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HFNL 2022 Junior Awards


On Monday 29 August, the HFNL were pleased to celebrate our Junior Footballers and Netballers at the 2022 awards.

Please see below wrap of the award winners.


South West TAFE 13 & Under Reserves Netball

Best and Fairest

Winner: Arli Langdon (Koroit) – 22 Votes

Runner-Up: Maya Veale (South Warrnambool) – 18 Votes

South West TAFE 13 & Under Netball

Best & Fairest

Winner: Indi O’Connor (Koroit) – 29 Votes

Runner-Up: Piper Stephens (Camperdown) – 27 Votes

South West TAFE 15 & Under Netball Reserves

Best and Fairest

Winners: Hannah Gleeson (Koroit) & Olivia Cope (Warrnambool) – 17 Votes

Runner-Up: Stella Patterson (South Warrnambool) – 15 Votes

South West TAFE 15 & Under Netball

Best and Fairest

Winner: Shelby O’Sullivan (Koroit) – 37 Votes

Runner-Up: Matilda Darcy (Cobden) – 33 Votes

South West TAFE 17 & Under Netball Reserves

Best and Fairest

Winner: Hayley Nicolson (Koroit) – 27 Votes

Runners-Up: Elisa Howard (Cobden) & Grace Schrama (South Warrnambool) – 21 Votes

South West TAFE 17 & Under Netball

Rebekah Moroney Memorial Medal

Winner: Lara Taylor (Cobden) – 36 Votes

Runner-Up: Mary Place (Camperdown) – 33 Votes


South West TAFE Under 14’s Football

Stuart Brunt Medal

Winner: Jack Sobey (Hamilton Kangaroos) – 29 Votes

Runner-Up: Leo Ellerton (South Warrnambool) – 27 Votes

Goal Kicking Award

Josh Slater (Terang Mortlake) – 43 Goals

South West TAFE Under 16’s Football

Doug McConnell Medal

Winner: Rhys Unwin (Cobden) – 30 Votes

Runner-Up: Tate Waterson (Koroit) – 20 Votes

Goal Kicking Award

Jake Hardy (Hamilton Kangaroos) – 53 Goals



It was a terrific day at the Reid Oval on Sunday to celebrate the 2022 South West TAFE, Star Printing and McDonald’s Junior Grand Final Day.

Congratulations to all participants, coaches and umpires in what was an amazing display of the football and netball talent in our region. See below full summary of results and best players.

South West TAFE 13 & Under Reserves Netball

Koroit 22


Hamilton Kangaroos 15

Best on Court: Arli Langdon (Koroit)

South West TAFE 15 & Under Reserves Netball

South Warrnambool 23


Warrnambool 15

Best on Court: Olivia Cope (Warrnambool)

South West TAFE Under 14’s Football

Terang Mortlake 11.5.71


Hamilton Kangaroos 5.2.32

Danny O’Leary Medal: Josh Slater

South West TAFE Under 16’s

South Warrnambool 13.5.83


Warrnambool 12.6.78

Ray Russell Medal: Will Rantall (South Warrnambool)

AFL Victoria Medal: Ollie Harris (South Warrnambool)

Preferred venues for the 2022 Fresha Finals Series Announced


The Hampden Football Netball League are pleased to announce the preferred venues for the 2022 Fresha Finals Series. Please see preferred venues below.

Week 1

Qualifying Final – Saturday 27 August: Victoria Park, Koroit

Elimination Final- Sunday 28 August: Gardens Oval, Port Fairy

Week 2

2nd Semi Final – Saturday 3 September: Either Friendlies Society Park or Cobden Community Bank Recreation Reserve

1st Semi Final – Sunday 4 September:  Either Friendlies Society Park or Cobden Community Bank Recreation Reserve (Whichever venue was not selected for the 2nd Semi-Final).

Week 3

Preliminary Final – Saturday 10 September: Gardens Oval, Port Fairy

Week 4

Grand Final – Saturday 17 September: Reid Oval, Warrnambool

Please note that these are the preferred venues. Should facilities (football or netball) be determined as unsuitable (Eg. due to weather) the HFNL Executive may at its discretion elect to move finals to an alternative venue.

The HFNL are excited for the upcoming Fresha Final Series, in particular given that they have not been able to proceed the past 2 seasons as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. The HFNL would like to thank all member clubs and their volunteers, umpires, players and parents for the role they have played in getting the HFNL to this point. The HFNL acknowledge the ongoing challenges our community has had to endure in season 2022 and stress that the Fresha Finals Series will be a celebration of the countless hours of hard work of many members of our community.

About Freha

Since 1998, Fresha Fruit Juices has provided a number of tasty drinks to customers throughout Victoria. Originally started as a side business to support their soft drink operation, they have experienced significant growth over the past two-plus decades. They are conveniently located near the south west market they service, but have expanded their strong distribution network to accommodate their growing geographic service area.

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: 10.00am


Match TypeGradeTimeCompeting Teams
Preliminary FinalUnder 14’s12:00pmHamilton Kangaroos vs Koroit
Preliminary FinalUnder 16’s2.00pmHamilton Kangaroos vs Warrnambool


Match TypeGradeTimeCompeting Teams
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.


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