WAFL regional fixtures confirmed

Thursday, February 23, 2017 - 3:57 PM

The West Australian Football Commission has confirmed that 2017 McDonald’s WAFL Premiership games will be played in Busselton and Esperance in partnership with the Department of Sport and Recreation and State Government’s Country Sports Enrichment Scheme (CSES).
 
Esperance will host the Round 17 League fixture between Subiaco and Claremont and Busselton will host the Round 18 League fixture between East Perth and South Fremantle.
 
The venues for each game remain subject to final ground assessments.

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West Perth name captains for 2017

Thursday, February 23, 2017 - 9:15 AM

THE West Perth Football Club wishes to announce that Jay van Berlo and Ashton Hill will be the respective captains of the Falcons WAFL and WAWFL teams for the 2017 season.

West Perth has welcomed the Joondalup Falcons into the club for 2017 and beyond in an exciting new move for the Falcons will see the male senior, reserves and colts teams, and female senior, reserves and youth teams all come under the one banner for the same time.

As preparations heat up ahead of the 2017 season, West Perth is pleased to announce the captains and leadership group of both senior outfits.

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JLT Community Series kicks off in Geraldton

Tuesday, February 21, 2017 - 12:25 PM

The JLT Community Series Pre-Season AFL competition hits WA with a thrilling Western Derby clash between West Coast and Fremantle at Wonthella Oval in Geraldton on Saturday, February 25.

The action gets underway at 3.40pm at Wonthella, with gates opening at 2.00pm.

The clash has now sold out. No AFL or Club membership scans or general admission tickets will be available on match day. Only pre-purchased ticket holders will be admitted entry.

The clash is one of many events taking place in Geraldton as part of the Geraldton Festival of Football.

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Female Footy is waiting for you

Tuesday, February 21, 2017 - 8:05 AM

The next generation of AFL Women’s stars have plenty of opportunities to get involved in footy this season with the West Australian Football Commission hosting a number of exciting events and activities.

In addition to targeted school clinics, girls aged Pre-Primary to Year 12 can take part in Free Come and Try Clinics held at locations across the wider Perth Metro in February and March.

REGISTER NOW TO SECURE YOUR PLACE!

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How the WAFL clubs are shaping up for 2017

Sunday, February 19, 2017 - 10:55 AM - by Chris Pike

EXCITEMENT is beginning to build ahead of the 2017 McDonald's WAFL Premiership Season that is now a month away and as always there has been plenty of movement between the nine clubs.

The WAFL season for 2017 will begin on Saturday March 18 with East Fremantle hosting Claremont, East Perth taking on Peel Thunder, Swan Districts facing Perth and then South Fremantle battling Subiaco in a twilight fixture at Fremantle Community Bank Oval.

Before that there will be three weeks of pre-season fixtures starting on Saturday February 25. That will see Peel play Perth at Bendigo Bank Stadium, Swan Districts face Subiaco at Steel Blue Oval, East Perth take on South Fremantle at Leederville Oval and West Perth host East Fremantle at HBF Arena.

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Youth Football a focus for WAFC

Saturday, February 18, 2017 - 7:44 AM

New strategies to engage and retain more teenage participants at football clubs will be implemented by the West Australian Football Commission based on the 2016 findings of a Youth Football Working Group (YFWG).
 
The YFWG was formed to develop strategies aimed at engaging and retaining 13 to 17-year-old football participants and researching reasons for youth sport drop-out, which is an increasing national issue.
 
The YFWG included representatives from the WAFC, WAFL clubs, WA Amateur Football League, WA Country Football League, District Football Development Council and independent consultant Craig Turley, a former West Coast Eagles player who specializes in community and social impact research.

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WAFC appoints full-time Female Talent Manager

Friday, February 10, 2017 - 11:28 AM

The West Australian Football Commission is pleased to announce that Clint Degebrodt has been appointed as the WAFC’s first ever full-time Talent Manager – Female Programs to support the development and advancement of WA players and coaches aspiring to the AFL Women’s competition.

Degebrodt, who will move into the role from his current position as Talent Manager at East Perth Football Club, has extensive female football and talent development experience including coaching WA’s State 18 Youth Girls for the past two years.

He has also worked as a High Performance Manager with Swan Districts Football Club, coached the Pilbara Talent Academy and was Head Coach of the North West WA AFL 16s Program.

Degebrodt said he was excited to commence in the new role at such a significant time for female football.

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AFL Women's coming to Fremantle Oval

Thursday, February 9, 2017 - 2:22 PM

Round 2 of the AFL Women's competition sees the Fremantle Dockers AFL Women's team host the Brisbane Lions at Fremantle Oval on Sunday February 12, in what will be the club's first ever home game.

Fans are encouraged to arrive early and avoid the queues after venues around Australia experienced capacity crowds for Round 1 AFLW games last weekend.

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National leadership course for diverse female players kicks off

Thursday, February 9, 2017 - 10:02 AM

Fifty Indigenous and Multicultural players from across the country, including 11 WA participants, are currently undertaking a six-day camp focussing on personal and cultural development after being selected for the 2017 Medleys and Woomeras Leadership Program.

Currently in its fifth year, the Rio Tinto AFL Woomeras team is the national under 16 female Indigenous development program while the Medleys is the national under 16 female Multicultural development program.

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WAFC Media Statement - State Government negotiations

Wednesday, February 8, 2017 - 4:57 PM

Negotiations with State Government representatives regarding a future funding model for WA football will continue this week as scheduled.
 
West Australian Football Commission CEO Gavin Taylor confirmed the WAFC has been making positive progress and that discussions are ongoing.
 
“No offers have been accepted or rejected by the WAFC as negotiations are still in progress. Our discussions with the State Government’s representatives continue in good faith and further meetings are planned in the coming week,” Mr Taylor said.
 
“A future funding agreement is centred on the WAFC being the beneficiary of a revenue model from our two AFL clubs playing at Perth Stadium. This is what we call the ‘football economy’.
 
“The community is not being asked to unconditionally fund football through the government.

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Broadbridge appointed as WAFL State coach

Tuesday, February 7, 2017 - 5:02 PM

Former Claremont and AFL assistant coach Michael Broadbridge has been appointed as WAFL State coach for this year’s Carlton Draught State Game against the Victorian Football League (VFL) at North Port Oval on May 27.

Broadbridge, who has previously represented Western Australia as a player and a coach, said he was looking forward to another opportunity to be involved with State football.

“I am thrilled to be offered the role of WAFL State Coach for this year's game against Victoria,” he said.

“I look back on my previous involvements at State level as highlights in my football career. To take a senior State team across to Victoria represents the ultimate challenge and it is one that I am already looking forward to.”

WAFC Executive Manager Football Operations Jon Haines said that securing a State Coach of Broadbridge’s experience was a great outcome for the WAFL as it prepared to take on the VFL.

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Morabito looking forward to a fresh start with Tigers

Monday, February 6, 2017 - 8:58 AM - by Ken Casellas

Friendships cemented eight years ago with Nick Winmar, Hayden Busher and Ryan Neates, together with encouragement from TFS Corp MD Frank Wilson (Claremont’s Major Sponsor), played a major role in Anthony Morabito’s decision to join Claremont this year as he prepares to enjoy the next phase of his tumultuous football career blighted by injury.

“I’ve always been an admirer of Claremont from a distance and I’m looking forward to getting involved in a club environment, getting my body up and being able to contribute on the field,” the talented 25-year-old utility player said.

“I feel like that I’ve got enough knowledge and I’d love to pass that on. Obviously Harro (coach Darren Harris) is receptive to that, which is really good. There are plenty of positives and it is exciting joining Claremont.

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Freo defeated in first AFL Women's game

Monday, February 6, 2017 - 8:39 AM - by Dinny Navaratnam - afl.com.au

THE WESTERN Bulldogs kicked off their NAB AFL Women's campaign with a win against fellow premiership contender Fremantle on a blustery Saturday night by 32 points at the Whitten Oval.

Played in front of a 10,100-strong crowd that fell just short of the ground's capacity, Emma Kearney racked up 21 disposals to help lead her side to victory.

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The hosts were first to hit the scoreboard with Kirsten McLeod booting a sweet running goal.

Fremantle levelled the score through Melissa Caulfield but handed the hosts the lead at the first break with a turnover.

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GET INVOLVED - WA Female Football

Friday, February 3, 2017 - 3:25 PM

There are female football competitions for all ages and abilties in Western Australia, starting at Auskick for Pre-Primary participants through to juniors based on primary school year groups, Youth Girls for highschool aged players and senior women's competitions. 

Use the club locator to find your closest club at www.play.afl 

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Mundella fuelling WA female football

Wednesday, February 1, 2017 - 3:58 PM

As female football stars prepare to pull on their boots for the first round of the AFL Women’s competition tomorrow night, West Australian dairy producer Mundella Foods has been announced as the new major partner of female football in Western Australia to support the stars of the future.

The partnership includes naming rights to the Mundella WA Women’s Football League (WAWFL) and a range of initiatives linked to the West Australian Football Commission’s (WAFC) Female Talent Pathway, Female Ambassador Program, WA Women’s Round and female participation programs.

WAFC CEO Gavin Taylor said it was fantastic to have a West Australian company supporting local participants as female football entered such a significant and exciting year in 2017.

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