Auskickers across the Swan Districts, East Perth, and Perth footy zones recently came together and participated in a special footy festival hosted by the West Australian Football Commission at the home of WA cricket, the WACA.
The event, delivered by the WAFC and the WACA, provided more than 750 Year 2 Auskickers the opportunity to compete in a modified competition against teams they would not normally play in preparation for the 2019 WAFC Year 3 junior football competition.
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ROUND 19 is the third last weekend of the 2018 WAFL home and away season with Perth and Claremont meeting in a battle that could very well determine which plays finals while East Perth and Swan Districts have to win too to keep themselves in the hunt.
With just three rounds of the home and away season remaining and eight teams still in finals contention, every game now takes on greater significance and all four matches on Saturday will have finals ramifications.
Each of the four matches all take place on Saturday afternoon in the traditional 2.15pm time slot as well with the reigning premiers of the last two years Peel Thunder having the bye and hoping to cling on to fifth position depending on how the results go.
West Australian based AFL field umpire Jeff Dalgleish will join an elite group of umpires when he officiates his 300th senior football match this weekend.
Dalgleish, the ninth West Australian field umpire to reach the triple-century of League matches, joins WA field umpires Brett Rosebury, Dean Margetts, Craig Hendrie, Gavin Statham, Grant Vernon, Ray Montgomery, Luke Farmer and Michael Ball who have all got to the 300 club.
Dalgleish began umpiring in 1999 in the East Fremantle juniors and the WA Amateur League. He progressed to professional football, making his WAFL umpiring debut in 2003 and his AFL debut in 2009.
More than 200 students from Australian Islamic Colleges (AIC) and Intensive English Centres (IEC) across Perth recently came together to learn the fundamentals of footy alongside West Coast Eagles stars at this year’s Bachar Houli Cup event.
Participating schools included Dianella AIC, Thornlie AIC, Kewdale AIC, Beaconsfield IEC and Highgate IEC.
The students buddied with West Coast Eagles stars including the likes of Nic Naitanui, Shannon Hurn, Jeremy McGovern, and Luke Shuey, in a number of skill clinics at Carine Open Space, before they got the chance to have a chat to the players and grab their signatures.
The students then showcased their skills in a series of nine-a-side matches.
WA Football Commission Participation Manager Josh Bowler said the event provided an excellent opportunity to engage with the Islamic community and other various multicultural communities via our great game.
“The event proved to be a great success and we hope all participants had fun on the day and are keen to learn more about how they can get involved in the football pathway,” he said.
“It was also a fantastic opportunity for all our staff and volunteers involved who got to learn more about the Islamic faith and engage with the participants.”
Don your club colours, grab the clan and make your way to a WAFL game this weekend!
Witness elite WAFL players battle it out for a Round 19 victory and make sure to get involved in the fun activities, events and competitions taking place at all four venues.
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THERE were star WAFL midfielders everywhere you looked at Fremantle Community Bank Oval on Saturday but it was South Fremantle's Shane Hockey who stood out the brightest in a stunning individual performance.
While his teammates Haiden Schloithe, Nick Suban, Marlion Pickett, Brandon Donaldson, Ryan Cook and Jacob Dragovich, and West Perth opponents Shane Nelson, Luke Meadows, Aaron Black and Trent Manzone all had significant impacts, it was Hockey that delivered what was likely the best performance of his WAFL career since joining South Fremantle in 2016.
Hockey, as a result, has been named the M & J Chickens Player of the Round despite strong competition from teammate Schloithe, West Perth's Nelson, Peel Thunder's Tom Sheridan and Danyle Pearce, East Perth's Dom Sheed and Subiaco pair Leigh Kitchin and Lachlan Delahunty.
It was a big game for South Fremantle who was coming off the bye and disappointing losses to Subiaco and Peel Thunder, and they were without captain Dylan Main and the versatile Steve Verrier on top of triple Bernie Naylor Medallist Ben Saunders.
The inaugural WA Amateur Football League Women’s Finals get underway this Saturday, August 11 with A and B Grade Finals being played at Noranda’s Lightning Park.
Nollamara and the Warnbro Swans will compete in the B Grade Elimination Final after finishing fourth and fifth respectively after the home and away season, while Cockburn Lakes and Cottesloe go head to head in the B Grade Qualifying Final.
Later in the day, North Beach (3rd) and University (4th) face off in the A Grade Semi Final.
THERE were just the three games in Round 18 of the WAFL with plenty of standout individual performances as South Fremantle beat West Perth in a thriller and the Grand Finalists of the last two years Subiaco and Peel Thunder beat Swan Districts and East Perth respectively.
It was the fourth round of the 2018 WAFL season making every game take on extra significance. That was certainly the case on Saturday with South Fremantle and West Perth fighting over second spot, and Peel, East Perth and Swan Districts locked in the fight over fourth and fifth positions.
West Perth and South Fremantle are locked in those second and third positions, it's just a matter of who now finishes second to earn home ground advantage in the inevitable qualifying final match up.
The West Australian Football Commission (WAFC) was recognised at the 2018 Sport and Recreation Industry Awards this morning for its Aboriginal Sports Weekend, run in partnership with Netball WA.
The annual Aboriginal Sports Weekend, which encompasses the Nicky Winmar Cup, the Kirby Bentley Cup and the Aboriginal Youth Netball Gala Day, was announced as the Community Event of the Year at this morning’s (August 8) award presentation.
WAFC Executive Manager Engagement and Community Football, Troy Kirkham, said the award was great recognition for a significant community program that not only enhanced participation pathways, but was extremely important in the development of Aboriginal coaches, umpires, administrators and mentors.
WEST Perth kept its hopes alive of reaching the finals in the WAFL Colts for 2018 with a win over South Fremantle on Saturday while top two teams Subiaco and Peel Thunder also kept their winning ways going.
There were just the three matches in Round 18 of the colts on Saturday starting off with solid wins for Subiaco and Peel Thunder respectively as they go another step towards securing those top two positions while West Perth then moved to being just percentage out of fifth position.
Saturday's colts action got underway at Bendigo Bank Stadium with Peel Thunder scoring a hard fought 10.12 (72) to 9.9 (63) victory over East Perth.
The Essendon Women’s Network have launched the 2018 Football Woman of the Year Awards. Now in its 20th year, these awards recognise women in the AFL industry that have made a positive and measurable impact to the advancement of women in Australian Football.
Check out the top Kia marks and TABtouch goals of Round 18 of the WAFL in the videos below.
West Perth player Andrew Strijk booted the TABtouch Goal of Round 17 and Sharks' Dylan Curley was named winner of the KIA Mark of the Week.
WITH the AFL School Ambassador Awards fast approaching on August 9, 28 teachers from 28 schools will be vying to win one of six award categories.
AFL School Ambassadors are dedicated teachers and school staff who actively promote Australian Football at their school. Those who excel are recognised at the annual awards night.
West Australian Football Commission Executive Manager Engagement and Community Football Troy Kirkham said AFL School Ambassadors play a critical role in the promotion of football across both Primary and Secondary Schools.