Foxtel Cup

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Foxtel Cup
SportAustralian rules football
Inaugural season2011
No. of teams16 (2011-12),
10 (2013),
9 (2014)
Most titlesWilliamstown (2)

The Leagues Championship Cup,[1] officially branded under the sponsor's name as the Foxtel Cup,[2] was an annual Australian rules football club knockout cup competition involving clubs from the various state league competitions from around Australia. The tournament was organised by the Australian Football League (AFL), and was held annually between 2011 and 2014.

The competition was first held in 2011, featuring sixteen teams from around the country who qualified based on their finishing positions in their previous state league season. In 2011 and 2012, matches were played mostly as curtain-raisers to AFL Saturday night games, or occasionally as a stand-alone game in the same timeslot;[3] in 2013 and 2014, matches were mostly played as stand-alone games on Tuesday nights.[4] In both cases, matches were televised on subscription television provider and competition naming rights sponsor Foxtel; and clubs played matches on or adjacent to bye weeks in their respective state league fixtures. Total annual prize money for the competition was about $250,000, with $40,000 going to the winner.[5]

Williamstown was the inaugural Foxtel Cup champions when they defeated Claremont by 21 points in the 2011 Grand Final.[6] Claremont went one better the following year to become 2012 Foxtel Cup Champions defeating Werribee by 44 points.[7] West Adelaide defeated East Fremantle by four points in the 2013 Grand Final. Williamstown won its second Foxtel Cup championship in 2014 by beating West Perth by 63 points.


For the inaugural Foxtel Cup in 2011, the AFL invited the highest three ranked teams from the South Australian National Football League, the Victorian Football League and the West Australian Football League; the top two teams from the Queensland Australian Football League; and the top team from AFL Sydney and the Tasmanian Football League – based on those leagues' 2010 seasons. The Greater Western Sydney Giants (which was playing in the NEAFL in 2011 as preparation for entering the Australian Football League in 2012), and the Northern Territory Football Club received special invitations.[8][9]

However, despite the SANFL signing on to be part of the Cup competition, its top three clubs – Central District, Norwood and Woodville-West Torrens – all rejected their invitations to compete,[10] citing lack of prize money, sponsorship conflicts, salary cap implications, schedule concerns and removing the focus from their SANFL premiership ambitions.[11] Eventually, the SANFL positions in the competition were taken up by West Adelaide, North Adelaide and Port Adelaide Magpies, none of whom even reached the SANFL finals in 2010.[12] In 2013 it was announced that the SANFL's top three teams of the 2012 season, Norwood, West Adelaide and North Adelaide, had committed to play in the Foxtel Cup in 2014. At the time of the announcement midway through the 2013 SANFL season the three teams were again the top three on the SANFL premiership ladder, showing that among South Australian clubs, the Foxtel Cup was gaining recognition.

In 2013 and 2014, the scale of the competition was reduced from sixteen teams to nine or ten. In those seasons, the WAFL, SANFL and VFL each contributed two teams to the competition, who entered the competition at the quarter-final stage; and the remaining teams came from the NEAFL and TFL, who contested pre-qualifying rounds before entering the quarter finals.

The AFL announced on 1 August 2011 that public interest and television audiences well-supported the inaugural year of the Foxtel Cup and as a result the competition would continue for the next five years.[13] However, following the heavy burden of playing mid-week games on the competing clubs, the decision was made to cease the Foxtel Cup after its fourth season, 2014.[14]


2011 Foxtel Cup[edit]

Grand Final[edit]

2012 Foxtel Cup[edit]

Grand Final[edit]

2013 Foxtel Cup[edit]

Grand Final[edit]

2014 Foxtel Cup[edit]

Grand Final[edit]

Coles Medal[edit]

The Coles Medal is awarded to the best player afield in the Foxtel Cup Grand Final.

Year Coles Medallist Club
2011 Ben Jolley Williamstown Football Club
2012 Thomas Lee Claremont Football Club
2013 Chris Schmidt West Adelaide Football Club
2014 Ben Davies Williamstown Football Club

List of participants[edit]

Guernsey Club Nickname Location State League Cup championships Cup appearances
Ainslie Jumper.png Ainslie Football Club[16]
Ainslie, ACT
NEAFL Eastern Conference
0 2011 - 2012
Aspley Hornets Jumper.svg Aspley Football Club[17]
Carseldine, Queensland
NEAFL Northern Conference
0 2014
Belconnen Magpies Jumper nologo.jpg Belconnen Football Club[18]
Belconnen, Australian Capital Territory
NEAFL Eastern Conference
0 2014
Hawthorn Jumper.png Box Hill Hawks Football Club[19]
Box Hill, Victoria
Victorian Football League
0 2014
Fremantledocks.png Burnie Dockers Football Club[20]
Burnie, Tasmania
Tasmanian Football League
0 2012 - 2013
Claremont Tigers Jumper.svg Claremont Football Club[21]
Claremont, Western Australia
West Australian Football League
1 2011 - 2013
Clarence Roos Jumper.svg Clarence Football Club[22]
Clarence, Tasmania
Tasmanian Football League
0 2011
East Fremantle Sharks Jumper nologo.jpg East Fremantle Football Club[23]
East Fremantle, Western Australia
West Australian Football League
0 2013
East Perth Royals Jumper.svg East Perth Football Club[24]
Leederville, Western Australia
West Australian Football League
0 2011, 2014
Greater Western Sydney Giants[25]
Blacktown, NSW
Australian Football League
Expansion club
0 2011
Glenelg Tigers Jumper.svg Labrador Australian Football Club[26]
Labrador, Queensland
NEAFL Northern Conference
0 2011
Launceston Football Club[27]
Launceston, Tasmania
Tasmanian Football League
0 2012
Ainslie Jumper.png Morningside Australian Football Club[28]
Hawthorne, Queensland
NEAFL Northern Conference
0 2011 - 2012
Kangaroos Jumper.png Mount Gravatt Football Club[29]
Mount Gravatt, Queensland
NEAFL Northern Conference
0 2012
North Adelaide Roosters Jumper.svg North Adelaide Football Club[30]
North Adelaide, South Australia
South Australian National Football League
0 2011
North Ballarat Roosters Jumper.svg North Ballarat Football Club[31]
Ballarat, Victoria
Victorian Football League
0 2011
North Bullants Jumper nologo.jpg Northern Bullants Football Club[32]
Preston, Victoria
Victorian Football League
0 2011
Northern Territory Football Club[33]
Darwin, Northern Territory
NEAFL Northern Conference
NT representative
0 2011 - 2013
Norwood Redlegs Jumper.svg Norwood Football Club[34]
Norwood, South Australia
South Australian National Football League
0 2013 - 2014
Port Adelaide Magpies Jumper.svg Port Adelaide Football Club[35]
Alberton, South Australia
South Australian National Football League
0 2011 - 2012
Port Melbourne Borough Jumper.svg Port Melbourne Football Club[36]
Port Melbourne, Victoria
Victorian Football League
0 2012 - 2013
Glenelg Tigers Jumper.svg Queanbeyan Football Club[37]
Queanbeyan, New South Wales
NEAFL Eastern Conference
0 2013
South Adelaide Panthers Jumper.svg South Adelaide Football Club[38]
Noarlunga Downs, South Australia
South Australian National Football League
0 2012
Southport Sharks Jumper.svg Southport Australian Football Club[39]
Southport, Queensland
NEAFL Northern Conference
0 2013
Subiaco Football Club[40]
Subiaco, Western Australia
West Australian Football League
0 2012
Swan Districts Jumper.svg Swan Districts Football Club[41]
Bassendean, Western Australia
West Australian Football League
0 2011
East Coast Eagles jumper nologo.jpg Sydney Hills Eagles Australian Football Club[42]
Rouse Hill, NSW
NEAFL Eastern Conference
Sydney AFL representative
0 2011 - 2012
Werribee Tigers Jumper nologo.jpg Werribee Football Club[43]
Werribee, Victoria
Victorian Football League
0 2012 - 2013
West Adelaide Bloods Jumper.svg West Adelaide Football Club[44]
Richmond, South Australia
South Australian National Football League
1 2011 - 2014
West Perth Falcons Jumper.svg West Perth Football Club[45]
Joondalup, Western Australia
West Australian Football League
0 2012, 2014
Western Storm Jumper.png Western Storm Football Club[46]
Prospect, Tasmania
Tasmanian State League
0 2014
Williamstown Seagulls Jumper.svg Williamstown Football Club[47]
Williamstown, Victoria
Victorian Football League
2 2011 - 2012, 2014


Adelaide Adelaide Blacktown Darwin
AAMI Stadium
Capacity: 51,224
Adelaide Oval
Capacity: 53,000
Blacktown ISP Oval
Capacity: 10,000
TIO Stadium
Capacity: 15,000
As-east.jpg AdelOval07.jpg BlacktownISPoval.jpg TIO Stadium.jpg
Geelong Gold Coast Hobart Launceston
Simonds Stadium
Capacity: 33,500
Metricon Stadium
Capacity: 25,000
Bellerive Oval
Capacity: 16,200
Aurora Stadium
Capacity: 20,000
Skilled-stadium-geelong.jpg Adelaide v Gold Coast - Carrara crowd.jpg Bellerive oval hobart.jpg Hawthorn v Western Bulldogs - 31st May 2008 181.jpg
Melbourne Melbourne Perth Sydney
Etihad Stadium
Capacity: 56,347
Melbourne Cricket Ground
Capacity: 100,018
Patersons Stadium
Capacity: 43,500
Sydney Cricket Ground
Capacity: 46,000
Telstra Dome Panoramic.jpg Mcg melb.JPG SubiOval2.JPG Sydney Cricket Ground, Warne final balls, 2007.jpg

See also[edit]

  • NFL Night Series and AFC Night Series, similar interstate Australian rules football club competitions which operated from 1976–1979 and from 1977–1987 respectively.


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  14. ^ "Foxtel Cup not to continue in 2015 season". Australian Football League. 3 December 2014. Retrieved 4 January 2015.
  15. ^ Foxtel Cup Grand Final fixture
  16. ^ Ainslie Football Club Official Website
  17. ^ Aspley Australian Football Club Official Website Archived 21 February 2007 at the Wayback Machine.
  18. ^ Belconnen Football Club Official Website
  19. ^ Box Hill Hawks Football Club Official Website
  20. ^ Burnie Football Club Official Website
  21. ^ Claremont Football Club Official Website
  22. ^ Clarence Football Club Official Website Archived 28 March 2009 at the Wayback Machine.
  23. ^ East Fremantle Football Club Official Website
  24. ^ East Perth Football Club Official Website
  25. ^ Greater Western Sydney Giants Official Website
  26. ^ Labrador Australian Football Club Official Website
  27. ^ Launceston Football Club Official Website[permanent dead link]
  28. ^ Morningside Australian Football Club Official Website Archived 4 October 2011 at the Wayback Machine.
  29. ^ Mount Gravatt Australian Football Club Official Website
  30. ^ North Adelaide Football Club Official Website
  31. ^ North Ballarat Official Website
  32. ^ Northern Bullants Official Website
  33. ^ Northern Territory Football Club Official Website
  34. ^ Norwood Football Club Official Website
  35. ^ Port Adelaide Magpies Football Club Official Website Archived 18 November 2011 at the Wayback Machine.
  36. ^ Port Melbourne Official Website
  37. ^ Queanbeyan Football Club Official Website
  38. ^ South Adelaide Football Club Official Website
  39. ^ Southport Australian Football Club Official Website
  40. ^ Subiaco Football Club Official Website
  41. ^ Swan Districts Club Official Website
  42. ^ Sydney Hills Eagles Football Club Official Website
  43. ^ Werribee Official Website
  44. ^ West Adelaide Football Club Official Website
  45. ^ West Perth Football Club Official Website
  46. ^ Western Storm Football Club facebook page
  47. ^ Williamstown FC Sportingpulse Website

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