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AFLW WA suffer loss to Vic Metro

Monday, July 8, 2019 - 1:16 PM

Western Australia have suffered their first loss of the AFLW U18s National Championships, going down to Vic Metro by 17-points at Metricon Stadium on Monday. 

Roxanne Roux was the only multiple goal-scorer for WA, while captain Mikayla Bowen stood out with 15 touches and 10 tackles for the match. 

Sarah Verrier led all comers for WA with 15 disposals, nine tackles and three i50’s. 

Vic Metro started the fixture on the Gold Coast in fantastic fashion scoring three goals inside the first four minutes, before WA stemmed the flow late in the opening term. 

Roux managed to get WA on the board early in the second quarter, however the black and gold had no answer to Vic Metro’s midfield, going into the break 25-points down. 

Despite only scoring one goal in the third, WA started the last quarter full of confidence, with Lily crumbing the back to finish from close range. 

Mikayla Morrison made it two in two minutes for WA, taking a huge pack mark deep in the forward 50, before converting to narrow the margin to three goals. 

Bianca Webb proceeded to kick one of the goals of the tournament thus far, steering through a kick from tight in the boundary to make it a two-goal game.

However, Vic Metro sealed it late to run away 17-point winners. 

Western Australia are 2-1 after three games in the Championship and will next face the Central Allies in Southport on Wednesday. 

WESTERN AUSTRALIA        0.1    1.1    2.3    5.4   (34)
VIC METRO            3.0    5.2    6.2    8.3    (51)

Strom, Morrison, Verrier, Roux, Buckley, Pescud 

Roux (2), Webb, Morrison, Bird 

Optus WAFL NAIDOC Round Wrap

Monday, July 8, 2019 - 6:24 AM - by Chris Pike

SOME wet weather returned for WAFL NAIDOC Round on Saturday but with pressure for finals spots heating up, the five matches produced some fascinating results with Subiaco and Claremont now clear in top two spots leaving South Fremantle and Perth locked in a battle for third.

With Subiaco and Claremont again winning impressively in their NAIDOC Round clashes with East Fremantle and South Fremantle respectively, they are now the two standout teams in the top two positions at present.

South Fremantle and Perth both suffered losses on Saturday ahead of their meeting this coming Saturday night which could well end up deciding which of them is more likely to at least finish the home and away season in third position.

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Round 9 Optus WAFLW Preview

Friday, July 5, 2019 - 1:40 PM - by Chris Pike

THE WAFL Women's competition will also be celebrating NAIDOC Round this weekend and there's plenty at stake with Peel Thunder hosting East Fremantle, and Swan Districts taking on Subiaco on Saturday.

The two games of Round 9 of the 2019 Optus WAFLW Premiership Season will take place on Saturday and it will be held in celebration of NAIDOC Week.

All four teams will be celebrating Aboriginal culture and Indigenous heritage and contributions to football on the occasion too with the competing clubs wearing specially designed jumpers.

They will be adorned with Aboriginal artwork while the umpires will also be decked out in specially designed uniforms as well while the Burley footballs used will feature special artwork as well in commemoration of the occasion.

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Friday, July 5, 2019 - 1:30 PM

2019 is shaping up to be an excellent year for West Australian draft prospects. At the midway point of the year, a number of players have put their best foot forward and will no doubt be right in the mix when conversations take place within AFL Recruiting Departments.

Below were the standout players in the month of June.

The former Australian basketballer is shaping up to be the best ruck prospect in this year’s AFL Draft. In three games for Western Australia, Jackson is currently averaging 14 possessions, 35 hit-outs and five clearances across three games. His best game for the Sandgropers came against Vic Metro when he accumulated 15 possessions (13 contested), recorded 35 hit-outs, and won six clearances in a dominant display. The Bullcreek-Leeming junior has been likened to Port Adelaide star Paddy Ryder due to his raw athleticism, his follow-up work, ruck craft, contested nature and marking ability. In three games for East Fremantle, Jackson is averaging 15 possessions, 29 hit-outs, four marks and has kicked four goals with his best outing coming against Subiaco in round two (17 possessions, 24 hit-outs and two goals).

Described by WA Head Coach Peter Sumich as a potential draft bolter, Taylor has put forward a solid campaign for Western Australia that could see him rise up the draft rankings. In three games for Western Australia, Taylor has kicked six goals and is currently averaging 12 possessions, three marks and two inside 50s with his best game coming against the Allies when he booted three goals from 12 possessions and took four marks. He plays on instinct, using his lateral movement to get out of trouble, before showing his composure, vision and skill to either find a target inside attacking 50 or kicking a goal. For the Demons, Taylor has kicked two goals in three games and is averaging 18 possessions, four marks, four tackles and four inside 50s, with his best performance coming against Claremont in round five (25 possessions, four marks and two goals).

There were high expectations on Hobley coming into season 2019, after he finished second in the Jack Clarke Medal, second in his club’s Best & Fairest and made the WAFL Colts Team of the Year in 2018. So far in 2019, Hobley has risen to the occasion, averaging 33 possessions, seven tackles and four marks across six games for Subiaco. He is currently equal third in the WAFL Colts Coaches Award with 14 votes after dominant outings against Swan Districts in round five (39 possessions and six marks), Peel Thunder in round eight (30 possessions and five tackles), Perth in round nine (25 possessions, nine tackles and a goal). He was also instrumental for Western Australia in their fixture against the Allies with 22 possessions, four inside 50s and three marks. Like West Coast’s Andrew Gaff, Hobley works tirelessly, boasts elite endurance, is a smart decision-maker with ball in hand, reads the play well, is an excellent accumulator.

The Caversham junior has been one of Western Australia’s best players in this year’s AFL U18 Championships. In three games for the Sandgropers, Garcia is currently averaging 24 possessions (11 contested), four tackles, four clearances, three inside 50s, and three marks with his best performance coming against South Australia (28 possessions – 15 contested – eight clearances, six inside 50s and a goal). In three games for Swan Districts’ League team, he is averaging 12 possessions, two tackles and two inside 50s. He plays in a similar way to how Essendon young gun Darcy Parish goes about his business. Like Parish, Garcia is quick-thinking, always on the move, has reliable skills and makes sound decisions with ball in hand.

The West Perth “superboot” has proven to be a tantalising small/medium defensive player in this year’s AFL Draft Pool. In three games for the WA U18s, Johnson is currently averaging 15 possessions, four marks, three rebounding 50s, with his best performances coming against the Allies (23 possessions, five rebounding 50s and four inside 50s) and against Vic Metro (11 possessions and two goals). In four games for the Falcons, he has kicked five goals and is currently averaging 21 possessions, four marks, and three tackles with dominant outings against Claremont (27 possessions and a goal), and East Fremantle (20 possessions and a goal). The Whitford junior is cool and calm under pressure, boasts a long penetrating kick, provides excellent rebound and has the capacity to lock his direct opponent out of the game.

Trey Ruscoe – East Fremantle
Ben Golding - Subiaco
Jake Pasini – Swan Districts
Tyron Hindmarsh – West Perth

NAIDOC Round Optus WAFL Preview

Friday, July 5, 2019 - 1:16 PM - by Chris Pike

IT is NAIDOC Round in the WAFL and with all five games providing a celebration of Aboriginal heritage and what it means to football in Western Australia, all five matches will have plenty at stake as the second half of the 2019 season heats up.

Right across the five matches in Round 13 of the 2019 Optus WAFL Premiership Season, all 10 competing teams will be wearing specially designed Aboriginal jumpers as part of the celebration of NAIDOC Week.

Having started in 2007 with Claremont and South Fremantle creating an annual traditional for meeting in NAIDOC Week and playing for the Jimmy Melbourne Cup, it has become one of the highlights of any WAFL season for the entire competition to take part in.

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Freo Dockers Cup - White Division Grand Final

Friday, July 5, 2019 - 12:25 PM

Iona has claimed the 2019 Freo Dockers Cup White Division title following a thrilling extra time victory over Eastern Hills.

The two sides could not be separated in regulation time but a goal by Iona’s Manon Rodet with a minute remaining in extra time was enough to get her team over the line, 4.4 (28) to 3.4 (22).

The match was tight throughout with Iona leading by a solitary point at half time before Eastern Hills erased the deficit in the second half but couldn’t find a match-winning score late in the game.

Iona coach Cam Eardley presented Isabella Cozza with the match ball as best on ground in the Grand Final. 

Lucy Cole was named the season’s Best & Fairest for Easter Hills by coach Jake Davis.


Around the Grounds - Round 13

Friday, July 5, 2019 - 12:23 PM

Claremont v Subiaco: 2.10pm: Claremont Oval

League - 2:10pm
Reserves – 11:15am
Colts – 8:45am
Our Colts players will be handing out 100 FREE SIMPLY ENERGY FOOTY’S at the gate this weekend from 1:30pm!
Bupa will be set up in our general bar from 1PM offering policy quotes & assisting supporters to sign up using the Claremont sign up code (with 5% commission coming to CFC for every new policy). The first 10 people to get a policy quote will get a $50 Visa card!
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!

Six Sandgropers named U18 All-Australian

Thursday, July 4, 2019 - 3:09 PM - by Elliot Raiter

The Simply Energy Western Australian U18 side has capped off its championship-winning campaign with six players and coach Peter Sumich being named in the U18 All-Australian team. 

Deven Robertson was named captain of the All-Australian side, finishing a brilliant month for the Perth product, collecting the Larke Medal, WA MVP and captaining his state to championship victory. 

Luke Jackson was named in the middle as the premier ruckman of the competition, finishing a close second to teammate Robertson in the Larke Medal standings. 

Livewire forward’s Elijah Taylor and Liam Henry were named up front, with both electrifying the WA forward 50 through the four-game championships. 

Jeremy Sharp averged more than 20 touches a game and that was enough to find the wingman on the bench of the coveted side. 

While vice-captain Trent Rivers rounded off the selection of WA talent, also being named on the bench on the back of brilliant ball use during the campaign. 

Championship-winning coach Peter Sumich adjudged as the leader of the All-Australian side, marking a special occasion in his third-year as coach of Western Australia. 

Overall, WA had six players and a coach inducted into the best team of the carnival.

See full team below: 

Round 12 Colts Wrap

Wednesday, July 3, 2019 - 7:45 PM - by Chris Pike

PEEL Thunder has shot clear on top of the WAFL Colts for 2019 following a win over Swan Districts on Saturday while there were also Round 12 victories for East Perth, Claremont and West Perth.

Peel and Swan Districts have been the two standout teams so far in the colts season for 2019, but now it is the Thunder who have pulled away two be two games and significant percentage clear on top of the ladder after 12 rounds.

The Thunder and Swans met for the first time of the season this Saturday at Mandurah's David Grays Arena and it was Peel who proved too strong, beating Swan Districts 10.17 (77) to 5.9 (39).

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Optus WAFLW Round 8 Wrap

Wednesday, July 3, 2019 - 5:44 PM - by Chris Pike

WITH the league-leading Subiaco having the bye, it was a chance for the other four teams to sort themselves out in the WAFL Women's competition and it ended up providing a tight East Fremantle win and big win for Claremont in Round 8.

Round 8 of the inaugural WAFLW Optus Premiership Season took place with both games taking place on Sunday afternoon with the league's runaway leading team, Subiaco, having the bye after winning of their opening six matches in 2019.

Both games on Sunday afternoon were then always going to be fascinating and that's how it played out with East Fremantle narrowly defeating Swan Districts 5.7 (37) to 4.5 (29) at East Fremantle's New Choices Homes Park.

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Robertson claims Larke Medal

Wednesday, July 3, 2019 - 5:37 PM

WA captain Deven Robertson has claimed the Larke Medal as the best player in this year’s AFL U18s National Championships. 

The Perth product led WA to their first Championship victory in 10 years, whilst breaking the record for total disposals during the four-game carnival. 

The midfielder finished with 28 touches, six clearances and six i50’s in the final fixture against Vic Country. Adding to his three previous games of over 30 disposals. 

Robertson, nephew of former West Coast Eagle Darren Glass, joins the likes of Stephen Coniglio, Oscar Allen and David Swallow as Western Australian winners of the award. 

The youngster has been instrumental in Western Australia claiming the U18s crown, becoming the sixth WA recipient of the award in the last 11 years. 

Ironically, Number #1 draft pick Sam Walsh was the previous record-holder for total disposals at the Championship, with Robertson’s final handball overtaking the 118 accumulated by Walsh. 

Robertson was thrilled to receive the coveted award, but couldn’t be more pleased to gain a Championship.

“It’s nice,” Robertson said.

“It is a privilege to win it definitely, but the championship is what we came for. We were lucky enough to kick a goal late and win it.”

“10 years, it’s been a long time coming.”

“To bring the cup back to WA is an amazing honour.”

Luke Jackson was equally impressive throughout the campaign, finishing second to his captain in the Larke Medal standings. 

WAFC congratulates Simply Energy WA U18s

Wednesday, July 3, 2019 - 4:26 PM

The West Australian Football Commission congratulates the Simply Energy WA U18s team lead by coach Peter Sumich and captain Deven Robertson on winning the 2019 NAB AFL National U18s Championships in Melbourne today.
WA claimed the Championships with a thrilling 7.9 (51) to 6.10 (46) win against Victoria Country at Marvel Stadium in the final game of the event.
WAFC CEO Gavin Taylor congratulated all of the State Academy players, coaches and support staff on their successful Championships campaign and paid tribute to the work of WAFL clubs, Colts Coaches, Talent Managers and everyone else involved in the WA Talent Pathway.
“The National Championships are a great way to showcase our most talented players and I thank everyone who has played a role in their development, from their junior coach to all of our staff in the talent pathway,” Mr Taylor said.
“The increased investment in WA’s Talent Pathway from the AFL coupled with the excellent support of our WAFL Clubs, Colts Coaches, Talent Managers and State Academy staff is all evident in the quality of this Championships performance.”
“All of the players have bought into the standards, training requirements and game day structures under the leadership of Head Coach Peter Sumich and State Talent Manager Adam Jones, which has allowed them to perform well as a team whilst also showcasing their natural talents.”
“We are focused on using this momentum to further enhance the growth and quality of WA’s Talent Pathway as we continue striving to be Australia’s best State for talent development.”
WA U18s coach Peter Sumich congratulated all of the players, coaches and support staff involved in the State Academy program on their efforts and achievement.
“This is a great result for everyone as a collective, not just the 23 players who ran out today but all of the players who were part of the squad and played their role during the Championships,” he said.
“I’m really proud of all the players and also want to thank our support staff and coaches. The players were blessed to have such quality people around them to help them get the best result on the footy field.”
“Assistant coaches Craig Otto, Ash McGrath, Mark Seaby, Jacob Brennan and Garry Moss were great and hopefully Jacob and Garry as Colts coaches, can take some of this experience back to their Colts teams." 
“Overall it’s a great result for WA Football,” Sumich said.
Wednesday, July 3
Vic Country 6.10 (46) def. by WA 7.9 (51) 
(Marvel Stadium, Melbourne)
Saturday June 22

Allies 5.13 (43) def. by WA 10.8 (68) 
(Alberton Oval, Adelaide)
Saturday June 15
WA 4.11 (35) def. by SA 7.4 (46)
(Optus Stadium, Perth) –
Saturday, June 8
WA 12.14 (86) def. Vic Metro 10.9 (69)
(Mineral Resources Park, Perth)

WA win AFL U18 National Championships

Wednesday, July 3, 2019 - 2:58 PM - by Lenny Fogliani

For the first time since 2009, Western Australia won the NAB AFL U18 Championships.

They secured the title after a five-point victory over Vic Country. Regan Clarke was the hero for Western Australia kicking a goal with 10 second to go. 

Deven Robertson continued his excellent campaign with 28 possessions, eight tackles, six clearances, and six inside 50s to claim the WA U18s MVP.

Liam Henry (25 possessions, six marks, five rebounding 50s, five tackles and four inside 50s), Chad Warner (22 possessions, six inside 50s, five tackles an four clearances), Nathan O’Driscoll (21 possessions and six tackles), Jeremy Sharp (20 possessions and a goal) and Trent Rivers (20 possessions and four tackles) were prolific for the Sandgropers.

Up forward Logan McDonald kicked two goals, while Regan Clarke, Jai Jackson, Callum Jamieson, Jeremy Sharp and Tyrone Thorne each kicked one.

Western Australia stamped their authority early in the match. In the second minute, Liam Henry intercepted a Vic Country rebound out of defensive 50, before finding Elijah Taylor inside 50. Taylor then centred the ball to Jeremy Sharp, who duly converted his set shot from 45 metres out on a slight angle. In the sixth minute, Callum Jamieson stole the ball off a Vic Country defender before banging through the Sandgropers second goal. A few minutes later, Jai Jackson took a strong contested mark before kicking his first goal of the game. Unfortunately in the 16th minute, Riley Garcia went down with what looked to be a serious leg injury. At quarter time, the Sandgropers led by 18 points.

The Sandgropers continued their ascendancy in the second quarter. In the ninth minute, Regan Clarke was able to find Logan McDonald inside attacking 50. McDonald then converted his set shot from about 35 metres out on a slight angle. Three minutes later, McDonald dribbled the ball out of a pack to kick his second goal. In the 16th minute, Vic Country’s Ned Cahill won a free kick for being taken too high. The Dandenong Stingrays’ product then converted for Vic Country’s first goal. At half-time the Sandgropers led by 25 points.

After the main break, Vic Country got off to a great start when Cody Weightman snapped through his first goal in the fourth minute. Tyrone Thorne snappes through his first goal soon after. In the fifteenth minute, Vic Country transitioned the ball out of the defensive zone exceptionally well. Brodie Kemp took a strong mark. He then duly converted his set shot from about 30m out. Late in the quarter, Kemp kicked his second goal to reduce the margin to just 11 points.

The final quarter proved to be incredibly tense. In the sixth minute Jai Jackson produced a goal-saving tackle. In the fifteenth minute, Luke Jackson gave away a costly 50 metre penalty that saw Charlie Comben kick his first goal and to reduce the margin to just five points. Ned Cahill then soccered through his second goal to put Vic Country in front. However in the dying stages, Regan Clarke took a mark inside 50 and then proceeded to kick the winning goal.

WESTERN AUSTRALIA        3.3    5.5    6.5    7.9    (51)
VIC COUNTRY            0.3    1.4    4.6    6.10    (46)

Robertson, Jackson, Pasini, Clarke, Grainger- Barras

2: Logan McDonald, 1: Regan Clarke, Jai Jackson, Callum Jamieson, Jeremy Sharp, Tyrone Thorne

2: Ned Cahill, Brodie Kemp, 1: Charlie Comben, Cody Weightman

TABtouch Team of Round 12

Wednesday, July 3, 2019 - 1:05 PM - by Chris Pike

THERE were plenty of standout individual performances across the five Round 12 WAFL matches on Saturday including Michael Sinclair, Kyal Horsley, Josh Smith, Blair Bell and Declan Mountford instrumental in wins for Perth, Subiaco, West Coast Eagles, Peel Thunder and Claremont.

All five matches in Round 12 took place on Saturday afternoon and as we move deeper into the second half of the season, every game is taking on greater significance as the battle for final positions heats up.

Claremont's win saw the Tigers jump to second spot ahead of South Fremantle while Perth took another significant leap towards a first finals appearance since 1997 and then Peel Thunder's thumping of Swan Districts saw them replace West Perth in the top five.

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