WACFL History

1973: At a meeting of the WA Football League and representatives of Country Leagues, it was resolved to form the WAN Country Football League (WANCFL): Mr A S (Bud) Byfield was elected President, Mr R Black Senior Vice President, Mr N J (Jock) Beattie Junior Vice President. With one representative from each attending league appointed the WANCFL Council was formed until properly constituted.

1974: The WANCFL Constitution and rules were issued in printed form, the Committee to consist of President, Senior Vice President Junior Vice President and two elected members. Blackwood and Carnarvon-Gascoyne Associations admitted. The State, south of the 26th parallel and west of Kalgoorlie was divided into eight zones with each of the eight WAFL Clubs being allocated zones. Transfer fees for players being transferred from country to WAFL Clubs was introduced. A S Byfield re-elected as President.

1975: Executive to consist of President, Senior Vice President, Junior Vice President and four elected members. Murray Districts and Newman Leagues admitted, Blackwood Association disband, South Suburban Murray League withdrew. A S Byfield reelected President.

1976: Zoning boundaries and rules printed and issued. Appeals Tribunal formed to adjudicate on disputed clearances and Country clubs transferring from one Country league to another. A S Byfield re-elected President.

1977: Transfer fees increased. WAFL umpires supplied to Country. A S Byfield re-elected as President.

1978: Weekly Permit forms introduced, six weekly permits for players Country to WACFL Clubs until 30 June in each year. A S Byfield re-elected President.

1979: Player Insurance investigated. Alteration to zone boundaries. Players P & D record to be attached to clearance forms.

1980: A S Byfield re-elected President. The Executive to consist of eight members, four of whom shall be elected at the AGM each year and shall hold office for a two-year term.

1981: Application lodged for incorporation. Annual affiliation fee introduced, Executive to consist of President, Senior Vice President, Junior Vice President and five elected members. The Executive to appoint the President and the Senior and Junior Vice Presidents from within the Executive, annually.

1982: A S Byfield re-elected President. Constitution rewritten. Tenth anniversary of WACFL.

1983: A S Byfield re-elected President. Transfer fees increased. Ravensthorpe and Districts admitted. Lake Grace-Kulin League disband. WACFL win inaugural Interstate State Country Game against South Australian Country League at Subiaco Oval.

1984: A S Byfield re-elected President. Return Interstate Country game WACFL v SACNFL at Football Park. WAFL play two premiership fixtures in country at Bunbury and Geraldton.

1985: A S Byfield re-elected President. Seminars for Coaches, Umpires, Administrators and Trainers (Sports Medicine) was held in five major rural areas. South Australian Country League visit Perth to play WACFL. WAFL Premiership fixtures played at Dampier and Geraldton.

1986: A S Byfield re-elected President. Players Rules and Regulations amended and re-written. WACFL play South Australian Country League in Adelaide.

1987: A S Byfield re-elected President. Football Development Trust established, Regional Development Officers appointed. North Pilbara admitted. First Interstate WACFL v Victorian Country Football League game played at Subiaco Oval. Initial discussions to form Australian Country Football Council.

1988: A S Byfield re-elected President. Murray Districts withdraw. WACFL travel to Shepparton to play VCFL. Meeting of Interstate Country delegates held in Adelaide to form Australian Country Football Council.

1989: A S Byfield re-elected President. WACFL play South Australian Country League at Moora.

1990: A S Byfield re-elected President. WAFL player transfer fee payment ended. Affiliation fee increased. Southern Districts and Central Great Southern Leagues amalgamate. Murray Districts League disband. A S (Bud) Byfield, J S (Jock) Coleman awarded Life Membership. Development Officer appointed to work with Football Development Trust. Honorary Secretary / Treasurer appointed.

1991: A S Byfield retires after 18 consecutive years as President and is appointed Honorary Patron. John J Lussick elected as President. Compulsory public liability, capital benefit and player weekly benefit insurance introduced. WACFL logo registered. Burley Sekem licensed to produce and supply footballs and football apparel to WACFL.

1992: John Lussick re-elected President. WACFL appoint Terry Waldron the inaugural Manager of WACFL. Australian Wheat Board sponsor State Country Football team for the 1992/94/96 Australian Country Football Carnivals. WACFL play in ACF Carnival at Port Lincoln South Australia.

1993: John Lussick re-elected President. West Kimberley, East Kimberley Leagues admitted. A S Byfield awarded OAM. N J (Jock) Beattie and Kevin J Duffy awarded Life Membership. Three WAFL pre-season Emu Export games played in Country.

1994: John Lussick re-elected President. Australian Country Football Carnival conducted at Geraldton. Swan/Pepsi and Healthway sign sponsorship with WACFL. John Lussick awarded Life Membership. Player transfer fees introduced. A Football Commission support Carnival in Geraldton, Three WAFL Emu Export games played in Country.

1995: John Lussick re-elected President. Volunteer Merit Award Certificates presented to twelve nominated Country representatives. WACFL Executive attend four agricultural field days to promote Country Football. Three WAFL pre season Emu Export games and two WAFL Pepsi Premiership games played in Country centres.

1996: John Lussick appointed President for fifth year. Ken Baxter awarded Life Membership. Australian Country Football Carnival conducted in Cairns Queensland. Won by Victoria. John Lussick and Kevin Duffy elected President and Secretary respectively to Australian Country Football Council. Pepsi Cup WAFL fixture played at Albany. Three pre-season Emu Export games played in Country centres Gingin, Pingelly and Manjimup. North Pilbara Carnival revived and played at Karratha and Dampier.

1997: John Lussick re-elected President. North Eastern Goldfields become affiliated. CBH Grain signs a two-year sponsorship of WACFL Colts team. WA Football Commission make a grant to WACFL for development Football Carnivals of Central and Western Desert people held at Warburton.

1998: John Lussick re-elected President. Kevin Duffy retires as Honorary Secretary/Treasurer after eight years. Kevin Jones elected Honorary Secretary/Treasurer, Andrew McLellan elected to WACFL Executive. Clem Bray awarded Life Membership. Australian Country Football Carnival conducted in Bendigo Victoria. Won by Victoria. John Lussick re-elected President and Terry Waldron elected Secretary of the Australian Country Football Council. Colts section played at Wesfarmers Dalgety Country Football Championships for the first time. Jock Beattie elected WACFL Patron. Past President of Wesfarmers Championship Committee, Life Member and Patron J S (Jock) Coleman passed away. Westar fixture played in Northam for first time. CSBP sponsorship signed.

1999: John Lussick re-elected President. Terry House and Brian Watson join the WACFL Executive. Giles & Serjeant appointed new WACFL Auditors. Standardised Order Off Rule implemented. Belt-up Sponsorship launched. Swan Brewery sponsorship extended by three years. 25th year of Wesfarmers Dalgety sponsorship celebrated. Two Westar games played in Country. First ever State game held in Country WA. Kevin Jones resigns from WACFL. Debbie Molony joins office staff as Treasurer and assistant to General Manager. Victories to Senior and Colts State teams over State Amateurs. Successful Wesfarmers Dalgety Championships and Country Conference conducted.

2000: John Lussick re-elected President. Clem Bray and Ray Underwood resign from the WACFL Executive. Ian Taylor and Alan Bishop elected to the Executive. WACFL State team compete in the Westar Pre Season competition for the first time and ACFC Carnival held in Wagga Wagga New South Wales finishing second. Games also played against Amateurs and State 18's. Simplicity Machinery and Westrail become new State team support sponsors. Westar games played at Esperance, Kununurra, Karratha and Toodyay. A record twenty two teams compete at the Wesfarmers Dalgety Championships. resident John Lussick awarded Australia Medal.

2001: John Lussick and Terry "Tuck" Waldron resign from WACFL Executive. Ken Baxter after a commitment of 26 years, 10 as Vice President, has been elected President. Ian Taylor and Andrew McLellan elected Vice Presidents. Ashley Taylor and Peter Sheridan elected to the Executive. Our state side had a terrific win against the state amateur side at Rushton Park. Ken Baxter receives an AFL Merit Award for his services to country football. Former West Perth General Manager Cameron Knapton replaces Terry Waldron as General Manager. WACFL acknowledged in Crawford Report and now have a 5% vote in the election of Commissioners onto the WA Football Commission.

2002: Ken Baxter re elected President and the 5 current executive members seek renewal and are elected to Executive. WACFL state team reaches the final of the ACFC National Country Carnival following a successful leadup with wins against the WAAFL and the State 18's. A record number of 26 teams competed in the Wesfarmers Landmark Country Championships. The WACFL secure long term sponsorship with Carlton United Breweries

2003: Ken Baxter re-elected President with Cathy Vanderweide the first ever woman elected to the Executive. Graeme "Charlie" Young joins the Executive after many years service of the Eastern Districts Football League. Former Senior Vice President Ian Taylor appointed to the West Australian Football Commission as a Commissioner. CBH become a sponsor of the WACFL and have a significant impact at league level. Interstate victory of a Victorian District Football League side in Maryborough, Victoria. Life membership awarded to Executive Member, Des Seymour and longtime South West Football Administrator, Kevin Lynn. Fremantle Dockers and West Coast Eagles hold pre-season camps in Bunbury and Albany and Fremantle play Richmond in a pre-season fixture in Geraldton, the first AFL game in Rural WA for 8 years.

2004: Ken Baxter re-elected President and 5 current members seek renewal and are elected to Executive. WA hosts 2004 Australian Country Football Carnival in Bunbury in July/August. WA enters a team in both Divisions for the first time. A record number of affiliated teams participate in the Landmark Championships which celebrated 30 years of Landmark Sponsorship. Teams from the Kimberley and the Gascoyne play in the Championships for the first time. WAFC contribution to country exceeds half a millions dollars for the first time. WACFL appoint new position of Country Development Coordinator

2005: Ken Baxter re-elected President and 4 of the current Board members seek renewal and new member elected to the Executive is Barry Butterworth from the Upper Great Southern FL. Brian Watson retires from the Executive after 7 years service. WA travels to Queensland for a state fixture against the AFL Qld under 23 team. The record number of affiliated teams to participate in the championships is maintained with 26 teams participating. A side from the Pilbara enters the competition for the first time in 15 years. Seven Country Regional Development Officers are employed full time for the first time. Long time country administrator, Terry "Tuck" Waldron, awarded Life Membership to the WACFL for services to country football.

2006:
Ken Baxter re-elected as President and all current Board Members seek renewal to the Executive. Long serving Country Football Administrator, Andrew McLellan, retires from the Executive after nine years service. WACFL Life Member, Jim Milloy, does not seek re-election after 17 years service. Landmark continue their partnership with the WACFL going into the 32nd year of the Landmark Country Football Championships and for the first time a round robin concept is used in the C Section Seniors and A and B Colts. A record number of country players drafted into the AFL (10) which sees the total number of country players listed jump to 56, also a record. The Australian Railroad Group partners with the WACFL in a scholarship scheme to provide funding assistance to country clubs that produce quality talented footballers. Robyn Payne joins the WACFL team in the role of Administration Assistant after being with the WAFL for a number of years.
 
2007: Noel Miguel and Michael Kain elected onto WACFL Executive. Cameron Knapton presenting brief bi-weekly football reports on WIN News throughout regional and rural WA. Administration Assistant role increased to full time with Kellie McBean returning after maternity leave to job share with Robyn Payne. Consolidation of the Regional Model was the main focus in 2007 and The Development arm of the WAFC continued to provide funds through the Grow the Game initiative. We saw the trial of an Enviropoint system in the UGSFL Fourths competition, where teams were awarded points for good behaviour and could gain premiership points from winning quarters as well as overall results.  The trial was highly successful and should take off in leagues around WA at junior level in 2008.
 
2008: 2008 was the dawn of a new era for the West Australian Country Football League following the retirement of long time board member and immediate past president Ken Baxter. Ken was recognised with a West Australian Football Commission Life Membership for his commitment to country football and football in general throughout the State. We welcomed Danny Franc, Regional Manager for the Great Southern, Richard Coates, Development Officer to the Pilbara, Dylan Harper who has recently returned to the South West and Adam Falls in the Wheatbelt, whom we are sharing with the WACA. It is appropriate that our links with the WACA have completed a full circle and both parties see the benefits of shared employees. 2008 also broke the $1m mark in regards to an operating budget. This budget was boosted by the fantastic contribution of the Office of Road Safety.
 
2009: Fresh faces appointed to the board; the likes of Noel Miguel, John Shadbolt, Michael Kain and Milton Milloy, all young men who have been heavily involved with football at club and league level and are bringing new skills to the table that are vital to the continued development and growth of country football. Staffing levels were once again maintained with 9 full-time and 2 part-time staff being employed in some capacity. We now have 5 Regional Managers and 4 Regional Development Officers on our books. Three of the regions also employed AFL Sportsready trainees, who have contributed immensely to the quality and quantity of programs that have been provided to our rural participants at all levels of the game. 2009 was also the 35thyear of Landmark sponsorship and the second year of partnership with Office of Road Safety.