Goldfields Football League

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Goldfields Football League
Goldfields Football League logo.gif
Formerly Hannans District Football Association (1896–1901)
Goldfields Football Association (1901–1907 and 1920–1925)Goldfields National Football League (1926–1987)
Sport Australian rules football
Founded 1896
Owner(s) West Australian Football Commission
Inaugural season 1896
No. of teams 5
Country Australia
Venue(s) Various
Most recent champion(s) Railways
Most titles Mines Rovers (37)
Official website fieldsfootball.com.au

The Goldfields Football League is an Australian rules football league based in the Goldfields region of Western Australia. Originally founded in 1896 as Hannans District Football Association, the league enjoyed a seat and full voting rights on the Australian National Football Council until 1919. The first clubs to play Australian football were formed within the region, and the league helped popularise the sport in the region, helping to establish the sport and supplant Rugby in popularity.[1] The GFL was known as the Goldfields Football Association (GFA) from 1901–07 and 1920–25, and as the Goldfields National Football League (GNFL) from 1926–87.

History[edit]

The league was formed during a meeting held in the Great Boulder Hotel, Kalgoorlie, on 29 July 1896 as the Hannans District Football Association. The association at this point comprised four teams; Boulder City, based in Boulder; Hannans, now known as Kalgoorlie City and based in Kalgoorlie; Victorians, also based in Kalgoorlie; and White Feather, based in Kanowna. Up until the end of the First World War the GFL was considered equal on ability with the WAFL, and a State Championship was contested 12 times between 1903 and 1924, with Goldfields sides winning twice, in 1903 and 1912.[2] The league also had a seat and full voting rights on the Australian National Football Council until 1919, but participated together with the WAFL as Western Australia in inter-state and inter-colonial matches. The 1904 Western Australian inter-state touring team included seven GFL players, and half of the 1908 Melbourne Carnival team were GFL players, including the captain Billy Trewhella.[3]

Clubs[edit]

Current clubs[edit]

Guernsey Club Nickname Location Home ground(capacity) First season Premierships
Boulder City Football Club
Tigers
Boulder, Western Australia
Digger Daws Oval
(4500)
1896 26
Kalgoorlie City Football Club
known as Hannans from 1896–99
Kangaroos
formerly the Magpies
Kalgoorlie, Western Australia
Sir Richard Moore Oval
(6000)
1896 12
Kalgoorlie Railways Football Club
Panthers
Kalgoorlie, Western Australia
Sir Richard Moore Oval
(6000)
1900 28
Kambalda Football Club
Eagles
Kambalda, Western Australia
Kambalda Oval*
(2000)
1969 3
Mines Rovers Football Club
Diorites
Boulder, Western Australia
Digger Daws Oval
(4500)
1899 40

Former clubs[edit]

Former clubs include Victorians (1896–97), White Feather (1896–98; 1903–06), Bulong (1897), Rovers (1897), Britannia (1897), Cementers (1898), Kanowna (1899–1901), Paddington (1899), Coolgardie (1901–03; 1905–06), Trafalgar (1902–05), Horseshoe Warriors (1903–08), City (1903), Boulder Stars (1905–06) and Norseman (1971–72; 1974–82).

2011 Ladder[edit]

Goldfields Wins Byes Losses Draws For Against % Pts
Railways 15 0 1 0 2116 771 274.45% 60
Mines 11 0 5 0 1747 1298 134.59% 44
Boulder 8 0 8 0 1548 1406 110.10% 32
Kalgoorlie 6 0 10 0 1241 1467 84.59% 24
Kambalda 0 0 16 0 768 2478 30.99% 0

FINALS

Final Team G B Pts Team G B Pts
1st Semi Boulder 15 8 98 Kalgoorlie 12 12 84
2nd Semi Railways 18 12 120 Mines 13 10 88
Preliminary Boulder 19 10 124 Mines 13 14 92
Grand Railways 18 14 122 Boulder 5 5 35

Notable players[edit]

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