The Western Crusaders are an American Football club based in Footscray, west of Melbourne.

Founded in 1998, the we have since expanded our organisation to include both a Colts (15-19) team and a women’s team (16+).

Founding members Bruce Parke, Glenn Parke, Lance Willie, Peter Steve, Scott Hayden and Tony Harris remain a part of the Western Crusaders family to this day.

The club has a proud history of success that includes three senior men’s championships, two women’s championships and one Colts championship.

The Western Crusaders picked up the first addition to the trophy case in 1999, winning the seniors men’s grand final in just their second year, and made it back to back titles the following season.

The most recent senior men’s title came in 2007, when the team went undefeated, while season 2013 was a huge one for both the Colts and Women.

The Women’s side (The Foxes) – are the first full kit women’s gridiron team in Victoria and were undefeated for the inaugural season, going on to claim the Gridiron Victoria Women’s League title, while the Colts lost just one game for the year before storming to victory in the Junior Vic Bowl.

In 2014, the Foxes again went undefeated to claim the Women’s Vic Bowl title.

As a club, we strive to foster a positive culture and atmosphere both on and off the field. Our slogan is “We Are One” – a philosophy that emphasizes teamwork, spirit, inclusion, loyalty, and club unity.

If you’re interested in finding out more about the us in any capacity, be it as a player, official, spectator or sponsor, please contact us at wcrusaders@gmail.com

WE ARE ONE.

 

Team of the Decade 1999–2009

The Senior Men’s experienced unprecedented success in 1999–2009, winning three Vic Bowl Championships, and going undefeated in 2007.  To celebrate this, the club has named a team of the decade.

Head CoachBruce Parke
Team ManagerRobert Crossman
Offense
QuarterbackGlenn ParkeQB
ReceiversStephen Curwood
Brent Weeks
WR
WR
Running BacksNol Arabit
Peter Steve
Pat Di Domenico
RB
FB
WB
Offensive LineShannon Mafodda
Stephen Borg
Mark Bennett
Anthony Caminiti
Kai Lemmer
RT
RG
C
RG
LT
Defence
CornerbackPatrick Nicholas
Brandon van Heer
CB
CB
SafetyRichard ButcherFS
LinebackerJohn Wilson
Nicolai Hansen
Iain Pattison
Scott Hayden
S
R
W
M
Defensive LineTony Harris
Louis Lavea-Williams
Brett Carr
Lynn Spence
DE
DT
DT
DE
Special Teams
Place KickerJohn SmithPK
PunterJy BondP
Honourable mention: Jim Rettew, Shane Marchewka, Tal Brown, Tyson Garnham, Lance Willie, Travis McKenzie, Chris Schlegel, Cameron Thorpe, Ryan Vague, Luke Hadden, Peter Davidson, Kyle Morrison, and Saverio Rocca.