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Casey Scorpions

Casey Scorpions
Full name Casey Scorpions Football Club
Nickname(s) Scorpions, Vales
2010 season
Club details
Founded 1903
Colours      Navy,      White and      Red
Competition Victorian Football League
President John Sharkie
Coach Justin Plapp[1]
Captain(s) Evan Panozza
Premierships VFA/VFL D1: 5 (1987, 1995, 1996, 1998, 1999)
Ground(s) Casey Fields (capacity: 4,000)
Other information
Official website

The Casey Scorpions Football Club is an Australian rules football club based in Cranbourne East, Victoria. The club, which was known until 2005 as the Springvale Football Club and was based in Springvale, currently plays in the Victorian Football League (VFL). It has a reserves affiliation with the Melbourne Football Club.


  • History 1
  • Statistical records 2
  • Honour roll 3
    • Jumpers 3.1
  • References 4
  • External links 5


The club was founded in 1903 as the Springvale Football Club, and from 1915 it played at what became its traditional home ground, the Springvale Recreation Reserve at Newcomen Road, Springvale. After initially playing in the Mulgrave Football Association, the club joined the Berwick District Football Association in 1911, where it played until the Second World War; in its time in the BDFA, the club won seven premierships. After the war, the club switched to the more metropolitan-based Caulfield Oakleigh District League. After winning the 1956 premiership, the club switched to the Federal Football League, the top suburban league in the southern suburbs of Melbourne. The club became a powerhouse of the Federal League, and in its 25 years in the league from 1957–1981, it won seven premierships, including four in a row from 1960–1963, and missed the finals only twice. Overall, the club won fifteen senior premierships at suburban level.[2]

Due to Springvale's strength as a club, it was seen as a strong contender to join the Victorian Football Association, the second-highest level of senior football in Melbourne. The club was offered entry to the VFA in 1961, after its first Federal League premiership, but the club turned down the offer, seeking to consolidate its strength in the Federal League, and worried that the proximity of Oakleigh and Dandenong could stifle its competitiveness.[3] The club applied for VFA membership in 1978, but the VFA was not looking to expand at that time.[4] Finally, as part of the VFA's expansion and restructure in 1982, Springvale was admitted to Division 2.[5] Springvale won the Division 2 premiership in its second year in 1983, and was promoted to Division 1 in 1984, and narrowly avoided relegation for the next three years.

In December 1986, Springvale was earmarked for exclusion under the Association's controversial Football Organisation Review Team (FORT) recommendations, which sought to rationalise the Association to a stronger twelve-club competition in a single division, but which were never formally enacted after being rejected by the clubs.[6] Less than a year later, after recruiting Phil Maylin and three other former League players in the pre-season,[7] Springvale proved the FORT wrong by rising to the finals for the first time and winning the 1987 Division 1 premiership. Springvale was one of only two of the FORT review's excluded clubs to survive in the VFA beyond 1991, the other being Werribee. Springvale dominated the VFA/VFL in the late 1990s, winning four premierships in five years: 1995, 1996, 1998 and 1999.[2]

By 2000, the club was hindered by its Newcomen Road ground. Aside from the rundown condition of the facilities, the surrounding area of Springvale had developed a bad reputation as a drugs hotspot, which was keeping people away. The club continued to train and play some of its games at Newcomen Road, but played most home games nomadically at a variety of south-eastern suburban grounds for the next few years, initially at Waverley Park in 2000, and then in 2001 and 2002 at venues including Moorabbin Oval and Shepley Oval.[8] It returned almost full-time to Newcomen Road from 2003 until 2005.[9][10][11]

In 2005, to attempt to financially secure its long-term future, the club came to an arrangement with the City of Casey, which had developed the new Casey Fields multi-sports complex in Cranbourne East and was seeking a VFL team to play there. The club moved its training and playing base to Casey Fields in 2006, and changed its name to the Casey Scorpions Football Club.[12]

When the VFL and the Victorian State Football League merged in 2000, Springvale carried on as a stand-alone club for one season before entering reserves affiliations with Australian Football League clubs. From 2001 until 2008, the club was affiliated with the St Kilda Football Club.[13] Since 2009, it has been affiliated with the Melbourne Football Club, which also maintains a training base at Casey Fields.[14]

Statistical records


  • Division One (2): 1987, 1995

1987- Springvale 14 16 (100) d. Port Melbourne 7 20 (62) at Junction Oval

1995- Springvale 14 10 (94) d. Sandringham 6 15 (51) at Victoria Park

  • Division Two (1): 1983

1983- Springvale 17 9 (111) d. Brunswick 13 16 (94) at Toorak Park

  • VFL (3): 1996, 1998–99

1996- Springvale 11 7 (73) d. Frankston 10 10 (70) at Princes Park

1998- Springvale 11 17 (83) d. Werribee 5 15 (45) at TEAC Oval

1999- Springvale 19 11 (125) d. Nth Ballarat 9 11 (65) at TEAC Oval

Runner Ups: 1990

Minor Premierships: 1995, 1999, 2012

Wooden Spoons: 2004

JJ Liston Medallists: Stuart Nicol 1990, D. Robbins 2000.

Norm Goss Medallists: D. Vernon 1987, M. Mellody 1995, K. Taylor 1996, B Delaure 1998, D. Donati 1999.

Games Record Holder: Damian Carroll 233.

Goals Record Holder: Shayne Smith 470

Longest Winning Sequence: 16 (1999)

Longest Losing Sequence: 10 (2005)

Honour roll

VFA/VFL era captains and coaches

Year Captain Coach
1982 Phillip Pinnell Phillip Pinnell
1983 Laurie Fowler Laurie Fowler
1984 Laurie Fowler Laurie Fowler
1985 Greg Anderson Laurie Fowler
1986 Daryl Vernon Phil Fryer
1987 Phil Maylin Phil Maylin
1988 Phil Maylin Phil Maylin
1989 Phil Maylin Phil Maylin
1990 G Meade Phil Maylin
1991 Graham Dempster Phil Maylin
1992 R Morgan Bernie Sheehy
1993 R Morgan Bernie Sheehy
1994 Denis Knight Bernie Sheehy
1995 Denis Knight Michael Ford
1996 Kain Taylor Brad Gotch
1997 Kain Taylor Brad Gotch
1998 Kain Taylor Phil Nicholson
1999 Kain Taylor Phil Nicholson
2000 Jason Caples Phil Nicholson
2001 Jason Caples Phil Nicholson
2002 Jason Caples Ken Sheldon
2003 Steven Harrison Gerard FitzGerald
2004 Steven Harrison Graham Wright
2005 Steven Harrison Peter Banfield
2006 Steven Harrison Peter Banfield
2007 Nigel Carmody Peter Banfield
2008 Kyle Matthews Greg Hutchison
2009 Kyle Matthews Peter German
2010 Kyle Matthews Brad Gotch
2011 Kyle Matthews / James Wall Brad Gotch
2012 Evan Panozza Brett Lovett
2013 Evan Panozza Rohan Welsh
2014 Evan Panozza Rohan Welsh
2015 Evan Panozza Justin Plapp



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  2. ^ a b Casey Scorpions (21 September 2007). "The Club – History". Retrieved 14 July 2014. 
  3. ^ Frank Morley (5 November 1960). "VFA approach to Springvale". The Sporting Globe (Melbourne, VIC). p. 10. 
  4. ^ Marc Fiddian (14 August 1981). "Springvale bid to join VFA". The Age (Melbourne, VIC). p. 24. 
  5. ^ John Craven (16 October 1981). "'Springy' for VFA". The Herald (Melbourne, VIC). p. 28. 
  6. ^ Len Johnson (6 December 1986). "Radical plan to cut VFA to 12 teams". The Age (Melbourne, VIC). p. 39. 
  7. ^ Sam Prenesti (2 May 1987). "Maylin's men spring back". The Age (Melbourne, VIC). p. 36. 
  8. ^ Santo Caruso; Marc Fiddian; Jim Main (2002), Football Grounds of Melbourne, Essendon North, VIC: Pennon Publishing, pp. 140–143 
  9. ^ "Victorian Football League (VFL), 2003". Australian Retrieved 7 March 2015. 
  10. ^ "Victorian Football League (VFL), 2004". Australian Retrieved 7 March 2015. 
  11. ^ "Victorian Football League (VFL), 2005". Australian Retrieved 7 March 2015. 
  12. ^ Ben Carbonaro (29 April 2006). "Good start out at Casey Fields". Retrieved 30 March 2014. 
  13. ^ Daniel Cherny (3 May 2014). "Saints staying in Seaford despite government funding at Moorabbin". The Age (Melbourne, VIC). Retrieved 14 June 2014. 
  14. ^ Cenza Fulco; Debbie Lee (2010). "Read like a demon: football heroes promoting reading to primary school students" (PDF). Retrieved 30 March 2014. 

External links

  • Casey Scorpions website
  • Full Points Footy profile for Casey Scorpions
  • Casey Fields
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