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2018 Fairest and Best Results

Tuesday, September 11, 2018 - 12:08 PM

2018 FAIREST and BEST RESULTS

YEAR 8s - SUPER 8s

Colin Lawrence   - Wanneroo Black 30
Jacob Dwyer   - Wanneroo White 23
Brodie Chapman  - Kingsway Black 20
James Spadanuda  - Swanbourne Navy 20

YEAR 8 MAROON

Camden Pires  - Scarborough Sea Eagles 27
Toby Mcdonald  - North Beach Gold 25
Jye Riccardi  - O/R Pointers 17
Fraser Hyatt - Wembley Downs White 17

YEAR 8 RED

Jye Skender  - Warwick Greenwood Knights 33
Bailey van der Struyf - Claremont Tigers 32
Ross Gardiner  - Kingsway Teal 26

YEAR 8 BLUE

Kieran Shore  - Quinns Tornadoes 22
Cooper Smith  - Whitford Jaguars 21
Joel Bayntun  - Whitford Jaguars 17

YEAR 9 - SUPER 9s

Noah Maxted-Rubery  - Scarborough Gold 29
Clayton Taylor - O/R Pointers 14
Mathew Reynolds - Sorrento Duncraig Dolphins 14
Brodie Ginbey -  Scarborough Gold 13

YEAR 9 MAROON

Taj Worsfold - Carine Cougars 24
Neil Erasmus - Sorrento Duncraig Hawks 23
Richard Farmer - North Beach Tigers 21

YEAR 9 RED

Max Hyde - Whitford Wildcats 29
Byron Sherwood - Quinns Thunder 23
Campbell Henderson - Carine Cats 21

YEAR 9 BLUE

Matao Owen - Marist 28
Hayden Wallace - Kingsway Teal 21
Ayden Nolan - Kingsley Cats 20

YEAR 9-11 MAROON YOUTH GIRLS

Mixie Darvall - Claremont Tigers 21
Bianca Webb - O/R Sharks 19
Jessica Broughton - W/G Knights 17

YEAR 9-11 RED YOUTH GIRLS

Jayne Danaher - North Beach Tigers 17
Grace Wilkie - Wembley Magpies 16
Breanna Wills - Carine Cats 14
Bridget Camisa - Marist 14

YEAR 10 MAROON

Blake Morris - Kingsley Cats 17
Matthew Johnson - North Beach Gold 16
Dallas Cook - North Beach Gold 14

YEAR 10 RED

Tyreece Bynder - Warwick Greenwood Knights 24
Tatenda Makova - Marist 23
Lachlan Vanirsen - Warwick Greenwood Knights 17

YEAR 10 BLUE

Jaxon McGowan - Kingsway Rockets 23
Devlyn Mitchell - Quinns Thunder 17
Clayton Moore - Quinns Thunder 14

YEAR 11 MAROON

Kane Foley - North Beach Red 19
Eben Rasmussen - Carine Cats 18
Mark Corbett - Warwick Greenwood Knights 15

YEAR 11 RED

Corey Rundle - Whitford Wildcats 24
Tommy Taylor-Shreeve - Wanneroo Roos 13
Kaible Bailey - Brighton Seahawks 12

YEAR 12

Riley Holly -Warwick Greenwood Knights 20
Luke Knight - Marist 15
Christopher Papadopoulos - Whitford Wildcats 10
Connor Pollard - North Beach Tigers 10
Jake Benetti - Marist 10
Ronin O'Connor - Marist 10

     

 

 

     

 

 

2018 Northern Conference JFL Vote Count

Tuesday, September 4, 2018 - 1:42 PM

The best and fairest vote count for competitions in the Northern Conference Junior Football League will take place on Monday 10th September. All interested parties are encouraged to attend. Clubs will be contacted to invite players who finish in the top 5 of the respective awards.

  • Date: Monday 10th September 2018
  • Time: 
    • Boys Year 8 & 9: 6pm start
    • Girls Year 9-11: 7:30pm start
    • Boys Year 10-12: 7:50pm start
  • Venue: HBF Arena Joondalup

North Beach’s Kerryn Edwards named 2018 Tigers District “Sunday Times Volunteer of the Year”

Friday, August 24, 2018 - 12:04 PM

Kerryn has been a volunteer at North Beach Junior Football Club (JFC) since 2014. She has made a measurable impact over the past 4 years to the growing club as a passionate advocate for all things AFL and of course all things North Beach JFC. Her volunteer roles are as varied and as numerous as her skills and Kerryn goes about them in an efficient, competent and prompt manner. Apart from roles on the committee she is also involved on game day as manager of her son’s football team and organizes club functions such as presentations and quiz nights.

Since 2015, Kerryn has been the Registrar at North Beach JFC. Kerryn has an amazing attention to detail and a ‘no-fuss’, ‘can-do’ attitude which makes her exactly the right person to be holding down the role of club Registrar. During Kerryn’s time as Registrar, North Beach JFC has grown to be the biggest club in the Claremont district with over 770 members (600 families). In the last two years Kerryn has played a critical role in the growth of girls football at North Beach JFC. On a daily basis Kerryn will diligently answer up to 30 emails regarding team nominations, fixturing issues, player registration, transfers in and out of the club, player game counts, Kidsport applications, name changes, team changes and other incidental items over and above what her role calls for. All enquiries are handled efficiently and thoroughly, irrespective of their point of origin.

Kerryn is often also the leader in implementing procedural changes within North Beach JFC such as new team match day systems. With all of these roles, she would often volunteer more than 30 hours a week, all whilst working almost full time and running a family. Most importantly though, Kerryn always approaches her work with a holistic attitude to junior football, which makes her not only a wonderful asset to the North Beach JFC but to all of the Metro North region.

Kerryn will be invited to the 2018 Sandover Medal Count on Monday 17th September where she has progressed to the WA Final of the 2018 Sunday Times Football Volunteer of the Year. She will also join a strong band of District Volunteers to be recognised for their work in supporting WA Football on Friday 21st September at the 2018 Metro North Awards of Excellence.

Other volunteers to be recognised at the Awards of Excellence for their service to the Claremont Football District include:

- Ian Haggerty, Claremont FC

- Darby Thurtell, Claremont Junior Competition Committee

- Caroline Elms, Claremont JFC

- Paul Quinlivan, Cottesloe JFC

- Matthew Lockyer, Innaloo FC

- Josh Murphy, Marist JFC

- Steve Thorpe, Mosman Park JFC

- Peter Watson, Scarborough JFC

- Matt Babich, Subiaco JFC

- Imogen Driscoll, Swanbourne JFC

- Brodie McDougall, Wembley Downs JFC

- David Cooley, Wembley JFC

- Peter Holywell, West Coast JFC

Awards of Excellence - Celebrating Season 2018

Tuesday, August 14, 2018 - 4:59 PM

PRESENTATION OF AWARDS

The 2018 Awards of Excellence for the Claremont, Subiaco and West Perth Districts will be held on Friday 21st September 2018 at the Rendezvous Hotel Perth, Scarborough.

Event Details:

Date: Friday 21st September 2018

Time: 6:30pm doors and bar opens | 7pm start

Venue: Grand Ballroom, Rendezvous Hotel Perth, Scarborough

Dress Code: Lounge suit / Cocktail

The cost per person is $85.00 (not inclusive of GST), which includes a three-course dinner, tea and coffee and entertainment. A cash bar will be available for all guests for the duration of the evening.

Join MC Georgie Parker, Olympian, former Hockeyroo, Collingwood & Subiaco Footballer and regular panellist on the Marngrook Footy Show and Host of 7’s Game Day Gold Pass for a great night out celebrating season 2018 in style.

FINALISTS

Award Finalists have been selected and are included within this Circular 13b-2018

Clubs are encouraged to invite their award nominees and finalists and include them within their ticket/table purchases and reservations.

To review the 2018 Award Finalists click here: Circular 13b - 2018 - Awards of Excellence (Award Finalists Announced)

EVENT TICKETS

Tickets for the 2018 Awards of Excellence are now available for purchase.

Member Clubs wishing to reserve/purchase tickets should click here.

Indoviduals wishing to purchase tickets can do so by contacting Andrew Ridley via email aridley@wafc.com.au. 

For Full Event Details Click Here

ACCOMMODATION OPTIONS

Stay in Style - Enjoy the event and do not worry about the need to taxi or drive home>

The Hotel Rendezvous Scarborough has a great deal for event guests with room rate discount of 10% off the Fully Flexible rate at point of booking with room type is subject to availability at time of booking.

Rooms must be booked before the 14th September 2018 in order to receive this special discounted rate.
Guests are to book their own rooms and pay their own accounts. Credit card details are required to secure bookings.

In order to receive the special Accommodation Rate guests must book direct via link provided below. 

Booking Link                    Rendezvous Hotel Scarborough

Promo Code                    CONV10           

There are a limited number of rooms available at this rate, book early to avoid disappointment.

Download Accommodation Booking Flyer

Claremont District Sunday Times Volunteer of the Year Finalists

Monday, August 13, 2018 - 1:55 PM

Finalists for the Claremont District Sunday Times Volunteer of the Year have been confirmed. The finalists were determined from over 80 deserving nominations. One lucky person will be awarded the Claremont District Volunteer of the Year and invited to the Sandover Medal where the State winner will be announced. The WA Sunday Times Volunteer of the Year winner will win tickets to the AFL Grand Final as recognition for their efforts.

Congratulations to the following people for being finalists for the Claremont District:

- Ian Haggerty, Claremont FC

- Darby Thurtell, Claremont Junior Competition Committee

- Caroline Elms, Claremont JFC

- Paul Quinlivan, Cottesloe JFC

- Matthew Lockyer, Innaloo FC

- Josh Murphy, Marist JFC

- Steve Thorpe, Mosman Park JFC

- Kerryn Edwards, North Beach JFC

- Peter Watson, Scarborough JFC

- Matt Babich, Subiaco JFC

- Imogen Driscoll, Swanbourne JFC

- Brodie McDougall, Wembley Downs JFC

- David Cooley, Wembley JFC

- Peter Holywell, West Coast JFC

The Claremont District and WA Football Commission congratulate and thank all volunteers who received nominations with a special mention to those finalists listed here for their work this season.

Keep tuned for more information on the District and State winners of The Sunday Times Volunteer of the Year.

Claremont seniors Return to Grassroots

Friday, August 10, 2018 - 10:52 AM

On Wednesday 1st of August, the Claremont Football Club conducted club visits at their surrounding 12 Junior Clubs . Despite the weather, the sessions went on and were a great success! The below parent feedback gives a great insight into the Marist JFC visit:

 

We had the Year 4 Marist Black and Marist Sky Blues training on Wednesday 1st of August. The players from Claremont were fantastic, they engaged with the kids extremely well, assisted in some of our drills with ball handling in hand-ball and kicking, ran some of their own drills, which the kids loved and then we had a small scratch match with the two teams and they helped in each of the zones giving tips to the players, we then had a break and they each Claremont player gave briefs to the kids about some of the areas they should focus on; correct tackling technique, focusing on the ball from ground pick-ups and getting back to positions after stoppages.  They finished with a final brief on the game with all players listening intently to what they each had to say – great tip being to appreciate their Mums and Dads taking them to the games and training! 

 

Given the poor weather conditions; it was great to see both teams had full list of numbers and they all thoroughly enjoyed the experience, all kudos to these excellent representatives of the Claremont FC; they were really very good with the kids and our appreciation to them for their time and interest in our players development.

 

I hope the district does this more frequently through the season as I think it is a great initiative for the players – thank you to Declan for organising this; I think Cooper  - one of the players had played for Marist, which the kids loved to hear.

 

On behalf of the Claremont Football District, I would like to thank those Claremont FC players who represented their club on the day. The feedback has only been positive and you should be proud of your efforts.  Declan Cormack.

WAFC Awards Recognition

Wednesday, August 8, 2018 - 2:13 PM

The West Australian Football Commission (WAFC) was recognised at the 2018 Sport and Recreation Industry Awards this morning for its Aboriginal Sports Weekend, run in partnership with Netball WA.

 
The annual Aboriginal Sports Weekend, which encompasses the Nicky Winmar Cup, the Kirby Bentley Cup and the Aboriginal Youth Netball Gala Day, was announced as the Community Event of the Year at this morning’s (August 8) award presentation.
 
WAFC Executive Manager Engagement and Community Football, Troy Kirkham, said the award was great recognition for a significant community program that not only enhanced participation pathways, but was extremely important in the development of Aboriginal coaches, umpires, administrators and mentors.
 
“The success of Western Australia in the National Kickstart Championships, which we have won for eight consecutive years, is largely driven by the development of players, coaches and support staff through the Nicky Winmar and the Kirby Bentley Cups,” he said.
 
“The collaboration between the WAFC and Netball WA is also one that continues to highlight the work of both sports in the participation and engagement space, and the positive community outcomes that can be achieved by sports working together.
 
“Congratulations to everyone that has been involved in the event over the past few years as it has grown into a significant program that connects and enhances the WA community.”
 
The WA Sport and Recreation Industry Awards are recognised as the premier accolade for any organisation in the industry. Held every two years, the awards recognise innovation and exceptional achievement across all areas of sport and recreation in Western Australia with award categories including:

  • Organisational Excellence
  • Commitment to Participation
  • Places and Spaces: Planning and Design
  • Supporting Volunteers
  • Regional Excellence
  • Event of the Year - Community
  • Event of the Year - Professional
  • True Sport
  • Innovation in Practice

The WAFC was also a finalist for the Supporting Volunteers Award and the Innovation in Practice Award.

Coaching Education Sessions

Thursday, July 26, 2018 - 7:16 PM

Over the last 6 weeks Metro North Coach Coordinator, Wes Moran  has been conducting Club based education sessions across all of our districts.

The sessions have covered topics such as game sense training and the benefits of the modern coaching technique, skill acquisition and game understanding. Coaches have been discovering the importance of increased touches of the footy during training sessions and what the recommended level of touches per player per training session is. The session also covered an often over looked aspect of coaching, how to connect with the players and help them to become talented people - not only within our football clubs but in the wider community. Discussions at each session has been very strong and well received by Wes and the coaches involved.

On Tuesday the 24th of July, Wes conducted the first fundamental skill-based session, which covered the basics of tackling. The session included a theory component, which outlined the three main tackles junior players are likely to encounter, umpiring of a tackle and what coaches should be doing to teach their kids on how to avoid using a dangerous tackle and finally, a practical component covering four basic drills. These not only included some of the fundamentals of the game but are a safe and engaging way to improve tackling technique.  Six exercises were shown in the session, including a ‘new age’ warm up which is fun and engaging. These exercises are great means to teach stability and the basics on how to fall safely in the event of a tackle.

There are a few club based education session still available in 2018 please see the link below to register to attend, as well as one more session available in 2018 to attend the tackling session. These sessions are the easiest way for coaches to gain the required points for their accreditation in 2018.

BOOK HERE FOR 2018

A Great Day for a Footy Clinic!

Monday, July 16, 2018 - 12:45 PM

Following on from the weather event postponement in week one of the school holidays, our rescheduled Claremont District Footy Clinic in week 2 was a huge success!

140 male and female participants, sprinted, jumped, kicked and handballed their way from one end of Claremont Oval to the other. But more importantly than that, they smiled and laughed with their friends right through the day, which was wonderful to see.

Guided by players from the Claremont senior WAFL team and assisted by WAFC staff members, groups of children split up into their year groups and had exposure to a wide range of Australian Rules techniques. Skills stations worked on specific themes such as ball handling, ball disposal, kicking drills, evasion and positioning and the best part was, it was all disguised as fun participation games. 

After the lunch break, modified mini games took centre stage. Then as a special treat, participants were not only taken through the Claremont players' rooms but they were also taken into the inner sanctum of the club, the player lecture theatre. This is the room where match tapes are studied, tactics are calculated and finely tuned and opponents are assessed.  

We've had an enormous amount of positive feedback from this clinic. It was close to a sell out. The kids looked sensational in their brand new Claremont Tigers training shirts.  We look forward to seeing everyone again at our next holiday clinic. Remember to book early!

 

Next Gen Academy Travels to the Kimberley.

Friday, July 13, 2018 - 10:45 AM

Earlier this month, the Claremont Development Officer- Declan Cormack, travelled to the Kimberley region with the Fremantle Football Club’s Next Generation Academy (NGA).

Over 5 days, Declan and the FFC NGA staff travelled to Kununurra, Halls Creek, Fitzroy, Derby and Broome. At each of these destinations, Declan and the FFC staff members conducted football clinic, education sessions and even umpired games at the Derby Primary School Dockers Shield.

At each of these locations, Declan and the FFC staff worked closely with the Clontarf Academy’s. The Clontarf staff were extremely welcoming and gave great insight into the region.

Football is a fantastic tool for both community development and education in the region. It’s significant to the region cannot be described in words, you really have to go up there and see it!

The Sunday Times WA Football Volunteer of the Year – NOMINATE NOW

Monday, July 9, 2018 - 12:00 PM

THE West Australian Football Commission presents The Sunday Times Volunteer of the Year Award annually to one of 17 regional and district finalists at the WAFL's Sandover Medal count.

WA was the first State to recognise its volunteers on such a large scale. The award’s success has prompted the AFL to run the program nationwide.

Anyone involved in football at any level is eligible to be nominated for the award through their local Club or District or by the WA Football Commission. 

Award nominations opened last month, with football clubs around the state urged to submit the names of their volunteers to recognise the hard work they do throughout the season. Evrey volunteer nominated will receive notification of their nomination and thanks for their work. One volunteer from each Club will be specially recognised for the amazing work they do. A finalist will then be selected in each of WA’s 17 Football Districts and Regions and the winners invited to the Sandover Medal count. The WA winner announced on the night will receive a trip for two to the AFL grand final where they will march in the Grand Final parade. 

Please visit thankavolunteer.com.au to nominate a volunteer.

 

Some special ways to thank a volunteer include:

  • Nominate them for the Football Volunteer of the Year
  • Weekly, Monthly and Annual Awards (At a District, Club or Team Level)
  • Articles on individual volunteers in newsletters
  • Articles in local newspapers
  • ID Badges, cards, hats and shirts for volunteers
  • Ask them to train other volunteers
  • Award life memberships to exceptional volunteers
  • Ask your team to write thank you notes to your volunteers
  • Hold special volunteer events
  • Name awards after key volunteers in your club
  • Ensure volunteers are reimbursed for their out of pocket expenses
  • Provide volunteers with recognition certificates for their services
  • Acknowledge volunteers at club meetings
  • Offer letters of reference for volunteers
  • Where possible, reduce membership fees for to the families of volunteers
  • Offer and pay for training and accreditation courses for volunteers
  • Thank you letters from the club committee to volunteers

2018 Junior Parade Day

Wednesday, June 20, 2018 - 12:24 PM

What a celebration of junior football, both on and off the field at Claremont Oval last weekend. The annual Junior Parade Day was a wonderful gathering of hundreds of participants from junior clubs all across the Claremont District.

Aside from taking part in the parade prior to the afternoon WAFL match, there was kicking and handball target competitions and the ever popular big mark bouncy castle, to keep the fun rolling along.

For the artisically inclined, we introduced an arts corner this year. It was packed with youngsters eager to keep with work in between the lines!

Claremont Football Club CEO Graham Moss welcomed the junior paraders onto the oval and introduced them all to the Claremont members. Roving WAFC reporter Declan Cormack scanned the parade for interviewees and his Q and A sessions with the lucky participants went live to Claremont crowd. 

Big winners on the day were the Mosman Park Junior Football Club, for best parade club and our best parade participant was 5 year old Izzie from Marist, who without doubt stole the show with her coin toss before the start of the main match.

To view the full Parade Day photo gallery, visit our Facebook page  .

Girls' Comps Take Centre Stage

Wednesday, June 13, 2018 - 11:21 AM

Team management groups from our female football competitions gathered at Leederville Oval last night (11/7) for a briefing on the current state of female footy.  As most of the girls’ competitions are still in their infancy, it was a worthwhile exercise to touch base with our stakeholders early in the season and reaffirm team processes and governance.  Presenting and fielding questions during the evening were district female competition directors Jodi Haslinger from Claremont, Rob Goodin from Subiaco and Mick McGarry from West Perth.

It was great to see so many clubs represented amongst the audience. Everyone had the opportunity to express their opinions, not only about immediate issues but also about where the game is heading to beyond this season. Likewise, staff from the Northern Conference value the feedback that team representatives and club administrators provide at these events. Your contribution is greatly appreciated.

Clearly, one of the obstacles confronting the game in the Northern Conference is Friday night venue availability. There are multiple strategies being explored by the WAFC to try and alleviate the situation. Firstly, discussions are ongoing with insurers to lower post 6pm lighting requirements from the current minimum of 100 lux. The possibility of running one of the age groups on an alternate day or evening would relieve ground pressure on Friday nights. And as a long term strategy, the lobbying of local councils by both the WAFC and district clubs to improve lighting infrastructure at existing venues, can create positive outcomes.

It was a productive meeting. The flow of information is certainly a two way street and we look forward to seeing you all out on the field or at our next gathering.

Coach.AFL has arrived!

Tuesday, March 13, 2018 - 4:19 PM

Dear current and new football coaches,

Support for the coaching community is changing in 2018 with the creation of a new online home for coaching resources, coupled with a membership offering exclusively for our coaching community.

All coaches, whether currently accredited, previously accredited or never accredited are being offered the opportunity to join CoachAFL today!

In order to activate their membership, coaches will be asked to complete the following steps: 
• Complete a coaching profile,
• Pay the 2018 membership Fee of $49.50 (Currently Accredited coaches receive complimentary membership for their remaining years of accreditation)
• Agree to the updated Code of Conduct,
• Complete the prescribed online learning relevant to their coaching profile.

Following the completion of the above, coaches will have access to the Coach.AFL ‘members only’ area, providing hundreds of resources to assist you on your coaching journey, including dozens of Training Drills for all age groups.

To get started, type ‘coach.afl’ into your internet browser and check out all the great content Coach.AFL has to offer. From there, click on our ‘Get Started’ button to begin your new coaching journey!

Resources

CoachAFL Introduction

CoachAFL Call Out

VACANCY: School and Community Clinic Coordinators (Paid) and Work Experience Opportunities

Thursday, March 1, 2018 - 3:46 PM

The Claremont, Subiaco and West Perth Football Districts are currently recruiting casual staff and taking expressions of interest for students wishing to undertake work experience during season 2018. 

More details are below:

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2018 Parent Umpire Program

Wednesday, February 7, 2018 - 4:16 PM

Summary:

  • The Parent Umpire Program will be run in Year 3 age groups in the Claremont, Subiaco and West Perth Districts and in Year 4 age groups in the West Perth District.
  • All clubs wishing to nominate teams in the Year 3 (and Year 4 age groups – WP only) are required to participate in the program.
  • Four training courses will be conducted in the lead up to season 2018
  • Parent Umpires must be over the age of 18 years

READ CIRCULAR 5 - 2018 - PARENT UMPIRE PROGRAM HERE

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2017 District Awards of Excellence

Tuesday, September 26, 2017 - 12:24 PM

The 2017 Northern Conference District  Awards of Excellence was held on Friday 22nd September at the Rendezvous Hotel - Scarborough in a night that bought the Tigers, Lions & Falcons Districts together to celebrate football achievements both on and off the field.

The atmosphere in the room at Rendezvous Hotel Scarborough was electric with local junior and senior clubs. Providing their volunteers opportunity to celebrate the season that was, with football friends and colleagues. 

MC Adrian Barich was joined by the talented Jhoe Mura to run the evening and provide the entertainment. 

Congratulations to our award winners and finalists who were recognised on the evening. 

2017 AWARD WINNERS

Volunteer of the Year

Claremont District - Karen Tighe, Wembley JFC

Subiaco District - Bill Morris, Warwick Greenwood JFC

West Perth District - Lorraine Elliss, Wanneroo AFC

 

Young Achiever of the Year

Claremont District - Jaxon Creed, Marist JFC

Subiaco District - Samueal Handcock, Kingsley JFC

West Perth District - Jayden Crane, Wanneroo JFC

 

Umpire of the Year 

Claremont District - Victor Le Tessier

Subiaco District - Luke Bennett

West Perth District - Ben Johnson

 

Auskick Coach of the Year

Claremont District – Brad Wira, Wembley Junior Football Club

Subiaco District – Stuart Welsh, Warwick Greenwood Junior Football Club

West Perth District – Brad Johnson, Ocean Ridge Junior Football Club

 

Mods Coach of the Year

Claremont District – Michael Braun, North Beach Junior Football Club

Subiaco District – Matt Towie, Warwick Greenwood Junior Football Club

West Perth District – David Stevens, Whitford Junior Football Club 

 

Youth Coach of the Year

Claremont District – Kevan Sparks, Wembley Downs Junior Football Club

Subiaco District – Steve Elliott, Kingsley Junior Football Club

West Perth District – Tom Hills, Edgewater Woodvale Junior Football Club

 

Female Coach of the Year

Claremont District - Amy Woods, Marist Junior Football Club

Subiaco District – Charmaine Rogers, Warwick Greenwood Junior Football Club

West Perth District – Leslie Farrell, Quinns Districts Amateur Football Club

 

Senior Coach of the Year

Claremont District – Patrick Litherland, Claremont Women’s Football Club

Subiaco District – Kingsley Hunter, Kingsway Amateur Football Club

West Perth District – Stephen Healy, Wanneroo Amateur Football Club

 

Senior Club of the Year Award

Claremont District - Wembley AFC

Subiaco District - Stirling AFC

West Perth District - Brighton Seahawks FC

 

Junior Club of the Year

Claremont District - Wembley JFC

Subiaco District - Warwick Greenwood JFC

West Perth District - Joondalup Kinross JFC

Benefits of footy go beyond physical health

Friday, September 15, 2017 - 11:07 AM

Indigenous adults who play football are healthier, happier and better connected, a new Bankwest Curtin Economics Centre report on Indigenous participation in AFL, released today, shows.

The Bankwest Curtin Economics Centre’s (BCEC’s) latest report, After the Siren: The community benefits of Indigenous participation in Australian Rules Football, examines the physical health, mental wellbeing and community connectedness benefits that flow from playing football. 

Click here to download the report.

BCEC Principal Research Fellow and report author Associate Professor Mike Dockery said the report reveals the benefits of playing AFL extend beyond physical health benefits, highlighting the positive mental health and community level outcomes. 

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2017 Northern Conference Fairest and Best Results

Tuesday, September 12, 2017 - 2:37 PM

The 2017 Northern Conference Fairest and Best Vote Count was held on Monday 11th September at Seacrest Park. 

More than 300 people attended over the duration of the evening which celebrated football excellence in the Year 8 - Year 12 Northern Conference Competitions.

See below for those who took out awards:

Year 8 Gold

Runner Up: Jonathon Nilsson, Sorrento Duncraig

Winner: Campbell Henderson, Carine

Year 8 Blue

Runner Up: Jayden Tassell, Kingsley

Winner: Hayden Wallace, Kingsway

Year 8 Red

Runner Up: Byron Sherwood, Quinns

Winner: Jayden Crane, Wanneroo

Year 8 Maroon

Runner Up: Gus Sheldrick, Mosman Park

Winner: William Bailey, Mosman Park

Year 9 Blue

Runner Up: Jae Colley, Wanneroo

Winner: Saverio Marafioti, Edgewater Woodvale

Year 9 Red

Runner Up: Samuel Southern, Scarborough

Winner: Kendyll Blurton, Warwick Greenwood

Year 9 Maroon

Runner Up: Peter Coles, Kingsley

Winner: Cooper Blackburn, Whitford

Year 10 Red

Runners Up: Connor Hinchliffe (Ocean Ridge) & Eben Rasmussen (Carine)

Winner: Tommy Taylor-Shreeve, Wanneroo

Year 10 Maroon

Runner Up: Cameron Anderson, Wembley Downs

Winner: Benjamin Golding, North Beach

Year 11

Runner Up: Jaxon Bilchuris, Wanneroo

Winner: Jack McIntosh, North Beach

Year 12

Runner Up: Nicholas Carter, Whitford

Winner: Joshua Robbins, Scarborough

 

Full vote tallies will be sent out to all Clubs.

Wembley's Karen Tighe named Tigers District 'Sunday Times Volunteer of the Year'

Monday, August 14, 2017 - 2:02 PM

Karen Tighe has been on the Wembley Junior Football Club committee for more than 3 years and has volunteered around the club for more than 7 years.

She is the club registrar for both boys and girls competitions and even though her sons stopped playing at the end of 2016 she has remained on the committee in 2017 to ensure the growth of the female girls copetition.

In addition to the thankless task of club registrar, Karen’s biggest contribuition in 2017 is her role developing junior girls at the club. In 2017 Karen has worked tirelessly in assisting the Claremont Junior Football District coordinate female football competitions from her club's base at Wembley Sports Park.

Karen will attend the 2017 Sandover Medal Count on Monday 18th September where she has progress to the WA Final of the 2017 Sunday Times WA Football Volunteer of the Year. She will join District Volunteers on Friday 22nd September at the 2017 District Football Awards of Excellence joining a strong band of volunteers to be awarded with Volunteer Excellence Awards. 

2017 Volunteer Excellence Award winners joining Karen on the 22nd September include:

Jeff Carger from North Beach Junior Football Club

Tracey Elridge from Wembley Downs JFC

& John Thurtell from the Claremont Junior Football League.

2016 Tigers District Awards of Excellence

Friday, September 23, 2016 - 3:04 PM

The 2016 Tigers District  Awards of Excellence was held on Tuesday 20th September at the Rendezvous Hotel - Scarborough in a night that bought the Tigers, Lions & Falcons Districts together to celebrate football achievements both on and off the field.

The atmosphere in the room at Rendezvous Hotel Scarborough was electric with local junior and senior clubs and their volunteers provided an opportunity to celebrate the season that was, with football friends and colleagues. 

MC Lachie Reid was joined by the talented Chris Murphy to run the evening and that they did in style with Lachies supurb knowledge of football coupled with Chris's lack their of but exception with and sense of humour. 

Congratulations to our award winners and finalists who were recognised on the evening. 

2016 Award Winners

Auskick Coach of the Year

  • Andrew Worland, Subiaco JFC
  • Evan Hewitt, Wembley Downs JFC
  • Simon Molloy, West Coast JFC

2016 Auskick Coach of the Year: Evan Hewitt, Wembley Downs JFC

Mods Coach of the Year

  • Simon Chesson, Marist JFC
  • Michael Saunders, Wembley JFC
  • James Clement, Swanbourne JFC

2016 Modified Coach of the Year: Simon Chesson, Marist JFC

Youth Coach of the Year

  • Craig Nitschke, Marist JFC
  • Steve Cross, Scarborough JFC
  • Campbell McKay, Wembley Downs JFC

2016 Youth Coach of the Year: Craig Nitschke, Marist JFC

Senior Coach of the Year

  • Rick Smith, Collegians AFC
  • Andrew Browne, University AFC
  • Rohan McHugh, West Coast AFC

2016 Senior Coach of the Year: Andrew Browne, University AFC

Female Coach of the Year

  • Christie Rowe, Claremont Piranhas - Reserves
  • Emily Johnston, Claremont Piranhas – Youth Girls
  • Ashara Wills, Wembley JFC

2016 Female Coach of the Year: Emily Johnston, Claremont Piranhas – Youth Girls

Young Achiever of the Year Award

  • Jake  Gaspar, Claremont Junior Umpires
  • Harry  Sinclair, Subiaco Junior Football Club
  • Brock  Ward, West Coast AFC

2016 Young Achiever of the Year: Jake  Gaspar, Claremont Junior Umpires

Additional Awards:

Umpire of the Year: Evan Robson

Volunteer of the Year: John Penniment

Junior Club of the Year Award: Wembley Downs JFC

Senior Club of the Year Award: West Coast AFC

 

Junior Community Grand Final Triumphs

Thursday, September 22, 2016 - 12:01 PM

Congratulations to all our teams who competed in Junior Community Grand Finals last Sunday. The District had 8 premiership teams which is a terrific achievement! They included:

Year 7 Blue - Swanbourne JFC
Year 7 Gold - Mosman Park JFC
Year 8 Blue - Scarborough JFC
Year 8 Maroon - Wembley Downs JFC
Year 9 Red - Cottesloe JFC
Year 9 Maroon - Wembley Downs JFC
Year 10 Maroon - Cottesloe JFC
Year 11 - Scarborough JFC

We also had 7 players voted Best Player Afield, awarded by the umpires:

Year 7 Blue: Matthew Lynn - Claremont JFC
Year 7 Gold: Will Bailey - Mosman Park JFC
Year 8 Blue: Tim Hogan - Scarborough JFC
Year 8 Maroon: Seth Roberts - Wembley Downs JFC
Year 9 Red: Liam Henry - Cottesloe JFC
Year 9 Maroon: Lachlan McKay - Wembley Downs JFC
Year 10 Maroon: Josh Quartermaine - Cottesloe JFC

A big thank you to the North Beach JFC who hosted the day and as always did a fantastic job!

SAVE THE DATE- Junior Finals Meeting and Northern Conference Vote Count

Monday, August 15, 2016 - 2:52 PM

Finals Season fast approaching, please save the following dates- 

 

Junior Finals Meeting (Coaches and Managers Required to Attend)

Date- Monday 29th August

Location- Subiaco FC Members Bar (Medibank Stadium)

Time- TBC

 

Northern Conference Vote Count (Year 8 - Year 12)

Date- Monday 12th September

Location- North Beach Football Club 

Time- TBC

 

*** Final event details will be confimed and communciated via Club Presidents closer to the date*** 

New laws for incorporated associations and clubs coming in 2016

Monday, January 4, 2016 - 9:27 AM

New laws have been passed which are aimed at helping incorporated associations in WA operate more efficiently by providing them with a clearer framework in which to operate.

The new law will replace the existing Associations Incorporation Act 1987 and will apply to all existing incorporated associations in Western Australia.  It is the culmination of many years of work by the Department and key stakeholders in the not for profit sector and will provide incorporated associations with a legal framework that reflects modern expectations around corporate governance and the need to protect the privacy of association members.

The changes are expected to come into effect from 1 July 2016.

In the coming months the Department will release more information and resources on their website including step by step guides to assist incorporated associations through this transition period.

What do we do now?

It is important to understand that the new law will not come into effect until 1 July 2016 so in the meantime the current 1987 Act still applies. The new proposals will require associations to review their rules or constitution but there is a generous three year time frame to get this done.


Right now it is important to:

1. Enrol for AssociationsOnline and ensure that your contact details are up to date. If you are not registered already you can request a username and password by completing the online enrolment form.

2. Make sure you know when your association’s financial year ends. In preparing for the financial reporting requirements introduced by the new law it is important to understand your association’s current financial record keeping practices and identify any areas where there could be room for improvement.

The new accounting and financial reporting requirements will apply from the first financial year of an association that commences on or after 1 July 2016. For example an association with a financial year that runs from 1 July to 30 June must comply with the requirements starting from 1 July 2016. An association with a financial year that runs from 1 January to 31 December must comply from 1 January 2017.  These reporting requirements are based on financial tiers based on assets and turnover.

We will have information about these changes available early in 2016.

Transition Pack for associations and clubs

At each stage of the new laws’ introduction the Department will be releasing a Transition Pack explaining what associations are required to do at that particular time. Our first Transition Pack will be released in February to help associations understand the financial tier process and the annual reporting requirements.

Enrol for AssociationsOnline now to ensure you are notified as soon as this Transition Pack becomes available.

City Beach AFL 9's: Mixed, Mens and O35 Competitions

Thursday, October 8, 2015 - 4:03 PM

Social Mens and Mixed Footy Competition; regsiter a team today!

McDonald’s AFL 9s is the AFL’s social version of the game. It’s a fast, free-flowing game that involves 9 players on each team playing on a smaller field. Best of all, it’s ‘touch football’ with no tackling or bumping, making it suitable for people of any age or skill level. Importantly, McDonald’s AFL 9s is easy to play, not too physically demanding and provides an environment where fun, enjoyment and safety are a priority.

McDonald’s AFL 9s enables people of all ages and ability levels to participate in male, female or mixed competitions that fit around their busy lives and provide a social and fitness outlet.

The game is played between two teams of nine (9) with interchange players. The field has a recommended length of 100 metres (which can be modified depending on the age and ability level of participants) and is divided into three zones: a mid zone and two scoring zones.

Teams score by kicking the football into their attacking scoring zone to designated forwards who are the only players permitted to score. A mark is awarded irrespective of the distance the ball has travelled and if the ball hits the ground it is an automatic turnover.

McDonald’s AFL 9s is a non-contact version of the game which requires players to implement a touch in place of a tackle.

 
City Beach - Mixed & Mens
Wednesday Night or O35s - Thursday Night
 
Location 
Name: City Beach 
Suburb: City Beach 
Postal Code: 6010 
 

Details 
Days of operation: Wednesday & Thursday options
Start Date:  Wednesdays: 14/10/15 and Thursdays: 16/10/15, 
Finish Date: 10/12/15 and 16/12/15 
Time: 6pm onwards
Duration: 40 minute matches 

Competitions 
Mixed & Mens Wednesday Nights: REGISTERE HERE

Over 35's Thursday Nights: REGISTER HERE


Competition Organizer 
Claremont Football District 

Cost 
$900 per team (10 week season) 
 

Contacts 
Position: Coordinator 
Name: Matt McNally
Email: mmcnally@wafc.com.au 
Phone: 0400 361 188 
 
 

Other 
Website: www.afl9s.com.au 
Email: mmcnally@wafc.com.au 

2015 Northern Conference Fairest and Best Vote Count - results

Friday, September 18, 2015 - 11:45 AM

The 2015 Northern Conference Fairest and Best Vote Count was held on Monday 7th September at Medibank Stadium. 

More than 300 people attended over the duration of the evening which celebrated football excellence in the Year 8 - Year 12 Northern Conference Competitions.

Vote Count summaries by age group are available for viewing below:

 

 

 

 

Year 8 Maroon

Year 8 Blue

Year 8 Red

Year 8 Gold

Year 9 Maroon

Year 9 Blue

Year 10 Maroon

Year 10 Blue

Year 11 Maroon

Year 11 Blue

Year 12

Tigers District Celebrates Football - both on and off the field

Friday, September 18, 2015 - 10:51 AM

The Tigers District hosted the 2015 Football Excellence Awards on Tuesday night at the Subi Sports Bar at Domain Stadium in a night that celebrated football at all levels. 

150 guests enjoyed celebrating season 2015, hosted by Channel 9's Michael Genovese.

Scarborough Amateur Football Club and Scarborough Junior Football Club highlighted their success off the field with the Senior Club taking out Senior Club of the Year and the Juniors taking out Youth Club of the Year. Wembley Downs took out Junior Club of the Year. The three clubs take home $500 in prize money each. 

Charmaine Rogers was announced 2015 Sunday Times Volunteer of the Year.

2015 Award Winners:

2015 Claremont FC Debutante Players

Jack Beeck - Subiaco JFC

Claremont v Peel Thunder, 26 April, Bendigo Bank Stadium

 

Ryan Lim - West Coast JFC

Claremont v Subiaco, 21 March, Medibank Stadium

 

Bailey Rogers - Marist JFC

Claremont v East Fremantle, 15 August, Claremont  Showgrounds

 

AFL School Ambassador Excellence

Chris Tan - Churchlands Senior High School

2015 AFLSA Outstanding Service Award

 

Life Membership

Kieran Kelly

Leo Crohan

 

2015 Premiers

WA Amateur Football League

DREW BANFIELD COLTS - COLLEGIANS

BRETT JONES COLTS – UNIVERSITY

C4 RESERVES - COTTESLOE

D1 RESERVES - UNIVERSITY

D2 - WEMBLEY

D2 RESERVES - WEMBLEY

E2 LEAGUE - COLLEGIANS

 

WA Womens Football League

RESERVES - CLAREMONT PIRANHAS

 

Claremont Junior Football League

YEAR 7 GOLD  - MARIST BLUE

YEAR 7 BLUE  - WESTERN TIGERS

 

Northern Conference

YEAR 8 MAROON - WEMBLEY DOWNS CATS WHITE

YEAR 8 BLUE - WEMBLEY MAGPIES

YEAR 8 RED - MOSMAN PARK REDBACKS

YEAR 8 GOLD - SCARBOROUGH SEA EAGLES

YEAR 9 BLUE - SCARBOROUGH SEA EAGLES

YEAR 10 BLUE - MARIST

YEAR 11 MAROON - SWANBOURNE TIGERS

YEAR 11 BLUE - SCARBOROUGH SEA EAGLES

 

Auskick Coach of the Year

Craig Elliott - Subiaco JFC

 

Modifieds Coach of the Year

David Woolfe - Wembley Downs JFC

 

Youth Coach of the Year

Cameron Tweedie - Wembley JFC

 

Female Coach of the Year

Ashara Wills - Wembley Junior Girls

 

Senior Community Coach of the Year

Aiden Parker - Scarborough AFC

 

Umpire of the Year

Matt Beard

 

Fairest & Best Winners

 

NORTHERN CONFERENCE

YEAR 8 MAROON - LACHLAN MCKAY, WEMBLEY DOWNS CATS BLUE

YEAR 8 BLUE - LACHLAN REWELL, NORTH BEACH TIGERS

 

WA AMETEUR FOOTBALL LEAGUE

A GRADE LEAGUE - BRADLEY NISBETT, WEST COAST AFC

B RESERVES - BRODY PENDLEBURY, WEMBLEY AFC

C4 RESERVES - RHYS WATKINS, COTTESLOE AFC

D1 LEAGUE - NICHOLAS HASLIM, UNIVERSITY AFC

D1 RESERVES - JOE BOYS, NORTH BEACH AFC

E3 LEAGUE - STEVEN BROOM, WEST COAST AFC

 

Volunteer Excellence

Steve Cross

Nathan Chapman

Glen McCallum

Paul Miller

 

Sunday Times Volunteer of the Year

Charmaine Rogers

 

Junior Club of the Year

Wembley Downs Junior Football Club

 

Youth Club of the Year

Scarborough Junior Football Club

 

Senior Club of the Year

Scarborough Amateur Football Club

Preliminary Finals Action: this weekend in the Tigers District

Wednesday, September 2, 2015 - 11:25 AM

Good luck to all teams contesting finals within the Claremont Junior Football League and Northern Conference this weekend.

The information provided below was correct at time of publish. Please check the fixtures page within the website for up-to-date information.

While our teams are excited on their achievements at progressing to the 2015 Finals series our umpires are also being rewarded for their dedication, umpiring skills and knowledge of the laws of our game. In the same way our footballers train and develop their skills; our umpires train hard to improve their umpiring skills. While on the field this weekend remember to recogise and thank the hard working umpires. 

 

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Fuel for the game

Wednesday, September 2, 2015 - 10:45 AM

As we move into Finals time we thought we'd share some insights on how league footballers prepare, to ensure they have the right fuel for the big game!

Most AFL players prepare their body for the game by getting physiotherapy and massage to ease aches and pains but they also need to eat correctly before the game to ensure they have sufficient energy to get through a full game of AFL.

Pre-game fuel

Pre-game food and fluid intake are the final stages of recovery from a week of hard training to ensure the body is fully stocked before the game begins.

Why should you eat before the game?

Training day in, day out, can reduce the body’s energy reserves especially carbohydrate stores. This is why it is essential to replenish these after every training session. But it doesn’t just stop there, it is important that carbohydrate recovery is continued right up until the start of the game.

A pre-game intake of carbohydrate ensures that you have enough of this essential energy source to compete at 100% for the whole game and not run out of energy as the game goes on, which may happen if your carbohydrate stores are not fully loaded.

What should you eat before the game?

It is important that your pre-game meal is something you like! Most AFL footballers have a favourite pre-game meal that they will have regularly eat before heading out onto the field.

Usually the pre-game meal follows a few basic guidelines:

High in carbohydrate
Low in fat
Foods you enjoy and are comfortable with
Include a fluid choice with the meal
The timing of the pre-game meal is also an important consideration as eating too close to the game can cause an upset stomach, while having something too far in advance can mean you are hungry during the game

It is recommended that you eat your pre-game meal about two-to-four hours prior to the game.

This allows enough time for the food pass through the stomach and into the intestines where it can be absorbed for use. The exact timing of the meal will depend on how your body handles the pre-game build up.

Anxiety and nerves can cause disruptions in the digestion process and can lead to stomach upsets. If you are someone that suffers from nerves or anxiety it is a good idea to eat well before the game and consume lighter snacks or fluid choices closer to the game.

Pre-game meal examples:

Breakfast cereal or porridge and reduced fat milk
Toast or muffins with jam/honey/peanut butter
Baked beans or tinned spaghetti on toast
Pasta with a low fat tomato based sauce
Sandwiches or rolls
Creamed rice and tinned fruit
Rice or noodles and low fat stir fry
Low fat smoothies or liquid sports nutrition supplement (like Sustagen Sport)

Hydration before the game

Hydration is an important concern for AFL footballers and drinking enough in the lead up to a game is just as important as eating well. It is a good idea to consume fluid at your pre-game meal and in the hours leading up to the game.

Sports drinks provide the opportunity to kill two birds with one stone. By consuming sports drinks leading into the game you can ensure that you have carbohydrate for energy and also sufficient fluid and electrolytes for adequate hydration.

This article was first published on www.aflcommunityclub.com.au

Social Media Safety

Thursday, July 30, 2015 - 1:50 PM

Using Social Media to promote your club is a great way to utilise new digital communication technologies, but clubs need to be sure they, and their members, are using it appropriately. 

Staying safe online and especially on social media, has never been a bigger concern for individuals and organisations alike – including local football clubs.

Risks

While social media provides excellent tools for helping your club engage with members and the public, it can also present a number of risks such as:

  • Cyber bullying- through posts which are upsetting to people and often inaccurate
  • Causing offence to individuals, or other clubs and organisations
  • Exposure to inappropriate content, or nasty comments and pictures

WA Football Social Media Policy

The Internet and Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) devices / equipment bring great benefits to all users and can contribute to the effective operation of the organisation and its members through the ability to disseminate information, the ability to promote the sport and clubs and to provide members with the ability to connect with others within the organisation.

The West Australian Football Commission (WAFC) has an obligation to ensure that affiliated clubs maintain a safe physical and emotional environment for its members and this includes cyber safety and the safe and responsible use of ICT.

Individual members also have a responsibility to use ICT in a safe and responsible way. Junior

Football stakeholders including clubs and its members will create a cybersafe environment by:  

  • Using the organisation’s name, motto, crest and/or logo only in an appropriate way in line with the organisation’s guidelines,
  • Using the organisation or affiliated club’s websites to provide information about competitions, committees, policies, rules, social events or other important sport related issues,
  • Using SMS and/or email by officials, managers, coaches etc to communicate organisation business and organisation sanctioned social events (via parents in the case of juniors),
  • Using the organisation or affiliated clubs social network pages to promote positive organisation news and events(with permission obtained from featured individual(s) and via parents for juniors),
  • Ensuring content of posts or electronic communication doesn’t breach any organisation policies or codes of conduct,
  • Ensuring content of posts or electronic communication doesn’t breach state or commonwealth law. This includes not engaging in ‘sexting’ where a member sends or is in possession of an inappropriate sexualised image of a person under the age of 18 years – this is a criminal offence in WA and the Police will be informed immediately,
  • Not engaging in cyber bullying, including but not limited to:
    • harassing, teasing, intimidating or threatening another person via electronic means,
    • sending or posting inappropriate digital pictures or images, email / instant / phone / text messages, or website postings (including social network sites ie Facebook or blogs) and is irrespective of whether the page could be viewed by the wider public or not,
  • Members will remain responsible for and be vigilant of the content and security of their individual accounts such as email, social networking (ie Facebook), micro blogging (ie Twitter), video sharing (ie YouTube), picture sharing (ie Instagram) and mobile phones.

The West Australian Football Commission and Junior Clubs take any breaches of the policy seriously. Any person (including, but not limited to, players, officials, coaches, members, umpires, spectators, and parents) or clubs who breached this policy can be called before the controlling bodies tribunal under By-Law 45.7 and can be charged for ‘misconduct of a serious nature’.

DEFINITIONS: ‘The organisation’ refers to the West Australian Football Commission and to Junior Football Clubs.

‘Members’ refers to administrators, clubs, club members, coaches, officials, registered players, sponsors, support personnel, spectators, parents and umpires. 

A Parents role in the NAB AFL Auskick Program

Thursday, July 16, 2015 - 1:55 PM

The owners of a pint-sized tyro who can already kick, mark and handball will burst with pride as other parents notice the prodigy they have been developing.

Conversely the embarrassment is obvious on the faces of the owners of a child who battles with the skills and is clearly not as advanced as the other children.

A parent in the latter group will ask themselves whether they have been teaching their child the wrong way or, worse still, not teaching them at all. Will their child be laughed at by the other children? Are the parents to blame? It is only natural for parents to be worried about how this reflects on them or that their child will be left behind.

No one wants to be an overzealous ugly parent but likewise no one wants to be the parent of the kid who spends most of the time eating the grass.

So what should parents be doing?

A Parent's Role in Their Child’s Skill Development

The most important thing for parents to remember when teaching their child to kick is don't do any coaching. The importance of this absolutely cannot be overstated.

A five year old (or even an eight or nine year old for that matter) should not be receiving any technical advice on their kicking. If they are consciously thinking about what they should be doing with their hands or their feet it will sabotage the skill and will not allow them to develop a natural kicking style.

Teaching a Child to Kick Using Games

The best thing parents can do to help their child with kicking is to play lots of games. ‘Games’ mean activities such as kicking it back and forth to see how many marks can be taken in a row or by trying to kick 'goals' between the garage and the lemon tree in the back yard. Five out of ten goals means that their child is Champion of the World and gets extra dessert. Without necessarily having any technical knowledge themselves, parents can invent simple games and tasks like this that are fun and that their child has a chance to experience some success in.

As their child improves, parents can slowly start changing the environment by making the games slightly harder. For example; longer kicks, tougher angles or aiming for six out of ten instead of five. Changing the type of ball is good too. A soccer ball for instance adds a new dimension to the skill being taught. Indoors, a balloon is fantastic and won't break anything! Darren Jarman learned to kick by threading a balloon between the doorways in his home.

Parents should always make it into a game and never make it 'practice.' In the eyes of a child, games are fun but practice is boring. Learning without awareness is best. No one remembers how they 'learnt' to ride a bike.

The worst things parents can do are:

Measure their child against other children their age
Fill their child’s head with (well meaning) technical advice
Get frustrated with their child’s progress
Point out what their child is doing wrong

Learning to Love AFL Football

Once their child is old enough and coordinated enough, they will be ready to hear some technical advice on grip, run up and balance. They will learn it when they are ready and receptive. At five years of age though, the aim for parents is that their child associates having fun with playing football. If they start to make that link then their job is done.

This article was first published at http://www.aflcommunityclub.com.au/

Local Footy - A No Brainer For Us!

Thursday, July 16, 2015 - 1:42 PM - by Sharon Baird

 As a family, we are in our infancy in terms of our footy sideline journey. With a two year old daughter and a six year old son, we have many years of organized (and not-so-organized) sport ahead of us.

As keen competitors ourselves, we never imagined that being track-side, court-side, pool-side, pitch-side or field-side could bring so much responsibility – and joy! We have always been an active, sport loving and community minded couple – so it’s no big surprise that our family life is a natural extension of this.

We’ve each worked in fitness professions and had some interaction with football at various levels – professionally and socially. We looked forward to our Auskick days with great excitement -  so our son didn’t really stand a chance! From birth, we would walk his pram down to the local footy oval each weekend and regale him with our not-so-subtle Auskick sales pitch.

Along with our Summer love, (Junior Surf Lifesaving), we eagerly awaited the age when our boy could lace up and face up at the local footy club.

An Oscar-worthy performance was required to hide our disappointment when his initial reaction was hesitation and a polite decline. Hudson’s  response was that he “didn’t know how to play footy properly.” For, probably, one of very few times in our parenting journey, we were happy to let his peers coax him into something – and he happily went along with many classmates on his Auskick team.

Our precious firstborn spent his first handful of games very happily and enthusiastically running up and down the field - making zero effort to actually access the football! After gentle (honest!) encouragement – and reassurance that the coaches and parents are only raising their voices to ensure you hear them across the field – he was off!

Week by week his confidence has grown – to the current point where we have to occasionally check his little ego and just smile at his lofty AFL aspirations. We’re apparently raising a future ‘Ruckman of the Year’ – when he’s not fiddling with his mouthguard or socializing with his teammates!

The camaraderie and social aspect of sport is a huge factor in our advocacy and promotion of Auskick. Along with the health and fitness benefits of participating in local sport, involvement in Auskick provides a huge range of experiences that we value so highly.

          mount soap box

In a fun, engaging and family friendly environment our children are learning and applying a range of skills that transcend the physical capabilities that they are developing. Week in, week out… our kids are gaining an appreciation of what it means to belong to a team, what it feels like to persist, to be accountable to others – and to imitate the on-field quirks of their favourite AFL players! (Josh Kennedy has a lot to answer for around here!) It’s invaluable for our young people to acquire a healthy respect for their own teammates, the opposition, umpires and officials. How crucial it is for this emerging generation to understand and practice the difference between passion or commitment – and just plain aggression or violence.

We feel that Junior footy is a perfect platform for all of this rich grounding – and the odd weekend drenching!

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From buying first footy boots, washing jumpers, cutting oranges, supporting a fundraiser, or turning a sausage… to planning sessions, encouraging from afar or actively coaching  - we love every aspect of our involvement with Junior Football to date. (Can you tell?) We look forward to where Hudson’s passion for all things footy will take us and to both of our children enjoying the many benefits of local sport for many years to come.

Sharon Baird

Physical Education Teacher

Level 1 Auskick Coach

Proud Mum

Unofficial Team Photographer

Troy Baird

Former Personal Trainer and Fitness Coach

Level 1 Auskick Coach

Delighted Dad

Father of Nic Nat Wannabe

Hudson Baird

2nd year Auskick player

Happy kicker

Aspiring AFL Ruckman or Field Umpire

Indi Baird

Little sister / orange thief

Emerging handballer

Accomplished sideline snacker