Far North Football League

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The Far North Football League (formerly the Woomera & Districts Football League) is an Australian rules football competition based in the Far North region of South Australia. It is an affiliated member of the South Australian National Football League.

Current clubs[edit]

Jumper Club Nickname Years in comp WDFL premierships Premiership years[1]
East Roxby (formerly Andamooka) Roos 1989- 4 1990, 1995, 2003, 2007
Coober Pedy Saints 2004- - -
Hornridge Magpies 1997- 3 2001, 2002, 2012
Olympic Dam Devils 1987- 13 1987, 1992-93-94, 1996-97-98, 2004-05-06, 2008–09, 2011
Roxby Districts Miners 1986- 11 1986, 1988, 1989, 1991, 1999, 2000, 2010, 2013-14-15-16

Brief history[edit]

The Woomera Football League (WFL) was formed in 1948. The predominance of public service and defence employment in the region was reflected in early participating clubs which included Works & Housing, Contractors, Koolymilka, Lines & Construction, LWER (Long Range Weapons Experimental Range), RAAF (Royal Australian Air Force), RAE (Royal Australian Engineers - Army). By 1960 the clubs consisted of Works, Village, Centrals, RAAF and Koolymilka. RAAF withdrew in 1966 and Works similarly in 1976. Mount Gunson joined in 1975 and ceased in 1983. Woomera North joined in 1977. This was a direct result of Works and Village unable to field separate sides so a new team was formed. Woomera North voted itself out of existence in 1984 and a Village team re-entered the competition which then only consisted of 3 teams viz. Kollymilka, Central and Village.

WFL Premiers and Runners-up 1949 -1985[2][3][edit]

Year Premiers Premiership Coach Premiership Captain Runners-up Final Scores
1949 1 L.C.P.S. (Signals) Major Maurice Bennett Cpl. William Albert "Peter" Lee Works 5.12.(42) to 5.11(41)
1950 Works Norm "Bargie" Williams William "Bill" McGuire R.A.A.F. 15.17(107) to 2.5(17)
1951 Contractors Unknown M C McEvoy Works 8.9(57) to 7.10(52)
1952 Village William "Bill" Novak Sig. F Carlson Works 6.3(39) to 1.7(13)
1953 Koolymilka Donald "Neil" Kerley Donald "Neil" Kerley Works 5.12(42) to 5.2(32)
1954 Village William "Bill" Novak Ken Moylan Works 6.8(44) to 5.3.(33)
1955 Works Unknown Fred Brown R.A.A.F. 15.14(104) to 10.5(65)
1956 Works Herbert "Bert" Heffernan William "Bill" Butterfield Centrals 8.12(60) to 1.4(10)
1957 Village Roger O Harris Roger O Harris Works 6.15(51) to 5.11(41)
1958 Works (undefeated) Don Watson Don Watson Centrals 13.16(94) to 9.9.(63)
1959 Village A B Coutts A B Coutts Centrals 16.15(111) to 10.11(71)
1960 Centrals Denny Scott Fred Brown Works 18.14(122) to 18.12(120)
1961 Village Gil Smith Brian Flanagan Works 14.21(105) to 6.9(45)
1962 Works (undefeated) Ray Whitaker Ray Whitaker Centrals 16.19(115) TO 7.8(50)
1963 Village Rodger Stringer Rodger Stringer Centrals 14.12(96) too 4.5(29)
1964 Works Ray Whitaker Ray Whitaker Village 17.18(120) to 12.5(77)
1965 Village Ken Rau A W "Bill" Hooker Works 11.15(81) to 4.12(36)
1966 Works Richard "Dick" Roennfeldt Richard "Dick" Roennfeldt Village 18.13(121) to 9.8(62)
1967 Village A W "Bill" Hooker A W "Bill" Hooker Centrals 8.14(62) to 8.13(61)
1968 Works Fred Wernert Fred Wernert Centrals 13.14(92) to 12.15(87)
1969 Village (undefeated) Ken Rau Peter Hardy Centrals 17.14(116) to 2.12(24)
1970 Village Graham Brennan Graham Brennan Centrals 11.11(77) to 10.12(72)
1971 Village Graham Brennan Graham Brennan Works 14.11(95) to 11.7(73)
1972 Koolymilka Theo Saunders Theo Saunders Village 10.13(73) to 9.8(62)
1973 Koolymilka Herb Ellerbock Herb Ellerbock Works 18.13(121) to 10.13(73)
1974 Works William "Bill" Leverington Robert "Bob" Boyle Koolymilka 13.6(84) to 8.12(60)
1975 Koolymilka John Cates John Cates Centrals 10.22(82) to 10.7(67)
1976 Centrals (undefeated) Daniel "Paddy" O'Neill P Walters Mount Gunson 19.22(136) to 14.11(95)
1977 Woomera North John Payne John Shepherdson Centrals 14.8(92) to 10.18(78)
1978 Woomera North John Shepherdson John Shepherdson Centrals 17.21(123) to 11.12(78)
1979 Woomera North Dave Thomas Dave Thomas Mount Gunson 26.11(167) to 21.22(148)
1980 Centrals Phil "Turkey" Turner Phil "Turkey" Turner Koolymilka 20.15(135) to 14.9(93)
1981 Mount Gunson John Hearne Kelly Hill Woomera North 25.13(163) to 18.12(120)
1982 Mount Gunson John Hearne Kelly Hill Woomera North Not recorded
1983 Koolymilka David Bates Tom Blackie Woomera North 15.17(107) to 11.12(78)
1984 Centrals Brendon Would Dave Davis Koolymilka 23.6(144) to 17.9(111)
1985 Koolymilka Christopher "Biff" Griffiths Tom Blackie Village 13.14(92) to 13.12(90)

WFL Premiership Summary 1949 - 1985[4][edit]

Club Premiers Runners-up WFL premierships
Village 11 4 1952, 1954, 1957, 1959, 1961, 1963, 1965, 1967, 1969, 1970, 1971.
Works 9 11 1950, 1955, 1956, 1958, 1962, 1964, 1966, 1968, 1974.
Koolymilka 6 3 1953, 1972, 1973, 1975, 1983, 1985.
Centrals 4 12 1960, 1976, 1980, 1984.
Woomera North 3 3 1977, 1978, 1979.
Mount Gunson 2 2 1981, 1982.
1.L.C.P.S. (Signals) 1 - 1949.
Contractors 1 - 1951.
R.A.A.F - 2 -

1.L.C.P.S. (Signals) is the acronym for No.1 Line Construction Project Squadron, Royal Australian Corps of Signals.
1.L.C.P.S. (Signals) were also known as Lines and Construction.
Works were also known as Works and Housing in the early years.
Village were also known as Woomera or Town in the early years.
In 1986 the Woomera Football League changed its name to the Woomera & Districts Football League.
Since this era, with the beginning of mining operations at Olympic Dam in the 1980s, the majority of the league's clubs are actually located in the Roxby Downs area rather than Woomera, with the Coober Pedy Saints even further afield.

WFL League B&F - Area Medal(1949-1952), Area and Mail Medals (1953-2006), Leading Goalkicker [5][edit]

Year Area Medal 49-52

Area & Mail Medal 53-2006

Club Leading Goalkicker Club Number

of Goals

1949 M R "Gordon" Hughes 1 L.C.P.S. Unknown
1950 M C McEvoy Contractors Unknown
1951 M R "Gordon" Hughes 1 L.C.P.S. Unknown
1952 Cpl. William Albert "Peter" Lee Koolymilka Unknown
1953 Donald "Neil" Kerley Koolymilka Unknown
1954 Ken Moylan Village C Handley Village 18
1955 Rodger Stringer Centrals Unknown
1956 Rodger Stringer Village Roger Harris Village 22
1957 Mail = Howard Smith

Mail = Don Watson*
Area = Kevin Field

Koolymilka

Works
RAAF

Unknown
1958 Bill Herron Works Unknown
1959 Ken Casselton

Warren Coops*

RAAF

RAAF

Unknown
1960 Barry Dolphin Koolymilka G Boxshall Centrals 23
1961 Ken Rau Centrals Des Doran Village 40
1962 Colin "Bluey" Waller Village Ray Simpson Works 42
1963 Robbie Anderson RAAF Unknown
1964 Colin "Bluey" Waller Village Terry Beckman Village 40
1965 A W "Bill" Hooker Village Fred Wernert Centrals 33
1966 Tony Betts Koolymilka Ed Moika Centrals 47
1967 Geoff Peek Works Unknown
1968 Chris Telfer Koolymilka Gary Hele Works 39
1969 = Graham McKenzie
= Tony Hancock*
Centrals
Koolymilka
Gary Hele Village 63
1970 Robert Leverington Works Peter Hardy Village 42
1971 Theo Saunders Koolymilka Unknown
1972 Gary Hele Village Unknown
1973 Max Reid Works Robert Leverington Works 44
1974 Greg Whittle Koolymilka Greg Whittle Koolymilka
1975 Allan Trott Koolymilka Greg Whittle Koolymilka
1976 Angelo Mele Centrals Angelo Mele Centrals 62
1977 Terry Morphett Centrals Des Zobel Woomera North 87
1978 Des Zobel Woomera North Angelo Mele Centrals 79
1979 Andrew Thompson Woomera North B Hughes Woomera North 58
1980 Kelly Hill Mount Gunson Kelly Hill Mount Gunson 50
1981 Chris Foster Koolymilka Wally Broome Koolymilka 76
1982 Dennis Cavanagh Woomera North Wally Broome Koolymilka 94
1983 Wally Broome Koolymilka Wally Broome Koolymilka 108
1984 = Steve Snow
= Dave Davis*
Centrals

Centrals

Mick Zuna Village 76
1985 Robert Hearnes Centrals Wally Broome Koolymilka 89
1986 Steve Dryburgh Roxby Districts
1987 Don Henderson Centrals
1988 Tim McLeod Roxby Districts
1989 = Gary Bush
= Steve Dryburgh
Woomera
Roxby Districts
1990 Tony Richter Olympic Dam
1991 Rodney Bain Olympic Dam
1992 = Kelly Hill
=Stephen Daly
Olympic Dam
Olympic Dam
1993 Peter Sheppard Andamooka
1994 Victor Buza Andamooka
1995 = Michael Glazbrook
= Ashley Lodge
Andamooka
Olympic Dam
1996 Ashley Lodge Olympic Dam
1997 Adam Betterman Olympic Dam
1998 Adam Betterman Olympic Dam
1999 Kevin Harris Roxby Districts
2000 Nigel Shinnnick Andamooka
2001 Kevin Harris Roxby Districts
2002 Michael Uhlik Andamooka
2003 Anthony Howie Olympic Dam
2004 = Paul Kemp
= Stephen Owens
Olympic Dam
Roxby Districts
2005 Ricky Prosser Roxby Districts Ricky Prosser Roxby Districts
2006 Tyrone Price Hornridge Kit Williams Andamooka 60
2007 Michael Uhlik Andamooka Kit Williams Andamooka 70
2008 Tyrone Price Hornridge Ricky Prosser Roxby Districts 48
2009 Daniel Rogers Olympic Dam Scott Montgomerie Olympic Dam 34
2010 Jarrod Pyke Roxby Districts Scott Montgomerie Olympic Dam 38
2011 Austin Monfries Andamooka Todd Paull Andamooka 31
2012 Daniel Pegler Roxby Districts Dale Summerton Olympic Dam 59
2013 = Jarad Greenbank
= Aaron Hand
Roxby Districts
Andamooka
Scott Montgomerie Olympic Dam 67
2014 = Matthew Lynch
= Tim Lynch
Coober Pedy
Olympic Dam
Kelvin Henry Coober Pedy 42
2015 James Telfer Roxby Districts Sean Mcivor Roxby Districts 36
2016 Tyron Cribb Roxby Districts Scott Mcintyre East Roxby 83

In 1999, as indicated by *, the Mail Medal was awarded retrospectively to Don Watson (1957), Warren Coops (1959), Tony Hancock (1969) and Dave Davis (1984).

2011 Ladder[edit]

Far North FL Wins Byes Losses Draws For Against % Pts Final Team G B Pts Team G B Pts
Olympic Dam 11 0 1 0 1286 568 69.36% 22 1st Semi Horn Ridge 12 14 86 Roxby Districts 4 6 30
Andamooka 6 0 6 0 902 717 55.71% 12 2nd Semi Olympic Dam 14 16 100 Andamooka 9 4 58
Horn Ridge 6 0 6 0 1000 826 54.76% 12 Preliminary Andamooka 11 5 71 Horn Ridge 8 15 63
Roxby Districts 5 0 7 0 653 839 43.77% 10 Grand Olympic Dam 16 16 112 Andamooka 6 8 44
Coober Pedy 2 0 10 0 693 1584 30.43% 4

2012 Ladder[edit]

Far North FL Wins Byes Losses Draws For Against % Pts Final Team G B Pts Team G B Pts
Roxby Districts 11 0 1 0 1306 494 72.56% 22 1st Semi Olympic Dam 18 12 120 Andamooka 5 3 33
Horn Ridge 8 0 4 0 1275 733 63.50% 16 2nd Semi Roxby Districts 14 12 96 Horn Ridge 10 12 72
Olympic Dam 7 0 5 0 1382 699 66.41% 14 Preliminary Horn Ridge 13 12 90 Olympic Dam 6 7 43
Andamooka 3 0 9 0 740 1262 36.96% 6 Grand Horn Ridge 11 11 77 Roxby Districts 8 6 54
Coober Pedy 1 0 11 0 494 2009 19.74% 2

2013 Ladder[edit]

Far North FL Wins Byes Losses Draws For Against % Pts Final Team G B Pts Team G B Pts
Olympic Dam 10 0 2 0 1472 719 67.18% 20 1st Semi Horn Ridge 16 18 114 Andamooka 4 7 31
Roxby Districts 9 0 3 0 1392 710 66.22% 18 2nd Semi Roxby Districts 20 10 130 Olympic Dam 10 12 72
Horn Ridge 7 0 5 0 1194 886 57.40% 14 Preliminary Horn Ridge 11 8 74 Olympic Dam 3 17 35
Andamooka 4 0 8 0 884 1254 41.35% 8 Grand Roxby Districts 17 14 116 Horn Ridge 7 3 45
Coober Pedy 0 0 12 0 515 1888 21.43% 0

2014 Ladder[edit]

Far North FL Wins Byes Losses Draws For Against % Pts Final Team G B Pts Team G B Pts
Roxby Districts 11 0 1 0 1739 580 74.99% 22 1st Semi Olympic Dam 13 11 89 Coober Pedy 13 5 83
Horn Ridge 6 0 5 0 1416 1032 57.84% 12 2nd Semi Roxby Districts 15 10 100 Horn Ridge 7 10 52
Olympic Dam 5 0 6 0 888 1046 45.92% 10 Preliminary Horn Ridge 18 17 125 Olympic Dam 6 5 41
Coober Pedy 5 0 6 0 984 1371 41.78% 10 Grand Roxby Districts 17 7 109 Horn Ridge 8 11 59
Andamooka 1 0 10 0 504 1502 25.12% 2

References[edit]

  1. ^ Country Footy 2010
  2. ^ Gibber Gabber newspaper, Woomera 1950-1986
  3. ^ Footypedia
  4. ^ Gibber Gabber newspaper, Woomera 1950-1986
  5. ^ Gibber Gabber newspaper, Woomera 1950-1986

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