Australian Football

Championship Age Groups and Participating States and Territories

School Sport Australia 12 Years and Under Championship
2016 Participants:  ACT, NSW, NT, QLD, SA, TAS, VIC, WA

School Sport Australia Boys 15 Years and Under Championship
2016 Participants:  ACT, NSW, NT, QLD, SA, TAS, VIC, WA

School Sport Australia Girls 15 Years and Under Championship
2016 Participants: NSW, QLD, QLD INV, VIC, WA.

Rules, Guidelines and Competition Information

 

Age Dispensation 

There is no age dispensation permitted in SSA Australian Football Championships.

History

 

The Australian Football Championships – A Brief History

The National Schoolboy Championships were inaugurated in Melbourne in 1923. Victoria were the first Championship winners with New South Wales, Queensland and South Australia the other foundation participants.

Western Australia and Tasmania entered for the first time in 1925 whilst the Australian Capital Territory have played several short periods since the early 1950’s and have participated currently since 1977 when Hobart was the venue. The Northern Territory entered in 1974 when the Championship was played in Brisbane and the 1998 Championship was their 25th Carnival. From 1974 to 2001 all States and Territories have participated in the Championships except Tasmania who missed from 1991 to 1995 & 1998 to 2013, South Australia 1998 to 2007 & 2009 to 2011 and Western Australia 1998 to 2000.

There have been two breaks in the competition continuity with an outbreak of infantile paralysis in 1937 and the Second World War the reasons.  The carnival has continued unbroken since 1947.  First awarded in 1931, the J.L.Williams Medal for the Championship Best and Fairest perpetuates the memory of the late Jack Williams, a Victorian teacher who battled for the creation and recognition of the National Schoolboys’ Championships.

Of the 44 12 and Under Championships conducted 41 have ended with outright winners, with one tie; the 1986 and 1994 Exchanges finished in three way ties.  Outright winners have been South Australia and Victoria 20 times and Northern Territory once.  Victoria (3), South Australia (2), Queensland (2) and Northern Territory (1) have been involved with ties.  The Host State has won or tied 10 of the 44 Championships conducted.

Of the 85 15 and Under Championships conducted (1956 and 1957 Championships having Senior and Junior Divisions and 1996 and 1997 having Division One and Division Two) 80 have ended with outright winners, 7 with ties and the 1956, 1973 and 1987 Championships finishing in three way ties. Outright winners have been Victoria 48 times (including Victorian Country 5 and Victorian Metropolitan 5), Western Australia 15 times, South Australia 56 times, New South Wales 4 times, Tasmania 3 times and Queensland 3 times. Victoria (5), Western Australia (4), Queensland (2), New South Wales, South Australia, Tasmania and Northern Territory (each 1) have been involved with ties. The host State has won or tied in only 24 of the 85 Championships conducted.

The Australian Secondary Schools’ National Football Council (A.S.S.N.F.C.) has been a leader in Inter-State competitions, and many innovative ideas have been adopted by the Australian School’s Sports Council (ASSC) then School Sport Australia (SSA) during the past 85 years. Perhaps the years of the greatest expansion began in 1978.  This was the year that the Commonwealth Bank became the major sponsor. We have seen many new ideas introduced to our Championships. These have been possible because of the funds supplied by the Commonwealth Bank. It had also been much easier on our Host Associations, as our sponsorship funds helped to ease the costs of conducting our Championships.

In 1996 and 1997 the Championship was played as an Under 16 competition organised and funded by Football Development Foundation in each State under the umbrella of the AFL as the parent body. In 1998 School Sport Australia reverted back to the original concept of an Under 15 Championship for compulsory age students without any financial support. The Championship was funded by the participants. From 1999 -2103 Victoria fielded two teams: a metropolitan and country team. In 1999 the first Combined Primary and Secondary Football Carnival was held in Canberra, ACT, where student umpires from participating States and Territories officiated at the Championships for the first time.

From 2002, the A.S. McLean Medal was awarded to the best umpire (field, boundary or goal) who officiates in the Championships. The medal is named in honour of Alan McLean, a Life Member and former National Secretary of the ASSNFC for 18 years and who had been involved in umpiring for over 34 years. The Championships which combines the 12 & Under and 15 & Under competitions was formally named ‘The School Sport Australia Australian Rules Football Carnival’ in 2005.

In 2008 it was renamed ‘The School Sport Australia Australian Football Championships’. Hosted in Melbourne, the 2008 Championships marked the 150 Years Celebration of the commencement of Australian Football. South Australia who had not participated since 1997 rejoined the 15 and Under Championship. For the first time in the Championships history, four female student umpires officiated and every game was fully officiated (field, boundary and goal) by student umpires.

In 2009 the first 16 years and under Girls Invitational competition was played between Queensland, Victoria and Western Australia in Maroochydore Queensland.

The Richard G. Newman Shield was inaugurated in 2010 and recognises one 12 & Under Team, which extols the virtues of sportsmanship, outstanding ambassadorial aptitudes and commitment which Richard upheld throughout his long association with the School Sport Australia Australian Football 12 & Under Championship.  The Shield is named in honour of Richard Newman, a SSA Service & Honour Award recipient and former Manager & Coach of SAPSASA for 17 years.

2011 saw the Inaugural School Sport Australia Girls 16 years and under Championship held in Canberra, ACT with five member bodies represented and an invitational team from AFL NSW/ACT. The Girls Championship was won by Victoria.

The 2012 Championships were hosted by South Australia. This coincided with the SAPSASA Centenary Celebrations which recognised their commencement with Australian Football in 1912. This was South Australia’s first hosting since 2004 and they had representation in all competitions.

In 2013 the Schoolgirl’s Player of the Championship Medal was awarded to the player adjudged to be the fairest and best in the Championship in Darwin, Northern Territory.  The first A.S.S.N.F.C. All Australian Girls Football team was selected from participants at the Championships.

The 2014 Championships were hosted by New South Wales. This coincided with the NSWCHSA & NSWPSSA 125 Year Anniversary celebrations which recognised their service to the State of NSW.

School Sport Australia 15 and Under Championship Winners

– The A.S.S.N.F.C. Trophy

Year Winner Venue
1923 VIC Melbourne
1924 NSW Sydney
1925 SA Adelaide
1926 WA Melbourne
1927 SA Hobart
1928 VIC Brisbane
1929 WA Perth
1930 WA Sydney
1931 VIC Adelaide
1932 SA Brisbane
1933 VIC Brisbane
1934 VIC Melbourne
1935 SA Canberra
1936 VIC Adelaide
1937 Not Held .
1938 WA Melbourne
1939 VIC Hobart
1940 Not Held .
1941 Not Held .
1942 Not Held .
1943 Not Held .
1944 Not Held .
1945 Not Held .
1946 Not Held .
1947 WA Perth
1948 WA Brisbane
1949 QLD Adelaide
1950 NSW Hobart
1951 VIC Melbourne
1952 WA Perth
1953 VIC Brisbane
1954 TAS Sydney
1955 TAS Adelaide
1956 Seniors WA / VIC / TAS Launceston
1956 Juniors VIC Launceston
1957 Seniors VIC Brisbane
1957 Juniors VIC Brisbane
1958 VIC Melbourne
1959 VIC Perth
1960 WA Adelaide
1961 VIC Hobart
1962 VIC Melbourne
1963 WA Brisbane
1964 VIC Perth
1965 VIC Canberra
1966 VIC Adelaide
1967 VIC Hobart
1968 VIC Melbourne
1969 VIC / WA Perth
1970 VIC Brisbane
1971 WA Launceston
1972 VIC Melbourne
1973 SA / WA / VIC Perth
1974 VIC Brisbane
1975 TAS Adelaide
1976 VIC Sydney
1977 TAS Hobart
1978 VIC Geelong
1979 SA Perth
1980 VIC Darwin
1981 VIC Brisbane
1982 VIC Adelaide
1983 VIC / NT Canberra
1984 QLD Sydney
1985 VIC / QLD Melbourne
1986 VIC Adelaide
1987 VIC / QLD / WA Perth
1988 VIC Hobart
1989 QLD Darwin
1990 VIC Brisbane
1991 NSW Canberra
1992 VIC Sydney
1993 VIC Melbourne
1994 VIC Adelaide
1995 NSW Perth
1996 WA – Div. 1 Melbourne
1996 VIC Country – Div. 2 Melbourne
1997 WA – Div. 1 Darwin
1997 NSW – Div. 2 Canberra
1998 VIC Cairns
1999 VIC Country Canberra
2000 VIC Country Darwin
2001 VIC Metropolitan Albury
2002 VIC Country Mornington Peninsula
2003 WA Gold Coast
2004 WA Perth
2005 VIC Metropolitan Canberra
2006 VIC Country Darwin
2007 VIC Metropolitan Sydney
2008 VIC Metropolitan Melbourne
2009 VIC Country Maroochydore
2010 WA Perth
2011 VIC Metropolitan Canberra
2012 VIC Metropolitan Adelaide
2013 SA Darwin
2014 VIC Sydney
2015 VIC Geelong

 

J. L. Williams Medal

The medal is awarded to the player judged to be the best and fairest footballer of the 15 and Under Championship.

The J. L. Williams Medal perpetuates the name of one of the originators of the Championship, Jack Williams, and was first awarded in Adelaide, 1931.  Jack was a Victorian teacher who fought very hard for the establishment of the Championships and for their recognition by the Victorian Football League (V.F.L.) when the sport was established in schools. Points are awarded to the selected players in each match, on the basis of 3 for the first choice, 2 for the second and 1 for the third. The votes are sealed and handed to the National Secretary and opened at the conclusion of the Championship. In the event of a tie, each player will receive a medal.

Year Name State / Territory
1931 S. LeCornue SA
1932 G. Nuss QLD
1933 G. Nuss QLD
1934 J. Jackson QLD
1935 S. Crowe* VIC
W. Hudson* SA
1936 A. Wilkinson* WA
D. Bachli* ACT
1937 Not Awarded .
1938 L. McCankie VIC
1939 J. Paul NSW
1940 Not Awarded .
1941 Not Awarded .
1942 Not Awarded .
1943 Not Awarded .
1944 Not Awarded .
1945 Not Awarded .
1946 Not Awarded .
1947 A. Tabe TAS
1948 L. Cox TAS
1949 A. Webb TAS
1950 B. Shepherd* WA
W. Temple* TAS
1951 F. Lee VIC
1952 W. Power VIC
1953 R. Trenorden NSW
1954 D. Chugg TAS
1955 L. Anderson NSW
1956 N. Sweet TAS
1957 D. Barratt NSW
1958 T. Gould* QLD
W. Gregory* SA
1959 G. Ramshaw WA
1960 J. Perkins SA
1961 R. Javavicius QLD
1962 K. Osborne VIC
1963 G. Lakes NSW
1964 D. Peardon* TAS
M. Ford* WA
1965 P. StewartC VIC
1966 R. Arbon WA
1967 P. Morrison TAS
1968 P. Cook WA
1969 R. Lamb VIC
1970 C. Morse* TAS
M. Botica* WA
1971 G. Linton TAS
1972 R. Shepherd QLD
1973 R. Stewart WA
1974 W. Morris NSW
1975 C. Webb* TAS
W. Harmes* VIC
1976 W. Slattery SA
1977 M. Weidemann SA
1978 M. Heenan NT
1979 J. Karabidian VIC
1980 S. MacPherson TAS
1981 T. Spencer QLD
1982 P. Cusick TAS
1983 G. Parker VIC
1984 G. Crossica QLD
1985 S. Smith ACT
1986 C. Walker TAS
1987 W. Rioli NT
1988 T. Benyon QLD
1989 B. Doolan NSW
1990 C. Elliot QLD
1991 D. McPherson NSW
1992 S. Cusack NT
1993 L. Barry NSW
1994 J. Bowden NT
1995 L. Picioane VIC
1996 Div. 1 – M. Saunders WA
Div. 2 – A. Staehr** VIC Country
1997 Div. 1 – D. Headland WA
Div. 2 – S. Angeles** NT
Div. 2 – B. Rawlings** TAS
1998 J. Turner NSW
1999 A. Schneider NSW
2000 C. Ilett NT
2001 R. Tambling NT
2002 R. Jackson VIC Metropolitan
2003 J. Selwood VIC Country
2004 P. Mills ACT
2005 F. Sleeth NSW
2006 A. Hooper VIC Country
2007 B. Jacobs VIC Metropolitan
2008 J. Burnham WA
2009 T. Thorsen VIC Country
2010 J. Martin WA
2011 E. Wasley-Black NT
2012 N. O’Kearney VIC Metropolitan
2013 C. De Campo WA
L. Minervini SA
2014 L. Davies-Uniacke VIC
2015 T. Thomas TAS

* Denotes a Tie ** A. McLean Medal

School Sport Australia 12 and Under Championship Winners

– The A. Howe Trophy

Year Winner Venue
1972 SA Brisbane
1973 SA Sydney/Wagga Wagga
1974 SA Scottsdale, TAS
1975 SA Adelaide
1976 SA Brisbane
1977 SA Darwin
1978 SA Albury
1979 NT Adelaide
1980 SA Brisbane
1981 SA Canberra
1982 SA Darwin
1983 SA Campbelltown
1984 SA Adelaide
1985 VIC Melbourne
1986 NT / SA / VIC Brisbane
1987 VIC Canberra
1988 QLD / VIC Darwin
1989 SA Sydney
1990 SA Adelaide
1991 VIC Melbourne
1992 VIC Brisbane
1993 VIC Wagga Wagga
1994 QLD / SA / VIC Darwin
1995 SA Adelaide
1996 SA Melbourne
1997 SA Brisbane
1998 VIC Wollongong
1999 SA Canberra
2000 VIC Darwin
2001 SA Albury
2002 VIC Mornington Peninsula
2003 VIC Cairns
2004 VIC Adelaide
2005 VIC Canberra
2006 VIC Darwin
2007 VIC Sydney
2008 VIC Melbourne
2009 VIC Maroochydore
2010 VIC Perth
2011 SA Canberra
2012 VIC Adelaide
2013 VIC Darwin
2014 VIC Sydney
2015 VIC Geelong

R. G. Newman Shield

The Richard G Newman Shield was inaugurated in 2010 and recognises one Team, which extols the virtues which Richard upheld throughout his long association with the School Sport Australia Australian Football 12 & Under Championship.  The team includes the 23 players and the designated Team Officials.  The Shield is presented at the Closing Ceremony and appropriate mementos are given to each member of the winning team. The successful team is judged on the following criteria:

  • The team which demonstrates outstanding ambassadorial aptitudes for their State/Territory and the game during the Championships on and off the field.
  • Demonstrated exemplary Sportsmanship by team members
  • A recognised team commitment by all to all-working as a team
  • An inclusive attitude to all educational and sporting components of the Championship
  • An ability to have fun

The following areas are also used as a guide to the selection panel in determining the successful Team:  Functions; Team presentation; Game conduct and general behaviour. The Shield is judged by a selection panel consisting of the Championship Convenor, the Championship Umpires Coordinator and chaired by the School Sport Australia National Australian Football Secretary.

Year State / Territory
2010 Australian Capital Territory
2011 Northern Territory
2012 Victoria
2013 New South Wales
2014 New South Wales
2015 Tasmania

School Sport Australia Girls 16 and Under Championship Winners

– The S.S.A. Trophy

Year Winner Venue
2011 VIC Canberra
2012 VIC Adelaide
2013 WA Darwin
2014 VIC Sydney
2015 VIC Geelong

Girls Player of the Championship Medal

The medal is awarded to the player judged to be the best and fairest footballer of the Girls 16 and Under Championship.

Points are awarded to the selected players in each match, on the basis of 3 for the first choice, 2 for the second and 1 for the third. The votes are sealed and handed to the National Secretary and opened at the conclusion of the Championship. In the event of a tie, each player will receive a medal. * Denotes a Tie

Year Name State / Territory
2013 S. Allan * SA
L. Mithen * VIC
2014 T. Randall QLD
2015 T. Groves-Little * QLD
C. Hodder * WA

Life Members

Year Name State / Territory
1958 AW Alphen QLD
1960 CE Woodward SA
1961 G Lewis TAS
1963 A Howe QLD
AE Browne SA
1964 H Lewis WA
1966 IN Pearson SA
1967 EPJ Fleming TAS
1968 TE Leonard VIC
1969 KW Miller WA
1970 CA Bryce QLD
1971 JG Pullen TAS
1972 CJ Robb VIC
1973 RT Lawn WA
1974 RD Boyce QLD
1975 RA Hall SA
1977 RK Hood TAS
1978 JP Lorenz VIC
1979 V Nelson WA
1980 L Rauert NT
1982 G Munn SA
R Wyatt QLD
1984 K HArdie NSW
1985 C Crawford VIC
1986 D Scully TAS
C Steinert SA
1987 A McLean VIC
L Davies VIC
B Watson TAS
G Sinclair WA
1988 D Probert TAS
D Power NSW
1989 B Deslandes NT
R Mann VIC
1990 G Curtis SA
1991 R Pearce VIC
G Russell QLD
1992 R Bean ACT
1993 R Almond VIC
R Dean VIC
1994 M Tippett SA
1995 J Ensor WA
1997 I Penn VIC
P Atkinson NT

Service Award Recipients

Year Name State / Territory
2000 R Diggle* NT
D Stanley VIC
2001 R Ash* NSW
R Newman SA
2002 B Bevan NSW
O Dunlop NSW
2004 R. Barrett* WA
G. Hadley* WA
P. Smith* WA
I. Temby* WA
2005 P. Jackson* NSW
B. Taylor* NSW
2006 A. Perrin* NT
B. Westley SA
2007 D. Mincham NT
2008 B. Parkes* QLD
L. Soulos* VIC
T. Wilson* VIC
2010 G. Hidson NSW
T. Irvin NSW
B. Norton * VIC
2011 G. Wenzel SA
B. Bond * VIC
2012 T. Plozza VIC
D. Gilmore * VIC
2014 K. Preston * NSW
2015 P. Della Vedova * WA

* Previously known as ASSNFC Life Members

A. S. McLean Medal

The medal is awarded to the best umpire (field, boundary or goal) who officiates in the Championships. The Umpire’s Coordinator from the host State/Territory will have the responsibility of selecting the best umpire.

The medal is named in honour of Alan McLean, a Life Member and former National Secretary of the ASSNFC for 18 years, and a Life Member of the Victorian Country Football Umpires Association and the Geelong Football Umpires League, who has been involved in umpiring for over 34 years.

Year Name State / Territory
2002 D Harris VIC Metropolitan
2003 M. Gestier NSW
2004 R. Burlinson WA
2005 J. McEwan VIC Metropolitan
2006 T. Gryta WA
2007 E. Williams WA
2008 J. Strybos QLD
2009 N. Williamson WA
2010 C. O’Shea VIC Country
2011 A. Whetton QLD
2012 J. Spencer VIC Country
2013 L. Head NSW
2014 B. Moller QLD
2015 B Mitchell NSW

Boys All Australian Teams

At every 15 and Under Championship an All Australian Team is selected to identify the gifted & talented players. Please choose a year to view the team selected. 1991 1992 1993 1994 1995 1996 1997 1998 1999 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015

Boys All Australian Team Photographs

1998 1999 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015

Girls All Australian Teams

At every 16 and Under Championship an All Australian Team is selected to identify the gifted & talented players.

Please choose a year to view the team selected.

2013  2014  2015

Girls All Australian Team Photographs

2013 2014  2015

Team Officials

SSA Australian Football Team Officials – Perth 2004

SSA Australian Football Team Officials – Melbourne 2008

SSA /AFL 150 Year Celebration – Melbourne 2008

Boys 12 & Under

SSA 12 & Under Championship Participants – Perth 2010    [7 Team competition for first time]

Girls 16 & Under

SSA Inaugural Girls Inviational – Maroochydore 2009

Student Umpires

SSA Australian Football Student Umpires – Maroochydore 2009

SSA Australian Football Student Umpires – Darwin 2013

International Tour to South Africa

Inaugural SSA Australian Football Tour to South Africa Team 2012

SSA Australian Football Tour to South Africa Team 2014

SSA Australian Football Tour to South Africa Team 2016

 

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