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Relive the 2017 McDonald's WAFL Grand Final

Wednesday, October 4, 2017 - 10:31 AM

Miss all the 2017 McDonald's WAFL Grand Final action or want to watch it again..?

A full replay of the last ever WAFL Grand Final at Subiaco Oval is now live at 7Plus.

Peel Thunder defeated Subiaco 11.6 (72) to 7.14 (56) in an absorbing Grand Final - the last football game at the ground.

It has been an exhilarating season of WAFL! Let's take a look back at this year's highlights in the video below.


Jansen returns to East Fremantle

Tuesday, October 3, 2017 - 10:26 AM

The East Fremantle Football Club has announced the signing of one of their own. Jarrad Jansen, after two years at Geelong and the last two at Brisbane, said he wouldn't have it any other way in returning to play with the Sharks.

The 192cm big bodied Bull Creek-Leeming product has played through the midfield and half forward during his time in the AFL system. Jansen played through all of the East Fremantle Development Squads before making his debut for the Colts in 2012.

In 2013 Jansen's early season form earned him a State 18s birth, where at the end of that season he was taken at pick 36 by the Geelong Cats. Whilst learning plenty and playing some good VFL footy, unfortunately he couldn't break into a strong Cats side at AFL level.

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Apprenticeship has Pickering ready to take helm at Swans

Monday, October 2, 2017 - 5:15 PM - by Chris Pike

FOLLOWING six years coaching at two clubs in the reserves and colts while also being a league assistant along the way, new Swan Districts coach Adam Pickering feels his impressive apprenticeship has him ready to take over with the black-and-whites.

Pickering has been appointed as the new senior coach at Swan Districts on the back of four years coaching reserves teams at East Perth and Perth respectively, and the last two years as the Royals colts coach on the back of his playing career.

That playing career saw Pickering spend time at both Richmond and Carlton in the AFL going on to play seven matches with the Blues between 2001 and 2002.

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Pickering appointed as Swan Districts coach

Monday, October 2, 2017 - 8:52 AM

Swan Districts Football Club has announced Adam Pickering as its new Senior Coach.

Pickering has been the Colts coach at East Perth Football Club for the past two seasons and is highly regarded in the West Australian football community. He has AFL playing experience at Carlton and Richmond, and also played 111 senior WAFL games at East Perth.

Pickering was also a Reserves and Assistant League Coach at Perth Football Club in 2012 and 2013, and an Assistant Coach for the WAFL State team in 2013.

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Kitchin claims Outridge Medal as Subiaco fairest and best

Saturday, September 30, 2017 - 10:38 AM - by Chris Pike

SUBIACO has wasted no time celebrating its 2017 WAFL season with prolific and tough midfielder Leigh Kitchin taking out the Outridge Medal taking out the Lions' fairest and best award ahead of Lachlan Delahunty and Liam Ryan.

Just days after playing in a terrific WAFL Grand Final on Sunday in the last ever football match at Subiaco Oval that unfortunately Subiaco came up short in against Peel Thunder for the second straight year, they shook themselves off to celebrate the season that was.

Despite the disappointment of losing the Grand Final, there was plenty to celebrate for the Lions as well after a season that saw them play in a fourth straight Grand Final, with a third consecutive minor premiership and go on a remarkable 19-game winning streak heading into the finals.

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Rogers recognised at Football Woman of the Year Awards

Thursday, September 28, 2017 - 2:01 PM

LONG serving WA Women’s Football League volunteer Charmaine Rogers was recognised today, Thursday September 28, with the VicHealth Community Award at the Football Woman of the Year Awards in front of more than 1,000 guests at Crown Palladium, Melbourne.

The annual Awards, which are hosted by the Essendon Women’s Network as part of AFL Grand Final Week, recognise women in the industry who have made a significant contribution to the game of Australian Football.

The Community Award recognises those who work in a volunteer capacity, whether it be at the grass roots level, or through their voluntary contribution to clubs at the highest level.

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WAFC promoting women in football

Thursday, September 28, 2017 - 9:00 AM

Women from football boards and organisations came together to develop actions plans and strategies to promote and support women interested in being elected onto football boards, as part of the West Australian Football Commission (WAFC) Women in Football Seminar held earlier this month.

The WAFC Women in Football group is a leadership initiative established by the WAFC to promote and support women on boards and working in senior positions in the football industry.

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Winnacott claim 2017 WAFC State Championship title

Wednesday, September 27, 2017 - 2:48 PM

Winnacott Junior Football Club has been named winners of the 2017 WA Football Commission (WAFC) State Championships, the first South Metro football club to take out the title, following three thrilling contests that unfolded at Steel Blue Oval on Saturday, September 23.

Winnacott put their best foot forward in the opening game of the championships against Mazenod, and finished with a 1.2 (8) – 0.2 (2) lead at the main break.

Winnacott didn’t look like slowing down one bit and secured three goals in the second term by Jordan Wallam, Adam Shrives and Chad Sims, which led to a 27-point win over Mazenod.

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Peel goes back-to-back in cracking Grand Final to farewell Subi

Sunday, September 24, 2017 - 6:33 PM - by Chris Pike
IT was only fitting that a cracking contest and a good crowd despite the terrible early weather took place to farewell Subiaco Oval with Peel Thunder making it back-to-back WAFL premierships beating Subiaco by 16 points on Sunday.
 
Despite the heavy rain that fell earlier in the day particularly during the Reserves Grand Final and then in the first half of the league decider between the Thunder and Lions, it was a credit to the crowd of 18,180 who turned out to celebrate the farewell to football at Subiaco Oval.
 
The crowd is the biggest for the WAFL Grand Final since West Perth beat East Perth in 2013.
 
 
The Grand Final was a rematch of last year's decider when Peel made history with the club's first ever premiership and it was always going to be a ferocious contest with the Thunder looking to continue to make history and the Lions trying to win a third premiership in the last four years.
 
Peel started well leading by as much as 13 points in the first half but Subiaco got going to the start the second half as the weather cleared to hit the front for the first time.
 
That saw the lead change four times in the second half but when Peel hit the front on a terrific snap from Leroy Jetta at the 13-minute of the last quarter, the Thunder would not again surrender the advantage.
 
Peel went on to win the Grand Final 11.6 (72) to 7.14 (56) to make it back-to-back premierships and to leave Subiaco with two flags from four Grand Finals and three minor premierships over the past four years.
 
In many ways Subiaco dominated a lot of areas of the game finishing with 75 more disposals than Peel, 21 extra inside-50 entries and 21 scoring shots to 17. But much of what the Lions did was under great pressure highlighted by them only taking 50 marks to 72 from the Thunder. Tackling from both teams was a feature with Subiaco laying 97 and Peel 81.
 
 
Captain Gerald Ugle, Rory O'Brien, Brayden Lawler, Blair Bell, Nick Suban, Josh Deluca, Sam Collins and Ryan Nyhuis are the players to have taken part in both Peel's premiership triumphs now.
 
It is three WAFL premierships now for Suban and Deluca as well who previously won a flag with Claremont in 2011 and Subiaco in 2014 respectively.
 
One player who became a premiership player for the first time was Luke Ryan with the Fremantle-listed defender awarded the Simpson Medal after finishing with 23 possessions and nine marks.
 
First-year ruckman Sean Darcy was a remarkable presence ending up with a Grand Final record 73 hit outs to go with nine disposals and eight tackles.
 
Matt Taberner worked hard up forward to provide a target in a terrific duel with Jordan Lockyer. He ended up with two goals from 11 touches and seven marks.
 
Leroy Jetta and Tom Sheridan also kicked two goals each for the Thunder.
 
Danyle Pearce showed all his 255 games of AFL experience with a strong showing to win his first WAFL premiership finishing with 25 disposals and eight entries inside the forward 50.
 
Traye Bennell crossed from South Fremantle to Peel early last year and is now a premiership player as a result finishing with 20 possessions while O'Brien survived the nervous wait for his wife Ebony to give birth to their third child to win his second flag.
 
The 247-game, five-time fairest and best winning Sandover Medallist had a big influence too with 19 possessions, four tackles and four inside 50s.
 
Cameron Sutcliffe also had 16 possessions and seven tackles, Deluca 16 disposals, four tackles and a goal, and Brennan Cox 15 touches and 22 hit outs helping out Darcy in the ruck.
 
Suban might have not had a huge influence offensively but his pressure with 15 tackles was phenomenal while Lawler laid 10 tackles across half-forward.
 
Meanwhile, Nyhuis did a superb job defensively shutting down Subiaco's Bernie Naylor Medallist Liam Ryan. He held him scoreless and to seven kicks while having 11 kicks and seven marks himself.
 
 
Chris Phelan, Kyal Horsley and Leigh Kitchin are remarkably tough and consistent performers in Subiaco's midfield and couldn’t have possibly done more to try and lift the Lions over the line.
 
Phelan was playing his first league game since suffering a knee injury in Round 10 and the 151-game dual premiership and fairest and best winner showed all his quality with 30 possessions, five inside 50s and a goal.
 
Captain Horsley had yet another superb Grand Final with 32 disposals, seven tackles and seven inside 50s while Kitchin contributed 26 touches and eight tackles.
 
Ben Sokol was the star up forward for Subiaco kicking four goals while Clancy Wheeler booted two.
 
Angus Litherland did well defensively holding Leroy Jetta to four kicks while having 17 possessions himself with Aaron Heal keeping Blair Bell scoreless.
 
Lachlan Delahunty did what he could in the ruck finishing with 19 touches and 18 hit outs while Liam Baker had 19 disposals, Corey Adamson 19, Wayde Twomey 18, Justin Joyce 17 (eight tackles), Scott Hancock 17 (seven tackles) and Jordan Lockyer 17.
 
 
Peel made the perfect start in their premiership defence with the retiring Zac Dawson kicking the first goal of the game. That would be his only kick of the day before he succumbed to an ankle injury.
 
But Dawson's only handpass came at the 10-minute mark to set up Gerald Ugle and Peel had the opening two majors.
 
Subiaco got on the board shortly after when Ben Sokol booted his first of the day but the Thunder responded thanks to Matt Taberner to open a 13-point lead.
 
Things tightened up for the rest of the quarter as the rain bucketed down on Subiaco Oval but the Lions did get a late goal with a good snap from the boundary by Clancy Wheeler to be within five points at the first break.
 
A clever snap in congestion on his left boot from Leroy Jetta again gave Peel a good start to the second term but Subiaco responded by the 11-minute mark through Sokol to close within four points.
 
Tom Sheridan reclaimed a 10-point advantage shortly after for the reigning premiers but the Lions ensured they were just three points down at the main break after Sokol booted a third goal from another rock-solid set shot.
 
The weather fined up after half-time setting the stage for a cracking contest between the two best contested ball and defensive teams in the competition. It was Subiaco who started well when the returning Chris Phelan continued his stunning comeback with a great goal from 50.
 
That put the Lions in front for the first time in the Grand Final and that lead grew to nine points when Sokol nailed his fourth as well.
 
The Lions were completely on top for virtually the whole quarter but just couldn’t kick straight and their lead grew to 13 points but only courtesy of behinds. 
 
That came back to bite them with Peel getting back within seven points when a hobbled Josh Deluca snapped truly and then just one-point when Taberner kicked straight.
 
Subiaco kicked another couple of behinds before three quarter-time to be up by three points at the last change and that inaccuracy of the third term would prove costly.
 
Peel regained the lead to start the fourth term when Taylin Duman ran into in an open goal onto a terrific pass to soccer it through. But Subiaco responded through Wheeler to put the Lions back in front by three points.
 
That set the stage for a brilliant finish with the weather having cleared up and Peel hit the front once more with a trademark snap from Jetta after he earned a holding the ball free-kick on Corey Adamson in the pocket.
 
Subiaco just couldn’t find a way through Peel's defence in the last 15 minutes of the game and Peel secured the win when Sheridan nailed one from the boundary. 
 
Lachlan Delahunty marked 40m out for Subiaco with 23 minutes on the clock but he elected to handpass to Adam Cockie. The 100-gamer kicked it out on the full to keep the margin 11 points with time running out for the Lions.
 
A goal to Griffin Logue on the siren was only icing on the cake for the 16-point win to give Peel back-to-back premierships in what was a superb Grand Final to farewell Subiaco Oval.
 
PEEL THUNDER 3.1 5.4 7.4 11.6 (72)
SUBIACO 2.2 4.7 6.13 7.14 (56)
 
PEEL THUNDER Goals: Sheridan, Jetta, Taberner 2; Logue, Duman, Deluca, Ugle, Dawson.
Best: Darcy, Ryan, Nyhuis, Suban, Pearce, O'Brien, Taberner.
SUBIACO Goals: Sokol 4; Wheeler 2; Phelan.
Best: Horsley, Kitchin, Phelan, Sokol, Litherland, Heal, Baker.
 
SIMPSON MEDAL: Luke Ryan (Peel Thunder)

Lions prevail in the wet to win reserves premiership

Sunday, September 24, 2017 - 2:20 PM - by Chris Pike
SUBIACO has proven too strong in a wet Reserves Grand Final at Subiaco Oval beating the minor premier South Fremantle by 19 points on Sunday.
 
South Fremantle came into the game having been the standout team in the reserves for 2017 finishing as minor premiers and then winning straight through to the Grand Final having beaten Subiaco in the second semi-final.
 
Both teams then got some players back for the Reserves Grand Final after their league outfits played off in the league preliminary final last Sunday setting the stage for a tremendous contest.
 
South Fremantle started strongly with three of the opening four goals, but Subiaco soon worked on top as the rain began to fall. The Lions kicked 10 of the next 13 goals to lead by 29 points at the 12-minute mark of the third term.
 
The Bulldogs then made a charge with four quick goals to close the third term, but the Lions steadied in the last quarter with the only two goals to win 13.6 (84) to 10.5 (65).
 
The win is Subiaco's first reserves premiership since 2007 while South Fremantle missed the chance for a third reserves flag in the past five years in what was the first year in charge for coach Paul Litherland.
 
Subiaco's Dylan Clarke was presented with the Merv McIntosh Medal after a best on ground performance. The left-footed half-forward kicked five goals for the Grand Final to go with 23 possessions and five tackles.
 
Nick Menegola kicked two goals for the Lions from just three kicks with former South Fremantle player Braden Fimmano also kicking two. Another ex-Bulldog Bailey Matera delivered a strong performance against his old side with 20 possessions and a goal.
 
Greg Clark had reason to feel hard done by after missing selection in Subiaco's league side for later in the day but he was terrific with 20 possessions and 16 tackles to at least leave the day with a premiership medal.
 
Adam Creeper had a strong game too in the ruck for the Lions with 16 disposals, five tackles, 20 hit outs and a goal.
 
James Garcia racked up 24 possessions for Subiaco to go with six tackles and seven inside-50 entries.
 
 
Jake Florenca was terrific for South Fremantle finishing with three goals, 12 tackles and 24 possessions.
 
Captain Jarrod Parry fought valiantly for the Bulldogs as well with 25 disposals, 10 tackles, six inside 50s and two goals.
 
Jacob Dragovich also collected 28 disposals for South Fremantle, Chad Pearson 20, Zac Strom 18 (17 hit outs), Tom Vandeleur 16, Matthew Parker 16, Kyle Russell 16 and Travis Abbott 16.
 
South Fremantle made a good start to the Grand Final with a goal inside two minutes to Jarrod Parry. Subiaco responded soon after through Dylan Clarke but the Bulldogs were looking good early with the next two goals from Matthew Parker and Jake Florenca.
 
Two goals without the ball returning to the middle for Nick Menegola got Subiaco back within three points before they took the lead with a goal to Brayden Ainsworth and a second to Clarke.
 
South Fremantle cut its deficit to just three points on quarter-time with Mitch Dzelebdzic kicking truly after the siren.
 
Conditions were getting tougher during the second quarter with the rain pelting down with Subiaco kicking away early with goals to former South Fremantle pair Bailey Matera and Braden Fimmano.
 
The Bulldogs got back within the contest with a couple of quick goals to Jesse Musika and Jake Florenca, but again the Lions steadied with a second to Fimmano and one to big man Adam Creeper to lead by 17 points at half-time. 
 
Subiaco threatened to run right away with the game midway through the third term after two more goals to Clarke to stretch the lead to a game-high 29 points.
 
But South Fremantle wouldn’t go away and had a strong season in 2017 that they didn’t want to let slip without giving it a real crack. Goals to Brandon Donaldson, Daniel Cabassi, Parry and Florenca in the space of nine minutes suddenly made it a five-point game at three quarter-time.
 
However, the Bulldogs wouldn’t score in the last quarter with Subiaco kicking the only two goals thanks to Clarke with his fifth and Ray Daniels to secure the 19-point victory having come from finishing third at the end of the home and away season.
 
SUBIACO 5.1 9.3 11.4 13.6 (84)
SOUTH FREMANTLE 4.4 6.4 10.5 10.5 (65)
 
SUBIACO Goals: Clarke 5; Fimmano, Menegola 2; Daniels, Matera, Ainsworth, Creeper.
Best: Clarke, Clark, Garcia, Matera, Creeper, Fimmano, Ainsworth.
SOUTH FREMANTLE Goals: Florenca 3; Parry 2; Donaldson, Parker, Cabassi, Dzelebdzic, Musika.
Best: Florenca, Parry, Dragovich, Z Strom, Pearson, Abbott.
 
MERV McINTOSH MEDAL: Dylan Clarke (Subiaco)

Sharks claim colts premiership with big win over Tigers

Sunday, September 24, 2017 - 11:16 AM - by Chris Pike
EAST Fremantle has capitalised on a standout WAFL Colts season by winning the premiership and ending Claremont's quest for a third straight flag with a 54-point win at Subiaco Oval on Sunday.
 
In the last ever Colts Grand Final to be held at Subiaco Oval, it was the minor premier East Fremantle who proved too strong. 
 
The Sharks kicked the first six goals of the game to set up the eventual 12.5 (77) to 2.11 (23) victory.
 
It is East Fremantle's first colts premiership since 2010 and 11th overall.
 
Claremont was playing in its fifth successive Grand Final having previously beaten South Fremantle in 2013, lost to Swan Districts in 2014 and then winning premierships in 2015 and 2016. But the Tigers couldn’t quite pull off the hat-trick on Sunday against the Sharks.
 
There wasn’t actually a whole lot between the two teams with East Fremantle having just the 20 more disposals than Claremont and 11 more marks. 
 
The Tigers had 10 more entries inside-50 but it was conversion that let them down with the Sharks winning by 54 points despite just four more scoring shots.
 
East Fremantle's Chris Scott was presented with the Mel Whinnen Medal after the game by the chamipon himself after being named best afield for having 21 possessions and 10 marks.
 
There were plenty of standout contributors for the Sharks with Thomas Joyce finishing with 24 disposals and six marks, Zachary Jackson 24 touches and nine marks, and Dylan Williams 21 possessions and seven tackles.
 
Ambrose Ryan gathered 20 disposals for East Fremantle while kicking two goals with Tim Bockman booting three majors, Josh Ritchie two, Brandon Collard two and Dillon O'Reilly two.
 
Samuel Lewis had 17 possessions for the Sharks, Jayden Quill 17, Milan Murdock 17 and Dylan Campbell 16 to go with six tackles.
 
Isaac Barton and Jack Buller were Claremont's goal kickers in the game.
 
Lewis Davis had a big performance in the ruck for the Tigers with 22 possessions, eight marks, six tackles, 19 hit outs and nine inside-50 entries.
 
 
Jake Patmore picked up 25 disposals for Claremont, Callan England 20, Lewis Daisley 19 and Shaquille Morton 16 along with six inside 50s, five marks and four tackles.
 
East Fremantle made the fast start with a goal in the opening minute of the Grand Final through Brandon Collard. Dillon O'Reilly and Josh Ritchie also kicked truly in the opening term with the Sharks leading by 18 points at quarter-time.
 
It took seven minutes for the opening goal of the second term and it again went to East Fremantle through Ambrose Ryan. Dwayne Nevill added another just two minutes later and then O'Reilly kicked his second 16 minutes in to stretch the Sharks' lead to 37 points.
 
Claremont, however, did kick its first goal of the game and the last of the first half at the 24-minute mark courtesy of Isaac Barton to bring the deficit at the main break back to 32 points.
 
The Tigers then completely dominated the third term in every area except putting goals on the board. In fact they didn’t kick a single goal adding just the six behinds to miss the chance to get back in touch.
 
East Fremantle ended up kicking the only goal of the third term to Ryan and that saw the Sharks in control by 33 points at three quarter-time.
 
A couple of early last quarter goals for the Sharks to Tim Bockman meant it soon became celebration time. Collard also added his second through the last term, Ritchie his second and then Bockman a third.
 
Claremont got its second goal in between all that thanks to Buller but it was East Fremantle's day on the way to the 54-point victory in the last ever Colts Grand Final at Subiaco Oval.
 
EAST FREMANTLE 3.1 6.4 7.5 12.5 (77)
CLAREMONT 0.1 1.2 1.8 2.11 (23)
 
EAST FREMANTLE Goals: Bockman 3; Ritchie, Ryan, Collard, O'Reilly 2; Nevill.
Best: Scott, Jackson, Joyce, Ryan, Williams, Quill, Campbell.
CLAREMONT Goals: Barton, Buller.
Best: Patmore, Davis, England, Daisley, McNamara, Morton.
 
MEL WHINNEN MEDAL: Chris Scott (East Fremantle)

WAFL Grand Final teams and preview

Sunday, September 24, 2017 - 12:00 AM

THE biggest day of the year is upon us on Sunday for the 2017 WAFL Grand Final between Peel Thunder and Subiaco at Domain Stadium with a massive day of celebrations planned for what will be the last official football match at Subiaco Oval.

It's a rematch of last year's decider as well and it shapes as a fascinating, heated and ferocious WAFL Grand Final with Peel attempting to make history winning back-to-back premierships while the Lions are desperate to make up for last year's defeat.

Subiaco is playing in its fourth straight WAFL Grand Final having now been minor premiers three years running. The Lions won premierships in 2014 and 2015 before coming up short against Peel in 2016.

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Decade of WAFL success more than Twomey could have imagined

Saturday, September 23, 2017 - 5:09 PM - by Chris Pike

NEVER in his wildest dreams could Wayde Twomey have predicted a decade ago when he made the move west that he would have the success in the WAFL he has. Neither did he envision four Grand Finals in four years after joining Subiaco but that's the case as he chases a fairytale finish.

Twomey originally joined Swan Districts from VFL club Werribee in 2008 as a string of recruits that would go on to inspire the black-and-whites to a Grand Final that first year, a preliminary final in 2009 and a remarkable premiership triumph in 2010.

That led Twomey into a season in the AFL in Carlton where he played a couple of games at the top level, but then it was straight back to Swan Districts in 2012. He had another good two seasons capped off with a Simpson Medal performance representing the WAFL against the VFL in 2013.

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Captain Ugle out to create more history with Thunder

Saturday, September 23, 2017 - 4:20 PM - by Chris Pike

GERALD Ugle might not have had the individual season he hoped in 2017 but the fact that come Sunday evening he could be a dual premiership captain at Peel Thunder could more than make up for that.

Ugle is now in his third season with Peel and his second year as captain and while he feels he can do more to impact games personally, it's hard to imagine how the move to join the Thunder could have turned out much better.

As a talented youngster from Perth, Ugle was part of the inaugural Greater Western Sydney Giants team in the AFL and did play three matches before returning to the Demons in 2014.

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Cockie looks for second premiership in 100th game with Lions

Friday, September 22, 2017 - 10:20 PM - by Chris Pike

ADAM Cockie will never regret his time in Melbourne even though he missed a couple of Subiaco premierships while there but he desperately wants a second flag with the Lions and there would be no better time than his 100th WAFL game in Sunday's Grand Final.

Cockie burst on to the scene at Subiaco in 2008, playing 22 games, representing Western Australia, playing in Subiaco's premiership and finishing third in the fairest and best before finding himself drafted by the West Coast Eagles.

He went on to play seven games at West Coast in the AFL in 2009 before his season ended early through injury. He remained playing with Subiaco the next two years culminating in the Grand Final loss to Claremont.

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