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Around the Grounds - Round 14

Friday, July 12, 2019 - 1:15 PM

East Fremantle v Swan Districts: New Choice Homes Park: Saturday 2.15pm

Our FREE Kidz Corner will be in full swing with a Curved Obstacle Course, Looney Tunes Bouncer and Superhero Sumos Suits. At half time, head onto the oval to join our bin-it to win-it for your chance to win a junior footy!
Take a selfie at the game and post it with the hashtag #ichooseeastfreo for your chance to win! Choose from some awesome Sharks merchandise thanks to our sponsor - New Choice Homes.
Don’t forget to visit our Merchandise Sea Container and grab yourself a 2019 EFFC Jacket or Jumper – they have just arrived!

East Perth v Peel Thunder: Leederville Oval: Saturday 3.10pm

Enjoy a full day of footy down at Leederville this Saturday. Our Futures kick off the day at 9.55am followed by our Reserves at 12.25pm. The League bouncedown is 3.10pm
This week we have a huge Royals Kid’s Zone featuring the ‘The Warrior’ inflatable obstacle course and our ‘Handball Hut’ for you to challenge your mates on. The game is LIVE ON CHANNEL 7 so get down and have a kick on the oval for your chance to get on TV
East Perth players will be handing out plenty of giveaways including Royals placards and posters.
Hang around after the game for your chance to get a Royals footy from your favourite player and hear from coach Jeremy Barnard after the match.
Kids Under 16 FREE

Perth v South Fremantle: Mineral Resouces Park: Saturday 5.00pm 

In Round 14 of the WAFL season, the Perth Football Club will host South Fremantle Football Club. 

A part of our NAIDOC Round Celebrations, we will be holding a Welcome to Country and Smoking Ceremony on the ground before the start of the League match.
After the League match, head on up to the Main Hall for karaoke until late!

FREE Kids Zone 
This week, there will be an inflatable Batman bouncy castle and a Samurai obstacle course! Come bounce around and have some fun with your mates!
Phoenix Insurance Half Time Entertainment

Kid's running races
No need to register, just make your way down to the oval at half time.
There are three age categories, with a winner from each. The three winners will be awarded $20 cash and a $10 Perth Football Club Team Store voucher.
Age groups: under 5s, under 9s and under 12s.

West Perth v West Coast: Mineral Resources Park: Sunday 2.15pm 

It may be a Falcons home game, but West Coast have opened their Mineral Resources park doors to see the new facility. 

Get down to tour through some the best football facilities in Australia and watch a cracking game of WAFL footy. 

Round 14 Optus WAFL Preview

Friday, July 12, 2019 - 12:39 PM - by Chris Pike

ROUND 14 is spread over Saturday and Sunday this weekend with two matches each at Leederville Oval and Mineral Resources Park highlighted by a top-of-the-table battle between Subiaco and Claremont, and third spot fight between Perth and South Fremantle.

All five matches in Round 14 of the 2019 Optus WAFL Premiership Season have plenty on the line as well whether it's a clash between the top two or bottom two teams, with third and fourth also locking horns, along with the four teams fighting over fifth spot all playing one another.

That sets the stage for quite the season-defining round of WAFL action with two games on Saturday afternoon, one on Saturday evening and then two more on Sunday afternoon. Read More ...

WA defeated by Vic Country in Queensland

Friday, July 12, 2019 - 11:45 AM

Western Australia have suffered defeat in their final match of the AFLW U18s National Championships, with Vic Country running out two-point winners at Bond University on Friday. 

In a highly-competitive fixture, WA couldn’t find a goal late in the final term to overcome the powerful Victorian side. 

Kia Buckley had a set shot with only seconds remaining, however couldn’t quite make the distance, meaning WA finish with a 3-2 record at the carnival. 

Mikayla Bowen was again outstanding for the WA side collecting 18 touches and five clearances, while Mim Strom was dominant in the ruck with 32 hit-outs. 

Western Australia started the game with Mim Strom snatching a ball out of the ruck and converting from close range, before Kia Buckley claimed her first of the afternoon to extend the lead to two goals. 

Mikayla Morrison showed her pace early in the second, burning off her opponent inside 50, and finishing smartly on her right. 

From there, it was all Vic Country. 

A two-goal to none third term proved the difference in the game, with Vic Country not relinquishing their lead after three-quarter time. 

WA pushed hard in the dying stages but couldn’t halt the Victorian momentum.

The Western Australian side finishes the carnival with two wins over Queensland and a strong performance over the Central Allies.  

WESTERN AUSTRALIA        2.3    3.4    3.4    3.5   (23)
VICTORIA COUNTRY           0.3    1.4    3.6    3.7   (25)

Bowen, Strom, Anderson, Buckley 

Strom, Morrison, Buckley  

Optus WAFLW Round 9 Wrap

Wednesday, July 10, 2019 - 9:45 PM - by Chris Pike

THINGS are getting decidedly interesting in the Optus WAFL Women's competition with wins for Swan Districts and East Fremantle in Round 9 on Saturday meaning that the top four teams are only separated by one match.

Subiaco had looked like a runaway leader in this inaugural WAFLW season, but with their loss to Swan Districts on Saturday all of a sudden things are remarkably tight following nine rounds of the campaign.

Both Round 9 WAFLW matches on Saturday were played to celebrate NAIDOC Week as well, paying tribute to Aboriginal culture and the Indigenous contribution to the game.

That saw all four participating teams wearing spectacularly designed jumpers and then the two games provided some fascinating action on the field as well.

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Round 13 Colts Wrap

Wednesday, July 10, 2019 - 9:22 PM - by Chris Pike

THE 2019 WAFL Colts competition is taking shape in fascinating fashion with Peel Thunder remaining clear in top spot but then West Perth, Swan Districts, East Perth and Claremont jostling for spots, and reigning premiers Subiaco breathing down the necks.

The first colts contest of the round took place at Claremont Oval and it was Claremont who kept themselves comfortably in fifth position by defeating the bottom place South Fremantle 13.10 (88) to 5.4 (34).

Reigning premiers Subiaco kept its finals hopes alive as well with a strong 11.14 (80) to 5.10 (40) against East Fremantle at Leederville Oval.

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TABtouch Team of NAIDOC Round

Wednesday, July 10, 2019 - 8:15 PM - by Chris Pike

NAIDOC Round in the WAFL on Saturday not only saw the competition pay tribute to the contribution of the Aboriginal culture, but also saw five fascinating match ups with Subiaco and Claremont surging ahead while West Perth, West Coast Eagles and East Perth won important games.

All five matches took on greater significance as the race for the finals heats up in the WAFL in Round 13 action and there were a host of standout individual performances to go along with the big results from a team perspective.

The early starting match on Saturday took place at Mandurah's David Grays Arena with West Coast Eagles winning a third straight match, beating Peel Thunder 10.16 (76) to 3.10 (28).

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New WAFC office location at Tuart Hill

Wednesday, July 10, 2019 - 3:00 PM

The West Australian Football Commission has relocated to Tuart College for the duration of the redevelopment of Subiaco Oval.

Tuart College is located at 105 Banksia St, Tuart Hill. To access the WAFC offices, enter the premises via the Grenville Street carpark and follow directional signange to the former Library building. 

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AFLW WA defeat Central Allies in Southport

Wednesday, July 10, 2019 - 1:54 PM

Western Australia have overcome the Central Allies to record their third victory in four matches at the AFLW U18 National Championships in Queensland. 

A three-goal blitz in the second quarter set the tone for the fixture, with the Central Allies unable to score a goal after the first break. 

Nyra Anderson and Mikayla Bowen accumulated plenty of the ball to finish with 24 and 22 disposals respectively, while the goals were spread evenly amongst the side. 

Allies started the better of the two teams kicking the first goal of the fixture and heading to the first break eight-points to the good. 

The second term is where WA stamped their authority on the fixture. 

Isabella Lewis, Mikayla Morrison and Jade Briggs all converted to take Western Australia to a 10-point lead at the main interval. 

The third quarter became a tight arm-wrestle between the sides, with goals hard to come by in the slippery conditions. 

Mikayla Hyde added a goal in the last minute of the term to extend the WA lead to 16-points. 

Bowen finished off her strong performance with a goal in the last, as WA finished 22-point victors in Southport. 

The side will take on Vic Country in their final match of the carnival on Friday at Bond University. 

WESTERN AUSTRALIA        0.0    3.0    4.1    5.2   (32)
CENTRAL ALLIES           1.1    1.2    1.4    1.4    (10)

Bowen, Anderson, Strom, Hyde

Hyde, Lewis, Bowen, Briggs, Morrison. 

2019 Landmark Country Football Championships

Wednesday, July 10, 2019 - 12:37 PM

The 55th Landmark Country Football Championships will take place in Perth this week with 18 sides from country WA taking to the field across four divisions.
Action starts tomorrow Thursday, July 11 at Rushton Park, Mandurah, with the CBH Group Colts Division.

Reigning champions South West will be aiming for a fourth consecutive Colts title as they compete against Peel, Regional Districts, Great Southern Storm and the Northern Suns. The qualifying action continues on Friday, with finals to be held on Saturday.

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AFLW WA suffer loss to Vic Metro

Monday, July 8, 2019 - 1:16 PM

Western Australia have suffered their first loss of the AFLW U18s National Championships, going down to Vic Metro by 17-points at Metricon Stadium on Monday. 

Roxanne Roux was the only multiple goal-scorer for WA, while captain Mikayla Bowen stood out with 15 touches and 10 tackles for the match. 

Sarah Verrier led all comers for WA with 15 disposals, nine tackles and three i50’s. 

Vic Metro started the fixture on the Gold Coast in fantastic fashion scoring three goals inside the first four minutes, before WA stemmed the flow late in the opening term. 

Roux managed to get WA on the board early in the second quarter, however the black and gold had no answer to Vic Metro’s midfield, going into the break 25-points down. 

Despite only scoring one goal in the third, WA started the last quarter full of confidence, with Lily crumbing the back to finish from close range. 

Mikayla Morrison made it two in two minutes for WA, taking a huge pack mark deep in the forward 50, before converting to narrow the margin to three goals. 

Bianca Webb proceeded to kick one of the goals of the tournament thus far, steering through a kick from tight in the boundary to make it a two-goal game.

However, Vic Metro sealed it late to run away 17-point winners. 

Western Australia are 2-1 after three games in the Championship and will next face the Central Allies in Southport on Wednesday. 

WESTERN AUSTRALIA        0.1    1.1    2.3    5.4   (34)
VIC METRO            3.0    5.2    6.2    8.3    (51)

Strom, Morrison, Verrier, Roux, Buckley, Pescud 

Roux (2), Webb, Morrison, Bird 

Optus WAFL NAIDOC Round Wrap

Monday, July 8, 2019 - 6:24 AM - by Chris Pike

SOME wet weather returned for WAFL NAIDOC Round on Saturday but with pressure for finals spots heating up, the five matches produced some fascinating results with Subiaco and Claremont now clear in top two spots leaving South Fremantle and Perth locked in a battle for third.

With Subiaco and Claremont again winning impressively in their NAIDOC Round clashes with East Fremantle and South Fremantle respectively, they are now the two standout teams in the top two positions at present.

South Fremantle and Perth both suffered losses on Saturday ahead of their meeting this coming Saturday night which could well end up deciding which of them is more likely to at least finish the home and away season in third position.

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Round 9 Optus WAFLW Preview

Friday, July 5, 2019 - 1:40 PM - by Chris Pike

THE WAFL Women's competition will also be celebrating NAIDOC Round this weekend and there's plenty at stake with Peel Thunder hosting East Fremantle, and Swan Districts taking on Subiaco on Saturday.

The two games of Round 9 of the 2019 Optus WAFLW Premiership Season will take place on Saturday and it will be held in celebration of NAIDOC Week.

All four teams will be celebrating Aboriginal culture and Indigenous heritage and contributions to football on the occasion too with the competing clubs wearing specially designed jumpers.

They will be adorned with Aboriginal artwork while the umpires will also be decked out in specially designed uniforms as well while the Burley footballs used will feature special artwork as well in commemoration of the occasion.

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Friday, July 5, 2019 - 1:30 PM

2019 is shaping up to be an excellent year for West Australian draft prospects. At the midway point of the year, a number of players have put their best foot forward and will no doubt be right in the mix when conversations take place within AFL Recruiting Departments.

Below were the standout players in the month of June.

The former Australian basketballer is shaping up to be the best ruck prospect in this year’s AFL Draft. In three games for Western Australia, Jackson is currently averaging 14 possessions, 35 hit-outs and five clearances across three games. His best game for the Sandgropers came against Vic Metro when he accumulated 15 possessions (13 contested), recorded 35 hit-outs, and won six clearances in a dominant display. The Bullcreek-Leeming junior has been likened to Port Adelaide star Paddy Ryder due to his raw athleticism, his follow-up work, ruck craft, contested nature and marking ability. In three games for East Fremantle, Jackson is averaging 15 possessions, 29 hit-outs, four marks and has kicked four goals with his best outing coming against Subiaco in round two (17 possessions, 24 hit-outs and two goals).

Described by WA Head Coach Peter Sumich as a potential draft bolter, Taylor has put forward a solid campaign for Western Australia that could see him rise up the draft rankings. In three games for Western Australia, Taylor has kicked six goals and is currently averaging 12 possessions, three marks and two inside 50s with his best game coming against the Allies when he booted three goals from 12 possessions and took four marks. He plays on instinct, using his lateral movement to get out of trouble, before showing his composure, vision and skill to either find a target inside attacking 50 or kicking a goal. For the Demons, Taylor has kicked two goals in three games and is averaging 18 possessions, four marks, four tackles and four inside 50s, with his best performance coming against Claremont in round five (25 possessions, four marks and two goals).

There were high expectations on Hobley coming into season 2019, after he finished second in the Jack Clarke Medal, second in his club’s Best & Fairest and made the WAFL Colts Team of the Year in 2018. So far in 2019, Hobley has risen to the occasion, averaging 33 possessions, seven tackles and four marks across six games for Subiaco. He is currently equal third in the WAFL Colts Coaches Award with 14 votes after dominant outings against Swan Districts in round five (39 possessions and six marks), Peel Thunder in round eight (30 possessions and five tackles), Perth in round nine (25 possessions, nine tackles and a goal). He was also instrumental for Western Australia in their fixture against the Allies with 22 possessions, four inside 50s and three marks. Like West Coast’s Andrew Gaff, Hobley works tirelessly, boasts elite endurance, is a smart decision-maker with ball in hand, reads the play well, is an excellent accumulator.

The Caversham junior has been one of Western Australia’s best players in this year’s AFL U18 Championships. In three games for the Sandgropers, Garcia is currently averaging 24 possessions (11 contested), four tackles, four clearances, three inside 50s, and three marks with his best performance coming against South Australia (28 possessions – 15 contested – eight clearances, six inside 50s and a goal). In three games for Swan Districts’ League team, he is averaging 12 possessions, two tackles and two inside 50s. He plays in a similar way to how Essendon young gun Darcy Parish goes about his business. Like Parish, Garcia is quick-thinking, always on the move, has reliable skills and makes sound decisions with ball in hand.

The West Perth “superboot” has proven to be a tantalising small/medium defensive player in this year’s AFL Draft Pool. In three games for the WA U18s, Johnson is currently averaging 15 possessions, four marks, three rebounding 50s, with his best performances coming against the Allies (23 possessions, five rebounding 50s and four inside 50s) and against Vic Metro (11 possessions and two goals). In four games for the Falcons, he has kicked five goals and is currently averaging 21 possessions, four marks, and three tackles with dominant outings against Claremont (27 possessions and a goal), and East Fremantle (20 possessions and a goal). The Whitford junior is cool and calm under pressure, boasts a long penetrating kick, provides excellent rebound and has the capacity to lock his direct opponent out of the game.

Trey Ruscoe – East Fremantle
Ben Golding - Subiaco
Jake Pasini – Swan Districts
Tyron Hindmarsh – West Perth

NAIDOC Round Optus WAFL Preview

Friday, July 5, 2019 - 1:16 PM - by Chris Pike

IT is NAIDOC Round in the WAFL and with all five games providing a celebration of Aboriginal heritage and what it means to football in Western Australia, all five matches will have plenty at stake as the second half of the 2019 season heats up.

Right across the five matches in Round 13 of the 2019 Optus WAFL Premiership Season, all 10 competing teams will be wearing specially designed Aboriginal jumpers as part of the celebration of NAIDOC Week.

Having started in 2007 with Claremont and South Fremantle creating an annual traditional for meeting in NAIDOC Week and playing for the Jimmy Melbourne Cup, it has become one of the highlights of any WAFL season for the entire competition to take part in.

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