AFLW captains give their season predictions

Wednesday, February 1, 2017 - 9:48 AM

The captains of the eight teams in the NAB AFL Women’s competition have given their predictions on the approaching season, with Fremantle one of the teams tipped to set the pace on field.

In the lead-up to the NAB AFL Women’s Competition launch on Wednesday February 1 in Melbourne, the eight skippers were anonymously polled on five key questions on how the season will unfold.

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2017 JLT Community Series Tickets on Sale

Tuesday, January 31, 2017 - 2:14 PM

WA Footy fans champing at the bit for some pre-season AFL action can secure their tickets to the JLT Community Series from today.

AFL club members have access to tickets today, ahead of the general public ticket release on Wednesday February 1 at 9am.

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WA players enjoy AFL Academy experience

Monday, January 30, 2017 - 4:19 PM

SEVEN West Australians received the opportunity to participate in the inaugural NAB AFL Women’s National Academy camp at the Australian Institute of Sport in Canberra last week.

The seven-day camp included combine testing, skill sessions, mentoring, a tour of the Australian Defence Force facilities and match-play.

A total of 33 players from around Australia received a NAB AFL Women’s Academy scholarship and will come together for accelerated Australian Football and personal development camps to be held within Australia over a 12-month period.

Photo: WA players McKenzie Dowrick, Emily McGuire, Tayla McAuliffe, Sonia Dorizzi - Bottom - Sabreena Duffy, Courtney Hodder, Kate Bartlett

NAB AFL Women’s Academy manager Aasta O’Connor said the program is primed to harness and develop talent that in the past, may have been lost to other sports.

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Glendinning, Margetts receive AFL life membership

Wednesday, January 25, 2017 - 10:36 AM

1983 Brownlow Medallist and inaugural West Coast Eagles Captain Ross Glendinning and Perth-based AFL umpire Dean Margetts have both been honoured with AFL life membership.

Having notched 300 games of officiating at the elite level, including 277 premiership and 35 pre-season games, Margetts will be inducted as a life member along with Glendinning and nine others at the 2017 Annual General Meeting in March, after having their awards confirmed by the AFL Commission.

Margetts said it was a true honour to be recognsied by the AFL.

“It means a lot to be recognised by the AFL in this way and I think it is something you never consider when you commence your career,” Margetts said.

“To see the list of wonderful players and people receiving life membership makes the acknowledgement that much more special.”

Glendinning was awarded life membership under the provision of ‘Special Service to the Game’ along with dual Essendon Premiership player and long-time club administrator John Birt, and former AFL Commissioner Sam Mostyn.

WA Football Commission Chief Executive Officer Gavin Taylor congratulated both Glendinning and Margetts on receiving the honour.

“It’s great to see two West Australians receive this honour and their dedication to the game makes them thoroughly deserving of this award,” Taylor said.

“To still have both individuals involved and contributing to our game today in their respective roles shows a true commitment to the highly valued work they achieve in the Australian Football Rules community.”

Players and umpires who also qualified after having reached 300 total AFL games include Gary Ablett junior, Matthew Boyd, Luke Hodge, Jarrad McVeigh, Simon Meredith, Matthew Nicholls and Leigh Montagna.

AFL Chief Executive Officer Gillon McLachlan said the Commission congratulated every individual on their award.

“We look forward to thanking each personally again at the season launch in March for their contribution to football, both on-field as players, umpires and coaches and off-field for their service as administrators and officials,” McLachlan said.

Dean Margetts - Record
277 premiership games umpired
35 pre-season games umpired
105 WAFL games

Ross Glendinning - Service Qualification
56 games for East Perth (WAFL), 1974-77
190 games for North Melbourne (VFL), 1977-86
40 games for West Coast (VFL), 1987-88
15 games for Western Australia
Two games for Victoria
Three games for Australia
Brownlow Medallist 1983
Club Best and Fairest 1982, 1983
Club Leading Goal kicker 1987, 1988
Club Captain 1987-88
All Australian 1982, 1983 (Carnival), 1983 (Season), 1984, 1987 (Carnival), 1987 (Season), 1988
East Perth Team of the Century
North Melbourne Team of the Century
WAFL Hall of Fame
Australian Football Hall of Fame

Indigenous All Stars heading to Broome

Wednesday, January 18, 2017 - 10:51 AM

Broome will host 75 Indigenous AFL players from February 1 to 5 when the AFL/AFLPA Indigenous All Stars Camp is held in the Kimberley region.

The group will consist of 29 West Australians, including local Kimberley products Francis Watson, Jack Martin, Sam Peterevski-Seton (pictured) and Cedric Cox.

Other Indigenous stars from WA that will attend the camp include Lance Franklin, Stephen Hill, Daniel Wells, Michael Walters, Lewis Jetta, Patrick Ryder, Sharrod Wellingham, Jeff Garlett and Harley Bennell.

The camp will feature community and cultural sessions, a kids super clinic, training sessions, and a chance for players to meet local elders and visit attractions, while also participating in Indigenous strategy sessions.

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Swans appoint former Perth Glory boss Jeff Dennis as CEO

Wednesday, January 18, 2017 - 9:56 AM

Former Perth Glory Chief Executive Jeff Dennis has been appointed as new Chief Executive of the Swan Districts Football Club after an extensive selection process.

Dennis previously served as West Perth Football Club Manager and Regional Development Officer before joining the Glory.

Swan Districts President Peter Hodyl said more than 40 people applied for the position.

“Jeff’s extensive management experience at different levels of three sporting codes made him a standout,” Hodyl said.

“His qualifications in marketing and education will be important as the Club enters the planning phase for a multi-million-dollar redevelopment at Steel Blue Oval.”

Dennis said he is looking forward to returning to sports management and helping the club’s management team achieve great things.

“Swan Districts is a great club with great people and I am very excited to be offered this challenging opportunity,” Dennis said.

His appointment comes after former Swans Chief Executive Tom Bottrell left the club December last year to return to his original WAFL club South Fremantle.

Rising stars selected for National AFL Women's Academy

Wednesday, January 18, 2017 - 9:50 AM

SEVEN West Australian players have received the opportunity to participate in the inaugural NAB AFL Women’s National Academy camp at the Australian Institute of Sport in Canberra this week.

The seven-day camp includes combine testing, skill sessions, mentoring, a tour of the Australian Defence Force facilities and match-play.

The intake of 33 players have received a NAB AFL Women’s National Academy scholarship and will come together for accelerated Australian Football and personal development camps to be held within Australia over a 12-month period.

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JLT Community Series set to kick off

Tuesday, January 17, 2017 - 3:41 PM

The AFL's JLT Community Series kicks off around Australia in February, with the first game in WA to be played between West Coast and Fremantle at Wonthella Oval in Geraldton on February 25.

Games to be played in WA include:

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2017 WAFL Fixtures and Broadcast Schedule

Friday, December 16, 2016 - 4:42 PM

The 2017 McDonald’s WAFL Premiership Season will open with a televised Saturday night blockbuster between East Perth and Peel Thunder live on the Seven Network on March 18, a week prior to the AFL season.

The 2017 season will feature 23 rounds in total, with 18 games and the finals series to be televised live on the Seven Network. More than 78% of games have been scheduled in the traditional Saturday afternoon timeslot.

West Australian Football Commission CEO Gavin Taylor said the 2017 fixture aimed to grow and enhance the WAFL competition by promoting competitive matches, supporting special feature rounds and offering prime-time television coverage.

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2016 WAFL Raffle

Thursday, December 15, 2016 - 4:00 PM

The WA Football Raffle has been extended from December 10 to January 28 and will now be drawn on February 10.

There are over $44,000 worth of prizes:

1st prize: 2016  Holden Captiva LS 2.4lt 7 Seater Automatic Wagon valued at $34,173
2nd prize: 7 Night Broome Holiday at Cable Beach Club Resort and Spa valued at $5,400
3rd Prize: $5,000 Retravision Voucher

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Community coaches to receive expert insight

Thursday, December 15, 2016 - 2:45 PM

More than 30 WA Community Youth Football coaches will be given the opportunity to further develop their coaching skills alongside WA Football League (WAFL) coaches, Talent Managers and WA Football Commission (WAFC) District Development Staff after they were inducted into the 2017 Coach Academy Program earlier this month.

The six-month Coaching Academy Program, developed by the WA Football Commission in partnership with WAFL clubs, will be offered to community coaches in the Perth, East Perth and Swans District areas in January next year.

Coaches will buddy up with a mentor for the duration of the program and will take part in a series of professional development sessions that focus on skill development, match-day coaching and club training.

Each Academy program will be held at Lathlain Park (home of Perth FC), Medibank Stadium (home of East Perth FC), and Steel Blue Oval (home of Swan Districts FC), respectively.

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AFL academies identify top multicultural talent

Thursday, December 15, 2016 - 10:41 AM

Young players from diverse backgrounds representing the Fremantle Dockers and West Coast Eagles Next Generation Academies showcased their football talent in front of representatives from the two AFL clubs and all nine WA Football League (WAFL) clubs in Multicultural matches held at East Fremantle Oval on Saturday, 10 December.

The players from many different backgrounds including Sudan, Papua New Guinea, Trinidad, India, Chile and Myanmar got the chance to hear from AFL Multicultural Ambassador Nic Naitanui from the West Coast Eagles and Fremantle Dockers’ Lachie Neale.

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Swans seeking new CEO

Monday, December 12, 2016 - 1:53 PM

Swan Districts Football Club is seeking a new Chief Executive Officer to drive the club through a period of unprecedented change and facilities redevelopment.

The position has become available after Tom Bottrell called time on his successful five-year career for Swan Districts to take up the recently vacated CEO position with South Fremantle Football Club.

Swans CEO returns to his roots

Swan Districts have advertisied the position for a successful applicant to deliver a lasting legacy in the state’s sporting landscape through strategic leadership and organisational effectiveness.

For an information pack and application details email





Dockers and Eagles lock in community camp visits

Friday, December 9, 2016 - 10:05 AM

The AFL has announced the remaining dates and locations for the 2017 Australia Post AFL Community Camps, which see Fremantle Football Club and West Coast Eagles visit both metropolitan and regional communities.

The Dockers have already undertaken part one of their community camps with nine players visiting Broome recently, and the remainder of the club’s squad set to visit fans across Perth over March 14 and 16.

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Changes to Rules and Regulations support quality and integrity of WAFL

Thursday, December 8, 2016 - 8:44 AM

The Western Australian Football Commission (WAFC) has announced changes to the rules and regulations governing the WA Football League (WAFL) competition to further strengthen the integrity, competitiveness and governance of the competition for season 2017.

The changes are the result of extensive consultation and research involving WAFL Club representatives, the Australian Football League (AFL), including both West Coast Eagles and Fremantle Dockers, the South Australian National Football League (SANFL) and the Victorian Football League (VFL) to ensure the WAFL competition remains effective and sustainable.

The four main areas of change include:

  • Finals Eligibility,
  • Transfer Rules and Fees,
  • Colts Competition Rules, and
  • Tribunal System.

The finals eligibility of players for the WAFL competition was reviewed with extensive consultation with the clubs involved and the comparison of data with other competitions around the country.

WAFC Chief Executive Officer Gavin Taylor said it was imperative an objective approach to reviewing the eligibility of players during the WAFL Finals series was undertaken.

“I acknowledge that the high number of AFL-listed players playing in the WAFL Grand Final raised concerns amongst WAFL fans and some club officials. Acknowledging these concerns, we undertook an objective approach to reviewing this rule with a clear focus on analysing data to consider the most appropriate rule was applied moving forward,” Mr Taylor said.

Mr Taylor said the Commission gathered valuable feedback and explored a number of options, based on the evidence and data collected at the conclusion of the 2016 season.

The WAFC has established a 15 AFL-listed player cap to be applied to all WAFL Partner Clubs during the WAFL Finals series whilst retaining the existing finals eligibility of a minimum five home and away games.

“The 2016 Finals series was a very unique circumstance, however after considering other feedback and reviewing a range of options, and engaging with both WAFL and AFL clubs we believe this change will assist in maintaining the integrity and the quality of the WAFL competition,” Mr Taylor said.

Changes have also been made to the transfer fees within the WAFL Competition based on player age, experience and standing, following the extensive work undertaken and recommendations put forward by the Future Shape of the WAFL Committee, chaired by East Fremantle FC Chief Executive Officer Todd Shimmon.

Mr Taylor said the rule ensures a more efficient, transparent and fair transfer fee system will be delivered within the WAFL competition.

“It was crucial we design a set of player transfer fees based on age, experience and standing to remove the current inflationary pressure placed on clubs, relating to player movement in the competition, and allow players to transfer from club to club more effectively,” Mr Taylor said.

With a major focus and commitment to enhancing talent pathways, programs and coaching standards at the Colts level of the WAFL competition, the WAFC has established a 35 Colts player-listing system to create more opportunities for players and encourage clubs to be more proactive in identifying talent.

Mr Taylor said this new system enables Colts players outside the list of 35, who aren’t getting an opportunity to play at their club, to be identified by and seek opportunities at other clubs.

“These changes reflect our clear intent to ensuring that our Colts players are provided the best opportunities to get involved in our game regardless of their location,” Mr Taylor said.

Changes to the WAFL Tribunal have come about following an annual review of the processes currently in place and the identified need to have a more independent review system.

Mr Taylor said it is crucial the rules and regulations of the WAFL competition are continually being reviewed and necessary changes are made.

“The best interests of all involved in the WAFL competition, including the players, the fans, club representatives, and officials, was paramount through this extensive process and we will continue to review and adapt the WAFL competition, where necessary, to ensure it remains healthy and successful into the future,” Mr Taylor said.

Click here for a more detailed understanding of the changes made to the WAFL Rules and Regulations.