Collingwood Football Club (VFL)

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This article is about the Collingwood Football Club reserve team which participates in the Victorian Football League. For full information and history about the parent club and its AFL team, see Collingwood Football Club.
Full name Collingwood Football Club
Nickname(s) The Magpies
Motto Floreat Pica
2014 season
Best and fairest Kyle Martin
Club details
Founded 1892 (Rejoined VFL in 2008)
Colours      Black      White
Competition Victorian Football League
Coach Dale Tapping
Captain(s) Jack Hellier
Ground(s) Victoria Park (capacity: 27,000)
Other information
Official website Collingwood VFL
Collingwood FC VFL jumper.jpeg

Collingwood Football Club VFL team, nicknamed the Magpies and often referred to as the Collingwood Reserves, is an Australian rules football team which plays in the Victorian Football League. The team is a reserves team operated by the Collingwood Football Club, which fields its senior team in the Australian Football League.


Collingwood originally joined the Victorian Football Association (which later became the modern day VFL in 1996) in 1892. In 1897, Collingwood was one of the eight breakaway clubs to form the Victorian Football League (which later became the modern day AFL in 1990), and has fielded its senior team in that competition every year since.

The VFL/AFL operated a reserves competition from 1919–1991, and a de facto AFL reserves competition known as the Victorian State Football League operated from 1992–1999. The Collingwood Football Club fielded a reserves team in both of these competitions, allowing players who were not selected for the senior team to play for Collingwood in the lower grade.

In 2000, the VSFL merged with the modern day Victorian Football League. Since the merge, the senior grade of the VFL has accommodated senior teams from the VFL, reserves teams from the AFL, and affiliations between VFL and AFL clubs, in which VFL senior players and AFL reserves players compete in the same team.

Collingwood fielded a stand alone reserves team in the VFL in the 2000 VFL season. It finished 11th on the ladder, and the side at times included the likes of Gavin Brown, Gavin Crosisca, Shane Watson, Stephen Patterson, Ben Johnson, Rhyce Shaw and Ricky Olarenshaw. It played its home games at Victoria Park, with a handful of curtain raisers at the Melbourne Cricket Ground.[1]

In 2001, Collingwood reserves team was dissolved and the club entered into an affiliation with the VFL's Williamstown Football Club. Collingwood ended its affiliation with Williamstown after the 2007 season, and re-established a stand-alone reserves team in the VFL in 2008. The reserves team has competed in the VFL since 2008.[2]

The Collingwood VFL team is composed of both reserves players from the club's primary and rookie AFL lists, and a separately maintained list of players eligible only for VFL matches.

VFL performances[edit]

The Collingwood VFL team has had reasonable success to date. The team has qualified for finals on four occasions, with its best finish a preliminary final appearance in 2009.[3]

Honour board[edit]

Season Ladder Win-Loss Finals Coach Captain(s) Best and Fairest Leading Goalkicker
2000 11th 9-10 DNQ Brad Gotch &
Dean Laidley
Rotating Shane Watson Brad Obourne (20)
2008 12th 5-11 DNQ Gavin Brown Nigel Carmody Justin Crow &
Brent Macaffer
Brent Macaffer (38)
2009 7th 10-8 Preliminary Final Gavin Brown Damien Peverill Ryan Cook Chris Bryan (34)
2010 7th 10-8 Elimination Final Gavin Brown Kris Pendlebury Tom Young Scott Reed (38)
2011 12th 4-14 DNQ Tarkyn Lockyer Kris Pendlebury Tom Sundberg Brett Eddy (21)
2012 12th 4-14 DNQ Tarkyn Lockyer Kris Pendlebury Kris Pendlebury Caolan Mooney &
Jackson Paine (17)
2013 6th 10-8 Elimination Final Dale Tapping Jack Hellier &
Nick Riddle
Kyle Martin Jackson Paine (45)
2014 5th 12-6 Elimination Final Dale Tapping Jack Hellier Kyle Martin Patrick Karnezis (31)

Source: Collingwood VFL Honour Roll

Premierships: 0
Runners up: 0
Minor premierships: 0
Finals appearances: 4 (Best: Preliminary Final in 2009)
Wooden spoons: 0
J. J. Liston Trophy winners: 0
Frosty Miller Medallists: 0
Fothergill–Round Medallists: 0

Club records[edit]

Most Games

Kris Pendlebury - 69 (2008–2012)

Most Goals

Chris Dawes - 66 (2008–2012)

Highest Score

26.21 (177) vs. Casey Scorpions, Elimination Final 2009

Lowest Score

3.10 (28) vs. Casey Scorpions, Round 8 2008

AFL Draftees[edit]

State Representatives[edit]

  • Jarryd Blair - 2010
  • Danny Nicholls - 2008
  • Kris Pendlebury - 2010

Source: Collingwood VFL Honour Roll


Home ground[edit]

Since 2010, the Collingwood VFL team has played home matches at Victoria Park, the traditional suburban home ground of the AFL senior team until 1999.[4] Prior to 2010, the team had played its home matches at Princes Park, the traditional home ground of the Carlton Football Club, Collingwood's fiercest rivals in the AFL.[5]


The Collingwood VFL team wears a mostly black guernsey with white vertical stripes on the front and lower half of the back, and a white number. This is identical to the AFL team, except for the addition of the Magpie bird displayed prominently on the front of the guernsey. The same guersney style but in predominately white with black stripes and a black number is utilised for away/clash fixtures.


The club announced on 10 April 2008 that a sponsorship deal had been signed with the mobile phone retailer Crazy John's to become the VFL team's major sponsor.[6] Crazy John's had been a sponsor of the AFL team since 2001 and its logo appeared on the front and back of the club's VFL guernsey. The club also has a sponsorship deal with sports apparel manufacturer Adidas. Since 2011, Blue Star Logistics took over from Crazy Johns to become major Sponsor, later joined in 2013 by restaurant chain Subway.[7]


  1. ^ "VFL: Season 2000". 
  2. ^ "VFL: Season 2008". 
  3. ^ Bernard, Jonathon (24 August 2009). "VFL Magpies earn finals berth with massive win". Retrieved 24 August 2009. 
  4. ^ "Victoria Park". Austadiums. 10 December 2013. 
  5. ^ "Collingwood eyes move to Victoria Park for VFL team". Daily Telegraph. 20 November 2008. 
  6. ^ "Collingwood goes 'Crazy'". 10 April 2008. Retrieved 22 March 2009. 
  7. ^ "Collingwood to eat fresh with Subway". 27 March 2013. 

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