North Albany Football Club

The North Albany Football and Sporting Club, more often referred to as North Albany, is an Australian rules football club located in Albany, Western Australia. Nicknamed the Kangas, the club play in the Great Southern Football League,[2] with home games being hosted at Collingwood Park.[3] Since being formed in 1897, netball and association football teams have played under banners of North Albany or Kangas.

North Albany Kangas
Full nameNorth Albany Football Club
NicknameKangas
SportAustralian rules football
Founded1897
First season1897
LeagueGreat Southern Football League
Home groundCollingwood Park, Albany
PresidentIian Woods[1]
Head coachCraig Dew
CaptainGraham Ross
Strip
Red with White V

History

On 13 May 1897 football players from the North Ward formed a club called the North Albany Football Club. Wearing the colours of red and blue, the side played their inaugural matches at the Parade Street Oval. In 1908, North Albany competed in Albany's first formal football competition. North Albany entered the history books after claiming the first Premiership. It was in this season that the club altered their colours, with the team wearing red and white hooped guernseys.

In the late 1930s, the North Albany Football Club enjoyed a period of success. From 1936 until 1939, the club won continual Premiership flags. The club competed in their fifth successive Grand Final in 1939, only to lose the encounter.

Reformation after WWII the club altered their identity. This change came in the form of the club name, with Towns FC being adopted as the new moniker. This title would be dropped in 1956, with North Albany resuming as the club's official name.

Football in the Albany region had a massive overhaul in 1958 with the formation of The Southern Districts National Football League. Nineteen years later, in 1977, the North Albany Football Club move into a new home at Collingwood Park. The following season, the 'Fighting Kangaroo' became the club mascot. The aesthetic reconfiguration of the Kangas was followed with success. Another period of sustained dominance started with North Albany's 1979 Southern Districts National Football League Grand Final. Despite losing the 1979 finale, the club would go on to compete in five straight Grand Finals, winning the 1980, 1982, and 1983 editions.

In 1991 the league had an overhaul. The new titled Great Southern Football League included teams from neighbouring townships. Clubs in the GSFL represented Katanning, Mount Barker, Tambellup and Denmark.

Alan Barnett, who had played for the club in 1972 and 1973 when injury prevented him from playing on, served as Club President from 1998 to 2007, when he was awarded life membership.[4]

After a period of dominance from cross-town rivals Royals, 2005 saw a resurgence for the Kangas. The club won four back-to-back Flags, ending a 22-year Premiership drought.

Russell Hare was President of the Club in 2007.[5]

Records and Achievements

Premierships

League: 28:

  • 2016
  • 2015
  • 2014
  • 2008
  • 2007
  • 2006
  • 2005
  • 1983
  • 1982
  • 1980
  • 1969
  • 1966
  • 1954
  • 1952
  • 1951
  • 1948
  • 1946
  • 1939
  • 1938
  • 1937
  • 1936
  • 1930
  • 1929
  • 1925
  • 1918
  • 1913
  • 1909
  • 1908

Reserves: 19:

  • 2016
  • 2015
  • 2014
  • 2010
  • 2008
  • 2007
  • 2006
  • 2005
  • 1997
  • 1988
  • 1985
  • 1982
  • 1981
  • 1980
  • 1979
  • 1958
  • 1938
  • 1937
  • 1931

Colts: 26:

  • 2015
  • 2014
  • 2012
  • 2011
  • 2010
  • 2009
  • 2008
  • 2006
  • 2003
  • 2002
  • 2001
  • 2000
  • 1999
  • 1998
  • 1996
  • 1990
  • 1989
  • 1988
  • 1987
  • 1986
  • 1983
  • 1981
  • 1980
  • 1979
  • 1969
  • 1925

Under 17's: 1:

  • 2011

League Club Fairest & Best

2016Matt Smith
2015Matt Orzel
2014Declan Mountford
2013Luke Cameron
2012Brent Welshman
2011Mitch Tuffley
2010Kris Ericsson
2009Graham Ross
2008Graham Ross,
2007Graham Ross,
2006Brett Hall,
2005Scott McKenzie,
2004Jono Woods,
2003Brett Hall/ Jono Woods,
2002Brett Hall,
2001Brett Hall,
2000Mat Bateman
1999Boydan Coyne,
1998Mat Bateman,
1997Murray Gomm,
1996Steve Deegan,
1995Mick Mustey,
1994Nathan Ashton,
1993Jono Woods,
1992Brad Hitchcock,
1991Gerard Cameron,
1990Jono Woods
1989Ray Mountfield,
1988Gerard Cameron,
1987Rob Sutton,
1986Andrew Partington,
1985Rob Sutton,
1984Keith Wynne,
1983Brian Stamp,
1982Keith Wynne,
1981Keith Wynne,
1980Kim Allsop
1979Graeme Evans,
1978Ollie Galante,
1977Les Holt,
1976Clive Bonney,
1975Rod Gillies,
1974Peter Stephen,
1973Peter Stephen,
1972Rod Gillies,
1971Graham Wellington,
1970Gary Adams
1969Gary Adams,
1968Peter Stephen,
1967Peter Stephen,
1966Peter Stephen,
1965Len Edwards,
1964Edward Thompson,
1963Edward Thompson,
1962Edward Thompson

Kleemann Medalists

2013 Luke Cameron

2010Kris Ericsson[6]
2009Graham Ross[7]
2006Brett Hall[8]
2003Brett Hall & Jono Woods
1995Jono Woods
1986Rob Sutton
1985Rob Sutton
1984Gerard Cameron
1980Rob Sutton
1979Peter Walsh
1967Peter Stephen
1965Ted Thompson
1964Ted Thompson
1961Ted Thompson
1960Barry Loo

League Leading Goalkicker

2005Doug Roberts (66)
1994Troy Cox (71)
1980Chris Elliot

Charlie Punch Medal (Reserves Fairest & Best)

2016Brodie Sumich & Jyrin Woods
2013Grant Freeborough
2012Reg Mcwhirter
2010Adam Ditchburn & Jordan Willox
2009Kael Sumich
2008Mark Chambers
2006Mark Chambers

Reserves Leading Goalkicker

2009Boyden Coyne (27)

Rod Gillies Medal (Colts Fairest & Best)

2006Jayden Woods
2004Warwick Durack

AFL players

2016: Darcy Cameron was drafted to the Sydney Swans

2015: Declan Mountford was drafted to North Melbourne

2014: Mitch McGovern was drafted to Adelaide

2012: Marley Williams was drafted to Collingwood

2012: Josh Bootsma was drafted to Carlton

2010: Jeremy McGovern was drafted by the West Coast Eagles in the 2011 rookie draft.[9]

Former AFL players Tarkyn Lockyer (Collingwood) and Ryan Brabazon (Sydney),started their football careers playing for the Kangas.

Former AFL players Allen Daniels (Footscray & WA), Brad Wira (Footscray, Fremantle & WA), Brad Bootsma (Fremantle & WA) and Bill Shenfield (Fitzroy) have all played football in the red and white.

WAFL players

Some significant WAFL players that have played at the North Albany Football Club include Ron Boucher[10] (Swan Districts & WA), Peter Stephen (East Fremantle & WA), Stuart Hillier (West Perth & WA), Ray Nott (Claremont & WA), Doug Roberts (Claremont) and Matt Orzel (Claremont).

Other notable players

One time Kangas player and footballing nomad Trevor Sutton played in WA, SA, Qld, NSW, Victoria and North Territory, representing both Queensland and NSW at state level. In 1982, playing for Deniliquin in the Murray Football League (NSW) Sutton kicked 249 goals, an Australian record.[11]

Gordon Collis ex-Carlton player and Brownlow medalist coached the North Albany Football Club for two years, winning a Premiership in 1969.

AFL pre-season games

In 2003 the West Coast Eagles held a pre-season Community Camp in Albany, using Collingwood Park for training and practise games during their stay.

In 2008 Collingwood Park hosted a pre-season AFL game between West Coast and Collingwood, drawing a big crowd.[12]

The Collingwood Park Cricket Club, which calls Collingwood Park home, is a hugely successful club in the region winning many A Grade and B Grade premierships. In recent years the Collingwood Park CC A Grade has won titles in 2007-08,[13] 2006–07,[14] 2005-06[15] and 2003-04[16]

The newly formed North Albany Bears Soccer Club, made up of predominately NAFC players, won the Albany Soccer Association Trophy in its first year of competition.

References

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