AFL Cairns

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AFL Cairns
Formerly Cairns AFL
Sport Australian rules football
Founded 1956
No. of teams 7
Country Australia
Most titles Centrals Trinity Beach (12)
Official website Official AFL Cairns Website

The Australian Football League Cairns is a semi-professional Australian rules football league that includes clubs from the Cairns region in Queensland, Australia. It is widely regarded as the strongest regional Australian rules football league in Queensland and has a large base at Cazaly's Stadium which has staged Australian Football League matches.

The league has significant coverage in local media such as The Cairns Post. Each year the Grand Final attracts between 2,000-3,000 spectators.

History[edit]

An article in Cairns Post Page 3 Thursday, September 3, 1885 titled "Football Match" describes a game of football played at the then cricket grounds, believed to have been in the precinct around Munro Martin Park and the Civic Theatre. This game was between Cairns, led by Jack MacNamara (believed to have been a representative of Victoria at first intercolonial match) and Townsville, led by F Rendall. References are made of "Little Marks" and the final score after 2 hours was Cairns, 1 goal 7 behinds to Townsville, 1 goal 3 behinds. The Cairns umpire was AJ Draper.

The Cairns team was :- Jack MacNamara, Tom Swallow, J Swallow, "Little" Draper, Reid, Crawford, Field, Campbell, Warren, Harrison, McClelland, Oldham, Rev.Nobbs, Grcnsen, J.Loridan, Bulcock, Wood, Ärmstrong, C.Loridan, Johnstone, D. Wall, Middlebrook, Schumhronk, Dent, McCarthy, Hogarth.

T. H. LAKE was the secretary.[1]

Cairns post Friday 8 July 1932, page 8 An Australian National Football association was formed.

The Modern league as we now know it formed in 1956 and a local schoolboy competition was also formed resulting in a junior representative trip to Townsville by plane. In 1957 the ANFC, through Bruce Andrew, purchased land in Cairns for the first dedicated field in regional Queensland which became Cazaly's Stadium. The initial Senior competition had only two teams, Norths and Souths.

Around 2000, the league affiliated with the Australian Football League and was re-branded AFL Cairns. The league has grown rapidly in recent years with the ongoing development of Cazaly's Stadium, the success of the Queensland based Brisbane Lions, and with Cairns hosting exhibition Australian Football League matches.

The league introduced a Women's Footy competition in 2002.[2]


AFL Players[edit]

Notable players from the AFL Cairns who went on to play at VFL/AFL level include Colin Judd (Hawthorn), Craig Brittain (North Melbourne), Troy Clarke, (Brisbane Bears), Mark West (Western Bulldogs), Charlie Dixon (Gold Coast), Rex Liddy, Che Cockatoo-Collins, Donald Cockatoo-Collins, David Cockatoo-Collins, Jason Roe, Courtenay Dempsey and Jarrod Harbrow.

Premiers[edit]

2004 Grand Final brawl[edit]

In the 2004 Grand Final between the North Cairns Tigers and the Port Douglas Crocs, a wild and violent bench-clearing brawl [3][4] erupted after Tigers players charged at their opponents at the end of the pre-match national anthem, and escalated when spectators and team officials became involved. This caused widespread media publicity around Australia, and sparked the biggest investigation in the history of Australian Rules Football.

The instigator, former VFL/AFL player and Tigers coach Jason Love, was suspended for eight years (three years for a string of charges arising from the melee, including striking three opposition players and abusing and threatening the field umpires when they went to report him, and five years for bringing the game of AFL in Queensland into disrepute), and the 22 North Cairns players were suspended for a total of 400 matches, with suspensions ranging from 10 matches to five years, for various charges in relation to starting the brawl. AFL Cairns declared the Grand Final a "no result" and withheld the 2004 premiership.


Grounds/Venues[edit]

  • Port Douglas Sporting Complex (Port Douglas Crocs)
  • Fretwell Park (South Cairns Cutters)
  • Cazaly's Stadium (Manunda Hawks)
  • Watsons Oval (North Cairns Tigers)
  • Crathern Park (Centrals Bulldogs)
  • Holloways Beach Sporting Complex (Cairns City Lions)
  • Griffiths Park (Cairns Saints)
  • Power Park (Pyramid Power)
  • Redlynch State College Oval (Junior Training)

Clubs[edit]

Current[edit]

Club Colours Years in competition[5] Flags
Cairns City Lions Maroon, Blue, Gold 1970, 1972-
(Known as City United; 1970, 1972–1989)
(Known as Cairns City Cobras 1990-2010)
2
Cairns Saints Red, Black, White 1993- 11
Centrals-Trinity Beach Bulldogs Red, Blue, White 1962-
(Merger of Centrals and Aloomba)
(Known as Centrals-Aloomba 1962-1988)
12
South Cairns Cutters
(Swans 1963-1984)
SouthCairnsDesign.png 1956-
(Known as Souths/Balaclava 1963-1984)
Foundation Member
9
Port Douglas Crocs Dark Blue, White 1989- 4
North Cairns Tigers Black, Yellow 1956-
Foundation Member
10
Manunda Hawks Brown, Gold 1984- 4

Former[edit]

Club Colours Years in competition[6] Flags
Aloomba-Gordonvale 1957-1960
(Merged with Centrals to form Centrals-Aloomba)
1
Babinda Magpies Black, White 1958–1971 3
Balaclava SturtDesign.png 1960-1962
(Merged with South Cairns to form Souths-Balaclava)
0
Centrals 1958-1961
(Merged with Aloomba to form Centrals-Aloomba)
0
Innisfail Roos Red, White 1958, 1980, 1982–1983 0
Mareeba Saints Red, White, Black 1980–1982 0
Tinaroo Falls/Tolga-Tinaroo Dark Blue, White, Light Blue 1957-1958
(Under each name for one season)
1

Junior[edit]

  • Centrals Trinity Beach
  • South Cairns Cutters
  • Port Douglas Crocs
  • North Cairns Tigers
  • Manunda Hawks
  • Cape York Eagles
  • Pyramid Power
  • Cairns Saints
  • Cairns City Lions

Former Junior CLubs[edit]

  • Tableland Pythons
  • Redlynch Lions
  • Babinda Magpies
  • Cairns City Cobras (Cairns Cities)

2009 Ladder[edit]

AFL Cairns Wins Byes Losses Draws For Against % Pts Final Team G B Pts Team G B Pts
South Cairns 17 0 1 0 2363 1241 190.41% 68 1st Semi Cairns Saints 20 11 131 Manunda Hawks 17 12 114
Centrals Trinity Beach 14 0 4 0 2306 1347 171.20% 56 2nd Semi South Cairns 16 15 111 Centrals Trinity Beach 16 10 106
Cairns Saints 11 0 7 0 2152 1566 137.42% 44 Preliminary Cairns Saints 20 15 135 Centrals Trinity Beach 11 5 71
Manunda Hawks 10 0 8 0 1903 2093 90.92% 40 Grand Cairns Saints 16 8 104 South Cairns 12 9 81
Port Douglas 4 0 14 0 1471 2406 61.14% 16
Cairns City Cobras 4 0 14 0 1185 2045 57.95% 16
North Cairns 3 0 15 0 1424 2106 67.62% 12

2010 Ladder[edit]

AFL Cairns Wins Byes Losses Draws For Against % Pts Final Team G B Pts Team G B Pts
Port Douglas 18 0 0 0 2826 1155 244.68% 72 1st Semi Centrals Trinity Beach 13 14 92 Manunda Hawks 9 16 70
Cairns Saints 12 0 6 0 2131 1453 146.66% 48 2nd Semi Cairns Saints 12 12 84 Port Douglas 10 11 71
Manunda Hawks 10 0 8 0 1982 1838 107.83% 40 Preliminary Port Douglas 16 25 121 Centrals Trinity Beach 4 6 30
Centrals Trinity Beach 9 0 9 0 1701 1899 89.57% 36 Grand Cairns Saints 17 16 118 Port Douglas 12 8 80
North Cairns 7 0 11 0 1750 1902 92.01% 28
Cairns City Cobras 6 0 12 0 1434 1992 71.99% 24
South Cairns 1 0 17 0 1136 2721 41.75% 4

2011 Ladder[edit]

AFL Cairns Wins Byes Losses Draws For Against % Pts Final Team G B Pts Team G B Pts
Manunda Hawks 16 3 2 0 2381 1366 174.30% 76 1st Semi Port Douglas 15 16 106 Centrals Trinity Beach 9 8 62
Cairns Saints 15 3 3 0 2367 1383 171.15% 72 2nd Semi Cairns Saints 23 16 154 Manunda Hawks 9 8 62
Port Douglas 14 3 4 0 2337 1474 158.55% 68 Preliminary Manunda Hawks 14 11 95 Port Douglas 13 8 86
Centrals Trinity Beach 8 3 10 0 1817 1726 105.27% 44 Grand Manunda Hawks 14 9 93 Cairns Saints 8 10 58
North Cairns 6 3 12 0 1617 2300 70.30% 36
South Cairns 4 3 14 0 1654 1999 82.74% 28
Cairns City Lions 0 3 18 0 956 2881 33.18% 12


2012 Ladder[edit]

AFL Cairns Wins Byes Losses Draws For Against % Pts Final Team G B Pts Team G B Pts
Cairns Saints 17 3 1 0 3197 976 327.56% 80 1st Semi Manunda Hawks 21 13 139 South Cairns 9 8 62
North Cairns 13 3 5 0 2072 1463 141.63% 64 2nd Semi Cairns Saints 31 11 197 North Cairns 6 12 48
Manunda Hawks 11 3 7 0 1796 1711 104.97% 56 Preliminary Manunda Hawks 18 11 119 North Cairns 13 11 89
South Cairns 9 3 9 0 1691 2042 82.81% 48 Grand Cairns Saints 24 10 154 Manunda Hawks 16 9 105
Port Douglas 8 3 10 0 1785 1897 94.10% 44
Centrals Trinity Beach 3 3 15 0 1091 2651 41.15% 24
Cairns City Lions 2 3 16 0 1567 2459 63.73% 20

2013 Ladder[edit]

AFL Cairns Wins Byes Losses Draws For Against % Pts Final Team G B Pts Team G B Pts
North Cairns 16 3 2 0 2460 1157 212.62% 76 1st Semi Port Douglas 11 18 84 South Cairns 8 11 59
Cairns Saints 15 3 3 0 2354 1247 188.77% 72 2nd Semi Cairns Saints 8 14 62 North Cairns 7 10 52
Port Douglas 13 3 5 0 2106 1413 149.04% 64 Preliminary North Cairns 21 8 134 Port Douglas 9 16 70
South Cairns 7 3 11 0 1659 2017 82.25% 40 Grand Cairns Saints 17 7 109 North Cairns 11 19 85
Manunda Hawks 5 3 13 0 1470 1885 77.98% 32
Centrals Trinity Beach 5 3 13 0 1221 2305 52.97% 32
Cairns City Lions 2 3 16 0 1408 2654 53.05% 20

2014 Ladder[edit]

AFL Cairns Wins Byes Losses Draws For Against % Pts Final Team G B Pts Team G B Pts
South Cairns 15 3 2 1 1963 1084 181.09% 74 1st Semi Port Douglas 17 16 118 North Cairns 11 6 72
Cairns Saints 14 3 3 1 1998 1101 181.47% 70 2nd Semi Cairns Saints 18 6 114 South Cairns 11 6 72
Port Douglas 12 3 5 1 2069 1176 175.94% 62 Preliminary Port Douglas 12 11 83 South Cairns 10 4 64
North Cairns 7 3 10 1 1253 1633 76.73% 42 Grand Port Douglas 15 10 100 Cairns Saints 13 6 84
Cairns City Lions 6 3 12 0 1684 2059 81.79% 36
Manunda Hawks 4 3 13 1 987 1699 58.09% 30
Centrals Trinity Beach 2 3 15 1 1087 2300 47.26% 22

AFL Cairns Senior Grand Final Results (Formerly Known as "Cairns AFL")[edit]

Year Winning Club Score Losing Club Score
1956 South Cairns defeated North Cairns Score N/A
1957 Tinaroo Falls 10.12 (72) Innisfail Roos 6.9 (45)
1958 North Cairns N/A N/A N/A
1959 North Cairns N/A N/A N/A
1960 Aloomba Gordonvale defeated Centrals Score N/A
1961 Babinda Magpies defeated Souths Balaclava Score N/A
1962 Babinda Magpies defeated Souths Balaclava Score N/A
1963 Souths Balaclava 11.11 (77) Babinda Magpies 10.7 (67)
1964 Souths Balaclava 17.8 (110) Centrals 8.13 (61)
1965 Souths Balaclava 11.16 (82) Babinda Magpies 8.9 (57)
1966 Souths Balaclava 8.15 (63) Centrals Aloomba 8.9 (57)
1967 Centrals Aloomba defeated Souths Balaclava Score N/A
1968 Souths Balaclava N/A N/A N/A
1969 Centrals Aloomba 10.11 (71) Souths Balaclava 8.10 (58)
1970 Babinda 13.6 (84) Souths Balaclava 11.15 (81)
1971 Souths Balaclava N/A N/A N/A
1972 Souths Balaclava defeated Centrals Aloomba Score N/A
1973 Centrals Aloomba 11.11 (77) North Cairns 10-13 (73)
1974 Centrals Aloomba N/A N/A N/A
1975 Centrals Aloomba N/A N/A N/A
1976 North Cairns N/A N/A N/A
1977 North Cairns N/A N/A N/A
1978 Centrals Aloomba N/A N/A N/A
1979 Centrals Aloomba N/A N/A N/A
1980 North Cairns 19.16 (130) Centrals Aloomba 9.9 (63)
1981 North Cairns 20.20 (140) Souths Balaclava 13.9 (87)
1982 City United N/A N/A N/A
1983 City United N/A N/A N/A
1984 North Cairns N/A N/A N/A
1985 North Cairns 14.14 (98) Souths Balaclava 11.8 (74)
1986 North Cairns 13.12 (90) Centrals Aloomba 11.8 (74)
1987 Manunda Hawks 14.12 (96) Centrals Aloomba 14.10 (94)
1988 North Cairns 17.13 (115) Centrals Aloomba 11.11 (77)
1989 Centrals Trinity Beach Bulldogs 22.23 (155) North Cairns Tigers 13.6 (84)
1990 Centrals Trinity Beach Bulldogs 23.16 (154) Port Douglas Crocs 7.12 (54)
1991 Port Douglas Crocs defeated City's Cobras Score N/A
1992 Centrals Trinity Beach Bulldogs defeated City's Cobras Score N/A
1993 Centrals Trinity Beach Bulldogs defeated Cairns Saints Score N/A
1994 Cairns Saints defeated City's Cobras Score N/A
1995 Cairns Saints defeated Centrals Trinity Beach Bulldogs Score N/A
1996 Cairns Saints defeated Centrals Trinity Beach Bulldogs Score N/A
1997 Centrals Trinity Beach Bulldogs 20.10 (130) Port Douglas Crocs 5.9 (39)
1998 Cairns Saints 9.11 (65) Centrals Trinity Beach Bulldogs 9.5 (59)
1999 Cairns Saints 19.18 (132) Port Douglas Crocs 9.5 (59)
2000 Cairns Saints 15.10 (100) Centrals Trinity Beach Bulldogs 3.7 (25)
2001 Port Douglas Crocs 7.8 (50) South Cairns Cutters 5.16 (46)
2002 Cairns Saints 17.3 (105) South Cairns Cutters 9.15 (69)
2003 South Cairns Cutters 11.16 (82) North Cairns Tigers 6.10 (46)
*2004 *North Cairns Tigers 16.10 (106) VERSUS *Port Douglas Crocs 8.10 (58)
2005 Port Douglas Crocs 11.10 (76) South Cairns Cutters 11.9 (75)
2006 Manunda Hawks 18.11 (119) South Cairns Cutters 8.8 (56)
2007 Manunda Hawks 18.7 (115) Cairns Saints 13.16 (94)
2008 Cairns Saints 14.19 (103) South Cairns Cutters 5.16 (46)
2009 Cairns Saints 16.8 (104) South Cairns Cutters 12.9 (81)
2010 Cairns Saints 17.16 (118) Port Douglas Crocs 12.8 (80)
2011 Manunda Hawks 14.9 (93) Cairns Saints 8.10 (58)
2012 Cairns Saints 24.10 (154) Manunda Hawks 16.9 (105)
2013 Cairns Saints 17.7 (109) North Cairns Tigers 11.19 (85)

NOTE: *2004 A Grade Grand Final was declared a "No Result" and the Premiership Cup withheld

Recent AFL Cairns Reserve Grade Grand Final Results[edit]

Year Premiers Score Runners Up Score
2003 Centrals Trinity Beach Bulldogs 14.11 (95) North Cairns 6.7 (43)
2004 Port Douglas Crocs 17.13 (115) North Cairns Tigers 8.9 (57)
2005 Port Douglas Crocs 19.14 (128) Cairns Saints 4.11 (35)
2006 Manunda Hawks 11.11 (77) Centrals Trinity Beach Bulldogs 10.9 (69)
2007 Centrals Trinity Beach Bulldogs 14.16 (100) Cairns Saints 11.2 (68)
2008 Cairns Saints 12.15 (87) North Cairns Tigers 2.9 (21)
2009 South Cairns Cutters 9.11 (65) Cairns Saints 9.4 (58)
2010 North Cairns Tigers 8.10 (58) Port Douglas Crocs 8.5 (53)
2011 Manunda Hawks 11.8 (74) Port Douglas Crocs 6.9 (45)
2012 Cairns Saints 17.6 (108) North Cairns Tigers 11.12 (78)
2013 North Cairns Tigers 14.14 (98) Port Douglas Crocs 13.6 (84)
2014 Port Douglas 18.14 (122) Cairns Saints 5.4 (34)

AFL Cairns Reserves Premierships Summary List 1962-2014[edit]

Club Premiers
North Cairns Tigers 12
Centrals Trinity Beach Bulldogs (Formerly Centrals Aloomba) 11
Cairns City Lions (Formerly City United/Cobras) 6
Babinda Magpies 6
Port Douglas Crocs 5
South Cairns Cutters (Formerly Souths Balaclava) 4
Cairns Saints 3
Manunda Hawks 3
Westcourt Demons 2
Mareeba Saints 1

See also[edit]

References[edit]

External links[edit]

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