The Round 2 Football Budget is available to download ahead of this weekend's 2020 Optus WAFL Premiership Season fixtures.
Featuring match previews, statistics, feature article, collectables, fixtures and team lists for League, Reserves, Colts and WAFLW, the new-look Football Budget is included for free with all Adult and Concession tickets at WAFL games.
Additional copies can be purchased for $3 at the gate.
STARTING a season in mid-July might be something new for the WAFL, but it proved worth the wait with a fascinating opening round of the 2020 Optus Premiership Season which included a host of starring performances from players young and old alike.
COVID-19 has had a significant impact on just about every aspect of life right around the world and the WAFL competition is no different.
The anticipated April start date for the 2020 season ended up happening in mid-July, but the action is now underway and there were four matches with intrigue surrounding each of them for different reasons.
The opening round of the 2020 Simply Energy WAFL Colts season started with a bang, as there were great individual and team performances alike.
The opening round saw South Fremantle defeat East Fremantle 10.6.66 to 8.11.59; Claremont winning over Subiaco 9.11.65 to 7.10.52; West Perth beating Swan Districts 10.11.71 to 3.6.24; and Perth overcoming Peel Thunder 10.16.76 to 10.11.71.
East Perth were the team who had the bye this weekend.
Read below to see the results of round one and to see who played well.
SOUTH FREMANTLE 10.6 (66) vs EAST FREMANTLE 8.11 (59)
South Fremantle opened their 2020 season with a thrilling seven-point victory over arch-rivals East Fremantle at Fremantle Community Bank Oval.
Shannon Neale led the way for the Bulldogs with 15 possessions, 15 hit-outs, seven marks and a goal.
Oscar Armstrong (19 possessions, 4 marks), Riley Clayton (19 possessions, 3 tackles), Regan Ward (18 possessions, 5 inside 50s) and Jaxon Bellchambers (17 possessions, 9 marks, 5 inside 50s) were all prolific for the Bulldogs.
Up forward, Jacob Plunkett was the key focal point with 11 possessions, 5 marks and 3 goals. Jacob Sax (2 goals), Darryl Anderson (2 goals), Haki Harcourt (1 goal) and Jesse Motlop (1 goal) all hit the scoreboard.
For the Sharks, Finn Gorringe (26 possessions, 7 tackles, 4 inside 50s 1 goal), and Jack Carroll (26 possessions, 6 marks, 4 inside 50s, 1 goal) led the way.
Chris Walker (22 possessions, 1 goal), Bohan Teakle (18 possessions), Jed Hagan (17 possessions, 1 goal), Josh Browne (16 possessions) and Taj Woewodin (16 possessions) were prolific for the Sharks.
Lachlan McGrath (2 goals), Edward Curley (1 goal), and Ethan Paholski (1 goal) also hit the scoreboard for the Sharks.
SUBIACO 7.10 (52) vs CLAREMONT 9.11 (65)
Claremont’s premiership defence got off to a good start with their 13-point victory over Subiaco at Leederville Oval.
Joel Western starred for the Tigers with 29 possessions, 4 marks, 4 tackles, 3 inside 50s and a goal.
Jack Avery (23 possessions), Logan Young (22 possessions, 12 tackles) and Jake Willison (22 possessions) were all prolific for Claremont.
Up forward, Zac Mainwaring was lively for the Tigers with 15 possessions, 4 inside 50s and 2 goals. Cameron Anderson (one), Jack Mentink (one), Jacquin Ciminata (one), Thomas Lawson (one), Jacob Van Rooyen (one) and Kieran Gowdie (one) all hit the scoreboard.
For the Lions, Lachlan Vanirsen (25 possessions, 7 marks, 6 tackles, 4 inside 50s, 1 goal), Matthew Johnson (24 possessions, 7 inside 50s, 6 marks, 4 tackles, 1 goal), Jaxon McGowan (24 possessions, 7 marks, 5 inside 50s, 3 tackles) and Jed Kemp (21 possessions, 7 marks, 3 tackles, 3 inside 50s, 1 goal) tried hard all game.
Ezekial Bolton (one goal), Galen Savigini (one), Patrick Mullane (one) and Zac Caulfield (one) all hit the scoreboard for the Lions.
SWAN DISTRICTS 3.6 (24) vs WEST PERTH 10.11 (71)
West Perth started its 2020 campaign with a bang, after thumping Swan Districts by 47 points at Steel Blue Oval.
Michael Mallard led the way for the Falcons with 20 possessions, 33 hit-outs, 5 marks, and 2 inside 50s.
Callum Johnson (34 possessions, 8 marks, 8 tackles, 5 inside 50s), Lochlan Paton (24 possessions, 5 inside 50s, 4 marks, 3 tackles, 1 goal), Rohan Scurria (17 possessions) and Logan Foley (17 possessions) were prolific for the Falcons.
Up forward, Corey Rundle kicked two goals, while Christian Henderson, Simon Homsany, Cooper Blackburn, Darcy Dixon, Saverio Marafioti, Kallum Erickson and Taj Hazel all kicked one goal each.
For the Swans, Zane Trew (25 possessions, 5 tackles, 3 marks, 3 inside 50s), Ty Sears (24 possessions, 7 marks, 3 tackles, 2 inside 50s) and Kade Screaigh (22 possessions, 12 marks) competed hard.
Ayden Cartwright (2 goals) and Brodie Morris (one goal) were the only players to hit the scoreboard for the Swans.
PEEL THUNDER 10.11 (71) vs PERTH DEMONS 10.16 (76)
The Perth Demons’ 2020 campaign started with a thrilling five-point victory over Peel Thunder at David Grays Arena.
Just before the full-time siren, Perth’s Jack Evans was rewarded with a free kick for being taken too high. Evans then converted his set shot from about 40 metres out to win the game for the Demons after the siren.
Conor McPartland (40 possessions, 8 tackles, 8 inside 50s, 4 marks) and Harry Quarternaine (16 possessions, 7 marks, 7 goals) vied for being the Demons’ best.
Zac Sanderson (22 possessions, 7 marks, 3 inside 50s), Zak Meloncelli (20 possessions, 7 marks, 5 inside 50s) and Jack Evans (16 possessions, 3 goals) all contributed strongly for the Demons.
Isiah Winder was the Thunder’s best player with 32 possessions, 7 marks, 7 tackles and 2 inside 50s.
Bodie Kitchingham (21 possessions, 8 marks, 3 tackles), Zachary Rankin (21 possessions, 8 marks, 6 inside 50s, 4 tackles) and David Yaccob (19 possessions) were all prolific for the Thunder.
Jonathon Ietto and Josh Draper each kicked two goals, while Kobe Farmer, Jack Walsh, Michael Sellwood, Riley Vidovich, Roy George and Adam Davey each kicked one.
The Coolbinia Bombers Junior Football Club launched the 2020 Junior Football Season under lights at Coolbinia Reserve on Thursday, 16th of July.
Coolbinia Junior Football Club President Rob Geersen said that following a recent upgrade of lighting towers the club now had the capability to host youth and girls fixtures under lights for the first time.
"Playing our first youth game of Female Football under lights at Coolbinia is an exciting culmination of a vision that began 15 years ago," he said.
THE WAFL Women's competition also resumed on the weekend after the forced delay to the 2020 Optus Premiership Season and for the first time ever there was a Fremantle Derby with a big win for East Fremantle while Swan Districts and Subiaco also celebrated victories.
It's a new-look WAFLW competition for 2020 as well with the introduction of South Fremantle as the sixth club to the league when the Bulldogs were granted a full license a year earlier than originally anticipated.
The delayed start to the season thanks to the COVID-19 pandemic then created a tremendous sense of excitement over the opening of a season that will now consist of seven rounds before a three-week finals campaign.
THE WAFL returned with a bang on Saturday after the delayed start to the 2020 Optus Premiership Season with four exciting matches which saw a thumping derby win for South Fremantle, and hard fought victories for Claremont, West Perth and Peel Thunder.
COVID-19 might have delayed the start of the 2020 WAFL season, but that only built the excitement for football's return on Saturday and not even some cold and wet weather was going to deter the spectators from turning out in droves given it was the first WAFL action since September last year.
They were treated to some cracking contests as well starting in Mandurah at David Grays Arena with Perth eventually shaking off Peel Thunder with four goals to three in the final quarter to prevail 10.10 (70) to 9.6 (60).
The Optus WAFLW Live Stream is back in 2020!!
One game each week will be live streamed on the WAFL Facebook & Youtube accounts, as well as be accessible on the website.
Our first feature game sees South Fremantle face East Fremantle at Fremantle Community Bank Oval on Sunday at 2.00pm.
This historic occasion will make the first ever Fremantle Derby in the WAFLW.
THE excitement surrounding the return of football in Western Australia this weekend continues with the commencement of 2020 WAFLW Premiership Season with three big clashes across Saturday and Sunday.
To coincide with the return of AFL football in Perth this weekend for the first time since the COVID-19 pandemic shut things down and with the beginning of the WAFL season, the WAFL Women's competition also gets underway this weekend.
It gets underway on Saturday from midday at Mandurah's David Grays Arena with Peel Thunder hosting Swan Districts.
We know you’ve missed footy. We have too.
So to celebrate its highly anticipated return, the West Australian Football Commission is giving away three brand new Optus WAFL Burley Footballs to help you get even more excited about getting back into our great game.
All you need to do is tell us in 50 words or less what you are looking forward to most about reconnecting with footy in 2020. Whether it’s seeing your mates at training, slotting set shots, or just practising speccys at the park, we want you to share!
The best entries will go in the running to win one of three brand new Optus WAFL Burley Footballs.
Entries close at 5pm on Friday, July 31, 2020.
Here's some of our best entries so far:
I'm looking forward to playing footy alongside my daughter this season. She is 21 and I'm 46. I can't wait to share the ups and downs of winning and losing with her as we both reconnect with our amazing game!
- Lisa Gilewski
I'm most looking forward to being able to go out on the school oval at lunchtime and play king of the pack with my mates as we compete to take the best speccy of the day.
- Damon Broun
At school me and my mates love running over to the oval during lunch and playing competitive king of the pack. It is perfect for perfecting the sticky mitts. I love taking hangs, and getting around the boys... When I fly high my mates scream “KRAKOUER, the jack-in-the-box”.
- Mark Dropulich
Being able to watch our oldest son who has autism play footy again. For him footy has always been his main daily motivation. He lives and breathes for footy. For him footy forms a part of his therapy and the routine it provides he has been lost without it.
- Elizabeth Bather
I am just looking forward to the smiles on my daughters faces when they run on for the first game of the season.
- Craig Bourne
The simple pleasure of our family walking to our local club each Saturday. Seeing other families from our suburb there and feeling part of the community. Enjoying kick to king , sitting close to the boundary line cheering the home teams and buying hot chips from the canteen.
- Andrew Vitolins
I am soooo looking forward to umpiring again. This will be my 3rd year and I love it! My ambition is to be an AFL umpire and last year I was awarded Best First Year Umpire in Youth Football. I would love a new footy to practice the bounce!
- Kieran Todd
As a volunteer (Colts timekeeper) I look forward to getting back on the road each weekend either with my Mom or with one of my co-timekeepers. There is a 'buzz' in the time-keepers box no matter what grade or who the opponent is. Volunteering is the maximum, so awesome.
- Michael Wright
Getting back to training and playing our first ever womans game as a new Brand new team at the Canning South Perth Tigers. Super excited to get straight into it & support and push one another and support the club. GO TIGERS!!
- Jaimi Madeley
ABSENCE can make the heart grow fonder and it's fair to say the delayed start to the 2020 Optus WAFL Premiership Season has built the excitement to fever pitch for four massive contests in Round 1 across the four venues this Saturday.
There is so much to look forward in Round 1 of the 2020 WAFL season but really it is just exciting to have action back on the field for the players, coaching and staff to be involved in, and indeed for the fans to be able to turn out in droves once more to attend the games.
In the end, what the 2020 season will look like is that it will feature nine teams playing over nine rounds in the home and away season.
IT'S hard to imagine there have been too many more consistent and reliable defenders in the rich history of Swan Districts than Alex Howard, but the fact that he grew up dreaming of playing for Swans and that it means so much to his family suggests life membership trumps that.
By the time Howard got into his early teenage years, he started to follow Swan Districts closely thanks to those special colts teams given the likes of Tony Notte, Michael Walters, Nic Naitanui, Chris Yarran, David Ellard and Alex Rance were all friends with his older brother.
What that did, though, was create a lifetime love of the Swan Districts Football Club for Howard. He might have arrived at Steel Blue Oval or all the other WAFL grounds for the colts, but he would stay with his father until the league game.
WHILE Haiden Schloithe is rightfully tremendously proud ahead of earning life membership at South Fremantle by playing his 150th game to open the WAFL season on Saturday, it's that ultimate desire for a premiership driving him on more than anything.
From the moment Schloithe made the move up to play colts football at South Fremantle from Katanning, he appeared destined for great things going on to play in a premiership with the Bulldogs in 2011 and ultimately being rookie-listed by the Fremantle Dockers.
He made his league debut at the Bulldogs in 2011 as well and virtually ever since, has gone on to become one of the most damaging and decorated in the WAFL this century.
West Australian umpires have celebrated key achievements in recent weeks, with major milestones celebrated and others receiving an opportunity to progress to the next level.
Hunter added to AFL panel
WAFL goal umpire Sam Hunter was recently offered an AFL contract for season 2020 after waving the flags in more than 150 WAFL games, including five League Grand Finals.
Hunter, who joined the WAFL panel in 2008 from Swan Districts Junior Football Umpires Association, made his WAFL League debut in 2011 and has since been named the WAFL’s Goal Umpire of the Year on four occasions.
He has also umpired two WAFL State Games and been an AFL Rookie-listed goal umpire since 2017.
State Goal Umpiring Head Coach Ryan Harder congratulated Sam on his 2020 AFL contract.
“Sam has completed a very long apprenticeship but has finally been rewarded for his patience and high performance over a number of years,” Harder said.
Doig notches up 300th game on boundary
AFL boundary umpire Nathan Doig celebrated his 300th AFL game in the Fremantle v St Kilda game on Saturday, July 11.
Doig began umpiring WAFL in 2002 and was appointed to the 2003 and 2004 WAFL grand finals before making his AFL umpiring debut in Round 5, 2005 West Coast v Western Bulldogs. He has since officiated 25 AFL Finals and five AFL Grand Finals (2011, 2013, 2014, 2015 & 2018).
WAFL & Talent Pathway Umpiring WA’s Dean Margetts said it was a huge achievement to get to 300 games at the highest level.
“Nathan has led the charge for Boundary umpiring in WA for several years and is highly respected amongst all his interstate peers,” he said.
“We estimate in 300 AFL games, Nathan would have run to Melbourne and back to Perth! An amazing amount of kilometres."
“He has had a glittering career thus far, with more highlights to come. Whilst we all know Doigy has plenty of natural talent never lose sight of the work he puts in so he can be the successful umpire he is.”
Margetts reaches 350-game milestone
Dean Margetts umpired his 350th AFL match in the Fremantle v Gold Coast game on Saturday, June 27.
Including WAFL games, Margetts has now umpired more than 450 games of senior football.
Dean began his football journey as a junior player and later played for the Maddington Bulls in the Sunday League.
It was in 1996 he decided to give umpiring a shot to earn some coin and his natural talent was quickly picked up by David Johnson, the Umpire Manager at the time, who attended a South Perth junior football match Dean was umpiring in.
Dean commenced umpiring at the WAFL level in 1998 and was appointed his first League game in the opening round of the following season.
After only 38 WAFL League games he umpired his first WAFL grand final in 2000 and won the Brett Rosebury Medal, formerly known as the Grant Vernon Medal, for the most improved umpire.
It wasn’t long until Dean was appointed to the AFL list and in Round 5 of the 2002 season, he made his AFL umpiring debut at the West Coast Eagles v Brisbane clash.
In 2008 Dean received Life Membership of the West Australian National Football League Umpire Association (WANFLUA) and hit his 100-AFL game milestone when he umpired the West Coast Eagles v Carlton clash.
In 2012, he was selected into to the WANFLUA Team of the Decade joining umpires Brett Rosebury and Craig Hendrie.
In 2017, Dean was recognised by the AFL with AFL Life Membership.
HE is one of the most prolific ball winners in WAFL history but triple West Perth fairest and best winner Shane Nelson is anything but content and is always looking to improve with the shortened 2020 season no different.
Ever since he made his WAFL debut back in 2012, Nelson has confirmed himself as one of the most remarkable natural ball winners the game has seen and along the way the accolades have accumulated.
He has now won three Breckler Medals as West Perth's fairest and best on top of being a regular state representative and having been a key player in the 2013 premiership for the Falcons, and perhaps unlucky not to have claimed the Simpson Medal on that day as well.