IMPROVED confidence, health and belief are all factors in Perth now playing its best football in Earl Spalding's time as coach and he sees no reason now why they can't further close in on a top five position by ending a horror run against West Perth.
Perth hasn’t won a premiership in the WAFL since 1977 nor taken part in a final series since 1997, and really they haven’t seriously threatened to accomplish either for a long time, including since Spalding took over as coach in 2015 from Damien McMahon.
It has been tough going the previous three years and something Spalding certainly hadn’t been used to after his playing career both in the WAFL at Perth and East Fremantle, and VFL/AFL with Melbourne and Carlton.
Western Australia's State 16s take on South Australia at Adelaide's Alberton Oval this Sunday, June 24, in their first game of the NAB AFL National 16s Championships.
The game starts at 11:30am (10.00am WST) and score updates will be provided via WAFL Facebook and Twitter.
THERE are just the three matches in Round 12 of the 2018 WAFL season but each of them has plenty on the line with Swan Districts trying to upset Subiaco, Perth attempting to end a long losing run to West Perth and East Perth and Claremont out to return to the winner's list.
With the second placed South Fremantle, seventh placed Peel Thunder and bottom placed East Fremantle having the bye in Round 12, it shapes as a fascinating day of action on Saturday with three matches taking place.
The earlier starting game on Saturday afternoon takes place at Leederville Oval and will be televised live on Channel 7 from 1.30pm with East Perth playing Claremont.
Three massive Round 12 WAFL clashes are set to unfold this Saturday and there will also be heaps of fun activities, events and competitions taking place at all three venues, which fans and club members can get involved in.
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A COUPLE of exciting Perth forwards combined for 12 goals, the reigning Sandover Medallist was on fire, a versatile Subiaco big man continued to dominate and a West Perth veteran made it 13 goals in his last two games as just some of the standout Round 11 WAFL performers.
There were plenty of outstanding individual performers on Saturday in Round 11 of the 2018 WAFL season with wins along the way for the top three teams Subiaco, South Fremantle and West Perth, and a Perth side who put themselves right in the finals hunt.
The thriller of the afternoon took place at Claremont Oval with West Perth beating Claremont 9.8 (62) to 8.13 (61) with Andrew Strijk booting another five goals for the Falcons.
HIS WAFL debut might have come at the advanced age of 24, but Michael Bennell has already made up for lost time and on Saturday he delivered a stunning seven-goal performance for Perth to earn M & J Chickens Player of the Round honours.
Bennell did play a handful of games for Swan Districts' reserves back in 2013, but he has spent recent years in Albany and playing in the WAFL did appear a faraway thought for most of that time.
He did play some impressive football in the forward-line for the Albany Sharks, but still he was settled down south and as he approached his 24th birthday, a career in the WAFL was beginning to appear unlikely.
A team of 16 football players from WA with intellectual disabilities have been competing in the AFL National Inclusion Carnival in Launceston, Tasmania this week.
The playing group travelled to Launceston on June 17 with play beginning on June 19 and running through to June 23.
Click here for results.
The players were chosen from the West Australian Amateur Football League (WAAFL) Integrated Football Program.
Check out the top Kia marks and TABtouch goals of Round 11 of the WAFL in the videos below.
South Fremantle player Matthew Parker booted the TABtouch Goal of Round 10 and Bulldogs team mates Cory Dell-Olio and Marlion Pickett were named winners of the KIA Mark of the Week.
A hundred people came together to celebrate the growing engagement between football and the Islamic communities in Perth at the annual Ramadan Dinner recently hosted by the West Australian Football Commission (WAFC) and AFL.
A host of special guests attended the dinner at Claremont Oval on Tuesday, June 5, including the Minister for Water, Fisheries, Forestry, Innovation and Science Mr Chris Tallentire MLA, and WAFC Chief Executive Gavin Taylor.
DESPITE Round 11 WAFL Colts victories for Peel Thunder, Subiaco and East Fremantle couldn’t topple Swan Districts from top spot while Claremont won a nail-biter over West Perth.
The Round 11 WAFL Colts action saw Claremont claim a thriller beating West Perth 7.9 (51) to 7.7 (49) at Claremont Oval.
The other three games weren’t quite as tight with Subiaco beating East Perth 11.21 (87) to 6.4 (40) at Leederville Oval, Peel Thunder defeating South Fremantle 11.10 (76) to 6.6 (42) at Fremantle Community Bank Oval and East Fremantle downing Perth 14.9 (93) to 10.5 (65) at Lathlain Park.
The WA State 16s team donned odd socks during their trial match against the WA Amateur Football League State Colts at Subiaco Oval last Firday night to raise awareness and funds for sarcoma research.
This initiative was part of a wider football community effort between the West Perth, Claremont and Subiaco football districts.
Last year the football community managed to raise more than $100,000 which bumped the total amount of money raised over the last four years to more than $30 million.
WEST Perth won yet another nail-biter at Claremont Oval against Claremont in Round 11 of the WAFL on Saturday while Subiaco and South Fremantle consolidated top two spots and Perth kept themselves in the finals hunt.
All four Round 11 WAFL matches took place on Saturday afternoon and in the end it saw the Lions, Bulldogs and Falcons move further clear in the top three positions on the ladder while the Demons remained right in with a chance of what could be a first finals appearance since 1997.
The Round 11 action began with a battle of the Leederville Oval co-tenants with Subiaco having to work hard to stay undefeated, but they succeeded with the eventual 11.15 (81) to 9.9 (63) victory.
ROUND 11 of the 2018 WAFL season sees all four matches take place on Saturday afternoon with Peel Thunder, Claremont and Perth all with a chance to further close in on a position inside the top five.
All four matches in Round 11 on Saturday will have implications for finals positions just over the halfway mark of the 2018 season.
With East Perth facing a big task to consolidate fifth position, the door could open for Peel Thunder, Claremont and Perth to put the pressure further on the Royals and indeed the fourth placed Swan Districts who have the bye.
HE achieved everything and more he could have imagined in a dream first six years of his WAFL career before taking a year off, but Claremont captain Ian Richardson is as motivated as ever for more team success as he becomes the ninth Tiger to 200 games.
Richardson reaches the 200-game mark with Claremont this Saturday at Claremont Oval against West Perth and by doing so joins fellow Tigers David Crawford (200), Les Mumme (206), Wayne Harvey (217), Lorne Cook (229), Kevin Clune (231), Graham Moss (254), Ken Caporn (273) and Darrell Panizza (274).
It's yet another accomplishment in a glittering career from the hard-leading, long kicking left-footed half forward who has assumed the captaincy in 2018 trying to lead Claremont back to some of the success he was part of over the opening six years of his career.
A group of eight WAFL umpires represented the State at the NAB AFL National 18s Championship match between WA and Victoria Metro at Optus Stadium on June 10.
Dan Johanson, Cam Jones and Jordan Fry took to the field, running the boundary was Lewis Williams, Ethan Lamont and Quinn Jago and situated behind the goals was Christian Cutrona and Chad Smith.