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Round 14 Optus WAFLW Preview

Friday, August 16, 2019 - 12:52 PM - by Chris Pike

BOTH matches in Round 14 of the WAFL Women's competition take place on Saturday afternoon with Subiaco a chance to lock away the minor premiership while Claremont and Swan Districts both try to move into second position.

With the second placed East Fremantle having the bye in Round 14 of the 2019 Optus WAFL Premiership Season, that opens the door for Swan Districts and Claremont to move ahead of them on the ladder should they be victorious on Saturday in what is shaping up to be a thrilling end to the season.

Saturday's action begins at Mandurah's David Grays Arena from 2pm with the bottom placed Peel Thunder hosting Swan Districts. That game will be available via livestream on both the WAFL website and Facebook page.

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Simmonds makes WAFL umpiring history

Thursday, August 15, 2019 - 11:29 AM

Western Australian football history will be made this weekend when Gabby Simmonds becomes the first female field umpire to officiate a WAFL league fixture.

But Simmonds won’t be alone at Leederville Oval on Friday night, with Chloe Wright set to join her, making her debut as a goal umpire.

The duo will become the first pair of women to umpire a league game, taking an important step forward for WA umpiring.

Wright’s journey to her debut has been a unique one, owing plenty to her sister Danielle for the opportunity to umpire in a local game. 

“I started goal umpiring because my sister decided to begin playing football and her team required a goal umpire,” Wright said. “I decided I’d just give it a go and surprisingly ended up enjoying it.”

“I owe a lot to her.”

Simmonds’ tale to umpiring began early in her career, taking up the profession as a way to stay within football.

“I got into umpiring as a way to keep involved in the game after playing Auskick when I was younger,” she said.

“There weren’t any junior girls’ teams in my area, so I decided to give umpiring a go.”

The girls will have their work cut out for the crunch clash between West Coast and East Perth, as they look to encourage more females to take up the rewarding experiencing that is WAFL umpiring.

“There is a strong pathway for females now in umpiring across all the disciplines,” Simmonds claimed.

“The opportunities that are available are constantly growing and growth of the female football has added to that. The group in the WAFL is very diverse and the number of females involved now shows there is definitely opportunity for females to reach their full potential.”

It comes as no surprise that both women look up to umpires within the AFL system, pinpointing a pair of leading ladies in green. 

“There are many umpires that I admire and respect for different parts of their umpiring. Dean Margetts for his genuine passion for umpiring, Jeff Dalgleish for his professionalism,” Simmonds said.

“But I also admire Sally Boud and Eleni Glouftsis for their determination and dedication to achieve what they have at the highest level.”

Sally Boud, for sure,” Wright added. Just the way she goes about umpiring, both on field and off field is so inspirational to me and to anyone who is an umpire. She's certainly someone I look up to.”

WAFL & Talent Pathway Umpire Specialist Dean Margetts couldn’t be prouder of the two ladies, claiming their dedication to umpiring is second to none. 
“They’re both extremely committed to their craft and go about their business with a minimum of fuss,” he said.

“Both ladies also embody the environment and standards we have at Umpiring WA, their character is of the highest order.”


 


Round 18 Colts Wrap

Thursday, August 15, 2019 - 6:48 AM - by Chris Pike

EAST Fremantle, Peel Thunder, Claremont and Subiaco all scored victories in Round 18 of the WAFL Colts on Saturday and while the top five teams look set, positions ahead of the finals are becoming hotly contested over.

It does appear that the top five teams are locked away in the colts season for 2019 with the fifth placed West Perth holding a two-game and significant percentage advantage over the reigning premier Subiaco.

And while Peel Thunder is guaranteed of finishing on top and winning the minor premiership, the other four teams inside the top five are all only separated by one game so with two rounds to go they could all finish anywhere from second through fifth.

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Optus WAFLW Round 13 Wrap

Wednesday, August 14, 2019 - 10:37 PM - by Chris Pike

ROUND 13 in the WAFL Women's competition saw victories for Claremont and Swan Districts to mean that there remains just one win separating the top four teams.

With the league-leading Subiaco having the bye in Round 13, East Fremantle had the chance to move into top spot but they couldn’t get past Swan Districts as Swans and Claremont scored wins to tighten up the competition significantly further.

Round 13 got underway at Mandurah's David Grays Arena on Saturday and that saw an improved showing by Peel Thunder but Claremont still prevailed 8.4 (52) to 5.3 (33).

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TABtouch Team of Round 18

Wednesday, August 14, 2019 - 9:21 PM - by Chris Pike

IT was the third last round of the WAFL season and things remain tight both in terms of teams trying to play finals at all in 2019 and then with the teams that are fighting positions inside the top five.

All five matches in Round 18 of the 2019 Optus WAFL Premiership Season took place on Saturday afternoon and in the top against bottom contest, Subiaco confirmed its minor premiership with a 15.16 (106) to 7.2 (44) victory against Swan Districts at Leederville Oval.

South Fremantle then moved back into second position by recording a third straight victory beating Peel Thunder 11.16 (82) to 6.6 (42) at Fremantle Community Bank Oval.

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Vale Graham 'Polly' Farmer

Wednesday, August 14, 2019 - 11:34 AM

The West Australian Football community is deeply saddened by news today that Hall of Fame Legend Graham ‘Polly’ Farmer, has died aged 84, surrounded by his family at Perth’s Fiona Stanley Hospital.

Across 19 seasons with East Perth and West Perth in the WAFL and with Geelong in the VFL, Farmer was a central part of six premiership sides, won 10 club best and fairest awards in all, as well as being a dominant player at state level for both Western Australia and Victoria.

Selected as an All Australian from three separate carnivals in 1956, 1958, 1961, he also won the Sandover Medal three times in the WAFL and is recognised as the First Ruckman in each of the AFL’s Team of the Century, the Geelong Team of the Century, the West Perth and East Perth Teams of the Century and the Indigenous Team of the Century, where he was also named captain.

Farmer is credited for changing the way in which the ruck position was played, as his skills evolved the position.

Using an early leap in the ruck contest to either take possession or to highlight his tap work to his smaller men, such as his partnership with Geelong rover Billy Goggin, he was a strong mark, good at ground level and was among the first to pioneer the use of attacking handball.

Farmer was a proud member of the Noongar clan from south-west Western Australia and his total senior game tally of 393 matches, when combining games for his WAFL and VFL clubs and matches at state level, is only exceeded among indigenous players by fellow Hall of Fame Legend Barry Cable (403 games in total for Perth/North Melbourne/East Perth/WA/Victoria).

We send our condolences to Polly’s family, community and those who carry on his influence through the important and meaningful work of the Polly Farmer Foundation, Empowering Aboriginal Students to reach their aspirations through education.

WA Football Hall of Fame profile

Graham Farmer 

Australian Football Hall of Fame, Inaugural Legend of the Game (one of 12).

WA Football Hall of Fame Legend.

Played 176 games for East Perth 1953-61, kicking 157 goals.

Played 101 games for Geelong 1962-67, kicking 65 goals.

Played 79 games for West Perth 1968-71, kicking 55 goals.

Played 31 games for Western Australia, kicking 19 goals.

Played six games for Victoria, kicking six goals.

East Perth Best and Fairest 1954, 1955, 1956, 1957, 1959, 1960, 1961.

Geelong Best and Fairest 1963, 1964.

West Perth Best and Fairest 1969.

Sandover Medal 1956, 1957, 1960.

Simpson Medal 1959.

East Perth premiership 1956, 1958, 1959.

Geelong premiership 1963.

West Perth premiership 1969, 1971 (both as playing coach).

All Australian 1956, 1958, 1961.

AFL Team of the Century (First Ruck).

Indigenous Team of the Century (First Ruck, captain).

Geelong Team of the Century (First Ruck).

West Perth Team of the Century (First Ruck).

East Perth Post War Team of the Century (First Ruck).

West Perth coach 1968-71 for premierships in 1969 and 1971.

Geelong coach 1973-75.

East Perth coach 1976-77.

 

 

 


The Run Home: How are the 2019 WAFL Finals shaping up?

Wednesday, August 14, 2019 - 9:50 AM

It's 1 v 4 and 2 v 3 ... but who's REALLY leading the race for finals?

What EVERY finals contender needs to do to make the top-five.

1.    Subiaco 
60 points (15 wins, 1 loss), 180.89 percentage 

Subiaco will enter the WAFL Finals Series in the perfect position to go back-to-back in season 2019. The Lions have already sewed up the Minor Premiership and will be rewarded with a week off to begin the finals. A scond semi-final victory over either South Fremantle or Claremont sends Subiaco to Optus Stadium for the big dance. West Perth and East Perth shouldn’t pose too many issues for the Premiers, seeing them finish with one loss for the season as a real possibility. 

The run home:

R19: West Perth @ Leederville Oval
R20: East Perth @ Leederville Oval


2.    South Fremantle 
44 points (11 wins, 5 loss), 128.58 percentage 

South Fremantle’s next fortnight will determine their chances of breaking a 10-year Premiership drought with a pair of bumper fixtures against top four teams. Victory over Claremont and West Perth will see the Bulldogs finish second and become the major threat to Subiaco. Lose one of these games, and their grip on second spot is significantly loosened. A mini-final awaits this weekend at Fremantle Community Bank Oval against the Tigers.

The run home:

R19: Claremont @ Fremantle Community Bank Oval
R20: West Perth @ Joondalup Arena 


3.    Claremont 
44 points (11 wins, 5 loss), 127.71 percentage 

Only 0.8 percent separates Claremont and second spot currently, meaning this weekend is a must-win for the Tigers. A victory over South Fremantle away from home would almost guarantee the Qualifying Final at Claremont Oval. The yellow and blue have a looked a likely contender all year and will back their chances over a struggling Swans outfit to close the season in Round 20. 

The run home:

R19: South Fremantle @ Fremantle Community Bank Oval
R20: Swan Districts @ Claremont Oval 


4.    West Perth
36 points (9 wins, 7 loss), 103.12 percentage 

A victory over the in-form Tigers has nearly gifted the Falcons another finals berth, however the next fortnight isn’t so straight forward. Games against top-two teams Subiaco and South Fremantle will provide a stern test, particularly with the Eagles still believing they can play a part in September. A win over either team guarantees finals, with two losses leaving it up to percentage for the 2018 runners-up.  

The run home:

R19: Subiaco @ Leederville Oval
R20: South Fremantle @ Joondalup Arena 


5.    Perth
32 points (8 wins, 8 loss), 89.84 percentage 

Could this finally be the week that Perth seals a finals berth for the first time in 22 years? One thing is for sure, this is going down to the wire. A loss against the Eagles has seen the Demons slip to fifth, but finals is still in their hands. Two wins against East Fremantle and Peel Thunder guarantees the side a top-five position, but a loss opens the door for the Eagles on percentage. If the Eagles win their final two fixtures, and Perth lose, they’re odds on to leapfrog Perth into fifth spot. A trip to David Grays Arena during the final round  of the season could be the difference. 

The run home:

R19: East Fremantle @ Mineral Resources Park
R20: Peel Thunder @ David Grays Arena 

 
6.    West Coast
28 points (7 wins, 9 loss), 95.72 percentage 

The new boys of the WAFL competition could yet have an impact in September, relying on Perth to drop more games if they are chance to clinch fifth spot. The Eagles are a game behind the Demons, but their percentage is well advanced on Perth. Two winnable games to close the season will heap pressure on teams above them, the season isn’t over yet for the Eagles. 

The run home:

R19: East Perth @ Leederville Oval
R20: East Fremantle @ Mineral Resources Park 


7.    Peel Thunder
24 points (6 wins, 10 loss), 97.31 percentage 

If we have learned anything over the past few years about Peel, it’s don’t rule them out. The Thunder sit two games outside the five, but like West Coast, percentage keeps them well in the conversation towards September. Win both games against Swan Districts and Perth, while hoping for a stumble from West Coast, and finals may not be out of the equation. Plenty of results need to go the way of the Thunder, but it is far from impossible with two rounds to go.  

The run home:

R19: Swan Districts @ Steel Blue Oval
R20: Perth @ David Grays Arena 

 


Starkick Gala Day

Monday, August 12, 2019 - 9:36 AM

Over the weekend, Whitfords Junior Football Club hosted the West Perth Football District’s Auskick Gala Day. Among the 140 Auskick teams who came down, 4 Starkick teams were also playing.

The Starkick All Ability program is a WA initiative started in 2015, which has now grown to 5 clubs in the metropolitan area. Starkick provides children of all abilities an opportunity to play Auskick alongside their peers. 

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Optus WAFL Round 18 Wrap

Monday, August 12, 2019 - 12:28 AM - by Chris Pike

THE third last round of the 2019 WAFL season saw Subiaco guarantee top spot, South Fremantle and Claremont confirm their battle over second, West Perth lock in a finals place and the battle over fifth heating up between Perth, West Coast and Peel Thunder.

It turned out to be a fascinating Round 18 of WAFL action with all five matches taking place on Saturday afternoon and things are starting to take shape ahead of the finals, but there still remains seven teams in contention to take part in September action.

It was top against bottom at Leederville Oval and Subiaco put Swan Districts to the sword early and ended up cruising to the 15.16 (106) to 7.2 (44) victory to celebrate the 100th games of Aaron Heal and Lachlan Delahunty.

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Round 18 Optus WAFL Preview

Friday, August 9, 2019 - 3:45 PM - by Chris Pike

IT is the third last round of the 2019 Optus WAFL Premiership Season and every game is taking on extra significance as a result and in Round 18 that's highlighted by three tussles all with finals implications.

Each five of the Round 18 WAFL matches all take place at 2.15pm on Saturday and it could prove season-defining for a number of teams.

It all gets underway at Claremont Oval with Claremont hosting West Perth in a crucial match up for two teams currently occupying positions inside the top four. 

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India named as an Auskicker of the Year

Friday, August 9, 2019 - 2:28 PM

India DeSouza, from Western Australia’s Mount Hawthorn Cardinals Junior Football Club NAB AFL Auskick Centre, became the envy of all Auskickers when she was announced as the 19th weekly nominee for the 2019 NAB AFL Auskicker of the Year competition.

The NAB AFL Auskicker of the Year competition calls for 2019 registered and truly awesome participants of the NAB AFL Auskick program to enter for the chance to become one of 22 weekly nominees.

Weekly nominees are announced during the Seven Network’s Friday night match broadcast, with India being announced during the Round 19 2019 Toyota AFL Premiership Season match between Collingwood and Richmond. 

India will have the seriously amazing once in a lifetime opportunity to present an AFL premiership player with their medal on Toyota AFL Grand Final Day.

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Round 13 Optus WAFLW Preview

Friday, August 9, 2019 - 2:28 PM - by Chris Pike

IT shapes as a fascinating Round 13 in the WAFL Women's competition highlighted by Sunday's battle that sees East Fremantle try to claim top position and Swan Districts attempting to breaking into second.

With the top-of-the-table Subiaco having the bye in Round 13 of the 2019 Optus WAFLW Premiership Season, the other four teams in the competition lock horns and there are no guarantees the Lions are still on top of the ladder come the end of the weekend's action.

The round gets underway on Saturday afternoon at Mandurah's David Grays Arena with Peel Thunder hosting Claremont. The game will be shown via livestream as well from 4.30pm and will be available from the WAFL Facebook page and website.

Then on Sunday afternoon at East Fremantle's New Choice Homes Park, it looms as one of the most crucial games of the season with East Fremantle hosting Swan Districts from 2pm.

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Round 13 in the WAFLW competition gets underway on Saturday afternoon in Mandurah with Peel taking on Claremont at David Grays Arena.

Peel is fresh off the bye in Round 12 and just looking for a way to be competitive again while it's an important game for Claremont to stay in touch with the top three games with them potentially improving to third position with a win as well.

Prior to last week's bye, the Thunder had been struggling kicking a total of four goals in their past four matches to be anchored to the bottom of the ladder with one win from nine matches so far in 2019.

Claremont is also coming off a disappointing loss to Swan Districts last week by 52 points where the Tigers only managed to kick the one goal.

But Claremont still  holds a 5-4 record and despite having a low percentage, could still rise up the ladder with a win on Saturday.

Peel and Claremont have already met twice so far this season with Round 3 producing a tight and entertaining affair with the Tigers prevailing by three points at Claremont Oval.

But Peel managed just the one behind against Claremont in Round 8 at David Grays Arena with the Tigers managing to win by 29 points.

Then on Sunday afternoon at New Choice Homes Park, it should be a tremendous and potentially season-defining contest between East Fremantle and Swan Districts.

East Fremantle comes into the game on home soil sitting in second position on the WAFLW ladder with a 6-4 record and also the best percentage in the competition. 

That means that a win on Sunday for the Sharks against Swans and with Subiaco having the bye that they will move into top position on the ladder.

Meanwhile for Swan Districts, the black-and-whites are coming off a dominant 52-point victory against Claremont following two tight and close affairs with Subiaco over the previous month.

Ebony Antonio and Gemma Houghton were two significant additions for Swan Districts last week as they improved to a 5-5 record on the season to sit in third position on the ladder.

Now a win on Sunday afternoon against East Fremantle and Swans will remain in third position on the ladder due to percentage but they will join the Sharks on six wins and remain only a game shy of Subiaco leaving a top two finish well and truly possible.

East Fremantle and Swan Districts have already played one another twice this season with the first meeting coming in Round 3 at New Choice Homes Park as well. On that occasion, it was Swan Districts who had a day to forget kicking just the one goal with East Fremantle winning by 67 points.

Then in Round 8 also at East Fremantle, it was a much tighter affair and on that occasion the Sharks did again prevail to the tune of eight of eight points against the black-and-whites.
 

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Around the Grounds - Round 18

Friday, August 9, 2019 - 10:22 AM

Perth v West Coast: Mineral Resources Park: 2.15pm

A huge clash at Mineral Resources Park this weekend between Perth & West Coast. 

In Round 18 of the 2019 WAFL season, the Perth Football Club will host the West Coast Eagles WAFL side at Mineral Resources Park.
The round will kick off with a Perth Redlegs v West Coast Owls Legends match at 12.40pm.

Game Day Times
10.40am:         Thornlie Green v South City Thunder
12.40pm:         Perth Redlegs v West Coast Owls
1.40pm:           District Gala Parade
2.15pm :           Perth Football Club v West Coast Eagles WAFL Bouncedown

All the action kicks off at 10.40am with the Thornlie Green v South City Thunder match and heats up with the Perth Redlegs v West Coast Owls Legends match at 12.40pm. Be there to see some of your favourite Eagles, including Andrew Embley, Daniel Kerr, Ashley Sampi, Matt Priddis, Phil Matera and many other household names!

The FREE kids zone will be open all day, with an inflatable obstacle course and bouncy castle. Thanks to Grand Cinemas there will be 200 free movie tickets as prizes!

Stick around because after the League match, the boys will give 22 lucky kids a free footy!

FREE Kids Zone
This week in the Kids Zone we will have Monsterball inflatables and a Grand Cinemas handball target.
Thanks to Grand Cinemas, there will be 200 FREE movie passes as prizes!

Food & Beverage
Hungry Jack's will be open at the Round 18 match.
The "Pop-Up Bar on the Hill," Redlegs Bar and the can bar are open to the public.
The Modern Catering food truck and an ice cream truck will be at the game.
If you are consuming an alcoholic beverage at the game, the Perth Football Club and The Lucky Shag Waterfront Bar ask you to remember to consume responsibly.


Claremont v West Perth: Claremont Oval: 2.15pm

Head down to Claremont Oval to support the Tigers this Saturday as they take on West Perth
 
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League - 2:15pm
Reserves – 11:30am
Colts – 9am
 
The Tiger Bar will be open to members from 11am till late, however if you would like to enter just for the day and enjoy exclusive member discounts, you can purchase a Members Guest Pass at the gate for just $10! 
 
Feeling a bit peckish? Grab some Tiger Tucker today in the upstairs bar area. Kiosk is also open downstairs every game day from 8:30am.
 
Our merchandise van will also be open selling all of our new 2019 merchandise so that you can support the Tigers in style!

East Fremantle v East Perth: New Choice Homes Park: 2.15pm

The Sharks return to New Choice Homes Park this Saturday to host East Perth. Stick around after the game for our We Are One Celebration – an opportunity for our Sharks community to meet and mingle with the players, enjoy some live music and $6 PINTS!!
 
Our FREE Kidz Corner will be in full swing with a Curved Obstacle Course and Cars Bouncer. 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!
 
Grab yourself a freshly ground coffee from the 9 Seeds cart located at the grandstand.
 


TABtouch Team of Round 17

Thursday, August 8, 2019 - 7:37 AM - by Chris Pike

SUBIACO opened Round 17 in the WAFL with a thumping win over Perth to all but secure the minor premiership before the next three teams on the table Claremont, South Fremantle and West Perth also prevailed while Swan Districts broke its losing run.

The final month of the 2019 Optus WAFL Premiership Season began on Thursday night with Perth hosting Subiaco at Lathlain's Mineral Resources Park. 

The Lions once again proved too strong beating the Demons for a seventh consecutive time to all but lock away a fifth straight minor premiership with the 15.10 (100) to 6.6 (42) victory.

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WA School Ambassador Program Launch

Tuesday, August 6, 2019 - 9:55 AM - by Jillian Saunders

The School Ambassador Program is a national AFL program aiming to resource, recognise and reward teachers who promote AFL in schools. Schools are one of the largest vehicles connecting kids to footy, and as such the West Australian Football Commission aims to better equip WA Schools to assist them with getting kids playing. 

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