Club History

Club History

2015

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.

 

2016

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.

 

2017

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.

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

 

2018

The Southern Football Netball League 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

Despite the result, the Lightning’s season upon reflection will be one worth celebrating and the club will no doubt be up the top end of the ladder once again next year.

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

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.

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

 

2019

The club found their home on top of the ladder at the end of the home and away season for the first time in the 2019 SFNL Division 4 competition. Following their pattern of 2s, our Senior men’s team made their way to their second consecutive Grand Final against South Yarra in 2019. Unfortunately, a tough and closely fought match against the lions did not result in silverware for the lightning.
Lyndhurst 05.06.36 | South Yarra 07.06.48

The Reserves finished 3rd with 12 wins and 6 losses, a battle to the grand final resulted in a strong Grand Final against the Frankston Dolphins. Unfortunately, neither of the Lyndhurst men’s sides could bring home the silverware in 2019, the Dolphins proving too strong for our boys.
Frankston Dolphins 05.10.40 | Lyndhurst 04.03.27

A dearth of numbers in our women’s football team unfortunately forced Lyndhurst to forfeit their matches, ending a disappointing season for the Lightning. A highlight of the 2019 season for our women’s football department was participating in the SFNL 2019 Pride round match against Bentleigh.

 
2020
In light of the COVID-19 pandemic and significantly increased number of positive COVID-19 cases recorded in Melbourne, it had become apparent that the health and safety risks simply became too great to conduct any senior contact sporting competition in 2020.

The Southern Football Netball League (SFNL) Board met and resolved that the 2020 Men’s Senior, Reserve and Thirds Grade football competitions, as well as the Senior Woman’s football competition, be cancelled.

2021

The club started the season strong and ended it with the seniors and reserves 2nd on the ladder. After state government announcements regarding the COVID-19 pandemic, the league was left with no alternative but to cancel the balance of the 2021 season. It was a very disappointing outcome from what had been another frustrating year.