Riddell District Football League

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Riddell District Football League
General Information
Founded 1912 to 1915 1920
Current clubs Broadford
Diggers Rest
Lancefield
Macedon
Melton Central
Riddell
Rockbank
Romsey
Rupertswood
Sunbury Kangaroos
Wallan
Woodend/Hesket
Current Junior Clubs Diggers Rest Junior Football Netball Club
Rangers
Macedon
Melton Central
Melton Bloods
Melton South
Riddell
Rockbank
Romsey
Rupertswood
Sunbury Lions
Sunbury Kangaroos
Woodend

The Riddell District Football League is an Australian rules football league affiliated with Football Victoria.

The league covers towns in the Macedon Ranges Victoria and an area from Rockbank in the south to Broadford in the north.

The league also runs junior competitions from Under 10 to Under 18 age groups.

Brief history[edit]

1970s[edit]

This decade saw Hesket club go into recess and the introduction of new clubs Craigieburn, Melton and Melton South. In 1975 the league went two divisional, With eight teams in First Division and six clubs in Second Division. Numbers were boosted by the return of Trentham and Hesket clubs. 1977 saw Broadford and a second team from Sunbury join the league. Diggers Rest joined in 1978.

1980s[edit]

1985 saw the league return to one division with twelve clubs. In 1987 the league went two divisional again as clubs were admitted from the Panton Hill Football League and North Fawkner from the disbanded YCW league the league had nineteen clubs.

1990s[edit]

By the mid-1990s some clubs were struggling to compete and clubs went into recess.

The strongest clubs, Darley, Melton, Melton South & Sunbury left for the Ballarat Football League in 1998. This reduced the league to one division again. North Fawkner went into recess after 1998 after the club struggled for years to secure sufficient numbers to field 2 teams, which resulted in many large defeats many over 30 goals.

2000s[edit]

Gisborne decided to play in the Bendigo Football League from 2000. Due to this it was thought that the league was no longer viable so Wallan FC left for the Diamond Valley Football League in 2002. After a restructure the Riddell District Football League stabilized. Season 2008 saw Wallan FC return and 2009 saw Broadford FC recommence in the League.

2010s[edit]

Rupertswood joined in full in 2013. It had been fielding juniors for some years. The senior side transferred in from the VAFA. Kilmore transferred to the Northern Football League in 2016

Clubs[edit]

Current[edit]

Club Nickname Years in Comp RDFL Premierships Premiership seasons
Broadford Kangaroos 1997-84, 2009- 1 1981
Diggers Rest Burras 1978- 2 1993, 2016
Lancefield Tigers 1920- 11 1923, 1924, 1932, 1946, 1949, 1952, 1958, 1966, 1995, 1996, 2009
Macedon Cats 1920-2000
2003- (reformed)
1 1975
Melton Central Blues 1996-
Riddell Bombers 1912- 14 1905, 1912, 1947, 1970, 1980, 1982, 1990, 1991, 1992, 2005, 2006, 2008, 2010, 2013
Rockbank Rams 2000- - -
Romsey Redbacks 1920- 27 1891, 1897, 1898, 1902, 1911, 1920, 1921, 1925, 1926, 1927, 1928, 1929, 1933, 1935, 1936, 1938, 1939, 1948, 1950, 1951, 1963, 1968, 1975, 2003, 2011, 2014, 2015
Rupertswood Sharks 2013- - -
Sunbury Kangaroos Kangaroos 1987- 1 2012
Wallan Magpies 1947-53, 1965–2001, 2008- 4 1977, 1989, 1992, 1998
Woodend/Hesket Hawks 1978- (merger) 2 2002, 2007

Former[edit]


Premiers[edit]

Books[edit]

  • History of Football in the Bendigo District - John Stoward - ISBN 9780980592917
  • 100 years of Football in the Riddell District - John Stoward

External links[edit]