A prominent & popular player of the Yarra Valley community, Ranga joined Lilydale in 2015 and quickly became a regular around the club. Numerous times he put his hand up to assist on and off the field.
A booming voice in the backline or from the sideline, his knowledge and leadership of the game has been passed on to many players over the years. He was an U 19's Assistant Coach in 2021, and when the playing days are over, who knows if he'll put on a coaching hat again?
Continually giving back to the club & the community, he is a regular running his Joker Raffle every Thursday night, participated in fundraising events, assists at functions or home games behind the bar, and we know he enjoys his time in front of it too.
Through a few tough years, and many various hairstyles, he continues to show his loyalty and has made Lilydale his home away from home.
Additionally, Ranga & his partner Alycia welcomed beautiful baby girl, Reggie to their family in December 2020.
Congratulations on your 100th game with Lilydale. Thank you for all you have done & we appreciate your loyalty, and so thankful you are a 'Dale.
Come along and support Ranga, and the Reserves as he runs out at 12:30pm.
SENIOR DEBUTS - ROUND 4 2022
On Saturday, 30th April, there were two amazing people who made their senior debut for Lilydale Football Netball Club.
Firstly, Oscar Aliotta, or 'Big O', a gentle man with a big heart and an infectious smile who joined Lilydale FNC in 2021.
A big pre season in 2021, was over shadowed when Oscar injured himself in a practice match ruling him out for the first half of the season. Known for his hard work, he made his way back, and was ready to put his hand up for selection, when COVID hit and the remainder of the season was cancelled.
At the start of this year, injury struck again and although he could've played, unselfishly made the decision to push back his return another week. Now a few weeks later, after solid games in the reserves, he was rewarded with his senior debut.
Congratulation Oscar - well deserved!
And then, there's Rowan Tucker.
If you've been around Lilydale Junior Footy Club throughout the last few years, you would have easily heard his name. If you aren't aware, here's a little bit about Rowan.
At just 17 years old, Rowan has received LFNC Junior Club Best and Fairest honours 8 times (7 years in a row); firstly as a bottom age U9 in 2013 & again U9's in 2014, through to U14's in 2019. With no season & no medal was awarded in 2020 due to Covid, he returned in 2021 and was U17's Runner Up as a bottom age.
He was awarded Eastern Football League Best & Fairest honours twice in 2017 (U12's) & 2019 (U14's), and Runner Up twice in 2018 (U13's) and 2021 (U17's).
Many people who were a part of his junior journey, are now supporting him through his senior years.
Clearly a talented footballer, 'Row', 'Crackers' or 'Toby Greene Look-a-like', is an avid Collingwood supporter and it would seem the stars aligned last weekend.
Our Presidents Lunch was held on Saturday with Peter Daicos in attendance, who kindly agreed to present the young men with their jumpers & share his experience of receiving his first senior jumper, to the entire senior team.
It would happen that, 43 year prior, Daicos, as a 17 year old, had made his senior debut for Collingwood in Round 4, (28th April) 1979. An amazing coincidence.
It was a special day for Rowan, his family and many supporters.
Both players made a solid contribution, with Row kicking his first senior goal.
We look forward to supporting both Oscar & Row through their future careers at Lilydale.
April 15, 2022
By Briana Kendirian
Lilydale have got their first win of the 2022 Division One season, after the Falcons brushed aside Upper Ferntree Gully on their home patch.
Jayden Depace continued his hot start to the season after a year off in 2021, whilst Macauley Beckwith and Jordan Jaworski shared 10 goals between them to jump up to first and second on the divisional goal-kicking leaderboard.
The 68-point win from Lilydale pushed Upper Ferntree Gully further into hot water, with the Kings suffering two big losses in the first fortnight of the Division One season to the two sides that finished 8th and 9th in 2021.
After a disappointing five-point loss to Croydon last week, Lilydale were able to steady themselves and grab their first win for the season in style.
Lilydale’s senior coach, Luke McCormick, says that the Falcons should’ve won their game in the first round after all the hard work they’ve put in during pre-season.
“That was meant to be our win, we should’ve gotten over the line,” said the former South Croydon coach.
“Ultimately what they’ve learnt in pre-season is to put a style in place, it’s just about being consistent in training.
“Literally everyone is playing their role to have a balanced team”
Returning star Jayden Depace impressed McCormick with best on ground performance as well as Jordan Jaworski who booted five goals.
“Jayden was very good in all three practice games.
“This is his fifth game in two years and he’s just going to keep getting better and better as the year goes on,
“Jordan has been working in Frankston and has had a big pre-season and is very committed to the team,
“I have a lot of belief and confidence in the boys, and I know this sound very cliché, but it was an even contribution from all the boys.”
Lilydale have added a lot of depth to their list ahead of the 2022 season, which McCormick welcomes wholeheartedly and believes has played a significant role in their improved start to the year.
“I know Upper Ferntree Gully finished at the bottom last season so I’m being realistic and not getting ahead of myself after this win,
“But a good thing we have this year is some good players in the reserves, so you don’t just turn up to play, you turn up to perform if you want to stay in the team, because there are plenty of guys that may take your spot,
“But the most important thing is that we have very young group of boys that are motivated to play and a footy club everyone wants to come to.”
Join us for the annual President's Lunch on Saturday 30th April.
Enjoy a buffet carvery lunch, while you listen to stories of past AFL greats, Collingwood favourite Peter Daicos & Carltons hard man David Rhys-Jones.
$30 per person - Life Members & Sponsors FREE
Drinks at bar Prices
Lock in your ticket for catering purposes - HERE - or RSVP to Anthony Simmons 0447 175 986
SEASON LAUNCH 2022
Lilydale Football Netball JUNIOR AND SENIOR Clubs are joining together to Launch Season 2022.
Family and friends are invited to the Senior Ground
Saturday 26th March
2021 Best & Fairest Senior Awards will be announced
2022 Calcutta Groups will be Auctioned (groups to be listed on here the week before)
BLUSH will be entertaining us throughout the night
- Food Trucks
- Bucking Bull
- Inflatable Slide
- Drinks at Bar Prices
Join the buzz and bring the family down to join in the hype.
The Senior club will be playing practice matches in Healesville during the day.
THANK YOU TO Big Picnic Table Hire & Sales, and Kaitri's Catering who will be in attendance on Saturday
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LILYDALE JUNIOR FC - REGISTRATION DAY 28th nov
ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING 2021
The Annual General Meeting of the Lilydale Football and Netball Club will be held on Tuesday December 14th from 7.30 pm at the clubrooms at Lilydale Sports Oval, Lilydale. Put this date in your diary and please come along to hear all about the football & netball club - your support means everything to this club.
28/07/2021 - SENIOR COMPETITIONS UPDATE
Divisions Two, Three and Four of the Eastern Football Netball League Senior Men’s will return this weekend, along with all divisions of Senior Women’s and Veterans (Men’s).
Senior Men’s Premier Division and Division One along with Women’s Veterans will resume on August 7.
After this extensive process, which included consultation with every member club by division, the Eastern Football Netball League can announce the finalised make-up of the remainder of the 2021 season.
The season will continue to work towards the original finish dates, with the league wary of other commitments and plans those members of the EFNL community may have, along with scheduled seasonal council ground works and the potential of further lockdowns which may halt the season. Completing a season with finals will be no small achievement given the challenges faced this year from lockdowns and missing the entire 2020 season.
Finals will be played in all competitions, with clubs agreeing to play them at the expense of Home and Away fixtures. This means that there will be no attempts to make-up any further cancelled rounds this year. To ensure finals could be played, some Home and Away rounds have been sacrificed.
27/07/21 - EFNL Junior SEASON UPDATE
The Eastern Football Netball League welcomes today’s announcement from the Victorian State Government that community sport can return as of 11:59pm tonight.
This means all EFNL sides can begin training in preparation for the restart of the 2021 season.
Junior competition will return this Sunday though, with a limit on attendance. Only those required to facilitate the event – Players, Coaches, Trainers, Parents + Guardians – are allowed to attend, much like the last return from lockdown earlier in the season.
Our boys and girls will get to play a minimum of three more games this season, before a standalone grand final weekend. Rounds 16 (previously Round 9) and Round 14 will be played on the 1st and 8th of August, before a playoff weekend on the 15th of August.
During the playoff weekend, the top four sides will play each other in a knockout finals series – 1st plays 4th, 2nd plays 3rd – whilst all sides below them will play an extra game – 5th plays 6th, 7th plays 8th and so on – to make up for rounds missed throughout the interrupted 2021 campaign.
Lilydale Football & Netball Club is delighted to announce the appointment of Luke McCormick as Senior Head Coach for Season 2022.
With an already strong family connection & knowing much of the Lilydale community & players, Luke ‘Macca’ McCormick, has been around the club for a number years and most recently has stepped in as an assistant to Coach, Alan Love. It has been a pleasure to have Luke’s experience and knowledge on board and excited for the future, as he steps into his new role at seasons end.
“The fact that the near future is so positive with such a keen young list who are already getting valuable senior experience - I’m wrapped to be given the opportunity to get on board with the Dales.” McCormick stated.
Macca started his playing career with local club Ainslie in the ACT and then on to NSW/ACT Rams (TAC equivalent) until he made the move to Victoria, when drafted to North Melbourne, playing for 2 years. Macca played at Port Melbourne (1999 - 2000), and primarily East Ringwood (2001 to 2008) including winning the Best & Fairest in their 2002 Premiership. He stepped up as Playing Assistant Coach with East Ringwood in 2007 & 2008.
He took on his first Head Coach role, as Playing Coach at Monbulk, from 2009 to 2012, before taking on a development role as a Line Coach at Eastern Ranges in 2013, 2014, 2015 & 2017.
Luke re-established his solid coaching skills as Head Coach of South Croydon FC in the EFNL Premier League in 2018-2020.
“The energy and enthusiasm of most importantly the current players, but also everyone around the club is exciting. Looking forward to next year - but also supporting Lovey & the boys to get more wins on the board this year. Go Dales”
Please join us in welcoming Luke, Bec and his family to Lilydale Football Netball Club and the broader community.
On the afternoon of 15/07/21 the Victorian State Government announced that Victoria will be going into another five day lockdown, commencing at 11:59pm and set to finish at the same time Tuesday – subject to public health advice.
This means the planned Eastern Football Netball League Football and Netball fixtures for this weekend will not go ahead.
The Eastern Football Netball League Board and Administration will move through the fixture based on existing dates and will determine any fixture amendments – i.e. Finals v Home and Away – once we are able to resume our competitions.
The Board and Administration have been clear throughout the difficulties of 2021 that maximising participation for all members of the Eastern Football Netball League is its number one priority.
EFNL COVID UPDATE – 02/06/2021
In line with the announcement from the Victorian State Government, that Victoria’s lockdown has been extended until midnight Thursday 10th June 2021, all Eastern Football Netball League training and fixtures for this weekend's games have been cancelled.
The EFNL will continue to communicate as they receive further information and guidance from the DHHS and the State Government.
The EFNL will be providing an update this week as to how they propose to ensure a fair, reasonable and just outcome for all clubs, teams and participants, following the removal of two weekends fixtures.
Please continue to look after yourself, family and friends and stay safe.
Regards LFNC and LJFC Committee.
THANK YOU, BEN NEAGLE
COACHING UPDATE | THANK YOU, BEN NEAGLE!
To Ben Neagle,
From Lilydale Football Netball Club Committee, Life Members, Players, Sponsors and Supporters
On behalf of the entire club, I want to congratulate you on the remarkable job you have done over the last 5 years.
You have been an inspiration to all with your unflagging optimism and team spirit as Senior Coach of the Club and we appreciate how you have guided our young playing group.
Your extraordinary ability to keep the team on task is a direct reflection of your professionalism and attention to detail.
The way you have set about implementing the clubs chosen direction to “support and play our local/junior talent” has been exemplary. Fielding a team that is comprised of players almost all of whom have come through our juniors is a point of pride for all at the club.
Your positivity and enthusiasm will be missed.
We sincerely thank Ben Neagle for his service and wish Ben, Nicole, Jake, Kade, Abbey, Stella and the extended Neagle family all the best for the future and hope to continue seeing the whole family around the club!
Look forward to having a beer with you on the West Wing mate - The Brains Trust has a spot saved for ya!