Western Region Football League

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Western Region Football League
Western Region Football League logo.jpg
Founded 1931
Formerly known as Footscray District Football League
No. of senior divisions 3
No. of senior clubs 25
2015 Premiers Div 1: Deer Park
Div 2: Wyndhamvale
Div 3: Albanvale
Website WRFL Website

The Western Region Football League is an Australian rules football semi-professional league, based in the western suburbs of Melbourne, for both seniors and juniors.

History[edit]

The league was formed in 1931, as the Footscray District Football League.

During the fifties, the VFL club Footscray was financially backing the competition, so they decided to bar clubs that were inside the Essendon zone[citation needed]. This resulted in six clubs leaving. More changes in 1952 as the League decided that clubs had to provide an under 18 competition, this action reduced the club numbers down to twelve[citation needed]. The next initiative was the introduction of an under 16 competition in 1954.

In 1988 the league absorbed clubs from the West Suburban Football League and in 2000, to reflect the fact that the league had expanded across the western suburbs, it changed its name to the Western Region Football League. The league's headquarters are at Whitten Oval which is the home of current AFL club Western Bulldogs.

In 2002 the league, in particular its second Division, found itself a national audience when a Seven Network reality TV show, The Club, followed the performance of a team called the Kensington Hill Hammerheads throughout the season. The players, coach and president were chosen on the show, and after finishing third in the regular season, went on to win the flag.

In 2006 the League suspended the Central Altona Football Club for attempting to re-register a player and suspended Brunswick Power after the club was found guilty of playing unregistered players.[1] Central Altona had a variety of on-field violence and abuse issues, and for re-registering banned players.

In 2013 Manor Lakes and Sanctuary Lakes entered the Division Two of the senior competition.[2] In 2014, Werribee Districts transferred from the VAFA and Tarneit [3] entered a senior team. The league then announced that a third division will form midway through 2014.[4]

In 2015 the Wyndham Suns were admitted to the third division. Parkside, which won the second division premiership in 2014 suffered a bitter internal division and lost most of the players and committee. Instead of being promoted to first division, Parkside staved off recess and were permitted to rebuild the club in the third division.

Division One Grand Final Results[edit]

Division Two Grand Final Results[edit]

Division Three Grand Final Results[edit]

Senior Clubs[edit]

Division One[edit]

Club Nickname Location Home Ground Coach Web page Years in Comp
Albion Cats Sunshine JR Parsons Reserve Aaron Tymms Official Site 1961-
Altona Vikings Altona JK Grant Reserve Saade Ghazi Official Site 1933 -1937,1945-1951,1977-1979,1988-
Deer Park Lions Deer Park John McLeod Reserve Marc Bullen Official Site 1935-1941,1947-1951,1967-
Hoppers Crossing Warriors Hoppers Crossing Hogans Road Reserve Steven Kretiuk Official Site 1988-
Spotswood Woodsmen Spotswood Donald W McLean Reserve Tom Langlands Official Site 1935-
St Albans Saints Kings Park Kings Park Reserve Fabian Carelli Official Site 1947-1953, 1958-
Sunshine Kangaroos Braybrook Kinder Smith Reserve Brendan Hallinan Official Site 1978-
Werribee Districts Tigers Werribee Soldiers Reserve Paul Chapman Official Site 1995-1997, 2014-
Wyndhamvale Falcons Wyndham Vale Wyndham Vale South Oval Troy Beamond Official Site 1989-1994, 1999-

Division Two[edit]

Club Nickname Location Home Ground Coach Web page Years in Comp
Albanvale Cobras Deer Park Robert Bruce Reserve John Thrush Official Site 1978-1988, 1993-
Caroline Springs Lakers Caroline Springs Town Centre Oval Scott Korcyznski Official Site 2011-
Glenorden Hawks Werribee Heathdale Oval Stuart Daley Official Site 1979-
Manor Lakes Storm Wyndham Vale Howqua Reserve Aaron Bradley Official Site 2013-
North Footscray Devils West Footscray Hansen Reserve Shaun Borlase & Matthew Walsh Official Site 1935-
West Footscray Roosters West Footscray Shorten Reserve Shane Lucas Official Site 1932-
Yarraville Seddon Eagles Yarraville Yarraville Oval Dean Callaway Official Site 2007-
Yarraville: 1936-2006
Seddon: 1935-2006

Division Three[edit]

Club Nickname Location Home Ground Coach Web page Years in Comp
Braybrook Bombers Braybrook Pennell Reserve Jamie Lane Official Site 1931-
Laverton Magpies Altona Meadows Laverton Park Paul Growcott Official Site 1988-
Newport Power Newport Bryan Martyn Oval Mark Williams Official Site 2016 [5]
North Sunshine Roadrunners Sunshine North Dempster Park Joe Larizza Official Site 1979-
Parkside Magpies Footscray Henry Turner Reserve Nick Condos Official Site 1931-
Sanctuary Lakes Sharks Point Cook Featherbrook Reserve Lee Spry Official Site 2013-
Sunshine Heights Dragons Sunshine West Ainsworth Reserve Robert Greto Official Site 1988-
Tarneit Titans Tarneit Wootten Road Reserve Mark Elso Official Site 2014-
Wyndham Suns Tarneit Goddard Street Reserve Matthew Stoodley Official Site 2015-

Previous Clubs[edit]

Folded[edit]

Club Years in Comp
6th Melbourne Scouts 1934-1952
Altona North Brooklyn Youth (ANBY) 1985-1989
Ascot Vale 1988-1997
Baptist Church of Christ/Combine 1934-1940
Bayview Road Methodists 1931-1931
Brunswick Amateurs 1995-1997
Brunswick Power 2004-2007
Central Altona 1988-2006
CSR 1935-1939
Dark Blues 1932-1932
East Brunswick 1987-1993
Essendon ALP 1937-1937
Essendon Districts 1945-1949
Essendon High School Ex-Students/North Essendon 1983-1996
Flemington 1987-2000
Footscray & Yarraville (F&Y) Socials 1946-1975
Footscray Presbyterians 1934-1934
Footscray Scouts 1931-1933
Footscray Technical Old Boys 1931-1931
Gladstone Park 1998-2007
Harvester Socials 1944-1946
Kealba 1995-2002
Kensington Hill Hammerheads 2002-2002
Maribyrnong 1947-1949
Newells 1933-1938
Newport 1947-1949, 1952-1955 (moved to Werribee District FL), 1988-1999
Newport CYMS 1941-1946
Newport United 1935-1940
North Melbourne & Kensington 1986-1998
Old Essendon Grammarians 1983-1984
RAAF Laverton 1987-1987
RAAF Melbourne 1987-1987
Riverside 1932-1934
St Albans South
St John's Church of England/Paisley 1931-1938
Sandridge 1991-1992
South Footscray 1935-1949
Sunshine Methodists 1934-1934
Victor Socials 1934-1951 Moved to the Sunday Suburban FL as Brooklyn
Waratah 1945-1952
West Newport 1957-1965 (moved to Western Suburban FL), 1988-1997
West Spotswood 1939-1939
Williamstown High School Old Boys 1950-1952
Williamstown Presbyterians
Williamstown United 1939-1940, 1947-1949, 1988-1994
Yarraville CYMS 1931-1932
Yarraville Rovers 1932-1932
Yarraville Old Boys (1950-1952) 1950-1952

Merged[edit]

Club Club Year Resultant Club
Brooklyn Kingsville YMCA 1981 Wembley Park (reverted to Brooklyn in 1998)
Fawkner Amateurs Moomba Park (DVFL) 1997 Fawkner Park (DVFL)
Yarraville Seddon 2007 Yarraville Seddon Eagles

Moved to CYMS Football Association[edit]

Club Years in Comp Status
Williamstown CYMS 1965-1968 VAFA D1

Moved to Essendon District Football League[edit]

Club Years in Comp Status
Coburg Districts 1988-2012 EDFL Div 2

Moved to Southern Football League[edit]

Club Years in Comp Status
Brooklyn 1981 - 2002 Folded
Port Melbourne Colts 1983 - 2015 Transferred [6]

Moved to Victorian Football Association[edit]

Club Years in Comp Status
Sunshine Districts 1938-1939, 1941-1958 Folded (1989)

Moved to Western Suburban Football League[edit]

Club Years in Comp Status
Maidstone 1947-1964 Folded

Moved to Werribee District Football League[edit]

Club Years in Comp Status
Williamstown Rovers 1945-1951 Folded (1958)

Leading Goalkickers (Andrew Gibson Medal)[edit]

Year Player H&A goals Finals goals Total Goals
1947 Walker (F&Y Socials) 82 0 82
1948 Ted Ellis (Braybrook) 74 10 84
1949 Wagborne (Parkside) 61 4 65
1950 Yewers (Braybrook) 66 1 67
1951 Wagborne (Parkside) 67 9 76
1952 Hansen (Seddon) 70 0 70
1953 Wallis (Parkside) 73 0 73
1954 Paravicini (Newport) 48 0 48
1955 G McDonald (Kingsville) 78 3 81
1956 Jewell (Seddon) 50 0 50
1957 Carlton (Parkside) 48 0 48
1958 Coon (Parkside) 70 7 77
1959 Coon (Parkside) 57 0 57
1960 D Lown (F & Y Socials) 43 11 54
1961 D Lown (F & Y Socials) 59 6 65
1962 A Russell (Parkside) 54 0 54
1963 A Russell (Kingsville) 68 4 72
1964 B Saunders (Kingsville) 61 2 63
1965 J McCalman (Albion) 52 0 52
1966 0 0 0 0
1967 0 0 0 0
1968 0 0 0 0
1969 0 0 0 0
1970 0 0 0 0
1971 0 0 0 0
1972 0 0 0 0
1973 0 0 0 0
1974 0 0 0 0
1975 0 0 0 0
1976 0 0 0 0
1977 0 0 0 0
1978 0 0 0 0
1979 0 0 0 0
1980 0 0 0 0
1981 0 0 0 0
1982 0 0 0 0
1983 Andrew Gibson (Spotswood) 96 4 100
1984 Andrew Gibson (Spotswood) 79 16 95
1985 Andrew Gibson (Spotswood) 98 0 98
1986 Andrew Gibson (Spotswood) 100 0 100
1987 Andrew Gibson (Spotswood) 88 0 88
1988 Andrew Gibson (Spotswood) 83 0 83
1989 Chris Stulhdrieier (Sunshine YCW) 79 0 79
1990 Brian Memedi (Kingsville) 70 0 70
1991 Darren Scott (Spotswood) 115 0 115
1992 Sean Allan (Port Melbourne Colts) 102 0 102
1993 Wayne Duggan (Deer Park) 97 0 97
1994 Brian Memedi (Kingsville) 99 0 99
1995 Brian Memedi (Kingsville) 69 0 69
1996 Brian Memedi (Yarraville) 105 0 105
1997 Brian Memedi (Yarraville) 82 0 82
1998 Stephen Nielson (Parkside) 77 0 77
1999 Jason Clarke (Port Melbourne Colts) 75 0 75
2000 Bill Ramsay (Braybrook) 88 0 88
2001 Tim Traill (Spotswood) 84 0 84
2002 Tim Traill (Spotswood) 71 0 71
2003 Jason Clarke (Port Melbourne Colts) 82 0 82
2004 Dean Galea (Spotswood) 74 0 74
2005 Aaron James (Albion) 70 0 70
2006 Jason Clarke (Port Melbourne Colts) 95 0 95
2007 Mark Keenan (Spotswood) 89 0 89
2008 Mark Keenan (Spotswood) 104 0 104
2009 David McGregor (Port Melbourne Colts) 69 0 69
2010 Mark Keenan (Spotswood) 111 0 111
2011 Shaydon Bloomfield (Albion) 93 0 93
2012 Jase Perkins (Port Melbourne Colts) 92 9 101
2013 Jayden Post (Altona) 65 7 72
2014 James Wong (Deer Park) 81 1 82
2015 Jordan Mead (Hoppers Crossing) 55 8 63

2015 Ladder Division 1[edit]

WRFL Div 1 Wins Losses Draws Byes For Against % Pts
Deer Park 13 2 1 2 1750 958 182.67% 54
Hoppers Crossing 12 4 0 2 1650 983 167.85% 48
Werribee Districts 11 5 0 2 1598 1066 149.91% 44
Spotswood 11 5 0 2 1495 1364 109.60% 44
Altona 8 8 0 2 1352 1407 96.09% 32
Sunshine 7 8 1 2 1281 1386 92.42% 30
St Albans 7 9 0 2 1435 1234 116.29% 28
Albion 1 15 0 2 958 1759 54.46% 4
Port Melbourne Colts 1 15 0 2 846 2208 38.32% 4

FINALS

Final Team G B Pts Team G B Pts
Elimination Spotswood 12 14 86 Altona 10 8 68
Qualifying Hoppers Crossing 12 8 80 Werribee Districts 19 13 127
1st Semi Hoppers Crossing 11 12 78 Spotswood 7 4 46
2nd Semi Deer Park 13 14 92 Werribee Districts 7 4 46
Preliminary Werribee Districts 13 8 86 Hoppers Crossing 9 10 64
Grand Deer Park 23 17 155 Werribee Districts 2 7 19

2015 Ladder Division 2[edit]

WRFL Div 2 Wins Losses Draws Byes For Against % Pts
Wyndhamvale 16 2 0 0 1736 866 200.46% 64
West Footscray 15 3 0 0 2346 1192 196.81% 60
North Footscray 11 7 0 0 1955 1377 141.98% 44
Yarraville Seddon Eagles 10 8 0 0 1894 1326 142.84% 40
Caroline Springs 9 9 0 0 1500 1454 103.16% 36
Glenorden 6 12 0 0 1312 1804 72.73% 24
Manor Lakes 5 13 0 0 1190 1836 64.81% 20
Sunshine Heights 0 18 0 0 825 2903 28.42% 0

FINALS

Final Team G B Pts Team G B Pts
1st Semi North Footscray 13 15 93 Yarraville Seddon Eagles 12 7 79
2nd Semi Wyndhamvale 13 10 88 West Footscray 3 8 26
Preliminary West Footscray 12 17 89 North Footscray 9 10 64
Grand Wyndhamvale 17 12 114 West Footscray 10 5 65

2015 Ladder Division 3[edit]

WRFL Div 3 Wins Losses Draws Byes For Against % Pts
Albanvale 15 2 1 0 1979 811 244.02% 62
Parkside 12 5 0 0 1382 1074 128.68% 48
Sanctuary Lakes 11 7 0 0 1575 1067 147.61% 44
Wyndham Suns 10 7 1 0 1466 1198 122.37% 42
Laverton Magpies 6 11 1 0 1273 1659 76.73% 26
North Sunshine 6 11 0 0 1235 1725 71.59% 24
Tarneit 5 12 1 0 1031 1517 67.96% 22
Braybrook 4 14 0 0 1265 2155 58.70% 16

FINALS

Final Team G B Pts Team G B Pts
1st Semi Sanctuary Lakes 8 16 64 Wyndham Suns 9 14 68
2nd Semi Albanvale 6 8 44 Parkside 6 12 48
Preliminary Albanvale 16 18 114 Wyndham Suns 5 12 42
Grand Parkside 7 7 49 Albanvale 12 12 84

Junior clubs[edit]

Sources[edit]

Book[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://williamstown.starcommunity.com.au/star/2008-04-30/footy-clubs-out/
  2. ^ http://werribee.starcommunity.com.au/star/2012-10-30/new-teams-line-up/
  3. ^ http://werribee.starcommunity.com.au/star/2013-08-27/tarneit-joins-wrfl/
  4. ^ http://www.wrfl.org.au/DOCS/WRFL%20MEDIA%20RELEASE-THREE%20DIVISIONS.pdf
  5. ^ http://www.heraldsun.com.au/leader/localfooty/former-hawthorn-star-mark-williams-to-put-stamp-on-wrfl/news-story/7f90139a2dffdbc8d0103dab3230772b
  6. ^ http://www.heraldsun.com.au/leader/localfooty/port-melbourne-colts-request-move-from-western-region-football-league-heading-to-southern-fl/news-story/5fdab24784e49e20e19fba24d15770ac

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