Lane Cove Cats Auskick Round 5 : 5th May 2019

Written by Jono Ladmore

6 May 2019

What better way to start Auskick this morning than to have 2 of our leading Co-ordinators in Michiel and Morgan show their flare with some demonstrations of the skill of the week in landing and falling – well done guys!

We are 5 rounds in now and the understanding of the game from the children is starting to show – the coordination is stronger, teamwork is excellent and it is great to see such big smiles and less tears!

As I mentioned today, next week is the biggest week on the Auskick calendar for the year – MOTHERS DAY!!!

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What this means is all mothers get to forego a sleep in and breakfast in bed, to get to Blackman Park at 7:45 to play a game ofAuskick against their children 

There are a lot of new mothers at the club, so just to reassure you – no need to train, no need to refine the skills (there will not be any AFLW scouts there sorry), just get involved as the children love it.  The session will remain the same with the drills, then it will be a larger game with all Giants versus Giants mothers etc so it’s just an opportunity to have some fun.

For those with children in multiple groups, feel free to have both children in the same group so no child misses out – just let your coach know as we don’t want 100 versus 100 in the Giants group…

Something else I mentioned today is that the Under 8s starts next week, some of you may not be aware of what this is.  Auskick is made up of 5-8 year old children (with a little bit of flexibility either side) where we divide them into groups;

  • Giants – youngest group
  • Swans – middle group
  • Cats – oldest group

As children enter the ‘Cats’ group they have the option to break out into an Under 8s competition to learn the competitive side to AFL before they progress into Juniors.

With the Club fully run by Volunteers, as children progress so do the parents so they can stay with their children.  This means I’ll still be around the Club, but moving into Under 8s with my son so each of the Team Leaders will run their groups and Dave Groocoe will oversee things.  Dave’s been with the Club for a number of years, knows a lot about footy, great with kids, excellent leader and is a champion individual so you’re in great hands with all of the team!

A few bits of housekeeping as follows;

  • Coffee Van – can anyone who wants a coffee in the morning please make sure you purchase from the Coffee Van (not the Ice Cream van) as they support us with a donation each week so we need to give them the support back.  The Ice Cream van (who does not support us financially) has recently put in a coffee machine so please make sure you buy ALL your coffee from Tea and James at the coffee van.
  • Watches – can everyone please make sure your children don’t wear their watches to Auskick, there were a few scratches of other children today.  I understand children want to know how many steps they’ve done, so just let them know that I have said they can either add ‘oodles’ or 6000 steps at the end of the day, whichever makes them happy…
  • Lost & Found – a grey hoodie with stripes was left at Blackman Park today.  Anyone missing this please let me know.

Same as normal, be at Blackman Park next week at 7:45 for kick to kick.  Mum’s make sure to warm up, we don’t want any casualties!

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