The Croydon Rangers are a successful American Football Team located at Croydon in Melbourne, Australia. We are members of G.V (Gridiron Victoria) and compete year round in different leagues against other teams located around Victoria.
In 1983 at Monash University a group of students and friends formed the Monash Vipers gridiron club. Monash Vipers made contact with two other clubs in Victoria: the Melbourne Steelers and Frankston Outlaws. The first organised game in Victoria was between three teams who played against New South Wales team. The first Victorian game was between the Vipers and Steelers, with Vipers winning 8-7.
In the late 1983 early 1984 the Monash Vipers Committee, having little response from the University (with regards to grounds and assistance) moved to Croydon, as the Croydon Council were able to provide them a playing ground. In early 1984 Croydon – together with the Steelers, Outlaws and Geelong Wildcats – formed the Victorian Gridiron Football League with 1984 being the inaugural American Gridiron Football season in Victoria.
The Rangers are the only remaining founding Club and have had a very successful history, with many players selected to for Victorian and Australian duties.
The Rangers played their first season at Ainslie Park in Croydon. The first year was played without pads or helmets with Outlaws defeating Rangers 12-0 in the inaugural Vic Bowl.
January 1985 the first fully equipped (pads, helmets etc.) game was played at VFL Park in front of 30,000 plus crowd between Victoria and New South Wales (Victoria winning 16-6) as a curtain raiser to the Wyoming Cowboysand Utep Miners.
The Rangers are always looking for more people to join the club and you don’t need to know anything about Gridiron when you first start out. If you would like to get involved with the Croydon Rangers as a player or in any other capacity like coaching or administration please click on the contacts page where you can send us an e-mail to express your interest in joining Victoria’s most successful Gridiron team.
In 2013 the Croydon Rangers celebrated their 30th anniversary, formed in 1984 the Rangers look forward to another 30 years of Gridiron in Victoria.