Essendon District Football League

The Essendon District Football League (EDFL) is a semi-professional Australian rules football league competition based in Essendon, Victoria, consisting of teams based in the north-west suburbs of Melbourne. Founded in 1930, the men's competition consists of three leagues: Premier Division, Division 1 and Division 2, with 10 clubs in the Premier Division, 11 clubs in Division 1 and 9 clubs in Division 2. Ahead of the 2025 competition, two teams will be relegated from Division 1 to Division 2 to ensure that there are 10 teams across each of the top three divisions.

Essendon District Football League
SportAustralian rules football
Founded1930; 94 years ago (1930)
First season1930
CEOAndrew Johnston
PresidentBernie Shinners
CountryAustralia
Most recent
champion(s)
Keilor (2023)
Most titlesEssendon Doutta Stars (20)
Sponsor(s)Strathmore Community Bank
Official websiteessendondfl.com.au

Promotion and relegation between these divisions occurs, with the lowest-placed clubs in the Premier Division and Division 1 being relegated at the end of each season replaced in their respective divisions by the winners of Division 1 and Division 2 premierships respectively[1] Each men's team also fields a reserves side and an under-18 side that play fixtures mirroring that of the senior side.

Since 2017, the League has also run a competition for women's Australian rules football. In its inaugural year, this was a joint competition featuring teams from the EDFL as well as the Western Region Football League (WRFL).[2] In 2018, 13 teams competed in a single division season, expanding to 19 teams and two divisions in 2019.

The league consists of clubs spanning as far north as Sunbury (East Sunbury Football Club), as far south-east as Moonee Ponds (Moonee Valley), and as far west as Hillside (Hillside Football Club). The furthest distance between two clubs is Moonee Valley Football Club and Sunbury Kangaroos totalling a travel distance of 35.2 km.

A number of junior players from the EDFL play for Calder Cannons in the Coates Talent League due to the geography of being based at Highgate Recreation Reserve, Craigieburn and consequently receiving the majority of players from teams in the Northern and North-West Suburbs. A smaller number of players represent Western Jets, being based at Burbank Oval, Williamstown which receive a number of players from clubs based in the western suburbs of Melbourne.

Clubs

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Location of 2024 EDFL Clubs
 
 
5km
3miles
 
 
Ascot Vale
 
Coburg
 
Dallas
 
Hume
 
Merrifield
 
St Francis
 
Taylors Lakes
 
Sunbury
 
Westmeadows
 
East Sunbury
 
Hadfield
 
Burnside Heights
 
Glenroy
 
Coburg Districts
 
Northern Saints
 
Craigieburn
 
St Albans
 
Maribyrnong Park
 
Roxburgh Park
 
Tullamarine
 
Moonee Valley
 
Keilor Park
 
Rupertswood
 
Oak Park
 
West Coburg
 
Hillside
 
Avondale Heights
 
Deer Park
 
Greenvale
 
Airport West
 
East Keilor
 
Essendon Doutta Stars
 
Pascoe Vale
 
Strathmore
 
Aberfeldie
 
Keilor
A blue label denotes the club is in the Premier Division, a red label denotes the club is in Division One, a yellow label denotes the club is in Division Two, and a black label denotes the club competes in junior competitions only.

The league consists of clubs spanning as far north as Sunbury (Rupertswood), as far south as Ascot Vale (Ascot Vale) or Moonee Ponds (Moonee Valley) at a senior level, as far east as Coburg (Coburg) or Fawkner (Northern Saints), and as far west as Hillside (Hillside Football Club). The furthest distance between two clubs is Moonee Valley Football Club and Sunbury Kangaroos totalling a travel distance of 35.2 km.

The league borders the RDFNL to the north and north-west, WFNL to the south and west, and the NFNL to the east and north-east. A number of clubs have transferred to and from these various leagues throughout their respective existences.

The league recruits a number of current players listed on VFL lists from the Northern and Western Suburbs of Melbourne, such as Coburg, Essendon, Werribee, and Williamstown

Premier Division

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Club Colours Moniker Home venue Former league(s) Est. Seasons Premierships
First Total Total Most recent
Aberfeldie
 
Abers, Gorillas Clifton Park, Aberfeldie 1948 1948 75 8 2018
Airport West
 
Eagles Hansen Reserve, Airport West 1961 1962 62 7 2022
Avondale Heights
 
Heights Canning Reserve, Avondale Heights 1965 1967 56 5 2004^
Deer Park
 
Lions John McLeod Reserve, Deer Park WRFL 1925 2023 2 1 2023^
East Keilor
 
Cougars Overland Reserve, East Keilor 1967 1971 53 7 2021^
Essendon Doutta Stars
 
Stars Nipper Jordan Oval, Essendon VFL 1946 1946 78 20 2015^
Greenvale
 
Jets Greenvale Recreation Reserve, Greenvale 1990 1996 28 5 2013
Keilor
 
Blues Keilor Recreation Reserve, Keilor KBFL 1877 1932 88 12 2023
Pascoe Vale
 
Panthers Raeburn Reserve, Pascoe Vale VFL SD 1918 1952 72 3 2011^
Strathmore
 
Mores Lebanon Reserve, Strathmore 1954 1957 67 9 2022

Division 1

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Club Colours Moniker Home venue Former League(s) Est. Seasons Premierships
First Total Total Most recent
Craigieburn
 
Eagles D.S. Aitken Reserve, Craigieburn RDFNL 1970 2001 23 3 2019^
Hillside
 
Sharks Hillside Reserve, Hillside 1999 2005 19 1 2013+
Keilor Park
 
Devils Keilor Park Recreational Reserve, Keilor Park 1974 1986 372 3 2022^
Maribyrnong Park
 
Lions Maribyrnong Park, Moonee Ponds 1980 1980 45 4 2010
Moonee Valley
 
Valley Ormond Park, Moonee Ponds 1933 1933 87 7 2021+
Oak Park
 
Kangaroos J.P. Fawkner Reserve, Oak Park 1957 1960 64 5 2023+
Roxburgh Park
 
Magpies Lakeside Reserve, Roxburgh Park 2002 2005 19 1 2018+
Rupertswood
 
Sharks Salesian College, Sunbury VAFA, RDFNL 1999 2021 4 0
St Albans
 
Saints Kings Park Reserve, Kings Park WRFL 1947 2023 2 0 __
Tullamarine
 
Demons Leo Dineen Reserve, Tullamarine 1974 1974 50 8 2003
West Coburg
 
Burgers Shore Reserve, Pascoe Vale South VFA SD 1927 1954 70 15 2014

Division 2

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Club Colours Moniker Home venue Former League(s) Est. Seasons Premierships
First Total Total Most recent
Burnside Heights
 
Bears Burnside Heights Recreation Reserve,
Burnside Heights
2012 2014 12 0
Coburg Districts
 
Lions Cole Reserve, Pascoe Vale NMFL, WRFL 1951 1981 201 0
East Sunbury
 
Thunder John McMahon Reserve, Sunbury RDFNL 1999 2013 113 0
Glenroy
 
Wallabies Sewell Reserve, Glenroy 1946 1946 7 14 2017^
Hadfield
 
Hawks Martin Reserve, Hadfield 1961 1971 53 4 2015
Northern Saints
 
Saints Charles Mutton Reserve, Fawkner 2007 2008 16 1 2013^
Sunbury Kangaroos
 
Kangaroos Eric Boardman Reserve, Sunbury RDFNL 1987 2019 5 1 2019+
Taylors Lakes
 
Lions Lionheart Reserve, Taylors Lakes 1989 1993 31 1 2010
Westmeadows
 
Tigers Willowbrook Reserve, Westmeadows 1970 1977 47 1 1984
Notes
^ denotes that the club's most recent senior premiership was in Division 1 or the B Grade.
+ denotes that the club's most recent senior premiership was in Division 2 or the C Grade.
1 Coburg Districts first entered the competition in 1981, before departing after the conclusion of the 1987 EDFL season. The club re-entered the competition from the 2013 EDFL season onwards.
2 Keilor Park did not field a side in the 2018 EDFL season.
3 East Sunbury did not field a side in the 2022 EDFL season.

Active AFL/AFLW Players

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Active AFL Players
Player AFL Club/Clubs EDFL Club/Clubs Year Drafted Draft Pick no. AFL Games1
Rory Atkins Adelaide Football Club and Gold Coast Suns Maribyrnong Park 2012 81 133
Noah Balta Richmond Football Club Essendon Doutta Stars 2017 25 85
Mark Blicavs Geelong Football Club Taylors Lakes and Sunbury 2012 54 (R) 246
Jack Bytel St Kilda Football Club Maribyrnong Park and Aberfeldie 2018 41 22
Jordan Croft Western Bulldogs Maribyrnong Park 2023 15 (F-S) 0
Paul Curtis North Melbourne Football Club Keilor 2021 35 36
Joe Daniher Essendon Football Club and Brisbane Lions Aberfeldie 2012 10 (F-S) 172
Jayden Davey Essendon Football Club Moonee Valley 2022 54 (F-S) 0
Brandon Ellis Richmond Football Club and Gold Coast Suns West Coburg 2011 15 241
Hugo Garcia St Kilda Football Club Taylors Lakes and Greenvale 2023 50 0
Nick Hind St Kilda Football Club and Essendon Football Club Keilor 2018 54 80
Buku Khamis Western Bulldogs St Albans 2018 Category B Rookie 10
Jayden Laverde Essendon Football Club Keilor 2014 20 110
Matthew McLeod-Allison St Kilda Football Club Strathmore 2020 26 0
Jake Melksham Essendon Football Club and Melbourne Football Club Oak Park 2009 10 221
Brody Mihocek Collingwood Football Club Maribyrnong Park 2018 22 (R) 126
Touk Miller Gold Coast Suns Maribyrnong Park 2014 29 173
Reilly O'Brien Adelaide Football Club Moonee Valley 2014 9 (R) 100
Dion Prestia Gold Coast Suns and Richmond Football Club Greenvale 2010 9 212
Cameron Rayner Brisbane Lions Hillside and Essendon Doutta Stars 2017 1 111
Brandon Ryan Hawthorn Football Club and Brisbane Lions Maribyrnong Park and Aberfeldie 2012 12 (M-S) (R) 3
Luke Ryan Fremantle Football Club Moonee Valley and Maribyrnong Park 2016 66 132
Adam Saad Gold Coast Suns, Essendon Football Club and Carlton Football Club West Coburg 2015 25 (R) 177
James Sicily Hawthorn Football Club Keilor 2013 56 134
Joel Smith Melbourne Football Club Maribyrnong Park and Taylors Lakes 2014 41 (R) 42
Curtis Taylor North Melbourne Football Club Keilor and Rupertswood 2018 46 57
Zac Taylor Adelaide Football Club Oak Park 2021 44 0
Rhylee West Western Bulldogs Strathmore 2018 26 (F-S) 25
Peter Wright Gold Coast Suns and Essendon Football Club Moonee Valley 2014 8
Active AFLW Players
Player AFLW Club/Clubs EDFL Club/Clubs Year Drafted Draft Pick no. AFLW Games1
Alana Barba Gold Coast Suns and Essendon Football Club Roxburgh Park and Pascoe Vale 2022 - 12
Charlotte Baskaran Hawthorn Football Club Aberfeldie 2022 9 10
Lauren Caruso Richmond Football Club Keilor 2022 - 1
Monique Conti Western Bulldogs and Richmond Football Club Essendon Doutta Stars, Melbourne Uni and Aberfeldie 2017 4 61
Sarah Dargan Collingwood Football Club, Richmond Football Club and Sydney Football Club Strathmore and Pascoe Vale 2017 20 34
Zali Friswell Geelong Football Club Aberfeldie 2021 7 30
Elisabeth Georgostathis Western Bulldogs VU Western Spurs 2019 9 34
Tahlia Gillard Melbourne Football Club Moonee Valley and Essendon Doutta Stars 2021 42 28
Montana Ham Sydney Football Club Hillside and Keilor 2022 1
Isabel Huntington Western Bulldogs and Greater Western Sydney Giants Melbourne Uni 2017 1 20
Madeline Keryk Carlton Football Club, Geelong Football Club and Port Adelaide Football Club Aberfeldie and VU Western Spurs 2016 115 47
Abbey McDonald Geelong Football Club Aberfeldie, Sunbury Kangaroos and Sunbury Lions 2022 55 4
Georgia Patrikios St Kilda Football Club West Coburg and Pascoe Vale 2019 5 35
Krstel Petrevski Melbourne Football Club and West Coast Eagles Pascoe Vale 2019 78 10
Georgie Prespakis Geelong Football Club Sunbury Lions 2021 2 19
Madison Prespakis Carlton Football Club and Essendon Football Club Sunbury Lions 2018 3 55
Amelia Radford Essendon Football Club Moonee Valley 2022 - 7
Tahlia Read Fremantle Football Club and Carlton Football Club Maribyrnong Park 2022 85 0
Nicola Stevens Collingwood Football Club, Carlton Football Club and St Kilda Football Club Pascoe Vale 2016 6 59
Emelia Yassir Richmond Football Club Pascoe Vale 2021 16 19
Notes
(R) denotes that the player was selected in the rookie draft.
(F-S) denotes that the player was selected as a father-son pick.
(M-S) denotes that the player was selected in the mid-season draft.
1 Playing statistics correct as of the end of the 2023 season.

Former clubs

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Club Colours Moniker Est. Former
league
EDFL senior seasons Fate
First Last Total
Aberfeldie Park
 
1983 - 1983 1985 3 Result of a merger between Moonee Ponds and Essendon Youth Centre. After complaints from Aberfeldie, Aberfeldie Park reverted to Moonee Ponds for the 1986 season.
All Nations Youth Club 1953 1955 3 Unknown
Ascot Imperials 1946 1946 1 Unknown
Ascot Presbyterians 1964 1964 1 Unknown
Ascot Rovers 1954 1956 3 Unknown
Ascot United
 
[3]
1946 1949 4 Played as Maribyrnong-Ascot United for 1950 Season
Ascot Vale
 
Devils 1930 1930 1987 54 Transferred to FDFL at conclusion of 1987 season. Folded in 1997.
Ascot Vale Methodists 1946 1949 2 Unknown - Played the 1946 and 1949 Seasons
Ascot Vale Wanderers 1937 1940 4 Unknown
Ascot Youth Centre 1950 Unknown
Australian National Airways 1941 1949 2 Unknown - Played two seasons either side of WW2, in 1941 and 1949.
Ascot Vale Presbyterians ? 1973 Merged with Essendon Baptist-St John's at conclusion of 1973 season to form Essendon-Tullamarine.
Batman
 
1981 Changed name in 1981 and now known as Coburg Districts
Broadmeadows 1946 1947 2 Unknown
Brunswick City
 
Eagles 1948 1948 1986 37 Folded at the end of 1986 season
Brunswick Colts 1950 Unknown
Brunswick Presbyterians 1974 1974 1 Unknown
Brunswick Sons of Soldiers 1936 1947 2 Unknown
Brunswick United 1947 1947 1 Unknown
Coburg Amateurs
 
1920s VAFA 1941 1941 1 Folded in 1987
Coburg Rovers 1896 1940 1941 2 Unknown
Coburg Sons of Soldiers 1937 1940 4 Unknown
Coburg South 1941 1941 1 Unknown
Coburg Stars 1950 1954 5 Unknown
Corpus Christi
 
Unknown. Active during 1980s as a junior club.
Don Rovers
 
1936 1939 4 Unknown
East Brunswick
 
[4]
Magpies 1922 Metropolitan 1975 1982 8 Transferred to YCW Football League, played at Fleming Park
East Coburg
 
Unknown. Played at McDonald Reserve, Coburg as a junior club.
Essendon All Blacks 1950 Unknown
Essendon Baptist 1949 1950 2 Merged with St John's
Essendon Baptist-St John's Navy with White EBSJ [5] 1951 1951 1973 23 Merged with Ascot Vale Presbyterians at conclusion of 1973 season to form Essendon-Tullamarine.
Essendon Bombers 1950 1955 6 Unknown
Essendon Church of Christ 1940 1940 1 Unknown
Essendon High School Ex Students
 
Panthers 1949 1992 44 Played at Aberfeldie Park until mid 1980s then relocated to Buckley Park's top oval. Renamed as North Essendon in the early 1990s then folded a few seasons later
Essendon Imperials 1937 1940 4 Unknown
Essendon Returned Soldiers 1946 1946 1 Unknown
Essendon Sons of Soldiers 1936 1936 1 Unknown
Essendon Stars 1940 1940 1 Unknown
Essendon Swimmers 1950 1951 2 Unknown
Essendon United 1936 1940 5 Unknown
Essendon Youth Centre 1975 1982 8 Merged with Moonee Ponds to become Aberfeldie Park.
Fairbairn Rovers 1950 1950 1 Unknown
Fairbairn Socials 1938 1938 1 Unknown
Fawkner Districts 1937 1952 10 Club played until EDFL suspended competition due to WW2 in 1942. They reformed when the EDFL resumed in 1946, changing their name from Fawkner Districts to Fawkner.
Flemington/Kensington 1930 1938 9 Unknown
Footscray Technical College 1963 1963 1 Unknown
Gisborne (Women's team only)
 
Bulldogs 2017 AFL Goldfields 2021 2023 3 In recess
Gladstone Park
 
1978 1997 20 Transferred to WRFL, folded in 2007
Glenbervie 1952 1955 4 Unknown
Jacana
 
Jaguars 1961 RDFNL 2001 2022 22 Went into recess prior to 2023 season following poor performances throughout the 2022 Division 2 season
Kensington Methodists 1930 1930 1 Unknown
Knox Presbyterians 1949 1949 1 Unknown
La Mascotte
 
1938 1941 4 Club played until EDFL suspended competition due to WW2 in 1942. They did not reform when the EDFL resumed in 1946.
Lincoln Rovers 1949 1949 1 Unknown
Lincoln Stars 1950 Unknown
Lincoln Tigers 1950 1951 2 Unknown
Maribyrnong-Ascot United 1950 1950 1 Unknown
Marrows 1950 1957 8 Unknown
Meadow Heights
 
Kangaroos 1997 Folded early 2000s
Monash Rovers 1950 1951 2 Unknown
Moonee Imperials
 
Imperials 1946 1946 1979 34 Merged with Riverside Stars at conclusion of 1979 season to form Maribyrnong Park.
Moonee Ponds
 
1978 1982 5 Moonee Ponds YCW entered the EDFL in 1978, playing as Moonee Ponds. In 1983 they merged with Essendon Youth Centre and became Aberfeldie Park. After complaints from Aberfeldie, Aberfeldie Park reverted to Moonee Ponds in 1986.
EDFL 1986 1989 4
North Coburg1
 
Saints 1947 1978 2007 30 Began as St Olivers JFC in 1947 with a Senior club forming in 1978. Renamed North Coburg in 1990. Played at Hosken Reserve until they merged with Fawkner Park at conclusion of 2007 season to form Northern Saints and moved to Charles Mutton Reserve.
North Essendon Methodists 1949 Unknown
Northern Juniors 1930 1930 1 Unknown
Northern Rovers 1941 1941 1 Unknown
Old Coburgians 1940 1940 1 Unknown
Old Essendon Grammarians
 
Bombers 1968 1968 1969 1 Transferred to FDFL at conclusion of 1982 season. Currently competes in VAFA.
VAFA 1972 1982 11
Raeburn 1952 VFL Sub District 1952 1953 2 Pascoe Vale changed their name to Raeburn to enter the EDFL and played under that name for two seasons. They reverted to Pascoe Vale from 1954 onward.
Regal Sports 1934 1934 1 Unknown
Riverside Stars
 
Stars 1946 1946 1979 34 Merged with Moonee Imperials at conclusion of 1979 season to form Maribyrnong Park.
Royal Park 1979 1980 2 Unknown
South Kensington 1931 1931 1 Unknown
St Andrews
 
Saints 1980 1985 5 Played at Brearley Reserve, Pascoe Vale South in the EDFL. Left EDFL after 1985 season for VAFA. Moved to DVFL in 1995 and folded after the 1996 season.
St Christophers Maroon and Blue 1974 1976 3 Unknown. Played at school oval in Airport West.
St Davids 1952 Unknown
St Francis
 
Unknown. Senior Club folded, Junior Club still active. Played at Oak Park Reserve.
St Johns 1930 1930 1 Unknown
St Monicas CYMS 1937 1938 2 Unknown
St Patricks 1938 1938 1 Unknown
St Pauls 1947 1947 1 Unknown
Strathmore Stars 1954 1954 1 Unknown
Vespa Purple and Gold 1959 1961 3 Unknown
West Brunswick
 
1949 1958 10 Transferred to VAFA
West Coburg Amateurs 1959 1959 1 Unknown
West Moreland 1937 1940 4 Unknown
Woodlands
 
[6]
1930 1934 4 Unknown. They 'played at the Holmes Road reserve, which was located in the parkland at the end of Holmes Road in Moonee Ponds'[7]
Notes
North Coburg competed as St Olivers between 1978 and 1989.
denotes that the club did not participate between 1942 and 1945 due to World War II.
Aside from the clubs mentioned in the table above, the EDFL 75th Anniversary History Book [8] also listed the following clubs as having been affiliated with the EDFL between 1930 to 2005
  • 6th Melbourne Scouts
  • Ascot Rovers/Maribyrnong
  • Ascot Vale West
  • Catholic Boys Club
  • East Essendon
  • Essendon Tullamarine (now known as Tullamarine)
  • Ford Company
  • Keilor Regal Sports
  • Maribyrnong
  • Maribyrnong Regal Sport
  • Maribyrnong Youth Club
  • Moonee Ponds YCW
  • Moonee Valley Juniors
  • Northcote Excelsior
  • Parkville
  • St. Bernards
  • St. Bernards Juniors
  • Tullamarine-Airport West
  • Tullamarine Ascot Presbyterians (now known as Tullamarine)
  • West Brunswick Laurels
  • West Essendon
  • West Essendon Youth Centre
  • West Coburg Juniors (listed as different club to West Coburg)
  • West Coburg Seniors (listed as different club to West Coburg)

Premiers

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Seniors Reserves
Year Premier Division

(A Grade)

Division 1

(B Grade)

Division 2

(C Grade)

Premier Division

(A Grade)

Division 1

(B Grade)

Division 2

(C Grade)

2023 Keilor Deer Park Oak Park Strathmore Hillside Northern Saints
2022 Strathmore Airport West Keilor Park Keilor Airport West Keilor Park
2021 Strathmore East Keilor Moonee Valley Keilor East Keilor Moonee Valley
2020 Competition not held due to COVID-19
2019 Keilor Craigieburn Sunbury Kangaroos Aberfeldie Hillside Sunbury Kangaroos
2018 Aberfeldie Airport West Roxburgh Park Greenvale Airport West Moonee Valley
2017 Aberfeldie Glenroy Jacana Greenvale Taylors Lakes Roxburgh Park
2016 Keilor Craigieburn East Keilor Keilor Taylors Lakes Roxburgh Park
2015 Aberfeldie Essendon Doutta Stars Hadfield Keilor Taylors Lakes Coburg Districts
2014 Strathmore West Coburg East Keilor Greenvale Taylors Lakes Moonee Valley
2013 Greenvale Northern Saints Hillside Greenvale West Coburg Hillside
2012 Greenvale Airport West East Keilor Greenvale Airport West Hillside
2011 Strathmore Pascoe Vale Competition in recess Oak Park Airport West Competition in recess
2010 Maribyrnong Park Taylors Lakes Greenvale Pascoe Vale
2009 Maribyrnong Park Oak Park Aberfeldie Airport West
2008 Keilor Glenroy Keilor Taylors Lakes
2007 Greenvale Maribyrnong Park Greenvale Maribyrnong Park
2006 Strathmore West Coburg Essendon Doutta Stars Maribyrnong Park
2005 Strathmore Craigieburn Keilor Craigieburn
2004 Greenvale Avondale Heights Oak Park West Coburg
2003 Oak Park Tullamarine Oak Park Westmeadows
2002 Oak Park Greenvale Oak Park Craigieburn
2001 Keilor Keilor Park Keilor Pascoe Vale
2000 Keilor West Coburg Keilor Pascoe Vale
1999 Doutta Stars Moonee Valley Keilor Moonee Valley
1998 Strathmore Doutta Stars Strathmore Essendon Doutta Stars
1997 Keilor Glenroy Strathmore Hadfield
1996 Keilor West Coburg Strathmore Pascoe Vale
1995 Keilor Aberfeldie Keilor Pascoe Vale
1994 East Keilor Moonee Valley Oak Park Essendon Doutta Stars
1993 Airport West Tullamarine Airport West North Coburg Saints
1992 Airport West East Keilor Oak Park Tullamarine
1991 Essendon Doutta Stars West Coburg Essendon Doutta Stars Tullamarine
1990 Essendon Doutta Stars Keilor Park Keilor Keilor Park
1989 Strathmore Hadfield Keilor Tullamarine
1988 Keilor Pascoe Vale Essendon Doutta Stars Hadfield
1987 Avondale Heights West Coburg Keilor West Coburg
1986 Glenroy Moonee Valley Strathmore Tullamarine
1985 Keilor Airport West Strathmore Moonee Valley
1984 Strathmore Westmeadows Strathmore Ascot Vale
1983 Glenroy Oak Park Strathmore Oak Park
1982 Glenroy Aberfeldie Gladstone Park Glenroy Oak Park Essendon High School Ex-Students
1981 Strathmore Tullamarine Essendon Youth Centre West Coburg Aberfeldie Gladstone Park
1980 Essendon Doutta Stars Glenroy Brunswick City7 West Coburg Glenroy St Andrews
1979 Essendon Tullamarine Hadfield Moonee Ponds Essendon Doutta Stars Oak Park Competition not yet formed
1978 Essendon Tullamarine East Keilor Brunswick City7 Pascoe Vale Oak Park
1977 Essendon Tullamarine Ascot Vale West Coburg Aberfeldie Ascot Vale
1976 Essendon Tullamarine Avondale Heights Old Essendon Gramarians6 Airport West Ascot Vale
1975 Essendon Tullamarine Moonee Valley Essendon Youth Centre Aberfeldie Oak Park
1974 Aberfeldie Glenroy Brunswick Presbyterians Strathmore Glenroy
1973 Keilor Strathmore Tullamarine Ascot Presbyterians1 Essendon Doutta Stars Brunswick City7
1972 Essendon Doutta Stars Ascot Vale1 Riverside Stars4 Essendon Doutta Stars Competition not yet formed
1971 West Coburg Strathmore Hadfield Essendon Baptist St John's 1
1970 West Coburg Broadmeadows Moonee Valley Pascoe Vale
1969 Essendon Doutta Stars Ascot Vale1 St. Davids Pascoe Vale
1968 West Coburg Keilor Batman5 West Coburg
1967 West Coburg Strathmore Riverside Stars4 Pascoe Vale
1966 Glenroy West Coburg Ascot Youth Centre Competition not yet formed
1965 West Coburg Essendon High School Ex-Students Essendon Baptist St John's1
1964 Essendon Doutta Stars Ascot Vale Presbyterians Pascoe Vale
1963 Essendon Doutta Stars West Coburg Glenroy
1962 Essendon Doutta Stars Broadmeadows Moonee Imperials4
1961 Essendon Doutta Stars North Essendon Methodists Doutta Stars
1960 Moonee Imperials Essendon High School Ex-Students Competition not yet formed
1959 Essendon Doutta Stars Aberfeldie
1958 Essendon Baptist St John's1 West Coburg
1957 Essendon Doutta Stars North Essendon Methodists
1956 Brunswick City7 Essendon Baptist St John's1
1955 Moonee Imperials4 Lincoln Stars
1954 Essendon Doutta Stars Brunswick7
1953 Essendon Doutta Stars Aberfeldie
1952 Moonee Valley St Davids
1951 Essendon Doutta Stars Glenroy
1950 Essendon Doutta Stars Lincoln Tigers
1949 Essendon Doutta Stars Glenroy
1948 Essendon Doutta Stars Competition not yet formed
1947 Ascot Vale United1
1946 Ascot Vale United1
1945 Competition not held due to World War II
1944
1943
1942
1941 La Mascotte3
1940 Ascot Vale1
1939 La Mascotte3
1938 Ascot Vale1
1937 Ascot Vale1
1936 Ascot Vale1
1935 Ascot Vale1
1934 Woodland2
1933 Ascot Vale1
1932 Woodland2
1931 Woodland2
1930 Essendon Baptist St John's1
Notes
1 Merger occurred between Essedon Baptist St Johns and Ascot Vale Presbyterians in 1973 to form Tullamarine Ascot Presbyterians, then later Essendon Tullamarine and finally shortened to Tullamarine Football Club in 1981.
2 Woodland Football Club folded at the end of the 1934 Season.
3 La Mascotte played until the EDFL suspended competition due to WW2 in 1942 and didn't reform when the EDFL resumed in 1946.
4 Moonee Imperials merged with Riverside Stars at conclusion of 1979 season to form Maribyrnong Park.
5 Later renamed to Coburg Districts Football Club in 1981 to greater recognise the local community.
6 Old Essendon Gramarians joined the EDFL in 1968 for just two seasons until joining the VAFA (Victorian Amateur Football Association) for the 1970 and 1971 seasons before returning to the EDFL between 1972 and 1983, then departing to play in the Footscray District Football League, now the Western Region Football League in 1983.
7 Renamed from Brunswick to Brunswick City in 1955, Folded at the end of the 1986 season
8 Left the EDFL to join the Footscray District Football League, now the Western Region Football League at the conclusion of the 1987 season, folded in 1997. Later reformed in 2017, only participating in under-age football.

History

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The EDFL was first formed in 1930 at the instigation of the Essendon Football Club to increase the pool of local talent available for recruitment. Consequently, the league has consistently had positive ties with Essendon Football Club which can also be seen with the use of former Essendon home ground Essendon Football Ground, now known as Windy Hill as the headquarters of the EDFL since 1958 and hosting training for umpires of the league and occasional use of the ground for home and away season matches as well as being a commonly featuring ground for men's grand finals.

The first season in 1930 consisted of eight clubs, Ascot Vale, Flemington and Kensington, St John's, Kensington Methodist, Essendon High School Old Boys, Northern Juniors, West Essendon and Woodlands. None of the original foundation clubs exist in their current state as a result of participating in mergers or folding since. The completion of the season saw Les Rennie recruited by Essendon, the first successful recruitment of a player from the EDFL, he went on to play for Essendon throughout the 1931 VFL season. Later, in 1933 the great Dick Reynolds, one of just four players to have won three Brownlow Medals was recruited from Woodlands in the EDFL and began his successful 320 game career with Essendon.

In 1936, the first juniors competition was launched which contained a solitary under 16s division, once more at the instigation of the Essendon Football Club however this was abandoned and resumed at a later date in 1948 with the introduction of under-17s. By 1949, 32 teams took part in 3 grades of junior age football. 1962 saw the induction of under-15s to the EDFL and the competition was won by Essendon Doutta Stars, however as a result of fielding an overage player forfeited all their points for the season. In 1967, the inaugural A grade under-13s competition was launched which was a resounding success and resulted in demand for a B grade competition after just one year in 1968.

As a result of World War II the competition went into recess in 1941 with many players fighting in the war, once the war had ended two clubs (La Mascotte and Fawkner District) chose not to resume participation in the competition, despite this, After four years of recess a successful resumption of the leagues activities in this year. A 10 team competition on resumption resumed the success of the pre War Competition.

1949 saw the first split of the teams into two divisions (A grade and B grade) with Essendon Doutta Stars taking out the first ever undefeated season and Glenroy winning the inaugural B grade competition. Later in 1961, C grade was introduced to help facilitate the introduction of more clubs into the EDFL and was won by Doutta Stars, believed to be a reserve team for Essendon Doutta Stars. However, this competition did not last for long before going into recess after the 1982 season and only returning after the 30-year hiatus in 2012.

In 1961, The Umpires Association (EDFLUA) was inaugurated to help with the recruitment of umpires to officiate games. Despite this the league was consistently short of umpires. Notably in 1990, the season commenced with a desperate shortage of umpires. The problem was solved in the short term by former umpires who came out of retirement to assist the league.

in 1989, then prime minister of Australia Bob Hawke attended the A-grade seniors grand final.

EDFL Women's

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History

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EDFL Women's
Upcoming season or competition:
  2023
SportWomen's Australian rules football
Founded2016; 8 years ago (2016)
First season2018
No. of teams22
Most titlesAberfeldie, Keilor, Pascoe Vale (1)

In partnership with the Western Region Football League (WRFL), in 2016 the two leagues established the Western Region & Essendon District Women's Football League, an eleven-team open-age competition for women. Five EDFL clubs fielded teams in the competition – Craigieburn, Glenroy, Keilor, Pascoe Vale and Roxburgh Park – with Keilor prevailing against WRFL side Manor Lakes in the grand final.[9]

In 2018, the EDFL established its own Women's competition, consisting of 13 teams. Of those 13 teams, two came from outside of the League – the Ballarat Football League-side Sunbury Lions; and Sunbury Kangaroos, at the time competing in the Riddell District Football League. Glenroy, despite competing in the 2017 joint competition, did not field a side, while Avondale Heights and Taylors Lakes fielded a joint team under the Avondale Heights–Taylors Lakes moniker.

In 2019, the competition expanded to 19 teams and was split into two divisions – a 10-club Premier Division and a nine-club Division 1. Aberfeldie became the first team to field two sides, one in each division.

Clubs

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Club Colours Moniker Home venue Est. Former
league
EDFL senior seasons EDFL senior premierships
First Total Total Most recent
Premier Division
Aberfeldie
 
Abers Clifton Park, Aberfeldie 2018 2018 5 1 2019
Essendon Doutta Stars
 
Stars Nipper Jordan Oval, Essendon 2019 2019 1 2 2023
Hillside
 
Sharks Hillside Reserve, Hillside 2018 2018 5 0
Keilor
 
Blues Keilor Recreation Reserve, Keilor 2017 WREDWFL 2018 5 1 2022
Moonee Valley
 
Valley Ormond Park, Moonee Ponds 2021 2021 2 0
Maribyrnong Park
 
Lions Maribyrnong Park, Moonee Ponds 2019 2019 4 0
Oak Park
 
Kangaroos J.P. Fawkner Reserve, Oak Park 2022 2022 1 1 2023
Westmeadows
 
Tigers Willowbrook Reserve, Westmeadows 2018 2018 5 0
Division 1
Airport West
 
Eagles Hansen Reserve, Airport West 2021 __ 2021 2 1 2023
Burnside Heights
 
Bears Burnside Heights Recreation Reserve, Burnside Heights 2018 2018 5 0
Greenvale
 
Jets Greenvale Reserve, Greenvale 2019 2019 4 0
Keilor Park
 
Devils Keilor Park Recreational Reserve, Keilor Park 2018 2018 3
Strathmore/Pascoe Vale
 
Mores Boeing Reserve, Strathmore Heights 2018 2018 5 1 2022
Tullamarine
 
Demons Leo Dineen Reserve, Tullamarine 2019 2019 4 1 2022
Division 2
Coburg Districts
 
Lions Cole Reserve, Pascoe Vale 2019 2019 4 0
East Sunbury
 
Thunder John McMahon Reserve, Sunbury 2024 2024 1
Glenroy
 
Wallabies Sewell Reserve, Glenroy 2023 2024 1
Roxburgh Park
 
Magpies Lakeside Reserve, Roxburgh Park 2017 WREDWFL 2018 3
Sunbury Lions
 
Lions Clarke Oval, Sunbury 2017 WREDWFL 2018 5 0
Sunbury Kangaroos
 
Kangaroos Eric Boardman Reserve, Sunbury 2022 2022 1 0
Taylors Lakes
 
Lions Lionheart Reserve, Taylors Lakes 2024 2024 1
denotes that the club's most recent senior premiership was in Division 1.

Notes: 1 Avondale Heights competed as Avondale Heights-Taylors Lakes in 2018.

Juniors matches

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The juniors consist of: Under 8s, Under 10s, Under 14s, Under 16s and Under 18.5s. There are also youth girls teams in the junior divisions. There are eight junior divisions at this level and each team listed in the senior section has at least one junior team in divisions 1, 2 or 3 for each age group, however many clubs have more in divisions 4, 5, 6, 7 and 8.

Junior Only Clubs

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Club Colours Moniker Home venue Est. Former
league
EDFL senior seasons
First Total
Ascot Vale
 
Panthers Walter Street Reserve, Ascot Vale 2017 - 2017 8
Coburg
 
Lions Jackson Reserve, Coburg North 1891 - 2022 3
Dallas
 
Jacana Reserve, Jacana 2024 - 2024 1
Hume
 
Bombers Kalkallo Reserve, Kalkallo 2018 - 2017 7
Merrifield
 
Panthers Merrifield Recreation Reserve, Mickleham 2024 - 2024 1
St Francis
 
Saints Oak Park Reserve, Oak Park 2015 - 2017 10

Notes

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References

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  1. ^ "Statement of By-Laws" (PDF). Essendon District Football League Incorporated. pp. 6–7. Retrieved 29 October 2019.
  2. ^ Murphy, Tara (14 March 2016). "EDFL plays its part as women's footy takes off". Brimbank & North West Star Weekly. Retrieved 29 October 2019.
  3. ^ Ascot United's playing colours mentioned in 1946 Grand Final Poster on Doutta Stars History Page https://www.essendondouttastars.com.au/the-club/club-history/
  4. ^ "Photograph of East Brunswick FC, 1952".
  5. ^ EDFL 75th Anniversary History Book https://silo.tips/download/75th-anniversary-founded-1930
  6. ^ https://vuir.vu.edu.au/22310/1/Daniel%20Eddy.pdf Page 55
  7. ^ https://vuir.vu.edu.au/22310/1/Daniel%20Eddy.pdf Page 48
  8. ^ "[PDF] 75th. Anniversary. Founded 1930 - Free Download PDF".
  9. ^ "Keilor WFC vs Manor Lakes WFC". Australian Football. 20 August 2017. Retrieved 25 September 2019.
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