The Former Bendigo VFL team
The Bendigo Football Club was an Australian rules football club based in Bendigo, Victoria, Australia. The club played in the VFL (Victorian Football League) for 16 years, under the nicknames Diggers, Bombers and Gold during that time. The club closed down at the end of the 2014 VFL season due to financial issues result in a lack of competitiveness.
Beginning in 2003, the club formed a partnership with the Essendon AFL Club in Melbourne, under which Essendon would send its reserves players to support the Bendigo team. Over the following ten years of the clubs’ co-operation, the Bendigo played finals five times, with its only grand final victory in 2005.
After the end of the 2011 season, the Essendon AFL club announced that the following season would be the last season of support for Bendigo. They placed their own reserves team in the VFL from 2013, and Bendigo were forced to field a stand-alone team.
Without access to the Essendon players or financial support offered by its association with the Melbourne professional club, the Bendigo club quickly struggled to remain competitive. Bendigo fail to produce a win in 2013 and 2014. In June 2014, the club concluded that it was not financially viable and could not remain competitive going it alone and it left the VFL following the 2014 season.
The Bendigo Braves Basket Ball Teams
The Bendigo Braves play in the South East Australian Basketball League (SEABL). The men’s team are 7 times champions, while the women’s team have 5 championships. At the national level, the Bendigo men’s team have also won three championships most recently in 2016, while the Bendigo women’s team have won National championships in 2000 and 2003.