Kenmore Australian Football Club

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Kenmore Australian Football Club
Full name Kenmore Australian Football Club
Nickname Bears
Sport Australian rules football
Founded 1997
League AFLQ State Association
Home ground Main Oval, Chelmer
Anthem "Join in the Chorus"
President Terry Mumford
Head coach Tom Corless
Captain Shane Loney
2012 Third
Strip
Green guernsey with gold v, green shorts, green and gold hooped socks

The Kenmore Australian Football Club, also known as the Kenmore Bears is an Australian rules football club formed as an off-shoot of an older junior club which is notable as having produced Australian Football League players Mal Michael and Courtenay Dempsey. Other Australian rules football players Max Hudghton, Jackson Allen, Peter Yagmoor and Rex Liddy spent a significant amount of their junior careers at Kenmore's junior club.

History[edit]

Formation[edit]

The Kenmore Bears was formed in the 1997 season. The Club was originally formed to give players from the Kenmore Juniors AFC an opportunity to play senior football close to home. At that stage, the closest senior club, West Brisbane Australian Football Club, had folded after winning the 1996 Queensland Australia Football League (QAFL) Premiership.

In its first season, Kenmore fielded one side in the Division 3 competition in what was then the Brisbane Australian Football League (BAFL). They originally played out of the home of the Kenmore Juniors, at Akuna Oval in Kenmore. In their first season, Kenmore tasted success, winning the Premiership. This was followed quickly by another Premiership in 1998.

Promotion[edit]

In 1999, Kenmore were promoted to the 2nd Division of the BAFL. Playing in this Division required the formation of two sides. It was Kenmore's hardest season since their formation, with both sides winning only a handful of games and finishing towards the bottom of the table.

Division 3[edit]

In 2000, the BAFL merged with its Gold Coast equivalent to form the Australian Football League South Queensland (AFLSQ). Kenmore played in two losing Division 3 Grand Finals of the new competition in 2000 and 2001, before winning the premiership again in 2002. In 2001, the club changed home grounds to that of the Jindalee Jags which is in Wongaburra Street, Jindalee. After captaining Kenmore to consecutive losing Grand Finals, Jeff Williams handed over his captaincy to Anthony Randell. Williams remained with a club as a playing Assistant Coach in 2002, returning to coach the Seniors in 2005.

In 2002, the Club's administration looked for a bigger home ground, with the Jindalee base considered too small for Senior football. At this point the decision was made to move to a new home ground in Queenscroft Street, Chelmer. Incidentally, these clubrooms were the West Brisbane clubrooms when they folded.

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In 2003, Kenmore were promoted into the Division 2 competition. This was a tough year for the club, but also an important year for its development. The Seniors finished the year without a win and on the bottom of the table. However, future premiership captain Peter Stowasser played his first year for the club this season. In a stark contrast, the Reserves side, captained by Brett "Billy" Stevens, won the Premiership. The side included many players still playing junior football, such as Tim Plummer, Greg Stirling and Brendan Stirling. Bolstered by ageing yet quality inclusions such as Cameron Bulley (who captained the 1996 West Brisbane Premiership), Brad Lennon and Peter Halverson, the side overcame Wynnum in the Grand Final.

The following season in 2004 Kenmore registered its first win in the Seniors, defeating Glasshouse by 55 points at home. Captained now by Peter Stowasser, the side quickly followed its win with another over Griffith University by 6 points. However, wins were still uncommon, both sides registering 6 wins each for the season. Importantly for the Seniors though, they registered their first win over a finals side, defeating eventual runners-up Ipswich away in Round 9. As a sign of the club's growth, 6 future Premiership players made their Seniors debut that season: Simeon Bell, Ian Maughan, James May, Will Nase, Nick Routledge and Cameron Stirling (who was then only 15). Ashley Bone, Scott Matthews, Peter Stowasser and the other three Stirling brothers, Andrew, Greg and Brendan, were the other the 6 players to play Seniors that year and later in the 2006 Premiership.

2005 was a year of ever improving fortunes for Kenmore. Coached by Jeff Williams, who returned to the club after playing his last game in 2002, the Seniors made their first finals series (finishing fourth). They defeated Logan in the first week in a spiteful clash that lead to several reports, all but one on Logan players. They then faced Moorooka in the semi-final, defeating them comfortably, before losing narrowly to an Ipswich side strengthened by the late inclusion of eventual AFL player Rhan Hooper. The Reserves also made the finals, competing in the semi-final which they lost. With finals experience and a core group of players committed to the following season, Kenmore were well placed to capitalise on the hard work of previous years. Another 6 future premiership players joined the team in 2005: Nick Dunn, Trent Fuller, Adrian Murphy, Tristan Shaw, Michael Nixon and Robert Sullivan.

Before the 2006 season, AFSLQ merged with the Australian Football League of Queensland (AFLQ). As a result, Kenmore moved into the AFLQ State Association Division 2. In 2006, Kenmore's 10th season, Jeff Williams coached and Peter Stowasser captained the first undefeated premiership side Kenmore had. The inclusion of Dean Jennings, Wayne Patterson and Tom Cook into the side was invaluable, Cook particularly so given his Best on Ground performance in the Grand Final. However, it was the inclusion of star forward Shayne Etherton that really had the side firing. Etherton took Kenmore's record for most goals in a game (14 versus Calamvale away in Round 4) and ended the home and away season with a staggering 100 goals exactly. Kenmore rarely looked threatened during the season and eventually won the Grand Final by a huge 77 points, defeating a lacklustre Logan City. The Reserves had another successful season, making the finals, but again losing in the second week to eventual Grand Finalists Logan City.

Further Promotion[edit]

Following Kenmore's onfield success in the 2006 season, the Committee resolved to seek promotion to Division One of the AFLQ State Association. In January 2007, it was confirmed that Kenmore had been promoted to the higher level. The 2007 season was a year of rebuilding and adjusting to the increase in pace and skill of the higher division for the newly promoted Bears. The Senior side managed 7 wins for the season, beating 6 of their 9 competitors and ultimately finishing in 8th place. The Reserves side also managed a number of victories for the year and finished in 9th place.

Ground Concerns[edit]

Mid-way through the 2007 season, Kenmore's home ground at Chelmer was condemned by AFLQ due to its hardness. Penetrometer testing on the ground indicated that it was two times harder than the acceptable limit allowed by AFLQ. As a result, Kenmore were forced to train at the Kenmore Junior Football Club and had their home matches changed to away matches.

Some remedial work was undertaken on the ground, which allowed Kenmore to return briefly to their home ground towards the end of the 2007 season. However, it was apparent that the ground's problems were far more significant than initially thought when deep holes began to appear in the pockets at each end. Kenmore, once again had to play their matches elsewhere.

After considerable media attention highlighting the ground's disrepair, the Brisbane City Council announced plans for a $700,000 rejuvenation of the once great oval. As a result, the Bears did not have access to the ground for the 2008 season, resulting in home matches being played on the grounds of the Western Magpies which are adjacent to Kenmore's.

The work was completed after the end of the 2008 season, and the Bears have now returned to their home ground.

Application to the AFL for the 17th AFL Licence[edit]

In December 2007, the Kenmore Bears became the first club in Australia to apply to the Australian Football League for the purported 17th AFL Licence on the Gold Coast. The detailed application can be viewed on the AFLQ website.[1] The Bears' application attracted considerable attention in footballing circles as the concept of an amateur club participating on the nation's greatest footballing stage was debated. The Bears did not receive a response from the AFL, and were disappointed when the GC17 Consortium's bid for the licence was announced as being successful.

League Award Winners[edit]

2006 SHAYNE ETHERTON for Highest Goalkicker in the Season (100)

2007 PETER STOWASSER and SHAYNE ETHERTON selected in the AFLQ State Association Division 1 Team of the Year

2008 PETER STOWASSER selected in the AFLQ State Association Division 1 Team of the Year

2009 TIM PLUMMER voted Best and Fairest in the AFLQ State Association Division 1 Seniors

2009 PETER STOWASSER, TIM PLUMMER and TRENT FULLER selected in the AFLQ State Association Division 1 Team of the Year

2010 TIM PLUMMER selected in the AFLQ State Association Division 1 Team of the Year

2011 TIM PLUMMER and TOM BALDWIN selected in the AFLQ State Association Division 1 Team of the Year

2012 TIM PLUMMER, TOM BALDWIN and NICK IELASI selected in the AFLQ State Association Division 2 Team of the Year

Honour Board[edit]

Year President Seniors Coach Seniors Captain Seniors B&F Seniors Result Reserves Result Under 18 Result
1997 Paul Cox Ian Plummer Lachlan Grantley Lachlan Grantley Premiers - -
1998 Paul Cox Ian Plummer Lachlan Grantley &

Luke McKenzie

Ben Fullerton Premiers - -
1999 Ian Plummer Sean Luhrs Brad Lennon Shane Whelan  ? - -
2000 George Savage John Humphries Jeff Williams Jeff Williams Grand Final - -
2001 George Savage John Humphries Jeff Williams &

Brad Lennon

Anthony Randell Grand Final - -
2002 George Savage Darren Bourne Anthony Randell Scott Matthews Premiers - -
2003 George Savage Darren Bourne Scott Matthews Peter Stowasser Last Premiers -
2004 John Muldoon Darren Bourne Peter Stowasser Peter Stowasser 5th of 8 5th of 8 -
2005 John Muldoon Jeff Williams Peter Stowasser Nick Dunn Preliminary Finals Semi-Finals -
2006 Ash Steffensen Jeff Williams Peter Stowasser Brendan Stirling Premiers Semi-Finals -
2007 Ash Steffensen Jeff Williams Peter Stowasser Peter Stowasser 8th of 10 9th of 10 Semi-Finals
2008 Ash Steffensen Hayden Ryan Peter Stowasser & Trent Fuller Brendan Stirling 6th of 8 7th of 8 Premiers
2009 Peter Loft Ron Wolfe Trent Fuller Tim Plummer Semi-Finals 8th of 9 7th of 8
2010 Terry Mumford Steve Matthews James Dobson & Rene Chaustowski Simon Plummer 8th of 8 8th of 8 7th of 8

Photos[edit]

Grand Final 2006[edit]

The Premiership Team
Peter Stowasser (Captain) and Jeff Williams (Coach) raise the Premiership Trophy

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