IT is Easter time and that means a monster Round 3 of WAFL action spread across three days beginning with two matches on Good Friday, another two on Saturday and then concluding with the broadcast clash featuring South Fremantle and West Perth on Sunday.
Good Friday WAFL football has now been a regular occurrence for some time and it has settled on both Subiaco and Peel Thunder playing host to matches on the holy day.
That will continue in 2019 with Subiaco playing the West Coast Eagles at Leederville Oval from 1.15pm and later in the afternoon from 3.45pm, Peel will host East Fremantle at Mandurah's David Grays Arena.
The WAFC Metro Central Conference held their inaugural Youth Football Invitational last weekend with over 400 year seven footballers participating, making the jump from junior to youth football.
The day revolved around familiarising players and parents with the different rules and regulations that come with moving up the age bracket, specifically in regard to matches themselves and the new rules.
The WA State U16s will have a final hit out before the team is selected for the State Carnival held in June across Western Australia and Queensland.
Players will partake in a practice game at the Fremantle Dockers Football Club in Cocburn, giving the youngsters a final chance to impress.
Bouncedown will be at 4.30pm on Thursday April 18.
WEST Perth, Swan Districts, East Fremantle and Perth all recorded WAFL Colts Super Round victories across the weekend at Steel Blue Oval and New Choice Homes Park.
The WAFL Colts Super Round got underway on Saturday at Steel Blue Oval.
Those two matches saw West Perth defeat Claremont 8.7 (55) to 5.10 (40) and then Swan Districts defeated East Perth 10.8 (68) to 8.4 (52).
The round then picked up on Sunday at East Fremantle's New Choice Homes Park with the last two games of the weekend in the colts.
That began with East Fremantle producing an impressive performance to defeat Subiaco 12.8 (80) to 3.5 (23) before Perth prevailed 9.12 (66) to 6.9 (45) against South Fremantle.
ROUND 2 of the 2019 WAFL season saw a host of standout individual performances while Subiaco and Claremont won big for the second straight week, Perth remained undefeated and East Perth and the West Coast Eagles both opened their accounts.
All five Round 2 WAFL matches took place on Saturday afternoon starting at Fremantle Community Bank Oval with Perth holding on in a thriller over South Fremantle, winning 11.10 (76) to 10.13 (73).
Optus Stadium then hosted a home and away WAFL fixture for the first time and it was a historic occasion with the West Coast Eagles winning their first game as a standalone club, beating Peel Thunder 11.11 (77) to 6.14 (50).
The WAFL Futures competition continued this week with Round 5 seeing Subiaco remain unbeaten on top of the ladder.
West Perth were far too strong for Claremont, while Peel defeated the South West Talent Academy.
Swan Districts and South Fremantle were the other major winners.
PERTH continued its impressive start to the 2019 WAFL season holding out South Fremantle in Round 2 action on Saturday while Subiaco and Claremont scored two more thumping victories, the West Coast Eagles won for the first ever time and East Perth opened their account.
All five Round 2 WAFL matches took place on Saturday afternoon starting at Fremantle Community Bank Oval where Perth opened a 23-point lead before surviving a South Fremantle fight back to win 11.10 (76) to 10.13 (73).
The first ever WAFL home and away season clash at Optus Stadium also took place on Saturday and that saw the West Coast Eagles make history winning their first ever game with an 11.11 (77) to 6.14 (50) triumph over Peel Thunder.
ROUND 2 of the 2019 WAFL season again sees all five matches take place on Saturday and there's plenty of intrigue surrounding each contest including the first home and away season match to be played on Optus Stadium.
Optus Stadium played host to a tremendous WAFL Grand Final day in 2018 and now will host a home and away fixture for the first ever time on Saturday when Peel Thunder plays the West Coast Eagles in the lead up to the Western Derby as the evening fixture at the stadium.
The other Round 2 WAFL action sees two of the winners from last Saturday, South Fremantle and Perth, do battle at Fremantle Community Bank Oval in the earlier starting contest at 1.15pm.
Plenty of fantastic fixtures and family action down at Round 2 of the WAFL this weekend.
There will be heaps happening around the grounds including fun zones, pop-up food and beverage outlets and competitions for the whole family. Check out what you can get involved in at the footy this weekend.
Around the Grounds
East Fremantle v Subiaco – New Choice Homes Park 2.15pm
The Sharks will line up for their first official game at New Choice Homes Park this Saturday, against Subiaco.
We’ve got plenty of activities for the whole family! Remember Children 15 and under go free.
Featuring in our Free Kidz Corner this week will be the Bungee Joust & Superhero Sumos.
9 Seeds Café will on site for your caffeine hit and have some delicious food in the kiosk.
Grab your blue and white get-up at the merchandise sea container. Be sure to stick around for post-match awards in the Main Hall from 6pm, there will be Happy Hour drink specials and the Western Derby on all TVs!
East Perth v Swan Districts – Leederville Oval 2.15pm
East Perth will be wearing their 1 off members jumper with the names of their members placed on them
Get down to Leederville Oval and wear your black and blue to show your support for the club in our first home match back as a traditional club
Stay around after the match for your chance to get a hat of one of your favourite players.
The boys will be handing out hats to lucky spectators’ post-match so make sure you stay around to give the boys a high 5, grab a selfie or autograph
This week’s junior club of the week is the Coolbinia Bombers
We will be showing the Western Derby live in the Member’s Bar immediately following our match
The WAFL Simply Energy Colts will help raise awareness about mental health and suicide prevention when the Kai Eardley Foundation Colts Super Round is played this weekend.
The Super Round includes double-headers at Steel Blue Oval, Bassendean on Saturday, April 13 and New Choice Homes Park, East Fremantle, on Sunday, April 14.
A gold coin donation at each ground will raise funds for the Kai Eardley Foundation, which is named in honour of East Fremantle player Cam Eardley’s younger brother, Kai, who tragically took his own life in 2016.
Mother Claire Eardley, said the Kai Eardley Foundation aimed to reduce the stigma attached to suicide and equip young men with the skills to navigate mental illness.
IT was an exciting start to the 2019 WAFL Colts season with a couple of thrilling contests and a host of standout performances from emerging stars.
All four Round 1 WAFL Colts matches took place on Saturday with two of them decided by less than a goal.
Those matches saw East Fremantle kick the last two goals of the game to beat Claremont 10.6 (66) to 9.10 (64) at Claremont Oval while Swan Districts also kicked the last goal of its clash with South Fremantle, winning 9.9 (63) to 8.11 (59) at Steel Blue Oval.
East Perth then knocked off the reigning premier Subiaco with a 10.8 (68) to 5.5 (35) win at Leederville Oval with Peel Thunder defeating West Perth 11.7 (73) to 8.8 (56) at Mandurah's David Grays Arena.
The 2019 Optus WAFL Premiership Season kicks off live and free on the 7 Network on Saturday April 6 with a highly anticipated clash between Perth and West Coast.
The game will be the start of Perth's 120-year celebrations, and also West Coast's first as a stand-alone team in the WAFL competition. Channel 7 coverage commences at 12.30pm.
The Subiaco v East Perth game will be covered live on Sport FM 91.3fm and Claremont v East Fremantle is live on KIX Digital.
Live stats from the Peel Thunder v West Perth and Swan Districts v South Fremantle games will be available on the WAFL App and WAFL website.
The Peel Thunder versus West Coast Eagles WAFL game will be played as a curtain-raiser to the AFL Western Derby at Optus Stadium this Saturday, April 13.
This presents an exciting opportunity for WAFL players, coaches and support staff to experience the world-class facilities at Optus Stadium.
THERE were so many outstanding Round 1 performances that choosing the Round 1 Team of the Week could have easily taking up two sides, but it's been narrowed down to the first group of 22 for the new season.
It was a tremendous opening to the 2019 WAFL season with the five games on Saturday afternoon featuring two thrillers with South Fremantle withstanding a kick after the siren to beat Swan Districts 8.5 (53) to 7.7 (49) while Peel Thunder held off the fast-finishing West Perth 14.4 (88) to 12.13 (85).
There were then more comfortable wins for Subiaco against East Perth 19.9 (123) to 6.8 (44), Claremont over East Fremantle 16.7 (103) to 3.7 (25) and Perth 16.13 (109) to 9.9 (63) against the West Coast Eagles in their inaugural WAFL appearance.
IT was quite the eventful opening to the 2019 Optus WAFL Season with all five Round 1 matches played on Saturday with Peel Thunder and South Fremantle winning nail-biters while Perth, Subiaco and Claremont all scored emphatic victories.
The five games in Round 1 all took place on Saturday afternoon beginning at Lathlain's Mineral Resources Park with West Coast's standalone team playing in the WAFL for the first ever time.
But Perth was the team to make an impressive statement with the Demons coming away with the 16.13 (109) to 9.9 (63) victory.