Belconnen Football Club

The Belconnen Football Club, nicknamed the Magpies, is an Australian rules football club which competes in the North East Australian Football League.[1][2] They previously played in the AFL Canberra competition.[3]

Full nameBelconnen Football Club
Club songbased to the tune of "The Yankee Doodle Boy"
Club details
Founded1987 (1987)
CompetitionAFL Canberra
Ground(s)Kippax Oval
Other information


Originally known as the Turner Football Club, the club became known as Belconnen in 1970 and was admitted to the Canberra Australian National Football League in 1971.[4] Wearing a navy blue guernsey with a white monogram, the club was known as the "Bees" from 1971 until 1979, then as the "Blues" following the ANU Blues' withdrawal from the league during 1979.[5]

Before the 1986 season, the Belconnen club merged with the West Canberra Football Club to become the "Belconnen Magpies".[6] The team began to wear the traditional magpie black and white stripes and in 1991 the club moved its headquarters to Kippax.[7] In 1998 the colour teal was added to the existing black and white jumper.[8]

The newly formed team did not taste premiership success until 2002 when they won three consecutive premierships.[7] The club also clinched the 2009 premiership, with a six-point grand final win over Ainslie.[9]

AFL players

There are list of Belconnen players who have played at AFL:



AFL Canberra (4): 2002, 2003, 2004, 2009

Grand Finals

Year Opponent Score Venue
2002Queanbeyan Tigers24.19 (163) – 14.6 (90)Manuka Oval
2003Queanbeyan Tigersn/aManuka Oval
2004Queanbeyan Tigers14.20 (104) – 8.9 (57)Manuka Oval
2009Ainslie Tri-Colours11.13 (79) – 10.13 (73)Manuka Oval


Mulrooney Medalists

  • 2015 – Isaac Taylor
  • 2013 – James Bennett
  • 2012 – Shane Harris
  • 2005 – Jared Ilett
  • 2003 – Steve Hazelman
  • 2001 – Steve Mahar
  • 1999 – Shane Clarke
  • 1991 – Brent Smith
  • 1984 – Geoff Hocking
  • 1975 – Robert White


  1. "2014 NEAFL sides finalised". Brisbane Lions website.
  2. "Soaring Magpies closer to dream season". Sydney Morning Herald. NSW. 8 September 2013. Retrieved 28 March 2014.
  3. Main, Jim (2008). Aussie Rules for Dummies (2nd ed.). ISBN 0-7314-0595-1.
  4. "Three-club monopoly in rules contest". The Canberra Times. ACT. 10 April 1971. p. 24. Retrieved 28 March 2014 via National Library of Australia.
  5. Barry Rollings (1 July 1979). "Grim struggle for Bees". The Canberra Times. Canberra, ACT. p. 20.
  6. "Belconnen needs a captain-coach". The Canberra Times. 8 October 1986. p. 40. Retrieved 28 March 2014 via National Library of Australia.
  7. Devaney, John (2009). The Full Points Footy Encyclopedia Of Australian Football Clubs. Full Points Publications. ISBN 978-0-9556897-3-4.
  8. "Club History". Fox Sports Pulse.
  9. "Ainslie Falls Short in Tense Grand Final". Ainslie Football Club.
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