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Round 8 Optus WAFL Preview

Friday, May 31, 2019 - 2:55 PM - by Chris Pike

IT is WA Round in the WAFL with the two traditional massive derbies on Monday but before that is a tantalising Perth-Swan Districts standalone clash on Saturday afternoon and then two intriguing match ups on Sunday.

The Round 8 WAFL action will be spread across the three days of the WA Day long weekend with all five matches saw to attract plenty of interest.

The round gets underway on Saturday afternoon with a standalone clash between two teams who are creating a reputation for playing out nail-biters with one another. Perth will be hosting Swan Districts at Lathlain's Mineral Resources Park.

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Around the Grounds - Round 8

Friday, May 31, 2019 - 11:05 AM

East Fremantle  v South Fremantle: New Choice Homes Park - Monday 3 June 2.10pm

The WA Day Derby is here! Port vs port, mate vs mate, get down to Shark Park and show your blue & white colours #SharksUnite

The great rivalry continues when The Sharks host rivals South Fremantle Football Club in the WA Day Derby.

We have a fantastic day planned that will entertain the whole family.

Our FREE Kidz Corner will be in full swing with an enormous 26-metre obstacle course, a bucking bull and face painter. Kids under 16 receive free entry into the game. At half time, head onto the oval to join our bin-it to win-it for your chance to win a junior footy! 

The CUB pop-up bar is back again, conveniently located near the Kidz Corner, so the parents can have fun too.

We are also celebrating arguably one of the greatest grand finals in WA history – 1979 East Fremantle vs South Fremantle. It was the Grand Final that divided the port and attracted one of the largest crowds at Subiaco Oval. Get along to relive some of the glory!

Bring your mates along and get amongst the infamous Shark Pit.
Grab something to eat from the 9 Seeds Kiosk, catering vans or Mr Whippy.

Take a selfie at the game and post it with the hashtag #ichooseeastfreo for your chance to win! Choose from some awesome Sharks merchandise thanks to our sponsor - New Choice Homes.

Perth v Swan Districts: Mineral Resources Park - Saturday 1 June 2.15pm

Perth is back at Mineral Resources Park on 1 June, come on down for a great day!

Our FREE Kids Zone will be open with an inflatable obstacle course, a bouncy castle, face paint and balloon art. Dont forget about our Kick for a Car competition! Sign up at the team store by the end of the first quarter to get a chance to win a free car. 

At half time, make your way down to the oval to participate in kids running races! There are three age categories, under 5s, under 9s and under 12s, with a winner from each. The three winders will be awarded $20 cash and a $10 Perth Football Club Team Store voucher. 

Hungry Jacks will be open all day at the Round 8 match. There will also be a food van located near the Bar on the Hill. 

The Bar on the Hill, Redlegs Bar (located in the grandstand) and the can bar will be open to the public. 

The team store will be open from 11am – 4pm.

Grab your 2019 merchandise, sign up for a membership and head here for any game day questions you may have!


Friday, May 31, 2019 - 10:15 AM - by Lenny Fogliani

The 2019 Simply Energy WAFL Colts Competition is shaping up to be an extremely even competition, with only two games separating fourth from ninth.

A number of players are starting to stamp their authority on the competition, and of this group, Jye Clark, Trent Rivers, Jackson Knight, Deven Robertson and Kade Wallrodt have stood out the most.

The younger brother of Geelong’s rising star Jordan, Jye Clark has put together an exceptional start to the 2019 Simply Energy WAFL Colts competition. In six games, Clark is averaging 24 possessions, five marks, four inside 50s and two tackles. His best performance came against Subiaco in round seven where he finished with 30 possessions, eight marks, seven inside 50s and two goals, while he has also produced outstanding performances against East Perth (29 possessions, five marks, four inside 50s) and Perth (25 possessions, five marks and four inside 50s). Clark plays in a similar manner to his brother in that he uses his elite vision, decision-making and skill execution to penetrate his way through the opposition’s defensive zones. 

The East Fremantle Captain has proven to be one of the best prospects for this year’s AFL Draft, after a stunning start to the 2019 Simply Energy WAFL Colts competition. In four games for the Sharks, Rivers is averaging 27 possessions, six marks, five tackles, and five inside 50s, playing primarily on the half-back flank. He has also demonstrated an ability to push into the midfield where he uses his big frame to win the clearances and contested possessions for his team, distributing it to his outside runners. His most dominant outing came against West Perth in round five, where he gathered 27 possessions, took 10 marks, recorded nine inside 50s, laid four tackles and kicked two goals.

The Mandurah product is the equal leader in the WAFL Colts Coaches Award after a stellar start to the 2019 campaign. In four games for the Thunder, Knight is currently averaging 17 possessions, five marks, four tackles and has kicked two goals, primarily playing on the half-forward flank. He produced best afield performances against West Perth in round one (18 possessions, six marks, four inside 50s, three tackles and a goal), East Fremantle in round three (20 possessions, seven marks, and five inside 50s), and was also one of Peel’s best against East Perth in round five (18 possessions, six marks, four inside 50s and a goal). 

The 2017 WA U16s Captain and MVP winner is one of the leading inside midfield prospects in this year’s NAB AFL Draft pool. Comparable to Melbourne stalwart Nathan Jones, Robertson is a contested-ball winning midfielder who has a ferocious attack on both the ball and his direct opponent. Like Jones, Robertson is a respected leader because of his excellent work rate and professionalism. In just two games in 2019, Robertson is averaging 30 possessions, seven marks, six tackles and three inside 50s. He produced a best-on-ground performance against Claremont in round five (37 possessions, eight marks, five tackles, four inside 50s and a goal) to demonstrate why he is considered to be one of the elite midfielders in this year’s Simply Energy WAFL Colts competition.

After finishing second to Mitchell Bain for the E.J. McManus Award (Swans’ Colts Best & Fairest), there were high expectations on Wallrodt in season 2019. And so far, the South Bunbury product has lived up to expectations with a scintillating start to the year. After seven rounds, he is currently third in the WAFL Colts Coaches Award with 12 votes after best afield performances against East Perth in round two (33 possessions, five marks, five inside 50s and three tackles), East Fremantle in round six (28 possessions, seven inside 50s, five tackles and three goals), and a dominant outing against Perth in round three (24 possessions and a goal). In five games, Wallrodt is averaging 24 possessions, five inside 50s, three marks, three tackles, and he has kicked six goals.

Leno Thomas – Claremont
Michael Wright – East Fremantle
Regan Clarke - Perth

Round 7 Colts Wrap

Wednesday, May 29, 2019 - 8:17 PM - by Chris Pike

THERE were two heart stoppers in the Simply Energy Colts in Round 7 with Perth and Peel Thunder scoring thrilling victories by under a goal while East Perth and Claremont were the others to taste the winning feeling on Saturday.

All four matches in Round 7 of the colts competition took place on Saturday and it saw Peel Thunder hold off West Perth in a thriller at Joondalup's HBF Arena. Peel ended up winning 8.12 (60) to 9.4 (58).

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WA Football welcomes new healthy eating partnership

Wednesday, May 29, 2019 - 11:54 AM

The West Australian Football Commission has welcomed a new two-year, $400,000 partnership with Healthway to promote the Go for 2&5 healthy eating message and provide healthier eating choices at junior clubs.

Healthway joining as Principal Partner of junior football in WA will increase access to nutritious food and drink choices at junior football canteens, with clubs to receive access to training and support from the WA School Canteen Association to review their menus, and make any changes in line with nutrition guidelines.

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TABtouch Team of Round 7

Wednesday, May 29, 2019 - 11:05 AM - by Chris Pike

IT was quite the dramatic Round 7 in the WAFL on Saturday with Mitch Peirce and Zac Strom kicking the match-winners with the last kicks of their games for West Perth and South Fremantle respectively with impressive wins also for Subiaco, Swan Districts and East Fremantle.

All five matches in Round 7 of the WAFL took place on Saturday afternoon with players delivering some scintillating individual performances and teams combining to play out some thrillers, and there ending up being some upset results.

Swan Districts returned to the winner's list and ended a nine-game losing streak at Bassendean's Steel Blue Oval with a 10.10 (70) to 7.14 (56) victory over the West Coast Eagles with Matt Riggio delivering a best on ground performance.

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WAFC congratulates AFL Mid-Season Draftees

Tuesday, May 28, 2019 - 9:39 AM

The West Australian Football Commission congratulates the four players selected in the 2019 AFL Mid-Season Draft, including number one selection Josh Deluca from Subiaco Football Club, and each of the WAFL clubs that have played a key role in their development.

Deluca, who was selected by Carlton, was followed by Jack Mayo (Subiaco) at number 8 to St. Kilda, Dillon O’Reilly (East Fremantle) at number 11 to Fremantle and Marlion Pickett (South Fremantle) at number 13 to Richmond.

WAFC CEO Gavin Taylor said each of these players was highly deserving of the opportunity to be added to an AFL club list and congratulated them on their selection.

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Optus WAFLW Round 4 Wrap

Monday, May 27, 2019 - 11:09 AM - by Chris Pike

THINGS really tightened up in the inaugural WAFL Women's Optus Premiership Season on Saturday with Claremont and Swan Districts winning impressively to join Subiaco and East Fremantle on two victories so far in 2019.

Both Round 4 matches in the 2019 Optus WAFLW Premiership Season took place on Saturday for the first time this campaign with each match playing as the lead-in to the WAFL contest at the corresponding venue.

That saw the action begin on Saturday morning at Claremont Oval and it was Claremont recording its second win of the season, and handing Subiaco its first defeat, with the Tigers prevailing 5.1 (31) to 3.6 (24).

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Optus WAFL Round 7 Wrap

Monday, May 27, 2019 - 2:10 AM - by Chris Pike

SOUTH Fremantle and West Perth both won on Saturday in Round 7 of the WAFL thanks to kicking the last goal of the game to take the lead while Subiaco bounced back, East Fremantle made it consecutive wins and Swan Districts returned to the winner's list.

It was a full day of fascinating WAFL action on Saturday afternoon in Round 7 of the 2019 Optus Premiership Season.

South Fremantle was coming off the high of beating Subiaco but it took until the last kick of the game to big man Zac Strom for them to get on top of East Perth, with the Bulldogs winning 15.13 (103) to 16.6 (102) at Fremantle Community Bank Oval.

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Round 4 Optus WAFLW Preview

Friday, May 24, 2019 - 1:20 PM - by Chris Pike

BOTH matches in Round 4 of the Optus WAFL Women's Premiership Season takes place on Saturday this weekend and with East Fremantle having the bye, it's a chance for the other four teams to make a statement.

East Fremantle has the bye in Round 4 of the WAFLW competition on the back of winning two of their first three matches of the season following their premiership triumph at league level in last year's WA Women's Football League.

The two WAFLW Round 4 matches will then take place on Saturday this weekend with both matches played as curtain-raisers to the WAFL action later that day.

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Round 7 Optus WAFL Preview

Friday, May 24, 2019 - 1:11 PM - by Chris Pike

ROUND 7 of the 2019 Optus WAFL Premiership Season sees all five matches take place on Saturday afternoon with Subiaco trying to respond to a loss for the first time in over two years while South Fremantle tries to keep winning and East Fremantle attempts to make it consecutive wins.

There are five matches in Round 7 of the WAFL and all have plenty of reasons to be fascinated by in a full round of Saturday fixtures ahead of the WA Day long weekend.

Four of the five matches on Saturday all begin at 2.15pm with Swan Districts and the West Coast Eagles battling at Steel Blue Oval in a contest between two teams desperate for a win.

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Junior clubs encouraged to host Friday Night Footy

Friday, May 24, 2019 - 9:00 AM

The West Australian Football Commission encourages clubs to be creative with Night Football and create a fun atmosphere for families and participants.

This includes having music playing, family activations, canteen specials that all enhance the experience and create a fun, positive and welcoming game environment.

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Optus WAFLW Live Stream: Swan Districts v Peel Thunder

Friday, May 24, 2019 - 8:45 AM

Round Four of the Optus WAFLW Season sees Peel Thunder travel to Steel Blue Oval to take on Swan Districts in a bumper clash on Saturday. 

Peel are still chasing their first win for season 2019, while Swans remain 1-1 heading into the fixture.

Catch all the action below on the Live Stream. 

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Inspirational Bonser returns stronger than ever

Friday, May 24, 2019 - 7:10 AM - by Chris Pike

HER attitude to having both knees reconstructed robbing her of playing in AFLW with the Fremantle Dockers was so inspirational that Emily Bonser has no doubt she's now a better person and footballer ahead of her debut with Claremont this Saturday in WAFLW.

Bonser's life couldn’t have been going any better at the start of 2016. She was drafted to Fremantle and was about to make her AFLW debut while her studies to being a physical education teacher were going well, as was her work as a personal trainer.

So to say the news that she would require a reconstruction to both knees and that her right and left anterior cruciate ligaments had ruptured hit her like a ton of bricks.

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AFL Mid-Season Draft Watch

Thursday, May 23, 2019 - 4:09 PM - by Lenny Fogliani

For the first time in 26 years, the AFL will be conducting a mid-season AFL Draft. The draft will occur after round 10 of the AFL season (Round 7 of the WAFL competition).

In the past the WAFL has proven to be an excellent hunting ground for AFL recruiters with the likes of Nathan Broad, Tim Kelly, Matthew Parker and Liam Ryan all being drafted onto an AFL list after playing for their WAFL club.

Below are each of the WAFL clubs’ best prospects for the mid-season AFL Draft.

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