Southern Football League (Tasmania)

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Southern Football League
Current season, competition or edition:
Current sports event 2016
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Formerly Southern Tasmanian Football League (STFL)
Sport Australian rules football
Founded 1996; 21 years ago (1996)
No. of teams 9
Country Australia
Venue(s)
Official website SFL website

The Southern Football League is an Australian rules football league which is based in Tasmania, Australia.

History[edit]

Beginning and growth[edit]

The Southern Tasmanian Football League (STFL) was founded in 1996 with the league's original clubs being those of the recently defunct Tasmanian Amateur Football League – Southern Division (Southern Amateurs) and two clubs from the Huon Football Association.

In that first season the competing clubs from the Tasmanian Amateur Football League (Southern Division) were Mangalore (Brighton), Lauderdale, Lindisfarne, Claremont, Sorell and Lachlan and from the Huon Football Association, Kingston (Kingborough) and Channel.

Despite the lopsided results from many of the matches in its first two seasons, the STFL was beginning to rival its long established counterpart, the TFL Statewide League for attendances, community involvement, players and money as players and fans alike became tired of the politics and negativity that permeated through a floundering TFL at that time.

With the demise of the 114-year-old Huon Football Association at the end of the 1997 season and financially crippled former TFL club Hobart opting to pull out of the Statewide League at the end of the same season and voting to join the STFL, the league was ready for an influx of new teams as one of its foundation clubs, Lachlan, went out of business at the end of 1997.

Kermandie (then known as the Robins) and Cygnet (then known as the Magpies) were forced to change playing uniforms and emblems (to Bushrangers and The Port respectively) owing to clashes with already established clubs Brighton and Claremont.

Huonville Bulldogs merged with fellow Huon Football Association rival Franklin Lions to become the Huonville Lions and thus joined the STFL in 1998. Hobart (then known as the Tigers) were forced to change their emblem and playing strip owing to a clash with Kingston (Kingborough).

From 1998, the STFL would be known as the Southern Football League. As the league continued to go from strength to strength, the TFL Statewide League was sinking as crowds continued to slide and clubs sank further into the financial mire.

New Norfolk District Football Club, a member of the TFL since 1947 left the TFL at the end of 1999 and joined the SFL in 2000 as the New Norfolk 'Derwent' Hawks.

In early 1999 the Australian Football League funded a new governing body of Tasmanian football[citation needed] under recommendations through the AFL-instigated Biggs Report into the substantial crises facing Tasmanian football at that time, with the Tasmanian Football League, as the sport's governing body being liquidated with massive debt problems.
The new governing body was known as Football Tasmania and it was to control and fund the new TSFL competition and a year later, a new SWL competition.
In December 2000, the Burnie Dockers pulled out of the SWL to rejoin the NTFL as did Devonport and Northern Bombers, leaving Football Tasmania little choice but to close down the Statewide competition as the AFL decided to redistribute its funding into placing a Tasmanian team in the Victorian Football League in 2001 which left Clarence, Glenorchy and North Hobart Football Clubs without a competition to participate in.

After numerous meetings and much debate it was decided to accept the three orphaned clubs into the league in early 2001 to create a 15-team competition for that season.

Premier League and Regional League split[edit]

In 2002 the SFL split into two conferences – Premier League and Regional League.

The Premier League consisted of former TFL clubs Clarence, Glenorchy, North Hobart, Hobart and New Norfolk along with Kingston, Brighton and Sorell.

The Regional League consisted of Cygnet, Channel, Huonville Lions, Kermandie, Claremont, Lauderdale, Lindisfarne and former Tasman Football Association club Dodges Ferry, admitted into the league after the TFA folded at the end of the 2001 season.

In early 2003 the Sorell Football Club was forced to leave the Premier League after the club was unable to find enough volunteers to run the club and therefore went into recess for that season, its Premier League position was taken over by Lauderdale the following year.

Two new additions to the SFL Regional League in 2006 saw former Oatlands District Football Association clubs Oatlands, Kempton and Bothwell merge to create the Central Hawks while east coast club Triabunna (also from the ODFA) also were included.

Six clubs leave the SFL to join the State League and OSFA[edit]

In 2008 AFL Tasmania announced plans to reintroduce the Tasmanian State League starting in 2009.

Under the plan Clarence, Glenorchy, North Hobart, Hobart and Lauderdale Football Clubs from the Premier League were targeted to join.

After subsequent meetings it was put to a vote of each club's members who accordingly voted affirmatively to leave the SFL and join the State League subject to individual conditions being met. Kingborough Football Club also made a plea to join the TSL but was turned down by AFL Tasmania due to its poor facilities and poor standard home ground at Kingston Beach Oval.

In January 2009, the Channel Football Club was granted permission to join the Old Scholars Football Association.[1] After struggling on and off the ground for several years the Saints feared that they would be no match for former Premier League clubs rejoining the same competition as them, and that the resulting beatings they would've suffered could well have spelled the end of the Channel Football Club's existence so therefore, made a submission to join the more social OSFA competition.

Demise of Kermandie[edit]

Only weeks prior to the start of the 2009 season, Kermandie Football Club announced that it would be going into recess for the immediate future due to a lack of players, and despite a fresh attempt at reviving the club over the summer period of 2009/10, it was revealed that the club was again suffering from a chronic shortage of players and that Kermandie's demise was imminent.[2]

Despite a late attempt to discuss a possible merger with fellow Huon club Cygnet, who at the time were also suffering from player shortages, the Cygnet Football Club expressed their wishes to continue on in their own right[3] and therefore the Kermandie Football Club was set to go out of existence in March 2010 after a history spanning 123-years.[4]

However, a faction within the club led by senior coach Paul Allison (a one time Sydney Swans listed player) had signed up former Sydney Swan and Brisbane Bears forward Warwick Capper, only days later Mark 'Jacko' Jackson was also signed up to try to breathe life into the club, these signings did however create much controversy within the Kermandie/Geeveston region with many supporters feeling that it was turning the club into a circus rather than a serious football club.

SFL President Paul Harriss remained unconvinced and the League had already printed out the season's roster without Kermandie's involvement. A meeting on 17 March 2010 discussed terms on the future of Kermandie Football Club and their involvement with the SFL, with a vote of all club delegates set to decide their fate, however the Kermandie Football Club delegate had already been instructed to advise that the club would not be seeking a return to the SFL in 2010 and as a result, the club was wound up and went out of existence.

Triabunna becomes East Coast Bombers[edit]

In 2011, the Triabunna Football Club became known as the East Coast Bombers[5] in a deal with TSL club Lauderdale which will see them send players from their reserves list (the TSL Reserves competition was axed at the completion of the 2010 season) to play for the former Roos senior team, which had been struggling badly since it entered the SFL in 2006.

Central Hawks in recess[edit]

In 2013 the Central Hawks were forced to go into recess because of a lack of player numbers. The Hawks first entered the SFL in 2006 as a combination of former ODFA clubs Oatlands, Bothwell and Kempton. But Bothwell has re-entered the ODFA for this year in its own right.[6] It will be a ten team competition with a final five format.

Clubs[edit]

Current clubs[edit]

Club Stadium Establ. First
season
Prem.
Brighton Pontville Oval 1885 1996 1
Claremont Abbotsfield Park 1924 1996 2
Cygnet Cygnet War Memorial Ground 1906 1998 3
Dodges Ferry Dodges Ferry Recreation Ground 1978 2003 1
Hobart TCA Ground 1944 1998 1
Hounville Huonville Recreation Ground 1998 1998 1
Lindisfarne Anzac Park 1911 1996
New Norfolk District Boyer Oval 1878 2000 6
Sorell Pembroke Park 1883 1996

Former clubs[edit]

Club Years
Central Hawks 2006–12
Channel 1996–2008
Clarence 2001–08
East Coast Bombers 2006–10 [note 1]
Kermandie 1998–2009
Kingborough 1996–2013
Lachlan 1996–97
Lauderdale 1996–2008
North Hobart 2001–08
Triabunna 2006–10
Notes
  1. ^ Partnership between Triabunna FC and Lauderdale Bombers

Grand Finals[edit]

STFL/SFL Grand Finals (1996–2001; 2009–present)[edit]

Year Winner Score Runner-up Attend. Venue
1996 Channel 12.15 (87) – 11.4 (70) Kingston 4,149 Abbotsfield Park
1997 Kingston 10.14 (74) – 8.1 (49) Claremont 1,800 KGV Oval
1998 Brighton 10.8 (68) – 10.8 (68) Cygnet 2,100 KGV Oval
1999 Hobart 20.9 (129) – 11.12 (78) Brighton 3,896 Huonville Rec. Ground
2000 Kermandie 13.11 (89) – 8.11 (59) New Norfolk 5,400 North Hobart Oval
2001 Clarence 17.19 (121) – 11.11 (77) Glenorchy 4,801 North Hobart Oval
2009 New Norfolk 15.11 (101) – 10.9 (69) Lindisfarne 3,804 North Hobart Oval
2010 New Norfolk 20.18 (138) – 10.6 (66) Dodges Ferry 5,203 KGV Oval
2011 Kingborough 22.7 (139) – 13.12 (90) New Norfolk 6,907 KGV Oval
2012 New Norfolk 10.18 (78) – 11.7 (73) Lindisfarne 4,956 KGV Oval
2013 New Norfolk 15.15 (105) – 9.8 (62) Claremont 5,337 KGV Oval[7]
2014 New Norfolk 28.9 (177) – 14.10 (94) Claremont 3,900 KGV Oval
2015 Claremont 16.15 (111) – 6.11 (47) New Norfolk 4,368 KGV Oval
2016 Claremont 13.13 (91) – 11.17 (83) Lindisfarne 4,023 North Hobart Oval

SFL Premier League Grand Finals: 2002–08[edit]

Year Winner Score Runner-up Attend. Venue
2002 Clarence 12.17 (89) – 10.8 (68) North Hobart 4,819 North Hobart Oval
2003 North Hobart 21.20 (146) – 5.6 (36) Hobart 4,289 North Hobart Oval
2004 Clarence 17.12 (114) – 12.9 (81) New Norfolk 6,132 North Hobart Oval
2005 New Norfolk 19.16 (130) – 14.8 (92) Clarence 5,114 North Hobart Oval
2006 Clarence 17.13 (115) – 11.12 (78) Glenorchy 7,149 North Hobart Oval
2007 Glenorchy 14.22 (106) – 4.14 (38) Clarence 7,091 North Hobart Oval
2008 Glenorchy 21.14 (140) – 12.17 (89) North Hobart 6,224 North Hobart Oval

SFL Regional League Grand Finals: 2002–08[edit]

Year Winner Score Runner-up Attend. Venue
2002 Cygnet 9.13 (67) 4.7 (31) Lauderdale 2,460 North Hobart Oval
2003 Cygnet 20.9 (129) – 11.11 (77) Lauderdale 3,423 North Hobart Oval
2004 Cygnet 21.15 (141) – 9.10 (64) Sorell n/a North Hobart Oval
2005 Kermandie 17.11 (113) – 17.5 (107) Cygnet 3,800 North Hobart Oval
2006 Dodges Ferry 14.13 (97) – 13.9 (87) Sorell 3,715 North Hobart Oval
2007 Kermandie 16.13 (109) – 15.9 (99) Hounville Lions 4,303 North Hobart Oval
2008 Hounville Lions 16.9 (105) – 9.14 (68) Lindisfarne 4,397 North Hobart Oval

Goalkicking[edit]

STFL/SFL Leading Goalkickers: 1996–2001 & 2009 – present[edit]

  • 1996 – Brad Howarth (Channel) – 123
  • 1997 – Darren Kaye (Lindisfarne) – 101
  • 1998 – Michael Darcy (Cygnet) – 106
  • 1999 – Dale Hall (Hobart) – 88
  • 2000 – Michael McGregor (Kermandie) – 104
  • 2001 – Robbie Devine (North Hobart) – 102
  • 2009 – Adrian Burdon (New Norfolk) – 106
  • 2010 – Clint Curtain (Claremont) – 87
  • 2011 – Tim Lamprill (Kingborough) – 105
  • 2012 – Michael Thompson (New Norfolk) – 101
  • 2013 – Ben Halton (Cygnet) – 88
  • 2014 – Josh Hall (New Norfolk) – 112
  • 2015 – Sean Salter (Claremont) – 101
  • 2016 – Sean Salter (Claremont) – 90

SFL Premier League Leading Goalkickers: 2002–2008[edit]

  • 2002 – Robbie Devine (North Hobart) – 60
  • 2003 – Matthew Smith (New Norfolk) – 67
  • 2004 – Sean Salter (Glenorchy) – 65
  • 2005 – Sean Salter (New Norfolk) – 69
  • 2006 – Michael Darcy (Kingborough) – 94
  • 2007 – Mitchell Williamson (Clarence) – 58
  • 2008 – Robbie Devine (North Hobart) – 82

SFL Regional League Leading Goalkickers: 2002–2008[edit]

  • 2002 – Justin Westbury (Lauderdale) – 81
  • 2003 – Michael Darcy (Cygnet) – 113
  • 2004 – Michael Darcy (Cygnet) – 105
  • 2005 – Michael Darcy (Cygnet) – 100
  • 2006 – Jamie Tubb (Lindisfarne) – 77
  • 2007 – Michael Darcy (Cygnet) – 103
  • 2008 – Chris Joyce (Huonville Lions) – 136

Medal Winners[edit]

Horrie Gorringe Medal Winners[edit]

(Best Player in the SFL Premier League Grand Final 2002-2008)

  • 2002 – Nick Davey (Clarence)
  • 2003 – Robbie Devine (North Hobart)
  • 2004 – Tim Geappen (Clarence)
  • 2005 – Michael Thompson (New Norfolk)
  • 2006 – Jeremy Sharpen (Clarence)
  • 2007 – Brad Curran (Glenorchy)
  • 2008 – Damian McIver (Glenorchy)

Tony Martyn Medal Winners[edit]

(Best Player in the SFL Regional League Grand Final 2002-2008)

  • 2002 – Gordon Shaw (Cygnet)
  • 2003 – Heath Dillon (Cygnet)
  • 2004 – Grant Clark (Cygnet)
  • 2005 – David Reynolds (Kermandie)
  • 2006 – Jamie Curran (Dodges Ferry)
  • 2007 – Anthony Baker (Kermandie)
  • 2008 – Darren Garth (Huonville Lions)

Gorringe-Martyn Medal Winners[edit]

(Best Player in SFL Grand Final 2009–Present; Amalgamation of previous Gorringe and Martyn Medals)

  • 2009 – Sam Hall (New Norfolk)
  • 2010 – Matthew Smith (New Norfolk)
  • 2011 –
  • 2012 – Brad Carver (New Norfolk)
  • 2013 – Nathan Ross (New Norfolk)
  • 2014 – Nathan Ross (New Norfolk)
  • 2015 – Nathan Matthews (Claremont)
  • 2016 – Braden Barwick (Claremont)

Hodgman Medal Winners – STFL/SFL/SFL Regional League[edit]

  • 1996 – Jason Gulliver (Claremont)
  • 1997 – Tim Blanden (Lindisfarne)
  • 1998 – Andrew Beveridge (Channel)
  • 1999 – Jason Philp (Huonville Lions)
  • 2000 – Brendan Browning (Brighton)
  • 2001 – Damien Dillon (Cygnet) - Awarded a William Leitch Medal (Retrospective)
  • 2002 – Brad Marsland (Lauderdale)
  • 2003 – Danny Noonan (Dodges Ferry)
  • 2004 – Jeremy Brereton (Cygnet)
  • 2005 – Craig McLeod (Dodges Ferry) & Michael Gowans (Channel)
  • 2006 – Nick Doyle (Huonville Lions)
  • 2007 – Andrew Nash (Kermandie)
  • 2008 – Jamie Curran (Dodges Ferry)

Horrie Gorringe Medallists – SFL Premier League[edit]

  • 2002 – Matthew Jones (New Norfolk) - Awarded a William Leitch Medal (Retrospective)
  • 2003 – Brendon Bolton (North Hobart) - Awarded a William Leitch Medal (Retrospective)

William Leitch Medallists – SFL Premier League (2004–2008) & SFL (2009 – present)[edit]

  • 2004 – Brock Ackerley (New Norfolk) & Roger Belcher (New Norfolk)
  • 2005 – David Newett (Glenorchy)
  • 2006 – Jesse Crouch (Glenorchy)
  • 2007 – Brad Carver (New Norfolk)
  • 2008 – Shane Piuselli (Glenorchy)
  • 2009 – Roger Belcher (New Norfolk)
  • 2010 – James Lange (Huonville Lions)
  • 2011 – Nathan Ross (New Norfolk)
  • 2012 – Michael Thompson (New Norfolk)
  • 2013 – Nathan Ross (New Norfolk)
  • 2014 – Caden Wilson (New Norfolk)
  • 2015 – Nathan Brown (Claremont)
  • 2016 – Troy Cunliffe (Lindisfarne)

Ladders[edit]

2010[edit]

Southern FL Wins Byes Losses Draws For Against % Pts
New Norfolk 17 0 1 0 2730 1208 225.99% 68
Dodges Ferry 17 0 1 0 2506 1130 221.77% 68
Huonville 13 0 5 0 2135 1267 168.51% 52
Kingborough 12 0 6 0 2089 1529 136.63% 48
Central Hawks 11 0 7 0 1957 1527 128.16% 44
Lindisfarne 8 0 10 0 1602 1830 87.54% 32
Cygnet 6 0 12 0 1441 1726 83.49% 24
Claremont 6 0 12 0 1709 2048 83.45% 24
Brighton 5 0 13 0 1588 1776 89.41% 20
Sorell 3 0 15 0 1249 2024 61.71% 12
Triabunna 0 0 18 0 687 3628 18.94% 0

FINALS

Final Team G B Pts Team G B Pts
Elimination Huonville 19 17 131 Lindisfarne 6 3 39
Elimination Kingborough 16 23 119 Central Hawks 12 12 84
1st Semi Huonville 7 7 49 Kingborough 5 7 37
2nd Semi New Norfolk 8 12 60 Dodges Ferry 6 8 44
Preliminary Dodges Ferry 15 13 103 Huonville 8 8 56
Grand New Norfolk 20 18 138 Dodges Ferry 10 6 66

2011[edit]

Southern FL Wins Byes Losses Draws For Against % Pts
New Norfolk 20 0 0 0 2916 992 293.95% 80
Kingborough 16 0 4 0 2434 1168 208.39% 64
Dodges Ferry 15 0 5 0 2248 1296 173.46% 60
Huonville 14 0 6 0 1956 1338 146.19% 56
Lindisfarne 14 0 6 0 1948 1460 133.42% 56
Brighton 11 0 8 1 1853 1469 126.14% 46
Glenorchy 8 0 11 1 1669 2008 83.12% 34
Claremont 7 0 13 0 1634 1925 84.88% 28
Cygnet 6 0 14 0 1341 2298 58.36% 24
Sorell 4 0 16 0 1115 2527 44.12% 16
Central Hawks 2 0 18 0 1313 2525 52.00% 8
East Coast 2 0 18 0 1305 2726 47.87% 8

FINALS

Final Team G B Pts Team G B Pts
Elimination Dodges Ferry 22 15 147 Brighton 4 10 34
Elimination Huonville 13 15 93 Lindisfarne 6 13 49
1st Semi Huonville 18 17 125 Dodges Ferry 16 12 108
2nd Semi New Norfolk 17 16 118 Kingborough 15 6 96
Preliminary Kingborough 16 21 117 Huonville 6 9 45
Grand Kingborough 22 7 139 New Norfolk 13 12 90

2012[edit]

Southern FL Wins Byes Losses Draws For Against % Pts
New Norfolk 15 0 1 0 2341 845 277.04% 60
Lindisfarne 15 0 1 0 1743 905 192.60% 60
Kingsborough 11 0 5 0 1764 1019 173.11% 44
Dodges Ferry 9 0 6 1 1475 1163 126.83% 38
Claremont 9 0 7 0 1213 1434 84.59% 36
Brighton 7 0 8 1 1343 1371 97.96% 30
Cygnet 7 0 8 1 1258 1489 84.49% 30
Huonville 6 0 9 1 1274 1566 81.35% 26
East Coast 4 0 12 0 1159 1759 65.89% 16
Sorell 3 0 13 0 994 1717 57.89% 12
Central Hawks 0 0 16 0 837 2133 39.24% 0

FINALS

Final Team G B Pts Team G B Pts
Elimination Dodges Ferry 18 12 120 Claremont 9 18 72
Elimination Kingborough 25 11 161 Brighton 14 4 88
1st Semi Kingborough 17 14 116 Dodges Ferry 6 10 46
2nd Semi Lindisfarne 11 10 76 New Norfolk 7 13 55
Preliminary New Norfolk 13 17 95 Kingborough 3 9 27
Grand New Norfolk 10 18 78 Lindisfarne 11 7 73

See also[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Smith, Adam (28 November 2008). "Channel to join Old Scholars". The Mercury. Retrieved 28 January 2011. 
  2. ^ Smith, Adam (25 February 2010). "Club's death knell". The Mercury. Retrieved 28 January 2011. 
  3. ^ Smith, Adam (26 February 2010). "Club's fate is sealed". The Mercury. Retrieved 28 January 2011. 
  4. ^ Smith, Adam (27 February 2010). "Robins facing end of line". The Mercury. Retrieved 28 January 2011. 
  5. ^ Smith, Adam (8 October 2010). "Teams unite for season". The Mercury. Retrieved 28 January 2011. 
  6. ^ http://www.themercury.com.au/article/2013/03/14/374593_sport-news.html
  7. ^ "SFL 2013 Grand Final review". 17 September 2013. Retrieved 15 March 2014. 

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