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Geelong Football League

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General Information
Founded 1979
Current Clubs Bell Park
Colac
Grovedale
Geelong West Giants
Lara
Leopold
Newtown & Chilwell
North Shore
South Barwon
St Albans
St Joseph's
St Mary's
Former Clubs Barwon
East Geelong
Geelong Amateur
Geelong West CFC
North Geelong
St Peters
Thomson
Geelong West St Peters

The Geelong Football League is an Australian rules football league in Victoria, Australia. It is the highest quality league in regional Victoria, with several former AFL players now playing for clubs in the Geelong Football League.

History[edit]

The league was formed in 1979 when twelve clubs broke away from the Geelong & District Football League.[1] The city and country clubs of the old GDFL were divided into the major league competition of the GFL and the minor league of the GDFL. Many of the teams in the lower league wanted a system of promotion and relegation, which was fought by the GFL until the early 1980s when the Victorian Country Football League held a hearing in Melbourne. As a result, a trial promotion-relegation system was put into place on a voluntary basis. Today, the GDFL is opposed to the promotion-relegation system, with a three-division, three league competition of the Geelong FL, Bellarine FL and Geelong & District FL in place in the Geelong region.[2]

Teams[edit]

Current[edit]

Club Nickname Location Home Ground Colours GFL Premierships Years in GFL
Bell Park Dragons Bell Park, Victoria Hamlyn Park Green and White 1984, 1991, 2003, 2011 1979-
Colac Tigers Colac, Victoria Central Reserve Yellow and Black 2014 2001-
Grovedale Tigers Grovedale, Victoria Burdoo Reserve Yellow and Black Nil 1979-
Geelong West Giants Giants Geelong West, Victoria West Oval Orange, Charcoal, White Nil 2017-
Lara Cats Lara, Victoria Lara Recreation Reserve Navy Blue and White 1994, 2002 1989-
Leopold Lions Leopold, Victoria Leopold Memorial Park Green and Gold 2016 1992-
Newtown & Chilwell Eagles Newtown, Victoria Elderslie Reserve Black and Red 1982, 1985–86 1979-
North Shore Seagulls North Shore, Victoria Windsor Park
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1980-81, 1983, 1990, 1993, 1995-2000 1979-
South Barwon Swans Belmont, Victoria McDonald Reserve Red, White and Blue 2001, 2005-06-07, 2009–10, 2012–13 1990-
St Albans Supersaints Thomson, Victoria St Albans Reserve Black and White 1987-88 1979-
St Joseph's Joeys Herne Hill, Victoria Herne Hill Reserve Red, Yellow and Black 1989, 2015 1985-
St Mary's Saints South Geelong, Victoria Kardinia Park West Navy Blue and Green 1979, 1992, 2004, 2008 1979-

Former[edit]

Club Nickname Location Home Ground Colours GFL Premierships Years in GFL Notes
Barwon Bulldogs Belmont, Victoria Roslyn Road Red, White, Blue Nil 1979-1989 Merged with Belmont Two Blues to form South Barwon
East Geelong Eagles East Geelong, Victoria Richmond Crescent Maroon and Yellow Nil 1979 Joined the Geelong & District Football League
Geelong Amateur Ammos Highton, Victoria Queens Park Green and Blue Nil 1986-1988 Joined the Bellarine Football League
Geelong West CFC Cheetahs Geelong West, Victoria Nil 1979-85 Joined the Geelong & District Football League
Geelong West St Peters Roosters Geelong West, Victoria West Oval Red, White, Blue Nil 1989-2016 Merged with Geelong West Sporting Club to become the Geelong West Giants
North Geelong Magpies North Geelong, Victoria Osborne Park Black and White Nil 1979-1982 Joined the Geelong & District Football League
St Peters Saints Herne Hill, Victoria Walker Oval Blue and White Nil 1979, 1982-1987 Merged with Geelong West Football Club to become Geelong West-St Peters
Thomson Tigers Thomson, Victoria Godfrey Street Purple and Yellow Nil 1979-1981, 1984 Joined the Geelong & District Football League

Grand Finals[edit]

Year Premier Goals Behinds Points Runners Up Goals Behinds Points Best player in Grand final
1979 St Mary’s 15 13 103 North Shore 12 10 82 Trevor McLean (St Mary’s)
1980 North Shore 14 11 95 St Mary's 13 7 85 Steve Mathieson (North Shore)
1981 North Shore 14 12 96 Newtown & Chilwell 12 8 80 John Albon (North Shore)
1982 Newtown & Chilwell 19 21 135 St Peters 12 9 81 Gary Kelly (Newtown & Chilwell)
1983 North Shore 18 14 122 Bell Park 17 14 116 Darren Purcell (North Shore)
1984 Bell Park 12 9 81 St Albans 10 6 66 Grant Sutherland (Bell Park)
1985 Newtown & Chilwell 21 11 137 St Albans 13 18 96 Basil Flynn (Newtown & Chilwell)
1986 Newtown & Chilwell 21 8 144 St Albans 15 8 98 Basil Flynn (Newtown & Chilwell)
1987 St Albans 14 12 96 Newtown & Chilwell 12 16 88 Mark Dahlhaus (St Albans)
1988 St Albans 12 14 86 St Joseph's 11 12 78 Wayne Tyquin (St Albans)
1989 St Joseph's 18 14 122 St Mary's 10 5 65 John Fitzgerald (St Joseph’s)
1990 North Shore 14 17 101 St Mary's 13 9 87 Russell Campbell (North Shore)
1991 Bell Park 10 9 69 North Shore 4 8 32 Brad Nicholls (Bell Park)
1992 St Mary's 20 6 126 Lara 12 19 91 Michael Hosking (St Mary’s)
1993 North Shore 25 10 160 Lara 12 12 84 Frank Fopiani (North Shore)
1994 Lara 13 12 90 St Mary's 12 10 82 Jason Hassett (Lara)
1995 North Shore 15 22 112 Lara 10 9 69 Frank Fopiani (North Shore)
1996 North Shore 9 15 69 Geelong West St Peters 8 12 60 Damien Clark (North Shore)
1997 North Shore 22 14 146 St Joseph's 18 7 115 Glenn Keast (North Shore)
1998 North Shore 25 15 165 South Barwon 11 11 77 Danny Warren (North Shore)
1999 North Shore 24 12 156 St Joseph's 12 7 79 Nathan Lewis (North Shore)
2000 North Shore 9 12 66 Lara 3 9 27 Mick Atkins (North Shore)
2001 South Barwon 16 15 111 North Shore 9 4 58 Glen Wallace (South Barwon)
2002 Lara 17 14 116 St Joseph's 13 14 92 Paul Lynch (Lara)
2003 St Mary's 8 11 59 Bell Park 8 11 59
(Replay) Bell Park 14 6 90 St Mary's 10 11 71 Bruce Cohen (Bell Park)
2004 St Mary's 19 8 122 North Shore 14 11 95 Frank Fopiani (St Mary’s)
2005 South Barwon 17 13 115 Newtown & Chilwell 14 10 94 Leighton Richards (South Barwon)
2006 South Barwon 14 12 96 St Joseph's 12 8 80 Warwick Knuckey (South Barwon)
2007 South Barwon 11 13 79 Bell Park 6 6 42 Jason Armistead (South Barwon)
2008 St Mary's 21 15 141 Colac 5 12 42 Ben Lavars (St Mary’s)
2009 South Barwon 15 12 102 St Joseph's 6 9 45 Paul Sullivan (South Barwon)
2010 South Barwon 11 14 80 Bell Park 7 13 55 Luke Buckland (South Barwon)
2011 Bell Park 11 12 78 South Barwon 11 6 72 Charlie Hallam (Bell Park)
2012 South Barwon 17 9 111 Bell Park 8 12 60 Clinton Wells (South Barwon)
2013 South Barwon 13 16 94 Grovedale 12 2 74 Anthony Biemans (South Barwon)
2014 Colac 19 14 110 Leopold 11 13 79 Marcus Crook (Colac)
2015 St Joseph's 13 15 93 Newtown & Chilwell 11 9 75 Daniel Lovick (St Joseph's)
2016 Leopold 14 9 93 St Mary's 8 9 57 Jai Thompson (Leopold)

Premiership Tally[edit]

Mathieson Medal (League Best & Fairest) Winners[edit]

  • 2016 Nathan Deans (Grovedale)
  • 2015 Stephen Paulke (Bell Park)
  • 2014 Guy O'Keefe (Leopold)
  • 2013 Stephen Paulke (Bell Park)
  • 2012 Tim Sheringham (Bell Park) & Daniel Lovick (St. Joseph's)
  • 2011 James Byrne (North Shore) & Daniel Lovick (St. Joseph's)
  • 2010 Ben Lavars (St. Mary's)
  • 2009 Nick Batchelor (Bell Park)
  • 2008 Torin Baker (St Joseph’s) & Paul Carson (GWSP)
  • 2007 David Mensch (Grovedale) & Mark Corrigan (South Barwon)
  • 2006 Tony Brown (Leopold)
  • 2005 Christian Shaw (North Shore)
  • 2004 Danny O'Brien (North Shore)
  • 2003 Rick Wilde (Leopold)
  • 2002 Rick Wilde (Leopold)
  • 2001 Chris Huxtable (North Shore)
  • 2000 Glen Wallace (South Barwon)
  • 1999 Tom Hall (North Shore)
  • 1998 Mark Stewart (St Albans)
  • 1997 Ricky O'Toole (St Joseph’s)
  • 1996 Matt Bruhn (Grovedale)
  • 1995 Shane Korth (South Barwon) & Alister Ford (St Albans) & Jason McGowan (North Shore) & Glenn Keast (North Shore)
  • 1994 Mark Dahlhaus (Leopold)
  • 1993 Brian Hinkley (Bell Park)
  • 1992 Rene Peters (Lara) & Dennis Pacor (South Barwon)
  • 1991 Glen Keast (St Albans)
  • 1990 Paul Keating (Nth Shore)
  • 1989 John Williams (St Mary’s)
  • 1988 John Williams (St Mary’s)
  • 1987 Mark Dahlhaus (St Albans) & Paul Keating (North Shore)
  • 1986 John Williams (Barwon)
  • 1985 Basil Flynn (Newtown & Chilwell)
  • 1984 Vin Todd (North Shore) & Rod Barrett (St Mary’s)
  • 1983 John Pickering (St Peters)
  • 1982 Brent Dew (St Albans)
  • 1981 Alan Woodman (St Albans)
  • 1980 Alex Rizun (Bell Park)
  • 1979 Ray Pawley (Bell Park)

GFL's Greatest Players List[edit]

In 2015, The Geelong Advertiser football writer, Nick Wade, led a panel of some of the biggest names over the history of GFL footy, including Peter Kelly, Arthur Hodgson and John Fitzgerald, to compile 'the top 50 Geelong Football League players of all time' for those who had played at least 100 GFL games since 1979. North Shore and St Mary's onballer Frank Fopiani was named the best of the top 50 GFL greatest players.[3]

Leading Goalkickers[edit]

  • 2016 Jordan Erskine (Grovedale) 78
  • 2015 Jase Perkins (St.Albans) 87
  • 2014 Jacob McGuane (Colac) 78
  • 2013 Shaydon Bloomfield (Lara) 96
  • 2012 Russell Robertson (St. Joseph's) 69
  • 2011 Russell Robertson (St. Joseph's) 80
  • 2010 Dale Carson (St Joseph's) 56
  • 2009 Tim McLean (St Mary's) 70
  • 2008 Jarrod Garth (Bell Park) 86
  • 2007 Dale Carson (Geelong West St Peters) 56
  • 2006 Tim McLean (St Mary’s) 65
  • 2005 Aaron Greeves (St Josephs) 84
  • 2004 Jay Bett (Newtown &Chilwell) 64
  • 2003 Zvonimir Suto (St Mary’s) 84
  • 2002 Zvonimir Suto (Lara) 59
  • 2001 Zvonimir Suto (Lara) 83
  • 2000 Zvonimir Suto (Lara) 100
  • 1999 Tom Hall (Nth Shore) 88
  • 1998 Shane Lowther (Lara) 73
  • 1997 Aaron Greaves (St Josephs) 86
  • 1996 Wayne Tyquin (St Albans) 103
  • 1995 Matthew Kershaw (Lara) 78
  • 1994 Ian Tompkins (South Barwon) 74
  • 1993 Ray Sarcevic (Bell Park) 107
  • 1992 Wayne Tyquin (North Shore) 117
  • 1991 Dean Holyroyd (Grovedale) 52
  • 1990 Dean Holyroyd (Grovedale) 74
  • 1989 Chris Doyle (St Josephs) 76
  • 1988 Wayne Tyquin (St Albans) 114
  • 1987 Russell Webber (Newtown &Chilwell) 86
  • 1986 Russell Webber (Newtown & Chilwell) 95
  • 1985 John Scarlett (Newtown &Chilwell) 104
  • 1984 Bill Higgins (St Peters) 102
  • 1983 Bill Higgins (St Peters) 103
  • 1982 Kevin Higgins (Newtown & Chilwell) 131
  • 1981 Ross Aylmer (North Shore) 89
  • 1980 Stephen Bentley (Grovedale) 82
  • 1979 Rod Aylmer (North Shore) 71

2009 Ladder[edit]

Geelong FL Wins Byes Losses Draws For Against % Pts Final Team G B Pts Team G B Pts
South Barwon 17 0 1 0 2018 994 203.02% 68 Elimination Bell Park 14 16 100 St Marys 8 7 55
Colac 15 0 3 0 1993 1252 159.19% 60 Qualifying St Josephs 16 10 106 Colac 6 15 51
St Josephs 14 0 4 0 1788 1180 151.53% 56 1st Semi Bell Park 20 17 137 Colac 14 14 98
Bell Park 14 0 4 0 2009 1332 150.83% 56 2nd Semi St Josephs 9 10 64 South Barwon 8 15 63
St Marys 12 0 6 0 1953 1303 149.88% 48 Preliminary South Barwon 13 11 89 Bell Park 6 9 45
Leopold 9 0 9 0 1572 1466 107.23% 36 Grand South Barwon 15 12 102 St Josephs 6 9 45
Newtown & Chilwell 8 0 10 0 1420 1556 91.26% 32
Grovedale 8 0 10 0 1328 1733 76.63% 32
Lara 4 0 14 0 1387 1848 75.05% 16
Geelong West St Peters 4 0 14 0 1314 2175 60.41% 16
St Albans 3 0 15 0 1207 1925 62.70% 12
North Shore 0 0 18 0 1011 2236 45.21% 0

2010 Ladder[edit]

Geelong FL Wins Byes Losses Draws For Against % Pts Final Team G B Pts Team G B Pts
Bell Park 15 0 3 0 1798 1178 152.63% 60 Elimination Lara 11 11 77 Leopold 10 19 79
South Barwon 14 0 4 0 1882 1119 168.19% 56 Qualifying South Barwon 21 11 137 St Marys 19 13 127
St Marys 12 0 6 0 1731 1320 131.14% 48 1st Semi Leopold 12 12 84 St Marys 11 9 75
Lara 12 0 6 0 1664 1653 100.67% 48 2nd Semi Bell Park 12 7 79 South Barwon 11 11 77
Leopold 11 0 7 0 1805 1271 142.01% 44 Preliminary South Barwon 10 20 80 Leopold 6 6 42
St Josephs 11 0 7 0 1576 1250 126.08% 44 Grand South Barwon 11 14 80 Bell Park 7 13 55
Colac 9 0 9 0 1597 1613 99.01% 36
Newtown & Chilwell 9 0 9 0 1396 1448 96.41% 36
St Albans 6 0 12 0 1498 1912 78.35% 24
Grovedale 5 0 13 0 1302 1706 76.32% 20
Geelong West St Peters 4 0 14 0 1254 1878 66.77% 16
North Shore 0 0 18 0 970 2125 45.65% 0

2011 Ladder[edit]

Geelong FL Wins Byes Losses Draws For Against % Pts Final Team G B Pts Team G B Pts
Bell Park 16 0 2 0 2388 1176 203.06% 64 Elimination Newtown & Chilwell 14 10 94 Colac 8 12 60
South Barwon 16 0 2 0 1995 1149 173.63% 64 Qualifying South Barwon 15 13 103 St Josephs 10 5 65
St Josephs 15 0 3 0 1971 1272 154.95% 60 1st Semi St Josephs 15 17 107 Newtown & Chilwell 12 5 77
Newtown & Chilwell 11 0 7 0 1494 1343 111.24% 44 2nd Semi Bell Park 7 10 52 South Barwon 6 7 43
Colac 10 0 8 0 1669 1564 106.71% 40 Preliminary South Barwon 18 12 120 St Josephs 12 9 81
St Marys 10 0 8 0 1612 1628 99.02% 40 Grand Bell Park 11 12 78 South Barwon 11 6 72
Leopold 8 0 10 0 1485 1576 94.23% 32
North Shore 6 0 12 0 1301 1625 80.06% 24
Geelong West St Peters 5 0 13 0 1294 1822 71.02% 20
Lara 4 0 14 0 1422 1984 71.67% 16
Grovedale 4 0 14 0 1050 2000 52.50% 16
St Albans 3 0 15 0 1288 1830 70.38% 12

2012 Ladder[edit]

Geelong FL Wins Byes Losses Draws For Against % Pts Final Team G B Pts Team G B Pts
South Barwon 16 0 2 0 1906 1040 183.27% 64 Elimination Bell Park 16 25 121 Leopold 7 6 48
Newtown & Chilwell 14 0 4 0 1734 1224 141.67% 56 Qualifying St Josephs 16 9 105 Newtown & Chilwell 13 11 89
St Josephs 12 0 6 0 1620 1198 135.23% 48 1st Semi Bell Park 10 12 72 Newtown & Chilwell 8 20 68
Leopold 12 0 6 0 1661 1477 112.46% 48 2nd Semi South Barwon 10 14 74 St Josephs 6 9 45
Bell Park 11 0 7 0 1686 1277 132.03% 44 Preliminary Bell Park 16 10 106 St Josephs 13 13 91
Lara 11 0 7 0 1870 1549 120.72% 44 Grand South Barwon 17 9 111 Bell Park 8 12 60
Colac 11 0 7 0 1634 1541 106.04% 44
St Marys 9 0 9 0 1622 1527 106.22% 36
Geelong West St Peters 5 0 13 0 1209 1610 75.09% 20
North Shore 3 0 15 0 1106 1555 71.13% 12
St Albans 3 0 15 0 1316 1933 68.08% 12
Grovedale 1 0 17 0 922 2355 39.15% 4

2013 Ladder[edit]

Geelong FL Wins Byes Losses Draws For Against % Pts Final Team G B Pts Team G B Pts
South Barwon 17 0 1 0 1793 944 189.94% 68 Elimination Newtown & Chilwell 15 9 99 Lara 12 18 90
Bell Park 14 0 4 0 1788 1200 149.00% 56 Qualifying Grovedale 17 13 115 Bell Park 16 7 103
Grovedale 14 0 4 0 1735 1188 146.04% 56 1st Semi Bell Park 19 22 136 Newtown & Chilwell 15 14 104
Newtown & Chilwell 13 0 5 0 1859 1540 120.71% 52 2nd Semi South Barwon 17 19 121 Grovedale 13 8 86
Lara 11 0 7 0 1973 1557 126.72% 44 Preliminary Grovedale 14 15 99 Bell Park 10 12 72
Colac 11 0 7 0 1787 1442 123.93% 44 Grand South Barwon 13 16 94 Grovedale 12 2 74
St Marys 8 0 10 0 1591 1485 107.14% 32
St Josephs 5 0 13 0 1436 1713 83.83% 20
Leopold 5 0 13 0 1524 1834 83.10% 20
St Albans 5 0 13 0 1296 1773 73.10% 20
Geelong West St Peters 4 0 14 0 1329 1682 79.01% 16
North Shore 1 0 17 0 748 2501 29.91% 4

2014 Ladder[edit]

Geelong FL Wins Byes Losses Draws For Against % Pts Final Team G B Pts Team G B Pts
Leopold 14 0 3 1 1920 1192 161.07% 58 Elimination Colac 19 12 126 Newtown & Chilwell 12 12 84
St Marys 14 0 4 0 1851 1314 140.87% 56 Qualifying St Marys 7 10 52 St Josephs 15 13 103
St Josephs 13 0 4 1 1977 1144 172.81% 54 1st Semi Colac 17 20 122 St Marys 13 12 90
Newtown & Chilwell 13 0 5 0 1851 1094 169.20% 52 2nd Semi Leopold 16 13 109 St Josephs 11 10 76
Colac 13 0 5 0 1894 1358 139.47% 52 Preliminary Colac 20 9 129 St Josephs 8 14 62
South Barwon 10 0 6 2 1612 1315 122.59% 44 Grand Colac 19 14 128 Leopold 11 13 79
Grovedale 8 0 9 1 1685 1592 105.84% 34
Bell Park 8 0 9 1 1581 1678 94.22% 34
St Albans 5 0 13 0 1400 1599 87.55% 20
Geelong West St Peters 4 0 14 0 1240 1811 68.47% 16
Lara 3 0 15 0 1281 2251 56.91% 12
North Shore 0 0 18 0 782 2727 28.68% 0

References[edit]

  1. ^ Fanning, Noel (9 April 2008). "Geelong and District Football League boasts a long list of superstars". The Geelong Advertiser. www.geelongadvertiser.com.au. Retrieved 2008-11-10. 
  2. ^ DARYL McLURE (May 24, 2008). "Kick to kick". The Geelong Advertiser. www.geelongadvertiser.com.au. Retrieved 2008-11-10. 
  3. ^ http://www.geelongadvertiser.com.au/sport/localfooty/gfl-top-50-players-of-all-time-frank-fopiani-is-the-best-weve-seen/story-fnjuhsge-1227416775230

http://www.footballgeelong.com.au/

External links[edit]

Book[edit]

Cat Country - History of Football In The Geelong Region - John Stoward - ISBN 978-0-9577515-8-3