Freo defeated in first AFL Women's game

Monday, February 6, 2017 - 8:39 AM - by Dinny Navaratnam -

THE WESTERN Bulldogs kicked off their NAB AFL Women's campaign with a win against fellow premiership contender Fremantle on a blustery Saturday night by 32 points at the Whitten Oval.

Played in front of a 10,100-strong crowd that fell just short of the ground's capacity, Emma Kearney racked up 21 disposals to help lead her side to victory.

Full match details and stats

The hosts were first to hit the scoreboard with Kirsten McLeod booting a sweet running goal.

Fremantle levelled the score through Melissa Caulfield but handed the hosts the lead at the first break with a turnover.

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GET INVOLVED - WA Female Football

Friday, February 3, 2017 - 3:25 PM

There are female football competitions for all ages and abilties in Western Australia, starting at Auskick for Pre-Primary participants through to juniors based on primary school year groups, Youth Girls for highschool aged players and senior women's competitions. 

Use the club locator to find your closest club at 

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Mundella fuelling WA female football

Wednesday, February 1, 2017 - 3:58 PM

As female football stars prepare to pull on their boots for the first round of the AFL Women’s competition tomorrow night, West Australian dairy producer Mundella Foods has been announced as the new major partner of female football in Western Australia to support the stars of the future.

The partnership includes naming rights to the Mundella WA Women’s Football League (WAWFL) and a range of initiatives linked to the West Australian Football Commission’s (WAFC) Female Talent Pathway, Female Ambassador Program, WA Women’s Round and female participation programs.

WAFC CEO Gavin Taylor said it was fantastic to have a West Australian company supporting local participants as female football entered such a significant and exciting year in 2017.

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AFLW captains give their season predictions

Wednesday, February 1, 2017 - 9:48 AM

The captains of the eight teams in the NAB AFL Women’s competition have given their predictions on the approaching season, with Fremantle one of the teams tipped to set the pace on field.

In the lead-up to the NAB AFL Women’s Competition launch on Wednesday February 1 in Melbourne, the eight skippers were anonymously polled on five key questions on how the season will unfold.

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2017 JLT Community Series Tickets on Sale

Tuesday, January 31, 2017 - 2:14 PM

WA Footy fans champing at the bit for some pre-season AFL action can secure their tickets to the JLT Community Series from today.

AFL club members have access to tickets today, ahead of the general public ticket release on Wednesday February 1 at 9am.

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WA players enjoy AFL Academy experience

Monday, January 30, 2017 - 4:19 PM

SEVEN West Australians received the opportunity to participate in the inaugural NAB AFL Women’s National Academy camp at the Australian Institute of Sport in Canberra last week.

The seven-day camp included combine testing, skill sessions, mentoring, a tour of the Australian Defence Force facilities and match-play.

A total of 33 players from around Australia received a NAB AFL Women’s Academy scholarship and will come together for accelerated Australian Football and personal development camps to be held within Australia over a 12-month period.

Photo: WA players McKenzie Dowrick, Emily McGuire, Tayla McAuliffe, Sonia Dorizzi - Bottom - Sabreena Duffy, Courtney Hodder, Kate Bartlett

NAB AFL Women’s Academy manager Aasta O’Connor said the program is primed to harness and develop talent that in the past, may have been lost to other sports.

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Glendinning, Margetts receive AFL life membership

Wednesday, January 25, 2017 - 10:36 AM

1983 Brownlow Medallist and inaugural West Coast Eagles Captain Ross Glendinning and Perth-based AFL umpire Dean Margetts have both been honoured with AFL life membership.

Having notched 300 games of officiating at the elite level, including 277 premiership and 35 pre-season games, Margetts will be inducted as a life member along with Glendinning and nine others at the 2017 Annual General Meeting in March, after having their awards confirmed by the AFL Commission.

Margetts said it was a true honour to be recognsied by the AFL.

“It means a lot to be recognised by the AFL in this way and I think it is something you never consider when you commence your career,” Margetts said.

“To see the list of wonderful players and people receiving life membership makes the acknowledgement that much more special.”

Glendinning was awarded life membership under the provision of ‘Special Service to the Game’ along with dual Essendon Premiership player and long-time club administrator John Birt, and former AFL Commissioner Sam Mostyn.

WA Football Commission Chief Executive Officer Gavin Taylor congratulated both Glendinning and Margetts on receiving the honour.

“It’s great to see two West Australians receive this honour and their dedication to the game makes them thoroughly deserving of this award,” Taylor said.

“To still have both individuals involved and contributing to our game today in their respective roles shows a true commitment to the highly valued work they achieve in the Australian Football Rules community.”

Players and umpires who also qualified after having reached 300 total AFL games include Gary Ablett junior, Matthew Boyd, Luke Hodge, Jarrad McVeigh, Simon Meredith, Matthew Nicholls and Leigh Montagna.

AFL Chief Executive Officer Gillon McLachlan said the Commission congratulated every individual on their award.

“We look forward to thanking each personally again at the season launch in March for their contribution to football, both on-field as players, umpires and coaches and off-field for their service as administrators and officials,” McLachlan said.

Dean Margetts - Record
277 premiership games umpired
35 pre-season games umpired
105 WAFL games

Ross Glendinning - Service Qualification
56 games for East Perth (WAFL), 1974-77
190 games for North Melbourne (VFL), 1977-86
40 games for West Coast (VFL), 1987-88
15 games for Western Australia
Two games for Victoria
Three games for Australia
Brownlow Medallist 1983
Club Best and Fairest 1982, 1983
Club Leading Goal kicker 1987, 1988
Club Captain 1987-88
All Australian 1982, 1983 (Carnival), 1983 (Season), 1984, 1987 (Carnival), 1987 (Season), 1988
East Perth Team of the Century
North Melbourne Team of the Century
WAFL Hall of Fame
Australian Football Hall of Fame

Indigenous All Stars heading to Broome

Wednesday, January 18, 2017 - 10:51 AM

Broome will host 75 Indigenous AFL players from February 1 to 5 when the AFL/AFLPA Indigenous All Stars Camp is held in the Kimberley region.

The group will consist of 29 West Australians, including local Kimberley products Francis Watson, Jack Martin, Sam Peterevski-Seton (pictured) and Cedric Cox.

Other Indigenous stars from WA that will attend the camp include Lance Franklin, Stephen Hill, Daniel Wells, Michael Walters, Lewis Jetta, Patrick Ryder, Sharrod Wellingham, Jeff Garlett and Harley Bennell.

The camp will feature community and cultural sessions, a kids super clinic, training sessions, and a chance for players to meet local elders and visit attractions, while also participating in Indigenous strategy sessions.

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Swans appoint former Perth Glory boss Jeff Dennis as CEO

Wednesday, January 18, 2017 - 9:56 AM

Former Perth Glory Chief Executive Jeff Dennis has been appointed as new Chief Executive of the Swan Districts Football Club after an extensive selection process.

Dennis previously served as West Perth Football Club Manager and Regional Development Officer before joining the Glory.

Swan Districts President Peter Hodyl said more than 40 people applied for the position.

“Jeff’s extensive management experience at different levels of three sporting codes made him a standout,” Hodyl said.

“His qualifications in marketing and education will be important as the Club enters the planning phase for a multi-million-dollar redevelopment at Steel Blue Oval.”

Dennis said he is looking forward to returning to sports management and helping the club’s management team achieve great things.

“Swan Districts is a great club with great people and I am very excited to be offered this challenging opportunity,” Dennis said.

His appointment comes after former Swans Chief Executive Tom Bottrell left the club December last year to return to his original WAFL club South Fremantle.

Rising stars selected for National AFL Women's Academy

Wednesday, January 18, 2017 - 9:50 AM

SEVEN West Australian players have received the opportunity to participate in the inaugural NAB AFL Women’s National Academy camp at the Australian Institute of Sport in Canberra this week.

The seven-day camp includes combine testing, skill sessions, mentoring, a tour of the Australian Defence Force facilities and match-play.

The intake of 33 players have received a NAB AFL Women’s National Academy scholarship and will come together for accelerated Australian Football and personal development camps to be held within Australia over a 12-month period.

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JLT Community Series set to kick off

Tuesday, January 17, 2017 - 3:41 PM

The AFL's JLT Community Series kicks off around Australia in February, with the first game in WA to be played between West Coast and Fremantle at Wonthella Oval in Geraldton on February 25.

Games to be played in WA include:

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2017 WAFL Fixtures and Broadcast Schedule

Friday, December 16, 2016 - 4:42 PM

The 2017 McDonald’s WAFL Premiership Season will open with a televised Saturday night blockbuster between East Perth and Peel Thunder live on the Seven Network on March 18, a week prior to the AFL season.

The 2017 season will feature 23 rounds in total, with 18 games and the finals series to be televised live on the Seven Network. More than 78% of games have been scheduled in the traditional Saturday afternoon timeslot.

West Australian Football Commission CEO Gavin Taylor said the 2017 fixture aimed to grow and enhance the WAFL competition by promoting competitive matches, supporting special feature rounds and offering prime-time television coverage.

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2016 WAFL Raffle

Thursday, December 15, 2016 - 4:00 PM

The WA Football Raffle has been extended from December 10 to January 28 and will now be drawn on February 10.

There are over $44,000 worth of prizes:

1st prize: 2016  Holden Captiva LS 2.4lt 7 Seater Automatic Wagon valued at $34,173
2nd prize: 7 Night Broome Holiday at Cable Beach Club Resort and Spa valued at $5,400
3rd Prize: $5,000 Retravision Voucher

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Community coaches to receive expert insight

Thursday, December 15, 2016 - 2:45 PM

More than 30 WA Community Youth Football coaches will be given the opportunity to further develop their coaching skills alongside WA Football League (WAFL) coaches, Talent Managers and WA Football Commission (WAFC) District Development Staff after they were inducted into the 2017 Coach Academy Program earlier this month.

The six-month Coaching Academy Program, developed by the WA Football Commission in partnership with WAFL clubs, will be offered to community coaches in the Perth, East Perth and Swans District areas in January next year.

Coaches will buddy up with a mentor for the duration of the program and will take part in a series of professional development sessions that focus on skill development, match-day coaching and club training.

Each Academy program will be held at Lathlain Park (home of Perth FC), Medibank Stadium (home of East Perth FC), and Steel Blue Oval (home of Swan Districts FC), respectively.

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AFL academies identify top multicultural talent

Thursday, December 15, 2016 - 10:41 AM

Young players from diverse backgrounds representing the Fremantle Dockers and West Coast Eagles Next Generation Academies showcased their football talent in front of representatives from the two AFL clubs and all nine WA Football League (WAFL) clubs in Multicultural matches held at East Fremantle Oval on Saturday, 10 December.

The players from many different backgrounds including Sudan, Papua New Guinea, Trinidad, India, Chile and Myanmar got the chance to hear from AFL Multicultural Ambassador Nic Naitanui from the West Coast Eagles and Fremantle Dockers’ Lachie Neale.

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