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JV update

For this season, together with the Mosman Swans junior footy club, we have eight Willoughby Mosman Swans joint venture teams entered in the competition.

For those that are new to the club or are unfamiliar with the joint venture concept, back in 2011 the Willoughby Wildcats and Mosman Swans came together to form a series of joint venture teams (named the Willoughby Mosman Swans) to allow both clubs to field teams in the youth footy age groups (under 13’s and up). This was necessary as both clubs were finding it difficult, on the back of boys starting high school, competing interests and private school sport on a Saturday, to field teams in their own right for the under 13’s and up age groups.

The JV provides a number of benefits to both clubs in that it allows us to field teams in each age group, and from this, greatly assists in the retention and recruitment of boys to either keep playing footy, or for some, to start playing footy for the first time. It also allows us to have boys play at their most appropriate skill level, as for each age group, the JV fields two teams, one in Division 1 and another in Division 3.

This allows those boys more serious about their footy to play hard competitive footy each week, and for others that may be less serious or can’t fully commit to training/play each week, to play footy in Division 3 whereby they can get more kicks and touches of the footy without the competitiveness that comes with Division 1 footy. 

The JV also provides a pathway for our older boys from their Auskick and junior footy days through to the under 12’s, and from there, the JV through until the under 16/17 age group. Beyond that, hopefully the North Shore Bombers (who also call Gore Hill Oval home) and possibly onto the big, big stage to play senior AFL footy with the Sydney Swans or the like …..

This year, and for the first time since the JV was established, I am really pleased to advise that across the 195 boys that we have playing in the JV teams, we have two teams (Division 1 and Division3) playing in each of the youth footy age groups, namely under 13, under 14, under 15 and the combined under 16/17 age groups. This in itself is a testament to what we consider to be a really successful JV with the Mosman Swans.

Again, like all things new, both clubs are still learning new things as to how we can make the JV experience better for our players, parents, coaches, managers and club committee members. We are however doing a lot of things right I believe, and again, I would like to thank all of various JV coaches, managers and other volunteers for the tireless work they put in to make our JV the success that it is today.

Each of our JV teams are competitive in their respective competitions, with each team now having won games of footy, and for some, being towards the top of their age competitions.

For any parent that may have any questions on the JV, please feel free to contact me at

 

Meeting sporadically over the season the Mildcats are a group of Willoughby Parents who enjoy having a kick of the footy - and are no longer considered 'Wild'.

Skill levels range from beginners through to seasoned professionals (at least they were in their youth!) with the emphasis being on fitness, fun and building closer links within the club.

Training sessions are held nearly every fortnight from May to September (with sons / daughters free to join).

We also arrange a couple of games (with modified rules) across the season for those who are keen.

If you are interested please email  to be placed on the email list to be informed of upcoming training and games.

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 Jarrod Harding giving handballing tipsWith less than a year to go before they join the AFL competition, the GWS Giants is connecting with the local competition. On Tuesday 26 July two up and coming players (Gerald Ugle and Jarrod Harding) attended the training session of our U13 team. They ran a number of drills and gave the boys an insight into what it was like to be training and playing at the elite level and being coached by AFL legends Kevin Sheedy and Mark Williams.

Gerald heralds from a small town an hour out of Perth and has played the game all his life. He was picked up following a season with the Perth Demons. Jarrod on the other hand hails from Adelaide and really only got serious about footy when he was 16 after letting his primary love of basketball take a back seat.


It was a great night and all the boys now have posters of the GWS Giants squad to go with the orange GWS water bottles.

 

To recognise the significant contribution of coaches to the conduct and development of Australian Football in New South Wales and the Australian Capital Territory, the Australian Football Coaches Association is calling for nominations.

Each club in NSW and ACT is invited to nominate a coach of the year. The nomination process and selection criteria is outlined below:

 

Read more: Coach of the Year Awards

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