HISTORY OF THE NARRE WARREN JUNIOR FOOTBALL CLUB (est. 1975)
The Narre Warren Junior Football Club had operated for many years under the umbrella of the senior club in the South West Gippsland League. In 1974 it was decided that the senior and junior clubs should become new identities, thus the NWJFC was formed in 1975.
The clubs first president was Mr Pat Sweeney, and the club continued to play on the Highway Oval (Narre Warren Lifestyle Centre). In 2000 the club made the move to Sweeney Reserve (named after the first president). It was a welcome change from the very primitive facilities at the Highway Oval; we now had facilities to match any junior club in Melbourne.
In the 2000 season the club fielded 13 teams (7 made the finals) in 2008 the club will have 18 boys and possibly 2 girls’ teams. A total of over 450 happy kids playing football on a weekly basis. We are a strong club which continues to grow.
We are also a very proud club that has produced some of the stars of the AFL today and yesteryear. Some of the players of today are Brendan Fevola (Carlton), Trent Croad(hawthorn), Chris Newman (Richmond), Adam McPhee (Essendon), Steven Salopek (Port Adelaide) and Andrew Newman.
Brian Kennelly (1964 Melbourne premiership), Brett Evans and Albie Smetts also played in the AFL (VFL).
The club has also produced many players that went on to play for the Narre Warren senior club. Many of the premiership sides of 2006-2008 were past NWJFC players.
In 2009 the tradition continued with Tom Scully(1) and Ryan Bastinac (25) being drafted into the AFL by Melbourne and North Melbourne, respectively.