Darwin Football Association

The Darwin Football Association is an Australian rules football league in Tasmania. The clubs belonging to the association are from localities close to Burnie and on the West Coast of Tasmania. This includes Queenstown, making this competition the only competition in Australia to play some of its games on a gravel surface.

Darwin Football Association
Founded 1951
Current Clubs Cuprona
South Burnie
Highest Score 391 – South Burnie 62.19.391 v Yolla 2.2.14 – 2017
Most Goals in a game 23 – Alan Newman – Natone v Sprent – 1987 & Zane Murphy – South Burnie v Yolla – 2017
Most Goals in a season 241 – Rohan Baldock – South Burnie – 2016
Most wins in a row 33 – Natone 2002–2003
Most losses in a row 57 – Myalla 1993–1995


The current form of the Darwin Football Association (DFA) was created in 1951. A previous version existed from 1938 to 1944 but appears unrelated despite two of the DFA's foundation clubs being in the competition. The first season featured just four clubs: Yeoman, Tewkesbury, APPM and Montello.[1] Yeoman and APPM were previously members of the North West Football Union[2] and Tewkesbury a member of the Ridgley Football Association.[3] But in 1952 the numbers increased by three with the inclusion of Somerset, Mooreville and Ridgley.[4] The arrival of Myalla and Yolla in 1953 increased the number again to eight clubs combined with the departure of Tewkesbury.[5]

In 1955 the number of clubs dropped back to six with Montello and Somerset departing,[6] and then following season APPM changed their name to South Burnie.[7] In 1959 Mooreville had merged with Somerset to form the Cam FC[8] as the competition remained more or less stable.

In 1965 the folding of the Riana Football Association brought Natone and Cuprona to the competition.[9] This brought the competition up to eight clubs, and has never dropped below that number since. Another period of stability followed with only Cam reverting to Somerset FC in 1973[10] to create any ripples.

In 1982 the competition expanded to ten clubs with the inclusion of Sprent and West Ulverstone from the Leven Football Association.[11] The DFA introduced a final five in 1986.[12] In 1994, Queenstown "Crows"—a merger of the Queenstown-based clubs from the Western Tasmanian Football Association—joined the competition.[13]

Numbers started to fall in 1996 when Sprent departed for the North Western Football Association,[14] and then the following season South Burnie decided to try their luck in the Northern Tasmanian Football League,[15] but they returned in 1999.[16] In 2002 West Ulverstone followed Sprent to the North West Football Association, and in 2006 after many years in existence Myalla folded[17] bringing the number of clubs back to eight for the first time since 1981.

Due to a shortage of players Natone went into recess for the 2019 season.[18]



Club Nickname Years in DFA Premierships
Cuprona "Bulldogs" 1965– 1977, 2000
Myalla "Tigers" 1953–2006 1957, 1958, 1974, 1975, 1976, 2003
Natone "Magpies" 1965–2018 1973, 1990, 1996, 1999, 2001, 2002, 2011
Queenstown "Crows" 1994– 1997, 2014
Ridgley "Saints" 1952– 1955, 1956, 1964, 1965, 1966, 1969, 1970, 1971, 1989, 2007, 2008, 2009
Somerset formerly Cam "Roos" 1952–1954, 1959– 1960, 1961, 1963, 1972, 1982, 2010, 2019
South Burnie
originally APPM
"Hawks" 1951–1996, 1999– 1954, 1959, 1962, 1967, 1968, 1994, 1995, 2004, 2012, 2013, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018
Yeoman "Robins" 1951– 1951, 1952, 1978, 1993, 1998
Originally Tewkesbury
"Demons" 1951– 1979, 1980, 1981, 1983, 1984, 1986, 1987, 1988, 1991, 1992, 2005, 2006

2009 Ladder

DarwinFA Wins Byes Losses Draws For Against % Pts Final Team G B Pts Team G B Pts
Ridgley 130101857942197.1352EliminationNatone132098Somerset5737
South Burnie 905015931162137.0936QualifyingSouth Burnie101373Yolla91569
Yolla 905013581111122.23361st SemiNatone111581Yolla51242
Natone 806013881130122.83322nd SemiRidgley11975South Burnie61046
Somerset 806015881315120.7632PreliminaryNatone131593South Burnie121082
Queenstown Crows401001024174258.7816

2010 Ladder

DarwinFA Wins Byes Losses Draws For Against % Pts Final Team G B Pts Team G B Pts
South Burnie 1602025031216205.8464EliminationSomerset2215147Ridgley1712114
Natone 1503023081282180.0360QualifyingNatone1611107Yolla121486
Yolla 1107020641201171.86441st SemiSomerset141094Yolla6945
Somerset 1107021811373158.85442nd SemiNatone9963South Burnie4832
Ridgley 90901586165895.6636PreliminarySomerset10868South Burnie9761
Queenstown Crows501301358197768.6920GrandSomerset167103Natone101373

2011 Ladder

DarwinFA Wins Byes Losses Draws For Against % Pts Final Team G B Pts Team G B Pts
Yolla 1404022521271177.1856EliminationNatone141094South Burnie112086
Queenstown Crows 1404021881383158.2156QualifyingQueenstown Crows141094Ridgley131189
Ridgley 1205121791355160.81501st SemiNatone1714116Ridgley111278
Natone 1007119921626122.51422nd SemiQueenstown Crows121688Yolla72264
South Burnie 1008022301602139.2040PreliminaryNatone141498Yolla141195
Somerset909021741547140.5336GrandNatone121789Queenstown Crows111076

2012 Ladder

DarwinFA Wins Byes Losses Draws For Against % Pts Final Team G B Pts Team G B Pts
Ridgley 1602026871077249.4964EliminationQueenstown Crows1913127Somerset61349
South Burnie 1404022411228182.4956QualifyingSouth Burnie91064Natone51444
Natone 1305025291231205.44521st SemiNatone257157Queenstown Crows121587
Queenstown Crows 909021201451146.11362nd SemiRidgley209129South Burnie111682
Somerset 8010020481760116.3632PreliminarySouth Burnie101474Natone61147
Yolla8010018411597115.2832GrandSouth Burnie1517107Ridgley101575

2013 Ladder

DarwinFA Wins Byes Losses Draws For Against % Pts Final Team G B Pts Team G B Pts
South Burnie 1602027811082257.0264EliminationYeoman111278Somerset10666
Ridgley 1503025341189213.1260QualifyingRidgley141397Queenstown Crows71557
Queenstown Crows 1305021391609132.94521st SemiQueenstown Crows131795Yeoman71456
Somerset 1107021681587136.61442nd SemiRidgley1613109South Burnie169105
Yeoman 909019221789107.4336PreliminarySouth Burnie2119145Queenstown Crows91064
Yolla501301437208468.9520GrandSouth Burnie1811119Ridgley10969

2014 Ladder

DarwinFA Wins Byes Losses Draws For Against % Pts Final Team G B Pts Team G B Pts
South Burnie 160203261861378.7564EliminationRidgley1918132Natone4630
Queenstown Crows 150212864943303.7162QualifyingQueenstown Crows1614110Somerset141094
Somerset 1404026561185224.14561st SemiSomerset2319157Ridgley111278
Ridgley 1007122751599142.28422nd SemiQueenstown Crows1421105South Burnie167103
Natone 701101577229768.6528PreliminarySomerset239147South Burnie121385
Yeoman601201247249250.0424GrandQueenstown Crows121385Somerset11975

See also


  1. Burnie Advocate 1951
  2. Burnie Advocate 1950
  3. Burnie Advocate 1950
  4. Burnie Advocate 1952
  5. Burnie Advocate 1953
  6. Burnie Advocate 1955
  7. Burnie Advocate 1956
  8. Burnie Advocate 1959
  9. Burnie Advocate 1965
  10. Burnie Advocate 1973
  11. Burnie Advocate 1982
  12. Burnie Advocate 1986
  13. Burnie Advocate 1994
  14. Burnie Advocate 1996
  15. Burnie Advocate 1997
  16. Burnie Advocate 1999
  17. Burnie Advocate 2006
  18. https://www.theadvocate.com.au/story/5931007/natone-enter-recess-for-2019-season

Further reading

  • Darwin Football Association: Fifty Seasons of Football, 1951-2000 : Jubilee Record. Burnie, Tasmania: The Jubilee Committee. 2000.
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