Eastern Football Netball League

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Eastern Football Netball League
FormerlyEastern Districts Football League
Eastern Football League
SportAustralian rules football
Founded1962; 61 years ago (1962)
CEOTroy Swainston
No. of teams48
Level on pyramid5
Promotion toPremier Division
Division 1
Division 2
Division 3
Relegation toDivision 1
Division 2
Division 3
Division 4
Official websiteefnl.org.au

The Eastern Football Netball League (known previously as the Eastern Districts Football League and later the Eastern Football League) is an Australian rules football league, based in the eastern suburbs of metropolitan Melbourne.

History[edit]

The Eastern Districts Football League was established on 15 February 1962, but its origins can be traced back to the Reporter District Football League established in 1903.

From 1927 until World War 2, the league was known as the Ringwood District Football League. It was known as the Croydon District Football League and the Croydon Mail Football League between World War 2 and 1949. In 1950 the league became known as the Croydon-Ferntree Gully League.

In 1997, the Eastern District Football League and the Knox Junior Football Association united to create the Eastern Football League.[1]

Following a restructure during 2018, the league now consists of five divisions, and 2019 had 45 clubs. Premier and First Division had 10 clubs each, Second and Third Divisions have eight clubs each, and Fourth Division has nine with the admission of Croydon North-MLOC for 2019.[2] After the conclusion of the 2019 season, on 15 October the league announced a re-branding to the Eastern Football Netball League, recognising netball as a key part of the league structure.[3]

On 3 June 2020, the EFNL cancelled its 2020 season due to the COVID-19 pandemic.[4]

With the admission of Beaconsfield and Oakleigh District for 2022, there are now 48 clubs, including 12 in the Premier Division.

Clubs[edit]

Men's Premier Division (2023)[edit]

Locations of the 2019 EFL clubs (top two divisions). Red pogs represent teams in the Premier Division, yellow pogs represent teams in Division One.
Locations of the 2019 EFL clubs (bottom three divisions). Red pogs represent teams in Division Two, orange pogs represent teams in Division Three, and yellow pogs represent teams in Division Four.
Jumper Club Nickname Location Home Ground Web Page
Balwyn Football Club colours.jpg
Balwyn Tigers Balwyn Balwyn Park Official Site
Berwick Football Club.jpg
Berwick Wickers Berwick Edwin Flack Reserve Official Site
Blackburn Football Club.jpg
Blackburn Panthers Blackburn Morton Park Official Site
Doncaster Football Club.jpg
Doncaster Sharks Doncaster Schramms Reserve Official Site
Doncaster East Football Club colours.jpg
Doncaster East Lions East Doncaster Zerbes Reserve Official Site
East Ringwood Football Club colours.jpg
East Ringwood Roos East Ringwood East Ringwood Reserve Official Site
Wesley Vale Football Club colours.jpg
Noble Park Bulls Noble Park Pat Wright Senior Ground Official Site
Norwood Football Club colours.jpg
Norwood Norsemen Ringwood Mullum Reserve Official Site
Park Orchards Football Club.jpg
Park Orchards Sharks Park Orchards Domeney Reserve Official Site
Rowville Football Club colours.jpg
Rowville Hawks Rowville Seebeck Oval Official Site
South Croydon Football Club colours.jpg
South Croydon Bulldogs South Croydon Cheong Park Official Site
Vermont Football Club colours.jpg
Vermont Eagles Vermont Vermont Recreation Reserve Official Site

Men's Division 1 (2023)[edit]

Jumper Club Nickname Location Home Ground Web Page
Bayswater Football Club colours (Victoria).jpg
Bayswater Waters Bayswater Bayswater Oval Official Site
Beaconsfield Football Club colours.jpg
Beaconsfield Eagles Beaconsfield Holm Park Reserve Official Site
Carlton AFL icon.svg
Croydon Blues Croydon Croydon Oval Official Site
Lilydale Football Club colours.jpg
Lilydale Falcons Lilydale Lilydale Sports Oval Official Site
RichmondDesign.svg
Mitcham Tigers Mitcham Walker Park Official Site
Montrose Football Club.jpg
Montrose Demons Montrose Montrose Reserve Official Site
Mooroolbark Football Club colours.jpg
Mooroolbark Mustangs Mooroolbark Heights Reserve Official Site
North Ringwood Football Club.jpg
North Ringwood Saints North Ringwood Quambee Reserve Official Site
South Belgrave Football Club colours.jpg
South Belgrave Saints Belgrave South Belgrave South Recreation Reserve Official Site
Wantirna South Football Club colours.jpg
Wantirna South Devils Wantirna South Walker Reserve Official Site

Men's Division 2 (2023)[edit]

Jumper Club Nickname Location Home Ground Web Page
Boronia Football Club colours.jpg
Boronia Hawks Boronia Tormore Reserve Official Site
East Burwood Football Club.jpg
East Burwood Rams East Burwood East Burwood Reserve Official Site
Heathmont Football Club colours.jpg
Heathmont Jets Heathmont HE Parker Reserve Official Site
Knox Football Club colours.jpg
Knox Falcons Wantirna South Knox Gardens Reserve Official Site
Mulgrave Football Club colours.jpg
Mulgrave Lions Mulgrave Mulgrave Reserve Official Site
Ringwood Football Club.jpg
Ringwood Redbacks Ringwood Jubilee Park Official Site
Fremantle Football Club colours.jpg
Templestowe Dockers Templestowe Templestowe Reserve Official Site
The Basin Football Club colours.jpg
The Basin Bears The Basin Batterham Reserve Official Site
Albert Park football club colors.jpg
Upper Ferntree Gully Kings Upper Ferntree Gully Kings Park Official Site
Waverley Blues Football Club colours.jpg
Waverley Blues Blues Mount Waverley Mt Waverley Reserve Official Site

Men's Division 3 (2023)[edit]

Jumper Club Nickname Location Home Ground Web Page
Coldstream Football Club.jpg
Coldstream Cougars Coldstream Coldstream Reserve Official Site
Donvale Football Club colours.jpg
Donvale Magpies Donvale Donvale Reserve Official Site
AFL Fitzroy icon.png
Fairpark Lions Ferntree Gully Fairpark Reserve Official Site
Ferntree Gully Football Club colours.jpg
Ferntree Gully Eagles Ferntree Gully Ferntree Gully Reserve Official Site
Oakleigh District Football Club.jpg
Oakleigh District Districts Oakleigh East Princes Highway Reserve Official Site
SIlvan Football Club colours.jpg
Silvan Cats Silvan Silvan Recreation Ground Official Site
Warrandyte Football Club.jpg
Warrandyte Bloods Warrandyte Warrandyte Reserve Official Site
Whitehorse Colts JFC colours.jpg
Whitehorse Pioneers Pioneers Box Hill Springfield Park Official Site

Men's Division 4 (2023)[edit]

Jumper Club Nickname Location Home Ground Web Page
Ashwood football club colors.jpg
Chirnside Park Panthers Chirnside Park Kimberley Reserve Official Site
Croydon North MLOC Football Club colours.jpg
Croydon North MLOC Rams Croydon Hughes Park Croydon Official Site
Forest Hill Football Club colours.jpg
Forest Hill Zebras Forest Hill Forest Hill Reserve Official Site
Glen Waverley Football Club colours.jpg
Glen Waverley Hawks Hawks Glen Waverley Central Reserve Official Site
Kilsyth Football Club.jpg
Kilsyth Cougars Kilsyth Pinks Reserve Official Site
Nunawading Football Club colours.jpg
Nunawading Lions Blackburn North Koonung Reserve Official Site
West Brunswick football club colors.jpg
Scoresby Magpies Scoresby Scoresby Recreation Reserve Official Site
Surrey Park Football Club.jpg
Surrey Park Panthers Box Hill Surrey Park Reserve Official Site

Women's Premier Division (2022)[edit]

Jumper Club Nickname Location Home ground Web Page
Boronia Football Club colours.jpg
Boronia Hawks Boronia Tormore Reserve Official Site
Donvale Football Club colours.jpg
Donvale Magpies Donvale Donvale Reserve Official Site
Eastern Devils Football Club colours.jpg
Eastern Devils Devils Wheelers Hill Mulgrave Reserve Official Site
Ferntree Gully Football Club colours.jpg
Ferntree Gully Eagles Ferntree Gully Ferntree Gully Reserve Official Site
Mt Evelyn Football Club colours.jpg
Mount Evelyn Rovers Mount Evelyn Mount Evelyn Recreation Reserve Official Site
SBL Wolves Football Club colours.jpg
SBL Wolves Wolves Belgrave South Belgrave South Recreation Reserve Official Site
South Croydon Football Club colours.jpg
South Croydon Bulldogs South Croydon Cheong Park Official Site
The Basin Women's Football Club colours.jpg
The Basin Bears The Basin Batterham Reserve Official Site
Vermont Football Club colours.jpg
Vermont Eagles Vermont Vermont Recreation Reserve Official Site
Whitehorse Colts JFC colours.jpg
Whitehorse Pioneers Pioneers Box Hill Springfield Park Official Site

Women's Division 1 (2022)[edit]

Jumper Club Nickname Location Home ground Web page
Beaconsfield Football Club colours.jpg
Beaconsfield Eagles Beaconsfield Holm Park Reserve Official Site
Blackburn Football Club.jpg
Blackburn Panthers Blackburn Morton Park Official Site
Ashwood football club colors.jpg
Chirnside Park Panthers Chirnside Park Kimberley Reserve Official Site
North Ringwood Football Club.jpg
North Ringwood Saints North Ringwood Quambee Reserve Official Site
Park Orchards Football Club.jpg
Park Orchards Sharks Park Orchards Domeney Reserve Official Site
Ringwood Football Club.jpg
Ringwood Redbacks Ringwood Jubilee Park Official Site
Rowville Football Club colours.jpg
Rowville Hawks Rowville Seebeck Oval Official Site

Women's Division 2 (2022)[edit]

Jumper Club Nickname Location Home ground Web page
East Ringwood Football Club colours.jpg
East Ringwood Roos East Ringwood East Ringwood Reserve Official Site
Heathmont Football Club colours.jpg
Heathmont Jets Heathmont HE Parker Reserve Official Site
Kilsyth Football Club.jpg
Kilsyth Cougars Kilsyth Pinks Reserve Official Site
Knox Football Club colours.jpg
Knox Falcons Wantirna South Knox Gardens Reserve Official Site
Montrose Football Club.jpg
Montrose Demons Montrose Montrose Reserve Official Site
Surrey Park Football Club.jpg
Surrey Park Panthers Box Hill Surrey Park Reserve Official Site

Women's Division 3 (2022)[edit]

Jumper Club Nickname Location Home ground Web page
Coldstream Football Club.jpg
Coldstream Cougars Coldstream Coldstream Reserve Official Site
Croydon North MLOC Football Club colours.jpg
Croydon North MLOC Rams Croydon Hughes Park Croydon Official Site
East Burwood Football Club.jpg
East Burwood Rams East Burwood East Burwood Reserve Official Site
AFL Fitzroy icon.png
Fairpark Lions Ferntree Gully Fairpark Reserve Official Site
RichmondDesign.svg
Mitcham Tigers Mitcham Walker Park Official Site
Mooroolbark Football Club colours.jpg
Mooroolbark Mustangs Mooroolbark Heights Reserve Official Site
Nunawading Women's Football Club colours.jpg
Nunawading Lions Blackburn North Koonung Reserve Official Site

Women's Division 4 (2022)[edit]

Jumper Club Nickname Location Home ground Web page
Boronia Football Club colours.jpg
Boronia Reserves Hawks Boronia Tormore Reserve Official Site
Eastern Devils Football Club colours.jpg
Eastern Devils Reserves Devils Wheelers Hill Mulgrave Reserve Official Site
South Croydon Football Club colours.jpg
South Croydon Reserves Bulldogs South Croydon Cheong Park Official Site
SBL Wolves Football Club colours.jpg
SBL Wolves Reserves Wolves Belgrave South Belgrave South Recreation Reserve Official Site
The Basin Women's Football Club colours.jpg
The Basin Reserves Bears The Basin Batterham Reserve Official Site
Vermont Football Club colours.jpg
Vermont Reserves Eagles Vermont Vermont Recreation Reserve Official Site

Juniors only Clubs[edit]

Jumper Club Nickname Location Home Ground Web Page
Rowville Knights JFC colours.jpg
Rowville Knights (St. Simons) Knights Rowville Liberty Reserve Official Site
Glen Waverley Rovers JFC colours.jpg
Glen Waverley Rovers Rovers Glen Waverley Brentwood Reserve Official Site
Lysterfield Wolves JFC colours.jpg
Lysterfield Wolves Lysterfield Lakesfield Reserve Official Site

Premiers[edit]

Premiership Table[edit]

Seniors Reserves Under 19s
Club Premier
(Div 1 1962–2018)
Div 1
(Div 2 1962–2018)
Div 2
(Div 3 1962–2018)
Div 3
(2019)
Div 4
(1986)
Premier
(Div 1 1962–2018)
Div 1
(Div 2 1962–2018)
Div 2
(Div 3 1962–2018)
Div 3
(2019)
Div 4
(1986)
Premier
(Div 1 1980–2018)
Div 1
(Div 2 1980–2018)
Div 2
(Div 3 1980–2018)
Div 3
(Div 4 2003–2018)
Div 4
(2019)
Vermont 21 - - - - 14 - - - - 7 - - - -
East Burwood 12 - - - - 8 - - - 1 10 - 1 - -
Mitcham 5 - 2 - - 6 - 2 - - 3 - - - -
Balwyn 5 - - - - 1 - - - - - - - - -
Noble Park 5 - - - - 1 - - - - 2 - - - -
East Ringwood 3 2 - - - 14 - 1 - - 6 - - - -
Ringwood 2 2 - - - - 1 - - - 2 - 2 - -
Bayswater 1 5 1 - - - 2 - - - - - - - -
Scoresby 1 5 - - - 2 1 - - - 4 - - - -
South Croydon 1 4 3 - - - 2 1 - - 1 - 2 - -
Donvale 1 2 1 - 1 - 2 - - - - 1 - 2 -
East Hawthorn 1 1 - - - 1 1 - - - - - - - -
Norwood 1 - 3 - 1 - - 3 - - - - 1 - -
Doncaster - 4 3 - - - 4 2 - - - - 1 - -
Lilydale - 4 1 - 1 - - - - 2 - 2 2 - -
North Ringwood - 4 1 - - 1 2 1 - - - 6 3 - -
Boronia - 3 2 - - - 2 8 - - - 5 1 - -
Blackburn - 3 - - - 5 3 - - - 3 - - - -
Rowville - 2 2 - 1 - 3 1 - 3 - 1 2 1 -
Wantirna South - 2 2 - 1 - 2 1 - 2 - 1 1 - -
Knox - 2 1 - 1 2 1 4 - - 1 4 1 - -
Doncaster East - 2 1 - 1 - - 2 - - - 1 2 - -
Mulgrave - 2 1 - - - 8 1 - - - 5 - - -
Montrose - 2 1 - - - 3 - - - - 3 - - -
Surrey Hills - 2 - - 1 1 2 - - - - - - - -
Croydon - 2 - - - 1 3 - - - 1 4 - - -
Warrandyte - 1 3 - 2 - - 3 - 1 - - - 1 -
Kilsyth - 1 1 - 1 1 - - - 3 - - - - -
Ferntree Gully - 1 1 - 1 - 4 - - 1 - - - 3 -
Clayton - 1 - - - - 3 - - - - - - - -
Upper Ferntree Gully - - 5 - - - - 4 - - - - 1 - -
Olinda - - 4 - - - - - - - - - - - -
Mount Evelyn - - 3 - 2 - - 1 - 1 - - - - -
Coldstream - - 3 - 1 - - 2 - 1 - - - 1 -
The Basin - - 3 - 1 - - 1 - 2 - - 2 1 -
Mooroolbark - - 2 - - - 1 1 - - - 1 4 - -
Waverley Blues - - 1 1 2 - 4 - 1 - - - - - -
Templestowe - - 1 - 1 - - 3 - - - - 2 - -
Forest Hill - - 1 - - - 1 2 - 6 - - 2 1 -
Park Orchards - - 1 - - - 1 1 - 1 - 2 3 2 -
South Belgrave - - 1 - 2 - - - 1 - - - - 1 -
Bennettswood - - 1 - - - 1 1 - - - 1 - - -
Yarra Glen - - 1 - - - - - - - - - - - -
Fairpark - - - 1 1 - - 5 - - - - 2 - -
Heathmont - - - - 4 - - 1 - 5 - 1 1 - -
Whitehorse Pioneers - - - - 2 - - - - - - - - 1 -
South Waverley Sandown - - - - 2 - - - - - - - - - -
Silvan - - - - 2 - - - - - - - - - 1
Nunawading - - - - 1 - - 2 - 1 - - - - -
Bennettswood Blackburn South - - - - 1 - - 1 - - - - 1 - -
Chirnside Park - - - - 1 - - 1 - - - - - 1 -
Surrey Park - - - - - - - - - 3 - - - - -
Waverley - - - - - - - - - 2 - 2 - - -
Kilsyth South Croydon - - - - - - - - - - - - 1 - -
Whitehorse South Croydon - - - - - - - - - - - - - 1 -

Premiership Timeline[edit]

Division Promotion and Relegation Timeline[edit]

Additional Information[edit]

  • 1965 - Divisional promotion and relegation began between Division 1 and 2. Clubs such as Scoresby (Division 2 Premiers in 1962, 63, 64, 65) were not promoted despite winning the Division 2 premiership several times and clubs such as Heathmont were not relegated despite having finished last in 1962 and 1964.
  • 1971 - Divisional promotion and relegation began between Division 2 and 3. Olinda (Division 3 Premiers in 1965, 66, 67) and Mount Evelyn (Division 3 Premiers in 1969, 70) won several premierships in a row without promotion and clubs such as Mulgrave (Division 2 Last Place 1968, 69) and Upper Ferntree Gully (Division 2 Last Place 1970, 71) were not relegated despite finishing last for two years in a row.
  • 1986 - Division 4 was added to the league. The last seven teams of the 1985 Division 3 season were relegated to Division 4 for 1986 (Mount Evelyn, Lilydale, Nunawading, South Wantirna, South Waverley Sandown, Blackburn South and Kilsyth), joining Wonga Park who was admitted as a new club.
  • 2019 - With Division 1 becoming Premier Division, Division 2 becoming Division 1 and Division 3 becoming Division 2, the newly created Division 3 comprised the bottom six teams of Division 3 of 2018 (Waverley Blues, Donvale, Ferntree Gully, South Belgrave, Warrandyte and Chirnside Park), as well as the two Grand Finalists of Division 4 of 2018 (Whitehorse Pioneers and Glen Waverley Hawks).

Eastern Football League Premiers (1962-Present)[edit]

Five Division Competition (2019–)[edit]

Year Premier Division 1 Division 2 Division 3 Division 4
2022 Noble Park East Ringwood South Belgrave Waverley Blues Silvan
2021 Competition suspended mid-season Competition suspended mid-season Competition suspended mid-season Competition suspended mid-season Competition suspended mid-season
2020 No competition No competition No competition No competition No competition
2019 Vermont Doncaster East Mitcham South Belgrave Fairpark
Year Premier Division 1 Division 2 Division 3 Division 4

Four Division Competition (1986-2018)[edit]

Year Division 1 Division 2 Division 3 Division 4
2018 Vermont Doncaster East Boronia Whitehorse
2017 South Croydon Knox Park Orchards Donvale
2016 Balwyn Bayswater Upper Ferntree Gully Ferntree Gully
2015 Balwyn Doncaster Mitcham Warrandyte
2014 Norwood North Ringwood Wantirna South Silvan
2013 Balwyn Montrose Doncaster South Belgrave
2012 Balwyn Rowville North Ringwood The Basin
2011 Noble Park Lilydale Doncaster Heathmont
2010 Noble Park Mulgrave Upper FTG Templestowe
2009 Vermont South Croydon Mooroolbark Chirnside Park
2008 Balwyn Wantirna South Waverley Blues Heathmont
2007 Vermont Knox Doncaster East Whitehorse
2006 Vermont Scoresby South Croydon Warrandyte
2005 Vermont Ringwood Bayswater Waverley Blues
2004 Noble Park Wantirna South Rowville Heathmont
2003 Noble Park Lilydale Norwood Rowville
2002 East Ringwood Blackburn Wantirna South Nunawading
2001 Vermont Donvale South Croydon Coldstream
2000 East Burwood Boronia Knox Waverley Blues
1999 East Burwood North Ringwood Warrandyte Norwood
1998 Vermont Lilydale Upper FTG Mount Evelyn
1997 Vermont Croydon Templestowe South Waverley Sandown
1996 Donvale Lilydale Doncaster South Wantirna
1995 Vermont Bayswater Kilsyth Fairpark
1994 Vermont Donvale The Basin Heathmont
1993 Vermont Clayton Warrandyte Doncaster East
1992 East Burwood Montrose Donvale Surrey Hills
1991 Vermont South Croydon Lilydale Knox
1990 Vermont Doncaster Coldstream Kilsyth
1989 Vermont North Ringwood Norwood Bennettswood BBS
1988 Vermont South Croydon Mooroolbark Lilydale
1987 East Burwood Surrey Hills Ferntree Gully South Waverley Sandown
1986 Vermont Boronia Coldstream Mount Evelyn
Year Division 1 Division 2 Division 3 Division 4

Three Division competition (1962-1985)[edit]

Year Division 1 Division 2 Division 3
1985 East Burwood Bayswater The Basin
1984 East Ringwood Doncaster Forest Hill
1983 Vermont South Croydon Warrandyte
1982 Vermont Bayswater Norwood
1981 Mitcham Rowville Montrose
1980 Mitcham Blackburn Rowville
1979 Mitcham Mulgrave Upper FTG
1978 Ringwood North Ringwood Olinda
1977 Scoresby Blackburn Boronia
1976 East Burwood Ringwood Bennettswood
1975 Mitcham Kilsyth Coldstream
1974 Bayswater East Ringwood Upper FTG
1973 East Burwood Bayswater South Croydon
1972 East Hawthorn Doncaster Mount Evelyn
1971 Vermont Croydon Mulgrave
1970 Mitcham East Hawthorn Mount Evelyn
1969 Vermont Boronia Mount Evelyn
1968 East Burwood Ferntree Gully Yarra Glen
1967 East Burwood Surrey Hills Olinda
1966 East Ringwood Warrandyte Olinda
1965 East Burwood Scoresby Olinda
1964 East Burwood Scoresby No competition
1963 East Burwood Scoresby No competition
1962 Ringwood Scoresby The Basin
Year Division 1 Division 2 Division 3

Former clubs[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Full Points Footy, Eastern Football League, archived from the original on 1 January 2009, retrieved 21 October 2008
  2. ^ Competition restructure explained
  3. ^ EFNL announces rebrand
  4. ^ https://www.news.com.au/sport/afl/victorias-eastern-football-league-and-northern-football-league-cancel-2020-season/news-story/28ee9ffd89b1f0c85eb5f0b0c3e9908a[bare URL]

External links[edit]