Junior umps rub shoulders with cream of umpiring crop

Thursday, May 11, 2017 - 2:30 PM

Four junior community umpires got the opportunity to rub shoulders with AFL umpires at the Fremantle v Essendon clash at Domain Stadium on May 7 as part of AFL Community Umpiring Week.

The young aspiring umpires met the AFL field, boundary and goal umpires along with the match day AFL umpire coaches before the game.

Former West Australian Football League field umpire Nathan Williamson, who now lives in Melbourne and officiates AFL, showed the four umpires how the communication vests worn on match day work.

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Harrison selected for national sport leadership program

Thursday, May 11, 2017 - 1:11 PM

West Australian Football Commission Goldfields Regional Manager Gemma Harrison has been recognised nationally for her quality leadership skills and positive impact on WA football after being selected for the Australian Sports Commission’s inaugural Stepping In program.

The Stepping In program is a new component of the Women Leaders in Sport (WLIS) program and aims to provide intensive targeted leadership development opportunities for identified women leaders in sport.

Gemma is one of 18 successful applicants selected from an outstanding field who will take part in the intensive 12-month program, delivered by the Melbourne Business School, through a series of face-to-face residential labs, immersive experiences, executive coaching, individual assessment and regular feedback and reflection.

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#WAFooty Thursday Trivia

Thursday, May 11, 2017 - 8:05 AM

Think you know your football? Test your footy knowledge and take our weekly #WAFooty quizzes!

If you know all there is to know about football, you'll love these short quizzes.

A multiple choice quiz will be released every Thursday.

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Impact doesn’t transfer to WAFL competition

Wednesday, May 10, 2017 - 3:27 PM

Abolishing national transfer fees for State League competitions at the end of last season has had a limited impact on WAFL player movement this season.

The number of players arriving to, and departing from WAFL clubs is below average compared to the previous three years, with the net player loss or gain shifting slightly from -0.3 to +3 for the 2017 McDonald’s WAFL Premiership Season.

WAFL General Manager Steve Hargrave said that from a WA perspective, the limited impact on player movement reflected overall stability at a national level in relation to transfers between State Leagues.

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WAFC invests in community facilities

Wednesday, May 10, 2017 - 3:17 PM

The West Australian Football Commission has committed more than $40,000 to five community facilities projects in the first round of WAFC Community Facilities Funding for 2017.

 The projects include a range of upgrades for metropolitan and regional football clubs, with a total of $41,000 approved by the WAFC Facilities Committee as part of the funding program.
Successful projects include:

  • Cottesloe Amateur Football Club floodlighting
  • Boddington Football Club floodlighting
  • Morley Junior Football Club clubroom refurbishment
  • Ocean Ridge Amateur Football Club shelter installation
  • Pinjarra Football Club additional storage space

The WAFC Community Facilities Fund aims to supplement efforts at a strategic level to ensure football has access to quality facilities to support the future growth of the game in Western Australia. 

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Round 8 Reserves and Colts Wrap

Wednesday, May 10, 2017 - 10:20 AM - by Chris Pike

SOUTH Fremantle surged clear on top of the WAFL Reserves with a big win over Perth in Round 8 on Saturday while little separates East Fremantle, Peel Thunder and Swan Districts in the REDiMED Colts.

The reserves matches on Saturday saw Claremont defeat Peel Thunder 22.15 (147) to 8.7 (55) at Fremantle Community Bank Oval, East Fremantle down West Perth 16.11 (107) to 9.10 (64) at East Fremantle Oval, South Fremantle beat Perth 22.12 (144) to 5.4 (34) at Lathlain Park and Swan Districts prevail over Subiaco 11.8 (74) to 9.11 (65) at Steel Blue Oval.

The results saw South Fremantle (6-1) move a game and percentage clear on top of the ladder in the reserves. Perth (5-2) remains in second spot ahead of Claremont (4-3), East Fremantle (3-3) and Subiaco (3-4).

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wafl.com.au Team and Player of Round 8

Wednesday, May 10, 2017 - 9:57 AM - by Chris Pike

ALL four Round 8 WAFL matches took place on Saturday afternoon with South Fremantle and Subiaco setting up their top-of-the-table clash with strong wins while West Perth and Peel Thunder also won impressively.

Peel Thunder returned to the winner's list with the reigning premiers snapping a four-game losing run by handing Claremont a fourth straight loss, winning 12.6 (78) to 8.7 (55) at Fremantle Community Bank Oval.

West Perth won a fourth straight match and kept East Fremantle winless with a 19.18 (132) to 15.7 (97) victory at East Fremantle Oval.

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RediMed Colts Young Guns Round 8

Tuesday, May 9, 2017 - 11:02 AM

Round 8 of the WAFL Colts competition saw Claremont defeat Peel Thunder by 21 points, East Fremantle take home a 82-point victory over West Perth, Perth secure a one-point win over South Fremantle and Subiaco defeat Swan Districts by three points at Steel Blue Oval.

Click here for the match results.

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WAFL Round 8 match reports

Sunday, May 7, 2017 - 9:53 AM - by Chris Pike

SOUTH Fremantle and Subiaco delivered two emphatic performances in Round 8 on Saturday setting up next week's top-of-the-table clash with West Perth and Peel Thunder also scoring strong victories.

All four WAFL Round 8 matches took place on Saturday afternoon with Subiaco winning its sixth straight match, beating Swan Districts 15.19 (109) to 6.9 (45) at Steel Blue Oval.

South Fremantle won its fifth match in succession as well to retain top spot on the ladder beating Perth 22.14 (146) to 13.8 (86) at Lathlain Park.

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Footy teachers growing the game

Friday, May 5, 2017 - 4:33 PM

More than 70 AFL School Ambassadors from across Western Australia commenced the new school term with a Professional Learning Day at the West Australian Cricket Association (WACA) on Monday, April 24.

Teachers got the opportunity to hear from fellow AFL School Ambassadors and WA Football Commission (WAFC) staff before they took part in a practical workshop to develop their football teaching skills.

WAFC Community Engagement Coordinator and East Fremantle FC player Liam Anthony presented on the sporting opportunities available for students from diverse cultural backgrounds and Female Football Coordinator Allan Dickie outlined the complete football pathway now available for all aspiring female footballers.

The teachers also heard from fellow Ambassadors Nuria Ushoroff (Australian Islamic College) and Sean Brennan (Thornlie Senior High School) who shared how they promote football at their schools and engage their students in football activities.

An umpiring crash course was presented by West Australian Football League (WAFL) Umpire Manager Darryl Sinclair before teachers got the chance to sample WAFC school programs and competitions including Freo Fast Skills and Eagles Faction Footy.

WAFC School Programs Manager David Lindsay, who coordintated the event, was extremely pleased with the outcomes and the feedback he'd received.

“It was fantastic to have teachers from as far away as Tom Price come along and take part in the teaching and coaching workshop,” Lindsay said.

“New ideas and skills were developed amongst the group and it seemed everyone got something out of the day that they can apply to their teaching methods at their schools.”

There are currently 1,200 AFL School Ambassadors in WA schools.

If you would like to become an AFL School Ambassador – Click here to register. 

WAFL Round 7 Marks and Goals

Friday, May 5, 2017 - 11:03 AM

Check out the top 3 contenders for the AHG Mark and reiwa.com Goal for Round 7 in the video below.

Don't forget to cast your vote now using the WAFL App. The app can be downloaded from the Play Store for Android devices and the App Store for iPhones.

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WAFL Round 8 teams and previews

Friday, May 5, 2017 - 10:25 AM

ROUND 8 of the WAFL sees all four matches take place on Saturday afternoon with Swan Districts and Subiaco meeting in a highly-anticipated match up while Claremont and Peel look to end losing runs and East Fremantle tries to open its account on a milestone day for a fine servant.

The four matches all take place in the traditional 2.15pm time slot on Saturday afternoon and plenty is at stake in each of them.

Swan Districts plays Subiaco at Steel Blue Oval with both teams entering the clash with impressive 5-1 records. If South Fremantle loses, the winner will move to the top of the ladder but either way they will be clear in second position as two impressive teams so far in 2017 try to make a statement.

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2017 Carlton Draught WAFL State Squad

Friday, May 5, 2017 - 9:01 AM

An initial Carlton Draught WAFL State Squad has been named for this year’s State Game against the Victorian Football League (VFL) at North Port Oval in Melbourne on Saturday, May 27.

The game will be broadcast live in Perth on Channel 7 from 12pm WST on Saturday, May 27.
WA coach Michael Broadbridge and assistant coaches Paul Johnson, Steve Malaxos, Clay McLernon and Garry Moss have selected a squad of 37 players to participate in the State program over the next three weeks.
Broadbridge said players had been selected in consultation with their WAFL coaches based on current form in the roles that would be required to tackle the VFL at North Port Oval.

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Proud, loyal Shark Stephen to earn life membership with 150th game

Thursday, May 4, 2017 - 2:15 PM - by Chris Pike

HE is a Lynn Medallist, four-time state player and now Andrew Stephen plays his 150th game for East Fremantle on Saturday with it hard to imagine a more dedicated, committed and loyal servant earning life membership.

Over the course of his 149-game career at East Fremantle that began with his league debut in 2008, Stephen has created a legacy that will have him remembered as one of the greatest servants of his proud football club.

He will earn life membership by reaching 150 games this Saturday when East Fremantle takes on West Perth at East Fremantle Oval.

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#WAFooty Thursday Trivia

Thursday, May 4, 2017 - 1:47 PM

Think you know your football? Test your footy knowledge and take our weekly #WAFooty quizzes!

If you know all there is to know about football, you'll love these short quizzes.

A multiple choice quiz will be released every Thursday.