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The Woodsdale Lions compete in the Oatlands District Football Association. The club is currently in recess.

In 2001 the Lions defeated Kempton by 10 points in the ODFA grand final. The victory gave them their fourth consecutive flag and a competition record 17 in all. Between 1989 and 2001 they contested all 13 grand finals and won 10 of them. Yet the 2002 season saw Woodsdale, which was financially secure, forced to go into recess because it did not have sufficient players to field a team. Thankfully, this hiatus in the story of a remarkable club was only fleeting. In 2003 the Lions resumed, and it was almost the stuff of fairytales as they performed superbly all season, only to fall at the ultimate hurdle against Mount Pleasant.

Woodsdale was a foundation member of the ODFA when the competition commenced in 1952. Between 1956 and 1960 it played off in every grand final, winning all but one of them. Another sequence of 5 straight grand final appearances followed between 1963 and 1967.

Since beating Tunnack in the 1986 grand final the Lions have been far and away the ODFA’s most consistently successful team. Since reforming in 2003 they have remained a force to be reckoned with, and in 2007 they reached yet another grand final only to go down to Swansea by 20 points. A year later they claimed their 18th ODFA premiership before repeating the effort in 2009 and 2010. Another premiership followed in 2012 giving them 21 flags, an unmatched and truly impressive record.

Woodsdale Lions

Home Ground
Wallaby Park, Woodsdale

Woodsdale is a small town located in the east of Tasmania.

1956-57, 1959-60, 1963, 1967, 1986, 1990-91-92-93, 1995-96, 1998-99-00-01, 2008-09-10, 2012