GERALD Ugle might not have had the individual season he hoped in 2017 but the fact that come Sunday evening he could be a dual premiership captain at Peel Thunder could more than make up for that.
Ugle is now in his third season with Peel and his second year as captain and while he feels he can do more to impact games personally, it's hard to imagine how the move to join the Thunder could have turned out much better.
As a talented youngster from Perth, Ugle was part of the inaugural Greater Western Sydney Giants team in the AFL and did play three matches before returning to the Demons in 2014.
ADAM Cockie will never regret his time in Melbourne even though he missed a couple of Subiaco premierships while there but he desperately wants a second flag with the Lions and there would be no better time than his 100th WAFL game in Sunday's Grand Final.
Cockie burst on to the scene at Subiaco in 2008, playing 22 games, representing Western Australia, playing in Subiaco's premiership and finishing third in the fairest and best before finding himself drafted by the West Coast Eagles.
He went on to play seven games at West Coast in the AFL in 2009 before his season ended early through injury. He remained playing with Subiaco the next two years culminating in the Grand Final loss to Claremont.
The West Australian Football Commission is calling on all football fans to be part of history when the last ever WAFL Grand Final at Domain Stadium is held this Sunday September 24 with free entry for kids and a special tribute to WA Football’s legends.
The historic game will be played at 2.50pm on Sunday, September 24 with a range of initiatives planned to celebrate the occasion.
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A pre-game parade is planned to feature WA Football Hall of Fame inductees, past Sandover and Simpson Medallists.
As the 2017 Junior Football season comes to a close, three of the state’s top Year 12 teams will play off to win the West Australian Football Commission (WAFC) State Championship title.
Grand Finalists from each of the Northern, Central and Fremantle Conferences have been invited to participate in the fourth annual WAFC State Championships to be held at Steel Blue Oval on Saturday, September 23.
NOTHING will stop Peel Thunder's greatest ever player Rory O'Brien from being there this week for the birth of his third child and that is creating a dramatic week as he prepares to try and become a dual premiership player.
O'Brien and his wife Ebony were expected to welcome their third child, a daughter, into the world by Wednesday of this week making for quite the special Grand Final week as he prepares to line up for Peel against Subiaco at Domain Stadium on Sunday.
However as yet the little sister for Ivy and Hugo is yet to arrive and as Grand Final day draws closer, that's creating some nervous moments.
IN four years since his time with Fremantle, Haiden Schloithe has turned himself into perhaps the best all-round player not in the AFL system in Australia and he couldn’t be prouder to have received the Sandover Medal after his outstanding 2017 season with South Fremantle.
Schloithe originally joined South Fremantle from Katanning to play in a colts premiership before then being added to Fremantle's rookie-list for the 2012 and 2013 AFL seasons.
He couldn’t quite make it for an AFL debut but when he returned to South Fremantle full-time in 2014, he was at the age and of the mindset where he was ready to really make his mark as an outstanding WAFL footballer.
The coaches and captains from Peel Thunder and Subiaco Lions fronted the media today, September 21, as part of a special WAFL Grand Final tribute event held at Domain Stadium ahead of the last ever WAFL Grand Final at the venue.
Special guest including WA Football Hall of Fame legends Barry Cable, Denis Marshall, Graham Moss, John Todd and Bill Walker attended the special tribute event which featured a WAFL memorabilia display.
CLAREMONT's colts and Subiaco's reserves both won their respectively WAFL preliminary final matches on Sunday at Leederville Oval to book their places in the 2017 Grand Final.
Preliminary final day at Leederville Oval began on Sunday morning with Claremont qualifying for a fourth consecutive Grand Final, beating East Perth 8.9 (57) to 6.9 (45).
It is a remarkable performance by the Tigers who lost the 2014 Grand Final to Swan Districts but have won the past two premierships and now have the chance to make it a hat-trick this Sunday.
WA Football volunteer Tom Busher has been recognised for his significant contribution and leadership in the growth and development of football in the South West region as the 2017 recipient of The Sunday Times WA Football Volunteer of the Year Award.
Busher was presented with the award at the West Australian Football League Sandover Medal Count on Monday, September 18. He was one of 17 regional and district finalists chosen from more than 2,000 nominees and has received a trip for two to the AFL Grand Final, thanks to the AFL.
Sunday September 24 marks a special day on the WA Football calendar. It is the day the last ever WAFL Grand Final will be played at Subiaco Oval.
To celebrate this special occasion and the 109 years of local football held at the venue, footy fans can purchase a limited edition WAFL Grand Final Commemorative Guernsey.
The guernsey is available at the Burley Sekem online store. Adult sizes are $95 and Youth $85.
SOUTH Fremantle's Haiden Schloithe has been rewarded for his work as an equally damaging midfielder and goalkicking forward by claiming the Sandover Medal as the WAFL's fairest and best player in 2017.
It was a fitting end to the vote count for 2017 that Schloithe's nearest rival was his teammate Tim Kelly after the pair had standout seasons with the Bulldogs helping lead them all the way to Sunday's preliminary final before losing to Subiaco.
Little could separate Schloithe and Kelly throughout the WAFL season with South Fremantle both proving tremendous inside midfielders and clearances winners, while able to break away and run and carry the ball, and go forward to kick goals.
THE West Australian Football League will honour the 2017 McDonald’s WAFL Premiership Season’s fairest and best player when the Sandover Medal is presented at the Crown Ballroom, Crown Towers on Monday night, September 18.
The Sandover Medal, which has been awarded each season since 1921, will be presented by Ian Sandover, great grandson of the original donor of the medal, Mr Alfred Sandover.
THE Sandover Medal count for 2017 looks to be a relatively open affair heading into it and while South Fremantle pair Haiden Schloithe and Tim Kelly are warm favourites, gun on-ballers from Claremont, West Perth and Perth shouldn’t be far away along with a trio from Subiaco.
The Sandover Medal count will be held in the Crown Grand Ballroom at the Crown Towers on Monday night as preparation heats up for Sunday's WAFL Grand Final between Peel Thunder and Subiaco at Domain Stadium on Sunday.
The Sandover Medal remains the most prestigious individual award in West Australian football and it's set to be another fascinating count on Monday night to find out the winner.
Subiaco are through to the 2017 WAFL Grand Final following their 32-point Preliminary Final victory over South Fremantle in front of a crowd of more than 4,000 at Leederville Oval today, Sunday September 17.
The Lions take on reigning premiers Peel Thunder next Sunday, September 24, in what will be the last ever WAFL Grand Final at their long-term home ground, Subiaco Oval.
SUBIACO has advanced to a fourth successive WAFL Grand Final and set up a rematch with Peel Thunder after beating South Fremantle by 32 points in the preliminary final at Leederville Oval on Sunday.
South Fremantle stormed out of the blocks in the preliminary final on Sunday with the opening three goals of the game in a stirring opening in the first 11 minutes.
But Subiaco worked its way on top from there kicking eight of the next 10 goals to go into half-time with a 22-point advantage.