PEEL Thunder's WAFL premiership defence begins on Saturday back on the same venue against the same opponent where it booked a spot in last year's grand final and coach Cam Shepherd is excited about the potential of the month ahead.
After winning last year's premiership to give Peel its first flag in the WAFL since joining in 1997 in what was the club's second finals appearance, things haven’t always gone smoothly throughout 2017.
But in the end, Peel was able to win 12 matches to finish in third position and to once again earn the finals double chance.Read More ...
THE AHG WAFL Finals Series for 2017 begins this weekend with a monster Qualifying Final between South Fremantle and Peel Thunder on Saturday, and Elimination Final between Swan Districts and West Perth on Sunday.
It is set to be a cracking weekend of WAFL finals action with the Qualifying Final on Saturday to be shown live on 7mate from 2pm and then the Elimination Final on Sunday to be live on Channel 7 from 2.30pm.
South Fremantle and Peel Thunder will get things underway on Saturday afternoon at Fremantle Community Bank Oval with a place in next week's second semi-final against the minor premier Subiaco at stake.Read More ...
An enhanced talent model will be launched for the 2018 football season as WA football sets its sights on being the nation’s best State for talent development.
The revised talent model, which has been developed by the West Australian Football Commission in partnership with the AFL and nine WAFL clubs, represents one of the key reforms from the WAFC’s Structural Review of Football, which was launched in March 2017.
The model will see player development aligned with the AFL’s National Framework and Talent Development Philosophy, to give WA’s most talented players the best possible chance to play at the elite AFL level or in the nation’s best State League competition, the WAFL.
WAFC CEO Gavin Taylor said that the input of the WAFL clubs and the AFL will ensure that a best practice model can be delivered for WA’s talented footballers, whilst respecting the critical role WAFL clubs play within WA football.
“We have a fantastic opportunity to set up a talent model here in WA that sets the benchmark nationally,” he said.
“We’ve produced some of the greatest footballers the game has ever seen in Western Australia, and we’re confident that by working in partnership with the AFL and our WAFL clubs, we will take a big step towards once again setting the standard nationally with this new model.”
The new framework will maximise each player’s development potential through the WA talent pathway and include participation in a high quality WAFL Colts competition, which will be managed by the WAFC.
The AFL, via national talent staff, have provided additional input to ensure that the new WA talent pathway takes learnings from other States and becomes a best practice model nationally.
The WAFL clubs and the WAFC have worked together to refine the model over the past three months to ensure talent outcomes are maximised while ensuring Colts players also remain connected to their WAFL clubs.
While improving WA’s performance at the AFL draft has been a key objective of the revised model, all parties have been committed to delivering a model which also emphasises the transition to senior WAFL football if talented players are not drafted by an AFL club.
Key outcomes to ensure a strong on-going connection to WAFL clubs is achieved will include:
East Fremantle CEO Todd Shimmon, who was part of the joint project working group, acknowledged the value of the partnership approach being undertaken.
“We’ve been pleased with the level of engagement between the WAFL clubs and the WAFC as we’ve built out this model,” Shimmon said.
“Respecting our role in WA football while undertaking the change necessary to deliver better talent outcomes for the whole industry has been our emphasis and we think we’ve helped deliver that.”
WAFL Colts coaches and Talent Managers will be directly employed by the WAFC under the revised model but continue to be based at their respective WAFL clubs. They will report through to WAFC Executive Manager Talent and Football Operations Jon Haines, with a focus on professional development ensuring that WA talent is well prepared for the rigors of AFL and WAFL football.
AFL Head of Talent Tristan Salter said the AFL was strongly supportive of the new direction being taken with WA talent.
“We’re excited about the change underway in Western Australian football,” Salter said.
“Ensuring we can deliver consistent, best practice talent development across Australia is critical to us. We look forward to reviewing the final model from the WAFC so we can determine how we can invest to help deliver this consistency and best practice within WA.”
Mr Taylor said that coaches will be employed part-time and Talent Managers full-time, with the employment review and appointment process now set to commence in partnership with each WAFL club.
“A Talent Advisory Committee will also be established at each WAFL club that will include representatives from the WAFC and the club to provide support and advice and ensure the model is a true partnership that delivers all of the mutual benefits we are aiming to achieve,” he said.
“’I’d like to thank all of the WAFL clubs, and particularly the five CEOs that were part of the talent working group, for their ongoing commitment to the process.”
The model’s ongoing success will be measured by the total number of AFL draftees, WAFL club player retention, player satisfaction and AFL feedback which will be assessed via an annual perception survey with WAFL and AFL clubs.
Photo: The Deppro WA State 16s celebrate their 2017 AFL National 16s Championship victory.
Footy has become East Fremantle Auskicker Poppy Beekhuizen’s life.
The East Fremantle Junior Football Club pocket rocket never leaves the family house without a football in her hand, dons her Auskick or Eagles kit every weekend and reads the Selwood Boys books repeatedly each night before bedtime.
Her dreams came true the day she found out she had been selected as the weekly nominee for the 2017 NAB AFL Auskicker of the Year competition for Round 18.
Beekhuizen’s mum Melissa said her daughter was over the moon when she heard the news while she was at a footy clinic hosted by West Coast Eagles star Sam Mitchell.
“Poppy couldn’t contain her excitement as soon as she found out she had been selected for the auskicker competition,” she said.
“It was truly a dream come true for a little girl who absolutely loves her footy.”
The seven year-old and her family flew to Adelaide Oval for the Round 18 clash between Adelaide Crows and Geelong Cats, where she got the chance to take part in the half-time Auskick grid games and chat with Channel Seven’s Hamish McLachlan.
Beekhuizen said it was an amazing feeling playing in front of such a big crowd.
“I loved playing on Adelaide Oval because there were lots of people in the crowd and heaps of family and friends were watching at home too,” she said.
“I felt proud and I loved it because the other team kicked the ball to me all the time!” Her mother said the whole experience was run very well by the AFL, which made it that much more enjoyable.
“It was really well organised from start to finish by the AFL and Poppy was treated like royalty,” she said.
“The best part for me was when the crowd cheered her on when she was pulled from the grid games to be interviewed for TV.”
During the interview, Beekhuizen spoke very highly of her AFL idol Josh Kennedy. She loved the fact that the West Coast Eagles superstar scores lots of goals in games, doesn’t pick a fight and is a fair player.
Beekhuizen also said she loves AFLW Melbourne player Daisy Pearce because she was the first female to be drafted into the competition and is a great midfielder.
She will join 21 other lucky NAB AFL Auskicker weekly nominees in Melbourne for an unforgettable AFL Grand Final experience that will also include walking in the parade and playing on the hallowed turf of the MCG at half-time on Grand Final Day.
Coolbinia West Perth will be fighting for back-to-back premierships when they take on High Wycombe in the 2017 WAAFL Integrated Grand Final at Scott Reserve on Saturday, September 2 from 2.30pm.
First-time grand finalists High Wycombe have enjoyed a successful 2017 season, finishing with 11 wins and one loss under coach Brett Hockley.
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SOUTH Fremantle is entering its second straight AHG WAFL Finals Series from second position with coach Todd Curley going in with no complaints with the Bulldogs on a nine-game winning run, but he knows too well that guarantees nothing.
Curley is in his third season coaching South Fremantle and after a developing year in 2015, the Bulldogs returned to finals action in 2016 for the first time since 2011.
They went on to beat West Perth in the qualifying final at Fremantle Community Bank Oval before losing the second semi-final to Subiaco at Leederville Oval and then the preliminary final to Peel Thunder back on home turf.Read More ...
ONE of the great Swan Districts careers is set to come to a close whenever the 2017 AHG Finals campaigns ends for the black-and-whites with co-captain, premiership player and fairest and best winner Tallan Ames having announced his retirement.
Ames has known for some time that this would be his final WAFL season but it all hit home to him during Saturday's disappointing loss to East Fremantle at home.
Ames announced his decision to the group at half-time to try and provide some motivation for a fightback. That didn’t quite work but after the game when Ames realised that if other results had gone against Swans, his career could have been over it hit him hard.Read More ...
The West Australian Football Commission officially launched its Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP) on Thursday, August 31 to set a clear vision for building stronger relationships with Aboriginal people and communities across WA.
WAFC CEO Gavin Taylor said the WAFC’s vision for reconciliation was an inclusive football industry built on acceptance and understanding, where all people work together to improve the quality of life for Aboriginal people and strengthen relationships between Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal Australians.
“The WAFC has witnessed firsthand the positive impact football has on the Aboriginal community. This impact extends beyond the playing field to include families, friends and the community as a whole,” he said.
“Football has the capacity to educate, improve health, develop leadership and provide a stepping stone to employment. This is reflected in our vision to connect and enhance WA communities through our great game.Read More ...
Coaches from all five WAFL teams competing in this year's highly anticipated AHG Finals Series fronted the media at the WAFL AHG Finals Series Launch held at Domain Stadium on Thursday, August 31.
Subiaco coach Jarrad Schofield, South Fremantle assistant coach Brett King, Peel Thunder coach Cam Shepherd, Swan Districts coach Greg Harding and West Perth coach Bill Monaghan gave us an insight into their club's on-field success over the course of the season and major focus heading into finals.Read More ...
Win two seats to the Carlton Draught Front Bar at Domain Stadium for the 2017 WAFL Grand Final on Sunday, September 24.
Simply buy any Carlton Draught or Carlton Mid to enter the draw to win one of thirteen adult double-passes for the ultimate seat upgrade, which includes catering and beverages valued up to $700.00.
Make sure you fill out the entry form and place it in the entry box to be in the running to win.
The first 13 valid entries will be drawn on September 19.Read More ...
THE final round of the 2017 season saw Swan Districts' reserves beat East Fremantle to secure a finals spot with Subiaco winning to claim third position while in the colts, Swans upset the minor premier Sharks to ensure third spot and a double chance.
The Round 23 reserves results saw Claremont defeat West Perth 17.7 (109) to 5.8 (38) at Claremont Oval, Swan Districts beat East Fremantle 16.13 (109) to 10.10 (70) at Steel Blue Oval, Subiaco down East Perth 14.13 (97) to 10.8 (68) at Leederville Oval and South Fremantle prevail 18.13 (121) to 5.3 (33) against Peel Thunder at Bendigo Bank Stadium.
South Fremantle was always guaranteed of top spot in the reserves finishing the season with a 16-4 record while Claremont was locked into second before Saturday as well and finish at 14-6.Read More ...
LIAM Ryan confirmed his place as the excitement machine of the WAFL and there were a host of other standout individual performances but ultimately what Round 23 will be remembered for is the thrilling finish that saw West Perth beat Claremont and East Perth to fifth position.
Swan Districts, East Perth, West Perth and Claremont remained locked in a battle over the two remaining finals position entering the last round with Subiaco, South Fremantle and Peel Thunder already secure in the top three spots.
The first piece of the puzzle was with Swan Districts having the chance to lock in fourth spot with a win over East Fremantle at Steel Blue Oval. It wasn’t to be with the Sharks avoiding the wooden spoon with the 20.10 (130) to 10.9 (69) victory.Read More ...
It was a close battle at Steel Blue Oval which resulted in Swan Districts defeating ladder-leaders East Fremantle by only five points at Steel Blue Oval. The Tigers stood their ground at home with a 88-point thrashing of West Perth, while Peel Thunder locked away an 11-point victory over South Fremantle at home and East Perth defeated Subiaco by 54 points at Leederville Oval.
This Saturday Peel Thunder and East Perth clash at Fremantle Community Bank Oval in the Elimination Final and on Sunday Claremont and Swan Districts go head-to-head in the Qualifying Final at Steel Blue Oval.Read More ...