On Sundays at Gillon Oval, North Old Boys-St. Patrick’s College played host to the Renegade Pub Football League, an inclusive competition open to all genders.
From the desire for the club to meet a demand for local women’s representation, the Brunswick Renegades are founded to compete in the Victorian Women’s Football League’s Division 5 competion. The Renegades win their first match versus the University of Melbourne and go on to reach the Preliminary Final in their inaugural season.
In VWFL Division 4, the women reach their first Grand Final and unfortunately fall short to South Morang by six goals.
The Renegades ascend to VWFL Division 3 with 35 players available for seniors selection through the year.
With the introduction of AFLW, the VWFL ceases operations and the Brunswick Renegades move to VAFA and compete in their highest-level Premier Women’s competition. With over 60 registrations, we field our first women’s reserves side.
Astonishing growth in women’s football in the Brunswick area requires the club to cap women’s registration at 80 so everyone can get a game. Along with the men and rebooted under 19s, the club has reached almost 200 local residents playing football to maintain an active lifestyle.