2011 Foxtel Cup

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2011 premiership season
Teams 16
Premiers Williamstown
2012

The 2011 Foxtel Cup was the inaugural season of the Australian rules football club knockout cup competition involving clubs from the various state league competitions from around Australia. The first year of the competition also included the AFL's newest expansion side Greater Western Sydney Giants.

Its purpose was to support and promote the second-tier Australian rules football competitions and to provide another way of developing the lower-tier AFL players. It was originally designed to be a one-off, but due to a significant amount of public interest the AFL said the competition would continue for at least the next five years.[1]

The competition began on 26 March 2011 and ran through to August. Matches were played as curtain-raisers to AFL Saturday night games and were screened on Fox Sports in a late-afternoon slot between afternoon and night AFL matches.[2] $40,000 of prize money was awarded to eventual winners, Williamstown Football Club.[3]

The AFL originally invited the three highest ranked teams from the South Australian National Football League, the Victorian Football League and the West Australian Football League; the top two teams from the Queensland Australian Football League; and the top team from AFL Sydney and the Tasmanian Football League. The Northern Territory Football Club and Greater Western Sydney Giants received special invitations.[4][5]

However, despite the SANFL on 9 December 2010 signing on to be part of the Cup competition, opposition to the proposal came from its top three clubs Central District, Norwood and Woodville-West Torrens. The three clubs were given until 14 December 2010 to reconsider with the SANFL willing to extend invitations to its next best teams from 2010 if its top three clubs refused to participate.[6] After the top five SANFL clubs released a joint statement on 15 December 2010 declining the invitation to participate in the Cup competition, citing lack of prize money, sponsorship conflicts, salary cap implications, schedule concerns and removing the focus from their SANFL premiership ambitions,[7] their places were taken up by fellow SANFL clubs West Adelaide, North Adelaide and Port Adelaide Magpies.[8]

The AFL gave the Cup competition the go ahead on 17 December 2010[9] with the fixture[10][11] released publicly. The official name of the tournament (Foxtel Cup), finalised fixture and participating teams were formalised on 9 February 2011 by the AFL.

Williamstown became the inaugural Foxtel Cup champions when they defeated Claremont by 21 points in the Grand Final at Patersons Stadium on 6 August 2011. Williamstown midfielder Ben Jolley won the Coles Medal as best afield for his game-high 30 possessions and eight clearances.[12]

2011 season[edit]

Participating clubs[edit]

Club details[edit]

Guernsey Club Nickname Location Qualified as
Ainslie Jumper.png Ainslie Football Club[13] Tri- Colours Ainslie, ACT AFL Canberra
premiers 2010
Claremont Tigers Jumper.svg Claremont Football Club[14] Tigers Claremont, Western Australia West Australian Football League
runners-up 2010
Clarence Roos Jumper.svg Clarence Football Club[15] Kangaroos Clarence, Tasmania Tasmanian Football League
premiers 2010
East Coast Eagles jumper nologo.jpg East Coast Eagles Australian Football Club[16] Eagles Rouse Hill, NSW Sydney AFL
premiers 2010
East Perth Royals Jumper.svg East Perth Football Club[17] Royals Leederville, Western Australia West Australian Football League
3rd place 2010
Greater Western Sydney Giants[18] Giants Blacktown, NSW Australian Football League
Expansion club
Glenelg Tigers Jumper.svg Labrador Australian Football Club[19] Tigers Labrador, Queensland Queensland Australian Football League
runners-up 2010
Ainslie Jumper.png Morningside Australian Football Club[20] Panthers Hawthorne, Queensland Queensland Australian Football League
premiers 2010
North Adelaide Roosters Jumper.svg North Adelaide Football Club[21] Roosters Prospect, South Australia South Australian National Football League
7th place, 2010
SA invitee
North Ballarat Roosters Jumper.svg North Ballarat Football Club[22] Roosters Ballarat, Victoria Victorian Football League
premiers 2010
North Bullants Jumper nologo.jpg Northern Bullants Football Club[23] Bullants Preston, Victoria Victorian Football League
runners-up 2010
Northern Territory Football Club[24] Thunder Darwin, Northern Territory Queensland Australian Football League
5th place 2010
NT representative
Port Adelaide Magpies Jumper.svg Port Adelaide Football Club (SANFL)[25] Magpies Alberton, South Australia South Australian National Football League
8th place 2010
SA invitee
Swan Districts Jumper.svg Swan Districts Football Club[26] Swans Bassendean, Western Australia West Australian Football League
premiers 2010
West Adelaide Bloods Jumper.svg West Adelaide Football Club[27] Bloods Richmond, South Australia South Australian National Football League
6th place 2010
SA invitee
Williamstown Seagulls Jumper.svg Williamstown Football Club[28] Seagulls Williamstown, Victoria Victorian Football League
3rd place 2010

Stadiums[edit]

Adelaide Adelaide Darwin
AAMI Stadium
Capacity: 51,224
Adelaide Oval
Capacity: 36,000
TIO Stadium
Capacity: 15,000
As-east.jpg AdelOval07.jpg TIO Stadium.jpg
Gold Coast Hobart Melbourne
Metricon Stadium
Capacity: 25,000
Bellerive Oval
Capacity: 16,200
Etihad Stadium
Capacity: 56,347
Adelaide v Gold Coast - Carrara crowd.jpg Bellerive oval hobart.jpg Telstra Dome Panoramic.jpg
Melbourne Perth Sydney
Melbourne Cricket Ground
Capacity: 100,018
Patersons Stadium
Capacity: 43,500
Sydney Cricket Ground
Capacity: 46,000
Mcg melb.JPG SubiOval2.JPG Sydney Cricket Ground, Warne final balls, 2007.jpg

Fixtures[edit]

Bracket[edit]

  Round of 16 Quarter-finals Semi-finals Grand Final
                                             
Morningside 9 7 61  
NT Thunder 12 4 76  
  NT Thunder 10 11 71  
  East Perth 12 5 77  
East Perth 9 9 63
North Ballarat 9 7 61  
  East Perth 4 8 32  
  Williamstown 16 7 103  
Swan Districts 2 6 18  
Williamstown 8 7 55  
  Williamstown 15 6 96
  West Adelaide 12 5 77  
West Adelaide 15 10 100
Ainslie 3 5 23  
  Williamstown 9 5 59
  Claremont 5 8 38
Clarence 4 7 31  
Claremont 14 18 102  
  Claremont 13 12 90
  Northern Bullants 7 2 44  
Northern Bullants 19 9 123
Greater Western Sydney 5 4 34  
  Claremont 11 7 73
  Port Adelaide 8 9 57  
East Coast 2 3 15  
Port Adelaide 16 11 107  
  Port Adelaide 9 6 60
  North Adelaide 6 8 44  
North Adelaide 16 11 107
Labrador 3 4 22  


Round of 16[edit]

Quarter Finals[edit]

Semi Finals[edit]

Grand Final[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Hope, Shayne (2 August 2011). "Foxtel Cup here to stay". Perth: The West Australian. Retrieved 2 August 2011. 
  2. ^ "GWS Giants to play in planned champions league". Herald Sun. 25 November 2010. Retrieved 21 December 2010. 
  3. ^ Paton, Al (8 December 2010). "Draft fixture reveals match-ups in new Leagues Championship Cups". Herald Sun. 
  4. ^ Morris, Grey (13 December 2010). "Should Thunder contest Champions League?". NT News. Darwin: News Limited. Retrieved 21 December 2010. 
  5. ^ Barton, Joe (25 November 2010). "Greater Western Sydney Giants get nod for Champions League-style AFL competition in 2011". Fox Sports Australia. Premier Media Group. Retrieved 21 December 2010. 
  6. ^ Morgan, Kym (9 December 2010). "SANFL may field second stringers". Adelaide Advertiser. 
  7. ^ Homfray, Reece (13 December 2010). "Top SANFL teams to snub new Leagues Champions Cup". Herald Sun. Melbourne. Retrieved 21 December 2010. 
  8. ^ "SANFL Statement – League Club Championships". sanfl.com.au. Adelaide: South Australian National Football League. 15 December 2010. 
  9. ^ Whitham, Jennifer (17 December 2010). "Nine state league teams commit to new comp". afl.com.au. Melbourne: Australian Football League. Retrieved 21 December 2010. 
  10. ^ "2011 Champions League Fixture Dec 2010". Sydney AFL sportingpulse website. December 2010. 
  11. ^ "East Coast Eagles to play Port Adelaide in Champions League". Sydney AFL sportingpulse website. December 2010. 
  12. ^ Schmook, Nathan (6 August 2011). "Seagulls swoop". afl.com.au. Melbourne: Australian Football League. Retrieved 6 August 2011. 
  13. ^ Ainslie Football Club Official Website
  14. ^ Claremont Football Club Official Website
  15. ^ Clarence Football Club Official Website
  16. ^ East Coast Eagles Football Club Official Website
  17. ^ East Perth Football Club Official Website
  18. ^ Greater Western Sydney Giants Official Website
  19. ^ Labrador Australian Football Club Official Website
  20. ^ Morningside Australian Football Club Official Website
  21. ^ North Adelaide Football Club Official Website
  22. ^ North Ballarat Official Website
  23. ^ Northern Bullants Official Website
  24. ^ Northern Territory Football Club Official Website
  25. ^ Port Adelaide Magpies Football Club Official Website
  26. ^ Swan Districts Club Official Website
  27. ^ West Adelaide Football Club Official Website
  28. ^ Williamstown FC Sportingpulse Website
  29. ^ a b c d Foxtel Cup Round 2 Fixture
  30. ^ [1]
  31. ^ Foxtel Cup semi-final fixture
  32. ^ Foxtel Cup Grand Final fixture

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