North East Australian Football League

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North East Australian Football League
Current season, competition or edition:
2014 NEAFL season
NorthEastAFLlogo.jpg
Sport Australian rules football
Founded November 2010
Inaugural season 2011
No. of teams 14
Country  Australia
Most recent champion(s) Brisbane Lions
Most titles Brisbane Lions (2)
Official website NEAFL.com.au

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.[1] 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.

History[edit]

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.

On 8 June 2013, the NEAFL Eastern Confrence played an interstate game against Tasmania who represent the TSL (Tasmanian State League). Tasmania won 15.11 (101) - 8.13 (61).

A major restructure of the league was announced for the 2014 season. Five clubs left the competition and the conference system was abolished. Broadbeach, Labrador, Morningside and Mt. Gravatt joined a re-constructed Queensland Australian Football League, while Tuggeranong went back to the AFL Canberra Division One competition.[2] The possibility of a North Queensland side entering the competition for 2014 was considered but ruled out.[3]

Clubs[edit]

Guernsey Club Nickname Location Home ground First season Premierships
Ainslie
Kangaroos
Canberra, Australian Capital Territory
Ainslie Oval
2011 -
Aspley Hornets Jumper.svg Aspley
Hornets
Brisbane, Queensland
Graham Rd Oval
2011 -
Belconnen
Magpies
Canberra, Australian Capital Territory
Kippax Oval
2011 -
Brisbane Lions
(AFL reserves team)
Lions
Brisbane, Queensland
Giffin Park
2011 2012, 2013
Bendigo Bombers Jumper.svg Eastlake
Demons
Canberra, Australian Capital Territory
Manuka Oval
2011 -
Gold Coast Jumper.svg Gold Coast
(AFL reserves team)
Suns
Gold Coast, Queensland
Carrara Stadium
2011 -
Northern Territory
Thunder
Darwin, Northern Territory
TIO Stadium
2011 2011
Queanbeyan
Tigers
Queanbeyan, New South Wales
Dairy Farmers Park
2011 -
Redland
Bombers
Brisbane, Queensland
Ern Dowling Oval
2011 -
Southport Sharks Jumper.svg
Southport
Sharks
Gold Coast, Queensland
Fankhauser Reserve
2011 -
Sydney Hills Eagles
Eagles
Sydney, New South Wales
Bruce Purser Reserve
2012 -
Sydney Swans
(AFL reserves team)
Swans
Sydney, New South Wales
Sydney Cricket Ground
2011 -
Sydney University Students Jumper.svg
Sydney University
Students
Sydney, New South Wales
Sydney University Oval
2012 -
Greater Western Sydney Home.JPG
University of Western Sydney
(AFL reserves team)
Giants
Sydney, New South Wales
Blacktown International Sportspark
2011 -

Former clubs[edit]

Guernsey Club Nickname Location Home ground First season Last season Premierships
Broadbeach
Cats
Gold Coast, Queensland
H & A Oval
2011 2013 -
Labrador
Tigers
Gold Coast, Queensland
Cooke-Murphy Oval
2011 2013 -
Morningside
Panthers
Brisbane, Queensland
Esplen Oval
2011 2013 -
Mount Gravatt
Vultures
Brisbane, Queensland
Dittmar Park
2011 2013 -
Tuggeranong
Hawks
Canberra, Australian Capital Territory
Greenway Oval
2011 2013 -

League Awards[edit]

Premiers[edit]

Season Premier Runner-up Score Margin Venue
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

Grogan Medal[edit]

Awarded to the best and fairest players in the Northern Conference.

Season Winner Club Votes
2011 Matthew Payne
Cameron Ilett
Southport Sharks
Northern Territory
23
2012 Ryan Davey
Fraser Pope
Tom Salter
Labrador Tigers
Southport Sharks
Redland Bombers
14
2013 Haydn Kiel[4] Southport Football Club 21

Mulrooney Medal[edit]

For the best and fairest players in the Eastern Conference.

Season Winner Club Votes
2011 Daniel Currie
Jarred Moore
Sydney Swans
Sydney Swans
16
2012 Shane Harris Belconnen Magpies 16
2013 James Bennett[5] Belconnen Magpies 21

NAB NEAFL (Northern) Rising Star Award[edit]

Awarded to an outstanding young player in the Northern Conference.

Season Winner Club
2011 Ross Tungatalum Northern Territory
2012 Andrew Boston[6] Broadbeach
2013 Josh Smith[7] Morningside

NAB NEAFL (Eastern) Rising Star Award[edit]

Awarded to an outstanding young player in the Eastern Conference

Season Winner Club
2011 Hayden Armstrong Eastlake Demons
2012 Liam Flaherty[8] Eastlake Demons
2013 Brent Macleod[9] Tuggeranong Hawks

Ray Hughson Medal[edit]

Highest goalkicker award for player in Northern Conference

Season Winner Club Goals
2011 Darren Ewing Northern Territory Thunder 115
2012 Tom Kavanagh Queanbeyan 92
2013 Darren Ewing[10] Northern Territory Thunder 94

Most Successful Clubs[edit]

Club Year Established Leagues Premiership Years Premierships
Ainslie Football Club 1927 CANFL 1927-1974

ACTFL 1975-1999
AFLC 2000-2010
NEAFL 2011-

Canberra Australian National Football League: 1929, 1936, 1946, 1947, 1952, 1958, 1959, 1961, 1970

Australian Capital Territory Football League: 1979, 1980, 1982, 1983, 1984, 1987, 1990, 1992, 1993, 1994, 1995, 1996, 1997
AFL Canberra: 2010

23
Southport Football Club 1961 GCAFL 1961-1982

QAFL 1983-2010
NEAFL 2011-

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

21
Eastlake Football Club 1926 CANFL 1926-1974

ACTFL 1975-1999
AFLC 2000-2010
NEAFL 2011-

Canberra Australian National Football League: 1928, 1930, 1933, 1934, 1937, 1942, 1945, 1948, 1957, 1960, 1962, 1963, 1964, 1965, 1966, 1972

Australian Capital Territory Football League: 1976, 1978
AFL Canberra: 2001

19
Queanbeyan Football Club 1925 CANFL 1925-1974

ACTFL 1975-1999
AFLC 2000-2010
NEAFL 2011-

Canberra Australian National Football League: 1939, 1940, 1941, 1953, 1954, 1956

Australian Capital Territory Football League: 1985, 1988, 1989, 1991, 1998, 1999
AFL Canberra: 2000

13
Aspley Football Club 1964 SQAFA 1964-1992

BAFL 1993-2008
QAFL 2009-2010 NEAFL 2011-

South Queensland Australian Football Association: 1985, 1986, 1987, 1988, 1989, 1990, 1992

Brisbane Australian Football League: 2002

8
Sydney University Football Club 1948 NSWANFL 1948-1957, 1962-1968

SFA 1971-1987, 1995-2006
SFL 1988-1994
SAFL 2007-2011
NEAFL 2012-

Sydney Football Association: 1981, 1986, 1987, 1997, 2003, 2005

Sydney Football League: 1992

7
Belconnen Football Club 1948 CANFL 1948-1974

ACTFL 1975-1999
AFLC 2000-2010
NEAFL 2011-

AFL Canberra: 2002, 2003, 2004, 2009 4
Redland Football Club 1966 SQAFA 1966-1992

BAFL 1993-1999
QAFL 2000-2010
NEAFL 2011-

South Queensland Australian Football Association: 1975, 1987

Brisbane Australian Football League 1998, 1999

4
Sydney Swans Football Club (reserves) 1874 VFL 1877-1990

VSFL1991-1999
SAFL 2000
AFLC 2003-2010
NEAFL 2011-

AFL Canberra: 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008 4
Brisbane Lions Football Club (reserves) 1998 QAFL 1998-2010

NEAFL 2011-

Queensland Australian Football League: 2001

North East Australian Football League: 2012, 2013

3
Sydney Hills Football Club 1989 SFA 1989-1992

SFL 1993-1997
SAFL 1998-2011
NEAFL 2012-

Sydney AFL: 2009, 2010, 2011 3
Northern Territory Football Club 2008 QAFL 2008-2010

NEAFL 2011-

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

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ AFL's north east boost – AFL.com.au
  2. ^ [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. 
  3. ^ [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. 
  4. ^ Southport's Kiel wins Grogan
  5. ^ Bennett wins Mulrooney Medal
  6. ^ Andrew Boston wins medal
  7. ^ Southport's Kiel wins Medal: Other Awards
  8. ^ Shane Harris Caps of an Impressive first NEAFL Season: Other awards
  9. ^ Hawk Brent Macleod wins NAB Rising Star Award
  10. ^ Other awards (2013)

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