Bendigo Football Club

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Bendigo Gold
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Names
Full name Bendigo Football Club
Nickname(s) Gold (formerly Bombers, Diggers)
2013 season
Leading goalkicker Alik Magin - 17 goals
Best and fairest Alik Magin
Club details
Founded 1998
Colours      Blue and      Gold
Competition Victorian Football League
Chairman Tim Dickson
Coach Austinn Jones
Captain(s) Steven Stroobants
Premierships Nil
Ground(s) Queen Elizabeth Oval (capacity: 18,000)
View Street, Bendigo, 3550
Other information
Official website http://www.bendigofc.com.au
Guernsey:
Bedndigo Gold Jumper.png

The Bendigo Football Club is an Australian rules football club based in Bendigo, Victoria, Australia playing in the Victorian Football League (VFL). Since 2012 they have been known as Bendigo Gold after previously playing under the Bendigo Diggers and Bendigo Bombers nicknames.

Brief history[edit]

The club entered the VFL in 1998 as the Bendigo Diggers. In 2003 after two successive winless seasons, the club formed an affiliation with the Essendon Football Club in the Australian Football League, under which Essendon could field its reserves players in the Bendigo team. The Diggers mascot was changed to the Bendigo Bombers in the same year to match the mascot of the Essendon AFL club.

After the completion of the 2011 season, Essendon announced that the 2012 season would be the last season of affiliation with Bendigo; Essendon fielded a stand-alone reserves team in the VFL from 2013, and Bendigo also fielded a stand-alone senior team. To reflect the impending change, the team changed its name to the Bendigo Gold, starting in 2012 (while the club was still affiliated with Essendon).[1]

After a tough 2013 as a stand-alone club, going winless with a percentage of only 34.4, there were fears for the viability of the club; but the club has already built a strong culture with its players and volunteers, secured sufficient members, sponsors, and commercial ventures to survive, and will compete in 2014.[2]

Honour board[edit]

Year Finishing position Coach Captain Best and Fairest Leading Goalkicker
2013 14th Austinn Jones Steven Stroobants Alik Magin Alik Magin (17)
2014 Austinn Jones Steven Stroobants

2014 Highlights[edit]

Highlights of the 2014 fixture include:

• A Good Friday game between former aligned partners Bendigo Gold and Essendon

• ANZAC Day game against Footscray

• Two regional matches to be played in Echuca & Swan Hill

• Four night games at the QEO against Geelong, Footscray, Richmond and Collingwood

2014 List (stats at beginning 2014 season)[edit]

NO. SURNAME FIRST NAME DOB HT WT PREVIOUS CLUB/S GAMES GOALS
1 WALLIN Jesse 01-Feb-93 183 80 Morningside, Brisbane Lions (AFL) 0 0
2 MUNARI Galen 19-Dec-94 177 71 Sandhurst, South Bendigo, Bendigo Pioneers 16 0
3 HOUGH Mitch 19-May-83 178 79 Camberwell, Kangaroo Flat 0 0
4 DOWNIE Tyrone 13-Sep-88 181 78 Kangaroo Flat, Bendigo Bombers, Barooga 0 0
5 REDFERN Joe 18-Nov-94 190 90 GWS (AFL), Sydney Hill Eagles (NSW), Coolamon (NSW) 0 0
6 TOMAN Daniel 09-Jun-92 176 78 Woodend, Northern Blues (VFL) 20 11
7 AARTS Jake 08-Dec-94 176 70 Beaconsfield 14 2
8 MCFARLANE Devin 04-Sep-92 186 82 Halls Head (WA), South Mandra (WA), Peel Thunder (WAFL) 0 0
9 MAGIN Alik 13-Apr-91 181 77 Pomona (QLD), Gold Coast Suns (AFL) 32 33
10 COLLINS Jesse 23-Sep-94 187 78 Lockington Bamawm United, Bendigo Pioneers 5 0
12 BIFFON Tyson 08-Jun-91 187 79 Euroa, Northern Blues (VFL) 0 0
13 FARRELLY Matt 07-Jan-93 185 74 Echuca 18 2
14 MCIVOR Riley 19-Jan-93 183 78 Eaglehawk, Wedderburn 14 0
15 ARCHARD Ben 20-Nov-94 194 95 Golden Square, Cohuna 3 1
16 SHEAHAN Jack 04-Oct-93 193 89 Sunbury Lions, Diggers Rest, Calder Cannons 12 10
17 HAMS Tom 25-Nov-89 183 79 South Bendigo, Stanhope 18 7
18 HEAVYSIDE Sam 09-Jul-94 177 73 Strathfieldsaye, Bendigo Pioneers 2 0
19 LAMBDEN Jeremy 21-Dec-93 196 96 Rushworth, South Bendigo 9 0
20 WATTS Angus 17-Apr-95 195 88 Labrador (QLD), Gold Coast Suns (AFL) 0 0
21 DONNAN Trent 01-Jul-93 183 89 Woomelang Lascelles, Bendigo Pioneers 0 0
22 PRIDGEON Thomas 05-Feb-93 185 78 Hopetoun, Sandringham (VFL) 0 0
23 POLLOCK Alexander 09-Aug-91 179 82 Bridgewater, Natte Bealiba 10 10
24 WALLS Che 29-Mar-94 184 83 Golden Square 0 0
25 LUKICH James 17-Nov-93 191 88 Ballarat 0 0
26 BACON Jared 09-May-93 186 77 Lockington Bamawm United 0 0
28 SKETCHER Jack 17-Feb-92 183 87 Box Hill (VFL), Frankston (VFL), Perth (WAFL) 18 4
29 STROOBANTS Steven 11-Feb-89 178 78 South Bendigo 53 46
30 MCINNES Billy 08-Jan-94 195 95 Woorinen, Bendigo Pioneers 11 8
31 HAYES Brandon 13-Oct-90 186 80 Kerang, Murrabit 0 0
32 HARGREAVES Jordan 04-Feb-95 195 93 Wedderburn , Bendigo Pioneers 0 0
33 BYRNE Liam 04-Nov-94 185 86 South Bendigo, Bendigo Pioneers 2 0
34 CLARK Jackson 27-Sep-93 183 76 St Mary’s (NTFL) 0 0
35 VALLES Grant 29-Mar-94 191 83 Knox City, Old Xavierians, Sandringham (VFL) 0 0
37 COLLINS Lachlan 14-Aug-92 178 79 Lockington Bamawm United, Sandhurst 0 0
38 BACON Trent 08-Apr-95 190 80 Lockington Bamawm United, Bendigo Pioneers 0 0
39 GREENE Seb 25-Oct-95 176 74 Sandhurst 0 0

2014 Fixture[edit]

Date Opponent and Venue
Fri 4/04/2014 Geelong (H)
Sun 13/04/2014 Werribee (Craigieburn)
Fri 18/04/2014 Essendon (H)
Fri 25/04/2014 Footscray (H)
Sat 3/05/2014 Port Melbourne (A)
Sat 10/05/2014 BYE
Sat 17/05/2014 Collingwood (A)
Sun 25/05/2014 Nth Ballarat (Swan Hill)
Sat 31/05/2014 LEAGUE BYE
Sun 8/06/2014 Coburg (H)
Sun 14/06/2014 Frankston (A)
Sun 22/06/2014 Northern Blues (Echuca)
Sun 29/06/2014 Sandringham (A)
Sat 5/07/2014 BYE
Sat 12/07/2014 Casey Scorpions (H)
Sat 19/07/2014 Nth Ballarat (A)
Sun 27/07/2014 Williamstown (A)
Sun 3/08/2014 Footscray (A)
Sat 9/08/2014 Richmond (H)
Sat 16/08/2014 Box Hill (A)
Fri 22/08/2014 Collingwood (H)

References[edit]

  1. ^ Landsberger, Sam (27 March 2012). "Bendigo Gold unveiled for final year with Bombers before Dons go solo in VFL". Herald Sun. Retrieved 27 March 2012. 
  2. ^ Travis King (20 September 2013). "Bendigo Gold set for a new era in the VFL". Bendigo Advertiser (Bendigo, VIC). Retrieved 29 September 2013. 

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