Australian Rules Football

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The Darebin Falcons have two Australian Rules Football teams competeting in the Victorian Women’s Football League,a team in Premier Division and a team in Division 1.

Our Premier Division team have participated in every grand final since 2005 and hold a record breaking undefeated run from 2006-2011. The team won a record breaking five VWFL Premierships in a row from 2006-2010. The Premier Division team also went back to back in 2013-2014. The Division 1 team (formerly Premier Reserves) won the Premiership in 2007, and 2009 to 2011.

At a national level, 12 Falcons over 2 years  have been drafted to the Melbourne Demons and the Western Bulldogs in 2013 and 2014 to participate in the AFL Women’s Exhibition Match, held in Women’s round.

With the addition of new players to the list adding more depth to the already skilled Falcons, 2015 is looking to be a great season.

If are interested in playing Australian Rules Football or would like to know more about the Falcons you can contact our Football Representative Alex Reynolds. All players of all abilities and backgrounds are welcome. For more information about the training schedule leading into Season 2015, click here.

 

Brief History

1996 – The season of 1996 is one Darebin will never forget. The recruitment of experienced players and the committment of the team resulted in the Falcons securing 1st position on the ladder at the end of the season. The Falcons went on to win the Grand Final by 13 points.

2002 – This year saw the club expand, with the inclusion of a second Australian Rules team.

2005 – This year saw the Falcons make the grand final in the Premier Division, eventually going down to Melbourne University in a hard fought battle.

2006 – 2006 saw the Falcons make the Grand Final at Whitten Reserve in both the Premier and Premier Reserves Division. The Premier Division team defeated Melbourne Uni and the Premier Reserves lost to St. Kilda.

2007 – This was the most successful season for the club in recent history, with both teams going through the season undefeated and winning their respective VWFL Grand Finals.

2008 –   Another successful year with both the Premier and Premier Reserves teams making the Grand Final. The reserves were runners up and the Premiers Division team won their 3rd consecutive flag.

2009 – Once again another successful year was had for the Falcons, with both the Premier and Premier Reserves teams winning the flag. The Premier Division made VWFL history with their fourth Grand Final flag in succession.

2010 – This was the most successful year the Falcons have ever had. With the Premier, Premier Reserves, and Youth Girls teams winning the flag. All three sides went through the season undefeated to take out the grand final. The Premier Division made VWFL history with their fifth Grand Final flag in succession, and the Premier Reserves going back to back.

2011 – Another successful year with both the Premier and Premier Reserves teams making the Grand Final. The Premier Divison were runners up and the Premiers Reserves Division team won their 3rd consecutive flag.

2012 – The Premier Reserves team made the Preliminary Final and the Premier team made it to the Grand Final. The Premier team were defeated by Diamond Creek at Box Hill Oval.

2013 – The Premier Division won their 6th premiership in 9 years, defeating Diamond Creek at Coburg City Oval.

2013 also saw the creation of the inaugural women’s AFL draft. Of the 50 players selected nationally, 10 players were from the Darebin Falcons, including the number 1 draft pick, Daisy Pearce. The following Falcons players were selection in this draft:

  • Daisy Pearce
  • 4 Aasta O’Conner
  • 6 Karen Paxman
  • 11 Melissa Hickey
  • 12 Lauren Arnell
  • 14 Rebecca Privitelli
  • 16 Elise O’Dea
  • 22 Katie Brennan
  • 46 Jessica Dal Pos
  • 50 Natalie Wood

2014 – The Premier Division team participated in a grand final rematch against Diamond Creek, defeating them by 30 points at Coburg City Oval.

In the second women’s AFL draft, 2 more Falcons were selected to participate. Darcy Vescio was taken at pick 3, and Stephanie Simpson at pick 18. Both joined the Western Bulldogs.