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Dow Goes Back to Back

Paddy Dow wins second consecutive Geelong Grammar Best and Fairestmore

Leadership Group Announced


Main List and Rookie Lists Announced for 2016

Rookie & Main Lists 2016more

Pioneers move into Game mode!

The Bendigo Pioneers will be holding their first Intra-Club Practice match on Thursday Feb 4.more

Super Sunday January 17

The Bendigo Pioneers main and Rookie squads will recommence their preparations for the Tac Cup 2016 season with a Super Sunday session to be held at the Tyntynder Football Ground on Sunday, January 17th. The session will consist of testing and game simulation as we move closer to Practice matches that begin on Febuary 20th. The session is expected to last for up to 3 homore

Cole and Johnson Drafted

AFL Draft Watch: Johnson fights back

Echuca speedster Aidyn Johnson fights back from long-term injury to prove his aerobic and endurance levels are extremely high at the AFL Draft Combine.
Despite playing just one TAC Cup match for the Bendigo Pioneers this year, Johnson's fitness and skill levels have caught the attention of recruiting scouts.
Johnson is pictured training at this year's AFL-AIS Academy training camp in the US.more

Rookies ready to rack up kicks

Many clubs in the Bendigo Pioneers region are represented in the football club's rookie squad as it prepares for the 2016 TAC Cup under-18s season.
Players from as far afield as Mildura, Kyabram, Pyramid Hill, Boort, Sandhurst and Kerang are in the intake of 40.
The rookies include Sandhurst's rising star Billy Robertson, picture courtesy the Bendigo Advertiser, and several Dragons' team-mates.more

Cole impresses at AFL Draft Combine

Bendigo Pioneers and Sandhurst midfielder Tom Cole impresses in shuttle run beep test at AFL Draft Combine.
A superb season by Cole included a key role in Victoria Country's unbeaten run in the AFL national under-18 championships campaign.
He also played three matches for Geelong in the VFL.more

Pioneers Invited to Draft Combine

BENDIGO Pioneers clubmates Tommy Cole and Aidyn Johnson have been invited to the NAB AFL draft combined to be run in October.more


Lachy's AFL draft hopes rise

An outstanding game as a key defender for Sandhurst in the Bendigo Football League's senior grand final enhances prospects of Bendigo Pioneers club champion Lachlan Tardrew being drafted by an AFL club.more

Pioneers select under-18s squad

Bendigo Pioneers Football Club draws many players from Bendigo and Goulburn Murray regions for next year's AFL Victoria TAC Cup under-18s matches.
A squad of 35, with power to add, includes a dozen players from the Goulburn Murray and nine from the Bendigo Football League.
Key players include Rochester's Joe Atley, pictured, as well as Kobe Mutch, Braidon Blake, Cooper Jones and Jayden White.more

Tardrew caps superb season

Courageous onballer Lachlan Tardrew caps outstanding season by earning Neville Strauch Memorial trophy as Bendigo Pioneers club champion for 2015.more

Pioneers club champion votes

Check out the votes cast in this season's race for the Neville Strauch Memorial trophy awarded to the Bendigo Pioneers club champion.more

Bendigo Pioneers team mates will mark their VFL debut on Saturday

BENDIGO Pioneers clubmates Jayden Burke and Lachlan Tardrew will mark their VFL debut in this Saturday’s football action.

Burke was selected by Geelong to play Northern Blues on the Cats’ turf at Simonds Stadium.

Tardrew will play for Essendon against Richmond at Windy Hill.more

Cole to play 3rd game for Geelong

BENDIGO Pioneers onballer Tommy Cole will play his third VFL match for Geelong this Sunday.
Cole is in the Cats line-up to tackle Sandringham on the Zebras’ turf at Trevor Barker Beach Oval.more

Pioneers Keep Eyes on Kyabram

BENDIGO Pioneers talent manager Steve Sharp is confident that Kyabram will host a TAC Cup premiership match next football season.

Plans for Bendigo to play Murray Bushrangers at Kyabram on August 29 have been shelved.more

Bendigo Pioneers blitzed on Eastern Ranges turf

THE Bendigo Pioneers endured their worst defeat this TAC Cup season in Saturday’s football clash with Eastern Ranges at Box Hill.

A 12-goal haul by Blake Hardwick, son of Richmond coach and Essendon and Port Adelaide premiership player Damien Hardwick, was one of many highlights for the Ranges.more

Marty Hore to Debut for Essendon in the VFL

Bendigo Pioneers defender Marty Hore will make his VFL debut with Essendon in this Friday’s night clash with Western Bulldogs at Bendigo’s Queen Elizabeth Oval.

Hore’s play in the AFL Victoria TAC Cup under-18s competition caught the attention of Essendon’s scouts.more

Taylah plays crucial off-field role

Spotting the next batch of recruits to the Bendigo Pioneers Football Club’s under-18 and under-16 lists is a key role that Taylah Morris has to play.
Taylah began her recruiting role with the club about a month ago and has cast a keen eye over several under-18 matches in the Bendigo Football League.more

Jye Caldwell gears up to represent Victoria

AFL Central Vic Player Jye Caldwell to represent Victoria in the Under 15 National Championships.more

Cole plays key role in Victoria Country's triumph

A KEY player in Victoria Country’s unbeaten run in the AFL national under-18 titles, Tommy Cole is back in the Bendigo Pioneers line-up this Saturday.more

Marg opens home for Bendigo Pioneers trio

IT'S not just on the footy field or school that Bendigo Pioneers team-mates Sam Simmons, Liam McGlashan and Jayden White have racked up many minutes together.more

Pioneer six in Vic Country squad

SIX Bendigo Pioneer players are in the Victoria Country under-18 squad ahead of the 2015 National Championships that begin this weekend.

Among the Victoria Country squad of 54 are Bendigo Pioneer players Thomas Cole, Aidyn Johnson, Lachie Tardrew, Bailey Edwards, Jayden Burke and Joseph Atley.more

Pioneers Endure 3 point loss to Eastern

The Pioneers went almighty close to breaking their season duck in their clash with Eastern at Epsom Huntly Recreation Reserve on the weekend.more

Bendigo Pioneers Preseason Camp

A TRIPLE premiership-winning player in Hawthorn's golden era in the late 80s and early 90s, Andy Collins gave tips during Saturday afternoon's intense on-field workout at the Bendigo Pioneers Football Club's pre-season camp.more

Bendigo Pioneers draw players from many clubs

THERE are 29 clubs represented on the Bendigo Pioneers Football Club's under-18s list for this year's TAC Cup competition.

Pioneers Season Launch 2015

Guest Speakers including James Brayshaw, Garry Lyon, & Brian Taylor

Friday February 13th from 11.45am

Chasers Lounge - Lords Raceway, McIvor Rd, Junortoun.more

Pioneers to Tour States

BENDIGO Pioneers team-mates Tommy Cole and Aidyn Johnson are set to kick on in the United States.

The talented Aussie Rules players will leave on Saturday for a 10-day training camp at the IMG Academy in Florida.more

Coaches Newsletter December 2014

Some words from our coach Brett Henderson leading into the Christmas Break;more

Pioneers Trial Games

The Pioneers Football Club will hold its trial games this Saturday 13th December at the Epsom Huntly Recreation Reserve.more
2009 Bendigo Pioneers

Brett Henderson tackles Bendigo Pioneers coaching role

A PREMIERSHIP winning coach at Echuca, Brett Henderson is the Bendigo Bank Pioneers Football Club's new head coach.more

Development Strength Training October-November 2015

Please find attached a strength program put together by Jake Ford our S & C Coach for our developing players over the October break. Please call Jake Dan or Liz if you have any queries.more

Evans selected in TAC Cup Team of the Year

BILLY Evans has capped an outstanding season with the Bendigo Bank Pioneers Football Club by being selected in the TAC Cup Team of the Year.more

Liam Barrett wins Bendigo Pioneers club champion award

Kyabram's Liam Barrett has capped a superb season with the Bendigo Bank Pioneers by winning the football club's best and fairest award, the Neville Strauch Memorial trophy for 2014.more

Bendigo thrashes Thunder from NT

Pioneers captain marks superb return

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BEST AFIELD: Bendigo Pioneers captain Jake Maher starred in the 18-goal win against Northern Territory Thunder.
BEST AFIELD: Bendigo Pioneers captain Jake Maher starred in the 18-goal win against Northern Territory Thunder.

THE Bendigo Bank Pioneers marked a 109-point victory against Northern Territory Thunder in Sunday's TAC Cupmore

Billy Evans kicks on with Bendigo Pioneers

in 2014, Bendigo’s Billy Evans has played a starring role as ruck-rover for Victoria Country at the national under-18 championships and for the Bendigo Bank Pioneers.

Evans played all six matches for Victoria Country, which included beating Victoria Metro twice.more

James McQuillan Future Fund

On Saturday the 5th of April 2014, 7 minutes in to the second quarter during a clash between the Albury Tigers and Yarrawonga Pigeons, 20 year old James McQuillan sustained a serious spinal cord injury during a routine collision with an opponent. James was airlifted to the Austin Hospital that night and had surgery the next morning and he stayed at the hospital for recovery. On 12/5/14 James was mmore

Pioneers Tackle Stingrays at Dandenong

THE Bendigo Bank Pioneers face another daunting task in Saturday's TAC Cup football clash with the fourth-placed Stingrays at Dandenong.

The Stingrays are almost at full-strength as they regain players from Victoria Country's campaign in the AFL national under-18 championships.more

Pioneers cook up a storm

SOME of Bendigo’s young guns swapped their footy’s for cooking pans and utensils on Tuesday.

A group of Bendigo Pioneers players are taking part in a Bendigo TAFE program which is teaching the aspiring AFL players how to cook.more

Pioneers end Geelong run

THE Bendigo Bank Pioneers broke the Geelong Falcons hoodoo in the TAC Cup clash on Saturday at Werribee.

Going into this clash the head-to-head record was 29-7 the Falcons way.more

Bendigo Pioneers Searching For New Recruits

The Pioneers are already on the lookout for New Recruits for the 2015 TAC Cup Season.more

Pioneers round up Rams in Mildura

THE Bendigo Bank Pioneers celebrated a long-awaited victory after Saturday's TAC Cup football clash with NSW-ACT Rams in Mildura.

After a dominant first half the Pioneers led 52-10 at half-time of the match at Sarah Oval, home of South Mildura Football Club.more

Bendigo Pioneers return to Mildura

May 29, 2014, 5:54 p.m.
FOR many years players from the Sunraysia region have shone in TAC Cup matches with the Bendigo Pioneers.

FOR many years players from the Sunraysia region have shone in TAC Cup matches with the Bendigo Pioneers.more

Pioneers fight on bravely

By NATHAN DOLE May 25, 2014, 12:45 p.m.

VICTORY was not achieved, but Bendigo Bank Pioneers coach David Newett was mighty proud of the team's fightback in Saturday's TAC Cup clash with Calder Cannons on Saturday.more

Bendigo Pioneers strive to halt Calder's drive

By NATHAN DOLE May 23, 2014, 4:15 p.m.

BENDIGO Bank Pioneers coach David Newett has declared workrate and defensive pressure must be greater in Saturday's TAC Cup football clash with Calder Cannons.

BENDIGO Bank Pioneers coach David Newett has declared workrate and defensive pressure must be greater in Saturday's TAC Cup football clash with Calder Cannons.more

Rave reviews for new tower

TIMEKEEPERS, statisticians and video camera operators have a great view of the action in this season's TAC Cup under-18 football matches at Epsom-Huntly Reserve.more

Pioneers gear up for national championships

By NATHAN DOLE May 15, 2014, 6:30 p.m.

SIX young guns from the Bendigo Bank Pioneers are in the running to represent Victoria Country at this year's AFL national under-18 championships.more

Western cruises to win against Pioneers

By NATHAN DOLE May 11, 2014, 4 p.m.

WESTERN Jets cruised to an 11-goal victory in Saturday's TAC Cup under-18s football match against the Bendigo Bank Pioneers at Epsom-Huntly Reserve.

WESTERN Jets cruised to an 11-goal victory in Saturday's TAC Cup under-18s football match against the Bendigo Bank Pioneers at Epsom-Huntly Reserve.more

Make your Mark with the Pioneers

Bendigo Pioneers are starring in a new road safety advertisement, in the TAC’s latest push to
prevent road accidents.
A more informal approach this season is allowing the Pioneers’ under -18 players in AFL
Victoria’s TAC Cup competition, to talk road safety in an easier to understand language while
in front of the camera.more

Make your Mark with the Pioneers

Bendigo Pioneers are starring in a new road safety advertisement, in the TAC’s latest push to
prevent road accidents.
A more informal approach this season is allowing the Pioneers’ under -18 players in AFL
Victoria’s TAC Cup competition, to talk road safety in an easier to understand language while
in front of the camera.more

Pios face TAC Cup champs

THE Bendigo Pioneers will chase their second win of the season when they face reigning TAC Cup premiers, the Eastern Ranges, at Highgate Recreation Reserve from 11.30am on Saturday.more

Stingrays capitalise on Bendigo Pioneers turnovers

By NATHAN DOLE April 12, 2014, 1:45 p.m

NINE goals from turnovers played a big part in Dandenong Stingrays winning Saturday's TAC Cup under-18 football clash with the Bendigo Bank Pioneers.more

Pioneers Tackle Dandy at QEO

THE Bendigo Bank Pioneers will be chasing consecutive victories on home turf when they tackle Dandenong Stingrays in this Saturday's TAC Cup under-18s football clash.

Bendigo beat North Ballarat Rebels in last Saturday's match at Epsom-Huntly Reserve.more

Pioneers triumph in clash with Rebels

THE Bendigo Bank Pioneers chalked up their first premiership points of the season after a hard-fought 18-point victory in Saturday's TAC Cup match against North Ballarat Rebels.

Scores were locked on 6.3 (39) piece at half-time of Bendigo's first home game of the season at Epsom-Huntly Reserve.more

Pioneers go through painful lesson first-up

THE Bendigo Bank Pioneers endured a painful lesson in Saturday's start to their TAC Cup under-18s season against Murray Bushrangers in Shepparton.
Despite a final-quarter fightback which it won 41-8, Bendigo was beaten by eight points at Deakin Reserve.
Ill-discipline which resulted in some goals from 50m penalties would prove costly against a well-drilled and skilful Murray.more

Nine Rookies in Pios Squad

THERE are nine rookies in the Bendigo Bank Pioneers squad for Saturday's start to the TAC Cup under-18s football season.

Bendigo heads north to Shepparton's Deakin Reserve to tackle Murray Bushrangers.

First-year players in the squad of 26 include Sandhurst's James Coghlan; Swan Hill's Arnold Kirby; Lake Boga's Matt Pickering; Eaglehawk's Jack Lawton; and Leitchville-Gunbowermore
Bendigo Pioneers Honour Boards

Bendigo Pioneers Pics 2005-2013

ON the eve of the Bendigo Bank Pioneers first game for premiership points in 2014, we delve into the Bendigo Advertiser archives from the past nine seasons.
There have been many outstanding performers for the Pioneers across the past 10 decade.

Stars featured this week include Joel Selwood, Ollie Wines, Jake Stringer, Jarryn Geary, Scott Selwood, Robbie Tarrant, Grant Weeks and many moremore

Bendigo Pioneers Season Launch Gallery

THE funny and serious side of footy was on the menu at Friday's launch of the Bendigo Bank Pioneers season.
Guest speakers Brian Taylor, Danny Frawley and Cameron Ling told some great tales about matches, team-mates and more.more

Bendigo Pioneers Training Gallery

The Bendigo Pioneers under-16 team were put through their paces as they prepare to take on the Calder Cannons this Sunday in a practice match.more

Pioneers coach is optimistic about 2014 season

WITH just four weeks to go before the TAC Cup begins, Bendigo Pioneers coach David Newett believes his team is in good shape.
Newett said it had been a long pre-season, but players and coaches were excited for the season to get underway.more

Bendigo Pioneers - Where Are they Now - Vinnie Flood

Adam Langenberg speaks with Vinnie Flood about his time with the Pioneers and where he is playing in 2014more

Bendigo Pioneers launch

THE funny and serious side of footy was on the menu at Friday's launch of the Bendigo Bank Pioneers season.
Guest speakers Brian Taylor, Danny Frawley and Cameron Ling told some great tales about matches, team-mates and more.more

Plenty of clubs are on Pios list

THERE are 29 clubs represented on the Bendigo Bank Pioneers list for this year's AFL Victoria TAC Cup under-18s competition.

Those most represented include South Mildura, six; and Strathfieldsaye Storm, four.more

Pioneers take on Cannons

THE Bendigo Bank Pioneers tackle Calder Cannons in this Sunday's practice matches at Craigieburn Reserve.

See your ad hereA big day of footy action kicks off at 10.45am when the under-16s do battle.
There will be two under-18s matches. The first is at 12.45pm and the second from 2.45pm.
The Pioneers will play Dandenong Stingrays under the same format on Sunday, February 23 at Epsom-Huntly.more

Club's gruelling build-up rolls on

SPRINTS, push-ups, agility workouts, jumps and more were all part of the Bendigo Bank Pioneers Football Club's latest round of fitness tests.
Players from right across the club's recruiting zone faced many challenges in the workouts at the La Trobe University Bendigo gym.more

Bendigo Pioneers U16 & U18 Pre Season Calendar 2014


Mildura set to host TAC Cup match in 2014

By Mitch Rodd Dec. 12, 2013, 5:21 p.m
MILDURA will host a TAC Cup football game for the first time in three years in 2014.
The Bendigo Pioneers and the NSW/ACT Rams are set to go head to head in Sunraysia on Saturday, May 31 in the TAC Cup fixture, released this afternoon.more
2009 Bendigo Pioneers

Stars Sweat on Call

THE wait for several of the Bendigo Bank Pioneers best of the past two seasons is almost over.

Sam Heavyside and Jacob Chisari, Isaiah Miller, Brandon Spurr and Jordan Mangan are considered the club's leading prospects for Thursday's AFL national draft.more

Pioneers 2014 - Host Families Required for Relocating Players


Chisari Rewarded for Dedication

YOU can teach kids to be better kicks, to be more confident over the ball and to follow team rules, but you can’t teach what Jacob Chisari has in droves, writes David O'Neillmore

Jacob Chisari 2013 Morrish Medal Winner

MORRISH medallist and TAC Cup Team of the Year ruck-rover Jacob Chisari has one more footy contest to tackle this year.
The Bendigo Bank Pioneers captain has earned selection for this Sunday’s Young Guns match at North Port Oval.more

Pioneers almost upset Premiership Favourites

THE Bendigo Bank Pioneers fell agonisingly short of upsetting Geelong Falcons in the TAC Cup clash on Saturday at Epsom-Huntly.

See your ad hereA fourth goal by onballer Sam Heavyside from Strathfieldsaye Storm put Bendigo within four points at 19 seconds to go.more
Pioneers 21st Celebration

Siblings have shone over the year for the Pioneers

MANY brothers have made their mark over the years with the Bendigo Pioneers Football Club.
Some of the most recognised families in the club’s 21-year history in TAC Cup action are Geary and Selwood.more

Young duo keen to NAB their chances

SAM Kerridge and Ollie Wines have followed similar paths to the AFL, shining at the Bendigo Pioneers before becoming top draft picks at the Crows and Power respectively.more

Pioneers primed to impress against Metro

SEVEN players from the Bendigo Bank Pioneers will aim to fire in Sunday’s AFL Victoria Young Guns match at Carlton’s Visy Park.

See your ad herePioneers team-mates Liam Barrett, Harry Conway, Billy Evans, Danny Jones, Fergus Payne, Blake Poyser and Josh Ryan will join forces as Victoria Country takes on Victoria Metro.more

Bendigo Pioneers stung by Dandenong once again

FOR the second time this TAC Cup season, the Bendigo Bank Pioneers could not stop the Dandenong Stingrays charge to victory in Saturday’s 13th round.

See your ad hereBendigo played well to be within 17 points at half-time on Dandenong’s turf at Shepley Oval.
The Stingrays lifted their intensity dramatically in the third term and capitalised on several turnovers.more

Harveys hard work rewarded at Golden Square

TRAINING the day after a defeat in an under-18s grand final showed just how determined Golden Square’s Regan Harvey was to play for the Bendigo Pioneers Football Club this year.
Harvey’s dedication to training throughout summer resulted in being much fitter and stronger for the Pioneers gruelling pre-season.more

Bendigo Battle to halt Sandringhams run

WINLESS in June, Sandringham Dragons kicked off a new month by beating Bendigo Pioneers in Saturday’s TAC Cup under-18s football clash at Carlton’s Visy Park.

See your ad hereThe Pioneers teamed well to be within nine points at half-time, but Sandringham’s efficiency through midfield and in attack proved too much as the match went on.more

Pioneers face Dragons' fire at Carlton

Winless the past two and four rounds respectively, te Bendigo Bank Pioneers and Sandringham Dragons will be fired up for today’s AFL Victoria TAC Cup under-18 match at Carlton’s Visy Park.

See your ad hereSince a hard-fought victory against Calder Cannons, Bendigo’s past two hit-outs have ended in defeat to North Ballarat and Murray.more
Pioneers 21st Celebration

Rosa recalls Pios Glory Days

A LOT has happened in the 14 years since Simon Rosa first travelled from Brim to play his first match for the Bendigo Bank Pioneers Football Club.

See your ad hereIt’s been a road well travelled in which Rosa has played for the Pioneers, Carlton, Bendigo Bombers, Peel Thunder in WA and now Golden Square.more


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Aussie's love sport, so tell us what your favorite venue is and be in the running to WIN a nightmore

Footy club women making mark in various ways

WHETHER it be as physios, rehab co-ordinators or dieticians, more and more women are making their mark at football clubs right across the country.

The off-field team at the Bendigo Bank Pioneers Football Club includes seven females playing a variety of roles in the 2013 season.more

Rebels hold out Pioneers in Thriller

THE Bendigo Bank Pioneers were beaten by the North Ballarat Rebels in the clash of the goldfields in Saturday’s AFL Victoria TAC Cup action in Ballarat.

Aiming for their fourth win of the season and consecutive victories for the first time, Bendigo started well to be 20-all at quarter-time.more

Bendigo Pioneers outgun Calder Cannons

THE Bendigo Bank Pioneers outgunned Calder Cannons in Saturday’s ninth round of the AFL Victoria TAC Cup under-18s season.

Strathfieldsaye Storm midfielder Sam Heavyside marked one of his best matches of the year as he racked up more than 40 possessions in a best-on-ground peformance at the QEO.more
Jake Stringer - Holiday Inn Stay Fanatical Ambassador 2012

Bendigo Pioneers / Holiday Inn Partnership

Bendigo Pioneers Partnership
As the Official Hotel Group of the Australian Football League (AFL), Holiday
Inn hotels in Melbourne are pleased to announce their support of young
regional players through its newly established partnership with the Bendigo
Pioneers Football Club.more

Heavyside recovers from injury

AS Oliver Wines continues to stake a claim for the AFL’s NAB Rising Star honour, spare a thought for Sam Heavyside.

Heavyside and Wines were once teammates, they came through the Bendigo Pioneers program together.more

Pioneers go down to in-form Rangers

EASTERN Ranges were too strong for the Bendigo Pioneers in the TAC Cup round eight clash on Saturday at Box Hill.

See your ad hereAlthough the Pioneers dictated long periods of play and matched Ranges in many contests, Eastern capitalised on forward 50m entries so much better.more

Kerridge joins race for AFL Rising Star Award

A CAREER-BEST performance in Adelaide’s stunning fightback to beat North Melbourne has put Sam Kerridge in the running for the AFL’s Rising Star awardmore

Bendigo Pioneers Newsletter vs Eastern Ranges


Bendigo Pioneers give TAC Cup flag favourites a scare

THE Bendigo Pioneers kept the heat on the unbeaten Geelong Falcons in Saturday’s TAC Cup contest at Craigieburn’s Highgate Reserve.

Although the Pioneers did not win, there were many positives to take from the club’s seventh hit-out of the season.more

Bendigo Pioneers Newsletter vs Geelong Falcons May 25th 2013


Tough Break for Bendigo Pioneer Jaden McGrath

A BROKEN nose won’t stop Bendigo Pioneer Jaden McGrath playing in the national under-18 championships.more

Bendigo Pioneers Newsletter - May 13th 2013


Rivals Clash in School Football at the QEO in Bendigo

THEY carried underdog status before last year’s upset victory and Catholic College Bendigo is happy to do so in today’s Premier League football clash with Bendigo Senior Secondary College at the QEO.more

Bendigo Pioneers answers Oakleigh's late charge to win TAC Cup clash

INSPIRED by the play of captain Jacob Chisari, Sam Heavyside and ruckman Jordan Mangan, the Bendigo Bank Pioneers ...more

Bendigo Pioneers Newsletter - May 4th 2013


Penaltys costly for Pioneers

THE Bendigo Pioneers crashed to a hat-trick of defeats in the TAC Cup under-18s action as Northern Knights won Saturday’s match at Preston by 21 points.more

Cakitaki travels to any length

THERE’S a mantra about the lengths players will go to get a game, but Josh Cakitaki took it to new levels earlier this season.more

Power too good for Bendigo

Gippsland Power has sent an ominous warning to the competition with 105-point victory over the Bendigo Pioneers on Saturday, as David O'Neill and Darren Edmondston.more

Bendigo Pioneers Newsletter - April 16th 2013


Bendigo Pioneers Newsletter - April 10th 2013


Chisari steps up to captaincy at Bendigo Pioneers

ACTIONS more so than words will be the way Jacob Chisari tackles captaincy of the Bendigo Pioneers in this year’s AFL Victoria TAC Cup under-18s competition.

See your ad hereChisari marked his first match as the club’s on-field leader with a seven-goal victory in the Easter Saturday match against North Ballarat Rebelsmore
2009 Bendigo Pioneers

Bendigo Pioneers mark great start to season by beating North Ballarat Rebels

THE Bendigo Bank Pioneers kicked off their season by beating North Ballarat Rebels in the AFL TAC Cup under-18s football clash at Craigieburn on Easter Saturday.more

Wines adjusts to being at Port Adelaide

Last season’s Bendigo Pioneers skipper Oliver Wines has spoken glowingly about the TAC Cup club’s professionalism helping his transition to AFL ranks.more

Bendigo Pioneers Newsletter - March 26th 2013


Bendigo Pioneers Newsletter - March 19th 2013


Pioneers to Kick In for Shave for a Cure

The Bendigo Pioneers are asking the community to help them support a good cause.

See your ad hereThe TAC Cup club has raised more than $7500 towards the Leukaemia Foundation’s World’s Greatest Shave, but want to reach $10,000 by next week.more

Bendigo Pioneers Newsletter - March 4th 2013


Bendigo Pioneers Newsletter - Feb 26th 2013


SFNL fills out Pioneers list: Local players set for 2013 TAC Cup season, including five new faces

Five new names from the SFNL will be on the Bendigo Pioneers’ list for the 2013 TAC Cup season.

See your ad hereNearly a quarter of the Pioneers’ 40-man squad – eight – will be SFNL players.more

Steve Ball - The Pacific Institute

Last Saturday following an invitation from the very progressive TAC CUP coach David Newett. I made the trip to Swan Hill to work with the Bendigo Pioneers squad around the process of giving and receiving feedback from and to their peers.more

Bendigo Pioneers 2013 Draw - Under 16 & 18


Bendigo Pioneers Duo Among Drafts Hottest Prospects

FOR the first time since 2003 the Bendigo Pioneers could have two players selected in the top 10 of the AFL National Draft.more

Wines Worth Bottling

OLIVER Wines has become used to fitting a lot into his days.

The 17-year-old, considered one of the best midfielders available at this year's NAB AFL Draft, lives in Echuca, the Victorian town on the New South Wales border.more

Bendigo Bank Pioneers Football Club rewards Chisari

MILDURA’S Jacob Chisari yesterday joined an elite group to have won the Neville Strauch Memorial Trophy as the Bendigo Bank Pioneers Football Club’s champion player for the 2012 season.

Chisari’s consistency in his 17 matches was a highlight in his debut season in the AFL Victoria TAC Cup under-18s competition.more

Pioneers players in demand

After a year of greater team success, a number of Bendigo Bank Pioneers players are beginning to receive recognition for outstanding individual seasons.more

Pioneers battle to halt Oakleigh's Charge

Oakleigh charged to a 76 point victory against the Bendigo Bank Pioneers in Saturdays TAC Cup Under 18 Football Match at the QEO.more

Pioneers players can take time out

Moama’s Christian Burgess and Echuca’s Oliver Wines will be staying home, rather than travelling across the country side.

By Zach Hubbermore

Pioneers win at Huntly

THE Bendigo Bank Pioneers scored five of the last six goals to beat Northern Knights in Saturday’s TAC Cup match at Huntly.
Northern led 40-25 in the fifth minute of the final quarter, but the Pioneers refused to give up.
A goal by Eaglehawk’s Jake Stringer on the run kick-started Bendigo’s brilliant fightback.more

Bannockburn family warns of speeding dangers

16 Jul, 2012 08:31 AM
A REGIONAL man whose son died in a car crash hopes sharing his story will prompt young drivers to act responsibly behind the wheel.
Norm Robinson’s 19-year-old son, Luke, died in an early-morning car crash in 2010.more

Wines joins elite club

BENDIGO Pioneers captain Oliver Wines has joined an elite club.
Wines, 17, capped an outstanding AFL national under-18 championships by being named in the centre for the All-Australian team.more

Pioneers outpointed by Falcons

09 Jul, 2012 04:00 AM
A 10-MINUTE burst in which a 10-point lead became an 18-point deficit cost the Bendigo Bank Pioneers in Saturday’s TAC Cup clash with Geelong Falcons at Strathfieldsaye.
Playing at the Tannery Lane for premiership points for the first time, Bendigo led by five points at half-time.more

Pioneers star Wines earns praise from coach

Gun Bendigo Bank Pioneers midfielder Oliver Wines could make the step up to playing AFL next season, according to his TAC Cup coach David Newett.
Wines is considered a certainty to be drafted and could follow in the footsteps of last season’s Pioneers skipper, Sam Kerridge, who debuted for Adelaide against Hawthorn in round three.more

Inside the Pioneers' inner sanctum

It’s 10am on June 17 at the Queen Elizabeth Oval and many of the Bendigo Pioneers players are already in the changerooms – two hours before a clash with the Dandenong Stingrays.

It’s a big game for the Pioneers. Last start they were disappointing in a 28-point loss to bottom-team Eastern Ranges in a game almost everyone expected them to win.more

Bendigo Pioneers team-mates collide as NSW-ACT tackles Victoria Country

30 May, 2012 04:00 AM
TEAM-MATES one Saturday, opponents the next.
That’s the scenario for Bendigo Pioneers clubmates Sam Heavyside, Sam Clyne and Christian Burgess in this Saturday’s AFL national under-18 championships clash between Victoria Country and NSW-ACT at Blacktown.more
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Pioneers in Cliffhanger Defeat - After the Siren Goal

A GOAL from a free kick awarded in the final second denied the Bendigo Pioneers victory in the TAC Cup under-18s football clash with Queensland on Saturday at Collingwood’s Victoria Park.more

Mee rises to challenge with Bendigo Pioneers

25 May, 2012 04:00 AM
FOR the second time in as many weeks, Bendigo Pioneers wingman Nick Mee will tomorrow grace the field where Collingwood Football Legends legends such as Peter Daicos, the Coventrys, Bob Rose and many more made their mark at Victoria Park.more


Wrist surgery ends Liam Byrne's season

22 May, 2012 04:00 AM
Bendigo Pioneers star Liam Byrne will have season-ending surgery on his wrist today.
Byrne, 17, had carried the injury throughout the TAC Cup under-18s season, but it became increasingly painful and he was told it needed to be operated on.more

Bendigo Pioneers trio selected for AFL national under-18 titles

23 May, 2012 04:00 AM
BENDIGO Pioneers clubmates Oliver Wines, Sam Heavyside and Jake Stringer have earned selection in Victoria Country’s squad for the AFL national under-18 championships.more

Chisari the hero for BSSC Lions

Jacob Chisari’s after the siren match-winning goal has capped a best on ground performance in BSSC Lions’ clash with Essendon-Keilor at the QEO yesterday.

Chisari received a free-kick for a trip 30m out from goal on a slight angle moments before the final siren, and he calmly slotted the shot to hand his school a two-point victory 11.5 (71) to 10.9 (69).more

Pioneers in race to play at national under-18 footy titles

SEVEN young guns from the Bendigo Pioneers squad are in the running to represent Victoria Country at this year’s AFL national under-18 championships.
Key forward Jake Stringer, onballers Oliver Wines and Sam Heavyside, midfielder Harry O’Meara, ruckman Zac May, key defender Isaiah Miller and half-back flanker Liam Byrne are in the 50-player squad.more

Bendigo Pioneers ambushed by Murray Bushrangers in opening quarter

14 May, 2012 04:00 AM
A FIRST-QUARTER ambush by the Murray Bushrangers played a big part in Saturday’s 45-point victory against Bendigo Pioneers in round seven of the TAC Cup under-18s football competition.more

Chisari makes tough call to head south to pursue footy goals with Bendigo Pioneers

12 May, 2012 04:00 AM
LEAving family and friends in Mildura to pursue his footballing goals was a tough call for Bendigo Pioneers rover Jacob Chisari to make over summer.more

Pioneers Outgunned by the Cannons

Nathan Dole - Bendigo Advertiser

CALDER Cannons outgunned the Bendigo Bank Pioneers in the last quarter as they won Saturday's TAC Cup under-18s football match at Moama by 34 points.
The Pioneers marked their first match on the border for several years by being 15 points up with a quarter to play.more

Bendigo Pioneers star eyes Moama win

04 May, 2012 04:00 AM
ECHUCA’S Christian Burgess will be aiming to continue his goalkicking run when the Bendigo Bank Pioneers take on Calder Cannons in tomorrow’s TAC Cup under-18s football match at Moama.more

Stringer kicks 10 in perfect return to Bendigo Pioneers line-up

30 Apr, 2012 04:00 AM
JAKE Stringer marked his first TAC Cup match for the Bendigo Bank Pioneers in 391 days by kicking 10 goals in the AFL Victoria under-18s clash with Northern Knights on Saturday.more

Jake's Back

21 Apr, 2012 04:00 AM
THIS time last year Jake Stringer was pondering where his football future lay.
The Bendigo Pioneers star had suffered a badly broken leg which would sideline him for the AIS-AFL Academy tour of Europe and the remainder of the TAC Cup season.

A heartbreaking scenario for a 16-year-old who had the footy world at his feet.more

Selwood signs up for 3 years

18 Apr, 2012 04:00 AM
FORMER Bendigo Pioneers star Scott Selwood has signalled his intention to be an Eagle for life after signing a three-year deal with West Coast yesterday.
Selwood, 22, established himself as one of the competition’s best shutdown players last season, but has taken his game to even greater heights in 2012 as a more attacking midfielder.more

Bendigo Pioneers fight back to win clash on Oakleigh’s turf

09 Apr, 2012 04:00 AM
A GREAT fightback by the Bendigo Bank Pioneers was capped with a three-point victory in the AFL Victoria TAC Cup under-18 football match on Easter Saturday against Oakleigh Chargers.more

Pioneers Beaten In Season Opener


Tough task for Pioneers in season-opener

31 Mar, 2012 03:00 AM
It’s been little more than five months since the appointment of the Bendigo Pioneers’ full-time coach David Newett and the TAC Cup team will be looking to begin a new era when they take on the Geelong Falcons in Ballarat today.more

Strathfieldsaye quintet selected to play in TAC Cup

31 Mar, 2012 03:00 AM
When the Bendigo Pioneers run out onto Eureka Stadium in Ballarat this afternoon, five of the TAC Cup under-18 team will have come from Bendigo’s newest senior men’s football club – the Strathfieldsaye Storm.more

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Bendigo Pioneers Round 1 - 'Speed Hurts' Driving Activity


Position Vacant - Bendigo Pioneers Ruck Coach


Bendigo Pioneers Fitness Testing - Monday 30th Jan @ 3.30pm

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Bendigo Pioneers Practice Match Schedule 2011/12


Pioneers appoint new coach for 2012 Tac Season


Bendigo Pioneers forge stronger links with Bendigo Senior Secondary College


Which feeder clubs are filling AFL lists and producing the star players?

An article from Brett Anderson in Inside Footy Magazine.



Pioneers players to participate in a V Squad Talented Player Camp in Bendigo

The camp is being held on the 20-21st at Harry Trott oval b/w 9am- 4.30pm, with talented Under 13 players from the Bendigo Region participating...



TAC Incentive Scheme - Players, Parents &Staff

Captain Chris Judd with the kids and parents from the Long Gully Neighbourhood centre

Youngsters meet Carlton stars

Youngsters meet Carlton stars

Thursday 8th July, a group of Central Victorian children toured Visy Park, the home of the Carlton Football Club. Even more exciting for the youngsters will be the chance to meet and greet some of the Blues, including Senior Coach Brett Ratten, and some of their star players. Please view our photo gallery by clicking the tab on the right hand side of this page...more

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Bendigo AFCA Coaches of the Year Awards

On behalf of the local Bendigo Australian Football Coaches Association (AFCA) branch I have great pleasure in announcing the winners of Coach of the Year.

Coaches came from the Bendigo Football League, Loddon Valley Football League, Heathcote and District Football League, Bendigo Junior Football League, Castlemaine Junior Football League and Kynton and District Junior Football Leaguemore

Bendigo AFCA Coaches Seminars

Bendigo AFCA presents a FREE meet the
Essendon Football Club Assistant Coaches

Two big nights, two assistant coaches each night

Golden Square Football Oval (Bendigo Pioneers Rooms)
5.30pm Skills session with Bendigo Pioneers players
6.30pm Information and question time
Light refreshments providedmore

Questions to ask AFL Player Agents

Click here to view a list of questions potential draftees might want to ask of their prospective player manager.more
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