Experienced development coach Ben Dyer has been appointed as head coach of the Simply Energy WA State 16s Academy for 2019.
Dyer, who has been North Melbourne Football Club’s Development Manager for the past five years, was previously State 16s assistant coach in 2010.
For much of Matt Priddis’ storied career there were doubters, and after missing out on the draft for a third consecutive year many would have given up, but that wasn’t the Priddis way.
The Brownlow medallist had to wait a long time for a chance at his childhood dream, a journey he believes prepared him for the challenges that lay ahead.
The WA Football Commission invited Priddis to speak to players from WA that unfortunately missed out on selection in the 2018 AFL Draft, with the 33-year-old imparting plenty of wisdom and key messages to the group.
The West Australian Football Commission and WA Football Media Guild hosted the annual WA Football Media Awards at Optus Stadium tonight, Tuesday November 27, to recognise the season’s high achievers both on and off the field.
This included awards for online, print, radio and television media, WAFL and AFL players and coaches, as well as special awards for outstanding service.
Awards were judged in each category by members of the WA Football Media Guild, the West Australian Football Commission, and a combination of the following judging panel members: Tom Atkinson, Ben Cameron, Ken Casellas, Sean Cowan, Steve Gordon, Tim Gossage, Graham Mason, John McGrath, Jo McManus, Paul Murray, Craig Nitschke, Michael O'Brien, Glen Quartermain, Brett Sprigg, Michael Thomson, John Townsend, Peter Vlahos, Simon White and Basil Zempilas.
The award winners for the night were:
The West Australian Football Commission, in consultation with the WAFL Clubs and West Coast Eagles, has finalised details regarding Total Player Payments and Players Points allocations for West Coast’s WAFL team in 2019
WAFC Executive Manager Talent and Football Operations Scott Baker said West Coast would be required to adhere to agreed recruiting conditions in building their top-up list with the aim of being competitive without becoming too dominant in the WAFL.
Congratulations to the 12 Western Australian players added to AFL lists via the 2018 NAB AFL National and Rookie Drafts.
This included first round National Draft pick Jordan Clark from Claremont Football Club and mature-aged recruit Matthew Parker from South Fremantle.
Other National Draft selections included Simply Energy WA State 18s players Ian Hill (Perth), Luke Foley (Subiaco), Jarrod Cameron (Swan Districts), Tom Joyce (East Fremantle), and Luke English (Perth).
Claremont Football Club's Jordan Clark was Western Australia's first selection in the 2018 NAB AFL National Draft at Marvel Stadium in Melbourne tonight, Thursday, November 22.
Clark was selected by Geelong at number 15 after starring for the Simply Energy WA State 18s at the NAB AFL National 18s Championships, where he won WA's MVP Award and was named as an All-Australian.
WAFC Executive Manager Talent and Football Operations Scott Baker congratulated Clark and said his performance for Western Australia and at Claremont had paved the way for his first-round selection.
WESTERN Australia's AFL Draft hopefuls are eagerly anticipating the first round of selections from 3.30pm WA time in Melbourne today, Thursday, November 22.
The draft will take place over two days at Melbourne’s Marvel Stadium, with the first round tonight and the rookie draft and later rounds to follow from 9am WA time on Friday, November 23.
Football fans have a chance to secure their own piece of Subiaco Oval history when an auction of timber bench seats and other items of public interest is held at the ground on Saturday, December 8.
The first lot of seats to be auctioned on December 8 will include 322 timber bench seats from the two-tier stand, which was constructed in 1981. These are the oldest remaining seats at the ground.
The benches will be available in configurations of 2, 3, 4, 5 and 6 seats. Full details of which seats are available in each configuration will be published on the Ross's Auctions website in the lead up to the auction.
Three new WAFL Colts coaches have been appointed to key positions in WA’s Talent Pathway.
These include Mick Glassborrow at Peel Thunder, Luke Tedesco, pictured, at South Fremantle and Chayce Creedy at Subiaco.
Glassborrow, who was a State Academy midfield coach in 2018, replaces outgoing Peel Thunder coach Brad Dodd, who was recently appointed as Football Operations Manager at East Fremantle Football Club.
Glassborrow also has senior coaching experience as a VFL Assistant Coach at the Box Hill Hawks, and a premiership coach with The Basin Football Club in Victoria’s Eastern Football League. He was also Peel Thunder Under 16 Development Squad coach in 2017.
It is with great sadness that the West Australian Football League has been advised by the Millson family that dual Perth Football Club premiership player Ross Millson passed away on Wednesday, November 14 aged 71 years.
A skilful all-round footballer, Millson played 103 league games for the Demons between 1967 and 1974, including a premiership in his debut season when he featured on a half forward flank in the 18.12 (120) to 15.12 (102) Grand Final win over East Perth.
In the following year’s Grand Final victory against the same opponent, he was among his side’s best players as a wingman, showcasing his skills alongside the likes of Barry Cable, Ian Miller and Bob Shields in a star-studded line-up.
Ten of Western Australia's most promising young female footballers have been named in the 2019 NAB AFL Women’s Academy squads.
Mikayla Bowen (Swan Districts), Rosie Deegan (Subiaco), Courtney Hodder (Peel Thunderbirds), pictured, Emma O'Driscoll (Swan Districts), Tayla Pescud (Swan Districts) and Roxanne Roux (East Fremantle), have been named in the Level 2 squad, while Abbey Dowrick (Subiaco), Brianna Hyde (Swan Districts), Mikayla Hyde (Swan Districts) and Sarah Verrier (Peel Thunderbirds) have been included in the Level 1 squad.
They will each receive a NAB AFL Women’s Academy scholarship that provides high performance camps and personal development opportunities over a 12-month period.
The Western Desert is a region in remote central Australia where the Great Sandy, Little Sandy and Gibson deserts converge and its inhabitants have a deep connection with country.
Stretching 600,000 square kilometres from the Nullarbor in the South to the Kimberley in the North, and from Percival Lakes in the West to the Pintupi lands in the Northern Territory, it’s an area rich in culture and biodiversity where bilbies, rock wallabies and quolls actually exist outside of urban myth. So why would three Western Desert youths want to leave the world’s most iconic desert landscape?
THE changes at South Fremantle this off-season have continued with another great and favourite son of the Bulldogs deciding to retire while another former AFL player has decided to return in 2019.
On the back of the retirements of Ashton Hams and Ryan Cook, and the departure of Shane Hockey, at the end of the 2018 WAFL season, Cory Dell'Olio has decided to join the trio on the list of outs for the Bulldogs in 2019 along with the ever-popular and dedicated Jarrod Parry.
It's not all about the departures for South Fremantle looking to 2019, though, with the Bulldogs entering the season on the back of three successive second-place finishes at the end of the home and away seasons, and preliminary final appearances under coach Todd Curley.
THE West Australian Football Commission will enhance its focus on coaching development with the appointment of long-serving coach Tony Micale to a new role mentoring WA’s Talent Pathway coaches.
Micale spent eight years as an AFL Assistant/Development coach at the West Coast Eagles, including the 2005 and 2006 grand finals. He also coached 188 WAFL matches with an impressive 129-59 win-loss record including six grand finals for four Premierships.
He will now share his extensive knowledge in the new role of WAFC Talent Pathway Coaching Coordinator.