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Around the Grounds - Round 11

Thursday, June 20, 2019 - 2:33 PM

East Fremantle v West Coast: New Choice Homes Park – Saturday 11.40am

East Fremantle host the West Coast Eagles for our first official clash this Saturday at 11:40am. If you can’t make it to the game – the fixture will be LIVE & FREE on 7.
The East Fremantle Women’s League side will take on Subiaco at 2:45pm.

*Please note, our Reserves and Colts have a bye

Our FREE Kidz Corner will be in full swing with a SpongeBob and Tinkerbell Bouncer. At half time, head onto the oval to join our bin-it to win-it for your chance to win a junior footy!
Take a selfie at the game and post it with the hashtag #ichooseeastfreo for your chance to win! Choose from some awesome Sharks merchandise thanks to our sponsor - New Choice Homes

Claremont v East Perth: Claremont Oval – Saturday 2.15pm

Claremont v East Perth
League – 2:15pm
Reserves – 11:30am
Colts – 9am 

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! Head to the Tiger Bar after the game to meet the players & listen to the after game presentations!  
The Tiger Cub Hub will be open from 1PM with lots of fun activities for kids to enjoy!  
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!

Swan Districts v West Perth: Steel Blue Oval – Saturday 2.25pm

Swan Districts host West Perth in a bumper clash at Steel Blue Oval.

The kids’ zone will be up and running with plenty to do for kids. Bouncy castles, rock climbing, face painting and plenty more.

Longest Kick will be played out at quarter time.

The can bar will be open too. 

Gibson Football Club reaches new heights promoting men’s health

Thursday, June 20, 2019 - 1:06 PM

Gibson Football Club in the Esperance District Football Association recently took promotion of men’s health to new heights as part of Men's Health Week and the WA Country Football League's 'talk to a mate' round.

Led as part of an initiative from league coach, Mic Krygger, the club painted one of their light poles blue using equipment provided by local farmers and businesses to remind the local community about the importance of men’s health.

The club also held a meeting with special guest speaker Tom Curnow, who’s father Freddy was killed in the Esperance bushfires in 2015, to deliver an inspirational message to players.

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Round 11 Optus WAFL Preview

Thursday, June 20, 2019 - 11:48 AM - by Chris Pike

THE WAFL is back to a full round of five matches this Saturday and with it including East Fremantle hosting the West Coast Eagles return of Nic Naitanui and then a hotly-anticipated top-of-the-table clash between South Fremantle and Subiaco, there's plenty to be excited about.

After the WAFL has had two rounds with the five matches split over the two weekends, normal action resumes this Saturday in Round 11 with all five matches and it could very well be one of the most anticipated days of WAFL action in a long time.

The main event undoubtedly takes place at Fremantle Community Bank Oval with South Fremantle and Subiaco battling over top position in the WAFL.

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TABtouch Team of Round 10

Wednesday, June 19, 2019 - 7:24 PM - by Chris Pike

THERE were just the two matches in Round 10 of the WAFL and two of the league's best-credentialed veterans delivered match-winning performances for the teams with South Fremantle's Nick Suban and Claremont's Kane Mitchell the weekend's standouts.

With East Fremantle, East Perth, Perth, Subiaco, the West Coast Eagles and West Perth all sitting out Round 10 of the WAFL having played last weekend, the four teams that had the Round 9 bye all took part on Saturday and Sunday afternoons this week.

The round got underway on Saturday afternoon at Mandurah's David Grays Arena with South Fremantle beating Peel Thunder 10.14 (74) to 11.5 (71) on the back of kicking the last two goals, including the winner from former Thunder premiership player Nick Suban.

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Round 10 Colts Wrap

Wednesday, June 19, 2019 - 7:48 AM - by Chris Pike

THERE were just the two games in the Simply Energy WAFL Colts in Round 10 of the 2019 season and that saw Claremont hand Swan Districts its first loss of the season and Peel Thunder make things interesting in the race for top spot.

With the West Australian State 18s team currently in action, it's always a fascinating time in the colts competition any season with the chance for other players to step up in the absence of some stars who are shining on the national stage.

There were just the two matches that took place in Round 10 of the 2019 season and that started with the lone clash on Saturday at Mandurah's David Grays Arena. That saw Peel Thunder continue its impressive form running out 15.8 (98) to 7.8 (50) victors against South Fremantle.

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Optus WAFLW Round 6 Wrap

Wednesday, June 19, 2019 - 7:15 AM - by Chris Pike

PEEL Thunder recorded its first ever win in the WAFL Women's competition in style on Saturday against Swan Districts while Subiaco also confirmed itself as the team to beat in 2019 with a big win over Claremont.

The 2019 Optus WAFLW Premiership Season resumed action on the weekend for Round 6 of the competition following the general bye.

Things got underway on Saturday afternoon at Bassendean's Steel Blue Oval with Peel Thunder opening its account for the season. They did in style too with the 8.5 (53) to 1.5 (11) victory against Swan Districts.

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WAFC appoints new Executive Manager - Country Football and Facilities

Tuesday, June 18, 2019 - 1:47 PM

The West Australian Football Commission has appointed a new Executive Manager - Country Football and Facilities to increase support to regional football and planning for community facilities.

Tom Bottrell, who played 200 WAFL games for South Fremantle and has been the club’s CEO since January 2017, will commence in the role at the end of July.

Mr Bottrell has also served as CEO of the Stephen Michael Foundation since 2017 and was CEO at Swan Districts Football Club for five years prior to that.

He said he was looking forward to applying his skills and experience to the new WAFC role, which will encompass football competitions and facilities right across the State.

“This is a great opportunity for me that also demonstrates a pathway for administrators, just as there is for players, coaches and umpires,” he said.

“The responsibility of overseeing 25 football leagues and aligning the player pathway across country WA, as well as the WAFC Strategic Facilities Plan is really exciting.”

“Country football is such an important part of the game and I’m looking forward to getting out and meeting everyone I will be working with.”

“There is also a lot of work required to ensure we continue developing community football facilities to cater for WA’s impressive participation growth, particularly with female football, so I am also looking forward to the opportunity this presents.”

WAFC CEO Gavin Taylor said he was excited to welcome Mr Bottrell to the WAFC’s Executive management team and looking forward to working closely on strategies to enhance football across WA.

“Tom is a high-quality appointment, that brings a good mix of football and business administration experience and I am really looking forward to working with him in this new role,” Mr Taylor said.

“This position forms part of the WAFC’s new Executive structure that was announced at the beginning of the year to align with the key priorities of our business and the broader football industry.”

“It will provide increased support for regional football with a particular focus on strengthening country competitions and boosting participation from junior through to senior football.”

“Country football provides so many benefits to local communities and we want to ensure that we can keep football prospering across our great State.”

“As we grow our numbers in the game we also need to ensure we are effectively planning for football facilities with both our clubs plus Local and State Governments. Tom will play an important part in leading the long-term planning, funding and development opportunities for facilities across WA.”

WA Country Football League President John Shadbolt said the Executive Manager role was an exciting development for country football in WA that demonstrated the WAFC’s commitment to growing the game across regional communities.

“We are excited to have Tom coming into this role and believe he will be a great leader and manager of country football,” Mr Shadbolt said.

Optus WAFL Round 10 Wrap

Monday, June 17, 2019 - 11:10 PM - by Chris Pike

THERE were just the two matches in Round 10 the WAFL on the weekend with a game on each day with South Fremantle winning with the last kick of the day against Peel Thunder and Swan Districts again being overrun, this time at the hands of Claremont.

Following the three matches in Round 9 of the WAFL with wins for Subiaco, West Perth and East Fremantle against Perth, the West Coast Eagles and East Perth respectively, all six of those teams took a seat on the weekend.

The four teams that had the bye in Round 9 then took part in the two matches in Round 10 across Saturday and Sunday afternoons.

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AFLW 18s claim two wins against Queensland

Monday, June 17, 2019 - 11:52 AM

Western Australia’s AFLW U18s made it two wins from two matches against Queensland with a 15-point win at Subiaco Oval on Sunday.

After a tight start to the contest, WA were first to score a goal with Ella Smith slotting a set shot just minutes before the quarter time siren.

Queensland out-scored WA two goals to one in the second quarter to reduce the margin to a solitary point at half time but could only manage one more behind for the remainder of the match.

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Optus WAFLW Livestream - Subiaco v Claremont

Sunday, June 16, 2019 - 12:46 PM

AFLW U18s - WA v QLD - Game 2 Livestream

Sunday, June 16, 2019 - 10:25 AM

South Australia defeat WA at Optus

Saturday, June 15, 2019 - 2:11 PM

In slippery conditions South Australia defeated Western Australia by 11-points, at Optus Stadium.

South Australia was more accurate in front of goal than WA, which proved to be the difference in the result.

Luke Jackson tried hard for Western Australia with 14 possessions, 35 hit-outs, five clearances, three tackles, and two marks. Deven Robertson continued his excellent start to the National Championships, trying to inspire WA to victory. He finished with 32 possessions, eight tackles, five inside 50s, four rebounding 50s, five marks and three clearances.

Riley Garcia (28 possessions, eight clearances and a goal), Trent Rivers (22 possessions and six marks) and Chad Warner (20 possessions and six tackles) were prolific for the home team.

Riley Garcia, Jeremy Sharp, Elijah Taylor, and  Tyrone Thorne all kicked one goal each for the home team. 

South Australia got off to a great start when Jackson Mead took a strong contested juggling mark inside 50. He then duly converted for the first goal of the game. Jeremy Sharp scored the instant reply for Western Australia, when he was able to dance his way around an opponent before drilling a goal from 50 metres out. 

At the start of the second quarter, Kysaiah Pickett weaved his way around opponents before finding Callum Park inside 50. Park went back and slotted the opening goal of the quarter to give the Croweaters a five-point lead. WA then had a host of attacking chances, but South Australia’s defence stood up tall. However, in the fourteenth minute, Elijah Taylor produced a moment of magic, when he got the ball out of a pack and snapped through his first goal of the game. 

After the main break, Darnell Tucker got the visitors off to a good start when he snapped through a goal. Kysaiah Pickett produced a moment of magic when he snapped through a miraculous goal from right on the boundary line. Cameron Tahney followed up for the visitors with two goals to push the margin out to 21 points. Tyrone Thorne roved a pack expertly and dribbled through a goal to keep WA within touching distance of South Australia.  

The final quarter proved to be a stalemate early, until Riley Garcia snuck through a goal in the tenth minute to reduce the margin to just nine points. However, in the 22nd minute, Corey Durdin dribbled through the goal to seal victory for the visitors.

Next week, WA travels to Adelaide to take on the Allies at Alberton Oval, where they will be looking to bounce back.

WA    1.2    2.4    3.6    4.11.35
SA    1.1    2.2    6.3    7.4.46

WA BEST: L. Jackson, Robertson, Garcia, Ruscoe, Johnson, McDonald

WA GOALS: 1: Garcia, Sharp, Taylor, Thorne

SA BEST Hilder, Mead, Edwards, Finlay, Morris, McNeil

SA GOALS: 2: Tahney, 1: Durdin, Mead, Park, Pickett, Tucker

Brock Higgins | 100 South Fremantle Games

Saturday, June 15, 2019 - 11:03 AM - by Chris Pike

BROCK Higgins has found himself rejuvenated by the young blood coming through at South Fremantle so far in 2019 and as he reaches 100 games with the Bulldogs, he can't wait to see how far the new generation can take the club.

Higgins was a key part of South Fremantle push to three preliminary finals the last three years with the standout workhorse ruckman part of an experienced brigade that included the now departed Ashton Hams, Ryan Cook, Cory Dell'Olio, Shane Hockey, Ben Saunders, Jarrod Parry, Marlion Pickett and Matthew Parker.

That meant there was plenty of unknowns surrounding the Bulldogs coming into 2019, but now they hold a six-game winning streak and 7-1 record heading into Saturday's Round 10 clash with Peel Thunder in Mandurah which doubles as Higgins' 100th South Fremantle game.

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AFL Under 18s Championships - WA v SA Livestream

Saturday, June 15, 2019 - 10:56 AM

Western Australia take on South Australia at Optus Stadium for Round 2 of the AFL U18 National Championships.

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AFLW WA U18s claim opening win

Friday, June 14, 2019 - 4:06 PM

Western Australia’s AFLW U18s recorded a convincing 47-point win against Queensland in the opening game of the AFLW U18 Championships at Subiaco Oval on Friday, June 14.

WA recorded the first major with Mikayla Morrison snapping a great goal on the run from a tight angle in the forward pocket.

A late free kick to Queensland saw Lily Tarlington score a behind after the quarter-time siren to reduce the margin to seven points.

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