Southern Football League (Tasmania)

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Southern Football League
SFL logo.jpg
General Information
Founded 1996
Previous Names Southern Tasmanian Football League (STFL)
Current Clubs Brighton Robins
Central Hawks
Claremont Magpies
Cygnet "The Port"
Dodges Ferry Sharks
Hobart Tigers
Huonville Lions
Kingborough Tigers
Lindisfarne Blues
New Norfolk Eagles
Sorell Eagles
East Coast Bombers
Stadiums Pontville Oval
Oatlands Oval
Snug Park
Abbotsfield Park
Cygnet Rec. Ground
Shark Park
Huonville Rec. Ground
Kingston Beach Oval
KGV Oval
Anzac Park
Boyer Oval
Pembroke Park
Triabunna Rec. Ground
2012 SFL Season
Premiers New Norfolk 10.18 (78) v Lindisfarne 11.7 (73)
Grand Final Attendance 4,956 at KGV Football Park
Minor Premiers New Norfolk
Wooden Spoon Triabunna
William Leitch Medal Winner:
Highest Goal Kicker
Total Attendance Not Counted.
Average Match Attendance Not Counted.

The Southern Football League is an Australian rules football league which is based in Tasmania, Australia.

History[edit]

The Southern Tasmanian Football League (STFL) was founded in 1996 with the league's original clubs being those of the recently defunct Tasmanian Amateur Football League – Southern Division (Southern Amateurs) and two clubs from the Huon Football Association.

In that first season the competing clubs from the Tasmanian Amateur Football League (Southern Division) were Mangalore (Brighton), Lauderdale, Lindisfarne, Claremont, Sorell and Lachlan and from the Huon Football Association, Kingston (Kingborough) and Channel.

Despite the lopsided results from many of the matches in its first two seasons, the STFL was beginning to rival its long established counterpart, the TFL Statewide League for attendances, community involvement, players and money as players and fans alike became tired of the politics and negativity that permeated through a floundering TFL at that time.

With the demise of the 114-year old Huon Football Association at the end of the 1997 season and financially crippled former TFL club Hobart opting to pull out of the Statewide League at the end of the same season and voting to join the STFL, the league was ready for an influx of new teams as one of its foundation clubs, Lachlan, went out of business at the end of 1997.

Kermandie (then known as the Robins) and Cygnet (then known as the Magpies) were forced to change playing uniforms and emblems (to Bushrangers and The Port respectively) owing to clashes with already established clubs Brighton and Claremont.

Huonville Bulldogs merged with fellow Huon Football Association rival Franklin Lions to become the Huonville Lions and thus joined the STFL in 1998. Hobart (then known as the Tigers) were forced to change their emblem and playing strip owing to a clash with Kingston (Kingborough).

From 1998, the STFL would be known as the Southern Football League. As the league continued to go from strength to strength, the TFL Statewide League was sinking as crowds continued to slide and clubs sank further into the financial mire.

New Norfolk District Football Club, a member of the TFL since 1947 left the TFL at the end of 1999 and joined the SFL in 2000 as the New Norfolk 'Derwent' Hawks.

In early 1999 the Australian Football League funded a new governing body of Tasmanian football[citation needed] under recommendations through the AFL-instigated Biggs Report into the substantial crises facing Tasmanian football at that time, with the Tasmanian Football League, as the sport's governing body being liquidated with massive debt problems.
The new governing body was known as Football Tasmania and it was to control and fund the new TSFL competition and a year later, a new SWL competition.
In December 2000, the Burnie Dockers pulled out of the SWL to rejoin the NTFL as did Devonport and Northern Bombers, leaving Football Tasmania little choice but to close down the Statewide competition as the AFL decided to redistribute its funding into placing a Tasmanian team in the Victorian Football League in 2001 which left Clarence, Glenorchy and North Hobart Football Clubs without a competition to participate in.

After numerous meetings and much debate it was decided to accept the three orphaned clubs into the league in early 2001 to create a 15-team competition for that season.

Premier League and Regional League split[edit]

In 2002 the SFL split into two conferences – Premier League and Regional League.

The Premier League consisted of former TFL clubs Clarence, Glenorchy, North Hobart, Hobart and New Norfolk along with Kingston, Brighton and Sorell.

The Regional League consisted of Cygnet, Channel, Huonville Lions, Kermandie, Claremont, Lauderdale, Lindisfarne and former Tasman Football Association club Dodges Ferry, admitted into the league after the TFA folded at the end of the 2001 season.

In early 2003 the Sorell Football Club was forced to leave the Premier League after the club was unable to find enough volunteers to run the club and therefore went into recess for that season, its Premier League position was taken over by Lauderdale the following year.

Two new additions to the SFL Regional League in 2006 saw former Oatlands District Football Association clubs Oatlands, Kempton and Bothwell merge to create the Central Hawks while east coast club Triabunna (also from the ODFA) also were included.

Six clubs leave the SFL to join the State League and OSFA[edit]

In 2008 AFL Tasmania announced plans to reintroduce the Tasmanian State League starting in 2009.

Under the plan Clarence, Glenorchy, North Hobart, Hobart and Lauderdale Football Clubs from the Premier League were targeted to join.

After subsequent meetings it was put to a vote of each club's members who accordingly voted affirmatively to leave the SFL and join the State League subject to individual conditions being met. Kingborough Football Club also made a plea to join the TSL but was turned down by AFL Tasmania due to its poor facilities and poor standard home ground at Kingston Beach Oval.

In January 2009, the Channel Football Club was granted permission to join the Old Scholars Football Association.[1] After struggling on and off the ground for several years the Saints feared that they would be no match for former Premier League clubs rejoining the same competition as them, and that the resulting beatings they would've suffered could well have spelled the end of the Channel Football Club's existence so therefore, made a submission to join the more social OSFA competition.

Demise of Kermandie[edit]

Only weeks prior to the start of the 2009 season, Kermandie Football Club announced that it would be going into recess for the immediate future due to a lack of players, and despite a fresh attempt at reviving the club over the summer period of 2009/10, it was revealed that the club was again suffering from a chronic shortage of players and that Kermandie's demise was imminent.[2]

Despite a late attempt to discuss a possible merger with fellow Huon club Cygnet, who at the time were also suffering from player shortages, the Cygnet Football Club expressed their wishes to continue on in their own right[3] and therefore the Kermandie Football Club was set to go out of existence in March 2010 after a history spanning 123-years.[4]

However, a faction within the club led by senior coach Paul Allison (a one time Sydney Swans listed player) had signed up former Sydney Swan and Brisbane Bears forward Warwick Capper, only days later Mark 'Jacko' Jackson was also signed up to try to breathe life into the club, these signings did however create much controversy within the Kermandie/Geeveston region with many supporters feeling that it was turning the club into a circus rather than a serious football club.

SFL President Paul Harriss remained unconvinced and the League had already printed out the season's roster without Kermandie's involvement. A meeting on 17 March 2010 discussed terms on the future of Kermandie Football Club and their involvement with the SFL, with a vote of all club delegates set to decide their fate, however the Kermandie Football Club delegate had already been instructed to advise that the club would not be seeking a return to the SFL in 2010 and as a result, the club was wound up and went out of existence.

Triabunna becomes East Coast Bombers[edit]

From 2011, the Triabunna Football Club will be known as the East Coast Bombers[5] in a deal with TSL club Lauderdale which will see them send players from their reserves list (the TSL Reserves competition was axed at the completion of the 2010 season) to play for the former Roos senior team, which has been struggling badly since it entered the SFL in 2006.

Central Hawks in recess[edit]

In 2013 the Central Hawks were forced to go into recess because of a lack of player numbers. The Hawks first entered the SFL in 2006 as a combination of former ODFA clubs Oatlands, Bothwell and Kempton. But Bothwell has re-entered the ODFA for this year in its own right. [6] It will be a ten team competition with a final five format.

2010 Ladder[edit]

Southern FL Wins Byes Losses Draws For Against % Pts
New Norfolk 17 0 1 0 2730 1208 225.99% 68
Dodges Ferry 17 0 1 0 2506 1130 221.77% 68
Huonville 13 0 5 0 2135 1267 168.51% 52
Kingsborough 12 0 6 0 2089 1529 136.63% 48
Central Hawks 11 0 7 0 1957 1527 128.16% 44
Lindisfarne 8 0 10 0 1602 1830 87.54% 32
Cygnet 6 0 12 0 1441 1726 83.49% 24
Claremont 6 0 12 0 1709 2048 83.45% 24
Brighton 5 0 13 0 1588 1776 89.41% 20
Sorell 3 0 15 0 1249 2024 61.71% 12
Triabunna 0 0 18 0 687 3628 18.94% 0

FINALS

Final Team G B Pts Team G B Pts
Elimination Huonville 19 17 131 Lindisfarne 6 3 39
Elimination Kingston 16 23 119 Central Hawks 12 12 84
1st Semi Huonville 7 7 49 Kingston 5 7 37
2nd Semi New Norfolk 8 12 60 Dodges Ferry 6 8 44
Preliminary Dodges Ferry 15 13 103 Huonville 8 8 56
Grand New Norfolk 20 18 138 Dodges Ferry 10 6 66

2011 Ladder[edit]

Southern FL Wins Byes Losses Draws For Against % Pts
New Norfolk 20 0 0 0 2916 992 293.95% 80
Kingborough 16 0 4 0 2434 1168 208.39% 64
Dodges Ferry 15 0 5 0 2248 1296 173.46% 60
Huonville 14 0 6 0 1956 1338 146.19% 56
Lindisfarne 14 0 6 0 1948 1460 133.42% 56
Brighton 11 0 8 1 1853 1469 126.14% 46
Glenorchy 8 0 11 1 1669 2008 83.12% 34
Claremont 7 0 13 0 1634 1925 84.88% 28
Cygnet 6 0 14 0 1341 2298 58.36% 24
Sorell 4 0 16 0 1115 2527 44.12% 16
Central Hawks 2 0 18 0 1313 2525 52.00% 8
East Coast 2 0 18 0 1305 2726 47.87% 8

FINALS

Final Team G B Pts Team G B Pts
Elimination Dodges Ferry 22 15 147 Brighton 4 10 34
Elimination Huonville 13 15 93 Lindisfarne 6 13 49
1st Semi Huonville 18 17 125 Dodges Ferry 16 12 108
2nd Semi New Norfolk 17 16 118 Kingborough 15 6 96
Preliminary Kingsborough 16 21 117 Huonville 6 9 45
Grand Kingsborough 22 7 139 New Norfolk 13 12 90

2012 Ladder[edit]

Southern FL Wins Byes Losses Draws For Against % Pts
New Norfolk 15 0 1 0 2341 845 277.04% 60
Lindisfarne 15 0 1 0 1743 905 192.60% 60
Kingsborough 11 0 5 0 1764 1019 173.11% 44
Dodges Ferry 9 0 6 1 1475 1163 126.83% 38
Claremont 9 0 7 0 1213 1434 84.59% 36
Brighton 7 0 8 1 1343 1371 97.96% 30
Cygnet 7 0 8 1 1258 1489 84.49% 30
Huonville 6 0 9 1 1274 1566 81.35% 26
East Coast 4 0 12 0 1159 1759 65.89% 16
Sorell 3 0 13 0 994 1717 57.89% 12
Central Hawks 0 0 16 0 837 2133 39.24% 0

FINALS

Final Team G B Pts Team G B Pts
Elimination Dodges Ferry 18 12 120 Claremont 9 18 72
Elimination Kingborough 25 11 161 Brighton 14 4 88
1st Semi Kingborough 17 14 116 Dodges Ferry 6 10 46
2nd Semi Lindisfarne 11 10 76 New Norfolk 7 13 55
Preliminary New Norfolk 13 17 95 Kingborough 3 9 27
Grand New Norfolk 10 18 78 Lindisfarne 11 7 73

Current Clubs[edit]

  • 1996–2013 – RedlegsDesign.png – Brighton Football Club.
  • 1996–2013 – GlenorchyDesign.PNG – Claremont Football Club.
  • 1998–2013 – Wonthaggi3.PNG – Cygnet Football Club.
  • 2003–2013 – DodgesFerryDesign.PNG – Dodges Ferry Football Club.
  • 1998–2008, 2014 - – HobartFCDesign.PNG HFCLionsDesign.PNG TigersDesign.png– Hobart Football Club.
  • 1998–2013 – Huonville Lions - Team colors.png – Huonville Lions Football Club.
  • 1996–2013 – SturtDesign.png – Lindisfarne Football Club.
  • 1996–2013 – TigersDesign.png – Kingborough Football Club.
  • 2000–2013 – NewNorfolkDesign.PNG – New Norfolk District Football Club.
  • 1996–2013 – BathurstEaglesDesign.svg Sorell2Design.PNG – Sorell Football Club.
  • 2011–2013 – BloodsDesign.png – East Coast Bombers Football Club.

Former SFL Clubs[edit]

  • 1996–1997 – BloodsDesign.png – Lachlan Football Club.
  • 1996–2008 – NewNorfolkDesign.PNG – Channel Football Club.
  • 1996–2008 – GeelongDesign.svg BloodsDesign.png – Lauderdale Football Club.
  • 1998–2009 – KermandieBushrangersDesign.PNG SandyBayDesign.png RedlegsDesign.png – Kermandie Football Club.
  • 2001–2008 – SouthMelbourneDesign.png – Clarence District Football Club.
  • 2001–2008 – PortMelbourneDesign.png RedlegsDesign.png – North Hobart Football Club.
  • 2001–2008 & 2011 GlenorchyDesign.PNG - Glenorchy District Football Club.
  • 2006–2010 – TathraDesign.png – Triabunna Football Club. (renamed East Coast Bombers)
  • 2006–2012 – BurnieHawksDesign.PNG – Central Hawks Football Club.

STFL/SFL Grand Finals: 1996–2001 & 2009 – present[edit]

  • 1996 – NewNorfolkDesign.PNG – Channel 12.15 (87) v Kingston 11.4 (70) – Att: 4,149 at Abbotsfield Park
  • 1997 – TigersDesign.png – Kingston 10.14 (74) v Claremont 8.1 (49) – Att: 1,800 at KGV Football Park
  • 1998 – RedlegsDesign.png Wonthaggi3.PNG – Brighton 10.8 (68) v Cygnet 10.8 (68) – Att: 2,100 at KGV Football Park
  • 1998 – RedlegsDesign.png – Brighton 14.24 (108) v Cygnet 5.12 (42) – Att: 1,500 at KGV Football Park (Replay)
  • 1999 – HobartFCDesign.PNG – Hobart 20.9 (129) v Brighton 11.12 (78) – Att: 3,896 at Huonville Rec. Ground
  • 2000 – KermandieBushrangersDesign.PNG – Kermandie 13.11 (89) v New Norfolk 8.11 (59) – Att: 5,400 at North Hobart Oval
  • 2001 – SouthMelbourneDesign.png – Clarence 17.19 (121) v Glenorchy 11.11 (77) – Att: 4,801 at North Hobart Oval
  • 2009 – NewNorfolkDesign.PNG – New Norfolk 15.11 (101) v Lindisfarne 10.9 (69) – Att: 3,804 at North Hobart Oval
  • 2010 – NewNorfolkDesign.PNG – New Norfolk 20.18 (138) v Dodges Ferry 10.6 (66) – Att: 5,203 at KGV Football Park
  • 2011 – TigersDesign.png – Kingborough 22.7 (139) v New Norfolk 13.12 (90) – Att: 6,907 at KGV Football Park
  • 2012 – NewNorfolkDesign.PNG – New Norfolk 10.18 (78) v Lindisfarne 11.7 (73) – Att: 4,956 at KGV Football Park
  • 2013 – NewNorfolkDesign.PNG – New Norfolk 15.15 (105) v Claremont 9.8 (62) – Att: 5,337 at KGV Football Park[7]

SFL Premier League Grand Finals: 2002–2008[edit]

SFL Regional League Grand Finals: 2002–2008[edit]

STFL/SFL Leading Goalkickers: 1996–2001 & 2009 – present[edit]

  • 1996 – NewNorfolkDesign.PNG – Brad Howarth (Channel) – 123
  • 1997 – SturtDesign.png – Darren Kaye (Lindisfarne) – 101
  • 1998 – Wonthaggi3.PNG – Michael Darcy (Cygnet) – 106
  • 1999 – HobartFCDesign.PNG – Dale Hall (Hobart) – 88
  • 2000 – KermandieBushrangersDesign.PNG – Michael McGregor (Kermandie) – 104
  • 2001 – PortMelbourneDesign.png – Robbie Devine (North Hobart) – 102
  • 2009 – NewNorfolkDesign.PNG – Adrian Burdon (New Norfolk) – 106
  • 2010 – GlenorchyDesign.PNG – Clint Curtain (Claremont) – 87
  • 2011 – TigersDesign.png - Timothy Lamprill (Kingsborough) - 105
  • 2012 – NewNorfolkDesign.PNG – Michael Thompson (New Norfolk) – 101

SFL Premier League Leading Goalkickers: 2002–2008[edit]

  • 2002 – PortMelbourneDesign.png – Robbie Devine (North Hobart) – 60
  • 2003 – NewNorfolkDesign.PNG – Matthew Smith (New Norfolk) – 67
  • 2004 – GlenorchyDesign.PNG – Sean Salter (Glenorchy) – 65
  • 2005 – NewNorfolkDesign.PNG – Sean Salter (New Norfolk) – 69
  • 2006 – TigersDesign.png – Michael Darcy (Kingborough) – 94
  • 2007 – SouthMelbourneDesign.png – Mitchell Williamson (Clarence) – 58
  • 2008 – RedlegsDesign.png – Robbie Devine (North Hobart) – 82

SFL Regional League Leading Goalkickers: 2002–2008[edit]

  • 2002 – GeelongDesign.svg – Justin Westbury (Lauderdale) – 81
  • 2003 – Wonthaggi3.PNG – Michael Darcy (Cygnet) – 113
  • 2004 – Wonthaggi3.PNG – Michael Darcy (Cygnet) – 105
  • 2005 – Wonthaggi3.PNG – Michael Darcy (Cygnet) – 100
  • 2006 – SturtDesign.png – Jamie Tubb (Lindisfarne) – 77
  • 2007 – Wonthaggi3.PNG – Michael Darcy (Cygnet) – 103
  • 2008 – Huonville Lions - Team colors.png – Chris Joyce (Huonville Lions) – 136

Horrie Gorringe Medallists[edit]

(Best Player in the SFL Premier League Grand Final)

  • 2002 – SouthMelbourneDesign.png – Nick Davey (Clarence)
  • 2003 – PortMelbourneDesign.png – Robbie Devine (North Hobart)
  • 2004 – SouthMelbourneDesign.png – Tim Geappen (Clarence)
  • 2005 – NewNorfolkDesign.PNG – Michael Thompson (New Norfolk)
  • 2006 – SouthMelbourneDesign.png – Jeremy Sharpen (Clarence)
  • 2007 – GlenorchyDesign.PNG – Brad Curran (Glenorchy)
  • 2008 – GlenorchyDesign.PNG – Damian McIver (Glenorchy)

Tony Martyn Medallist[edit]

(Best Player in the SFL/SFL Regional League Grand Final)

  • 2002 – Wonthaggi3.PNG – Gordon Shaw (Cygnet)
  • 2003 – Wonthaggi3.PNG – Heath Dillon (Cygnet)
  • 2004 – Wonthaggi3.PNG – Grant Clark (Cygnet)
  • 2005 – RedlegsDesign.png – David Reynolds (Kermandie)
  • 2006 – DodgesFerryDesign.PNG – Jamie Curran (Dodges Ferry)
  • 2007 – RedlegsDesign.png – Anthony Baker (Kermandie)
  • 2008 – Huonville Lions - Team colors.png – Darren Garth (Huonville Lions)
  • 2009 – NewNorfolkDesign.PNG – Nathan Ross (New Norfolk)
  • 2010 – NewNorfolkDesign.PNG – Matthew Smith (New Norfolk)
  • 2011 –
  • 2012 – NewNorfolkDesign.PNG – Brad Carver (New Norfolk)

Hodgman Medallists – STFL/SFL/SFL Regional League[edit]

  • 1996 – GlenorchyDesign.PNG – Jason Gulliver (Claremont)
  • 1997 – SturtDesign.png – Tim Blanden (Lindisfarne)
  • 1998 – NewNorfolkDesign.PNG – Andrew Beveridge (Channel)
  • 1999 – Huonville Lions - Team colors.png – Jason Philp (Huonville Lions)
  • 2000 – RedlegsDesign.png – Brendan Browning (Brighton)
  • 2001 – Wonthaggi3.PNG – Damien Dillon (Cygnet)
  • 2002 – GeelongDesign.svg – Brad Marsland (Lauderdale)
  • 2003 – DodgesFerryDesign.PNG – Danny Noonan (Dodges Ferry)
  • 2004 – Wonthaggi3.PNG – Jeremy Brereton (Cygnet)
  • 2005 – DodgesFerryDesign.PNG – Craig McLeod (Dodges Ferry) & NewNorfolkDesign.PNG – Michael Gowans (Channel)
  • 2006 – Huonville Lions - Team colors.png – Nick Doyle (Huonville Lions)
  • 2007 – RedlegsDesign.png – Andrew Nash (Kermandie)
  • 2008 – DodgesFerryDesign.PNG – Jamie Curran (Dodges Ferry)

Horrie Gorringe Medallists – SFL Premier League[edit]

  • 2002 – NewNorfolkDesign.PNG – Matthew Jones (New Norfolk)
  • 2003 – PortMelbourneDesign.png – Brendon Bolton (North Hobart)

William Leitch Medallists – SFL Premier League (2004–2008) & SFL (2009 – present)[edit]

  • 2004 – NewNorfolkDesign.PNG – Brock Ackerley (New Norfolk) & NewNorfolkDesign.PNG – Roger Belcher (New Norfolk)
  • 2005 – GlenorchyDesign.PNG – David Newett (Glenorchy)
  • 2006 – GlenorchyDesign.PNG – Jesse Crouch (Glenorchy)
  • 2007 – NewNorfolkDesign.PNG – Brad Carver (New Norfolk)
  • 2008 – GlenorchyDesign.PNG – Shane Piuselli (Glenorchy)
  • 2009 – NewNorfolkDesign.PNG – Roger Belcher (New Norfolk)
  • 2010 – Huonville Lions - Team colors.png – James Lange (Huonville Lions)
  • 2011 – NewNorfolkDesign.PNG – Nathan Ross (New Norfolk)
  • 2012 –

See also[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Smith, Adam (28 November 2008). "Channel to join Old Scholars". The Mercury. Retrieved 28 January 2011. 
  2. ^ Smith, Adam (25 February 2010). "Club's death knell". The Mercury. Retrieved 28 January 2011. 
  3. ^ Smith, Adam (26 February 2010). "Club's fate is sealed". The Mercury. Retrieved 28 January 2011. 
  4. ^ Smith, Adam (27 February 2010). "Robins facing end of line". The Mercury. Retrieved 28 January 2011. 
  5. ^ Smith, Adam (8 October 2010). "Teams unite for season". The Mercury. Retrieved 28 January 2011. 
  6. ^ http://www.themercury.com.au/article/2013/03/14/374593_sport-news.html
  7. ^ "SFL 2013 Grand Final review". 17 September 2013. Retrieved 15 March 2014. 

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