Despite expressing concerns earlier this year, The West Australian Football Commission has been advised by the AFL this week that an extended pre-season Rookie Draft and mid-season Rookie Draft will be introduced in 2019.
WAFC CEO Gavin Taylor said: "The WAFL competition is recognised as a rich breeding ground for AFL talent and while this presents an exciting opportunity for more WAFL players to fulfil their AFL dream, we have immediate concerns about how this may impact on the quality and integrity of the WAFL competition.
FIVE long-serving West Australian Football League identities were recently honoured with WAFL Life Membership at the 2018 Sandover Medal count.
Each of the new WAFL Life Members was nominated by their peers in recognition of their achievements and commitment to WA’s premier State League competition.
West Australian Football Commission Chairman Murray McHenry congratulated all of the new Life Members on receiving the honour and said they were highly deserving of the recognition.
Three WA players will participate in the 2018 NAB AFL Women's Draft Combine at Etihad Stadium in Melbourne this Tuesday and Wednesday.
Sabreena Duffy, pictured, has been invited to the National Combine following her outstanding performance as skipper for WA at the NAB AFL Women's National 18s Championships. Duffy was also named WA MVP of the Championships and selected for the AFLW All-Australians 18s team.
WA Mundella AFL Women's State players McKenzie Dowrick and Jasmin Stewart were also invited.
A total of 11 WAFL players are currently undertaking testing at the NAB AFL National Draft Combine in Melbourne.
Jordan Clark, pictured, was invited to the National Combine following his impressive performance for WA at the NAB AFL National 18s Championships which earnt him the WA MVP award.
Luke English and Sydney Stack who were selected for the All-Australians 18s team have also been invited.
Head Coach of the East Fremantle Women’s Football Club Nikki Harwood was presented the VicHealth Community Award at the Football Woman of the Year Awards at Crown Palladium, Melbourne.
The annual Awards, which are hosted by the Essendon Women’s Network as part of AFL Grand Final Week, recognise women in the industry who have made a significant contribution to the game of Australian Football.
The Community Award recognises those who work in a volunteer capacity, whether it be at the grass roots level, or through their voluntary contribution to clubs at the highest level.
Mt Pleasant Primary School and Paraburdoo Primary School will be running out in new football jumpers when they take to the field next season after winning the 2018 'Design a Jumper' Football Competition run by the WA Football Commission.
Over 100 entries were received from across the State with the winning schools presented with a full set of football jumpers.
WA Football Commission Schools Specialist David Lindsay thanked Burley Sekem for their continued support of the competition.
The West Australian Football Commission fully supports Subiaco Football Club's statement regarding Simply Energy WAFL Colts coach Beau Wardman following Sunday's Grand Final at Optus Stadium.
CLICK HERE to read the endorsed statement on Subiaco Football Club's website.
The West Australian Football Commission has investigated a possible breach in the Simply Energy WAFL Colts competition coaching guidelines during yesterday’s Grand Final between Subiaco and Swan Districts.
The WAFC has determined that whilst there were additional players behind the ball during the last minute and a half of the game, which goes against the direction of the coaching guidelines, this is not a rule which is officiated or penalised during games.
Therefore this does not result in the outcome of the match being overturned or a requirement for the game to be re-played. The result of yesterday’s Grand Final stands and Subiaco Football Club are the Simply Energy WAFL Colts Premiers for 2018.
SUBIACO have made it back-to-back WAFL reserves premierships kicking the last two goals to overcome East Perth by 18 points at Optus Stadium on Sunday.
The Lions and Royals played out a dramatic and exciting second semi-final two weeks ago and it was a similarly tight and hard fought Grand Final contest between the Leederville Oval co-tenants.
That day two weeks ago saw Subiaco kick the opening eight goals of the game before East Perth stormed home to score a dramatic win to book their place in the Grand Final.Read More ...
The count down is officially on!
This Sunday Subiaco and West Perth will compete in the first ever McDonald's WAFL Grand Final at Optus Stadium.
It's set to be a great day packed full of fun! Live entertainment, fan competitions, giveaways and the first ever public kick-to-kick on the hallowed turf.
Check out the plan of attack for the day below.
It is set to be a full day of action at Optus Stadium to celebrate the 2018 WAFL season starting with the reserves Grand Final between East Perth and Subiaco from 8.40am.
The attention then turns to the Simply Energy Colts with Subiaco also in action, taking on Swan Districts from 11.40am with the game to also be shown live on Channel 7 from 11.30am.
THERE is the pain of the past two years that nobody at Subiaco wants to feel again and the chance to create history, but for Chris Phelan he is just hoping to celebrate a third WAFL premiership before deciding on what his future holds.
Phelan has had yet another outstanding season with the Lions coming off a knee injury that at one point did threaten his career in 2017. But he did make it back for that second straight Grand Final loss against Peel last year and now has gone on to have a tremendous 2018.
That has seen the 167-game veteran, dual premiership winner and two-time fairest and best average another 28.1 disposals as part of a dominant Subiaco midfield alongside captain and good mate Kyal Horsley, Leigh Kitchin and Josh Deluca with ruckman Zac Clarke feeding them sublimely.
WEST Perth defender Jordan Mills is the ultimate story of perseverance racking up 100 reserves games before cementing his league spot and now after helping build Optus Stadium, he can't wait to play there in Sunday's WAFL Grand Final.
If ever there was a story of perseverance and dedication required for inspiration then surely it's Mills who provides a tremendous example with the 27-year-old playing 100 reserves games with West Perth but never once did he ever feel sorry for himself or consider walking away.
Instead, the bulking defender gave his all every single training session and every single reserves appearance hoping a spot would open up.