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Dockers and Eagles set for AFLX

Tuesday, January 23, 2018 - 9:23 AM

Fremantle and West Coast will head to Adelaide for the opening night of the new AFLX competition on Thursday February 15 at Hindmarsh Stadium.

The Dockers and Eagles will play against the Adelaide Crows, Port Adelaide, Collingwood and Geelong in the new version of Australian Football that has been designed to take the traditional game from oval grounds to rectangular fields.

Fans have the opportunity to be part of history with tickets to the inaugural AFLX tournaments on sale now via

AFLX will still contain and showcase the unique and most thrilling aspects of Australian Football in a shortened format, with seven players on the field and three on the bench.

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Crute appointed as WAFC Umpiring Manager

Monday, January 22, 2018 - 12:43 PM

The West Australian Football Commission has confirmed the appointment of West Perth Football Club CEO David Crute as WAFC Umpiring Manager.

The new role has been added as a key recommendation of the WAFC’s recent Structural Review of Football and will commence on January 31.

WAFC CEO Gavin Taylor said that David would be a valuable addition to the WAFC’s restructured umpiring department in a key leadership position tasked with overseeing the development of WA’s community and WAFL umpires.

“David has almost 20 years of leadership experience in football as a WAFL club CEO, Community Development Manager at Fremantle Football Club, WAFC Development Manager, WAFL assistant coach and accredited Level Two Umpire,” Mr Taylor said.

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WAFC makes key talent appointment

Thursday, December 21, 2017 - 12:54 PM

The West Australian Football Commission has confirmed a key appointment to support its new Talent Development Model. 

AFL National Talent Football Manager Michael Ablett will join the WAFC as WA Talent Pathway Manager.

The role has been added as a key recommendation of the WAFC’s recent Structural Review of Football and will commence in 2018.

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WAFL set for an exciting 2018 season

Friday, December 15, 2017 - 11:21 AM

Fixtures for the 2018 McDonald’s WAFL Premiership Season have been confirmed with traditional rivalry clashes, feature rounds and a more even draw expected to deliver a highly competitive and exciting season for Australia’s premier State League competition.

A shorter season will commence two weeks later than 2017, with Round 1 to kick off on Good Friday, March 30. The Grand Final will still be played the weekend prior to the AFL Grand Final in September.

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West Australian Football Commission elections

Friday, December 15, 2017 - 10:24 AM

The results of the elections for Commissioners of the West Australian Football Commission were endorsed on Wednesday 13 December 2017, by the Nominee Members of the WAFC (WA’s AFL and WAFL Clubs) at a meeting of WA Football stakeholders.

Current Commissioner Grant Dorrington was reappointed for a second term of three years, and Chris Cottier and Brian O’Donnell were each appointed as new Commissioners for terms of three years.

WAFC Chairman Murray McHenry congratulated all three on their appointments.

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Boekhorst becomes a Shark

Thursday, December 14, 2017 - 9:08 AM

The East Fremantle Football Club is delighted to announce that former Carlton listed player Blaine Boekhorst will be joining the Sharks for the next two seasons.

Boekhorst, a midfielder who can play inside and out with an ability to kick goals, is the sixth ex-AFL talent to join the Shark’s ranks in what has been a busy off-season for the club. The 24-year-old said he’s looking forward to being a part of East Fremantle’s future.

“I’m close mates with a few of the guys so I think there will be some really good team chemistry,” Boekhorst said.

“I’m excited to be here, I think the Sharks are heading in the right direction.”

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WA footy talents shine at national leadership camp

Monday, December 11, 2017 - 3:45 PM

Eight of Western Australia’s best rising male Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander football talents represented the nation at this year’s Rio Tinto AFL Flying Boomerangs Leadership Program recently held in Fiji.

The eight-day national under-16 male Indigenous development camp focused on football, personal and career development, leadership and cultural identity. 

WA’s Michael Mallard (West Perth) captained the team of 26, which comprised of WA talents Roy George (Swan Districts), Jordan Kickett (Perth), Ezekial Bolton (Subiaco), Reece Gerrand (West Perth), Ira Jetta (south Fremantle), Tyreece Binder (Subiaco) and Isiah Winder (Peel).

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WAFC announces changes to WAFL Finals eligibility

Thursday, December 7, 2017 - 3:12 PM

The West Australian Football Commission (WAFC) has announced changes to the finals eligibility of players for the West Australian Football League (WAFL) competition in an effort to ensure that it remains the premier State League competition in the country.

The changes are the result of an in-depth analysis of four years of data (2014-2017) under the AFL partner club model and extensive consultation with all nine WAFL clubs, the West Coast Eagles and Fremantle Football Club.

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AFL clubs lock in community camp visits

Wednesday, December 6, 2017 - 2:00 PM

The Fremantle Dockers kick off the AFL Community Camps this week with players visiting the Peel, Mandurah and Wheatbelt regions.

Players from the West Coast Eagles will reach out to communities in Busselton, Port Hedland, Newman and Perth Metro over February 13 to 14.

With all 18 AFL Clubs participating, the AFL Community Camps see over 750 players each spending two days meeting fans and developing stronger links between Australian Football and the community. 

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2017 WAFC Life Member announced

Friday, December 1, 2017 - 12:04 PM

THE West Australian Football Commission has announced that WAFC Life Membership will be awarded to long-serving community football identity Bruce Wainwright. 
WAFC Chairman Murray McHenry said that Mr Wainwright had provided outstanding and distinguished service to WA football for more than 50 years as an umpire and administrator across junior and senior competitions since 1963.

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Football diversity showdown

Friday, December 1, 2017 - 10:50 AM

Western Australia’s top male footballers aged 13-16 from diverse backgrounds converged on Lathlain Oval Saturday, 25 November, and competed in the inaugural WA Football Diversity Talent Day in front of a crowd of more than 500.

Hosted by the WA Football Commission (WAFC) in partnership with the West Coast Eagles and Fremantle Dockers, the day featured four football matches involving the Fremantle Dockers’ Next Generation Academy, coached by Brady Grey, West Coast’s Naitanui Next Generation Academy led by head coach Drew Petrie, and the WAFC All Nations and Kickstart teams.

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Take the WAFL fan survey and win!

Thursday, November 30, 2017 - 3:50 PM

WA Football League fans, players, supporters, officials and stakeholders have the chance to win a 'final season of football at Subiaco Oval' commemorative guernsey and footy when they take the 2017 WAFL Fans Insight Survey.

With the 2017 McDonald's WAFL Premiership season now finalised, we are wanting to seek your feedback and importantly, your level of satisfaction and enjoyment from the season.

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WA records strong growth in football participation

Thursday, November 30, 2017 - 10:40 AM

Western Australia has held onto its position as the highest football participation state outside of Victoria, with a record 330,001 participants taking part in the sport in 2017.
The official release of 2017 AFL Census figures today saw a 9% increase on WA’s 2016 participation total with female football leading the way via a 28% increase. WA football participation made up 21.3% of Australia’s overall total of 1,547,915, which increased nationally by 10.2%.
WAFC CEO Gavin Taylor thanked the efforts of all volunteers involved in our great game.

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Join us in celebrating Indigenous Football at Subiaco Oval

Thursday, November 30, 2017 - 9:04 AM

The West Australian Football Commission is partnering with Beyond West to present a sneak preview of the new Aussie Rules Series 'Nyoongar Footy Magic - A Team of Champions' as part of the last ever open day at Subiaco Oval.

The football event will be held on the hallowed turf of the historic venue on Sunday December 10 from 4pm to 7pm for fans and their families who want to experience WA's home of Football in all its beauty for the final time. 

A selection of cuts of the Footy Magic TV series will be up on the big scoreboard screen, and people can take part in a medal ceremony for all the stars who appear in the series. 

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Five WA talents added to AFL Rookie lists

Tuesday, November 28, 2017 - 8:48 AM

THE West Australian Football Commission congratulates the five WAFL players added to AFL Rookie lists during today’s AFL Rookie Draft.
They included Bailey Banfield (Claremont), Ryan Burrows (South Fremantle), Liam Baker (Subiaco), Gordon Narrier (Perth) and Callan England (Claremont).
This takes the total number of WA players drafted in 2017 to 20, including 15 in the NAB AFL National Draft on Friday, November 24.

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