Hornets Australian Rules Football Club is buzzing and the atmosphere is electric.
With the club now recognised within the highest level of state football in Australia by being included in the Victorian Football League (VFL), this year heralds a new beginning for the Hornets. The prestigious VFL competition includes other well-recognised clubs like the Brisbane Lions and the Gold Coast Suns.
What this means for northsiders is that you can pop along to the newly upgraded facilities in Graham Road, Carseldine, grab a coffee or meal from the new café or bistro, and sit on the undercover deck area and watch some of the highest level Australian Rules football teams outside of the AFL play – for free.
Established in 1964, the Hornets now has over 600 junior players, making it the largest junior club in Queensland. There are teams from under 6s through to masters in the men’s teams including Colts, and under 9s to seniors in the Queensland Australian Football League Women’s (QAFLW) teams – the highest level in the state for women, with 20 per cent of the club’s players being female.
Last year, the State Government announced funding of $100,000 towards the bid to be in the national second tier competition.
State member for Aspley Bart Mellish said, “As a huge fan of the Aspley Hornets, I know they will make a fantastic addition to this competition. That’s why I’m proud to have secured this money to help out with logistics costs as they join the VFL/East Coast competition in 2021.”
The club is open to the whole of the greater Brisbane area and prides itself as providing an opportunity for players to play at the highest possible level.
The Hornets club is a community-based, not-for-profit club with a volunteer board that believes in helping out within its community and giving back. As well as offering assistance and food parcels during the height of COVID last year, the club also provided Christmas parcels to veterans, family support for junior families in need, and a local community grants program.