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HISTORY

Our club is based in the Melbourne suburb of Mordialloc and started out in the Federal Football Association. We played in the FFA from 1909 to 1957 and were premiers on seven occasions – 1923, 1924, 1929, 1939, 1950, 1951 & 1952. Since 1927, the club has played at Ben Kavanagh Reserve (our original ground was on the beach side of Beach Rd down near the pier) in McDonald St, Mordialloc, a ground which is notable for its long length & similar size playing area as the MCG.

In 1958 we joined the Victorian Football Association (now known as the VFL). We were initially allocated to Division 1 when the Association was first divided into two divisions, but were relegated to Division 2 after finishing last in 1962, and spent most of our remaining time in the Association in the lower division. We lost the 1965 Grand Final to Preston and made another second division Grand Final in 1976 but lost again, this time to Williamstown. The following season we broke through for our first VFA premiership with a 38-point win over Yarraville, under the leadership of captain-coach Geoff Rosenow.

As a result of the premiership, we were promoted to Division 1, but lasted only one season before being relegated unfortunately losing several games by under 10 points and hosting Port Melbourne at home in a memorable match which saw us lead most of the day but just go under, the VFA estimated the crowd to be over 5,000, there were people everywhere!!!

Our time in the VFA ended three matches into the 1988 season when we resigned due to poor on field performances and the uncertain future of the VFA’s second division. We then joined the South East Suburban Football League (now known as the Southern Football League) immediately and debuted the week following our exit from the VFA, where we have played since. Since 2013 we have been officially known as the “Mordialloc Football Netball Club”.

We have won two Men’s Football second division SFNL premierships: in 1999 and 2014.

In 2018, we won our first Netball Division 1 flag along with a successful Division 6 premiership.

We are very proud that we are one of the few ex-VFA/FFA clubs that is still the same club, with the same ground, colours & identity as a lot of our fellow clubs have folded, merged, or been bankrupted several times and have no original identity left. No matter how dire on-field or off-field things became for us, we kept going over the years and now in 2018 on the cusp of brand new facilities at Ben Kav along with us embracing netball & Women’s AFL as part of our club, starting up netball & football juniors, we are going from strength to strength along with our magnificent supporters & sponsors and we consistently play in front of large crowds especially at Ben Kav.

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