West Gippsland Football Netball Competition

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The West Gippsland Football Netball Competition (WGFNC) is an Australian rules football and netball competition in the West Gippsland region of Victoria, Australia. The competition comprises four grades of football (seniors, reserves, under-18 and under-16) and six grades of netball (A-grade, B-grade, C-grade, 17-&-Under, 15-&-Under and 13-&-Under).

West Gippsland Football Netball Competition (WGFNC)
West gippsland league logo.png
SportAustralian rules football
Founded2017; 4 years ago (2017)
No. of teams12
Most recent
champion(s)
Phillip island icon.png Phillip Island (2)
Most titlesPhillip island icon.png Phillip Island (2)
Official websiteWGFNC Official Website

The competition is not to be confused with the former West Gippsland Football League which merged with the Gippsland Latrobe Football League at the end of 2001 to form the West Gippsland Latrobe Football League.

HistoryEdit

A Senior Leagues Review that commenced at the beginning of 2015, conducted by AFL Gippsland to address issues of competitive imbalance and club sustainability, brought major change to structure of the lower Gippsland area.[1]

The West Gippsland Football Netball Competition in its present incarnation began in 2017 as part of the AFL Gippsland Senior Football Leagues Review of 2015–16. Five teams from the Ellinbank & District Football League became founding members - Cora Lynn, Nar Nar Goon, Kooweerup, Bunyip and Garfield - while five teams crossed over from the Alberton Football League - Phillip Island, Kilcunda Bass, Dalyston, Inverloch Kongwak and Korumburra-Bena.[2]

2017 seasonEdit

The first ever WGFNC match was played as a stand-alone night game between Cora Lynn and Inverloch-Kongwak. Both teams would enjoy a successful season finishing 2nd and 1st on the ladder respectively. They wouldn't end up meeting again until they played each other in the semi-finals.

The inaugural WGFNC grand final was again contested between Inverloch-Kongwak and Cora Lynn at Wonthaggi recreation reserve. Both teams had competed in grand finals the year before. Inverloch-Kongwak were coming off a 17-point defeat at the hands of Fish Creek in the Alberton Football League the year before, whilst Cora Lynn were on a streak of 3 successive premierships.

Inverloch-Kongwak dominated the match, defeating Cora Lynn by a massive 95-points. The victory was Inverloch-Kongwak's seventh senior premiership, their first since 1986.

2018 seasonEdit

Twelve months later, Phillip Island defeated Koo Wee Rup by a massive 99-points in what was one of the most one-sided grand finals in country football history. Koo Wee Rup who had finished in third position on the ladder failed to kick a single goal, instead score scoring just 3-points for the entire match. The win marked Phillip Island's fifth senior premiership, having won one four years prior in the Alberton Football League.

In the 2018 AFL Gippsland League Review, saw Tooradin Dalmore and Warragul Industrials approved to relocate into the West Gippsland League from the 2019 season, expanding the competition to twelve clubs.[3]

2019 seasonEdit

For the 2019 season the league had expanded with Tooradin-Dalmore and Warragul Industrials joining the WGFNC in 2019. Phillips Island and Cora Lynn would both start the season very well, remaining undefeated for the first eight rounds. This run looked to be under threat for one of the teams when they were scheduled to play each other in round 9 at the Cowes recreation reserve. Unexpectedly, both teams managed to retain their undefeated record with the match concluding in a thrilling drawn result. Onlookers agreed that this was the most fitting result, with many witnesses to the game describing it as one of the best games of country football they had ever seen.

Phillip Island would go on to maintain their undefeated record for the rest of the home & away season whilst Cora Lynn would finish second on the ladder having lost only two.

The two clubs would only meet again in the grand final. A cloudy day at the Garfield recreation reserve, would see Phillip Island get the early upper hand before Cora Lynn kick a few goals to again make it a close contest.[4]

In another close affair between the two clubs, Phillip Island would their second consecutive premiership, this time by only 4-points in the closest WGFNC grand final yet. It was a day for close games with the reserve grade seeing Tooradin-Dalmore defeating Koo Wee Rup with a goal after the siren.[5]

2020 season cancellationEdit

The COVID-19 pandemic meant that 2020 season was cancelled due to government restrictions for sport and recreation. Efforts were made to run a modified junior competition, however further restrictions meant that these plans had to be abandoned, with a focus to return to normal competition in 2021.[6]

ClubsEdit

Present ClubsEdit

Club Colours Moniker Home venue Formed First Year Former
league
Premierships Premiership Years
Total Most recent
Bunyip
 
Bulldogs Bunyip Showgrounds 1879 2017 EDFL 11 2012 1905, 1909, 1912, 1915, 1936, 1938, 1939, 1945, 1990, 2000, 2012
Cora Lynn
 
Cobras Cora Lynn Recreation Reserve 2017 EDFL 5 2016 1986, 2008, 2014, 2015, 2016
Dalyston
 
Magpies Dalyston Recreation Reserve 1898 2017 AFNL 14 2015 1923, 1943, 1947, 1949, 1950, 1953, 1954, 1958, 1959, 1961, 1963, 1973, 1989, 2015
Garfield
 
Stars Garfield Recreation Reserve 1935 2017 EDFL 8 2004 1936, 1963, 1964, 1966, 1983, 1993, 1994, 2004
Inverloch Kongwak
 
Sea Eagles Inverloch Recreation Reserve 1957
(Merger)
2017 AFNL 7
2017
1966, 1968, 1973, 1983, 1985, 1986, 2017
Kilcunda Bass
 
Panthers Bass Recreation Reserve 1957
(Merger)
2017 AFNL 5 2013 1957, 1960, 2011, 2012, 2013
Koo Wee Rup
 
Demons Koo Wee Rup Recreation Reserve c.1900 2017 EDFL 5 1981 1925, 1931, 1969, 1979, 1981
Korumburra Bena
 
Giants Korumburra Showgrounds 2001
(Merger)
2017 AFNL 0
Nar Nar Goon
 
The Goons Nar Nar Goon Recreation Reserve c.1900 2017 EDFL 7 2010 1933, 1934, 1937, 1965, 1970, 1980, 2010
Phillip Island
 
Bulldogs Cowes Recreation Reserve 1932 2017 AFNL 6 2019 1951, 1981, 1990, 2014, 2018, 2019
Tooradin Dalmore
 
Seagulls Tooradin Recreation Reserve 1922
(Merger)
2019 SEFNL 10 1997 1956, 1958, 1970, 1971, 1972, 1975, 1977, 1984, 1985, 1997
Warragul Industrials
 
Dusties Western Park Reserve, Warragul 1948 2019 EDFL 5 1996 1948, 1960, 1976, 1986, 1996
Bold text indicates premierships won in the West Gippsland Football Netball Competition

Season StructureEdit

Pre-seasonEdit

The West Gippsland Football Netball Competition like most country leagues does not have a formal Pre-season competition. As part of their Pre-season preparation clubs will often schedule between one and two practice matches with clubs from other leagues prior to the season beginning. These matches could take on different structures and were primarily conducted on a non-official basis with limited match officials and scores not being recorded.

Premiership seasonEdit

The West Gippsland home-and-away season lasts for 18 rounds, starting in mid April and ending in mid August. As of the 2017 season, each team plays 18 matches. Teams receive four premiership points for a win and two premiership points for a draw. Ladder finishing positions are based on the number of premiership points won, and "percentage" (calculated as the ratio of points scored to points conceded throughout the season) is used as a tie-breaker when teams finish with equal premiership points.

Finals seriesEdit

Since its inception until 2017 the West Gippsland finals have consisted of a 'Top-5' finals system.

The top five teams at the end of the West Gippsland home & away season compete in a four-week finals series throughout August, culminating in a grand final to determine the premiers. The finals series is played under the 'Top-5' Page playoff system, and the grand final is played on the afternoon of the last Saturday in August or the first Saturday of September.

The winning team receives a silver premiership cup, a premiership flag – a new one of each is manufactured each year. The flag has been presented since the league began and is traditionally unfurled at the team's first home game of the following season. Additionally, each player in the grand final-winning team receives a premiership medallion.

In 2020 it was decided that the finals system would expand to a 'Top-6'.

2019 Finals seriesEdit

  Week One Week Two Week Three Week Four
                                 
  Second Semi-Final
  1    Phillip Island 7.16 (58)  
         Tooradin-Dalmore 5.4 (34)         Grand Final
                 Phillip Island 9.11 (65)
  Qualifying Final         Preliminary Final        Cora Lynn 9.7 (61)
  2    Cora Lynn 8.6 (54)            Tooradin-Dalmore 7.9 (51)  
  3    Tooradin-Dalmore 13.18 (96)     First Semi-Final        Cora Lynn 15.11 (101)
         Cora Lynn 17.19 (121)  
  Elimination Final        Koo Wee Rup 9.7 (61)
  4    Inverloch-Kongwak 5.17 (47)  
  5    Koo Wee Rup 11.10 (76)
   
Key:           Losing team progressing       Winning team progressing


AwardsEdit

The following major individual awards and accolades are presented each season:

  • Best & fairest award — to the fairest and best player in the league, voted by the umpires
  • Leading goal kicker award — for the player who scores the most goals during the home & away season
  • AFL Victoria Country Medal — the best player on the ground in the Grand Final
  • Team of the year — a squad of 24 players deemed the best in their positions
  • Most disciplined club award — for the club who receives the most amount of discipline points, voted by the umpires

Team of the YearEdit

2019 WGFNC Team of the Year[7]
B: Mark Griffin (Phillip Island) Mitchell Wallace (Cora Lynn) Lewis Rankin (Inverloch-Kongwak)
HB: Nathan Muratore (Koo Wee Rup) Jason Tomada (Phillip Island) Luke Walker (Koo Wee Rup)
C: Jaymie Youle (Phillip Island) Trent Armour (Nar Nar Goon) Tanner Stanton (Garfield)
HF: Nathan Langley (Cora Lynn) Sam Gibbins (Inverloch-Kongwak) Julian Suarez (Tooradin-Dalmore)
F: Andrew Dean (Tooradin-Dalmore) Nathan Gardiner (Cora Lynn) Jason Wells (Koo Wee Rup)
Foll: Cameron Pedersen (Phillip Island) Vice-Captain Brendan Kimber (Phillip Island) Captain Tyson Bale (Warragul Industrials)
Int: Zak Vernon (Phillip Island) Joel Gibson (Koo Wee Rup) Nathan Voss (Koo Wee Rup)
Kris Sabbatucci (Tooradin-Dalmore) Chris Johnson (Cora Lynn) Jeb McLeod (Bunyip)
Coach: Beau Vernon (Phillip Island)

Award WinnersEdit

Best & fairest[8]
Year Winner Club Votes
2019 Cameron Pedersen Phillip Island 38
2018 Brendan Kimber Phillip Island 24
2017 Andrew Soumilas Inverloch-Kongwak 31
Leading goal kicker[9]
Year Winner Club Goals
2019 Nathan Gardiner Cora Lynn 73
2018 Jason Wells Koo Wee Rup 79
2017 Nathan Langley Cora Lynn 68

2017 LadderEdit

West Gippsland Wins Byes Losses Draws For Against % Pts Final Team G B Pts Team G B Pts
Inverloch Kongwak 14 0 3 1 1767 1066 165.76% 58 Elimination Nar Nar Goon 2 9 21 Phillip Island 14 10 94
Cora Lynn 14 0 4 0 1796 1249 143.80% 56 Qualifying Dalyston 10 9 69 Cora Lynn 19 10 124
Dalyston 13 0 4 1 1667 1187 140.44% 54 1st Semi Phillip Island 13 9 87 Dalyston 9 9 63
Nar Nar Goon 10 0 8 0 1322 1196 110.54% 40 2nd Semi Inverloch Kongwak 12 23 95 Cora Lynn 13 11 89
Phillip Island 10 0 8 0 1303 1220 106.80% 40 Preliminary Cora Lynn 18 8 116 Phillip Island 4 3 27
Koo Wee Rup 10 0 8 0 1294 1265 102.29% 40 Grand Inverloch Kongwak 18 18 126 Cora Lynn 4 7 31
Kilcunda Bass 9 0 9 0 1243 1245 99.84% 36
Garfield 5 0 13 0 1155 1449 79.71% 20
Bunyip 3 0 15 0 987 1724 57.25% 12
Korumburra-Bena 1 0 17 0 801 1734 46.19% 4

2018 LadderEdit

West Gippsland Wins Byes Losses Draws For Against % Pts Final Team G B Pts Team G B Pts
Phillip Island 14 0 4 0 1759 905 194.36% 56 Elimination Cora Lynn 6 9 45 Inverloch Kongwak 4 14 38
Nar Nar Goon 14 0 4 0 1696 915 185.36% 56 Qualifying Koo Wee Rup 17 11 113 Nar Nar Goon 6 10 46
Koo Wee Rup 14 0 4 0 1764 964 182.99% 56 1st Semi Nar Nar Goon 16 13 109 Cora Lynn 6 14 50
Inverloch Kongwak 14 0 4 0 1577 924 170.67% 56 2nd Semi Phillip Island 9 13 67 Koo Wee Rup 5 7 37
Cora Lynn 11 0 7 0 1525 1197 127.40% 44 Preliminary Koo Wee Rup 10 9 69 Nar Nar Goon 7 17 59
Garfield 10 0 8 0 1352 1200 112.67% 40 Grand Phillip Island 14 18 102 Koo Wee Rup 0 3 3
Korumburra-Bena 5 0 13 0 941 1275 73.80% 20
Bunyip 4 0 14 0 1027 1655 62.05% 16
Kilcunda Bass 2 0 16 0 728 1877 38.79% 8
Dalyston 2 0 16 0 724 2181 33.20% 8

2019 LadderEdit

West Gippsland Wins Byes Losses Draws For Against % Pts Final Team G B Pts Team G B Pts
Phillip Island 17 0 0 1 1966 697 282.07% 70 Elimination Inverloch Kongwak 5 17 47 Koo Wee Rup 11 10 76
Cora Lynn 15 0 2 1 1779 977 182.09% 62 Qualifying Cora Lynn 8 6 54 Tooradin Dalmore 13 18 96
Tooradin Dalmore 12 0 5 1 1627 1145 142.10% 50 1st Semi Cora Lynn 17 19 121 Koo Wee Rup 9 7 61
Inverloch Kongwak 12 0 6 0 1618 977 165.61% 48 2nd Semi Phillip Island 7 16 58 Tooradin Dalmore 5 4 34
Koo Wee Rup 10 1 7 0 1517 1313 115.54% 44 Preliminary Tooradin Dalmore 7 9 51 Cora Lynn 15 11 101
Bunyip 11 0 7 0 1170 1016 115.16% 44 Grand Phillip Island 9 11 65 Cora Lynn 9 7 61
Nar Nar Goon 10 0 8 0 1287 1146 112.30% 40
Garfield 7 0 10 1 945 1057 89.40% 30
Korumburra-Bena 4 0 14 0 839 1496 56.08% 16
Kilcunda Bass 3 0 15 0 765 1831 41.78% 12
Dalyston 2 1 15 0 747 1669 44.76% 8
Warragul Industrials 2 0 16 0 699 1635 42.75% 8

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Weekly Times: West Gippsland competition to be formed under review
  2. ^ "West Gippsland competition launched". The Star. 21 December 2016. Retrieved 25 December 2017.
  3. ^ "Dusties launch into pre season". 20 November 2018. Retrieved 23 November 2018.
  4. ^ West Gippsland FNC grand final preview
  5. ^ Pakenham Gazette: A history making day
  6. ^ Sentinel Times: No junior action for west gippsland
  7. ^ WGFNC team of the year
  8. ^ WGFNC best & fairest award winners
  9. ^ WGFNC leading goal kickers

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