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ABOUT THE FOOTBALL CLUB
The Southport Australian Football Club was established in 1961. In our first year of existence, we won the GCAFL Premiership, which was to be the first of many. As a result of our on-field success, we were promoted to the QAFL in 1983, and became the Southport Sharks due to another team of the same name. Our triumph continued in the QAFL as we again won the Premiership in our first year in the competition.
Keen to escape the tiny confines of Owen Park, in 1989 the club moved to it’s current location of Fankhauser Reserve, which is now part of Sharks’ multi-functional sport, leisure and entertainment precinct. In aligning with our objective of promoting and fostering Australian Rules on the Gold Coast, Southport Sharks signed an 10-year Patron Partnership with the Gold Coast Suns in 2009.
After entering the NEAFL competition in 2014, it took us four years to win our first and only NEAFL Premiership. In 2020, we introduced our senior women’s team and carried on the tradition of winning the Premiership in our first year of the competition and went on to win a back-to-back flag the following year.
Due to the COVID pandemic, the NEAFL competition was abandoned and eventually amalgamated with the VFL, with Southport being one of the six NEAFL clubs joining in 2021. After the pandemic once again cut the season short, we finished second on the ladder in our first year and were Runners Up in 2022, in an exciting Grand Final played in Melbourne.
The same year, our women’s team were elevated to the QAFLW competition, fielding both a Senior and Reserves team. Both teams played in the Grand Final, with our Reserves winning the Premiership. To find out more about our history, check out our history website.