South Australian Women's Football League

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South Australian Women's Football League
Current season, competition or edition:
2014 SAWFL season
SAWFL logo.jpg
Sport Australian rules football
Founded 1991, Adelaide
Inaugural season 1991
No. of teams 10
Country Australia
Official website [1]

The South Australian Women's Football League (SAWFL) is the governing body of the Women's Australian rules football Sport in the state of South Australia.

History[edit]

In 1990 a group of South Australian women instigated the preparation to establish the South Australian Women's Football League [SAWFL] after an exhibition match between the Victorian Women's Football League [VWFL] and some sporting identities in South Australia proved to be a huge success. The founder of the SAWFL, Gina Dutschke and with the assistance of Jenny Williams were then able to gather enough interest from sportswomen throughout the metropolitan region to form a league of their own in 1991.

Clubs that were instrumental in the early years the League were the Cougars, Thunderbirds, Hectorville, Brighton, Modbury, Para Hills, Kilburn, Edwardstown, Pooraka, Goodwood, North Adelaide, West Adelaide, McLaren Vale and Sturt. The League today, comprises again four clubs: Woodville West Torrens, Morphettville Park, Port Adelaide and Greenacres.

SAWFL is currently in collaboration with the SANFL's Affiliated Junior District Leagues with the planning of a Youth Girls competition and this is anticipated to commence in the 2008 season. Over 900 players have registered with SAWFL since 1991, and there is a new generation to come. Under the guidance of the President, Georgi Iley, the League is now progressing forward in generating a player pathway for females of all ages in South Australia.

Significant milestones of League members who have long represented SA at the National Women's AFL Championships are Catherine Mulvihill (224 games), Tiffany Lee (190 games), Cheryl Wills (165 games), Nancy Tidswell (139 games), Cassie Hartley (123 games), and Linda Mounsey (116 games).

Clubs[edit]

Honours[edit]

Dutschke Medal (Best and Fairest)
The Dutschke Medal is named after Gina Dutschke, the founder of the South Australian Women's Football League, back in 1990. The Medal is awarded to the best and fairest overall of the season as determined by the Umpires. This prestigious award is presented to the recipient at the end of season Presentation Dinner.

  • 2013 Michele Reid (Greenacres)
  • 2012 Cassandra Hartley (West Adelaide)
  • 2011 Emma Sampson (Port Adelaide)
  • 2010 Michele Reid (Greenacres)
  • 2009 Cassandra Hartley Eagles)
  • 2008 Michele Reid (Greenacres)
  • 2007 Jessica Openshaw (Eagles)
  • 2006 Sarah Masiero (Eagles)
  • 2005 Lauren Ebsary (Sturt)
  • 2004 Lauren Ebsary (Sturt)
  • 2003 Tiffany Lee (North Adelaide)
  • 2002 Sarah Masiero (Eagles)
  • 2001 Robyn Polhner
  • 2000 Tiffany Lee
  • 1999 Roslyn Kitschke
  • 1998 Roslyn Kitschke
  • 1997 Robyn Polhner
  • 1996 Robyn Polhner
  • 1995 Tiffany Lee
  • 1994 Tiffany Lee
  • 1993 Tiffany Lee
  • 1992 Tiffany Lee
  • 1991 L. Giaretto

Glazbrook Medal (Leading Goakicker)
The Glazbrook Medal was named after Trudy Glazbrook, at the time was the leagues longest running highest goalkicker. The Medal is awarded to the player with the highest number of goals kicked throughout the competition.

  • 2013 Fiona Clancey
  • 2012 Fiona Clancey
  • 2011 Fiona Clancey
  • 2010 Fiona Clancey
  • 2009 Fiona Clancey
  • 2008 Fiona Clancey
  • 2007 Cheryl Wills and Kayla Pendleton
  • 2006 Sarah Masiero
  • 2005 Tiffany Lee
  • 2004 No Award Given
  • 2003 Fiona Clancy
  • 2002 Fiona Clancy
  • 2001 Tiffany Lee
  • 2000 Tiffany Lee
  • 1999 Melissa King
  • 1998 Trudy Glazbrook & Sara Dennis
  • 1997 Shelly Neller
  • 1996 Trudy Glazbrook
  • 1995 Trudy Glazbrook
  • 1994 Trudy Glazbrook
  • 1993 Trudy Glazbrook
  • 1992 Tiffany Lee
  • 1991 Tiffany Lee

Laube Medal (Player's Player)
The Carmel Laube Medal was named in memory and honour of Carmel Laube, who played for Edwardstown, and represented the State Squad until ill health. We fondly remember her time and contribution to the League. This medal is awarded to the player's player - the most respected player amongst peers in the competition.

  • 2013 Brooke Copeland
  • 2012 Emma Gibson
  • 2011 Kym Carter
  • 2010 Brittany Perry
  • 2009 Tess Baxter
  • 2008 Sarah Masiero
  • 2007 Linda Mounsey
  • 2006 Sarah Masiero
  • 2005 Emma Sampson
  • 2005 Kelli Loehr
  • 2004 Zdravka Stepic
  • 2003 Kylie Tulloch
  • 2001 Catherine Mulvihill
  • 2000 Sheron Ford
  • 1999 Melissa King

Pitman Medal (Rookie of the Year)
The Pitman Medal was named after Deb Pitman, a life member of SAWFL. This award is given to the Rookie of the Year. The highest number of votes for the first year player in SAWFL.

  • 2013 Jessica Sedunary
  • 2012 Charlea Taylor
  • 2011 Sharon Taylor
  • 2010 Eliza Oates
  • 2009 Danielle Goding
  • 2008 Kym Carter
  • 2007 Jessica Openshaw (Eagles)
  • 2006 Sally Lynch (Greenacres)
  • 2005 Michele Reid (Greenacres)
  • 2004 Kris Britt (Sturt)
  • 2003 Kelli Loehr (Port Adelaide)
  • 2002 Megan
  • 2001 Jayne Secker and Lee Fata
  • 2000 Rosa Zampogna
  • 1999 Jonti Gray
  • 1998 January Jackowiak
  • 1998 Lyn Liddle

Amos Clarke Medal (Junior Development Award)
Sponsored by Murray Amos and Amanda Clarke, this award is presented to the highest ranked youngest player (18 or under) of the Dutschke Vote count.

  • 2013 Alexandra Price
  • 2012 Alexandra Price
  • 2011 Brittany Perry
  • 2010 Brittany Perry
  • 2009 Deni Varnhagen
  • 2008 Kaily Buchalka & Hannah Johnson
  • 2007 Teena Leicester (Greenacres)
  • 2006 Megan Wilsdon (Eagles)
  • 2005 Hannah Johnson (Eagles)
  • 2004 Tess Baxter (Eagles) and Kristy Lavery (Port Adelaide)
  • 2003 Tess Baxter
  • 2001 Balina Waldtke

Club of the Year
SAWFL Club of the Year was introduced in 2011 to encourage increased professionalism within the League and its Affiliated Clubs. The introduction of the Club of the Year Award seeks to recognise the efforts of volunteers and officials that promote Women's Football and provide safe and sustainable Club environments.

  • 2013 Modbury
  • 2012 Port Adelaide
  • 2011 Greenacres

All Australian Selection[edit]

South Australia are proud of their girls making the All Australian team which is selected from participants at the National Women's AFL Championships.

  • 2013 Michele Reid
  • 2011 Courtney Cramey
  • 2009 Tess Baxter
  • 2007 Jessica Openshaw
  • 2006 Michele Reid
  • 2005 Mary Ryan
  • 2004 Lauren Ebsary, Kris Britt and Sheron Ford
  • 2003 Mitzy Galic
  • 2002 Mitzy Galic
  • 2001 Mitzy Galic
  • 2000 Mitzy Galic

Premierships[edit]

  • 2013 Greenacres
  • 2012 West Adelaide
  • 2011 Eagles
  • 2010 Eagles
  • 2009 Greenacres
  • 2008 Eagles
  • 2007 Eagles
  • 2006 Eagles
  • 2005 Eagles
  • 2004 Sturt
  • 2003 Goodwood
  • 2002 Eagles
  • 2001 North Adelaide
  • 2000 North Adelaide
  • 1999 Edwardstown
  • 1998 Edwardstown
  • 1997 Edwardstown
  • 1996 Edwardstown
  • 1995 Hectorville
  • 1994 Hectorville
  • 1993 Edwardstown
  • 1992 CD Cougars
  • 1991 Thunderbirds

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