Club history 2014-2018



In November it was announced that the SFNL Board had approved a new club application from Lyndhurst, allowing the start-up senior club (previously only a junior entity) to enter Southern league ranks.

Runners up

Under 15s were premiership runners up for 2015.



April 9 was a landmark day for the Lyndhurst Football Netball Club as it made its debut as a senior entity in the SFNL Division 3 competition. Previously only a junior football club, Lyndhurst’s powerbrokers put in a mountain of work to start up a senior team ahead of the 2016 season. Although the result didn’t go its way on the big day, comfortably beaten by Hallam, the Lightning enjoyed a reasonably successful year under coach Paddy Cooke, with the young team winning six games in its inaugural season.

Excitement was building as the first bounce approached for the club's debut at senior level. Lyndhurst finished 8th on the ladder with 3 wins and 15 losses, in a division of 12 sides this was an amazing effort. The Reserves finished 9th on 4 wins and 14 losses.


The LFNC also entered their first senior netball team into the SFNL. The club was congratulated on developing additional teams, hence contributing to the growth of the competition. The netballers took home some silverware, with the Lyndhurst netballers winning the SFNL Division 6 premiership.


Women’s football

Riding a wave of excitement generated by the launch of the impending AFL Women’s competition, the SFNL announced in May that it was committed to establishing its own women’s football competition in 2017.

In a low scoring affair, Lyndhurst opened their season on the winner’s list with an 18-point comeback victory over Hallam at Marriot Waters Reserve. Their three second-half goals secured the victory for Lyndhurst.

The women’s team finished their season with a loss in the 2017 elimination final against Highett. Alana Pola was the Lightning’s best, with Rebecca Fall and Biannaka Hazelden also strong in defeat, as Pola and Samara Hazelden kicked their goals.

Men’s football

Lyndhurst entered its second season of senior competition with playing coach, Paddy Cooke, continuing. Lyndhurst men’s finish 8th for the second year in a row with 7 wins and 11 losses. The reserves had a strong finish at 6th on the ladder with 11 wins, 6 losses and 1 draw.


Two of the club netball teams made it to the preliminary final. Against the firsts, Caulfield’s attacking threat was evident early while Lyndhurst were prepared to be patient and pick the right pass, and after turning a four-goal quarter time deficit into a 22-20 half time lead, the Lightning will have been confident of finishing the final in front. However, the Bears took the win into the grand final via a 44-41 victory over a brave and unlucky Lyndhurst. The seconds had as much ball as Dingley in the first quarter, but the Dingoes took their chances while the Lightning did not to trail 10-2 at quarter time. Lyndhurst played with more freedom in the final term, but the bird had flown, and Dingley scored a comfortable 33-19 win.

Lyndhurst become one of the first SFNL clubs to hold a ‘Love the Game’ information session in 2017.


Men's football

The SFNL created a 4th division which created a great opportunity for the club to shine. On the back of 14 wins and 4 losses they finished 2nd on the ladder in the home and away season and fought their way to the Grand Final. A tough match against Cerberus saw the Navy boys come out victorious and a sad day for the lightning. Lyndhurst 08.06.54 | Cerberus 12.12.86

The reserves finished 3rd on the ladder but lost to the Frankston Dolphins in the preliminary final.

Women’s football

Our women’s football side finished their second season as minor premiers after a tough loss against Clayton. Lyndhurst were honourable in defeat and Jessica Wilkins starred for the losing side kicking three goals. Lyndhurst 05.02.32 | Clayton 06.07.43


The netball girls again took to the court in a Grand Final with class and determination. A Lyndhurst 10-8 quarter time lead was extended to 21-16 at the main break as South Yarra battled a tall, strong mid-court, a committed defence, and injury to main shooter Julie-Anne Telfer. The third quarter gave more of the same as Lyndhurst took control, and a 33-20 three quarter time lead was always going to be too much. South Yarra played this game out until the end and won the last quarter, but a strong defence led by best-on-court Sharon Otai carried Lyndhurst to a 39-28 win and a Division 9 premiership.