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Lions much happier with finals preparation than 12 months ago

Saturday, September 9, 2017 - 10:41 PM - by Chris Pike

SUBIACO have done all they can to be as prepared as possible for Sunday's second semi-final against Peel coming off the break while welcoming back Clancy Wheeler and Kyal Horsley with coach Jarrad Schofield looking forward to another finals crack against the Thunder.

The Lions have once again been the standout WAFL team in 2017 but entering the AHG WAFL Finals Series on a 19-game winning streak is a remarkable achievement that earned them a third straight minor premiership.

Subiaco can now move into a fourth successive Grand Final by beating Peel on Sunday at Leederville Oval but once again standing in its way is a Thunder line-up strengthened with 15 AFL-listed players from Fremantle.

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Clutterbuck glad to pay back faith Swans showed in him

Saturday, September 9, 2017 - 6:52 PM - by Chris Pike

FREDDIE Clutterbuck hasn’t quite rediscovered the form that made him a staple on the wing at East Perth for over 100 games since joining Swan Districts but he delivered a standout performance in last Sunday elimination final and he couldn’t have enjoyed the experience more.

Clutterbuck joined Swan Districts at the start of the 2016 WAFL season having previously played 104 matches with East Perth including the 2014 grand final after growing frustrated with the Royals' alignment with West Coast.

While he did play some good football in 2016 with Swans, he was never quite able to hit full gear after not being allowed to do a pre-season with his new club.

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Experienced leaders driving the winning culture with Peel

Saturday, September 9, 2017 - 6:38 PM - by Chris Pike

IT is hard to ignore the tremendous job Peel Thunder coach Cam Shepherd has done to pull his group together for what is now a third consecutive WAFL finals campaign and he feels the key is having a strong group of experienced players setting the tone.

Three years ago Peel had never played in a WAFL final and never really threatened to do so and there were question marks over whether or not the partnership of the Thunder with Fremantle would breed success either consider the players wouldn’t get to train together and had different ambitions long-term.

However, the job that Shepherd has now done in particular over the past three years must be admired and it began with Peel's maiden finals appearance in 2015.

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Proud Bulldog McIntosh reaches 100 in first finals campaign

Saturday, September 9, 2017 - 5:11 PM - by Chris Pike

HAVING to undergo a knee reconstruction and come back from a badly broken ankle have made the journey far from easy and a form slump in 2014 had him doubting himself, but South Fremantle defender Adam McIntosh is proud to reach 100 games as he aims for finals success.

McIntosh made his league debut with South Fremantle back in 2011 having had to do a significant apprenticeship to earn that chance under dual premiership coach John Dimmer, but his first stint was short-lived to do a knee injury suffered early in Round 5 against Swan Districts at Steel Blue Oval.

He was back for the start of 2012 and aside from a stint in the reserves in the back half of 2014 and then missing the second half of 2016 with his horrible broken ankle, McIntosh has cemented himself as one of the most consistent and reliable mid-size defenders in the WAFL.

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West Australian women honoured as Award finalists

Friday, September 8, 2017 - 4:49 PM

THREE West Australian female football leaders have been named as finalists for the 2017 Football Woman of the Year Awards.

They include West Australian Football Commission (WAFC) Female Football Coordinator Allana Dickie for the overall Football Woman of the Year Award, and WA Women’s Football League (WAWFL) President Carolyn Hills and WAWFL life member Charmaine Rogers for the Community Award.

WAFC CEO Gavin Taylor said to have three West Australians named among nine finalists was a great testament to female football leadership in WA and congratulated each of them on their achievement.

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Season length reviewed to enhance WAFL competition

Friday, September 8, 2017 - 8:54 AM

An increased focus on equalisation and sustainability will see the West Australian Football League season shortened to 18 games over 21 rounds in 2018 following a comprehensive review in partnership with the WAFL clubs.

The reduction from 20 games over 23 rounds will be one part of a broader suite of reform and sustainability measures that were recommended in the West Australian Football Commission’s Structural Review of Football.

WAFC Executive Manager Talent and Football Operations Jon Haines said that with finals included, the overall length of the WAFL season would be reduced in 2018 from 28 weeks to 26 weeks, delivering projected savings of more than $170,000.

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English claims RediMed Colts Jack Clarke Medal

Thursday, September 7, 2017 - 9:05 AM

Perth Demons player Luke English was named 2017 winner of the RediMed Colts Jack Clarke Medal with a total of 53 votes at the medal count dinner held at Domain Stadium on Wednesday, September 6.

English finished 22 votes ahead of Claremont’s Jack Lewsey on 31, while Peel Thunder’s Kyle Havelberg came third with 30 votes.

WA Football Commission CEO Gavin Taylor congratulated English on winning the prestigious award among such a high quality group of WAFL Colts players.

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WAFL AHG Semi-Finals Media Conference

Wednesday, September 6, 2017 - 12:40 PM

WAFL coaches competing in this Sunday's WAFL AHG Semi-Finals fronted the media today, September 6 at Domain Stadium.

Subiaco coach Jarrad Schofield, South Fremantle coach Todd Curley, Peel Thunder coach Cam Shepherd,and Swan Districts coach Greg Harding gave us an insight into their club's preparations ahead of the weekend clashes.

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Footy fun at Telethon Kids Institute Discover Day

Wednesday, September 6, 2017 - 10:42 AM

Kids will get the chance to test their handballing skills at our special WA Football precinct at the Telethon Kids Institute Discover Day on October 5 during school holidays at Meuller Park, Subiaco.

The free family fun day will take place from 9:30am-3pm and feature a range of activities for adults and children, including tours of the Telething Kids Institute labs (booking required) and Scitech shows.

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Week 1 Finals Reserves and Colts Wrap

Wednesday, September 6, 2017 - 1:07 AM - by Chris Pike

THE seasons are over for the Peel Thunder colts and Perth reserves after thrilling elimination final losses while Claremont's colts and Subiaco's reserves also recorded hard fought qualifying final victories.

The opening weekend of the AHG WAFL Finals Series began on Saturday at Fremantle Community Bank Oval and that the colts elimination final take place between Peel Thunder and East Perth. It was the Royals who won a nail-biter 9.12 (66) to 9.11 (65) to end the season of the Thunder.

Then it was time for the reserves qualifying final at Fremantle Community Bank Oval and it was another thriller with Subiaco defeating Claremont 13.10 (88) to 13.8 (86).

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WAFL Week 1 AHG Finals match reports

Sunday, September 3, 2017 - 7:05 PM - by Chris Pike

THE AHG WAFL Finals Series for 2017 began across the weekend with Peel Thunder sending an ominous message beating South Fremantle by 18 points and then Swan Districts keeping its season alive beating West Perth by 15.

The WAFL qualifying final took place on Saturday at Fremantle Community Bank Oval and despite South Fremantle coming into the game on a nine-game winning streak and with home ground advantage, it was Peel who started well and led virtually all day.

South Fremantle did briefly hit the front with two quick goals to start the second quarter but from there Peel regained the advantage and never surrendered.

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Swan Districts through to First Semi Final

Sunday, September 3, 2017 - 11:47 AM

Swan Districts player Tony Notte has celebrated his 200-game milestone in style following Swans thrilling 11.9 (75) to 8.12 (60) victory over West Perth in the Elimination Final at Steel Blue Oval on Sunday, September 3.

The Swans opened the clash dominantly and kept the Falcons goalless with a 5.1 (31) to 0.5 (5) lead at the first break.


The Falcons fought back and managed to pull the margin back to only seven points at the main break, but the red-and-blue couldn't close in on the Swans who booted three in the final quarter to secure a 15-point victory.

Swan Districts will play South Fremantle in the first Semi Final next Sunday.

In the Reserves Elimination Final, Swan Districts claimed a five-point victory over Perth to secure a place in the First Semi Final against Claremont next weekend.

In the Colts Qualifying Final played at Steel Blue Oval this morning Claremont defeated Swan Districts by 18 points - 9.11 (65) to 6.11 (47). Claremont progress to the Second Semi-Final against East Fremantle, while Swans take on East Perth in the First Semi-Final.

 

 

 


Falcons focusing on what lies ahead after making WAFL finals

Sunday, September 3, 2017 - 9:59 AM - by Chris Pike

FOR most of 2017 West Perth looked guaranteed of playing in the AHG WAFL Finals Series and while it was hard work needing to beat Claremont last week, the Falcons are now there and looking to make the most of it.

West Perth's form might not have been as strong as hoped to close the season, but the fact remains that the Falcons put in such a strong first half of the year to be in a good position and that by winning 10 games they were deserving of a finals spot ahead of East Perth and Claremont.

In the end as well it was only just over one per cent that West Perth missed out on hosting this Sunday's elimination final against Swan Districts. 

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Swan Districts' Tony Notte celebrates 200-game milestone

Sunday, September 3, 2017 - 9:41 AM - by Chris Pike

TONY Notte has played 124 straight matches as he prepares for game No. 200 with Swan Districts in Sunday's elimination final against West Perth and having achieved everything in his career, it's the quest for a premiership that continues to drive him.

While it might seem like Notte has been around forever at Swan Districts having come through the ranks to play State 16s and State 18s before being drafted to West Coast in 2007 and making his league debut in 2008, he is only 27 years of age approaching game 200 this Sunday.

Notte will bring up the milestone in front of his home fans at Steel Blue Oval in the elimination final against West Perth and while the 200-game mark is a big one to reach, given he is only 27 and has missed remarkably few games since debut, he has plenty left to offer Swans.

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Peel Thunder through to Second Semi-Final

Saturday, September 2, 2017 - 5:44 PM

Peel Thunder progressed to the Second Sem-Final against Subiaco following a hard-fought win over South Fremantle at Fremantle Community Bank Oval today, Saturday September 2.

Despite trailing for most of the contest, South Fremantle hit back in the final quarter to reduce the margin from 32 points to two goals before Peel Thunder steadied to win by three goals 12.8 (80) to 9.8 (62).

South Fremantle have a second chance in the First Semi-Final next Sunday against the winner of tomorrow's Elimination Final between Swan Districts and West Perth at Steel Blue Oval, Bassendean.

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