Dimboola Football Club

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Full nameDimboola Football Netball Club Inc
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Competition Wimmera Football League
Premierships(5): 1937, 1946, 1959, 1985, 2013
Ground(s)Recreation Reserve, Dimboola
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The Dimboola Football Club, nicknamed the Roos, is an Australian rules football and netball club based in the town of Dimboola, Victoria. The football team competes in the Wimmera Football League (WFL). [1]



Dimboola joined the Wimmera District Football League in 1923. In 1932 during the height of the Great depression the small town clubs suffering from financial pressures tried to get the league to change the way the gate taking were distributed to the clubs. The larger town clubs, knowing that they would be disadvantaged, blocked the motion. Nhill and Dimboola both went into recess.

In 1933 Dimboola was back, it formed the Mid Wimmera FL with Minyip, Murtoa, Nhill and Rupanyip. It won the 1933 and 1935 premierships. While the WDFL approached the Ballarat Football League to merge hoping that greater interest and better football would cause larger gate takings, so in 1934 the Wimmera FL and the Ballarat FL merged to form the Ballarat Wimmera FL. After three years in which the Wimmera clubs faced with greater costs and constantly losing on the footy field, feelers were put out to the smaller clubs, now playing in the Mid Wimmera FL. A peace deal was settled in September 1936 and the Wimmera Football League was reformed in 1937 making it a nine team competition.


The club has been accused of fostering a culture of violence against women. In January 2019 Jake Frecker repeatedly punched Kim O'Reilly until she lost consciousness, breaking her eye socket and jaw. [2] Afterward Club president, Justin Ward wrote a character reference for Frecker at his trial. Frecker was also allowed to play for the club while released on bail. Frecker pleaded guilty on the attack on O’Reilly along with an earlier attack on another woman in 2017.

O’Reilly has publicly discussed [3] the negative impact the Club's decision to support Frecker has had on her recovery and called for a change in how sporting clubs treat voilence acts,"I really would like male-dominated sports to have a no-violence tolerance policy put in place, so that they won't accept any man who is violent, whether that is a fight after the pub or hurting his girlfriend," [4]

Dennis Mitchell, president of Irymple Football Club where Frecker played before Dimboola has publicly criticised the Dimboola Football Clubs actions saying that Frecker has also hurt women Irymple and that when the incident occurred they severed ties with Frecker,"I was surprised he was allowed to play to be honest, I'm shocked and horrified that they [Dimboola Football Club] allowed it to happen" [5]

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  1. "Official Club Website". Sportingpulse.
  2. https://www.abc.net.au/news/2020-06-16/country-footballer-frecker-jailed-over-assaults-on-partners/12360392
  3. https://www.abc.net.au/news/2020-12-24/domestic-violence-victim-says-football-clubs-must-change/13007848
  4. https://www.abc.net.au/news/2020-12-24/domestic-violence-victim-says-football-clubs-must-change/13007848
  5. https://www.abc.net.au/news/2020-12-24/domestic-violence-victim-says-football-clubs-must-change/13007848
  6. Geelong Advertiser, 17 April 1924, p. 3.