The Entrance Bateau Bay BLUES, as they are now known, came into being in the year 1995. At that time the Bateau Bay AFC consisted of three grades of senior football being, Seniors, Reserves and Under 17 - all competing within the Central Coast Australian Football League. The home ground being based at Pat Morley Oval along The Entrance Road, between Bateau Bay and Forresters Beach on the New South Wales Central Coast.
In that year the then controlling body decided that all teams competing with the competition would only be allowed to do so if they were to field junior teams in the Under 12, 15, and 17 age divisions. Not to do so would incur the loss of competition points for the senior team - whom at that time had competed in the last three Grand Finals.
So it came to pass that the 'Baby Blues' were born and fell under the Bateau Bay Australian Football Club banner.
In 1995 our Under 12 team consisted mainly of any siblings that the Club could muster through senior players. Consequently, the Under 12 team consisted mainly of 5 to 8 year olds. Many of those players continued to play on throughout subsequent years, all the way up to the Under 16s.
Unfortunately, at the season end of 1998 due to circumstances beyond the Club's control, we were forced to leave our home due to environmental concerns of the local council and forced to seek another home. After a season playing in a paddock (now the Mingara Leisure Centre, Tumbi Umbi), the act ultimately led to the demise of our senior teams due to the lack of training and playing facilities. However, it was decided by a few 'bluebloods' that a concerted effort should be placed in the direction of the junior players that had stood by the Club no matter what - and enjoyed playing football together anywhere at anytime!!!
Hence, the following year Eastern Road Oval at Bateau Bay was offered to the Club, as a temporary home as no other alternative could be found by either the local authorities or the Club. Although the ground size and amenities offered leave a little bit to be desired (and still do), it became the home of the newly-named 'THE ENTRANCE BATEAU BAY AUSTRALIAN FOOTBALL CLUB'. The club would remain there until the end of the 2010 season.
2011 marked a return to Pat Morley Oval, renamed Bateau Bay Sporting Facility, with a newly constructed ground, change rooms, canteen and night lighting. The facilities are second to none, with the ground now being the unofficial "home" of AFL on the Central Coast, playing host to rep games, school competitions, Black Diamond matches and AFL 9s.
2012 was another landmark year for the club, with the construction of our fantastic new Clubhouse, adjacent to the amenities building. A joint project between The Blues, AFL NSW/ACT and Central Coast Softball, as well as a NSW Government Community Building Partnership grant, the clubhouse provides a superb indoor training and meeting facility. We would like to thank all past and present parents and volunteers whose contributions over the years (through BBQs, canteens, fund raising etc) helped the club to amass enough funds to make this dream become a reality.
At this time the club participates in the National "Auskick' program, aimed at the 5 - 9 year age group and competes with the Central Coast Junior Australian Football League in the Under 9, 11, 13, 15 and 17 age divisions (as do all other competing Clubs). 2013 will be an exciting year as we will be fielding an Under 15 all-girls team for the first time.
The Club prides itself on the enjoyment of all participating players, parents and spectators through the game of Australian Rules Football. The atmosphere of the Club is one of informality and social interaction between players, coaches and parents alike. One of the highlights of the season is our annual weekend away in November, which in recent years has been held at Del Rio Resort at Wisemans Ferry.
If you would like any further information about our Club, then please do no hesitate to contact a committee member or, if you happen to be in the neighborhood please drop in, say 'hello' and have a kick around with us!!