WAFL Manager Cameron Knapton's Round 9 wrap-up of the 2014 AAMI WAFL Premiership Season, including an interview with WAFL State Captain Brendan Lee at Monday night's training session for the WAFL State Squad.
Knapton also provides a summary of Round 9 results, individual highlights, reports, tribunal results and looks ahead to this Saturday's State game against the NEAFL in Sydney.Read More ...
The West Australian Football Commission hosted an AFL Multicultural Gala Day on Monday, May 19 with special guests from the West Coast Eagles including AFL Multicultural Ambassador Nic Naitanui.
The day featured carnivals north and south of the river that included round robin football matches and skills stations for approximately 800 multicultural students from Years 4-7.Read More ...
PEEL Thunder coach Cam Shepherd is delighted that Brendon Jones has played on again in 2014 and he has continued the outstanding form he has shown his entire career, but is disappointed he hasn’t been offered a chance for what would be the highlight of his career.
Jones originally retired at the end of the 2013 season, but soon changed his mind and based on his form so far in 2014 it clearly has been the right decision.Read More ...
THE West Australian Football League has announced its leadership group and changes to the initial State Squad for this weekend’s State game against the North East Australian Football League in Sydney.
East Perth’s Brendan Lee has been appointed as captain and Tallan Ames (Swan Districts) and Paul Bevan (Perth) as vice captains.
West Perth’s Nicholas Rodda has been added to the squad.Read More ...
EAST Perth co-captain Brendan Lee has not only been added to the WAFL's squad to face the NEAFL this Saturday in Sydney, but he has been named captain with Swan Districts' full-back Tallan Ames and Perth utility Paul Bevan his vice-captains.
Lee was not included in the original squad having missed the first six games of the 2014 season with a nasty finger injury that required surgery, but his performances in his first two games back saw him suddenly rocket into contention.Read More ...
NINE West Australian players were selected in the 2014 AFL Women’s Draft last night, including No.1 pick Tiah Haynes and a total of five in the top 10.
The Western Bulldogs and Melbourne Football Clubs each made 12 selections to complete their teams that will play in the AFL Women’s Exhibition Match on Sunday June 29 at Etihad Stadium.Read More ...
SWAN Districts has replaced Subiaco on top of the WAFL, Peel Thunder has its first win in almost 12 months, the reigning premiers West Perth are back on track and East Fremantle got back to winning after Round 9 action heading into the State game break.
Swan Districts won its seventh straight match to now sit clear on top of the WAFL after a 11.17 (83) to 8.9 (57) win over Claremont at Bassendean's Steel Blue Oval on Saturday.
Peel Thunder got its first win since Round 10 last year beating South Fremantle 11.13 (79) to 7.13 (55) at Mandurah's Bendigo Bank Stadium while West Perth downed Subiaco 14.12 (96) to 13.8 (86) at Leederville's Medibank Stadium and East Fremantle defeated Perth 13.12 (90) to 12.9 (81) at Lathlain Park.Read More ...
SWAN Districts won a seventh straight match to now sit clear on top of the WAFL ladder with Peel getting its first win of 2014 and East Fremantle and West Perth scoring narrow victories in Round 9 action on Saturday.
All four WAFL Round 9 matches took place on Saturday afternoon with West Perth beating Subiaco 14.12 (96) to 13.8 (86), Peel Thunder downing South Fremantle 11.13 (79) to 7.13 (55), Swan Districts defeating Claremont 11.17 (83) to 8.9 (57) and East Fremantle getting over Perth 13.12 (90) to 12.9 (81).
Swan Districts improved to a 7-1 record on the season with its seventh straight victory with the black-and-whites cruising to a 26-point victory over Claremont at Bassendean's Steel Blue Oval.
Swans did trail by a goal at quarter-time, but kicked the only four goals of the second quarter to assume control and despite only kicking 5.10 for the second half, cruised to the victory over the struggling Tigers.
Ricky Cary again showed good signs out of the goal square for Swans with three goals from eight kicks and six marks with Tim Geappen and Matthew Jukes again chipping in with two goals apiece.
Aaron Elari racked up a game-high 28 possessions for Swans with Justin Simpson all but booking in an appearance for WA against the NEAFL in Sydney next Saturday with another 27 possessions and 14 marks.
Kirk Ugle also finished with 25 disposals and a goal with Matt Riggio having it 20 times and Tony Notte also likely booking a spot for WA with 18 touches, 11 marks, nine hit outs and eight entries inside the forward 50.
Luke Blackwell racked up another 25 possessions with Tom Taylor also gathering 21, Ryan Neates 21, Tom Ledger 20 and captain Jake Murphy 18 to go with a game-high five tackles.
South Fremantle and Ben Saunders looked set to continue Peel's losing run to beyond 12 months at Bendigo Bank Stadium when the 2012 Bernie Naylor Medallist kicked his team's first three goals in just over 10 minutes on Saturday.
However, Saunders didn’t kick another goal for the day despite five more gettable shots and the Thunder worked their way on top to lead by as much as 22 points.
South Fremantle did make a charge in the final quarter and got within six points, but the Bulldogs kicked 2.10 for the entire second half and then Peel steadied with the game's last three goals through Matt Brown, Colin Sylvia and Sam Menegola to secure the 24-point win.
It is Peel's first win since Round 10 last year and snaps an 18-game losing run which came to a breaking point last Sunday when the Thunder lost to West Perth by a point after leading by 42 points at half-time.
However, Peel has been competitive all season and a chance to win all eight games, and now is on the board following a strong showing against a South Fremantle team that had won three straight.
Sylvia kicked three goals for Peel with Matt Brown and Brady Grey adding two apiece while Grey did a good job as a defensive forward limiting the influence of Ashton Hams who had 20 possessions but a limited impact on the game.
The battle in the midfield between former Fremantle teammates Menegola and Haiden Schloithe was also a fascinating one with Menegola finishing with 18 possessions, six tackles and a goal, and Schloithe 20 disposals, five inside 50s and a goal.
Former captain Brendon Jones was again terrific for Peel with 27 possessions while Hayden Crozier responded to being dropped by Fremantle well ending up with 27 disposals and six inside 50s.
Jacob Ballard continued his good form for Peel with 25 disposals while Kepler Bradley picked up 20 touches, Eddie Dann 19, Brown 19, Cruize Garlett 18 and Kristin Thornton 17.
Shaun Bewick worked hard all day for South Fremantle finishing with a game-high 31 possessions with Adam Guglielmana outstanding in defence with 27 touches.
Captain Ryan Cook again worked hard for 26 touches and a goal with Brendan Verrier finishing with 26 disposals, Steven Verrier 25, Tim Kelly 22, Toby Bairstow 21 and Jacob Martinez 18.
Dylan Ross was outstanding again in defence keeping Matt Taberner goalless and having 19 possessions and 10 marks himself.
Coming into the round, the game of the day always appeared likely to take place at Leederville's Medibank Stadium between Subiaco and West Perth and that's exactly how it panned out.
Little separated either side all day with West Perth leading by a point at quarter-time and three points at half-time, but the Falcons did kick the only three goals of the third term to lead by 22 points at the last change.
Subiaco fought back, though, and got back to within five points during the last quarter on a couple of occasions but a late steal and goal to Kody Manning saw the reigning premiers win by 10 points and improve to a 5-3 record in fourth spot while the Lions slipped to 6-2 and to second spot.
West Perth's two young key forwards Nick Rodda and Marcus Adams both stepped up with Rodda booting four goals and Adams three while Steve Potente chipped in with two majors.
The ruck battle was fascinating between former West Perth teammates with Chris Keunen finishing with 13 possessions, 41 hit outs and a goal, and new Subiaco big man Frank Stockley 13 disposals and 49 hit outs.
Matt Boland kicked five goals for Subiaco with Shane Yarran, Kyle Halligan and Will Fetherstonhaugh all booting two apiece.
Captain Kyal Horsley picked up a team-high 25 possessions for the Lions with Jason Bristow adding 24 disposals, Wayde Twomey 23, Chris Phelan 22, George Hampson 22 and Lachlan Delahunty 21 to go with 13 hit outs and six entries inside the forward 50.
Perth and East Fremantle both desperately needed to win at Lathlain Park to maintain touch with the top-four and to avoid slipping to a 3-5 record, and it was the Sharks who was a tight affair by nine points.
Little separated the teams with Perth leading by four points at quarter-time, East Fremantle by three at half-time and then the Demons again by four at the last change, but the Sharks kicking three goals to one in the final term to record the important win.
Brett Peake kicked four goals for East Fremantle with Rob Young booting two as did Bradd Dalziell to go with 34 possessions.
Rory O'Brien also picked up 27 touches for the Sharks, Mark McGough 24, debutant Tim Bristow 24, Cameron Eardley 19, James Bristow 18 and Jamie McNamara 18 while Andrew Stephen had 17 in defence in his 100th WAFL game.
Mitch Morton booted five goals for Perth while his brother Cale racked up 31 possessions.
Joel Leeson worked hard for the Demons finishing with 23 possessions and two goals while Dene White picked up 22 touches, Gerald Ugle 21, Michael Florio 20 and Michael Sinclair 20.
ROUND 9 WAFL RESULTS
Subiaco 13.8 (86) lost to West Perth 14.12 (96)
Peel Thunder 11.13 (79) defeated South Fremantle 7.13 (55)
Swan Districts 11.17 (83) defeated Claremont 8.9 (57)
Perth 12.9 (81) lost to East Fremantle 13.12 (90)
Subiaco 9.7 (61) lost to West Perth 12.9 (81)
Peel Thunder 11.14 (80) defeated South Fremantle 6.15 (51)
Swan Districts 10.14 (74) lost to Claremont 17.8 (110)
Perth 7.8 (50) lost to East Fremantle 15.14 (104)
Subiaco 9.7 (61) lost to West Perth 8.16 (64)
Peel Thunder 7.8 (50) lost to South Fremantle 11.7 (73)
Swan Districts 12.7 (79) defeated Claremont 5.10 (40)
Perth 9.5 (59) lost to East Fremantle 10.5 (65)
ANDREW Stephen served a long apprenticeship but has turned himself into a favourite of East Fremantle and now will bring up his 100th WAFL match this Saturday to add to a career already including two state appearances and a Lynn Medal.
Stephen grew up the son of 1969 Lynn Medallist Peter and began playing colts with the Sharks in 2005, then served more than 50 games of an apprenticeship in the reserves before finally cementing a spot in the league team by 2010 having played 11 matches the previous two seasons.Read More ...
ROUND 9 of the 2014 WAFL season will feature four games all on Saturday afternoon with players not only looking to secure spots in the WAFL team to play the NEAFL, but clubs desperate to head into the break with some winning form.
Subiaco hosts West Perth at Leederville's Medibank Stadium with Perth taking on East Fremantle at Lathlain Park, Peel Thunder battling South Fremantle at Mandurah's Bendigo Bank Stadium and Swan Districts facing Claremont at Bassendean's Steel Blue Oval.Read More ...
EAST Perth co-captain Brendan Lee missed the first six games of 2014 but has been superb the past fortnight in two just about best on ground performances to put him right in the mix to play in the WAFL team against the NEAFL next Saturday.
Both before and after spending 2012 with Essendon in the AFL, Lee has likely cemented himself as the best midfielder in the WAFL.
Having won the East Perth fairest and best in 2011, the Bendigo Bombers best and fairest in 2012 and then again the Royals' fairest and best last year, Lee has been consistent over a long period now but he suffered a hiccup on the eve of 2014 when he injured a finger and required surgery.Read More ...
Telstra has teamed up with AFL stars Chris Mayne and Marc LeCras in giving away thirty $5,000 grants through the new "Telstra Club Commitment" program, meaning a total of $150,000 will be invested into the game at a grassroots level to help support clubs across the state.
Club representatives from registered local Australian football clubs are encouraged to enter for the chance to win. Fans can show their support, and improve their club’s chances of winning, by uploading a photo of them supporting their club
West Coast Eagles star Mark LeCras credits the support of his own junior football club, Cervantes FC, as instrumental to the development his professional career and is encouraging all eligible clubs to apply for one of the thirty $5000 grants.
"Footy was always my biggest passion as a youngster and I have some really fond memories of playing at a junior level. It was here that I learnt about teamwork, hard work and dedication to the sport which has been my life and my career," said Mark.
If your club is yet to register, encourage your club representative to get involved and enter at telstraclubcommitment.com.au.
Applications will be judged on the creativity and merit of the answer, as well as the creative merit of the community support. Hurry and enter as the competition closes Friday 30th May 2014. Contact your District representative for your unique club code.
WAFL Manager Cameron Knapton's Round 8 wrap-up of the 2014 AAMI WAFL Premiership Season, including an interview with WAFL State Coach Bill Monaghan at the first training session for the WAFL State Squad.
Knapton also provides a summary of Round 8 results, individual highlights, reports, tribunal results and Round 9 fixtures.