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Bulldog Hockey hoping to advance to first career Grand Final

Saturday, September 16, 2017 - 1:44 PM - by Chris Pike

REIGNING South Fremantle fairest and best winner Shane Hockey holds himself to high standards so he was as disappointed as anyone following the qualifying final loss to Peel, but he bounced back emphatically and now is desperate to play in the first Grand Final of his senior career.

Hockey joined South Fremantle from VFL club Frankston last year and had an outstanding first season in the WAFL claiming the Bulldogs' fairest and best award and getting to play finals at senior level for the first time in his career.

Previously the last final he had played in was a 10-goal loss for Mornington under-18s against Frankston YCW. But all South Fremantle's preliminary final exit last year at the hands of Peel Thunder did was make Hockey's desire to achieve the ultimate even stronger coming into 2017.

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Earning Grand Final spot now Subiaco's sole focus

Saturday, September 16, 2017 - 10:25 AM - by Chris Pike

AFTER shaking off the disappointment of losing to Peel Thunder last Sunday, all Subiaco coach Jarrad Schofield is focused on now is bouncing back against South Fremantle in Sunday's preliminary final to book a spot in a fourth straight WAFL Grand Final.

Subiaco entered last Sunday's second semi-final on the back of a 19-game winning streak and a week off in the opening weekend of the finals, but the Thunder led them from start to finish to end up winning by 24 points.

That saw Peel move into a second straight Grand Final but Subiaco's' outstanding 19-1 season to earn a third straight minor premiership means they have another shot to make a fourth consecutive premiership decider by beating South Fremantle in Sunday's preliminary final in Leederville Oval.

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Bulldogs coach, players desperate for Grand Final experience

Saturday, September 16, 2017 - 9:43 AM - by Chris Pike

SOUTH Fremantle coach Todd Curley is chasing his first Grand Final appearance as a coach with all but four of his squad desperate to reach their first one as well with the Bulldogs feeling buoyant heading into Sunday's preliminary final against Subiaco.

Curley is in his sixth year as a senior coach in the WAFL having previously spent three years at West Perth and now he is in his third season with South Fremantle on the back of a playing career that included two premierships with the Falcons on top of 118 games in the AFL with Collingwood and the Western Bulldogs.

He is about to coach in his third preliminary final in that time after a heartbreaking loss to Swan Districts in 2008 after leading by 35 points and then last year's loss to Peel Thunder.

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VOTE NOW for the AHG Mark and Reiwa.com Goal of the Year

Friday, September 15, 2017 - 9:30 AM

The 2017 McDonald's WAFL Premiership Season has seen some absolute screamers and sensational snaps!

We need your help in deciding the AHG Mark and rewia.com Goal of the Year. Remember you only get one chance to vote, so make sure it counts!

By casting your vote you automatically go into the draw to win a six-seater open-air box at the last ever 2017 McDonald's WAFL Grand Final held at Domain Stadium on Sunday, September 24. 

Simply click the links above each video, vote for the best highlight and enter your details for a chance to win.

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2017 wafl.com.au Team of the Year

Friday, September 15, 2017 - 8:25 AM

THE 2017 wafl.com.au Team of the Year has been finalised, with the best 22 players plus three emergencies named based on weekly nominations throughout the McDonald’s WAFL Premiership season.

Each round during the season, a Team of the Round was named on wafl.com.au, with 192 different players named at least once across the 23 weeks, making them eligible for selection in the overall Team of the Year.

The Team of the Year has been selected based not only on the number of times each player was selected in the Team of the Round, but also on their playing positions and strengths to achieve the best overall team of 2017 WAFL players.

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Finals victory a good reward for Harding's outstanding service

Thursday, September 14, 2017 - 10:19 AM - by Chris Pike

GREG Harding was deserving of coaching Swan Districts to at least one WAFL finals victory and he got that in his second last game as senior coach as a good reward for the tremendous work he has done during difficult and challenging times for the club since the 2010 premiership.

Harding took over as senior coach at Swan Districts in 2011 with Swans coming off a grand final appearance in 2008, preliminary final in 2009 and then the remarkable premiership triumph in 2010.

He had been assistant coach to Brian Dawson during those three years while also successfully coaching the colts, so he was the ideal fit to continue Swans on the path that they had been on.

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Benefits of footy go beyond physical health

Thursday, September 14, 2017 - 9:24 AM

Indigenous adults who play football are healthier, happier and better connected, according to a new Bankwest Curtin Economics Centre report on Indigenous participation in AFL.

The Bankwest Curtin Economics Centre’s (BCEC’s) latest report, After the Siren: The community benefits of Indigenous participation in Australian Rules Football, examines the physical health, mental wellbeing and community connectedness benefits that flow from playing football. 

Click here to download the report.

BCEC Principal Research Fellow and report author Associate Professor Mike Dockery said the report reveals the benefits of playing AFL extend beyond physical health benefits, highlighting the positive mental health and community level outcomes. 

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Thunder coach Shepherd extends contract for another two years

Wednesday, September 13, 2017 - 4:27 PM

Peel Thunder has reappointed Cam Shepherd as the Club’s Senior Coach for a further two years. 

Peel Thunder Football Club CEO John Ditchburn said the club was delighted to extend Shepherd's tenure.

“Cam has developed into an outstanding coach, rewarding the Club with its first final appearance, first Premiership and another Grand Final appearance in 2017.”  Ditchburn said.  

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Preliminary Final coaches front media

Wednesday, September 13, 2017 - 12:40 PM

WAFL coaches competing in this Sunday's WAFL AHG Preliminary Final fronted the media today, September 13 at Domain Stadium.

Subiaco coach Jarrad Schofield and South Fremantle coach Todd Curley gave us an insight into their club's preparations ahead of the weekend clash.

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Semi Finals Reserves and Colts Wrap

Tuesday, September 12, 2017 - 12:56 PM - by Chris Pike

SOUTH Fremantle's reserves team and East Fremantle's colts are straight through to the WAFL Grand Finals for 2017 following second semi-final victories on Sunday while the season is over for Swan Districts in all grades.

The colts action on Sunday began with the cut-throat first semi-final between East Perth and Swan Districts at Fremantle Community Bank Oval with the Royals proving too strong ending the season of Swans with the 16.15 (111) to 2.11 (23) victory.

Then in the colts second semi-final at Leederville Oval, minor premiers East Fremantle came off the break in the first week of the finals beating Claremont 12.7 (79) to 9.10 (64).

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WAFL Semi Finals match reports

Monday, September 11, 2017 - 4:00 PM - by Chris Pike

REIGNING premiers Peel Thunder are the first team through to the WAFL Grand Final for 2017 after beating Subiaco in the second semi-final with the Lions to meet South Fremantle in the preliminary final.

It was semi-final day in the WAFL on Sunday and the action started at Fremantle Community Bank Oval with the first semi-final between South Fremantle and Swan Districts.

The Bulldogs needed to bounce back from last week's loss to Peel while Swans were coming off the high of eliminating West Perth last week.

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Relive the top moments of the 2017 McDonald's WAFL season

Monday, September 11, 2017 - 1:05 PM

Do you want to relive the best marks, goals and passages of play of the 2017 McDonald's WAFL Premiership season? 

Check out the top #MaccasMoments from every round so far in the videos below.
 

 

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Peel Thunder through to WAFL Grand Final

Sunday, September 10, 2017 - 6:21 PM

PEEL Thunder are aiming for back-to-back WAFL Premierships after progressing to the Grand Final on Sunday, September 24 with a four-goal win over Subiaco in the 2nd Semi-Final at Leederville Oval today.

Peel now have the week off while Subiaco will host South Fremantle in the Preliminary Final next Sunday at Leederville Oval.

South Fremantle were convincing 80-point winners over Swan Districts in the 1st Semi-Final at Fremantle Oval in front of a crowd of 3884 people.

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WAFL AHG Semi-Finals teams and previews

Saturday, September 9, 2017 - 11:00 PM

IT is semi-final Sunday in the WAFL with Subiaco and Peel Thunder attempting to be the first team to qualify for the 2017 Grand Final while South Fremantle and Swan Districts are fighting just to stay alive.

The AHG WAFL Finals Series began last weekend with Peel Thunder beating South Fremantle in the qualifying final and Swan Districts downing West Perth in the elimination final.

Now this Sunday, the action begins with the first semi-final at Fremantle Community Bank Oval with South Fremantle hosting Swan Districts.

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Lions much happier with finals preparation than 12 months ago

Saturday, September 9, 2017 - 10:41 PM - by Chris Pike

SUBIACO have done all they can to be as prepared as possible for Sunday's second semi-final against Peel coming off the break while welcoming back Clancy Wheeler and Kyal Horsley with coach Jarrad Schofield looking forward to another finals crack against the Thunder.

The Lions have once again been the standout WAFL team in 2017 but entering the AHG WAFL Finals Series on a 19-game winning streak is a remarkable achievement that earned them a third straight minor premiership.

Subiaco can now move into a fourth successive Grand Final by beating Peel on Sunday at Leederville Oval but once again standing in its way is a Thunder line-up strengthened with 15 AFL-listed players from Fremantle.

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