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DFS Young Guns Star for Big V

Another Australian School Sports National Championships has ended and DFS’ list of State Representatives grows once again with Anthony Camnitti and Romy Dagostino continuing the proud tradition.

Anthony Camitti played a vital role for the Victorian 12 and under side, which went through the event undefeated.

Romy Dagostino, from the Langwarrin Junior Football Club, became our first female representative at state level, as the youngest player in the 16 and under side.

Left: Romy Dagastino. Right: Anthony Caminiti
Left: Romy Dagastino. Right: Anthony Caminiti
Left: Joel Stretch Right: Bailey Schultz
Left: Joel Stretch Right: Bailey Schultz









Everyone at DFS was also proud to see Bailey Schultz, from the Calder Cannons YG Academy, star for the undefeated Victorian team that took out the Australian Football Schoolgirls Championships (16 years and under).

The good news didn’t stop there, with DFS regular Joel ‘Stretch’ Grace was a key member of the Under 16 Vic Metro team throughout the NAB AFL Under-16 Championships held on the Gold Coast.

He played well in front of the game’s elite talent scouts, hopefully signalling himself as one for the future.

In the past four years, 15 DFS players have pulled on the Big V jumper making everyone involved at Dynamic Footy Skills enormously proud and we look forward to working with them in future programs.

Winter Holiday Fun

580 junior stars enjoyed a fun-filled day of footy activities during Dynamic Footy Skills July School Holiday Program.

Held across Melbourne, players certainly kept themselves warm during the winter holidays satisfying their footy fix.

Some lucky kids had the ultimate story to return to school with after some were treated to AFL players visits.

This edition of School Holiday Programs included a specialist Youth Girls session.

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Check out our School Holiday Program here.


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Hundreds enjoy Masterclass Series

The Dynamic Footy Skills MasterClass Series has proved to be a tremendous success with hundreds of talented juniors attending sessions all around Melbourne.

These free sessions are a chance for talented and ambitious from all metropolitan junior leagues to get access and exposure to DFS’ elite coaches and also the chance to earn DFS Footy Scholarship worth over $1000.


Participants enjoy an ideal mixture of DFS’ proven development programs, fun footy activities and a round-robin match to learn more about their footy.

Junior MasterClass Series Registration and Details

By training with their own age-specific groups and other committed talented juniors, players can improve their kicking, handballing and tackling techniques.

The feedback from parents, players and club representatives has been overwhelmingly positive.

The MasterClass Series is not over yet, with a number of sessions still to come. For more or to register click here.

Knox Falcons get DFS-edge on road to premierships

Dynamic Footy Skills would love to pass on our congratulations to Knox Falcons Junior Football Club after their under 9 and 10 teams won league lightning premierships. 

As one of the clubs completing a DFS ‘In-Club Development Program’, DFS coaches praised the hard work and talents that the Falcon youngsters have shown while conducting the program.

For more information about DFS in-club development programs.

“It’s always great to see clubs and players we’ve worked with enjoy success. It’s really down to their hard work and their talents when they get the results,” DFS coaching director Adrian Talarico said.

U9 lightning premiership
Knox Falcons Under 9 Lightning Premiers

“In the short time we’ve spent with them, we could see how much they loved their footy. So our coaches just went along with that and helped them learn a little more about the game.”

DFS thrive on working with clubs to help reach their potential, and receiving any feedback from parents, players and clubs is crucial to creating effective programs.

“Of course we appreciate the praise from the club, but we can’t help heap the credit on their determination and their willingness to learn from us and their own coaches,” Talarico added.

“That’s the real reason for their success, but we don’t mind sharing the happiness of their win. It’s awesome.”

DFS is working with all Knox Falcon teams throughout out a six week stint with the EFL outfit.

Knox Falcons development manager Darren Bent praised the professionalism of DFS, after working with their under 8, 9 and 10 sides.

“Our coaches and parents were thrilled with the night and learnt so much. The DFS coaches were just so professional and fun, with the skills and drills DFS run,” Bent said.

He praised how the DFS coaches were able to simplify exercises for the youngsters in such a “fun” way.

“I look forward to getting DFS out for sessions with all our teams.”

For more information about DFS in-club development programs.

Junior Skills MasterClass Series kicks off in style

Junior Skills MasterClass Series kicks off in style

Dynamic Footy Skills successfully launched its 2015 Junior Skills MasterClass Series on Saturday the 2nd May at Loyola College, in Bundoora.

More than 70 budding  superstars from the Northern Football League and Yarra Junior Football League had the chance to develop their skills throughout the three-hour session.

More details about DFS Junior Skills MasterClass Series

As the premier skills development provider in Australia, DFS runs the MasterClass Series as a way to give back to the local community, as well as strengthen its ties with junior clubs.

The participants, from the Under 10, Under 11 and Under 12 age groups, certainly grasped the opportunity with enthusiasm, determination and skill.

Some of the happy participants

“The boys that we sent down absolutely loved it, thanks for a great morning” said Whittlesea President Mick Heyfron.

Young players who were committed to improving and fine-tuning their footy skills gained invaluable experience from coaches who have been through the AFL, VFL, TAC Cup and interleague systems.

There were also some familiar faces on hand for the kids to look up to with two Under 16 TAC Cup Rep players lending their knowledge and helping out as umpires too.

The program focused on sculpting the players’ kicking, handballing and marking technique, as well as honing in on the crucial physical aspects of tackling and body positioning.

26 different clubs were represented, which also offered the kids a chance to meet like-minded peers and learn through one another.

“We’ve had positive comments about how well the program is running and how attentive the kids are,” DFS coach Steve Musico said.

“We have got a wide variety of kids from Heidelberg all the way to Wallan, so it has been good for them to mix socially as well.”

The players trained according to age group before putting together what they had learned in a series of round-robin matches.

“Teaching the kids to apply the skills they learnt directly to a match situation is so important and something I really like about the MasterClass program,” parent Dave Hatzis said.

“Acquiring the technique is one thing but it’s knowing when and how to use it during a match that is the end goal, and the kids get that here.”

The players weren’t the only ones learning and enjoying themselves. The coaches and parents were also delighted and pleasantly surprised with how the kids went about it.

“The capacity of the kids to learn and the level of focus when they put their mind to something never ceases to amaze me,” DFS coaching director Adrian Talarico said.

“Their attitude has been first rate and I am confident that they have all gone away from today with the rewards.”

The DFS MasterClass Series will continue to be held at varying locations around Melbourne during the entire 2015 football season, with Kew, Essendon, Mt Martha, Burwood, Casey Fields and Sunbury all on the hit list.

More details about our DFS Junior Skills MasterClass Series

No Elite Camp success without generous supporters

The Elite Camp would not have been the raging success that it was without the crucial support of the wonderful Player Sponsors that came on board. On behalf of all players, coaches and staff, a massive thank you to MEB Foods, Chill Apartment, PE Security Group, Force Corp, Max Kirwan Mazda and VISY.

Full Elite Camp wrap here.

Photo Gallery here.

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Dynamic Footy Skills would also like to acknowledge the wonderful contribution of Sports Support, Nutrition Melbourne, Stride, The Mind Room, Studio Blinds and Snappy Snacks throughout the Elite Camp.


Injured Mitch will be back soon

DFS is pleased to share the news that DFS regular Mitch Woodcock is recovering well after suffering a horrible broken leg during a STP session late last year.

We recently caught up with Mitch to check out how his recovery is going and to see when he expects to get out on the footy field with his mates at DFS and Knox Junior Footy Club.

Mitch meets Bulldogs Jake Stringer and Marcus Bontempelli

After being stuck with a cast on his leg throughout the summer, an active Mitch has found the summer holidays a little different this year.

“It’s been hard because I haven’t been able to wakeboard over the summer and watching everyone run around while I’m on crutches,” Mitch said.

“But now I’m walking on it and it feels like its back to normal.”

His mum Sharon added: “he hasn’t complained at all and hasn’t missed out on anything he’s had a great group of friends and they took him everywhere in the wheelchair.”

Mitch says he hasn’t felt any pain since the plaster was cut to the knee, after spending 12 weeks in the cast and wheelchair.

“I think I’ll be back round 1 but everyone else says round 5 or 6. I feel confident I’ll be able to play well.”

His mum says Mitch still has to avoid running for six weeks then after a check up he will hopefully be able to train for six then get back into sport.

However, she said that since getting onto the crutches he hopping around everywhere.

“Thank goodness he’s still got quite a limp which stops him running around, he’s still not allowed to run for a couple more weeks,” Sharon said.

“I see all the kids running and there’s Mitch hopping flat out. I’m not sure if the doctor would approve but at least he’s not running.

“He’s mobility is improving every week it won’t be long till he’s back to where he was.”

Fortunately for Mitch he has been able to help out at his local footy club with training and motivation.

“He’s keen as mustard and can’t wait to get amongst it. It’s helping to stay positive and be involved around his mates and part of the team,” Sharon said.

And we are sure everyone at DFS can’t wait to see Mitch get out on the footy field and join his teammates down at DFS and Knox. Good luck Mitch!

As an avid Doggies supporter, to help cheer up Mitch he was invited by his beloved Doggies to visit The Kennel and meet his heroes, late last year.

Check out his visit below.