Foxtel Cup

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Foxtel Cup
Upcoming season or competition:
2014 Foxtel Cup
FoxtelCup.png
Sport Australian rules football
Inaugural season 2011
No. of teams 16 (2011-12),
10 (2013),
9 (2014)
Country Australia
Most recent champion(s) Williamstown
Most titles Williamstown (2)
Qualification Invitation
TV partner(s) Fox Footy
Official website Official Foxtel Cup website

The League Championship Cup[1] (officially branded under the sponsor's name – the Foxtel Cup[2]) is an annual Australian rules football club knockout cup competition involving clubs from the various state league competitions from around Australia. The tournament is organised by the Australian Football League (AFL).

The competition was first held in 2011, featuring sixteen teams from around the country who qualified based on their finishing positions in their previous state league season. Matches were played mostly as curtain-raisers to AFL Saturday night games, or occasionally as a stand-alone game in the same timeslot, and are televised on Fox Sports in a late-afternoon slot between afternoon and night AFL matches.[3] Prize money for the competition is about $250,000, with $40,000 going to the winner.[4] Clubs play Foxtel Cup matches during their bye weeks in their respective state league fixtures.

Williamstown became the inaugural Foxtel Cup champions when they defeated Claremont by 21 points in the Grand Final at Patersons Stadium.[5] Claremont went one better the following year to become 2012 Foxtel Cup Champions defeating Werribee by 44 points at the same venue.[6] West Adelaide defeated East Fremantle by four points in the 2013 Grand Final at AAMI Stadium. Williamstown won their second Foxtel Cup championship in 2014 by beating West Perth by 63 points at Simonds Stadium, Geelong.

Qualification[edit]

For the inaugural Foxtel Cup in 2011, the AFL invited the three highest ranked teams from the South Australian National Football League, the Victorian Football League and the West Australian Football League; the top two teams from the Queensland Australian Football League; and the top team from AFL Sydney and the Tasmanian Football League – based on those leagues' 2010 seasons. The Greater Western Sydney Football Club (which was playing in the NEAFL in 2011 as preparation for entering the Australian Football League in 2012), and the Northern Territory Football Club received special invitations.[7][8]

However, despite the SANFL signing on to be part of the Cup competition, its top three clubs – Central District, Norwood and Woodville-West Torrens – all rejected their invitation to compete,[9] citing lack of prize money, sponsorship conflicts, salary cap implications, schedule concerns and removing the focus from their SANFL premiership ambitions.[10] Eventually, the SANFL positions in the competition were taken up by West Adelaide, North Adelaide and Port Adelaide Magpies, none of whom even reached the SANFL finals in 2010.[11] In 2013 it was announced that the SANFL's top three teams of the 2012 season, Norwood, West Adelaide and North Adelaide, had committed to play in the Foxtel Cup in 2014. At the time of the announcement midway through the 2013 SANFL season the three teams were again the top 3 on the SANFL premiership ladder, showing that among South Australian clubs, the Foxtel Cup was gaining recognition.

The AFL announced on 1 August 2011 that public interest and television audiences well-supported the inaugural year of the Foxtel Cup and as a result the competition would continue for the next five years.[12]

Results[edit]

2011 Foxtel Cup[edit]

Main article: 2011 Foxtel Cup

Grand Final[edit]

2012 Foxtel Cup[edit]

Main article: 2012 Foxtel Cup

Grand Final[edit]

2013 Foxtel Cup[edit]

Main article: 2013 Foxtel Cup

Grand Final[edit]

2014 Foxtel Cup[edit]

Main article: 2014 Foxtel Cup

Grand Final[edit]

Coles Medal[edit]

The Coles Medal is awarded to the best player afield in the Foxtel Cup Grand Final.

Year Coles Medallist Club
2011 Ben Jolley Williamstown Football Club
2012 Thomas Lee Claremont Football Club
2013 Chris Schmidt West Adelaide Football Club
2014 Ben Davies Williamstown Football Club

Participating clubs[edit]

Guernsey Club Nickname Location State League Cup championships Cup appearances
Ainslie Jumper.png Ainslie Football Club[14]
Tri- Colours
Ainslie, ACT
NEAFL Eastern Conference
0 2011 - 2012
Aspley Hornets Jumper.svg Aspley Australian Football Club[15]
Hornets
Carseldine, Queensland
NEAFL Northern Conference
0 2014
Belconnen Magpies Jumper nologo.jpg Belconnen Football Club[16]
Magpies
Belconnen, Australian Capital Territory
NEAFL Eastern Conference
0 2014
Hawthorn Hawks Jumper.png Box Hill Hawks Football Club[17]
Hawks
Box Hill, Victoria
Victorian Football League
0 2014
Fremantledocks.png Burnie Football Club[18]
Dockers
Burnie, Tasmania
Tasmanian Football League
0 2012 - 2013
Claremont Tigers Jumper.svg Claremont Football Club[19]
Tigers
Claremont, Western Australia
West Australian Football League
1 2011 - 2013
Clarence Roos Jumper.svg Clarence Football Club[20]
Kangaroos
Clarence, Tasmania
Tasmanian Football League
0 2011
East Fremantle Sharks Jumper nologo.jpg East Fremantle Football Club[21]
Sharks
East Fremantle, Western Australia
West Australian Football League
0 2013
East Perth Royals Jumper.svg East Perth Football Club[22]
Royals
Leederville, Western Australia
West Australian Football League
0 2011, 2014
Greater Western Sydney Home.JPG Greater Western Sydney Football Club[23]
Giants
Blacktown, NSW
Australian Football League
Expansion club
0 2011
Glenelg Tigers Jumper.svg Labrador Australian Football Club[24]
Tigers
Labrador, Queensland
NEAFL Northern Conference
0 2011
Launceston Blues Jumper2.png Launceston Football Club[25]
Blues
Launceston, Tasmania
Tasmanian Football League
0 2012
Ainslie Jumper.png Morningside Australian Football Club[26]
Panthers
Hawthorne, Queensland
NEAFL Northern Conference
0 2011 - 2012
Kangaroos Jumper.png Mount Gravatt Australian Football Club[27]
Vultures
Mount Gravatt, Queensland
NEAFL Northern Conference
0 2012
North Adelaide Roosters Jumper.svg North Adelaide Football Club[28]
Roosters
North Adelaide, South Australia
South Australian National Football League
0 2011
North Ballarat Roosters Jumper.svg North Ballarat Football Club[29]
Roosters
Ballarat, Victoria
Victorian Football League
0 2011
North Bullants Jumper nologo.jpg Northern Bullants Football Club[30]
Bullants
Preston, Victoria
Victorian Football League
0 2011
Northern Territory Football Club[31]
Thunder
Darwin, Northern Territory
NEAFL Northern Conference
NT representative
0 2011 - 2013
Norwood Redlegs Jumper.svg Norwood Football Club[32]
Redlegs
Norwood, South Australia
South Australian National Football League
0 2013 - 2014
Port Adelaide Magpies Jumper.svg Port Adelaide Football Club (SANFL)[33]
Magpies
Alberton, South Australia
South Australian National Football League
0 2011 - 2012
Port Melbourne Borough Jumper.svg Port Melbourne Football Club[34]
Borough
Port Melbourne, Victoria
Victorian Football League
0 2012 - 2013
Glenelg Tigers Jumper.svg Queanbeyan Football Club[35]
Tigers
Queanbeyan, New South Wales
NEAFL Eastern Conference
0 2013
South Adelaide Panthers Jumper.svg South Adelaide Football Club[36]
Panthers
Noarlunga Downs, South Australia
South Australian National Football League
0 2012
Southport Sharks Jumper.svg Southport Australian Football Club[37]
Sharks
Southport, Queensland
NEAFL Northern Conference
0 2013
Subiaco Lions Jumper.svg Subiaco Football Club[38]
Lions
Subiaco, Western Australia
West Australian Football League
0 2012
Swan Districts Jumper.svg Swan Districts Football Club[39]
Swans
Bassendean, Western Australia
West Australian Football League
0 2011
East Coast Eagles jumper nologo.jpg Sydney Hills Eagles Australian Football Club[40]
Eagles
Rouse Hill, NSW
NEAFL Eastern Conference
Sydney AFL representative
0 2011 - 2012
Werribee Tigers Jumper nologo.jpg Werribee Football Club[41]
Tigers
Werribee, Victoria
Victorian Football League
0 2012 - 2013
West Adelaide Bloods Jumper.svg West Adelaide Football Club[42]
Bloods
Richmond, South Australia
South Australian National Football League
1 2011 - 2014
West Perth Falcons Jumper.svg West Perth Football Club[43]
Falcons
Joondalup, Western Australia
West Australian Football League
0 2012, 2014
Western Storm Jumper.png Western Storm Football Club[44]
Storm
Prospect, Tasmania
Tasmanian State League
0 2014
Williamstown Seagulls Jumper.svg Williamstown Football Club[45]
Seagulls
Williamstown, Victoria
Victorian Football League
2 2011 - 2012, 2014

Stadiums[edit]

Adelaide Adelaide Blacktown Darwin
AAMI Stadium
Capacity: 51,224
Adelaide Oval
Capacity: 53,000
Blacktown ISP Oval
Capacity: 10,000
TIO Stadium
Capacity: 15,000
As-east.jpg AdelOval07.jpg BlacktownISPoval.jpg TIO Stadium.jpg
Geelong Gold Coast Hobart Launceston
Simonds Stadium
Capacity: 33,500
Metricon Stadium
Capacity: 25,000
Bellerive Oval
Capacity: 16,200
Aurora Stadium
Capacity: 20,000
Skilled-stadium-geelong.jpg Adelaide v Gold Coast - Carrara crowd.jpg Bellerive oval hobart.jpg Hawthorn v Western Bulldogs - 31st May 2008 181.jpg
Melbourne Melbourne Perth Sydney
Etihad Stadium
Capacity: 56,347
Melbourne Cricket Ground
Capacity: 100,018
Patersons Stadium
Capacity: 43,500
Sydney Cricket Ground
Capacity: 46,000
Telstra Dome Panoramic.jpg Mcg melb.JPG SubiOval2.JPG Sydney Cricket Ground, Warne final balls, 2007.jpg

References[edit]

  1. ^ Reid, Russell (15 October 2010). "WAFL backs State leagues knockout comp". West Australian. 
  2. ^ "FOXTEL Cup". Australian Football League. 9 February 2011. 
  3. ^ "GWS Giants to play in planned champions league". Herald Sun. 25 November 2010. Retrieved 21 December 2010. 
  4. ^ Paton, Al (8 December 2010). "Draft fixture reveals match-ups in new Leagues Championship Cups". Herald Sun. 
  5. ^ Schmook, Nathan (6 August 2011). "Seagulls swoop". afl.com.au. Melbourne: Australian Football League. Retrieved 6 August 2011. 
  6. ^ Guthrie, Ben (2 August 2012). "Claremont belts Werribee in Foxtel Cup Grand Final". afl.com.au. Melbourne: Australian Football League. Retrieved 2 August 2012. 
  7. ^ Morris, Grey (13 December 2010). "Should Thunder contest Champions League?". NT News (Darwin: News Limited). Retrieved 21 December 2010. 
  8. ^ Barton, Joe (25 November 2010). "Greater Western Sydney Giants get nod for Champions League-style AFL competition in 2011". Fox Sports Australia (Premier Media Group). Retrieved 21 December 2010. 
  9. ^ Morgan, Kym (9 December 2010). "SANFL may field second stringers". Adelaide Advertiser. 
  10. ^ Homfray, Reece (13 December 2010). "Top SANFL teams to snub new Leagues Champions Cup". Herald Sun (Melbourne). Retrieved 21 December 2010. 
  11. ^ "SANFL Statement – League Club Championships". sanfl.com.au (Adelaide: South Australian National Football League). 15 December 2010. 
  12. ^ Hope, Shayne (2 August 2011). "Foxtel Cup here to stay". Perth: The West Australian. Retrieved 2 August 2011. 
  13. ^ Foxtel Cup Grand Final fixture
  14. ^ Ainslie Football Club Official Website
  15. ^ Aspley Australian Football Club Official Website
  16. ^ Belconnen Football Club Official Website
  17. ^ Box Hill Hawks Football Club Official Website
  18. ^ Burnie Football Club Official Website
  19. ^ Claremont Football Club Official Website
  20. ^ Clarence Football Club Official Website
  21. ^ East Fremantle Football Club Official Website
  22. ^ East Perth Football Club Official Website
  23. ^ Greater Western Sydney Football Club Official Website
  24. ^ Labrador Australian Football Club Official Website
  25. ^ Launceston Football Club Official Website
  26. ^ Morningside Australian Football Club Official Website
  27. ^ Mount Gravatt Australian Football Club Official Website
  28. ^ North Adelaide Football Club Official Website
  29. ^ North Ballarat Official Website
  30. ^ Northern Bullants Official Website
  31. ^ Northern Territory Football Club Official Website
  32. ^ Norwood Football Club Official Website
  33. ^ Port Adelaide Magpies Football Club Official Website
  34. ^ Port Melbourne Official Website
  35. ^ Queanbeyan Football Club Official Website
  36. ^ South Adelaide Football Club Official Website
  37. ^ Southport Australian Football Club Official Website
  38. ^ Subiaco Football Club Official Website
  39. ^ Swan Districts Club Official Website
  40. ^ Sydney Hills Eagles Football Club Official Website
  41. ^ Werribee Official Website
  42. ^ West Adelaide Football Club Official Website
  43. ^ West Perth Football Club Official Website
  44. ^ Western Storm Football Club facebook page
  45. ^ Williamstown FC Sportingpulse Website

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