson Bedggood, Jack Harper, Oliver Manterfield, Max Reid, Abraham Sim and Joseph Taouk. Good luck for the trials. [gallery size="medium" ids="5823,5820,5817,5818,5819,5821,5822"]
There was good news and bad news following the junior Semi Finals last Sunday. Our Under 12 Blue side went down fighting against a strong Greensborough side. It was a great effort, with a lot of players participating in their first final. The Under 13s were able to overcome a spirited South Morang team to win through to the Preliminary Final. Please come along to Waterview Recreation Reserve (Oval 1), Waterview Drive Mernda at 11.30 this Sunday to cheer them on as they try to win a spot in the Grand Final.
Click this link for the Presentation Day schedule on Sunday 21 August. A sausage sizzle will be provided but we ask that 6 or so families from each team (see below) bring along a plate of food to share. Please contact your Team Manager if you can bring something. Under 9 Silver - Fruit Under 9 Blue - Fruit Under 9 Gold - Fruit Under 10 Blue - Salad Under 10 Gold - Dessert or fruit Under 11 Blue - Salad Under 11 Gold - Dessert or fruit Under 12 Blue - Salad Under 12 Gold - Dessert or fruit Under 13 - Salad Under 15 - Dessert or fruit If bringing a salad or dessert, please also supply a list of ingredients.
Northcote Cougars could not do without all our volunteers. In fact there would be no club without all of you. How rewarding is it to see our kids play sport they love, make new friends and do the best they can. I would like to thank a particular group that doesn’t get mentioned too often, the people that work tirelessly behind the scenes managing the daily business of the club. The NJFC committee. You can see all the officials, on and off field volunteers hard at work but you never really see how the committee works. Not only do all these people have a day job, as with most volunteers, but along with their committee responsibilities, you see them around the club, day in and day out, taking on more…
Our U9 and 10 teams wound up for 2016 last weekend, with the enthusiasm and spirit that have characterised their seasons. Our U11 sides faced some strong teams this year and were competitive most weeks despite missing out on playing finals. U12 Gold defeated the top 3 teams in the last 3 rounds but missed out on a finals spot by a measly 2.2%! U12 Blue impressed with a resounding win over the top side in the last round to secure fourth spot on the ladder. U13 finished the season strongly and head into the finals in third position. After some early season struggles, U15 was able finish off the season with back-to-back wins. Well done to all players – it has been great to see the improvement from all…
U9s 8:30am Northcote Silver vs Eltham Orange - McDonnell Park (Back Oval) 10:00am Mill Park vs Northcote Blue - Redleap Reserve - http://tinyurl.com/lxj9hgs 10:00am Reservoir vs Northcote Gold - Crispe Park - https://goo.gl/maps/y3h63k5d65m U10s 8:30am Northcote Gold vs Wallan - McDonnell Park (Main Oval) 10:00am Northcote Blue vs Mill Park - McDonnell Park (Back Oval) U11s 10:00am Northcote Gold vs Whittlesea - McDonnell Park (Main Oval) 11:30am Northcote Blue vs Bundoora Park - McDonnell Park (Back Oval) U12s 11:30am Northcote Gold vs West Ivanhoe - McDonnell Park (Main Oval) 1:00pm Northcote Blue vs Whittlesea - McDonnell Park (Main Oval) U13s 11:30am Keon Park vs Northcote - J.C. Donath Reserve - http://tinyurl.com/n3bzt7r U15s 1:00pm South Morang vs Northcote - Mill Park Lakes Reserve (Main Oval) - http://tinyurl.com/neb2uu8