Sebastopol Football Netball Club

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Sebastopol
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Names
Full nameSebastopol Football Netball Club
Nickname(s)Burras
Club details
Founded1893;129 years ago (1893)
Colours  
Competition Ballarat FL
President Darren Hammill
Coach Michael Searl
Captain(s) Tony Lockyer
Premierships(13): 1920, 1929, 1936, 1937, 1939, 1950, 1951, 1952, 1953, 1965, 1967, 1969, 1975
Ground(s)Marty Busch Oval, Sebastopol
Uniforms
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Official website sebasfnc.com.au

The Sebastopol Football Netball Club, nicknamed the Burras, is an Australian rules football and netball club based in the southern suburb of Sebastopol in Victoria. The football team currently competes in the Ballarat Football Netball League, having debuted there in 1978.

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History

The club was originally founded in 1893, and completed in the Ballarat Football Association wearing the colours of red and white before changing to blue and white in 1894. The club was a founding member of the competition in 1893 finishing in fourth place, and took until 1920 to win its inaugural premiership. In 1922 the club adopted the colours of blue and gold that prevail to the present day.

After winning its second premiership in 1929, Sebastopol moved to the Ballarat and District Football League and won two premierships in a row in 1936 and 1937 before joining the Ballarat Football League in 1938. The club played off in the grand final in its first season and were defeated by South Ballarat, but then in 1939 it transferred to the Clunes Football Association winning the premiership before returning to the BFL in 1940. Consequent to this World War Two affected player numbers causing Sebastopol to form a temporary merger with South Ballarat before the BFL went into recess.

Sebastopol returned in its pre war form in 1946 rejoining the Clunes FA. In 1947 it moved back to the BFL in its B Grade competition, and won premierships from 1950 to 1953. In 1959 the B Grade competition separated from the BFL to form the Ballarat District Football League and Sebastopol won premierships in this competition in 1965, 1967 and 1969. The BDFL then merged in 1973 with the Bacchus Marsh Football League and Sebastopol won the premiership in this competition in 1975. This would be the club's last premiership to date.

Sebastopol rejoined the BFL in 1978 and has made three grand finals, losing them to North Ballarat in 1985, Melton Football Club in 2000 and East Point Football Club in 2019. [1]

Netball

Sebastopol won the 1993 Ballarat Football League Netball Premiership, led by club-icon Maree Hutt. [2]

On October 26, 2012, Sebastopol announced the signing of Central Highlands Football League club Dunnstown's premiership coach Georgia Cann. [3]

Club-coach Cann was joined by Narelle Perkins to co-coach the club in 2022.

Home ground

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Marty Busch Reserve - Opening of redeveloped ground, 2017

Sebastopol play their home matches at Marty Busch Reserve, Sebastopol.

In the 2019 offseason, Sebastopol secured a major sponsorship deal with Sovereign Financial Group. The home ground will be played under the banner of the Sovereign Financial Group Oval for seasons 2020 and 2021.

Club song

Out we come,

Out we come,

Out we come to play

Just for recreation sake

To pass the time away

Lots of fun, lots of fun

Enjoy yourself today

The Burra boys are on the ball

When they come out to play!

Soooo, Join in the chorus

And sing it one and all

Join in the chorus

The Burras on the ball

Good old Burra

They're champions you'll agree

The Burra boys are premiers

Just you wait & see!!

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