AFL Camps this holidays

Hope you are all looking forward to another great season of footy! I would like to let you know about 2 camps I am running during the school holidays that your players aged 6 – 14 may be interested in attending,

23APR / 24APR

9:00AM – 3:00PM (8:30AM sign on for first day)

Heffron Park, Maroubra

26APR / 27APR         

9:00AM – 3:00PM (8:30AM sign on for first day)

St Ignatius, Riverview

Some of you may have heard from Michelle Nikiforos from Sports Camps Australia and shared this information already.

For those who know me and have helped promote these camps thank you for your ongoing support, I have only heard great feedback from campers and their families.

To introduce myself to others I have not met, I have been involved in coaching for over 20 years following my brief football career playing with Richmond and Sydney Swans, more recently as long standing coach at Willoughby Wildcats, St Ignatius college and for the 3rd year as Camp Director and head coach of Sports Camps Australia AFL Camps.  We provide great skills sessions and structured drills with lots of learning opportunities and I am supported by either Swans players, Swans Academy members or local U19/Premier division players to ensure there is experienced coaching and skills development for all ages and abilities.

I would really appreciate if you could circulate this to all your players in the next week or so with your regular communications. If you are unable to share or for any reason would like to be excluded from this list, please reply. If there is a better contact at your club, please let me know.

I am passionate about teaching both boys and girls the basics of footy. And having fun.

SCA Junior AFL Camp at Heffron Park

SCA Junior AFL Camp at St. Ignatius College Riverview

All the best for a great 2018 season and lets not forget what our great Club is all about….

The AFL Willoughby Wildcats may not have a home ground nor dedicated training facility in 2018 but the Wildcats spirit has shone through and after hours of work by the volunteer group 160+ auskickers and 28 teams are ready to hit the oval this weekend for some long awaited footy!

All the best for a great 2018 season and lets not forget what our great Club is all about….

The key measure for our success as a club isn’t by reference to how big we are, nor how many games of footy or premierships we win, rather, we look to other more intangible measures, such as:

  • are our kids having fun, improving their footy skills and meeting new mates
  • are we providing a positive environment for both our kids and their parents
  • our players and parents respect and adherence to the AFL code of practice
  • are we teaching our kids, parents and coaches to play sport in a sportsman like way, that treats opponents fairly and respects the decision of the umpires;

And it is timely to note the words of our theme song….

Oh we’re from Willoughby
A fighting fury
We’re from Willoughby
In any weather
You will see us with a grin
Risking head and shin
If we’re behind then never mind
We’ll fight and fight and win
Oh we’re from Willoughby
We never weaken til the final siren sounds
Like the Wildcats of old, we’re strong and we’re bold
Oh we’re from Willoughby (green and gold)
Oh we’re from Willoughby

Go the Wildcats!

Season 2017 Yearbook now available for purchase

Hello Wildcats and JV families.

Season 2018 is just about to get going, but looking back the Committee has agreed that it would be a good idea to do more as a Club to document and record all of the great things that happen on and off the field. With that in mind, we have gone ahead and prepared an inaugural Yearbook for Season 2017 and hope to make this an annual event going forward.

It has taken us a while to get this done during the off-season, but we are now ready to show you the results.  Go to the following link to take a look:

The Yearbook contains a couple of pages for each of the junior and youth teams (boys and girls), including a team photo, player list, match details, and a coach report.  We also have photos and coach reports for the Auskick age groups.  In addition, we have a report from our president giving details on what went on during the season as well as a list of milestones and player awards and a few other features. Thanks to everyone who contributed.

Although there is undoubtedly room for improvement in both the design and content of the Yearbook (we are very much amateurs!), we hope you agree that it is a good start and provides a great way to remember Season 2017. We hope players, in particular, would appreciate the opportunity to look back at the Yearbook in future years and remember all of the good times they had playing for the Wildcats and the JV teams.

The next stage in the process is to see how many families would like to purchase a printed copy of the Yearbook as a souvenir. The version uploaded on the website is a low-res version, so printed copies will be higher quality and also with a hard cover.  The cost of a printed copy will depend on how many we order – if we get 50 copies printed they will be about $34 each, while if we get 100 copies they will be about $27 each.

So please take a look and see if you would be interested in purchasing a copy. If you would like to get a copy, please email us at recruitment.wildcats@gmail.com to register your interest.  If there is enough interest after a few weeks we will then set up a link for families to purchase a copy and then go ahead with the order.

In the meantime, if you see any errors or omissions in the Yearbook also please email details to the same address as it is not too late to make the necessary edits.

Brian Jackson

Willoughby Wildcats Footy Tipping

The Willoughby Wildcats hosts a FREE AFL footy tipping competition for Wildcats players, JV (with Mosman) players, and their direct families i.e. mums, dads, brothers and sisters etc.  Our youngest footy tipper last year was probably 5 years old.

Prize money:  There is close to $500 up for grabs – first prize is $200, 2nd prize is $100, 3rd price is $50, 4th prize $40, 100th prize $30 and last place $20.

Probably more importantly there are bragging rights

If you were in the footy tipping comp last year:  You should automatically receive a reminder to rejoin.  You can still use your username and password for last year.

If you would like to join the comp for this year: 

  1. Go to footy tips website (http://www.footytips.com.au/home)
  2. Sign up where you create a username and password.
  3. After you sign up go onto the tab that says ‘Comps’, and then click on ‘search comp’.  Then it will then say ‘Find a competition’. In the box type in Willoughby Wildcats plus JV.  Press search and click.
  4. The password “gorehill”.  You are then done.

Season start? 

The first game of the season is on Thursday 22nd March 2018. You can start putting your tips in for round one now.

More Information?

I will send out more information closer to the beginning of the footy season.

Any questions:

If you have any questions please email Director of Footy tipping – James Netting at willoughbywildcatsfootytipping@gmail.com

Mobile Mouthguards

Have your mouth guard fitted on Sunday March 18th, 9 am – 11 am

Willougbhy Wildcats Storage facility:
Rent a Space Chatswood
165 – 169 Lower Gibbes Street
Chatswood NSW 2067

Let us introduce convenience and peace of mind to you!

It’s that time of the year again! Sports fields  across Sydney are bracing themselves for the influx of young athletes ready to embark on another season of competitive sport. The burden is greatest on parents who become consumed with the endless hours required to have their children ready for competition.

What if we could eliminate one of these early season choices by coming to you?

Mobile Mouthguards was born of the realization that when it comes to oral protection, the athlete rarely gets what they pay for… We are committed to changing this.

Mobile Mouthguards is a 100% Australian owned and operated business whose mission is to provide the best oral protection available to all athletes. We cater for all sportsmen. From the Junior ranks,  the Aspiring athlete, and ultimately the Professional athlete, they all need protection.

All mouth guards are individually made from a model of the athletes teeth. We take the impressions on site, wherever the athlete may be. The mouthguard is then constructed in our dental laboratory and then issued the following week. That’s right, wherever you or your club is, we come to you!

We are currently proudly suppling the West Tigers, Canterbury Bulldogs, Melbourne Storm, Parramatta Eels, Cronulla Sharks,  North Queensland Cowboys, Manly Sea Eagles and various other NRL teams for the 2017 season, and we would like to offer our unique custom mouthguards to the budding young athletes in your District as well.

Cuts and bruises heal, but teeth do not grow back. Injuries do happen on the sporting field, which is something that we cannot eradicate. However, we can do our best to minimise the impact that this can have on the athlete. All Junior mouthguards are made to specifically allow young teeth to grow throughout the year.

Our mouth guards come in 3 types, light, medium and heavy. The majority of your children will fall into the Light category mouth guard, and adults falling into the medium category.

As a preferred provider to the willoughby wildcats, we are offering an exclusive price of $155 for light mouthguards and $250 for medium mouthguards (all inclusive of gst, custom graphics and colours!)

Payments can be made via cash, direct transfer, eftpos or credit card. A deposit is payable on the day the impression is taken, and must be paid in full on day of issue. An itemized receipt will also be provided.

If you come into our clinic DentalSpot, which is located at 75 Burwood Road, Burwood Heights, you can claim on the spot with your health fund card via our HiCaps terminal.

If you have private health insurance, depending on your level of cover, you might not even be out of pocket!

You can contact your private health insurer and get an exact amount of rebate you can receive.

Please quote the following information.

Provider: Anthony J Adaimy (Dental Prosthetist)

Provider No. 4465211X

Item No. 151 (Mouthguard) 

We look forward to seeing you all very soon, and remember to play hard, play smart and always Guard your Game.

Regards,

The Mobile Mouthguard Team

 

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Willoughby Wildcats Youth Girls AFL

As you know, girls footy is going from strength to strength at the Wildcats. Last year we had dedicated U18, U15 and U12 girls teams and in 2018 these will be joined by a new U10 team.

If your family has a daughter who would like to play, there is a team for every girl no matter what her age or experience level.

Auskick is there for girls born between 2010 and 2013, and now we have the U10s team for girls born in 2008 & 2009. The U12 team is for girls born in 2006 & 2007, the U15 for girls born 2004/04/05 and the U18 for girls born 2000/01/02.

Sydney Swans see AFL future in synthetic grass

Training on synthetic surfaces will be part of the AFL’s future, according to John Longmire, who’s trialling the concept this pre-season.

The Sydney coach had his players train on the fake grass of Blackman Park in Lane Cove West on Tuesday and believes the concept had their support.

“The boys have loved it and I think it’s a great surface,” Longmire told reporters.

While a number of sports in Australia and overseas have long been played and trained on synthetic surfaces, Longmire warmed to the idea while watching English rugby union team Saracens do so a few years ago.

He said synthetic grounds also had significant community benefits, with Blackman Park fields marked for Australian rules, soccer, rugby union and league and cricket.

“We want to continue to support the use of synthetic surfaces, of different surfaces in sport, not just AFL football,” Longmire said.

“We think this is a great opportunity for Sydney councils and governments to be able to support the use of multi-purpose venues like this.

“I think it’s the way of the future.

“And particularly when land’s so scarce, to have venues like this and to be able to play as many sports as you can on it is great for the whole community.”

Published in theage.com.au on 23 January 2018 by Warren Barnsley

Click here to view the full article

How to Claim the $100 Active Kids Voucher for your Wildcats Registration?

If you are yet to complete your Willoughby Wildcats registration for season 2018, we are excited to advise that the NSW Government through their Active Kids program is offering an Active Kids rebate whereby parents can claim up to $100 per NSW-based school child, per calendar year, as a voucher to reduce the cost of sport registration or membership fees.

How to Claim the $100 Active Kids Voucher for your Wildcats Registration? 

  1. Visit service.nsw.gov.au and create or login to your MyServiceNSW Account
  2. Complete an Active Kids application through your MyServiceNSW Account. You will receive a voucher with a unique ID number for each child you register (available to download, print and email).  NB: this application form is case sensitive

How to complete payment once you have your voucher ID number:

  1. For returning footy legends and those yet to process their 2018 payment, login to the Wildcats Registration Page from February 1 to complete your 2018 registration and enter the voucher ID number
  2. If prompted for a four digit pin please enter your child’s date of birth in the following format DDMM (eg. 0412).

For more information on the Active Kids program visit sport.nsw.gov.au/activekids and read the Guidelines and Fact Sheets.

If you ‘do not’ wish to use this voucher for your Wildcats registration, simply complete Wildcats registration without selecting to use the Active Kids voucher.

The cost for season 2018 is $220 with a sibling discounted rate of $180

 

Academy: Gabila aims for the sky

At the start of each football season, QBE Sydney Swans Academy member Kale Gabila writes down his short-term and long-term goals.

This year, he wanted to make the Combined Independent Schools representative team and earn a spot in the Academy’s elite benchmark training program that started last month. Tick and tick.

His third goal was a bit less serious. “I wanted to take a couple of ‘hangers’ during the season, and I did manage to get up on a few people so that was fun,’’ says Kale, who is not tall at this stage, but has a big leap.

The 15-year-old plays for his school, Knox Grammar, and for the Willoughby/Mosman Swans, as well as taking part in Academy Cup games.

As a member of the Academy’s Under 15 squad, Kale is participating in the summer pre-season benchmark program for the first time and hoping to perform well enough to be selected in the Academy’s 2018 squad. “The program is pretty hard, but hopefully the training I’ve done in the lead-up will help me get through it.’’

Gabila loves everything about playing AFL. “I love seeing my mates kick goals, and to get around my team-mates. I try to be a leader and encourage boys if they miss a kick or get down about something on the field,’’ he says.

“I talk a lot on the field!’’

Gabila is held in high regard by his Academy coaches, who value his on-field courage, discipline and his leadership qualities. Academy general manager, Chris Smith, is expecting a big 2018 from the youngster.

“Kale is one of those young players you can’t help but like – he’s a real competitor, and trains and plays with maximum effort,’’ Smith says.

“He really is a fantastic Academy member. He ensures other players are involved and shows leadership on many fronts, particularly through voice and setting a physical example. He’s a tough kid in the best way.’’

Kale tried footy for the first time in Year 6, when he played for Forestville Public School in the Paul Kelly Cup, a modified rules competition that has helped introduce many NSW youngsters to AFL.

His athleticism impressed officials and he was included in the Sydney North public schools representative team.

He had previously been playing rugby, but found he was more suited to AFL. He decided to switch codes in Year 7 when he went to Knox Grammar, where AFL is a growing sport.

Kale plays in the midfield or forward, and has already started thinking about his 2018 goals.

“I’d like to keep on track with my fitness routine and make the U16 NSW-ACT Rams team,’’ he says. Not to mention taking a few more hangers.

But whatever happens in the future, Kale says being part of the Academy has been a benefit to him.

“It hasn’t just been learning the skills and the rules. It’s all the extra things the coaches talk to us about, such as trying your hardest and treating your parents with respect. I really try to take those messages on board.’’

Published by Jenny McAsey |December 8, 2017 | sydneyswans.com.au/news

Xmas greetings from the AFL Willoughby Wildcats!

We are happy to advise the redevelopment of Gore Hill Oval has commenced and we expect to be away for GHO for the entire 2018 season.

The good news is we have secured ELS Hall Park in Ryde for both Auskick and as a home ground for our U8 – U14 teams where ground availability permits.

Registrations for season 2018 are open and please keep an eye on the Wildcats contacts web page for details of Coaches and Age Group Co-ordinators for 2018 and it is not too late to volunteer in 2018!

And don’t forget the Sydney Swans Academy recommendation of 100 kicks and 100 handballs each day of the holidays to improve your basic skills.

Wishing you a safe and relaxing Xmas and new year period.

Round 1  – Sunday 8th April 2018.

Go the Wildcats!