The Banks Bulldogs Football Club was established in 1978 as a founding member of the Carlton United Sunday competition, the forerunner of the Northern Territory Football Association which was formed in 1982.
The Club’s first ever game was played as a social match between the Commonwealth Bank and Westpac. After the match it was thought we could perhaps form a ‘proper’ side. Banks Bulldogs took on the NTFL C Grade sides as well as Pints and Combined Services. Over the next few years the make up of the competition saw new sides evolve including Katherine, Jabiru and Tracy Village with University joining later.
During these changing times Banks have always had a competitive playing group and a strong committee, something that continues today. The Football Club in the early years was run on a very small budget and sponsorship was minimal. Our sole sponsor for many years was CUB and our motto ‘Powered by Fosters’ was taken literally by the playing group. Players filled almost all committee positions and social functions were well patronised and enthusiastically attended. The early 1980’s saw several changes that have left lasting legacies on the Club.
More recently Banks have been represented in Division 1 and 2 in the newly created NTFL three tiered competition. The Banks Bulldogs have now participated in two full seasons making an immediate impact by making 4 grand finals 4 and winning two of them. Banks won Division 2 in our first season in 10/11 and Division 1 in our second year in 11/12.
Since 1978, Banks have made 42 out of a possible 56 grand finals wining 17 premierships across both teams. The A Grade/Division 1 have won 10 flags and been runner-ups 15 times, and the Killer B’s winning 7 with 9 second place finishes. Very few clubs can boast this level of success over an extended period of time.
2012/13 saw the Club playing in an unprecedented four game trial in the Premier League before returning to Division 1 to play out the remainder of the season. All great clubs should aspire to playing in the highest league they can and for Banks Bulldogs Football Club this is to become a permanent club in the Premier League.
Gardens Oval, Gilruth Avenue, The Gardens
1981/82, 1983/84, 1985/86, 1991/92, 1992/93, 1997/98, 2000/01, 2004/05, 2007/08, 2011/12