There are several Australian rules football leagues in regional Queensland.

The sport of Australian rules football has a rich history in Queensland which dates back to the 1860s, however the game outside of South East Queensland was slower to take off than in Brisbane.

In 1913, a team of servicemen briefly existed on Thursday Island, but was short lived. In 1944, a league of servicemen was formed around the Atherton Tableland. Teams represented included Wongabel, Wondelca, Kairi, Mareeba and Ravenshoe. The league was a pre-cursor to the nearby Cairns, Queensland league.

In 1955, the Townsville Australian Football League began. Two years later the Cairns Australian Football League was formed. AFL was also introduced to Mount Isa. In the early 1970s, organised leagues started appearing in Mackay, the Darling Downs and Central Queensland.

The Australian Football League has occasionally played pre-season matches in Cairns and there have been semi-regular premiership matches on the Gold Coast.

AFL Cairns

Main article: AFL Cairns

AFL Cairns is a semi-professional league that includes clubs from the Cairns region in Queensland, Australia. It is widely regarded as the strongest regional Australian rules football league in Queensland and has a large base at Cazaly's Stadium which has staged pre-season Australian Football League matches.

The league has significant coverage in local media such as The Cairns Post. Each year the Grand Final attracts between 2,000–3,000 spectators.

AFL Capricornia

Main article: AFL Capricornia

AFL Capricornia is an amateur competition played in the areas of Rockhampton, Gladstone and Yeppoon between the months of March and September in the cooler seasons of the Central Queensland climate.

The league is covered primarily by the Rockhampton Morning Bulletin in the local print media.

AFL Darling Downs

AFL Darling Downs is an amateur competition formed as the Darling Downs Australian Football League in 1971. It is based around the city of Toowoomba west of Brisbane. The senior representative team is known as the Demons and wear guernseys modelled on the Melbourne Demons guernseys. The Under 18 representative team who participate in the AFLQ Under 18 competition are known as the "Crows" and wear guernseys modelled on the Adelaide Crows guernseys.

Premiers

Clubs

Club Moniker Colours Years in Competition No. of Premierships
Coolaroo Roos
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1971– 7
Dalby Swans
1980–1994, 1998–2000, 2005–2007, 2010–
Goondiwindi Hawks
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1980– 7
Highfields Lions Maroon, Blue and Gold 2010– -
Lockyer Valley Demons
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1981–1994, 1996–2000, 2010–
(Moniker was Magpies 1981-2000)
2
Pittsworth-Millmerran [2] Power Black, White and Teal 2012- (reserve grade only) -
South Toowoomba Bombers
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1972-1993, 1996-1997, 2005–
(Known as Central Bombers 2005-2006)
(Moniker was Longhorns 1972-1997)
6
Toowoomba Tigers
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1974–2001, 2003-
(Moniker was Pinkies 1974-1980)
5
University Cougars Red, Blue and Yellow 1976–1998, 2003–
(Known as Institute 1976-1989)
(Moniker was Eagles 1976-1998)
11
Warwick Redbacks Red and black 1999, 2001–

AFL Mackay

AFL Mackay is an amateur competition formed as the Mackay Australian Football League in 1970. It is based around the city of Mackay with clubs in Airlie Beach and Moranbah. The representative team is known as the Crows.

Premiers

Clubs

Club Moniker Colours Years in competition Premierships
Andergrove Kangaroos
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2011–
Bakers Creek Tigers
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1971– 9
Eastern Swans Swans
1970–
(Known as East Mackay Demons 1970-1986)[5]
(Merged with Trend United in 1987)
6
Mackay City Hawks
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1977–1978, 1980–
(Known as Northern Beaches Hawks 1990-1997)[citation needed]
6
Moranbah Bulldogs
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1975–1982, 1989–1991, 2006– 2
North Mackay Saints
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1970– 9
Whitsunday Sea Eagles
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1990–
(Known as Bloods 1990-1994)
8

AFL Mount Isa

AFL Mount Isa is an amateur competition formed as the North West Australian Football League in 1967, changing its name to the Mount Isa AFL in 1969. Prior to this the game was played but was not organised. It is based around the city of Mount Isa.

Premiers

Clubs

Club Colours Years in competition No. of Premierships
Buffaloes    1983- 3
Rovers    1967- 22
Tigers    1967- 8
Lake Nash     *1993- 2

* – At various times, Lake Nash have fielded two teams including the Bushies and the Bats. In 2010 the single team were known as the Young Guns.

AFL Townsville

AFL Townsville is an amateur competition formed as the Townsville Australian Football League in 1955, the first AFL competition to be formed in Queensland outside of the South East. It is based around the city of Townsville. For a short period in the 1980s, the competition was played during the summer months. The representative team is known as the Eagles and they wear similar guernseys to the Zillmere Eagles old white and blue guernsey's.

Premiers

Clubs

Club Moniker Colours Years in competition Premierships
Curra Swans Swans
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1990–
(merger of South Townsville and Currajong)
3
Hermit Park Tigers
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1955– 8
Thuringowa Bulldogs
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1970–
(known as West Townsville 1970–2001)
11
Townsville City Lions
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2010– (Reserves Only)
University Hawks
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1989– 9

AFL Wide Bay

The AFL Wide Bay competition was formerly known as the Bundaberg-Wide Bay Australian Football League which was formed in 1987 through the merger of the Bundaberg Australian Football League and Wide Bay Australian Football Leagues. The competition currently features teams from the cities of Bundaberg, Maryborough and Hervey Bay. The representative team is known as the Tigers wearing guernseys similar to those of the Richmond Tigers.

Premiers

Clubs

Club Moniker Colours Years in competition No. of Premierships
ATW Bundaberg Eagles
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1997–
(merger of North Bundaberg Kangaroos and South Bundaberg/ATW Magpies)
7
Hervey Bay Bombers
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1987– 13
Bay Power Power
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2004–
Brothers Bulldogs Bulldogs
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1987–
(known as West Bundaberg Bulldogs 1987-1996)
3
Maryborough Bears
1988, 1990–1991, 1993–1999, 2001–
(Moniker was Tigers 1988–1994)

Defunct competitions

Bundaberg AFL

The Bundaberg Australian Football League was an amateur competition formed in 1972 and continued until 1986, before merging with the Wide Bay Australian Football League, starting a new competition called the Bundaberg Wide Bay Australian Football League in 1987, now known as AFL Wide Bay.

The four foundation clubs were Burnett Heads, Southern Suburbs (South Bundaberg), Western Suburbs (West Bundaberg), and North Bundaberg.

Premiers

Clubs

Club Colours Years in Competition Premierships
North Bundaberg Blue and White 1972–1986 5
South Bundaberg Black and White 1972–1986 1
West Bundaberg Red, White and Black 1972–1986 5
Burnett Heads Red and White 1972–1982 -
Hervey Bay Red and Green 1977, 1982–1983 3
South Bundaberg 2 Blue and White 1979 -
Maryborough Black and Gold 1979 -
Biggenden Brown and White 1983 -
Gympie Navy Blue and White 1984 -
Cooloola Coast Navy Blue and White 1984 -
Urangan Red and Green 1984 1
Brothers Blue and White 1985 -

Central Highlands AFL

The Central Highlands Australian Football League was an amateur competition formed in 1983 and ceased operations after the 1997 season. Most of the previous clubs still exist and operate Auskick programs, including Dysart and Emerald. The Moranbah Bulldogs moved to the AFL Mackay after the league folded.

The league was a once flourishing competition with Clubs competing in Seniors, Reserves and juniors in Under 16's, 14's, and 12's. Around 1994, the mines in the area shifted from a five day week into a seven day 12 hour roster, which in turn limited teams' playing rosters. The league then changed onfield playing numbers from 18 to 13 with unlimited bench players. Unfortunately this still did not help and most clubs were forced to cease operations due to lack of playing numbers and not of financial matters.

Prior to the formation of the competition, Dysart, Middlemount and Moranbah had played in the Mackay competition.

Premiers

Clubs

Club Colours Years in competition Premierships
Blackwater Dark Blue and White 1983–1997 3
Clermont Red and Black 1985–1986 -
Dysart Red and White 1983–1997 1
Emerald Black, White and Red 1983–1997 7
Middlemount Blue and White 1983–1991 1
Moranbah Blue, White and Red 1983–1988, 1994–1997 2
Tieri Black and Yellow 1983–1991, 1996 -
United Black and Yellow 1992–1995 -

Gold Coast AFL

The Gold Coast Australian Football League was a competition that operated from at least 1961 to 1996.

Clubs

Club Colours Years in Competition Premierships
Southport White and black 1961–1982 1961, 1962, 1966,1975, 1976, 1977, 1979, 1980





Maryborough AFL

The Maryborough Australian Football League was an amateur competition that lasted two full seasons in 1981 and 1982. In 1983, there was only a limited number of fixtures, and due to lack of players, the competition folded after the season was over.

In 1983, Biggenden played in the both the Bundaberg AFL and the Maryborough competition. Biggenden 2 lost to Cooloola Coast in the 1983 MAFL Grand Final, as their seniors did the previous year.

Clubs

Club Colours Years in Competition Premierships
Biggenden Brown and White 1981–1983 1
Cooloola Coast Navy Blue and White 1982–1983 2
Isis Brown and Yellow 1981–1983 -
Maryborough[12] Black and Gold 1981–1983 -
Torbanlea[citation needed] Red and Blue 1981 -

Premiers

Sunshine Coast AFL

The Sunshine Coast Australian Football League was an amateur competition that was formed in 1970 and continued until 1992. The three foundation clubs were Noosa, Maroochydore and Nambour.

In 1993, the clubs from the competition played in the Brisbane Australian Football League, and later split up into various AFL South Queensland Divisions.

Clubs

Club Colours Years in competition Premierships
Caboolture Maroon, Blue and Gold 1973–1975, 1984–1987, 1990 -
Caloundra Navy Blue and White 1973–1983, 1985–1989, 1991–1992 4
Gympie Navy Blue and White 1971–1983, 1992 -
Hervey Bay Red and Green 1978–1981 -
Kawana Blue and Yellow 1983–1984, 1990–1992 -
Maroochydore Blue and White 1970–1992 11
Maryborough Black and Gold 1977 -
Mooloolah Valley Black and White 1985–1988 -
Nambour Navy Blue and White 1970–1975, 1977–1992 1
Noosa Black and Gold 1970–1992 7
Pomona Blue and Gold 1975, 1987–1990 -
Pomona/Cooroy Red and Blue 1976–1986 -
Pomona/Gympie Blue, White and Gold 1991 -
Southern Districts Red, Blue and Gold 1987–1989 -

Premiers

Wide Bay AFL

The Wide Bay Australian Football League was a short lived amateur competition that was formed in 1985 as a result of a breakaway from the Bundaberg AFL. It only lasted two years before merging with the league it broke away from.

Clubs

Club Colours Years in competition Premierships
Cooloola Coast Navy Blue and White 1985–1986 -
Gympie Blues[15] 1985 -
Gympie Cats Navy Blue and White 1985–1986 -
Hervey Bay Bombers Black and Red 1985–1986 2
Hervey Bay Hawks Brown and Yellow 1985 -
Maryborough Black and Gold 1986 -

Premiers

References

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  3. ^ Daily Mercury. Mackay, Queensland. ((cite news)): Missing or empty |title= (help)
  4. ^ "Grand Final Report". Daily Mercury. Mackay, Queensland. 19 September 1988. p. 28.
  5. ^ "Grand Final Report". Daily Mercury. Mackay, Queensland. 7 September 1987. p. 26.
  6. ^ North West Star. Mount Isa, Queensland. ((cite news)): Missing or empty |title= (help)
  7. ^ "Rovers Win". The North West Star Mount Isa. Mount Isa, Queensland. 12 September 2005. p. 20.
  8. ^ Townsville Bulletin. Townsville, Queensland. ((cite news)): Missing or empty |title= (help)
  9. ^ News Mail. Bundaberg, Queensland. ((cite news)): Missing or empty |title= (help)
  10. ^ "Urangan in Rules Win". News Mail Bundaberg. Bundaberg, Queensland. 28 August 1984. p. 17.
  11. ^ Central Queensland News. Emerald, Queensland. ((cite news)): Missing or empty |title= (help)
  12. ^ "Up There Cazaly". Maryborough Chronicle Maryborough. Maryborough, Queensland. 4 August 1981. p. 14.
  13. ^ "Up There Cazaly". Maryborough Chronicle Maryborough. Maryborough, Queensland. 4 August 1981. p. 14.
  14. ^ "Dolphins win final 158-32". Maryborough Chronicle Maryborough. Maryborough, Queensland. 23 August 1983. p. 14.
  15. ^ Wide Bay AFL Year Book 1985.

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