The West Australian Football Commission has appointed highly experienced sports administrator Linda Hamersley as its Executive Manager Governance, Strategy & Workforce Planning.
Ms Hamersley has extensive experience as a senior leader within the sporting sector, most recently as CEO at West Perth Football Club.
She has previously worked for a number of national and state sporting organisations including Hockey WA, Confederation of Australian Motor Sport, and Australian Rugby Union, in addition to working in senior leadership positions for international organisations such as the New Zealand Olympic Committee and Athletics New Zealand.
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THE Finals in the Simply Energy Colts got underway on the weekend with Claremont advancing to within one more win of a Grand Final appearance while East Perth ended the season of Swan Districts.
The colts finals series got underway on Saturday morning and it was the minor premier Peel Thunder who got to sit back and let the other four finals teams do battle as they awaited to find out their opponent in the second semi-final next Sunday morning.
It was the elimination final that got things underway at Fremantle Community Bank Oval and East Perth proved too strong for a Swan Districts team that made the Grand Final in 2018. The Royals won 8.5 (53) to 4.5 (29) to keep their season alive and knock out the black-and-whites.
EAST Fremantle is straight through to the inaugural WAFL Women's Grand Final after winning Sunday's second semi-final against Subiaco while Swan Districts kept its season alive at the expense of Claremont.
The first ever season of the Optus WAFLW competition saw precious little separating the top four teams and each of those ended up qualifying for the inaugural finals series with only Peel Thunder missing out on competing.
Both semi-final contests took place on Sunday afternoon with one team to advance to the Grand Final while two others would move into a preliminary final and another would end up eliminated.
THE 2019 WAFL Finals Series got off to an enthralling start on the weekend with South Fremantle holding off Claremont to advance to the second semi-final while West Coast Eagles won a thriller to eliminate West Perth.
The opening weekend of the 2019 Optus WAFL Finals Series was split over Saturday and Sunday afternoon with Subiaco having earned the week off with the Lions finishing as minor premiers for the fifth consecutive season.
That left the second placed South Fremantle to host the third placed Claremont in the qualifying final at Fremantle Community Bank Oval on Saturday with a place against Subiaco the following Sunday up for grabs.
THE West Australian Football Commission’s Board of Commissioners has announced its succession plan for 2020 and beyond as preparations commence for the conclusion of Chairman Murray McHenry’s elected term at the end of the year.
Mr McHenry, who has been a WAFC Commissioner since 2010 and served as Chairman since 2015, is approaching the maximum tenure under the WAFC constitution, following a decade of voluntary contribution to WA Football.
Mr McHenry has played a key role in setting a clear strategy for WA football during this time, leading the WAFC through future funding negotiations and supporting the range of positive reforms being implemented across all segments of the game to ensure football in WA is well placed for the future.
Early registrations for the Junior 2020 season open on Sunday 1st September and will run until Friday 1st of November. If you register your kid(s) during this time, you could win giveaways for yourself and prizes for your club*.
The West Australian Football Commission today officially launched the most comprehensive study ever into the economic and social benefits of local football to the WA community.
Completed by ACIL Allen, the report assesses the social and economic impact of club-based football in WA and provides a measurement tool that will enable the WAFC to track social impact on an annual basis.
HE had resigned himself to the fact that he had just played his final game last Saturday but now West Perth champion Andrew Strijk's career will at least continue until Sunday and he sees no reason why it can't finish with a second premiership in 2019.
Strijk has put together quite the remarkable career already which started with West Perth back in 2006 and along the way he has achieved everything from playing in the 2013 WAFL premiership while playing 13 AFL games for the West Coast Eagles and represented Western Australia seven times.
Then there is the assortment of individual accolades including being a West Perth fairest and best winner in the premiership year of 2013, winning the Bernie Naylor Medal as the league's leading goalscorer in 2018 and earning life membership of the Falcons.
SOUTH Fremantle might have qualified for the WAFL finals from second position for a fourth consecutive year, but given the changeover in his squad from 12 months ago, coach Todd Curley is proud of the performance and looking forward to what lies ahead.
South Fremantle spent four years out of finals action after losing the first semi-final to Subiaco in 2011 but then in Curley's second season in charge in 2016, they finished the home and away in second position on the ladder.
The Bulldogs would go on to lose the preliminary final to Peel Thunder and then the last two years would follow suit with preliminary final exits to Subiaco and West Perth respectively over the past two seasons.
CLAREMONT co-captain Ian Richardson kicked six goals for the first time in eight years last week to almost put the Tigers into hosting position for this Saturday's qualifying final, but now his focus is an improved showing against South Fremantle.
As it turned out, Richardson's six goals that helped in Claremont's 106-point win over Swan Districts last week helped give the Tigers a superior percentage to South Fremantle.
So all Claremont needed was West Perth to kick one more goal to beat the Bulldogs at HBF Arena and the Tigers would finish up in second position and earn the right to host this Saturday's qualifying final.
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The 2019 League season-decider will be played at Optus Stadium at 2:40pm on Sunday, 22 September featuring another exciting public kick-to-kick on the ground for fans.
The day will also include the Colts and Reserves Grand Final and heaps of activities for the fans to enjoy and celebrate WA Football.
DESPITE his former teammate Mason Shaw leading most of the season, Ben Sokol stormed home in remarkable fashion for Subiaco to claim the Bernie Naylor Medal for 2019 which could lead to an AFL future.
Ever since Sokol left South Fremantle following the 2015 WAFL season to join Subiaco, he has continued to grow and improve year on year, and now without question 2019 has been the year of his burgeoning career to date.
On the back of kicking 49 and 43 goals the past two years respectively with the Lions, Sokol was having another good year right throughout 2019 which included playing for the WAFL State Team against South Australia where he kicked four goals.
THE first ever WAFL Women's finals series begins this Sunday with Subiaco and East Fremantle battling for a Grand Final berth while Swan Districts and Claremont are fighting just to stay alive.
It was quite the successful and eventful inaugural edition of the Optus WAFLW Premiership Season with the five competing teams all chock full of talent and in the end only Peel Thunder now eliminated with the finals to begin this Sunday afternoon.
Both semi-final match ups take place this Sunday afternoon and by Sunday evening, we will have the team qualified for the first ever WAFLW Grand Final and we will have a team who has been eliminated.
The West Australian Football Commission has reviewed an application from the West Coast Eagles requesting special permission for AFL-listed players Patrick Bines, Jarrod Cameron, Liam Duggan and Mark Hutchings to participate in WAFL Finals as unqualified players.
Under the WAFL Rules & Regulations, there is provision for the West Coast Eagles to apply for players to participate in WAFL Finals when they are not qualified under Finals Qualification Rules, if they meet the special permission eligibility criteria as ‘young emerging’ or ‘long term injured’ players.