Gippsland Football League

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Gippsland Football League
Most recent season or competition:
2012 Gippsland Football League Season
Gippsland Football League Logo.jpg
Formerly
  • West Gippsland Football League
  • Gippsland-Latrobe Football League
  • Latrobe Valley Football League
  • Central Gippsland Football League
Sport Australian Football & Netball
Founded 1902 (originally founded)
President Brian McKenzie
Inaugural season 2000
Divisions
  • Competitions (Football): Seniors, Reserves, Under 18, Under 16[1]
  • Competitions (Netball): A Grade, B Grade, C Grade, Under 17, Under 15, Under 13
No. of teams 10
Competitors
  • Bairnsdale
  • Drouin
  • Leongatha
  • Maffra
  • Moe
  • Morwell
  • Sale
  • Traralgon
  • Warragul
  • Wonthaggi
Most recent champion(s) Premiers: Sale
Minor Premiers: Sale
Wooden Spooners: Moe
Official website Official Website

The Gippsland Football League (formerly known as the West Gippsland Latrobe Football League), is an Australian rules football League in the Gippsland region of Victoria, Australia. It is considered the only major league governed by the Victorian Country Football League in Gippsland.[2]

History[edit]

The Gippsland League has roots dating back to the Central Gippsland Football League which was founded in 1902. The CGFL morphed into the Latrobe Valley Football League in 1954. The promoters of the LVFL wanted to have a league that consisted of towns along the Orbost railway line, from Warragul to Sale. Three clubs from south Gippsland towns, Leongatha, Korumburra and Mirboo North, were therefore barred from joining the new league and went on to form the South Gippsland FL.

The LVFL changed its name, in 1995, to the Gippsland Latrobe FL.

At the end of 2001, The West Gippsland FL and the Gippsland Latrobe FL had an administrative merger. This created a two-division competition and a name change to West Gippsland Latrobe FL.

From 2002 until 2004, the league comprised a premier division, consisting mainly of the former Gippsland-Latrobe clubs, and a western division, comprising most of the former WGFL clubs.

After the 2004 season, the western division was dissolved, with Warragul, Drouin and Garfield joining the premier league. The remaining clubs from the western division moved to other competitions, such as the Alberton Football League, Ellinbank & District Football League and the Mornington Peninsula Nepean Football League.

In 2009 Garfield left the GFL for the Ellinbank & District Football League, whilst Wonthaggi[3] and Bairnsdale[4] joined the GFL in 2010 and 2011 respectively.

The Latrobe Valley area is currently the only large regional centre in Victoria that does not have a team participating in the Victorian Football League, although Traralgon competed in the VFL during 1996-97, winning just four matches.[5]

The region does have a representative team in the TAC Cup Under-18 competition, Gippsland Power.

Clubs[edit]

For 2013, the Gippsland Football League will consist of ten teams:

Jumper/Colours Club Nickname Founded Ground Premierships Website
Perth Demons Jumper.svg Bairnsdale Football Club Redlegs N/A Bairnsdale Football Ground
McCulloch St
(24) 1902-03, 1908, 1912–13, 1928–30, 1947, 1951–52, 1954, 1956, 1958-59 (BDFL), 1981, 2000–02, 2004, 2006–07 2009-10(EGFL) [1]
Drouin Football Club Jumper.jpg
Drouin Football Club Hawks 1903 Drouin Recreation Reserve
Sinclair St
(8) 1941, 1946, 1949, 1958, 1967, 1978, 1991-92 (WGFL) [2]
Leongatha Football Club Jumper.jpg
Leongatha Football Club Parrots 1911 Leongatha Recreation Reserve
Roughead St
(19) 1894 (KDFA), 1905 (WFA), 1923-24 (KDFA), 1931–32, 1955, 1960–61, 1963-64 (SGFL), 1970, 1977, 1979, 1982, 1989 (LVFL), 1995, 1997 (GLFL), 2001 (WGFL) [3]
Maffra Football Club Jumper.jpg
Maffra Football Club Eagles 1901 Maffra Recreation Reserve
McLean St
(19) 1904, 1906–07, 1910, 1914, 1920–21, 1926, 1935, 1938, 1946, 1948 (GFL), 2002–04, 2006-7, 2009-10 [4]
Moe Football Club Jumper.jpg
Moe Football Club Lions 1909 Ted Summerton Reserve
Vale St, Moe
(2) 1956, 1967 (LVFL) [5]
Glenelg Tigers Jumper.svg
Morwell Football Club Tigers 1905 Morwell Recreation Reserve
Travers St
(11) 1950, 1952-53 (CGFL), 1961, 1966, 1983, 1985, 1988, 1993 (LVFL), 1996 (GLFL), 2013 (GFL) [6]
Devonport Magpies Jumper.png
Sale Football Club Magpies 1901 Sale Recreation Reserve
Palmerston St
(20) 1901, 1905, 1911, 1924, 1927, 1931, 1934, 1937, 1949–50, 1953 (GFL), 1954, 1955, 1957, 1959, 1971, 1973, 1975, 1986 (LVFL) 2008, 2012 (GFL) [7]
Traralgon Football Club Jumper.jpg
Traralgon Football Club Maroons 1883 Traralgon Recreation Reserve
Whittakers Rd
(25) 1919, 1923, 1925 (GFL), 1945–46, 1949 (CGFL), 1960, 1963–65, 1968–69, 1972, 1978, 1980, 1987, 1990–92, 1994 (LVFL), 1998-2000 (GLFL), 2005, 2011 [8]
Warragul Football Club Colours.PNG
Warragul Football Club Gulls 1902 Western Park
Tarwin St
(4) 1974, 1976, 1984 (LVFL), 2003 (WGFL) [9]
Wonthaggi-club-jumper.PNG
Wonthaggi Football Club Power 1956/2005 Wonthaggi Recreation Reserve
Strickland St
(6) 1974-75, 1994-95 (as Wonthaggi Rovers) 2005-06 (AFL) [10]
Note: AFL (Alberton FL), CGFL (Central Gippsland FL), EGFL (East Gippsland FL), KDFA (Korumburra & District FA), LVFL (Latrobe Valley FL), SGFL (South Gippsland FL), WFA (Woorayl Football Association), WGFL (West Gippsland FL), GLFL (Gippsland Latrobe FL)

Former clubs[edit]

Jumper Club Nickname Years competed Home Ground Premierships Website
Churchill Kangaroos 1984-1994 Gaskin Park, Churchill (0) [11]
Garfield Football Club Stars 2002-2009 Garfield Recreation Reserve
Beswick St
(7)1963-64, 1966, 1983, 1993, 1994, 2004 (WGFL) [12]
Heyfield Kangaroos 1960-1974 Gordon St Rec Reserve (0) [13]
Newborough Bulldogs 1979-1985 Newborough Rec Reserve
Soutwell St
(0) [14]
Stratford Swans 1961-1964 Stratford Rec Reserve
Wellsford St
(0) [15]
Trafalgar Bloods 1954-1968 Trafalgar Rec Reserve (2) 1958, 1962 [16]
Traralgon Tyers United The Two Blues 1983-1988 Tyers Rec Reserve
Main Road
(0) [17]
Yallourn The Blues 1954-1976 Yallourn Rec Reserve (0)
Yallourn Yallourn North Bombers 1977-1985 Yallourn Rec Reserve (0) [18]
Yarragon Panthers 1954-1960 Yarragon Football Ground
Market St
(0) [19]

Premiers and Best & Fairest Winners[edit]

Year Senior Premier Senior B&F Winner Season Summary (Ladder & Finals)
2013 RichmondDesign.svg Morwell -- 2013 Season
2012 CollingwoodDesign.svg Sale Luke Collins (CollingwoodDesign.svg Sale) 2012 Season
2011 Traralgondesign.png Traralgon Andrew Soumilas (Drwglfl.PNG Drouin) 2011 Season
2010 Mafwglfl.PNG Maffra[6] Gary Jones (Mafwglfl.PNG Maffra) 2010 Season
2009 Mafwglfl.PNG Maffra[1] Adrian Cox (CollingwoodDesign.svg Sale) & Michael Geary (Traralgondesign.png Traralgon) 2009 Season
2008 CollingwoodDesign.svg Sale Nick Hider (Mafwglfl.PNG Maffra) 2008 Season
2007 Mafwglfl.PNG Maffra Nick Hider (Mafwglfl.PNG Maffra) 2007 Season
2006 Mafwglfl.PNG Maffra Desi Barr (Warragul Football Club Colours.PNG Warragul) 2006 Season
2005 Traralgondesign.png Traralgon Andrew Soumilas (Leowglfl.PNG Garfield) 2005 Season

Records and Statistics[edit]

Club Finishing Positions

Club Premierships Runners Up 3rd 4th 5th
Traralgondesign.png Traralgon 19 17 8 6 2
CollingwoodDesign.svg Sale 11 5 8 9 1
Leowglfl.PNG Leongatha 8 5 7 6 3
RichmondDesign.svg Morwell 7 8 10 4 6
Mafwglfl.PNG Maffra 7 3 5 5 2
Warragul Football Club Colours.PNG Warragul 3 3 5 14 2
Moewglfl.PNG Moe 2 8 9 6 1
EssendonDesign.svgBairnsdale 1 2 3 2 0
Wonthaggi-club-jumper.PNG Wonthaggi 0 3 2 1 1
Drwglfl.PNG Drouin 0 2 0 0 1

Recent Finishing Positions

Club 2012 2011 2010 2009 2008 2007 2006
EssendonDesign.svgBairnsdale 9th 8th -- -- -- -- --
Drwglfl.PNG Drouin 7th 2nd 2nd 5th 9th 9th
Leowglfl.PNG Garfield -- -- -- 9th 6th 3rd 7th
Leowglfl.PNG Leongatha 4th 5th 5th 4th 7th 8th
Mafwglfl.PNG Maffra 2nd 3rd 1st 2nd 4th 1st 1st
Moewglfl.PNG Moe 10th 7th 6th 3rd 5th 5th
CollingwoodDesign.svg Sale 1st 4th 7th 8th 1st 2nd 2nd
Traralgondesign.png Traralgon 3rd 1st 3rd 1st 8th 3rd
Warragul Football Club Colours.PNG Warragul 8th 10th 9th 6th 3rd 4th
Wonthaggi-club-jumper.PNG Wonthaggi 6th 6th 8th -- -- -- --

Significant Records

Record Detail
Highest Score: 45.22 (292) Traralgon vs. Churchill
Lowest Score: 0.0 (2) Stratford vs. Traralgon; Bairnsdale vs. Traralgon
Most Goals in a Match: (19) Adrian Campbell (Leongatha vs. Moe)
Most Goals in a Season: 136 Shane Loveless (Sale)
Record Quarter Score
1st Quarter 13.4 (82) Maffra vs. Newborough
Warragul vs. Newborough
Maffra vs. Churchill
2nd Quarter 14.3 (87) Leongatha vs. Heyfield
3rd Quarter 15.5 (95) Traralgon vs. Newborough
4th Quarter 16.7 (103) Leongatha vs. Moe

References[edit]

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