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Ballarat Football Club

The Ballarat Football Netball Club is an Australian rules football and netball club. The football squad currently competes in the Ballarat Football League in the Ballarat region of Victoria, Australia.

Ballarat
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Names
Full nameBallarat Football Netball Club, Inc.[1]
Nickname(s)Swans
Motto"Et Nos Unum Sumus" (We Are One)
2018 season
Leading goalkickerAndrew Hooper (41 goals)
Greenfield TrophyDaniel Kennedy
Club details
FoundedMay 20, 1860; 159 years ago (May 20, 1860)
Colours     Red      White
CompetitionBallarat Football League
PresidentKarl Drever
CoachJoe Carmody
Captain(s)Nick O'Farrell & Daniel Kennedy
PremiershipsBFL (19): 1897, 1898, 1908, 1923, 1928, 1930, 1932, 1933, 1940, 1942, 1943, 1944, 1951, 1954, 1955, 1962, 1971, 1988, 2008
Ground(s)Alfredton Recreation Reserve (1994–present)
Former ground(s)City Oval (1906–93)
Uniforms
Home
Clash
Other information
Official websiteballaratfnc.com.au

Ballarat played their home matches at City Oval in Ballarat for 88 years, then moved to their current location at Alfredton Recreation Reserve in 1994. Ballarat's guernsey consists of red and white vertical stripes.

Ballarat was a provincial member of the Victorian Football Association from 1878[2] until 1896,[3] taking part in the Association's administration and competing regularly against Melbourne-based VFA clubs. The club was also a founding member of the Ballarat Football Association in 1893.

Ballarat Football Netball Club's junior program has produced recent AFL players Drew Petrie, twins Nathan & Mitch Brown, brothers Brad & Matt Crouch and AFLW player Sophie Van De Heuvel.

Club identityEdit

GuernseyEdit

The jumper is red & white vertical stripes. Until 2009, the jumper was white with Red 'V'. In 2010 the club reverted to the current design to celebrate its 150th anniversary, based on records showing that the red & white stripes were, in fact, the club's original design. The club has kept this design since.

SongEdit

The club song is known as "Cheer, Cheer The Red and The White" and is to the tune of the Victory March, the fight song of the Notre Dame Fighting Irish in South Bend, Indiana, USA. The words are:

Cheer, cheer the red and the white,
Honour the name by day and by night,
Lift that noble banner high,
Shake down the thunder from the sky.
Whether the odds be great or small,
Ballarat will go and win overall,
While her loyal sons are marching
Onwards to victory!

MascotEdit

The club's mascot is the angry swan.

Home groundEdit

Since the 1994 season, Ballarat have played all their home games at the Alfredton Recreation Reserve, in Alfredton, Victoria, Australia. The venue has been home to Ballarat's home games since the club's relocation from City Oval in 1993. In the years 1906-1993, Ballarat played its home matches at the City Oval, in Ballarat, Victoria, Australia. Whilst there, they were co-tenants with the Redan Football Club. The move to Alfredton by the club was a strategic one based on the growing population of the suburb, and the opportunity to join its junior division, who had been playing at Alfredton since 1984.

PremiershipsEdit

  • Ballarat Football League (19): 1897, 1898, 1908, 1923, 1928, 1930, 1932, 1933, 1940, 1942, 1943, 1944, 1951, 1954, 1955, 1962, 1971, 1988, 2008

Henderson Medal winnersEdit

  • 1950 Frank Pyke
  • 1972 Peter Merriman
  • 1974 Brendan Mahar
  • 1977 Don Discher
  • 1985 Don Discher
  • 2014 Shane Hutchinson

Tony Lockett Medal winnersEdit

  • 1927 Dave Duff 113
  • 1928 Dave Duff 91
  • 1929 Dave Duff 96
  • 1930 Harry Cooper 95
  • 1934 G Anderson 72
  • 1936 Max Wheeler 108
  • 1939 Max Wheeler 93
  • 1957 Robert Brannigan 47
  • 1972 Greg Brown 72
  • 1986 Phil Taglaibue 84
  • 2019 Andrew Hooper 41

VFL/AFL playersEdit

Club recordsEdit

Most Senior Games: Paul Nicholls 248

Most Senior Goals: Max Wheeler 359 (1935-1939)

Most Goals in a Game: Max Wheeler 17 (1938)

Most Goals in a Senior Season: D. Duff 113 (1927)

Most Greenfield Trophies (Senior B&F’s): Don Discher x 6 (1977, 1985, 1986, 1987, 1990, 1991) Ashley Baker x 6 (2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2008, 2012)

Most Years as Coach: Len Templar 15 years (1958-1967, 1970-1972, 1977-1978)

Most Years as Captain: Harry Kaighan 8 years (1921 – 1928)

Most Years as Club President: Matt Glover 21 years (1948 – 1968)

Most Years as Club Secretary: J. Shannon 18 Years (1914 – 1931)

Most Years as Club Treasurer: E. R. Bodycomb 26 years (1897 – 1922)

BibliographyEdit

History of Football in the Ballarat District (2008) by John Stoward - ISBN 978-0-9805929-0-0

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ https://www.ballaratfnc.com.au/
  2. ^ "News and notes". The Ballarat Star. Ballarat, VIC. 26 April 1878. p. 2.
  3. ^ "Ballarat Football Club". The Ballarat Star. Ballarat, VIC. 10 April 1897. p. 4.

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