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The North West Football League is an Australian rules football competition in North West Tasmania. The league was previously known as the "Northern Tasmanian Football League" from its inception in 1987 until the end of the 2014 season.

North West Football League
Current season, competition or edition:
Current sports event 2018
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FormerlyNorthern Tasmania Football League (1987-2014)
SportAustralian rules football
Founded1987; 32 years ago (1987)
Inaugural season1987
CEOVicki Slater
PresidentAndrew Richardson
No. of teams8
CountryAustralia
Most recent
champion(s)
Burnie Dockers
Most titlesUlverstone Robins (9 titles)
Official websitenwfl.com.au

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HistoryEdit

The Northern Tasmanian Football League (NTFL) was founded in 1987 to replace the Northern Tasmanian Football Association (NTFA) - no relation to the current NTFA - and the North Western Football Union (NWFU) which suffered as a result of the defection of clubs joining the new TFL Statewide League in 1986 – the NTFA had lost North Launceston and East Launceston to the TFL Statewide League at the start of 1986, then lost City-South midway through that season when it merged with East Launceston; the NWFU lost Devonport and Cooee to the Statewide League at the conclusion of the 1986 season.

After the collapse of the Statewide League at the end of 2000, the northern and coastal clubs from that competition returned to the NTFL and dominated the competition for the next eight years (Burnie and Launceston won the next eight premierships between them). With the revival of the Statewide League in 2009, the same five clubs left the NTFL again (North Launceston, South Launceston, Launceston, Burnie and Devonport), resulting in the contraction of the league to a six-club coastal composition.

In the early years, the NTFL was contested by a mixture of smaller northern and north-western clubs, but the northern clubs gradually departed, and since 2009 the league has been contested solely by clubs from the north-western coast, all with a NWFU history. Consequently, at the end of the 2014 season, the name of the league was changed to the North West Football League (NWFL).[1]

In 2015, Burnie and Devonport rejoined the competition, each fielding its reserves team in the NWFL seniors while continuing to field its senior team in the Statewide League reserves; this increased the league numbers up to eight.[2] In early 2017, Burnie withdrew from this arrangement, which dropped the number of teams down to seven.[3] Then, in 2018, Burnie and Devonport withdrew their senior teams from the Statewide League and each entered the NWFL proper, bringing the competition back to eight full members.[4]

TimelineEdit

 

ClubsEdit

Current clubs (2019)Edit

Club Region Ground League years
Burnie Dockers Burnie West Park Oval 2001–08, 2015–16 [note 1], 2018
Devonport Magpies [5] Devonport Devonport Oval 2001–08, 2015–present
East Devonport Swans Devonport Girdlestone Park 1987–present
Latrobe Demons Latrobe Darrel Baldock Oval 1987–present
Penguin Two Blues Penguin Penguin Recreation Ground 1987–present
Ulverstone Robins Ulverstone Ulverstone Recreation Ground 1987–present
Wynyard Cats Wynyard Wynyard Football Ground 1987–present

Former NTFL/NWFL clubsEdit

Club League years
Burnie Tigers F.C. [note 2] 1987–93
Circular Head Giants 1987–2018
Deloraine F.C. 1987–2003
Launceston Blues [note 3] 1987–93, 1998–2008
Longford 1987
NL Bombers 2001–08
SL Bulldogs 1998–2008
Scottsdale Magpies 1987–99
South Burnie 1997–98
Notes
  1. ^ Competing with reserve teams (Devonport 2015-17).
  2. ^ Burnie Tigers were absorbed by the Burnie Hawks at the end of 1993, the merged club continued to participate as the Burnie Hawks in the 1994 TFL season until the club adopted a new identity and colours from 1995 as the Burnie Dockers.
  3. ^ Member of the TFL from 1994–1997.

LaddersEdit

2008Edit

NTFL Wins Byes Losses Draws For Against % Pts
Launceston 17 2 1 0 2905 1127 257.76% 68
Burnie Dockers 16 2 2 0 2467 1223 201.72% 64
Ulverstone 13 2 5 0 2501 1521 164.43% 52
South Launceston 11 2 7 0 1845 1680 109.82% 44
Northern Bombers 10 2 8 0 2034 1852 109.83% 40
Smithton 10 2 8 0 1771 1818 97.41% 40
Latrobe 9 2 9 0 1856 1811 102.48% 36
Devonport 7 2 11 0 1603 1995 80.35% 28
Penguin 3 2 15 0 1513 2554 59.24% 12
East Devonport 2 2 16 0 1359 2474 54.93% 8
Wynyard 1 2 17 0 1274 3073 41.46% 4

FINALS

Final Team G B Pts Team G B Pts
Elimination South Launceston 19 12 126 Northern Bombers 13 8 86
Qualifying Burnie Dockers 16 13 109 Ulverstone 14 14 98
1st Semi Ulverstone 19 14 128 South Launceston 11 13 79
2nd Semi Launceston 12 12 84 Burnie Dockers 12 9 81
Preliminary Burnie Dockers 17 21 123 Ulverstone 15 10 100
Grand Launceston 17 18 120 Burnie Dockers 14 23 107

The competition as of 2009 consisted of 18 rounds with 3 weeks of finals (final 4 system). [6]

2009Edit

NTFL Wins Byes Losses Draws For Against % Pts
Smithton 16 0 2 0 1807 1197 150.96% 64
Ulverstone 12 0 6 0 1757 1470 119.52% 48
Latrobe 8 0 10 0 1635 1593 102.64% 32
East Devonport 8 0 10 0 1361 1579 86.19% 32
Penguin 6 0 12 0 1558 1949 79.94% 24
Wynyard 4 0 14 0 1470 1800 81.67% 16

FINALS

Final Team G B Pts Team G B Pts
1st Semi East Devonport 15 16 106 Latrobe 6 12 48
2nd Semi Ulverstone 10 11 71 Smithton 2 11 23
Preliminary Smithton 16 15 111 East Devonport 11 12 78
Grand Ulverstone 22 14 146 Smithton 8 10 58

2010Edit

NTFL Wins Byes Losses Draws For Against % Pts
Latrobe 15 0 5 0 2341 1739 134.62% 60
Ulverstone 13 0 7 0 2265 1649 137.36% 52
Smithton 10 0 10 0 1558 1745 89.28% 40
Penguin 9 0 11 0 1863 2032 91.68% 36
Wynyard 7 0 13 0 1773 2281 77.73% 28
East Devonport 6 0 14 0 1781 2135 83.42% 24

FINALS

Final Team G B Pts Team G B Pts
1st Semi Smithton 11 2 68 Penguin 9 13 67
2nd Semi Latrobe 6 14 50 Ulverstone 4 12 36
Preliminary Ulverstone 17 16 118 Smithton 3 11 29
Grand Latrobe 20 13 133 Ulverstone 16 7 103

2011Edit

NTFL Wins Byes Losses Draws For Against % Pts
Latrobe 14 0 6 0 2694 1732 155.54% 56
Smithton 12 0 7 1 1915 1750 109.43% 50
Penguin 11 0 7 1 2164 2130 101.60% 46
Ulverstone 11 0 9 0 2228 2004 111.18% 44
Wynyard 9 0 10 0 2007 1947 103.08% 36
East Devonport 1 0 19 0 1400 2845 49.21% 4

FINALS

Final Team G B Pts Team G B Pts
1st Semi Penguin 23 14 152 Ulverstone 17 9 111
2nd Semi Latrobe 20 9 129 Smithton 14 16 100
Preliminary Penguin 22 22 154 Smithton 15 13 103
Grand Latrobe 18 15 123 Penguin 17 17 119

2012Edit

NTFL Wins Byes Losses Draws For Against % Pts Final Team G B Pts Team G B Pts
Latrobe 16 0 4 0 2373 1559 152.21% 64 1st Semi Penguin 20 16 136 East Devonport 15 15 105
Wynyard 14 0 5 1 2386 1513 157.70% 58 2nd Semi Latrobe 10 19 79 Wynyard 10 14 74
Penguin 12 0 7 1 2046 1834 111.56% 50 Preliminary Wynyard 11 12 78 Penguin 7 11 53
East Devonport 8 0 12 0 1842 1954 94.27% 32 Grand Wynyard 11 12 78 Latrobe 8 17 65
Smithton 6 0 14 0 1513 2162 69.98% 24
Ulverstone 3 0 17 0 1358 2496 54.41% 12

2013Edit

NTFL Wins Byes Losses Draws For Against % Pts Final Team G B Pts Team G B Pts
Latrobe 19 0 1 0 3022 1447 208.85% 76 1st Semi Penguin 23 14 152 Ulverstone 17 9 111
Wynyard 13 0 7 0 2129 1428 149.09% 52 2nd Semi Latrobe 20 9 129 Smithton 14 16 100
Ulverstone 9 0 10 1 1697 2176 77.99% 38 Preliminary Penguin 22 22 154 Smithton 15 13 103
Smithton 8 0 10 2 1609 1849 87.02% 36 Grand Latrobe 18 15 123 Penguin 17 17 119
Penguin 4 0 15 1 1777 2379 74.70% 18
East Devonport 4 0 16 0 1468 2423 60.59% 16

2014Edit

NTFL Wins Byes Losses Draws For Against % Pts Final Team G B Pts Team G B Pts
Wynyard 19 0 0 1 3247 878 369.82% 78 1st Semi Latrobe 15 24 114 Penguin 12 12 84
Ulverstone 13 0 6 1 2105 1632 128.98% 54 2nd Semi Wynyard 19 23 137 Ulverstone 13 9 87
Latrobe 10 0 9 1 2541 1645 154.47% 42 Preliminary Ulverstone 18 16 124 Latrobe 11 7 73
Penguin 9 0 10 1 2066 2054 100.58% 38 Grand Wynyard 24 16 160 Ulverstone 6 8 44
Smithton 7 0 13 0 1792 2101 85.29% 28
East Devonport 0 0 20 0 938 4379 21.42% 0

2015Edit

Titles by clubEdit

Club Titles Years won
Ulverstone Robins 10 1987, 1990, 1993, 1994, 1995, 1996, 1997, 2000, 2009, 2017
Burnie Dockers 6 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2018
Latrobe Demons 4 2010, 2011, 2013, 2016
Launceston Blues 3 2006, 2007, 2008
Wynyard Cats 3 2012, 2014, 2015
South Launceston Bulldogs 2 1998, 1999
Burnie Tigers 1 1992
Circular Head Giants 1 1991 (as Smithton Saints)
East Devonport Swans 1 1988
Scottdale Magpies 1 1989

AttendanceEdit

The Northern Tasmanian Football League is considered to be one of the strongest leagues in the state and has a strong supporter following. Games in the NTFL average around 500 spectators.

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Jordan Abell (11 December 2014). "NTFL renamed North West Football League". AFL Tasmania. Retrieved 6 June 2015.
  2. ^ Jordan Abell (1 August 2014). "Welcome back: NTFL clubs give unanimous approval for the return of Burnie and Devonport". Retrieved 6 June 2015.
  3. ^ Brad Cole (8 March 2017). "Burnie withdraw from 2017 NWFL seniors and reserves". The Advocate. Retrieved 25 March 2017.
  4. ^ Chris Rowbottom (6 February 2018). "Burnie Football Club quits Tasmanian State League, unable to field teams". Retrieved 17 September 2018.
  5. ^ group=note
  6. ^ "2009 NTFL Roster". Archived from the original on 13 May 2008. Retrieved 16 December 2008.

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