Heathcote District Football League

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Heathcote District Football League
General Information
Founded 1905; 113 years ago (1905)
Sports Football (1905–present)
Affiliation AFL Victoria Country (2012–present)
No. of teams 9
Level on pyramid 2
Headquarters Bendigo, Victoria, Australia
Most recent champion(s) Leitchville Gunbower (2017)
(1st Premiership)
Most titles Mount Pleasant
(19 Premierships)
Related competitions MCDFL, LVFL, BFL
Formerly
1905–1954 Heathcote District Football Association
1955–present Heathcote District Football League
Official website
Football Heathcote District Football League
Records
Highest Score 337 – Heathcote 52.25 (337)
1986; (v Tooborac 12.5 77) – 1986
Most goals in a game
Most goals in a season 130 – Aaron JamesNorth Bendigo – 2009
Most wins in a row 31 – Heathcote 2009–2011
Most losses in a row 34 – Redesdale 1930–1932
Most flags in a row 5 – Heathcote North 1955–1959
AFL Victoria league rank 21 (2018)[1]

The Heathcote District Football League (HDFL) is an Australian rules football league based in the Heathcote region and major Bendigo area with clubs based in the regions of City of Greater Bendigo, Shire of Campaspe, and Shire of Gannawarra

History[edit]

The Heathcote District Football League became a league in 1955. Previous names for the competitions in the area were the Heathcote District Football Association (1905), McIvor District Football Association (1906) and again the Heathcote District Football Association (1907–1954).

In recent years the Heathcote & District Football League has become one of, if not the strongest of the minor leagues in Victoria. During the Victoria Country Championships (Interleague) the HDFL has accounted for major league side Central Murray Football League as well as established a higher ranking than the North Central Football League. The strength & depth of the league is all the more remarkable considering the size of the league, 9 teams

Over the past few years the HDFL has beaten the Geelong & District & Horsham & District Leagues but fell short to AFL Barwon league, Bellarine in 2016.

The HDFL has had many representatives playing for Victoria Country, including recent players Grant Weeks, Andy Grant, Hadleigh Sirett & Jye Keath.

Clubs[edit]

Location[edit]

Current HDFL clubs (Greater Bendigo)

Current clubs[edit]

Club Colours Moniker Region Stadium Est. First season Seasons HDFL
Premierships
Most
recent
Colbinabbin
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Grasshoppers Shire of Campaspe MJ Morgan Reserve, Colbinabbin 1915 1935** 83 12 2008; 10 years ago (2008)
Elmore
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Bloods Greater Bendigo Elmore Recreation Reserve, Elmore 1948 1948 70 6 2007; 11 years ago (2007)
Heathcote
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Saints Greater Bendigo Pigeon Park, Heathcote 1967 1967* 51 7 2010; 8 years ago (2010)
Huntly
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Hawks Greater Bendigo Specialist Breeders Australia Oval, Huntly 1986 1986 32 0
Leitchville Gunbower
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Bombers Shire of Gannawarra Leitchville Recreation Reserve, Leitchville 2010 2010 8 1 2017; 1 year ago (2017)
Lockington Bamawm United
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Cats Shire of Campaspe Nichol Trading Oval, Lockington 1917 2001 17 4 2014; 4 years ago (2014)
Mount Pleasant
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Blues Shire of Campaspe Toolleen Recreation Reserve, Toolleen 1889 1935** 83 19 2006; 12 years ago (2006)
North Bendigo
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Bulldogs Greater Bendigo HIBO Hotel Oval, North Bendigo 1945 1996 22 2 2016; 2 years ago (2016)
White Hills
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Demons Greater Bendigo Tint-a-Car Oval, White Hills 1984 1984 34 1 1998; 20 years ago (1998)
** denotes that the club was a founding member of the HDFL
* denotes that the club was a founding member of its former league.

Former clubs[edit]

Club Colours Moniker Region Est. First HDFL
season
Last HDFL
season
Premierships
Axedale Greater Bendigo 0
Broadford
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Kangaroos Shire of Mitchell 1890 1985 2008 1
Costerfield Greater Bendigo 1900 1905 1947 4
Goornong Greater Bendigo 1947 0
Heathcote Greater Bendigo 1905 1921 1
Heathcote North Greater Bendigo 1922 1922 1966 8
Heathcote Rovers Rovers Greater Bendigo 1927 1927 1966 9
Knowsley Greater Bendigo 1924 1927, 1946 1
Redesdale Greater Bendigo 1930 1932 0
Rushworth
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Tigers Shire of Campaspe 1882 1965 1998 3
Stanhope
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Lions Shire of Campaspe 3
Tooborac Shire of Mitchell 1905 1986 10

List of Premierships[edit]

Season Premiers Runners-up Score
1914 Costerfield (1) Heathcote 2.10 (22) – 2.7 (19)
1915 Suspended during World War I
1916
1917
1918 Heathcote (1) Costerfield 6.7 (43) – 3.7 (25)
1919
1920
1921
1922 Heathcote North (1) Heathcote South
1923 Costerfield (2) Heathcote South
1924 Costerfield (3) Heathcote Ramblers
1925 Heathcote Reds (1) Costerfield
1926 Costerfield (4) Knowsley
1927 Heathcote Rovers (1) Costerfield
1928 Heathcote Rovers (2) Heathcote North
1929 Heathcote Rovers (3) Tooborac
1930 Heathcote Rovers (4) Heathcote North
1931 Tooborac (1) Heathcote North
1932 Tooborac (2) Heathcote Rovers
1933 Tooborac (3) Heathcote North
1934 Heathcote Dons (1) Costerfield 15.13 (103) – 6.10 (46)
1935 Tooborac (4) Heathcote North
1936 Tooborac (5) Colbinabbin
1937 Tooborac (6) Heathcote Rovers
1938 Tooborac (7) Mount Pleasant 13.12 (90) – 10.11 (71)
1939 Colbinabbin (1) Mount Pleasant 13.16 (94) – 13.4 (82)
1940 Heathcote Rovers (5) Mount Pleasant 11.11 (77) – 9.10 (64)
1941 Suspended during World War II
1942
1943
1944
1945 Heathcote Rovers (6) Heathcote North
1946 Knowsley (1) Heathcote North
1947 Heathcote Rovers (7) Heathcote North
1948 Heathcote Rovers (8) Heathcote North
1949 Colbinabbin (2) Heathcote North
1950 Colbinabbin (3) Tooborac
1951 Heathcote Rovers (9) Tooborac 9.9 (63) – 9.8 (62)
1952 Heathcote North (2) Tooborac 12.10 (82) – 10.9 (69)
1953 Tooborac (8) Heathcote North 9.10 (64) – 4.18 (42)
1954 Elmore (1) Tooborac 15.9 (99) – 7.19 (61)
1955 Heathcote North (3) Elmore 12.11 (83) – 9.8 (62)
1956 Heathcote North (4) Mount Pleasant 16.7 (103) – 7.7 (49)
1957 Heathcote North (5) Heathcote Rovers 6.16 (52) – 3.4 (22)
1958 Heathcote North (6) Tooborac 15.9 (99) – 10.5 (65)
1959 Heathcote North (7) Tooborac 13.5 (83) – 9.13 (67)
1960 Elmore (2) Mount Pleasant 12.17 (89) – 9.12 (66)
1961 Tooborac (9) Heathcote North 14.12 (96) – 11.16 (82)
1962 Mount Pleasant (1) Heathcote Rovers 9.11 (65) – 6.7 (43)
1963 Elmore (3) Tooborac 9.16 (70) – 7.11 (53)
1964 Heathcote North (8) Elmore 9.11 (65) – 6.12 (48)
1965 Rushworth (1) Mount Pleasant 13.14 (92) – 8.4 (52)
1966 Mount Pleasant (2) Heathcote North 10.14 (74) – 9.8 (62)
1967 Mount Pleasant (3) Heathcote 14.10 (94) – 10.11 (71)
1968 Mount Pleasant (4) Rushworth 14.17 (101) – 12.17 (89)
1969 Rushworth (2) Elmore 12.9 (81) – 10.14 (74)
1970 Heathcote (1) Elmore 8.13 (61) – 9.6 (60)
1971 Mount Pleasant (5) Heathcote 18.14 (122) – 9.14 (68)
1972 Heathcote (2) Colbinabbin 17.15 (117) – 12.14 (86)
1973 Tooborac (10) Rushworth 21.21 (147) – 8.7 (55)
1974 Elmore (4) Tooborac
1975 Colbinabbin (4) Rushworth 12.15 (87) – 10.13 (73)
1976 Stanhope (1) Colbinabbin 14.13 (97) – 12.13 (85)
1977 Rushworth (3) Colbinabbin 18.2 (110) – 14.17 (101)
1978 Colbinabbin (5) Stanhope 20.12 (132) – 17.15 (117)
1979 Mount Pleasant (6) Colbinabbin 17.10 (112) – 15.17 (107)
1980 Mount Pleasant (7) Elmore 17.13 (115) – 11.18 (84)
1981 Mount Pleasant (8) Colbinabbin 15.18 (108) – 15.10 (100)
1982 Heathcote (3) Mount Pleasant 20.15 (135) – 10.16 (76)
1983 Mount Pleasant (9) Stanhope 8.14 (62) – 6.8 (44)
1984 Mount Pleasant (10) Elmore
1985 Elmore (5) Heathcote 14.17 (101) – 10.10 (70)
1986 Stanhope (2) Broadford 22.8 (140) – 6.8 (44)
1987 Stanhope (3) White Hills 23.20 (158) – 13.7 (85)
1988 White Hills (1) Stanhope 12.14 (86) – 9.10 (64)
1989 Heathcote (4) Stanhope 24.15 (159) – 9.7 (61)
1990 Mount Pleasant (11) Heathcote 15.18 (108) – 12.12 (84)
1991 Colbinabbin (6) Heathcote 15.11 (101) – 11.9 (75)
1992 Heathcote (5) Mount Pleasant 16.8 (104) – 9.12 (64)
1993 Mount Pleasant (12) Heathcote 15.10 (100) – 11.14 (80)
1994 Mount Pleasant (13) Heathcote 13.13 (91) – 12.11 (83)
1995 Mount Pleasant (14) Heathcote 11.16 (82) – 10.17 (77)
1996 Broadford (1) Mount Pleasant 7.8 (50) – 6.9 (45)
1997 Mount Pleasant (15) Elmore 13.8 (86) – 11.12 (78)
1998 Colbinabbin (7) North Bendigo 11.19 (85) – 4.3 (27)
1999 Colbinabbin (8) Mount Pleasant 7.8 (50) – 4.6 (30)
2000 Mount Pleasant (16) Colbinabbin 18.10 (118) – 7.12 (54)
2001 Mount Pleasant (17) Broadford 10.8 (68) – 6.8 (44)
2002 Colbinabbin (9) Lockington Bawawm United 15.10 (100) – 11.9 (75)
2003 Colbinabbin (10) Broadford 20.13 (133) – 16.16 (102)
2004 Colbinabbin (11) White Hills 6.14 (50) – 2.9 (21)
2005 Mount Pleasant (18) White Hills 16.14 (110) – 12.15 (87)
2006 Mount Pleasant (19) Elmore 19.13 (127) – 13.12 (90)
2007 Elmore (6) Colbinabbin 26.29 (185) – 12.14 (86)
2008 Colbinabbin (12) Heathcote 16.9 (105) – 12.11 (83)
2009 Heathcote (6) Colbinabbin 15.17 (107) – 15.13 (103)
2010 Heathcote (7) Lockington Bamawm United 8.8 (56) – 5.9 (39)
2011 Lockington Bamawm United (1) Heathcote 15.9 (99) – 14.9 (93)
2012 Lockington Bamawm United (2) North Bendigo 21.14 (140) – 7.4 (46)
2013 Lockington Bamawm United (3) Huntly 15.13 (103) – 6.9 (45)
2014 Lockington Bamawm United (4) North Bendigo 13.9 (87) – 11.10 (76)
2015 North Bendigo (1) Leitchville Gunbower 10.13 (73) – 8.15 (63)
2016 North Bendigo (2) Leitchville Gunbower 14.18 (102) – 13.4 (82)
2017 Leitchville Gunbower (1) North Bendigo 15.18 (108) – 12.10 (82)

Cheatley Medal Winners[edit]

Season Player Club No. Votes
2010 Aaron Dohnt Lockington Bamawm United 20
2011 Josh Gitsham North Bendigo 28
2012 Josh Gitsham North Bendigo 23
2013 Ryan Semmel Huntly 25
2014 Tyson Findlay North Bendigo 26
2015 Grant Weeks Colbinabbin 19
2016 Ryan Semmel Huntly 20
2017 Jarrod Findlay North Bendigo 15

Recent seasons[edit]

2017 season[edit]

Ladder[edit]