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 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).

In a major project in 1991 the league underwent a major revamp of its administration and opted to employ a full-time administrator and staff to manage the league's affairs. The League's administration along with its member clubs undertook a far reaching corporate planning programme to map out future directions and objectives. The extra manpower allowed the elevation of League and club standards and the improved marketability of attracting the corporate sponsorship that modern football now required to keep the organization afloat. Much of this work was completed by early 1992 and it was decided that a new name would be required to flow on from the work already achieved. The Southern Football League was adopted to show that a new professionalism was running football in the southern suburbs.

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. 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]

The 2014 SFL third division seniors grand final was called off after a brawl broke out between players and supporters. The game in which Mount Waverley was taking on Carrum Patterson Lakes. A police spokeswoman said supporters started heckling one of the teams as it left the ground at half-time. A fight broke out and one person was treated in hospital. The game was called off when one of the teams refused to return to the field."[4]

Premiers[edit]

Year Division 1 Division 2 Division 3 Division 4 Division 5
2014 East Brighton Mordialloc Match abandoned
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 (2014)[edit]

Division 1[edit]

Club Nickname Jumper Website Years in Comp SFL Premierships
Bentleigh Demons Official Site Div 2: 2013
Chelsea Heights Demons Official Site Div 2: 2000
Div 3: 1995
Cheltenham Rosellas Official Site Div 2: 1992-3, 1995
Clayton Clays
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Official Site Div 1: 2001, 2006
Div 2: 2010
Dingley Dingoes Official Site 2007- Div 2: 2008
East Brighton Vampires
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Official Site 1993- Div 1: 1993, 2004, 2012, 2014
Div 2: 2002
East Malvern Combine
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Official Site Div 2: 2012
Div 3:
2001
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Heatherton Tunners
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Official Site Div 2: 2006, 2009
Div 3: 1998
St Kilda City Saints Official Site Div 1: 2002, 2007, 2009-10
Div 2: 1998, 2005
Div 3: 1994
St Pauls Bulldogs Official Site Div 1: 2008, 2011, 2013

Division 2[edit]

Club Nickname Jumper Club Website Years in Comp SFL Premierships
Caulfield Bears
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Official Site 1993- Div 2: 1994
Doveton Eagles Eagles Official Site 1995- Div 3: 2013
Div 4: 1995
Hampton Hammers
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Official Site Div 3: 2002, 2010
Highett Bulldogs
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Official Site 1993-
(known as Highett Districts until 1997)
Div 2: 2004, 2011
Div 3: 1996
Mordialloc Bloodhounds Official Site 1988– Div 2: 1999, 2014
Moorabbin Kangaroos Official Site 1993- Div 3: 2005, 2012
Div 5: 1993
Murrumbeena Lions Official Site 1993- Div 2: 2003
Div 3: 1993
Oakleigh District Districts Official Site 1993- -
Skye Bombers Official Site 2006- Div 3: 2009
Springvale Districts Demons Official Site 1993- Div 2: 2007 -

Division 3[edit]

Club Nickname Jumper Club website Years in Comp SFL Premierships
Ashwood Magpies Official Site Div 2: 1996, 2001
Black Rock Jets Official Site Div 3: 2004, 2007
Carrum Patterson Lakes Lions[5] Official Site 2013- Reformed,
Carrum FC folded after the 1996 season in the MPNFL
-
Dandenong Demons Redlegs[6] Official site 1993- (known as Dandenong West until 2003,
Dandenong Demons until 2009)
(Not connected to former VFA club Dandenong)
-
Endeavour Hills Falcons Official site 2011- -
Hallam Hawks Official site 2012- -
Lyndale Pumas Official Site 1993- Div 3: 2000
Div 4: 1997
Div 5: 1995
Mount Waverley Mountain Lions[7] Official Site 1993-2002, 2005-
(known as Mt Waverley Catholics until 1998)
Div 4: 1998
Sandown Cobras
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Official Site 2002-
(known as Southern Cobras until 2004)
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South Yarra Lions
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Official Site 1993- Div 3: 2008
Div 4: 1993

Previous Clubs[edit]

Folded/In Recess[edit]

Club Last season
Ashburton-Chadstone Football Club 1994
Box Hill Adelphians Football Club 1995
Brooklyn Football Club 2004
Carnegie Football Club 1999
Cerberus Football Club 2010
Cheltenham Assumption Football Club 1998
Collingwood Districts Football Club 1995
Camberwell Power Football Club 1996
Fairfield Football Club 1995
Heidelberg Colts Football Club 1995
North Blackburn Football Club 1995
Parkmore Football Club 2007
Richmond Rosellas Football Club 1995

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]