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Benefits of footy go beyond physical health

Thursday, September 14, 2017 - 9:24 AM

Indigenous adults who play football are healthier, happier and better connected, according to a new Bankwest Curtin Economics Centre report on Indigenous participation in AFL.

The Bankwest Curtin Economics Centre’s (BCEC’s) latest report, After the Siren: The community benefits of Indigenous participation in Australian Rules Football, examines the physical health, mental wellbeing and community connectedness benefits that flow from playing football. 

Click here to download the report.

BCEC Principal Research Fellow and report author Associate Professor Mike Dockery said the report reveals the benefits of playing AFL extend beyond physical health benefits, highlighting the positive mental health and community level outcomes. 

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Thunder coach Shepherd extends contract for another two years

Wednesday, September 13, 2017 - 4:27 PM

Peel Thunder has reappointed Cam Shepherd as the Club’s Senior Coach for a further two years. 

Peel Thunder Football Club CEO John Ditchburn said the club was delighted to extend Shepherd's tenure.

“Cam has developed into an outstanding coach, rewarding the Club with its first final appearance, first Premiership and another Grand Final appearance in 2017.”  Ditchburn said.  

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Preliminary Final coaches front media

Wednesday, September 13, 2017 - 12:40 PM

WAFL coaches competing in this Sunday's WAFL AHG Preliminary Final fronted the media today, September 13 at Domain Stadium.

Subiaco coach Jarrad Schofield and South Fremantle coach Todd Curley gave us an insight into their club's preparations ahead of the weekend clash.

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Semi Finals Reserves and Colts Wrap

Tuesday, September 12, 2017 - 12:56 PM - by Chris Pike

SOUTH Fremantle's reserves team and East Fremantle's colts are straight through to the WAFL Grand Finals for 2017 following second semi-final victories on Sunday while the season is over for Swan Districts in all grades.

The colts action on Sunday began with the cut-throat first semi-final between East Perth and Swan Districts at Fremantle Community Bank Oval with the Royals proving too strong ending the season of Swans with the 16.15 (111) to 2.11 (23) victory.

Then in the colts second semi-final at Leederville Oval, minor premiers East Fremantle came off the break in the first week of the finals beating Claremont 12.7 (79) to 9.10 (64).

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WAFL Semi Finals match reports

Monday, September 11, 2017 - 4:00 PM - by Chris Pike

REIGNING premiers Peel Thunder are the first team through to the WAFL Grand Final for 2017 after beating Subiaco in the second semi-final with the Lions to meet South Fremantle in the preliminary final.

It was semi-final day in the WAFL on Sunday and the action started at Fremantle Community Bank Oval with the first semi-final between South Fremantle and Swan Districts.

The Bulldogs needed to bounce back from last week's loss to Peel while Swans were coming off the high of eliminating West Perth last week.

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Relive the top moments of the 2017 McDonald's WAFL season

Monday, September 11, 2017 - 1:05 PM

Do you want to relive the best marks, goals and passages of play of the 2017 McDonald's WAFL Premiership season? 

Check out the top #MaccasMoments from every round so far in the videos below.


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Peel Thunder through to WAFL Grand Final

Sunday, September 10, 2017 - 6:21 PM

PEEL Thunder are aiming for back-to-back WAFL Premierships after progressing to the Grand Final on Sunday, September 24 with a four-goal win over Subiaco in the 2nd Semi-Final at Leederville Oval today.

Peel now have the week off while Subiaco will host South Fremantle in the Preliminary Final next Sunday at Leederville Oval.

South Fremantle were convincing 80-point winners over Swan Districts in the 1st Semi-Final at Fremantle Oval in front of a crowd of 3884 people.

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WAFL AHG Semi-Finals teams and previews

Saturday, September 9, 2017 - 11:00 PM

IT is semi-final Sunday in the WAFL with Subiaco and Peel Thunder attempting to be the first team to qualify for the 2017 Grand Final while South Fremantle and Swan Districts are fighting just to stay alive.

The AHG WAFL Finals Series began last weekend with Peel Thunder beating South Fremantle in the qualifying final and Swan Districts downing West Perth in the elimination final.

Now this Sunday, the action begins with the first semi-final at Fremantle Community Bank Oval with South Fremantle hosting Swan Districts.

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Lions much happier with finals preparation than 12 months ago

Saturday, September 9, 2017 - 10:41 PM - by Chris Pike

SUBIACO have done all they can to be as prepared as possible for Sunday's second semi-final against Peel coming off the break while welcoming back Clancy Wheeler and Kyal Horsley with coach Jarrad Schofield looking forward to another finals crack against the Thunder.

The Lions have once again been the standout WAFL team in 2017 but entering the AHG WAFL Finals Series on a 19-game winning streak is a remarkable achievement that earned them a third straight minor premiership.

Subiaco can now move into a fourth successive Grand Final by beating Peel on Sunday at Leederville Oval but once again standing in its way is a Thunder line-up strengthened with 15 AFL-listed players from Fremantle.

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Clutterbuck glad to pay back faith Swans showed in him

Saturday, September 9, 2017 - 6:52 PM - by Chris Pike

FREDDIE Clutterbuck hasn’t quite rediscovered the form that made him a staple on the wing at East Perth for over 100 games since joining Swan Districts but he delivered a standout performance in last Sunday elimination final and he couldn’t have enjoyed the experience more.

Clutterbuck joined Swan Districts at the start of the 2016 WAFL season having previously played 104 matches with East Perth including the 2014 grand final after growing frustrated with the Royals' alignment with West Coast.

While he did play some good football in 2016 with Swans, he was never quite able to hit full gear after not being allowed to do a pre-season with his new club.

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Experienced leaders driving the winning culture with Peel

Saturday, September 9, 2017 - 6:38 PM - by Chris Pike

IT is hard to ignore the tremendous job Peel Thunder coach Cam Shepherd has done to pull his group together for what is now a third consecutive WAFL finals campaign and he feels the key is having a strong group of experienced players setting the tone.

Three years ago Peel had never played in a WAFL final and never really threatened to do so and there were question marks over whether or not the partnership of the Thunder with Fremantle would breed success either consider the players wouldn’t get to train together and had different ambitions long-term.

However, the job that Shepherd has now done in particular over the past three years must be admired and it began with Peel's maiden finals appearance in 2015.

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Proud Bulldog McIntosh reaches 100 in first finals campaign

Saturday, September 9, 2017 - 5:11 PM - by Chris Pike

HAVING to undergo a knee reconstruction and come back from a badly broken ankle have made the journey far from easy and a form slump in 2014 had him doubting himself, but South Fremantle defender Adam McIntosh is proud to reach 100 games as he aims for finals success.

McIntosh made his league debut with South Fremantle back in 2011 having had to do a significant apprenticeship to earn that chance under dual premiership coach John Dimmer, but his first stint was short-lived to do a knee injury suffered early in Round 5 against Swan Districts at Steel Blue Oval.

He was back for the start of 2012 and aside from a stint in the reserves in the back half of 2014 and then missing the second half of 2016 with his horrible broken ankle, McIntosh has cemented himself as one of the most consistent and reliable mid-size defenders in the WAFL.

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West Australian women honoured as Award finalists

Friday, September 8, 2017 - 4:49 PM

THREE West Australian female football leaders have been named as finalists for the 2017 Football Woman of the Year Awards.

They include West Australian Football Commission (WAFC) Female Football Coordinator Allana Dickie for the overall Football Woman of the Year Award, and WA Women’s Football League (WAWFL) President Carolyn Hills and WAWFL life member Charmaine Rogers for the Community Award.

WAFC CEO Gavin Taylor said to have three West Australians named among nine finalists was a great testament to female football leadership in WA and congratulated each of them on their achievement.

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Season length reviewed to enhance WAFL competition

Friday, September 8, 2017 - 8:54 AM

An increased focus on equalisation and sustainability will see the West Australian Football League season shortened to 18 games over 21 rounds in 2018 following a comprehensive review in partnership with the WAFL clubs.

The reduction from 20 games over 23 rounds will be one part of a broader suite of reform and sustainability measures that were recommended in the West Australian Football Commission’s Structural Review of Football.

WAFC Executive Manager Talent and Football Operations Jon Haines said that with finals included, the overall length of the WAFL season would be reduced in 2018 from 28 weeks to 26 weeks, delivering projected savings of more than $170,000.

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English claims RediMed Colts Jack Clarke Medal

Thursday, September 7, 2017 - 9:05 AM

Perth Demons player Luke English was named 2017 winner of the RediMed Colts Jack Clarke Medal with a total of 53 votes at the medal count dinner held at Domain Stadium on Wednesday, September 6.

English finished 22 votes ahead of Claremont’s Jack Lewsey on 31, while Peel Thunder’s Kyle Havelberg came third with 30 votes.

WA Football Commission CEO Gavin Taylor congratulated English on winning the prestigious award among such a high quality group of WAFL Colts players.

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