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Talent heads south for Championship preparations

Thursday, February 14, 2019 - 2:51 PM - by Elliot Raiter

The NAB AFL WA Under 18s Academy have continued their preparations for the National Carnival after attending a second team camp in Margaret River last month.

The state’s top talent were put through a series of team building exercises throughout the week-long adventure, setting up base at Explorus Campsite just outside Karridale.

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2019 Optus WAFLW Season Launch

Monday, February 11, 2019 - 3:00 PM

As the new era of the WAFL approaches in 2019, many talented WA women will take centre stage as part of the West Australian Football League Women’s (WAFLW).

The Optus WAFLW Premiership Season will field five teams in the inaugural campaign, with East Fremantle, Claremont, Peel Thunder, Subiaco and Swan Districts all taking part in 2019.

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WA talent joins Tigers den

Monday, February 11, 2019 - 1:43 PM

Talented West Australian midfielder, Sydney Stack is officially a Tiger, with the Club lodging paperwork on Monday to recruit the Perth Demons product.

The 18-year-old has been training with Richmond since December, as part of the AFL’s new Pre-Season Supplemental Selection Period.

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Bupa boosts the health of WA footy

Friday, February 8, 2019 - 3:18 PM - by Steve Tuohey

?Healthcare provider Bupa has added its support to the newly launched WAFL Women’s competition and Channel 7’s WAFL broadcast as a premier partner of the West Australian Football Commission.

Bupa will help take the new women’s competition to a wider audience by supporting the live-streaming of a WAFLW game on the WAFL website each week, and the 2019 WAFLW Grand Final broadcast live on Channel 7.

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WA Umpires begin pre-season

Tuesday, February 5, 2019 - 11:36 AM - by Elliot Raiter

Preparations for the 2019 season have ramped up for the WAFL umpiring cohort, with first- and second-year development squad umpires returning to the track in readiness for the upcoming campaign.

The pre-season began on January 15, formulating an important two-week induction and familiarisation of the new facilities under the watchful eye of Strength and Conditioning coach Duncan Bradbury.

The more experienced umpires commenced their training on January 29, giving the youngsters a boost of knowledge as they became a full squad.  

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Optus WAFLW competition confirmed

Saturday, February 2, 2019 - 9:22 PM - by Steve Tuohey

A new West Australian Football League Women’s (WAFLW) competition will kick off in 2019, with five teams to compete in the inaugural Optus WAFLW Premiership Season.

East Fremantle, Claremont, Peel Thunder, Subiaco and Swan Districts will each field a WAFLW team in 2019, with South Fremantle receiving a provisional license for 2020.

West Australian Football Commission CEO Gavin Taylor said the WAFLW competition was an exciting step forward for football in WA that would complete the talent development pathway from Auskick to AFLW.

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Optus says Yes to new era of WAFL

Friday, February 1, 2019 - 4:14 PM

A new West Australian Football League Women’s (WAFLW) competition will kick off in 2019, with five teams to compete in the inaugural Optus WAFLW Premiership Season. East Fremantle, Claremont, Peel Thunder, Subiaco and Swan Districts will each field a WAFLW team in 2019, with South Fremantle receiving a provisional license for 2020. 

West Australian Football Commission CEO Gavin Taylor said the WAFLW competition was an exciting step forward for football in WA that would complete the talent development pathway from Auskick to AFLW.

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Female talent signed by Eagles

Tuesday, January 29, 2019 - 4:54 PM - by Elliot Raiter

Two of Western Australia’s brightest young stars have made history after being signed as inaugural West Coast Eagles for the 2020 season of AFLW.

Mikayla Bowen and Rosie Deegan showed plenty of promise throughout their time in the WA State Female Academy and will join the expansion club as part of the early signing period for 18-year-old Next Generation Academy athletes.

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New coach appointed to develop WA female talent

Tuesday, December 18, 2018 - 3:28 PM - by Steve Tuohey

Brisbane Lions premiership player and former assistant coach Beau McDonald has been appointed as head coach of Western Australia’s AFLW State 18s to oversee the development of aspiring female football players and coaches.

McDonald, who will commence in the role of WAFC Coach Coordinator – Female Programs in January, will coach the AFLW 18s, oversee the AFLW 16s program and help to develop and mentor coaches in WA’s under 18s Rogers Cup competition.

McDonald, who played 91 games with the Brisbane Lions including the 2001 and 2002 Premierships and went on to work for the club as an assistant coach for three seasons, said he was looking forward to continuing his career centered around elite sport.
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NAB AFL WA National Academy: Camp 1

Monday, December 17, 2018 - 11:35 AM - by Elliot Raiter

?Some of Western Australia’s brightest talents were on display last week during the first NAB AFL WA National Academy Camp at Subiaco Oval.

The expanded NAB AFL Academy Program sees 150 players engaged in high performance camps conducted across five talent regions; Vic Country, Vic Metro, South Australia, Western Australia and Allies (New South Wales/Australian Capital Territory, Tasmania, Queensland and the Northern Territory). 

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WAFC Commission Election results

Thursday, December 13, 2018 - 2:48 PM - by Steve Tuohey

The results of the elections for Commissioners of the West Australian Football Commission were endorsed last night, Wednesday 12 December 2018, by the Nominee Members of the WAFC (WA’s AFL and WAFL Clubs) at a meeting of WA Football stakeholders.
Current WAFC Chairman Murray McHenry was reappointed for a term of one year, Commissioner Stuart Love was reappointed for a term of three years, and Wayne Martin was appointed as a new Commissioner for a term of three years.

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WA Umpiring partners with XBlades

Tuesday, December 11, 2018 - 11:57 AM

WAFC’s umpiring department “Umpiring WA” has received a boost approaching the 2019 season, entering an exclusive community umpiring apparel partnership with XBlades for the next three years.

The official community umpiring apparel partnership will give all Umpires in Western Australia online ordering access to their very own on and off field exclusive apparel range.

WAFC State Umpiring Manager David Crute sees the newly formed partnership as a great move forward for umpiring in Western Australia.

“We are excited to add XBlades as our official community umpiring apparel partner for the next three seasons,” Crute said.

“To have a leading exercise apparel company supplying our WA Umpires enhances our professionalism at a community level.”

“The ability to order exclusively online gives our WA Umpires easy access to a range of different clothing options and will also see umpiring benefit through a rebate program.”

XBlades Chief Executive Leighton Richards said XBlades was thrilled to be partnering with Umpiring WA.

“We’re proud to provide all WA based Umpires with an immediate solution for their apparel and we’re looking forward to working closely with the WA umpiring community and their leadership team to develop the high-quality products they need to excel,” said Richards.

"XBlades is all about combining athlete experience with scientific expertise to create durable, high performing apparel for long term success. 

“XBlades products and technology will evolve with the game and we will strategically leverage our new networks to challenge the frontiers of innovation. 

“We have been working with Umpiring WA over the last few months to bring major product developments across fabrics and design for apparel ready for 2019. The partnership is all based around being Umpire Led, Product Driven.

“To kick off the partnership we have put together a ‘’Before The Bounce” training pack offer. This offer is available to every junior and senior community Umpire in WA at a significantly reduced cost.”

The launch of the XBlades online apparel website will be going ‘’live’’ in coming weeks. Further communication to follow.  

WAFL Umpires will continue to wear Burley Sekem as their match-day apparel in 2019.

2018 WAFC Life Members inducted

Tuesday, December 11, 2018 - 9:19 AM

Four new West Australian Football Commission Life Members were inducted at an official function on Monday, December 10 in recognition of their distinguished service to WA Football.  

Induction to the WAFC Life Members’ Association is regarded as the WAFC’s highest level of recognition, distinct from life membership awarded by individual football clubs and associated bodies, and is awarded to individuals who have made an outstanding overall contribution to football in Western Australia.

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Subiaco Oval Memorabilia still available

Tuesday, December 11, 2018 - 8:46 AM - by Elliot Raiter

Expressions of interest are now open for football fans to secure their slice of Subiaco Oval history with timber bench seats and plastic chairs available for purchase.

The benches will be available in configurations of between 2-11 seats. Specific plastic seats may be purchased upon request.

To register your interest in the timber benches please fill out the below form. You can view the remaining benches available HERE

For specific plastic seat requests please email Matt Hansen – 






If you are unsure of your reference number please click HERE

2019 WAFL Premiership Season fixtures

Thursday, December 6, 2018 - 1:37 PM - by Steve Tuohey

The 2019 WAFL Premiership Season will kick off on Saturday, April 6 with five games including West Coast’s first in the competition against Perth Football Club at Lathlain Park.

With the entry of the West Coast Eagles creating a 10-team competition, the 2019 fixture will see every team play each other twice across 20 Rounds.

CLICK HERE to view the 2019 fixture.

WAFC Executive Manager Talent and Football Operations Scott Baker said the 10-team competition had allowed for a more even fixture, while still accommodating for traditional rivalries and feature rounds.

“All clubs will play each other twice in what is ultimately a fairer fixture for everyone,” he said.

Each team will have two byes and there will also be a general bye for a State Game against the South Australian National Football League on the second weekend of May.

The first week of finals will coincide with the AFL’s end of season break and see the WAFL Grand Final played the weekend prior to the AFL Grand Final.

Other 2019 fixture highlights include Easter Weekend games on Good Friday, Saturday and Easter Sunday, a Thursday ANZAC Day game, traditional derbies on WA Day, and NAIDOC Round. 

Baker said the fixture also aimed to achieve the best home and away flow possible for each club, while still scheduling traditional rivalry and feature games.

“We have been able to schedule the majority of games on Saturday afternoons, with 77 of the 90 games to be played in this traditional timeslot,” he said.


























“Games on Thursday and Friday nights, Sundays and public holidays will also allow us to attract a different audience and hopefully encourage more people to attend games in 2019. 

“We believe the final fixture is well balanced for all teams and thank the WAFL clubs and everyone else involved with the process.”

WAFL Pre-Season games will be played on March 23 and 30.