The 2015 SMJFL U8 and 9 Lightning Carnival commenced on the 2nd of August in what could be described as a ‘festival of football’.
The Robert Connor Dawes (RCD) Foundation is the chosen charity for the event and this particular cause has – and will hopefully continue to be – a great partner of the event. This notion was demonstrated by the strong support shown by patrons towards brain research by making a gold coin donation as well as players wearing grey tape on their jumpers.
The event, hosted and sponsored by JDL Strategies and the SMJFL, signals the first of two days – separated by one week – where registered players from the SMJFL U8 and 9s gather to play under modified rules where scoring and finals are out of the equation.
The opening day saw a fun-filled atmosphere across three different venues in Port Melbourne – JL Murphy Reserve; Prahran/Toorak – Toorak Park; and Bentleigh East – King George Reserve.
Of the respective grounds, King George Reserve played host to the SMJFL’s Preferred Partner Footy Card Xchange. The option to trade, swap or sell Footy Cards at the stall gave people of all ages the chance to participate and support a great cause. There was plenty of interest displayed because of the different dimension it added to the on-field events.
Meanwhile, Port Melbourne’s JL Murphy Reserve had key sponsor JDL Strategies in attendance with a tent and trade-stall setup with the promise of activities and giveaways. They didn’t disappoint as they also provided comprehensive financial advice to attendees between games. The Murphy Reserve was ultimately the only venue to host both U8 and 9s on the opening day.
Elsewhere, Prahran JFC’s Toorak Park was the final host venue and possessed a friendly atmosphere for the duration of the day. Three hours were allocated to the Under 9s, allowing them to play plenty of games under the round robin format.
Overall, the opening day of the Lightning Carnival was a huge success as there was something for everyone – ranging from supporters, families and staff to the host clubs, players, sponsors and the SMJFL’s Charity Partner the Robert Connor Dawes Foundation.
Stay tuned for the Under 10 & Under 12 Girls Lightning Carnival wrap up to be published shortly.