The Kenmore Australian Football Club
, also known as the Kenmore Bears
is an Australian rules football
club formed as an off-shoot of an older junior club which is notable as having produced Australian Football League
players Mal Michael
and Courtenay Dempsey
The Kenmore Bears was formed in the 1997 season. The Club was originally formed to give players from the Kenmore Juniors AFC an opportunity to play senior football close to home. At that stage, the closest senior club, West Brisbane Australian Football Club
, had folded after winning the 1996 Queensland Australia Football League (QAFL) Premiership.
In its first season, Kenmore fielded one side in the Division 3 competition in what was then the Brisbane Australian Football League (BAFL). They originally played out of the home of the Kenmore Juniors, at Akuna Oval in Kenmore. In their first season, Kenmore tasted success, winning the Premiership. This was followed quickly by another Premiership in 1998.
In 1999, Kenmore were promoted to the 2nd Division of the BAFL. Playing in this Division required the formation of two sides. It was Kenmore's hardest season since their formation, with both sides winning only a handful of games and finishing towards the bottom of the table.
In 2000, the BAFL merged with its Gold Coast equivalent to form the Australian Football League South Queensland (AFLSQ). Kenmore played in two losing Division 3 Grand Finals of the new... Read More