Northern Football League (Australia)

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Northern Football League
NFL(Australia).png
Formerly Diamond Valley Football League
Sport Australian rules football
Founded 1922
CEO Dean Philpots
Motto Communities Working Together
Live it. Love it.
No. of teams 34
Country Australia
Most recent champion(s) Greensborough
North Heidelberg
Thomastown
Most titles Heidelberg (18)
Official website www.nfl.org.au

The Northern Football League (formerly known as the Diamond Valley Football League) is an Australian rules football competition based in the Diamond Valley region of suburban Melbourne, Victoria, Australia. The league changed its name on 1 May 2007. The league was founded in 1922, originally having seven clubs, four of whom still participate. In 1941 the league went into recess for five years as a result of World War II, the competition recommencing in 1946. After the war the league continued to grow. In 1981 it was split into two divisions. In 2010 the league officially split into three divisions.

The entire DVFL board resigned over the summer of 2006–2007 and was replaced by officials from AFL Victoria until suitable replacements were found before the start of the 2008 season.

In 2008 the NFL added an open-age Netball competition and announced an intention that a third division would be added for the 2009 season with the old 14 team second division to be split into eight and six team divisions. Three junior clubs, Yarrambat, St Marys, Keon Park Stars, announced plans to field Under-19s teams for the 2009, 2010 and 2011 seasons.[1] Reversing an earlier decision the league decided that division two would be split halfway through the 2009 season based on ladder position after the 13th round and a permanent division three for 2010 would be dependent on at least one more club joining the league.[2] With St Marys to field a senior team in 2010 the NFL have announced a stand alone division three to commence from 2010.[3][4]

League details[edit]

[5]

Board of Directors[edit]

  • Chairman - Dean Philpots
  • Deputy Chairman - Harry Gasiamis
  • Netball Chairman - Jeff Parkes
  • Peter Myers
  • Geoff Dempster
  • Stella Pruscino
  • Nicolina Lademann

Junior Committee[edit]

  • Stella Pruscino(Junior Chairperson)
  • Jeremy Bourke
  • Michael Bland
  • Mark McNeill
  • Ron McKeown

Management[edit]

  • CEO- Peter McDougall
  • Football Operations Manager- Ron McKeown

Admin[edit]

  • Administration Manager- Delwyn Berry
  • Media Manager- Samuel Zito

Presidents[edit]

Name Start End
R.Rogers 1922 1922
A.Santon 1923 1928
S.W.Kirkland 1928 1941
F.Smith 1946 1947
R.R.Scott 1948 1953
G.J.Gilberg 1954 1954
W.Hart 1955 1979
R.G.Ward 1980 2006
B.Treager 2007 2007

Secretaries[edit]

Name Start End
W.S.Laurie 1922 1940
G.J.LeBrocq 1941 1975
B.A.Tooth 1976 1983
P.G.Floyd 1983 2006
D.Collings 2007 2007

Senior Competition[edit]

Clubs[edit]

Division 1[edit]

Club Founded Nickname Location Home Ground Entered Competition Most recent Promotion Jumper
Bundoora Football Club 1974 Bulls Bundoora Yulong Reserve 1981 1982
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Eltham Football Club 1909 Panthers Eltham Eltham Central Park 1922 2003
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Greensborough Football Club 1905 Boro Greensborough War Memorial Park 1922 2007
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Heidelberg Football Club 1876 Tigers Heidelberg Warringal Park 1923 1984
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Lower Plenty Football Club 1961 Bears Montmorency Montmorency Park, South Oval 1995 2011
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Macleod Football Club 1946 Kangaroos Rosanna De Winton Park 1947 2009
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Montmorency Football Club 1924 Magpies Montmorency Montmorency Park, North Oval 1924 N/A
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North Heidelberg Football Club 1958 Bulldogs Heidelberg Heights Shelley Street Reserve 1958 2014
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Northcote Park Football Club 1952 Cougars Northcote Bill Lawry Oval 1982 1994
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West Preston Lakeside Football Club 1998 Roosters Reservoir J E Moore Park 1996 1997
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Division 2[edit]

Club Founded Nickname Location Home Ground Entered Competition Most recent Relegation/Promotion Jumper
Diamond Creek Football Club 1904 Demons Diamond Creek Coventry Oval 1922 2008
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Fitzroy Stars Football Club 1973 Stars Thornbury Sir Douglas Nicholls Oval 2008 N/A
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Hurstbridge Football Club 1914 Bridges Hurstbridge Ben Frilay Oval 1922–1931, 1988 2010
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Lalor Football Club 1955 Bloods Lalor Lalor Reserve 1968 2010
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Mernda Football Club 1891 Demons Mernda Waterview Recreation Reserve 1937–1939,1941, 1946, 1987 2012
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Panton Hill Football Club 1926 Redbacks Panton Hill Cracknell Reserve 1929–1930, 1997 2013
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Thomastown Football Club 1976 Bears Thomastown Main Street Reserve 2001 2014
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Whittlesea Football Club 1904 Eagles Whittlesea Whittlesea Showgrounds 1934–1946, 1992 2014 Center

Division 3[edit]

Club Founded Nickname Location Home Ground Entered Competition Most recent Relegation Jumper
Banyule Football Club 1967 Bears Heidelberg R.J Brockwell Oval 2015 N/A
Epping Football Club 1904 Blues Epping Epping Recreation Reserve 1933 2014
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Heidelberg West Football Club 1936 Hawks Heidelberg Heidelberg Park 1939 2009
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Parkside Football Club 1934 Devils Alphington Pitcher Park 2003 2009
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Reservoir Football Club 1923 Mustangs Reservoir Crispe Park 1981,2008 2009
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South Morang Football Club 1954 Lions Mill Park Lakes Mill Park Lakes Reserve 1955 2013
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St Mary's Senior Football Club 2009 Burra Greensborough Whatmough Park 2010 N/A
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Watsonia Football Club 1967 Saints Watsonia A K Lines Reserve 1969 2011
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Promotion and Relegation[edit]

At the end of each year the Premiers of Division 2 and 3 are promoted, while the clubs that finish last in Division 1 and 2 are relegated.

TimelineNote[edit]

Premiers[edit]

Premiership Table[edit]

Seniors Reserves Thirds
Club Div 1 Div 2 Div 3 Div 1 Div 2 Div 3 Div 1 Div 2
Heidelberg 18 1 - 13 1 - 1 -
Greensborough 17 1 - 5 2 - 11 2
Eltham 8 6 - 3 - - 1 -
Epping 6 3 - 1 2 - 2 -
Northcote Park / Northcote Park – Alphington 6 2 - - 2 - 6 2
North Heidelberg 6 1 - 11 1 - 5 -
Lalor 5 3 - 3 3 - 4 2
Diamond Creek 4 3 - 1 5 - - 1
Bundoora 4 1 - 10 - - 4 1
Montmorency 4 - - 6 - - 5 -
Reservoir – Lakeside 3 - - 6 2 - 7 1
Reservoir 2 1 - - 2 1 - 3
West Preston Lakeside 2 - - 1 - - 3 -
Templestowe 2 - - - - - 1 -
Macleod – Rosanna / Macleod 1 1 - 4 - - 2 3
Heidelberg West 1 - - 1 - - 1 -
West Preston - 3 - - 6 - - 1
Lower Plenty - 2 - - 1 - - 3
Whittlesea - 2 - - 1 - - 2
Mernda / Plenty Rovers - 1 1 - 2 1 - 1
Hurstbridge - 1 1 - - 1Note - 1
Thomastown - 1 1 - 1 - - 1
Watsonia - 1 - - - 1 1 -
Parkside - - 1Note - - - - -
South Morang - - 1 1 1 1 - -
Panton Hill - - 1 - - 1 - -
Research - - - - 1 - - 1
Thornbury - - - - - - - 1
Wallan - - - - - - - 1
West Lalor - - - - - - - 1
St Mary's - - - - - - - 1
Banyule - - - - - - - -
Total 85 31 6Note 64 31 6Note 50 29

Division 1[edit]

NFL Seniors Captain Coach Reserves Thirds
2014 Greensborough Lachlan Mcquilken
Tim Bongetti
Matthew Hyde
Robert Hyde West Preston-Lakeside Greensborough
2013 Bundoora Brayden Shaw
Micheal Farrelly
Phil Plunkett Heidelberg West Preston-Lakeside
2012 Northcote Park Bronik Davies Jason Heatley West Preston-Lakeside Northcote Park
2011 Bundoora Brayden Shaw Phil Maylin Montmorency Greensborough
2010 West Preston Lakeside Nick Meese Vin Dattoli Bundoora Greensborough
2009 Heidelberg Abe Williams Phil Plunkett Bundoora Greensborough
2008 Heidelberg Blair Harvey Phil Plunkett Heidelberg West Preston Lakeside
2007 Heidelberg Blair Harvey Phil Plunkett Heidelberg Eltham
DVFL Seniors Captain Coach Reserves Thirds
2006 Heidelberg Blair Harvey Craig Hunter Bundoora West Preston Lakeside
2005 North Heidelberg Leigh Gray Brett Hancock Montmorency N'cote Park/Alphington
2004 Heidelberg Blair Harvey Craig Hunter Heidelberg N'cote Park/Alphington
2003 West Preston Lakeside Fabian Carelli Ryan Smith Bundoora N'cote Park/Alphington
2002 Northcote Park Matthew Amad Peter Dean Montmorency Bundoora
2001 Northcote Park Matthew Amad Vin Hanlon Heidelberg Montmorency
2000 Northcote Park Matthew Amad Steve Easton Heidelberg Bundoora
1999 Northcote Park Matthew Amad Steve Easton Bundoora N'cote Park/Alphington
1998 Lalor Darryl Sinclair Ray Shaw Lalor N'cote Park/Alphington
1997 Northcote Park John Origlasso Steve Easton Bundoora Epping
1996 Bundoora Trevor Robinson Gary Massey Bundoora North Heidelberg
1995 Bundoora Trevor Robinson Gary Massey Montmorency Lalor
1994 North Heidelberg Mark Perkins Mark Perkins North Heidelberg Montmorency
1993 Lalor Graham Spillard Steve Easton Bundoora Epping
1992 Lalor Steve Petrucelle Steve Easton North Heidelberg Reservoir-Lakeside
1991 Lalor Brett Mancini Barry Rist Bundoora Montmorency
1990 Heidelberg Shane Delanty Michael Sullivan North Heidelberg Greensborough
1989 Greensborough Brett Fowler Harold Martin North Heidelberg North Heidelberg
1988 Greensborough Wayne Dobson Greg Jones North Heidelberg Bundoora
1987 North Heidelberg Paul Storey Gary Massey North Heidelberg Lalor
1986 Heidelberg Ray Shephard Michael Sullivan North Heidelberg Bundoora
1985 North Heidelberg Paul Storey Gary Massey North Heidelberg Lalor
1984 Greensborough Robert Hyde Robert Hyde Greensborough North Heidelberg
1983 Greensborough Robert Hyde Robert Hyde Bundoora Lalor
1982 Diamond Creek John O'Connell John O'Connell Montmorency Templestowe
1981 Diamond Creek John O'Connell John O'Connell Lalor Montmorency
1980 Lalor Chris Valerkou Barry Rist Lalor Heidelberg
1979 Montmorency Shane Molloy Shane Molloy Montmorency Greensborough
1978 North Heidelberg Kevin Grose Kevin Grose Reservoir-Lakeside Reservoir-Lakeside
1977 Reservoir-Lakeside Dennis Le Gassick Bob Edmonds North Heidelberg Watsonia
1976 Montmorency Lee Adamson Lee Adamson North Heidelberg Reservoir-Lakeside
1975 Reservoir-Lakeside Dennis Le Gassick Kevin Egan Reservoir-Lakeside Reservoir-Lakeside
1974 Eltham Bernie Massey Bernie Massey Eltham Greensborough
1973 Templestowe Garry Dyring Barry Rist Macloed-Rosanna Reservoir-Lakeside
1972 Eltham John Newnham Ray Slocum Greensborough Greensborough
1971 Macleod-Rosanna Kevin Simpson Kevin Dillon Eltham Reservoir-Lakeside
1970 Eltham John Walker John Walker Reservoir-Lakeside Greensborough
1969 Eltham Barry Capuano Hugh Mitchell Reservoir-Lakeside Greensborough
1968 Templestowe Craig Chivers Bob Symes South Morang Reservoir-Lakeside
1967 Greensborough John Carmody John Carmody Heidelberg Montmorency
1966 Greensborough John Carmody John Carmody Reservoir-Lakeside Heidelberg West
1965 Reservoir-Lakeside Graham Campbell Graham Campbell Reservoir-Lakeside Macleod-Rosanna
1964 Heidelberg Brian McMahon Brian McMahon North Heidelberg Macleod-Rosanna
1963 Epping Trevor Johnson Trevor Johnson Heidelberg North Heidelberg
1962 North Heidelberg Ron Buckley Eddie Draper Greensborough North Heidelberg
1961 Greensborough Joe Murphy Joe Murphy Greensborough
1960 Greensborough Joe Murphy Joe Murphy Heidelberg
1959 Heidelberg Peter Gurry Peter Gurry Macleod
1958 Greensborough Frank Londrigan Frank Londrigan Macleod
1957 Heidelberg Kevin Hart Kevin Hart Macleod
1956 Heidelberg Kevin Hart Kevin Hart Heidelberg
1955 Greensborough Fred Anderson Fred Anderson Heidelberg West
1954 Montmorency R. Hibbert Phil Ryan Greensborough
1953 Eltham Keith Headon Jack Harding Heidelberg
1952 Greensborough Percy Adamson Percy Adamson Epping
1951 Montmorency Phil Ryan Phil Ryan Heidelberg
1950 Heidelberg R. Clarke R. Clarke Heidelberg
1949 Eltham G.Hunter Henry Downing Diamond Creek
1948 Heidelberg G. Irvine Alan Stott Macleod
1947 Reservoir Don Atkinson Don Atkinson Eltham
1946 Reservoir Ron McConchie Tom Manchester
1941–1945 Competition suspended due to World War II
1941 Heidelberg West
1940 Epping
1939 Epping
1938 Heidelberg Alan Stott Alan Stott
1937 Heidelberg Alan Stott Alan Stott
1936 Epping
1935 Epping
1934 Greensborough
1933 Epping
1932 Eltham H.Weidlich A.Parsons
1931 Greensborough
1930 Eltham A.Parsons A.Parsons
1929 Heidelberg
1928 Heidelberg
1927 Greensborough
1926 Diamond Creek
1925 Greensborough
1924 Diamond Creek
1923 Heidelberg
1922 Greensborough

Division 2[edit]

NFL Seniors Captain Coach Reserves Thirds
2014 North Heidelberg Leigh Gilbert Stephen Saddington North Heidelberg St Mary's
2013 Whittlesea Roy Dyson
Garrett Heenan
Peter Bugden Diamond Creek Whittlesea
2012 Epping Daniel Moore Mario Bandera Diamond Creek Thomastown
2011 Lower Plenty Billy Barden Gary Ramsay Lower Plenty Lower Plenty
2010 Whittlesea Garret Heenan Peter Budgen Mernda Diamond Creek
2009 Macleod Kane Shaw Christian Brandt Diamond Creek Whittlesea
2008 Thomastown Barry McDonald
Vince Capeci
Dean Sinclair Mernda Macleod
2007 Lalor Steven Marshall Mark Pederson Thomastown Mernda
DVFL Seniors Captain Coach Reserves Thirds
2006 Greensborough Paul Hattenfels Russell Dickson Greensborough Greensborough
2005 Diamond Creek Shannon Logan Neale Carroll Greensborough Macleod
2004 Lalor Steve Marshall Gavin Langbourne Lalor Greensborough
2003 Hurstbridge Jai Audley Rob Dyson Lalor Lalor
2002 Eltham Craig McKay Wayne Freeman South Morang Wallan
2001 Lalor Darryl Sinclair Darryl Sinclair Lalor Lalor
2000 Eltham Mark Minney Gary Jessop Eltham Bundoora
1999 Lower Plenty Paul Hicks Paul Hicks Whittlesea Lower Plenty
1998 Diamond Creek Steven Legg Danny Davenport Diamond Creek Reservoir
1997 Eltham Paul Smith Ray Spratt Diamond Creek Lower Plenty
1996 West Preston Adam Bruni Harold Martin West Preston Research
1995 Eltham Paul Smith Grant Wilmot West Preston Hurstbridge
1994 Northcote Park Dave Robertson Dave Robertson Northcote Park
1993 West Preston Pat Fitzgerald Andrew Smith West Preston Macleod Juniors
1992 Diamond Creek Greg Elliot Jon Collins West Preston West Lalor
1991 Mernda Simon Smythe Vin Hanlon West Preston
1990 Epping Kalev Vann Graham Bux Epping
1989 Eltham Andrew Russell Peter Moore Epping
1988 West Preston Phil Crapper Mark Duckworth Research
1987 Watsonia Adrian Sanderson Barry Rist Reservoir Lakeside Thornbury
1986 Epping Matt Scully Matt Scully Reservoir Lakeside West Preston
1985 Northcote Park Wayne Bannister Wayne Bannister West Preston Reservoir Lakeside
1984 Reservoir Rob Docherty Harold Martin Reservoir Reservoir
1983 Heidelberg Michael Sullivan Michael Sullivan Northcote Park Reservoir
1982 Eltham Warren Deards Hassa Mann Reservoir Northcote Park
1981 Bundoora Mark Slater Mark Slater Heidelberg Northcote Park

Division 3[edit]

NFL Seniors Captain Coach Reserves
2014 Thomastown Anthony Fazzari Dean Sinclair Reservoir
2013 Panton Hill Will Box Dean Haydock Watsonia
2012 Mernda Rohan Davies Brett Wilson Mernda
2011 South Morang Daniel Heatley Gary Kallinikos Panton Hill
2010 Hurstbridge Michael Richards Darren Blyth South Morang
2009Note Parkside Rob Wise Peter Dean Hurstbridge

Awards[edit]

Division 1[edit]

NFL Best and Fairest
Frank Rosbrook Medal
Leading Goal Kicker Best on Ground in Grand Final
Year Player Club Player Club Goals Player Club
2014 Bronik Davies
Matt Vasilevski
Northcote Park
Lower Plenty
Patrick Fitzgerald Montmorency 68 Michael Hooper Greensborough
2013 Cameron Cloke Bundoora Cameron Cloke Bundoora 93 Brayden Shaw Bundoora
2012 Bronik Davies
Matthew Dennis
Northcote Park
Bundoora
Gary Moorcroft Bundoora 75 Anthony Hogan Northcote Park
2011 Michael Finn Heidelberg Dean Limbach Montmorency 83 Micheal Farrelly Bundoora
2010 Nick Meese West Preston Lakeside Saul Caddy Heidelberg 82 Jake Williams West Preston Lakeside
2009 Daniel Keenan Montmorency Shane Harvey North Heidelberg 102 Dean Haydock Heidelberg
2008 Shane Harvey
Daniel Keenan
David Mitchell
North Heidelberg
Montmorency
Bundoora
Shane Harvey North Heidelberg 108 Blair Harvey Heidelberg
2007 Daniel McFerran West Preston L'side Chris Hall
Shaun Ryan
Heidelberg
North Heidelberg
72 Michael Gay Heidelberg
DVFL Best and Fairest
Frank Smith Medal
Leading Goal Kicker Best on Ground in Grand Final
Gary Massey Medal
2006 Brett Jeffrey Northcote Park Adrian Baker West Preston L'side 73 Dale Nolan Heidelberg
2005 Daniel King Epping Chris Hall Heidelberg 102 Jake King North Heidelberg
2004 Daniel King Epping Cristian Brandt North Heidelberg 78 Chris Hall Heidelberg
2003 Fabian Carelli West Preston L'side Peter Van Blommestein Heidelberg 87 Damien Walsh-Quay West Preston L'side
2002 Mario Bandera North Heidelberg Steve Bawden Epping 87
2001 Dean Haydock Heidelberg Jason Heatley North Heidelberg 110
2000 Paul King Bundoora Damien Yze Northcote Park 99
1999 Leigh Gray North Heidelberg Jamie Shaw North Heidelberg 134
1998 Ryan Smith Heidelberg Athas Hrysoulakis Lalor 88
1997 Barry Mitchell Northcote Park Jamie Shaw North Heidelberg 114
1996 John Origlasso Northcote Park Jamie Shaw North Heidelberg 88
1995 Adrian Cameron Bundoora Jamie Shaw North Heidelberg 113
1994 Renato Marinelli Diamond Creek Jamie Shaw North Heidelberg 161
1993 Kevin Brown Bundoora Brett Hancock North Heidelberg 97
1992 Chris Keating Bundoora Jason Heatley North Heidelberg 118
1991 Peter Woodward
Neil Brindley
Peter Mastin
Montmorency
Greensborough
Greensborough
Jamie Solyom Lalor 73
1990 Chris Keating Bundoora David Miller Heidelberg 95
1989 Richard Guldon Heidelberg Steve Webster Montmorency 62
1988 Brad Dunbar Heidelberg West Steve Webster Montmorency 57
1987 Wayne Dobson Greensborough Steve Webster Montmorency 83
1986 Mark Perkins Heidelberg West Mark Johnson North Heidelberg 59
1985 Darryl Harries Lalor Glenn Townsend Greensborough 103
1984 Kelvin Wood Heidelberg West Russell Jessop Lalor 103
1983 Wayne Dobson Greensborough Bill Seiler Diamond Creek 82
1982 Wayne Headlam Diamond Creek Bill Seiler Diamond Creek 86
1981 Wayne Headlam Diamond Creek Bill Seiler Diamond Creek 82
1980 Elias Demestichas South Morang Keith Robbins Lalor 90
1979 John Ellis Watsonia Robert Downie Watsonia 64
1978 Mario Cipolla North Heidelberg Kevin Grose
Graeme Fraser
North Heidelberg
Montmorency
80
1977 Jeff Edwards North Heidelberg Ron Wilson South Morang 83
1976 John Horton Diamond Creek Bruce McDowell Greensborough 97
1975 John Clancy Heidelberg Bruce McDowell Greensborough 86
1974 Mario Cipolla North Heidelberg Lindsay Hopkins Templestowe 66
1973 Stephen Thorpe Templestowe Ivan Bromley Reservoir-Lakeside 87
1972 Robin Perkins Heidelberg Ivan Bromley Reservoir-Lakeside 115
1971 Jim Christou Heidelberg John Horton Diamond Creek 78
1970 Frank Natoli Reservoir Lakeside John Vadja Macleod-Rosanna 81
1969 Geoff Noble Macleod-Rosanna Ted Wallace Templestowe 94
1968 Dennis Aspinall Eltham Bill Chapman Macleod-Rosanna 73
1967 Geoff Condie Diamond Creek Bernie Drury Montmorency 69
1966 Ken Jones
Graham Campbell
Diamond Creek
Reservoir-Lakeside
Max Condie Diamond Creek 81
1965 Graham Campbell Reservoir-Lakeside Doug Hayes Reservoir-Lakeside 85
1964 Pat Foley Heidelberg West Claude Howard Heidelberg 74
1963 Pat Foley Heidelberg West Gerald Walsh Epping 96
1962 Ken Jones Montmorency Gerald Walsh Epping 70
1961 Joe Murphy Greensborough Les Cann Reservoir Lakeside 68
1960 Clem Cooper Epping Ivan Francis Heidelberg West 67
1959 John Elliot Diamond Creek Ed Crawley Heidelberg West 70
1958 John Elliot
Don McDowell
Diamond Creek
Greensborough
Gerald Walsh Epping 81
1957 John Elliot Diamond Creek Ray Skals Greensborough 96
1956 Jack Davies Epping Les Cann Montmorency 85
1955 Kevin Hart Macleod Ron Denmead Montmorency 65
1954 Joe Murphy
Doug King
Greensborough
Reservoir-Lakeside
Ron Denmead Montmorency 126
1953 Jack Tucker Heidelberg West Roy Kelly Eltham 64
1952 Kevin Hart Macleod Wally Dingle Montmorency 71
1951 Joe Adams Epping Brian Gillberg Montmorency 74
1950 Geoff Heddle Diamond Creek Bill Harvey Heidelberg 102
1949 Geoff Heddle Diamond Creek Jack Dempster Templestowe 97
1948 Jack Dempster Templestowe Gordon Hastings Reservoir 68
1947 Reg Milburn Epping Gordon Hastings Reservoir 112
1946 Joe Delaney Heidelberg Gordon Hastings Reservoir 73
1933 J West Eltham 128

Division 2[edit]

Best and Fairest Leading Goal Kicker Best on Ground in Grand Final
John Elliot Medal
Year Player Club Player Club Goals Player Club
2014 Tyler Scarce Panton Hill Shane Harvey North Heidelberg 110 Jesse Tardio North Heidelberg
2013 Rohan Davies Mernda Shane Harvey North Heidelberg 123 Malcolm Dow* Fitzroy Stars
2012 Lionel Proctor Fitzroy Stars Shane Harvey North Heidelberg 103 Shane Harvey* North Heidelberg
2011 Darcy Barden Lower Plenty Peter Shepherd Lalor 93 Darcy Barden Lower Plenty
2010 Luke Jackson Diamond Creek Benjamin Gill Lower Plenty 59 Lucas Hobbs Whittlesea
2009 Daniel Moore Epping John Hayes Fitzroy Stars 89 Kane Shaw Macleod
2008 Lionel Proctor Fitzroy Stars Aaron Willitts Epping 78 Stefan Berak Thomastown
2007 Andrew Bennett Macleod Cristian Brandt Macleod 109 Nick Mafilovski Lalor
2006 Daniel Eifermann Whittlesea Nick Lynch Macleod 102 David Hutchison Greensborough
2005 Ryan Bongetti South Morang Tom Felle Mernda ? Shannon Logan Diamond Creek
2004 William Box Panton Hill Aaron James Lalor 114 Paul Briggs Lalor
2003 Jai Audley Hurstbridge Toby O'Meara Reservoir 73 Justin Crowe Hurstbridge
2002 Heath Ayres Wallan Adam Bruni Reservoir 82
2001 Tony Callea Fawkner Park Paul Baker Whittlesea 107
2000 Paul Eccles Watsonia Gavin Tapner Watsonia 90
1999 Mark Spiteri Kinglake Ron McKeown Whittlesea 114
1998 Dean Harrington Whittlesea Jamie Bown Whittlesea 79
1997 Ray Buttigieg
Tony Maraschiello
South Morang
Mernda
Paul Baker Kinglake 102
1996 Rocky Iacopino Macleod Paul Baker Hurstbridge 93
1995 Dale Carmody West Preston Paul Baker
David Miller
Hurstbridge
West Preston
85
1994 Billy Colosimo Reservoir Paul Baker Hurstbridge 139
1993 Adam Bruni West Preston Paul Baker Hurstbridge 116
1992 Paul Tilley West Preston Cristian Brandt West Preston 68
1991 Robert Mietus Hurstbridge Greg Withers Heidelberg West 80
1990 Malcolm Griffiths
John Hassell
Watsonia
Mernda
Steve Webster Epping 96
1989 Brett Johnstone
Glenn Whittenbury
South Morang
Templestowe
Malcolm Niddrie Templestowe 92
1988 Steve Easton Research Darren Scott Epping 80
1987 Greg Fyffe West Preston Ron Wilson Eltham 83
1986 Stan Apostola Epping Darren Scott Epping 97
1985 Les Pugh Thornbury Warren Jarman Eltham 72
1984 Adrian Sullivan West Preston Steve Banbury West Preston 56
1983 Bernie Nicholson Macleod–Rosanna Peter McNiece Northcote Park 83
1982 Anthony McFarlane
Glenn Irving
Eltham
Eltham
Peter Lowe Macleod-Rosanna 85
1981 Mark Slater Bundoora Rob Michaelangeli Northcote Park 76
  • Player awarded Best on Ground despite playing for the losing team

Division 3[edit]

Best and Fairest Leading Goal Kicker Best on Ground in Grand Final
Year Player Club Player Club Goals Player Club
2014 Matthew Cupo
Danny O'Sullivan
Thomastown
Reservoir
Jacob Osei-Duro Thomastown 71 Matthew Cupo Thomastown
2013 Lochie Dornauf Watsonia Ben Finnin Panton Hill 53 Abe Williams Panton Hill
2012 Rohan Davies Mernda Johnathon Bryon Panton Hill 96 Matthew Rees Mernda
2011 Brad Hockey Parkside Dallas King Parkside 60 Matthew Manning South Morang
2010 Ryan Docherty Reservoir Johnathon Garrard Panton Hill 88 Josh Saw Hurstbridge
2009Note Robbie Wise Parkside Benjamin Gill Panton Hill 63 Robbie Wise Parkside

Juniors Competition[edit]

The NFL Juniors Competition has 28 clubs. The competition comprises approximately 200 teams divided into 8 age groups; under 9 thorough to under 17. In 2010 the league announced for their to be an under 16 age group which had previously not existed.

Lew Hall Trophy[edit]

The trophy is awarded each year to the club which has the most combined premiership points from the under 13, under 15 and under 17 age groups.

Year Club
2007 Research
2006 Hurstbridge
2005 Preston RSL
2004 Epping
2003 Fawkner Park
2002 Mill Park
2001 Mill Park
2000 Yarrambat
1999 Whittlesea
1998 Eltham
1997 Keon Park Stars
1996 Greensborough
1995 Montmorency

Clubs[edit]

Club Nickname Location Home Ground Entered Competition Jumpers/Notes Senior Affiliation
Bundoora Park Thunderbolts Junior Football Club Thunderbolts Bundoora Bundoora Park Oval 2011[6] N/A N/A
Diamond Creek Football Club Creekers Diamond Creek Coventry Reserve 1922 Diamond Creek
Eltham Football Club Panthers Eltham Eltham Central, Susan Street Reserve 1922 Eltham
Epping Football Club Pingers Epping Epping Rec Reserve Epping
Greensborough Junior Football Club Raiders Greensborough Anthony Beale Reserve 1968 Greensborough
Hurstbridge Football Club Bridges Hurstbridge Ben Frilay Oval Hurstbridge
Keon Park Stars Junior Football Club Stars Reservoir J C Donath Reserve 1993 None
Kinglake Junior Football Club Lakers Kinglake Kinglake Football Ground 2013 Kinglake (YVMDRL)
Lalor Football Club Bloods Lalor Lalor Reserve Lalor
Lalor Stars Junior Football Club Stars Lalor W A Smith Reserve Thomastown
Laurimar Football Club Power Doreen Laurimar Reserve 2011 N/A N/A
Mill Park Junior Football Club Stallions Mill Park Redleap Reserve Lalor and Bundoora
Mernda Football Club Demons Mernda Mernda Rec Reserve Mernda
Montmorency Junior Football Club Magpies Montmorency Montmorency Park 1968 Montmorency
Northcote Junior Football Club
Formerly Alphington Junior FC
Cougars Northcote McDonell Park 1952 Northcote Park
North Heidelberg Junior Football Club Bulldogs Heidelberg West Shelley Street Reserve North Heidelberg
Panton Hill Football Club Redbacks Panton Hill Cracknell Reserve 1997 Panton Hill
Research Junior Football Club Searchers Research Research Park 1987 Lower Plenty
Reservoir Football Club Colts Reservoir Crispe Park Reservoir
South Morang Junior Football Club Lions Mill Park Lakes Mill Park Lakes Reserve South Morang
Thomastown Football Club Bears Thomastown Main Street Reserve 2013 Thomastown
Wallan Junior Football Club Magpies Wallan Wallan Rec Reserve Wallan
Watsonia Football Club Saints Watsonia A.K Lines Reserve 2011 Watsonia
West Ivanhoe Junior Football Club Roosters Ivanhoe Seddon Reserve 2013 None
West Lalor Junior Football Club Dragons Lalor Huskinsson Street Reserve Thomastown
West Preston Lakeside Football Club Roosters Preston J E Moore Park West Preston Lakeside
Whittlesea Football Club Eagles Whittlesea Whittlesea Showgrounds Whittlesea
Yarrambat Junior Football Club Bats Yarrambat Yarrambat War Memorial Park None

Life Members[edit]

DVFL Life Members

Name Year Name Year Name Year Name Year
R.Rogers 1923 R.R.G.Ward 1974 L.A.Warren 1993 K. Wing Jan 2003
A.Santon 1926 W.A.Partington 1974 P.J.A.Smythe 1994 D.Holt 2003
W.S.Laurie 1941 E.A.Bowcher 1974 K.A.Andrew 1994 B.Boffey 2003
J.Dawson 1950 A.R.Eley 1975 P.G.Floyd 1994 W.Bodley 2003
A.T.Clarke 1950 J.B.Murphy 1976 N.K.McLean 1995 G.Turnball 2003
T.Hogan 1950 R.Rhode 1979 A.D.Walker 1996 W.Harris 2003
R.A.Smith 1950 D.R.Glasgow 1980 D.Stanley 1996 C.B.Keating 2004
F.Smith 1950 T.M.Bary 1980 E.O.Marsh 1996 V.A.Floyd 2004
R.R.Scott 1952 B.A.Tooth 1980 W.E.Bray 1996
R.R.Scott 1955 M.A.Hingston 1984 D.W.Casey 1997
C.W.Hart 1961 K.W.Salter 1984 N.Caroll 1998
R.A.E. Tooth 1962 B.Boyle 1985 L.Robinson 1999
R.R.Beale 1964 A.Thomas 1985 B.J.Smead 2000
I.J.Sheahan 1964 J.R.Welch 1988 J.Garlick 2000
W.T.Randle 1964 W.T.Kelly 1988 R.J.Curran 2000
T.M.Hogan 1964 W.L.E.Hanson 1990 S.K.Pearn 2001
F.C.Sweene 1964 P.E.Watkins 1991 F.A.Mellerick 2002
R.G.Scott 1966 A.R.Stickland 1993 D.Kuchmar 2002
D.P.Cordner 1967 W.G.McKenna 1993 S.J.Cusumano 2002

NFL Life Members[7]

Name Year
Andrew Hamer 2012
Bernie Smead 2011
Bill McKenna 2011
Brian Tooth 2011
Chris Keating 2011
Darryl Sinclair 2011
David Kuchmar 2011
Don Casey 2011
Don Stanley 2011
Eric Marsh 2011
Ernie Ward 2011
Francis Mellerick 2011
Graeme Dunne 2011
Graham Norman 2011
Grant Turnbull 2011
Ivan Sheahan 2011
John Garlick 2011
Ken Andrew 2011
Ken Wing Jan 2011
Kenneth Salter 2011
Les Robinson 2011
Michael Hingston 2011
Neale Carroll 2011
Neil McLean 2011
Noel Smith 2011
Norman Ferguson 2011
Peter Smythe 2011
Ray Welch 2011
Rory Curran 2011
S.K (Peter) Pearn 2011
Stephen Petruccelle 2011
Tom Lambeth 2011
Walter Randle 2011
Warren Harris 2011
Wayne Bodley 2011
Wayne Kelly 2011
Wayne Zealey 2011
William Bray 2011

Former Clubs[edit]

  • All Blacks Football Club (Club is defunct). A team from Templestowe, the 'All Blacks' were admitted into the Diamond Valley for the 1929 season.[8] It is known that they wore an all-black uniform based upon two small news articles in 1929 where it was reported that the club had lent their strip to the Diamond Valley Football League representative side for their match against the Bourke-Evelyn League as part of the Hartley Shield inter-league competition.[9][10] The All Blacks were a different team to the current Templestowe Football Club as they played against them in the 1931 and 1932 seasons.[11][12] They moved to Warringal Park in Heidelberg during the 1930 season and were co-tenants with Old Paradians.[13][14] They played their final season in 1932 and 'amalgamated' with Heidelberg Football Club in 1933 to play in the VFL Sub-District League.[15]
  • Coburg Amateur Football Club (Club is defunct)
  • Diamond Valley Juniors (A merger between Diamond Creek and Hurstbridge football clubs prior to World War II which was dissolved when the DVFL resumed in 1946)
  • Fairfield Park Football Club (Club is defunct) Fairfield Park wore a white jumper with two red vertical stripes and played at Fairfield Park oval on Yarra Bend Rd, Fairfield.
  • Fawkner Park Football Club (Merged with North Coburg Saints in 2007 and play in the EDFL as Northern Saints). They wore a navy jumper with a white FPFC logo and sky blue wings in the style of the West Coast Eagles jumper. They played at Charles Mutton Reserve in Fawkner.
  • Kangaroo Ground Football Club (Club is defunct)
  • Kinglake Football Club (Currently in the Yarra Valley Mountain District Football League)
  • Kingsbury Junior Football Club (Club is defunct) Kingsbury wore a royal blue jumper with yellow yoke, in the style of Melbourne Football Club.
  • Parkside Football Club (Currently in the Victorian Amateur Football Association)
  • Plenty Rovers Football Club (The Plenty Rovers FC came about because of a merger between the Mernda & Doreen, they played at the Doreen Recreation Reserve, from 1932–1964 (1936–1939, 1946 in the DVFL), until they were forced to move out of Doreen due to powerline extensions, and moved to Mernda, where they changed their name back to the Mernda Football Club in 1965)
  • Preston RSL Junior Football Club (Folded)
  • Research Football Club (Club is now solely a junior club, however they do have an alignment with Lower Plenty Football Club)
  • Reservoir-Lakeside Football Club (Merged with West Preston to form West Preston Lakeside F.C)
  • St Andrews-Coburg Football Club (Club is defunct)
  • Templestowe Football Club (Currently in the Eastern Football League (Australia))
  • Thornbury Football Club (Merged with Reservoir Rovers to become Thornbury Rovers)
  • Thornbury Rovers Football Club (Club is defunct)
  • Wallan Football Club (Currently in the Riddell District Football League)
  • Warrandyte Football Club (Currently in the Eastern Football League (Australia))
  • West Preston Football Club (Merged with Reservoir Lakeside to become West Preston Lakeside)

Footnote[edit]

Halfway through the 2009 season, six clubs, including Parkside and Hurstbridge, split from Division 2 in preparation for a third division in 2010. These clubs competed against each other for the rest of the season and Parkside defeated Hurstbridge in the senior grand final with Hurstbridge winning the reserve grand final. As per the announcement of the league at the time the divisions where split Parkside was not promoted to Division Two.[16][17]

Main Sources[edit]

Notes
  • Diamond Valley Football League Annual Report's from 1976 to current day 2007
  • Diamond Valley Football League Website
  • Diamond Valley Football League Clubs
  • Diamond Valley Football League Football Record
  • Diamond Valley Football League Archieves

External links[edit]