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Simply Energy WA U18s NAB AFL All Stars Exhibition Match

Thursday, October 8, 2020 - 12:09 PM - by Lenny Fogliani

THE Simply Energy WA State U18s squad is set to play its two NAB AFL U18s All Stars Exhibition games on October 10 and 17.

Given the NAB AFL U18 National Championhips were cancelled for season 2020 due to COVID-19, each state is hosting its own set of fixtures to showcase talent before the AFL Draft later this year.
Game one will be played at Leederville Oval on Saturday October 10, starting at 11.30am.

Game two will be played at Leederville Oval on Saturday October 17, starting at 11:30am.

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2020 Go for 2&5 WA Football Junior Coach of the Year - Josh Rayson

Wednesday, October 7, 2020 - 3:40 PM

South West footy super coach Josh Rayson has been recognised as the 2020 Go for 2&5 WA Football Junior Coach of the Year.

When COVID looked to wipe out the junior footy season altogether, Josh came to the rescue, organising a football carnival for the Lower South West Teams to ensure players could still get out on the oval and that volunteer requirements were minimal.

Josh wears a number of hats in the South West. He is currently the Vice President of the Lower South West Junior Football League and is a very active member in his local club Deanmill. On top of his committee positons, he currently coaches his sons Yr 4/5 team with Deanmill.

Josh is also the chair of the School Sports WA South West committee, which plays a major role in ensuring that male and female youth stay engaged. With COVID-19 resulting in the cancellation of School Countryweek, Josh took the initiave and organised a local countryweek to ensure that the students didn’t miss out on the exeprience. Although not quite the week long event, a number of local schools took up the offer to play against other local schools in a round robin format. Josh also oversees the Manjimup Senior High School Football Program and mentors community coaches within the Lower South West region.

The Go For 2 & 5 WA Football Junior Coach of the Year Award is presented to the junior coach who provides a positive image of the role of the coach, demonstrates sound coaching principles and coaching plans in-line with the WAFC requirements and is involved in ongoing coaching accreditations.  

Healthway are proud partners of the award, donating a $1,000 Burley Sekem voucher to the recipient to put towards club equipment or apparel. 

WAFLW players selected in AFLW Draft

Wednesday, October 7, 2020 - 10:13 AM

Seven WAFL Women's players have been added to AFLW lists following the AFLW National Draft on Tuesday, October 6.

This included two first round selections, with Isabella Lewis (Claremont) being selected with pick 3 by West Coast, and Sarah Verrier (Peel Thunder) going to Fremantle at pick 14.

Both players were members of Western Australia's Simply Energy AFLW Academy and were outstanding for their respective WAFLW sides.

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Optus recommits to WAFL & WAFLW

Monday, October 5, 2020 - 10:24 AM

Optus has committed to extending its partnership as naming rights partner of the Optus WAFL & Optus WAFLW for season 2021 – seeing the partnership between the WAFC and Optus progress to a fourth year.

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South Fremantle claim 2020 Optus WAFL Premiership

Sunday, October 4, 2020 - 6:50 PM

South Fremantle are the 2020 Optus WAFL champions, claiming the premiership in their 120-year celebrations at Fremantle Community Bank Oval. 

The Bulldogs defeated Claremont 6.10 (46) to 6.7 (43) to win their first premiership since 2009.

Zac Strom was South Fremantle’s only multiple goal kicker slotting two majors to go with his 16 disposals.

For the Tigers, Waterman was the best forward on the ground, kicking 3.1 in a losing effort while ball magnet Jye Bolton collected 35 disposals.

Bolton claimed the Simpson Medal for best afield. 

The win was a remarkable effort by the Bulldogs considering they were beaten by the Tigers by 47 points in week one of the WAFL finals.


Optus WAFL Grand Final | Bulldogs prevail in an epic

Sunday, October 4, 2020 - 6:06 PM - by Chris Pike

IN front of a remarkable atmosphere generated from a sold out crowd at Fremantle Community Bank Oval, South Fremantle is back on top of the WAFL world winning a classic Grand Final against Claremont by three points.

The stage was always set for a memorable day at Fremantle Community Bank Oval and a monster crowd of 10,179 turned out to create an occasion that nobody in attendance will ever forget.

The game then delivered too with the two best teams of 2020 putting on a classic. There were times when both looked capable of winning the premiership but in the end South Fremantle kicked the first two goals of the fourth quarter and that was enough to secure the 6.10 (46) to 6.7 (43) win.

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Colts Grand Final | Vanirsen powers Subiaco to premiership

Sunday, October 4, 2020 - 2:42 PM - by Chris Pike

JACK Clarke Medallist Lachlan Vanirsen continued to put his name up in lights with a brilliant Simply Energy Colts Grand Final for Subiaco to inspire the Lions to the premiership triumph against Claremont at Fremantle Community Bank Oval.

Claremont might have finished the home and away season on top of the colts ladder and then defeated Subiaco in the second semi-final to move straight into the Grand Final, but on Sunday it was the Lions who proved too strong.

After Claremont managed to kick two of the game's first three goals, Subiaco was the dominant side kicking 14 of the 18 goals in the Grand Final to end up winning 15.12 (102) to 6.7 (43) to make it two colts premierships in the last three years for the Lions.

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Reserves Grand Final | East Perth claim premiership

Sunday, October 4, 2020 - 12:12 PM - by Chris Pike

EAST Perth has backed up its dominant WAFL Reserves season by putting together an impressive Grand Final performance on Sunday to beat Claremont by 29 points at Fremantle Community Bank Oval.

East Perth ended the home and away season on top of the ladder in the reserves before winning straight through to the Grand Final with a 26-point win over Subiaco in the second semi-final.

Claremont then made its way to the Grand Final with a preliminary final win also over the Lions to give the Tigers a shot at history to win all three grades in the one season for the first time in club history.

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Optus WAFL Grand Final Preview

Saturday, October 3, 2020 - 8:14 PM - by Chris Pike

WITH two teams that arguably are remarkably well matched, with a sold out crowd at a famous traditional venue in Fremantle Community Bank Oval and all signs are for a classic WAFL Grand Final between South Fremantle and Claremont on Sunday.

For the first time since 1935 the WAFL Grand Final won't be held at Western Australia's premier football venue whether it be Subiaco Oval or more recently Optus Stadium, and the sense of excitement and anticipation around the City of Fremantle as a result can't be ignored.

It's a real carnival atmosphere around Fremantle this week leading into Sunday's Grand Final and the feeling throughout the entire city and then as the afternoon unfolds inside Fremantle Community Bank Oval is going to be exciting to be part of.

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Curley wants Bulldogs players to experience premiership

Saturday, October 3, 2020 - 5:15 PM - by Chris Pike

TODD Curley knows what it feels like to be a premiership player and what he wants more than anything is to help his South Fremantle players find out what it's like by winning Sunday's WAFL Grand Final.

Curley had an outstanding playing career both in the WAFL with West Perth and AFL at the Western Bulldogs. He didn’t quite get the chance at premiership glory in the AFL during his 115 games at the Bulldogs but he did in the WAFL with West Perth in both 1995 and 2003.

He has now put together an outstanding coaching career too that started with three years at West Perth which included a preliminary final appearance in 2008, and now in his sixth season at South Fremantle he is in a second Grand Final to go with three other preliminary final berths.

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Harris and Tigers 'unbelievably hungry' for Grand Final

Saturday, October 3, 2020 - 4:46 PM - by Chris Pike

HE is a premiership captain and coach himself, and his skipper has two WAFL flags to his credit, but he has no premiership teammates left in the Claremont team with coach Darren Harris in no doubt his group is 'unbelievably hungry' to change that.

Harris is no stranger to Grand Final glory having being the premiership captain and Simpson Medallist at West Perth in 1995 before then being the coach of the Falcons team that was triumphant in 2003.

Then his captain Kane Mitchell knows all about success too having been a key player in Claremont's last premiership teams of 2011 and 2012, but with Tom Lee missing selection for Sunday's Grand Final, those two will be the ones with premiership experience at the Tigers along with Ryan Nyhuis at Peel Thunder.

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Main's focus on Bulldogs' form, not home ground

Friday, October 2, 2020 - 10:22 PM - by Chris Pike

SOUTH Fremantle captain Dylan Main won't be relying on home ground advantage in Sunday's WAFL Grand Final to make the difference for the Bulldogs, instead he knows nothing but their very best football will allow them to celebrate a premiership.

South Fremantle has the rare chance a win a premiership on home soil at Fremantle Community Bank Oval on Sunday afternoon with the 2020 WAFL Grand Final against Claremont played there, but there's no complacency amongst the Bulldogs just because of that.

Part of the reason for that is the fact that just two weeks ago in the second semi-final at the very same venue Claremont beat South Fremantle by 47 points to book their Grand Final spot and force South Fremantle into a preliminary final after finishing the home and away season on top of the ladder.

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Freshened Mitchell can't wait for another Grand Final

Friday, October 2, 2020 - 9:18 PM - by Chris Pike

ONLY Kane Mitchell will play on Sunday who was there last time Claremont reached a WAFL Grand Final, but the Claremont skipper knows all about delivering on the big stage and he can't wait to take advantage of being fresh heading into the decider.

Claremont is preparing for its first WAFL Grand Final since 2012 when it heads to Fremantle Community Bank Oval this Sunday to take on South Fremantle in front of a sold out crowd of more than 10,000 people.

Back in that 2012 Grand Final at Subiaco Oval, Claremont was right in the middle of a dominant period where they were about to play in a third straight premiership decider and about to claim a back-to-back flag in a stretch of finishing on top of the ladder four years straight from 2010-13.

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Optus WAFL Grand Final Information

Friday, October 2, 2020 - 6:20 PM

The Optus WAFL Grand Final is just around the corner! Don't miss all the action at Fremantle Community Bank Oval this Sunday 4 October. Here is all the information you need to know... 

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2020 Optus WA Football Volunteer of the Year

Friday, October 2, 2020 - 11:27 AM

Dampier Football Club President Russell Turner has been recognised for more than 20 years of voluntary service as the 2020 recipient of The Optus WA Football Volunteer of the Year Award, supported by The Sunday Times.

Russell ‘Emu’ Turner, who has been president of the Dampier Football Club since 1997, was presented with the award at the West Australian Football League’s Sandover Medal Count at Crown Ballroom on Tuesday, September 29. He was one of 17 regional and district finalists chosen from 684 nominees.

Optus Head of Marketing Melissa Hopkins congratulated Mr Turner and all other finalists for their continued commitment and success.

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