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Match day photography, footage and Record download details below. 

The SMJFL’s 2016 Lightning Carnivals concluded yesterday with the Under 10s displaying their talents across two separate venues.

King George Reserve (Bentleigh JFC) hosted matches for the second week in a row, while Highett Reserve (Highett FC) also featured thrilling exhibitions of junior football.

As per last week, the teams played shortened matches with modified rules, allowing for faced-paced and exciting contests.

Melbourne thankfully turned on another peach of a day for the event, the rain stayed away and all games were played in fantastic spirits.

It was also delightful to see so many parents, supporters and club volunteers in attendance across both venues, which really added to the atmosphere of the carnival. The tent cities were abuzz with excitement for the entire day, and it was a brilliant conclusion to what has been an outstanding season.

The volunteer army from the Robert Connor Dawes Foundation was again out in force at both King George and Highett, shaking tins and selling their grey beanies in support of #BeaniesForBrainCancer. The RCD Foundation has been the SMJFL’s official Charity Partner for the last three years and the league is proud to support the organisation’s fight against paediatric brain cancers. All players on the day wore a strip of grey tape on their jumpers signifying the colour of the brain in an attempt to raise awareness, as well as fund. All players supported the Foundation’s fundraising efforts through a gold coin donation. In addition, the RCD Foundation had handball targets, an inflatable 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 for the second week in a row. The kids enjoyed coming along to trade, buy and sell their footy cards in a bid to complete their collection. It was fantastic to have them along for both days of the Lightning Carnival and hope to continue this partnership next year and beyond.

And after having activations set up at Port Melbourne and Prahran last week, Footy Feud had a presence again yesterday at Highett 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 have this year come on board as a Lightning Carnival Partner and it was great to have them involved!

Overall it was another hugely successful day and we greatly appreciate the efforts of everybody involved. It was a spectacular way to end what has been a very enjoyable Under 10 season and will see you all back again next year!



We have a number left over you can collect from our offices at your earliest convenience.

Or download a digital copy of the Under 10 Lightning Carnival Record from Sunday 7th August. Not for resale.


MATCH DAY PHOTOGRAPHY – will be available as soon as possible.

Photos from Highett Reserve will be available at thanks to Diggle Photography.

Unfortunately due to last minute unavailability there was no League photographer at King George Reserve (if you have any you’d like to share, please send to



Footage of the Lightning Carnivals available at

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Congratulations to the 2016 Under 10 Lightning Carnival Pennant winners:

Highett Reserve

Gawn Group: Ormond JFC (Blue)

Barassi Group: Mordialloc-Braeside JFC (Silver)

Smith Group: East Malvern JFC (Silver)

Neitz Group: Highett FC (Blue)

Frost Group: Dingley JFC (White)


King George Reserve

Lumumba Group: Prahran JFC (Blue)

McDonald Group: Dingley JFC (Blue)

Vince Group: St Bedes/Mentone AFC (Orange)

Jetta Group: Port Melbourne Colts JFC (Green)

Watts Group: Hampton Rovers AFC (Purple)

Brayshaw Group: St Paul’s McKinnon JFC (Green)

Stynes Group: Brighton Beach JFC (Silver)

Jones Group: East Sandringham JFC (Green)

Petracca Group: East Sandringham JFC (Orange)