About Altona Lacrosse
Our clubrooms are located on PJ Lynch Reserve at Paisley Park, Altona North. We are the only male and female lacrosse club in Victoria that has full use of its facilities 12 months of the year. The Club has four lacrosse specific playing fields, one of which can be used for night games, and a box lacrosse court that also has floodlights.
We are a friendly, inclusive club where all members regularly socialise and enjoy each others’ company. This is reflected in our very popular “Thursday night dinners” where the club prepares healthy meals for all players and friends after training.
Altona Lacrosse Club History
In 1964 Mal Taylor, a lacrosse legend, coordinated a local junior competition, and encouraged a group of players from Newport to form an Under 16 team and the Altona Lacrosse Club was born.
The club’s initial ground was at Ford Reserve, Altona and this was followed by relocation to Cresser Reserve and then onto Kim Reserve as the club built its player base before finally settling into rooms at Bond Reserve in the late 1960s, where the club fielded a senior team for the first time.
1972 was a significant milestone for our club which saw us field our first junior side in the Victorian Lacrosse Association competition, and an Under 16 player became our first Victorian State Team representative and Altona won the club’s first senior premiership pennant.
Altona Lacrosse Club continued to grow, winning the senior men’s Division 1 pennant in 1975 and entering 2 senior sides into the competition in 1976 which necessitated a move to larger facilities at Grant Reserve. In the following years the number of junior teams continued to grow and the club also entered a third senior men’s team as we again outgrew our facilities at Grant Reserve and began a search for a new home.
Our club is indebted forever to the efforts of Cr Alan Shaw who worked tirelessly with Altona Council to establish a new facility for lacrosse in the municipality and in 1984 we moved to Paisley Park which proudly boasts the best lacrosse facilities in Australia.
In 2020, with the assistance of the Victorian State Government and the Hobsons Bay City Council, the Club opened Victoria’s only box lacrosse court. The club is now the home of box lacrosse in Victoria and hosts all Box Lacrosse competitions on behalf of Lacrosse Victoria.
The Altona club continues to grow and currently has three senior men’s sides, including a side in the top division, State League, and a senior women’s side. In juniors we have mixed sides in Under 10 and Under 12 and boy’s sides in Under 14, Under 16 and Under 18. In 2022 we hope to add a junior girl’s side to our roster of teams.
Good Sports Accreditation
Altona Lacrosse Club has Level 3 Good Sports accreditation under the Australian Drug Foundation’s Good Sports program. This accreditation recognises that the Club promotes a responsible attitude towards alcohol and that it provides a safe environment for players, members, families and supporters.
Good Sports is the first nationwide alcohol management program of its kind and is supported by Vic Health, the Traffic Accident Commission (TAC) and the Alcohol Education Rehabilitation Foundation. The program was developed following research conducted by the Australian Drug Foundation which indicated that by introducing responsible alcohol management policies, clubs were able to improve membership and enhance viability.