History of the Mininera & District Football League
1875 First record of a match in the area. Streatham v Lake Bolac at Streatham.
Hosts win by 2 goals
1910 Willaura and District Football Association formed. Comprising Willaura, Lake
Bolac seniors, Glenthompson, Wickliffe, Lake Bolac Imperials, Stavely and Kiora.
Competition continued until first world war.
After the war, Hopkins River Association and Caramut & District Association formed
1922 Streatham and District Football Association formed
Competing teams Mininera, Streatham, Westmere and Carranballac
1924 Tatyoon joins competition
1925 Lake Bolac admitted. Mininera and Westmere merge to form M&W Rovers
1928 Name of competition changed to Mininera and District Football Association
1930 Lake Bolac transfer to Hamilton & District Association.
1935 Wickliffe enter competition
1940 to 1944 Competition in recess
1945 Competition resumes. Clubs are Lake Bolac, Streatham, Tatyoon, Carranballac, and M&W Rovers.
1947 Glenthompson and Willaura admitted.
1950 Wickliffe returns to the competition
1954 Streatham merge with M&W Rovers to form SM&W Rovers.
Competition changes name to Mininera & District Football League
Dunkeld and Woorndoo join.
1956 Woorndoo transfer to Mt Noorat Football League.
1960 Under 16 competition begins
1962 Murdoch Templeton elected League Secretary
A position he was to hold until 1995
1963 Carranballac withdraw from competition
1965 Caramut join League
1967 Under age comp changed to under 17
1970 Penshurst and Hawkesdale admitted
Under 13 competition starts
1974 MDFL transfers from the Ballarat region to Western Region
1978 Under 13 comp ends
1979 Reserves competition begins
Under age comp changed to under 15
1980 Two Umpires introduced for senior finals
1986 Wickliffe and Lake Bolac merge to form Wickliffe Lake Bolac
1987 Woorndoo re admitted to MDFL
Under age comp changed to Under 16
1990 Woorndoo in recess
1997 Hawkesdale merge with Macarthur to form Hawkesdale Macarthur Eagles
1998 Final five introduced
1999 Lismore Derrinallum join, Willaura in recess
2000 Willaura merge with Moyston to form Moyston Willaura Pumas
Ararat United admitted, competition now 12 teams
2001 Woorndoo changes name to Woorndoo Mortlake
2002 Dunkeld withdraw from competition
2004 Ararat United disband preseason
Glenthompson and Dunkeld merge to form Glenthompson Dunkeld Rams