Avenel Football Club

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Avenel F.C.
Avenel FC Logo.png
Full name Avenel Football Netball Club
Nickname The Swans
Sport Australian rules football
Founded 1913
League Kyabram & District Football League
Home ground Avenel Community Centre
Anthem "See the Swans Fly Up!"
President Dan Boote
Head coach Don Stirling (Seniors 2016)
Captain Don Stirling (2015)
2015 4th
White with red "V"

Avenel Football Club is an Australian rules football club that was established in the early 20th century and first competed in the Waranga-North East Football Association. Avenel is located on the Hume Highway in Central Victoria, Australia, not far from Seymour, Victoria. The club is known as the 'Swans'. The Swans have won ten senior premierships in their history. Between 1956 and 1976 Avenel merged with Longwood and were Avenel-Longwood Football Club.

The club currently competes in the Kyabram District Football League, where it has been one of the more successful clubs winning six premierships over the last thirty years, including back to back premierships in 1978 & 1979 and 1984 & 1985. The Kyabram and District Football League is a football league that covers an area similar to that of the Goulburn Valley and Picola & District Football Leagues, the league currently contains thirteen clubs.

Avenel shares a fierce rivalry with neighbours Nagambie. With the two clubs' Under 18 football sides playing for the Tabilk Cup each year. The Cup is donated by the Tabilk Junior Football Club, where the junior footballers under the age of 16 from both Avenel and Nagambie play jointly for the one club.

The Swans also share a rivalry, along with a piece of silverware with Violet Town; the Scott Kanters-Peter Ryan Cup, which the two clubs play for annually. The cup is awarded to the team that wins the game between the two sides each year. If the two clubs play each other twice during the home and away season, then the cup is contested when the team presently holding the cup hosts the other club.

The Avenel Football club fields three football sides in the Senior, Reserve and Under 18 divisions of the Kyabram and District Football League. The Club wear a predominantly white jumper with a red "V", like that of the old South Melbourne Football Club in the VFL. The most famous footballer of recent times to have played for Avenel Football Club is the Western Bulldogs' Barry Hall, who played in the club's 1994 Under 18 premiership.


Senior Premierships

  • 1910 (Waranga-North East Football Association)
  • 1921 (Waranga-North East Football Association)
  • 1932 (Waranga-North East Football Association)
  • 1933 (Waranga-North East Football Association)
  • 1978 (Kyabram District Football League)
  • 1979 (Kyabram District Football League)
  • 1984 (Kyabram District Football League)
  • 1985 (Kyabram District Football League)
  • 1989 (Kyabram District Football League)
  • 1994 (Kyabram District Football League)

Reserve Premierships

  • 1978 (Kyabram District Football League)
  • 1979 (Kyabram District Football League)
  • 1985 (Kyabram District Football League)
  • 2002 (Kyabram District Football League)

Under 18 Premierships

  • 1979 (Kyabram District Football League)
  • 1983 (Kyabram District Football League)
  • 1984 (Kyabram District Football League)
  • 1994 (Kyabram District Football League)
  • 2000 (Kyabram District Football League)
  • 2005 (Kyabram District Football League)
  • 2006 (Kyabram District Football League)

KDFL Best & Fairest Winners[edit]

  • 1988 Rohan Aldous
  • 1991 Peter Thorpe
  • 2015 Don Stirling
  • 2016 Kasey Duncan

KDFL Leading Goal Kickers[edit]

  • 1984 William Hannam (83)
  • 1994 Darren Brock (77)

Avenel Football Club Song[edit]

"See the Swans fly up, up, to win the premiership flag,
Our boys who play this grand old game,
Are always striving for glory and fame,
To see the Swans fly up, up, up,
The other teams they don't fear,
They all try their best,
But they can't get near,
As the Swans fly up!"