Omeo & District Football League

The logo of the Omeo & District Football League (ODFL)
Swifts Creek and Buchan playing off in the 2001 ODFL Grand Final at Buchan

The Omeo and District Football League (ODFL) is an Australian Rules Football League based out of the Tambo Valley region of East Gippsland, Victoria, Australia. The ODFL has existed in some form since 1893, and operates under the auspices of the Victorian Country Football League (VCFL).[1] The league is situated in an area with a small population, resulting in the league playing 16-a-side rather than the standard 18-a-side, and not fielding a reserve grade.

Clubs involved in the ODFL are invited to field a men's Senior football team and boys' Junior (Under 16) football team. Clubs can also enter a women's Senior netball team, and girls' Junior (Under 16) and Midget (primary school age) netball teams competing in a concurrent netball league.[2]

Contents

History

The first recorded football competition in the upper Tambo Valley region, often referred to as the Omeo District, dates from 1893, and some type of official competition has continued essentially uninterrupted from this time.[3] In 1923 the competition was renamed the Omeo District Football League (ODFL), and it has continued with this name until the present day.[4]

Throughout most of its history the ODFL and its precedents has contained teams from the four main towns of the Omeo District, namely Benambra, Ensay, Omeo, and Swifts Creek. In earlier days, during the times of gold rushes and shortly thereafter when the population of the region was significantly higher, a team from the now minor locality of Cassilis (originally known as Long Gully) was also regularly involved,[5][6] and records indicate other historical localities also fielded teams.

The league was named for Omeo, the largest town and traditionally the administrative centre of the region. The area was commonly referred to as the Omeo District, and existed as the independent local government Shire of Omeo, or Omeo Shire, until it was amalgamated with several other shires into the newly formed Shire of East Gippsland in 1994.[7]

In historical times the region was relatively isolated, with the remote 52 km section of the Omeo Highway (now the Great Alpine Road) between Ensay and Bruthen mainly unsealed and regularly impassable, especially during the winter months. This made the road slow to navigate, especially before readily available motorised transport became common. This was the reason for the historical governmental separation of the region despite its low population, and explained the need for the small isolated football league.

Boyle and Mac's Challenge Cup

The earliest recorded history of a football competition in the Omeo District was the Boyle and Mac's Challenge Cup,[5][8] referred to alternatively as the Boyle and Mac Cup,[3] Boyle Mac Challenge Cup,[6] or Boyle Mac trophy.[9] This competition began in 1893, four years before the formation of the Victorian Football League (now Australian Football League), the premier football league in Victoria and Australia. It is unknown exactly why the competition had the Boyle and Mac's title,[8] however the captain of Omeo was named Boyle.[5]

Records indicate that the 1893 trophy was awarded following a series of games between Long Gully, Omeo, and Swifts Creek Football Clubs, with each club playing the others two times for a total of six matches. A newspaper report from early in the season suggests a final match was scheduled,[5] presumably between the top two sides, however the same paper reported at the end of the season that the winner of the cup was decided on the top placed team at the end of the six matches, with no actual final being played.[6]

Swifts Creek defeated Omeo in the final match of the season,[10] placing them two points clear at the top of the ladder with two wins and a draw (for ten points), from Omeo with two wins (eight points), and Long Gully with one win and a draw (six points).[6] The 1893 trophy is engraved on the front with:

BOYLE & MAC'S
CHALLENGE CUP
Won by
SWIFT'S CREEK
1893

with a separate engraving on the back presenting the trophy to the club's secretary.[8] The Boyle and Mac's Challenge Cup ran from 1893 until 1896.[3]

Noble Explosives Cup

Following the 1896 season the Boyle and Mac's Challenge Cup was disbanded, being replaced with the Noble Explosives Cup. This competition only ran for two seasons, 1897 and 1898, with its two premiers being Omeo and Cassilis.[11]

Omeo District Football Association (ODFA)

The Omeo District Football Association (ODFA) was formed in 1899, replacing the Noble Explosives Cup.[11] The competition ran under this name from 1899 to 1907, then from 1914 to 1921.[12]

Tambo Valley Football Association (TVFA)

For a period of time, at least including 1907 to 1925, another association based between Ensay and Swifts Creek operated as the Tambo Valley Football Association (TVFA).[13][14]

Omeo District Football League (ODFL)

In 1923 the Omeo District Football League (ODFL) was formed to replace the ODFA, and has continued with that name ever since.[4][12] The competition is now usually referred to as the Omeo and District Football League (still abbreviated to ODFL), with the "and" being used to recognise that it has incorporated teams from beyond the original Omeo District since 1978.

League modifications

  • 1893: The first recorded football competition in the Omeo District, the Boyle and Mac's Challenge Cup was formed.[3][8]
  • 1897: The Noble Explosives Cup replaced the Boyle and Mac's Challenge Cup, which had been disbanded after the 1896 season.[11]
  • 1899: After just two years the Noble Explosives Cup was disbanded, being replaced by the Omeo District Football Association (ODFA).[12]
  • 1913: For a period of time, at least including this year, the league operated as the Tambo Valley Football Association.[14]
  • 1925: The ODFA was renamed the Omeo District Football League (ODFL).[12]
  • 1941–44: The league was in recess due to the large number of young men from the district involved in World War II.[4]
  • 1978: Bruthen (from the East Gippsland Football League) and Buchan (after an eight year recess from the Snow Valley Football League) were admitted,[15] extending the league beyond the traditional 'Omeo District' of the upper Tambo Valley for the first time, and taking the number of teams to six.
  • 1995: Ensay folded after five rounds due to being unable to field a team; their record for that season was expunged.
  • 1996: Lake Tyers reformed after many years in recess, affiliating with the ODFL for the first time, and competing in 1996–97.[16]
  • 1997: Swan Reach were admitted from the Riviera Football League after spending a year in recess.
  • 1997: Lake Tyers were ejected from the league following conflicts with other clubs, abusive the crowd behavior was the reason .[16]
  • 2004: Lindenow South were admitted after the Riviera Football League folded, making seven teams, and introducing a bye.
  • 2007: Benambra and Omeo merged to form Omeo-Benambra, returning the league to six teams.

Clubs

Note that details given in this section refer to senior football teams. In terms of colours and jumper designs, junior football teams generally follow the same design as senior teams. Netball teams share much the same colour combination, typically with a skirt of one of the primary team colours and a top of the other colour. Years in the league for other teams are also mainly in line with the club's senior football, although clubs are not always able to field all teams in any given year.

Current

Club Jumper* Nickname Home ground Years in Competition Senior Premierships (since 1923) Total
Bruthen
Western Bulldogs Jumper.svg
Bulldogs Bruthen Rec. Reserve
37°42′47″S 147°50′05″E / 37.71306°S 147.83472°E / -37.71306; 147.83472
1978 – present 1979, 1984, 1985, 1988, 1989, 2003 6
Buchan
North Melbourne Kangaroos Jumper.svg
Cavemen Buchan Recreation Reserve
37°29′51″S 148°10′38″E / 37.4975°S 148.17722°E / -37.4975; 148.17722
1978 – present 1983, 1987, 1998, 2004, 2005 5
Lindenow South
Avocajumper.png
Swampies
(Swamp Hawks)
Lindenow South Rec. Res.
37°49′58″S 147°25′50″E / 37.83278°S 147.43056°E / -37.83278; 147.43056
2004 – present 0
Omeo-Benambra
OmeoBenambraJumper.png
Ranges
(Alpine Ranges)
Omeo Recreation Reserve
37°05′40″S 147°35′52″E / 37.09444°S 147.59778°E / -37.09444; 147.59778
2007 – present 2007 1
Swan Reach
SwanReachJumper.png
Swans Swan Reach Rec. Reserve
37°49′28″S 147°51′34″E / 37.82444°S 147.85944°E / -37.82444; 147.85944
1997 – present 1999, 2009 2
Swifts Creek
Melbourne Demons Jumper.svg
Demons Swifts Creek Rec. Reserve
37°15′55″S 147°42′54″E / 37.26528°S 147.715°E / -37.26528; 147.715
1893 – present 1925, 1926, 1931, 1935, 1938, 1945, 1959, 1978, 1980, 1981, 1982, 1993, 1997, 2001, 2002, 2008, 2010, 2011 18

* Note that the jumper design shown is a representation of the club's most recent jumper design. Most designs have been changed over the years, some quite significantly.

Previous

Club Jumper* Nickname Home ground Years in Competition Senior Premierships (since 1923) Total
Benambra
BenambraJumper.png
Bloods Benambra Memorial Recreation Reserve
36°56′38″S 147°41′59″E / 36.94389°S 147.69972°E / -36.94389; 147.69972
Founding – 2006;
merged with Omeo
1927, 1928, 1930, 1932, 1939, 1953, 1955, 1956, 1957, 1958, 1961, 1968, 1969, 1973, 1974, 1990, 1994, 2000, 2006 19
Cassilis
(Long Gully)
Unknown Unknown Long Gully Oval[17] 1893 – ?;
folded
0
Ensay
Old wce jumper.png
Eagles Ensay Recreation Reserve
37°22′57″S 147°49′23″E / 37.3825°S 147.82306°E / -37.3825; 147.82306
Founding – 1995;
folded
1934, 1936, 1946, 1947, 1950, 1960 6
Lake Tyers
LakeTyersJumper.png
Sea Eagles Lake Tyers Oval
37°50′10″S 148°06′03″E / 37.83611°S 148.10083°E / -37.83611; 148.10083
1996 – 1997;
voted out of league
0
Omeo
OmeoJumper.png
Maroons Omeo Recreation Reserve
37°05′40″S 147°35′52″E / 37.09444°S 147.59778°E / -37.09444; 147.59778
1893 – 2006;
merged with Benambra
1923, 1924, 1929, 1933, 1937, 1948, 1949, 1951, 1952, 1954, 1962, 1963, 1964, 1965, 1966, 1967, 1970, 1971, 1972, 1975, 1976, 1977, 1986, 1991, 1992, 1995, 1996 27
Tongio Unknown Unknown 0

* Note that the jumper design shown is a representation of the club's final known jumper design. Where the design is unknown, a representation of the club colours, if known, is displayed instead.

Premierships

Senior football

Season Premier Runner Up Score Margin League B&F Leading goalkicker Goals
2011 Swifts Creek Lindenow South 17.17 (119) – 11.15 (81)
38
2010 Swifts Creek Bruthen 22.12 (144) – 13.10 (88)
56
2009 Swan Reach Swifts Creek 25.19 (169) – 21.7 (133)
36
2008 Swifts Creek Bruthen 16.12 (108) – 13.9 (87)
21
2007 Omeo-Benambra Swan Reach 24.12 (156) – 13.8 (86)
70
2006 Replay Benambra Swifts Creek 19.16 (130) – 9.9 (63)
67
2006 Benambra Swifts Creek 15.11 (101) – 16.5 (101)
Draw
2005 Buchan Omeo 18 12 (120) – 14.13 (97)
23
2004 Buchan Omeo 14.10 (94) – 9.15 (69)
25
2003 Bruthen Swan Reach 17.15 (117) – 15.12 (102)
15
2002 Swifts Creek Omeo 16.12 (108) – 11.16 (82)
26
2001 Swifts Creek Buchan 16.12 (108) – 10.12 (72)
36
2000 Benambra Omeo 10.17 (77) – 11.9 (75)
2
1999 Swan Reach Bruthen 25.15 (165) – 5.10 (40)
125
1998 Buchan Benambra 19.8 (122) – 11.3 (69)
53
1997 Swifts Creek Lake Tyers 28.14 (182) – 13.9 (87)
95
1996 Omeo Swifts Creek 10.15 (75) – 9.6 (60)
15
1995 Omeo Swifts Creek 18.5 (113) – 10.9 (69)
44
1994 Benambra Swifts Creek 20.19 (139) – 14.12 (96)
43
1993 Swifts Creek Bruthen 20.12 (132) – 15.7 (97)
35
1992 Omeo Swifts Creek 12.12 (84) – 9.18 (72)
12
1991 Omeo Benambra 18.18 (126) – 17.12 (114)
12
1990 Benambra Buchan 25.17 (167) – 8.2 (50)
117
1989 Bruthen Benambra 16.18 (114) – 6.11 (47)
67
1988 Bruthen Benambra 18.18 (126) – 11.18 (84)
44
1987 Buchan Bruthen 20.14 (134) – 18.16 (124)
10
1986 Omeo Bruthen 13.8 (86) – 12.9 (81)
5
1985 Bruthen Omeo 24.14 (158) – 12.16 (88)
70
1984 Bruthen Buchan 23.14 (152) – 11.9 (75)
77
1983 Buchan Benambra 14.14 (98) – 14.12 (96)
2
1982 Swifts Creek Benambra 18.7 (115) – 15.17 (107)
8
1981 Swifts Creek Bruthen 24.17 (161) – 3.7 (25)
136
1980 Swifts Creek Buchan 18.14 (122) – 10.10 (70)
52
1979 Bruthen Swifts Creek 18.12 (120) – 15.18 (108)
12
1978 Swifts Creek Omeo 16.10 (106) – 9.19 (73)
33
1977 Omeo
1976 Omeo
1975 Omeo
1974 Benambra
1973 Benambra
1972 Omeo
1971 Omeo
1970 Omeo
1969 Benambra
1968 Benambra
1967 Omeo
1966 Omeo
1965 Omeo
1964 Omeo
1963 Omeo
1962 Omeo
1961 Benambra
1960 Ensay
1959 Swifts Creek
1958 Benambra
1957 Benambra
1956 Benambra
1955 Benambra
1954 Omeo
1953 Benambra
1952 Omeo
1951 Omeo
1950 Ensay
1949 Omeo
1948 Omeo
1947 Ensay
1946 Ensay
1945 Swifts Creek
1944 No competition (WWII)
1943 No competition (WWII)
1942 No competition (WWII)
1941 No competition (WWII)
1940 Ensay Omeo 11.7(73) to 9.9 (63)
10
1939 Benambra
1938 Swifts Creek
1937 Omeo
1936 Ensay
1935 Swifts Creek
1934 Ensay
1933 Omeo
1932 Benambra
1931 Swifts Creek
1930 Benambra
1929 Omeo
1928 Benambra
1927 Benambra
1926 Swifts Creek
1925 Swifts Creek Omeo 5.9 (39) – 5.5 (35)[18]
4
1924 No competition
1923 No competition


Season Premier Runner Up Score Margin
1922 No competition
1921 Omeo
1920 Swifts Creek
1919 Swifts Creek[19]
1918 No competition
1917 No competition
1916 No competition
1915 No competition
1914 Cassilis
1913 No competition
1912 No competition
1911 No competition
1910 No competition
1909 No competition
1908 No competition
1907 Cassilis
1906 Cassilis [20] Omeo
1905 Cassilis
1904 Omeo
1903 Omeo
1902 Unknown
1901 Omeo
1900 Benambra
1899 Omeo
1898 Cassilis[11]
1897 Omeo[11]
1896 Long Gully
1895 Long Gully
1894 Long Gully
1893 Swifts Creek[8] Omeo

Junior football (Under 16)

Junior football is open to all players under sixteen years of age on the first of January each year. Due to the low population and the number of players needed for football teams this is the only junior competition available, raising the unusual challenge that teenagers as old as sixteen may be playing against children as young as six.

Season Premier Runner Up Score Margin
2011 Omeo-Benambra Swifts Creek 12.8 (80) – 8.10 (58)
22
2010 Bruthen Swifts Creek 13.8 (86) – 3.3 (21)
65
2009 Bruthen Omeo-Benambra 8.13 (61) – 7.5 (47)
14
2008 Bruthen
2007 Bruthen
2006
2005
2004
2003
2002 Omeo Swifts Creek 13.18 (96) – 7.7 (49)
47
2001
2000
1999
1998
1997 Bruthen
1996 Bruthen
1995 Swifts Creek
1994 Swifts Creek
1993 Swifts Creek Benambra
70
1992 Benambra
1991 Bruthen
1990 Buchan
1989 Omeo
1988 Omeo
1987 Bruthen
1986 Bruthen
1985 Bruthen
1984 Bruthen Swifts Creek
1983 Ensay
1982 Swifts Creek Ensay
23
1981 Bruthen Swifts Creek 15.12 (102) – 3.0 (18)[21]
84
1980 Buchan Bruthen
72
1979 Bruthen Buchan 12.17 (89) – 5.1 (31)[22]
58
1978 Buchan Swifts Creek
1977 Swifts Creek
1976 Swifts Creek
1975 Swifts Creek
1974 Ensay
1973 Omeo
1972 Omeo
1971 Omeo
1970 Ensay
1969 Omeo
1968 Swifts Creek
1967 Omeo

Senior netball

Season Premier Runner Up Score Margin
2011 Omeo-Benambra Buchan
28 – 19
9
2010
2009
2008
2007
2006
2005
2004
2003
2002 Swifts Creek Omeo
3
2001
2000

Junior netball (Under 16)

Junior netball is open to all players under sixteen years of age on the first of January each year. While potentially any juniors can play in these teams, in practical terms girls under eleven will generally only play midgets.

Season Premier Runner Up Score Margin
2011 Swifts Creek Bruthen
23 – 21
2
2010
2009 Swifts Creek Omeo
23 – 20
3

Midget netball (primary school age)

Midget netball is open to players attending primary school, effectively making this competition approximately under eleven. Finals are not played in midget netball; the team that finishes at the top of the ladder at the end of the regular season is regarded as the premier team.

Season Premier Runner Up
2011 Swifts Creek

2009 Ladder

Omeo DFL Wins Byes Losses Draws For Against % Pts
Swifts Creek 13 0 2 0 2024 1069 189.34% 52
Swan Reach 11 0 4 0 2463 1152 213.80% 44
Omeo Benambra 8 0 6 1 1569 1308 119.95% 34
Bruthen 7 0 7 1 1377 1795 76.71% 30
Buchan 3 0 12 0 1038 2136 48.60% 12
Lindenow South 2 0 13 0 983 1994 49.30% 8

FINALS

Final Team G B Pts Team G B Pts
1st Semi Omeo Benambra 19 14 128 Bruthen 13 8 86
2nd Semi Swan Reach 33 21 219 Swifts Creek 14 15 99
Preliminary Swifts Creek 16 15 111 Omeo Benambra 16 9 105
Grand Swan Reach 25 19 169 Swifts Creek 21 7 133

2010 Ladder

Omeo DFL Wins Byes Losses Draws For Against % Pts
Swan Reach 11 0 4 0 1734 1341 129.31% 44
Bruthen 11 0 4 0 1653 1322 125.04% 44
Swifts Creek 10 0 5 0 1823 1194 152.68% 40
Lindenow South 7 0 8 0 1249 1311 95.27% 28
Omeo Benambra 3 0 12 0 1288 1779 72.40% 12
Buchan 3 0 12 0 1191 1991 59.82% 12

FINALS

Final Team G B Pts Team G B Pts
1st Semi Swifts Creek 31 11 197 Lindenow South 11 9 75
2nd Semi Bruthen 14 8 92 Swan Reach 6 10 46
Preliminary Swifts Creek 18 13 121 Swan Reach 12 11 83
Grand Swifts Creek 22 12 144 Bruthen 13 10 88

2011 Ladder

Omeo DFL Wins Byes Losses Draws For Against % Pts
Lindenow South 15 0 0 0 2091 1240 168.63% 60
Swifts Creek 11 0 4 0 2155 1433 150.38% 44
Bruthen 8 0 7 0 1813 1848 98.11% 32
Swan Reach 6 0 9 0 1825 1764 103.46% 24
Omeo Benambra 4 0 11 0 1410 1781 79.17% 16
Buchan 1 0 14 0 1054 2282 46.19% 4

FINALS

Final Team G B Pts Team G B Pts
1st Semi Swan Reach 19 13 127 Bruthen 10 25 85
2nd Semi Lindenow South 17 7 109 Swifts Creek 16 8 104
Preliminary Swifts Creek 33 13 211 Swan Reach 15 10 100
Grand Swifts Creek 17 17 119 Lindenow South 11 15 81

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