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!


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!

Justin Harty

Presidents News September 2017

Congratulations to all teams and our Auskick group on a fantastic and successful 2017 Season. The Club had a record number of players, teams and volunteers in 2017 and we should be very proud of our many achievements as a leading Community Club. Our first year of stand-alone girls teams has exceeded all expectations.

A fantastic effort by the 13 teams in under 11 through to under 18 that qualified for the final series and a special shout out to the 10 teams who have qualified for the 2017 Sydney Juniors Grand Final Day being played this Sunday at Macquarie University.

Please try to head down to the Macquarie University to cheer on the Wildcats and our Joint Venture teams. Macquarie University playing fields are located on the corner of Culloden Rd & Talavera Rd, Macquarie Park.

We wish all teams the best of luck – may the best team win!

Grand Final Day at Macquarie University Sports Grounds

Team Versus Time
14 Div1 Northern lights 8:45
15 Div 3 Forest 10:15
15 Div 1 Manly 13:45
U18 Girls Kellyville Rouse Hill 15:30
11 Div 1 Wildcats Green 12:30
11 Div 1 Wildcats Gold 12:30
13 Div 1 Northern Lights 10:30
14 Div 3 St Ives 12:15
12 Div 3 Canada Bay 9:15
13 Div3 Dockers 14:30

Following the Grand Final all players, parents and supporters are invited to The Longueville Sporting Club (The Diddy) on the corner of Kenneth Street & River Road in Longueville.

GSJ Awards

Congratulations to our award winners at the recent Kieran Jack GSJ Awards Nights. Many players were selected in representative All Star teams and 3 Wildcat Players brought home competition Best and Fairest Awards.

Remi Cunningham – U13 Div 1, Josh Rayner U17 Div 1 and Felix Rogers – U14 Div 1

Some dates for forthcoming events at the Wildcats:

Season Awards Presentation U9 – U12  Sunday 10th September
10am Gore Hill Oval
Season Awards Presentation JV U13 – U18 Monday 11th September
7pm Mosman RSL
Club rooms tidy up* Sunday 10th September
12 Midday Gore Hill Oval

*With Gore Hill being redeveloped, we need to move everything from the site.  We have a new storage unit booked in Chatswood and a truck coming to assist.  All helpers welcome.

Gore Hill Update

Council are taking over the Gore Hill site on Monday 18th September 2017 for the oval realignment and synthetic upgrade.  At this stage we expect to return to GHO for season 2019.

Social Night a huge success

It was great to see so many at the Wildcats Social Night on 12 August.  This event is run every year by the Under 11 age group and 2017 was another great success.  Many thanks to all who attended, donated items and purchased items.  The focus is on ‘fun-raising’ rather than ‘fund-raising’ and it was great to see both were achieved this year.  Well done to the U11 social team – you know who you are!

A huge thanks to all who assisted at training, on game day running messages, running water, umpiring, cutting oranges, flipping sausages, running the canteen, providing snakes, operating the scoreboard, nursing the injuries, transporting,  just cheering – as well as the many off field roles across the club.  The teams and Club cannot survive without you.  Hope you and your players had a great experience and will be back again next year.

Thanks also to our sponsors Dixon Advisory, Mirvac and Oak Milk – please support these great businesses for their generous support of the club.

Finally a message from the head of the Sydney Juniors Regional Committee.

Go the Wildcats!


Justin Harty


Willoughby Wildcat JAFC

Justin Harty

Presidents Newsletter July 2017

Hi Players, Parents and Supporters of the Mighty Willoughby Wildcats.

Wishing you all a happy mid-season break and I hope you have all enjoyed the school holidays and a couple of weeks away from footy.

Please read on…. there is much to report and advise with an exciting three months of Sydney Juniors footy ahead.

From Auskick through to our U17’s all age groups are in great shape and the girls teams, in their inaugural year, have exceeded all expectations.  By all reports, each age group are having lots of fun, developing their skills and having on field success. Great work Coaches and Managers!

Early in the year Coaches discussed with players the importance of the players Code of Conduct and what is expected of them both on and off the field.  Equally important is the parents, supports and spectators code of conduct which I ask you to review in the following link.

Parents and Supporters Code of Conduct

As a large and strong club, it is very important our players, parents, spectators and supporters are gracious in defeat and more importantly in victory.

Everyone loves free Footy tickets!  Get your free family tickets to the Sydney Juniors Giants V Dockers game at Spotless Stadium in Homebush on Saturday 29th July at 2:10 pm.  All families will be sitting together so jump on the following link as the offer closes soon.

Free Tickets to Spotless!

The much awaited Wildcats Social Night is fast approaching on the 12th August at Firehouse Hotel in North Sydney.  The night is organised by the U11 group each year so please get on board for a great night.  If you can donate an auction item the organising committee would love to hear from you!

Book through this link.

Social Night Bookings

Our “beloved” Gore Hill Oval, without grass nor drainage, has reached the end of its useful life and will be redeveloped with a fantastic new synthetic surface in 2018.  As a result, there will be no further games at GHO in 2017 but the mighty Auskickers (with OAK milk still being delivered) will continue at GHO in 2017.

The Committee wishes all age groups all the best for last 5 rounds of the season and a big shout out to those teams who have worked hard during the season and will qualify for the finals.

Go the Wildcats!


Justin Harty

Wildcats President