Redland Football Club History
The Victoria Point Australian Football Club was founded in 1966 by Mr Ern Dowling. In 1970 the club changed it's name to the Victoria Point Redlands Australian Football Club. At that stage some 54 members had registered with the club both at a senior and junior level. The club had been approved by the Redlands Shire Council to lease the ground facilities on the corner of Links Road and Colburn Avenue.
In 1972 a further name change took place and the club was now known as Redlands Australian Football Club.
In 1975 the club won it's first premiership, beating Sherwood at the Gabba and was elevated to second division.
Success continued in the following years but no premierships came the clubs way. A loss in the Grand Final to Beenleigh in 1980 was as close as the club came to the ultimate prize.
The club continued to grow and in 1984 the concrete slab was poured for our existing club and our name changed again to the Redlands Sharks Sporting Club Inc. Membership soared at the club and the facilities grew and the clubs first full time manager was appointed in 1986. With the club growing so strong the league decided to elevate the club to first division in 1989, a move that fast tracked the club to great success.
In 1998 the Redland Sharks broke through with an historic premiership win over Wilston Grange. Success followed again the following year with another Premiership, with the team going through the year undefeated.
In year 2000 the time had come to again look at the prospect of elevation and the club joined the elite AFLQ state league.
Year 2002 brought a huge change for the club with the club linking up with AFL Essendon Football Club. The Redland Sharks are now no more and the Redland Football Club is now known as the sister club to Essendon and wears the same strip as Essendon and is called the Redland Bombers.
Playing at the elite level has taught the club and players a lot about what is required to compete with the best and the club is giving it's all to be the best. The Redland AFC have so far seen 9 players in the past 8 years drafted into the AFL, giving us one of the best drafting records in all of Queensland over that period. The first being in 2005 when Michael West (a Redland Junior) was selected by the Western Bulldogs. "The Bulldogs made me feel welcome at the Draft Camp, and there's a really good feeling going to the Doggies, a lot of credit goes to Redland who are strong football family"
In more recent times, several Redland players have been given the opportunity to play at the highest level, being drafted - including:
2006 - Paul O'Shea (Western Bulldogs)
2006 - Brad Howard (St Kilda)
2007 - Jake Spencer (Melbourne)
2008 - Charlie Dixon (Gold Coast Suns)
2009 - Josh Thomas (Collingwood)
2011 - Alex Sexton (Gold Coast Suns)
2011 - Sam Michael (Brisbane Lions)
2012 - Adam Oxley (Collingwood)
After lean years in 2006 - 2007 coach Gary Odgers stepped aside after cultivating the youth of the club and setting it in the right direction. Ex-Collingwood and Richmond player Matthew Francis has since stepped into the role and already produced several wins in his debut season.
"Winners never quit, quitters never win" Go the Bombers