In 1999 there was a growing awareness that a senior Aussie rules footy club was required in our district to cater for players coming out of junior grades at 17s level. These guys had won the clubs first Premiership in junior ranks. A lot of senior players living in the district were traveling long distances to other clubs.
Therefore, in the year 2000 Quinns Districts Amateur Football Club was born, playing in the Mercantile Football Association. The first year was quite successful with the Club finishing in the Preliminary Final and 3rd overall for the year.
The following year saw a huge influx of new players to the club for the 2001 season. An extensive advertising program ensured enough players for the Club to field two senior sides and one colts side. A successful year saw the League Side finish 2nd on the ladder, at the end of the home and away games. A magnificent finals campaign resulted in the Club’s first senior Premiership. The Reserves and colts also had good years finishing just shy of a finals berth.
Our Club joined the Western Australian Amateur Football League in 2002 and had a great year. A Preliminary Final birth and an overall 3rd placing was another strong performance by the League side, with the reserves and colts missing the finals by percentage.
The Club approached the 2003 season with much excitement and promise. However, injuries to many of our top players in the pre-season, along with a number of players moving out of the area due to work saw the Club struggle to get enough players to field the number of teams we had in previous years. Unfortunately, the Club could not field a Colts side with many of the young players having to step up to play in the League side. This reflected in our on field results with both teams finishing in the lower half of the ladder.
In 2004 there was a lot of optimism and hope around the Club approaching the start of the season. With the return of some old players and some very promising new players joining the Club there was a lot to be excited about. Whilst the league side did not reach its potential, our Reserves side played off in the elimination final and narrowly lost to finish 5th. Off field, it could be said, 2004 was the clubs biggest year ever.
2005 – 2006
On-field, the 2005/6 seasons did not reflect the strong position that the Club was in off the field with both the League and the Reserves finishing in the bottom half of the ladder. However, the Club managed to increase its bank account , and in the process developed some very good partnerships with sponsors and other Community organizations.
2007 – 2008
After some trying years in 2007 the club has started to grow again with the introduction of a colts side. While the success on the field was not forthcoming the club was growing in the right direction and setting the foundations for future success. The colts narrowly missed the finals in both years wit the senior sides trying but finding success.
This year would provide to be a watershed in the development of Quinns Amateur Football club with the introduction of a third senior side in G grade. Success finally being realized with the D grade league, reserves and also colts qualifying for the finals and the league making the grand final. Unfortunately the League side being defeated by 4 points in a very tight grand final.
The club continued to expand in 2011 with the introduction of a fourth senior side.
The club spent to year rebuilding its side after many changes over the off season within the playing group. Which further struggled with mounting injuries to senior players through the year.
The marked a change in coaching at the Bulls. With new coaches taking three of the four sides into the finals. With the E grade making their first final series, which included winning a thrilling preliminary final in extra time after drawing against Brentwood-Booragoon. Eventually coming runner-up for the season.
The construction of our new patio area set the scene for further success with the club. Our hard working committee achieved Bronze, Silver and then Gold status in the Quality Club Program for their administration efforts. All our teams made finals due to wonderful club spirit and comradery, with our League and Reserves teams winning their respective Grand finals. The club also took both on field and off field performance to a new level by winning the top awards for Champion Club in the WAAFL and Champion Senior Community Club in the West Perth District.
Growth of the club continued with fielding 2 colts sides. Although towards the end of the season, due to injuries and work commitments the sides both struggled for numbers. Our League Coach was nominated and won Coach of the Year by both WAAFL and West Perth District. This year also saw another 1st for the club, entering a Masters side into the WA AFL Masters competition. With a strong presence of over 35 year old’s, the team enjoyed their inaugural season and 2 players, plus the side’s team manager and physio, represented the club and state at the AFL Masters National Carnival held in Adelaide in September. Focus for the future is working on having long awaited club rooms built at our home ground.
A combined effort both on and off the field saw great success for the club. We were awarded Champion Club by WAAFL and Champion Senior Community Club by West Perth District for the 2nd time in 3 years. The club also was runner up in the Champion Colts Club Award by WAAFL. Along with great on field success of a Premiership to our League side, which elevated the club to B Grade for the 1st time in the club’s history. Success also came with some great sadness in the sudden loss of Club founding member, past President and our 1st Life Member, Gavin Attwood. We also mourned the loss our a past 3rds coach early in the season. A business plan was developed by the club to assist in our forward movement of having clubrooms built.
2016 became a tough year on field for the club, with losing some quality players to country footy and mounting injuries to others. We fielded a 4th senior side and our 3rds side made finals but were knocked out before the GF. Sam Pack took out the WAAFL Fairest & Best in D2 Reserves division. Plans for clubrooms continued with promises of building starting early 2017.
2017 Became a regrouping and rebuilding year with our League side returning to C1 division. Our League and Reserves, Colts and 3rds played finals but didn’t make GF’s. Building on our clubrooms finally started later in the season and we look forward to being able to use them in 2018. The committee continued to work hard on the administration side of the club with updating our constitution and consultations with the local shire.
A changing of the guard seemed imminent with older players retiring, other travelling the world or moving away for work and the average age of our top sides became quite young. Comradery was evident amongst the club with great numbers at social functions in our new club rooms and a huge crowd at our Reserves side Grand final, which they won by holding out the opposition in the dying minutes of the game.