Gippsland Football League

The Gippsland League (formerly known as the “West Gippsland Latrobe Football League”), is an Australian rules football and netball league in the Gippsland region of Victoria, Australia. It is considered the only AFL Victoria major league in Gippsland.[2]

History

Scene of the Tarangon v Moe match, 2010

The Gippsland League has roots dating back to the Central Gippsland Football League which was founded in 1902. The CGFL morphed into the Latrobe Valley Football League in 1954. The promoters of the LVFL wanted to have a league that consisted of towns along the Orbost railway line, from Warragul to Sale. Three clubs from south Gippsland towns, Leongatha, Korumburra and Mirboo North, were therefore barred from joining the new league and went on to form the South Gippsland FL.

The LVFL changed its name, in 1995, to the Gippsland Latrobe FL.

At the end of 2001, The West Gippsland FL and the Gippsland Latrobe FL had an administrative merger. This created a two-division competition and a name change to “West Gippsland Latrobe FL”.

From 2002 until 2004, the league comprised a premier division, consisting mainly of the former Gippsland-Latrobe clubs, and a western division, comprising most of the former WGFL clubs.

After the 2004 season, the western division was dissolved, with Warragul, Drouin and Garfield joining the premier league. The remaining clubs from the western division moved to other competitions, such as the Alberton Football League, Ellinbank & District Football League and the Mornington Peninsula Nepean Football League.

In 2009 Garfield left the GFL for the Ellinbank & District Football League, whilst Wonthaggi[3] and Bairnsdale[4] joined the GFL in 2010 and 2011 respectively.

The Latrobe Valley area does not have a team participating in the Victorian Football League. Traralgon competed in the VFL during 1996-97, winning just four matches across those two years, before returning to the regional competition.[5] The region does have a representative team in the TAC Cup Under-18 competition, Gippsland Power.

Clubs

As of 2019, the Gippsland League consists of the following teams:[6]

Colors Club Nickname Founded Ground Premiers Premierships years
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Bairnsdale Redlegs n/a Bairnsdale Football Ground
McCulloch St
24 1902, 1903, 1908, 1912, 1913, 1928, 1929, 1930, 1947, 1951, 1952, 1954, 1956, 1958, 1959 (BDFL), 1981, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2004, 2006, 2007 2009, 2010 (EGFL)
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Drouin Hawks 1903 Drouin Recreation Reserve
Sinclair St
8 1941, 1946, 1949, 1958, 1967, 1978, 1991-92 (WGFL)
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Leongatha Parrots 1894 Leongatha Recreation Reserve
Roughead St
21 1894 (KDFA), 1905 (WFA), 1923, 1924 (KDFA), 1931, 1932, 1955, 1960, 1961, 1963, 1964 (SGFL), 1970, 1977, 1979, 1982, 1989 (LVFL), 1995, 1997 (GLFL), 2001 (WGFL), 2017, 2018 (GFL)
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Maffra Eagles 1901 Maffra Recreation Reserve
McLean St
20 1904, 1906, 1907, 1910, 1914, 1920, 1921, 1926, 1935, 1938, 1946, 1948 (GFL), 2002, 2003, 2004, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2010, 2016
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Moe Lions 1909 Ted Summerton Reserve
Vale St, Moe
5 1927 (EDFA), 1944, 1945 (GWFL) 1956, 1967 (LVFL)
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Morwell Tigers 1905 Morwell Recreation Reserve
Travers St
14 1907, 1922 (MMFA),1950, 1952, 1953 (CGFL), 1961, 1966, 1983, 1985, 1988, 1993 (LVFL), 1996 (GLFL), 2013, 2014 (GFL)
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Sale Magpies 1901 Sale Recreation Reserve
Palmerston St
20 1901, 1905, 1911, 1924, 1927, 1931, 1934, 1937, 1949, 1950, 1953 (GFL), 1954, 1955, 1957, 1959, 1971, 1973, 1975, 1986 (LVFL) 2008, 2012 (GFL)
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Traralgon Maroons 1883 Traralgon Recreation Reserve
Whittakers Rd
25 1919, 1923, 1925 (GFL), 1945, 1946, 1949 (CGFL), 1960, 1963, 1964, 1965, 1968, 1969, 1972, 1978, 1980, 1987, 1990, 1991, 1992, 1994 (LVFL), 1998, 1999, 2000 (GLFL), 2005, 2011, 2015
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Warragul Gulls 1900 Western Park
Tarwin St
13 1900, 1902, 1903, 1904, 1907, 1922, 1927, 1932, 1938 (CGFL),1974, 1976, 1984 (LVFL), 2003 (WGFL)
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Wonthaggi Power 1956/2005 Wonthaggi Recreation Reserve
Strickland St
20 1959, 1962 (SGFL) 1970, 1971, 1972, 1977, 1978, 1979, 1982, 1987, 1988, 1991, 1993 (BVWDFL) (as Wonthaggi Blues) 1974, 1975, 1994, 1995 (BVWDFL) (as Wonthaggi Rovers) 2005, 2006, 2008 (AFL)
Note: AFL (Alberton FL), BVWDFL (Bass Valley Wonthaggi & District Football League), CGFL (Central Gippsland FL), EDFA (Erica DFA), EGFL (East Gippsland FL), GWFL (Gippsland Wartime FL), KDFA (Korumburra & District FA), LVFL (Latrobe Valley FL), MMFA (Morwell Mirboo FA), SGFL (South Gippsland FL), WFA (Woorayl Football Association), WGFL (West Gippsland FL), GLFL (Gippsland Latrobe FL)

Former clubs

Jumper Club Nickname Years competed Home Ground Premierships Website
Churchill Kangaroos 1984-1994 Gaskin Park, Churchill (0) [1]
Garfield Football Club Stars 2002-2009 Garfield Recreation Reserve
Beswick St
(7)1963-64, 1966, 1983, 1993, 1994, 2004 (WGFL) [2]
Heyfield Kangaroos 1960-1974 Gordon St Rec Reserve (0) [3]
Newborough Bulldogs 1979-1985 Newborough Rec Reserve
Soutwell St
(0) [4]
Stratford Swans 1961-1964 Stratford Rec Reserve
Wellsford St
(0) [5]
Trafalgar Bloods 1954-1968 Trafalgar Rec Reserve (6) 1906, ,1911, 1913, 1923 (CGFL), 1958, 1962 [6]
Traralgon Tyers United The Two Blues 1983-1988 Tyers Rec Reserve
Main Road
(0) [7]
Yallourn The Blues 1954-1976 Yallourn Rec Reserve (6) 1925, 1926, 1928, 1931, 1936, 1939(CGFL)
Yallourn Yallourn North Bombers 1977-1985 Yallourn Rec Reserve (0) [8]
Yarragon Panthers 1954-1960 Yarragon Football Ground
Market St
(2) 1908, 1921(CGFL) [9]

Premiers and Best & Fairest Winners

Year Senior Premier Senior B&F Winner Season Summary (Ladder & Finals)
2014 Traralgon
2014 Morwell 2014 Season
2013 Morwell 2013 Season
2012 Sale Luke Collins (Sale) 2012 Season
2011 Traralgon Andrew Soumilas (Drouin) 2011 Season
2010 Maffra[7] Gary Jones (Maffra) 2010 Season
2009 Maffra[1] Adrian Cox (Sale) & Michael Geary ( Traralgon) 2009 Season
2008 Sale Nick Hider (Maffra) 2008 Season
2007 Maffra Nick Hider (Maffra)
2006 Maffra Desi Barr (Warragul) 2006 Season
2005 Traralgon Andrew Soumilas (Garfield)

Records and Statistics

[8]
Club Finishing Positions

Club Premierships Runners Up 3rd 4th 5th
Traralgon 20 17 8 6 2
Sale 10 5 8 9 2
Morwell 9 8 10 4 6
Leongatha 8 6 7 6 3
Maffra 8 3 6 5 2
Warragul 3 3 5 14 2
Moe 2 8 9 6 1
Bairnsdale 1 2 3 2 0
Wonthaggi 0 4 2 3 1
Drouin 0 2 0 0 1

[8]
Recent Finishing Positions

Club 2017 2016 2015 2014 2013 2012 2011
Bairnsdale 9th 10th 8th 5th 6th 8th 8th
Drouin 10th 4th 7th 10th 9th 7th 2nd
Leongatha 1st 2nd 2nd 7th 7th 3rd 8th
Maffra 2nd 1st 3rd 4th 3rd 2nd 3rd
Moe 4th 8th 9th 8th 10th 10th 7th
Morwell 5th 9th 6th 1st 1st 5th 9th
Sale 6th 6th 5th 3rd 2nd 1st 4th
Traralgon 3rd 3rd 1st 6th 5th 4th 1st
Warragul 7th 5th 10th 9th 8th 9th 10th
Wonthaggi 8th 7th 4th 2nd 4th 6th 6th

Significant Records

Record Detail
Highest Score: 45.22 (292) Traralgon vs. Churchill
Lowest Score: 0.0 (2) Stratford vs. Traralgon; Bairnsdale vs. Traralgon
Most Goals in a Match: (19) Adrian Campbell (Leongatha vs. Moe)
Most Goals in a Season: 136 Shane Loveless (Sale)
Record Quarter Score
1st Quarter 13.4 (82) Maffra vs. Newborough
Warragul vs. Newborough
Maffra vs. Churchill
2nd Quarter 14.3 (87) Leongatha vs. Heyfield
3rd Quarter 15.5 (95) Traralgon vs. Newborough
4th Quarter 16.7 (103) Leongatha vs. Moe

References

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