Katanning Wanderers or Wanderers as it was known, was formed in 1922 and played in a small association of local & district clubs Wanderers, Imperials, Rovers & Railways. The colours of black and yellow have always been associated with the club, as has the tiger emblem and nickname.
Post Second World War, after a gap of six years, Wanderers reformed and in the late forties and fifties was very successful on the field with 5 premierships, 1948, 1953, 1955, 1956 and 1957. The Quartermaine Family,( a Quartermaine has played for Wanderers every years since its formation) early settlers in Katanning in the 1860’s were prominent members of the club with Eric, Ross & Fred outstanding players.
The 1960’s was also a fruitful era for the club with premierships in 1963, 1967, 1968, the last two under East Fremantle Hall of Fame player Con Regan, who came to town as the local police Sergeant and coached the club during his time in Katanning. The 1968 Grand Final against Kojonup will forever be remembered for the fierce hail storm during the game that forced the game to be abandoned and replayed the following week.
In 1971 Alan Quartermaine, a former Wanderers player won the Sandover Medal playing for East Perth in the WAFL.
The 1970’s was a lean period for the club and it went from 1968 till 1983 before another premiership. The club recruited Adrian Edwards, Michael Allen and Allan Campbell to the club and with a wealth of young talent won premierships in 1983, 1985 and 1986 under Campbell’s coaching.
During this era Wanderers played in the Central Great Southern Football League, against teams from Cranbrook (folded in 1978), Nyabing (moved in 1972), Dumbleyung, Tambellup, Kojonup, Katanning Australs and in 1983 Kukerin.
In 1990, a drastic change occurred when the CGSFL folded as Kukerin & Dumbleyung, now amalgamated, moved to UGSFL and Australs, Wanderers, Tambellup & Kojonup moved to the Great Southern League, centred in Albany.
The GSFL league was formed in 1991 after an amalgamation of the Southern Districts (Denmark, Royals, North Mt Barker, North Albany, Railways, South Mt Barker) and Central Great Southern (Katanning Australs, Kojonup, Tambellup, Katanning Wanderers, Kukerin, Dumbleyung). Katanning Wanderers has played-off in four league grand finals but has been unable to win one.
The GSFL with ten teams became a new challenge for Katanning Wanderers but with Katanning Australs & Tambellup folding, North & South Mount Barker, amalgamating and Kojonup moving to LSWFL, the competition became six teams, with Katanning Wanderers the only northern team.
Katanning Wanderers left GSFL and joined the UGSGFL in 2003, to provide a better competition for its junior side, with the under 14’s competition played all on the same day, as the Colts, Reserves and League. The current competition comprises Boddington, Williams, Wickepin, Narrogin Hawks, Wagin, Katanning Wanderers, Kukerin/Dumbleyung & Brookton/Pingelly.
Katanning Wanderers played-off in the 2011 grand final against Williams but without success. The Reserves, Colts and Under 14’s have won multiple premierships in the UGSFL, the club has a strong following, home and away and has made a successful home at Quartermaine Oval and the Sprig Bar.
KWFC host games at home on Quartermaine Oval approximately every 2 weeks (please check the fixtures page for more specific information).
Supporters may find the following information helpful;
Entrance to home and away games will cost
Child U/16 free
The Canteen is open from 9am until aproximately 4pm
The bar is open from 3pm
All club members and supporters are invited to join us for dinner and drinks in the Sprig Bar after the conclusion of the League game. The presentations for the days games commence at approximately 7pm.