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Ballarat Football League
General Information
Founded 1893
Records
Highest Score 327 - Melton South 50.27.327 (v Redan 1.2.8) - 1998
Most goals in a game 22 – Milton McIntyre – South Ballarat (v C.Y.M.S) – 1938
Most goals in a season 159 - Jim Gull - Daylesford - 1961
Most wins in a row 49 – North Ballarat – 1991-1993
Most losses in a row 69 - Redan – 1995-1999
Most premierships in a row 5 - North Ballarat 1982-1986

The Ballarat Football League (BFL) is an Australian rules football competition that operates in the Ballarat region of Victoria, Australia. The competition formed in 1893 as the Ballarat Football Association and was renamed Ballarat Football League in 1908 and was briefly known as the Ballarat-Wimmera Football League between 1934 and 1936.[1]

The league features 11 senior clubs. North Ballarat City Football Club joined the league in 2008 season raising the number of teams to 11. North Ballarat City previously played in the Bendigo Football League for the previous two seasons prior to joining. The BFL is also a strong league for grass roots football with 10 junior clubs consisting of 63 teams from U/10 through to U/16.5 (Ballarat, Bacchus Marsh, Darley, East Ballarat, Golden Point, Lake Wendouree, Mount Clear, North Ballarat, Redan and Sebastopol).[2]

Reserves match between Melton and Melton South

The Ballarat Football League season normally commences in early April with the regular season matches finishing in August. Upon Daylesford's withdrawal from the competition at the end of the 2005 season competing clubs played the opposition clubs twice in the regular season, once at home, once away. This reverted upon North City's admission to the competition in 2008. The finals series is conducted in September with the Grand Final to decide the premiers for season held at the Eastern Oval. The match regularly attracts crowds in excess of 5000 people.

Being the major Australian Rules competition in the region, the BFL receives substantial media coverage with match reports in Ballarat daily newspaper The Courier as well as match radio coverage on radio stations 979fm and Apple FM via the program BFL Game of the Round.

Current Clubs[edit]

Jumper Club Nickname Commenced BFL premierships[3] Website http://www.ballaratfc.com/
Ballarat Swans 1893 1897-98, 1908, 1923, 1928, 1930, 1932–33, 1940, 1943–44, 1951, 1954–55, 1962, 1971, 1988, 2008
Bacchus Marsh Cobras 1978 -
Darley Devils 1997 -
East Point Kangaroos 2001 -
Lake Wendouree Lakers 1995 2010 Official Site
Melton Bloods 1997 2000-01, 2005 Official Site
Blue and White Melton South Panthers 1997 -
North Ballarat Roosters Jumper.svg
North Ballarat City Roosters 1960 (as North Ballarat) 1963, 1970, 1973, 1978-9, 1982-83-84-85-86, 1991–92, 1994-95-96; (as North Ballarat City) 2013-14
Redan Lions 1944 1946, 1952, 1975-76-77, 2002–03, 2006–07, 2009, 2011 Official Site
Sebastopol Burras 1978 -
Sunbury Lions 1997 1997-98-99, 2004, 2012 Official Site

Current CEO[edit]

The Chief Executive Officer of the BFL is Rod Ward. Ward is a former BFL player with the Darley Football Club, later becoming Secretary of the club. Prior to his appointment to CEO's role in 2002, Ward worked for the Victorian Country Football League, the organisation that oversees the sport in country Victoria. The headquarters of the league, Saxon House, is located at the City Oval in Ballarat.

Former Clubs[edit]

Premiers[edit]

Henderson Medalists[edit]

Season Player Club
2014 Shane Hutchinson Ballarat
2013 Jake Edwards Darley
2012 Jason McNamara North Ballarat
2011 Jason McNamara North Ballarat
2010 Paul McMahon Lake Wendouree
2009 Jarrod Edwards Redan
2008 Jarrod Edwards Redan
2007 Jarrod Edwards Redan
2006 Jarrod Edwards
Dan Jordan
Redan
East Point
2005 Ben Jordan East Point
2004 Jason Watkins Melton South
2003 Justin Lewis Sunbury
2002 Matthew Sutton
Scott Winduss
Melton South
Daylesford
2001 Scott Winduss Daylesford
2000 Darren Stanley Melton
1999 Shayne Ward
Haami Williams
Darley
Sunbury
1998 Darren Stanley
Leigh Trethowan
Melton South
Golden Point
1997 Wayne Cracknell Bacchus Marsh
1996 Tim Beacham
Glen Wilkins
Daylesford
Sebastopol
1995 Greg Cox Golden Point
1994 Michael Smith Redan
1993 Michael Smith Redan
1992 Michael Phyland Redan
1991 Geoff MacIlwain Maryborough
1990 Geoff Macilwain Maryborough
1989 Terry Hourigan Daylesford
1988 Alister Ford East Ballarat
1987 Peter Kiel Golden Point
1986 Carl Symons Golden Point
1985 Don Discher
Terry Love
Ballarat
Daylesford
1984 Brendan Mason East Ballarat
1983 John Schultz Daylesford
1982 Rod Fehring Maryborough
1981 Greg Packham Redan
1980 Peter Kiel Golden Point
1979 Alan Lynch
Terry Howard
Beaufort
Sebastopol
1978 Stuart Atkin Beaufort
1977 Don Discher Ballarat
1976 David Jenkins Redan
1975 Mark White Golden Point
1974 Brendan Mahar Ballarat
1973 Mal Henderson North Ballarat
1972 Peter Merriman Ballarat
1971 Colin Elliott Maryborough
1970 Murray Knight Beaufort
1969 Kevin Coleman Maryborough
1968 David Norman Beaufort
1967 L. Henrikson Beaufort
1966 Charlie Marendaz Daylesford
1965 Ted Lovett North Ballarat
1964 Lance Behan East Ballarat
1963 Ted Lovett North Ballarat
1962 Garry Fenton Golden Point
1961 Brian Coleman Maryborough
1960 David Norman North Ballarat
1959 Ian Gordon Golden Point
1958 Bill James Geelong West
1957 Bill McKenzie Redan
1956 Brian Clegg Geelong West
1955 Graham Willey Redan
1954 Vic Bodsworth Daylesford

2001 Ladder[edit]

Ballarat FL Wins Byes Losses Draws For Against  % Pts
Melton 13 2 3 0 1740 1157 150.39% 60
Melton South 12 1 5 0 1428 1136 125.70% 52
Bacchus Marsh 11 2 4 1 1717 1351 127.09% 54
Sunbury 11 2 5 0 1586 1086 146.04% 52
Darley 12 1 5 0 1558 1273 122.39% 52
Daylesford 10 2 6 0 1561 1219 128.06% 48
Lake Wendouree 10 1 7 0 1538 1427 107.78% 44
Ballarat 4 2 11 1 1075 1502 71.57% 26
Redan 5 1 12 0 1195 1457 82.02% 24
East Point 1 2 15 0 1008 2007 50.22% 12
Sebastapol 0 2 16 0 1006 1797 55.98% 8

FINALS

Final Team G B Pts Team G B Pts
Elimination Darley 21 8 134 Sunbury 15 13 103
Elimination Daylesford 19 15 129 Bacchus Marsh 9 3 57
Qualifying Melton South 17 9 111 Melton 14 16 100
1st Semi Melton 4 10 34 Daylesford 2 2 14
2nd Semi Melton South 17 11 113 Darley 12 8 80
Preliminary Melton 16 10 106 Darley 12 7 79
Grand Melton 25 15 165 Melton South 3 9 27

2002 Ladder[edit]

Ballarat FL Wins Byes Losses Draws For Against  % Pts
Sunbury 13 1 4 0 1886 1169 161.33% 56
Melton South 13 1 4 0 1927 1212 158.99% 56
Redan 12 2 4 0 1480 1106 133.82% 56
Daylesford 12 1 5 0 1713 1254 136.60% 52
Darley 11 2 5 0 1668 1413 118.05% 52
Melton 9 2 7 0 1507 1451 103.86% 44
Sebastapol 7 2 9 0 1416 1687 83.94% 36
Bacchus Marsh 6 2 10 0 1519 1626 93.42% 32
Lake Wendouree 3 2 13 0 1083 1579 68.59% 20
Ballarat 3 1 14 0 1084 1837 59.01% 16
East Point 1 2 15 0 953 1902 50.11% 12

FINALS

Final Team G B Pts Team G B Pts
Elimination Redan 17 15 117 Melton 7 13 55
Elimination Darley 23 19 157 Daylesford 15 4 94
Qualifying Sunbury 15 14 104 Melton South 13 11 89
1st Semi Darley 14 7 91 Melton South 4 9 33
2nd Semi Sunbury 12 8 80 Redan 9 10 64
Preliminary Redan 17 17 119 Darley 9 10 64
Grand Redan 16 14 110 Sunbury 6 15 51

2003 Ladder[edit]

Ballarat FL Wins Byes Losses Draws For Against  % Pts
Sunbury 16 1 1 0 2211 1022 216.34% 68
Melton South 12 2 4 0 1937 1191 162.64% 56
Redan 12 2 4 0 1580 974 162.22% 56
Lake Wendouree 12 2 4 0 1448 1127 128.48% 56
Daylesford 11 2 5 0 1783 1109 160.78% 52
Darley 11 2 5 0 1742 1230 141.63% 52
Ballarat 5 2 11 0 999 1665 60.00% 28
Melton 4 2 12 0 1317 1638 80.40% 24
Sebastapol 3 1 14 0 1045 1802 57.99% 16
East Point 2 1 15 0 1091 2090 52.20% 12
Bacchus Marsh 2 1 15 0 1070 2375 45.05% 12

FINALS

Final Team G B Pts Team G B Pts
Elimination Daylesford 15 13 103 Lake Wendouree 11 13 79
Elimination Redan 17 9 111 Darley 12 15 87
Qualifying Sunbury 7 19 61 Melton South 7 6 48
1st Semi Darley 6 12 48 Melton South 5 7 37
2nd Semi Redan 10 7 67 Sunbury 7 13 55
Preliminary Sunbury 14 17 101 Daylesford 12 18 90
Grand Redan 16 11 107 Sunbury 10 9 69

2004 Ladder[edit]

Ballarat FL Wins Byes Losses Draws For Against  % Pts
Sunbury 16 1 1 0 2114 1044 202.49% 68
Redan 12 1 4 1 1662 958 173.49% 54
Darley 10 2 6 0 1586 1206 131.51% 48
Daylsford 10 2 6 0 1385 1101 125.79% 48
Lake Wendouree 9 2 7 0 1238 1007 122.94% 44
East Point 9 2 7 0 1183 1261 93.81% 44
Melton 9 1 7 1 1460 1255 116.33% 42
Melton South 6 2 10 0 1046 1284 81.46% 32
Bacchus Marsh 5 1 12 0 1167 1852 63.01% 24
Ballarat 3 2 13 0 989 1559 63.44% 20
Sebastapol 0 2 16 0 641 1944 32.97% 8

FINALS

Final Team G B Pts Team G B Pts
Elimination Lake Wendouree 10 10 70 Daylesford 7 11 53
Elimination Darley 14 14 98 East Point 8 19 67
Qualifying Redan 18 10 118 Sunbury 11 13 79
1st Semi Sunbury 23 13 151 Lake Wendouree 14 10 94
2nd Semi Redan 20 1 121 Darley 11 4 70
Preliminary Sunbury 10 9 69 Darley 7 4 46
Grand Sunbury 14 14 98 Redan 11 7 73

2005 Ladder[edit]

Ballarat FL Wins Byes Losses Draws For Against  % Pts
Sunbury 15 2 0 1 2302 1146 200.87% 70
Redan 11 2 5 0 1581 1101 143.60% 52
Melton South 11 2 5 0 1657 1353 122.47% 52
Melton 10 2 6 0 1660 1284 129.28% 48
Lake Wendouree 10 2 6 0 1710 1338 127.80% 48
Darley 10 2 6 0 1776 1459 121.73% 48
East Point 10 2 6 0 1764 1502 117.44% 48
Daylsford 5 2 10 1 1204 1339 89.92% 30
Ballarat 2 2 14 0 1143 1728 66.15% 16
Sebastapol 2 2 14 0 822 2194 37.47% 16
Bacchus Marsh 1 2 15 0 1088 2263 48.08% 12

FINALS

Final Team G B Pts Team G B Pts
Elimination Melton 19 9 123 Lake Wendouree 9 14 68
Elimination Darley 12 7 79 Melton South 9 9 63
Qualifying Sunbury 17 5 107 Redan 11 13 79
1st Semi Redan 14 12 96 Darley 11 6 72
2nd Semi Sunbury 18 12 120 Melton 13 13 91
Preliminary Melton 27 2 164 Redan 21 9 135
Grand Melton 16 19 115 Sunbury 12 12 84

2006 Ladder[edit]

Ballarat FL Wins Byes Losses Draws For Against  % Pts
East Point 17 0 1 0 2736 1000 273.60% 68
Redan 14 0 4 0 2192 1240 176.77% 56
Melton 13 0 4 1 2181 1819 119.90% 54
Sunbury 11 0 7 0 2355 1660 141.87% 44
Darley 10 0 8 0 2008 1674 119.95% 40
Ballarat 9 0 9 0 1837 1895 96.94% 36
Lake Wendouree 7 0 11 0 1567 1996 78.51% 28
Sebastapol 4 0 14 0 1450 2195 66.06% 16
Melton South 3 0 14 1 1443 2356 61.25% 14
Bacchus Marsh 1 0 17 0 1111 3045 36.49% 4

FINALS

Final Team G B Pts Team G B Pts
Elimination Ballarat 13 15 93 Melton 12 11 83
Elimination Darley 18 15 123 Sunbury 17 13 115
Qualifying Redan 21 10 136 East Point 19 19 133
1st Semi East Point 17 11 113 Ballarat 13 11 89
2nd Semi Redan 25 22 172 Darley 14 13 97
Preliminary East Point 27 2 164 Darley 21 9 135
Grand Redan 20 17 137 E Point 17 16 118

2007 Ladder[edit]

Ballarat FL Wins Byes Losses Draws For Against  % Pts
East Point 16 0 2 0 2132 1037 205.59% 64
Sunbury 16 0 2 0 1903 991 192.03% 64
Redan 13 0 5 0 1883 1134 166.05% 52
Ballarat 12 0 5 1 1767 1111 159.05% 50
Melton South 10 0 7 1 1685 1670 100.90% 42
Melton 8 0 10 0 1460 1757 83.10% 32
Lake Wendouree 5 0 13 0 1282 1919 66.81% 20
Darley 4 0 14 0 1200 1895 63.32% 16
Sebastapol 3 0 15 0 1144 1874 61.05% 12
Bacchus Marsh 2 0 16 0 1079 2147 50.26% 8

FINALS

Final Team G B Pts Team G B Pts
Elimination Ballarat 14 19 103 Melton South 15 3 93
Elimination Redan 14 19 103 Melton 13 7 85
Qualifying Sunbury 14 10 94 East Point 12 11 83
1st Semi Balllarat 15 8 98 East Point 10 10 70
2nd Semi Redan 14 17 101 Sunbury 13 9 87
Preliminary Sunbury 18 10 118 Balllarat 7 11 53
Grand Redan 18 15 123 Sunbury 16 9 105

2008 Ladder[edit]

Ballarat FL Wins Byes Losses Draws For Against  % Pts
Darley 15 2 1 0 1713 1067 160.54% 68
East Point 12 2 4 0 1729 1180 146.53% 56
Sunbury 11 2 5 0 1334 1246 107.06% 52
Ballarat 9 2 7 0 1553 1105 140.54% 44
Melton South 9 2 7 0 1620 1286 125.97% 44
Lake Wendouree 8 2 8 0 1310 1186 110.46% 40
Redan 7 2 9 0 1479 1261 117.29% 36
Bacchus Marsh 6 2 10 0 1332 1814 73.43% 32
Melton 6 2 10 0 1224 1729 70.79% 32
North Ballarat City 4 2 12 0 1166 1596 73.06% 24
Sebastapol 1 2 15 0 973 1963 49.57% 12

FINALS

Final Team G B Pts Team G B Pts
Elimination Ballarat 18 16 124 Melton South 9 4 58
Elimination Lake Wendouree 14 12 96 Sunbury 10 9 69
Qualifying Darley 16 11 107 East Point 11 10 76
1st Semi East Point 17 14 116 Lake Wendouree 13 11 89
2nd Semi Darley 16 9 105 Ballarat 12 16 88
Preliminary Ballarat 14 7 91 East Point 11 10 76
Grand Ballarat 13 7 85 Darley 10 20 80

2009 Ladder[edit]

Ballarat FL Wins Byes Losses Draws For Against  % Pts
Redan 13 2 3 0 1737 1013 171.47% 60
Darley 13 2 3 0 1642 1055 155.64% 60
East Point 13 2 3 0 1657 1249 132.67% 60
Lake Wendouree 12 2 4 0 1662 1160 143.28% 56
Sunbury 11 2 5 0 1798 1167 154.07% 52
Ballarat 9 2 7 0 1502 1147 130.95% 44
Melton South 6 2 10 0 1456 1694 85.95% 32
North Ballarat City 4 2 12 0 1173 1646 71.26% 24
Melton 4 2 12 0 1005 1668 60.25% 24
Bacchus Marsh 2 2 14 0 1116 1836 60.78% 16
Sebastapol 1 2 15 0 905 2018 44.85% 12

FINALS

Final Team G B Pts Team G B Pts
Elimination Lake Wendouree 12 13 85 Sunbury 8 6 54
Elimination East Point 7 7 49 Ballarat 5 8 38
Qualifying Redan 11 2 68 Darley 7 5 47
1st Semi Lake Wendouree 12 13 85 Darley 8 5 53
2nd Semi East Point 16 5 101 Redan 14 11 95
Preliminary Redan 14 11 95 Lake Wendouree 11 9 75
Grand Redan 13 13 91 East Point 6 12 48

2010 Ladder[edit]

Ballarat FL Wins Byes Losses Draws For Against % Pts
Sunbury 15 2 1 0 1735 884 196.27% 68
Lake Wendouree 13 2 2 1 1523 1076 141.54% 62
Ballarat 13 2 3 0 1885 877 214.94% 60
Redan 12 2 3 1 1654 920 179.78% 58
Darley 8 2 8 0 1388 1305 106.36% 40
East Point 8 2 8 0 1387 1314 105.56% 40
Melton South 5 2 11 0 1184 1468 80.65% 28
Melton 5 2 11 0 1091 1733 62.95% 28
North Ballarat City 4 2 12 0 1025 1394 73.53% 24
Sebastapol 2 2 14 0 907 1808 50.17% 16
Bacchus Marsh 2 2 14 0 798 1798 44.38% 16

FINALS

Final Team G B Pts Team G B Pts
Elimination Ballarat 9 14 68 East Point 6 11 47
Elimination Redan 17 9 111 Darley 14 11 95
Qualifying Lake Wendouree 16 9 105 Sunbury 12 12 84
1st Semi Redan 9 11 65 Sunbury 8 9 57
2nd Semi Lake Wendouree 8 7 55 Ballarat 2 12 24
Preliminary Ballarat 14 14 98 Redan 7 13 55
Grand Lake Wendouree 18 9 117 Ballarat 9 8 62

2011 Ladder[edit]

Ballarat FL Wins Byes Losses Draws For Against % Pts
Sunbury 15 2 1 0 2021 909 222.33% 68
Lake Wendouree 12 2 4 0 1544 1039 148.60% 56
North Ballarat City 11 2 5 0 1291 965 133.78% 52
Redan 11 2 5 0 1669 1248 133.73% 52
Melton South 10 2 6 0 1390 1459 95.27% 48
Ballarat 9 2 7 0 1563 1148 136.15% 44
East Point 9 2 7 0 1366 1283 106.47% 44
Bacchus Marsh 5 2 11 0 1371 1412 97.10% 28
Melton 3 2 13 0 1022 1715 59.59% 20
Sebastapol 3 2 13 0 1022 1869 54.68% 20
Darley 0 2 16 0 949 2161 43.91% 8

FINALS

Final Team G B Pts Team G B Pts
Elimination Redan 16 13 109 Ballarat 10 7 67
Elimination North Ballarat City 18 13 121 Melton South 8 6 54
Qualifying Sunbury 13 12 90 Lake Wendouree 10 7 67
1st Semi North Ballarat City 13 14 92 Lake Wendouree 6 7 43
2nd Semi Redan 18 19 127 Sunbury 13 8 86
Preliminary Sunbury 18 11 119 North Ballarat City 11 14 80
Grand Redan 17 12 114 Sunbury 17 10 112

2012 Ladder[edit]

Ballarat FL Wins Byes Losses Draws For Against % Pts
Redan 15 2 1 0 1619 982 164.87% 68
Sunbury 13 2 3 0 1505 909 165.57% 60
East Point 12 2 4 0 1773 1385 128.01% 56
Darley 11 2 5 0 1306 1109 117.76% 52
North Ballarat City 10 2 6 0 1323 846 156.38% 48
Ballarat 9 2 7 0 1364 1247 109.38% 44
Melton South 6 2 10 0 1412 1412 100.00% 32
Bacchus Marsh 5 2 11 0 1079 1464 73.70% 28
Lake Wendouree 3 2 13 0 959 1525 62.89% 20
Melton 3 2 13 0 1052 1673 62.88% 20
Sebastapol 1 2 15 0 947 1787 52.99% 12

FINALS

Final Team G B Pts Team G B Pts
Elimination East Point 17 17 119 Ballarat 13 13 91
Elimination North Ballarat City 23 9 147 Darley 13 8 86
Qualifying Sunbury 13 18 96 Redan 8 13 61
1st Semi Redan 13 13 91 North Ballarat City 12 10 82
2nd Semi Sunbury 19 16 130 East Point 8 13 61
Preliminary Redan 23 10 148 East Point 15 10 100
Grand Sunbury 23 17 155 Redan 15 8 98

References[edit]

External links[edit]

Book[edit]

History of Football in the Ballarat District by John Stoward - ISBN 978-0-9805929-0-0