|Sport||Australian rules football|
|No. of teams||6|
|Millicent Football Club|
|Most titles||South Gambier Football Club|
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.
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.
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.
|Colours||Club||Nickname||Years in comp||Premiers|
|1969 1 , 1990 1|
|1965, 1972, 1973, 1975, 1976, 1982, 1983, 1988, 2017|
|1984, 2018, 2021, 2022|
|1964, 1979, 1987, 1989, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2016, 2019|
|1974, 1992, 1994, 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2002, 2005, 2009, 2015|
|1971, 2010, 2011|
|Colours||Club||Nickname||Years in comp||Premiers|
|1967||Transferred in the South West District Football League in 1995|
|1968, 1970, 1981, 2004||Merged with the Imperials and moved to the Hampden Football League in 2013|
|1977, 1978, 1980, 1993, 1995, 2001||Merged with the Magpies and moved to the Hampden Football League in 2013|
|Transferred in the South West District Football League in 2012|
|transferred to the Kowree Naracoorte FL in 1988, now in the KNTFL|
|1966, 1985, 1986, 1991, 2003, 2006, 2007, 2008||Transferred to the Hampden Football League in 2013|
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Heywood is a town on the Fitzroy River in the Australian state of Victoria. It is situated at an elevation of 27 metres amidst rolling green hills in an agricultural, pastoral and timbercutting district. Heywood is 357 kilometres (222 mi) west of Melbourne at the intersection of the Princes and Henty Highways and 27 kilometres (17 mi) north of Portland. It is on the railway line to Portland, at the junction of the presently-unused branch to Mount Gambier, South Australia. The winner of several past "Tidy Town" awards, it is often referred to as the "Jewel of the Southwest".
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