THE most consistent season of his career has led to Brant Colledge claiming the Butcher Medal for 2018 as Perth's fairest and best winner with his body allowing the former West Coast Eagle to show what he's fully capable.
Colledge has always looked a tremendously capable footballer at both the AFL and WAFL level when his body has allowed him to be fully fit, but unfortunately for him that hasn’t been the case often enough.
But it did happen for longer than at any other point in his career during 2018 and the result was the best and most consistent season of his career with the Demons.
IT is hard to imagine that Jye Bolton could have possibly done anymore to lead Claremont from the front in 2018 and the dual Sandover Medallist capped his brilliant season with a second EB Cook Medal as well.
Bolton was in his third season in the WAFL with Claremont since he crossed from VFL club Werribee and while he hasn’t quite been able to achieve the team success he craves, it's hard to imagine the three years could have gone too much better from an individual standpoint.
Bolton arrived at Claremont in 2016 and had a stunning first season playing for the WAFL State Team, winning the Simpson Medal and then finishing the season with both the Sandover Medal and Cook Medal as Claremont's fairest and best winner.
IT was a season to forget in 2018 for East Fremantle winning just two games but one man who did everything in his power to try and inspire the Sharks was George Hampson.
In a season where he brought up his 100-game WAFL milestone along the way and was able to get through with his body sound after making some changes to his recovery and training regime, Hampson took out the Lynn Medal as East Fremantle's fairest and best winner.
There was precious little to like out of the season for the Sharks as they won just the two matches to end up with the wooden spoon with coach Rob Wiley deciding to not seek a new contract and former captain Jamie McNamara retiring along the way as well.
Historically, rule changes implemented by the AFL have been adopted in the WAFL competition following a period of review and assessment.
In line with this approach, the West Australian Football Commission’s Football Affairs Committee will review the rule changes announced by the AFL and assess how these may be applied to the WAFL competition as early as 2019.
2018 Subiaco Colts Premiership player Wil Hickmott and Next Generation Academy player Jason Carter were among the players to impress at this year’s NAB AFL State Draft Combine on Sunday, October 14.
Hickmott recorded top results in the 20 metre Sprint, Agility test and Yo-Yo test, while Carter finished on top in the Vertical Jump and Running Vertical Jump and also impressed in the 20m Sprint.
THE returning Ben Howlett and out of favour AFL veteran Danyle Pearce both did all they could to try and get Peel Thunder back into the finals in 2018 and were rewarded by sharing the Tuckey Medal as fairest and best winners.
On the back of playing in the club's first three ever finals series and winning the past two WAFL premierships, Peel wasn’t quite able to back it up and reach the finals again in 2018.
But that didn’t mean there weren’t some highlights along the way and some standout performers for the Thunder.
KYAL Horsley has further established himself as one of the all-time greats of Subiaco by winning the Outridge Medal to give him three fairest and best awards just weeks after being premiership captain once more and winning the Simpson Medal.
Horsley might have been considered unlucky by many to miss out on winning the Sandover Medal given his 2018 season was likely the best and most consistent of his remarkable career, but in the end what he has walked away from the year with establishes his legacy further.
There were no shortage of tremendous candidates for the Outridge Medal in 2018 given the dominant and unbeaten season that Subiaco had with a whole host of star performers, but it was Horsley who led the way.
Twenty-one WAFL players will undergo testing at the 2018 AFL State Draft Combine this Sunday.
The WA invites include 11 WA State Academy players including Regan Spooner, Ethan Hansen and Luke Moore who were all standouts in the 2018 NAB AFL National 18s Championship Series earlier this year.
Players will undergo body composition testing and then take part in speed, agility, power and endurance tests.
Following the tests, players will then speak with AFL Club representatives.
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Junior umpire Kynan Davies became the envy of all junior umpires across the nation when he, along with six other junior umpires, was selected by the AFL to officiate the half-time Auskick games at the 2018 AFL Grand Final.
It was a once-in-a-lifetime experience for the 16 year-old Peel football district umpire who got to run out onto the hallowed turf of the MCG in front of a crowd of more than 100,000.
“The atmosphere at the MCG was amazing and I made so many new umpiring friends from different states,” he said.
The final term of school is now underway and that means the WA Football Commission’s (WAFC) Nightfields footy program is set to kick off this month.
Nightfields is an AFL-based program delivered to kids and youth between the ages of 6 and 18 at more than 20 targeted locations across WA.
The after school footy program was developed by the WAFC and is run in partnership with WA Police, various Local Governments, and Shires as well as a broad range of local service providers and state sporting associations.
More than 300 people recently flocked to Alan Edwards Oval in Kardinya to witness students from North Lake Senior Campus and Cyril Jackson Senior Campus Intensive English Centres (IEC) compete in the IEC Cup.
Participants (Year 11 and 12) took part in the WA Football Commission’s (WAFC) Welcome to AFL program throughout the school year in the lead up to the IEC Cup.
More than 100 Sikhs stepped out onto the footy field to learn the fundamentals of our great game as part of the first ever Sikh Community football clinics run by the WA Football Commission.
Kids of all ages and their parents took part in two four-week programs over August and September, which were made up of basic football clinics that tapped into various aspects of AFL both on and off the field.
The West Coast Eagles will field a stand-alone team in the West Australian Football League in 2019 following unanimous endorsement by the WAFL Council of Presidents tonight, Wednesday, October 10.
West Australian Football Commission CEO Gavin Taylor said the proposal had been endorsed to support the growth and development of West Coast’s AFL-listed players within a quality State League competition whilst also providing an improved financial return to the WAFL clubs.
“This decision represents a significant milestone in the history of the WAFL, with the WAFL clubs embracing the opportunities this will create for the Clubs and competition.
East Perth Football Club has been preparing for its return to a standalone club since deciding earlier this year to finalise its partnership with the West Coast Eagles.
These preparations have included seeking a head coach to lead East Perth Football Club beyond its partnership with the West Coast Eagles, as early as the 2019 season.
In anticipation of the final decision of the WA Football Commission relating to a tenth team in the WAFL competition, East Perth Football Club has announced that 3-time Premiership Captain Jeremy Barnard will coach East Perth for the next three seasons.
MARLION Pickett's standout WAFL season for South Fremantle in the midfield was recognised with his winning of the WJ Hughes Medal for 2018 on a night when the Bulldogs farewelled three tremendous servants.
South Fremantle finished the 2018 season for the third straight year in the preliminary final and gathered to celebrate the achievements of the campaign on Friday night at the Esplanade Hotel Fremantle by Rydges.
There was a lot to celebrate on the night for the Bulldogs with the league team finishing in second position at the end of the home and away season and reaching the preliminary final, the reserves narrowly missing the finals, the colts also finishing fifth and reaching the elimination final.