North East Australian Football League
|Current season or competition:
2013 NEAFL season
|Sport||Australian rules football|
|No. of teams||14|
|Most recent champion(s)||Brisbane Lions|
|Most titles||Brisbane Lions (2)|
The North East Australian Football League (NEAFL) is an Australian rules football league in New South Wales, Queensland, the Northern Territory and the Australian Capital Territory in Australia. The league was formed in November 2010, and its inaugural competition was in 2011. It is a second tier league, sitting below the national Australian Football League (AFL) and features the reserves teams of the region's four AFL clubs playing alongside ten non-AFL affiliated NEAFL senior teams.
The NEAFL was formed at the end of 2010 primarily as an amalgamation of the two major football leagues in Australia's north-east - the Queensland Australian Football League, based in South-East Queensland and including one team from the Northern Territory, and AFL Canberra, based around ACT, and including one team from Sydney (the reserves team of the AFL's Sydney Swans). The two leagues were converted to NEAFL conferences: the Northern Conference, serving Queensland and the Northern Territory, and the Eastern Conference, serving New South Wales and the ACT. Teams from the two conferences played matches against each other throughout the home-and-away season, before each conference staged a separate finals competition to determine both a northern premier and an eastern premier. The two premiers then played each other in the NEAFL Grand Final.
Two new teams also joined the competition for its inaugural season in 2011: the reserves team of Gold Coast Football Club (whose senior team joined the AFL in the same season); and the senior team of the Greater Western Sydney Football Club, which was preparing to join the AFL in 2012. These two clubs would have joined the QAFL and AFL Canberra respectively, had the NEAFL not been formed.
In 2012, two more clubs joined the Eastern Conference from the AFL Sydney competition: Sydney Hills and Sydney University. With Greater Western Sydney's senior team joining the AFL, its NEAFL side became a reserves team in partnership with, and under the name of the University of Western Sydney.
On 11 May 2013, the NEAFL Northern Conference played an interstate game against South Australia who represent the South Australian National Football League (SANFL). The game, played at the City Mazda Stadium in Adelaide resulted in a 21.14 (140) to 9.4 (58) win over the NEAFL North, with SA's higher fitness level the main difference between the two sides.
A major restructure of the league was announced for the 2014 season. Five clubs will leave the competition and the conference system will be abolished. Broadbeach, Labrador, Morningside and Mt. Gravatt will join a re-constructed Queensland Australian Football League, while Tuggeranong will go back to the AFL Canberra Division One competition. The possibility of a North Queensland side entering the competition for 2014 was considered but ruled out.
|Guernsey||Club||Nickname||Location||Home ground||First season||Last season||Premierships|
||Gold Coast, Queensland||
||Gold Coast, Queensland||
||Canberra, Australian Capital Territory||
|2011||Northern Territory||Ainslie||16.18 (114) - 13.14 (92)||22 points||Traeger Park|
|2012||Brisbane Lions||Queanbeyan||11.9 (75) - 22.12 (144)||69 points||Manuka Oval|
|2013||Brisbane Lions||Sydney Swans||12.9 (81) - 10.13 (73)||8 points||Graham Rd Oval|
Awarded to the best and fairest players in the Northern Conference.
For the best and fairest players in the Eastern Conference.
|2012||Shane Harris||Belconnen Magpies||16|
Awarded to an outstanding young player in the Northern Conference.
|2011||Ross Tungatalum||Northern Territory|
Given to a player in the Eastern Conference.
|2011||Hayden Armstrong||Eastlake Demons|
|2011||Darren Ewing||Northern Territory Thunder||115|
Most Successful Clubs
|Club||Year Established||Leagues||Premiership Years||Premierships|
|Ainslie Football Club||1927||CANFL 1927-1974
||Canberra Australian National Football League: 1929, 1936, 1946, 1947, 1952, 1958, 1959, 1961, 1970
|Southport Football Club||1961||GCAFL 1961-1982
|Gold Coast Australian Football League: 1961, 1962, 1966, 1975, 1976, 1977, 1979, 1980
Queensland Australian Football League: 1983, 1985, 1987, 1989, 1990, 1992, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2005, 2006, 2008
|Eastlake Football Club||1926||CANFL 1926-1974
||Canberra Australian National Football League: 1928, 1930, 1933, 1934, 1937, 1942, 1945, 1948, 1957, 1960, 1962, 1963, 1964, 1965, 1966, 1972
|Queanbeyan Football Club||1925||CANFL 1925-1974
||Canberra Australian National Football League: 1939, 1940, 1941, 1953, 1954, 1956
|Aspley Football Club||1964||SQAFA 1964-1992||South Queensland Australian Football Association: 1985, 1986, 1987, 1988, 1989, 1990, 1992
|Sydney University Football Club||1948||NSWANFL 1948-1957, 1962-1968
||Sydney Football Association: 1981, 1986, 1987, 1997, 2003, 2005
Sydney Football League: 1992
|Belconnen Football Club||1948||CANFL 1948-1974
||AFL Canberra: 2002, 2003, 2004, 2009||4|
|Redland Football Club||1966||SQAFA 1966-1992
||South Queensland Australian Football Association: 1975, 1987
Brisbane Australian Football League 1998, 1999
|Sydney Swans Football Club (reserves)||1874||VFL 1877-1990
||AFL Canberra: 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008||4|
|Brisbane Lions Football Club (reserves)||1998||QAFL 1998-2010
|Queensland Australian Football League: 2001
North East Australian Football League: 2012, 2013
|Sydney Hills Football Club||1989||SFA 1989-1992
||Sydney AFL: 2009, 2010, 2011||3|
|Northern Territory Football Club||2008||QAFL 2008-2010
|North East Australian Football League: 2011||1|
|Gold Coast Football Club (reserves)||2011||NEAFL 2011-||nil||0|
|Greater Western Sydney Football Club (reserves)||2011||NEAFL 2011-||nil||0|
- List of Australian rules football leagues
- AFL Canberra
- Queensland Australian Football League
- Sydney AFL
- AFL's north east boost – AFL.com.au
- [year=2013&tx_ttnews[month]=08&tx_ttnews[tt_news]=1519&cHash=5e6a636db35f6299913fa917d7e60ef1 "New look NEAFL announced"]. North East Australian Football League. 16 August 2013. Retrieved 17 August 2013.
- [year=2013&tx_ttnews[month]=09&tx_ttnews[tt_news]=1596&cHash=c7f11f081a0412c8681ce29cb35f0c09 "No North Queensland team for NEAFL"]. North East Australian Football League. 30 September 2013. Retrieved 4 October 2013.
- North East Australian Football League (NEAFL)
- AFL description of league
- AFL announces new north-eastern comp