THE Kia WAFL State Team will look to make it seven straight State Game victories when it takes on the SANFL at Optus Stadium on Sunday afternoon.
A win for the Black Swans would create history, seeing the side become the first WA team since 1927 to capture seven wins on the trot against other state sides.
The 2019 State Game will begin at 12.00pm WST, with some of the best players from both state leagues on show before the Fremantle-Richmond AFL fixture.
In response to the incident involving a Junior Umpire last weekend, the WAFC is promoting ‘Thank & Respect the Umpire Round’ this weekend.
Community clubs will be asked to address their playing group pre-game explaining that sides will be thanking and respecting the umpires for the integral roles that they play in our game.
Each coach will be asked to acknowledge the umpire and shake their hand prior to and at the completion of the fixture.
The WA Football Commission encourages coaches and leaders of community football clubs to also communicate to spectators, parents and volunteers, the vital part that all umpires play in community football.
WAFC CEO Gavin Taylor thanked the 2000 umpires who make 1230 games of community football possible every weekend,
“I say a sincere thank you on behalf of the WA Football community for the key contribution you make to our great game,” he said.
“I look forward to acknowledging umpires during the ‘Thank and Respect the Umpire Round’ this weekend and encourage all clubs across the State to support this important initiative in a united show of support for WA umpires.”
Please help us show respect to all umpires this weekend.
PERTH and Subiaco continued their winning starts to the 2019 season on Saturday ahead of this Sunday's WAFL State Game while South Fremantle and Peel Thunder won big, and West Perth opened its account at the expense of East Fremantle.
Round 5 of the 2019 WAFL season all took place on Saturday afternoon with it being the last chance for the players to press their case for selection in this Sunday's WAFL State Game against the SANFL at Optus Stadium.
That produced plenty of outstanding individual performances across the five games while there were some fascinating results at the same time.
SWAN Districts continued its impressive and unbeaten start to the WAFL Colts season with a win over the reigning premier Subiaco on Sunday while Peel Thunder also kept its perfect record intact with wins as well for Perth and West Perth.
Coming off reaching the Grand Final in the Colts last year, Swan Districts has continued that momentum to start the 2019 season.
They made it five consecutive wins when they proved too good for Subiaco on Saturday with Peel Thunder joining them in remaining undefeated but the wins for West Perth and Perth ensured they have made good starts in the Colts for 2019 as well.
In-form Perth Demons pair Michael Bennell and Michael Sinclair have been added to the Kia WAFL State Squad ahead of this Sunday’s clash with the SANFL at Optus Stadium.
Bennell has been rewarded for his early season form, finishing with four goals over the weekend against the Tigers, moving his tally to 14 for the season.
The 25-year-old excitement machine is joined by Sinclair, with the defender shaking off injury concerns this week to gather 25 disposals in Perth’s 14-point win.
Subiaco’s Rhys Waters,West Perth’s Andrew Strijk and South Fremantle’s Brock Higgins have withdrawn from the squad with injury concerns.
A win for WA would see the team claim its seventh-consecutive victory in State Games and set a new record, surpassing WA’s six game winning streak in State Games that concluded in 1927.
2019 KIA WAFL State Squad
Claremont – Jye Bolton, Anton Hamp, Kane Mitchell, Declan Mountford, Bailey Rogers.
East Perth – Jackson Ramsay.
Peel Thunder – Blair Bell, Jackson Merrett, Gerald Ugle.
Perth – Michael Bennell, Corey Byrne, Brant Colledge, Michael Sinclair.
South Fremantle – Jacob Dragovich, Chad Pearson, Haiden Schloithe, Kade Stewart.
Subiaco – Lachlan Delahunty, Josh Deluca, Kyal Horsley, Hayden Kennedy, Leigh Kitchin, Angus Litherland, Jordan Lockyer, Ben Sokol.
Swan Districts – Corey Gault, George Hampson, Tony Notte.
West Perth – Aaron Black, Shane Nelson.
Field Umpires: Ryan Shelton and Matt Adams. Emergency: Cam Jones.
Boundary Umpires: Clayton Gardner and Bayley Lamont.
Goal Umpire: Steve Gaensler.
Goal Umpire 3rd Scorer: Jason Tyrell.
As this game forms part of an AFL match day, an AFL ticket is required for spectators to enter the ground. All spectators who purchase a ticket can attend both the State and AFL game.
To purchase tickets visit: https://www.ticketmaster.com.au/fremantle-dockers-v-richmond-burswood-12-05-2019/event/25005647E30817C0
If you are a WAFL club member, contact your club for special offers and promotions for the fantastic event.
NEW ground was broken on Sunday afternoon with the launch of the very first Optus WAFL Women's Premiership Season across two venues and it was the grand finalists from 2018 East Fremantle and Subiaco who proved victorious.
The WAFLW competition has been launched in 2019 as the start of a new era of female football in Western Australia following on from the success of the AFL Women's competition nationally and what the West Australian Women's Football League has been able to lay the foundations for.
This inaugural season in 2019 will feature five teams and the action got underway on Sunday afternoon with the two teams who played off in the league grand final of the WAWFL competition last year, East Fremantle and Subiaco, proving victorious.
The Kia WAFL State fixture versus the SANFL will be played as a curtain-raiser to the Fremantle v Richmond fixture at Optus this Sunday, May 12.
The game will commence at 12.00pm, presenting an exciting opportunity for players, coaches and support staff to experience the world-class facilities at Optus Stadium.
ROUND 5 in the WAFL saw the competition gear up for next Sunday's State Game with Perth and Subiaco continuing their undefeated runs going while South Fremantle continued to impress, West Perth got its first win and Peel Thunder also won big.
It was the last round of WAFL action before next Sunday's State Game against the SANFL at Optus Stadium with players right across the board desperate to impress to earn their way into selection to pull on the Black Swans jumper.
The results mattered too and Subiaco had to come from behind but kicked five goals to nil in the last quarter to join Perth as the last two remaining undefeated teams. West Perth also prevailed in the battle of winless teams while Peel Thunder and South Fremantle impressed in thumping wins.
THE new era in female football in Western Australia begins this Sunday with the launch of the inaugural WAFL Women's competition with East Fremantle playing Peel Thunder, and Swan Districts taking on Subiaco.
On the back of the momentum built by the past three seasons of the AFL Women's competition, the WA Football Commission is launching WAFLW in 2019 to replace the previous league competition that was the WA Women's Football League.
The WAWFL is still in operation running a reserves and Youth Girls competition, but league football now for 2019 will feature the five clubs that make up the WAFLW competition.
ROUND 5 of the 2019 WAFL season sees five fascinating matches including Perth attempting to remain unbeaten against Claremont while one of East Fremantle or West Perth should open their account and Swan Districts has the task to attempt to topple Subiaco.
Adding to the intrigue of the Round 5 action is that it's the last chance for the WAFL players to press their case for selection in next Sunday's State Game against the SANFL at Optus Stadium.
The WAFL will have a general bye next week to allow for the annual State Game fixture which will be played at Optus Stadium for the first time so players vying for selection to pull on the Black Swans jumper will be extra motivated this Saturday afternoon.
The 2019 WAFLW season kicks off this weekend with Swan Districts facing Subiaco and East Fremantle taking on Peel Thunder.
The Swans v Subiaco game will be live streamed starting at 2.40pm at Steel Blue Oval.
Watch the game below:
EVIE Gooch is fresh off a standout first AFL Women's season with the Fremantle Dockers and now she can't wait to be part of the era with the Optus WAFL Women's competition with East Fremantle.
Having spent most of her sporting life up until recently playing soccer, the growth of female football inspired Gooch to give things a try at East Fremantle three years ago and she has never looked back.
As part of the East Fremantle WAWFL premiership team in 2018, Gooch went on to join the Fremantle Dockers in the 2019 AFLW season.
East Fremantle v West Perth: New Choice Homes Park – Saturday 2.40pm
East Fremantle are back at Shark Park this Saturday to host West Perth. Featuring in our Free Kidz Corner this week will be an Obstacle Challenge + Batman Bouncer. 9 Seeds Café will on site for your caffeine hit and have some delicious food in the kiosk. Visit our Merchandise Sea Container and pick up a bargain - old stock going cheap! Be sure to stick around for post-match awards in the Main Hall from 6pm - there will be Happy Hour drink specials!
South Fremantle v West Coast: Fremantle Community Bank Oval Saturday 2.15pm
Check out our new Alfresco Bar and don’t forget to buy a Ticket in the Harley Raffle on display at our new Game Day Merchandise outlet.
Perth v Claremont: Mineral Resources Park – Saturday 2.15pm
At Round 5, the kids can enjoy FREE face painting. There will also be TWO bouncy castles.
Kids, at the end of the League match the players will be giving 22 lucky kids a FREE footy! Kid's running races - No need to register, just make your way down to the oval at half time.
There are three age categories, with a winner from each. The three winners will be awarded $20 cash and a $10 Perth Football Club Team Store voucher.
Age groups: under 5s, under 9s and under 12s.
Hungry Jack's will be open all day at the Round 5 match. There will also be a Modern Catering food van and ice cream truck near the kids-zone. All outlets have eftpos facilities.
Swan Districts v Subiaco: Steel Blue Oval – Saturday 2.40pm
Saturday will see Swans and Subiaco clash at Steel Blue Oval, with the Playzone the place to be for any youngster. With rides, face painting, rock climbing and plenty more, it is a great day out for all families. Longest kick takes place at half-time with a fantastic prize up for grabs.
The start to the 2019 Simply Energy WAFL Colts competition has shown that there is an excellent pool of talent from Western Australia up for selection at this year’s NAB AFL Draft.
Below are the top five best performed players from the Simply Energy WAFL Colts competition in the month of April.
The 2019 Optus WAFL Women’s Premiership season commences this Sunday, May 5, featuring games at New Choice Homes Park, East Fremantle, and Steel Blue Oval, Bassendean.
A WAFLW game will be live-streamed on the WAFL website and Facebook page each week by Front Row Screens, with every club to feature in the coverage six times across the course of the home and away season.