Defunct footy clubs in Melbourne

MortlockWatcher

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If it is the same club that you are thinking of, then Australianfootball.com says that they were known as Chadstone Salesians and were formed in 1957.

It says that they played in the ESCFA and merged with Ashburton Uniting in 1985 to become Ashburton-Chadstone.

Obviously the current Chadstone club is not connected as they were formerly known as Syndal-Tally Ho until about 10 years ago.
 

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MortlockWatcher

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I found out today that the club listed above was a different Chadstone.

This is on the history section of the Southern Football League website:

Chadstone joined from the Caulfield-Oakleigh District Football League in 1963 having commenced in the Reserve Open grade in 1959 and 1960 then into A grade 1961 and 1962. Playing at what is now Percy Treyvaud Memorial Park, they continued through to 1977 then moved to the vacant East Caulfield Reserve for 1978 and 1979.

In 1980, part of the club merged with a reformed Carnegie to form Carnegie-Chadstone playing for one season at East Caulfield. Another section of the club returned to their original ground as Chadstone continuing until 1985 before disbanding. The club did re-appear as Ashburton-Chadstone for 1993.
 

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B: J. Brayshaw T. Jones C. Stanaway
HB: D. Barrett K. Stefanovic A. Loxley
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C. Wilson S. Craft A. Woolley S. Cam D. Goodrem
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We were just under the Westgate bridge.. I played when we were in the western region early 2000's.
Brooklyn at that time were not competitive in WRFL Div 2 and transferred to SFL to better compete in its third division.

Could be still around if the WRFL had a third division back then as it does now.
 

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Wonder if any of these defunct footy clubs have reunions
East Hawthorn had a reunion a couple of years ago. And I think Appin did too, and Northern United (near Bendigo). Generally it tends to be the anniversary of a premiership or some such. Marnoo actually put a team together a couple of years back (filled with sons of players as a pre-requisite) and played a scratch match v, I think, Rupanyup, which became part of Rup's pre-season praccy schedule.
 

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All WRFL/FDFL teams I can think of that have folded since the 90's
 

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Joe Mama

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All WRFL/FDFL teams I can think of that have folded since the 90's
I know they're a different club, but there's a team representing NEWPORT in the WRFL now (that used to be NEWPORT POWER) but sadly, MANOR LAKES have disbanded (they still have juniors though).
 

Joe Mama

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Does the WRFL seem to have more club changes than other suburban leagues?
The Northern League has expanded rapidly (Eltham College, Kilmore, Laurimar, Fitzroy Stars & a reformed Reservoir), The EFL now has 5 divisions with Croydon North/Old Lilydale MCOB, The Southern League has expanded within the growth areas, but they haven't lost the clubs like the WRFL has, that's for sure.
 

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The Northern League has expanded rapidly (Eltham College, Kilmore, Laurimar, Fitzroy Stars & a reformed Reservoir), The EFL now has 5 divisions with Croydon North/Old Lilydale MCOB, The Southern League has expanded within the growth areas, but they haven't lost the clubs like the WRFL has, that's for sure.
WRFL over the past few seasons have seen Coburg Dist. head back to the EDFL and port colts to the SFNL.
Manor Lakes is still a club and has women’s and juniors but with so many clubs in one area it was bound to happen.
From what I have heard Newport Power seniors were allowed to use the junior clubs name but they unfortunately didn’t stick to the agreement and were asked to relinquish the colours and name of the juniors.

Also where is the horizontal stroke in the f in this logo?
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WRFL over the past few seasons have seen Coburg Dist. head back to the EDFL and port colts to the SFNL.
Manor Lakes is still a club and has women’s and juniors but with so many clubs in one area it was bound to happen.
From what I have heard Newport Power seniors were allowed to use the junior clubs name but they unfortunately didn’t stick to the agreement and were asked to relinquish the colours and name of the juniors.

Also where is the horizontal stroke in the f in this logo?
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I think your over thinking things, LOL
 

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WRFL over the past few seasons have seen Coburg Dist. head back to the EDFL and port colts to the SFNL.
Manor Lakes is still a club and has women’s and juniors but with so many clubs in one area it was bound to happen.
From what I have heard Newport Power seniors were allowed to use the junior clubs name but they unfortunately didn’t stick to the agreement and were asked to relinquish the colours and name of the juniors.
The WRFL will lose more clubs in the North-West area, as Caroline Springs want to go to the EDFL. The Deer Park stuff certainly won't help their cause as more and more clubs will want to leave the league. They have however gained Point Cook, and should look into acquiring Melton South/Melton Bloods/Bacchus Marsh in the near future, it would be good for the league.

It will become the WerribeeRFL in the future I reckon. Or Wyndham. Whatever you want to call it. The EDFL will start pinching teams in and around the 3021 area.
 

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The WRFL will lose more clubs in the North-West area, as Caroline Springs want to go to the EDFL. The Deer Park stuff certainly won't help their cause as more and more clubs will want to leave the league. They have however gained Point Cook, and should look into acquiring Melton South/Melton Bloods/Bacchus Marsh in the near future, it would be good for the league.

It will become the WerribeeRFL in the future I reckon. Or Wyndham. Whatever you want to call it. The EDFL will start pinching teams in and around the 3021 area.
It's a pretty big expansion area population-wise, yeah? I mean Werribee thru Altona etc.

Do the Meltons and Bacchus Marshs currently play Ballarat or Riddell leagues? Or maybe split over both?

I remember when Central Highlands took on the balance of Lexton Plains teams and had like a 96-team league I thought things would continue to change for a while around there
 

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A couple more fro the northen suburbs Reservoir old boys and a whole competition in the PDJFA
I was there when R.o.Bs died. Laurie Hill was the appointed coach but most of the players went to play for Nth Heidelberg. Also played in the PDJFA for Regent inside the trotting track across the road from Northland. Leigh Carlson (Magpies n Lions) was my Captain and we also had Shane Ryles (Bullants). We played Preston Scouts, Wanderers, Thornbury Oppos, Heidelberg Colts, Olympic, Swimmers, Preston RSL, Nth Reservoir, RoBs, Keon Park and Kingsbury. Cant think of any more but may have played against Bellfield one season who had the most horrible jumpers ever.....Brown with Red Yoke or V.
 
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The Northern League has expanded rapidly (Eltham College, Kilmore, Laurimar, Fitzroy Stars & a reformed Reservoir), The EFL now has 5 divisions with Croydon North/Old Lilydale MCOB, The Southern League has expanded within the growth areas, but they haven't lost the clubs like the WRFL has, that's for sure.
The WRFL have offerred a home to many clubs over the last 20-30 years, most of whom would not be considered a "western region" team in a drive to expand.

Consider these teams to have played in the FDFL / WRFL over that period from outside the region - Gladstone Park, North Essendon, Ascot Vale, Flemington, Coburg Districts, Coburg Newlands, Port Melbourne Colts, East Brunswick, Brunswick Power, Brunswick Amateurs, Fawkner Amateurs (then Fawkner Park), Thornbury, North Melbourne / Kensington and Sandridge. Many were weaker clubs when they joined, whilst others were not wanted by their previous leagues (e.g old EDFL clubs who could not satisfy that league's requirement to field junior teams).

I don't think their demise reflects poorly on the WRFL, many were weaker clubs playing out of their "zone" and they couldn't be sustained (with the exception of Coburg Districts and Port Melbourne Colts who are thankfully now thriving in competitions closer to them and more suited).

Many other western region based teams have folded particularly during the 1980s and 90s but the WRFL has not lost a club (i.e club has folded) since Central Altona (behaviour) and Brunswick Power (lack of players) in 2007 and since then has added 9 clubs, 7 of them new start up clubs. Thankfully, the league is expanding again, with more sustainable clubs than previously, and importanly all those new clubs have junior programs, some of them very large and successful.

The future is bright I think, but the West's changing demographics is not helping the WRFL expanding as quickly as the population.
 

Joe Mama

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The WRFL have offerred a home to many clubs over the last 20-30 years, most of whom would not be considered a "western region" team in a drive to expand.

Consider these teams to have played in the FDFL / WRFL over that period from outside the region - Gladstone Park, North Essendon, Ascot Vale, Flemington, Coburg Districts, Coburg Newlands, Port Melbourne Colts, East Brunswick, Brunswick Power, Brunswick Amateurs, Fawkner Amateurs (then Fawkner Park), Thornbury, North Melbourne / Kensington and Sandridge. Many were weaker clubs when they joined, whilst others were not wanted by their previous leagues (e.g old EDFL clubs who could not satisfy that league's requirement to field junior teams).

I don't think their demise reflects poorly on the WRFL, many were weaker clubs playing out of their "zone" and they couldn't be sustained (with the exception of Coburg Districts and Port Melbourne Colts who are thankfully now thriving in competitions closer to them and more suited).

Many other western region based teams have folded particularly during the 1980s and 90s but the WRFL has not lost a club (i.e club has folded) since Central Altona (behaviour) and Brunswick Power (lack of players) in 2007 and since then has added 9 clubs, 7 of them new start up clubs. Thankfully, the league is expanding again, with more sustainable clubs than previously, and importanly all those new clubs have junior programs, some of them very large and successful.

The future is bright I think, but the West's changing demographics is not helping the WRFL expanding as quickly as the population.
You're always going to be beholdent to the flows of population, with inner city areas getting older and young families moving out to the outer western suburbs, but it's good to see an increase of senior clubs and especially when it comes to the juniors and with the Bulldogs helping out the WRFL, hopefully the league can grow in the future.
 

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