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About The Panthers

Tom Hardstaff founding memberChirnside Park Football Club was formed in 1978 by Tommy Hardstaff, who saw the need for the young in a growing community. 
The club was originally part of the Chirnside Park Country Club and played in Melbourne guernseys.
This First year saw two teams, Under 9 and Under 11's, playing in the Eastern Districts Football League and using Lilydale West Primary School as its home ground.
In 1979, the football club continued to grow and broke away from the Country Club, forming its own committe with Tommy Hardstaff as President. The club then moved to Lilydale High School, which had a larger ground size. In that same year, Chirnside Park won the Under 9 Lightning Premiership and through a club name competition among the boys, became the "Panthers".
The following years saw the club continue to grow - firstly with the beginning of the Midget competition in 1980 (which the club have won twice), also changing our club colours to orange and black. In 1981 we officially entered into competition football with an Under 14 side.
In 1983 the club entered the Under 16 competition and Scott Wilson became the club's first 100 game player.1984 saw the Club move to its current site, using the Chirnside Park Community Centre as change rooms. This year also saw Chirnside Park playing in its first competition final series, with the Under 14 side.
1985 saw the completion of clubrooms, after 8 years of hard work. Finally the Panthers had a permanent home.1986-1988 saw the club grow to where there were over 100 boys and girls competing in Under 10, 12, 14 and 16 competition. 
In 1989 the committee took a stride forward and introduced an Under 18 team into the Eastern District Football League.1990 saw the club commit the Under 18 team to the Victorian Ameteur Football Association with the view to having a senior team in 1991.This year also saw the completion of the Chirnside Park Sporting Club, constructed by members of the Football and Cricket clubs, with support from the Shire.
1989, 1990 and 1992 saw the Under 12 teams win the Lightning Premiership. This gained the club great pride.
In 1991, the club fielded its maiden Senior team in the VAFA "G NORTH" division, along with an Under 19 team. Both teams finished in the final four, a great result, especially for the seniors.
1992 saw the club enter our first Reserve Grade team in the VAFA. The Under 19 team finished top, with 17 wins out of 21 games and went on to win the premiership. During the season, Shane Condie became the first player to play 200 club games.
In 1993, the Under 19 team was promoted to section 1, the elite league in VAFA, and finished 5th for the season.In 1994, the club was unable to field an Under 19 team, however Under 14, Reserve and Senior teams played in finals, with the senior team narrowly losing the grand final.
1995 saw the Under 10 team win the Lightning Premiership, while the Under 14's finished top of teh ladder and won the grand final.
In 1996, the under 10's won the lightning premiership for the second year in a row, while the Under 16's went undefated all season, only to lose the grand final.
The 1997 and 1998 seasons saw the senior club struggling to gain ground in the VAFA, moving from an easten grading to a competition that included teams from the Mornington Penisula.
Season 1999 saw a move that would change the club,with the Under 19 team reverting to an EFL under 18 competition. The move would surely see the Senior Club following in Season 2000. In their final year VAFA year the senior club was rocked by injuries, however the Reserve team made the Grand Final only to lose on a miserable day.
In the junior divisions the Under 12, 14 and 16 teams represented the club on Grand Final day. Unfortunately all sides went down on the day.
Season 2000 saw a new era for the club. The whole club is fitted out with new jumpers, designed by a marketing committee.The club's new colours include black, gold and white. The senior club moves across to the (EFL) competition Eastern Football League, starting in Division 4. We also had two Father and Son's play together for the club Ross and Brad Heinrich and David Snr and David Jnr Tickner. The Junior club fields teams in Under 10, 11, 12, 16's and for the first time we field an 13's. Our junior teams had success with the U13's and U12's making the finals, the U12's did the club proud by winning the Grand Final. The club also recieves funding to complete a much needed extention to the clubs carpark. The club also establishes a web-site that allows access to Panther results anywhere in the world. .
Season 2001 begins positively with the recruitment of former player Justin Carusi as Captain Coach. The seniors finished in 3rd position and played finals for the first since 1996.  2001 also saw the beginning of the Veterans team, they entered the Yarra Valley Mountain District Football League. Coached by long time club stawlart Mick Carusi a former Junior, senior player and committee member of the club. The Vets stamped their authority on the competition going through undefeated for the season winning 12 games. They ran all over Nth Croydon in the the grand final and were Premiers in their inaugural year. The club again fields a record amount of teams in the junior division with Scott Dwyer U13, Matt Ruthven U14 and Luke Carratelli U15's making the EFL representative teams in their repective age groups.
2003 to 2005 were very lean years on the field for the senior club.
2003 our Juniors continued to perform well, U13B and U16B Finalists.
2004,Vets win their second premiership in 3 years. 
2005, U10's best conducted club during the lightning premiership, U11's win the lightning premiership. Vet's are finalist yet again. The U13's, U15's and U16's are all finalists with the U15's going down in the grand final.
2006, U11's win the lightning premiership U14C and U12C Premiers. 
2007, U11's go back to back and win the lightning premiership. U14B combine with Mooroolbark, the play off in the grand final. Colt's (U18's) are finalists for the first time in clubs history.     
2008. U12B, Grand Finalist's. 
2008 - 2010 the club enjoys much long over due success, with the Colts, Reserves and Seniors playing off in grand finals over these three years. 
2008, Seniors lose to Heathmont by 3 pts in the grand final. Colt's are minor premiers, undefeated all season. Grand Final day they came from behind to beat Ferntree Gully by 3 pts on the last kick of the game.
2009 was our stellar season with all 3 teams featuring in the finals. The Colts went out in the Prelimanary Final, Reserves went down by 13 pts to Forest Hill in the Grand Final. It was the year of the Panthers, the Seniors stormed home in the last quarter to beat Kilsyth by 64 pts to win the clubs first Senior Premiership. 
2009, U14C, Premiers, U13B Finalist's. 
2009 we introduced youth girls football to the club, they are known as the "Pink Panthers"
2010 the club is promoted to 3rd Division. The Reserves finished in 4th position and were eventual Premiers. They defeated Warrandyte by 65 pts in the 1st semi, Boronia by 45pts in the Prelimanary Final and they faced the undefeated Nth Ringwood in the Grand Final beating them by 26pts to win the clubs 1st Reserves Premiership.  U13B finalist's and U12C Grand Finalist's.
2011, Vet's Finalists, U14B Finalist's. Women’s Football - The founding members of the Youth Girl's team approached the executive of the club in 2011 and put forward a strong case for a women’s team, they said we see a need and have an opportunity to form a team that is 100% focused and dedicated to women’s football.
So in 2011 the Chirnside Park Senior Women’s Football team was established. Since their inception the team continues to grow in numbers year by year, the women’s team is now an integral part of the Chirnside Park Football club.
2012, U12C & U15B Finalist's, U14D Grand Finalist's. The club establishes a Master's division and enters a team in the AFL's over 35''s competition.
2013, Masters enter team in the 0'40's AFL competition they played off in the Grand Final defeating Northern Saint's by 52pts and winning our 1st Master's Premiership.U12C and U13C Finalist's. Scott Morrison is awarded life membership of the EFL.
2014, the Juniors had a fantastic season with 4 teams playing off in the finals. 3 teams the U17B, U12D and U11C were all Grand Finalist's unfortunatley no Premierships. 2014 saw our Women's team compete in the finals for the first time.
2015, once again the Juniors had a great season with 5 teams reaching the finals, 3 Grand Finalist's and our U14B team was successful winning the Premiership, beating The Basin by 30pts. The Vets re establish their team and enter a side in the Yarra Valley Mountain District Football League.
2015 also see's the reformation of the Netball Club, we entered a team in the EFL Division 2 competition and had instant success winning the 2015 Premiership. The Master's also made the transistion to the AFL 0'45's competition. Once again our senior women reached the finals and played off in the Prelimanary Final.
2016, the seniors had their best season since being in 3rd division winning 9 games and just missing finals by percentage, the juniors top off another good season with three sides making the finals and the U17C won the Premiership, the U18 girls played off in the Grandfinal. Once again the senior women played off in the preliminary final. 
2018, U14's are grandfinalists in C division,
2019, The club enters our 2 Senior Women's teams in the EFL competition - the senior women take out the Inaugural Women's Premier divison Premiership - our Reserves Women make the finals in thier first season. The U15's won the Premiership in C division
2020, sees the introduction of a board to oversee the club,  the club increases it's junior division with 2 new girl's teams and a second U17 team.
From the inception of the club in 1978 starting with 2 sides today we currently have

560 Active players from juniors, youth girls, women, vets, masters to seniors and netballers
3 Seniors teams – Seniors, Reserves, (U19’s) 2 Senior Womens teams, 3 Junior Girls teams, O'35's, Masters (O'45's Masters, O'35's Womens  9 Junior boy's teams
Auskick program on Saturday mornings.
All coaches accredited to AFL Victoria standards
All Trainers & Medical staff are fully accredited in various areas & levels
Passionate, dedicated and hard working committee
Strong player, & sponsor retention
Youthful and committed senior playing list
“Good Sports” level 3 accredited club
Passionate club striving for success as ONE

Although history may not be kind in Senior premiership flags. The club is very proud of it's achievments and we are most proud of every player that has pulled on the club jumper over the years and in the future years.

Chirnside Park Football Club Inc
Clubrooms: Located at Kimberley Reserve,
Kimberley Drive, Chirnside Park.