Gumeracha’s first competitive outings were in the Torrens Valley Football Association, of which the club was a founding member in 1921. After losing the new competition’s inaugural grand final by 8 points to Houghton Gumeracha captured its first premiership the following year with a 9.9 (63) to 4.8 (32) grand final defeat of Tweedale. All told, the Magpies had won a total of a dozen senior grade TVFA flags by the time they transferred to the Hills Football League’s Northern Zone for that competition’s first season of 1967. Gumeracha has continued in this league, which became known as the HFL Division Two in 1972, ever since. To date, it has qualified for half a dozen senior grade HFL grand finals, winning in 1970 against Williamstown, 1982 against Mount Torrens Cambrai and 1984 at the expense of Nairne Bremer.
Recent seasons have produced mixed fortunes for Gumeracha whose seniors managed just two wins in both 2006 and 2008, while in 2007 they slumped to the ultimate indignity of a winless wooden spoon. By contrast, they qualified for the finals in 2010, 2011, 2013, 2014, 2017 and 2019. In 2018 they finished one place adrift of finals qualification in sixth. The 2019 season was crowned in the most desirable way imaginable as the Magpies qualified for the grand final and scored an upset win over Kersbrook. A year later they bowed out of the flag race at the preliminary final stage against Ironbank Cherry Gardens.
John Devaney - Full Points Publications