The Banks Bulldogs Football Club was established in 1978 as a founding member of the Carlton United Sunday competition, the forerunner of the Northern Territory Football Association being formed in 1982, in recent years becoming known as TEAFA. Last season the TEAFA merged with the NTFL forming a three tiered competition.
The Club's first ever game was played as a social match between the Commonwealth Bank and Westpac. After the match it was thought we could perhaps form a 'proper' side. Banks Bulldogs took on the NTFL C Grade sides as well as Pints and Combined Services.
Over the next few years the make up of the competition saw new sides come including Katherine, Jabiru and Tracy Village with University joining later.
During these changing times Banks have always had a competitive playing group and a strong committee, something that continues today.
The football club in the early years was run on a very small budget and sponsorship was minimal. Our sole sponsor for many years was CUB and our motto 'Powered by Fosters' which was taken seriously by the playing group.
Players filled almost all committee positions and social functions were well patronised and enthusiastically attended. The early 1980's saw several changes that have left lasting legacies on the Club.
Lifelong friendships and lasting fond memories are things Banks Football Club offered and continue to do so.
More recently in 2010/11, the TEAFA merged with the NTFL creating a three tiered competition with Banks being represented in Division 1 and 2. The Banks Bulldogs have now participated in two full seasons making an immediate impact in the competition making 4 grand finals from a possible 4 and winning two of them. We have won Division 2 in our first season in 10/11 and Division 1 in our second year 11/12.
Since 1978, Banks have made 43 out of a possible 58 grand finals wining 19 premierships across both teams. The A Grade/Division 1 have won 10 flags and been runner-ups 15 times, and the Killer B's winning 9 with 9 second place finishes. Very few clubs can boast this level of success over an extended period of time.
In 2015/16 Banks entered their first Under 12 junior team and in 2017/18 the Club grew their Junior base further by adding a Under 14 junior team . This is a great step forward for the club and to build the young future of the club.
The Club has expanded further with the addition of 5 x Women's Netball Teams playing in the local Darwin Competition since 2016/17 further diversifying the Club for future growth and sustainability.