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.[1] 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.[2]

Clubs[edit]

Current[edit]

Club Nickname Years in Comp RDFL Premierships Premiership seasons
Broadford Kangaroos 1977-84, 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)
2 1975, 2017
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]

2015 Ladder[edit]

Riddell DFL Wins Byes Losses Draws For Against % Pts
Riddell 14 2 2 0 1579 960 164.48% 64
Diggers Rest 13 2 3 0 1796 852 210.80% 60
Rupertswood 13 2 3 0 1519 802 189.40% 60
Romsey 13 2 3 0 1713 971 176.42% 60
Macedon 10 2 6 0 1418 1004 141.24% 48
Broadford 10 2 6 0 1526 1116 136.74% 48
Sunbury Kangaroos 9 2 7 0 1370 1151 119.03% 44
Lancefield 7 2 9 0 1095 1306 83.84% 36
Woodend-Hesket 6 2 10 0 860 1544 55.70% 32
Wallan 4 2 12 0 1145 1567 73.07% 24
Rockbank 2 2 14 0 820 1508 54.38% 16
Melton Central 2 2 14 0 823 1620 50.80% 16

FINALS

Final Team G B Pts Team G B Pts
Elimination Broadford 8 3 51 Rupertswood 5 7 37
Elimination Romsey 12 3 75 Macedon 8 9 57
Qualifying Diggers Rest 9 12 66 Riddell 9 8 62
1st Semi Broadford 9 16 70 Riddell 7 13 55
2nd Semi Diggers Rest 16 14 110 Romsey 13 11 89
Preliminary Romsey 16 19 115 Broadford 7 14 56
Grand Romsey 15 19 109 Diggers Rest 14 15 99

2016 Ladder[edit]

Riddell DFL Wins Byes Losses Draws For Against % Pts
Diggers Rest 15 1 1 0 1772 859 206.29% 64
Macedon 13 1 3 0 1393 956 145.71% 56
Broadford 12 1 4 0 1696 1068 158.80% 52
Riddell 11 1 5 0 1749 884 197.85% 48
Rupertswood 11 1 5 0 1475 866 170.32% 48
Wallan 8 1 8 0 1432 1166 122.81% 36
Sunbury Kangaroos 8 1 8 0 1171 1040 112.60% 36
Lancefield 7 1 9 0 1279 1107 115.54% 32
Romsey 6 1 10 0 1232 1203 102.41% 28
Woodend-Hesket 3 1 13 0 1012 1472 68.75% 16
Melton Central 2 1 14 0 1012 1921 52.68% 12
Rockbank 0 1 16 0 385 3066 12.56% 4

FINALS

Final Team G B Pts Team G B Pts
Elimination Riddell 14 9 93 Rupertswood 7 8 50
Elimination Broadford 17 21 123 Wallan 13 7 85
Qualifying Diggers Rest 19 16 130 Macedon 8 9 57
1st Semi Riddell 13 5 83 Macedon 12 8 80
2nd Semi Diggers Rest 15 18 108 Broadford 5 9 39
Preliminary Riddell 8 6 54 Broadford 6 14 50
Grand Diggers Rest 12 14 86 Romsey 12 8 80

2017 Ladder[edit]

Riddell DFL Wins Byes Losses Draws For Against % Pts
Macedon 14 0 2 0 1804 631 285.90% 56
Rupertswood 13 0 3 0 1932 705 274.04% 52
Diggers Rest 12 0 4 0 1540 816 188.73% 48
Riddell 11 0 5 0 1459 1083 134.72% 44
Romsey 11 0 5 0 1351 1019 132.58% 44
Sunbury Kangaroos 10 0 6 0 1484 987 150.35% 40
Wallan 10 0 6 0 1590 1076 147.77% 40
Melton Central 7 0 9 0 947 1419 66.74% 28
Woodend-Hesket 4 0 12 0 1080 1439 75.05% 16
Lancefield 2 0 14 0 806 1763 45.72% 8
Rockbank 2 0 14 0 773 1834 42.15% 8
Broadford 0 0 16 0 556 2550 21.80% 0

FINALS

Final Team G B Pts Team G B Pts
Elimination Riddell 15 6 96 Romsey 3 4 22
Elimination Diggers Rest 10 4 64 Sunbury Kangaroos 6 6 42
Qualifying Macedon 10 15 75 Rupertswood 9 6 60
1st Semi Rupertswood 8 10 58 Riddell 5 8 38
2nd Semi Macedon 9 14 68 Diggers Rest 8 8 56
Preliminary Rupertswood 10 7 67 Diggers Rest 5 12 42
Grand Macedon 11 14 80 Rupertswood 10 7 67

References[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]