Southern Football League (Victoria)

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The Southern Football League is an Australian rules football league, based in the south and south eastern suburbs of Melbourne, Victoria, for both seniors and juniors.

History[edit]

The league in its current form was created in 1993, through the absorption of the Eastern Suburbs Churches Football Association by the Southern Football League which had renamed from the South East Suburban Football League one year earlier.

The South East Suburban League had been formed in 1963 as a merger of the East Suburban FL and the Caulfield Oakleigh District FL, after a number of clubs moved to the Croydon Ferntree Gully FL (now Eastern Football League).

The newly merged league began in 1993 with around 50 clubs playing 5 divisions, though this had dropped to 28 clubs in 3 divisions by 2002 due to clubs folding, merging, or moving to other competitions.[1]

Since that time, the league has grown slightly with the addition of the Southern Dragons in 2009, Endeavour Hills in 2011 and Hallam in 2012. The Dragons returned to the VAFA after the 2012 season,[2] but the revival of Carrum Patterson Lakes in 2013 after almost 20 years in recess kept the league at 31 clubs.[3]

Premiers[edit]

Year Division 1 Division 2 Division 3 Division 4 Division 5
2013 St Pauls Bentleigh Doveton Eagles
2012 East Brighton East Malvern Moorabbin
2011 St Pauls Highett Southern Dragons
2010 St Kilda City Clayton Hampton
2009 St Kilda City Heatherton Skye
2008 St Pauls Dingley South Yarra
2007 St Kilda City Springvale District Black Rock
2006 Clayton Heatherton Parkmore
2005 Balwyn St Kilda City Moorabbin
2004 East Brighton Highett Black Rock
2003 Balwyn Murrumbeena Canterbury
2002 St Kilda City East Brighton Hampton
2001 Clayton Ashwood Tooronga Malvern
2000 Balwyn Chelsea Heights Lyndale
1999 Balwyn Mordialloc North Kew
1998 Balwyn St Kilda City Heatherton Mt Waverley Catholics
1997 Noble Park Balwyn Box Hill Pioneers Lyndale
1996 Noble Park Ashwood Highett Cheltenham Assumption
1995 Parkdale Cheltenham Chelsea Heights Doveton Eagles Lyndale
1994 Noble Park Caulfield St Kilda City Syndal-Tally Ho Carrum Downs
1993 East Brighton Cheltenham Murrumbeena South Yarra Moorabbin West
1992 Noble Park Cheltenham

Clubs (2013)[edit]

Division 1[edit]

Club Nickname Jumper Years in Comp SFL Premierships
Chelsea Heights Demons Div 2: 2000
Div 3: 1995
Cheltenham Rosellas Div 2: 1992-3, 1995
Clayton Clays
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Div 1: 2001, 2006
Div 2: 2010
Dingley Dingoes 2007- Div 2: 2008
East Brighton Vampires
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1993- Div 1: 1993, 2004, 2012
Div 2: 2002
East Malvern Combine
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Div 2: 2012
Div 3:
2001
Heatherton Tunners
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Div 2: 2006, 2009
Div 3: 1998
Highett Bulldogs
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1993-
(known as Highett Districts until 1997)
Div 2: 2004, 2011
Div 3: 1996
St Kilda City Saints Div 1: 2002, 2007, 2009-10
Div 2: 1998, 2005
Div 3: 1994
St Pauls Bulldogs Div 1: 2008, 2011, 2013

Division 2[edit]

Club Nickname Jumper Years in Comp SFL Premierships
Bentleigh Demons Div 2: 2013
Caulfield Bears
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1993- Div 2: 1994
Hampton Hammers
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Div 3: 2002, 2010
Mordialloc Bloodhounds Div 2: 1999
Moorabbin Kangaroos 1993- Div 3: 2005, 2012
Div 5: 1993
Murrumbeena Lions 1993- Div 2: 2003
Div 3: 1993
Oakleigh District Districts 1993- -
Skye Bombers 2006- Div 3: 2009
South Yarra Lions
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1993- Div 3: 2008
Div 4: 1993
Springvale Districts Demons 1993- -

Division 3[edit]

Club Nickname Jumper Years in Comp SFL Premierships
Ashwood Magpies Div 2: 1996, 2001
Black Rock Jets Div 3: 2004, 2007
Carrum Patterson Lakes Lions[4] 2013-
(Reformed, the original Carrum FC having folded after the 1996 season in the MPNFL)
-
Dandenong Redlegs[5] 1993-
(known as Dandenong West until 2003, Dandenong Demons until 2009)
(Not connected to former VFA club Dandenong)
-
Doveton Eagles Eagles 1995- Div 3: 2013
Div 4: 1995
Endeavour Hills Falcons 2011- -
Hallam Hawks 2012- -
Lyndale Pumas 1993- Div 3: 2000
Div 4: 1997
Div 5: 1995
Mount Waverley Mountain Lions[6] 1993-2002, 2005-
(known as Mt Waverley Catholics until 1998)
Div 4: 1998
Sandown Cobras
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2002-
(known as Southern Cobras until 2004)
-

Previous Clubs[edit]

Folded/In Recess[edit]

Club Last season
Ashburton-Chadstone Football Club 1994
Box Hill Adelphians Football Club
Carnegie Football Club 1999
Cerberus Football Club 2010
Cheltenham Assumption Football Club 1998
Collingwood Districts Football Club
Camberwell Power Football Club
Fairfield Football Club Heidelberg Colts Football Club North Blackburn Football Club
Parkmore Football Club
Richmond Rosellas Football Club

Merged[edit]

Club Club Year Resulting club
Burwood Football Club Mount Waverley (not the current club in Div 3) 1993 Mt Waverley-Burwood
East Bentleigh St Paul's St Paul's-East Bentleigh
East Camberwell Surrey Hills 1994 Surrey Park (moved to EFL in 2001)
Mentone St Bedes Old Collegians (VAFA) 1993 St Bedes Mentone Tigers (VAFA)
Parkdale Mentone Amateurs (previously St Patrick's Mentone) (VAFA) 2003 Parkdale Vultures (VAFA)
Mount Waverley-Burwood Waverley Amateurs 2000 Waverley Blues (EFL)

Moved to Eastern Football League[edit]

Club Last season in SFL
Balwyn 2006
Box Hill Pioneers (now known as Whitehorse Pioneers) 1997
Canterbury 2008
Noble Park 1999
Surrey Park 2001

Moved to Mornington Peninsula Nepean Football League[edit]

  • Carrum Downs Football Club

Moved to Northern Football League[edit]

Moved to Victorian Amateur Football Association[edit]

Club Last season in SFL
Beaumaris 1994
Box Hill North 2001
South Melbourne Districts 1999
South Mornington 2006
Southern Dragons 2012
Syndal-Tally Ho (now known as Chadstone) 1996

Moved to Yarra Valley Mountain District Football League[edit]

  • Boronia Park Football Club

References[edit]