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Official name
Booleroo Centre Melrose Wilmington Football Club

Known as

1991 as a result of a merger between the Booleroo Centre and Wilmington Melrose Football Clubs

Red, blue and gold


Affiliation (Current)
Northern Areas Football Association (NAFA) –2024

Senior Premierships
Northern Areas Football Association - 2001, 2005 (2 total)


Booleroo Centre Melrose Wilmington Football Club (understandably normally abbreviated as ‘BMW’) came into being in 1991 when Booleroo Centre and Wilmington Melrose amalgamated. Both merger partners had been members of the Northern Areas Football Association since 1979. Prior to that they had both competed in the Flinders Football Association.

Both of the Lions’ senior grade flags were claimed in memorably emphatic fashion: in the 2001 grand final they defeated Jamestown Appila by 71 points, 20.6 (126) to 8.7 (55), while four years later they accounted for the grand final challenge of Crystal Brook by an 84 point margin, 21.19 (145) to 9.7 (61). 

BMW last contested the grand final in 2010 when they went down by 12 points to South Flinders. More recently they have tended to struggle, including last place finishes in 2015 and 2017. In 2019 they made a rare bid for premiership honours which was ended at the preliminary final stage by Crystal Brook. Another preliminary final appearance followed in 2020, but Orroroo proved to have the Lions' measure on that occasion.


John Devaney - Full Points Publications



* Behinds calculated from the 1965 season on.
+ Score at the end of extra time.