Our History


The Gippsland Gladiators Gridiron Club rose from the ashes of an old flag football team in October of 2010. Two of the original players, Buck Buchanan and Chris King, found themselves involved in something much larger than a casual Saturday game amongst friends when news of the new Gippsland gridiron team spread.  Within two weeks their two players had grown to twenty-five and the Gladiators now boast a roster of over forty players. They attracted players from all over Gippsland, including Maffra, Sale, Stratford, Heyfield, Traralgon, Morwell, Moe, Leongatha and Drouin, and so starting holding regular training in Sale.  It wasn’t long before their growing club started to attract media attention with newspaper, television and radio stations wanting in on the action. As a result of the increasing interest in the team and fantastic community support the Gladiators secured themselves sponsorships from many local companies, including Toongabbie Contractors, I Shoot People Photography, Spirit Bar and Lounge in Traralgon.  Due to the Gladiators media coverage and positive rapport with Latrobe City, a permanent home field was secured in their first season. This is located at the Maryvale Recreation Reserve, Morwell where the club has played host to numerous home games, including 1 double header in the 2013 season. 

In 2011 the Gippsland Gladiators came runner up in their first season, being beaten in the 2nd Division Vic Bowl by the Northern Raiders. 

In 2012 & 2013 the Gippsland Gladiators ranks were struck heavily with injuries and struggled to enjoy the success of their previous year.

2014 welcomed the return of Paul Tindal as Head Coach and the new addition of a 4 man Coaching Staff. The gladiators brought home the Division Two VicBowl championship in 2014.

In our 2015 season, the Gladiators welcomed back head coach Don Veale with 95% of our players being Rookies. Although the gladiators were short on numbers they were not short on spirit or fight. The gladiators played their hearts out every game and hit just as hard in the last quarter as they did inthe first.