Former Athletics New Zealand CEO Linda Hamersley has been appointed as West Perth FC's new Chief Executive Officer.
Ms Hamersley recently resigned her position as CEO with Athletics New Zealand to relocate back to Perth to join her husband, Colin Batch, who is the Australian Men’s Hockey Coach.
Linda held her role with Athletics New Zealand from 2014-2017 and oversaw a period of considerable business and membership growth in the organisation during her time.
The sporting organisation caters for more than 200 affiliated clubs with a membership of 25,000 people and 100,000 registered athletes. Prior to this, Linda was the Sports Services Manager for the New Zealand Olympic Committee and was also CEO of Hockey WA from 2004 – 2009.
Four teams made up of Western Australia’s best developing female football talent are competing for the inaugural Jan Cooper Cup.
The tournament is named in honour of WA female football pioneer Jan Cooper and includes the best players in WA outside the AFL Women’s competition.
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Cooper said she was overwhelmed that the WA Football Commission had named the Cup in her honour and praised the introduction of the competition.
Primary school students from across the State can enter into the WA Football Commission Writing Competition for a chance to win a writing workshop with children’s author and East Fremantle WAFL player Timothy Bristow, football guernsey, and much more.
The competition is an ideal way for teachers to help motivate reluctant writers and prepare students for the upcoming NAPLAN tests.
Hundreds of the State's up and coming Aboriginal footballers aged 13 to 17 will showcase their talent in the 2018 Aboriginal Youth Sports Super Carnival, which sees the Kirby Bentley Cup, Nicky Winmar Carnival and Netball WA's Aboriginal Youth Gala Day take place over the first weekend of March.
Kirby Bentley Cup
Friday March 2, 4pm - 8pm
Lightning Park Tonkin Highway, Noranda
Register to play or coach
Nicky Winmar Carnival
Sunday March 4, 9am - 5pm
Bendigo Bank Stadium, Mandurah
Register to play or coach
Aboriginal Youth Gala Day - Netball
Sunday March 4, 9am - 5pm
Mandurah Netball Association, Mandurah
Register your team today
The super carnival kicks off with the Kirby Bentley Cup, a 9-a-side round robin AFL tournament for Aboriginal girls aged 13 to 15. This event provides players with the opportunity to be selected for the WA Female Kickstart team and represent the State in the National Female Diversity Championships.
The Cup is named after AFLW Dockers forward Kirby Bentley, who is helping to promote the football pathway for young talented Indigenous girls.
"The cup is established to engage our young indigenous footballers in WA. I think these kids will change the way we play football in the country as the Garlett’s, Yarren’s and the Franklin’s have done in the AFL," Bentley said.
"It’s exciting for me to be able to give back and for the girls to have a pathway and a stepping stone into the AFL.
"For me, this Cup is about the girls. It's an honour and privilege to have but for the girls to play in it, it’s all about them."
The carnival will commence on Sunday, March 4, with Aboriginal boys aged 13 to 15 from both metropolitan and regional WA taking part in a round robin tournament at Bendigo Bank Stadium in Mandurah.
The carnival will also provide a selection platform for the AFL National Kickstart Championships.
ABORIGINAL YOUTH GALA DAY
The Aboriginal Youth Gala Day is a round robin netball competition for high school aged players held in conjunction with the Department of Sport and Recreation and Netball WA.
The carnival aims to provide an opportunity for teams to refine their skills in a competition environment.
Western Australia’s young emerging footballers will showcase their talent at this year’s WA State 16s Carnival, with Round 1 commencing on Friday, March 9.
The six-round series of matches concludes on April 14, and following the carnival, the WA State 16s Academy selection panel will develop a list of 50 players to participate in the State 16s trial selection fixture on April 20.
At the conclusion of the trial match the WA State 16s Academy Squad for 2018 will be named. This squad will represent WA at the NAB AFL National 16s Championships in July.
West Australian Football League pre-season fixtures will be played over three rounds from Saturday, March 10 to Saturday March 24.
The first two rounds will consist of 4 x 25 minute quarters and the final round will be played under full match conditions. The first round will also include a trial of the last possession out of bounds rule.
Entry is FREE to all WAFL pre-season games.
WA footy fans can now secure their tickets to the JLT Community Series clashes.
West Coast take on Port Adelaide at Leederville Oval on Sunday, February 25 (bounce down 3.35pm) in the first WA fixture of the series.
East Perth Football Club Legend and 1950 Sandover Medallist Frank Allen passed away aged 91 on Sunday, February 4.
Allen will be long remembered for his elite skills which saw him represent Western Australia on 11 occasions, and win East Perth's fairest and best award in 1950.
Allen played his first game for East Perth on May 15, 1943 against South Fremantle at Fremantle Oval.
Jan Cooper, the 2015 Football Woman of the Year, has joined the West Coast Eagles to support and grow the club’s Development Academies in preparation for its entry into the AFLW in 2020.
Cooper will work alongside AFL life member Drew Petrie this season to support the club's 2nd Generation, Female and Naitanui Academies.
Last year the WA Football Commission, West Coast and WAFL Clubs worked collaboratively to conduct more than 12,000 engagements with young people across WA through Academy programs, supporting football skills development while promoting the benefits of diversity and inclusion.
Fremantle and West Coast will head to Adelaide for the opening night of the new AFLX competition on Thursday February 15 at Hindmarsh Stadium.
The Dockers and Eagles will play against the Adelaide Crows, Port Adelaide, Collingwood and Geelong in the new version of Australian Football that has been designed to take the traditional game from oval grounds to rectangular fields.
AFLX will still contain and showcase the unique and most thrilling aspects of Australian Football in a shortened format, with seven players on the field and three on the bench.
The West Australian Football Commission has confirmed the appointment of West Perth Football Club CEO David Crute as WAFC Umpiring Manager.
The new role has been added as a key recommendation of the WAFC’s recent Structural Review of Football and will commence on January 31.
WAFC CEO Gavin Taylor said that David would be a valuable addition to the WAFC’s restructured umpiring department in a key leadership position tasked with overseeing the development of WA’s community and WAFL umpires.
“David has almost 20 years of leadership experience in football as a WAFL club CEO, Community Development Manager at Fremantle Football Club, WAFC Development Manager, WAFL assistant coach and accredited Level Two Umpire,” Mr Taylor said.
The West Australian Football Commission has confirmed a key appointment to support its new Talent Development Model.
AFL National Talent Football Manager Michael Ablett will join the WAFC as WA Talent Pathway Manager.
The role has been added as a key recommendation of the WAFC’s recent Structural Review of Football and will commence in 2018.
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Fixtures for the 2018 McDonald’s WAFL Premiership Season have been confirmed with traditional rivalry clashes, feature rounds and a more even draw expected to deliver a highly competitive and exciting season for Australia’s premier State League competition.
A shorter season will commence two weeks later than 2017, with Round 1 to kick off on Good Friday, March 30. The Grand Final will still be played the weekend prior to the AFL Grand Final in September.
The results of the elections for Commissioners of the West Australian Football Commission were endorsed on Wednesday 13 December 2017, by the Nominee Members of the WAFC (WA’s AFL and WAFL Clubs) at a meeting of WA Football stakeholders.
Current Commissioner Grant Dorrington was reappointed for a second term of three years, and Chris Cottier and Brian O’Donnell were each appointed as new Commissioners for terms of three years.
WAFC Chairman Murray McHenry congratulated all three on their appointments.
The East Fremantle Football Club is delighted to announce that former Carlton listed player Blaine Boekhorst will be joining the Sharks for the next two seasons.
Boekhorst, a midfielder who can play inside and out with an ability to kick goals, is the sixth ex-AFL talent to join the Shark’s ranks in what has been a busy off-season for the club. The 24-year-old said he’s looking forward to being a part of East Fremantle’s future.
“I’m close mates with a few of the guys so I think there will be some really good team chemistry,” Boekhorst said.
“I’m excited to be here, I think the Sharks are heading in the right direction.”