The Mens NPL Summer Cup returned to the Den after the Lions defeated South Hobart 3-0 in the Grand Final.
The club was successful in its application for a new 3 year licence for the Statewide Women’s Super League competition.
The Club’s women’s program joined the statewide competition (PFD WSL)
The Lions and Devonport Strikers create state’s first all year Skill Acquisition Phase programs (SAP)
National Premier League
The club was awarded one of 8 NPL licences for the newly founded statewide league for men (known then as the Victory League)
Soccer becomes Football
The club started trading as Kingborough Lions United Football Club (in keeping with Football Federation Australia and its associations)
1999 saw the continued consolidation of the Lions with representation in top-flight competitions going forward from this year.
1998 was seen as a year of consolidation for the new club with the plan being to maintain all teams in their present leagues, which was achieved successfully.
ShKingborough Lions United SC was formed in 1998 following a merger between Kingborough United SC and West Hobart Lions SC. (West Hobart Lions SC had previously been known as “Caledonian SC” prior to the banning of ethnic based names by Soccer Australia).
A Lion was used as the emblem of both clubs. The post-merger club crest displays two Lions – one for each original club. The crest is made up of a striped shield displaying the club initials, a football (the sport played) and the full club name. A motto, “Sic Corda Lionum” (translated this roughly means “Compete with the heart of a Lion”) completes the crest.ort Description
Kingborough Lions SC
Kingborough United SC was a long standing strength in the southern-based Premier League and was the result of several previous mergers. In 1996 the Tasmanian Baseball Complex became available and the Club, together with the Kingston Crows Cricket Club, were granted long term tenancy of the Complex now known as Lightwood Park
Caledonian SC (West Hobart Lions SC) was one of the longest serving clubs in the Tasmanian State League. The Club initially had a very large component of Scottish players, however, over a number of years Scottish migrants to Tasmania gradually diminished. During its forty years the Club had many temporary homes but had yet to establish permanent facilities. Training was undertaken at West Hobart Oval.