Sporting Clubs & Facilities

History of Sporting Clubs and Facilities in Woolgoolga District

From Wikipedia: Sporting clubs of Woolgoolga

White Pointers, a Rugby Union club whose home ground is Centennial Oval.

Woolgoolga Seahorses (The Mighty Seahorses), a Rugby League club whose home ground is situated at the local high school's fields. They play in Group 2 Rugby League.

Woolgoolga United Football Club, a Soccer club situated at High Street. They have the most players in the Mid North Coast region.

Woolgoolga District Netball Association, formed in 2006 for ages 5+. WDNA has a local competition as well as representative participation in the Netball NSW State Age Championships. The clubhouse and courts are located on the corner of Nightingale and Scarborough Streets.Woolgoolga Club (The Blues), an Australian Rules Football club who team up with the Grafton Tigers to contest the North Coast AFL competition. The junior competition sides have changed their name to Northern Beaches. The Northern Beaches play a Centennial Oval while the Blues play a minority of their games in Woolgoolga, the majority are played at Ellem Oval in Grafton.

WASP (Woolgoolga Area Surfing Posse), a local boardriders club that holds annual competitions around the area. Woolgoolga Surf Life Saving Club, as the name states, a Surf Lifesaving club that has been around since the 1930s, which patrols Woolgoolga Beach. It caters from ages 5–14 in Nippers, and can take part in carnivals held around the area. Ages 15+ can patrol the main beach, if they have a Surf Rescue Certificate or Bronze Medallion.

Woolgoolga local Rod Mackenzie started the Northern Beaches Hockey Club in Woolgoolga in 1993 with Bronwyn to allow their kids and their friends to play field hockey. It is now called Beaches Hockey Club and draws male and female players from the Coffs region.

Australian Rules Football

AFL North Coast was formed in 1982. Woolgoolga FC (The Blues) won the first two premierships in 1982 and 1983. A brief history of the North Coast Australian Football League.

Woolgoolga Deep Sea Fishing Club

The Woolgoolga Deep Sea Fishing Club is a social sporting club that is dedicated to enjoying the sport of fishing in the Woolgoolga area.

The club holds monthly competitions that bring members together to compete in a friendly atmosphere of goodwill and social interaction. These competitions are held on the first weekend of the month (unless postponed due to bad weather.

Beach & Rock fishermen fish from noon on Saturday 'til 1.00pm on Sunday while the Deep Sea fishermen fish only on Sunday between 5.00am and 1.00pm.

New members are always welcome to the club as are visitors to the area who would like to take part in the monthly comp. Information on how to join in is available from the Woolgoolga Bowling Club or any of the club's executive.

Woolgoolga Surf Life Saving Club

On the 7th of May, 2013, Woolgoolga Surf Life Saving Club celebrated its 80th birthday. The club was formed at a meeting held on the beach in January, 1932. The first President was Alf Johnstone, Secretary/Treasurer was O.R. Featherstone, and the Delegate to the Branch was John 'Peter' Newman.

The club held its first carnival on Boxing Day on 1932.

Since then the membership has grown to almost 500 and has been the breeding ground for a number of state, national and world champion surf life saving competitors - including Olympian Emma Moffatt, the Meyer brothers and 2012 Lifeguard of the Year Scott McCartney. Countless rescues have been performed by committed members, most recently by young members Anika Morgan and Luke Featherstone who received bravery awards for rescuing four Korean males caught in a rip on Woolgoolga Beach. On another occasion Les Pepper and Kirt Mavin, with assistance from the Rescue Helicopter, used the IRB to perform a rescue.

Photos above are from the History of Woolgoolga SLSC website.

October 2020 Issue 14_Online Surf Club History.pdf

For an extensive collection of historic photos check out the Woopi News Woolgoolga SLSC 24 page History.