U15 NSW All-School Championships

Australian Sports Camps

We have three AFL camps scheduled for the July Holidays, Daceyville July 8 9 10, Kings School North Parramatta July 10 11 12 and North Ryde July 16 17 18. Callan Ward is confirmed as the guest AFL player for each camp and there will be an experienced coaching panel running the program at each camp over the three days. The camps are open to players of all standards aged 6 to 16.

New in 2019 we have also scheduled our first ever AFLW Girls only camp to run at North Ryde July 16 17 18, Louise Stephenson from the Giants is confirmed to coach at that camp which is for girls only aged 6 to 16.

Here is the discount code:


Use this code to get a less 20 % discount on the tuition fees.

The web site for all bookings is :


Jeans & Jumpers The Annual 2019 Willoughby Wildcats Fundraiser

Auction items needed!

Each year a group of parents from the Under 11s age group organise the Wildcats Annual Fundraiser.

This AFL themed evening will be held on June 15th in the heart of Willoughby Wildcats territory at the Bridgeview Hotel, our club sponsor!

The evening is pitched as a good old fashioned “social” event where we can all relax, laugh and indeed raise some valuable funds for our footy club – directly benefiting all our kids. 

We are excited to see as many Wildcats parents there as possible, so book the babysitter NOW and be ready for a great night out! Willoughby Wildcats is an amazing community of families and outstanding volunteers – let’s celebrate together in June. The night promises to be fun – great food & wine, silent and live auctions. Let’s All Contribute to Make the Night a huge success!

Do you have an auction item that you would like to donate?
 At this time, we are asking each of our families/age groups to contribute (or source) an item for the prize pool (think of your connections & don’t be shy!).
If you have an Auction item, no matter how big or small please contact Emma Costain via email by the end of this week.

Tickets will be on sale soon so save the date – Saturday 15th June!

Thank you
from the Under 11s 2019 Organising Committee!

Wildcat/JV footy tipping competition – Act NOW

Hi Everyone

Round 1 of AFL starts Thursday – 21 March 2019.

The Wildcats have a free AFL footy-tipping competition that is exclusively available for Wildcats and Joint Venture (including Mosman) players and their families. 


1.     Club, family & team bragging rights

2.     Cash prize – first $200, 2nd $100, 3rd $50, 4th $40, 100th $30, Last $20

3.     Why not? We had over 200 enter last year. Love your AFL!

To sign up:

1.     Go to the website http://www.footytips.com.au/home

2.     Login or sign up if you are not already a user of the website

3.     Click the tag that says ‘Competitions’, and then click on ‘search comp’, it will then say ‘Find a competition’. In the box type in Willoughby Wildcats plus JV. Press search.

4.     Our password is ‘gorehill’ – all one word.

5.     Start tipping and getting your family fired up! 

If you have any questions please email James Netting at willoughbywildcatsfootytipping@gmail.com

Cheers James

Director of Footy Tipping

p.s. Remember to follow the Willoughby Wildcats facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/groups/1485763331744134/. This will be another way to keep in touch with what’s going on and to interact with others in the Wildcats community. 

Kick the first goal at Gore Hill!!

How would you like to kick the first ever goal at the brand new Gore Hill Oval? Here at the Willoughby Wildcats we are giving one of our players or supporters the opportunity to be part of the official Council opening ceremony on Saturday, March 9th and to kick the first of many goals at the new home of the Wildcats.

The formal part of the official ceremony will start at 3:00 and should finish around 3:15. Before and during this part of the ceremony the general public will not be allowed onto the playing field, but once that’s over the whole ground will be open to all. Before that happens, however, one lucky person will get to kick the first ever goal, from a distance of his or her choice!

The winner will be selected by draw, with an entry fee of $10. Enter as many times as you like. Funds raised will go towards purchasing a new defibrillator for Gore Hill Oval, so it’s a great cause. Entry fees can be paid at the following bank account – please enter your surname and phone number when making the payment.

BSB 012013
A/c 211778971

Entries will be accepted until 8:00pm on Thursday, March 7th and the winner announced here shortly after.

Key Dates for Pre-season 2019

Just a quick update to let you know about some of the key dates to be aware of between now and the start of the season.

Some of the older age groups have already started pre-season training sessions or will start next week at Mowbray Public School. Age Group Co-Ordinators will provide the details.

On SATURDAY MARCH 9th Gore Hill re-opens to the public! From 3:00pm to 6:00pm Willoughby Council will be holding an opening ceremony and all Wildcats families are welcome to come along, join the celebrations, and check out the amazing new facilities. Wildcats will also be running a BBQ at this event.

From MONDAY MARCH 11th Wildcats will be back on Gore Hill with pre-season training according to the schedule in this link:


On SUNDAY MARCH 24th we will be holding a Gear Day from 9:00 to 12:00 at Gore Hill. Playing jumpers will be handed out, gear and merchandise will be available for sale, and players will be able to get a customised mouthguard fitted in time for the start of the season.

SEASON 2019 and AUSKICK will then start on SUNDAY APRIL 7th.


Go to wildcatsafl.com to register.

An invitation from our sponsor

Get involved with Wise – start a financial conversation today

It was Maya Angelou who once said, “I did then what I knew how to do. Now that I know better, I do better”, which is the premise behind Dixon Advisory’s hugely popular Wise program.

In short, the Wise financial education program has been specifically developed bywomen, for women – because we get it.

It all started in 2015 with the purpose of bringing like-minded women together in small groups on a regular basis, to give them the opportunity to discuss topics surrounding finances, superannuation and investments to enhance their confidence when it comes to financial decision-making.

Dixon Advisory is pleased to invite you to thought-provoking financial discussions over two nights with Dixon Advisory experts, Katie Loveday, Alice Cowper and Mimi Gomez in a warm, friendly, environment, accompanied by champagne and nibbles.

When you register to attend, you’ll have the opportunity to meet and connect with other women and join an engaging conversation about finance. You’ll also hear key industry insights about commonly asked questions, such as paying off your mortgage, versus increasing contributions to super.

Date: Wednesday 27th February 2019
Topic: Part 1: Foundations of wealth

This event will introduce you to Dixon Advisory and Wise. The workshop will cover the foundations to building wealth, provide an introduction to superannuation and how to better understand our super statements.

Date: Wednesday 13th March 2019
Topic: Part 2: Superannuation & investment strategies

Explore the various investment asset classes and ways to maximise wealth inside and outside of super and in preparation for retirement.

Both events will be held in the evening at Dixon Advisory’s North Sydney office. These workshops are designed to complement one another and we encourage you to attend both of them. However, we also understand that life gets in the way and you are more than welcome to register if you can only attend one of them. There is no cost to attend these events.

Time: Arrive at 5:45 pm for a 6:15 pm start*
Location: Dixon Advisory Office Level 15, 100 Pacific Highway North Sydney, NSW 2060
*Champagne and nibbles provided, the event will conclude at approximately 7:45pm

Registration: online or over the phone.

Online – www.womenofwise.com.au/events

Phone/email – please contact Katie Loveday at katie.loveday@dixon.com.au or on 02 9432 3042.

“I feel really comfortable with the setting, the group of people and very friendly presenters. I guess I can really feel that Wise wants to empower us for a better future” – Helen

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact Katie Loveday on 02 9432 3042 or at katie.loveday@dixon.com.au.

U16 and U18 AFL Female Talent Pathway Academies

U16 and U18 AFL Female Talent Pathway Academies

Congratulations to the 15 girls from the Willoughby Mosman Swans JV  teams who were selected for the AFL Female Talent Pathway Academy program for 2019.

U18 Academy:  Alice Mitchell, Zoe Hurrell, Hayley Fell, Isadora Mcleay, Isabella Chittenden, Liz Edwards, Pyper Denneman and Jaz Denneman

U16 Academy:  Mia Assaly, Eloise Morgan, Bridget O’Sullivan , Louisa Mitchell, Claire Houltram, Jacqui Dwyer and Kaia Rainier

The 2019 cohorts will train from November 2018 through to April 2019 and will then trial for their respective AFL NSW/ACT teams. Well done ladies!!!

Presidents Report 2018 AGM

Welcome everyone to the 2018 Willoughby Wildcats JAFC Annual General Meeting.

The Clubs primary goal in 2018 was to succesfully manage the year without a home ground and have happy kids and provide a positive environment for all stakeholders.

By all reports this was achieved and the club had another oustanding year both on and off the field.

2018 was a successful for our club.

The highlights included :

• A record number of players and teams
• We fielded an inaugral U10 and U12 Youth Girls team
• We fielded two U12 Div 1 teams
• We had a record number of teams qualifiy for the finals which resulted in 2 Wildcat and 2 JV team Premierships
• Our Auskick program continues to be recognised as the premium Auskick program on the North Shore
• We had a record number of volunteers that now exceed over 100 counting our many coaches / managers and tireless army of other volunteers and of course the committee that drive the day to day workings of the club
• We continue to have a strong and healthy relationship with our youth JV Club the Mosman Swans.
• We staged a successful Social night

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:

• our players and parents respect and adherence to the AFL code of practice
• 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
• 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
• are we promoting the game of AFL to be the best winter sporting code for boys
and girls to play such that it can compete with other codes and continue to be
one of the dominant winter sporting codes played on the Sydney North Shore?

As a club we continue to follow these principles which are the primary driver for our
success as a club – both on and off the field.

Another strength of our club is the defined player pathway with:

• the best Auskick program in Sydney that is run by an outstanding group of
• by far the greatest depth in terms of both player numbers, skill and depth for our
junior teams (9’s – 12’s); and
• our youth footy pathway is the envy of all others through our successful JV model
with the Mosman football club for the 13’s and up.

Our relationship with the North Shore Bombers continues to strengthen and we made giant steps forward this season with girls footy.

If I can now turn to some specifics.

Player numbers

As I mentioned earlier, we are one of the largest junior AFL clubs in NSW.

  • In 2010 We had 285 registered kids playing AFL
  • In 2018 we had 526 registered players

Ausick program

Under the guidance of Tony and David and their mighty crew of Auskick coaches that now number more than 25, we have continued to grow the quality and size of our Auskick program.

  • In 2010 112 Auskickers
  • In 2018 144+ Auskickers – without our home ground was a great result

We see the strength of our Auskick program as critical, as we see it as the “base of our pyramid”. The stronger and broader that we can build the base, the stronger and deeper our club becomes in future years.

Today’s Auskickers are the junior footballers of tomorrow and of course our youth footballers thereafter.

This comes about from the quality of the Auskick program they have experienced in our club’s football nursery and of course the quality and enthusiasm of our coaches /managers in our junior footy program. We should continue to follow the AFL Auskick and Junior players approved training drills and structures.

Junior pathway (U8 – U12)

This season we fielded a large number of teams in the junior competition, with all teams being competitive w

Fielding two u12 Div 1 teams shows the depth of our junior numbers and the quality of our training and players.

Our standalone U10 & U12 Girls team exceeded our expectations with the U12 rewarded for  their hard work with a premieship.

Youth pathway (U13 – U17 JV)

The JV with Mosman (coming together of teams for youth footy) commenced at the start of  season 2011 and is now eight seasons strong. The JV provides a number of benefits to our kids, namely it provides an environment at the right level of competition for the varying levels of talent that become more apparent as our players become older. Specifically it:

  • allows individual kids to get more possessions and be involved;
  • keeps kids enjoying their footy and playing longer; and
  • provides a solid pathway from junior footy and then into senior footy with the likes of the North Shore Bombers which fielded two U19 teams in 2018 with a number of Wildcats parents as volunteers

We are able to offer both Div 1 and Div 3 football experiences to each of the youth footy age groups – 13’s through 18’s (with the exception on the U15’s in 2018), which we believe is a testament to the success of our JV with the Mosman footy club.

Whilst our JV with the Mosman footy club isn’t necessarily for ever, nor is it perfect, it is is something that we should all embrace and build to become an even stronger model as we move forward.

It was wonderful to see the spirit of the U15 YG’s in a diifcult year and U18 Youth Girls JV teams make the grand final.

Many of the youth teams qualified for finals with two teams winning the grandfinal:

U14:1 & U17:1 which is the Premier competition.

Congratulations to our players who qualified for rep teams and our individual youth  competition award winners.


Increasing engagement in our club was a key focus area for us in the 2010 / 10 year strategic review. We gave ourselves a the key measure of success:

1. Number of volunteers

  • In 2010 We had 50 club roles – including a committee and operations team of around 10 – filled by around 40 key people.
  • As we move on from season 2018 – We have over 130 footy roles and Wildcat committee and operations roles that are filled by more than 100 different people.

We will continue to break up roles into manageable commitments, and engage families to be involved with the development of their kids. Special thanks to Steve Netting for his drive and energy and outstanding success in this area. 2018 is Steve’s last year as Director of Volunteers.

Financial position
The Club is in a strong financial position. As you will see in the Treasurer report, losing our home ground in 2018 resulted in reduced expenses and with the continued sponsorship with Oak, Mirvac and Dixon Advisory revenue is strong. Thanks again to our valued sponsors and

The North Ryde Dockers for hosting the Wildcats in 2018.

Our Treasuer Marcus Elssum has done an exceptional job and if looking to pass on the baton.

Other notable mentions for season 2017:

  • The JV Coach of the Year U17 Div 1 coach – Mark Leavy
  • The Wildcats Coach of the Year U12 Yough Girls – James Cooper
  • David Micheletti being awarded the Willoughby Wildcats Clubperson of the Year
  • Steve Netting being awarded the joint Willoughby Wildcats Volunteers of the Year Award and Life Membership.
  • The U11 and U12 YG age group doing another fantastic job – with both a profitable and enjoyable social night.
  • Our many teams making it to the finals and the 4 teams that won grand finals
  • A number of our teams featuring in halftime games at both the SCG and Spotless Stadium this year.
  • Our strong relationship with the Ryde Dockers which allowed us to play many games at their home grounds.
  • Our new 2018 Director of Sponsorship, Krissie Miller, in securing ongoing support from our exisitng sponsors and building new relationships and new sponsors.
  • Tim Blazey for his investigation work on the new GHO surface and dealings with Council to ensure we will have a safe and leading edge facility.

Looking ahead / challenges / Improvements

  1. As the club continues to grow our number one challenge is maintaining our core
    values and the quality of the Wildcats experience. We must continue to evolve to
    maintain the Wildcats standard and quality.
  2. The development of Gore Hill Oval is an exciting project and will deliver the
    Wildcats will the most advanced sythetic surface for AFL in Australia.
    Co-ordinating the Wildcats “Club” football offering with that of the private school
    Saturday AFL competition.
  3. Continue to improve and strengthen the effectiveness and ongoing operation of
    the team JV with Mosman for our youth players.
  4. Continue to evaluate the impact of the AFL’s decision to move to a maximum of
    16 on the field for all teams in 2018 and the apparent move by the AFL to
    centralise the decision making structure for the competition.

In Conclusion….

Well done to the players and the way you have played your footy and represented
the Wildcats in season 2018 and 3 votes to all the hard work of our club volunteers
who have got us through this challenging year.

Thank you for the support of the numerous coaches, managers, volunteers and
committee members that we have. Without this support and energy, our club quite
simply wouldn’t be what it is today. A special thanks to our Management Committee,
Cath Harris (retiring), Marcus Elsum, Viv Micheletti and our Age Group Coordinators.
The club has grown in so many ways in 2018 and we are in great shape to return to
the new Gore Hill Oval in 2019.

We look forward to continued success next season with growth in our player
numbers and hopefully seeing some new faces to fill volunteer roles that will further
drive the success of our great club.

Go the Wildcats!