A group of football-loving parents established the Marist Australian Football Club (MAFC) in 1973. The club grew steadily, playing in rugby jumpers in its early years, and picking up its first premierships in the under 12s in 1979 and the under 13s in 1980. 1980 was a big year for the club, with the First XVIII finishing runner-up in the under 17 Division 1 competition and Adrian Barich, who went on to play with the West Coast Eagles, winning the under 17s Best and Fairest.
The early 1980s saw the introduction of the royal blue with sky blue sash jumper and the start of training at Lindwall Oval (initially little more than a mowed paddock). The club was increasingly successful on the field, winning the under 17 Division 2 premiership in 1981, under 13 Division 2 in 1984, under 17 Division 1 in 1986, under 14 Division 2 in 1987 and the under 16s in 1990 (who won the Grand Final by 117 points!).
The MAFC continued to grow and prosper through the 1990s and 2000s, highlighted by the First XVIII – by then playing in the under 18s competition – winning six premierships in ten years, including a hat trick between 2008 and 2010. Lindwall Oval was extended in the early 1990s so that older age groups could play home games there.
The club continued to grow, with over 200 players by 2012, reaching around 230 players in 2018. The First XVIII won further premierships in 2015, 2017 and 2019, and the club also won premierships in the under 12, 13, 14 and 15 age groups in recent years. In 2018, our under 13s went through the season undefeated, taking the premiership in a close Grand Final against Eastlake and won a second premiership two years later in 2020.
Several Marist players have gone on to play top-level football, including Adrian Barich (West Coast), Matthew Mahoney (Melbourne), Craig Bolton (Brisbane/Sydney), Brad Fuller (Collingwood), Aaron Hamill (Carlton/St Kilda), James Meiklejohn (Sydney), Phil Davis, current co-captain of the GWS Giants, Tom Green (GWS Giants) and Tom Highmore (St Kilda). Another notable former player is Patrick Mills, now playing basketball for San Antonio Spurs in the NBA.
Over the years, the MAFC has developed a strong culture focused on participation and enjoyment for the boys; respect for teammates, opponents, coaches and umpires; a family feel around the club, especially on game day at Lindwall, Pearce Mawson and Hughes.
A copy of the history of the first 25 years of the MAFC written in 1998 is available by clicking here.
The Club that we have today is in large part due to the dedication and work by our Life Members. We are indebted to them and thank them sincerely.
- John Brown 1986
- David Bailey 1994
- Denis Sweeney 1988
- Peter Verdon 1998
- Tom Wharton 1998
- Mark Winchester 1998
- Paul Sullivan 2000
- Sue Sullivan 2000
- Denis Heritage 2001
- John Sirr 2002
- Kerry Woods 2002
- Br Mark May 2003
- Ann Davies 2004
- Peter Woods 2005
- Andy Finlay 2005
- Joe Box 2006
- Brendan O'Rourke 2008
- Chris Toogood 2011
- Helen Delahunty 2013
- Maria Hicks 2014
- Peter Maher 2016
- Ciril Karo 2016
- Peter Moon 2017
- Janine Clark 2019
Life Member David Bailey with VFL Legends Ron Barrassi and David Cloke presented with a Junior Coaches Award in 1993
The Marist Australian Football Club (MAFC) is the Australian Football Club of Marist College Canberra. We are proud of our long history since our establishment in 1973. Our focus is on providing a positive environment for players to learn the game of Australian Football.
SOme well-known ex mafc players
Premiership player and all-Australian
Patty played for the MAFC and won All-Australian selection at the Under 15 National Championships, 2004
One of three co-Captains for the Giants inaugural year 2012 and recognised as one of the leagues best defenders
Premiership player and all-Australian