Collingwood Football Club (VFL)
|Full name||Collingwood Football Club|
|Best and fairest||Kyle Martin|
|Founded||1892 (Rejoined VFL in 2008)|
|Competition||Victorian Football League|
|Ground(s)||Victoria Park (capacity: 27,000)|
|Official website||Collingwood VFL|
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.
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.
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.
The Collingwood VFL team has not had any significant on-field success to date. The team has reached the finals twice, with its best finish a preliminary final appearance in 2009.
|Year||Finishing position||Coach||Captain||Best and Fairest||Leading Goalkicker|
|2000||11th||Michael Broadbridge, Brad Gotch, Dean Laidley||Rotating||Shane Watson||Brad Obourne (20)|
|2008||12th||Gavin Brown||Nigel Carmody||Justin Crow and Brent Macaffer||Brent Macaffer (38)|
|2009||4th||Gavin Brown||Damien Peverill||Ryan Cook||Chris Bryan (34)|
|2010||7th||Gavin Brown||Kris Pendlebury||Tom Young||Scott Reed (38)|
|2011||12th||Tarkyn Lockyer||Kris Pendlebury||Tom Sundberg||Brett Eddy (21)|
|2012||12th||Tarkyn Lockyer||Kris Pendlebury||Kris Pendlebury||Caolan Mooney and Jackson Paine (17)|
|2013||6th||Dale Tapping||Jack Hellier and Nick Riddle||Kyle Martin||Jackson Paine (45)|
|2014||Dale Tapping||Jack Hellier|
Source: Collingwood VFL Honour Roll
Runners up: 0
Minor premierships: 0
Finals appearances: 3 (Best: Preliminary Final in 2009)
Wooden spoons: 0
J.J. Liston Trophy winners: 0
Frosty Miller Medallists: 0
Fothergill-Round Medallists: 0
- Kris Pendlebury - 69 (2008–2012)
- Chris Dawes - 66 (2008–2012)
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. 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.
The Collingwood VFL team wears a mostly white guernsey with black vertical stripes on the front and lower half of the back, and a black number. The guernsey is the same as the clash guernsey of the Collingwood AFL team – the AFL team's primary guernsey is the same design in reverse colours, i.e. mostly black.
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. 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. In 2011, Blue Star Logistics took over from Crazy Johns to become major Sponsor.
- Official website of the Collingwood VFL Football Club
- Official website of the Collingwood AFL Football Club