The aftermath of the 1991 Maroochydore versus Caloundra Grand Final, which was played at Noosa, carried on over into Season 1992. With newspaper headlines like “Footy Brawl Stuns Police”, “Rules Brawl Shame”, “Code To Act On Thugs”, “Black Day For Aussie Footy”, the Sunshine Coast AFL administrators had to weather the storm and a barrage of press questions about the future of our national game on the Sunshine Coast. Positive action saw the “Send Off Rule” introduced and it was hoped that this would make the penalty felt immediately during the game where the offence occurred.
The first fixture commenced during the last weekend in March and a very zealous umpire at the Gympie versus Nambour game secured a front page headline “Chaos Rules As Seven Players Sent Off”. In the opinion of the SCAFL President, “we needed that like a hole in the head. Suddenly we were without friends”. The QAFL became involved and secured a back page headline “Send Off Rule Could Spell Death To Footy”. Even though the press, the clubs and the QAFL wanted action to curb unacceptable on-field behaviour when action was applied by the SCAFL administrators it was deemed to be too severe and a watered down “Send Off Rule” made the League into paper tigers according to the President.
Within 2 rounds it was obvious that Pomona could not field Seniors and Reserves and so they moved back to a Reserves side only.
Kawana went ahead with an AFL practice game between the Brisbane Bears and Essendon. This game not only lost them thousands of dollars but also put them in a financial position from which they were never to recover. The club found itself in the hands of the receivers to the tune of some $32,000 in the red.
Midway through the season Gympie encountered a player revolt which saw their numbers decrease to the point where they played out the remainder of the season with only sufficient numbers for one team, whereby they took to the field and played the Reserve game, then, with the same team, returned to the field for the Senior game.
In the Coast competitions greatest shake up the four Coast senior clubs, (Noosa, Maroochydore, Caloundra and Nambour) voted unanimously to play a trial season in the 1993 Brisbane Australian Football League – a separate competition to the higher grade Queensland Australian Football League. A key component in the move to BAFL was Tony Norman, a former player/coach of Nambour, whowas the instigator of the move to the BAFL. He had the vision and foresight to liaise with the four Clubs and present a collective submission to the BAFL Administration.
Each club was expected to play 14 of the 22 BAFL rounds on the Sunshine Coast. It is the alternative to staying a four club senior competition on the Coast in 1993, when clubs would play each other up to seven times.
The move was prompted by the debt problems of Kawana, Gympie and Pomona, who faced expulsion from the SCAFL for non payment of outstanding debts to the League by December 31, 1992. The Sunshine Coast Junior competition will continue to operate in the region.
The Noosa Tigers were the only club that would have a color clash with BAFL club Aspley. Kingsley St. Clair, president of SCAFL, said that Noosa would retain its traditional brown and gold jersey, apart from when playing Aspley. It would probably use the Sunshine Coast jersey on that occasion he said.
The Noosa Citizen reported on November 25, 1992 that Noosa Tigers members voted unanimously to join the BAFL. The decision was made at a special meeting after the collapse of three of last season’s club sides on the Sunshine Coast. To see more of what the papers were saying CLICK HERE
The Ladder at the end of the home and away season was headed by Caloundra with 21 wins from 21 games followed by Maroochydore 16, Nambour 15, Noosa 12, Kawana 11, Gympie 6.