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!


2018 Club Survey

We have prepared a very short end of year on-line survey.

Please complete this survey and provide us with some invaluable feedback on what’s working well, what’s not working so well and how we can make our great club even better.

Notice ofAGM

Under the constitution of the Willoughby Wildcats Junior AFL Club, notice is hereby given of the annual general meeting of the Willoughby Wildcats on Thursday 9th of November 2018 at the Longueville Sporting Club, at 7:30 p.m.


1.     Welcome and Opening (Cath Harris)

2.     Apologies

3.     Sign off on 2017 AGM minutes (Justin Harty)

4.     Annual Report  2018 season(Justin Harty)

5.     Adoption of the 2018 Annual Report (Cath Harris)

6.     Presentation of the Treasurers Report (Marcus Elsum)

7.     Presentation of the Registrar’s Report (Viv Micheletti)

8.     Election of new Club Secretary (Justin Harty)

9.     Vote of thanks for outgoing Executive members and Volunteers (Justin Harty)

10.  Any other general business

11.  Meeting close (Justin Harty)

Congratulations to all teams that qualified for this Sundays Grand Final at Macquarie University.

Please come along and support our Wildcats and watch some great footy.

0900    U11 Div3 playing St Ives on Campbell field
1005    U14 Div1 playing Northern Lights on Uni Oval
1315    U18 Girls Div 1 v Southern Power on Uni Oval
1315    U12 Girls v Manly on Campbell Field
1450    U17 Div3 playing Easts on Uni Oval
1640    U17 Div1 playing Manly on Uni Oval

Please note that players and spectators are representing the Club and we remind all players and spectators of the AFL Code of Conduct ( see attached)

All players and spectators are invited to head to the Longueville Sports Club “The Diddy” Cnr River Road & Longueville St, Longueville after their games.

The club is excited to announce a number of players were recently recognised with individual and team awards at the AFL NSW Competition Awards Night.

U13 Division 1 Equal 3rd Place – Ethan Clarke
U13’s Representative Carnival All-Stars – Julian Lee
U13’s Representative Carnival All-Stars – Rali Divett-Moro
U14’s Rep Carnival All-Stars – Shaun Wajzer
U14’s Rep Carnival All-Stars – Jai Saksena
U14 Division 1 3rd Place – Jai Saksena
U14 Division 1 Winner – Remi Cunningham
U15’s Rep Carnival All-Stars – Kevin Dawo
U15’s Rep Carnival All-Stars – Jack Divett-Moro
U17 Division 3 Winner – Cameron Taylor
U17 Division 3 3rd place – Jayden Alderson

Club Presentation Day

Age group: U9 – U12 Presentation Day

Date: Sunday 9th September
Location: ELS Hall
Time: 9.45 am arrival
Individual award presentations will be followed by participation medals and team posters. The presentation should be finished before 11.30 am.

Age group: U13 – U18 Willoughby Swans JV Presentation Day

Date: Monday 10th September
Location: Mosman RSL
Time: 6.00 pm arrival

Jumper return

Please remember to return your jumper on presentation day if this cannot be done, please contact your team manager to make other arrangements or post your jumper to The Wildcats: PO Box 438 St Leonards 1590, stating your player name and age group.

Win a $50 Bridgeview Hotel Voucher





Charlotte Tidemann playing in the U10YG team in round 9 booted a noteworthy 13 Goals 2 points

In AFL terminology 6 goals is a bag, 10 goals is feast whilst 13 goals is a mountain of goals. Charlotte (daughter of the WMS U14:1 Coach Craig) is thrilled to be part of a great team whilst Craig will be looking to improve Charlottes goal kicking accuracy on the training track this week.

Well done Charlotte & great work team U10YG.

Go the Wildcats!!



The QBE Sydney Swans Academy is holding Open Athlete Assessment Trials for boys aged 10 – 12 years. The assessment will involve a range of skill and motor competency tests, with each player receiving an individual feedback report following the assessment.


  • U10s (born in 2008) – Monday July 16
  • U11s (born in 2007) – Tuesday July 17
  • U12s (born in 2006) – Wednesday July 18

VENUE: Lakeside Oval, Driver Avenue, Moore Park, NSW 2021

TIME: 5pm – 7pm

COST: $50 (Payments can be made via Mastercard or Visa, American Express will incur a 1.1% surcharge)


Open Athlete Assessment Trials

  • U11 – Monday September 10 (born 2007)
  • U12/U13 – Tuesday September 11 (born 2005/2006)

Registrations will open in August, 2018.

Venue: Lakeside Oval, Driver Avenue, Moore Park, Sydney

Time: 5pm – 7pm


  • Tuesday 3/7
  • Tuesday 10/7

The training will be between 5.15 pm-6.30pm at Castle Cove Oval Holly St please advise your team manager if you would like to attend these training sessions.


Dates to be confirmed.