Western Border Football League

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Western Border Football League
Western Border Football League logo.png
Sport Australian rules football
Founded1964;58 years ago (1964)
PresidentDarren Philps [1]
No. of teams6
Most recent
Millicent Football Club
Most titlesSouth Gambier Football Club
(12 premierships)
Sponsor(s) Bendigo Bank [2]

The Western Border Football League is an Australian rules football competition based in the Lower South East region of South Australia, and south-western border region of Victoria. It is an affiliated member of the South Australian National Football League. The league used to be regarded as the premier country football league in South Australia, and a leading country Victorian league, however the number of clubs and standard has declined in recent years.


Brief history

In 1964, after almost a decade of discussions, the Western District Football League in Victoria and the South-East & Border Football League in South Australia merged to form the Western Border Football League. The founding 12 clubs were Casterton, Coleraine, East Gambier, Hamilton, Hamilton Imperials, Heywood, Millicent, North Gambier, Penola, Portland, South Gambier and West Gambier. [3] [4]

Hamilton and Millicent both had jumpers similar to Collingwood's, so an agreement was made that the team that finished lower on the ladder for 1964 had to change jumpers. Hamilton finished ninth, while Millicent finished 11th of 12, so Millicent was forced to change to the St Kilda strip.

Penola left and joined the Kowree-Naracoorte Football League in 1988; Coleraine left and joined the South West District Football League in 1995.

In 2011, the Heywood Football Club left the Western Border Football League due to the club struggling to compete with the larger town clubs in the league. Their first application to leave was rejected, so they were forced to go to higher levels at the VCFL to resolve issues between the League and the Heywood Football Netball Club.

In 2012, the Hamilton and Hamilton Imperials club merged upon recommendation from the VCFL and competed in the Hampden Football Netball League from 2013. Portland also transferred to the Hampden Football Netball League for 2013, leaving just 6 teams in the competition today. Casterton merged with neighbouring club Sandford (from the South West District Football League) in 2014. When the VFL had zoning from 1968 to 1986 the league was allocated to Collingwood.

Some famous players that have played in the Western Border Football League have been Billy Picken, Matthew Clarke, Nick Daffy, Nathan Lovett-Murray, Mal Michael, John Mossop, Wally Lovett.



ColoursClubNicknameYears in compPremiers
Premiership Years
Casterton-Sandford Cats1964-
1969 1 , 1990 1
East Gambier Bulldogs1964-
1965, 1972, 1973, 1975, 1976, 1982, 1983, 1988, 2017
Millicent Saints1964-
1984, 2018, 2021, 2022
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North Gambier Tigers1964-
1964, 1979, 1987, 1989, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2016, 2019
South Gambier Demons1964-
1974, 1992, 1994, 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2002, 2005, 2009, 2015
West Gambier Roos1964-
1971, 2010, 2011
1 As the Casterton Football Club


ColoursClubNicknameYears in compPremiers
Premiership YearsNotes
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1967Transferred in the South West District Football League in 1995
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1968, 1970, 1981, 2004Merged with the Imperials and moved to the Hampden Football League in 2013
Hamilton ImperialsBulldogs1964–2012
1977, 1978, 1980, 1993, 1995, 2001Merged with the Magpies and moved to the Hampden Football League in 2013
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Transferred in the South West District Football League in 2012
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transferred to the Kowree Naracoorte FL in 1988, now in the KNTFL
1966, 1985, 1986, 1991, 2003, 2006, 2007, 2008Transferred to the Hampden Football League in 2013


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