Ellinbank and District Football League (EDFL) since 1948
Maroon and navy blue
Warragul Industrials commenced in the Ellinbank and District Football League in 1948, which was the year of the club’s formation. It proved to be a memorable debut season as the side went top. Between 1949 and 1954 the Dusties contested the finals every year, but losing grand finals to Ellinbank in 1953 and 1954 was the closest they came to securing another flag.\n\nAfter missing the finals for three straight seasons the side returned to the September fray to telling effect in 1960 as it ended up overcoming Neerim Neerim South in the grand final to claim that elusive second premiership. A third might easily have followed in any of the next four seasons but the Dusties ended up falling short on grand final day each time. There was another grand final appearance, and another loss, in 1967.\n\nThe 1970s proved to be predominantly barren as the side missed the finals every season except one. The exception was 1976, which the Dusties made a season to remember by achieving an improbable, against the odds premiership victory at the expense of Poowong.\n\nSince 1976 the seniors have contested another five grand finals, winning in 1986 against Bunyip, and ten years later at the expense of Buln Buln. Recent seasons have been a struggle, although the side did at least manage a fleeting finals appearance in 2009. Meanwhile the reserves, thirds and fifths have scarcely fared any better, but the fourths claimed the club’s first flag at that level in 2007.
John Devaney - Full Points Publications