In a WA Amateur Football League first, and to coincide with the AFL’s Multicultural Round, the WAAFL will encourage all players, officials and umpires to wear a red arm band to help raise awareness of, and remove, racial vilification in football.
THE best country footballers from around the State will descend on Perth for the 2014 Landmark Country Football Championships from July 10-12.
The Landmark Championships, which are celebrating their 50th year in 2014, will be played at WAFL grounds over three days and include three senior divisions and a Colts competition. Qualifying games will be played on Thursday and Friday, followed by finals on Saturday.
THE WAFL celebrated the league's Indigenous roots, heritage and current prosperity on Saturday afternoon with all eight clubs wearing specially designed jumpers for the occasion with Claremont, East Fremantle, East Perth and Swan Districts recording victories.
The results on Saturday afternoon saw Claremont beat South Fremantle 12.13 (85) to 9.9 (63) at the Claremont Showground, East Fremantle down Perth 14.18 (102) to 14.8 (92) at East Fremantle Oval, East Perth thrash Peel Thunder 16.13 (109) to 6.10 (46) at Leederville's Medibank Stadium and Swan Districts down West Perth 16.9 (105) to 11.10 (76) at Joondalup's HBF Arena.
At the end of Round 15, East Perth (11-2) sits on top of the WAFL ladder just percentage ahead of Swan Districts (11-3) with Subiaco (9-4) and East Fremantle (9-4) making up the top four positions.
West Perth (6-7) remains in fifth position followed by Claremont (5-8), Perth (3-10), South Fremantle (3-10) and Peel Thunder (2-11).
THE WAFL State 16s started the 2014 NAB AFL Under-16 Championships at Metricon Stadium on the Gold Coast with a thrilling win and a narrow loss in Division 1 against Victoria Metro and Victoria Country.
The WA North West team commenced in Division 3 with with a win against the Flying Boomerangs.
West Perth Football Club's league team will play in a special one-off International Jumper this Saturday to embrace its international community and build on the success of the club's International Round promotion over the last two years.
The promotion is being driven by the West Perth Football District with the support of the West Perth Football Club Board and the West Australian Football Commission.
THE WAFL celebrated NAIDOC Round on Saturday afternoon with all eight participating clubs wearing specially designed jumpers with Swan Districts, Claremont, East Fremantle and East Perth recording victories.
The wins for the Swans, Tigers, Sharks and Royals saw the top-ranked teams each prevail in their match ups on Saturday afternoon but they didn’t all have it their own way.
Swan Districts beat West Perth 16.9 (105) to 11.10 (76) at Joondalup's HBF Arena with Claremont downing South Fremantle 12.13 (85) to 9.9 (63) at the Claremont Showground, East Fremantle held on against Perth 14.18 (102) to 14.8 (92) at East Fremantle Oval and East Perth thrashed Peel Thunder 16.13 (109) to 6.10 (46).
IT IS NAIDOC Round in the WAFL this weekend as the league celebrates its rich Indigenous culture with four matches on Saturday afternoon highlighted by West Perth and Swan Districts continuing their budding rivalry.
West Perth hosts Swan Districts at Joondalup's HBF Arena on Saturday afternoon with the other three matches pitting Claremont against South Fremantle at the Claremont Showground, East Fremantle hosting Perth at East Fremantle Oval and East Perth tackling Peel Thunder at Leederville's Medibank Stadium.
All eight WAFL clubs will wear specially-designed Indigenous jumpers to celebrate NAIDOC Round.
The West Australian Football League, in partnership with the Department of Aboriginal Affairs, will celebrate the significance of Aboriginal players when WAFL NAIDOC Round is held this Saturday for the eighth consecutive year.
NAIDOC Round at the WAFL coincides with National Aboriginal and Islander Day Observance Committee (NAIDOC) week celebrations, which are held annually across Australia to celebrate the heritage, achievements and culture of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.
THE WAFL State 18s finished the NAB AFL National 18s Championships with a thrilling two-point win over Victoria Country on Wednesday, July 2 with a late Clem Smith goal sealing victory.
Vic Country looked far too strong early in the game and broke out to a 31-point lead midway through the second term. But WA responded to storm home, winning 9.13 (67) to 10.5 (65) at Etihad Stadium, recording WA's first State 18s win at the ground in six years.
THE South Fremantle Football Club would like to announce that the club's senior coach Paul Hasleby has informed the board that he is not seeking a contract renewal beyond the end of the 2014 WAFL season.
Hasleby's time in charge of South Fremantle will come to an end at the conclusion of the 2014 season after he took over at the helm in 2012 on the back on an outstanding AFL playing career with the Fremantle Dockers, and then a season with South Fremantle in the WAFL.
Hasleby tonight informed the entire club of his decision to not seek a new contract at the end of this his third season in charge as he addressed the board members, staff and players. He cited a desire to look at other interests as a major factor in his decision.
SOUTH Fremantle has added motivation to return to the winner's list this Saturday when Toby Bairstow's rollercoaster WAFL journey reaches a high point as he plays his 100th match with the Bulldogs to book his name on the No. 4 locker at Fremantle Oval.
It hasn’t always been a smooth ride to 100 games for the 25-year-old since he graduated through the colts and reserves at South Fremantle after coming up from Bunbury to go and make his league debut in Round 6, 2008.
He played 16 games in the premiership year of 2009 including kicking in the winning goal in an incredible Anzac Day derby against East Fremantle and playing well in the second semi-final win over Subiaco, but he and Hayden North made way for Jeff Farmer and Peter Bell in the grand final.
EAST Perth sits on top of the WAFL ladder and while from the outside much of the focus is heaped on the West Coast-listed players, the growth of players like Freddie Clutterbuck, Steven Payne, Kyle Anderson and Nathan Blee has been instrumental in the Royals' outstanding form.
Even though West Coast's Callum Sinclair, Scott Lycett, Blayne Wilson, Simon Tunbridge, Dom Sheed and Brant Colledge, in particular, have played some strong football in 2014, it is East Perth's WAFL-listed players who are standing up to make the difference.
Co-captains Craig Wulff and Brendan Lee have been outstanding when fit, and big men Josh Smith and Paul Johnson provide a strong presence but it is the next group of players who have moved themselves into the upper echelon of stars in the competition.
PEEL Thunder coach Cam Shepherd has turned his focus to improving his team's tackling pressure and kicking in front of goal following yet another competitive but losing effort against Subiaco on Saturday.
The focus on Peel since that loss on Saturday has been centred on the fact that Fremantle pair Kepler Bradley and Tom Sheridan didn’t appear until the 20-minute of the second quarter, but that had no influence on the final result.
Peel had done well in the opening 50 minutes without the Dockers pair only trailing by a goal when Bradley took up his position at full-back and Sheridan joined the midfield.