FINALLY a pre-season in their new Claremont Oval facility, the signings of Kane Mitchell and Tom Curren and some tough lessons learned from 2017 all have Claremont coach Darren Harris confident the Tigers can overcome the loss of some key players and thrive in 2018.
It was a rollercoaster ride for Harris in his first season coaching Claremont in 2017 and his first year back at the helm of a WAFL club since his final season with West Perth back in 2005, where he was a premiership coach in 2003 on the back of his outstanding playing career with the Falcons.
Things started well for the Tigers last year with three wins but then injuries began to mount and they lost the next six games. Throughout the second half of the season they did build some momentum and find some impressive form winning despite only winning five of the last 11 games.
NIC Naitanui's return with East Perth might have garnered all the attention in the opening round of the WAFL pre-season fixtures but for eight clubs it was the first chance against real opposition as Round 1 of the 2018 season approaches.
Naitanui returned for his first game since his knee reconstruction late in 2016 when he lined up for East Perth against East Fremantle at East Fremantle Oval on Saturday.
It has been hard not to have noticed that with the attention it garnered but there was plenty more happening across the WAFL competition throughout the day as the official pre-season contests got underway.
THIS time last year Perth had a horror injury list entering the 2017 WAFL season and things never quite improved, but it's a healthier looking Demons 12 months later and coach Earl Spalding hopes that some improvements in their game plan too can lead to a vastly improved season.
Perth's hopes of starting 2017 at full strength were dashed with pre-season injuries to the likes Jared Bell, Cody Leggett, Lachlan Dennis, Kristian Cary and Jarrad Irons while Angus Graham left them short in the ruck when he upped and left not too long before the season-opener.
Things never really improved for the Demons throughout the season with Michael Sinclair, Devin McFarlane, Brant Colledge, Liam McKenna, Brent Edmonds, Laine Wilkins, Sam Garstone and Spencer White going on to miss at least four games, and in many case more than half the season.
Four teams made up of Western Australia’s best developing female football talent are competing for the inaugural Jan Cooper Cup this Saturday at Steel Blue Oval.
Fixtures - Final Round
All Stars v WA AFLW 18s
3.15pm Steel Blue Oval
Other Stars v WA AFLW 16s + special guests
5.00pm Steel Blue Oval
West Coast Eagles superstar Luke Shuey surprised the lucky students of Subiaco's Rosalie Primary School as part of the State's Auskick Launch earlier this week.
The group of students got to show off their handball and kicking skills in a footy clinic put on by the WA Football Commission.
The first weekend of March was an extremely fun-filled, action-packed one for hundreds of young Aboriginal footballers across the State who took part in the Aboriginal Youth Sports Super Carnival run by the WA Football Commission, in partnership with the Department of Local Government, Sport and Cultural Industries.
The weekend of events opened with the Kirby Bentley Cup held at Noranda’s Lightning Park on Friday, March 2.
Ryan Murphy, Claremont’s best first-year player last season when he excelled as a rebounding defender, is likely to be seen in a different role this season.
That’s a considered conclusion after watching him in action in a spirited intra-club scratch match at Claremont Oval on Saturday morning.
NEW Swan Districts coach Adam Pickering was excited by the group he inherited and saw coming through when appointed to take over for the 2018 WAFL season and beyond and his buoyancy has only grown since arriving at Steel Blue Oval.
Pickering has been appointed as the new coach of Swan Districts for 2018 after Greg Harding decided to step aside having been at the helm since he replaced Brian Dawson following the 2010 premiership triumph.
Swans returned to finals action in 2017 and beat West Perth in the elimination final before falling short in the first semi-final against South Fremantle.
The 2018 WAFL captains and leadership group members jumped in front of the camera on the weekend for this season's television commercial to be aired on Channel Seven.
The boys managed to pull out their best moves and most serious faces for the shoot, which was held at Leederville Oval - the home of the Lions and Royals.
The West Australian Football Commission (WAFC) has reported an operating profit of $4.27 million and a cash result of $10.97 million for the 2017 financial year.
The operating profit and cash result includes $10.95 million of State Government funding for 2018 that was received October 30, 2017, plus a charge for accelerated Stadium depreciation.
Separate to State Government funding, the WAFC recorded a net positive cash result of $20,000.
This Sunday's intra-club match between Fremantle Dockers and West Coast Eagles at Subiaco Oval has been confirmed as a 'closed to the public' event, following consultation with the two AFL clubs and the WA Football Commission.
A young, enthusiastic seven-year-old boy donning an oversized, bright green umpire shirt, and long shorts that clip the top of his knee-high socks. He’s holding a footy under his right arm, wearing a bright green hat, and a big smile.
Meet Harlen, the West Australian Football League umpires' number one ticket holder for the 2018 season.
Harlen turned seven in January and his parents organised something very special for his birthday!
AN opportunity to participate in Fremantle Football Club’s Next Generation Academy (NGA) will see Claremont Colts player Jason Carter issued with a permit to play for Fremantle’s WAFL partner club Peel Thunder during the 2018 WAFL season.
Carter, who is from Fremantle’s NGA-zoned Kimberley Region, played two Colts games for Claremont in 2017 during his final year of boarding school at Aquinas in Perth.
The permit to play for Peel Thunder has been issued in accordance with WAFL rules and regulations and the AFL’s national NGA eligibility criteria in the best interests of Jason’s ongoing development and welfare.
Former Athletics New Zealand CEO Linda Hamersley has been appointed as West Perth FC's new Chief Executive Officer.
Ms Hamersley recently resigned her position as CEO with Athletics New Zealand to relocate back to Perth to join her husband, Colin Batch, who is the Australian Men’s Hockey Coach.
Linda held her role with Athletics New Zealand from 2014-2017 and oversaw a period of considerable business and membership growth in the organisation during her time.
The sporting organisation caters for more than 200 affiliated clubs with a membership of 25,000 people and 100,000 registered athletes. Prior to this, Linda was the Sports Services Manager for the New Zealand Olympic Committee and was also CEO of Hockey WA from 2004 – 2009.