Mansfield Football Club

The Mansfield Football Netball Club, nicknamed the Eagles, is an Australian rules football and netball club based in Mansfield, Victoria.

Mansfield
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Names
Full nameMansfield Football Netball Club
Nickname(s)Eagles
Club details
Foundedc. 1881–83 [note 1]
Colours         
CompetitionGoulburn Valley FL
Premierships2 (2004, 2009)
Ground(s)Mansfield Recreation Reserve
Uniforms
Home
Other information
Official websitemansfieldfnc.com.au

The Mansfield teams currently compete in the Goulburn Valley League. The Eagles home ground is the Mansfield Recreation Reserve.

HistoryEdit

The seed of the Mansfield FC was planted because of an advertisement in the Mansfield Guardian on 18 May 1878. The ad called for a meeting to be held at the Mansfield Hotel with the purpose of forming a football club.

Surviving records of those times describe a game between Mansfield and Jamieson in July 1883. Nevertheless, in 1886 the Mansfield Courier reported that Mansfield had fielded teams in 1881. [1]

Early games were played against neighbouring towns on a round robin basis with the teams playing for trophies donated by prominent businessmen. The original shirt worn by Mansfield was white with red stripes. In 1900 these local clubs formed an Association, adopted a constitution and began a formal competition for points culminating in a final series. Mansfield played many clubs in this era in various leagues and associations. Jamieson, Bonnie Doon, Merton, Maindample, Delatite, Mt Battery, Swanpool, Tolmie, Yarck, among others.

Between the wars the district became unable to maintain numerous clubs, so the various smaller ones morphed towards the larger Mansfield FC and Mount Battery FC. Eventually these two formed the "Mansfield Battery FC", adopting a navy blue guernsey with a white monogram.

Mansfield competed continuously in the various District Associations until after World War II when the club joined the Waranga North East FL. The netball section would be added later.

LeaguesEdit

Since its foundation, the club has participated in the following leagues:

 
Team of Mansfield FC in 1913
  • 1925–33: Mansfield Line Association
  • 1934–40: Mansfield-Alexandra FA
  • 1945–46: Upper Goulburn FL
  • 1946–77: Waranga North East FL
  • 1977–95: Tungamah FL
  • 1996–97: Goulburn Valley FL (2nd Division)
  • 1998–present: Goulburn Valley FL

PlayersEdit

2010 Football SquadEdit

  • 1 Matt Storer (C)
  • 2 Mitch Wareham
  • 3 James Herridge
  • 4 Ben Millot
  • 5 Tim Demetriou
  • 6 Sam Armstrong
  • 7 Nick Gieschen
  • 8 Simon Hart
  • 9 Sean Purcell
  • 10 Fraser Stevenson
  • 11 Jim Hopgood
  • 12 Phil Doeven
  • 13 Warren Smith
  • 14 Brett Mahoney
  • 15 Adam Boshevski
  • 16 Tim Van Der Klooster
  • 17 Ross Brown
  • 18 Dom Vincent
 
  • 19 Travis Leitch
  • 20 Brant Anselmi
  • 21 Simon Dick
  • 22 Sam Dolling
  • 23 Scott Heveran
  • 24 Casey Briggs
  • 25 Stuart Quinn
  • 26 Nathan Dundas
  • 27 Guy Taylor (C)
  • 28 Kane Blunt
  • 29 Luke McMillian
  • 30 Troy Mahoney
  • 31 David Mensch
  • 32 Simon Jones
  • 33 Nick Gray
  • 34 Jarrad Mahoney
  • 35 James O'Grady
  • 36 Mark Jones
 
  • 37 Sam Christopher
  • 38 Josh Briggs
  • 39 Andrew Nunn
  • 40 Rhys Steward
  • 41 Anthony Burgess
  • 43 Elliot Christopher
  • 44 Adam Mahoney
  • 45 Chris Laing
  • 46 Stephen Collins
  • 48 Liam Scales
  • 50 Lawrence Apps
  • 52 Tom Niewenhuizen
  • 54 Ben Cios
  • 55 Aaron Stephens
  • 57 Ross Hopkins
  • 58 Eddy Oliver
  • 59 Ben Ryan
  • 60 Alby Hill

Matt Storer and Guy Taylor are Eagles Co-Captains for the 2010 season. The Eagles Seniors are coached by ex-Collingwood player, Craig 'Ned' Kelly.

Notable Former PlayersEdit

PremiershipsEdit

Grand FinalsEdit

2004 GVFL Grand Final G B Total
Tatura 11 8 74
Mansfield 20 15 135
Venue: Deakin Reserve, Shepparton
2009 GVFL Grand Final G B Total
Mansfield 16 12 108
Kyabram 13 9 87
Venue: Deakin Reserve, Shepparton

Individual honorsEdit

Trent Hotton, who played for the Eagles last season, won the league best and fairest in 2007. The Eagles won their first GVFL premiership in 2004 since moving to the league in 1997. In 2009 the Eagles capped off a fantastic year with a win in the GVFL Grand Final over Kyabram, capturing their second GVFL flag in five years.

NotesEdit

  1. ^ The date of establishment of the club is unclear. There are some records of a Mansfield FC game in July 1883. Nevertheless, in 1886 the Mansfield Courier reported that Mansfield had fielded teams in 1881.[1]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b History of Mansfield FC on MNFC website
  2. ^ "1900 - Bremner's Cup - Premiership". Trove Newspapers. The Argus Newspaper.
  3. ^ "1905 - Mansfield Football Association - Premiership review". Trove Newspapers. Alexandra and Yea Standard, Gobur, Thornton and Acheron Express.
  4. ^ "1913 - Mansfield Football Association - Grand Final Scores". Trove Newspapers. The Argus Newspapers.
  5. ^ "1927 - Mansfield Swanpool Football Association - Grand Final Scores". Trove Newspapers. The Argus Newspapers.
  6. ^ "1929 - Mansfield Line Football Association - Grand Final Review". Trove Newspapers. Alexandra and Yea Standard and Yarck, Gobur, Thornton and Acheron Express.
  7. ^ "1951 - Waranga North Eastern Football Association - Grand Final Review". Trove Newspapers. Alexandra Standard and Yarck, Gobur, Thornton, Taggerty and Acheron Express.
  8. ^ "1953 - Waranga North Eastern Football Association - Grand Final Review". Trove Newspapers. Alexandra Standard and Yarck, Gobur, Thornton, Taggerty and Acheron Express.
  9. ^ "1954 - Waranga North Eastern Football Association - Grand Final Review". Trove Newspapers. Benalla Ensign Newspaper.

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