The Northcote community club

Northcote Junior Football Club is a community sports club for Australian Rules Football players 17 and under, based in modern clubrooms among the gum trees at Northcote's McDonnell Park.

Our membership takes in more than 150 families in Melbourne's inner northern suburbs including Northcote, Thornbury, Preston and West Preston, Brunswick, Reservoir, Alphington, Fairfield and Fitzroy. We're known as the mighty Northcote Cougars. Our club is about learning and enjoying footy, teaching values like discipline and respect and teamwork, building fitness, and creating lasting friendships.


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This week's upcoming matches

Congratulations to both the Under-11s and Under-12s for their efforts in semi-finals at Epping last week.

The Under-11s went down to Wallan 8.7-55 to 1.2-8. But they've had a great season and will be back bigger and even better next year.

And the might Under-12s play a preliminary final this week at Crispe Park against Bundoora Park. They'll be fighting to make their second grand final in two years. The match starts at 9.30am; Northcote plays in away strip.

In an email this week to parents, coach Joe Anthony paid tribute to the way his group has bonded together and has shown true team spirit and pride. Good luck Cougars!

Unless otherwise notified:

  • Home teams play in blue shorts and away teams play in white shorts.
  • Players should be at the ground 45 minutes before the scheduled game starting time.
  • Parents and guardians should liaise with their team manager during the week on the volunteer role they will fill on the day.

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Club surveys

Towards the end of the season all parents were asked to complete a short questionnaire about their experiences at the club in 2014.

If you have not yet returned your survey, do so by either:

  • Mail to Secretary, Northcote Junior Football Club, P.O. Box 513 Northcote 3070
  • Email a PDF copy to secretary@njfc.com.au

This survey will help us plan for expected team numbers in 2015, as well as work out the areas we need to improve on next season.

If you did not receive a copy of the survey, contact Ann-Maree Duncan on secretary@njfc.com.au or 0429 663 580

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Posted on Monday, 18 August, 2014

Dennis Cricket Club needs players - seniors and juniors

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A message from Warren Fraser, President Dennis Cricket Club

Seniors

The 2014-2015 season is fast approaching. It promises to be a ripper, and to make it even more successful, we need more players. This season we are looking to continue our history of 4 senior men’s teams (3x 2 day sides and a one day comp side).

Senior training has already commenced. If you would like to play or for more information, call Frank Maher on 0431 311 184 or visit the club website.

Juniors

The Dennis Junior Program was the flagship of the club last season and consisted of:

  • 70 Milo kids
  • 4 under 11’s sides
  • 2 under 13’s
  • 1 under 15’s
  • 1 under 17’s

Players required

4-5 players for U17's and U15's.

Currently the 17’s have 18 players and 15’s have 19. We are looking to be able to field 2 sides.

4-8 players for the U13s.

The 13’s currently have 29 players.

Training

Training for 13’s - starts Monday Sept 1 from 5 - 6.30pm.

Training for 15’s & 17’s - starts Wednesday Sept 3 from 5 - 6.30pm.

Contact

Frank Maher on 0431 311 184. Or visit the club website

Women's team

Dennis also fields a women’s team that require players.

Contact Angela Forrester on 0431 873 617 or visit the club website for more details.

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Posted on Monday, 18 August, 2014

Please return jumpers, helmets and playing equipment

As the season is now over please make sure all playing jumpers and helmets are returned to Frank Castrucci (NJFC Property Manager) as soon as possible.

All training and match day equipment must also be returned.

An end of season stocktake will determine what needs to be purchased prior to the 2015 season.

Players not returning their jumpers will be asked to pay $50 replacement cost.

You can return your items either to Frank either at:

  • Auskick – Saturdays 9-10:30 until the end of August
  • On presentation day Sunday 24 August
  • By calling Frank on 0457 546 199 to make your own arrangements

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Posted on Wednesday, 13 August, 2014

Congratulations James, Charlie and Alex

Congratulations to the three NJFC players who received awards at the NJFC Presentation night on Monday 11 August.

James Armatas Hunt was awarded third in the Under 13 Red Best and Fairest, and his team mate Charlie Gray was placed seventh.

Alex Williamson from our Under 17 team was equal fourth in Under 17 Red.

Well done boys!

We were also finalists in the NFL Junior Club of the Year Award, but unfortunately lost out to Research Football Club.

James, Brett, Charlie

From left to right: James Armatas Hunt, Brett Bignall (u13 coach), Charlie Gray

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Posted on Wednesday, 13 August, 2014

2014 Presentation Day - tomorrow

The Northcote Junior Football Club will hold our 2014 Presentation Day for older years players at McDonnell Park on Sunday 24 August starting at noon. It's vital that all players attend. Start times for specific teams are approximate, so be there by noon.

  • 12.00pm: Under-11s
  • 12:30pm: Under-12s
  • 1:00pm: Under-13s
  • 1:30pm: Under-17s

Please also make sure that all playing and training gear, including jumpers, helmets, drink bottles, footballs etc, is returned ASAP so that we can perform a stocktake to work out what needs to be ordered before next season.

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Posted on Thursday, 7 August, 2014

NJFC a finalist for NFL Club of the Year

The Northern Football League notified the club on Wednesday that we are one of three finalists for the NFL Club Of The Year award. The gongs get handed out on Monday; we'll let you know how we go.

There are no formal reasons given for the choice of finalists. But we'd like to think it recognises the hard work of all our Cougar volunteers in 2014. We're building a great club culture that's dedicated to teaching good footy and strong values while ensuring our players enjoy the game. It's good that other people are noticing.

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Posted on Thursday, 7 August, 2014

Under-9s and Under-10s Family/Presentation Day

The NJFC's Under-9s and Under-10s Family Day/Presentation Day will be held on Sunday 3 August, starting at 12.30pm.

The BBQ will start at 12.30 pm. Hopefully we will have a few volunteers to help cook the sausages. The club will provide sausages and bread; parents will supply salads, sweets, drinks and fruit. Each team will be assigned what type of food/drink to bring so we don't double up. Team managers are organising who brings what. The canteen will also be open.

The parents versus players game will start at 1.15pm and we will probably split up over the two ovals as there will be around 50-60 kids. No zones or armbands required – just mouth guards.

The official part of the day will commence at 2pm with coaches saying a few words, followed by presentations to the players.

We've changed the arrangements this year, partly because of new AFL and NFL rules that mean neither Under-9s nor Under-10s are involved in any sort of finals. The new arrangement will also give additional focus to the senior teams' Presentation Day, which will be held at the end of August.

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Posted on Friday, 1 August, 2014

Apply for 2015 coaching

CoachingThe Northcote Junior Football Club is now calling for expressions of interest in coaching and assistant coaching positions for the 2015 NFL season. We will look to appoint both a coach and assistant coaches for each team.

If you have a passion to help develop young people’s abilities, teamwork and self-belief while helping them to enjoy sport, you should consider coaching at the NJFC.

How do you express interest?

If you are interested in coaching , please let us know, and tell us the position(s) and age group(s) in which you are interested.

Expressions of interest in coaching at the NJFC should be sent by Friday 15th August to fom@njfc.com.au.

If you know someone who might be interested in coaching, please send this notice to them.

What does the job involve?

Prospective coaches should read our Guidelines for coaches document to understand the NJFC’s approach to junior sport. In particular, coaches need to be committed to the development of all players and must be able to ensure players are enjoying the game as well as performing at their highest possible level.

We do not pay our coaches; your reward is the respect and admiration of the players and parents of the Northcote Junior Football Club.

However, we will pay the full cost of any relevant training programs you undertake while at the club. This includes the AFL Level 1 training course, which is mandatory for NJFC team coaches and recommended for assistant coaches. We put a premium on developing coaches' skills, and will support coaches who want to develop further. Assistant coaches in particular do not need to have coached before or to have a deep background in playing football; you simply need to be interested and willing to learn.

We also offer a supportive and welcoming environment, with a large and friendly group of committed parent volunteers.

What happens after you expresss interest?

An NJFC panel will interview prospective coaches and make recommendations to the NJFC committee, which makes the final appointments.

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Posted on Thursday, 31 July, 2014

Paul Chamberlain plays his 50th

Congratulations to Paul Chamberlain, who plays his 50th game this Sunday in the Under-12 semi-final. Well done Paul!

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Posted on Thursday, 31 July, 2014


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Coming events

All events are at McDonnell Park unless otherwise stated. Under-15s and Under-14s training is at Bill Lawry Oval.

17 September 2014

NJFC committee meeting, from 7.30pm until 9.30pm. All members welcome.

15 October 2014

NJFC committee meeting, from 7.30pm until 9.30pm. All members welcome.

19 November 2014

NJFC committee meeting, from 7.30pm until 9.30pm. All members welcome.

17 December 2014

NJFC committee meeting, from 7.30pm until 9.30pm. All members welcome.

21 January 2015

NJFC committee meeting, from 7.30pm until 9.30pm. All members welcome.

18 February 2015

NJFC committee meeting, from 7.30pm until 9.30pm. All members welcome.

18 March 2015

NJFC committee meeting, from 7.30pm until 9.30pm. All members welcome.

15 April 2015

NJFC committee meeting, from 7.30pm until 9.30pm. All members welcome.

20 May 2015

NJFC committee meeting, from 7.30pm until 9.30pm. All members welcome.

17 June 2015

NJFC committee meeting, from 7.30pm until 9.30pm. All members welcome.

15 July 2015

NJFC committee meeting, from 7.30pm until 9.30pm. All members welcome.

19 August 2015

NJFC committee meeting, from 7.30pm until 9.30pm. All members welcome.

16 September 2015

NJFC committee meeting, from 7.30pm until 9.30pm. All members welcome.

21 October 2015

NJFC committee meeting, from 7.30pm until 9.30pm. All members welcome.

18 November 2015

NJFC committee meeting, from 7.30pm until 9.30pm. All members welcome.

16 December 2015

NJFC committee meeting, from 7.30pm until 9.30pm. All members welcome.

20 January 2016

NJFC committee meeting, from 7.30pm until 9.30pm. All members welcome.

17 February 2016

NJFC committee meeting, from 7.30pm until 9.30pm. All members welcome.

16 March 2016

NJFC committee meeting, from 7.30pm until 9.30pm. All members welcome.

20 April 2016

NJFC committee meeting, from 7.30pm until 9.30pm. All members welcome.