AFL Central Australia (AFLCA)
Light and dark blue
The Double Blues qualified for their first grand final in 1949, but lost to Pioneers. The ensuing couple of seasons brought further grand final defeats at the hands of Federals and Pioneers but in 1952 the premiership was finally attained at the expense of Federals. It was an emphatic triumph, Rovers winning by 51 points, 19.14 (128) to 12.5 (77). The Double Blues’ tally remained a record for a grand final until 1972, when they eclipsed it themselves with a 20.15 (135) to 12.4 (76) grand final defeat of Federals.\n\nRovers’ overall tally of nine senior grade flags has been amassed sporadically with the club’s greatest successes coming in the 1970s, a decade which spawned no fewer than seven grand final appearances. In 1970 against Federals, 1973 against South Alice Springs, and 1978 at the expense of Wests the Double Blues were successful.\n\nSince claiming their most recent flag in 1996 Rovers have only once reached the grand final, losing by 19 points to Pioneers in 2001.
John Devaney - Full Points Publications