WAFL Round 1 match reports

Saturday, March 18, 2017 - 3:48 PM

ROUND 1 of the 2017 McDonald's WAFL Premiership Season is in the books with Claremont, Swan Districts, South Fremantle and Peel Thunder all coming away victorious.

All four WAFL Round 1 matches took place on Saturday beginning with Claremont defeating East Fremantle 19.9 (123) to 9.7 (61) at East Fremantle Oval.

Perth made a flying start with eight first quarter goals at Steel Blue Oval but Swan Districts fought back well to end up winning 12.11 (83) to 11.5 (71).

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WAFL Round 1 teams and previews

Friday, March 17, 2017 - 3:05 PM

THERE is great excitement and expectation surrounding the WAFL competition entering 2017 with Round 1 of the McDonald's Premiership Season taking place this Saturday.

All four Round 1 matches are on Saturday starting with Swan Districts playing Perth at Steel Blue Oval at 2.15pm. At the same time at East Fremantle Oval, East Fremantle battles Claremont.

Then at 4.15pm at Fremantle Community Bank Oval, South Fremantle hosts Subiaco in a rematch of last year's second semi-final.

It is then a rematch of last year's elimination final on Saturday night and live on 7mate will see East Perth play reigning premiers Peel Thunder at Leederville Oval.

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2017 McDonald's WAFL Premiership Season Preview

Friday, March 17, 2017 - 12:48 PM

THE 2017 McDonald's WAFL Premiership Season gets underway this Saturday with four fascinating matches with all nine clubs looking to make their mark throughout the year.

All nine clubs have made strides to grow and improve over the pre-season with the 2017 campaign to get underway with four big games this Saturday.

Swan Districts takes on Perth at Steel Blue Oval and East Fremantle faces Claremont at East Fremantle Oval both in the 2.15pm time slot.

Then at 4.15pm at Fremantle Community Bank Oval, South Fremantle is playing Subiaco before at Leederville Oval from 7pm, East Perth takes on Peel Thunder. 

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Choose your club - WAFL App Update

Friday, March 17, 2017 - 11:30 AM

The 2017 Official WAFL App is ready to download with new features for the 2017 McDonald’s WAFL Premiership season.
The new update includes a ‘My Club’ feature which allows users to customise the App with selected club colours and receive club-specific game and broadcast alerts.

Show your true colours and select the club that you support today.  

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WAFL broadcast secures local support

Friday, March 17, 2017 - 11:14 AM

The West Australian Football Commission is pleased to announce that Racing and Wagering WA’s support for local football has extended to the 7 Network’s WAFL broadcast.
WAFC Chief Executive Gavin Taylor said it was terrific that a long-time supporter of football in Western Australia had committed further support to WA’s premier State League competition.
“The WAFL broadcast on the 7 Network continues to go from strength to strength with a 65% increase in audience over the past two years seeing the competition ranked first for viewer growth out of all televised WA winter sports teams or competitions,” Mr Taylor said.

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Pre-Season umpire medallists recognised

Friday, March 17, 2017 - 9:48 AM

Three umpires were recognised for their dedication and performance over the WA Football League pre-season at the WA National Football League Umpire Association (WANFLUA) Annual Panel Awards Night held on Tuesday, March 14, at EJ Pavillion in South Perth.

West Perth District field umpire Louis Jago was awarded the Ross Capes Medal for an outstanding pre-season.

WAAFL boundary umpire Mitch Vernon capped off a strong pre-season after he was awarded the Ron Hall Medal.

Goal umpire David Hayes was recognised for his very confident performances over the pre-season and was awarded the Merv Rose Medal.

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Falcons with extra week to prepare for assault on 2017

Friday, March 17, 2017 - 9:32 AM - by Chris Pike

WEST Perth has the Round 1 bye ahead of a derby next Sunday and coach Bill Monaghan is looking forward to seeing his strong key position player stocks in action along with how some emerging players step up in 2017.

The Falcons made the finals again in 2016 on the back of playing in two of the previous three WAFL grand finals, and winning the premiership in 2013. Monaghan is again hoping the Falcons are around the mark in 2017 but there are a lot of unknown quantities heading into 2017.

Following last year, West Perth has lost some significant experience and quality with the retirement of Luke Tedesco, and departures of Laine Rasmussen, Drew Rohde, Rohan Kerr, Joel Leeson and Max Duffy.

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#WAFLselfie Competition

Friday, March 17, 2017 - 1:05 AM

WA footy fans have the chance to win a family pass to the WAFL each week by simply posting a photo of themselves (a selfie!) at a WAFL match on social media (Facebook, Twitter or Instagram).

Fans must use #WAFLselfie in the caption to be in the running to win. The winner of the weekly #WAFLselfie competition will be announced on the Tuesday following the round of WAFL.

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Webster returns to Royals with winning his aim

Thursday, March 16, 2017 - 3:51 PM - by Chris Pike

LUKE Webster makes his return to East Perth as a senior coach in 2017 and the club great and premiership player is making no secret that his No. 1 goal is to win above and beyond anything else.

Webster retired folloing the 2010 WAFL season from East Perth bringing an end to a playing career that had plenty of challenges with four knee reconstructions, but some tremendous highs particularly with the Royals.

He played in the 2001 premiership with East Perth and following his 33-game AFL career with Fremantle ended that was dogged by the knee injuries, returned to the Royals as a co-captain.

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Retooled Subiaco prepare to be around the mark again

Thursday, March 16, 2017 - 11:30 AM - by Chris Pike

SUBIACO has made the past three WAFL grand finals and despite losing plenty of premiership experience, coach Jarrad Schofield is looking forward to seeing how his retooled Lions shape up in 2017.

Subiaco went ever so close to securing a premiership hat-trick last year. Coming off the triumphs of 2015 and 2016, the Lions again finished the home and away season as minor premiers and then advanced straight to the grand final after beating South Fremantle in the second semi-final.

Peel Thunder ended up prevailing denying Subiaco a third straight flag and despite losing experience and talent since, the Lions have also brought in plenty and have some good youngsters coming through giving Schofield reason for optimism.

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Reigning premiers Peel keep focus on young, local talent

Wednesday, March 15, 2017 - 12:33 PM - by Chris Pike

PEEL Thunder is coming off the high of its breakthrough WAFL premiership and coach Cam Shepherd will continue to take pride in the opportunities he will provide the region's young players no matter how the Fremantle alignment is going.

The Thunder qualified for the finals for the first time in the club's history in 2015 before going on to lose to West Perth and East Perth to be bundled out.

They backed that up with another finals berth in 2016 and this time Peel proved unstoppable in September going on to score comprehensive victories over East Perth, West Perth, South Fremantle and Subiaco on the way to the maiden premiership.

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2017 WAFL SEASON PREVIEW - The West Australian

Wednesday, March 15, 2017 - 10:32 AM

Get an insight into how all nine WAFL clubs are shaping up this season, along with what's happening in Women's and Junior football with The West Australian's 2017 WAFL Season Preview liftout.

CLICK HERE to download your copy of the 2017 WAFL Season Guide.



2017 Australia Post AFL Multicultural Player Ambassadors Announced

Wednesday, March 15, 2017 - 8:46 AM

Fremantle Dockers AFL Women's player Akec Makur Susan Chuot and West Coast's Nic Naitanui have been named Australia Post AFL Multicultural Ambassadors for 2017.

The two footballers were among six WA products also named in the group of 19 AFL and AFLW players.

Other players named include Stephen Coniglio (GWS Giants - Swan Districts FC), Aliir Aliir (Sydney - East Fremantle FC), Jason Johannisen (Western Bulldogs - East Fremantle FC) and Sabrina Frederick-Traub (Brisbane Lions - South Fremantle WFC).

AFL CEO Gillon McLachlan said the ambassadors played an important role in promoting diversity and inclusion within Australian Football and the broader community.

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2017 WAFL Season Media Launch

Tuesday, March 14, 2017 - 4:29 PM

All nine WAFL League Coaches fronted the media on Tuesday, March 14, at the 2017 McDonald's WAFL Premiership Season Launch held at Domain Stadium.

Round 1 of the season kicks off this Saturday, March 18, with East Perth taking on Peel Thunder in the televised game at Leederville Oval under lights.

Hear what each coach had to say about their club's progression over the pre-season and what lies in store for their supporters this season in the video below.

Special thanks to major partner of the WAFL McDonald's and supporting partners AHG, Kennards, reiwa.com and TAB Touch.

Thanks also to Channel 7 and all the competition's print, radio and online media partners.

Young talent at Tigerland leaves Harris excited on WAFL return

Tuesday, March 14, 2017 - 1:41 PM - by Chris Pike

DARREN Harris makes his return to a senior coaching role in the WAFL for the first time since 2005 and can't help but be excited by what awaits Claremont in 2017 with the youth coming through topped up by some returning local products.

Harris built a career with West Perth when he arrived in the mid-1990s ending up a legend of the club going on to be a premiership captain and coach before he moved into the AFL as an assistant coach ahead of the 2006 season.

He had a successful run with the West Coast Eagles including the 2006 premiership before moving to Carlton where he spent another four years.

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