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Optus WAFL Round 12 Wrap

Monday, July 1, 2019 - 5:33 PM - by Chris Pike

ROUND 12 in the WAFL on Saturday saw Claremont keep winning to replace South Fremantle in second position while the West Coast Eagles were again impressive, Subiaco won again, Perth consolidated fourth spot and Peel Thunder continued the pain for Swan Districts.

All five matches of Round 12 took place on Saturday afternoon and it involved some significant results as positions inside the top five shuffled around a little, and the battle to reach the finals heated up as well.

The early starting game on Saturday took place at Fremantle Community Bank Oval with the West Coast Eagles producing a second straight impressive performance, beating South Fremantle 11.12 (78) to 8.9 (57).

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Around the Grounds - Round 12

Friday, June 28, 2019 - 4:08 PM

East Perth v Perth: Leederville Oval: 2.15pm 

East Perth have a massive day happening this Saturday for our Round 12 fixtures against Perth.
It is shaping up to be a terrific game of football with the resurgent Royals taking on the finals bound Demons in what looms to be a season defining clash.
Get down early and enjoy all the fun and excitement of our Junior Parade Day. All clubs from our Metro Zone will be showcased in our Annual Parade. The Royals Kid Zone will be in full swing featuring the Ultimate Obstacle Course, Handball Hut and Inflatable Footy Dart Board. 
There will be plenty of giveaways including footy’s after the match, posts and East Perth placards. Get you photo with the Hyundai Mopsters and the special Iron Man Kona featuring a special guest….
The Club will also be celebrating 100 years since its first Premiership in 1919 by wearing a one-off heritage design uniform and launching a commemorative book ‘1919 The Royal Domination Begins’ during the Round 12  clash against Perth on the 29th of June.
The 1919 design features a lighter blue and a thinner black ‘V’ in place of the traditional black yoke that became a feature of our uniform in the 1950’s. As in the official 1919 photograph the players will wear white shorts and predominantly blue socks with black tops.
The book, researched and compiled by club historian Pete Carter, reflects on each match of the 1919 season as well as featuring player profiles, issues that affected the club during the season, controversies and details of the end of season excursions.
East Perth is also taking the opportunity to work with Beyond Blue to assist in raising awareness for mental health. The jumper features the Beyond Blue logo. The match worn jumpers will be sold after the match with proceeds being donated to Beyond Blue.
As always you can enjoy a kick on the Oval between games and during the quarter time breaks, listen to the quarter time and ¾ time addresses from Coach Jeremy Barnard, come in the change rooms after the match and join us for after match presentations in the Members Area.
You can also have a ‘Health Care Check Up’ thanks to Bupa. Visit the Bupa Booth to compare your current health insurance policy to what Bupa can offer. The first 10 people to get a policy quote will get a $50 Visa card
As always, all kids under 16 free

West Perth v Subiaco: HBF Arena: 2.15pm

Around the Grounds: It’s on again! Last year’s Grand Finalists West Perth and Subiaco do battle at HBF Joondalup Arena, this Saturday 29th. Bounce down 2.15.
Don’t miss our President’s Luncheon on this Saturday or you’ll miss hearing past legends Les Fong, Bill Dempsey and George Young. Contact West Perth on 9300 3611 for bookings BUT you’ll need to hurry! 
Our upstairs bar facility is open to the public and members receive a 10% discount on beverages.
At just $15 per adult, concession pricing and kids under 16 free, a day at the Footy is a great and affordable outing with family and friends, and helps support the Club and the WAFL.

Round 8 Optus WAFLW Preview

Friday, June 28, 2019 - 12:17 PM - by Chris Pike

IT is Round 8 of the inaugural Optus WAFL Women's Premiership Season and with Subiaco having the bye, East Fremantle, Swan Districts, Peel Thunder and Claremont are all left jostling for the positions beneath them.

Subiaco has been the standout team to date in the WAFLW competition winning five of their six matches and with those victories coming at an average winning margin of 32 points points to given them a standout percentage of 225.2.

But precious little has separated the other four teams in the competition over the opening seven rounds and that sets the stage for two fascinating contests in Round 8 action on Sunday afternoon.

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Round 12 Optus WAFL Preview

Friday, June 28, 2019 - 11:54 AM - by Chris Pike

IT is another full round of WAFL action on Saturday afternoon and with all 10 teams still in the finals, there's plenty on the line including West Perth trying to continue its good form by coming up against the league-leading Subiaco.

All five matches will take place on Saturday afternoon and with plenty at stake for all 10 clubs involved as the race for finals positions heats up, with milestones to celebrate and statements to be made, it looms as a fascinating round.

It all gets underway with the earlier starting game between South Fremantle and the West Coast Eagles at Fremantle Community Bank Oval.

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Inspirational Eardley proud to reach 100 games

Thursday, June 27, 2019 - 8:22 PM - by Chris Pike

IT is quite the impressive mature mind on the shoulders of Cameron Eardley who will run out for his 100th WAFL game with East Fremantle on Saturday thankful to plenty of people who will be on his mind, including younger brother Kai.

It has been quite the journey for someone only 26 years of age and Eardley is an impressive individual not just because he is a standout midfielder in the WAFL competition and has been for 99 games now ever since returning to East Fremantle following a two-year stint in the AFL with Geelong.

It is easy to see why Eardley is such a natural and inspirational leader by both watching him play and by talking with him, but it's often actions that speak louder than the words and the way he and his family have turned a terrible tragedy into something to help others speaks volumes.

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2019 AFL Rio Tinto Flying Boomerangs and World Team squads announced

Thursday, June 27, 2019 - 11:19 AM

Nine WA players have been included in the 2019 Rio Tinto Flying Boomerangs and World Team squads that will play two exhibition matches in Melbourne next month.

Selected by NGA Managers and AFL Club recruiters, following a state talent program and talent identification camp, the respective squads of 25 young men in total have been chosen based on school attendance, leadership skills, and football ability.

Supported by Rio Tinto, the AFL Flying Boomerangs program is a personal development and leadership program for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander men aged 14-16 years old. Meanwhile the World Team is made up of the best upcoming AFL multicultural players from across the country. Read More ...

TABtouch Team of Round 11

Thursday, June 27, 2019 - 2:19 AM - by Chris Pike

WET conditions descended on Round 11 of the WAFL on Saturday afternoon bringing out some standout performances by some of the competition's stars while West Coast, Subiaco, Peel Thunder, Claremont and West Perth scored important victories.

While a couple of games earlier this season had been played in the wet, Saturday provided the first time a full round of fixtures for all 10 teams to deal with the heavy rain at once and it provided for some tremendous team and individual performances alike.

The early starting game at East Fremantle's New Choice Homes Park got the better of the weather and with the Nic Naitanui returning sideshow in town, the West Coast Eagles produced their best performance in the WAFL to defeat East Fremantle 15.15 (105) to 4.9 (33).

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Optus WAFLW Round 7 Wrap

Wednesday, June 26, 2019 - 12:05 AM - by Chris Pike

SUBIACO has confirmed itself as the team to beat in the Optus WAFLW Premiership Season for 2019 with a 20-point victory over East Fremantle on Saturday with Swan Districts keeping things interesting with a win against Claremont.

The opening seven rounds of the inaugural WAFLW season have certainly shown that the new-look competition was the right idea with talent condensed into the five league teams and creating some high-quality football that will have plenty of the players ready for another AFLW campaign in 2020.

It's also ended up producing plenty of competitive match ups and from the league-leading Subiaco to the bottom placed Peel Thunder, there is a feeling that any team can beat any other on their day which is exactly what you want in any competition.

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Round 11 Colts Wrap

Tuesday, June 25, 2019 - 11:45 PM - by Chris Pike

IT was back to a full round of WAFL Colts action on Saturday with all four matches taking place with Peel Thunder rocketing to top spot on the ladder while West Perth closed the gap on Swan Districts handing the black-and-whites their second defeat of 2019.

Following a couple of weekends where there were just the two matches played in the colts competition and with players continuing to be unavailable across the board because of duties with the West Australian team in the NAB AFL Under-18 Championships, it continued to create plenty of intrigue and surprising results in Round 11 of the 2019 season.

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Unique design to mark Royal occasion

Tuesday, June 25, 2019 - 2:08 PM

East Perth Football Club will celebrate 100 years since its inaugural 1919 Premiership and help raise awareness for mental health by wearing a one-off heritage uniform during the club’s Round 12 clash against Perth on June 29.

The unique lighter blue jumper features a thinner black ‘V’ in place of the traditional black yoke that became part of the club’s uniform in the 1950s.

To raise awareness for mental health, the jumper also features the Beyond Blue logo and initials MD on the back in recognition of long-time East Perth member and volunteer Mark Detata, who tragically took his own life last year.

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Optus WAFL Round 11 Wrap

Monday, June 24, 2019 - 12:46 PM - by Chris Pike

STATEMENTS were certainly made in Round 11 of the WAFL on Saturday with Subiaco proving its dominance in the wet in the top-of-the-table clash with South Fremantle while the West Coast Eagles, Peel Thunder, Claremont and West Perth recorded emphatic victories.

While two weeks ago Subiaco and Perth did play in torrential conditions, Saturday provided the first opportunity for all 10 clubs in the WAFL to play in wet weather for the first real time in 2019 and it's fair to say some sides handled it better than others.

As it turned out, all five games had comfortable margins in the end for the victors as the Eagles, Lions, Thunder, Tiger and Falcons all revelled in the different football that results when the rain is pelting down.

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Western Australia defeat the Allies in Adelaide

Saturday, June 22, 2019 - 11:40 AM

Western Australia have recorded a second victory at the AFL Under 18 National Championships, overcoming the Allies by 25-points at Alberton Oval. 

Despite a slow start to the contest, WA found their groove midway through the second quarter to kick nine goals to two after quarter time. 

WA’s small forwards looked dangerous throughout the contest with Elijah Taylor and Tyron Thorne both kicking three goals. 

Deven Robertson again led from the front collecting 30 disposals to lead all comers on the ground. Jeremy Sharp impressed with his use of the ball to have 22 touches and a goal, while Riley Garcia gathered 24 himself. 

Logan McDonald presented strongly for the WA side, while Trent Rivers and Ben Johnson were steady off the half-back line. 

The efforts of the WA backline were key to victory, with the Allies having 11 scoring shots to four at half time. Jake Pasini, Jaxon Prior and Denver Grainger-Barras all held firm to quell the Allies in attack.

The third term proved the highlight throughout the match, seeing Taylor kick a fantastic goal from the boundary after stepping past the man on the mark. 

Thorne was equally as impressive, snapping truly from 45 on his left to kick WA clear of the Allies. 

Callum Jamieson and Thorne were able to add majors early in the last to put the contest to bed in Adelaide. 

WA have the bye next week before travelling to Melbourne to take on Vic Country in the final round of the NAB AFL Under 18s National Championships. 

WA    1.0    3.2    7.6    10.8 (68)
ALLIES    3.4    3.8    3.11   5.13 (43)

WA BEST: Robertson, Rivers, Murphy, Thorne, Garcia

WA GOALS: Thorne 3, Taylor 3, McDonald, Sharp, Jamieson, Jackson

ALLIES BEST: O’Neill. Peatling, Gore, Rosas

ALLIES GOALS: Gore 2, Rosas, Peatling, Lucas  

Round 7 Optus WAFLW Preview

Saturday, June 22, 2019 - 1:05 AM - by Chris Pike

THERE are another two tantalising match ups in the WAFLW competition this weekend with East Fremantle taking on Subiaco on Saturday, and Claremont hosting Swan Districts on Sunday.

It remains a tremendously tight and competition inaugural Optus WAFLW Premiership Season with all five teams capable of beating anybody on their day, and still taking part in finals action entering Round 7.

There are two more matches that are hard to predict a winner in taking place this weekend with East Fremantle hosting Subiaco at East Fremantle's New Choice Homes Park on Saturday from 2.40pm.

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