Keilor Football Club
|Full name||Keilor Football Club|
|Competition||Essendon District Football League|
|Ground(s)||Keilor Recreation Reserve, Keilor|
Keilor Football Club is an Australian rules football club located 20 km north west of Melbourne in the suburb of Keilor. The club's origins can be traced back to 1877, where the club was formed at a general meeting at Mr Eagling’s Waggoner’s Arms Hotel in May 1877.
The first football match played at Keilor was in 1894 against an Essendon junior team. In the period 1894–1925, Keilor played matches against various sides including city hotel social clubs and nearby towns.
Keilor’s first competition matches were in 1926, when the club was a founding member of the Keilor & Broadmeadows Football Association. The club won premierships in 1926,1927 and 1928 in this league.
In 1932, Keilor joined the Essendon District Football League and has remained in this competition ever since. In 1968 Keilor won its first senior premiership the B Grade and has been in A-Grade continuously since that time, the longest of any A-Grade club.
A B Grade premiership in 1968 was followed by its first A-Grade premiership in 1973, and again in the years 1985, 1988, three in a row 1995, 1996, 1997, and back to back in 2000 and 2001. In more recent years, Keilor FC triumphed over previously undefeated Greenvale to win the 2008 A-Grade Premiership at Windy Hill. This day also saw our Reserves win the premiership, defeating West Coburg and our U18 side falling short – a feat which saw all 3 sides appear on Grand Final Day.
In 2016 Mick McGuane led Keilor to his 2nd flag in charge, defeating Aberfeldie 13.13.91 v 9.8.62 at Windy Hill, on Saturday 10th September.
The victory was setup thanks to a first-quarter ambush – kicking 8 goals to 3 in the opening term and blowing the opposition away.
KEILOR | 13.13-91
Goal Kickers: D. Galea 6, C. Taylor, J. Kennedy, R. Bathie, R. Hards, G. Barbuto, L. McGuane, L. Cartelli
Best Players: D. Galea, E. Ogden, K. Barbuto, M. Thomas, M. Tanner, M. James
Similar to 2008, our Reserves also won the Premiership thanks to a mighty game of football against Greenvale – Making it a Premiership double for our Senior Men’s sides in 2016. This was the first Premiership Keilor had won in the competition restructure to 3 grades, and makes it the 10th A-Grade/Premier Division Premiership for KeilorFC.
In 2017 Keilor fielded its first ever Senior Women’s side, which competed in the joint EDFL/WRFL Senior Women’s Competition. It was an extremely successful season, as Keilor did not lose a game all season, running out Premiers in the Grand Final by a whopping 75 points over Manor Lakes.
The Keilor Football Club fields 29 teams that represent the club on a weekly basis. In 2018 they entered 18 x junior sides, 5 x junior girls sides, 2 x senior women's & 4 x senior men's sides into competitive competitions.
Senior Premierships (13)
- Keilor & Broadmeadows Football Association (2)
- Essendon District Football League (11)
- A Grade
- 1973, 1985, 1988, 1995, 1996, 1997, 2000, 2001, 2008, 2016
- B Grade
- A3 Grade
VFL/AFL players from Keilor Football Club
- George Spero (Essendon)
- John Ellis (Essendon)
- Mark Harvey (Essendon)
- Ricky Olarenshaw (Essendon)
- Ivan Maric (Richmond) & (Adelaide Crows)
- Michael Rischitelli (Brisbane Lions) & (Gold Coast)
- Kyle Hartigan (Adelaide)
- James Sicily (Hawthorn)
- Corey Ellis (Richmond)
- Jayden Laverde (Essendon)
- Paul Ahern (GWS) & (North Melbourne Kangaroos)
- Daniel Venables (West Coast)
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