Latest News

2018 WAFC Life Members inductedTuesday, December 11, 2018 - 9:19 AM

Four new West Australian Football Commission Life Members were inducted at an official function on Monday, December 10 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 2018 inductees included Ron Alexander, Malcolm Atwell, John Dimmer, Haydn Raitt and Milton Sanders.





Football Career

1971-75 East Perth FC, played 98 games, Captain in 1975, 49 goals

1976-81 Fitzroy FC, played 133 games, Captain 1979-80, 30 goals

1982-85 East Fremantle FC, played 77 games, Captain and Coach, 96 goals

1973-82 WA State Teams, played 13 games, 8 State of Origin, 8 goals

1979-80 Victorian State Team, played 2 games

Club and State total games 323

Clubs and State total goals 183


1982-86 East Fremantle Senior Coach, 113 games, won 69, lost 44, 3 Grand Finals,

Premiership in 1985

1986-87 West Coast Eagles, Inaugural Coach,22 games, won 11, lost 11

1989-92 WA State of Origin, 4 games v Victoria, won 1, lost 3

Appointments and Administration

1978-79 Board member VFL Players Association

1979-80 President VFL Players Association

1983-89 President WA Football Coach’s Association

1989-02 Inaugural Board Member Fremantle FC

1994-98 Inaugural Chairman of Selectors Fremantle FC


1974 East Perth Fairest & Best

Simpson Medal WA v Victoria

1976 7th in Brownlow Medal

1977 10th in Brownlow Medal

1978 Fitzroy FC Fairest & Best

1979 Australian Coach of the Year

JJ Leonard Medal West Australian Coach of the Year

2000 Australian Sports Medal

2006 East Perth FC Team of the Century (1945-2005)



1958-65 162 League games East Perth FC, Premiership sides 1958, 1959

1966-69 Capt. Coach Perth FC, 76 games, Premiership 1966, 1967,1968

1966-71 Coach Perth FC 137 games

1972-73 Coach South Fremantle FC

1960-68 State Representative in 17 games

1961 Played in State winning carnival Brisbane

1966 Played in Hobart Carnival

1969 Coach WA Carnival Adelaide

1968-69 Coach WA 5 games

2010 East Perth FC Hall of Fame

Named Coach Perth FC Team of Century 1983,1984,1985

President East Perth FC

Inducted into WA Football Hall of Fame

1988 Director, West Coast Eagles

1989 Chairman of Selectors West Coast Eagles



Football Career

1966-71 Junior Football Karrinyup & Scarborough JFC

1972 Subiaco FC—4ths, 3rds and Reserves, Reserves Premiership

1973-79 90 League games Subiaco FC

1980-83 81 League games Eat Perth FC, League Captain 1983. 5 State games,

including 1 State of Origin


1975-85 Junior & School Teams

1984-85 WA State Schoolboys

2004-16 Christ Church Grammar School

1987-93 Claremont FC Reserves & Assistant league Coach, 2 Reserve Premierships

1994 West Coast Amateurs A Grade Premiers

1995-99 West Perth FC 2 Premierships, 1 Runner Up

2000 Fremantle FC Assistant Coach

2002-03 West Perth Director of Coaching

2004-11 South Fremantle FC , Premierships 2005 & 2009, 1 Runner Up

1996 & 2010 WAFL Sate Coach

2015 & 2016 WAFL Assistant Coach


1994 JJ Leonard Medal Coach of the Year

1999 WA Media Guild Coach of the Year

2009 WA Media Guild Coach of the Year

2000 Australia Sports Medal

2001 South Fremantle FC Life Member

2002 AFL Coaches Association Life Time Achievement Award



1975 CBC Amateur Football Club, played 221 senior games, 70s Team of the Decade,

Club Committeeman 16 years, Assistant delegate to WAAFL

1998 South Fremantle FC Director

2009-18 President South Fremantle FC,

2017 Board Stephen Michael Foundation

2002-14 Chairman WAFL Presidents Council

2012 Chairman Future Directions Committee





1990-97 Whitfords JFC

Club delegate to the North Suburban JFL

1993-96 President & ex-offcio of Club Sub-committee

Chairman – Subiaco Auskick Carnival

1997 Life Membership

1995-02 North Suburban JFL (NSJFL)

Chairman sub-committee for Regional Development Offcers

1996-01 NSJFL delegate to Regional Development Committee

President NSJFL

2001-02 Vice Chairman

1987-16 WAAFL Management Committee (29 years)

1997-06 Vice President WAAFL

1987 State Teams, Assistant Manager State Colts team,

1988-89 Coordinator State Colts Team

1988-91 Assistant Manager State Senior Team

1992-96 Coordinator and manager State Team, Perth, Melbourne and Adelaide

2001 Awarded Life Membership WAAFL

2000 Australian Amateur Football Council Member

2005 Chairman AAFAC Perth Carnival

1996-06 Community Football Council Inc Secretary/Manager

2005-06 WA Football Association Chairman

1979-91 Team manager, Club delegate to WAAFL, Club Registrar

1981-84 Club Secretary

1985-88 President

1991 President

1990 Club Treasurer

1987 Awarded Life Membership

1999-01 Whitfords Amateur FC Patron

Community Football Awards

1996 WAFC Certifcate of recognition for outstanding voluntary service to football

2000 Australian Sport Medal Australian Government Service to Football

2001 AFL Merit Award Service to Australian Football

2001 WAAFL Merit Certifcate Service to Australian Football

2003 AFL Recognition award to volunteers of Australian Football (25 years service)