Gridiron NSW

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Gridiron NSW
Gridiron NSW Logo.jpg
Formerly NSW Gridiron Football League (NSWGFL) until 2007
Sport Gridiron
American Football
Founded 1984
No. of teams 11 (2016)
Country New South Wales
 Australia
Headquarters Sydney
 Australia
Most recent
champion(s)
(Division One)
Sydney University Lions
(18 titles)[1]

(Women's)
UNSW Raiders[2]

(Colts)
Sutherland Seahawks[1]
Most titles Sydney University Lions
(18 titles)
Official website gridironnsw.org.au

Gridiron NSW, formerly known as NSW Gridiron Football League (NSWGFL) until 2007, is the governing body for American football (otherwise known as 'gridiron') in the state of New South Wales, Australia.

Arguably the longest tenured American football league in Australia, Gridiron NSW took over from the Australian American Football Conference (AAFC) after its inaugural 1984 season and ultimately survived a threat from the breakaway NSW Premier State Gridiron League between 1993 and 1996.

The NSW Premier State Gridiron League and NSW Gridiron Football League merged prior to the commencement of the 1997 season and since that time, Gridiron NSW has continued to expand as the sport has enjoyed increasing popularity both in New South Wales and Australia generally.

Gridiron NSW currently consists of four divisions: Division 1 (Men 18+ years), Women (18+ years), Colts (14-18 years) and Juniors (8-15 years).[1]

The two top teams in each division (with the exception of the Juniors) participate in the Waratah Bowl (Men), Opal Bowl (Women) and the Kookaburra Bowl (Colts) respectively. These games and also known as the State Finals.

The team with the most Waratah Bowl championships is the Sydney University Lions, who have won 18 in total and are the current Waratah Bowl champions, having defeated the West Sydney Pirates 20–19 in the 2016 Waratah Bowl XXXII.[1]

Remarkably, the Sydney University Lions have won the last 14 consecutive Waratah Bowls.

Each season the best players across the league are selected to represent New South Wales at the Australian Gridiron League National Championships in representative teams known as the NSW Wolfpack (Men), the Coyotes (Women) and the Wolverines (Colts) respectively.

League members[edit]

Current members[edit]

Former members (senior teams)[edit]

  • Army
  • Astros
  • Blacktown Vikings
  • Canberra Sabretooths
  • Canterbury Cougars
  • Concord Jaguars
  • Eastern Suburbs Buccaneers
  • Fairfield Argonauts
  • Hills District Eagles
  • Manly Redbacks
  • Newcastle Uni Thunder
  • North Western Rebels
  • Parramatta Bears
  • Parramatta Saxons
  • Penrith Outlaws
  • Ryde Spartans
  • St George Fireballs
  • Tempe Jets
  • Western Wolverines


Former members (junior teams)[edit]

  • Blacktown Starrs
  • Caringbah Chargers
  • Eastside Colts
  • Lansvale Trojans
  • North Shore Falcons
  • Penrith City Chiefs
  • Penrith Wolverines


Division One Championship Game History[edit]

Year Champion Runner-Up Score
2016 Sydney University Lions (18) West Sydney Pirates 20-19
2015 Sydney University Lions (17) West Sydney Pirates 36-18
2014 Sydney University Lions (16) West Sydney Pirates 42-14
2013 Sydney University Lions (15) Northwestern Predators 83-18
2012 Sydney University Lions (14) UTS Gators 38-0
2011 Sydney University Lions (13) West Sydney Pirates 47-8
2010 Sydney University Lions (12) UTS Gators 37-0
2009 Sydney University Lions (11) UTS Gators 34-26
2008 Sydney University Lions (10) West Sydney Pirates 38-34
2007 Sydney University Lions (9) UTS Gators 34-28
2006 Sydney University Lions (8) UTS Gators 34-26
2005 Sydney University Lions (7) Bondi Raiders 23-0
2004 Sydney University Lions (6) West Sydney Pirates 32-7
2003 Sydney University Lions (5) UWS Outlaws 38-21
2002 UWS Outlaws (1) Sydney University Lions 33-18
2001 Sutherland Seahawks (3) Sydney University Lions 28-21
2000 Sutherland Seahawks (2) Sydney University Lions 12-6
1999 Bondi Raiders (7) Sutherland Seahawks 09-07
1998 Bondi Raiders (6) ACT Astros 10-3
1997 Sutherland Seahawks (1) ACT Astros 21-17
1996 ACT Astros (1) Sydney University Lions 14-0
1995 Sydney University Lions (4) ACT Astros 13-3
1994 Canberra Sabretooths (1) Manly Redbacks 10-6
1993 Manly Redbacks (1) Sydney University Lions 14-13
1992 Sydney University Lions (3) Bondi Raiders 14-6
1991 Bondi Raiders (5) Sydney University Lions 14-12
1990 Bondi Raiders (4) Sydney University Lions 16-13
1989 Bondi Raiders (3) Sydney University Lions 14-13
1988 Bondi Raiders (2) Hills District Eagles  ??-??
1987 Bondi Raiders (1) Eastern Suburbs Buccaneers  ??-??
1986 Sydney University Lions (2) Fairfield Argonauts 20-0
1985 Sydney University Lions (1) Bondi Raiders 15-9
1984 Canterbury Cougars (1) Sydney University Stormtroopers (Lions) 19-7

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Crighton, Daniel (December 19, 2016). "Waratah Bowl XXXII Results". Gridiron Downunder. Retrieved December 19, 2016. 
  2. ^ Seiler, Melissa (December 6, 2016). ""UNSW Raiders make Gridiron NSW history after winning Women's Opal Bowl IV to go back-to-back"". Southern Courier. Retrieved January 1, 2017. 

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