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Expressions of interest sought for WAFC Commissioners

Tuesday, September 1, 2020 - 10:33 AM

The West Australian Football Commission (WAFC), the governing body of football in Western Australia, is seeking expressions of interest from persons wishing to be considered for appointment as a Commissioner.  The role of the Commission is to oversee the promotion, development and management of football throughout the State and provide guidance, planning and leadership to all levels of the game.

The West Australian Football Commission has recently revised its strategy, structure and funding models. This involved defining a new financial model, a leaner staffing structure and exploring opportunities to outsource some WAFC services and programs in consultation with our stakeholders. The structural review integrates into a reset and revitalisation of football right across WA.

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Simply Energy Colts Weekly Wrap - Round 7

Monday, August 31, 2020 - 4:19 PM

A host of great individual and team performances characterised round seven of the Simply Energy WAFL Colts competition.

This round saw Subiaco (17.12.114) comprehensively beating Perth (9.5.59); Swan Districts (7.12.54) overcoming East Perth (6.3.39); East Fremantle (11.5.71) conquering Claremont (7.8.50); and South Fremantle (11.11.77) defeating Peel Thunder (8.12.60).

West Perth was the club that had the bye this weekend.

Read below to see the results of round three and to see the best players.

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Optus WAFLW Round 7 Wrap

Monday, August 31, 2020 - 12:24 PM - by Chris Pike

PEEL Thunder delivered a tremendous performance at home to Claremont on Saturday to guarantee their rise from wooden spoon to finals in the WAFL Women's competition for 2020 while East Fremantle also won an exciting Grand Final rematch.

Coming into the final round of the 2020 Optus WAFL Women's Premiership Season there were still five teams in the mix to take part in the top four finals action with all eyes firstly on Mandurah's David Grays Arena on Saturday.

It was the only game to be played on Saturday and quite simply Peel Thunder had to win if they wanted to play finals. 

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Optus WAFL Round 7 Wrap

Monday, August 31, 2020 - 12:12 PM - by Chris Pike

IF the finals picture appeared to gain some clarity after Round 6 of the 2020 Optus WAFL Premiership Season, it's fair to say it opened up again in Round 7 with Subiaco's win over Perth and East Perth's against Swan Districts keeping the Lions and Royals alive.

Now suddenly with two rounds of the 2020 WAFL season remaining, there are still six teams right in the finals hunt and only the top four to advance setting the stage for a fascinating final two rounds.

Saturday's Round 7 WAFL results kept things wide open in that finals hunt with back-to-back premiers Subiaco keeping themselves in the mix with a 13.12 (90) to 9.10 (64) victory against Perth at Lathlain's Mineral Resources Park.

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Round 7 Optus WAFLW Preview

Friday, August 28, 2020 - 3:19 PM - by Chris Pike

THIS weekend is the final round in the 2020 Optus WAFL Women's Premiership Season and everything goes on the line with four teams all locked in the fight over the three available finals positions, and playing one another.

The stage could not possibly be any better set up for the final round in the 2020 WAFL Women's season with Subiaco guaranteed of the minor premiership for the second straight season.

South Fremantle is also anchored to bottom position in their inaugural WAFLW season and it works out nicely that the Lions and Bulldogs play one another in the last round.

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Round 7 Optus WAFL Preview

Friday, August 28, 2020 - 2:59 PM - by Chris Pike

THINGS are now getting to the business end of the 2020 Optus WAFL Premiership Season with only three rounds remaining and all of a sudden Subiaco can't afford to drop another game setting up a tantalising Saturday match up against Perth to highlight Round 7.

Perth last played in a WAFL final back in 1997. It has been a dreadful 23 years since with the Demons not only not taking part in a single finals series, but rarely remaining in contention for a spot late in the season and along the way collecting six wooden spoons.

In that time, Subiaco has dominated the WAFL. The Lions have claimed 10 minor premierships since 1997, taken part in 13 Grand Finals and won premierships in 2004, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2014, 2015, 2018 and 2019.

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Optus WAFL Grand Final confirmed for Fremantle Community Bank Oval

Thursday, August 27, 2020 - 5:36 PM

The 2020 Optus WAFL Grand Final will be played at Fremantle Community Bank Oval on Sunday, October 4, seeing the competition’s main event returning to Fremantle for the first time in more than a century. 

The WAFC sought Expressions of Interest from WAFL clubs to host the fixture, resulting in a competitive bidding process. 

Two grounds, Leederville Oval and Fremantle Community Bank Oval, presented compelling and highly competitive cases to the WAFC Board. 

After assessing venue options and reviewing the proposals, the ground capacity, supporting attractions and financial investment were seen as key factors to adopting the City of Fremantle for the 2020 decider. 

The ground will operate as a neutral venue to host the Simply Energy Colts, Optus Reserves and League Grand Finals across the day, with ticketing, changeroom allocation and commercial arrangements to be distributed evenly across the competing clubs based on their qualification for the Grand Final. 

The WAFC will work closely with the City of Fremantle to create the best possible event both inside and outside the ground, bringing in exciting activations for the public to enjoy, including live sites, kids’ entertainment and a parade throughout the surrounding streets. 

WAFC Executive Manger – WAFL & Football Operations Scott Baker believes Fremantle Community Bank Oval will provide the perfect stage for the WAFL’s biggest event of the year. 

“It’s really exciting to see the Grand Final return to a WAFL venue in 2020,” he said.

“Due to financial constraints and only having the ability to host two games, Optus Stadium was not seen as a viable option in hosting this year’s Grand Final.”

“The joint proposal by the City of Fremantle, the South Fremantle Football Club and local businesses will ensure this iconic WA sporting event creates a fantastic and memorable experience for WAFL fans. 

“We look forward to working together to announce all the details of the event as they are finalised in the coming weeks.”

South Fremantle Football Club CEO Cameron Britt was thrilled to be hosting the major event.

“The South Fremantle Football Club is incredibly proud to have supported the City of Fremantle, and the broader Fremantle business community, in bringing the 2020 Optus WAFL Grand Final to Fremantle Community Bank Oval,” he said.

“We are thrilled by the decision, given the remarkably deep football roots that exist in Fremantle, plus the upside of having such a historic ground in the middle of a vibrant City with so many great venues and eateries for families and young people.”
 
“Looking beyond the ground, it’s a whole of precinct and whole of City view. This WAFL Grand Final will be an event that captures the entire City in what will be considerable football festivities.”

Fremantle Mayor Brad Pettitt said the City was delighted to be hosting WA football’s biggest day at the historic Fremantle Community Bank Oval.
“The Fremantle community takes great pride in our rich football history and heritage, so hosting the WAFL Grand Final at Fremantle Oval presents a wonderful opportunity to continue to support WAFL football and add to this heritage,” Mayor Pettitt said.

“I’m confident the Fremantle community and local businesses will embrace this event and make it a day for all footy fans to remember.”
“There will be lots of things to see and do before and after the game, so everyone should come on down, celebrate WA footy and have a great day out in Freo.”

Competing club members will have priority access to tickets, with allocation and pricing details to be confirmed as soon as possible.

The venue is still to be confirmed for the Optus WAFLW Grand Final on the weekend September 19/20. 


WAFC CEO to depart post season

Thursday, August 27, 2020 - 11:31 AM

The Western Australian Football Commission advises that its CEO, Mr Gavin Taylor, will be departing the role after the completion of the current football season to pursue a career opportunity on the East Coast.

Mr Taylor has been appointed to take up the role as the Australian Managing Director for a major international corporation from January 2021.  Details of the new role will be announced in due course.

WAFC Chairman, Hon. Wayne Martin AC QC said, “Gavin leaves with our very best wishes for the next phase of his career and on behalf of the Board I’d like to thank him for his tireless commitment to the WAFC.  It’s a credit to him personally and his achievements at the WAFC that he was appointed to such a significant national role.” 

“Gavin has made an outstanding contribution to WA football over his 10-years at the WAFC, including his last 4.5 years as CEO.  He has carefully navigated WA football through the transition from Subiaco Oval, State funding negotiations, major industry reforms and more recently the COVID-19 pandemic.  He will leave the role having re-cast our strategy and structure to ensure the foundations of the game are in great shape moving forward.” 
 
The WAFC will immediately commence an executive search process to identify suitable candidates for the position of CEO of the WAFC.  A sub-committee of the WAFC Board, headed by Wayne Martin, will oversee the recruitment process.
 


WAFL Team of Round 6

Wednesday, August 26, 2020 - 9:06 PM - by Chris Pike

WHAT a weekend it was in the Optus WAFL Premiership Season and with teams and individual players alike make significant statements, Round 6 could end up having a big say in the way things finish up in 2020.

With plenty of standout performers across the four matches putting their hands up for spots in the Team of the Round and with the finals starting to take on a bit of a clearer shape, it proved to be a fascinating and defining weekend in the WAFL.

Starting with the results and East Perth kept its finals chances alive and made the job of Subiaco that bit tougher by snapping a 12-game losing slide against the Lions with a 9.9 (63) to 7.12 (54) victory at Leederville Oval.

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Round 7 WAFL Broadcast Schedule

Wednesday, August 26, 2020 - 3:50 PM

The following games will be broadcast by TV, radio or livestreamed during Round 7 of the WAFL, Simply Energy Colts and WAFL Women's season on Saturday, August 29.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

WAFL

  Saturday, August 29

  Fixture

  Venue

  TV

  Radio

  Livestream

  12.05pm – P v S

  MRP

    7

  

 

  2pm – PT v SF

  DG

 

  

 Peel Thunder Facebook

  2.30pm – EF v C

  NCH

 

  

 

  2.35pm – EP v SD

  LO

    

  Sport FM 91.3fm

 

Live scores for all League games are available on the WAFL App and at www.wafl.com.au

Simply Energy Colts

  Saturday, August 29

  Fixture

  Venue

  Livestream

  9.30am – EF v C

  NCH

  www.thewest.com.au (subscribers)


WAFLW 

  Saturday, August 29

  Fixture

  Venue

  Livestream

  12pm – PT v C

  DG

  WAFL Facebook, Youtube & www.wafl.com.au


*Time is bouncedown

CLUBS: C – Claremont, EF – East Fremantle, EP – East Perth, PT – Peel Thunder, P – Perth, S – Subiaco, SF – South Fremantle, SD – Swan Districts, WP – West Perth.

VENUES:  DG – David Grays Arena - Mandurah, FCB – Fremantle Community Bank Oval - Fremantle, LO – Leederville Oval, MRP – Mineral Resources Park - Lathlain, NCH – New Choice Homes Park - East Fremantle, PF – Provident Financial Oval - Joondalup, RF – Revo Fitness Stadium - Claremont, SB –Steel Blue Oval - Bassendean.


WA Football Unites to Celebrate NAIDOC Round August 28th -30th

Wednesday, August 26, 2020 - 8:32 AM

The West Australian Football Commission, and its affiliate leagues and associations will come together on August 28th-30th to celebrate the 2020 NAIDOC Indigenous Round. 

NAIDOC Week celebrations are held across Australia each July, this year because of the COVID-19 pandemic NAIDOC Week Celebrations have been rescheduled until the week of the 8-15th November 2020. 

The West Australian Football Commission invites teams, officials, and communities to celebrate NAIDOC Week 2020 on the weekend of the 28-30th August 2020. NAIDOC week is not only celebrated in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Communities, other Australians from all walks of life are encouraged to participate in the week of celebrations. The week is a great opportunity to participate in a range of activities and to support your local Aboriginal and Torres Strait Island community.

The WAFC NAIDOC Round will this year follow a week after the AFL’s Sir Doug Nicholls Round (August 21- 23). This video has been produced by the AFL to promote the round, clubs and leagues are encouraged to use this video as promotions on their social media platforms SDNR TVC to aid promoting the weekend.

The below points are some ideas on how your club can celebrate the WAFC NAIDOC Indigenous Round in your communities  

1.    Display the National NAIDOC Poster or other Indigenous posters around your clubrooms/ 
2.    Make your own Indigenous trivia quiz.
3.    Research the traditional Indigenous owners of your area.
4.    Work with an Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander artist to produce an artwork representing the theme.
5.    Visit local Indigenous sites of significance or interest.
6.    Learn the meanings of local or national Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander place names and words.
7.    Invite local Indigenous Elders to speak or give a Welcome to Country at your club. 
8.    Invite an Indigenous sportsperson or artist to visit you and be a guest speaker.
9.    Invite Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander dancers to perform.
10.    Host a community BBQ or luncheon.
11.    Hold a flag raising ceremony.
12.    Organise a smoking ceremony.
13.    Aboriginal Players to Toss the Coin. 
14.    Aboriginal Players to Captain the Game
15.    Wear your aboriginal football Guernsey

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WAFL Match Review Panel update

Tuesday, August 25, 2020 - 9:45 AM

Swan Districts player Brayden Noble has accepted a two match sanction from the WAFL Match Review Panel after being cited for rough conduct on Jordan Bollineau (Peel Thunder) during the WAFL League game at Steel Blue Oval on Saturday, August 22.

Based on the available evidence, the incident was assessed as careless conduct, high impact and high contact. 

Under the table of penalties the offence was classified as a three (3) match sanction. An early guilty plea enabled Noble to reduce the penalty to a two (2) match sanction. 

East Fremantle player Jarred Jansen had his report for striking Aaron Black (West Perth) dismissed.


Kimberley Football Boot Drive - in Memory of Brett Claudius

Tuesday, August 25, 2020 - 8:08 AM

Brett Claudius was passionate about using footy as a tool to share knowledge, spread awareness, and practice good health and wellbeing to the Indigenous people of the Kimberley. Brett worked tirelessly, to build strong relationships with remote communities that engaged and encouraged their people to better themselves every day. He got kids excited and moving, and gave them something to love in footy.

In his memory, his nieces Holly and Zoe started the Brett Claudius Kimberley Boot Drive to deliver boots to Kimberley communities. Holly, Zoe and her brother formed the idea when they had 10 pairs of old boots around the house just between them. The girls are asking for old pairs of boots, in any size and colour, that people may have around the house.

Holly will deliver all the boots that are donated to children and adults in the Indigneous communities when she visits the Kimberley with St Norbert College's 2020 Kimberley Immersion tour. The boots will be delivered to Broome and Kununurra to the Gunduwa and PCYC organisations.

The Brett Claudius Kimberley Boot Drive will leave the legacy of being selfless and using your knowledge and skills to help everyone in WA to play and love our great game. We are all connected by our love for football, and should make sure we give all our communities the best opportunities we can.

 If you are able to donate any pairs of boots, below are the collection points available in Perth:

  • St Norbert College 
    135 Treasure Rd, Queens Park
     
  • Southern Districts Touch Association,
    Manning Rd, Karawara

Donations for the Brett Claudius Kimberley Boot Drive will close on the 8th September.

Contact: Holly Giles - holly.giles1104@gmail.com

 


Simply Energy WAFL Colts Weekly Wrap - Round 6

Monday, August 24, 2020 - 4:43 PM

A host of great individual and team performances characterised round six of the Simply Energy WAFL Colts competition.

This round saw Swan Districts (10.12.72) defeating Peel Thunder (8.8.56); Subiaco (14.8.92) beating East Perth (10.7.67); Claremont (11.10.76) winning against Perth (4.12.36); and East Fremantle (12.6.78) overcoming West Perth (8.7.55).

South Fremantle was the club that had the bye this weekend.

Read below to see the results of round three and to see the best players.

SWAN DISTRICTS (10.12.72) vs PEEL THUNDER (8.8.56)
Swan Districts secured its first victory of the 2020 Simply Energy WAFL Colts competition, after defeating Peel Thunder by 16 points at Steel Blue Oval.

Zane Trew led the way for the Swans with 28 possessions, 4 tackles, 3 inside 50s and a goal.

He was well aided by Ty Sears (23 possessions, 8 marks, 7 inside 50s, 3 tackles), Ayden Cartwright (20 possessions, 4 marks, 3 inside 50s, 2 tackles, 1 goal) and Joseph Salmon (20 possessions, 3 tackles, 3 inside 50s).

Up forward, Joshua Middleton (12 possessions, 5 tackles, 4 goals) and Luke Taylor (5 possessions, 4 marks, 3 goals) proved to be a formidable duo.

For Peel, David Yaccob continued his excellent season with 29 possessions, 3 marks, 3 inside 50s and 2 tackles.

Isiah Winder (28 possessions, 5 inside 50s, 3 marks, 3 tackles), Jack Walsh (22 possessions, 6 tackles, 6 inside 50s, 4 marks, 1 goal), and Bodie Kitchingham (20 possessions, 7 marks, 3 tackles, 3 inside 50s) were prominent for the Thunder.

Pierce Ferguson (2), Luke Taylor (2), Riley Vidovich (1), Roy George (1), and Zac Trigwell (1) were the goalkickers for the Thunder.

SUBIACO (14.8.92) vs EAST PERTH (10.7.67)
Subiaco registered its fourth consecutive victory after beating East Perth by 25 points at Leederville Oval.

Lachlan Vanirsen starred for the Lions with 26 possessions, 8 marks, 4 inside 50s and 3 tackles.

Jed Kemp (17 possessions, 5 marks, 1 goal), Lachlan McKay (17 possessions, 7 inside 50s), Jaxon McGowan (16 possessions, 4 marks) and Tyler Brockman (16 possessions, 5 tackles) won plenty of the football.

Up forward, Sandon Page, Jaxon Bilchuris and Sam Broughton kicked three goals apiece. Cameron Dean and Ezekiel Bolton each kicked two goals.

For the Royals, Joshua Hubbard was exceptional with a game-high 27 possessions, a game-high 11 marks, recorded an equal team-high 4 inside 50s, laid 4 tackles, and kicked 2 goals.

Jake Littleton (23 possessions, 6 marks, 4 inside 50s), Blake Cann (21 possessions, 7 marks), Jaylen Colegate (20 possessions, 6 marks, 3 inside 50s) and Luke Lombardi (19 possessions, 6 tackles, 1 goal) were the leading possession winners for East Perth.

Kaden Harbour (3 goals) and Jye Amiss (2 goals) were the multiple goalscorers for East Perth. Tomas Druzianich and Harrison Della Franca contributed one goal each.

CLAREMONT (11.10.76) vs PERTH (4.12.36)
Claremont remains undefeated in the 2020 Simply Energy WAFL Colts competition, after winning by 40 points over Perth at Revo Fitness Stadium.

Joel Western was best afield for the Tigers with 24 possessions, 8 marks, 5 inside 50s and 3 goals.

He was well supported by Logan Young (27 possessions, 12 tackles), Zac Mainwaring (24 possessions, 8 marks, 6 inside 50s, 4 tackles, 1 goal), Alex Pearce (23 possessions, 8 tackles), Jack Avery (23 possessions), Jake Willson (21 possessions) and Samuel Alvarez (21 possessions, 7 tackles).

Kieran Gowdie (3 goals) and Jacob Van Rooyen (2 goals) and Jacquin Ciminata (1 goal) were the goalkickers for Claremont.

Perth’s Conor McPartland continued his stunning season with 31 possessions, 14 tackles, 5 marks and 4 inside 50s.

Zak Meloncelli (23 possessions, 7 marks, 7 tackles, 4 inside 50s), Deklyn Grocott (21 possessions, 7 tackles, 5 marks), Jaiden Hunter (18 possessions, 28 hit-outs) and Oscar Morcombe (16 possessions, 2 goals) were the Demons’ best.

WEST PERTH (8.7.55) vs EAST FREMANTLE (12.6.78)
East Fremantle caused the upset of the round when they overcame the previously undefeated West Perth by 23 points at Provident Financial Oval.

Geraldton product Jack Carroll led the charge for the Sharks with 26 possessions, 3 marks, 3 inside 50s and a goal.

Brandon Walker (23 possessions, 9 marks, 4 inside 50s), Jed Hagan (20 possessions, 1 goal), Edward Curley (19 possessions, 6 tackles) and Joshua Browne (18 possessions, 1 goal) were exceptional for East Fremantle.

Up forward, Jack Williams was dynamic with 10 possessions, 5 marks and 4 goals. Chris Walker, Ethan Paholski, Lachlan McGrath, Kobe McMillan and Richard Bartlett each kicked one goal.

Heath Chapman was West Perth’s best with 25 possessions, 9 marks, 3 tackles and 3 inside 50s.

Brady Alvaro (20 possessions, 7 tackles), Rohan Scurria (18 possessions, 3 marks), Lochlan Paton (18 possessions, 1 goal) competed strongly for the Falcons.

Cooper Blackburn kicked two goals, while Jack Downsborough, and Zane Robins each kicked one goal.


Optus WAFLW Round 6 Wrap

Monday, August 24, 2020 - 8:19 AM - by Chris Pike

THE penultimate round in the 2020 Optus WAFL Women's Premiership Season saw the battle for a finals position heat up even further if that was possible with wins for Swan Districts, Claremont and East Fremantle.

The only thing guaranteed coming into Round 6 of the 2020 WAFLW season was that Subiaco was guaranteed of a second straight minor premiership and new team on the block South Fremantle wouldn’t be able to find away to avoid the wooden spoon.

The other four teams were in a battle over the remaining three positions in the top four with two rounds to go but to stay alive in the hunt, reigning premiers East Fremantle had to hand Subiaco its first loss of the season, and the Sharks managed to achieve that goal.

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