THE WAFL State 18s finished the NAB AFL National 18s Championships with a thrilling two-point win over Victoria Country on Wednesday, July 2 with a late Clem Smith goal sealing victory.
Vic Country looked far too strong early in the game and broke out to a 31-point lead midway through the second term. But WA responded to storm home, winning 9.13 (67) to 10.5 (65) at Etihad Stadium, recording WA's first State 18s win at the ground in six years.
THE South Fremantle Football Club would like to announce that the club's senior coach Paul Hasleby has informed the board that he is not seeking a contract renewal beyond the end of the 2014 WAFL season.
Hasleby's time in charge of South Fremantle will come to an end at the conclusion of the 2014 season after he took over at the helm in 2012 on the back on an outstanding AFL playing career with the Fremantle Dockers, and then a season with South Fremantle in the WAFL.
Hasleby tonight informed the entire club of his decision to not seek a new contract at the end of this his third season in charge as he addressed the board members, staff and players. He cited a desire to look at other interests as a major factor in his decision.
SOUTH Fremantle has added motivation to return to the winner's list this Saturday when Toby Bairstow's rollercoaster WAFL journey reaches a high point as he plays his 100th match with the Bulldogs to book his name on the No. 4 locker at Fremantle Oval.
It hasn’t always been a smooth ride to 100 games for the 25-year-old since he graduated through the colts and reserves at South Fremantle after coming up from Bunbury to go and make his league debut in Round 6, 2008.
He played 16 games in the premiership year of 2009 including kicking in the winning goal in an incredible Anzac Day derby against East Fremantle and playing well in the second semi-final win over Subiaco, but he and Hayden North made way for Jeff Farmer and Peter Bell in the grand final.
EAST Perth sits on top of the WAFL ladder and while from the outside much of the focus is heaped on the West Coast-listed players, the growth of players like Freddie Clutterbuck, Steven Payne, Kyle Anderson and Nathan Blee has been instrumental in the Royals' outstanding form.
Even though West Coast's Callum Sinclair, Scott Lycett, Blayne Wilson, Simon Tunbridge, Dom Sheed and Brant Colledge, in particular, have played some strong football in 2014, it is East Perth's WAFL-listed players who are standing up to make the difference.
Co-captains Craig Wulff and Brendan Lee have been outstanding when fit, and big men Josh Smith and Paul Johnson provide a strong presence but it is the next group of players who have moved themselves into the upper echelon of stars in the competition.
PEEL Thunder coach Cam Shepherd has turned his focus to improving his team's tackling pressure and kicking in front of goal following yet another competitive but losing effort against Subiaco on Saturday.
The focus on Peel since that loss on Saturday has been centred on the fact that Fremantle pair Kepler Bradley and Tom Sheridan didn’t appear until the 20-minute of the second quarter, but that had no influence on the final result.
Peel had done well in the opening 50 minutes without the Dockers pair only trailing by a goal when Bradley took up his position at full-back and Sheridan joined the midfield.
Join host Frizz Ferguson for a Round 14 wrap-up of the 2014 AAMI WAFL Premiership Season including match highlights, a summary of results, individual highlights, Foxtel Cup results and Round 14 fixtures.
WA Country Football League General Manager Joe Georgiades also joins the show ahead of next week's Landmark Country Football Championships.
CLAREMONT scored an upset win, Subiaco recorded an important win and West Perth kept its 2014 season alive with all three recording WAFL victories in Round 14.
The round began with two matches on Saturday afternoon with Claremont beating Swan Districts 15.7 (97) to 11.5 (71) at Bassendean's Steel Blue Oval and Subiaco defeating Peel Thunder 11.18 (84) to 7.16 (58) at Leederville's Medibank Stadium.
The round then concluded on Sunday with West Perth scoring an important, emphatic and comfortable 19.19 (133) to 10.11 (71) victory at Fremantle Oval.
EAST Perth has fallen short of joining West Perth in the Foxtel Cup grand final for 2014 with the VFL's Williamstown running out 24-point winners at Patersons Stadium on Tuesday night.
West Perth had already qualified for the Tuesday July 22 decider by beating Tasmania's Western Storm by 74 points last Tuesday night giving East Perth the chance to set up another Perth derby, another grand final rematch and an all-WAFL Foxtel Cup grand final.
East Perth did open up a 16-point advantage early in the second quarter when Josh Hill kicked his second of three goals for the night, but Williamstown kicked the last three goals of the second quarter to lead by two points at half-time.
WA's female football talent was showcased at the Western Derby on Saturday, June 28 when an all female curtain raiser was played between players from the new WAFC Female Talent Academy (16-18 years) and the State 16 Schoolgirls.
WAFC Female High Performance Manager Alison Moore thanked the Fremantle Football Club for supporting the intiative as the home team and providing Fremantle jumpers for the best players on either side at the conclusion of the game. They were Katrina Tinson (Talent Academy) and Jess Cox (State 16’s).
Western Australia’s State 16s squads have been finalised for the 2014 NAB AFL National 16s Championships on the Gold Coast, from July 5-12.
The Division 1 side will be led by experienced development coach John Hancock, who was the State 16s Head Coach last year and an Assistant Coach for the State 16s in 2010 and 2011 and State 18s in 2012.
EAST Perth has the chance this Tuesday night to exact some revenge for its last Foxtel Cup appearance and to set up an-all WAFL grand final when it takes on the VFL's Williamstown at Patersons Stadium.
The game will take place on Tuesday night from 6.35pm with entry free into Patersons Stadium with the gates open from 6pm and the game being broadcast live on Fox Footy nationally.
With West Perth already having qualified for the Tuesday July 22 Foxtel Cup grand final by beating the Western Storm by 74 points last Tuesday night, East Perth can now join the Falcons in the decider by beating Williamstown this time around.
ROUND 14 of the WAFL concluded on Sunday afternoon with West Perth running out convincing 62-point winners over South Fremantle to keep its finals hopes alive.
The game started with no defensive pressure from either side in a six-goal apiece first quarter, but West Perth dominated from that point on kicking 13 goals to four for the rest of the day at Fremantle Oval to end up winning 19.19 (133) to 10.11 (71).
It was a crucial win for West Perth as well keep its season alive coming off winning last year's WAFL premiership.
SWAN Districts has been unable to pull off its second stunning comeback in a week with Claremont's improved form resulting in its fourth win of the season while Subiaco also defeated Peel to open Round 14 of the WAFL on Saturday afternoon.
There were just the two matches taking place on Saturday with East Fremantle, East Perth and Perth having the bye and then South Fremantle to host West Perth on Sunday at Fremantle Oval.
In the two games played, Claremont managed to beat Swan Districts 15.7 (97) to 11.5 (71) at Bassendean's Steel Blue Oval and then Subiaco kicked the last four goals of the game to beat Peel Thunder 11.18 (84) to 7.16 (58) at Leederville's Medibank Stadium.
JUSTIN Simpson has stepped up as a leader in the back-line for Swan Districts this season, but credits the emergence of Ryan Davis and Matt Riggio, and the work of coach Greg Harding as the driving forces behind Swan Districts' stunning form so far in 2014.
Much of the focus on Swan Districts coming into the season was surrounding the departure of senior players Wayde Twomey, Brett Robinson, Kyle Hams, Shaun Hildebrandt and Tom Roach, but the result has been the remaining players pulling together and playing with huge passion and spirit.
That now sees Swans sit just percentage off top spot with 10 wins from 12 matches this season following last Saturday's remarkable comeback win over South Fremantle at Fremantle Oval with the black-and-whites to regain top spot with a win over Claremont at Steel Blue Oval this Saturday.