|Most recent season or competition:|
2016 VWFL season
|Sport||Women's Australian rules football|
|Replaced by||VFL Women's|
|No. of teams||31|
|Deer Park Lions (2016)|
|Most titles||Scorpions (11)|
|Official website||Victorian Women's Football League|
The Victorian Women's Football League (VWFL) was the oldest and largest Australian rules football league for women in the world, consisting of 47 clubs from Victoria, Australia, across seven divisions and a total of over 1,000 players.
The VWFL complied with the laws of Australian football. The official ball, a Sherrin, used by the VWFL, was a custom-made size 4.5 ball.
The Victorian Women's Football League was formed in 1981 with four teams competing at open level.
In 1995, Sal Rees caused controversy when she nominated for the 1995 AFL Draft: the nomination was subsequently voided, with the AFL amending its Draft rules to prevent any repeat of this incident.
The VWFL grew quickly, increasing dramatically the number of players and participating teams with a Division 3 added in 2001.
In 2002 VWFL player Debbie Lee made headlines for pushing to play against men in the made-for-television team the Hammerheads. She has commented, "My whole idea with the Hammerheads was to promote women's football. At no point in time did I really think I was going to play against the men, and frankly it wouldn't really have been smart for me to do that. My whole idea was to cause a bit of activity."
An U17 Youth Girls Competition was established by Football Victoria in 2004, primarily to provide a pathway to the VWFL. This was following legal action having been taken against them in the Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal (following a complaint to the Equal Opportunity Commission) by junior players Penny Cula-Reid, Emily Stayner, and Helen Taylor.
In May 2004, the first VWFL game was played at the Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG) with the Melbourne Uni MUGARS defeating St Albans SPURS on Mother's Day. A second game was played at the MCG later in the same year featuring Melbourne Uni MUGARS against the St Kilda SHARKS reserves teams.
In 2005, the VWFL celebrated its 25th season, and created a reserves competition for Division 1.
In 2006, the league posted a $6000 loss, however this was turned around in 2007 with a $19000 profit being posted at the end of 2007. 2007 saw five divisions (Premier seniors & reserves, North West, South East & Country) and 27 teams (from 20 clubs), and culminated in an Australian crowd record for women's Australian rules football at the 2007 Grand Final held on 19 August at the Preston City Oval in Melbourne. Two finals matches were also held at the Melbourne Cricket Ground for the first time.
The work done by the VWFL Media Manager Leesa Catto was instrumental in increasing media coverage across the competition. A significant partnership was negotiated with the Leader News group and weekly coverage was captured across the Melbourne Metropolitan area. Events like the participation of two VWFL players Shannon McFerran and Daisy Pearce in the E. J. Whitten Legends Game also helped lift the profile of the league.
The VWFL integrated into AFL Victoria in 2013.
At the end of the 2016 season, it was announced the VWFL would be dissolved, with the forty-seven clubs and sixty teams of the VFLW would joining ten Victorian community leagues in 2017, along with additional clubs and teams from a further eighty clubs that had expressed interest in joining women's Australian football competitions.AFL Victoria would retain management of the ten-team VFL Women's league, with the remainder of the expected 150 teams to play in regional leagues.
In 2010 VWFL media coverage was captured across a range of mediums including;
|Cranbourne WFC||Eagles||Cranbourne, Victoria||Kris Smith||Ashleigh Fennell|
|Darebin Women's Sports Club||Falcons||Preston, Victoria||Jane Lange||Daisy Pearce|
|Diamond Creek WFC||Creekers||Plenty, Victoria||Tanya Hetherington||Steph Chiocci|
|Eastern WFC||Devils||Mulgrave, Victoria||Brendan Major||Jess Foster and Meg Hutchins|
|Geelong||Magpies||Geelong, Victoria||Steve Jannsen||Shannon Knox and Jaime Woollett|
|Knox||Falcons||Wantirna, Victoria||Clint Martin||Melissa Kuys|
|Melbourne University||Mugars||Parkville, Victoria||Andrew Jago||Alicia Eva, Ellie Blackburn, Elyce Hay, Emma Kearney, Kaitlyn Ashmore, Madeline Keryk and Catherine O'Bryan|
|Seaford||Tigerettes||Seaford, Victoria||Brett Alexander||Kim Ebb and Jessica Boyd|
|St Kilda WFC||Sharks||St Kilda, Victoria||Shaun Smith||Penny Cula-Reid|
|VU Western||Spurs||St Albans, Victoria||Matt Russell||Bree White|
|Year||Premiers||Helen Lambert Medal|
(Best & Fairest)
|Rohenna Young Medal|
(Leading Goal Kicker)
|Lisa Hardeman Medal|
(Best on Ground in Grand Final)
|2016||Deer Park||Emma Grant (Bendigo)||Bella Ayre 34 (Bendigo)||Brooke McKinley (Deer Park)|
|2015||Darebin||Daisy Pearce (Darebin)||Moana Hope 68 (St Kilda)||Darcy Vescio (Darebin)|
|2014||Darebin||Daisy Pearce (Darebin)||Moana Hope 87 (St Kilda)||Daisy Pearce (Darebin)|
|2013||Darebin||Daisy Pearce (Darebin)||Stephanie Brown 25 (Berwick)||Melissa Hickey (Darebin)|
|2012||Diamond Creek||Lou Wotton (East Burwood)||Amy Catterall 39 (VU St Albans)||Kirsty Lamb (Diamond Creek)|
|2011||VU St Albans||Daisy Pearce (Darebin)||Sarah D'Arcy 51 (East Burwood)||Karen Paxman (VU St Albans)|
|2010||Darebin||Daisy Pearce (Darebin) &|
Lou Wotton (East Burwood)
|Jane Lange 52 (Darebin)||Aasta O'Connor (Darebin)|
|2009||Darebin||Daisy Pearce (Darebin)||Brittany Grech 58 (Diamond Creek)||Sarah Hammond (Darebin)|
|2008||Darebin||Cecilia McIntosh (Melbourne Uni)||Moana Hope 63 (Darebin)||Moana Hope (Darebin)|
|2007||Darebin||Shannon McFerran (St Albans)||Moana Hope 67 (Darebin)||Roi Boutsikakis (Darebin)|
|2006||Darebin||Shannon McFerran (St Albans)||Moana Hope 74 (Darebin)||Kathy Zacharopolous (Darebin)|
|2005||Melbourne University||Shannon McFerran (St Albans)||Rebecca Jennings 45 (Melbourne Uni)||Daisy Pearce (Darebin)|
|2004||St Albans||Meg Hutchins (Deakin Uni)||Rohenna Young 65 (St Albans)||Debbie Lee (St Albans)|
|2003||Melbourne University||Shannon McFerran (St Albans)||Nic Lalor 33 (Deakin Uni)|
|2002||Melbourne University||Shannon McFerran (St Albans)||Anita Rhook (Parkside)|
|2001||Parkside Magpies||Debbie Lee (St Albans)||Dee Dundov (St Albans)||Rohenna Young (Parkside)|
|2000||Parkside Magpies||Sharon Bonnici (St Kilda City Sharks)||Nic Lalor (St Kilda City Sharks)|
|1999||St Kilda||Sharon Bonnici (St Kilda City Sharks)||Nic Lalor (St Kilda City Sharks)|
|1998||St Kilda||Sharon Bonnici (St Kilda City Sharks)||Nic Lalor (St Kilda City Sharks)|
|1997||Albion Cats||Bronwyn Hutchinson (Fairfield)||Nic Lalor (St Kilda Sharks)|
|1996||Fairfield||Debbie Lee (St Albans)||Debbie Lee (St Albans)|
|1995||Ballarat Lions||Debbie Lee (St Albans)||Yasmin Horsham (Ballarat Lions)|
|1994||Northcote Park Scorpions||Debbie Lee (St Albans) &|
Doreen de Pasquale (St Kilda City)
|Bronwyn Hutchinson (Ballarat Lions)|
|1993||East Brunswick Scorpions||Debbie Lee (St Albans)|
|1992||Ballarat Lions||Kris Gardiner (Fairfield)|
|1991||East Brunswick Scorpions||Bronwyn Hutchinson (Ballarat)||Debbie Lee (East Brunswick)|
|1990||Ballarat Eagles||Rhonda Rumler (Ballarat)|
|1989||Parkville Scorpions||Lisa Hardeman (Parkville)|
|1988||Parkville Scorpions||Doreen de Pasquale (Ballart) &|
Bernie Marantelli (Parkville)
|1987||Parkville Scorpions||Bernie Marantelli (Parkville)|
|1986||Gladstone Park||Tracey Winch (Ferntree Gully)|
|1985||Aberfeldie Scorpions||Siobhan Taylor (Gladstone Park)|
|1984||Aberfeldie Scorpions||Maree Cave (Broadmeadows)|
|1983||Dingley Cobras||Maree Cave (Broadmeadows)|
|Year||Premiers||Fraser Griffiths Medal||Leading Goal Kicker||Best on Ground in Grand Final|
|2012||VU-St Albans||Rachael Gullo (VU-St Albans)||Lauren Chalkey 19 (Berwick)||Rachael Gullo (VU-St Albans)|
|2011||Darebin||Natasha Hardy (Sunbry)||Melissa Beadles 24 (East Burwood)||Gemma Anderson (Darebin)|
|2010||Darebin||Belinda Bowey (St Kilda)||Rebecca Hickmont 31 (Darebin)||Laura Cartledge (East Burwood)|
|2009||Darebin||Rebecca Hickmont (Darebin)|
|2008||East Burwood||Kristy Baeffel (St Kilda)|
|2007||Darebin||Luisa Callegari (Darebin)|
|2006||St Kilda||Jessica Williams (Melbourne Uni)||Ivanna Hern (St Kilda)|
|2005||Melbourne University||Jessica Williams (Melbourne Uni)|
2011 La Trobe Uni
2010 Sunbury Lions
2009 Sunbury Lions
2008 Heidelberg Tigers
2007 Hadfield Hawks
2006 Diamond Creek Demons
2012 Hallam Hawks
2011 Hallam Hawks
2010 South Mornington Tigerettes
2009 Scoresby Magpies
2008 Scoresby Magpies
2007 Yarra Valley Cougars
2007 Eastern Lions
2006 Berwick Wickers
2007 Melton Centrals
2006 Geelong Cheetahz
2005 Lalor Bloods
2004 St Kilda Sharks
2003 Melbourne University Mugars
2002 East Geelong Eagles
2001 Hadfield Hawks
2000 North Heidelberg Bulldogs
1997 St Kilda Sharks
2006 Yarra Valley Cougars
2005 Yarra Valley Cougars
2005 Diamond Creek Demons
2004 Berwick Wickers
2003 Surrey Park Panthers
2002 Mordialloc Redbacks
2001 Ferntree Gully Kangaroos
2009 Leesa Catto
2009 Bron McGorlick
2008 Kerryn Stephen
2006 Chyloe Kurdas
2005 Di Smith
2004 Belinda Bowey
2003 Sally Rees, Rohenna Young
2002 Debbie Lee, Kerry Saunders
2001 Nicole Graves
2000 Lisa Hardeman (Who the premier div best on ground medal is named after)
1999 Ann Rulton (who the Volunteer Award is named after)
1998 Julie Allen
1997 Dianne Vaux
1996 Bernadette Marantelli
1995 Coral White
1990 Jan Wilson, Janet Graham
1983 Helen Lambert (who the Premier div Best and Fairest is named after - she is also the founding President of the League)
Debbie Lee (East Brunswick Scorpions/Sunshine YCW/VU-St Albans Spurs)
Kerry Saunders (Darebin Falcons/St Kilda City)
Belinda Bowey (St Kilda Sharks/Keysborough)
Melbourne University Football Club, often known simply as University, is an Australian rules football club based at the University of Melbourne. The club fields two teams, known as the "Blacks" and "Blues", who both compete in the Victorian Amateur Football Association (VAFA) in the William Buck Premier Division.
The Darebin Women's Sports Club, nicknamed the Falcons, is based in the northern suburbs of Melbourne and primarily notable for its Australian rules football team which competes in the highest-level Victorian state league – the VFL Women's (VFLW). It is the only VFLW club that is not affiliated with a side from the national AFL Women's (AFLW) competition or the Australian Football League (AFL).
The VU Western Spurs are a Women's Australian rules football club who compete in the Northern Football League (Australia) and the AFL Masters Victoria competition. Based in Footscray, they play home games at Henry Turner Oval. They were formerly known as the St Albans Spurs who competed in the Victorian Women's Football League and reserves competition.
The Diamond Creek Football Club is an Australian rules football club located in Diamond Creek – an outer north-eastern suburb of Melbourne.
Daisy Pearce is an Australian rules footballer playing for the Melbourne Football Club in the AFL Women's (AFLW) competition. Often regarded as the face of women's Australian rules football, Pearce has served as Melbourne captain since the competition's inaugural season, having previously captained the club in the women's exhibition games staged prior to the 2016 creation of the league. She captained Victoria in the inaugural AFL Women's State of Origin match in 2017, where she was adjudged best afield.
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Katie Brennan is an Australian rules footballer with and captain of the Richmond Football Club in the AFL Women's (AFLW). She previously played for and captained the Western Bulldogs from 2017 to 2019. Brennan was signed as a marquee player by the Bulldogs ahead of the inaugural AFL Women's season in 2017, and was their leading goalkicker in 2019.
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Emma Michelle Kearney is an Australian rules footballer and former cricketer. A decorated midfielder in the AFL Women's (AFLW) competition, Kearney won the league's best and fairest award while playing for the Western Bulldogs in 2018 and has captained North Melbourne since 2019. She previously played cricket for the Melbourne Stars in the Women's Big Bash League (WBBL) and for Victoria in the Women's National Cricket League (WNCL).
Melissa Hickey is a former Australian rules footballer who played for the Melbourne Football Club and the Geelong Football Club in the AFL Women's (AFLW). She served as Geelong captain in the club's first two AFL Women's seasons. She also played in the Victorian Women's Football League/VFL Women's for eleven seasons, representing the St Albans Spurs, Darebin and Geelong. In the VWFL/VFLW, Hickey won seven premierships, represented Victoria on three occasions and featured in the VFL Women's team of the year.
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Libby Birch is an Australian rules footballer who plays for Melbourne in the AFL Women's (AFLW). She played the first 3 seasons of AFLW for the Western Bulldogs. She previously played netball and captained Victoria at the National Netball Championships. Birch is currently studying a Physiotherapy degree at La Trobe University. In 2016, Birch switched from netball to Australian rules football and was recruited by the Western Bulldogs as a rookie after having only played football for three months for the Darebin Falcons in the VFL Women's.
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