Western Crusaders


Henry Turner Memorial Reserve
Myers Road Footscray

We are an American Football team located in the Western Suburbs of Melbourne, Australia.

Founded in 1998, the Western Crusaders were bound for glory, winning the 1999 VicBowl Championship and then again in 2000 & 2007. The Crusaders consistently have been in the finals since their inclusion and strive for success on and off the field. Throughout their success since 1998, the Western Crusaders have not forgotten their past.

Originally named the Westside Vikings, the team has been apart of Gridiron in Victoria since the early 1980?s. It’s proud history of accomplishments and players, some of whom tread the paths in other countries playing the great sport and others, still to this day, either continue to support the game and the team.

The Founding Members of the Western Crusaders are:

Bruce Parke, Glenn Parke, Lance Willie, Peter Steve, Scott Hayden & Tony Harris – all of the Founding Members remain apart – (in one way or another) of the Western Crusaders to this day.

The Western Crusaders are pleased with the intake of players. A vast majority are sourced from within the Western Suburbs of Melbourne. A high proportion of the players are residents around the Crusaders facility.

The Western Crusaders have been fortunate enough over the years to benefit from the services of experienced players from the USA, Japan, Canada, Norway, United Kingdom, New Zealand, Samoa, Tonga, Italy and others.

This influx of experience and talent propels the Crusaders to success each year but also enables them to have long-lasting links and friendships to the Football Community WORLDWIDE.

To find out more about American Football (Gridiron) in Australia, please send us an email to wcrusders@gmail.com

11 Responses to Western Crusaders

  1. Mary Phin says:

    I am just writing to ask who won the raffle draw that was supposed to be drawn on the 12th September 2010.
    Thanking you
    Mary Phin

  2. Tyson Garnham says:


    I won the raffle that was drawn on the 12th of September,

  3. jason daryl cowman says:

    to who it may concern,
    I’m writting in to say that I’m interested in joining the fine team of western crusaders, i haven’t played professionally before but have wanted to play gridiron for a long time. please get back to me on what i have to do to join up and play. regards jason cowman

  4. Allen Cazar says:

    To Jason Cowman,

    Come visit the ground and do training with the juniors (if you are under 18). We train every Wednesday and Friday at 6-8:30pm

  5. joseph johnson says:

    i left tis comment on the wcrusaders website but i a m yet to hear a response and i need one soon so…
    I am 16 and considering going to a wednesday training session on 20th of october i was wondering whether i need to bring pads and a helmet? and if so where would it be best to buy them from?

  6. Adam O'Rourke says:

    Hi, i am interested in playing in Victoria. I have experiance in playing in the U.S. With texas A&M as defensive and offensive tackle. I am currently located in NSW however will be relocating to sunbury before christmas and looking for a team. I need to replace my helmet, so what color do i need? Secondly do you have a summer and winter season? And how many devisions are there?

  7. danlevin says:

    Hi Adam,

    The color of your helmet depends on the team you choose to play for. The Crusaders helmet is white. We have a winter season for seniors and a spring season for juniors. There is only 1 division at this stage.

  8. i am just writing to you because i am interested in playing for western crusaders. I have experiance in playing in the U.S. i played in high school, in years 7 and 8, two years ago and in a club as a wide receiver and a quarter back

  9. Brock Barta says:

    hi i am 15 and i am very interested in playing for the western crusaders, i have never played before but have played aussie rules and basketball for 5 years and always wanted to try, it would be great if you could get back to me with the details to join and getting equipment, regards Brock Barta

  10. Alex Maloney says:

    Hey my name’s Alex.

    I’m interested in playing for the Western Crusaders, currently live down in Bentleigh which is a way’s away but moving over that direction early next year. Am 17 years old, 18 in May, used to live in Canada and played casually when i was young, but not for a team. Been playing Aussie Rules AFL for Fitzroy for 4 years. Would love to get more details on your teams, when you play/train, when seasons start, how much it costs, what divisions/age categories there are etc etc….

    Thanks a lot,

    Alex Maloney

  11. Erik O'Loughlin says:

    Hey my name’s Erik

    I’m interested in playing for you next season.