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Optus WAFL Round 6 Wrap

Sunday, August 23, 2020 - 5:23 PM - by Chris Pike

IT was the most hotly contested round of the Optus WAFL Premiership Season so far with all games up for grabs during the fourth quarter but in the end Perth and West Perth went closer to securing a finals spot and Subiaco's hopes of a third straight premiership took a big hit.

With South Fremantle sitting out the weekend's action with the bye having gone through the opening five rounds of the 2020 WAFL season undefeated and with far and away the best percentage, the other eight teams all did battle on Saturday with four fascinating contests.

By the time the four matches were all over, the season had been broken wide open in ways many wouldn’t have predicted with West Perth and Perth greatly enhancing their finals prospects while Claremont was left as the team most vulnerable inside the top four.

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Round 6 Optus WAFLW Preview

Friday, August 21, 2020 - 1:46 PM - by Chris Pike

ROUND 6 in the 2020 Optus WAFL Women's Premiership Season marks the penultimate weekend of the home and away campaign with the race on in earnest to lock away a finals position.

Coming into the final two rounds of the 2020 Optus WAFLW season, there remains a race on between four teams to lock away second, third and fourth positions on the ladder and a finals berth.

That means that every game being played from now on will have a say in who ends up playing finals and that includes those involving a Subiaco team who has all but locked in a second straight minor premiership and South Fremantle who remain winless in their inaugural WAFLW season.

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Round 6 Optus WAFL Preview

Friday, August 21, 2020 - 1:15 PM - by Chris Pike

WE could receive plenty of answers to how the 2020 Optus WAFL Premiership Season will pan out in Round 6 on Saturday with Subiaco attempting to apply pressure to the loser of Claremont's clash with Perth while one of Swan Districts and Peel Thunder will get their first wins.

Round 6 of the 2020 WAFL season sees the league-leading undefeated South Fremantle sit out with the bye meaning there are chances for other teams inside the top four to cement their spots, but with two of them playing one another, the pressure will go on one of them.

Plenty of the attention on Saturday afternoon during Round 6 will be on Claremont's contest with Perth at Claremont's Revo Fitness Stadium with the Tigers coming into the game at 4-1 while the Demons are 3-1.

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WAFC Strategic Facilities Plan

Friday, August 21, 2020 - 12:38 PM

The West Australian Football Commission has released its Strategic Facilities Plan to guide football and sports industry facility development over the next 10 years.

The WAFC Strategic Facilities Plan provides an integrated and strategic approach to the future planning and provision of football infrastructure across all metropolitan and country regions. 

The plan is delivered in two parts and provides a 10-year road map for prioritising stakeholder investment into facility development projects to address the immediate and long term needs of football, government and community stakeholders.

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WAFL National Transfer Application Period

Friday, August 21, 2020 - 11:03 AM

The West Australian Football Commission can confirm that AFL-listed players being released from their AFL contracts prior to the end of the season are not eligible to play in the WAFL competition in 2020 under WAFL Rules and Regulations.
 
The National Transfer Application Period (Rule 1.4.1) was extended in 2020 from June 30 to July 31 to provide eligible players with the opportunity to seek transfers to the WAFL from Leagues that were not proceeding due to COVID-19.
 
The WAFC can confirm that there will be no further extension to the National Transfer Application Period in 2020 and that exemption requests submitted after the extended July 31 deadline have been declined to ensure that the integrity of the WAFL competition is protected over the remaining four rounds of the season.
 
AFL-listed players being released from their AFL contracts prior to the end of the season will be permitted to participate in WAFL club training.


Round 6 Football Budget

Thursday, August 20, 2020 - 9:24 AM

The Round 6 Football Budget is available to download ahead of this weekend's 2020 Optus WAFL Premiership Season fixtures.

FIXTURES

Featuring match previews, statistics, feature article, collectables, fixtures and team lists for League, Reserves, Colts and WAFLW, the new-look Football Budget is included for free with all Adult and Concession tickets at WAFL games.

Additional copies can be purchased for $3 at the gate. 

FOOTBALL BUDGET DOWNLOAD


Round 6 WAFL Broadcast Schedule

Thursday, August 20, 2020 - 9:18 AM

The following games will be broadcast by TV, radio or livestreamed during Round 6 of the WAFL, Simply Energy Colts and WAFL Women's season on Saturday, August 22 and Sunday, August 23.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

WAFL

  Saturday, August 22

  Fixture

  Venue

  TV

  Radio

  Livestream

  2.30pm – S v EP

  LO

 

  

  Subiaco FC Facebook

  2.30pm – SD v PT

  SB

 

  

 

  2.30pm – C v P

  RF

 

  Sport FM 91.3fm

 

  3.05pm – WP v EF

  PF

    7

 

 

Live scores for all League games are available on the WAFL App and at www.wafl.com.au

Simply Energy Colts

  Saturday, August 22

  Fixture

  Venue

  Livestream

  9.30am – S v EP

  LO

  www.thewest.com.au (subscribers)


WAFLW 

  Sunday, August 23

  Fixture

  Venue

  Livestream

  2pm – S v EF

  NCH

  WAFL Facebook, Youtube & www.wafl.com.au


*Time is bouncedown

CLUBS: C – Claremont, EF – East Fremantle, EP – East Perth, PT – Peel Thunder, P – Perth, S – Subiaco, SF – South Fremantle, SD – Swan Districts, WP – West Perth.

VENUES:  DG – David Grays Arena - Mandurah, FCB – Fremantle Community Bank Oval - Fremantle, LO – Leederville Oval, MRP – Mineral Resources Park - Lathlain, NCH – New Choice Homes Park - East Fremantle, PF – Provident Financial Oval - Joondalup, RF – Revo Fitness Stadium - Claremont, SB –Steel Blue Oval - Bassendean.


WAFL Team of Round 5

Wednesday, August 19, 2020 - 11:10 AM - by Chris Pike

SOUTH Fremantle, West Perth and Claremont all took a further step towards being part of the WAFL finals in 2020 with wins on Saturday while Subiaco kept its hopes alive and they were tremendously led by captain Leigh Kitchin.

Round 5 in the WAFL saw all four matches again take place on Saturday afternoon with South Fremantle beating Swan Districts 10.7 (67) to 7.5 (47) at Fremantle Community Bank Oval.

Subiaco also overcame Peel Thunder 10.15 (75) to 5.8 (38) at Mandurah's David Grays Arena while West Perth beat Perth 13.12 (90) to 12.11 (83) at Lathlain's Mineral Resources Park, and Claremont downed East Perth 12.14 (86) to 8.4 (52) at Leederville Oval.

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Simply Energy WAFL Colts Weekly Wrap - Round 5

Tuesday, August 18, 2020 - 12:30 PM

A host of great individual and team performances characterised round five of the Simply Energy WAFL Colts competition.

This round saw South Fremantle (9.8.62) overcoming Swan Districts (6.16.52); West Perth (17.10.112) beating Perth (5.4.34); Claremont (12.6.78) defeating East Perth (5.8.38); and Subiaco (22.8.140) outclass Peel (7.7.49).

East Fremantle was the club that had the bye this weekend.

Read below to see the results of round three and to see the best players.

SOUTH FREMANTLE (9.8.62) vs SWAN DISTRICTS (6.16.52)
South Fremantle secured its second victory of the 2020 Simply Energy WAFL Colts competition, after overcoming Swan Districts by 10 points at Fremantle Community Bank Oval.

Jaxon Bellchambers led the way for the Bulldogs with 19 possessions, 10 tackles, 5 marks, 3 inside 50s and a goal.

Aiden Hall (20 possessions, 7 marks), Aaron Drage (19 possessions, 1 goal) and Shannon Neale (15 possessions, 21 hit-outs) were prolific for the Bulldogs. 

Baxter Jones (2), Jacob Plunkett (2), Angus Fraser (1), Julian Hulten (1) and Morgan Bropho (1) were their goalkickers. 

For Swan Districts, Ayden Cartwright was again brilliant with 29 possessions, 4 marks, 4 tackles and 3 inside 50s.

Ty Sears (21 possessions, 6 inside 50s, 1 goal), Noah Hannan (19 possessions) and Kade Screaigh (17 possessions, 6 tackles) won plenty of the ball for the Swans.

Luke Taylor and Dylan Brockbernd each kicked two goals, while Ethyn Kane kicked one.

PERTH DEMONS (5.4.34) vs WEST PERTH (17.10.112)
West Perth remain on top of the 2020 Simply Energy WAFL Colts Ladder, after beating Perth by 78 points at Mineral Resources Park.

Callum Johnson (33 possessions, 8 marks, 5 tackles, 4 inside 50s, 2 goals) and Luke Reilly (27 possessions, 6 marks, 6 tackles, 3 inside 50s, 2 goals) led the way for the Falcons.

Heath Chapman (28 possessions, 7 marks, 4 inside 50s, 3 tackles), Rohan Scurria (21 possessions), Lochlan Paton (19 possessions, 1 goal) and Kallum Erikson (19 possessions, 6 tackles, 5 marks) won plenty of the football for West Perth.

Up forward, Corey Rundle continued his fine form with another five goals. Darcy Dixon was the other multiple goalscorer with two. Brock Lewis, Lachlan Cox, Jack De Marte, Cooper Blackburn and Christian Henderson each kicked one goal.

For the Demons, Conor McPartland (33 possessions, 6 tackles, 6 inside 50s, 4 marks, 1 goal), Zac Sanderson (26 possessions, 9 tackles, 7 marks, 3 inside 50s), Zak Meloncelli (22 possessions) and Jaiden Hunter (15 possessions, 37 hit-outs) competed hard.

EAST PERTH (5.8.38) vs CLAREMONT (12.6.78)
Claremont is still undefeated in 2020 after defeating East Perth by 40 points at Leederville Oval.

Logan Guelfi starred for the Tigers with 22 possessions, 6 inside 50s, 5 tackles, 4 marks and 2 goals.

Sam Alvarez (25 possessions), Logan Young (22 possessions, 1 goal), Alex Pearce (22 possessions, 7 tackles), Jack Avery (22 possessions, 5 marks), Jake Willson (21 possessions, 5 inside 50s) and Kai Harwood (20 possessions, 6 inside 50s) were extremely prominent for Claremont.

Up forward, Dylan Mulligan booted five goals from 11 possessions. Kieran Gowdie was the other multiple goalkicker with two. Zac Mainwaring and Jacob Van Rooyen kicked one goal apiece.

Josh Hubbard (21 possessions, 1 goal), Jayden Peak (20 possessions, 1 goal) and Jye Amiss (15 possessions, 3 goals) featured heavily for East Perth.

PEEL THUNDER (7.7.49) vs SUBIACO (22.8.140)
Subiaco now sits outright third on the Simply Energy WAFL Colts Ladder, after overwhelming Peel Thunder by 91 points at David Grays Arena.

Lachlan McKay (17 possessions, 6 marks, 6 goals), Sandon Page (15 possessions, 5 goals) and Tyler Brockman (12 possessions, 8 tackles, 3 goals) were devastating up forward for the Lions.

Lachlan Vanirsen (23 possessions, 1 goal), Jed Kemp (21 possessions, 4 tackles), Matthew Johnson (18 possessions, 3 inside 50s) and Jake South (17 possessions, 39 hit-outs) were the leading possession-winners for the Lions.

New recruit Jai Jackson was also instrumental for Subiaco with 21 possessions and 2 goals.

For the Thunder, Isiah Winder continued his stunning form with 27 possessions, 8 marks and 4 tackles. 

Bodie Kitchingham (17 possessions, 3 inside 50s), David Yaccob (17 possessions, 4 marks, 3 inside 50s) and Riley Vidovich (16 possessions) competed strongly.
 


School Student Steps Up to Coach

Monday, August 17, 2020 - 8:31 AM

If the start of the 2020 footy season wasn't already challenging enough, Manning Rippers year 5/6 girls team started season without a coach. They had completed their second session coachless, when Paul Masiello approached an older looking girl who had been kicking the footy with her dad during the training. 

It turned out he has asked the right person. Year 11 Kennedy Senior High student, Tyler Jones, was the older sister of a player in the Manning Rippers year 7 team and had previously played for the club before moving across to Booragoon to continue playing in the youth competition. She immediately agreed to coach the 5/6 girls. 

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Optus WAFLW Round 5 Wrap

Sunday, August 16, 2020 - 8:30 PM - by Chris Pike

THIS weekend saw the best set of three matches this Optus WAFL Women's Premiership Season and the end results were tight wins for Subiaco and East Fremantle, and South Fremantle putting in its most competitive performance.

It was Round 5 of the 2020 WAFLW season and that means there are now just two weeks remaining in this shortened campaign before the finals series begins so every game is taking on extra significance all of a sudden.

Now what it means after the way Round 5 played out, all of a sudden Subiaco is in prime position to claim a second consecutive minor premiership in the WAFLW competition.

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Optus WAFL Round 5 Wrap

Sunday, August 16, 2020 - 8:13 PM - by Chris Pike

WE moved past the halfway mark of the 2020 Optus WAFL Premiership Season on Saturday with South Fremantle and West Perth moving further clear on top while Claremont maintained their spot and Subiaco showed they can't be counted out.

We have just nine rounds to play this WAFL season with each team playing one another once and with a bye thrown in so the Round 5 mark means that some clubs have already played five of their eight matches, and things are beginning to take shape.

We saw some significant winning streaks continue as well with South Fremantle winning an eight consecutive match against Swan Districts while West Perth also made it 18 in-a-row and are still unbeaten at Lathlain since 2004 following the Falcons' win against Perth.

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Forward-defender-forward Hamp earns Tigers life membership

Saturday, August 15, 2020 - 10:16 AM - by Chris Pike

THE desire for that elusive premiership is what ultimately is driving on versatile Claremont star Anton Hamp as he earns life membership with the Tigers this Saturday, but it's being that mentor for the younger players like he had he takes just as seriously.

Hamp first started playing his football at Claremont when he first played in the 16s Development Team and going back 13 years ago, that is when then club legends like Jaxon Crabb and Anthony Jones showing the way at league level.

Then a few years later when Hamp was trying to find his feet as a forward while rookie-listed by the West Coast Eagles, it was a superstar Claremont forward-line led by Chad Jones, Beau Maister (Wilkes), Tom Lee, Ian Richardson, Paul Medhurst and David Crawford he was trying to break into.

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Thankful Keitel proud to reach 100 with Falcons

Saturday, August 15, 2020 - 8:56 AM - by Chris Pike

TO say that the strong desire for Tyler Keitel and the West Perth Football Club to become one back in 2015 has paid off in spades would be a great understatement as the WAFL's best key position player reaches 100 games this Saturday.

Keitel was always a promising junior coming through the ranks at East Perth, but by the time he was ready to embark on senior football he wanted to do that with West Perth rather than the West Coast Eagles-aligned Royals and it created quite the stoush.

The fierce on-field rivals turned bitter enemies off the ground for a while as the fight over Keitel's future became a hot topic, but in the end he was cleared to West Perth midway through the 2015 season and he has never looked back.

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Round 5 Optus WAFLW Preview

Friday, August 14, 2020 - 2:21 PM - by Chris Pike

ALL of a sudden we are up to Round 5 of the 2020 Optus WAFL Women's Premiership Season and with only two rounds to go after this, the battle for positions in the final top four are reaching fever pitch.

The shortened 2020 WAFLW season will feature seven rounds in the home and away campaign before the finals get underway.

So all of a sudden while it might still feel like it's early in the season, suddenly Round 5 signals the beginning of the final three weeks of the home and away campaign and every game takes on extra importance with spots in that top four becoming tough to secure.

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