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WA footy talents shine at national leadership camp

Monday, December 11, 2017 - 3:45 PM

Eight of Western Australia’s best rising male Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander football talents represented the nation at this year’s Rio Tinto AFL Flying Boomerangs Leadership Program recently held in Fiji.

The eight-day national under-16 male Indigenous development camp focused on football, personal and career development, leadership and cultural identity. 

WA’s Michael Mallard (West Perth) captained the team of 26, which comprised of WA talents Roy George (Swan Districts), Jordan Kickett (Perth), Ezekial Bolton (Subiaco), Reece Gerrand (West Perth), Ira Jetta (south Fremantle), Tyreece Binder (Subiaco) and Isiah Winder (Peel).

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WAFC announces changes to WAFL Finals eligibility

Thursday, December 7, 2017 - 3:12 PM

The West Australian Football Commission (WAFC) has announced changes to the finals eligibility of players for the West Australian Football League (WAFL) competition in an effort to ensure that it remains the premier State League competition in the country.

The changes are the result of an in-depth analysis of four years of data (2014-2017) under the AFL partner club model and extensive consultation with all nine WAFL clubs, the West Coast Eagles and Fremantle Football Club.

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AFL clubs lock in community camp visits

Wednesday, December 6, 2017 - 2:00 PM

The Fremantle Dockers kick off the AFL Community Camps this week with players visiting the Peel, Mandurah and Wheatbelt regions.

Players from the West Coast Eagles will reach out to communities in Busselton, Port Hedland, Newman and Perth Metro over February 13 to 14.

With all 18 AFL Clubs participating, the AFL Community Camps see over 750 players each spending two days meeting fans and developing stronger links between Australian Football and the community. 

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2017 WAFC Life Member announced

Friday, December 1, 2017 - 12:04 PM

THE West Australian Football Commission has announced that WAFC Life Membership will be awarded to long-serving community football identity Bruce Wainwright. 
WAFC Chairman Murray McHenry said that Mr Wainwright had provided outstanding and distinguished service to WA football for more than 50 years as an umpire and administrator across junior and senior competitions since 1963.

“To umpire more than 1000 games of football and serve as a committee member of the West Australian Amateur Football League for 41 consecutive years is a remarkable commitment most worthy of recognition,” Mr McHenry said.
“I am delighted to acknowledge Bruce’s service to football with WAFC Life Membership, which he will now hold in addition to life membership of the Northern Districts Junior Football Council, WA Football Association and the WA Amateur Football League, as well as an Australian Sports Medal.”
Bruce will be formally inducted at the annual WAFC Life Members’ Association end-of-year function to be held on Monday, December 4 at Domain Stadium.
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. 

Bruce Wainwright

1959 - Commenced playing junior football with Collier JFC, playing U12s to U18s
1963 - Junior umpire at Perth whilst playing U16s and U18s
1964-67 - Played Colts at South Perth FC
1980 - Coach and Manager for several teams at Norther Districts JFC
2000 - Awarded Life Membership of North Districts JFC

1963-82 - Perth Juniors, Subiaco Juniors, PSA, WAFA and WAAFL (1000 games; 500 games with WAFA commencing in 1968 and over 500 games with the WAAFL including 4 A-Grade WAAFL Grand Finals.)
1976 - Selected as WA umpire for the Australian Amateur Football Carnival in Adelaide
1980 - Selected to umpire the WAAFL v Victorian Amateur Football Association representative game
1982 - Selected to umpire the WAAFL v South Australian Amateur Football League representative game
1988 - Awarded Life Membership of WAFA
1989-90 - WAFA Umpire’s Advisor

1972-82 - Assistant WAAFL Secretary
1982-2006 - WAAFL Secretary
1976-2013 - WAAFL Committee/Board Member
1972-94 - Received weekly scores and contacted media to publish results
1972-89 - Tribunal Secretary
1972-2000 - Ground and Fixtures Sub Committee
1972-2000 - Umpire’s Appointment Board
1976-85 - State Team Selector
1980 - Assistant State Team Manager
1987-2010 - Reinstatement Sub Committee
1990-2010 - Constitution and By-laws Sub Committee
2012-13 - Competition Integrity Sub Committee
1986 - Awarded Life Membership of WAAFL
2000 - Awarded Australian Sports Medal.
2014-15 - Patron of the West Coast Amateur Football Club

Football diversity showdown

Friday, December 1, 2017 - 10:50 AM

Western Australia’s top male footballers aged 13-16 from diverse backgrounds converged on Lathlain Oval Saturday, 25 November, and competed in the inaugural WA Football Diversity Talent Day in front of a crowd of more than 500.

Hosted by the WA Football Commission (WAFC) in partnership with the West Coast Eagles and Fremantle Dockers, the day featured four football matches involving the Fremantle Dockers’ Next Generation Academy, coached by Brady Grey, West Coast’s Naitanui Next Generation Academy led by head coach Drew Petrie, and the WAFC All Nations and Kickstart teams.

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Take the WAFL fan survey and win!

Thursday, November 30, 2017 - 3:50 PM

WA Football League fans, players, supporters, officials and stakeholders have the chance to win a 'final season of football at Subiaco Oval' commemorative guernsey and footy when they take the 2017 WAFL Fans Insight Survey.

With the 2017 McDonald's WAFL Premiership season now finalised, we are wanting to seek your feedback and importantly, your level of satisfaction and enjoyment from the season.

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WA records strong growth in football participation

Thursday, November 30, 2017 - 10:40 AM

Western Australia has held onto its position as the highest football participation state outside of Victoria, with a record 330,001 participants taking part in the sport in 2017.
The official release of 2017 AFL Census figures today saw a 9% increase on WA’s 2016 participation total with female football leading the way via a 28% increase. WA football participation made up 21.3% of Australia’s overall total of 1,547,915, which increased nationally by 10.2%.
WAFC CEO Gavin Taylor thanked the efforts of all volunteers involved in our great game.

 “I’d like to express my sincere gratitude and appreciation for all of the hard work and dedication provided by the 40,000 incredible community football volunteers who work tirelessly to bring our sport to life at the grass roots level,” Taylor said.
The State’s overall growth has been driven by introductory school football program participation and an explosion in female football participants from 72,386 to 92,761.

The number of female players that joined football clubs in WA increased by 78% to more than 7,600, which was led by a 36% increase in the number of female club teams from 157 to 214.
Taylor said the WAFC has achieved great success in the development of female talent and the focus is now on establishing a clear female participation and talent pathway as part of the new five-year strategic plan.  
“There has been an explosion of interest around the AFLW competition, which has showcased to the whole football industry the quality and importance of female football. A total of 52 players have been recruited from WA for the AFLW competition, including 15 in this year’s draft, which has been a strong promotional tool in attracting more females to our great game,” Taylor said.
“To support this growth, the WAFC will continue to focus on developing a clearly defined and well-resourced female participation and talent pathway, female football club guides and education sessions, and a strategic facilities plan which will focus on improving football facilities for our female participants.”

The census figures also highlight the future importance and significant improvements that need to be made in the areas of youth retention and club-based participation pathways.
Taylor was pleased with the overall growth in community football numbers and acknowledged the significant work required to improve these two crucial areas of our game.

“Participant retention and engagement is critical to the growth of our game and we will implement a number of youth retention strategies over the next year to ensure that once participants are engaged, they remain involved as life-long participants,” Taylor said.

The WAFC’s new five-year strategic plan puts the focus of participation efforts on club-based participation, with a number of strategies to be implemented to assist with transitioning players from introductory and schools program into community football clubs. This includes the introduction of new club development and coaching roles at the front line of community football, working with volunteers to ensure that young footballers have a great experience playing Australian Rules.
Players interested in registering for football are encouraged to visit 

Click here to download infographic of the 2017 WA participation breakdown

Join us in celebrating Indigenous Football at Subiaco Oval

Thursday, November 30, 2017 - 9:04 AM

The West Australian Football Commission is partnering with Beyond West to present a sneak preview of the new Aussie Rules Series 'Nyoongar Footy Magic - A Team of Champions' as part of the last ever open day at Subiaco Oval.

The football event will be held on the hallowed turf of the historic venue on Sunday December 10 from 4pm to 7pm for fans and their families who want to experience WA's home of Football in all its beauty for the final time. 

A selection of cuts of the Footy Magic TV series will be up on the big scoreboard screen, and people can take part in a medal ceremony for all the stars who appear in the series. 

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Five WA talents added to AFL Rookie lists

Tuesday, November 28, 2017 - 8:48 AM

THE West Australian Football Commission congratulates the five WAFL players added to AFL Rookie lists during today’s AFL Rookie Draft.
They included Bailey Banfield (Claremont), Ryan Burrows (South Fremantle), Liam Baker (Subiaco), Gordon Narrier (Perth) and Callan England (Claremont).
This takes the total number of WA players drafted in 2017 to 20, including 15 in the NAB AFL National Draft on Friday, November 24.

 WAFC CEO Gavin Taylor congratulated all of the WA draftees on receiving the opportunity to fulfill their AFL dream and thanked the WAFL clubs, community clubs and Deppro WA State Academy for guiding and supporting each player’s development.
“To see these players receive an opportunity at an AFL club is a great outcome and testament to the outstanding role that clubs, coaches, and support staff play in developing top talent at every level in WA. Everyone who has been part of these players’ journey should be very proud,” he said.
“We look forward to continuing to work with the WAFL clubs to enhance talent development in Western Australia even further and give our most talented players the greatest possible opportunity to reach their highest potential.”
WAFL Players – 2017 AFL Rookie Draft
5 – Bailey Banfield (Claremont / Scotch / Swanbourne) – Fremantle
13 – Ryan Burrows (South Fremantle / Roleystone) – West Coast
18 – Liam Baker (Subiaco / Lake Grace) – Richmond
20 – Gordon Narrier (Perth / Hale) – North Melbourne
35 – Callan England (Claremont / Wembley Downs) – West Coast

2017 WA Football Hall of Fame induction

Monday, November 27, 2017 - 11:50 AM

TEN of Western Australia’s football greats were inducted to the NAB West Australian Football Hall of Fame in a special event on the playing surface at Domain Stadium on Sunday, November 26.

Haydn Bunton Senior was also elevated to ‘Legend’ status on the night, becoming the 17th Legend along with his Haydn Bunton Jnr, who accepted on his behalf, Barry Cable, George Doig, Graham ‘Polly’ Farmer, Stan ‘Pops’ Heal, John Lenoard, Denis Marshall, Phil Matson, Merv McIntosh, Steve Marsh, George Moloney, Graham Moss, Jack Sheedy, John Todd, WJ ‘Nipper’ Truscott and Bill Walker.


The West Australian Football Commission established the WA Football Hall of Fame in 2002 to honour players, coaches, umpires, administrators and media representatives who have made a significant contribution to the game in this State. Since the WA Football Hall of Fame's inauguration, 161 individuals across four eras have been inducted. 

Photo: Haydn Bunton Jnr with Simon Black and Joel Corey.

2017 inductees:

Umpire 1976-1992
Games: 301 (WAFL 248, VFL/AFL 45, State 6, SANFL 2)
Honours: First non-Victorian to umpire a VFL/AFL final, Second WA field umpire with 300 senior games, 4 WAFL Grand Finals, 13 WAFL Finals, 1 AFL Final, Served as President of WANFLUA, WANFLUA Hall of Fame 1996, WANFLUA Life Member 1990

Player 1997 – 2013 (Brisbane 1998-2013, East Fremantle 1997)
Games: 324 (Brisbane 322, East Fremantle 2)
Goals: 171 (Brisbane 171)
Honours: Brisbane premiership player 2001, 2002, 2003; Brownlow Medal 2002; Norm Smith Medal 2003; All Australian 2001, 2002, 2004; Brisbane Fairest and Best 2001, 2002, 2006; Brisbane Lions Captain 2007-2008: Marcus Ashcroft Medal (Q Clash) 2011; International Rules Representative 2001

Player 1975-1987 (Perth 1975-80, 1984-85, 1987 Carlton 1981-1983)
Games: 214 (Perth 141, Carlton 65, WA 8)
Goals: 542 (Perth 379, Carlton 146, WA 17)
Honours: Perth Premiership player 1977; Carlton Premiership player 1981, 1982; Perth Leading Goalkicker 1979, 1980; Carlton Leading Goalkicker 1981, 1982; VFL Mark and Goal of the Year 1981; Perth Team of the Century; Perth FC Life Member (1999)

Player 1999 – 2013 (Geelong 2000-2013, East Perth 1999)
Games: 287 (Geelong 276, East Perth 11)
Goals: 83 (Geelong 79, East Perth 4)
Honours: Geelong Premiership Player 2007, 2009, 2011; Geelong Fairest and Best 2005, 2008; All Australian 2007, 2008;  International Rules Representative 2004;  AFL Dream Team 2008

Charles DOIG 
Player 1903-1915, 1919, 1921
Games 216 (East Fremantle 208, WA 8)
Goals 284 (East Fremantle 280, WA 4)
Honours: East Fremantle premiership player 1903, 1904, 1906, 1908, 1909, 1910, 1911, 1914; WAFL Leading Goalkicker 1908, 1909; East Fremantle Leading Goal kicker 1908, 1909, 1913, 1914; East Fremantle Club President 1924-1936 (Premierships 1925, 1928-31, 33); East Fremantle FC Life Member (1915); East Fremantle Hall of Fame.

Player 1975-1990 (Perth 1975-1981, Melbourne 1982-1990)
Games: 281 (Perth 140, Melbourne 135, WA 6)
Goals: 251 (Perth 154, Melbourne 95, WA 2)
Honours: Perth Premiership Player 1976, 1977; Perth Fairest and Best 1981; Melbourne Fairest and Best 1983, 1989; Perth Team of the Century; Perth Football Club Hall of Fame; Melbourne Football Club Hall of Fame (2013)

Player 1984 – 1997 (West Perth 1984-86, Claremont 1986-87, Central District 1988, North Melbourne 1989, Essendon 1990-93, Sydney 1994-96, Subiaco 1997)
Games: 266 (West Perth 38, Claremont 32, Central District 25, North Melbourne 12, Essendon 77, Sydney 63, Subiaco 12, WA 7)
Goals: 424 (West Perth 93, Claremont 70, Central District 48, North Melbourne 12, Essendon 94, Sydney 73, Subiaco 29, WA 5)
Honours: Claremont Premiership Team 1987; West Perth Leading Goalkicker 1984; Sandover Medal Leading Votegetter 1987; Leon Larkin Medal WA v Vic 1992; Graham Moss Medal WA v SA 1996; Night Premiership Essendon 1993 

Player 1971-1985
Games: 257 (Swan Districts 254, Western Australia 3)
Goals: 163 (Swan Districts 162, Western Australia 1)
Honours: Swan Districts Premiership Player 1982, 1983 1984 (Captain); Swan Districts Fairest and Best 1977, 1978, 1984; Swan Districts Captain 1983-1984; Swan Districts Team of the Century; Swan Districts FC Hall of Fame; SDFC Life Member (1983)

Player 1965-1974
Games: 194 (Perth 187, WA 7)
Goals: 58 (Perth 58, WA 0)
Honours: Perth Premiership player 1966, 1967, 1968; Sandover Medal Runner Up 1970; PFC Most Outstanding Junior (Doug Buckingham Award) 1966; Perth Football Club Hall of Fame; Perth Team of the Century; PFC Life Member (1973)

Frank 'Dick' WALKER
Player 1952-1964
Games: 233 (Perth 226, WA 7)
Goals: 421 (Perth 410,  WA 11)
Honours: Perth Premiership player 1955; Perth Fairest and Best 1955, 1956; Perth Leading Goalkicker 1963; Perth Football Club Hall of Fame; Perth FC Life Member (1963).


WAFC congratulates AFL draftees

Friday, November 24, 2017 - 6:27 PM

THE West Australian Football Commission (WAFC) congratulates the 15 WAFL players selected in the 2017 NAB AFL National Draft in Sydney tonight, which included three first round selections.

First round selections included Aaron Naughton, pictured, (Peel Thunder) at number 9, Brandon Starcevich (East Perth) at number 18 and Wil Powell (Claremont) at number 19.

WAFC CEO Gavin Taylor congratulated all of the players selected and said the result was a great indication of WA Football’s potential to continue producing top talent.

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Inaugural Naitanui Cup a great success

Friday, November 24, 2017 - 11:52 AM

More than 100 Indigenous and multicultural footballers showcased their athleticism and skills at the inaugural Nic Naitanui Cup held on Friday, November 17 at Leederville Oval.

Seven teams made up of Naitanui Academy program participants battled it out for the Cup in a round-robin tournament. East Perth White claimed the Cup after defeating a spirited Swan Districts outfit.

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WA's leading draft prospects

Monday, November 20, 2017 - 1:45 PM

As we near closer to the AFL National Draft, we take a look at Western Australia's most promising young talented footballers who made waves in the National and State Combines last month and have attracted the attention of recruiters.

One of these players is Subiaco's Kyron Hayden who broke the record for the running vertical leap at the National Combine in Melbourne.

Hayden's huge leap of 103cm saw him overtake the record of 102cm set by Nic Naitanui in 2008.

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Another big signing for the Sharks

Monday, November 13, 2017 - 10:31 AM

East Fremantle’s rigorous recruiting campaign has continued with the signing of big man Cameron Loersch.

Standing at 203cm, the forward/ruck is known for his ability to take a strong contested mark. Coach Rob Wiley said his strength and size are set to have a major impact on the Sharks in 2018.

“Loersch is a welcomed addition, giving us some marking power up forward as well as being able to ruck,” he said.

Selected in the 2016 AFL Rookie Draft from South Fremantle, the 22-year-old returns to WA after two years on the Gold Coast Suns’ list.

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WAFC 2017-2022 Strategic Plan finalised

Friday, November 10, 2017 - 4:17 PM

The West Australian Football Commission has finalised its 2017-2022 Strategic Plan as the culmination of 12 months of work and review.

The plan was developed following the 2016/2017 Structural Review of WA Football (SRF) where the WAFC, in conjunction with the Boston Consulting Group, reviewed all competitions, pathways, structures and governance models across WA Football.

The review included deep consultation with key stakeholders backed by industry research and comparison against best practise sporting organisations across Australia and overseas.

The SRF identified that whilst football had solid foundations in WA, significant reform was required to meet the challenges and demands required for our game to continue to thrive from grass roots football through to elite pathways.

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