Club History

Club History


North Ringwood Football Club began its existence in 1962 when a group of ex Aquinas College students were looking for somewhere to play footy after their school years, and in February 1962 they formed the Ringwood Catholic Rovers Football Club.

Home ground was North Ringwood Reserve corner of Wonga and Oban Roads.

The Club joined the then Croydon and Ferntree Gully Football League.

Later in 1962 the League name changed to Eastern District Football League.

At the Club Annual General Meeting in December 1964 a motion to change the name to Ringwood Rovers Football Club was carried unanimously.

Then, at a Special General Meeting in September 1966, the Club name was again changed; this time to North Ringwood Football Club. Fortunately this name continues today.

In 1967 Captain/Coach Les Lloyd won EDFL Division 3 Best & Fairest award.

“Twinkle Toes” John North won EDFL Second Division Best & Fairest award in 1968.

Ruckman Ian Clark won EDFL Best & Fairest awards in 3rd Division 1970 and 2nd Division in 1972.

North Ringwood Football Club spent the early years in Division 3 until promoted to Division 2 in 1971.

The Club was a strong competitor in Division 2 and tasted success in 1978 winning the Premiership under Playing Coach, former Richmond great Eric Moore. The competitive nature remained strong and NRFC supporters enjoyed some great football over the next 6 years in Division 1 until 1985 when we returned to Division 2.

Building on a base of very talented local footballers, our stay in Second Division was brief, and North Ringwood returned to First Division after winning the 1989 Premiership under Coach Peter Laurie.

One of North Ringwood Football Club’s most memorable moments of the era was defeating Division 1 Champions Vermont on their home ground in 1991 by an impressive 39 points, breaking their record winning streak of 61 matches.

Ben Farrugia won EFL Division 1 Under 19 Best & Fairest in 1994.

Following promises of better playing and social room conditions from the local council we relocated to Quambee Reserve, further down Wonga Road in 1995.

North Ringwood remained in Division 1 until 1995 when it slipped back down to Division 2. On the brighter side Simon Buckley won EFL Under 19 Best & Fairest award.

In 1998 Joey Pignataro won EFL Division 2 Under 19 Best & Fairest.

John Delany made it two in a row by taking out Under 19 Best & Fairest in 1999.

With an abundance of young local talent the Club grew again under Coach, former Richmond legend Steve Parsons, and tasted success with the 1999 Premiership.

North started 2000 back in First Division and all looked good until the end of Season 2001 when the Club was embroiled in a major internal power struggle that resulted in the exodus of some 38 players along with a number of officials which threatened the very essence of the Club.

In true North Ringwood spirit the old adage of “the Club is bigger than the individual” was epitomised, but with numbers vastly depleted we were unable to stave off relegation at the end of 2002.

Paul Cooper was rewarded for his great football efforts with EFL Division 2 Best & Fairest award in 2003.

Many difficulties faced the Club over the ensuing years but the Club remained strong and enthusiastically commenced season 2009 in Division 3, the first time since 1970. In 2009 Anthony Sharp won the EFL Young Gun Award, a great effort and a sign of good things to come.

In 2010 North Ringwood Football Club welcomed ex St Kilda player, more recently Balwyn Captain Brett Moyle as playing Coach. Brett brought a fantastic attitude to the Club which has become infectious. His skill, experience, and knowledge of the game has benefited everyone involved with the Club immensely.

2010 saw the commencement of a brilliant senior footy career for Jack Whelan who took out EFL Under 19s Best & Fairest award.

The Club, along with Brett, had great success in 2012 winning the Division 3 Premiership by a League record-breaking margin of 137 points. Our Reserves team were runners-up, and our Under 19s also made the finals.

Whilst football is a team game and it takes a great team to win a Premiership, a Premiership team has to contain great footballers.

North Ringwood Football Club is proud of its players making a clean-sweep of Eastern Football League Division 3 individual awards in 2012.

Sam Whelan won Under 19 Best and Fairest award,

Daniel John won Reserves Best and Fairest award for the second year in a row,

Jack Whelan won EFL Senior Best and Fairest and EFL “Young Gun” awards, and

Brett Moyle was announced as Coach Of The Year.

In season 2013 we returned to the excitement of competitive Division 2 football hungry for more success. With the addition of quality recruits from AFL, EFL, QFL and Amateurs to our talented local youth we aspired to play finals footy once again which we did. Not a bad effort, first year back in Divvy 2.

Season 2014 once again treated us to some fantastic team football by our beloved Saints, culminating in a mammoth 12 goal (seniors) Grand Final victory over Croydon. Pretty good seeing scores were level at half time. A great effort enabled by the good form of our “home-grown” youngsters, and some very talented imports.

To cap off the season, Jack Whelan again won League Best & Fairest, doubling the 2nd place getter votes.

Then, the “cream on the top”, our amazing Senior Coach, Brett Moyle not only won the Eastern Region Coaches award prior to the Grand Final, but was voted Coach Of The Year by the Australian Football Coaches Association (Victoria), eclipsing coaches from 18 other Victorian Metro & Country Leagues. Well done Brett, a true acknowledgement of your coaching prowess.

2015 saw us back in First Division where we showed the true spirit of “The Saints” by finishing in 8th position with 6 wins whilst suffering an injury riddled season.

Peter Banfield rejoined the Saints as Senior Coach in 2016 and continues in 2017.

Peter came up through our Junior ranks, then played 17 Senior games in 1982 prior to joining Essendon in 1983 playing 11 Senior games from 1983 to 1986. From there Peter moved to Queensland, becoming an inaugural member of the Brisbane Bears Football Club where he played 45 Senior matches between 1987 and 1990. After Brisbane, Peter played a further four years with West Adelaide in the SANFL from 1990 to 1993, winning the Club’s Best & Fairest in 1991.

Like in his playing days, Peter found instant success as a coach, leading ACT club Ainslie to three successive premierships from 1994 to 1996. In 1995 Peter was chosen as State Representative Coach of Australian Capital Territory Football League. From 1997 to 2000, Banfield served as an assistant-coach with St Kilda, under Stan Alves and Tim Watson, before a move to Melbourne as an Assistant Coach from 2001-2002 under Neale Daniher.

The next five years saw Banfield coaching in the VFL, first from 2003-2004 with The Bendigo Bombers , making finals in 2004, as well as being the development coach at Essendon, and then from 2005-2007 with the  Casey Scorpions Football Club taking them to finals in 2006 and 2007. In 2008 Peter made the move to Old Scotch in the VAFA’s Premier Division, where he coached for 4 years, taking the side to finals in 2008 & 2009.

Then in 2012 Peter took on the Senior Coaching job at EFL Division 1 club Blackburn, rebuilding a side that lost close to 30 players the year before, taking them to finals in 2014.

Besides the exceptional experience Peter brings to our club, taking all his sides to finals, Peter also brings his experience and knowledge of First Division  Football in the EFL, and experience and great track record of working with and developing young men, a perfect fit for our young team at North Ringwood. The North Ringwood Football Club welcomes Peter and his family on board and looks forward to working with him as our club strives for Division 1 success.

Welcome back Pete.

Known locally as a family Club, North Ringwood Football Club strongly encourages all residents from the local and surrounding areas to become involved with our great club, whether it be as a social member to enjoy the exciting atmosphere of local footy on a Saturday afternoon, as a player amongst the action out on the ground, or a volunteer performing one of the many tasks necessary to keep a local Football Club alive.

North Ringwood Football Club has been privileged to play a role in nurturing many great young players over the years who have gone on to enjoy success at VFL/AFL levels.

Young men like Terry Cahill, Kevin Walsh, Dean Bailey, Peter Banfield, Gary O’Donnell (all Essendon), Paul Salmon, (Essendon & Hawthorn), Tim Livingstone (Richmond), Matthew Allen (Carlton), Nick Malceski (Sydney Swans and Gold Coast Suns), and David Wirrpunda (West Coast Eagles) all played at and called North Ringwood home.

Who’s next.