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AFLW Under 18s Championships Livestream : WA v QLD

Friday, June 14, 2019 - 10:54 AM

Western Australia open their AFLW National Under 18s Championships with a clash against Queensland at Subiaco Oval today.

Bouncedown is 2.00pm with the game livestreamed. 

Click below to watch the match. 


Around the Grounds - Round 10

Friday, June 14, 2019 - 10:36 AM

Swan Districts v Claremont: Steel Blue Oval – Sunday 2.10pm

Swan Districts host Claremont in a bumper clash at Steel Blue Oval on Sunday.
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. 

If you can’t make it to the game – the fixture will be LIVE & FREE on 7. 
 


Round 6 Optus WAFLW Preview

Friday, June 14, 2019 - 1:43 AM - by Chris Pike

FOLLOWING the break for the general bye to play the All-Stars Game, the 2019 Optus WAFL Women's Premiership Season resumes this weekend for Round 6 action with the top two teams going at it as do the bottom two sides.

Following the first five rounds of the inaugural WAFLW season, the competition took a break last weekend with the WAFLW All-Stars taking on a team made up of AFLW State 18s players, with the WAFLW side proving victorious.

Now regular hostilities resume this weekend starting with the bottom two placed teams locking horns on Saturday afternoon at Bassendean's Steel Blue Oval with Swan Districts playing host to Peel Thunder.

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Round 10 Optus WAFL Preview

Friday, June 14, 2019 - 1:36 AM - by Chris Pike

THE four teams who had the last weekend off will take part in the only two matches of Round 10 in the WAFL with Peel Thunder hosting South Fremantle on Saturday, and Swan Districts taking on Claremont on Sunday.

Coming off the WA Day long weekend, the Thunder, Bulldogs, Swans and Tigers all had the bye in Round 9.

While they sat out the action, Subiaco defeated Perth on Saturday while East Fremantle and West Perth scored emphatic victories over East Perth and the West Coast Eagles respectively on Sunday afternoon.

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AFLW U18s Championships Preview: Western Australia

Thursday, June 13, 2019 - 8:38 PM

Western Australia will embark on another NAB AFLW Under 18 Championships full of confidence this week ahead of an opening round clash with Queensland at Subiaco Oval today. 

The Championships see the best female players from around the country takes centre stage, with many girls looking to impress before the AFLW Draft later in the year. 

WA will be led by first-time coach Beau McDonald, with the former Brisbane Premiership player taking over from current Fremantle Dockers coach Trent Cooper. 



West Coast listed player Mikayla Bowen will captain the squad as the young midfielder continues her progression towards becoming an AFLW player. 

East Fremantle forward Roxanne Roux looks a footballer to watch over the tournament, with the 17-year-old dominating at WAFLW level over the past month.  

Emma O’Driscoll, sister of AFL U18s player Nathan, will begin at full-back for the black swans, while Mim Strom will lead the ruck department. 

McDonald is looking forward to the opportunity to coach WA’s elite talent, with squad depth a key to success at the Championships. 

“The players are really looking forward to the challenge this weekend against Queensland,” McDonald said.

“We have a very well-balanced side with plenty of experience at both this level and at WAFLW.”

“Queensland will provide a really stern test for our girls; we expect their physical approach and hunt for the ball to be their biggest asset.”

WA enters the tournament with 20 players eligible for the AFLW Draft, with 14 having played in the Under 18s in 2018. 

Female Talent Manager Clint Degebrodt believes the current program has put the playing group in a great position to succeed over the coming month.

“This program has produced the most talented, physical and readymade athletes for the Championships,” he said.

“The selection process was extremely difficult and that is a credit to the talent the state has at its disposal.” 


Round 9 Colts Wrap

Thursday, June 13, 2019 - 12:17 AM - by Chris Pike

THERE were two matches in the WAFL Colts on the weekend with victories for reigning premiers Subiaco and East Perth in the Round 9 matches where both were decided by under a goal.

There might have only been the two matches in Round 9 with Claremont, Peel Thunder, South Fremantle and Swan Districts all having a bye while so did West Perth with their league team taking on the West Coast Eagles on Sunday.

The first game of Round 9 in the colts took place on Saturday evening in wet, cold and windy conditions at Leederville Oval. The two teams played out a tight affair, though, with Subiaco ending up beating Perth 5.9 (39) to 5.4 (34).

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TABtouch Team of Round 9

Tuesday, June 11, 2019 - 8:40 PM - by Chris Pike

THERE were just the three games in Round 9 of the WAFL across a wet and windy weekend and there were no shortage of standout performances with Subiaco, East Fremantle and West Perth all recording emphatic victories.

Coming off the WA Day long weekend, there were just the three matches across Saturday and Sunday afternoons in Round 9 of the WAFL with Claremont, Peel Thunder, South Fremantle and Swan Districts sitting out with the bye.

There was just the one game on Saturday afternoon in the traditional timeslot and that saw Subiaco cement its spot at the top of the ladder with a 11.13 (79) to 1.4 (10) victory against a Perth team that recorded its lowest ever score against the Lions.

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WAFL All-Stars defeat AFLW WA State 18s

Monday, June 10, 2019 - 3:11 PM

The AFLW WA State U18s preparations for the AFLW National Carnival have continued over the weekend with a thrilling one-point loss to a WAFLW All-Stars line-up in an exhibition game at New Choice Homes Park.

The WA 18s begin their campaign against Queensland this weekend and will go in full of confidence after a strong performance against a handful of AFLW players. 

WA began the game in terrific fashion kicking their first goal inside the opening minute, before piling on two more to lead at the first break.

Despite the strong breeze, WA held the All-Stars side to two goals in the second quarter, keeping their advantage to four goals at the main interval. 

Led by Courtney Guard and Claire Ortlep the All-Stars slowly worked their way back into the contest, kicking two goals in the third. 

Two late goals in the last quarter saw the WAFLW side gain a one-point lead, with the experienced team holding on to record a victory. 

Mikayla Hyde was impressive throughout the game for the AFLW WA 18s kicking two goals, while ruck-forward Mim Strom dominated the aerial battle. 

Roxanne Roux had a presence up forward, with Sarah Verrier also showing her class in the tight loss. 

WAFLW All-Stars 5.5 (35) def AFLW WA 18s 5.4 (34)

GOALS
WAFLW: Blackmore, Golisano, Norrish, Ortlep, Tester
WA 18s: Hyde 2, Briggs, Anderson, Roux
BEST
WAFLW: Ortlep, Osbourne, Rohde, Guard, Tapner, Tester 
WA 18s: Bowen, Atkinson, Goranova, Buckley, Strom, Verrier


Optus WAFL Round 9 Wrap

Monday, June 10, 2019 - 10:12 AM - by Chris Pike

IT was emphatic wins for Subiaco, West Perth and East Fremantle in a condensed yet wet and windy Round 9 of WAFL action spread over Saturday and Sunday afternoons.

Coming off the WA Day Round, there was just the three games in Round 9 of the WAFL with Claremont, Peel Thunder, South Fremantle and Swan Districts sitting things out with the bye.

The first game of the round was a standalone fixture on Saturday afternoon with torrential rain and strong wins greeting Subiaco and Perth in a clash between first and third on the WAFL ladder.

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WA 18s defeat Vic Metro in opening fixture

Saturday, June 8, 2019 - 1:08 PM - by Lenny Fogliani

Western Australia have started their NAB AFL U18s Championships in fine style with a 17-point victory over Vic Metro on Saturday.

Captain Deven Robertson led the way for the Sandgropers with 31 possessions, seven clearances, five marks, five rebounding 50s, four inside 50s and three tackles.

Other possession winners included: Trent Rivers (22), Riley Garcia (21), and Jeremy Sharp (20).

Liam Henry led the goalkicking for WA with three majors, with Elijah Taylor, Tyrone Thorne and Ben Johnson each kicking two goals. Trent Rivers and Ryan Bennell kicked one goal apiece.

 

WA got off to a fast start with Elijah Taylor kicking the opening goal of the game after taking a strong contested mark inside 50. Josh Worrell responded for the visitors with a magnificent set shot. Harrison Jones kicked another goal for the Victorians, before Jai Jackson duly converted another goal for the Sandgropers.

Liam Henry got the Sandgropers off to a brilliant start after he outmarked his opponent before drilling through his first goal of the morning. Ryan Bennell stole the ball off Vic Metro when they were rebounding and nailed another goal for WA. Matt Rowell kicked a steadier for the visitors, and moments later Josh Worrell booted his second goal to reduce the margin to just four points.

The third quarter proved to be WA’s best quarter with Ben Johnson (twice), Trent Rivers, Liam Henry and Tyrone Thorne hitting the scoreboard. Charlie Dean kicked a late goal for the Victorians to keep them within 29 points.

In the final quarter, Elijah Taylor produced a moment of magic when he cleanly picked up the ball, shrugged off a tackle and snapped through a goal. Moments later, Thorne converted his second goal. Worrell (twice), and Josh Honey hit the scoreboard for the visitors to bring the margin back to just 17 points. Henry kicked one back for the home team, and moments later Trent Bianco scored another goal for the visitors.

Next week, WA host South Australia at Optus Stadium as the curtain-raiser for the Fremantle-Port Adelaide AFL clash.

SCOREBOARD
WA         2.6    4.9    9.12    12.14. 86
VIC METRO    2.2    4.5    5.7    10.9.   69

GOALS
WA: Henry 3, Johnson 2, Taylor 2, Thorne 2, Bennell 1, Rivers 1, Jackson 1
VM: Worrell 4, Jones 2, Rowell 1, Bianco 1, Honey 1, Dean 1

BEST

WA: Robertson, L.Jackson, Garcia, Rivers 
VM: Mott, Worrell, Rowell

FIXTURES
Round 2 South Australia at Optus Stadium at 11:00am
Round 3 Allies at Alberton Oval at 10:30am
Round 5 Vic Country at Marvel Stadium at 2:10pm


Round 9 Optus WAFL Preview

Friday, June 7, 2019 - 4:37 PM - by Chris Pike

COMING off the WA Day Round in the WAFL, Round 9 features just the three games across this weekend but that doesn’t mean there isn’t plenty to look forward to including Saturday's hotly anticipated match up between Subiaco and Perth.

Perth has been the story of the 2019 WAFL season to date with the Demons' having endured a horrid recent history that now looks like it's coming to an end.

Perth hasn’t won a WAFL premiership since 1977, not played in a Grand Final since 1978 and not reached a single finals series since 1997. That's why when the Demons won five straight matches to open the 2019 season there was so much excitement around them.

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Around the Grounds - Round 9

Friday, June 7, 2019 - 1:53 PM

With many teams having the week off due to a bye round, three games will take place over the weekend. 

West Perth v West Coast: Joondalup Arena – Sunday 2.15pm

As West Perth Football Club host the West Coast Eagles for the first time, we also welcome Players from the ’99 Premiership team as part of their 20-year reunion catch up in Perth.
 
Our President’s Luncheon is set to be a good one and the Falcon’s Bar, open to the public from noon until around 8pm will be serving cold drinks and hot food. Members receive 10% discount on beverages.
 
For just $15 per Adult, concession pricing and kids under 16 free, a day at the Footy is a great, affordable outing with family and friends, and helps support the Club and the WAFL.


Subiaco v Perth: Leederville Oval – Saturday 2.10pm 

The Premiership beer mug special is still ongoing at each Subiaco game, buy the mug and get your first drink free! 

The Gold Box challenge for kids is back! Try your luck at quarter time for your chance to win a Subiaco footy. 

There is plenty of food options as well and if you can’t get to the game – watch it live & free on Channel 7, starting from 2.00pm. 
 


Robertson named WA captain

Thursday, June 6, 2019 - 7:48 PM

Perth’s Deven Robertson has been appointed captain of the Simply Energy WA U18s squad ahead of the state’s first game against Vic Metro this weekend. 
The talented midfielder will be joined in the leadership group by five other Sandgropers throughout the 2019 Championships.

“Obviously there’s been some really great players come through and wear the Black Swan or the Gold Swan, so to be named captain is something I’m really proud of,” Robertson said.

He will be aided by fellow Sandgropers Riley Garcia, Liam Henry, Nathan O’Driscoll, Jarvis Pina and Trent Rivers who have all been named in the leadership group.

“They’ve [Garcia, Henry, O’Driscoll, Pina and Rivers] been terrific, they’ve been great not only with the leadership aspect of things, but training-wise, us as a group set the standard for training and they’re terrific people, not only good footballers, but they’re terrific people and I get on with all of them. They’ve been huge for me,” Robertson said.

Robertson doesn’t need to look very far to find a mentor for his leadership. The talented youngster is the nephew of former West Coast Captain Darren Glass.

“He’s been huge for me. Not only was he a legend footy-wise, obviously captain of the Eagles, but he’s the most family-centred guy you will ever meet. He’s so selfless and I try and be like him, not only as a leader but as a family-man as well,” Robertson said.

Robertson credits his Uncle for helping him have a big pre-season which resulted in excellent performances in the two-kilometre time trial, and reduced skinfolds.

“He came back over the summer. I did a lot of my pre-season training with him, so most mornings we would go and do a running session and then we’d do skills after. That was big for me,” Robertson said.

Robertson was fortunate enough to have caught up with former West Coast co-captain and Brownlow Medallist, Matt Priddis, who gave him helpful guidance.

“He [Priddis] said if you’re lucky enough to be selected as captain, there’s a reason you’ve been selected as captain and he said to try not to change too much. He said you’ve gone into that position for a reason, so you don’t really have to go out of your way to do anything special, just keep doing what you’re doing and it’ll work out,” Robertson said.

Robertson has had experience captaining his state before, successfully leading the Western Australia to glory in the 2017 NAB AFL U16s Championships.

“That was amazing. Obviously we won the Championships which was incredible. I think our biggest winning margin was four points against South Australia which was the first game. Then the next two were by one point. So being a part of that team was in itself awesome. Fortunate enough being captain as well added that little bit extra to it,” he said.

It was in 2017 that Robertson started to make a name for himself as one of WA’s leading draft prospects after winning the WA U16s MVP.

“To be MVP in a championship-winning team is pretty special because you know you’ve had a part to play in that team and you played your role and did what was expected of you.”
Western Australia start their campaign against a formidable Vic Metro at Lathlain Park on Saturday morning, and Robertson is looking forward to the contest.

“I think it’s going to be a bit wet. The forecast is pretty rainy, so I think it’ll be a real tight contest. There will be a lot of work done at the coalface which hopefully I can get in and under and get the ball going forward,” he said.

What is evident is that Robertson is a natural leader who has the potential to lead WA to glory in 2019. 

OTHER MEMBERS OF THE WA STATE U18s LEADERSHIP GROUP

LIAM HENRY – CLAREMONT
A member of Fremantle’s Next-Generation Academy, Henry is a quick and skilful wingman, similar to Fremantle’s Brad Hill. Like Hill, Henry reads the play exceptionally well to find himself in the right positions, is always balanced with ball in hand, boasts explosive evasive skills, and is seen as professional, and dedicated – making him a respected leader amongst his peers. In three games for the Tigers, Henry is averaging 22 possessions, five marks, five tackles and has kicked five goals.

TRENT RIVERS – EAST FREMANTLE
The East Fremantle Captain is considered to be a potential top-25 draft pick, such is his consistency, leadership qualities, skill-level and physicality. In four games for the Sharks, Rivers is currently averaging 27 possessions, six marks and five tackles. Rivers has mostly played half-back for the Sharks, but has demonstrated an ability to push into the midfield, where he uses his big frame to rip the ball out of stoppages and feed it to the outside runners.

JARVIS PINA – PEEL THUNDER
The Peel Thunder Captain is a small defender who locks down his direct opponent, but also has the smarts to provide offence from the defensive half. In three games for Peel, Pina has lead the Thunder to victory over in all the games and is currently averaging 22 possessions, seven tackles and five marks. Due to his playmaking ability, penetrating skills, calm composure and excellent understanding of the game, Pina can be likened to Melbourne’s rising star Christian Salem. 

NATHAN O’DRISCOLL – PERTH DEMONS
A bottom-age prospect, O’Driscoll is a medium defender who reads the play exceptionally well, to intercept the opposition’s attacking forays. Last year for the WA State U16s, O’Driscoll averaged 17 possessions (nine contested) and three marks to win All-Australian honours. In two games for the Demons in 2019, O’Driscoll is averaging 26 possessions, four marks and four tackles.

RILEY GARCIA – SWAN DISTRICTS
A member of the 2017 WA State U16s Academy’s leadership group, Garcia has gone from strength to strength in the following years. In 2018, he finished ninth in the Jack Clarke Medal and sixth in Swan Districts’ Best & Fairest, after averaging 24 possessions, four tackles and three marks across 12 games. He started this year with Swans’ League team and showed serious potential, averaging 12 possessions, two tackles and two inside 50s, playing primarily as a half-forward flanker.


WA State U18s v Vic Metro

Thursday, June 6, 2019 - 1:53 PM

Western Australia's Simply Energy State 18s host Victoria Metro in Round 1 of the NAB AFL National 18s Championships at 10am this Saturday, June 8, at Mineral Resources Park, Lathlain.

 


Round 8 Colts Wrap

Thursday, June 6, 2019 - 8:05 AM - by Chris Pike

SWAN Districts, Peel Thunder and West Perth all scored Round 8 WAFL colts victories across the WA Day long weekend to consolidate top three positions in the competition.

Round 8 of the WAFL colts competition began on Friday evening at Mandurah's David Grays Arena with Peel Thunder proving too strong for reigning premiers Subiaco, winning 9.8 (62) to 5.7 (37).

There was then one lone fixture on Saturday at Lathlain's Mineral Resources Park and that saw Swan Districts continue its undefeated start to the 2019 season, beating Perth 15.15 (105) to 6.4 (40).

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