Hall of Fame Inductee 2019 - Derrick Filo

Derrick Filo
Castlemaine FNC/Kyneton FNC/Kangaroo Flat FNC/Eaglehawk FNC

An icon of the Bendigo Football Netball League, Derrick Filo possesses a record and statistics that are unrivalled and will likely never be matched.

An ironman of BFL/BFNL history, Derrick remains the only player in the League’s long and illustrious history to reach the magical mark of 400 senior matches. Very few others have achieved a combined tally of 400 BFNL games through a combination of Senior and Reserves matches, but Derrick sits atop the list with this incredible feat.

Derrick played 170 games with Castlemaine between 1984 and 1994, which included the 1992 Premiership as the skipper of the Magpies team. A move to Kyneton produced one of the more dominant periods for the club under Filo’s leadership, for a tally of 95 games as playing coach of the Tigers including the ’95 and ’97 premierships and a runner up position in 1996.

During 2000-2002, Derrick led the Kangaroo Flat team to success with 55 games for the club, including a 2000 grand final appearance and 3rd placed finish to the 2001 season. Another change of scenery, this time to Eaglehawk, where he coached the Borough to the 2007 and 2008 premierships. Filo added another 80 matches to his tally and in Round 7 of 2007 at 38 years of age, reached the astonishing figure of 400 Senior BFNL matches played. Since ticking the 400-mark off his list of achievements, Derrick has gone on to play more than 50 further senior games for Eaglehawk, Kyneton and Castlemaine.

Derrick’s influence reached further than just a player, imparting a wealth of knowledge during senior coaching roles with Castlemaine, Kyneton, Kangaroo Flat and Eaglehawk. And that is not counting the extraordinary 23 times he represented the BFNL at inter league level – the most representative games in BFNL history. His impact at representative level was so profound that to this day, the current league Best on Ground award for the annual senior inter league football match is known as the “Derrick Filo Medal”. A highlight of his many years playing representative football was captaining the Blue and Gold team to victory in the 2002 VCFL Country Championships Division 2 title.

Awarded Life Membership to the BFNL in 2003, the list of accolades Derrick has achieved throughout his BFNL journey are truly unparalleled. Derrick also achieved the highest individual award in BFNL football, the Michelsen Medal, in 1991. Crowned the fairest and best player during his Castlemaine playing days, Derrick polled 21 votes in the ’91 season to take home the coveted award.

A giant of our League and worthy inductee to the BFNL Hall of Fame, the League has never seen a playing record as impressive as Derrick’s, which may never be matched.

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