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Around the Grounds: Round 1

Thursday, July 16, 2020 - 11:56 AM

Round 1 - Saturday, July 18

Swan Districts v West Perth: Steel Blue Oval: Saturday 2.30pm

Swans Play Zone

Enjoy free fun for children of all ages! Laser tag, bouncy castle, spider mountain, climbing wall, 2 x bungee tramps, Velcro fly wall, face painting & more. 

Free sausage sizzle and soft drink for all Swans Members, show voucher at Swans Play Zone canteen. 

Longest kick competition and chase the swan for the very little. 

Win $100 in Bin it to Win it. 
 

South Fremantle v East Fremantle: Fremantle Community Bank Oval: Saturday 2.35pm

Purchase your tickets HERE 

Kids Activities 

Our Kids' Corner will include face painting, a 23m inflatable obstacle course, a giant footy dart board, fairy floss, hot dog stand, ice cream, coffee for mums and dads, giant jenga and connect 4 PLUS great giveaways!

Colts Game Commencement – 9.30am
Reserves Game Commencement - 12.00pm
League (Derby) Game Commencement - 2.35pm
Live music post game

Subiaco v Claremont: Leederville Oval:  Saturday 2.30pm 

Purchase tickets HERE 

Flag Raising
A special flag raising ceremony will take place before the league match with the club set to raise the 2019 Premiership Flag. The flag is set to be raised from 2.15pm with the majority of last year’s league premiership side to be in attendance at this special occasion. 

Half Time Competition – O2Fit Sprint
Keep an eye in front of the Subiaco Members Grandstand during half time for the O2Fit Sprint. Get the kids to the front of the Members Grandstand for their chance to register for the race, with prizes on offer! 

North Perth Community Bank KidZone
NEW in 2020, Subiaco members and fans will be able to enjoy a Samurai Obstacle Course and FREE Subiaco Spray on Tattoos. The inflatable obstacle course will be on the woodchips (near the Ice Cream Truck) and the Tattoo’s will be near Subiaco members seating grandstand.

Members Draw
NEW in 2020, Subiaco members will have the chance to win a $200 bar card at 6pm after each Subiaco home game. If the winner is not present, the jackpot increases by $200. Make sure you are at the Members Bar for your chance to win! Family members and friends cannot claim on the winner behalf. 

Leederville Sports Bar
The Leederville Sports Bar will be open from 10.30am. With live sport on all day across our nine screens in the Sports Bar and the attached Rooftop Beer Garden, you won’t miss a minute of the live-action across the day. All fans are welcome and encouraged to enjoy the environment of the Leederville Sports Bar on match days.
 

Peel Thunder v Perth: David Grays Arena - Mandurah: Saturday 2pm

Peel Thunder host Perth at David Grays Arena, Mandurah on Saturday, July 18.

The game will be played as a double-header with the Round 1 WAFL Women's game between Peel Thunder and Swan Districts, which starts at 12pm.

The Colts fixture between Peel Thunder and Perth follows the League game at 4.30pm.


Round 1 Football Budget

Thursday, July 16, 2020 - 9:25 AM

The Round 1 Football Budget is available to download ahead of this weekend's opening round of the 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. 

ROUND 1 FOOTBALL BUDGET DOWNLOAD 


2020 Simply Energy WAFL Colts Preview

Tuesday, July 14, 2020 - 4:55 PM

The 2020 Simply Energy WAFL Colts competition is set to commence on July 18, with a number of promising players set to shine in season 2020.

Clubs will play each other once across nine home-and-away matches with each club also having a bye. There will be a three-week finals series with the Simply Energy WAFL Colts Grand Final scheduled to be played on Sunday, October 4.

Round 1

Saturday July 18

South Fremantle v East Fremantle: Fremantle Community Bank Oval: 9.30am

Subiaco v Claremont: Leederville Oval: 9.30am

Swan Districts v West Perth: Steel Blue Oval: 9.30am

Peel Thunder v Perth: David Grays Arena: 4.30pm
 

Below are some of the players to watch out for in the 2020 Simply Energy WAFL Colts competition.

KALIN LANE – CLAREMONT
Junior Club: Denmark-Walpole FC (GSFL)
The Denmark-Walpole product is a lightly framed ruckman who is still raw but has enormous upside. He only played one WAFL Colts game in 2019, but he has relocated to Perth for his university studies.

JOEL WESTERN – CLAREMONT
Junior Club/s: Subiaco JFC/Western Tigers JFC
A member of Fremantle’s Next-Generation Academy, Western is a small midfielder who can also be damaging when stationed in the forward line. He was instrumental in Claremont’s Colts’ 2019 Grand Final-winning team with 23 possessions and 6 tackles. Western finished second in the 2019 Claremont Colts Best and Fairest, and seventh in the 2019 WAFL Colts Coaches Award. 

JACK CARROLL – EAST FREMANTLE
Junior Club: Chapman Valley (GNFL)
The 2018 WA Country Builders AFL Scholarship winner is a smooth-moving and skilful half-back flanker who has the capability to push onto a wing or even into the midfield. In 2019, Carroll finished fifth in East Fremantle’s Best and Fairest after he averaged 16 possessions, 3 tackles, 2 marks and kicked four goals across 12 games.

FINN GORRINGE – EAST FREMANTLE
Junior Club: Attadale JFC
The Aquinas College graduate is a medium-sized inside midfielder who is strong, tough, skilful and also defensively accountable. In 2019, Gorringe finished 17th in East Fremantle’s Best and Fairest after he kicked six goals and averaged 16 possessions, 4 tackles, and 3 inside 50s across six games.

BRANDON WALKER – EAST FREMANTLE
Junior Club: Kardinya JFC
The Fremantle Dockers’ Next-Generation Academy member is a small defender who loves to take the game on. Walker often uses his speed and skills to carve his way through the opposition’s defensive zone. In 2019, he finished equal ninth in East Fremantle’s Best and Fairest, and was also a member of the WA U18s State Academy but did not play a game. In 2018, he won All-Australian selection at the NAB AFL U16s Championships.

CHRIS WALKER – EAST FREMANTLE
Junior Club: Kardinya JFC
The Fremantle Dockers’ Next-Generation Academy member is a medium-sized utility who is tough, skilful and athletic. In 2019, Walker finished equal ninth in East Fremantle’s Best and Fairest after he averaged 10 possessions, 3 tackles and 3 marks across 13 games for the Sharks.

JACK HINDLE – EAST PERTH
Junior Club: Dunsborough JFC (SWFL)
The South West product is a key defender who boasts excellent athleticism. In 2019, Hindle averaged 10 possessions, 2 marks and 2 tackles across five games for the Royals. He was named in the best on three occasions, including both of the Royals’ finals against Swan Districts (11 possessions, 4 tackles, 3 marks) and West Perth (17 possessions, 5 marks).

TYLER NESBITT – PEEL THUNDER
Junior Club: South Mandurah (PNFL)
The South Mandurah junior is a medium-sized defender who reads the play well, often positioning himself to intercept the opposition’s attacking entry. In 2019, Nesbitt won Peel’s Best First Year Player Award after he averaged 10 possessions, and 4 marks across 17 games.

ISIAH WINDER – PEEL THUNDER
Junior Club: Eaton Boomers (SWFL)
The Bunbury product is an exciting small forward who has demonstrated an ability to push into the midfield. In 2019, Winder finished ninth in the Jack Clarke Medal and ninth in Peel’s Best and Fairest after he averaged 18 possessions, 4 marks and kicked 9 goals across 18 games. He was one of Peel’s best in their Grand Final against Claremont with 10 possessions, 4 marks and 2 goals. In 2017, he was a member of the Rio Tinto Flying Boomerangs Squad.

LOGAN MCDONALD – PERTH
Junior Club/s: Coorow-Latham (NMFL)/Applecross-Mount Pleasant JFC
The Coorow-Latham product is a strong marking key forward who reads the play well, is strong overhead and is a good kick for goal. In 2019, McDonald played three games and kicked 3 goals for the WA U18s as a bottom-ager. In six games for Perth, McDonald kicked 9 goals and averaged 13 possessions, 3 marks and 3 tackles. In 2018, he won All-Australian selection at the NAB AFL U16s Championships.

NATHAN O’DRISCOLL – PERTH 
Junior Club: Northam Saints JFC
The younger brother of Fremantle’s AFLW player Emma, Nathan O’Driscoll is a composed medium-sized defender who can push through the midfield. In 2019, he was a member of the WA U18s Leadership group and played three games for the Sandgropers as a bottom-aged player. He also finished second in Perth’s Best and Fairest despite only playing eight games. In 2018, he won All-Australian selection at the NAB AFL U16s Championships.

IRA JETTA – SOUTH FREMANTLE
Junior Club: Fremantle City Dockers JFC
A cousin of AFL players Lewis and Neville Jetta, Ira Jetta is a small forward who has the capability to push into the midfield. In 2019, Jetta finished second in South Fremantle’s Best and Fairest, and 14th in the WAFL Colts Coaches Award despite only playing nine games. In those 9 games, Ira kicked 5 goals and averaged 18 possessions, 6 tackles and 4 inside 50s. In 2017, he was a member of the Rio Tinto Flying Boomerangs Squad.

SHANNON NEALE – SOUTH FREMANTLE
Junior Club: Jandakot Jets JFC
A former national 400m and 800m runner, Shannon Neale is an exciting ruckman who still has a lot of upside. He has also demonstrated an ability to push forward to become a threat. In 2019, Neale won South Fremantle’s Rising Star Award and also won South Fremantle’s Leading Goalkicker Award.

BLAKE MORRIS – SUBIACO
Junior Club: Kingsley JFC
The Kingsley junior is a medium-sized defender who is strong, quick, smart and skilful. He reads the play well, often positioning himself to intercept the opposition’s attacking entries. In 2019, Morris played for the WA U16s as an over-age player. For the Sandgropers, Morris averaged 17 possessions, 7 rebounding 50s, 6 marks and 4 tackles to win WA’s MVP Award and All-Australian selection. He also played two games for Subiaco’s Colts team.

DENVER GRAINGER-BARRAS – SWAN DISTRICTS
Junior Club: Kalamunda JFC
The 2019 Jack Collins-Alan Schwab AFL Life Members Scholarship winner is a key defender who is aggressive and powerful in one-on-one contests, reads the play well to intercept the opposition’s attacking entries, is a smart decision-maker with ball in hand, and an excellent distributor of the ball. In 2019, Grainger-Barras played two games for the WA U18s team as a bottom-aged player. He finished tenth in the Swans’ Colts’ Best and Fairest, despite only playing seven games. He also made his WAFL League debut against East Fremantle. In 2018, he won All-Australian selection at the NAB AFL U16s Championships.

TY SEARS – SWAN DISTRICTS
Junior Club: South Bunbury
The South Bunbury product is a medium-sized defender who is athletic, skilful and a good decision-maker. He can also push into the midfield if required. In 2019, Sears missed a chunk of the season due to a broken ankle. He still showed enough promise across 10 games to finish 14th in his Club’s Best and Fairest.

ZANE TREW – SWAN DISTRICTS
Junior Club/s: Hills Rangers JFC/Upper Swan JFC
The Swan Christian College graduate is a strong-bodied midfielder who thrives on the crash-and-bash side of the game. In 2019, he finished equal ninth in the Swans’ Best and Fairest and 12th in the Simply Energy WAFL Colts Coaches Award, despite playing just three games due to injury. Across the three games, he averaged 29 possessions and 7 tackles, including a dominant game against Perth (40 possessions, 10 tackles). In 2018, he won All-Australian honours at the NAB AFL U16s Championship.

HEATH CHAPMAN – WEST PERTH
Junior Club: Joondalup-Kinross JFC
The Joondalup-Kinross junior is a key defender who reads the play well, often intercepting the opposition’s attacking entries before providing attacking drive from defence. In 2019, Chapman finished second in West Perth’s Best and Fairest, ninth in the Simply Energy WAFL Colts Coaches Award, won West Perth’s Most Promising Player Award and was named Centre Half-Back in the Simply Energy WAFL Colts Team of the Year. He also won West Perth’s Player of the Finals Award after he averaged 20 possessions, 4 marks and 4 tackles across three Finals games.

KELLEN JOHNSON – WEST PERTH
Junior Club: Joondalup-Kinross JFC
The Hale School graduate is a key defender who is athletic, smart and skilful. Johnson’s ability to read the play allows him to position himself to intercept the opposition’s attacking entries, while he has also demonstrated an ability to set up plenty of attacking entries for his team due to his skill and decision-making. In 10 games for West Perth last season, Johnson averaged 10 possessions, 3 marks and 2 tackles.

OTHER PLAYERS TO WATCH OUT FOR:
Keanu Haddow – East Fremantle
Adam Boules – East Perth
David Yaccob – Peel Thunder
Bryce McDonald – Subiaco
Jack Allen – Swan Districts
Will Collins – Swan Districts
Michael Mallard – West Perth
 


Round 1 WAFL Broadcast Schedule

Tuesday, July 14, 2020 - 3:15 PM

The following games will be broadcast by TV, radio or livestreamed during Round 1 of the WAFL and WAFL Women's season on Saturday July 18 and Sunday, July 19.

 

More from wafl.com.au:

2020 Optus WAFL Season Guide

WAFL Pre-Season Results

2020 Fixtures

 

 

WAFL

  Saturday, July 18

  Fixture

  Venue

    TV

  Radio

  Live scores

  2.00pm – PT v P

  DG

 

 

  WAFL App & website

  2.30pm – S v C

  LO

 

 Sport FM 91.3fm

  WAFL App & website

  2.30pm – SD v WP

  SB

 

 

  WAFL App & website

  2.35pm – SF v EF

  FCB

     7

  ABC Radio

  WAFL App & website


WAFLW 

  Sunday, July 19

  Fixture

  Venue

  Livestream

  2pm – SF v EF

  FCB

  WAFL website, Facebook & Youtube


*Time is bouncedown

CLUBS: C – Claremont, EF – East Fremantle, EP – East Perth, PT – Peel Thunder, P – Perth, S – Subiaco, SF – South Fremantle, SD – Swan Districts, WP – West Perth.

VENUES:  David Grays Arena - Mandurah (DG), Fremantle Community Bank Oval (FCB), Leederville Oval (LO), Mineral Resources Park - Lathlain (MRP), New Choice Homes Park - East Fremantle (NCH), Provident Financial Oval - Joondalup (PF), Revo Fitness Stadium - Claremont (RF), Steel Blue Oval - Bassendean (SB)


McInnes returns to Demons hungry for finals

Tuesday, July 14, 2020 - 12:58 PM - by Chris Pike

THE Perth Football Club was always hopeful that Fraser McInnes would return to his original WAFL club at some stage and now that has happened for the 2020 season with the versatile big man committed to the cause of helping the Demons to finals action.

McInnes came through the junior ranks at the Demons and then played colts football in 2011 before being picked up later that same year by the West Coast Eagles in the AFL National Draft with selection 28.

He has remained with the Eagles ever since and after playing his first 37 league matches with the Demons, he joined East Perth as part of West Coast's partnership in 2014 and went on to play 76 games with the Royals.

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WAFL Match Review Panel Update

Tuesday, July 14, 2020 - 10:30 AM

There will be no League cases heard at the WAFL Tribunal tonight, Tuesday, July 14, as all Match Review Panel offers have been accepted.

1. Connor West (West Perth) accepted a one (1) match sanction for rough conduct on Declan Mountofrd (Claremont) during the Pre-Season game between Claremont and West Perth at Revo Fitness Stadium on Saturday, July 11.

Based on the available evidence, the incident was assessed as careless conduct, medium impact and high contact. Under the table of penalties the offence was classified as a two (2) match sanction. An early guilty plea enabled the player to reduce the penalty to a one (1) match sanction.

2. Nick Robertson (East Perth) accepted a one (1) match sanction for striking Haiden Schloithe (South Fremantle) during the Pre-Season game between East Perth and South Fremantle at Leederville Oval on Saturday, July 11.

Based on the available evidence, the incident was assessed as intentional conduct, low impact and high contact. Under the table of penalties the offence was classified as a two (2) match sanction. An early guilty plea enabled the player to reduce the penalty to a one (1) match sanction.

3. Melee
The following players accepted reprimands for engaging in a melee during the Pre-Season game between East Perth and South Fremantle at Leederville Oval on Saturday, July 11.

East Perth - Rohan Kerr, Jackson Ramsay, Nicholas Robertson, Corey Watts and Kye Willcocks. 
South Fremantle - Zachary Dent and Jimmy Miller. 

Based on the available video evidence the Match Review Panel concluded that each player had committed a low level offence. Under the table of penalties this was classified as a one (1) match sanction. An early guilty plea enabled each player to reduce their penalty to a reprimand.


WAFL Pre-Season Results

Monday, July 13, 2020 - 10:22 AM

WAFL teams had their final hit-outs before the start of the home-and-away season on the weekend, seeing all teams compete ahead of July 18. 
See all of the results from this weekend's action below.
 
Optus League:

Claremont 8.4 (52) def by West Perth 10.11 (71)
Perth 10.10 (70) def by Swan Districts 12.6 (78)
East Perth 5.6 (36) def by South Fremantle 9.8 (62)
East Fremantle 2.6 (18) def by Subiaco 14.9 (93)


Optus Reserves:

Perth 12.11 (83) def Swan Districts 9.6 (60)
East Perth 6.12 (48) def South Fremantle 7.4 (46)
Claremont 14.11 (95) def West Perth 3.9 (27)
East Fremantle 5.9 (39) def by Subiaco 11.9 (75)
 

Simply Energy Colts: 

Perth 7.7 (49) def Swan Districts 4.14 (38)
East Perth 14.5 (89) def South Fremantle 4.3 (27)
Claremont 5.5 (35) def by West Perth 11.12 (78)
East Fremantle 4.4 (28) def by Subiaco 12.11 (83)
 


Optus WAFL Pre-Season Fixtures

Friday, July 10, 2020 - 11:00 AM

WAFL clubs will have their final hit-out this weekend before the beginning of the season on Saturday, July 18. 

View all the fixtures below:

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2020 Optus WAFL Premiership Season Guide

Wednesday, July 8, 2020 - 3:45 PM

When the ball is bounced across various WAFL venues on Saturday July 18, it will be exactly 124 days since football in this state was turned on its head by the Coronavirus pandemic.

Players have had their longest ever preseasons, coaches have tried to plan for the unplannable and backroom staff were presented with challenges no-one could have seen coming.

2020 will be a season like no other; 16 minutes quarters, no West Coast Eagles or AFL-listed players, a top-four and three weeks of finals.

Here is a breakdown of the WAFL clubs that will compete for premiership glory in this unprecedented season.

 

 

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Our brightest stars: West Perth district

Wednesday, July 8, 2020 - 3:35 PM

Western Australia has a proud history of developing elite football talent, with many of the game’s brightest stars beginning their careers at local junior football clubs right across the State.

In a series of articles highlighting the rich talent pool in WA over the years, Lenny Fogliani takes a closer look at the best current and former WAFL and AFL players to emerge from junior clubs in WA’s regions and districts.

This article focusses on junior clubs in West Perth's metropolitan district.

To find your local junior club, please click here.

A number of great players have come from West Perth's metropolitan district. Below are some of the most notable.

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2020 Optus WAFLW draw released

Wednesday, July 8, 2020 - 1:16 PM

The Optus WAFLW draw has been finalised for 2020, with Round 1 to kick off on the weekend of July 18/19 featuring the inaugural Fremantle Derby at Fremantle Community Bank Oval. 

The competition’s second season will see six teams take part, with the addition of South Fremantle for the 2020 season. 

Each team will play each other once, before an additional two games are played to make seven rounds total. 

A three-week finals series will follow culminating in the Optus WAFLW Grand Final on Sunday September 20. 

Dates and times of fixtures will be finalised in the coming days. For up to date information please visit www.wafl.com.au


WAFL Pre-Season Results

Monday, July 6, 2020 - 10:49 AM

WAFL teams took to the field for the first time in season 2020 over the weekend in a series of practice matches ahead of July 18. 

Players will get one more chance this coming to weekend to prepare before the home-and-away season begins in a fortnight. 

See all of the results from this weekend's action below.
 

Optus League:

Subiaco 10.15 (75) def East Perth 5.4 (34)
Perth 10.8 (68) def West Perth 8.12 (60)
East Fremantle 7.11 (53) def by Claremont 9.5 (59)

Optus Reserves:

Subiaco 8.7 (55) def East Perth 4.9 (33)
Perth 6.7 (43) def by West Perth 8.7 (55)
East Fremantle 15.8 (98) def Claremont 11.4 (70)

Simply Energy Colts: 

Subiaco 17.12 (144) def East Perth 6.5 (41)
Perth 5.8 (38) def by West Perth 10.8 (68)
South Fremantle 14.9 (93) def 5.14 (44)
Claremont 7.10 (52) def by South Fremantle 8.6 (54)
Swan Districts 61 def by Peel 83
 


Optus WAFL Pre-Season Fixtures

Friday, July 3, 2020 - 10:30 AM

WAFL fans wil get their first chance to see their side in action when practice games take place across the weekend.

This weekend sees teams play scratch matches before the official pre-season fixtures are played on July 11. 

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Our brightest stars: Swan Districts

Thursday, July 2, 2020 - 4:07 PM

Western Australia has a proud history of developing elite football talent, with many of the game’s brightest stars beginning their careers at local junior football clubs right across the State.

In a series of articles highlighting the rich talent pool in WA over the years, Lenny Fogliani takes a closer look at the best current and former WAFL and AFL players to emerge from junior clubs in WA’s regions and districts.

This article focusses on junior clubs in Swan Districts' metropolitan district.

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South Fremantle to enter 2020 Optus WAFLW competition

Monday, June 29, 2020 - 1:48 PM

South Fremantle Football Club has been granted a licence to compete in an expanded 2020 Optus WAFL Women’s competition commencing on July 18.

The addition of South Fremantle will see the WAFLW expand to six teams following the success of the inaugural season in 2019 with five founding teams – Claremont, East Fremantle, Peel, Subiaco and Swan Districts.

WAFC Executive Manager WAFL & Football Operations Scott Baker said it was exciting to see the WAFLW competition expanding in its second season to support the continued growth of women’s football and talent development outcomes in WA.

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