Lower South West Football League

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Lower South West Football League
Established 1959
Teams 7
2014 Premiers Kojonup

The Lower South West Football League is a country football league incorporating teams from towns located within the South West and Great Southern regions of Western Australia. The league was formed in 1959 from a merger of the Nelson Football Association and the Warren Football Association.

Current clubs[edit]

Club Nickname Location Colours Jumper Premierships Premiership Years
Boyup Brook Football Club Roos Boyup Brook Green and white Green vertical stripes and bouncing kangaroo on white 2 1981, 2012
Bridgetown Football Club Bulldogs Bridgetown Blue and gold 3 1984, 1986, 2003
Deanmill Football Club Hawks Deanmill Maroon and gold 16 1963, 1966, 1968, 1970, 1972, 1973, 1974, 1980, 1987, 1990, 1991, 1994, 1997, 2002, 2008, 2009
Kojonup Football Club Cougars Kojonup Navy blue and white Navy blue with club logo in centre and four white stylised claw marks 1 2014
Manjimup Imperials Football Club Magpies Manjimup Black and white Black and white vertical stripes with club logo in centre 8 1961, 1982, 1983, 1989, 1993, 1998, 2004, 2007
Southerners Football Club Souths Pemberton/Northcliffe Red, white and blue 18 1964, 1965, 1967, 1969, 1971, 1975, 1976, 1979, 1985, 1988, 1992, 1995, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2005, 2006, 2011
Tigers Football Club Tigers Manjimup Yellow and black 8 1959, 1960, 1962, 1977, 1978, 1996, 2010, 2013

Clubs in recess or defunct[edit]

Club Time in League Notes
Royals/Greenbushes Football Club 4 years, 1959–1963 Founding club. originally in the Nelson FA, played four years in the LSWF before later forming the Central Districts FA with Kirup FC, Nannup FC and Balingup FC. The Central Districts FA was later renamed the Blackwood FA sometime in the 1970s. Now defunct.
Nannup Football Club 1 year, 1959 Founding club. Originally in the Nelson FA, played only one year in the LSWFL before later forming the Central Districts FA with Kirup FC, Greenbushes FC and Balingup FC. Now defunct.

2012 ladder[edit]

Lower South West Wins Byes Losses Draws For Against % Pts
Deanmill 12 0 2 0 1574 1013 155.38% 48
Boyup Brook 11 0 3 0 1607 939 171.14% 44
Imperials 9 0 5 0 1496 1121 133.45% 36
Kojonup 6 0 8 0 1420 1525 93.11% 24
Bridgetown 6 0 8 0 1092 1300 84.00% 24
Southerners 4 0 10 0 1040 1403 74.13% 16
Tigers 1 0 13 0 1010 1938 52.12% 4

Finals[edit]

Final Team G B Pts Team G B Pts
1st Semi Imperials 18 11 119 Kojonup 17 9 111
2nd Semi Boyup Brook 21 13 139 Deanmill 8 16 64
Preliminary Deanmill 13 11 89 Imperials 10 12 72
Grand Boyup Brook 14 18 102 Deanmill 10 17 77

History[edit]

The Lower South West Football League was formed when the Nelson Football Association and the Warren Football Association merged in 1959.

Clubs Participating in the Nelson FA were:

 Bridgetown Warriors
 Bridgetown Rovers
 Nannup
 Greenbushes
 Balingup 
 Boyup Brook

Clubs participating in the Warren FA were:

 Deanmill
 Fire Brigades
 Jardee
 Manjimup Imperials
 Northcliffe
 Pemberton
 Palgarup (although folded in 1954)

Since 1959 the LSWFL has lost two clubs, Greenbushes and Nannup, But have recently gained Kojonup from the Great Southern FL.

With the commencement of the LSWFL in 1959, Manjimup Tigers were the form team, winning three of the first four premierships.

Between 1963 and 1976, Deanmill and Southerners would share all the premierships, which included Deanmill winning three in a row in the early 1970s. These two proud clubs would continue to regularly win premierships throughout every decade.

The late 1970s would see Tigers again prove strong, winning back to back titles. The early 1980s saw Manjimup Imperials reign supreme, and Boyup Brook would finally win their first premiership in 1981. Bridgetown would win their first title in 1984 and back it up in 1986.

Deanmill and Southerners dominated the 1990s, winning 4 and 3 titles respectively, as Southerners started the new millennium winning three premierships in a row (1999-2001).

The new century has seen all 7 current clubs win a premiership. Manjimup Imperials tasted success in 2004 & 2007, whilst Manjimup Tigers were victorious in 2010 & 2013. Deanmill had success in 2002 and won back to back premierships in 2008 and 2009. After winning in 2001, Southerners won the title in 2005, 2006 and 2011.

Bridgetown, Boyup Brook and new club Kojonup all broke long droughts this century. Bridgetown won the premiership in 2003 (a 17 year drought), however this was nothing compared to Boyup's 31 year wait for a premiership in 2012. Kojonup would win their first premiership in 2014.

Club information[edit]

Boyup Brook - Were originally known as the Boyup Brook Tigers wearing yellow and black, although changed their nickname to the Roos and their colours to Green and White in 1987.

It took until 1981 for Boyup to play in their first league Grand Final where they took on Southerners. They won the match by 132 points, which still remains the biggest winning margin in a LSWFL Grand Final.

Boyup would go on to play in the 1982, 1989, 1999, 2000 and 2002 Grand Finals, however they would not taste success in any of them.

After a 31 year drought, Boyup won their second league premiership in 2012, defeating Deanmill by 25 points.

Boyup has also won two reserves premierships in 1976 & 2004.

Bridgetown - The Bridgetown Rovers FC (Blue and Red) and Bridgetown Warriors FC (Maroon and Yellow) merged prior to the commencement of the LSWFL in 1959 to form the Bridgetown Bulldogs. The single Brigetown Football Club had existed since 1904 in the Nelson Football Association wearing blue and red until the club split in the 1930s into the two clubs, Rovers and Warriors.

Bridgetown played in 6 losing Grand Finals (including 3 in a row in 1965,66,67) before they won their first league premiership in 1984. They won another premiership two years later in 1986, before a 17 year wait for their third title in 2003.

Bridgetown have won five reserves premierships (1971, 1980, 1983, 2001 & 2009), as well as three colts premierships (1963, 1981 & 1982).

Deanmill - Originally bearing the nickname of simply 'the mill', Deanmill later adopted the Hawks mascot.

Deanmill have won 16 league premierships, winning their first title in 1963. Deanmill won three premierships in the 1960s, four in the 1970s (including three in a row), two in the 1980s, four in the 1990s and three in the 00's, with their most recent in 2009.

Kojonup - Moved to the LSWFL from the Great Southern FL in 2008, also changing their name and colours from the Kojonup Magpies, wearing black and white, due to Manjimup Imperials already possessing both the Mascot and Colours.

Kojonup originally came from the now defunct Central Great Southern FL before it was merged with the Southern Districts FL in 1990 to become the Great Southern FL.

Kojonup won their first League Premiership in the LSWFL in 2014.

Imperials - Imperials have won 8 league premierships. After tasting success in 1961, it would be another 21 years later in 1982 that Imperials would win their second premiership.

Imperials won three premierships in the 1980s, two in the 1990s and two in 00's, with their most recent league premiership coming in 2007.

Southerners - Originally Pemberton Warriors and Pemberton Jayes merged to become Pemberton FC. Prior to the commencement of the LSWFL in 1959 Pemberton FC and Northcliffe FC Merged to become Southerners FC.

Southerners are the most successful club with 18 league premierships, having never gone more than six years without winning a premiership.

Southerners won three premierships in a row from 1999-2001. Their most recent premiership was in 2011.

Tigers - Prior to the commencement of the LSWFL in 1959, Fire Brigades FC and Jardee FC merged to become the Tigers FC. At the start of the LSWFL Tigers were the most successful club, winning three of the first four league premierships (1959,1960 & 1962).

It wasn't until 1977 they would win their fourth premiership, and then won their fifth title the following year in 1978.

It was another 18 years before they won their sixth premiership in 1996. Fourteen years later in 2010 they won their seventh title.Tigers won the 2013 league premiership.

Premiers of the League[edit]

1959 1960 1961 1962 1963 1964
Manjimup Tigers Manjimup Tigers Manjimup Imperials Manjimup Tigers Deanmill Southerners
1965 1966 1967 1968 1969 1970
Southerners Deanmill Southerners Deanmill Southerners Deanmill
1971 1972 1973 1974 1975 1976
Southerners Deanmill Deanmill Deanmill Southerners Southerners
1977 1978 1979 1980 1981 1982
Manjimup Tigers Manjimup Tigers Southerners Deanmill Boyup Brook Manjimup Imperials
1983 1984 1985 1986 1987 1988
Manjimup Imperials Bridgetown Southerners Bridgetown Deanmill Southerners
1989 1990 1991 1992 1993 1994
Manjimup Imperials Deanmill Deanmill Southerners Manjimup Imperials Deanmill
1995 1996 1997 1998 1999 2000
Southerners Manjimup Tigers Deanmill Manjimup Imperials Southerners Southerners
2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006
Southerners Deanmill Bridgetown Manjimup Imperials Southerners Southerners
2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012
Manjimup Imperials Deanmill Deanmill Manjimup Tigers Southerners Boyup Brook
2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018
Manjimup Tigers Kojonup