Omeo & District Football League

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Swifts Creek and Buchan playing off in the 2001 ODFL Grand Final at Buchan
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Bruthen
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Buchan
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Lindenow South
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Benambra Gr.
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Omeo-Benambra
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Swan Reach
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Swifts Creek
Locations of current ODFL teams as of 2016

The Omeo and District Football League (ODFL) is an Australian rules football League based on the Omeo 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.

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Clubs involved in the ODFL are invited to field a men's senior football team and boys' junior (Under 16) football team, with girls up to 13 also being able to play in the junior football team. Clubs can also compete in a concurrent netball league, with women's senior netball teams at A and B levels, and girls' junior 17-and-under and 12-and-under netball teams; boys are permitted to compete in the netball teams up to 13 years of age. [2]

History

The first recorded football competition in the upper Tambo Valley region, often referred to as the Omeo District, dates back to 1893. Other than short recesses resulting from the two World Wars, some type of official competition has continued 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. Up until around World War I, when the population of the region was significantly higher due to the lingering effects of the gold rushes, a team from the now minor locality of Cassilis (originally known as Long Gully) was also involved in most seasons and experienced considerable success. [5] [6] Records indicate other historical localities from the district also occasionally fielded teams, including Bindi, Glen Wills, Little River, Reedy Creek, and Tambo Crossing. Since 1893 Omeo, or its later incarnation as the merged Omeo-Benambra team, has competed in all but possibly two seasons, while Swifts Creek has never missed a season, making it one of the oldest continuously operating Australian Rules Football or general sporting clubs in the country. [7] [8]

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. [9]

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.

Omeo & District Football League

Boyle and Mac's Challenge Cup (1893–96)

The earliest recorded history of a football competition in the Omeo District was the Boyle and Mac's Challenge Cup, [5] [10] referred to alternatively as the Boyle and Mac Cup, [3] Boyle Mac Challenge Cup, [6] or Boyle Mac trophy. [11] 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, [10] 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, [12] 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. [10] The Boyle and Mac's Challenge Cup ran from 1893 until 1896. [3]

Noble Explosives Cup (1897–98)

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. [13]

Omeo District Football Association (ODFA) (1899–1907, 1914–21)

Swifts Creek's 1919 ODFA premiership team; note the variety of club jumper designs, all significantly different from the current design Swifts Creek 1919 ODFA Premiers - OHS.jpg
Swifts Creek's 1919 ODFA premiership team; note the variety of club jumper designs, all significantly different from the current design

The Omeo District Football Association (ODFA) was formed in 1899, replacing the Noble Explosives Cup. [13] The competition ran under this name from 1899 to 1907, then from 1914 to 1921. [14] Clubs that competed in the ODFA over this time were Cassilis, Omeo, Benambra, Swifts Creek, and Ensay, although only Omeo played in every season that the ODFA was operational. [7] After a year's absence in 1922, the competition would relaunch in 1923 as the Omeo District Football League. Further discussion is included below on the interaction between the ODFA and the Tambo Valley Football Association during their overlapping years of operation between 1907 and 1921.

Tambo Valley Football Association (TVFA) (1907–25)

The mainstays of the early football competitions up to the ODFA were Swifts Creek and Omeo, with Long Gully/Cassilis, Benambra, and Ensay also fielding teams in some or most years. In 1907 the competition split into two branches. The ODFA continued as an 'above the gap' competition involving Omeo, Benambra, and Cassilis, while a new 'below the gap' competition, the Tambo Valley Football Association (TVFA), was formed by Swifts Creek, Ensay, and a new team from the small locality at Bindi. [7] [8] [15] [16] At this time roads were poor and transport options limited, making the 70 km between Benambra and Ensay for example very significant, so presumably this split was largely to help with travel as the competition expanded to more clubs over a larger area.

In 1908, after just one year of the split competition, the ODFA temporarily folded, leaving the TVFA as the only competition in the district. In 1909 the short-lived Bindi club was discontinued, and after a year's hiatus Omeo and Cassilis joined Swifts Creek and Ensay in the TVFA competition, taking it back to four of the regular teams from the previous ODFA. Benambra did not field a team again until 1914 when the TVFA/ODFA split was again implemented. For this split competition in 1914 Bindi temporarily reformed to make up numbers in the TVFA, and the dominant Swifts Creek club which had won the last six straight premierships fielded a one-time only second team, Swifts Creek A, which would lead to the unusual situation of Swifts Creek A defeating Swifts Creek in the 1914 TVFA Grand Final. [7] [8]

After just one year of this re-split competition, World War I would then cause both competitions to enter recess from 1915 to 1918. Following the war in 1919 both competitions again recommenced, but Swifts Creek now returned to the ODFA along with Omeo, Benambra, and Cassilis in their last season. The TVFA meanwhile would consist of Ensay and two nearby minor localities, Reedy Creek and Little River. At the end of 1921 the ODFA wound up for the last time, and Omeo and Swifts Creek rejoined Ensay in the TVFA for the 1922 season. The commencement of the rebranded ODFL in 1923 would see Omeo and Swifts Creek again leave the TVFA to take part in that competition, with the TVFA having its last season in 1925 with Ensay, Reedy Creek, and a once only team from Tambo Crossing. After this Ensay would again join Benambra, Omeo, and Swifts Creek in the new ODFL. [7] [8]

Omeo & District Football League

Omeo District Football League (ODFL)/Omeo District Football Netball League (ODFNL) (1923–present)

In 1923 the Omeo District Football League (ODFL) was formed to replace the ODFA, and has continued with that name ever since. [4] [14] Following the termination of the TVFA after the 1925 season, the ODFL competition ran for more than fifty years with a stable four club structure involving the four main Tambo Valley/Omeo District towns, Benambra, Ensay, Omeo, and Swifts Creek. [7]

In 1978 the league first expanded beyond its traditional range, with Bruthen and Buchan being admitted. [7] Following on from this the competition later became more often referred to as the Omeo and District Football League (still abbreviated to ODFL), with the "and" recognising that it now incorporated teams from beyond the original Omeo District. In 1995 one of the four traditional clubs, Ensay, folded due a lack of players. In 1997 the league admitted two more new clubs from beyond its original range, Swan Reach and Lake Tyers. Lake Tyers would only play for two seasons, but in 2004 another outside team, Lindenow South was also admitted. [7]

By the 2000s many clubs were struggling to find sufficient players every week, and the two historic 'above the gap' teams, Benambra and Omeo, would make the difficult decision to merge and form Omeo-Benambra from the 2007 season onwards. By this era most of the football teams in the competition had also already fully affiliated with their associated netball teams, and the competition eventually officially adopted the title of Omeo District Football Netball League (ODFNL). [17]

Key events in competition history

Note: unless otherwise stated, all items refer to senior football teams. Netball and junior teams often, but not always, follow the senior football teams. There are also insufficient available data sources relating to netball and juniors, including when the competitions originated.

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

ClubColoursNicknameHome groundYears in CompetitionSenior Premierships (known)Total
Bruthen
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BulldogsBruthen Rec. Reserve
37°42′47″S147°50′05″E / 37.71306°S 147.83472°E / -37.71306; 147.83472
1978 – present1979, 1984, 1985, 1988, 1989, 2003, 2017, 2018, 20199
Buchan
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CavemenBuchan Rec. Reserve
37°29′51″S148°10′38″E / 37.49750°S 148.17722°E / -37.49750; 148.17722
1978 – present1983, 1987, 1998, 2004, 20055
Lindenow South
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Swampies
(Swamp Hawks)
Lindenow South Rec. Res.
37°49′58″S147°25′50″E / 37.83278°S 147.43056°E / -37.83278; 147.43056
2004 – present2012, 2013, 2015, 2016, 20225
Omeo Benambra
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Ranges
(Alpine Ranges)
Omeo Recreation Reserve
37°05′40″S147°35′52″E / 37.09444°S 147.59778°E / -37.09444; 147.59778
2007 – present2007
NB: the two clubs merged in 2007 – see below for prior records, inc. a combined 54 flags
1
Swan Reach
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SwansSwan Reach Rec. Reserve
37°49′28″S147°51′34″E / 37.82444°S 147.85944°E / -37.82444; 147.85944
1997 – present1999, 2009, 20143
Swifts Creek
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DemonsSwifts Creek Rec. Reserve
37°15′55″S147°42′54″E / 37.26528°S 147.71500°E / -37.26528; 147.71500
1893 – present1893, 1908, 1909, 1910, 1911, 1912, 1913, 1914, 1919, 1920, 1925, 1926, 1931, 1935, 1938, 1945, 1959, 1978, 1980, 1981, 1982, 1993, 1997, 2001, 2002, 2008, 2010, 201128

*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

ClubJumper*NicknameHome groundYears in CompetitionSenior Premierships (known)Total
Benambra
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BloodsBenambra Memorial Recreation Reserve
36°56′38″S147°41′59″E / 36.94389°S 147.69972°E / -36.94389; 147.69972
1895 – 2006;
merged with Omeo
1900, 1927, 1928, 1930, 1932, 1939, 1953, 1955, 1956, 1957, 1958, 1961, 1968, 1969, 1973, 1974, 1990, 1994, 2000, 200620
BindiUnknownUnknown1907, 1908, 1914;
folded
0
Cassilis
(aka Long Gully)
UnknownUnknownLong Gully Oval [20] 1893 – 1919;
folded
1894, 1895, 1896, 1898, 1905, 1906, 1907, 19148
Ensay
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EaglesEnsay Recreation Reserve
37°22′57″S147°49′23″E / 37.38250°S 147.82306°E / -37.38250; 147.82306
1900 – 1995;
folded
1907, 1919, 1920, 1934, 1936, 1940, 1946, 1947, 1950, 196010
Glen WillsUnknownUnknown1894 – 1895;
folded
0
Lake Tyers
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Sea EaglesLake Tyers Oval
37°50′10″S148°06′03″E / 37.83611°S 148.10083°E / -37.83611; 148.10083
1996 – 1997;
voted out of league
0
Little RiverUnknownUnknown1919 – 1921;
folded/merged with Ensay
19211
Omeo
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MaroonsOmeo Recreation Reserve
37°05′40″S147°35′52″E / 37.09444°S 147.59778°E / -37.09444; 147.59778
1893 – 2006;
merged with Benambra
1897, 1899, 1901, 1903, 1904, 1921, 1922, 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, 199634
Reedy CreekUnknownUnknown1919 – 1921, 1925;
folded/merged with Ensay
0
Tambo Crossing UnknownUnknown1925;
folded
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

As ODFL/ODFNL

SeasonPremierRunner UpScoreMargin
2022Lindenow SouthSwifts Creek15.12 (102) – 10.7 (67)35
2021Abandoned (COVID-19)
2020No competition (COVID-19)
2019BruthenOmeo-Benambra10.12 (72) – 8.11 (59)13
2018BruthenSwifts Creek14.11 (95) – 10.9 (69)26
2017BruthenLindenow South18.11 (119) – 14.16 (100)19
2016Lindenow SouthSwan Reach19.22 (136) – 9.7 (61)75
2015Lindenow SouthBuchan22.13 (145) – 13.20 (98)47
2014Swan ReachOmeo-Benambra28.24 (192) – 12.13 (85)107
2013Lindenow SouthSwifts Creek19.10 (124) – 12.17 (89)35
2012Lindenow SouthSwifts Creek20.15 (135) – 10.10 (70)65
2011Swifts CreekLindenow South17.17 (119) – 11.15 (81)38
2010Swifts CreekBruthen22.12 (144) – 13.10 (88)56
2009Swan ReachSwifts Creek25.19 (169) – 21.7 (133)36
2008Swifts CreekBruthen16.12 (108) – 13.9 (87)21
2007Omeo-BenambraSwan Reach24.12 (156) – 13.8 (86)70
2006BenambraSwifts Creek19.16 (130) – 9.9 (63)67
BenambraSwifts Creek15.11 (101) – 16.5 (101)Draw
2005BuchanOmeo18 12 (120) – 14.13 (97)23
2004BuchanOmeo14.10 (94) – 9.15 (69)25
2003BruthenSwan Reach17.15 (117) – 15.12 (102)15
2002Swifts CreekOmeo16.12 (108) – 11.16 (82)26
2001Swifts CreekBuchan16.12 (108) – 10.12 (72)36
2000BenambraOmeo10.17 (77) – 11.9 (75)2
1999Swan ReachBruthen25.15 (165) – 5.10 (40)125
1998BuchanBenambra19.8 (122) – 11.3 (69)53
1997Swifts CreekLake Tyers28.14 (182) – 13.9 (87)95
1996OmeoSwifts Creek10.15 (75) – 9.6 (60)15
1995OmeoSwifts Creek18.5 (113) – 10.9 (69)44
1994BenambraSwifts Creek20.19 (139) – 14.12 (96)43
1993Swifts CreekBruthen20.12 (132) – 15.7 (97)35
1992OmeoSwifts Creek12.12 (84) – 9.18 (72)12
1991OmeoBenambra18.18 (126) – 17.12 (114)12
1990BenambraBuchan25.17 (167) – 8.2 (50)117
1989BruthenBenambra16.18 (114) – 6.11 (47)67
1988BruthenBenambra18.18 (126) – 11.18 (84)44
1987BuchanBruthen20.14 (134) – 18.16 (124)10
1986OmeoBruthen13.8 (86) – 12.9 (81)5
1985BruthenOmeo24.14 (158) – 12.16 (88)70
1984BruthenBuchan23.14 (152) – 11.9 (75)77
1983BuchanBenambra14.14 (98) – 14.12 (96)2
1982Swifts CreekBenambra18.7 (115) – 15.17 (107)8
1981Swifts CreekBruthen24.17 (161) – 3.7 (25)136
1980Swifts CreekBuchan18.14 (122) – 10.10 (70)52
1979BruthenSwifts Creek18.12 (120) – 15.18 (108)12
1978Swifts CreekOmeo16.10 (106) – 9.19 (73)33
1977OmeoSwifts Creek21.9 (135) – 17.18 (120)15
1976OmeoBenambra17.14 (116) – 6.11 (47)69
1975OmeoBenambra17.20 (122) – 11.8 (74)48
1974BenambraSwifts Creek16.12 (108) – 14.17 (101)7
1973BenambraOmeo10.8 (68) – 10.4 (64)4
1972OmeoEnsay11.18 (84) – 12.8 (80)4
1971OmeoSwifts Creek17.17 (119) – 12.8 (80)39
1970OmeoSwifts Creek16.17 (113) – 3.14 (32)81
1969BenambraOmeo13.22 (100) – 6.14 (50)50
1968BenambraOmeo
1967Omeo
1966Omeo
1965Omeo
1964Omeo
1963Omeo
1962Omeo
1961Benambra
1960Ensay
1959Swifts Creek
1958Benambra
1957Benambra
1956Benambra
1955Benambra
1954OmeoBenambra9.12 (66) – 10.5 (65)1
1953BenambraOmeo9.14 (68) – 6.11 (47)21
1952OmeoEnsay8.17 (65) – 6.13 (49)16
1951OmeoSwifts Creek9.13 (67) – 8.12 (60)7
1950Ensay
1949OmeoEnsay9.17 (71) – 8.6 (54)17
1948OmeoSwifts Creek8.12 (60) – 8.10 (58)2
1947Ensay
1946EnsayOmeo20.11 (131) – 11.18 (84)47
1945Swifts Creek
1944No competition (World War II)
1943No competition (World War II)
1942No competition (World War II)
1941No competition (World War II)
1940EnsayOmeo11.7(73) – 9.9 (63)10
1939BenambraSwifts Creek
1938Swifts Creek
1937OmeoEnsay10.18 (78) – 10.8 (68)10
1936Ensay
1935Swifts Creek
1934Ensay
1933OmeoEnsay12.18 (90) – 12.17 (89)1
1932Benambra
1931Swifts Creek
1930Benambra
1929OmeoBenambra6.10 (46) – 5.14 (44)2
1928Benambra
1927Benambra
1926Swifts CreekOmeo10.5 (65) – 5.12 (42)23
1925Swifts CreekOmeo5.9 (39) – 5.5 (35) [21] 4
1924OmeoSwifts Creek6.12 (48) – 6.4 (40)8
1923OmeoSwifts Creek3.11 (29) – 3.7 (25)4

Pre-ODFL

SeasonPremier*Runner UpScoreMargin
1922Omeo (TVFA)Swifts Creek3.9 (27) – 1.8 (14)13
1921Omeo (ODFA)
Little River (TVFA)
1920Swifts Creek (ODFA)
Ensay (TVFA)Reedy Creek5.11 (41) – 3.10 (28)13
1919Swifts Creek [22] (ODFA)
Ensay (TVFA)
1918No competition (World War I)
1917No competition (World War I)
1916No competition (World War I)
1915No competition (World War I)
1914Cassilis (ODFA)
Swifts Creek A (TVFA)Swifts Creek8.7 (55) – 6.3 (39)16
1913Swifts Creek (TVFA)Cassilis5.11 (41) – 1.2 (8)33
1912Swifts Creek (TVFA)
1911Swifts Creek (TVFA)
1910Swifts Creek (TVFA)
1909Swifts Creek (TVFA)
1908Swifts Creek (TVFA)
1907Cassilis (ODFA)
Ensay (TVFA)
1906Cassilis [23] (ODFA)Omeo
1905Cassilis (ODFA)
1904Omeo (ODFA)Cassilis8.11 (59) – 2.7 (19)40
1903Omeo (ODFA)Cassilis3.3 (21) – 2.6 (18)3
1902Unknown (ODFA)
1901Omeo (ODFA)
1900Benambra (ODFA)
1899Omeo (ODFA)
1898Cassilis [13] (NEC)Omeo
1897Omeo [13] (NEC)Cassilis2.7 (19) – 1.2 (8)11
1896Long Gully (BMC)
1895Long Gully (BMC)
1894Long Gully (BMC)
1893Swifts Creek [10] (BMC)Omeo

* Key: BMC – Boyle and Mac's Challenge Cup; NEC – Noble Explosives Cup; ODFA – Omeo District Football Association; TVFA – Tambo Valley Football Association.

Junior football (Under 16)

Junior football is open to all boys 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. During the 2000s rules were modified to allow girls up to the age of 13 years to also take part in this competition.

SeasonPremierRunner UpScoreMargin
2022Lindenow SouthBuchan14.11 (95) – 6.5 (41)54
2021Abandoned (COVID-19)
2020No competition (COVID-19)
2019Lindenow SouthBruthen18.18 (126) – 3.4 (22)104
2018Omeo-BenambraSwan Reach11.17 (83) – 5.6 (36)47
2017Swan ReachOmeo-Benambra8.13 (61) – 4.6 (30)31
2016Swan ReachOmeo-Benambra11.19 (85) – 5.3 (33)52
2015BruthenBuchan10.12 (72) – 6.8 (44)28
2014BruthenOmeo-Benambra11.13 (79) – 11.9 (75)4
2013BuchanSwan Reach17.10 (112) – 13.7 (85)27
2012BuchanSwan Reach12.12 (84) – 5.9 (39)45
2011Omeo-BenambraSwifts Creek12.8 (80) – 8.10 (58)22
2010BruthenSwifts Creek13.8 (86) – 3.3 (21)65
2009BruthenOmeo-Benambra8.13 (61) – 7.5 (47)14
2008Bruthen
2007Bruthen
2006
2005
2004
2003
2002OmeoSwifts Creek13.18 (96) – 7.7 (49)47
2001
2000
1999
1998
1997Bruthen
1996Bruthen
1995Swifts Creek
1994Swifts Creek
1993Swifts CreekBenambra70
1992Benambra
1991Bruthen
1990Buchan
1989Omeo
1988Omeo
1987Bruthen
1986Bruthen
1985Bruthen
1984BruthenSwifts Creek
1983Ensay
1982Swifts CreekEnsay23
1981BruthenSwifts Creek15.12 (102) – 3.0 (18) [24] 84
1980BuchanBruthen72
1979BruthenBuchan12.17 (89) – 5.1 (31) [25] 58
1978BuchanSwifts Creek
1977Swifts Creek
1976Swifts Creek
1975Swifts Creek
1974Ensay
1973Omeo
1972Omeo
1971Omeo
1970Ensay
1969Omeo
1968Swifts Creek
1967Omeo

Senior netball

The senior netball competition is for women and older teenage girls. Records for the netball competitions are harder to obtain and less complete than for football, so it is unclear exactly when the netball competitions commenced. Some photographic records from the early 1950s show women's basketball teams, so it may have begun post-World War II. When the basketball competitions transferred to netball is also unclear. A single competition ran until the 2010s, when a second "B" grade was added due to demand for more women to participate. The original single team was then renamed as "A" grade. Clubs have gradually added a second side so that as of 2022 all clubs fielded both A and B grade teams, however, often some players will be required to play in both teams to fill numbers, or junior players will be used to make up sides.

"A" Grade

SeasonPremierRunner UpScoreMargin
2022Lindenow SouthBruthen34 - 331
2021Abandoned (COVID-19)
2020No competition (COVID-19)
2019Lindenow SouthBuchan55 - 3718
2018BruthenLindenow South35 - 314
2017BruthenBuchan47 – 2720
2016Omeo-BenambraBruthen49 – 2524
2015Swan ReachBruthen39 – 363
2014Swan ReachOmeo-Benambra53 – 458
2013Omeo-BenambraSwan Reach3
2012Omeo-BenambraSwifts Creek
2011Omeo-BenambraBuchan28 – 199
2010Omeo-Benambra
2009
2008
2007Omeo-Benambra
2006
2005
2004Omeo
2003
2002Swifts CreekOmeo3
2001
2000

"B" Grade

SeasonPremierRunner UpScoreMargin
2022Lindenow SouthBuchan30 - 1812
2021Abandoned (COVID-19)
2020No competition (COVID-19)
2019Lindenow SouthBuchan26 - 1115
2018Lindenow SouthBruthen27 - 234

Junior netball (17-and-under)

Junior netball is open to all female players seventeen years of age and under as of the first of January each year. Prior to 2019 it was an Under 16 competition, open to girls under sixteen years of age as of the first of January. While potentially any juniors can play in these teams, in practical terms girls under twelve will generally only play in the 12-and-under team. Junior boys 13 years and under may also participate in the netball teams.

SeasonPremierRunner UpScoreMargin
2022BuchanBruthen38 - 353
2021Abandoned (COVID-19)
2020No competition (COVID-19)
2019BuchanLindenow South29 – 263
2018Lindenow SouthSwifts Creek27 – 261
2017Swifts CreekBruthen32 – 293
2016Swan ReachSwifts Creek30 – 246
2015Swan ReachOmeo15 – 132
2014OmeoSwifts Creek21 – 912
2013BuchanOmeo-Benambra
2012Swifts Creek
2011Swifts CreekBruthen23 – 212
2010
2009Swifts CreekOmeo23 – 203

12-and-under netball

Junior 12-and-under netball (formerly 'Midget netball') is open to players twelve years of age and under as of the first of January of the current year; while it is primarily a female sport, boys may also compete. Prior to 2019 it was open to players attending primary school, effectively making it approximately an under eleven competition. Finals are not played in 12 and under netball; the team that finishes at the top of the ladder at the end of the regular season is regarded as the premier team.

SeasonPremierRunner Up
2022Swifts CreekBruthen
2021*Swifts Creek
2020No competition (COVID-19)
2019Swifts CreekOmeo-Benambra
2018Omeo-BenambraSwifts Creek
2017BuchanSwifts Creek
2011Swifts Creek

* Although the 2021 season finals were abandoned for all other groups due to Covid-19, as 12-&-under do not play finals, a premier was still able to be declared.

Senior football final ladders

2010 Ladder

Omeo DFLWinsByesLossesDrawsForAgainst%PtsFinalTeamGBPtsTeamGBPts
Swan Reach 1104017341341129.31%441st SemiSwifts Creek3111197Lindenow South11975
Bruthen 1104016531322125.04%442nd SemiBruthen14892Swan Reach61046
Swifts Creek 1005018231194152.68%40PreliminarySwifts Creek1813121Swan Reach121183
Lindenow South 70801249131195.27%28GrandSwifts Creek2212144Bruthen131088
Omeo Benambra301201288177972.40%12
Buchan301201191199159.82%12

2011 Ladder

Omeo DFLWinsByesLossesDrawsForAgainst%PtsFinalTeamGBPtsTeamGBPts
Lindenow South 1500020911240168.63%601st SemiSwan Reach1913127Bruthen102585
Swifts Creek 1104021551433150.38%442nd SemiLindenow South177109Swifts Creek168104
Bruthen 80701813184898.11%32PreliminarySwifts Creek3313211Swan Reach1510100
Swan Reach 609018251764103.46%24GrandSwifts Creek1717119Lindenow South111581
Omeo Benambra401101410178179.17%16
Buchan101401054228246.19%4

2012 Ladder

Omeo DFLWinsByesLossesDrawsForAgainst%PtsFinalTeamGBPtsTeamGBPts
Swifts Creek 1302019871177168.82%521st SemiOmeo Benambra2222154Bruthen10666
Lindenow South 1104019541508129.58%442nd SemiSwifts Creek2019139Lindenow South2011131
Omeo Benambra 807018861387135.98%32PreliminaryLindenow South1611107Omeo Benambra131593
Bruthen 708018111589113.97%28GrandLindenow South2015135Swifts Creek101070
Swan Reach5010016821614104.21%20
Buchan10140892293730.37%4

2013 Ladder

Omeo DFLWinsByesLossesDrawsForAgainst%PtsFinalTeamGBPtsTeamGBPts
Omeo Benambra 1203020721150180.17%481st SemiSwifts Creek2319157Buchan2921
Lindenow South 110402314948244.09%442nd SemiLindenow South2012132Omeo Benambra10969
Swifts Creek 1104019271099175.34%44PreliminarySwifts Creek1810118Omeo Benambra1515105
Buchan 70801355183373.92%28GrandLindenow South1910124Swifts Creek121789
Swan Reach301201153217153.11%12
Bruthen101401020264038.64%4

2014 Ladder

Omeo DFLWinsByesLossesDrawsForAgainst%PtsFinalTeamGBPtsTeamGBPts
Swan Reach 1104018281450126.07%441st SemiBuchan1719121Bruthen121486
Omeo Benambra 1005015661223128.05%402nd SemiSwan Reach2322160Omeo-Benambra10868
Buchan 807016451469111.98%32PreliminaryOmeo-Benambra15898Buchan*1715117
Bruthen 60901464153795.25%24GrandSwan Reach2824192Omeo-Benambra121385
Lindenow South501001618167496.65%20
Swifts Creek501001194196260.86%20

2015 Ladder

Omeo DFLWinsByesLossesDrawsForAgainst%PtsFinalTeamGBPtsTeamGBPts
Buchan 1401025621041246.11%561st SemiSwifts Creek10565Bruthen71153
Lindenow South 1203021821433152.27%482nd SemiLindenow South2025145Buchan131492
Bruthen 1005021471255171.08%40PreliminaryBuchan3419223Swifts Creek066
Swifts Creek 401101297222658.27%16GrandLindenow South2213145Buchan132098
Omeo Benambra301201122196857.01%12
Swan Reach201301078246543.73%8

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