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Lionel Watts is getting a makeover!

Our new synthetic surface on Lionel Watts should be completed soon.

However, we have just been advised by the Northern Beaches Council that the opening of the new synthetic Sportsfield at Lionel Watts will be delayed until mid June.

This is unfortunate but is due to the delayed delivery of the synthetic grass from China.

The council is doing everything they can and is certain that we wont lose any games or training sessions but that we may have to reschedule the time or place. If Lionel Watts is available by the 16th June then this will only impact 4 home rounds.

 We will keep you posted as more details come to hand but it is very likely that we will be utilising Melwood Oval in Forestville and Killarney Oval in Killarney Heights amongst other venues.


On behalf of the Forest Lions Committee, the Northern Beaches Council and the NSW AFL I would like to apologise for the inconvenience that this is going to cause us all.


At the end of this, we will have access to the best synthetic AFL facility on the Northern Beaches and this will create many benefits for the club going forward.


We will also be getting new change rooms and a storage and canteen upgrade in the middle of the year, so plenty going on around the club.




to our wonderful Auskick Coach Geoff Pridgeon

Big THANK YOU to our wonderful Auskick Coach, former President (1997-1999) and Forest Lions Life Member GEOFF PRIDGEON

who has announced that this is his last year at Forest. 

We are so grateful for the 20+ years of service to our Club. Your impact has been immeasurable !

Geoff is not stepping away from Footy as he will still be involved down at Weldon with the Manly Wolves.

 Geoff Pridgeo


2018 Grand Final Winners

Two from Two ....

A HUGE congratulations to our two Forest Lions winning teams

of the 2018 Grand Final

U11 Div 1 and U15 Yellow Youth Girls 

U11 GF




Forest Players SHINE at the 2018 Sydney Juniors AFL ‘Kieren Jack Medal’ Presentation Night.


Congratulations to the following:


Max Glackin: 



Peggy Stanbury: 



Hannah Woolf: 



Cameron Laytham: 


Matt Filatoff: 


Sophie Eyres:


Kahli Gilchrist:


Kieran jack 


Club Presentation Day 

Sunday September 9th at the Belrose Hotel, 5 Hews Parade, Belrose

The Forest Lions Committee warmly invites all players and their families to come along and celebrate the Individual, Team and Club achievements of Season 2018.

10am: Auskick &  U8's

11am: U9's

12pm: U10's Youth Girls & Boys

1pm: U11's

2pm: U12's Youth Girls & Boys

3pm: U13's

4pm: U14's

5pm: U15's & U17's

6pm: U15 & U18 Youth Girls




Back to the Den End of Year Celebration

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Forest Lions Not too Serious Trivia Night

hosted by Trudi Ross

Loads of games, fantastic raffles, auctions and loads of amazing prizes.

Fancy Dress - 'Your Favourite Decade' -
prizes for best-dressed individual & best themed table.

7.00pm for 7.30pm start
BYO Food & Drink
$25.00 per head, tables of 8

Tickets are available via

Don't miss out ... tickets are limited



Congratulations to Roddy Dixon from our U15

Roddy Dixon was named Team MVP for Northern NSW at the NSWCHSSA Secondary Australian Football Championships at Blacktown International Sports.

Roddy was selected to compete for the Northern NSW in the NSW Combined High Schools AFL Championships at BISP this week


Join us for our Brazilian BBQ Party!

When - Saturday July 7th from 6.30pm to 9.30pm

Where - The Lions Den (Lionel Watts Sports Hall, Blackbutts Road, Frenchs Forest)

Cost is $20 per person (BYO refreshments)

This will be a fantastic night, everyone is welcome to come along and enjoy the amazing BBQ which will be cooked outside.

To RSVP please go to


GIANTS v Richmond Tigers

The club has worked with the GWS GIANTS to provide an opportunity for all of our players, volunteers, sponsors and their families, to attend a GIANTS game together as a club.

We have selected the following game:

GIANTS v Richmond Tigers

Saturday 14 July

Game starts at 7.25pm

Spotless Stadium, Sydney Olympic Park

The GIANTS are kindly providing free tickets and will provide our club with an area to sit together – so a great opportunity to get to know each other better, team bonding etc.

What do you need to do?

Put the game in your diary and register for your free tickets via the link below ASAP.

In order to provide our club with this opportunity the GIANTS have to close ticketing strictly at noon Monday 9 July, without exception, so act now to avoid disappointment, and make sure your team mates and parents are organised.

Tickets will be emailed to your inbox by the GIANTS 1-2 days before the game.

Contact the club president for more info.


2018-2019 Entertainment Book

The all NEW 2018-2019 Entertainment Book is now available via the Forest Lions.

If you would like to to support the clubs fundraising and order a book or arrange a digital Membership please click on the following link:


The Entertainment™ Book, and the Entertainment™ Digital Membership are your guide to the most popular restaurants, attractions, shopping, travel and more, all with valuable up to 50% off and 2-for-1 offers



School Holiday Camp - 18th and 19th April

Forest Lions will again be running an AFL Holiday Development Camp these April school holidays.

We have managed to secure an incredible coach by the name of Lloyd Perris

 Lloyd Perris is 

  • a former SYDNEY SWAN,

  • is the current U16's NSW/ACT RAMS Head Coach

  • is the current U18's NSW/ACT RAMS Assistant Coach

  • current Sydney University Head of Player Development


This is an incredible opportunity to learn from a pro and get some exposure to the current NSW/ACT State Coach!

We have organised for a special  Guest AFL Player to arrive at the camp as well! This will be released closer to the camp date so stay tuned! As always we aim to make this the best value camp in Sydney with discounts for multiple kids and 10% of every ticket going back to the club!


Camp Details:

April 18th and April 19th (you can do one day or two $83 for one, $149 for two)


Lionel Watts Oval

Head Coach: NSW/ACT State Coach Lloyd Perris




LIMITED TO 30 SPOTS! --> don't miss out BOOK AT



Counting down to the start of the season

The start of the footy season is just around the corner with Round 1 kicking off at home on Sunday April 8th.  We are very excited about what the year ahead holds for the Forest Lions.

The Female AFL league is going from strength to strength and we are thrilled with the number of girls signing up to play for the mighty Forest Lions.

Our Summer Skills program has been a huge hit and it has been great to see so many new faces coming to try out AFL for the first time. 

Team Coaches and Managers will be handing out guernseys in the coming weeks. Socks and Shorts will be available to purchase from the Club house on Thursday March 15th from 5.00pm-6.30pm.


Pre-Season Training will commence at Lionel Watts from Monday 19th March

Keep an eye out for an email from your team coach or manager with further details


Summer Skills / Come and Try AFL

Begins Sunday 18th February

We will again be holding our Summer Skills sessions at Killarney Heights High School Oval (corner Melwood and Starkey Street) beginning Sunday 18th February .

The sessions will run for 6 weeks. These sessions are free of charge so please encourage any of your daughter or sons friends to come along and give AFL a go.

Session Times:

Auskick, U9, U10 (girls and boys) and U11’s – 3pm to 4pm

U12 (girls and boys), U13 and U14 – 4pm to 5pm

U15 (girls and boys), U17, U18 (girls) – 5pm to 6pm




Swans Player Visit Thursday 15th March - 5pm to 7pm at Lionel Watts

On Thursday March 15th we are fortunate enough to have a couple of Sydney Swans players coming along to visit the Forest Lions.

This is always a fun night, with the Swans players assisting with training drills and then an opportunity for the kids to ask questions, grab some photos and get an autograph or two. 

The afternoon will kick off around 5pm and will finish off with a BBQ and a drink for the kids. 

Everyone is welcome to come along and join in the fun.



Forest Lions Pre-season Development Camp

December 18th and 19th at Lionel Watts Oval

Cost $149 for 2 day camp

Book now at


Forest Lions Preseason Training and Fitness Program

We will be running a Preseason Training and Fitness program aimed at u12-U17 age groups (boys and girls).

The 9 Week Preseason Fitness Program has been designed by the Sydney Swans Academy, U-18 TAC Cup Team Gippsland Power and our Coaches.

The sessions will be held at: 

Lionel Watts Oval on Monday Nights between 6pm-7.30pm (Starting 23rd October)

Players are asked to wear runners and bring a Hat and a Drink Bottle.

Please do not hesitate to contact us if you have any questions.


Girls Footy taking off in Leaps and Bounds!

Featuring our very own Sophie Eyres (far left).

Girls Footy


The tournament comes a year after the creation of the AFL Women's. Since the league’s inception, there has been a 59 per cent increase in female participation in club football.

In the northern suburbs of Sydney, a sporting shift is under way. Prestigious girls schools are seeing an AFL surge in an area traditionally dominated by their male counterparts playing rugby.

Read the full article from The Australian


Winners! Our U15's win the Grand Final

Congratulations to our U15 team who won the U15 Div 3 Sydney Harbour Region Grand Final against Willoughby Mosman Swans at Macquarie University Oval

Forest 8.2.50 to Willoughby 5.5.35. GO THE MIGHTY LIONS!

The boys have had a fantastic year, finishing off

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Swans Academy teams - AFL (NSW/ACT) Joss State Zone Trials

The Swans Academy have named their teams to travel to Albury to take part in the AFL (NSW/ACT) Joss State Zone Trials.

Players are selected based on their performances at Academy Cup matches throughout the year as well as their commitment and attitude at the weekly squad training sessions.

To be selected is a fantastic achievement and Forest were lucky enough to have the following players picked:


Daniel Corcoran - selected to play in the u13 Naismith team.

Roddy Dixon – selected to play in the u14 McVeigh team

Will Smit – selected to play in the u14 Jack team

Callum White – selected to play in the u14 McVeigh team

Marcus Vilnis has been named as an emergency and has been invited to train with the team this week.


Particularly exciting for Daniel as a first year AFL player ! 



Beautiful and heartwarming story about Jarryd Haines from our U13's on Channel 10 Sept 5th

When the Sydney Swans heard about a young boy (our very own Jarryd Haines) commentating to his blind friend at their game against the Blues, they were on a mission to find these special boys!

Through the power of social media the Swans did find Mark and Jarryd and they invited the boys to the SCG to meet the Swans on September 5th! The boys met the whole playing group and were told they would also get to run through the banner on Saturday night at the SCG when the Swans take on Essendon.

It's a heartwarming tale combining true friendship and a passion for football.

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Click on the link below to see the boys meet the Swans!

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Club Presentation Day 2017

The Forest Lions JAFL Club Committee warmly invite all players and their families to come along and celebrate our wonderful season.

This year we will be holding presentations in different time slots - you are welcome to come for just your age group or grab a drink and a bite to eat and stay for the day.

Sunday September 17th @ the Belrose Hotel
10.00am | Under 9s
11.00am | Under 10s, Junior Club Rookie of the Year
12.00pm | Under 11s, Under 12s & Under 12 Youth Girls, Junior Club Champion
2.30pm | Under 13s
3.30pm | Under 14s
5.00pm | Under 15s, Under 15 Youth Girls, Under 17s, Senior Club Champion Awards, Club Recognition Awards


Do you have any old Footy Boots?

Wanted! Any unwanted football boots or football clothing that is in good condition.

Last year, thanks to our Club Sponsor John Bull, we delivered two very large boxes to the Laramba School in an Aboriginal community located 150 north west of Alice Springs.

This year we would like to do the same. There will be a donation box at the Belrose Hotel on Presentation Day.


AFL Sydney Juniors Kieren Jack Medal & Youth Awards Presentation Night

At the recent AFL Sydney Juniors 2017 Best & Fairest Night, the Mighty Forest Lions were lucky enough to have 3 players nominated for recognition.

Congratulations to Charlie (u13) andRoddy (u15) for being recognised for their outstanding efforts in the 2017 Sydney Juniors Representative Carnivals. Both boys were named in their respective age groups 'All Stars' teams.

Big congratulations to Hannah (u15YG) for being named the Runner Up Best and Fairest  player in the u15 Div 2 Youth Girls.
A fantastic reward for a wonderful season.



Life Members and Past Players Day

Sunday 6th August @ Lionel Watts

Life Member and Past Players came along for a great afternoon of socialising and watching our U15's and U17's playing great games of footy. For some of our U17's this was their last home game after many years with the club.

It was wonderful to see so many people at our Life Member & Past Player Recognition. We were honoured to have so many Life Members in attendance.
One of the highlights of the afternoon was hearing the news that our wonderful Ground Manager extraordinaire, Steve Dixon, will be our next Forest Lions Life Member. Congratulations Steve - so well deserved. (Not only was Steve ground managing for most of yesterday, he also was on the spit roast cooking for 100 people!)

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Volunteer Recognition Round

AFL Sydney Juniors and AFL Sydney are excited to announce that as part of their celebration of volunteers, they are dedicating Round 15 as a Volunteer Recognition Round. This Round is an opportunity for all clubs to recognise all of their clubs volunteers. 

The Forest Lions Committee would like to take this opportunity to sincerely say thank you to each and everyone one of you who puts your hand up week in and week out to help around the Club. Your help doesn't go unnoticed and is so greatly appreciated.

Thank You !



Please check in with your Team Managers to confirm what time they would like you to arrive by.

U10 Kennedys Friday night, 4th August, 7.15pm
U12 YG Friday night, 4th August, 7.45pm
U11 Div 3 Friday night, 4th August,  6.30pm
U10 Jacks Sunday 6th August, 8.50am
U9 Franklins Sunday 6th August, 9.10am
U9 Parkers
Sunday 6th August, 9.30am
Sunday 6th August, 10.45am
U11 Div 1 Sunday 6th August, 10.20am
U13 Div 2 Sunday 6th August, 10.00am
U12 Div 2 Sunday 6th August, 11.45am
U14 Div 2 Sunday 6th August, 11.25am
U12 Div 3 Sunday 6th August, 3.15pm
U17 Div 2 Sunday 6th August, 12.50pm
U15 Div 3 Sunday 6th August, 2.10pm
U15 YG Sunday 6th August, 4.30pm


Trivia Night with The Forest Lions

Saturday 29 July at Lionel Watts Club Rooms 

Thank you to everyone who came along and supported the Clubs recent Trivia Night. A fantastic night was had by all - Some very imaginative fancy dress too !
Trivia photos

We would to thank the following for organisations for their generous donations to our Trivia Night raffles:

Autobody Magic
Belrose Hotel
Blue House Dental
Casama Wine Group
Flight Centre Forestville
Forest Brunch Bar
Gaugahn Family
Harvey Norman
Koch & Co
Laws & Norris Plumbing
Maui Jim
Men's Cuts Forestville
Monash Golf Club
Portogalo Chicken Forestville
Pounsett Family
Qantas Social Club
Sew & Sew Wines
Virgin Active
Vision Lighting 2000




AFL Sydney Juniors Representative and Development Carnivals

Congratulations to the Forest Lions & Northern Phoenix players who were selected to play in the AFL Sydney Juniors Representative and Development Carnivals over the June long weekend.

A MASSIVE event .... over 30 hours of football was played, with well over 1000 junior participants involved from Under 9’s through to Under 18’s Youth Girls from both Sydney Harbour and Western Sydney regions. 

U13 Sydney North were undefeated on the day!

Forest were well represented with Max, Logan, Daniel, Jaiden and Charlie all making the team and Ollie and Josh supporting as emergencies. 


U14 Sydney North (coached by Sydney Swans superstar Gary Rohan) finished Runners Up.

(L-R) Callum, Gary Rohan, Roddy & Talis


Northern Phoenix girls in the winning Sydney North Youth Girls U18 team 

(L-R) Emily, Sophie, Amy, Sally, Hayley.

phoenix reps



July School Holiday AFL Camp @ Lionel Watts 

July 3rd, 4th and 5th from 9am to 3pm

Learn how to become a more Confident Footballer while gaining a better understanding of how the great game of AFL is played. 

Learn Structures that will get you in a better place on the field to give your team more impact.

Learn Precise skills and drills that the star AFL players use to further their development.

Learn both Defensive and Offensive strategies to become a key player on your team. 

All in our back yard on Lionel Watts Oval.

Please follow this link as spaces are limited.

If you have any questions, please contact Craig Fairbairn on 0411 593 668



Do you have any old pre-loved Footy Boots?

Footy boots photo

Do you have any pre-loved footy boots that the kids have grown out of but are still in good condition?
If so please bring them down next time your team plays at home and drop them into the box in the storeroom marked “FOOTY BOOTS”.

With the help of one of our fantastic sponsors, John Bull Removals, we will make sure they find a good home in the Laramba Community NT, and be given to kids who are in desperate need of some new boots. Any questions call Anna on 0400 270 368.


Monday Funday 

Have you heard of or tried AFL9’s?

The Forest Lions have again got allocation to the synthetic fields at Melwood Avenue on Monday nights from 7.00pm to 8.00pm. 

So we are conducting an AFL 9’s style of game for our U13’s, U14’s and U17’s age
groups – please note parents can also have a go.

AFL 9’s is a fast flowing game with the object of the game to keep the ball off the ground, as soon as the ball hits the ground it is an automatic turnover to the other side.

The game is non-contact.

The club sees this as an opportunity to have some fun, to get our older age groups together, improve skills and allow for any bumps and bruises from the Sunday to be ran out in a club friendly game.

If interested, it is 7.00pm for warm up and 7.15 start with two 20 minute halves


Injury Prevention Talk

On Sunday May 14th, Glenn Stevens, head Chiropractor at Move, Train, Perform Brookvale and Sports trainer with the GWS Giants AFL team will be showing the U17 team how to warm up correctly to help prevent injury. 

He will then be running a short Injury Prevention Session in the clubs rooms from 2:45pm-3:15pm before the U17 games starts

Glenn has always been a great lover of sport; playing a wide variety of sports from soccer, cricket, tennis, athletics and Australian Rules football. His passion for Australian Rules saw him travel around the country representing NSW from 15-18 years of age and he also held a scholarship at Sydney University playing in their first grade team.

He is passionate about soft tissue work, manual adjusting, rehabilitation protocols, and educating the local community via his Mobility Workshops. 


Bunnings BBQ and Cake Stall


Come along and support our Belrose Bunnings BBQ and Cake Stall Club Fundraiser.

We will be selling delicious Sausages from 8am until 4pm, and this year we will also be running a Cake Stall as well.

We need volunteers to help cook and serve on the BBQ as well as serving at the Cake Stall.
None of this can happen without the support of our wonderful families

We also need donations of baked goods for our Cake Stall (Cup cakes, biscuits, slices etc.)
Donations can be dropped directly to Bunnings anytime from 8.30am.
BBQ Shifts
(4 volunteers required for each shift, must be over 15 years old)
7.00am - 9.30am 
9.00am - 11.30am
11.00am - 1.30pm
1.00pm - 3.30pm
3.00pm - 4.30pm
Cake Stall Shifts
(2 volunteers required)
8.30am - 10.00am
10.00am - 11.30am
11.30am - 1.00pm
If you are able to support the club by volunteering please email Dani White with your preferred times.


Forest Summer Skills Commences Sunday February 5th

Forest AFL are running the Summer Skills sessions again for all interested players.

Where: Killarney Oval

When:  Sunday February 5th to Sunday March 26th

The Forest Lions Summer Skills sessions are open to anyone.

From 3pm we would like to invite any new young players who would like to try AFL to come along and have a kick.
Afterwards we be running a BBQ and there will be an opportunity have have a chat with members of the Forest Lions Club.

3pm to 4pm: U9 - U12 (inc Youth Girls)
4pm to 5pm: U13 - U14
5pm to 6pm: U15 - U17 (inc Youth Girls)

This sessions aren't compulsory, but come highly recommended.  


Swans Visit Visit Thursday March 16th

On Thursday March 16th we are fortunate enough to have a couple of Sydney Swans players coming along to visit the Forest Lions.

This is always a fun night, with the Swans players assisting with training drills and then an opportunity for the kids to ask questions, grab some photos and get an autograph or two. 

The afternoon will kick off around 5pm and will finish off with a BBQ and a drink for the kids. 

Everyone is welcome to come along and join in the fun.


With the inclement weather, we will be restructuring the afternoon slightly.

We will be having the Q&A session in the clubrooms - this is the opportunity for the kids to ask questions, grab some photos and get an autograph or two. 



The Story of the Travelling Boots

What an AMAZING Journey!

Thanks to the generosity of so many people we were able to deliver two large boxes of footy gear to the kids at Laramba.

Towards the end of the season we sent out a request for contributions of any unwanted footy gear so we could make a donation to Laramba School which is located in an Aboriginal community  approximately 150kms north west of Alice Springs.

Once packed and decorated, the boxes began their amazing journey ...

It all started in Frenchs Forest when Donna Dixon delivered the boxes to Martin Fowle of John Bull Removals.

Martin then delivered the boxes to John Bull Removals premises in Mona Vale.

John Bull then delivered the boxes to Baulkham Hills Removals (Baulkham Hills).

Baulkham Hills delivered to Lancashire Removals in Melbourne (Campbellfield).

Delco Removals then collected from Lancashire and delivered to Adelaide (Lonsdale). Marion Pledger from Delco, in her spare timejust happens to work forPledgeTrek,  an aboriginal charitable family organisation. Marion took the boxes to the other side of Adelaide and delivered them to Aussiemove in Mawson Lakes.

Central Australian Removals in Alice Springs then took delivery of the boxes and contacted Lucy at Laramba School to let her know the boxes have arrived.

The Forest Lions would sincerely like to thank everyone involved in the journey, special thanks to all the shipping and delivery companies listed above who generously donated their services free of charge.

Lastly a massive thank you goes to Martin Fowle of John Bull Removals - without his connections the boxes would never have made it to the kids of Laramba School.


 Footy boots delivered

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Euan set for bright future

Euan Dixon is only 16 but he has grand plans for his future in Australian Rules. Read all about our forest lions future star in the Manly Daily article here.

 Euan DIxon 2

 Euan Dixon 1


On Monday 29th August at the AFL Sydney Juniors (Sydney Harbour) Presentation Night, Forest were honoured to have four players nominated for the prestigious Kieren Jack Award. The Kieren Jack Award is presented to a player deemed to be Best & Fairest via the umpires votes tallied throughout the home and away season.

We are so pleased to announce the following results:
Roddy Dixon placed 3rd in u13 division 2.
Kale Gabila placed 3rd in u14 division 2.
Michael Calley was announced the WINNER for u15 division 3
Euan Dixon was announced the WINNER for u17 division 3.

Euan has now won this Award three years running, and it is the second year that Kale has been nominated and has placed.

Kale was also named in the Under 14 'Allstars' Representative Team for 2016.


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L-R: Kale Gabila, Roddy Dixon, Euan Dixon and Michael Calley


The Forest Lions are GRAND FINAL WINNERS!

What fantastic games.... Well done to the mighty Forest Lions U15/3 and U17/3


Congratulations to the u15/3 on a fabulous Grand Final performance.

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Our victorious u17/3 boys

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SJAFL Grand Finals are on this Sunday September 4th.

finals footy 2016

Our u15s will be taking on the Willoughby/Mosman Swans on the Northern Oval (Macquarie University) at 2.05pm.

The u17s will be playing against Canada Bay Cannons/North Ryde on the Northern Oval (Macquarie University) at 3.39pm.


Come on down and support our boys playing Grand Finals Footy.


The weekend before....What an exciting weekend of Semi-Finals Footy !!

Congratulations to the u17s who are on FIRE. A convincing win against Canada Bay/North Ryde sees them move straight into the Grand Final.

Our u15s battled it out against Willoughby/Mosman in an absolute nail-biter...A one point win sees them straight into the Grand Final as well.

Unfortunately our u13s weren't as lucky and struggled to match it with a strong Canada Bay. The Forest boys fought right to the end, won the last quarter and with a couple of late goals lifted our spirits. Sadly their season has now come to an end, but everyone at Forest would like to congratulate them on a great season and for making it through to the Semi-Finals.


Presentation Day

Sunday September 18th at the Terrey Hills Community Centre,

8-12 Booralie Rd Terrey Hills.

Everyone is welcome to come along and celebrate the individual, team and Club achievements of season 2016.

Please feel free to bring your own food and refreshments.


12.30pm – 2pm:
Auskick, U9, U10, U11, U12 Team Awards

Junior Club Awards

2.15pm – 4.30pm:

Year In Review

Club Awards,

U13, U14, U15, U17 Team Awards

Youth Awards


Monster Raffle Fundraiser

Drawn at 2.45pm

A GoPro Hero 4, a Maui Jim’s sunglasses voucher valued at $400, a round for four at Monash Golf Club (with two golf carts) valued at $400, Electrical goods and free 2017 Club Registration are just some of the amazing prizes on offer.

Please return all tickets and money by 2.15pm on presentation day to be elegible.


Swans Academy 2016 Results

The results from the Swans Academy 2016 Open Athlete Assessment Trials have now been finalised. The trials assessed three priority skill activities, four fundamental activities and two objective motor skill tests. The priority skill activities - kicking technique, marking and kick game - received a higher weighting than the other stations and video footage was captured to assist with player evaluations.

Congratulations to Matthew Lanewho has been accepted into theSwans Academy u11 program for 2017. There were 197 players who trialed and Matthew was one of only 34 to be selected to join the u11 squad. A great achievement Matthew.

We would also like to congratulate three of our up and coming stars from the u15s team. Michael Calley,Ben Davis and Alex Willett who have all been invited to join the Swans Academy at the u15 level.  This is an amazing accomplishment and we look forward to seeing these three boys progress through the program.


U18 Girls Northern Phoenix

Congratulations to our u18 Girls JV team, the Northern Phoenix, who won their Semi Final and now move into the Preliminary Final next Sunday against East Sydney.
Update from the Northern Phoenix ...
We are so very proud of how our Northern Phoenix girls played in the Preliminary Final against East Sydney at Trumper Park on the weekend. The girls did their parents, coach, manager and especially themselves proud with an amazing effort for four quarters against an older and more physical team. The first big bump in the first minute of the game gave an early insight into how the game was to be played. Despite this physicality, the girls more than held their own and the result could well have gone the other way. The final score of Easts 6.5 (41) to our 3.6 (24) didn't quite reflect the closeness of the game given the margin was within a goal or two for most of the match.

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Next year is the inaugural national competition for Women's AFL which will complete a pathway for those females that want to play AFL to the highest level. Exciting times for AFL on the Northern Beaches, across Sydney, NSW and nationally.

News Flash....  

Forest Lions are excited to announce that we will be fielding an all girls team in 2017.Stay tuned for further details 

Youth Girls 

Sydney Swans Visit Tues June 28

On Tuesday June 28th we are fortunate enough to have a couple of Swans players coming along to visit the Forest Lions. This is always a fun night, with the Swans players assisting with training drills and then an opportunity for the kids to ask questions, grab some photos and get an autograph or two.

Trainings will commence at normal times and the Swans are due around 6pm.

There will be a BBQ and a drink for the kids as well. Everyone is welcome to come along and join in the fun.



Following on from the success of the last years 'Inaugural Father and child(ren) weekend away' we feel compelled (and pushed by our wives) to go again. This year we are heading back to Norah Head Holiday Park and currently have 11 cabins (for 22 families) booked within the holiday park.

The Holiday park is close the Beach, a rock pool, cafés and has its own large jumping pillow, pool and plenty of room for the kids to play. It is conveniently located next to the Norah Head sports club where on Saturday afternoon we will do bare foot bowls followed by a bistro dinner.

Last years trip was a lot of fun and so this year we are opening it to bigger numbers within the club, please note it will be first in best dressed. Estimated cost at the moment is $230 for father and child (small amount of about $30 for extra child), this includes two nights accommodation, dinner on Friday night as well as some food and supplies for kids over the weekend.

Please RSVP with numbers attending to

Anyone wishing to set up a tent or van are more than welcome to do so as there are plenty of sites near our cabins. These sites can be booked directly with Holiday Park.


Swans Academy Open Athlete Assessment Trials

Open Athlete Assessment Trials are held annually for boys in the U10 – U12 age groups.

The trials involve a range of tests that measure hand/eye co-ordination, agility, speed and a variety of ball skills. The activities are suitable for athletes from any sporting background and are not all AFL specific.

The 2016 Open Athlete Assessment Trials will be held at Lakeside Oval, Driver Avenue, Moore Park from 5pm – 7pm on the following dates:

U10s (born 2006) – Monday 11th July
U11s (born 2005) – Tuesday 12th July
U12s (born 2004) – Wednesday 13th July


Registrations for the 2016 Open Assessment Trials have now opened. Please click on the following link to register:

Sydney Swans Academy

Registrations close at 5pm on Friday 1st July and are subject to capacity.



AFL Sydney Juniors 2016 Representative and Development Carnivals at Blacktown

The Forest Lions would like to congratulation their 38 players who took part in the AFL Sydney Juniors 2016 Representative and Development Carnivals at the Blacktown International Sportspark over the June Long-Weekend.


Development Players (u9)

Beau Gaughan
Toby Vilnis
Samuel Griffiths
Samuel Vaughn
Development Players (u10)
Jack Caine
Jedd MacPherson
Toby D'Hondt
Carlo Zanella

Development Players (u11)

Josh Bewley
Zac Flynn
Jamie Griffiths
Henry Spence
Lukas Johnston
Matthew Lane
Angus McConnell

Development Players (u12)

Logan Campbell
Frederick Hancock
Matthew Lill

Representative Players (u13)

Will Smit
Roderick Dixon
Callum White
Marcus Vilnis
Sammy Johnston
Talis Prior

Representative Players (u14)

Kale Gabila
Aiden Adams

Representative Players (u15)

Alex Willett
Sean Nimmo
Dougie Gourlay
Ben Davis
Michael Calley
Matthew Filatoff

Representative Players (u17)

Luke Damant Gallagher
Lachlan Hill
Jack Kane
Brandon Walton
Euan Dixon
Baden Kelly


U15's North Representative are Winners of the GSJAFL Carnival

Forest AFL was represented by 6 young men from the U15s side who displayed some great skill on the field with plenty of good ball work, making an important contribution to the team and their success.

Congratulations to Ben Davis, Matt Filatoff, Dougie Gourlay, Sean Nimmo, Alex Willett, & Michael Calley (photographed from left to right)

It was a beautiful warm afternoon at the Blacktown International Sports Park, a great day to have a game of footy and watch some enthusiastic football from aspiring players. Once the sun dropped beyond the horizon, it became somewhat chilly, but the boys put on a terrific show for the crowds to enjoy!

Under the expert guidance of Coach Mark Leavy and Assistant Coach Peter Drum, the North team played four games on the day and was triumphant in all 4 to be the only team to win all four of their games, thus becoming the winners for the carnival. A fantastic achievement with the last game against City played under lights (but sadly not with heaters!).

Looking forward to another great day next year, and to meet some of the fellow North team mates in opposition during the rest of the season.

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Our club congratulates all players on their selection into the North Representative team.



2016 NSWCHS Great Region AFL Trials in Nelson Bay

On Friday May 29th two of our Forest Lions players were lucky enough to participate in the 2016 NSWCHS Great Region AFL Trials in Nelson Bay.

66 boys from Sydney North, the Hunter Region and Northern NSW played in a number of trial matches in a hope of being selected for the Northern NSW Team to play in the NSWCHSSA State Carnival in Albury later this year. In a squad of 22 players, Will Smit and Callum White were the only two u13 (Year 7) boys selected to represent Sydney North in  team predominately made up of u15 players.

Although the boys were unsuccessful in being selected for the Northern NSW Team it was an amazing experience for both Will and Callum to play with and against some of the best players in the region.

Well done Will Smit and Callum White! The Forest Lions are so proud of you.




Fun in Tamworth

What a great start to the school holidays! Forest Lions U12 boys headed to Tamworth to participate in the National Primary School Games.
The boys played 7 matches over 2 days against teams from Queensland, NSW and the ACT.

Well done to our Forest Lions who performed fantastically, winning 5 games and making us very proud.

What an amazing experience for the boys !



Sydney Swans are coming to Lionel Watts

On Thursday March 17th we are fortunate enough to have a couple of Swans players coming along to visit the Forest Lions. This is always a fun night, with the Swans players assisting with training drills and then an opportunity for the kids to ask questions, grab some photos and get an autograph or two. 

The afternoon will kick off around 5pm and will finish off with a BBQ and a drink for the kids. 

Everyone is welcome to come along and join in the fun!


Socks & shorts will be available for purchase from the Club rooms this Thursday night from 5.30pm.


Counting down to the start of the season.

The footy season is just around the corner with Round 1 kicking off at Lionel Watts on Sunday April 3rd.  

Following on from a very successful 2015 season, we are very excited about how popular our Club has become and we are extremely pleased with the registrations so far. 



Summer Skills sessions are underway

Under 9's to Under 12's - Friday 5th February to Friday 11th March

At Richard Healey Reserve, Davidson

Under 9's and Under 10's 5pm to 6pm

Under 11's and Under 12's 6pm to 7pm


Under 13's to Under 17's - Sunday 7th February to Sunday 13th March

At Killarney Heights Oval

Under 13's and Under 14's 4pm to 5pm

Under 15's and Under 17's 5pm to 6pm


Everyone is welcome to come along. Why not bring a friend and introduce them to AFL!


Mighty Lions Dominate Grand Finals


What an amazing end to a great season of footy.

5 out of 6 teams finish top 4 and get to play finals footy,
4 out of 5 make it to the Grand Final and
3 out 4 WIN the Grand Final.

Every player from every team should be congratulated for their performances yesterday - Everyone at the Forest Lions is incredibly proud!

Thank you to everyone who came for the Post Match Celebrations - at last count we had 200 ! It was wonderful to see so many support the Club. Great Night !


U12 Div 3 (under incredibly tough and wet conditions) lost to Manly 3.7.25 to 1.3.9

U11s dominated Lane Cove and were victorious 8.3.51 to 2.4.16

U14 div 3 played a classy game against Westbrook and won 5.11.41 to 2.7.19

U15 div 3 went through the season undefeated, and in gutsy battle came away with a win against Glebe 9.5.59 to 7.6.48  


Lots of photos to be loaded shortly....but for now, here's some photos of the teams


U11's celebrating their win!

U11 1x


U12's pre-match

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U14's Champions!


U14 winners


U15's pre-match

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2015 Forest Lions Presentation Day

Sunday September 13th, 1.00pm to 4.30pm

Forestville Youth Centre, Melwood Ave, Forestville

Celebrating the successes of the 2015 season.

Presentations times (approx) are as follows:

  • Auskick @ 1.20pm
  • u15 @ 1.30pm
  • u14 @ 1.45pm
  • u13 @ 2.00pm
  • u12 div 2 & div 3 @ 2.25pm
  • u11 @ 2.45pm
  • u10s @ 2.55pm
  • u9 @ 3.20pm
  • Major Club Awards @ 3.40pm

Free BBQ for the kids. 

Adults BYO Drinks and Nibbles.


Greater Sydney (Sydney Harbour) Junior AFL Winners 

On Monday 24th Auguest at the Greater Sydney Junior AFL Presentation night, Forest Lions were lucky enough to have three players nominated for the Keiren Jack Award. Nominated by the umpires, this is a very prestigious award.

The club is proud to announce, in their respective age groups:

Euan Dixon (u15) came FIRST

Daniel Ritsinias (u14) was announced 3rd Runner Up

Kale Gabila (u13) was announced Runner Up

 awards night

This is an amazing achievement and the Club is incredibly proud of Euan, Daniel and Kale. 


Four Forest teams make it to the Grand Final

on Sunday 6th September @ Maquarie University fields 

Good luck to the U11s, U12 Div3, U14 and the U15s who have all secured a place in the Grand Final.

Come along and support our boys this Sunday. All matches will be played at Maquarie University fields (Talavera Road North Ryde)


  • Forest u12 div 3 v Manly Red u12 Div 3 @ 9.15am

  • Forest Grundys u11 v Lance Cove Taylor u11 @ 10.45am

  • Forest u14 div 3 v Westbrook u14 Div 3 @ 1.30pm

  • Forest u15 div 3 v Glebe u15 div 3 @ 3.15pm


The Forest Lions have had another fantastic year. Congratulations to all our teams and Auskickers - Your are amazing! 



Post Grand Final Celebrations at Forestville Youth Centre, Melwood Ave, Forestville

Sunday September 6th, 2015 from 6pm to 8pm 

Everyone is welcome to come celebrate the Mighty Forest Lions making it to the Grand Final

With 4 teams in the Grand Finals, we have a lot to celebrate!


$10.00 PER HEAD paid at the door.
Chicken & Salad for the adults and older kids
Hot Dogs, drinks & a treat for the younger kids
Lots of lucky Door Prizes
Bring a footy and have a kick.

Adults are welcome to BYO


For catering purposes please RSVP to by midday Thursday Sept 3rd.


Semi-Finals Footy at Lionel Watts

Sunday August 23rd, 2015

The Forest Lions are excited to announce that all 5 of our teams that qualified to play in the Semi Finals this weekend will be playing at home on Sunday.

Everyone is invited to come down - support the club and watch some great footy.

  • Under 14s @ 8.45am (Forest v Willoughby/Mosman)

  • Under 15s @ 10.30am(Forest v Hornsby)

  • Under 11s @ 12.15pm (Forest v Willoughby)

  • Under 12 div 2 @ 1.45pm (Forest v Hornsby)

  • Under 12 div 3 @ 3.15pm (Forest v Westbrook)



Ishan Shah Interview with Swans champion Adam Goodes

Ishan Shah from our U10 Jettas interviews Swans champion Adam Goodes at the SCG.

And he asks that hard question......

Watch the video here....


U13 North Representative for the Greater Sydney Junior AFL carnival

5 Forest boys were selected in the U13 North Representative side for the Greater Sydney Junior AFL carnival. 

Congratulations to Nick Rushton, Jake Osborne, Kale Gabila, Sam Barros and Ben White (photographed from left to right) 

The carnival was held on 9 July 2015 at Pennant Hills in a round robin format.  North had good wins over North West, Western Sydney and South but fell short by 1 point against City finishing second on the day.  All the boys played well and were good sports on and off the field.

Our club congratulates all players on their selection into the North representative team. 

U13 North Reps 2015 1


Clash of the season!

The 'Clash of Season' certainly lived up to all the hype. On Sunday June 14th

The Parents Dream Team took on our much better behaved U15 boys.

With a solid four quarters and a well stocked bench, the Parents Dream Team came away with the win.
I am sure there will be a few Radox baths tonight and some aching bodies tomorrow.

To see ALL the fun photos of the day, go to our photo gallery-dads v 15's

Congratulations to all involved !

dads1 x

dads2 x



Forest Lions Players Represent Sydney North in PSSA AFL State Cup (May 19-21)

Four Mighty Forest Lions U12 Div 2 players were fortunate enough to be selected to represent Sydney North in the PSSA AFL State Cup.

Congratulations to Roddy Dixon, Callum White, Ben MacKinlay and Willem Smit who headed off last week to Blacktown International Sports Park for the three day competition.

The Sydney North team were placed in the top pool and have played against Riverina, Mackillop and CIS.

Since 1978 Riverina have taken out the competition 29 times and Mackillop have won the other 8 – It was a TOUGH draw. 

Even though they lost their first three games, Sydney North were always competitive and our Forest boys all played really well.

There were 13 teams in total and on the last day Sydney North played off against Sydney West for 5th place.

It was an amazing game but sadly Sydney North went down by only four points so ended up 6th overall.       

MacKillop were the overall winners of the State Cup.

Special mention must go to Roddy Dixon who was awarded the 'Sportsmanship and Fair Play Award'.

It was a fabulous experience for our boys, one they will never forget - playing on a full field in a stadium against the best players in the state.

PSSA State Cupx 

Our boys are:

Front Row:  2nd from left is Will Smit and 7th from left is Roddy Dixon

Middle Row: 3rd from left is Callum White and 5th is Ben MacKinlay


Winter Holiday Clinics - July 2015

A couple of clinics are being run these winter school holidays. Click on the links for more information.

Nolan Reserve

Lane Cove

ASC - Australian Sports camps - multiple venues 


Bunnings BBQ Fundraiser - Saturday July 11th 2015 

Come and support your club!

Volunteers needed to run the stall. Contact your team manager if you can help all the day.



Footy Boots For Kids Initiative

The Forest Lions are proud to support Eliza and the chosen indigenous community. 

Are you updating your old footy boots with a shiny new pair? If you want to donate your old footy boots to a good cause, then come along to the Friday night summers AFL skills sessions at Richard Healey Reserve where there will be a tub available to collect your old boots. This tub will also be available at our first home game on the 19th April.

Please read the flyer Footy Boots For Kids for more information.


2015 Pre-Season Training Sessions

In the coming days each age group will get further information in regard to pre-season training as well as the training times throughout the season.

As an early heads up, during March we are looking to have pre-season training sessions on:

  • Sunday afternoons at Killarney Heights oval starting from 8th March, U10’s to U12’s 4pm to 5pm and U13’s and U15’s from 5pm to 6p

  • Then either a Tuesday or Thursday evenings at Lionel Watts, communication will follow in regard to each age groups allocated day and time

  • We are hoping to arrange some inter club games on Sunday 29th March, this is subject to ground availability so stay tuned on this


Forest Lions are Greater Sydney Juniors AFL Sydney Harbour Club of the Year 2014

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As well as Northshore Club of the Year 2014

This is a great achievement for the Forest Lions, particularly being a smaller club that competes with larger clubs with more numbers and resources available to them.

This award looks at a number of things such as growth in number, retention of players, umpire participation, coach accreditation, compliance with By Laws and overall professionalism of the club.

Congratulations to everyone at the Forest Lions Club for this outstanding result.


In addition to the Club of the year, we had the following individuals receive awards at last night’s ceremony


Euan Dixon - Best and  Fairest in U14 Div 3

Jack Kane - 3rd Best and Fairest in U14 Div 3

Ben Davis - 2nd Best and Fiarest in U13 Div 3


A big congratulations to Euan, Jack and Ben on their outstanding efforts this year. The Forest Lions are very proud of you!


2014 Swans Academy Players Listed swans academy small

Congratulations to all the Forest Lions players selected for the Sydney Swans Academy Program. This is a great result for the club with players selected from all eligible age groups. This demonstrates the Forest Lions club is heading in the right direction for all those involved in Auskick and junior AFL.

The Forest Lions Club is always very proud of all our players and we are particularly pleased with the efforts of these young boys. 

The Forest Lions players selected to participate in the 2014 Swans Academy Program are:


Jaiden Speter and Matty Booker


Callum White and Roddy Dixon


Tom Gordon, Sam Barros and Joel McGregor


Daniel Ritsinias


Nic Parker


For more information on the Swans Academy, please click on the link: Swans Academy


Manly Giants Captain Tyrone Armitage selected to appear on FOX 8's The Recruit.

The Forest Lions would like to congratulate Ty for being selected to appear on the Recruit. Ty started his footy career at the mighty Forest Lions before moving onto Manly. #therecruit 

Click on this link and you will see a quick interview with Ty where he mentions starting off with the Lions.




Thrill alive and Kicking!     auskick

Youngsters turn out in force for Auskick clinic.  Click on the Manly Daily to read all about it.



June 23, 2014

Forest players selected in the North team for the under 14 GSJ carnival.

Five Forest players have been selected for the U14s Sydney North AFL Representative team for 2014.  This is very positive for our club being a a 500% increase on last year. A great mix of clubs and a mix of players from across the divisions that have made the team. We are very proud of our boys for their commitment to the trials and this is a great reward for their efforts. It will be hard work but a great day of footy.

u14 reps 

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Van Zwieten



June 01, 2014

It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Graeme Bartlett on Friday 30th May 2014.

Graeme was a life member of the Forest Lions club and was involved in many aspects of administration and coaching both at Club Level and Association Level for Representative teams over many years. He coached numerous premiership teams (including an undefeated U17's team in 1988) and is fondly remembered by players from that era. Graeme was part of the club when it operated out of a small demountable building and the canteen was an old caravan. It is through the hard work of people like Graeme that allows us to have the club we do today.  Proudly the Bartlett name continues to be associated with our club with his grandson Jack playing in the mighty U9 Tippetts. All teams wore black armbands as a mark of respect at the games on 1st June 2014. 


June 01, 2014

Manly Bombers Auskick come to Lionel Watts Sunday June 1st

Over 120 Auskickers from the Manly Bombers Club paid us a visit at the weekend. Every oval in Lionel Watts was in operation while the Auskickers played up a storm.


March 05, 2014

swans logoSwans player night on Tuesday 4th March 

Lionel Watts got a visit from two great Sydney Swans players, Toby Nankervis and Heath Grundy. About 80 kids (and just as many adults) turned up for a fun night of footy drills and training activities. 

The kids got the opportunity to interview the boys and as usual, there were plenty of laughs and plenty of interesting questions!

Check out our photo gallery to see the kids and stars in action


September 09, 2013

Nic Parker Selected for U13's State Reps Team

Forest under 13s player, Nicholas Parker, has been selected in the Sydney North representative team to contest the state championships in Albury, September 23-26.

Nicholas has been member of the Sydney Swans Academy for the past three years and next year will chalk up his 10th year at Forest having started Auskick in 2005 as a five year old

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June 19, 2013

Adam Goodes Visits our Club the mighty Forest Lions


Click on this link to read all the twittering which Adam Goodes added to:


2013 Swans Academy Players Listed     swans academy

March 01, 2013

The Sydney Swans have taken the imitative to nurture and develop skilled players allowing them every chance possible to play one day at the most elite of AFL levels. 

This intense program boasts some of Sydney's best junior coaching staff and gives the highly motivated and highly skilled kids a real chance to show case their wares and develop their skills.  It is a complimentary service to that of the clubs and allows the kids to still play at club level with their mates.  The program captures talent from the U9's through into the early seniors years of up to the U19's. 

Here are the Forest Lions Players selected to participate in the 2013 Swans Academy Program:


Callum Hurst, Tom Barnes


Nic Parker, Bailey Beamish


Daniel Ritsinias


Sam Barros, Joel McGregor

The Forest Lions Club is always very proud of all our players and we are particularly pleased with the efforts of these young boys. 

"Go the Lions."

For more information on the Swans Academy, please click on the link: Swans Academy


August 05, 2012


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A huge cheer to our young Lions who won the 2012 U12's Division 3 Grand final against Baulkham Hills on Sunday Aug 26th. They join a long list of Forest Lions who have finished top of the ladder during our clubs 43 years. Well done team players, officials and all who supported them over the year


June 14, 2012

We Have Hit Bronze. Well Done Committee!


Congratulations on meeting the requirements and achieving bronze level accreditation in the AFL's Quality Club Program for Forest AFL.

Your club meets all the criteria of a bronze level club. This criterion assures the following:

* All your coaches are accredited.

* All your trainers are accredited to league standards.

* Your club supplies umpire escorts for all matches.

* Your club complies with Working with Children legislation.

* Your club is a registered food serving premises.

* Your club has implemented a SmokeFree Policy.

* Your club has a Racial and Religious Tolerance Policy.

* Your club compiles annual budgets.

* Your club has implemented a club code of conduct.

* Your club completes a match day checklist before each match.

* Your club has a liquor license (if you provide alcohol) or you do not sell alcohol.

* Your club complies with responsible serving of alcohol legislation.

* Your club is incorporated and operates under a constitution.


Thank you for taking the time to complete the online assessment. To ensure the integrity of the Quality Club Program your State Football Body may request evidence and documentation that demonstrates how your club has met the required bronze level criteria.