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Moorabbin Football Club

Moorabbin
Names
Full name Moorabbin Football Club
Nickname(s) Kangaroos
Club details
Founded c1909
Colours      Royal Blue and      White
Competition Victorian Football Association 1951-1963, 1983-1987
Ground(s) Moorabbin Oval

Moorabbin Football Club, nicknamed the The Kangaroos, was an Australian rules football club which played in the Victorian Football Association (VFA) from 1951 to 1963 and then from 1983 to 1987. They played home matches at Moorabbin Oval and wore royal blue and white hooped jerseys.

History

Moorabbin played initially in the Federal Football League, making their debut in 1909 and competing until 1950. During this time the club won 12 premierships, including four in a row from 1945 until 1948.

They entered the VFA in 1951 and were at that time based in Cheltenham as Moorabbin Oval was not yet developed. The Kangaroos made the 1954 and 1955 finals series without success but in 1957 they helped eliminate premiership favourite Williamstown after defeating them by two points in the Semi Final. Moorabbin, who were coached by Bill Faul, took on Port Melbourne in the Grand Final, whom they had not once beaten since joining the league. In another upset, Moorabbin won comfortably to claim their maiden VFA premiership.

In 1958, Moorabbin reached the Grand Final once more, but were forced to return the following weekend after drawing with Williamstown. The replay was won by Williamstown, the first and to date only instance of a Grand Final Replay in the VFA.

The club were minor premiers in 1962 and made the Grand Final, only to lose in remarkable fashion to Sandringham. Despite trailing by 44 points at three quarter time, Sandringham put on an eight goal final quarter to win by a single point. It didn't take long though for Moorabbin to get their revenge, doing so by beating Sandringham twice in their finals campaign the following season, most importantly a 64 point win in the Grand Final. It was a fine way to end what had been a difficult year as Moorabbin had a new coach, Graham Dunscombe, appointed mid-season.

After the 1963 premiership, Moorabbin sold their home ground to the St Kilda Football Club which put them in a dispute with the VFA. As a result, the Moorabbin committee voted to end their affiliation with the league. Consequently the club went into a lengthy recess.

The club reformed initially in 1979 once again as a member of the Federal FL, and competed for three seasons before the league folded. After another year in recess, they were accepted back into the VFA in 1983, as a second division team. But during their fifth season were suspended by the VFA after they forfeited three successive matches owing to an internal disagreement. The club again went into recess and ultimately folded.

Honours

VFA Premierships (2)

  • 1957, 1963

J. J. Liston Trophy winners (1)

  • Les Moroney (1955)

References

  • Full Points Footy: Moorabbin
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