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Relive the 2017 McDonald's WAFL Grand Final

Wednesday, October 4, 2017 - 10:31 AM

Miss all the 2017 McDonald's WAFL Grand Final action or want to watch it again..?

A full replay of the last ever WAFL Grand Final at Subiaco Oval is now live at 7Plus.

Peel Thunder defeated Subiaco 11.6 (72) to 7.14 (56) in an absorbing Grand Final - the last football game at the ground.

It has been an exhilarating season of WAFL! Let's take a look back at this year's highlights in the video below.


Jansen returns to East Fremantle

Tuesday, October 3, 2017 - 10:26 AM

The East Fremantle Football Club has announced the signing of one of their own. Jarrad Jansen, after two years at Geelong and the last two at Brisbane, said he wouldn't have it any other way in returning to play with the Sharks.

The 192cm big bodied Bull Creek-Leeming product has played through the midfield and half forward during his time in the AFL system. Jansen played through all of the East Fremantle Development Squads before making his debut for the Colts in 2012.

In 2013 Jansen's early season form earned him a State 18s birth, where at the end of that season he was taken at pick 36 by the Geelong Cats. Whilst learning plenty and playing some good VFL footy, unfortunately he couldn't break into a strong Cats side at AFL level.

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Apprenticeship has Pickering ready to take helm at Swans

Monday, October 2, 2017 - 5:15 PM - by Chris Pike

FOLLOWING six years coaching at two clubs in the reserves and colts while also being a league assistant along the way, new Swan Districts coach Adam Pickering feels his impressive apprenticeship has him ready to take over with the black-and-whites.

Pickering has been appointed as the new senior coach at Swan Districts on the back of four years coaching reserves teams at East Perth and Perth respectively, and the last two years as the Royals colts coach on the back of his playing career.

That playing career saw Pickering spend time at both Richmond and Carlton in the AFL going on to play seven matches with the Blues between 2001 and 2002.

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Pickering appointed as Swan Districts coach

Monday, October 2, 2017 - 8:52 AM

Swan Districts Football Club has announced Adam Pickering as its new Senior Coach.

Pickering has been the Colts coach at East Perth Football Club for the past two seasons and is highly regarded in the West Australian football community. He has AFL playing experience at Carlton and Richmond, and also played 111 senior WAFL games at East Perth.

Pickering was also a Reserves and Assistant League Coach at Perth Football Club in 2012 and 2013, and an Assistant Coach for the WAFL State team in 2013.

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Kitchin claims Outridge Medal as Subiaco fairest and best

Saturday, September 30, 2017 - 10:38 AM - by Chris Pike

SUBIACO has wasted no time celebrating its 2017 WAFL season with prolific and tough midfielder Leigh Kitchin taking out the Outridge Medal taking out the Lions' fairest and best award ahead of Lachlan Delahunty and Liam Ryan.

Just days after playing in a terrific WAFL Grand Final on Sunday in the last ever football match at Subiaco Oval that unfortunately Subiaco came up short in against Peel Thunder for the second straight year, they shook themselves off to celebrate the season that was.

Despite the disappointment of losing the Grand Final, there was plenty to celebrate for the Lions as well after a season that saw them play in a fourth straight Grand Final, with a third consecutive minor premiership and go on a remarkable 19-game winning streak heading into the finals.

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Rogers recognised at Football Woman of the Year Awards

Thursday, September 28, 2017 - 2:01 PM

LONG serving WA Women’s Football League volunteer Charmaine Rogers was recognised today, Thursday September 28, with the VicHealth Community Award at the Football Woman of the Year Awards in front of more than 1,000 guests at Crown Palladium, Melbourne.

The annual Awards, which are hosted by the Essendon Women’s Network as part of AFL Grand Final Week, recognise women in the industry who have made a significant contribution to the game of Australian Football.

The Community Award recognises those who work in a volunteer capacity, whether it be at the grass roots level, or through their voluntary contribution to clubs at the highest level.

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WAFC promoting women in football

Thursday, September 28, 2017 - 9:00 AM

Women from football boards and organisations came together to develop actions plans and strategies to promote and support women interested in being elected onto football boards, as part of the West Australian Football Commission (WAFC) Women in Football Seminar held earlier this month.

The WAFC Women in Football group is a leadership initiative established by the WAFC to promote and support women on boards and working in senior positions in the football industry.

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Winnacott claim 2017 WAFC State Championship title

Wednesday, September 27, 2017 - 2:48 PM

Winnacott Junior Football Club has been named winners of the 2017 WA Football Commission (WAFC) State Championships, the first South Metro football club to take out the title, following three thrilling contests that unfolded at Steel Blue Oval on Saturday, September 23.

Winnacott put their best foot forward in the opening game of the championships against Mazenod, and finished with a 1.2 (8) – 0.2 (2) lead at the main break.

Winnacott didn’t look like slowing down one bit and secured three goals in the second term by Jordan Wallam, Adam Shrives and Chad Sims, which led to a 27-point win over Mazenod.

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Peel goes back-to-back in cracking Grand Final to farewell Subi

Sunday, September 24, 2017 - 6:33 PM - by Chris Pike
IT was only fitting that a cracking contest and a good crowd despite the terrible early weather took place to farewell Subiaco Oval with Peel Thunder making it back-to-back WAFL premierships beating Subiaco by 16 points on Sunday.
 
Despite the heavy rain that fell earlier in the day particularly during the Reserves Grand Final and then in the first half of the league decider between the Thunder and Lions, it was a credit to the crowd of 18,180 who turned out to celebrate the farewell to football at Subiaco Oval.
 
The crowd is the biggest for the WAFL Grand Final since West Perth beat East Perth in 2013. Read More ...

Lions prevail in the wet to win reserves premiership

Sunday, September 24, 2017 - 2:20 PM - by Chris Pike
SUBIACO has proven too strong in a wet Reserves Grand Final at Subiaco Oval beating the minor premier South Fremantle by 19 points on Sunday.
 
South Fremantle came into the game having been the standout team in the reserves for 2017 finishing as minor premiers and then winning straight through to the Grand Final having beaten Subiaco in the second semi-final.
 
Both teams then got some players back for the Reserves Grand Final after their league outfits played off in the league preliminary final last Sunday setting the stage for a tremendous contest. Read More ...

Sharks claim colts premiership with big win over Tigers

Sunday, September 24, 2017 - 11:16 AM - by Chris Pike
EAST Fremantle has capitalised on a standout WAFL Colts season by winning the premiership and ending Claremont's quest for a third straight flag with a 54-point win at Subiaco Oval on Sunday.
 
In the last ever Colts Grand Final to be held at Subiaco Oval, it was the minor premier East Fremantle who proved too strong. 
 
The Sharks kicked the first six goals of the game to set up the eventual 12.5 (77) to 2.11 (23) victory. Read More ...

WAFL Grand Final teams and preview

Sunday, September 24, 2017 - 12:00 AM

THE biggest day of the year is upon us on Sunday for the 2017 WAFL Grand Final between Peel Thunder and Subiaco at Domain Stadium with a massive day of celebrations planned for what will be the last official football match at Subiaco Oval.

It's a rematch of last year's decider as well and it shapes as a fascinating, heated and ferocious WAFL Grand Final with Peel attempting to make history winning back-to-back premierships while the Lions are desperate to make up for last year's defeat.

Subiaco is playing in its fourth straight WAFL Grand Final having now been minor premiers three years running. The Lions won premierships in 2014 and 2015 before coming up short against Peel in 2016.

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Decade of WAFL success more than Twomey could have imagined

Saturday, September 23, 2017 - 5:09 PM - by Chris Pike

NEVER in his wildest dreams could Wayde Twomey have predicted a decade ago when he made the move west that he would have the success in the WAFL he has. Neither did he envision four Grand Finals in four years after joining Subiaco but that's the case as he chases a fairytale finish.

Twomey originally joined Swan Districts from VFL club Werribee in 2008 as a string of recruits that would go on to inspire the black-and-whites to a Grand Final that first year, a preliminary final in 2009 and a remarkable premiership triumph in 2010.

That led Twomey into a season in the AFL in Carlton where he played a couple of games at the top level, but then it was straight back to Swan Districts in 2012. He had another good two seasons capped off with a Simpson Medal performance representing the WAFL against the VFL in 2013.

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Captain Ugle out to create more history with Thunder

Saturday, September 23, 2017 - 4:20 PM - by Chris Pike

GERALD Ugle might not have had the individual season he hoped in 2017 but the fact that come Sunday evening he could be a dual premiership captain at Peel Thunder could more than make up for that.

Ugle is now in his third season with Peel and his second year as captain and while he feels he can do more to impact games personally, it's hard to imagine how the move to join the Thunder could have turned out much better.

As a talented youngster from Perth, Ugle was part of the inaugural Greater Western Sydney Giants team in the AFL and did play three matches before returning to the Demons in 2014.

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Cockie looks for second premiership in 100th game with Lions

Friday, September 22, 2017 - 10:20 PM - by Chris Pike

ADAM Cockie will never regret his time in Melbourne even though he missed a couple of Subiaco premierships while there but he desperately wants a second flag with the Lions and there would be no better time than his 100th WAFL game in Sunday's Grand Final.

Cockie burst on to the scene at Subiaco in 2008, playing 22 games, representing Western Australia, playing in Subiaco's premiership and finishing third in the fairest and best before finding himself drafted by the West Coast Eagles.

He went on to play seven games at West Coast in the AFL in 2009 before his season ended early through injury. He remained playing with Subiaco the next two years culminating in the Grand Final loss to Claremont.

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