Warrnambool District Football League
General Information
Founded 1946
Records
Highest Score 360 – Dennington 56.24.360 (v Bushfield 1.2.8) – 1985
Most goals in a game 24 – Anthony Kelly – Dennington (v Bushfield) – 1985
Most goals in a season 165 – Tony Russell – South Rovers 1993
Most wins in a row 39 – Merrivale – 1996–1997
Most losses in a row 79 – East Warrnambool – 2007–2011
Most flags in a row 8 – West End – 1948–1955

Warrnambool District Football League is an Australian rules football competition based in the region of rural of Warrnambool. It is a ten team competition starting in April and finishing in September. The league was founded in 1946.[1]

History

While the history of Warrnambool & District FL commenced in 1946 there were several other leagues that fulfilled the needs for senior age players before the WW2.

When the Warrnambool DFA merged with the Corangamite FA in 1924 to form the Western District FL it created a void for young footballers who were not able to play for the major town teams.

In 1924 they organised ward football, Warrnambool was divided into four wards, Albert, Merri, Hopkins and Victoria wards.this lasted four years before being replaced by Warrnambool City Association. In 1931 the Warrnambool Junior Football Association came into being and lasted until the hostilities of WW2

Clubs

Current

Colours Club Nickname Founded Joined Home Ground WDFL Premierships Years
Allansford (West End-Allansford until 2002) Cats 1971 1971 Allansford Recreation Reserve 7 1971, 1976, 1978, 1980, 1981, 1983, 1987
Dennington Dogs 1900s 1953 Dennington Recreation Reserve 4 1966, 1982, 1988, 2015
Kolora Noorat Power 2003 2003 Noorat Recreation Reserve 5 2009, 2010, 2011, 2017, 2019
Merrivale Tigers 1931 1946 Merrivale Recreation Reserve 7 1958, 1979, 1991, 1996, 2003, 2006, 2014
Nirranda Blues 1900s 1992 Nirranda Recreation Reserve 5 1999, 2016, 2018, 2022, 2023
Old Collegians Warriors 1951 1951 Davidson Oval 8 1956, 1964, 1965, 1969, 1970, 1984, 1989, 1992
Panmure Bulldogs 1919 1997 Panmure Recreation Reserve 5 1997, 2001, 2002, 2012, 2013
Russells Creek Kangaroos 1931 1946 Mack Oval 9 1946, 1947, 1957, 1963, 1973, 1974, 1990, 1998, 2000
South Rovers Lions 1919 1946 Walter Oval 5 1975, 1985, 1986, 1993, 2007
Timboon Demons 2002 2003 Timboon Recreation Reserve 1 2008

Former

Jumper Club Nickname Years in comp WDFL

Premierships

Premiership

Years

Notes
Bushfield 1959–1985 1 1977 Merged with Grassmere to form Northern Districts in 1986
Deakin University Sharks 1977–2016 (Known as W.I.A.E pre 1991) 0 Folded in 2017
East Warrnambool Bombers 1900s–2019 2 1967, 1995 Folded in 2020 due to COVID
Grassmere 1959–1985 3 1960, 1968, 1972 Merged with Bushfield to form Northern Districts in 1986
Northern Districts Eagles 1986–1997 1 1994 Moved to Hampden Football Netball League in 1997 under the name North Warrnambool
Tower Hill Demons 1958–1983 2 1959, 1961 Folded in 1984
West End 1943–1970 9 1948, 1949, 1950, 1951, 1952, 1953, 1954, 1955, 1962 Merged with Allansford to form West End-Allansford in 1971
Yambuk Blues 1981–1987 0 Folded in 1988

Founding

Notable Players

Dave Hughes Old Collegians

Luke Thompson Timboon

Hugh McCluggage Allansford

Jamarra Ugle-Hagan East Warrnambool

Ben Cross East Warrnambool

Nick Bourke Kolora Norat

Premiers

Changing teams

1947

1949

1951

1953

1957

1959

1965

1970

1977

1981

1984

1986

1988

1992

1997

2003

2017

2019

2021 Ladder

Warrnambool DFL Wins Byes Losses Draws For Against % Pts
Nirranda 13 0 0 0 1687 445 379.10% 52
Kolora-Noorat 12 0 1 0 1493 599 249.25% 48
Merrivale 9 0 4 0 1280 653 196.02% 36
Panmure 8 0 5 0 1245 752 165.56% 32
South Rovers 6 0 7 0 1122 891 125.93% 24
Russell Creek 6 0 7 0 1079 983 109.77% 24
Old Collegians 5 0 8 0 687 1303 52.72% 20
Allansford 4 0 9 0 574 1204 47.67% 16
Timboon Demons 2 0 11 0 589 1330 44.29% 8
Dennington 0 0 13 0 311 1907 16.31% 0

2022 Ladder

Warrnambool DFL Wins Byes Losses Draws For Against % Pts Final Team G B Pts Team G B Pts
Nirranda 17 0 1 0 1956 628 311.46% 68 Elimination Merrivale 11 7 73 Russell Creek 7 7 49
Panmure 15 0 3 0 2090 963 217.03% 60 Qualifying Panmure 12 13 85 Kolora-Noorat 9 8 62
Kolora-Noorat 13 0 5 0 1497 1030 145.34% 52 1st Semi Kolora-Noorat 13 14 92 Merrivale 11 2 68
Merrivale 12 0 6 0 1676 890 188.31% 48 2nd Semi Nirranda 11 14 80 Panmure 8 11 59
Russell Creek 12 0 6 0 1840 1050 175.24% 48 Preliminary Panmure 13 13 91 Kolora-Noorat 14 5 89
South Rovers 9 0 9 0 1521 1456 104.46% 36 Grand Nirranda 16 22 118 Panmure 4 7 31
Allansford 4 0 14 0 1072 1652 64.89% 16
Dennington 4 0 14 0 777 1962 39.60% 16
Old Collegians 3 0 15 0 846 1798 47.05% 12
Timboon Demons 1 0 17 0 491 2337 21.01% 4

2023 Ladder

Warrnambool DFL Wins Byes Losses Draws For Against % Pts Final Team G B Pts Team G B Pts
Merrivale 18 0 0 0 2061 528 390.34% 72 Elimination Kolora-Noorat 11 10 76 Russell Creek 10 11 71
Nirranda 15 0 3 0 1811 688 263.23% 60 Qualifying Nirranda 13 8 86 Panmure 11 8 74
Panmure 13 0 5 0 1806 911 198.24% 52 1st Semi Kolora-Noorat 14 11 95 Panmure 12 7 79
Kolora-Noorat 11 0 7 0 1541 859 179.39% 44 2nd Semi Merrivale 4 7 31 Nirranda 8 8 56
Russell Creek 11 0 7 0 1430 1353 105.69% 44 Preliminary Merrivale 12 10 82 Kolora-Noorat 5 10 40
Allansford 10 0 8 0 1372 1153 118.99% 40 Grand Nirranda 9 8 62 Merrivale 6 5 41
South Rovers 5 0 13 0 1013 1722 58.83% 20
Dennington 4 0 14 0 782 2031 38.50% 16
Timboon Demons 3 0 15 0 639 1548 41.28% 12
Old Collegians 0 0 18 0 620 2282 27.17% 0

References

  1. ^ "Warrnambool & District Football Netball League". Archived from the original on 11 January 2020. Retrieved 15 November 2023.