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
2014 Premiers Div 1: Deer Park
Div 2: Parkside
Div 3: Braybrook
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 Josh Russo 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-
Port Melbourne Colts Port Melbourne JL Murphy Reserve Brad Julier Official Site 1983-
Spotswood Woodsmen Spotswood Donald W McLean Reserve Tom Langlands Official Site 1935-
St Albans Saints Kings Park Kings Park Reserve Marcus Barclay Official Site 1947-1953, 1958-
Sunshine Kangaroos Braybrook Kinder Smith Reserve Brendan Hallinan Official Site 1978-
Werribee Districts Tigers Werribee Soldiers Reserve Wade Chapman Official Site 1995-1997, 2014-

Division Two[edit]

Club Nickname Location Home Ground Coach Web page Years in Comp
Caroline Springs Lakers Caroline Springs Town Centre Oval Paul Growcott Official Site 2011-
Glenorden Hawks Werribee Heathdale Oval Stuart Daley Official Site 1979-
Manor Lakes Storm Wyndham Vale Howqua Reserve Heath Hunter Official Site 2013-
North Footscray Devils West Footscray Hansen Reserve Shaun Borlase & Matthew Walsh Official Site 1935-
Sunshine Heights Dragons Sunshine West Ainsworth Reserve Robert Greto Official Site 1988-
West Footscray Roosters West Footscray Shorten Reserve David Orchard Official Site 1932-
Wyndhamvale Falcons Wyndham Vale Wyndham Vale South Reserve Troy Beamond Official Site 1989-1994, 1999-
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
Albanvale Cobras Deer Park Robert Bruce Reserve John Thrush Official Site 1978-1988, 1993-
Braybrook Bombers Braybrook Pennell Reserve Jamie Lane Official Site 1931-
Laverton Magpies Altona Meadows Laverton Park Christian Spence Official Site 1988-
North Sunshine Roadrunners Sunshine North Dempster Park Joe Larizza Official Site 1979-
Parkside Magpies Footscray Henry Turner Reserve Nathan Boyd Official Site 1931-
Sanctuary Lakes Sharks Point Cook Featherbrook Reserve Nick Waddell Official Site 2013-
Tarneit Titans Tarneit Wootten Road Reserve Max De Groot 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

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 0 0 0 0
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

2014 Ladder Division 1[edit]

WRFL Div 1 Wins Losses Draws Byes For Against % Pts
Deer Park 18 0 0 0 2398 838 286.16% 72
Spotswood 14 4 0 0 2309 1115 207.09% 56
Werribee Districts 13 4 1 0 1697 1250 135.76% 54
St Albans 13 5 0 0 1693 1447 117.00% 52
Hoppers Crossing 8 10 0 0 1436 1491 96.31% 32
Altona 7 11 0 0 1307 1622 80.58% 28
Sunshine 6 12 0 0 1421 1453 97.80% 24
Albion 5 13 0 0 1084 1890 57.35% 20
Port Melbourne Colts 4 13 1 0 1301 1866 69.72% 18
Yarraville Seddon Eagles 1 17 0 0 667 2341 28.49% 4

FINALS

Final Team G B Pts Team G B Pts
Elimination St Albans 9 11 65 Hoppers Crossing 17 13 115
Qualifying Spotswood 20 12 132 Werribee Districts 12 10 82
1st Semi Werribee Districts 14 11 95 Hoppers Crossing 7 12 54
2nd Semi Deer Park 18 22 130 Spotswood 8 5 53
Preliminary Spotswood 16 12 108 Werribee Districts 8 11 59
Grand Deer Park 22 26 158 Spotswood 12 9 81

2014 Ladder Division 2[edit]

WRFL Div 2 Wins Losses Draws Byes For Against % Pts
Parkside 17 1 0 0 2849 680 418.97% 68
Wyndhamvale 15 3 0 0 2295 991 231.58% 60
West Footscray 14 4 0 0 2658 1119 237.53% 56
Glenorden 14 4 0 0 2084 1284 162.31% 56
Manor Lakes 11 7 0 0 2099 1358 154.57% 44
Caroline Springs 10 8 0 0 1982 1335 148.46% 40
North Footscray 9 9 0 0 1790 1508 118.70% 36
Sunshine Heights 6 12 0 0 1605 2058 77.99% 24

FINALS

Final Team G B Pts Team G B Pts
1st Semi West Footscray 13 18 96 Glenorden 12 12 84
2nd Semi Parkside 17 19 121 Wyndhamvale 4 11 35
Preliminary Wyndhamvale 7 11 53 West Footscray 13 18 96
Grand Parkside 14 20 104 West Footscray 10 6 66

2014 Ladder Division 3[edit]

WRFL Div 3 Wins Losses Draws Byes For Against % Pts
Albanvale 8 10 0 0 1620 1788 90.60% 32
Braybrook 8 10 0 0 1673 2063 81.10% 32
Sanctuary Lakes 7 11 0 0 1468 1703 86.20% 28
Laverton Magpies 5 13 0 0 1026 2413 42.52% 20
North Sunshine 1 17 0 0 756 3187 23.72% 4
Tarneit 1 17 0 0 535 2953 18.12% 4

FINALS

Final Team G B Pts Team G B Pts
1st Semi Sanctuary Lakes 14 12 96 Laverton Magpies 13 12 90
2nd Semi Albanvale 12 15 87 Braybrook 10 12 72
Preliminary Braybrook 22 10 142 Sanctuary Lakes 13 9 87
Grand Albanvale 12 13 85 Braybrook 12 15 87

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

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