THE KIA WAFL State Team has just fallen short of its piece of history with the SANFL producing a tremendous second half kicking eight of the last 12 goals to win the 2019 State Game by seven points at Optus Stadium.
It proved a tremendous showcase of State football between the two leading competitions in the country with South Australia managing to bring an end to Western Australia's string of winning six consecutive State matches despite being 22 points down in the first half.
On the back of having won the past six State Games it had contested including last year's drought breaking result over the SANFL at Adelaide Oval, the WAFL started strongly at Optus Stadium on Sunday.
ROUND 2 of the inaugural Optus WAFLW Premiership Season takes place this Sunday afternoon with a Grand Final rematch between Subiaco and East Fremantle with Swan Districts also taking on Claremont.
The new WAFL Women's competition for 2019 started with a bang last Sunday with wins for East Fremantle over Peel Thunder, and for Subiaco against Swan Districts.
It's the first season of the ground breaking competition featuring five clubs and now the action continues with the two games this Sunday.
NOT only has Kyal Horsley enjoyed tremendous success at Subiaco since returning from the Gold Coast Suns, but he's been a key part of the WAFL's State Game dominance which he hopes continues against the SANFL at Optus Stadium on Sunday.
Horsley returned to captain Subiaco in 2014 on the back of spending the previous two years in the AFL system at the Gold Coast Suns where he did play 13 games despite rupturing his ACL and requiring a knee reconstruction.
But his return to Subiaco where he already was a premiership player from 2008 has been remarkable starting with that 2014 season where he captained the Lions to the flag.
The WA State Under-16s will face the South Fremantle Colts side tomorrow in preperation for the upcoming National Carnival in June and July.
Bouncedown is at 11.30am at East Fremantle Oval.
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The second round of the Optus WAFLW takes place this weekend with the Grand Final re-match and Dhara Kerr Cup headlining a bumber weekend.
The Subiaco v East Fremantle fixture will be live streamed starting from 2.00pm on Sunday.
Watch the game below:
The Kia WAFL State Team and West End SANFL State Team play for the Haydn Bunton Jnr. Cup in the 95th game between the two States on May 12.
Western Australia will be aiming to extend its winning run in State Games to an historic seventh straight victory, while also increasing its head-to-head lead against South Australia, which currently stands at 48-46.
Since 1991, as a State League contest, SA hold a 7-6 advantage, with WA leading 4-2 for games played in Perth.
Last year, WA defeated SA in Adelaide for the first time since 1994, recording a 15.12 (102) to 11.10 (76) victory.
This year will be the first time a senior State Game has been played at Optus Stadium and the second time as a curtain-raiser to an AFL game.
WA is coached by Michael Broadbridge for a third year and the SA by former AFL player Josh Carr.
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THE WAFL has proven the dominant figure in State Games for the past six years and West Australian coach Michael Broadbridge hopes the KIA WAFL State Team can create further history on Sunday against the SANFL at Optus Stadium.
The KIA WAFL State Team has won their past six State matches and along that six-game winning streak there has been historic road victories against the VFL in Melbourne and the SANFL in Adelaide.
Since a loss at Adelaide Oval to South Australia in 2012, the WAFL has defeated Victoria in Northam, the NEAFL in Sydney, the SANFL at Lathlain Park, Tasmania at Steel Blue Oval and then over the past two years, the wins over Victoria in Melbourne and South Australia in Adelaide.
THE Kia WAFL State Team will look to make it seven straight State Game victories when it takes on the SANFL at Optus Stadium on Sunday afternoon.
A win for the Black Swans would create history, seeing the side become the first WA team since 1927 to capture seven wins on the trot against other state sides.
The 2019 State Game will begin at 12.00pm WST, with some of the best players from both state leagues on show before the Fremantle-Richmond AFL fixture.
In response to the incident involving a Junior Umpire last weekend, the WAFC is promoting ‘Thank & Respect the Umpire Round’ this weekend.
Community clubs will be asked to address their playing group pre-game explaining that sides will be thanking and respecting the umpires for the integral roles that they play in our game.
Each coach will be asked to acknowledge the umpire and shake their hand prior to and at the completion of the fixture.
The WA Football Commission encourages coaches and leaders of community football clubs to also communicate to spectators, parents and volunteers, the vital part that all umpires play in community football.
WAFC CEO Gavin Taylor thanked the 2000 umpires who make 1230 games of community football possible every weekend,
“I say a sincere thank you on behalf of the WA Football community for the key contribution you make to our great game,” he said.
“I look forward to acknowledging umpires during the ‘Thank and Respect the Umpire Round’ this weekend and encourage all clubs across the State to support this important initiative in a united show of support for WA umpires.”
Please help us show respect to all umpires this weekend.
PERTH and Subiaco continued their winning starts to the 2019 season on Saturday ahead of this Sunday's WAFL State Game while South Fremantle and Peel Thunder won big, and West Perth opened its account at the expense of East Fremantle.
Round 5 of the 2019 WAFL season all took place on Saturday afternoon with it being the last chance for the players to press their case for selection in this Sunday's WAFL State Game against the SANFL at Optus Stadium.
That produced plenty of outstanding individual performances across the five games while there were some fascinating results at the same time.
SWAN Districts continued its impressive and unbeaten start to the WAFL Colts season with a win over the reigning premier Subiaco on Sunday while Peel Thunder also kept its perfect record intact with wins as well for Perth and West Perth.
Coming off reaching the Grand Final in the Colts last year, Swan Districts has continued that momentum to start the 2019 season.
They made it five consecutive wins when they proved too good for Subiaco on Saturday with Peel Thunder joining them in remaining undefeated but the wins for West Perth and Perth ensured they have made good starts in the Colts for 2019 as well.
In-form Perth Demons pair Michael Bennell and Michael Sinclair have been added to the Kia WAFL State Squad ahead of this Sunday’s clash with the SANFL at Optus Stadium.
Bennell has been rewarded for his early season form, finishing with four goals over the weekend against the Tigers, moving his tally to 14 for the season.
The 25-year-old excitement machine is joined by Sinclair, with the defender shaking off injury concerns this week to gather 25 disposals in Perth’s 14-point win.
Subiaco’s Rhys Waters,West Perth’s Andrew Strijk and South Fremantle’s Brock Higgins have withdrawn from the squad with injury concerns.
A win for WA would see the team claim its seventh-consecutive victory in State Games and set a new record, surpassing WA’s six game winning streak in State Games that concluded in 1927.
2019 KIA WAFL State Squad
Claremont – Jye Bolton, Anton Hamp, Kane Mitchell, Declan Mountford, Bailey Rogers.
East Perth – Jackson Ramsay.
Peel Thunder – Blair Bell, Jackson Merrett, Gerald Ugle.
Perth – Michael Bennell, Corey Byrne, Brant Colledge, Michael Sinclair.
South Fremantle – Jacob Dragovich, Chad Pearson, Haiden Schloithe, Kade Stewart.
Subiaco – Lachlan Delahunty, Josh Deluca, Kyal Horsley, Hayden Kennedy, Leigh Kitchin, Angus Litherland, Jordan Lockyer, Ben Sokol.
Swan Districts – Corey Gault, George Hampson, Tony Notte.
West Perth – Aaron Black, Shane Nelson.
Field Umpires: Ryan Shelton and Matt Adams. Emergency: Cam Jones.
Boundary Umpires: Clayton Gardner and Bayley Lamont.
Goal Umpire: Steve Gaensler.
Goal Umpire 3rd Scorer: Jason Tyrell.
As this game forms part of an AFL match day, an AFL ticket is required for spectators to enter the ground. All spectators who purchase a ticket can attend both the State and AFL game.
To purchase tickets visit: https://www.ticketmaster.com.au/fremantle-dockers-v-richmond-burswood-12-05-2019/event/25005647E30817C0
If you are a WAFL club member, contact your club for special offers and promotions for the fantastic event.
NEW ground was broken on Sunday afternoon with the launch of the very first Optus WAFL Women's Premiership Season across two venues and it was the grand finalists from 2018 East Fremantle and Subiaco who proved victorious.
The WAFLW competition has been launched in 2019 as the start of a new era of female football in Western Australia following on from the success of the AFL Women's competition nationally and what the West Australian Women's Football League has been able to lay the foundations for.
This inaugural season in 2019 will feature five teams and the action got underway on Sunday afternoon with the two teams who played off in the league grand final of the WAWFL competition last year, East Fremantle and Subiaco, proving victorious.
The Kia WAFL State fixture versus the SANFL will be played as a curtain-raiser to the Fremantle v Richmond fixture at Optus this Sunday, May 12.
The game will commence at 12.00pm, presenting an exciting opportunity for players, coaches and support staff to experience the world-class facilities at Optus Stadium.
ROUND 5 in the WAFL saw the competition gear up for next Sunday's State Game with Perth and Subiaco continuing their undefeated runs going while South Fremantle continued to impress, West Perth got its first win and Peel Thunder also won big.
It was the last round of WAFL action before next Sunday's State Game against the SANFL at Optus Stadium with players right across the board desperate to impress to earn their way into selection to pull on the Black Swans jumper.
The results mattered too and Subiaco had to come from behind but kicked five goals to nil in the last quarter to join Perth as the last two remaining undefeated teams. West Perth also prevailed in the battle of winless teams while Peel Thunder and South Fremantle impressed in thumping wins.