Club History

The St Ives Australian Football Club was founded in 1968 and has since become one of the most respected Clubs on and off the field of play in the Sydney competition. At its inception, the Club was known as "The Panthers". The name was changed to "The Saints" in 1971.

St Ives junior teams first took to the field in 1969 in the North Shore - Warringah Australian Football Association playing out of Acron Oval St Ives, where the Club is still based today. Fielding teams in the Under 11, Under 14 and Under 17 competition, St Ives competed against Forrestville (now Forest), Manly - Seaforth and Warringah. St Ives unsuccessfully competed in all three Grand Finals in its first year. Pittwater and Chatswood - Lane Cove joined the competition in 1971.

In 1973 St Ives formed and fielded a Seniors team which played in the Third Division of the Sydney Australian Football Association. In 1977 the Club was promoted to Second Division. The First grade team in Second Division played in seven consecutive Grand Finals from 1979, winning four Premierships. The Second grade team won three consecutive Premierships during the same period. The Club then made an application for promotion to First Division, based on its strong performance record and to retain their talented pool of juniors. Despite a number of attempts, the application for promotion was unsuccessful and the senior team merged with Forest to form the Northern Eagles in 1988. The Club was incorporated the same year.

Our most famous past players are:
  • Russell Morris, who represented Hawthorn and St Kilda
  • Robbie Wright, who represented the Sydney Swans
  • Mark Livy, who represented the Sydney Swans
  • Jarrod Witts, current Collingwood player
  • Mitchell Wright, current Sydney Swans reserve player
  • Ryan Hebron, current Sydney Swans reserve player
  • Callum Mills, Swans draft pick in November 2015
St Ives Australian Football Club prides itself on the values it supports, its strong sense of community, competitiveness and love of AFL ...... but most importantly we seek to provide a safe learning environment in which all our members can enjoy what junior sport should be about ..... having fun!!!

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