South West Football League

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South West Football League
Sport Australian rules football
CEO Paul Omodei
Inaugural season 1957
No. of teams 10
Country  Australia
Most recent champion(s) Eaton (2013)
Most titles 14 (South Bunbury)
Official website www.swfl.com.au

The South West Football League is an Australian rules football league based in the south-west of Western Australia. The league is affiliated to the West Australian Country Football League.[1]

History[edit]

In 1953 the Bunbury-Collie League was founded with seven teams. South Bunbury, Bunbury Railways, Pastimes, Mines Rovers, Collie Railways, Centrals and Donnybrook.

  • 1955 Eastern and Western Districts Busselton amalgamated to become Busselton
  • 1956 Harvey Brunswick admitted, Bunbury Pastimes becomes Carey Park
  • 1957, the league changed names to the South West National Football League.
  • 1959 Boyanup-Capel-Dardanup joins
  • 1961 Collie Railways and Centrals amalgamate to become Collie
  • 1966 Augusta-Margaret River joins
  • 1991 the name changed again, to the current South West Football League.[2]

Expansion[edit]

In 1993 a proposed submission from the new Harvey Football Club was rejected because the SWFL thought 10 teams was a sufficient number. Harvey then put in a successful submission into the Peel Football League where they played their first season in 1994.

The start of the 2009 season saw the introduction of the Harvey Bulls, who made the move over from the expanding Peel Football League. This was different from their bid in 1993, as they had nowhere else to go. The SWFL were also looking for a tenth team (after the merger of Collie and Mines) to get rid of the dreaded bye and extended season. Harvey left the PFL because of the rumour of Perth teams entering the PFL for 2009 so therefore increasing travel commitments. This idea fell through but Harvey still joined the SWFL after an 8–1 vote by the SWFL clubs, with HBL the only club opposing the idea.

Clubs[edit]

Current clubs[edit]

Colours Club Nickname Location Home Ground First season in league Premierships
        
Augusta Margaret River Football Club
Hawks
Margaret River, Western Australia
Gloucester Park
1966 3
        
Bunbury Football Club
formerly known as Bunbury Railways
Bulldogs
Bunbury, Western Australia
PC Payne Park
1957 6
        
Busselton Football Club
Formed from a merger of East Busselton and West Busselton
Magpies
Busselton, Western Australia
Sir Stuart Bovell Park
1957 5
        
Carey Park Football Club
Formed in 1914; formerly known as Pastimes
Panthers
Bunbury, Western Australia
Kelly Park
1957 7
            
Collie Eagles Football Club
formed in 2002 from a merger of the Collie Saints and Mines Rovers
Eagles
Collie, Western Australia
Collie Recreation Ground
2002 2 (8 if Saints and Mines titles are included)
        
Donnybrook Football Club
Dons
Donnybrook, Western Australia
VC Mitchell Park
1957 4
            
Eaton Boomers Football Club
formerly known as Boyanup Capel and as Boyanup Capel Dardanup
Boomers
formerly known as the Cardinals
Eaton, Western Australia
formerly played in Boyanup, Western Australia
Glen Huon Oval
formerly Boyanup Oval
1959 1
            
Harvey Football Club
Bulls
Harvey, Western Australia
Harvey Recreation Ground
2009 0
        
Harvey Brunswick Leschenault Football Club
formerly known as Harvey Brunswick
Lions
Brunswick Junction, Western Australia
Brunswick Oval
1959 9
        
South Bunbury Football Club
Tigers
South Bunbury, Western Australia
Hands Oval
1957 14

Previous[edit]

Club Joined League Left League Notes
West Busselton 1957 1958 Merged with East Busselton to form the Magpies
East Busselton 1957 1958 Merged with West Busselton to form the Magpies
Mines Rovers 1957 2002 Merged with Collie Saints to become the Collie Eagles
Collie Railways 1957 1961 Merged with Collie Centrals to become Collie Saints
Collie Centrals 1957 1961 Merged with Collie Railways to become Collie Saints
Collie Saints 1962 2002 Merged with Mines Rovers to become Collie Eagles

Premierships[edit]

League
Club Years Won Total
South Bunbury 1957, 59, 66, 68, 71, 76, 80, 81, 84, 85, 88, 89, 93, 2002 14
Harvey-Brunswick-Leschenault 1960, 74, 75, 90, 91, 92, 93, 2007, 2010 9
Bunbury 1958, 61, 62, 70, 82, 83, 2001 7
Carey Park 1963, 73, 86, 2003, 06, 08, 09 7
Busselton 1964, 67, 78, 96, 2012 5
Mines Rovers 1965, 69, 79, 97 4
Donnybrook 1977, 98, 99, 2000 4
Collie Saints 1972, 87 2
Augusta Margaret River 1994, 95, 2011 3
Collie Eagles 2004, 05 2
Eaton Boomers 2013 1

SWFL seasons[edit]

2011 Ladder[edit]

South West Wins Byes Losses Draws For Against % Pts
South Bunbury 16 0 2 0 2057 1088 189.06% 64
Busselton 13 0 4 1 1819 1375 132.29% 54
Augusta Margaret River 13 0 5 0 1960 1292 151.70% 52
Eaton Boomers 11 0 6 1 1411 1092 129.21% 46
Harvey-Brunswick-Leschenault 11 0 7 0 1614 1383 116.70% 44
Carey Park 9 0 9 0 1785 1840 97.01% 36
Bunbury 7 0 10 1 1497 1522 98.36% 30
Harvey Bulls 5 0 13 0 1458 1827 79.80% 20
Collie Eagles 3 0 14 1 1145 1727 66.30% 14
Donnybrook 0 0 18 0 776 2376 32.66% 0

FINALS

Final Team G B Pts Team G B Pts
Elimination Eaton Boomers 9 9 63 Harvey-Brunswick-Leschenault 10 11 71
Qualifying Augusta Margaret River 13 8 86 Busselton 12 7 79
1st Semi Harvey-Brunswick-Leschenault 11 16 82 Busselton 9 10 64
2nd Semi Augusta Margaret River 8 6 54 South Bunbury 4 9 33
Preliminary South Bunbury 15 9 99 Harvey-Brunswick-Leschenault 10 11 71
Grand Augusta Margaret River 13 11 89 South Bunbury 9 7 61

2012 Ladder[edit]

South West Wins Byes Losses Draws For Against % Pts
Collie Eagles 15 0 3 0 1811 1101 164.49% 60
Busselton 14 0 4 0 1781 1349 132.02% 56
Eaton Boomers 14 0 4 0 1582 984 160.77% 56
Carey Park 11 0 7 0 1845 1359 135.76% 44
Bunbury 10 0 8 0 1569 1482 105.87% 40
Augusta/\Margaret River 8 0 10 0 1437 1344 106.92% 32
Harvey-Brunswick-Leschenault 8 0 10 0 1456 1781 81.75% 32
Harvey Bulls 5 0 13 0 1187 1710 69.42% 20
South Bunbury 3 0 15 0 1173 1660 70.66% 12
Donnybrook 2 0 16 0 818 1889 43.30% 8

FINALS

Final Team G B Pts Team G B Pts
Elimination Bunbury 7 9 51 Carey Park 7 7 49
Qualifying Busselton 17 8 110 Eaton Boomers 10 6 66
1st Semi Bunbury 14 15 99 Eaton Boomers 10 6 66
2nd Semi Collie Eagles 14 8 92 Busselton 11 9 75
Preliminary Busselton 15 9 99 Bunbury 13 6 84
Grand Collie Eagles 10 8 68 Busselton 9 14 68
Replay Busselton 11 8 74 Collie Eagles 5 9 39

2013 Ladder[edit]

South West Wins Losses Draws For Against % Pts
Eaton Boomers 17 1 0 1851 752 246.14% 68
South Bunbury 12 6 0 1561 1198 130.30% 48
Augusta Margaret River 10 8 0 1292 1108 116.61% 40
Collie Eagles 10 8 0 1281 1140 112.37% 40
Bunbury 9 8 1 1358 1426 95.23% 38
Busselton 7 10 1 1214 1329 91.35% 30
Donnybrook 7 11 0 1275 1548 82.36% 28
Carey Park 7 11 0 1225 1595 76.80% 28
Harvey-Brunswick-Leschenault 5 13 0 1138 1499 75.92% 20
Harvey Bulls 5 13 0 1061 1661 63.88% 20

FINALS

Final Team G B Pts Team G B Pts
Elimination Collie Eagles 16 17 113 Bunbury 12 10 82
Qualifying South Bunbury 11 10 76 Augusta-Margaret River 7 16 58
1st Semi Eaton Boomers 12 15 87 South Bunbury 4 3 27
2nd Semi Collie Eagles 14 6 90 Augusta-Margaret River 9 9 63
Preliminary Collie Eagles 9 16 70 South Bunbury 6 10 46
Grand Eaton Boomers 9 13 67 Collie Eagles 6 7 43

Notable players[edit]

Additional Reading[edit]

  • A Way of Life - The Story of country football in Western Australia - Alan East
  • WA footy forum [1]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Country Football Affiliated Leagues". West Australian Football Commission. Retrieved 2009-05-12. 
  2. ^ "About the league". South West Football League. Retrieved 2009-05-12.