THERE might have been just the two matches in Round 15 of the WAFL season but with all four teams trying to stay in the final hunt, it proved a season-defining one with wins in the finish for Peel Thunder and West Perth.
The four teams who were in action as part of Round 15 of the 2019 Optus WAFL Premiership Season all still had hopes of breaking into the top five so there was plenty at stake in the two match ups on Saturday afternoon.
It got underway at East Fremantle's New Choice Homes Park with Peel Thunder staying right in the finals hunt with an 11.14 (80) to 9.5 (59) victory against East Fremantle.
THE 2019 WAFL Colts season significantly tightened up on Saturday with Peel Thunder's six-game winning run coming to an end while Claremont continued its charge with a big win in Albany while East Perth closed in on third position as well.
There were three games that took place in the WAFL Colts competition on Saturday and each of them had a significant impact on positions inside the top five as the race for finals positions heats up.
The first two games took place on Saturday morning with East Fremantle causing the upset to keep their slim finals hopes alive beating the ladder-topping Peel Thunder 10.9 (69) to 8.9 (57) at East Fremantle's New Choice Homes Park.
Nuria Ushoroff has been nominated for the AFL Diversity Ambassador award.
Nuria is passionate about AFL, and has been progressing Junior and Youth players from school programs into club land.
A teacher at the Australian Islamic college, Nuria has rolled out a range of WAFC programs at the school including, the Kirby Bentley Cup, the Bachar Houli Academy and the AIC Football Cup.
Nuria has worked with Vic Park Raiders to ensure that all club members are welcoming and inclusive of all club members, creating an appealing club for the school members to come and join.
The WAFL Women's State Team was defeated by 26 points by a talent-laden Queensland team in a hard-fought contest at Steel Blue Oval on Saturday, July 20.
The WAFLW team took an early lead with Emily McGuire kicking her first of two goals for the afternoon.
Queensland, which had 14 AFLW listed players from the Gold Coast Suns Academy, hit back in the second and third quarters before stretching their lead in the fourth to run out winners 6.10 (46) to 3.2 (20).
THERE were just the two games in Round 15 of the WAFL on Saturday but it proved to be two crucial victories for West Perth and Peel Thunder as they continue to battle over a finals position in 2019.
With the top five teams on the ladder Subiaco, Claremont, South Fremantle, Perth and the West Coast Eagles all having a bye in Round 15 along with the bottom place Swan Districts, it was a chance for four of the teams all locked in a fight over fifth position to lock horns.
That created for two fascinating match ups with Peel Thunder ending up beating East Fremantle 11.14 (80) to 9.5 (59) at East Fremantle's New Choice Homes Park.
IT is tough to think of a better or more consistent WAFL player over the last decade than West Perth's triple fairest and best winner Shane Nelson and while he is proud to earn life membership at the Falcons, the drive to win a second premiership trumps everything.
He has never been the biggest, strongest, fastest or most skilful out on any WAFL field he has graced, but Nelson could very claim to be the best as West Perth prepares to celebrate his 150th appearance with the Falcons this Saturday in a must-win derby against East Perth at HBF Arena.
Ever since he made his league debut back in Round 7. 2012, Nelson has never looked back and it was a career that came on the back of always dreaming of playing for West Perth, coming through the development squad and colts ranks, and then banging down the door for a crack at league level.
A WAFL Women's State Team has been announced for this weekend’s Optus WAFLW State Game against Queensland at Steel Blue Oval.
The fixture will be played on Saturday July 20 at 1.30pm. Entry for spectators is free.
Beau McDonald, who coached the WA U18s in last month’s AFLW National Championships, will be at the helm for the WAFLW side supported by assistant coaches Lauren Stammers, Andrew Di Loreto and Lisa Webb.
Subiaco’s Lindal Rohde will feature in the game only two weeks after being drafted by Fremantle’s AFLW side.
Current Fremantle Docker Jasmine Stewart is another key inclusion, being the sole representative that has played AFLW.
Peel skipper Abbey Barnden will lead the forward line, as the WA team looks to rebound after their loss to Queensland in 2017.
Entry is free to Steel Blue Oval.
East Fremantle v Peel Thunder: New Choice Homes Park: Saturday 2.15pm
Our FREE Kidz Corner will be in full swing with the Gladiator and Superhero Sumos Suits. At half time, head onto the oval to join our bin-it to win-it for your chance to win a junior footy!
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.
Don’t forget to visit our Merchandise Sea Container and grab yourself a 2019 EFFC Jacket or Jumper – they have just arrived!
Grab yourself a freshly ground coffee from the 9 Seeds cart located at the grandstand.
West Perth v East Perth: Joondalup Arena: 2.40pm
The Polly Famer Shield will be battled out by West Perth and East Perth this weekend, with the Royals looking to make it two straight against their rivals.
There will be plenty happening at Joondalup Arena with Barrel Time taking place at Half Time.
Grand Cinemas will be at the game on Saturday from 1:30pm giving away FREE movie tickets!
There are 500 x child tickets up for grabs plus a stack of buy one get one free passes.
Get in quick!
Bupa Health Care will be at the game on Saturday offering free health insurance policy checks.
The first 10 people to get a quote with Bupa will receive a $50 pre-paid VISA card.
Bupa are also offering 5% off all new policies plus a further 5% commission to the West Perth Footy Club.
You will find them on Saturday in the bar area.
THERE are just the two matches in Round 15 of the WAFL but both matches feature four of the teams trying to keep their seasons alive in the race for fifth position.
The top four spots at the of Round 14 do appear relatively locked away with Subiaco three games and percentage clear in first position while Claremont is a further game and percentage in front of both South Fremantle and Perth who sit on 8-5 records.
That has those four teams at least two games ahead of the fifth placed West Coast Eagles who occupy that position on the back of our successive victories.
ROUND 14 in the Simply Energy WAFL Colts saw Peel Thunder maintain its gap on top of the ladder with a one-point win over East Perth while Claremont continued its strong recent form and there were wins also for East Fremantle and Perth.
Round 14 in the colts competition got underway with a double-header on Friday afternoon and evening at Leederville Oval.
That got underway with Claremont continuing its strong form of late in the colts beating the reigning premiers Subiaco 13.8 (86) to 6.5 (41).
ROUND 10 in the WAFLW competition saw wins for Subiaco and Claremont across the weekend as the two sides move a game clear each in the top two positions as the league heads into a general bye.
There were two matches in Round 10 of the 2019 Optus WAFLW Premiership Season and that saw the action get underway on Saturday afternoon at Claremont Oval with Claremont winning a thriller 4.5 (29) to 4.3 (27) against East Fremantle.
ROUND 14 of the 2019 Optus WAFL Premiership Season always promised to be season-defining and it proved the case with Subiaco all but securing top spot, Perth going a long way to securing a finals berth and the West Coast Eagles storming into fifth position.
Round 14 in the WAFL got underway on Saturday afternoon starting with East Fremantle keeping its slim finals hopes alive and ending a three-game losing run to beat Swan Districts 8.11 (59) to 3.12 (30) at East Fremantle's New Choice Homes Park.
The other Saturday afternoon clash saw East Perth also stay in the finals hunt with a 9.10 (64) to 6.9 (45) victory against Peel Thunder at Leederville Oval to give them consecutive wins.
THE merry go round in fifth position on the WAFL ladder continues with the West Coast Eagles improving to that spot after a fourth straight win while Subiaco went a long way to securing another minor premiership and Perth won a heartstopper to move closer to a first finals berth in 22 years.
It always shaped as though it would be a season-defining Round 14 of the 2019 Optus WAFL Premiership Season with the matches spread across Saturday afternoon, Saturday evening and Sunday afternoon, and that's exactly how it panned out.
Subiaco made it seven straight wins to be three games now on top while Perth solidified its place in the top five with a win with a goal after the siren while the West Coast Eagles made it four straight wins to leap West Perth and Peel Thunder into fifth position on the ladder.
REACHING 100 games for South Fremantle means the world to one of the WAFL's most versatile players, but what Steve Verrier wants more than anything is to try and replicate his colts success at league level with the Bulldogs.
Prior to being drafted to Richmond, Verrier was a colts premiership player at South Fremantle in 2011 and now after three years of reaching preliminary finals, that's all that is on his mind even when a significant individual milestone comes up.
Having grown up dreaming of playing with South Fremantle, reaching 100 games with the Bulldogs is a massive accomplishment for Verrier who despite dealing with injuries in recent years, has proven himself one of the most effective utility players in the competition.
ROUND 10 of the WAFLW season sees the two matches for the weekend split over Saturday and Sunday afternoons with Claremont and East Fremantle battling over second spot, and Peel Thunder attempting to upset Subiaco.
With the ladder so tight in the inaugural 2019 Optus WAFL Women's Premiership Season, every game is taking on extra significance with just one game separating the top four teams while it will only take a winning streak for the Thunder to close the gap as well to put themselves in the mix.
The competitiveness so far in the opening nine rounds of the WAFLW season has backed in the decision to limit the inaugural campaign to the five teams to condense the talent, and it's creating for some high-quality football and plenty of unpredictable contests every weekend.