Almanac Footy: The 1948 Castlemaine Woollen Mill Ladies football team


Inspired by a post from Matt Zurbo on grand finals, Footy Almanac editor David Wilson (E.regnans) suggested fellow editors and the wider Almanac could share their premiership victories.



The Castlemaine Woollen Mill Ladies football team of 1948, which were named Premiers after defeating a combined women’s team from Daylesford. [Source: Thea Allen]


Back row: W Hilderbrand Hon Sec, E Holden, M Hill, J Shields, D Franklin, M Shiels

Second row: E Brown, M Thompson, P Grant, Marj Franklin, Melva Franklin, T Shiels COACH

Third row: N Rielley, M Llewellyn, W Cue, L Thompson, B McKindley

Sitting: I Ireland, L Parson CAPT, L Stewart



On October 10th, 1948, the Castlemaine Woollen Mill Ladies team hosted a match against a combined team from Daylesford.



Daylesford had formed a team from two separate women’s teams, each made from workers at two local textile mills. Teams from the Daylesford Woollen and Worsted Mill, and the Daylesford Daytex Mill, played at least 3 or 4 games in 1947 and 1948 either separately or as a combination.



After a game in September resulted in a 29-point win for Castlemaine, a re-match was held at Castlemaine with buses ran from Daylesford ferrying spectators to the match. Once again won by Castlemaine, the game saw more than 2000 people in attendance, according to the Daylesford Advocate published on October 15, 1948.




You can find a collation of other premiership photos accrued by the Almanac HERE.



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