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.
SENIOR ASSISTANT COACHES ANNOUNCED
The Lilydale Football & Netball Club would like to welcome Alan Love, Glenn Curran and Ash Beasy to our 2021 Senior Coaching Group as Senior Assistant Coaches.
We look forward to having Alan, Glenn, Ash and their families at the club as we embark on a new era at the Lilydale Football & Netball Club.
Alan Love: Midfield Coach
Ringwood Football Club
Doncaster East Football Club
Chirnside Park Football Club
2009-2010 - Playing Development Coach at Aquinas (VAFA D1)
2011-2012 - Senior Playing Assistant Coach at Chirnside Park (Division 3)
2013 - Non-playing Senior Assistant Coach at Waverley Blues (Division 2)
2012-2015 - Junior Coach for Norwood FC from U/13's to U/17's. Premiership (U/17s)
2014 - First Team Assistant Coach for YJFL U/15 Representative team. Runners Up
2015-2017 - Development and Senior Assistant Coach for Blackburn FC (Premier Division). Premiership in 2016 with 84% win success overall
2018 - Senior Coach at Chirnside Park (Division 3).
Glenn Curran: Backline Coach
De La Salle Football Club - winning premierships in 1989 &1991
Black Rock FC - winning premierships in 2004 & 2007.
Blackburn 2015 to 2017 as an Assistant Coach in the reserves/development team. Premiership in 2016
Chirnside Park. Senior Assistant & Reserves Coach 2018 to 2019
Ash Beasy: Forwards Coach
Mulgrave Football Club
This will be Ash’s first coaching role and he brings with him a wealth of experience as a highly decorated player across EFNL, VFL, MPFNL and SFNL as mentioned above.
2021 SENIOR COACH ANNOUNCEMENT
After a thorough process, Lilydale Football Netball Club is pleased to announce the appointment of former Blackburn mentor Brendan Fulton as our Senior Coach for the 2021 season.
Fulton served his coaching career in various roles including 2015-2016 Senior Assistant and Reserves Coach at Chelsea Heights under current Somerville Senior Coach Brad Canavan, and 2017-2018 U19’s and Senior assistant coach at Blackburn under Kon Karavias and Brendan Allen.
In his latter time, Fulton was granted part time access to Richmond VFL’s football program via former Blackburn Captain and Richmond VFL director of football Anthony Fagan.
In 2019 Fulton moved to Sydney for a business engagement and was involved in the GWS Giants Academy as a part time Development Coach.
Upon returning to Melbourne, Fulton was appointed Frankston YCW senior assistant coach before the season was wiped out due to the coronavirus crisis.
Fulton, who is a National Marketing Manager for Renault Australia, says he’s looking forward to getting to work as Senior Coach.
“The number one priority will be the retention and wellbeing of current listed players. The Coronavirus restrictions have affected us all in different ways and I’m prioritising contacting all of the boys to get to know them and understand how they’re coping with the current way of life.”
“It’s a talented list with enormous potential. I understand they played with an average of 27 points in 2019 which demonstrates the Clubs commitment to developing their local talent.”
Brendan brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to Lilydale which will continue to grow and develop its program and allow the club to successfully compete at the top level of EFNL football.
We welcome Brendan and his family to Lilydale and look forward to a fresh 2021 under his guidance and leadership.
The club has now locked in all coaches for season 2021, with both Jesse Rottinger and Steve Potts returning as Reserves and our U19 Coach. More to follow.
An exciting period for the club, keep your eyes peeled for player signings to follow over the next few weeks!
#Community #Success #Respect
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!