Western Border Football League

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Western Border Football League
Western Border Football League logo.png
Sport Australian rules football
Founded 1964
President Darren Philps[1]
No. of teams 6
Country Australia
Most recent
champion(s)
North Gambier Football Club
Most titles South Gambier Football Club
(12 premierships)
Sponsor(s) Bendigo Bank[2]
Related
competitions
SANFL
Official website http://www.wbfl.com.au/


The Western Border Football League is an Australian rules football competition based in the Lower South East region of South Australia, and south-western border region of Victoria. It is an affiliated member of the South Australian National Football League. The league used to be regarded as the premier country football league in South Australia, and a leading country Victorian league, however the number of clubs and standard has declined in recent years.

Brief history[edit]

In 1964, after almost a decade of discussions, the Western District Football League in Victoria and the South-East & Border Football League in South Australia merged to form the Western Border Football League. The founding 12 clubs were Casterton, Coleraine, East Gambier, Hamilton, Hamilton Imperials, Heywood, Millicent, North Gambier, Penola, Portland, South Gambier and West Gambier.[3][4]

Penola left and joined the Kowree-Naracoorte Football League in 1988, Coleraine left and joined the South West District Football League in 1995.

In 2011 the Heywood Football Club left the Western Border Football League due to the club struggling to compete with the larger town clubs in the league. Their first application to leave was rejected, so they were forced to go to higher levels at the VCFL to resolve issues between the League and the Heywood Football Netball Club.

In 2012 the Hamilton and Hamilton Imperials club merged upon recommendation from the VCFL and competed in the Hampden Football Netball League from 2013. Portland also transferred to the Hampden Football Netball League for 2013, and Casterton and Sandford merged leaving just 6 teams in the competition today.

Some famous players that have played in the Western Border Football League have been Billy Picken, Matthew Clarke, Nick Daffy, Nathan Lovett-Murray, Mal Michael and John Mossop.

Current[edit]

Jumper Club Nickname Years in comp WBFL Premierships Premiership Years
Casterton Sandford Football Jumper.png
Casterton - Sandford Cats 1964-
2
1969, 1990
Bendigo Bombers Jumper.svg
East Gambier Bulldogs 1964-
8
1965, 1972-3, 1975-6, 1982-3, 1988
St Kilda FC Cross Jumper.png
Millicent Saints 1964-
1
1984
North Gambier Tigers Football Jumper.png
North Gambier Tigers 1964-
7
1964, 1979, 1987, 1989, 2012-13-14, 2016
South Gambier Demons Jumper.png
South Gambier Demons 1964-
12
1974, 1992, 1994, 1996-97-98-99-2000, 2002, 2005, 2009, 2015
West Gambier Roos Jumber.png
West Gambier Roos 1964-
3
1971, 2010, 2011

Previous[edit]

Jumper Club Nickname Years in comp WBFL Premierships Premiership Years
Coleraine Maroons Football Jumper.png
Coleraine Maroons 1964 - 1994
1
1967
Collingwood VFL.PNG
Hamilton Magpies 1964 - 2012
4
1968, 1970, 1981, 2004
Tatura Bulldogs Jumper.png
Hamilton Imperials Bulldogs 1964 - 2012
6
1977-8, 1980, 1993, 1995, 2001
Heywood Lions Jumper.png
Heywood Lions 1964 - 2011
0
Penola Eagles Jumper.png
Penola Blues 1964 - 1987
0
Glenelg Tigers Jumper.svg
Portland Tigers 1964 - 2012
8
1966, 1985-6, 1991, 2003, 2006-7-8

Timeline[edit]

Win/loss record[edit]

Club Active Total games Wins Losses Draws Percentage wins Flags
Casterton 1964–2012 962 398 558 6 41.37% 2
Coleraine 1964–1994 620 220 397 3 35.48% 1
East Gambier 1964–2012 1017 646 360 11 63.52% 8
Hamilton 1964–2012 973 507 461 5 52.11% 4
Imperials 1964–2012 991 535 451 5 53.99% 6
Heywood 1964–2011 930 230 696 4 24.73% 0
Millicent 1964–2012 961 436 522 3 45.37% 1
North Gambier 1964–2012 1024 631 386 7 61.62% 6
Penola 1964-1987 481 169 310 2 35.14% 0
Portland 1964–2012 1012 640 364 8 63.24% 8
South Gambier 1964–2012 1017 677 345 5 65.92% 11
West Gambier 1964–2012 954 359 588 7 37.63% 3

Ladders[edit]

2008 Ladder
Western Border FL Wins Byes Losses Draws For Against % Pts
Portland 16 0 2 0 2018 1126 179.22% 64
Imperials 13 0 5 0 1682 1259 133.60% 52
Hamilton 12 0 6 0 1892 1225 154.45% 48
South Gambier 12 0 6 0 1718 1256 136.78% 48
East Gambier 12 0 6 0 1729 1396 123.85% 48
North Gambier 11 0 7 0 1824 1461 124.85% 44
Millicent 6 0 12 0 1237 1556 79.50% 24
West Gambier 5 0 13 0 1471 1924 76.46% 20
Casterton 3 0 15 0 1207 1783 67.69% 12
Heywood 0 0 18 0 786 2478 31.72% 0
2008 Finals Ladder
Final Team G B Pts Team G B Pts
Elimination East Gambier 15 11 101 South Gambier 11 15 81
Qualifying Imperials 14 10 94 Hamilton 11 18 84
1st Semi East Gambier 19 12 126 Hamilton 8 4 52
2nd Semi Portland 15 14 104 Imperials 6 17 53
Preliminary Imperials 13 14 92 East Gambier 9 12 66
Grand Portland 13 15 93 Imperials 10 12 72
2009 Ladder
Western Border FL Wins Byes Losses Draws For Against % Pts Final Team G B Pts Team G B Pts
South Gambier 16 0 2 0 2165 1192 181.63% 64 Elimination North Gambier 13 9 87 Imperials 11 13 79
Portland 15 0 3 0 1906 1155 165.02% 60 Qualifying East Gambier 8 9 57 Portland 4 11 35
East Gambier 15 0 3 0 1893 1170 161.79% 60 1st Semi North Gambier 9 7 61 Portland 4 10 34
Imperials 10 0 8 0 1634 1412 115.72% 40 2nd Semi East Gambier 14 10 94 South Gambier 13 13 91
North Gambier 9 0 9 0 2058 1507 136.56% 36 Preliminary South Gambier 14 13 97 North Gambier 14 9 93
Casterton 8 0 10 0 1478 1894 78.04% 32 Grand South Gambier 12 11 83 East Gambier 9 12 66
Millicent 8 0 10 0 1583 1546 102.39% 32
Hamilton 6 0 12 0 1415 1897 74.59% 24
West Gambier 3 0 15 0 1184 2167 54.64% 12
Heywood 0 0 18 0 990 2366 41.84% 0
2010 Ladder
Western Border FL Wins Byes Losses Draws For Against % Pts Final Team G B Pts Team G B Pts
Millicent 14 0 4 0 1579 1217 129.75% 56 Elimination Portland 13 10 88 North Gambier 8 13 61
South Gambier 13 0 5 0 1925 1283 150.04% 52 Qualifying South Gambier 14 18 102 West Gambier 18 11 119
West Gambier 13 0 5 0 1762 1398 126.04% 52 1st Semi South Gambier 15 14 104 Portland 9 6 60
Portland 12 0 6 0 1769 1198 147.66% 48 2nd Semi West Gambier 7 8 50 Millicent 2 6 18
North Gambier 12 0 6 0 1876 1292 145.20% 48 Preliminary Millicent 10 7 67 South Gambier 3 12 30
Heywood 9 0 9 0 1695 1573 107.76% 36 Grand West Gambier 11 6 72 Millicent 10 9 69
East Gambier 8 0 10 0 1561 1541 101.30% 32
Casterton 4 0 14 0 1207 1885 64.03% 16
Hamilton 3 0 15 0 1130 2071 54.56% 12
Imperials 2 0 16 0 925 1971 46.93% 8
2011 Ladder
Western Border FL Wins Byes Losses Draws For Against % Pts Final Team G B Pts Team G B Pts
West Gambier 16 0 2 0 2320 1402 165.48% 64 Elimination South Gambier 13 7 85 East Gambier 8 7 55
Portland 15 0 3 0 2426 1030 235.53% 60 Qualifying Portland 16 16 112 North Gambier 10 8 68
North Gambier 13 0 5 0 2182 1377 158.46% 52 1st Semi North Gambier 15 10 100 South Gambier 8 9 57
South Gambier 13 0 5 0 1897 1351 140.41% 52 2nd Semi West Gambier 13 16 94 Portland 12 1 73
East Gambier 10 0 7 1 1777 1530 116.14% 42 Preliminary North Gambier 15 10 100 Portland 11 16 82
Hamilton 7 0 10 1 1733 1740 99.60% 30 Grand West Gambier 16 21 117 North Gambier 9 14 68
Millicent 7 0 11 0 1245 1623 76.71% 28
Imperials 6 0 12 0 1411 1814 77.78% 24
Casterton 2 0 16 0 1176 2034 57.82% 8
Heywood 0 0 18 0 709 2975 23.83% 0
2012 Ladder
Western Border FL Wins Byes Losses Draws For Against % Pts Final Team G B Pts Team G B Pts
North Gambier 13 2 3 0 1662 1053 157.83% 52 Elimination Imperials 13 15 93 Millicent 8 10 58
Portland 12 2 4 0 1567 1219 128.55% 48 Qualifying South Gambier 16 15 111 Portland 10 9 69
South Gambier 10 2 6 0 1503 1106 135.90% 40 1st Semi Portland 14 18 102 Imperials 6 17 53
Millicent 10 2 6 0 1377 1182 116.50% 40 2nd Semi South Gambier 10 15 75 North Gambier 6 1 37
Imperials 9 2 7 0 1396 1067 130.83% 36 Preliminary North Gambier 18 11 119 Portland 10 8 68
East Gambier 8 2 8 0 1154 1055 109.38% 32 Grand North Gambier 17 16 118 South Gambier 9 5 59
Hamilton 6 2 10 0 1020 1291 79.01% 24
West Gambier 3 2 13 0 1024 1594 64.24% 12
Casterton 1 2 15 0 842 1978 42.57% 4
2013 Ladder
Western Border FL Wins Byes Losses Draws For Against % Pts Final Team G B Pts Team G B Pts
North Gambier 14 0 1 0 1643 845 194.44% 56 1st Semi West Gambier 20 12 132 Casterton 10 10 70
South Gambier 13 0 2 0 1411 983 143.54% 52 2nd Semi North Gambier 20 15 135 South Gambier 7 6 48
West Gambier 7 0 8 0 1134 1228 92.35% 28 Preliminary West Gambier 11 13 79 South Gambier 10 13 73
Casterton 5 0 10 0 1015 1328 76.43% 20 Grand North Gambier 18 12 120 West Gambier 10 15 75
East Gambier 4 0 11 0 968 1300 74.46% 16
Millicent 2 0 13 0 904 1391 64.99% 8
2014 Ladder
Western Border FL Wins Byes Losses Draws For Against % Pts Final Team G B Pts Team G B Pts
South Gambier 13 0 3 1 1929 1035 186.38% 54 1st Semi West Gambier 18 15 123 Casterton Sandford 12 11 83
North Gambier 13 0 3 1 1800 1053 170.94% 54 2nd Semi North Gambier 12 15 87 South Gambier 11 12 78
West Gambier 8 0 9 0 1364 1391 98.06% 32 Preliminary West Gambier 12 7 79 South Gambier 10 16 76
Casterton Sandford 8 0 9 0 1297 1411 91.92% 32 Grand North Gambier 17 13 115 West Gambier 12 14 86
East Gambier 7 0 10 0 1154 1541 74.89% 28
Millicent 1 0 16 0 767 1880 40.80% 4

Noteable WBFL Players[edit]

References[edit]

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