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Cody Leggett Arbitration decision

Friday, February 14, 2020 - 3:51 PM

The West Australian Football League’s independent arbitrator has today concluded that Perth Football Club player Cody Leggett is ineligible for transfer to East Fremantle Football Club and that he remains a contracted player at Perth Football Club for the 2020 season, following an arbitration hearing earlier this week.

The basis of the decision was that the player's contract is valid and binding, and that the interests of football would overwhelmingly be served by the player remaining at Perth Football Club. 
 


Major boost for Goldfields Auskick

Wednesday, February 12, 2020 - 4:44 PM

The Goldfields Football League supported by the City of Kalgoorlie-Boulder and Doubletree by Hilton has formed a unique partnership to cover the cost of registration for all Auskickers from Kalgoorlie-Boulder, Coolgardie and Kambalda.

West Australian Football Commission Goldfields Regional Manager Gemma Harrison said this was an unprecedented event for the region.

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2020 Optus WAFLW Fixture finalised

Monday, February 10, 2020 - 3:58 PM

Fixtures have been finalised for the 2020 Optus WAFL Women’s Premiership season, with Round 1 to kick off on Saturday, May 2, featuring games at New Choice Homes Park (East Fremantle) and David Grays Arena (Mandurah).  
 
The competition’s second season will see the five WAFLW teams play each other three times across 15-rounds, with a three-week Finals Series culminating in a televised Grand Final on the 7 Network.  
 
The competition will remain at five teams, following a review at the conclusion of the 2019 season, which determined that South Fremantle’s provisional license be deferred to the 2021 season. 

FULL FIXTURE HERE 
 
Each of the five teams will have three byes and there will also be two general byes throughout the season, providing an opportunity for Fremantle and West Coast to play AFLW winter series matches.  
 
AFLW players will return to the competition following the conclusion of their AFLW commitments. 
 
Fixtures throughout 2020 will again be played at WAFL venues and a game will be livestreamed on WAFL Facebook and Youtube each week.  
 
Other 2020 highlights will include a Grand Final rematch between East 
Fremantle and Swan Districts in Round 4, the continuation of the Dhara Kerr Cup featuring Claremont and Swan Districts in Round 7, and NAIDOC Round on 
July 4. 
 
WAFC Executive Manager WAFL & Football Operations Scott Baker said he was looking forward to seeing the success of the inaugural WAFL Women’s season continued in 2020. 
 
“The introduction of WAFLW last year was the start of an exciting new era for WA Football and an exciting step forward for everyone involved with the WAFLW competition and female football,” he said.  
“We witnessed an exciting, hard fought season culminating in an entertaining Grand Final attended by more than 3300 people at Mineral Resources Park and watched by 21,000 people on Channel 7.” 
 
“This was in addition to the 25,000 viewers of livestream games throughout the season, which really demonstrates the overall interest and support for 
WAFLW in year one.” 
 
“I’d like to thank everyone who played a role in the success of the inaugural 
WAFLW season and congratulate East Fremantle on winning the first WAFLW 
Premiership.”  
 
“Special thanks to Optus, West Coast and Fremantle for their support of the 
WAFLW in 2019 and commitment to ongoing support in 2020.” 
 
“I look forward to seeing the competition’s continued success this year to further strengthen the female talent pathway and help support Fremantle and West Coast’s AFLW teams.” 
 


Women in Football Advisory Committee launched

Friday, February 7, 2020 - 2:21 PM

The West Australian Football Commission has established a new Women in Football Advisory Committee to guide and support the growth and development of female football in Western Australia.

Women’s football is experiencing an exciting period of growth, driven by the success of the AFLW and WAFLW, and a greater focus on female talent and community pathways.

The number of female participants has more than tripled over the last six years to 109,647 and women and girls now account for a third of participants in WA.

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Ian Miller honoured with AFL Life Membership

Wednesday, February 5, 2020 - 9:11 AM

WA Football Hall of Fame Inductee Ian Miller has been honoured with Life Membership of the Australian Football League after the 2020 Annual General Meeting in March.

A solid half-back flanker who moved to centre-half-forward with Perth in 1972 and became the first player to win a Sandover Medal playing from that key position.

After a lengthy clearance wrangle, he enjoyed a four-year stint (1974-77) in the Victorian Football League, with the now-defunct Fitzroy Football Club, where he converted to a ruck-rover role.

On his return to Western Australia, he joined East Perth and playing in a similar position was in a premiership side in his first season, playing under former team-mate Barry Cable – and claiming the Simpson Medal for the grand final.

He later returned to coach Perth from 1982-84 and then joined the West Coast Eagles, firstly in an assistant coach’s role and then as a full-time member of the football operations department, responsible for player welfare.

Ian Miller 
1967 – 1973 Perth Football Club – 132 games (runner-up fairest and best 1971);
1968 – Perth WAFL Premiership team;
1969, 1971, 1972, 1973 – WA state representative;
1972 – All Australian representative;
1972 – Sandover Medal; 
1974 – 1977 Fitzroy Football Club – 80 games (runner-up fairest and best 1976);
1978 – 1980 East Perth – 64 games (runner-up East Perth fairest and best 1979);
1978 – East Perth WAFL Premiership team;
1978 – Simpson Medal; 
1982 – 1984 Perth Football Club – Senior Coach;
1990 – 1999 – Member of West Coast Eagles match committee (chairman 1993-1998);
2008 – Inducted into the WA Football Hall of Fame; 
2002 – current  – West Coast Eagles player services coordinator;
2012 – West Coast Eagles life member.


AFLW Umpire appointments

Monday, February 3, 2020 - 3:03 PM

Season 2020 is upon us as the AFLW begins its fourth season under lights at Ikon Park on Friday night. 

Not only does February signal the start for the best female footballers around the country, but also the elite contingent of umpires that take the field for the first time this decade.

Western Australia will again have strong representation amongst field, boundary and goal umpires in the AFLW, with seasoned campaigners Dean Margetts and Jeff Dalgleish leading from the front during the competition. 

WAFL League Grand Final umpires Matt Adams and Jordan Wright will feature throughout the campaign, while Gabby Simmonds will continue her meteoric rise up the umpiring ranks taking to the field in AFLW.

Louis Jago and Jordan Fry complete the group of WA field umpires. 

Luke Graves, Ethan Lamont, Jordan Russell, Lewis Williams and Nick Wrenn will line up as boundary umpires, seeing many elevated from WAFL into the national competition. 

Tiana Fry and Chloe Wright will represent the goal umpiring fraternity, with Sam Hunter and Jason Yazdani joining them behind the goals. 

WAFL & Talent Umpire Manager Margetts believes the clear talent pathway in Western Australia gives these umpires the perfect platform to perform at their best during the AFLW. 

“These appointments are reward for effort amongst the Umpiring WA cohort and we congratulate the 14 umpires selected to officiate the AFL Women’s competition,” Margetts said.

“The Umpiring WA talent pathway transitions from officiating junior football right through to the WAFL and WAFLW, giving individuals a great opportunity to get the best out of themselves.” 

“I am extremely proud of the WAFL umpiring team we have formed for season 2020, it is our largest group we have had on the books in the history of WA Umpiring, we have 170 umpires plus our coaching and support teams, it is a real privilege to lead such a wonderful group of committed people, who work hard to achieve the goals they aspire to meet.”

“Seeing three WA females represent out state at the highest level is also a very proud moment for our program.”

West Coast and Fremantle will begin their AFLW campaigns on Sunday February 9.   


 


Marsh Community Series Information

Tuesday, January 28, 2020 - 2:06 PM

 

 

The 2020 Marsh Community Series tickets go on sale on Thursday the 30th January. 

The Marsh series is pre-season competition played in Febuary/March. Western Australia will host three games across two weekends, with one of them a derby at HBF Arena Details below:

 

Eagles vs. Essendon

Date Thursday, February 27
Oval Mineral Resources Park (Lathlain)
Bouncedown 4:40pm 
Tickets Tickets here
Plan Your Trip Click here

Fremantle vs. Carlton

Date Saturday, February 29
Oval David Grays Arena
Bouncedown 4:10pm 
Tickets Tickets here
Plan Your Trip Click here

Fremantle vs. Eagles

Date Saturday, March 7
Oval HBF Arena
Bouncedown 4:10pm
Tickets Tickets here
Plan Your Trip Click here

For a copy of the Marsh Series fixtures, please click here.

Ticket price breakdown:

TICKET TYPE RESERVES SEAT / GRANDSTAND GENERAL ADMISSION
Adult $30.00 $20.00
Concession $25.00 $15.00
Junior $10.00 $0.00
Family (2 adults, up to 4 juniors under 15) $60.00 $40.00
Concession member upgrade $10.00 $5.00
Junior member upgrade $5.00 $0.00

 


Perth appoint General Manager

Friday, January 17, 2020 - 8:52 AM

The Perth Football Club is pleased to announce the appointment of Russell Clark, a former Perth player as its new General Manager.

Russell Clark (51) is an accomplished Chief Executive with extensive experience in operations, marketing and financial management in both sporting and business industries.

Over the past ten years he has spent five years as the Chief Executive Officer of Peel Thunder Football Club (WAFL) and subsequently another five years as Chief Executive Officer of the Albany Chamber of Commerce and Industry Inc.

He currently is the CEO of Softball WA Inc.

Perth Football Club President Bob Shields said “we had 80 applicants, and an external panel of four prominent business leaders presented Russell as one of three final selections to the PFC Directors.”

“We Directors then went through our own rigorous due diligence process, and Russell won through.”

“We face a major rebuild of our PFC premises over the next few years, and Russell had management oversight of the construction and business implementation plan for the $10.3M Bendigo Bank Stadium at Rushton Park, Mandurah in his time at Peel.”
 


Perth announced to host 2020 AFL Masters National Carnival

Wednesday, January 8, 2020 - 8:35 AM

Perth has been announced as the host city for the largest AFL Carnival event in Australia – the 2020 AFL Masters National Carnival from September 26 to October 4 this year. 

It will be the first time since 2003 that Western Australia hosts the event, which is expected to attract more than 1200 male and female players representing more than 35 teams from across Australia. 

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Congratulations Rockingham Junior Football Club

Monday, December 16, 2019 - 7:45 AM

From September 1 to November 1, the 2020 Early Registration Campaign was in full swing. 

The first 400 children registered won either a ball or a double pass to the movies. For clubs, they had the chance to win $5,000 cash, an AFL game day experience valued at $2,000 or one of three $1,000 Burley Vouchers. The prizes were given to the top 5 performing clubs which was measured by the amount of re-registrations measured against club members, meaning smaller clubs weren’t disadvantaged.

The top performing club this year was Rockingham Junior Football Club, who re-registered 43% of their members. President, Michael Holland, said the success was a credit to the work their registrar had put in, emailing parents weekly reminders to register their kids. 

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9 Fixtures not to miss in 2020

Friday, December 13, 2019 - 10:55 AM

Get your calendars out! These are the 9 games you simply can’t miss during the 2020 Optus WAFL season. 

Round 1: 

Perth v West Coast Eagles, Mineral Resources Park: Friday April 3 

The 2020 Optus WAFL season is set to start with a bang seeing a Friday night blockbuster open the season. The battle of Mineral Resources Park sees Perth & West Coast face off with Premiership Eagle Chris Masten set to battle his old mates. Perth narrowly missed out on finals and will be desperate to start their season strongly at home under lights. 


Round 2: 

Subiaco v East Perth, Leederville Oval: Friday April 10

Good Friday footy is back for another season and what a clash this is expected to be. East Perth are on their way up after an excellent off-season which saw homegrown ruckman Scott Jones return, while Carlton half-back Angus Schumacher joins with plenty of promise. While the Premiers will look to do what the Premiers do best, take all four points.


Round 2: 

West Coast Eagles v South Fremantle, Mineral Resources Park: Saturday April 11

History will be made on the Easter Weekend when West Coast play their first-ever home game in the WAFL. With the transition into a second year of existence, the Eagles will play a number of games at their base in Lathlain. South Fremantle may have finished runners-up last season but with the acquisition of Zac Clarke the Dogs will certainly be a force to be reckoned with in season 2020. 


Round 4 

Perth v East Perth, Mineral Resources Park: Saturday April 25 

Anzac Day will again be highlighted by the Perth & East Perth Derby, featuring as the only game on Saturday April 25. The standalone fixture sees a powerful service pre-game before the rivalry reignites. Who could forget Kyle Anderson’s goal after the siren in 2018? This game always promises to deliver. 


State Game 

SANFL v WAFL, Adelaide Oval, Saturday: May 9

You may not be able to attend the momentous SANFL v WAFL State Game, but this is definitely a fixture to keep an eye on. The best of the best from both competitions represent their state in an exciting clash. WA will be looking to atone for a tight loss in 2019, with the added bonus of being on show ahead of the AFL Mid-Season Draft. Deluca, Knoll and Noble were all drafted after representing the state, can we add more to that list?

Round 8

South Fremantle v East Fremantle, Fremantle Community Bank Oval: Monday June 1 

South Fremantle v East Fremantle, the game doesn’t need much of an introduction. The biggest of rivals battling it out on WA Day. This game has traditionally drawn big crowds and plenty of excitement, 2020 won’t be any different. The Sharks nearly snatched victory in the corresponding clash last season and will be desperate to take down their neighbours. 


Round 13 

South Fremantle v Claremont, Fremantle Community Bank Oval: Saturday July 4

NAIDOC Round is a fantastic initiative celebrating Aboriginal culture in WA Football. South Fremantle and Claremont continue their role as the feature match of the round, with special NAIDOC gurneys worn throughout all five games. Expect these two teams to be there deep in September with these clashes acting as an “eight-point” fixture. 


Round 15 

Peel Thunder v West Coast Eagles, David Grays Arena: Sunday July 19

The WAFL’s equivalent to the Western Derby will take centre stage when West Coast and Peel clash in Round 15. With the Eagles joining the competition for a second season, many players from both sides will be pushing their case for an AFL berth. No love is lost during these two, and wins could be crucial in the back-half of the season. 


Round 20

East Perth v West Perth, Leederville Oval: Saturday 22 August 

The Polly Farmer Shield is up for grabs once again, and so might be a finals spot in the last round of the season. West Perth currently hold the Shield after a nail-biting six-point victory in 2019. The Falcons went out in the first-round of finals and will be desperate to reach the lofty heights of a 2018 Grand Final.   

 

CLICK HERE for the full 2020 Optus WAFL Premiership season fixutres. 


2020 Optus WAFL Premiership fixtures released

Friday, December 13, 2019 - 10:27 AM

The 2020 Optus WAFL Premiership Season will kick off under lights on Friday, April 3 in a blockbuster night match between Perth and West Coast at Mineral Resources Park. 

The 20-round home-and-away season will be followed by a four-week finals series, with the WAFL Grand Final scheduled to be played on the weekend of September 19 & 20 at Optus Stadium.  

CLICK HERE  to view the 2020 fixture. 

The fixture includes traditional clashes and feature rounds, with all 10 teams playing each other twice throughout the season. 

Following post-season equalisation measures across the WAFL, the endeavour is to create a highly competitive and exciting season for the State League competition in 2020. 

West Coast are set to play four games at Mineral Resources Park including their two clashes against Perth, as well as home fixtures against South Fremantle and East Perth. 

WAFC Executive Manager WAFL & Football Operations Scott Baker said the fixture includes many highlights with the season opener on a Friday night set to bring plenty of excitement to fans across WA.  

“Clubs will have the opportunity to play each other twice throughout the 2020 season, with everyone to play each other once in the first 10 rounds.” Baker said.

“Beginning the season on a Friday night will create a great buzz for the competition and hopefully build fantastic momentum heading into another exciting campaign of WAFL football.”

The other 2020 fixture highlights include Easter Weekend games, ANZAC Day games, Derbies on WA Day and NAIDOC Round. 

Baker said while the traditional timeslot of Saturday afternoon will be prominent, the addition of alternative match days allows the competition to build its family fanbase. 

“Games on Fridays, Sundays and public holidays gives flexibility for the WAFL to continue to attract a ‘family friendly’ audience during the 2020 season,” he said.

“Exciting game day activations and fan engagement activities will provide the perfect platform for families to enjoy the WAFL match day experience.”

WAFL pre-season games will be played on March 21 and 29.

The Optus WAFLW Season fixture is in the final stages of being completed and will be announced in early 2020. 

All game times and broadcast details will be confirmed early in 2020.


WAFC visits Kimberley alongside the AFL

Tuesday, December 10, 2019 - 3:13 PM

In a community more than 1700km north of Perth lies a WA Football heartland. A place where football takes precedence over everyday life. 

Nookanbah sits on the Fitzroy River between Camballin and Fitzroy Crossing with a total population of around 600 people. The football oval covered in red dirt becomes a haven for children and adults to play, it’s a way of life. 

Every weekend a men’s and women’s side will travel to play opposing sides, but this isn’t your average road trip. 

The entire team is picked up on a flatbed truck and travel 80km across loose gravel roads just to get to the highway. Once they reach the highway, the team waits patiently for a bus to transport them to the ground, sometimes this is a further two hours. Typically, this trip is repeated twice, with each team travelling on separate days.

However, in the face of adversity both sides managed to claim their respective Premierships in the Central Kimberley Football League. 

This story is one of many challenges that the Kimberley region must go through to play the game we all love, a notion that the AFL and the West Australian Football Commission is looking to change. 

Over the past week, the WAFC, AFL, Fremantle Dockers and key Kimberley football stakeholders have visited Broome and Fitzroy Crossing to collaboratively plan a Kimberley Football Strategy. This will allow the Commission to better deliver football and the many community benefits associated with our game in the region. 

The basics discussed throughout trip, which included a visit from AFL CEO Gillon McLachlan and Head of Game Development Andrew Dillon, included safe transport to games, suitable facilities for all participants and a collaborative approach for servicing and supporting the region. 

“We were really impressed with the level of engagement and collaboration from all stakeholders,” WAFC CEO Gavin Taylor said.

“We look forward to building on this very positive initial workshop having heard about the challenges and opportunities that face football in the Kimberley.”

“But more importantly, how football plays such a positive role in connecting and enhancing communities across the region.”

“We will now turn our collective efforts to the development of a Football Plan to support the development and growth of Kimberley football in the coming years through consultation with stakeholders in the region”.

The talent that Kimberley region possesses is undisputed. The next wave of AFL talent such as Liam Henry, Sam Petrovoski-Seton, Joel Hamling and Francis Watson all originate from that area. 

And while great players have come from the region, the main goal still remains that football has solid foundations in the Kimberley and continues to play its role in supporting active and healthy communities.

A goal that the WAFC believes is continually attainable. 


WAFC Life Members to be inducted

Tuesday, December 10, 2019 - 8:52 AM

WAFC Life Members to be inducted

SIX new West Australian Football Commission Life Members will be inducted at an official function on Monday, December 9 in recognition of their distinguished service to WA Football. 

Induction to the WAFC Life Members’ Association is regarded as the WAFC’s highest level of recognition, distinct from life membership awarded by individual football clubs and associated bodies, and is awarded to individuals who have made an outstanding overall contribution to football in Western Australia.

The 2019 inductees include Don Baker, Mal Brown, Terry House, Stephen Michael, Charmaine Rogers and Allan Stiles.

WAFC Chairman Murray McHenry congratulated each of the inductees on being announced to receive the honour and thanked them for their significant contribution to WA Football.

“I am delighted to congratulate this year’s WAFC Life Membership recipients for their excellent service and commitment to WA Football,” he said.

“They are all highly deserving of this honour and recognition and I hope it is received with great pride.”

DON BAKER

Wembley Football Club

1961 – 50 A-Grade games. B Grade Team Manager

1970-74 – Club Secretary

1978-79 – Club President

WA Amateur Football League

1986-90 – Junior Vice President

1986-1995 - WAAFL Delegate to AAFC

1991 – Vice President

1992-95 – President

1987-99 – Reinstatement Sub-Committee

2010-14 – WAAFL Hall of Champions Selection Sub-Committee

State Football

1974 - WA State Team Selector

1975-79 - WA State Team Manager & Selector

1980 - WAAFL Liaison Of?cer to visiting Victorian and SA teams

1982 – Perth Carnival Co-ordinator

1983-86 - Chairman— WAAFL State Team Sub Committee

1985-86 - WA State Team Manager

1988 - AAFC Team Of?cial NFL Bi-Centennial Carnival Adelaide

1991 - Perth Carnival Coordinator

 

MAL BROWN

East Perth Football Club

1965-1973 - 166 games, 254 goals

1972 – Club’s leading goalkicker 51 goals

1969, 1970, 1972 – Fairest and Best

1970-1973 – Captain / Coach

1972 – Premiership Captain Coach

1966, 67, 68, 71 and 72 Grand Finals

1969 – Sandover Medallist

1972 – Sandover Medal Runner-up

Life Member

State Football

Represented State 16 times including Australian Carnivals 1966, 1969 and 1972

All Australian selection: 1972 (Captain)

Chairman State selection 1988, 1989, 1990 and 1991

Richmond Football Club

1974 - 14 games

Claremont Football Club

1975 -76 - 12 games

South Fremantle Football Club

1977 - 10 games

Coaching

WA coach 1973, 1981,1982 and 1988

East Perth 1970 – 1973. Won 62 Lost 30

Claremont 1975 -1976. Won 11 Lost 30

South Fremantle 1978-1984. Won 103 Lost 54 Drawn 1

Perth 1985-1987. Won 25 Lost 39 Drawn 1

South Fremantle 1992. Won 15 Lost 8

Life Member: South Fremantle

WAFL Life Member

WAFC

Commissioner 1988-1989

WA Football Hall of Fame

 

TERRY HOUSE

WA Country Football League

WACFL Executive in 1999-2017

WACFL Junior Vice President 2003-2006

WACFL Senior Vice President 2007

WACFL President 2008-2017

Vice President, Australian Country Football Councll

Football Experience

Playing Career spanned 17 years.

Played and coached league football for approximately 700 games, 150 of which were with South

Bunbury Fc.

Two times winner of Hayward Medal, Fairest & Best, South West Football League.

Wesfarmers Fairest 8: Best Award (Landmark Country Football Championships).

Coaching Career

Five times Premiership Coach South West FL.

Coached SWFL to ?ve Wesfarmers/Landmark Country Football Championship premierships (71-72-73, 78, 96).

Administration

WACFL State Selector for four years

All Australian selector 2002-2010 National Carnivals

South Bunbury Football Club board member

Chaired organising committee for 2004 National Carnival held in Bunbury

 

STEPHEN MICHAEL

Player: 1975-85

Games: 260: South Fremantle 243; WA 17

Goals: 246 (South Fremantle 231, WA 15)

1980 & 81 – Sandover Medallist

1980 – South Fremantle Premiership player

1977-79, 81, 83 – South Fremantle fairest and best

1983 – Simpson Medal

1983 – Tassie Medal 1983

1983 – All Australian Captain

1995 – South Fremantle Football Club Hall of legends

1999 – AFL Hall of Fame

2000 – Fremantle Sporting Wall of Fame

2004 – WA Football Hall of Fame inductee

2019 – WA Football Hall of Fame Legend elevation

 

CHARMAINE ROGERS

WA Women's Football League

Lynette Smith Volunteer of the Year recipient - 2015

Recognition of 15 years of service to WAWFL - 2015

U18’s competition renamed Rogers Cup - 2015

2013 - 2016 General Board Member

2009 - 2010 Vice President

2005 - 2008 General Board Member

2000 - 2001 President

1998 - 1999 Secretary

1996 - 1997 Competition Coordinator

Innaloo / CIaremont WFC

2017 - Assistant Coach

2014 - 2016 Head Coach

2013 - Club President

2011 - 2012 Committee Member

2011 - Coach, Rogers Cup 20/20

2010 - 2013 Assistant Coach

2010 - Coach, All Girls Auskick - lnnaloo Junior Football Club

2006 - CWFC Life Member

1999 - 2001 Coach

1996 - 1998 Captain

1996 - 1997 Club President

1994 - Member Inaugural WA State Team

1993 - 1998 Player

Warwick Greenwood Junior Football Club

2018 - 2019 Coach, Youth Girls

2013 - 2016 - Coach, Junior Girls

WA Football Commission

2011 - Present Female Football Representative on Claremont DFDC

1998 - 2010 WAWFL Delegate to Metropolitan Football Leagues Council & Community

Football Council

1998 - 2002 WAFC Schoolgirls Committee

Essendon Football Network

2017 Winner of the VicheaIth Community Award

 

ALLAN STILES

Perth Football Club

150 League Games – 1966-75

3 State Games

Simpson Medal 1970 (WA v SA)

Prendergast Medal (Reserves Competition Fairest & Best) – 1968

Reserves Fairest & Best – 1968

Colts Fairest & Best – 1965

Life Member – 1975

Coach – Reserves / League Assistant – 1982-84

Coach – Colts – 1985

Chairman of Selectors – Colts – 1999-2000

Club Legend – 2009

Member – Perth Nominations Committee – 2010 - present

Chairman – Perth FC Hall of Fame Committee – 2011 – present

South Perth Junior Football Club

Player – 1955-64

Patron – 2016-present

Willetton Junior Football Club

Coach – early 1970s

Great Northern Football League

Committee – 1991-93

Umpires & Country Carnivals Manager

WA Football Hall of Fame

Selection Committee – 2017 – present

WA Football Media Guild

Member – 1980-present

President – 1997-98

Vice President – 1995-96

Treasurer – 2006-19

Life Member – 2006

 


2019 Simply Energy AFL Draft Wrap

Friday, November 29, 2019 - 1:20 PM

A total of 25 West Australians made their way onto an AFL list in 2019 culminating in a successful year for the WA Talent Pathways programs.

Fourteen Sandgropers went in the National Draft, three went as Rookies, two were signed up as Category B Rookies, four were selected in the mid-season draft and two as SSP signings. 

It culminates in 186 West Australians being drafted this decade.

On the back of a successful NAB AFL U18s National Championships campaign that saw WA win the Championships, 16 Simply Energy WA State U18s Academy members were selected.

Similarly, 23 was the number of West Australians who were drafted onto a list in 2009, when WA last won the AFL U18s Championships.

In that year, Peel Thunder’s Anthony Morabito (pick #4 – Fremantle), East Fremantle’s Brad Sheppard (pick #7 – West Coast Eagles) and Kane Lucas (pick #12 – Carlton), and Swan Districts’ Lewis Jetta (pick #14 – Sydney Swans) were all selected within the first round.

The likes of Claremont’s Nathan Fyfe (pick #20 – Fremantle), and East Perth’s Mitch Duncan (pick #28 – Geelong) and Ben Stratton (pick #46 – Hawthorn) went on to become great players at the AFL level despite being taken later in the draft.

In 2019, WA produced three first round picks in East Fremantle’s Luke Jackson (pick #3 – Melbourne), Claremont’s Liam Henry (pick #9 – Fremantle) and Subiaco’s Mitchell Georgiades (pick #18 – Port Adelaide).

In the second round of the National Draft, six Sandgropers made their way onto a list – Claremont’s Ronin O’Connor (pick #42 – Adelaide), East Fremantle’s Jeremy Sharp (pick #27 – Gold Coast), Trent Rivers (pick #32 – Melbourne) and Chad Warner (pick #39 – Sydney), and Perth’s Deven Robertson (pick #22 – Brisbane) and Elijah Taylor (pick #36 – Sydney).

Claremont’s Callum Jamieson was the sole West Australian to be drafted in the third round when the West Coast Eagles selected him with pick #49.

However, in the fourth round, four Sandgropers found new AFL homes with East Fremantle’s Trey Ruscoe (pick #55 – Collingwood), West Perth duo Ben Johnson (pick #58 – West Coast) and Jaxon Prior (pick #59 – Brisbane), and Swan Districts’ Riley Garcia (pick #62 – Western Bulldogs) all having their names called out.

Three West Australians were selected in the Rookie Draft – Peel Thunder’s Jarvis Pina (pick #6 – Fremantle), Swan Districts’ Jake Pasini (pick #8 – Port Adelaide) and Claremont’s Anthony Treacy (pick #11 – West Coast Eagles).

While Claremont duo Isaiah Butters and Leno Thomas were selected as Category B Rookies to the Fremantle Dockers as members of their Next-Generation Academy.

Anthony Treacy was the only mature aged prospect from Western Australia to be selected in the recent drafts, but the Optus WAFL League is still considered to be one of the strongest state leagues in the country.

In the mid-season draft, four West Australians were drafted including AFL Grand Final hero Marlion Pickett.

With a draft pool to this extent it is clear that the WA Talent pathway is producing exciting and talented players for the AFL.

WEST AUSTRALIAN DRAFTEES 2019

PLAYER

DRAFT SELECTION

AFL CLUB

WAFL CLUB

JUNIOR CLUB/S

Luke Jackson

#3 National

Melbourne

East Fremantle

Bullcreek-Leeming JFC

Liam Henry

#9 National

Fremantle

Claremont

Cottesloe JFC

Mitchell Georgiades

#18 National

Port Adelaide

Subiaco

Wembley Downs JFC

Marist JFC

Deven Robertson

#22 National

Brisbane Lions

Perth

Manning JFC

Northam Saints FC

Jeremy Sharp

#27 National

Gold Coast Suns

East Fremantle

Attadale JFC

Trent Rivers

#32 National

Melbourne

East Fremantle

Bullcreek-Leeming JFC

Elijah Taylor

#36 National

Sydney Swans

Perth

Thornlie JFC

Chad Warner

#39 National

Sydney Swans

East Fremantle

Willetton JFC

Ronin O’Connor

#42 National

Adelaide

Claremont

Marist JFC

Callum Jamieson

#49 National

West Coast Eagles

Claremont

North Beach JFC

Trey Ruscoe

#55 National

Collingwood

East Fremantle

Boorgaoon JFC

Ben Johnson

#58 National

West Coast Eagles

West Perth

Whitfords JFC

Jaxon Prior

#59 National

Brisbane Lions

West Perth

Sorrento-Duncraig JFC

Riley Garcia

#62 National

Western Bulldogs

Swan Districts

Caversham JFC

Jarvis Pina

#6 Rookie

Fremantle

Peel Thunder

South Mandurah FC

Jake Pasini

#8 Rookie

Port Adelaide

Swan Districts

Caversham JFC

Anthony Treacy

#11 Rookie

West Coast Eagles

Claremont

Cable Beach FC

Isaiah Butters

Category B Rookie

Fremantle

Claremont

Halls Creek Hawks FC

Mosman Park JFC

Leno Thomas

Category B Rookie

Fremantle

Claremont

Belmont FC

Josh Deluca

#1 Mid-Season

Carlton

Subiaco

Sorrento-Duncraig JFC

Jack Mayo

#8 Mid-Season

St Kilda

Subiaco

Carine JFC

Dillon O’Reilly

#11 Mid-Season

Fremantle

East Fremantle

East Fremantle Power JFC

Marlion Pickett

#13 Mid-Season

Richmond

South Fremantle

York Roos

Manjimup Tigers