AFL Northern NSW Regional Report
AFL NORTHERN NSW REGIONAL REPORT
Bellingen PS (Paul Kelly Cup), St Paul’s High School, Port Macquarie (Swans Cup U14) and St Joseph’s Regional College, Port Macquarie (Swans Cup U16) have all recently returned from successfully representing the region at the State Finals at Blacktown Olympic Park to take on winners from around the state.
Thanks to the staff, coaches and parents who supported the teams.
The below photo shows the enthusiasm generated at Bellingen with the school purchasing a new set of AFL jumpers for the team to look their best at the finals.
Two of our School Ambassadors who have gone above and beyond the call of duty with AFL promotion in their schools were rewarded with a weekend in Brisbane including tickets to the Swans vs Lions Round 22 AFL game. Thanks to Damian O’Bryan (St Marys, Grafton) and Tim Rodgers (Orara High School) for their fantastic promotion of AFL this year.
Term 4 will see our development staff booking in schools for 2011 programs with schools getting in early to secure their preferred term, day and time. To get your school involved in one of our great programs throughout Term 4, 2010 or 2011 contact Danny McFadden at the AFL NSW/ACT Office on 6658 4823.
AFL NSW/ACT welcomes Rachel Lowe to the team as our Mid North Coast Development Officer. Rachel will co-ordinate school programs and support Auskick Centres and clubs in the region. She can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone on 0457 389 504.
Congratulations to all clubs who have recently participated in Grand Finals. Some notable club achievements are: (with games not played at time of writing)
- Inverell once again through to host the TAFL Grand Final
- Sawtell/Toormina having all three senior teams in the AFL North Coast Grand Finals
- Coffs Harbour Swans making the AFL NC Junior GF in both U13 & U15s
- Lower Clarence Eagles making the U13 AFL NC Junior GF in their first year in the League
- An all Port Macquarie GF in the MNC JAFL U13 Grand Final.
Congratulations to winners of the Volunteer and Coach of the Year in our Junior Leagues which were presented at the respective Grand Finals.
Mid North Coast Junior AFL
Volunteer of the Year – Adrian McClure (Port Macquarie)
Coach of the Year – Wayne Nelson (Port Macquarie)
AFL North Coast Juniors
Volunteer of the Year- Pam Carr (Lower Clarence Eagles)
Coach of the Year- Jason Sincock (Coffs Swans)
Level 2 AFL coaching course – October 9 and 10, 2010, Sydney
AFL NSW/ACT will be conducting a Level 2 AFL Accreditation course on the 9th and 10th of October at the AFL Office in Moore Park, Sydney.
Saturday 9 & Sunday 10 October, 2010 9.30am-5.30pm
The cost of the Level 2 Course is $275.
For further information, and to register for this course online please visit the coaching section at www.aflnswact.com.au
Once online registration is complete you will receive a confirmation email closer to the course date with final course details.
www.aflcommunityclub.com.au - Your best coaching resource
The AFL has recently launched the new AFL Club Community Online Portal which contains a fantastic Coaching Section filled with loads of coaching information including Skills and Drills, Coaching Resources, Injury Management, Videos and Multimedia, as well as a Coaches forum where you can chat with many other coaches from across the nation. This is a wonderful resource.
Add this site to your favourites! www.aflcommunityclub.com.au.
National Coaching Conference
The 2011 National Coaching Conference will be held from January 28-30 in Melbourne.
Full details will be distributed to coaches shortly however please make note in your diaries and lock away the date.
Earlier this year a wonderful crew of coaches from NSW/ACT travelled to Adelaide to enjoy the coaching expertise and development sessions.
Keep your eyes peeled for future information.
Coaching positions available
Looking for a coaching job in 2011? Looking to advertise a coaching position for next season?
The coaching section of the AFL NSW/ACT website has added the section ‘Coaching Positions Available’.
For those who wish to advertise a position on the site please send through your ad and club logo to email@example.com and we will advertise it on the site.
For those looking for a new coaching position please check out the advertised positions by visiting the coaching section of www.aflnswact.com.au
Free sports technology
Ever wanted to film your players kicking technique and have the software to analyse it? Check this out! It is available for free!
Following for your information is a link to freeware open source video analysis software program which can be downloaded from the web. You might be interested in giving it a try. Click on the below link.
Coach accreditation and re-accreditation – Has it expired?
Over recent years in New South Wales and ACT we have seen an expansive growth in our game regarding participants, volunteers and also coaches. It is important that all coaches understand that they need to keep any coaching qualifications they have received (Level 1, 2 or 3) updated and relevant. It is mandatory that all coaches involved in our great game be appropriately accredited to help continue the high standard and growth of AFL not only nationally but importantly in our state. Therefore all clubs and coaches need to understand the importance of not only attending courses to receive coaching accreditation but also what is required in regards to the process of re-accreditation prior to the 4 year expiry date of all qualifications. For further information please visit the coaching section at www.aflnswact.com.au.
Change of details – Emails? Phone numbers? Address?
To ensure you receive all the necessary coaching information, event invites, local developments and resource supplies you must update any change of details. A large amount of information is distributed via email, if you ever switch email address (or any other details) please contact firstname.lastname@example.org to organise an update of our coach database.
Coach for all players
Operate by means of a whole club approach
Adopt a positive coaching model
Coaches are facilitators not dictators
Have a games based approach
Schools and Universities
The Paul Kelly Cup state final kicked off at Blacktown Olympic Park on September 6 and 7. Congratulations to all the schools that participated.
Wagga Wagga’s Mater Dei claimed their second consecutive Paul Kelly Cup after defeating Finley Public School by 31 points in the boys final.
The win was made even more special for the side with the player the competition is named after, former Sydney Swans legend Paul Kelly, in attendance to present the top-placed teams with their medallions.
For some of the Mater Dei players, it was their second state title in as many years after playing in last year’s final at the home of Team GWS in Sydney’s west.
For the girls, Blacktown based Kings Langley Public School has become the first school ever to take out the Paul Kelly Cup girls state-wide title winning the grand final by seven points over Clovelly Public School.
Local side, Bellingen were most competitive and finished better than middle of the pack against accomplished opposition.
Umpires on the rise
In 2010 the number of umpires and umpire coaches has surpassed the 1000 mark for the first time in NSW and the ACT reaching 1047 active umpires and umpire coaches. In all, 1009 umpires and 38 umpire coaches. In 2009 there was a state total of 925 active umpires and umpire coaches, the growth represents 12.6% increase.
The result is in no small part to the AFL Umpire Coach Professional Development Program in place which has two major focus areas in the umpiring environment and the approach of the coach. Many of the umpiring groups that have their coaches immersed in the Umpire Coach Professional Development Program have had an increase in numbers via retention and recruitment as a direct result of their coaches and the program.
Work still needs to continue with the whole football community to ensure a positive match day environment exists to ensure the retention of umpires. Nationally 25% of umpires are lost each year with the majority leaving due to abuse.
To grow the game and umpiring numbers lets continue to make ‘Umpiring everyone’s business’
2011 Development Academy selected
The NSW/ACT Umpires’ Development Academy participants for 2011 have been selected with the first camp being the Joss Under 13/14 State Zone Trials in Albury in October. Twelve field Umpires are involved over three camps, with each umpire receiving individual coaching and feedback from games, sports science education along with video analysis. Umpires will also be required to undertake an umpiring project with their local umpiring group.
Former local, Shana Doughney is part of the group and from all reports, has excelled in the Riverina.
The 2011 NSW/ACT Umpires’ Development Academy participants are:
James Bailey GSJ Sydney Harbour
Bradley Dean GSJ Sydney Harbour
Shana Doughney Riverina Umpires Association
Cameron Fox GSJ Newcastle
Aaron Langdon GSJ Sydney South
Lachlan McDonald GSJ Sydney Harbour
Nick McGinness AFL Canberra
Casey Parsons GSJ Newcastle
Michael Richards GSJ Sydney Harbour
Gareth Ryan GSJ Illawarra
Alexander Talbot GSJ Western Sydney
Cameron Warner Riverina Umpires Association
Turner makes it six Grand Finals in a row
On Saturday 4th September the AFL North Coast competition reached its pinnacle when Sawtell Toormina took on Port Macquarie in the 2010 Grand Final.
While this was the highlight of the year for the players and coaches involved, it was also the ultimate reward for the AFL North Coast umpiring group. This year the grand final umpire appointments saw Luke Turner officiate his sixth consecutive senior grand final.
Luke was joined also by Sean Staniforth umpiring his fifth consecutive grand final and his brother Mitchell Turner umpiring his second consecutive senior grand final.
Luke said of his achievement, “It is an honour to be selected to umpire six Grand Finals. Being selected to represent your umpiring group on Grand Final day is as rewarding an experience as there is in regional AFL”.
Luke said of the highlight of his last six grand final appointments, “The highlight would be umpiring the last two Senior Grand Finals with my brother, Mitchell. He is forging a strong career in his own right, and one of the most talented umpires who has come through our junior system”.
Luke and Mitchell were both apart of the AFL NSW/ACT Umpires Development Academy in the last few years, and have also been well coached by Rod Macpherson, AFL North Coast Umpires Coach.
Luke said of his involvement in umpiring, “The North Coast is a great group to be involved with, and it has a great culture focusing on a mix between fun and professionalism”.