History of the Club

How it Started

The Cowwarr Football Club was established in 1896 with the first six years seeing it engaging only in informal scratch matches against local opponents. The club’s competitive history got underway in 1902 when it became a founder member of the Heyfield District Football Association, finishing last of three clubs. Three seasons later it won its first premiership after defeating Heyfield by 5 points in the grand final, 4.9 (33) to 3.10 (28). The club’s second flag came in 1912 in the Toongabbie Football Association. After world war one Cowwarr competed initially in the Rosedale Football Association, finishing runner-up to Rosedale in 1920. The 1921 season saw the club transferring to the Cowwarr Football League where it would remain until 1954. It enjoyed premiership success in this competition on five occasions, twice during the 1920s, and three times in the 1930s.

The Rise of the Football League

Leading the Way

In 1955 the CFL amalgamated with the Sale District Football League giving rise to the Sale Cowwarr Football League, precursor of the North Gippsland Football League. The Saints’ early years in the competition were unmemorable but the early 1960s saw them emerge as a force. They reached their first grand final in 1961, losing to Rosedale, and claimed their first flag two years later thanks to a grand final triumph against Gormandale. The Saints were particularly strong during the 1970s, regularly qualifying for the finals, and emerging victorious from two out of three grand finals. The ensuing decade brought three consecutive grand final appearances with a loss in 1986 against Gormandale, a win in 1987 against Heyfield and a loss to Heyfield in 1988.

A Break from Contests

After 1988 the Saints did not again contest a senior grade grand final until 2005, when they went down heavily to Heyfield. A season later they made amends with an 11.21 (87) to 10.7 (67) grand final defeat of Rosedale.

Cowwarr’s other football grades have not generally performed as well as the seniors. The reserves won flags in 1977 and 1984 while the thirds won the 2013 flag in their first grand final appearance.

The Cowwarr Football Club were a foundation member of the North Gippsland Football Netball League in 1955 and have participated in the League in every season since that date.


North Gippsland Football League Netball League Honours

  • Senior Premierships:
    1963, 1973, 1974, 1987, 2006
  • Reserves Premierships:
    1977, 1984
  • Thirds Premierships:
    Nil
  • A Grade Premierships:
    1983
  • D Grade Premierships:
    2009

  • 1960 – A.Anton
  • 1963 – J.Stuckey
  • 1982 – B.Hodgson
  • 1984 – B.Hodgson
  • 1985 – D.Parkins
  • 1989 – B.Graham
  • 2005 – D.Downes
  • 1974 – Brother Ambrose
  • 1976 – G.Davidson
  • 1984 – S.McBride
  • 2005 – S.Morgan
  • 2009 – L Johnston
  • 2005 – K.Pollard
  • 2006 – E.Beaton
  • 2008 – M.Nicola
  • 1970 – D.O’Donnell
  • 1971 – D.O’Donnell
  • 1978 – D.Parker
  • 2004 – D.Ivey
  • 1976 – D.Parker
  • 1985 – D.Holland
  • 2006 – S.Morgan
  • 2007 – Netball A Grade