The Southern Football League introduced a Netball competition for its Clubs in 2012.
Five Clubs of the 30 member league entered teams in the Competition’s inaugural year.
The Bentleigh Football Club entered one team, being the only team entered from the Second Division of the SFL.
The netball club’s first coach was Kelly Hynes who also acted as manager with the teams members comprised wives, girlfriends and daughters of players, both past and present.
Although the team did not make the finals, it was an enjoyable year for all involved and they added significantly to the social spirit of the football Club.
In 2013 the Competition expanded to a 3 Division one and Bentleigh entered teams in the First and Third Divisions.
The Club was fortunate to experience on court success with both teams making the finals, resulting in the First Division side finishing Third, and the Third Division side finishing as Runners Up.
The increase in player numbers also contributed significantly to the wellbeing of the football Club.
In 2016 the netball numbers have increased and as a result the Club will be entering four teams in the SFL Netball Competition.
The netballers are currently setting up a sub committee administrative structure to assist with management of their operations including fundraising to help offset playing costs.
Although primarily funded by the players themselves, and the football Club, the netballers received some support from the Bentleigh RSL and the Boundary Hotel, both of whom are long time sponsors of the football Club.