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Match day photography, footage and Record download details below. 

The SMJFL’s Lightning Carnival kicked off under glorious sunshine on Sunday with the talents of the league’s youngest participants on show.

Week 1 of the Carnival saw the Under 8s and Under 9s strut their stuff across in round robin matches with modified rules across three separate venues – JL Murphy Reserve (Port Melbourne Colts JFC), Toorak Park (Prahran JFC) and King George Reserve (Bentleigh JFC).

A large contingent of parents, supporters and club volunteers were on hand at each venue to cheer on the eager girls and boys, while several league partners came on board with fun activations to add the festive atmosphere.

As with previous years, the volunteer army from the Robert Connor Dawes Foundation was out in force across all venues, shaking tins and selling #BeaniesForBrainCancer. The RCD Foundation has been the SMJFL’s official Charity Partner for the last three years and the league is proud to assist their fundraising efforts. All players were asked to spare a gold coin donation to the Foundation to support its fight against pediatric brain cancers, as well as wear a strip of grey tape on their jumpers to raise awareness, as grey is the colour of the brain. In addition, the RCD Foundation had handball targets and giveaways aplenty to keep everyone entertained throughout the day.

Meanwhile, our Preferred Partner for Football Card Trading, Footy Card Xchange, had a stall set up at King George Reserve. The kids loved coming along to trade, buy or sell their footy cards to complete their collection. It was fantastic to have them along, and we look forward to having them back down at next week’s carnival as well.

Footy Feud have this year come on board and had activations set up at both Toorak Park and JL Murphy Reserve. Their new card game aims to spark kids’ interest in maths and help develop their math skills through a close relationship to the game of footy. Footy Feud will have a stall at Highett Reserve in Week 2!

But at the end of the day, the Carnival was all about the players, and every participant thoroughly enjoyed their experience.

It was a hugely successful day and we can’t wait to do it again next week!



Download a digital copy of the Record from Sunday 31st July. Not for resale.

SMJFL 2016 Under 8 & 9 Lightning Carnival Record


MATCH DAY PHOTOGRAPHY will be available as soon as possible. 

Photos from Toorak Park are available at

Photos from JL Murphy Reserve are available at



Footage of the Lightning Carnivals available at

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