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WAFL Round 9 Preview

Friday, May 16, 2014 - 12:21 PM - by Chris Pike

ROUND 9 of the 2014 WAFL season will feature four games all on Saturday afternoon with players not only looking to secure spots in the WAFL team to play the NEAFL, but clubs desperate to head into the break with some winning form.

Subiaco hosts West Perth at Leederville's Medibank Stadium with Perth taking on East Fremantle at Lathlain Park, Peel Thunder battling South Fremantle at Mandurah's Bendigo Bank Stadium and Swan Districts facing Claremont at Bassendean's Steel Blue Oval.

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Lee hits the ground flying after injury-hit start to 2014

Thursday, May 15, 2014 - 12:32 PM - by Chris Pike

EAST Perth co-captain Brendan Lee missed the first six games of 2014 but has been superb the past fortnight in two just about best on ground performances to put him right in the mix to play in the WAFL team against the NEAFL next Saturday.

Both before and after spending 2012 with Essendon in the AFL, Lee has likely cemented himself as the best midfielder in the WAFL.

Having won the East Perth fairest and best in 2011, the Bendigo Bombers best and fairest in 2012 and then again the Royals' fairest and best last year, Lee has been consistent over a long period now but he suffered a hiccup on the eve of 2014 when he injured a finger and required surgery.

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Telstra offers WA football clubs the chance to share in $150,000

Wednesday, May 14, 2014 - 2:39 PM

Telstra has teamed up with AFL stars Chris Mayne and Marc LeCras in giving away thirty $5,000 grants through the new "Telstra Club Commitment" program, meaning a total of $150,000 will be invested into the game at a grassroots level to help support clubs across the state. 

Club representatives from registered local Australian football clubs are encouraged to enter for the chance to win. Fans can show their support, and improve their club’s chances of winning, by uploading a photo of them supporting their club

West Coast Eagles star Mark LeCras credits the support of his own junior football club, Cervantes FC, as instrumental to the development his professional career and is encouraging all eligible clubs to apply for one of the thirty $5000 grants.

 "Footy was always my biggest passion as a youngster and I have some really fond memories of playing at a junior level. It was here that I learnt about teamwork, hard work and dedication to the sport which has been my life and my career," said Mark.

If your club is yet to register, encourage your club representative to get involved and enter at

Applications will be judged on the creativity and merit of the answer, as well as the creative merit of the community support. Hurry and enter as the competition closes Friday 30th May 2014. Contact your District representative for your unique club code.


VIDEO: Round 8 WAFL Wrap-Up

Wednesday, May 14, 2014 - 1:32 PM

WAFL Manager Cameron Knapton's Round 8 wrap-up of the 2014 AAMI WAFL Premiership Season, including an interview with WAFL State Coach Bill Monaghan at the first training session for the WAFL State Squad.

Knapton also provides a summary of Round 8 results, individual highlights, reports, tribunal results and Round 9 fixtures.

Round 8 WAFL Wrap Up

Tuesday, May 13, 2014 - 3:53 PM - by Chris Pike

THE top-three WAFL teams all recorded strong Round 8 victories on Saturday before West Perth came from nowhere to snatch a win over Peel on Sunday to move into fourth place.

The round began on Saturday afternoon with East Perth thrashing Claremont 19.10 (124) to 6.8 (44) at Medibank Stadium, Subiaco downing Perth 16.12 (108) to 11.8 (74) at Lathlain Park and Swan Districts were too good for East Fremantle 20.15 (135) to 10.15 (75) at Steel Blue Oval.

Then on Sunday at Arena Joondalup, West Perth came from 42 points down at half-time, 30 points behind at three quarter-time and still 17 points back at time-on in the last quarter to snatch a win off Peel Thunder, 14.9 (93) to 14.8 (92).

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Schools to battle for AFL SportsReady honours

Monday, May 12, 2014 - 4:13 PM

Term 2 of the winter sports calendar is about to begin, with secondary schools ready to compete across three divisions of the AFL SportsReady Cup.

The West Australian Football Commission and School Sport WA have worked in close partnership for 26 years to deliver this quality competition and have continued the cooperative links between schools and the community.

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Nominations open for footy volunteer award

Monday, May 12, 2014 - 3:55 PM

Nominations opened today for The Sunday Times WA Football Volunteer of the Year Award to coincide with the start of National Volunteer Week (May 12-18).

The overall winner of The Sunday Times WA Football Volunteer of the Year Award will be announced at the 2014 Sandover Medal count and receive a trip for two to the 2014 AFL Grand Final, including flights, accommodation and tickets to the Grand Final breakfast function.

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Tsalikis' late goal for West Perth breaks Peel's heart

Sunday, May 11, 2014 - 6:36 PM - by Chris Pike

WEST Perth has cruelly denied Peel Thunder of its first victory of 2014 with Anthony Tsalikis kicking a goal just before the siren to get the Falcons over the line by a point after earlier trailing by 42 points.

West Perth kicked the first two goals of the game, but Peel then took control of the contest with the last three goals of the first quarter, and then last five of the second term to lead by a game-high 42 points at half-time.

The Falcons came out kicking the first three goals in eight minutes to start the third term, but it appeared Peel had steadied enough to still lead by 30 points at three quarter-time.

When Cruize Garlett goaled at the 20-minute mark to stretch Peel's lead back to 17 points it appeared the Thunder had done enough to win, but West Perth then got quick goals to Kody Manning and Nick Rodda to close to within a single goal.

Marcus Adams then dribbled through a point to make the margin five points and then Tsalikis marked out on a lead near the boundary as time ticked down.

He slotted the goal from the left forward pocket as wild celebrations ensued as West Perth hit the front for the first time since early in the game, and to win 14.9 (93) to 14.8 (92).

The win improves West Perth to a 3-4 record and sees the Falcons replace Perth in fourth position on the WAFL ladder while Peel remains winless in 2014, and is yet to win a game since downing East Perth in Round 10 last year. The losing run now stretches to 18 straight matches.

Tsalikis might have only kicked one goal for the day but he was a strong contributor for the Falcons finishing with 27 possessions, 10 marks and five inside 50s.

Shane Nelson worked tirelessly in West Perth's midfield with 34 possessions and six tackles with Aaron Black also having 29 touches, Andrew Strijk 27, Steve Potente 25, Jay van Berlo 22, Luke Tedesco 19 and Steven Browne 18 to go with a crucial last quarter goal.

Andrew Krakouer booted three goals for West Perth with Nick Rodda and Kody Manning kicking two apiece.

Matt Taberner was outstanding up forward for Peel kicking five goals from 16 possessions and 12 marks.

Anthony Morabito, Cruize Garlett and Tom Sheridan kicked two goals each for Peel.

Sheridan also racked up 32 possessions and Sam Menegola picked up 33 touches in his first game for Peel since Round 3.

Eddie Dann had a good day in defence for Peel finishing with 25 possessions and a goal while doing well keeping Krakouer in check for the majority of the game.

Former skipper Brendon Jones again worked hard for 25 possessions, six tackles, five inside 50s and a goal while Garrick Ibbotson had it 25 times, Jacob Ballard 22, Morabito 21 and Kristin Thornton 18.

Meanwhile, the day wasn’t a total disaster for Peel with the Thunder's colts winning by three points against West Perth in what is the club's first win in any grade this season after eight rounds.


West Perth 14.9 (93) defeated Peel Thunder 14.8 (92)

West Perth 16.16 (112) defeated Peel Thunder 7.8 (50)

West Perth 8.6 (54) lost to Peel Thunder 8.9 (57)

Round 8 Saturday WAFL Results

Saturday, May 10, 2014 - 5:45 PM - by Chris Pike

SUBIACO, Swan Districts and East Perth all showed why they are the current top three teams in the WAFL with big wins on Saturday against Perth, East Fremantle and Claremont respectively.

All three winners on Saturday recorded emphatic victories with Subiaco beating Perth 16.12 (108) to 11.8 (74) at Lathlain Park, Swan Districts downing East Fremantle 20.15 (135) to 10.15 (75) at Steel Blue Oval and East Perth thumping Claremont 19.10 (124) to 6.8 (44) at Medibank Stadium.

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McMahon confident Demons squad can deliver

Friday, May 9, 2014 - 11:13 PM - by Chris Pike

PERTH coach Damien McMahon feels he has the best squad at his disposal in his time in charge and now hopes the Demons can back up last week's win over Peel with a victory over the league-leading Subiaco this Saturday.

Perth looked set to play finals for much of 2013 for the first time since 1997 until losing four of its last five matches to narrowly miss out.

However, unlike in recent seasons the Demons were able to maintain most of their required players including AFL premiership players Paul Bevan and Chance Bateman as well as experienced campaigners Jarryd Morton, Matt Moody and Brennan Stack.

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WAFL Round 8 broadcast schedule

Friday, May 9, 2014 - 1:40 PM

AAMI WAFL Premiership Season Round 8 Broadcast details:

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WAFL Round 8 Preview

Friday, May 9, 2014 - 1:29 PM - by Chris Pike

ROUND 8 of the WAFL is split over Saturday and Sunday this weekend with Subiaco and Swan Districts still fighting over top spot at different venues while Peel looks for its first win and West Perth and Claremont try to keep in touch with the top-four.

The action begins on Saturday afternoon with three matches that sees Perth play Subiaco at Lathlain Park, East Perth host Claremont at Leederville's Medibank Stadium and Swan Districts take on East Fremantle at Bassendean's Steel Blue Oval.

Then on Sunday the standalone Mother's Day contest features West Perth taking on Peel Thunder at Arena Joondalup.

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State 18 girls crowned National Champions

Friday, May 9, 2014 - 11:26 AM

Western Australia have defeated powerhouse Victoria Metro in a nail biting Grand Final by 25 points, to be crowned the 2014 Youth Girls National Champions.

Inspiring performances from WA’s Asha Price and Hayley Miller in the second quarter set up the 7.8 (50) to 4.1 (25) win that was one year in the making.

Losing to Vic Metro in last year's decider by 15 points, the girls from the west played their hearts out to make sure history didn’t repeat itself.

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VIDEO: Round 7 WAFL Wrap-Up

Wednesday, May 7, 2014 - 3:53 PM

WAFL Manager Cameron Knapton's Round 7 wrap-up of the 2014 AAMI WAFL Premiership Season.

Knapton provides a summary of Round 7 results, individual highlights, reports, tribunal results and Round 8 fixtures.

VIDEO: How Ridiculous footy trick shot competition

Wednesday, May 7, 2014 - 1:20 PM

The West Australian Football Commission has partnered with Perth YouTube trick shooters "How Ridiculous"  to launch a new competition where anyone can enter their own footy videos to win some great prizes

CLICK HERE to view the "How Ridiculous"  video and enter your own trick shot in the competition.

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