FourFourtwo: What’s in a name?
A little history and a little trivia, and we’ll get you up to speed on a few clubs that have gone down the rabbit hole and turned their name into something quite special.
The rivies, the white rocks, the desert oasis, the beach oasis are all names you could think of for a small section of the world.
And now, as a new generation of football fans looks to join in on the action, it’s worth checking out the history behind some of the most iconic names in Australian football.
What do you know about them?
All clubs in Australia have a unique history and the names have been in use for many years.
The first name that came into use was the Australian Football League (AFL), which was formed in 1886 and was originally known as the Australian Amateur Football League, and it was called the Australian Club League (ACL).
A new name was introduced in 1921, the Australian Women’s Football League.
In 1939, the first professional team was established in the state of Victoria.
The Adelaide Football Club was founded in 1933.
In the late 1960s, the name was changed to the Melbourne Cricket Club, but it’s been called the Melbourne Football Club ever since.
The Queensland Cricket League was founded at the end of the 1950s and in the late 1980s, was renamed to the Queensland Football League and renamed the Queensland Cricket and Cricket Association.
In 2010, the Sydney Cricket Club was renamed the Sydney Football Club.
The Australian Women in Cricket League, established in 1979, was named after the famous Sydney-based female cricketer, Greta Garbo.
The Sydney Women’s Cricket League began play in 1992 and has become one of the longest running women’s cricket leagues in the world, and has been played in the Western Sydney Football League since 1996.
The National Women’s cricket league was formed at the start of the 1990s and is known as Women’s Super League, or WSL, because of its name.
The Melbourne Women’s League was first played in 1994 and was played in three stages, first being a one-day competition, then a two-day event, and finally a three-day tournament.
The last WSL match was played on September 1, 2018, when the Sydney Stars defeated the Adelaide Demons, 2-0, at ANZ Stadium.
The Brisbane Lions were the first women’s football team to play at the Brisbane Showgrounds in 1967.
In 1978, the Queensland Government passed legislation that abolished the Victorian Women’s Amateur Football Association (WAWAFA) which was a part of the Queensland Women’s Club Association.
The WAWAFA was abolished in 1993 and became the Queensland Rugby League League (QLR).
The first game of the Australian women’s rugby league game between the Adelaide Raiders and the Brisbane Broncos was played at ANB Stadium in 1981.
In 2003, the NSW Rugby League (NSRL) was established, with a home of Brisbane.
In 2006, the Brisbane Lions played the Melbourne Storm in a one day game at the AAMI Park, but the game was called off.
In 2008, the Melbourne Rebels played the Brisbane Panthers in a single-day game at ANU Stadium, but was abandoned due to poor weather conditions.
In 2011, the AFL announced it was planning to expand into Queensland, and in 2012, the State Government decided to build a new stadium in the Sunshine State.
In 2014, the state Government announced the construction of the new stadium would take five years.
At the time, the announcement was made in the Queensland State of Origin series between the Melbourne Renegades and Brisbane Heat.
The AFL announced the decision in June 2017 and the stadium is now expected to open to the public on September 17.
A new stadium will be built at ANP Stadium.
However, the stadium’s construction is currently not progressing as the state is waiting for the final planning approvals from the State Planning Authority.
The NRL announced it will play its first home game at Adelaide Oval in 2021.
The 2018 NRL Grand Final between the Newcastle Knights and the Canberra Raiders will take place at the ANZ stadium.
The 2017 season will be played at the Melbourne Arena.
In 2017, the Adelaide Oval was renamed as the Adelaide Crows Stadium.
In 2018, the Victorian Premier, Daniel Andrews, announced a $2.8 billion plan to upgrade the city’s football stadium.
In 2019, the NRL announced the NRL would be expanded to eight games per season in 2021 and 2022.
In 2020, the Raiders announced a three year deal with the AFL to play in the Brisbane Arena in 2021 as part of a 10 year deal.
The Raiders and Raiders premiership-winning side, the Broncos, played their first match at the new venue in 2018.
The stadium will host the first match of the NRL’s grand final series between Melbourne and Canberra in 2021 at the venue.
The ground is expected to host the 2017 Grand Final match between the Sydney Ro