Darwin Football Association

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Not to be confused with the football league in Darwin, Northern Territory, the Northern Territory Football League.
Darwin Football Association
Founded 1951
Current Clubs Cuprona
Natone
Queenstown
Ridgley
Somerset
South Burnie
Yeoman
Yolla
Highest Score 380 - Natone 58.32.380 v West Ulverstone 0.1.1 - 2001
Most Goals in a game 23 - Alan Newman - Natone v Sprent – 1987
Most Goals in a season 241 - Rohan Baldock – South Burnie - 2016
Most wins in a row 33 - Natone 2002-2003
Most losses in a row 57 - Myalla 1993-1995

The Darwin Football Association is an Australian rules football league in Tasmania. The clubs belonging to the association are from localities close to Burnie and on the West Coast of Tasmania. This includes Queenstown, making this competition the only competition in Australia to play some of its games on a gravel surface.

History[edit]

The current form of the Darwin Football Association (DFA) was created in 1951. A previous version existed from 1938 to 1944 but appears unrelated despite two of the DFA's foundation clubs being in the competition. The first season featured just four clubs; Yeoman, Tewkesbury, APPM and Montello.[1] Yeoman and APPM were previously members of the North West Football Union[2] and Tewkesbury a member of the Ridgley Football Association.[3] But in 1952 the numbers increased by three with the inclusion of Somerset, Mooreville and Ridgley.[4] The arrival of Myalla and Yolla in 1953 increased the number again to eight clubs combined with the departure of Tewkesbury.[5]

In 1955 the number of clubs dropped back to six with Montello and Somerset departing,[6] and then following season APPM changed their name to South Burnie.[7] In 1959 Mooreville had merged with Somerset to form the Cam FC[8] as the competition remained more or less stable.

In 1965 the folding of the Riana Football Association brought Natone and Cuprona to the competition.[9] This brought the competition up to eight clubs, and has never dropped below that number since. Another period of stability followed with only Cam reverting to Somerset FC in 1973[10] to create any ripples.

In 1982 the competition expanded to ten clubs with the inclusion of Sprent and West Ulverstone from the Leven Football Association.[11] The DFA introduced a final five in 1986.[12] In 1994, Queenstown "Crows" - a merger of the Queenstown-based clubs from the Western Tasmanian Football Association - joined the competition.[13]

Numbers started to fall in 1996 when Sprent departed for the North Western Football Association,[14] and then the following season South Burnie decided to try their luck in the Northern Tasmanian Football League,[15] but they returned in 1999.[16] In 2002 West Ulverstone followed Sprent to the North West Football Association, and in 2006 after many years in existence Myalla folded[17] bringing the number of clubs back to eight for the first time since 1981.

Premiers[edit]

Clubs[edit]

Current[edit]

Club Nickname Years in DFA Premierships
Cuprona "Bulldogs" 1965- 1977, 2000
Natone "Magpies" 1965- 1973, 1990, 1996, 1999, 2001, 2002, 2011
Queenstown "Crows" 1994- 1997, 2014
Ridgley "Saints" 1952- 1955, 1956, 1964, 1965, 1966, 1969, 1970, 1971, 1989, 2007, 2008, 2009
Somerset formerly Cam "Roos" 1952-1954, 1959- 1960, 1961, 1963, 1972, 1982, 2010
South Burnie
originally APPM
"Hawks" 1951-1996, 1999- 1954, 1959, 1962, 1967, 1968, 1994, 1995, 2004, 2012, 2013, 2015, 2016
Yeoman "Robins" 1951- 1951, 1952, 1978, 1993, 1998
Yolla
Originally Tewkesbury
"Demons" 1951- 1979, 1980, 1981, 1983, 1984, 1986, 1987, 1988, 1991, 1992, 2005, 2006

2009 Ladder[edit]

DarwinFA Wins Byes Losses Draws For Against % Pts Final Team G B Pts Team G B Pts
Ridgley 13 0 1 0 1857 942 197.13% 52 Elimination Natone 13 20 98 Somerset 5 7 37
South Burnie 9 0 5 0 1593 1162 137.09% 36 Qualifying South Burnie 10 13 73 Yolla 9 15 69
Yolla 9 0 5 0 1358 1111 122.23% 36 1st Semi Natone 11 15 81 Yolla 5 12 42
Natone 8 0 6 0 1388 1130 122.83% 32 2nd Semi Ridgley 11 9 75 South Burnie 6 10 46
Somerset 8 0 6 0 1588 1315 120.76% 32 Preliminary Natone 13 15 93 South Burnie 12 10 82
Yeoman 4 0 10 0 1151 1460 78.84% 16 Grand Ridgley 8 9 57 Natone 6 12 48
Queenstown Crows 4 0 10 0 1024 1742 58.78% 16
Cuprona 1 0 13 0 1092 2189 49.89% 4

2010 Ladder[edit]

DarwinFA Wins Byes Losses Draws For Against % Pts Final Team G B Pts Team G B Pts
South Burnie 16 0 2 0 2503 1216 205.84% 64 Elimination Somerset 22 15 147 Ridgley 17 12 114
Natone 15 0 3 0 2308 1282 180.03% 60 Qualifying Natone 16 11 107 Yolla 12 14 86
Yolla 11 0 7 0 2064 1201 171.86% 44 1st Semi Somerset 14 10 94 Yolla 6 9 45
Somerset 11 0 7 0 2181 1373 158.85% 44 2nd Semi Natone 9 9 63 South Burnie 4 8 32
Ridgley 9 0 9 0 1586 1658 95.66% 36 Preliminary Somerset 10 8 68 South Burnie 9 7 61
Queenstown Crows 5 0 13 0 1358 1977 68.69% 20 Grand Somerset 16 7 103 Natone 10 13 73
Yeoman 3 0 15 0 1112 2116 52.55% 12
Cuprona 2 0 16 0 1086 3375 32.18% 8

2011 Ladder[edit]

DarwinFA Wins Byes Losses Draws For Against % Pts Final Team G B Pts Team G B Pts
Yolla 14 0 4 0 2252 1271 177.18% 56 Elimination Natone 14 10 94 South Burnie 11 20 86
Queenstown Crows 14 0 4 0 2188 1383 158.21% 56 Qualifying Queenstown Crows 14 10 94 Ridgley 13 11 89
Ridgley 12 0 5 1 2179 1355 160.81% 50 1st Semi Natone 17 14 116 Ridgley 11 12 78
Natone 10 0 7 1 1992 1626 122.51% 42 2nd Semi Queenstown Crows 12 16 88 Yolla 7 22 64
South Burnie 10 0 8 0 2230 1602 139.20% 40 Preliminary Natone 14 14 98 Yolla 14 11 95
Somerset 9 0 9 0 2174 1547 140.53% 36 Grand Natone 12 17 89 Queenstown Crows 11 10 76
Yeoman 1 0 17 0 927 2723 34.04% 4
Cuprona 1 0 17 0 919 3354 27.40% 4

2012 Ladder[edit]

DarwinFA Wins Byes Losses Draws For Against % Pts Final Team G B Pts Team G B Pts
Ridgley 16 0 2 0 2687 1077 249.49% 64 Elimination Queenstown Crows 19 13 127 Somerset 6 13 49
South Burnie 14 0 4 0 2241 1228 182.49% 56 Qualifying South Burnie 9 10 64 Natone 5 14 44
Natone 13 0 5 0 2529 1231 205.44% 52 1st Semi Natone 25 7 157 Queenstown Crows 12 15 87
Queenstown Crows 9 0 9 0 2120 1451 146.11% 36 2nd Semi Ridgley 20 9 129 South Burnie 11 16 82
Somerset 8 0 10 0 2048 1760 116.36% 32 Preliminary South Burnie 10 14 74 Natone 6 11 47
Yolla 8 0 10 0 1841 1597 115.28% 32 Grand South Burnie 15 17 107 Ridgley 10 15 75
Yeoman 4 0 14 0 1341 2495 53.75% 16
Cuprona 0 0 18 0 422 4390 9.61% 0

2013 Ladder[edit]

DarwinFA Wins Byes Losses Draws For Against % Pts Final Team G B Pts Team G B Pts
South Burnie 16 0 2 0 2781 1082 257.02% 64 Elimination Yeoman 11 12 78 Somerset 10 6 66
Ridgley 15 0 3 0 2534 1189 213.12% 60 Qualifying Ridgley 14 13 97 Queenstown Crows 7 15 57
Queenstown Crows 13 0 5 0 2139 1609 132.94% 52 1st Semi Queenstown Crows 13 17 95 Yeoman 7 14 56
Somerset 11 0 7 0 2168 1587 136.61% 44 2nd Semi Ridgley 16 13 109 South Burnie 16 9 105
Yeoman 9 0 9 0 1922 1789 107.43% 36 Preliminary South Burnie 21 19 145 Queenstown Crows 9 10 64
Yolla 5 0 13 0 1437 2084 68.95% 20 Grand South Burnie 18 11 119 Ridgley 10 9 69
Cuprona 2 0 16 0 983 3067 32.05% 8
Natone 1 0 17 0 1147 2704 42.42% 4

2014 Ladder[edit]

DarwinFA Wins Byes Losses Draws For Against % Pts Final Team G B Pts Team G B Pts
South Burnie 16 0 2 0 3261 861 378.75% 64 Elimination Ridgley 19 18 132 Natone 4 6 30
Queenstown Crows 15 0 2 1 2864 943 303.71% 62 Qualifying Queenstown Crows 16 14 110 Somerset 14 10 94
Somerset 14 0 4 0 2656 1185 224.14% 56 1st Semi Somerset 23 19 157 Ridgley 11 12 78
Ridgley 10 0 7 1 2275 1599 142.28% 42 2nd Semi Queenstown Crows 14 21 105 South Burnie 16 7 103
Natone 7 0 11 0 1577 2297 68.65% 28 Preliminary Somerset 23 9 147 South Burnie 12 13 85
Yeoman 6 0 12 0 1247 2492 50.04% 24 Grand Queenstown Crows 12 13 85 Somerset 11 9 75
Yolla 2 0 16 0 851 3486 24.41% 8
Cuprona 1 0 17 0 995 2863 34.75% 4

See also[edit]

Footnotes[edit]

  1. ^ Burnie Advocate 1951
  2. ^ Burnie Advocate 1950
  3. ^ Burnie Advocate 1950
  4. ^ Burnie Advocate 1952
  5. ^ Burnie Advocate 1953
  6. ^ Burnie Advocate 1955
  7. ^ Burnie Advocate 1956
  8. ^ Burnie Advocate 1959
  9. ^ Burnie Advocate 1965
  10. ^ Burnie Advocate 1973
  11. ^ Burnie Advocate 1982
  12. ^ Burnie Advocate 1986
  13. ^ Burnie Advocate 1994
  14. ^ Burnie Advocate 1996
  15. ^ Burnie Advocate 1997
  16. ^ Burnie Advocate 1999
  17. ^ Burnie Advocate 2006

Further reading[edit]

  • Darwin Football Association: Fifty Seasons of Football, 1951-2000 : Jubilee Record. Burnie, Tasmania: The Jubilee Committee. 2000. 

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