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2017 WA Football Hall of Fame inductees

Friday, November 17, 2017 - 4:48 PM

TEN of Western Australia’s football greats will be inducted to the NAB West Australian Football Hall of Fame in a special event on the playing surface at Domain Stadium on Sunday, November 26.

One Hall of Fame member will also be elevated to ‘Legend’ status on the night, becoming the 17th Legend along with Haydn Bunton Jnr, Barry Cable, George Doig, Graham ‘Polly’ Farmer, Stan ‘Pops’ Heal, John Lenoard, Denis Marshall, Phil Matson, Merv McIntosh, Steve Marsh, George Moloney, Graham Moss, Jack Sheedy, John Todd, WJ ‘Nipper’ Truscott and Bill Walker.


The West Australian Football Commission established the WA Football Hall of Fame in 2002 to honour players, coaches, umpires, administrators and media representatives who have made a significant contribution to the game in this State. Since the WA Football Hall of Fame's inauguration, 161 individuals across four eras have been inducted. 

2017 inductees:

Umpire 1976-1992
Games: 301 (WAFL 248, VFL/AFL 45, State 6, SANFL 2)
Honours: First non-Victorian to umpire a VFL/AFL final, Second WA field umpire with 300 senior games, 4 WAFL Grand Finals, 13 WAFL Finals, 1 AFL Final, Served as President of WANFLUA, WANFLUA Hall of Fame 1996, WANFLUA Life Member 1990

Player 1997 – 2013 (Brisbane 1998-2013, East Fremantle 1997)
Games: 324 (Brisbane 322, East Fremantle 2)
Goals: 171 (Brisbane 171)
Honours: Brisbane premiership player 2001, 2002, 2003; Brownlow Medal 2002; Norm Smith Medal 2003; All Australian 2001, 2002, 2004; Brisbane Fairest and Best 2001, 2002, 2006; Brisbane Lions Captain 2007-2008: Marcus Ashcroft Medal (Q Clash) 2011; International Rules Representative 2001

Player 1975-1987 (Perth 1975-80, 1984-85, 1987 Carlton 1981-1983)
Games: 214 (Perth 141, Carlton 65, WA 8)
Goals: 542 (Perth 379, Carlton 146, WA 17)
Honours: Perth Premiership player 1977; Carlton Premiership player 1981, 1982; Perth Leading Goalkicker 1979, 1980; Carlton Leading Goalkicker 1981, 1982; VFL Mark and Goal of the Year 1981; Perth Team of the Century; Perth FC Life Member (1999)

Player 1999 – 2013 (Geelong 2000-2013, East Perth 1999)
Games: 287 (Geelong 276, East Perth 11)
Goals: 83 (Geelong 79, East Perth 4)
Honours: Geelong Premiership Player 2007, 2009, 2011; Geelong Fairest and Best 2005, 2008; All Australian 2007, 2008;  International Rules Representative 2004;  AFL Dream Team 2008

Charles DOIG 
Player 1903-1915, 1919, 1921
Games 216 (East Fremantle 208, WA 8)
Goals 284 (East Fremantle 280, WA 4)
Honours: East Fremantle premiership player 1903, 1904, 1906, 1908, 1909, 1910, 1911, 1914; WAFL Leading Goalkicker 1908, 1909; East Fremantle Leading Goal kicker 1908, 1909, 1913, 1914; East Fremantle Club President 1924-1936 (Premierships 1925, 1928-31, 33); East Fremantle FC Life Member (1915); East Fremantle Hall of Fame.

Player 1975-1990 (Perth 1975-1981, Melbourne 1982-1990)
Games: 281 (Perth 140, Melbourne 135, WA 6)
Goals: 251 (Perth 154, Melbourne 95, WA 2)
Honours: Perth Premiership Player 1976, 1977; Perth Fairest and Best 1981; Melbourne Fairest and Best 1983, 1989; Perth Team of the Century; Perth Football Club Hall of Fame; Melbourne Football Club Hall of Fame (2013)

Player 1984 – 1997 (West Perth 1984-86, Claremont 1986-87, Central District 1988, North Melbourne 1989, Essendon 1990-93, Sydney 1994-96, Subiaco 1997)
Games: 266 (West Perth 38, Claremont 32, Central District 25, North Melbourne 12, Essendon 77, Sydney 63, Subiaco 12, WA 7)
Goals: 424 (West Perth 93, Claremont 70, Central District 48, North Melbourne 12, Essendon 94, Sydney 73, Subiaco 29, WA 5)
Honours: Claremont Premiership Team 1987; West Perth Leading Goalkicker 1984; Sandover Medal Leading Votegetter 1987; Leon Larkin Medal WA v Vic 1992; Graham Moss Medal WA v SA 1996; Night Premiership Essendon 1993 

Player 1971-1985
Games: 257 (Swan Districts 254, Western Australia 3)
Goals: 163 (Swan Districts 162, Western Australia 1)
Honours: Swan Districts Premiership Player 1982, 1983 1984 (Captain); Swan Districts Fairest and Best 1977, 1978, 1984; Swan Districts Captain 1983-1984; Swan Districts Team of the Century; Swan Districts FC Hall of Fame; SDFC Life Member (1983)

Player 1965-1974
Games: 194 (Perth 187, WA 7)
Goals: 58 (Perth 58, WA 0)
Honours: Perth Premiership player 1966, 1967, 1968; Sandover Medal Runner Up 1970; PFC Most Outstanding Junior (Doug Buckingham Award) 1966; Perth Football Club Hall of Fame; Perth Team of the Century; PFC Life Member (1973)

Frank 'Dick' WALKER
Player 1952-1964
Games: 233 (Perth 226, WA 7)
Goals: 421 (Perth 410,  WA 11)
Honours: Perth Premiership player 1955; Perth Fairest and Best 1955, 1956; Perth Leading Goalkicker 1963; Perth Football Club Hall of Fame; Perth FC Life Member (1963).

WA's leading draft prospects

Thursday, November 16, 2017 - 11:23 AM

As we near closer to the AFL National Draft, we take a look at Western Australia's most promising young talented footballers who made waves in the National and State Combines last month and have attracted the attention of recruiters.

One of these players is Subiaco's Kyron Hayden who broke the record for the running vertical leap at the National Combine in Melbourne.

Hayden's huge leap of 103cm saw him overtake the record of 102cm set by Nic Naitanui in 2008.

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Another big signing for the Sharks

Monday, November 13, 2017 - 10:31 AM

East Fremantle’s rigorous recruiting campaign has continued with the signing of big man Cameron Loersch.

Standing at 203cm, the forward/ruck is known for his ability to take a strong contested mark. Coach Rob Wiley said his strength and size are set to have a major impact on the Sharks in 2018.

“Loersch is a welcomed addition, giving us some marking power up forward as well as being able to ruck,” he said.

Selected in the 2016 AFL Rookie Draft from South Fremantle, the 22-year-old returns to WA after two years on the Gold Coast Suns’ list.

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WAFC 2017-2022 Strategic Plan finalised

Friday, November 10, 2017 - 4:17 PM

The West Australian Football Commission has finalised its 2017-2022 Strategic Plan as the culmination of 12 months of work and review.

The plan was developed following the 2016/2017 Structural Review of WA Football (SRF) where the WAFC, in conjunction with the Boston Consulting Group, reviewed all competitions, pathways, structures and governance models across WA Football.

The review included deep consultation with key stakeholders backed by industry research and comparison against best practise sporting organisations across Australia and overseas.

The SRF identified that whilst football had solid foundations in WA, significant reform was required to meet the challenges and demands required for our game to continue to thrive from grass roots football through to elite pathways.

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We say farewell to Subiaco Oval

Friday, November 10, 2017 - 12:00 PM

As we embark on the last ever major event at Subiaco Oval, the International Rules Series, we hear from the footy fans themselves who share their most memorable moments at WA's iconic home of football.

For 109 years the venue has been WA’s field of dreams and home to generations of legends and champions of our great game.

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Another key signing for the Sharks

Thursday, November 2, 2017 - 2:48 PM

East Fremantle Football Club has secured another significant signing as part of its 2018 recruiting campaign, with former Essendon player Nick Kommer inking a two-year deal with Sharks.

The explosive and hard-nosed mid/forward played 22 games for Essendon, where he made a name for himself as one of the toughest players in the competition.

Prior to that he played 27 WAFL League games with East Perth in 2011 and 2012.

Kommer said he was excited to play with East Fremantle under coach Rob Wiley and his team.

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WAFC congratulates WA Football Media Award winners

Thursday, November 2, 2017 - 10:58 AM

The West Australian Football Commission and WA Football Media Guild hosted the annual WA Football Media Awards at Domain Stadium last night, Wednesday November 1, to recognise the season’s high achievers both on and off the field.

This included awards for online, print, radio and television media, WAFL and AFL players and coaches, as well as special awards for outstanding service.

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11 WA players named in Woomeras and Medleys squads

Tuesday, October 31, 2017 - 1:05 PM

Eleven West Australians have been selected in the Rio Tinto Woomeras and Medleys squads, following the 2017 AFL National Female Diversity Championships held in Byron Bay last month.

Following impressive performances at the championships WA’s Abbey Dowrick, Abigail Thayer, Tiana Graham, Ula Time-Cribb, Lauren O’Connor, and Emma Innes were selected in the Medleys squad, while Shakira Pickett, Tei-Hahn Ryder-Woodley, Chakaeya Strange, Tara Garlett, and Monique Humphries made the Rio Tinto Woomeras squad.

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AFL funding boost for WA talent pathway

Friday, October 27, 2017 - 5:20 PM

In a major boost for WA Football, the AFL will invest an additional $1 million per year into the West Australian Football Commission’s restructured talent development model.

The ongoing annual commitment of an additional $1 million in AFL funding will support the delivery of an enhanced talent development model, which has been developed in partnership with the AFL and nine WAFL clubs based on the findings of the WAFC’s recent Structural Review of Football.

The new talent development model will see the WAFC, WAFL clubs and the AFL join forces to provide improved talent pathways, an enhanced WAFL Colts competition and greater opportunities for WA’s most talented players.

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Griffin returns to the Sharks

Thursday, October 26, 2017 - 3:46 PM

The East Fremantle Football Club has announced the key signing of Jonathon Griffin, a passionate Sharks man who will once again pull on the Blue and White, for seasons 2018 and 2019.

In speaking of his return to ‘Shark Park’ Griffin said it’s great to be back playing for the club he supported as a kid.

“I couldn’t be happier,” he said.

“I’m looking forward to hopefully playing some finals football in the next couple of years and I think there are some exciting times ahead.”

Coach Rob Wiley said he was delighted to have Griffin back at East Fremantle to not only lead the ruck division, but to be a key figure in driving the expectations and standards of the club.

“It’s great to have not only his talent but his leadership and passion to bring success back to this footy club,” Wiley said.

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Teenager Banfield claims Cook Medal as Claremont best

Tuesday, October 24, 2017 - 1:25 PM - by Chris Pike

BY winning Claremont's fairest and best award for 2017 ahead of Jye Bolton only further highlights the tremendous future that Tigers midfielder Bailey Banfield as he claimed the EB Cook Medal.

Banfield got some league opportunities late in the 2016 season where he showed he was more than ready for the level, but it was a year where he had again shone at colts level ending up third in fairest and best voting while taking the MVP award in the premiership year.

But the 19-year-old stood up right throughout the 2017 in the midfield for Claremont and his performances were rewarded by winning the EB Cook Medal as the fairest and best winner.

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Great Southern Storm celebrate a decade of achievement

Monday, October 23, 2017 - 2:42 PM

Albany’s Great Southern Storm Football Development Institute celebrated its 10th anniversary on Friday October 20 with a special event to pay tribute to everyone involved over the journey.

The program, which has produced nine AFL draftees, 14 WAFL League players and six members of the Deppro WA State 18s Academy in the last decade, has received ongoing support from the local community and Claremont Football Club.

Great Southern Storm Chairman Joe Burton said that a very professional and well-run program, supported not only by all the GSFL clubs, but fully supported by the WA Country Football League, was now the envy of other country leagues throughout the State.

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State Government negotiations finalised

Sunday, October 22, 2017 - 2:22 PM

The West Australian Football Commission, the AFL and State Government have reached an agreement regarding the funding model for WA football, with AFL football moving to the new Perth Stadium in 2018.

WAFC CEO Gavin Taylor said he was pleased to have reached an outcome which will enable football to continue to be the premier sport across the state of Western Australia for years to come.

"We would like to acknowledge both the McGowan Government and previous State Government for their commitment to football in Western Australia throughout this process," he said.

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West Australian Football Commission Elections

Saturday, October 21, 2017 - 9:05 AM

The West Australian Football Commission, the controlling body of football in Western Australia, is seeking expressions of interest from persons wishing to be considered for appointment as a Commissioner.  The role of the Commission is to oversee the promotion, development and management of football throughout the State and provide guidance, planning and leadership to all levels of the game.

Football in WA is currently going through its most significant period of reform since the introduction of the Perth-based AFL teams. In addition to AFL football relocating to Perth Stadium in 2018, a 5- year WAFC Strategic Plan has been developed that sets a new vision for football in WA under the 3 strategic pillars of Engagement, Talent & Sustainability. The role of Commissioner is therefore a unique opportunity for highly committed individuals to play a role in shaping and leading the future of football in WA.

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WA players impress in AFLW Draft

Wednesday, October 18, 2017 - 11:24 AM

A total of nine West Australian players were selected in the 2017 NAB AFL Women's Draft, including two top 10 selections.

They included Swan Districts Women Football Club's Stephanie Cain who was redrafted by the Fremantle Dockers with the second pick, after being delisted at the end of last season.

Evangeline Gooch from East Fremantle Women's Football Club was selected by the Fremantle Dockers with the tenth pick and Coastal Titans Women’s Football Club player Jodie White, winner of the Mundella WA Women’s Football League’s 2017 Dhara Kerr Fairest and Best, joins Gooch at Fremantle after being chosen at number 18.

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