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2022 South West TAFE, Star Printing & McDonalds Junior Final Series – Week 3


We’re thrilled to be heading into the 3rd week of our Junior Final Series. Please see below game times for football and netball.

Date: Sunday 14 August 2022

Venue: Leura Oval, Camperdown

Gates Open: 9.30am


Match TypeGradeTimeCompeting Teams
N/AUnder 12’s11.00amSouth Warrnambool vs Koroit
Preliminary FinalUnder 14’s12:00pmHamilton Kangaroos vs Koroit
Preliminary FinalUnder 16’s2.00pmHamilton Kangaroos vs Warrnambool


Match TypeGradeTimeCompeting Teams
N/ADevelopment Age10.00amTerang Mortlake vs South Warrnambool
Preliminary Final13 & Under Reserves11.00amTerang Mortlake vs Hamilton Kangaroos
Preliminary Final15 & Under Reserves12.00pmSouth Warrnambool vs Cobden

2022 South West TAFE, Star Printing & McDonalds Junior Final Series – Week 1


We’re thrilled that the Junior Final Series is kicking off this Sunday 31 July. Please see below game times for football and netball.

Venue: Cobden Community Bank Receation Reserve

Gates Open: 8.30am


Match TypeGradeTimeCompeting Teams
N/AUnder 12’s9.00amSouth Warrnambool vs Cobden
Elimination FinalUnder 14’s10.00amSouth Warrnambool vs Portland
Qualifying FinalUnder 14’s11.30amTerang Mortlake vs Koroit
Elimination FinalUnder 16’s1.00pmCobden vs Koroit
Qualifying FinalUnder 16’s2.45pmSouth Warrnambool vs Warrnambool


Match TypeGradeTimeCompeting Teams
N/ADevelopment Age10.00amSouth Warrnambool vs North Warrnambool Eagles
N/ADevelopment Age10.00amHamilton Kangaroos vs Terang Mortlake
Elimination Final13 & Under Reserves11.00amSouth Warrnambool vs North Warrnambool Eagles
Qualifying Final13 & Under Reserves11.00amHamilton Kangaroos vs Terang Mortlake
Elimination Final15 & Under Reserves12.00pmPort Fairy vs Cobden
Qualifying Final15 & Under Reserves12.00pmWarrnambool vs Koroit

Round 14: Port Fairy vs Camperdown Highlights


Junior Finals (Sunday Competition) Venues Locked In


The HFNL are pleased to announce the Venues for the Junior (Sunday Competitions) Final Series

Week 1 (Sunday 31 July) – Cobden Community Bank Recreation Reserve

Week 2 (Sunday 7 August) – Ridley Recreation Reserve Terang 

Week 3 (Sunday 14 August) – Leura Oval Camperdown

Grand Final (Sunday 21 August) – Bushfield Oval 

We thank the Clubs for accepting to host the Junior Finals and look forward to a competitive Finals series. Additionally, we would like to thank South West Tafe for their ongoing support of the Junior Competitions.

Rooster ready for monster clash


SOUTH Warrnambool’s Ricky Henderson may have played in some big games at AFL level, yet his side’s clash with reigning premier Koroit this weekend is set to be one of the more intriguing games at local level this season.

The second-placed Roosters take on the top-ranked Saints at Victoria Park in the Hampden League Live Match of the Round, with the former having won the pair’s Good Friday outing in April by 33 points.

While both sides have improved significantly since that encounter, the 33 year-old expects the top-of-the-table outing to draw plenty of attention within the local football community.

Henderson revealed he had spoken to many local residents who are salivating at the prospect of the bumper clash, while he added some light-hearted banter at his employment which has only heightened the contest in his eyes.

“It is exciting,” he said.

“It’s one vs two this week, and obviously Koroit are a very good side and have been for a very long time and anyone I’ve come across in town, they’re talking about it and looking forward to it.

“I’ve played in some big games such as some Showdowns and all that but this is just as big within the town.

“I work at Emmanuel College and the boys are getting right into me, so I’m looking forward to the game.”

Henderson, who is playing predominantly as a forward this year, concedes the Saints are still the team to beat despite knocking them over earlier this year.

He noted the Roosters played a similar game style to the reigning premiers, which had its advantages when taking on the powerhouse.

“It seems we match up pretty well with them and I think we might try and play a similar style of football which kind of works in our favour as well,” he said.

“Last time we played them if they had have kicked straighter it would have been a lot tighter on the scoreboard.

“They’re a great team, they have been for a long time and I still think they’re the ones to beat so we’ll go out there trying to accomplish that.

In other round 13 matches, Hamilton Kangaroos will look to keep its finals hopes alive when it welcomes fourth-ranked North Warrnambool to Melville Oval.

Fifth-placed Warrnambool will have its chance to consolidate its spot in the top five against Terang Mortlake at Reid Oval.

Camperdown hosts third-placed Portland at Atlantic Caravans Leura Oval, with the pair’s match to start at 4.10pm.

Bottom side Port Fairy is at home to seventh-placed Cobden at Gardens Oval to round out this weekend’s matches.

Round 11: Koroit vs North Warrnambool Eagles Highlights


Around the Grounds with Hilly: Round 12


Holt to lead Tiger Train

The first of the coaching announcements for season 2023 was made last weekend with Portland re-appointing Jarrod Holt for another season. While we still have another several home and away fixtures before finals commence, the Tigers are going to be a part of the action for the very first time this season, and much of this has to be credited to Holty. He is one of the club’s favourite sons and is much respected by the playing group. Jarrod has certainly built a nice foundation at Portland and no doubt will be keen to see where the Tiger Train can go in the next couple of seasons.

AFLW coming to the Reid Oval

What a terrific announcement this week, with Essendon and Geelong to meet in a home and away season fixture in October. It is terrific that the new facilities at the Reid Oval can host such a match and hopefully a big crowd will attend a first for the region. Essendon will have a local flavour in the match, with senior coach Natalie Wood coming from Warrnambool is one of the great ambassadors of the code. The round seven match will take place in October and already there is a lot of excitement in the air.

Indigenous Round

It is absolutely sensational this weekend the Hampden Football Netball League is celebrating Indigenous Round, which coincides superbly with NAIDOC Week. The week celebrates the history, culture and achievements of Aborigibal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, and we haven’t had so many talented indigenous people involved in our league over the journey. A couple of indigenous players who I thoroughly enjoyed watching in my time following Hampden Football include:

Tim Chatfield – A tough forward who provided many headaches for opposition defenders. Tim had terrific hands and was a beautiful kick at goal. Dominated at VFL level in his mid 30’s.

Jason Misfuld – One of the great Hampden League players of the modern era. Unbelievable work ethic, could play multiple positions, outstanding leader and a matchwinner (the 2003 Hampden League premiership is great evidence).

Adrian Collard and Willie Rioli – Two names that were dominant players for the Mortlake Cats. Both players had a plethora of party tricks, played an unpredictable yet exciting brand and both were capable of great things at a higher level.

Cedric Cox and Jermaine Jones – Whilst these two young kids were only in the league for a short time, but both have gone onto AFL careers, majorly stemming from their interleague campaigns with the Bottle Greens. Both Cedric and JJ had dash, poise and excitement.

Round 12 Selections

North Warrnambool vs Warrnambool – Crucial game for both sides, the Eagles for their top aspirations and for the Blues, consolidating their spot inside the top five. Reviewing current form, North Warrnambool should win.

Cobden vs Camperdown – A great match coming up between the arch rivals. Recent form would suggest Cobden get the win but I’m expecting a hungry Camperdown to perform well. It’s a toss of the coin, but I think the Bombers just.

South Warrnambool vs Port Fairy – Outstanding to see a really competitive Port Fairy last weekend, but they’re up against one of the big boys and won’t win this one.

Terang Mortlake vs Koroit – A huge challenge for the Bloods. I love the emergence of Hutchins, Vickers, Roberts, Roberts and Hobbs. Unfortunately, they won’t be close to the Saints. They’re in rich form at the moment and are my Grand Final favourites at the moment.

Portland vs Hamilton – One of the great rivalries in the Hampden league and what a huge game for Hamilton. The Kangaroos are a game outside the top five and would love to take scalp, including their arch rivals. Portland is in great shape and will be hard to stop.

Have a great day at the football.


Welcome from the HFNL President


Welcome to the 2022 Hampden Football Netball League season. Fingers crossed that we can put the frustration and challenges of the last couple of years behind us and look forward to a complete season of matches and an exciting finals series. I would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone involved in the HFNL for sticking tight during these difficult times. The ability for people to reconnect with friends and their community is more important than ever and what better environment to do that than a football/netball club.

Thanks to all the volunteers that have kept working hard to ensure their club is up and about this season. Thanks also to Mike Farrow (our league administrator) and the HFNL board members that have worked on preparation for the season and our major partners and sponsors that provide the financial support to ensure our short and long term viability. In particular, I would like to thank our major sponsors in McDonalds, Powercor, Lyndoch Living and Sungold Milk.

Good luck to all clubs, coaches and players that can put the pre-season grind behind them and get stuck into playing games of footy and netball.

See you at the footy/netball.

Shane Threlfall – HFNL President.

HFNL Grand Finals Cancelled for Sunday Competitions


23 September 2021

In a HFNL Statement dated 10 September, the HFNL indicated that should community sport competition resume by the weekend commencing 2 October, the Grand Finals for the Sunday Competitions would proceed.

On Sunday 19 September the Victorian Premier outlined Victoria’s Roadmap for Delivering the National Plan. Unfortunately, as part of the roadmap Community sport competitions will not be able to resume for some time.  

Therefore the HFNL Executive wishes to confirm that the Grand Finals for the Sunday Competitions will be cancelled. No Premierships for these competitions will be awarded.

The HFNL acknowledges the challenging circumstances the entire HFNL community has faced not just this season, but since the pandemic began 18 months ago. We acknowledge this is not the outcome for our Sunday Competitions that the entire HFNL community had hoped for. Especially given we were less than 48 hours from the Junior Grand Finals when we were informed that Regional Victoria would be going back into lockdown on the evening of Friday 20 August.

We wish to make note of the significant efforts of many different people to facilitate matches throughout 2021 when restrictions have allowed. The HFNL would like to thank all member clubs and their volunteers, umpires, players & parents for their collaboration throughout the season. We would also like to thank and acknowledge all HFNL Sponsors and supporters, in particular our Major Sponsors: Sungold, McDonalds, Lyndoch living and Powercor.

We hope that 2022 will bring more regularity and normalcy, particularly for our juniors. We thank the entire community for their support and patience throughout the season and look forward to seeing footballers and netballers back out on the field/court in 2022.

All HFNL Competitions to resume this weekend.


10 August, 2021

On Monday 9 August the Victorian Premier announced that a range of restrictions would be eased across Regional Victoria from 11:59pm Monday 9 August.

This was welcome news for all regional Victorians, and following meetings between the HFNL Executive and all member club presidents, the HFNL can confirm the following:

  • All Saturday Competitions will resume this weekend – 14 August (Round 12)
  • Semi Finals for the Sunday Competitions will be played this Sunday 15 August (as per plans that have been previously announced) at the Ridley Recreation Reserve.
  • All matches will be subject to COVID-19 Restrictions as set by the Victorian Government, in addition to any further guidelines from AFL Victoria and/or Netball Victoria.

As per previous announcements, it remains the intent of the HFNL to commence finals for Saturday competitions on 28 August, 2021.

By way of clarity, the following is the current restrictions for community sport as per the Victorian Government’s updated table of restrictions:

  • Open for all ages, training and competition.
  • Only the minimum number of participants (players, coaches, referees, officials, and carers or parents) needed to train or compete are permitted to attend, subject to a density quotient of 1 person per 4 sqm.
  • Spectators are not permitted (excludes people necessary for events such as teachers, instructors, trainers, coaches, umpires, carers, parents and guardians)

Please note additional restrictions/conditions may be applicable based on further advice from AFL Victoria/Netball Victoria.

All other current COVID-19 restrictions must be adhered to such as face coverings, which must be worn indoors and outdoors except if an exemption applies. Exemptions include persons who are engaged in any strenuous physical exercise (eg. football and netball players). The HFNL will await updated return to play protocols from AFL Victoria and/or Netball Victoria before advising on any further conditions. The HFNL will also communicate further details about the arrangements for Junior Finals this Sunday (15 August) through clubs when this is available.

The HFNL would like to once again, thank all member clubs for their commitment in facilitating a resumption of HFNL football and netball. We recognise that these conditions are challenging, and encourage the entire HFNL community to respect and support the many volunteers and officials who are working hard to provide opportunities for football and netball to be conducted safely.

The HFNL will continue to monitor announcements and advice from the Victorian Government and other relevant bodies and provide further updates as appropriate following consultation with member clubs.

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