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.
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.
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.
“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.
“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.”
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.
“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.
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Footy has a remarkable way of bringing people together. Camaraderie, leadership and achievement are some of the great things about the game and that was on display at Warringal Park. Continue reading →
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.
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.
It was fantastic to watch those boys last night, what they did was very impressive. I was only there for an hour and what the coaches did with them was unreal!!
Pamela Mohr, parent of player in Elite Summer Training Program
Cadence has learnt so much through your programs.
Sylvia Ashley, participant's mum
The structure of the DFS program and coaches was really well organised. And had not only me as coach, but all players involved listening intently and working on improving their skills. I really look forward to working with them again in the future.
Shane U12 coach - Knox Junior Football Club on the Team Development Program
So impressed with the way your clinic was run yesterday! Thanks for a great session team!
Kirsty Palimaka after Masterclass Series session
I love it all and really love the way they coach and help me with my football.
Josh Tonna – Regular DFS participant
Isaiah really enjoyed the Elite Summer Program this year. So “thank you and job well done” to all of the DFS organisers and coaching team for putting on such as professional footy development program, where like minded kids that have the desire and ambition to succeed in footy can come together and take part of such a … Continue reading Isaiah Markovsky→
Ange Markovsky, parent of 2015 Elite Summer Training Program
The session was awesome and all the boys loved it. Great job!
Jason Manolakakis, Banyule Under 10 coach
I would like to thank you and the other DFS coaching staff for helping me improve my footy in the 2015 Summer Training Program. I really enjoyed it in 2013 and I really enjoyed it this year. I would definitely recommend it to my mates!
Evan, participant in 2015 Elite Summer Training Program
I thought the program was professional and very well run. The knowledge and skills learnt have and will continue to be of benefit to the development of James going forward.
Paul D (Dad) / James participated in the DFS Off-Season Programs – 2011 STP & 2012 PTP
I think it really gives the kids a great insight into what to expect in footy.
Mark Williams, AFL Premiership coach, speaking after Summer Training Program induction.
Little Dools had a great day, especially being able to go for the tour. DFS have a great series of programs running.
Justin Dooley, father of son who attended The Academy Program - Essendon Tour/Training Session
My son Brock got a lot out of the day. His game of footy the day after was his best game so far. Thank you very much for giving him some great skills and a big boost in his confidence.
Mum from South East Junior MasterClass
Clubs looking to truly develop young players need to incorporate Dynamic Footy Skills into their system by exposing all junior coaches to the Coach Support Program.
Gary Samuel, Mill Park Assistant Coach after Coach Support Program
Wow, what a fantastic day had by Brock, your coaches should be very proud. I will be recommending your program to our football club.
Grant, parent of player in Elite Summer Training Program after Fitness Testing Day
Thanks for organising the program over the past weeks, our son Brayden has really enjoyed it.
Wendy S (Mum) / Brayden participated in the DFS Off-Season Programs – 2011 STP & 2012 PTP. Brayden was also judged B.O.G. during the DFS final off-season match
My son had a ball at today’s Dynamic Footy Skills MasterClass. Thanks guys. Brilliant job again
Andi Chandler, Parent
The whole day went smoothly, DFS are extremely organised. They really know how to make the sessions worthwhile, the girls had heaps of fun while also learning about their footy.
Paul Smith, Eltham JFC football operations manager, after successful in-club training day
Yes thanks to the great coaches. Heaps of enthusiasm last night.
Samantha Burt, parent of player in Elite Summer Training Program
Michael’s involvement with DFS has helped to speed up his development with the honing of basic footy skills
Tony M (Dad) / Michael participated in the 2011 SSS after playing his 1st season of competitive Football
Any player involved with DFS can only improve his or her skills.
Andrew Yodgee, participant's dad and Banyule JFC football operations manager
I cannot believe how far your program has taken Nick in such a relatively short time frame.
Martin Klooster, participant's dad
I would like to thank all of the DFS guys for their great development program.
Maureen K (Mum) / John (JJ) participated in the DFS Off-Season Programs – with special focus on John’s Strength & Conditioning
The under 15s this year have improved significantly and a lot of this was on the back of the coaches at DFS. I would be more than happy to recommend you to other clubs and look forward to working with you in the future.
Steve Rowarth, Under 15s Head Coach at Warrandyte JFC
Cal has been absolutely flying this year. The last couple of seasons he has struggled with self confidence, and the DFS programs have been a huge part in him getting his self belief back again. The kid who was always prepared to take ’em on and run with the ball from Auskick up until under … Continue reading Greg May→
Greg May, proud parent
Love this! He’s doing so well!
Hayden Gregg, parent of player in Elite Summer Training Program
Thank you for sending through the footy kicking analysis! It’s brilliant. Some great tips and Alex is thrilled. Carla Wardlaw, mother
We were blown away by the way the coaches approached the sessions and just how much our playing group loved the training and got out of the whole program.
Sean Elwick / Head Coach at Heidelberg JFC
A massive shout out to the coaches who were there last night. The way they related to the kids was awesome. My son can’t wait to get back for more training.
Tristan McSwain, parent of player in Elite Summer Training Program
We can all highly recommend the Coach Support Program to any clubs who want to assist, train and develop their coaches, which in turn certainly provides a better opportunity for the development of the kids.
Glenn Harrington. President, Panton Hill JFC
Thanks DFS team, my son Coby was so pumped when he came home. He even done his DFS 300 Touches before he went to school this morning with the intention of doing them after school as well. Thanks again team he’s rapt.
Troy/Vanessa Hanlon, parent of player in Elite Summer Training Program
It’s fantastic to see Declan enjoy your program so much, his passion for footy has certainly increased during these weeks.
Ann-Maree, parent of player in Elite Summer Training Program
Jamie is loving your program and is getting a lot out of it and at the same time is having fun and learning so much.
Johnny Vignale (Dad & Head Coach Banyule JFC) / Jamie particpates in the DFS Saturday Skills Sessions
Congratulations on a very well run Youth Girls program. There are always new skills that need learning and honing. As always, your coaches have found that perfect balance between teaching and making it fun. How awesome were those skills that the girls put on display on match day! Thanks heaps guys and girls!