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AFL Ontario

AFL Ontario is the largest Australian Football league in North America. It is currently composed of teams from the Greater Toronto Area, Southwestern Ontario and the National Capital Region, who play off for the Conacher Cup (named after Lionel Conacher), presently awarded to the winner of the annual AFL Ontario Grand Final.

AFL Ontario
Current season, competition or edition:
Current sports event 2017 AFL Ontario season
Afl ontaio.jpg
SportAustralian Football
No. of teams9
Country Canada
Most recent
Division 1: Toronto Rebels Women: Etobicoke Kangaroos
Official website

In 2009, AFL Ontario established a second tier competition known as Division 2. The teams in this division compete for the Mike Pyke Cup (named after Mike Pyke) the first Canadian to play in the AFL who also won an AFL premiership in 2012. In 2011, with the increased interest in women's football, AFL Ontario established their Women's League with great success. With the help of the Ontario Trillium Foundation, 2011 also saw the development of AFL Ontario's junior competition. 2012 saw the women's division double in size to 6 teams competing, and the junior competition continued over the summer holidays.

AFL Ontario, along with the North West Pacific Football League is a member of AFL Canada, the governing body for the sport in Canada.

In 2006, AFL Ontario had around 330 senior players consisting of over 170 Canadian nationals.[1] With the rapid increase in awareness and interest in Australian football in Ontario, this has increased in 2012 with almost 650 senior men and women members.



AFL Ontario which was originally known as the Canadian Australian Football League (CAFA) and more recently as the Ontario Australian Football League (OAFL), was established in 1989. Two teams were formed that year - the Toronto Panthers and the Mississauga Mustangs, with a draft of interested players prior to a three-game season and Grand Final. The coaches of those inaugural teams - John Pearson (Toronto Panthers) and Terence Wallis (Mississauga Mustangs) brought a significant amount of experience from playing at a high level in Australia. An interesting fact is that the first Grand Final was attended by a number of AFL executives including Ron Barrassi and members of the West Coast Eagles and Melbourne Demons.

Founding members of the original competition include: Kingsley Ellis (ex-Fitzroy VFL - lead central Umpire, founder of the Hamilton Tigers), Terence Wallis (founded & coached the Mississauga then Toronto Dingos), Bill Frampton (Mississauga then founded the Brampton Bulldogs), Sandro Mancino (Toronto Eagles, Scarborough Rebels and then founded the Balmy Beach Saints). These pioneers set the foundation for the current competition. During the early years CAFA played a number of International games against visiting teams from Australia (Balmain FC, Golden Oldies touring team) as well as the team representing the Australian Rules league in England. The Canadian team narrowly missed beating the touring Australian teams over the years, but soundly defeated England on the four occasions that it played them (1990 - 1996) culminating in a strong win by the touring Canadian team in London (1996) coached by Terence Wallis.


Year Premier Runner-up Division 2 Premier Division 2 Runner-up Women's League Women's League Runner-up
1989 Toronto Panthers Mississauga Mustangs
1990 Toronto Panthers Mississauga Mustangs
1991 Toronto Panthers Scarborough Rebels
1992 Scarborough Rebels Mississauga Mustangs
1993 Lawrence Park Rebels Toronto Panthers
1994 Mississauga Mustangs Lawrence Park Rebels
1995 Toronto Eagles Broadview Hawks
1996 Toronto Eagles Hamilton Wildcats
1997 Toronto Eagles Lawrence Park Rebels
1998 Toronto Eagles Lawrence Park Rebels
1999 Toronto Eagles Broadview Hawks
2000 Toronto Dingos Toronto Eagles
2001 Lakeshore Rebels Toronto Eagles
2002 Toronto Eagles Toronto Dingos
2003 Toronto Dingos Etobicoke Kangaroos
2004 Toronto Dingos Toronto Eagles
2005 Toronto Dingos Lakeshore Rebels
2006 Toronto Eagles Broadview Hawks
2007 Toronto Eagles Etobicoke Kangaroos
2008 Etobicoke Kangaroos Toronto Eagles
2009 Toronto Eagles Etobicoke Kangaroos Quebec Saints Broadview Hawks
2010 Central Blues Toronto Dingos Quebec Saints Central Blues
2011 Etobicoke Kangaroos High Park Demons Etobicoke Kangaroos Broadview Hawks Toronto Eagles Etobicoke Lady Roos
2012 Etobicoke Kangaroos Broadview Hawks Broadview Hawks High Park Demons High Park Demons Hamilton Wildcats
2013 Broadview Hawks Toronto Dingos Toronto Dingos Broadview Hawks High Park Demons Hamilton Wildcats
2014 Broadview Hawks Central Blues Toronto Rebels Toronto Dingos Ottawa Swans Hamilton Wildcats
2015 Etobicoke Kangaroos Toronto Eagles Toronto Dingos Toronto Rebels Etobicoke Kangaroos Hamilton Wildcats
2016 Toronto Rebels Ottawa Swans Etobicoke Kangaroos Hamilton Wildcats
2017 Toronto Eagles Toronto Rebels Etobicoke Kangaroos Central Blues
2018 Ottawa Swans Toronto Eagles Etobicoke Kangaroos Ottawa Swans


Current ClubsEdit

Club City Website Formed Premierships
Central Blues Toronto 2006 1
Etobicoke Kangaroos Etobicoke 2003 4
Grand River Gargoyles Guelph 2001
Hamilton Wildcats Hamilton 1997
High Park Demons Toronto 1989 1
Ottawa Swans Ottawa 2007 1
Toronto Dingos Toronto 1996 4
Toronto Eagles Toronto 1989 12
Toronto Rebels Toronto 1990 3

Affiliated / Formation ClubsEdit

Club City Website Formed
Barrie Giants Barrie 2017
Kingston AFC Kingston 2018
Forest City Phantoms London 2018

Past ClubsEdit

Club Cities
London Magpies (2003-2005) London
Windsor Mariners (2002-2005) Windsor
Brampton Wolverines (1993-1999) Brampton
Balmy Beach Saints (1992-1997) Toronto
Quebec Saints (2009-2010) Montreal
Broadview Hawks (1989-2017) Toronto

Principal VenuesEdit

  • Margaret Green Park, Guelph - Home of the Grand River Gargoyles
  • Mohawk Sports Park, Hamilton - Home of the Hamilton Wildcats
  • Manotick Polo Club, Ottawa - Home of the Ottawa Swans
  • Humber College South, Toronto - Home of the Kangaroos, Toronto Dingos, High Park Demons, Toronto Rebels, Toronto Eagles and Central Blues

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