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WA players impress in AFLW Draft

Wednesday, October 18, 2017 - 11:24 AM

Nine WA players were selected in the 2017 NAB AFL Women's Draft today, October 18, including two top 10 selections.

Swan Districts Women Football Club's Stephanie Cain was redrafted by the Fremantle Dockers with the second pick, after her delisting at the end of last season.

Evangeline Gooch from East Fremantle Women's Football Club was selected by the Fremantle Dockers with the tenth pick and Coastal Titans Women’s Football Club player Jodie White, winner of the Mundella WA Women’s Football League’s 2017 Dhara Kerr Fairest and Best, joins Gooch at Fremantle after being chosen at number 18.

WAFC Talent Manager - Female Programs Clint Degebrodt congratulated all of the WA players selected.

"Congratulations and best wishes to all our players who have received the opportunity to fulfill their AFLW dream and everyone else involved in the Female Football talent pathway,” Degebrodt said.

"With the free agency period underway and the Rookie Draft this Friday we are expecting a few more players from WA will get the opportunity at the top level, which will be a great result for the State, the Mundella WAWFL and its Clubs, as well as the WA State Academy.

"The WAFC is committed to ensuring that WA continues to be an industry leader in developing female talent and is constantly looking at ways to innovate and ensure that players receive every opportunity to compete at the highest level."

2017 WA draftees:

No.2  Stephanie Cain Swan Districts WFC / Fremantle FC

No.10 Evangeline Gooch East Fremantle WFC / Fremantle FC

No.18 Jodie White Coastal Titans WFC / Fremantle FC

No.26 Ashlee Atkins East Fremantle WFC / Fremantle FC

No.33 Emily McGuire Swan Districts WFC / Fremantle FC

No.34 Ashleigh Brazill Swan Districts WFC / Collingwood FC

No.39 Alicia Janz Swan Districts WFC / Fremantle FC

No.41 Rheanne Lugg Swan Districts WFC / Adelaide FC

No.43 Leah Mascall Coastal Titans WFC / Fremantle FC

State Combine tests WAFL's top Draft prospects

Monday, October 16, 2017 - 9:52 AM

2017 Sandover Medallist Haiden Schloithe and WAFL leading goal-kicker Liam Ryan were among the players to impress at the NAB AFL State Draft Combine on Sunday, October 15.

A group of 25 WAFL players participated in testing at the State Netball Centre, inlcuding three who returned to complete further testing after also attending the National Combine - East Perth's Brandon Starcevich and Subiaco teammates Brayden Ainsworth and Kyron Hayden.

Starcevich recorded impressive results in the 20m sprint, agility test and running vertical jump.

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McHappy Day

Friday, October 13, 2017 - 9:49 AM

Saturday October 14 is McHappy Day, the largest annual fundraiser for Ronald McDonald House Charities (RMHC).

The day is all about creating a fun community day throughout all McDonald's restaurants across the country, in order to raise much needed funds for RMHC programs.

A number of WAFL players from East Fremantle, East Perth, Peel Thunder and Perth will be helping out at a few of the McDonald's restaurants.

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WA players impress at inaugural Women’s Draft Combine

Thursday, October 12, 2017 - 10:41 AM

WEST Australian players showcased their talent at the inaugural NAB AFL Women’s Draft Combine at Etihad Stadium in Melbourne earlier this month.

Perth Angels FC player Rachel Ashley and Kate Bartlett from Peel Thunderbirds finished in the top 10 for the running vertical jump. Ashley ranking fourth on 57cm, and Bartlett finished eighth with 55cm.

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AFL National Female Diversity Championships

Monday, October 9, 2017 - 1:31 PM

Western Australia’s top female footballers from both Indigenous and multicultural backgrounds are competing at the 2017 National Female Diversity Championships in Byron Bay, New South Wales this week.

In its second year, the championships will see more than 200 participants across 14 teams representing all states and territories.

The championships encompasses the Rio Tinto AFL National Under-15 Kickstart program and the Australian Post AFL National Under-15 All Nations Cup and provides a pathway into the Rio Tinto AFL Woomeras and Medleys programs.

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2017 WAFL Talent Carnival

Monday, October 9, 2017 - 1:25 PM

More than 1,600 players from 50 teams showcased their skills in the annual West Australian Football League (WAFL) Year 8-10 Talent Carnival.

The carnival was conducted between the nine WAFL Clubs and the South West Academy of Sport.

Teams in the Year 8 and Year 9 formats ran with two squads, and the Year 10 group had one squad only. Games were played right across the metropolitan area and in the South West.

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O'Brien retires following stellar WAFL career

Monday, October 9, 2017 - 9:48 AM

2013 Sandover Medallist and five-time fairest and best winner Rory O'Brien has announced his retirement from the West Australian Football League after 244 games for Peel Thunder and East Fremantle Football Club.

O'Brien retires as Peel Thunder's most decorated player following two premierships, two fairest and best Tuckey Medals and 139 games with the club.

He also starred for East Fremantle where he won the Sandover Medal in 2013 with 55 votes and collected three of the club's fairest and best Lynn Medals after 105 games in five seasons, which included two as captain.

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Hayden sets new record as WA players shine at National Combine

Thursday, October 5, 2017 - 4:53 PM

WEST Australian players showcased their talent at the NAB AFL Draft Combine at Etihad Stadium this week, highlighted by a new record for the running vertical jump from Subiaco’s Kyron Hayden.

Hayden's huge leap of 103cm saw him overtake the record of 102cm set by Nic Naitanui at the 2008 combine and Jared Brennan in 2002.

The impressive result came as something of a surprise from the Lions midfielder, who stands at 185cm.

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Auskickers' memorable AFL Grand Final experience

Thursday, October 5, 2017 - 1:07 PM

Three West Australian Auskickers experienced a once-in-a-lifetime three-day opportunity in the lead up to the 2017 Toyota AFL Grand Final in Melbourne.

Elijah Ihanimo (Piara Waters), Poppy Beekhuizen (East Fremantle) and Charlotte Ferguson (Brookton) were selected as 2017 NAB AFL Auskicker of the Year nominees among 19 other Auskickers.

On Day 1 the Auskickers attended the NAB AFL Auskicker of the Year Awards Dinner and got to meet their footy heroes before the overall winner of the 2017 NAB AFL Auskicker of the Year was announced.  

Zara Winterton from Victoria was crowned the winner and received $5,000 from NAB and Joel Selwood as her footy mentor.

The group got to walk the AFL Grand Final parade on Day 2 in front of a record crowd and the following day they took to the hallowed turf of the MCG during the 2017 Toyota AFL Grand Final and played half-time grid games in front of 100,000 footy fans!

At the end of the big clash the lucky Auskickers presented the Richmond Premiership players with their medals.


Elijah Ihanimo - Age 6
NAB AFL Auskick Centre: Piara Waters, WA
Favourite AFL Club: West Coast Eagles
Favourite AFL Player: Josh Kennedy
Presented the 2017 Premiership Medal to Jack Graham




Poppy Beekhuizen - Age 7
NAB AFL Auskick Centre: East Fremantle, WA
Favourite AFL Club: West Coast Eagles
Favourite AFL Player: Josh Kennedy / Daisy Pearce
Presented the 2017 Premiership Medal to Kamdyn McIntosh






Charlotte Ferguson - Age 6
NAB AFL Auskick Centre: Brookton, WA
Favourite AFL Club: GWS GIANTS
Favourite AFL Player: Toby Greene
Presented the 2017 Premiership Medal to Alex Rance



Relive the 2017 McDonald's WAFL Grand Final

Wednesday, October 4, 2017 - 10:31 AM

Miss all the 2017 McDonald's WAFL Grand Final action or want to watch it again..?

A full replay of the last ever WAFL Grand Final at Subiaco Oval is now live at 7Plus.

Peel Thunder defeated Subiaco 11.6 (72) to 7.14 (56) in an absorbing Grand Final - the last football game at the ground.

It has been an exhilarating season of WAFL! Let's take a look back at this year's highlights in the video below.

Jansen returns to East Fremantle

Tuesday, October 3, 2017 - 10:26 AM

The East Fremantle Football Club has announced the signing of one of their own. Jarrad Jansen, after two years at Geelong and the last two at Brisbane, said he wouldn't have it any other way in returning to play with the Sharks.

The 192cm big bodied Bull Creek-Leeming product has played through the midfield and half forward during his time in the AFL system. Jansen played through all of the East Fremantle Development Squads before making his debut for the Colts in 2012.

In 2013 Jansen's early season form earned him a State 18s birth, where at the end of that season he was taken at pick 36 by the Geelong Cats. Whilst learning plenty and playing some good VFL footy, unfortunately he couldn't break into a strong Cats side at AFL level.

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Apprenticeship has Pickering ready to take helm at Swans

Monday, October 2, 2017 - 5:15 PM - by Chris Pike

FOLLOWING six years coaching at two clubs in the reserves and colts while also being a league assistant along the way, new Swan Districts coach Adam Pickering feels his impressive apprenticeship has him ready to take over with the black-and-whites.

Pickering has been appointed as the new senior coach at Swan Districts on the back of four years coaching reserves teams at East Perth and Perth respectively, and the last two years as the Royals colts coach on the back of his playing career.

That playing career saw Pickering spend time at both Richmond and Carlton in the AFL going on to play seven matches with the Blues between 2001 and 2002.

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Pickering appointed as Swan Districts coach

Monday, October 2, 2017 - 8:52 AM

Swan Districts Football Club has announced Adam Pickering as its new Senior Coach.

Pickering has been the Colts coach at East Perth Football Club for the past two seasons and is highly regarded in the West Australian football community. He has AFL playing experience at Carlton and Richmond, and also played 111 senior WAFL games at East Perth.

Pickering was also a Reserves and Assistant League Coach at Perth Football Club in 2012 and 2013, and an Assistant Coach for the WAFL State team in 2013.

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Kitchin claims Outridge Medal as Subiaco fairest and best

Saturday, September 30, 2017 - 10:38 AM - by Chris Pike

SUBIACO has wasted no time celebrating its 2017 WAFL season with prolific and tough midfielder Leigh Kitchin taking out the Outridge Medal taking out the Lions' fairest and best award ahead of Lachlan Delahunty and Liam Ryan.

Just days after playing in a terrific WAFL Grand Final on Sunday in the last ever football match at Subiaco Oval that unfortunately Subiaco came up short in against Peel Thunder for the second straight year, they shook themselves off to celebrate the season that was.

Despite the disappointment of losing the Grand Final, there was plenty to celebrate for the Lions as well after a season that saw them play in a fourth straight Grand Final, with a third consecutive minor premiership and go on a remarkable 19-game winning streak heading into the finals.

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Rogers recognised at Football Woman of the Year Awards

Thursday, September 28, 2017 - 2:01 PM

LONG serving WA Women’s Football League volunteer Charmaine Rogers was recognised today, Thursday September 28, with the VicHealth Community Award at the Football Woman of the Year Awards in front of more than 1,000 guests at Crown Palladium, Melbourne.

The annual Awards, which are hosted by the Essendon Women’s Network as part of AFL Grand Final Week, recognise women in the industry who have made a significant contribution to the game of Australian Football.

The Community Award recognises those who work in a volunteer capacity, whether it be at the grass roots level, or through their voluntary contribution to clubs at the highest level.

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