Gippsland Soccer League

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Gippsland Soccer League
Founded 1973
Number of teams 12
Promotion to N/A
Relegation to N/A
Domestic cup(s) FFV State Knockout Cup
Current champions Moe United
Website [1]

The Gippsland Soccer League was founded in 1973 and consists of 22 Clubs and encompasses a competition that is competed between all age groups.

Grades[edit]

The GSL features three senior grades, the Seniors (First Division), Reserves and Second Division along with Junior grades, from Under 7's to Under 16's. 1 The introduction of a women's league in 2008, has seen a number of sides putting a women's team together.

Clubs[edit]

Falcons 2000, an offshoot club from Gippsland Falcons, play in the Gippsland Soccer League and play at Falcons Park which is the home of soccer in the Gippsland Soccer League.

Former GSL side Warragul United's senior and reserve sides compete in the State League Division 3 South-East.

It was announced that Morwell Pegasus would field 3 teams in the GSL for the 2014. It was also announced that East Gippsland would field sides in the Youth and Reserve competition.

The GSL currently comprises 11 teams in Seniors, 12 teams in Youth and Reserves and 10 in the Women's competition for the 2014 season.

Club Town Founded Nickname Colours Home Ground Titles Website
Churchill United Churchill 1969 Rams Silver & Red Hazelwood South Reserve 4 [2]
East Gippsland United¹ Bairnsdale 2009 Navy Blue & Gold Howitt Park Sports Complex 0 [3]
Falcons 2000 Morwell 1961 Falcons Blue & Black Latrobe City Soccer Stadium 2 [4]
Fortuna 60 Morwell 1960 Lions Orange & Black Crinigan Road South Reserve 9 [5]
Moe United Moe 1952 Red Devils Red, Black & White Olympic Park 7 [6]
Monash Newborough 1958 Wolves Gold & Black Monash Reserve 0 [7]
Morwell Pegasus Morwell 1959 The Flying Horse Maroon & Sky Blue Ronald Reserve 5 [8]
Newborough/Yallourn Newborough Navy Blue Burrage Reserve [9]
Sale United Sale 1974 Swans Green & White Godfrey Baldwin Reserve 1 [10]
Traralgon City Traralgon 1968 Roosters Black & White Harold Preston Reserve 0 [11]
Traralgon Olympians Traralgon 1980 Olympians Blue & White Harold Preston Reserve 8 [12]
Tyers Tyers 1982 Lightning Green & Gold Tyers Recreation Reserve 0 [13]

¹East Gippsland United only competes in the Youth and Reserve competition.

²Includes 6 Titles from Newborough and 2 from Yallourn

Champions[edit]

In recent years, Churchill United Rams won the Grand Final in 2005 in a penalty shootout against league champions Fortuna 60 after the game finished 1-1, but Fortuna exacted revenge on them by defeating them in the same way in 2006 after the final score was 2-2.

The 2007 Senior League Champions were Churchill United, winning the league ahead of second placed Fortuna, with 3 rounds to spare. The Churchill Reserves and Second Division teams followed suit by both winning the league titles on the last day of the season.

Moe United won the Grand Final in 2007 however, defeating Churchill United 3-1 with 2 goals coming in the last 5 minutes. It was Moe's first major trophy since winning the League Title in 1997 and it was Churchills first loss all season.

The Finals were not held in 2008 but returned in 2009.

All Senior Gippland clubs contest for the Battle of Britain Cup, the oldest continually contested trophy in Victorian soccer. Churchill won it 3 years in a row from 2005 to 2007. Their great run in the tournament was ended in the semi final in 2008 after they were defeated by Moe United. Traralgon Olympians were the eventual champions in 2008, defeating Moe 2-0 in the final. The 2009 Final was won by Falcons who beat Monash 4-2.

Fortuna was on top of the league for much of the 2009 season until a 1-0 home defeat to Churchill saw the Rams leapfrop Fortuna and clinch their 3rd consecutive title by just a single point. Both teams then reached the Grand Final after defeating Monash and Falcons respectively in the Semi Finals. Fortuna got their revenge on Churchill by beating them 5-4 on penalties in the Grand Final after an incredible 4-4 draw. Churchill led 2-0 in the 2nd half but had a player sent off and an injury to their keeper let Fortuna back into the game and they levelled it at 2-2 with just 2 minutes left of the 90. Fortuna twice took the lead in extra time but Churchill pegged them back on both occasions so the match ended 4-4. After 8 successful penalties, the Fortuna keeper saved Churchill's 5th spot kick to clinch the trophy 5-4 on penalties.

Fortuna were crowned league champions in 2010 after going undefeated during the season with 17 wins and a draw against Newborough/Yallourn. They finished 12 points clear of Churchill United and Falcons and it was their first league triumph in 4 years. Fortuna also won their 2nd consecutive Grand Final, beating local rivals Falcons 2-0.

The 2011 season saw Fortuna dominant early, claiming 25 out of a possible 27 points in the first half of the season. Churchill's round 2 loss at Moe United saw them slip behind and after a 2-2 draw at Fortuna in Round 16, they still trailed the Lions by 3 points with 3 rounds remaining. However, in the following weekend, Traralgon Olympians secured an upset 2-1 win over Fortuna and when Churchill beat Newborough/Yallourn the following day, the Rams drew level on points with the Lions. In the penultimate weekend of the season, Churchill easily disposed of Olympians 6-0 while Fortuna scraped past Traralgon City 2-1 the following day which meant the Lions were still on top of the ladder by goal difference. The final round of the season was supposed to have taken place in mid July but a referee strike had saw the postponement of the round until after Round 18. Churchill beat Falcons 5-1 to move 3 points clear of Fortuna with equal goal difference. This meant Fortuna had to beat Sale United by only 1 goal the following day to clinch back-to-back League Championships. The secured an easy 6-2 win.

The following weekend, Fortuna reached the Grand Final after beating Monash on penalties after a 2-2 draw after extra time. Churchill followed suit, easily defeating Traralgon City 4-1. The Rams got their revenge in the Grand Final, beating the Lions 4-1 to lift the trophy for the first time in 6 years. The following weekend, Fortuna made amends for their Grand Final loss, defeating Falcons 4-3 in the Battle of Britain cup final.

Churchill cruised to the 2012 League Title then thumped Falcons 7-0 in the Cup Final. They then made it a treble defeating Fortuna 3-0 in the Grand Final.

Churchill United looked certain to claim back to back League Titles in 2013, until they suffered defeats in each of their last 3 matches which allowed Moe United to leapfrog them into first position by just a single point. It was Moe's first League Championship since 1989. Churchill made amends for their title loss by defeating Sale United 3-1 in the Battle of Britain Cup final. Sale themselves made amends for this loss by defeating ladder leader Moe United 2-0 in the semi final, then dispatched Monash 3-0 in the Grand Final to clinch the trophy for the first time.

Year League Champions Battle of Britain Cup Grand Final
2013 Moe United Churchill United Sale United
2012 Churchill United Churchill United Churchill United
2011 Fortuna Fortuna Churchill United
2010 Fortuna Falcons 2000 Fortuna
2009 Churchill United Falcons 2000 Fortuna
2008 Churchill United Traralgon Olympians
2007 Churchill United Churchill United Moe United
2006 Fortuna Churchill United Fortuna
2005 Fortuna Churchill United Churchill United
2004 Fortuna
2003 Fortuna
2002 Traralgon Olympians
2001 Warragul United
2000 Fortuna
1999 Warragul United
1998 Warragul United Churchill United
1997 Fortuna
1996 Morwell Pegasus Morwell Pegasus
1995 Warragul United
1994 Traralgon Olympians Traralgon Olympians
1993 Traralgon Olympians Morwell Falcons
1992 Morwell Pegasus Traralgon Olympians
1991 Traralgon Olympians Morwell Pegasus
1990 Warragul United Warragul United
1989 Moe United Moe United
1988 Moe United Moe United
1987 Warragul United Warragul United
1986 Traralgon Olympians Traralgon Olympians
1985 Warragul United Traralgon Olympians
1984 Traralgon Olympians
1983 Fortuna Monash
1982 Traralgon Olympians Traralgon Olympians
1981 Traralgon Olympians Monash
1980 Sale City Traralgon City
1979 Morwell Pegasus Traralgon City
1978 Moe United Moe United
1977 Moe United Moe United
1976 Moe United Moe United
1975 Moe United Traralgon City
1974 Morwell Pegasus Morwell Pegasus
1973 Morwell Falcons Morwell Pegasus
1972 Newborough Traralgon City
1971 Morwell Falcons Morwell Pegasus
1970 Morwell Rangers
1969 Newborough Newborough
1968 Newborough Traralgon City
1967 Morwell Rangers Morwell Rangers
1966 Yallourn Yallourn
1965 Newborough Morwell Rangers
1964 Yallourn Yallourn
1963 Morwell Pegasus Morwell Pegasus
1962 Morwell Rangers Morwell Pegasus
1961 Newborough Morwell Rangers
1960 Morwell Rangers Moe United
1959 Morwell Rangers Morwell Rangers
1958 Morwell Rangers Morwell Rangers
1957 Morwell Eastern Rovers
1956 Newborough Newborough
1955 Morwell Sale United
1954 Morwell Yallourn
1953 A.P.M A.P.M
1952 O.C.C Morwell
1951 Maryvale

Most League Titles

Club League Titles Seasons Won
Fortuna 60 9 2011, 2010, 2006, 2005, 2004, 2003, 2000, 1997, 1983
Traralgon Olympians 8 2002, 1994, 1993, 1991, 1986, 1984, 1982, 1981
Moe United 7 2013, 1989, 1988, 1978, 1977, 1976, 1975
Warragul United 7 2001, 1999, 1998, 1995, 1990, 1987, 1985
Morwell Rangers 6 1970, 1967, 1962, 1960, 1959, 1958
Newborough 6 1972, 1969, 1968, 1965, 1961, 1956
Morwell Pegasus 5 1996, 1992, 1979, 1974, 1970
Churchill United 4 2012, 2009, 2008, 2007
Morwell 3 1957, 1955, 1954
Morwell Falcons 2 1971, 1973
Yallourn 2 1966, 1964
Australian Paper Mill 1 1953
Maryvale 1 1951
Overseas Construction Company 1 1952
Sale City 1 1980

Referees[edit]

Referees are Football Federation Australia and Football Federation Victoria accredited. As a result, referees wear both the FFA and FFV referee patches. Several Gippsland referees referee in the Victorian leagues and of these several, two referee in the national leagues (A-League and W-League).

Former players[edit]

External links[edit]