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Round 2 Optus WAFLW Preview

Saturday, February 27, 2021 - 10:37 AM - by Chris Pike

FOLLOWING an exciting opening weekend of action to begin the 2021 Optus WAFLW Premiership Season, Round 2 is shaping up fascinating as well highlighted by Saturday night's Grand Final rematch between Subiaco and Peel Thunder.

The opening round of the 2021 WAFLW season saw proceedings get underway with Peel Thunder unfurling their premiership banner from last year and going on to defeat East Fremantle 8.7 (55) to 3.5 (23).

The other two matches took place on Sunday afternoon with Subiaco narrowly holding out South Fremantle 4.13 (37) to 5.4 (34) while Swan Districts beat Claremont in a low-scoring affair, 2.6 (18) to 1.6 (12).

That all sets the stage for a tantalising Round 2 in the WAFLW competition beginning on Saturday evening at Leederville Oval with the Grand Final rematch from last year between Subiaco and Peel Thunder.

The other two matches then take place on Sunday starting with South Fremantle hosting Swan Districts at Fremantle Community Bank Oval.

The round then wraps up with Claremont taking on East Fremantle at Claremont's Revo Fitness Stadium.

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The three matches in Round 2 of the WAFLW season all loom as fascinating contests and none more so than the Grand Final rematch on Saturday night between Subiaco and Peel at Leederville Oval.

Peel pulled off the completed fairytale last year coming from the wooden spoon the previous season to then win the Grand Final against Subiaco to claim the 2020 premiership.

That gives the Thunder great confidence for them to now bring into the 2021 season and that was on show at home last Saturday when they started in impressive fashion defeating East Fremantle by 32 points.

That gives the Thunder plenty of momentum coming into Saturday's away clash but there's going to be no shortage of motivation for the Lions in their first home game of the season.

Not only did Subiaco lose the Grand Final last year to Peel, but that was on the back of bowing out in the preliminary final the season before when they had also finished on top of the ladder.

So the Lions will be looking at the 2021 season as their time to take advantage of how good they have been the last two WAFLW seasons and Saturday night against Peel in the Grand Final rematch provides them the chance to make a real statement.

Subiaco made a winning start to the new season last Sunday as well but the Lions had to do it the hard way and hold off a fast finishing South Fremantle to end up winning by three points.

The clash between Subiaco and Peel Thunder begins at Leederville Oval at 6pm on Saturday night.

Round 2 then continues on Sunday morning at Fremantle Community Bank Oval with South Fremantle playing host to Swan Districts.

South Fremantle was new to the WAFLW competition in 2020 and struggled early but got better the longer the shortened and delayed season went on, and then the Bulldogs produced an encouraging performance to open 2021.

South Fremantle might have still lost to Subiaco but only by three points last Sunday at Fremantle Community Bank Oval and they almost pulled off the comeback victory with a brilliant fourth quarter performance.

They take on a Swan Districts team who made a winning start to the new season last Sunday with a six-point victory against Claremont on home turf at Steel Blue Oval.

The game gets underway at the port at 9.30am and will be streamed live thanks to The West Australian.

The final game of the second round of the 2021 WAFLW season features two teams in Claremont and East Fremantle searching for their first wins of the new campaign.

Claremont lost to Swan Districts by a goal last Sunday against Swan Districts while East Fremantle came up short against reigning premiers Peel Thunder last Saturday evening in Mandurah.

Now both the Tigers and Sharks look to open their accounts for 2021 on Sunday at Claremont's Revo Fitness Stadium.

The game bounces down at 1pm and will be streamed live courtesy of Front Row Screens.

OPTUS WAFLW PREMIERSHIP SEASON - ROUND 2

SUBIACO v PEEL THUNDER – LEEDERVILLE OVAL, SATURDAY 6.00PM
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SOUTH FREMANTLE v SWAN DISTRICTS – FREMANTLE COMMUNITY BANK OVAL, SUNDAY 9.30AM
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Livestream from The West Australian

CLAREMONT v EAST FREMANTLE – REVO FITNESS STADIUM, SUNDAY 1.00PM
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Livestream from Front Row Screens
 


WAFC 2020 Financial Result

Thursday, February 25, 2021 - 5:23 PM

The West Australian Football Commission announced its financial result for the 2020 season at its Annual General Meeting tonight, Thursday, February 25. 

Following arguably the most difficult football season in the modern era, the WAFC has announced a net loss of $115,553.

The ability to get the football seasons away, a reduction in staff hours, a stringent review of all expenditure and receipt of government subsidies limited the size of the loss.

While initial projections predicted a much greater loss due to COVID-19, the unwavering support of all key funding partners including the State Government, AFL, West Coast Eagles, Fremantle Dockers and major sponsors Optus, Carlton & United Breweries, Kia, Simply Energy and Healthway supported the overall sustainability of WA Football. 

WAFC Chairman Hon. Wayne Martin expressed thanks to all key football stakeholders for their support throughout a significant period of challenge. 

“While a loss is never a good thing, the containment of the loss to a little over $100,000 is a reasonable outcome given the significance of the pandemic on football in Western Australia,” Martin said.

“Despite recording an overall loss for the year, the WAFC managed to increase its cashflow for the year by $6.3 million, due to the receipt of prior years’ royalty payments from both AFL clubs.”

The WAFC needed to make a number of difficult decisions to reduce its staffing and operating costs, to ensure the game’s financial sustainability over the coming years. 

“Financial sustainability is essential if we are to fulfil our mission of increasing participation in our game across the entire community - boys, girls, men and women in metropolitan and regional WA,” Martin said.

“Having to implement a workforce restructure to make significant changes to our staff was an extremely difficult but necessary process.”

“Many staff took reduced hours for a number of months and unfortunately some workers have left the organisation.”

“I thank all staff and their families for the sacrifices that have been made throughout 2020.”

2020 WAFC ANNUAL REPORT


Optus WAFLW Round 1 Wrap

Monday, February 22, 2021 - 11:06 AM - by Chris Pike

THE 2021 Optus WAFL Premiership Season got underway in fine style on the weekend with Peel Thunder making a winning start to their flag defence with wins also for Subiaco and Swan Districts.

The 2021 WAFW season is making an earlier than usual start to be more closely aligned with the AFLW competition, with the added bonus that it gives the female players some clean air to try and capture the imagination of the West Australian football public.

And anyone that got out to witness one of the Round 1 matches across the weekend either live on person of courtesy of the live streaming platforms would have been suitably impressed with the standard of football, and the endeavour put in by the players that they witnessed.

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OPTUS WAFLW PREMIERSHIP SEASON PREVIEW

The Round 1 action got underway fittingly with the first two premiers of the WAFLW competition doing battle at Mandurah's David Grays Arena on Saturday evening.

And in the end on the day they unfurled the premiership flag, Peel Thunder started their flag defence in perfect style recording the 8.7 (55) to 3.5 (23) victory against East Fremantle.

The other two Round 1 match ups took place on Sunday afternoon and South Fremantle showed just how much it has improved coming into its second season with Subiaco only narrowly beating them 4.13 (37) to 5.4 (34) at Fremantle Community Bank Oval.

Then lastly Swan Districts prevailed over Claremont 2.6 (18) to 1.6 (12) at Bassendean's Steel Blue Oval.

The WAFLW Reserves action also saw East Fremantle defeat Peel Thunder 6.12 (48) to 3.1 (19), South Fremantle beat Subiaco 7.6 (48) to 4.1 (25) and Claremont down Swan Districts 10.2 (62) to 7.5 (47).

In the Youth Girls Rogers Cup, Peel Thunder took out a thrilling 4.7 (31) to 4.4 (28) win against East Fremantle. 

South Fremantle also beat Subiaco 12.12 (84) to 1.0 (6) and Claremont defeated Swan Districts 6.14 (50) to 2.3 (15).

There's also a couple of extra teams represented in the Rogers Cup and they met at Joondalup's Provident Financial Oval on Sunday with West Perth beating East Perth 10.12 (72) to 1.1 (7).

OPTUS WAFLW PREMIERSHIP SEASON – ROUND 1

PEEL THUNDER 8.7 (55) defeated EAST FREMANTLE 3.5 (23)

Peel Thunder's premiership defence got off to the perfect in front of their home fans in Mandurah on Saturday evening as they defeated East Fremantle by 32 points.

The Thunder completely a stunning fairytale story in 2020. After finishing in last position and struggling to be competitive in the inaugural WAFLW season in 2019, Peel was able to completely turn that around and they were the ones celebrating the premiership on Grand Final day when they prevailed against Subiaco at Joondalup's Provident Financial Oval.

And Saturday night's season-opener for 2021 saw Peel hosting East Fremantle at David Grays Arena providing them the opportunity to celebrate that triumph of a year ago by unfurling the premiership flag in the ceremony before the game got underway.

It was a good challenge for the Thunder to begin their premiership defence as well up against an East Fremantle team that won that first WAFLW premiership in 2019, and still made the finals a season ago.

So seeing the first two WAFLW premiership lock horns was the perfect way to begin the 2021 season and it turned out to be a good contest too even if Peel ended up running away with it to win by 32 points.

Peel managed to start strongly with two goals to one in the opening quarter and then kicked three goals to one in the second to head into half-time with the 18-point advantage.

There was just the one goal in the third term and that went the way of the Thunder as well before they continued to extend their lead with another two goals to one in the final quarter to come away winning 8.7 (55) to 3.5 (23).

Kate Bartlett kicked three goals for Peel to be instrumental in the victory while Ella Roberts and Jade Briggs booted two apiece. Greta McKinley was the other goal scorer.

Ella Roberts, Katie Jayne Greive, Kate Bartlett, Jaide Briggs and Nel Baxter were among the standout performers for the Thunder.

Rachel Ashley kicked two goals for East Fremantle and Ann McMahon one.

Kate Inglis-Hodge, Amber Kinnane, Sharon Wong, Hayley O'Donnell and Mylee Leitch all fought hard for the Sharks.
 

SOUTH FREMANTLE 5.4 (34) lost to SUBIACO 4.13 (37)

If you go back a season ago and South Fremantle finished 2020 in last position and Subiaco in first, but the Bulldogs had improved by their final clash with the Lions and that continued to be the case in the 2021 season-opener Sunday.

South Fremantle and Subiaco locked horns at Fremantle Community Bank Oval on Sunday afternoon to open the 2021 WAFLW season, and it turned out to be a fascinating and nail-biting contest in the finish.

Last year was South Fremantle first season in the WAFLW competition and they were admitted on short notice with no ability to top up their squad or to really adequately prepare for the jump from being a reserves team to a league team.

That showed in their early appearances but they got more competitive each game and put in a strong showing in the last round against a Subiaco team that went on to claim the minor premiership and reach the Grand Final before ultimately losing to Peel Thunder.

So it was going to be fascinating to see how Sunday's season-opener panned out to find out what the gap was like coming into 2021 between the two teams.

Subiaco did start well at Fremantle Community Bank Oval with two goals to one in the opening quarter. It was then a goal apiece in the second term with the Lions going into half-time leading the Bulldogs by eight points.

South Fremantle then went scoreless in the third quarter with Subiaco earning seven shots on goal themselves, but they only converted one of those to only lead by 20 points and to keep the door slightly ajar for the Bulldogs.

The Bulldogs then produced what was likely their best quarter of football so far in the WAFLW competition in the last term.

South Fremantle kicked the only three goals of that last quarter to have all the momentum to close to within three points of what would have been a stunning and historic victory.

But Subiaco held on for the 4.13 (37) to 5.4 (34) as they attempt to back up their last two WAFLW seasons where they have finished on top of the ladder on both occasions.

Maggie MacLachlan ended up kicking two goals for Subiaco with Amy Hunt and Jamie Rust adding one apiece.

Among Subiaco's best players were Charlie Thomas, Jayme Harken, Maggie MacLachlan, Ellie Blackmore and Jamie Rust.

Zoe Huggett had a day out for South Fremantle kicking three goals with Ashleigh Reidy and captain Lauren Vecchio the other goal scorers.

Best performers for the Bulldogs included Casey Byrne, Makaela Tuhakaraina, Ashleigh Reidy, Lauren Wafker and Pia Durk.
 

SWAN DISTRICTS 2.6 (18) defeated CLAREMONT 1.6 (12)

The last game of the opening round of the WAFLW season took place at Steel Blue Oval and it might not have been high-scoring, but little separated Swan Districts and Claremont.

The two teams locked horns at the Bassendean venue on Sunday afternoon keen to get off to a winning start to the new season.

There wasn’t a lot of goals to write home about in the contest but that didn’t make it any less or entertaining the longer it went on to see who would prevail in the tense battle.

There was just the one goal scored in the opening quarter and that went the way of Claremont. But as turned out that would be the only goal for the Tigers on the afternoon.

Swan Districts responded by kicking two goals in the second quarter and as it would pan out, that would be the only two goals that Swans would kick for the game too.

There wasn’t a goal scored by either team in the second half with Claremont adding three behinds in the third quarter, and then Swan Districts the one point in the fourth.

In the end on the back of those two goals in the second quarter it was Swan Districts who prevailed over Claremont 2.6 (18) to 1.6 (12) on home turf.

Both of Swan Districts goals were courtesy of Bella Edgley in that second quarter while Claremont's lone goal was kicked by Amy Franklin.

Lauren Osborne, Eliza Gelmi, Bella Edgley, Dana East and Sarah Lakay were among the best performers for Swan Districts.

Claremont's best players were Amy Franklin, Emily Bennett, Jessica Low, Adele Arnup and Rachel Ortlepp.
 


 


Round 1 Optus WAFLW Preview

Friday, February 19, 2021 - 5:22 PM - by Chris Pike

The 2021 Optus WAFLW Premiership Season gets underway this Saturday and what better way to open proceedings than the premiers of the first two years of the competition locking horns.

The 2021 WAFLW season is starting earlier this year to be run more in line with the national AFLW competition, and the great positive is that female football has some clear air now in the coming weeks and months to grab the fascinating of the West Australian sporting public.

Once again the season will feature six clubs with Peel Thunder, East Fremantle, Claremont, Subiaco and Swan Districts the five inaugural teams from the first season of the WAFLW competition in 2019, and now South Fremantle is entering its second season.

There was a lot of challenges faced last year in the late starting and shortened season in 2020 thanks to COVID-19, but now there is a full season scheduled for 2021 and it all gets underway this weekend with all six of the clubs in action.

The first game of the 2021 WAFLW season takes place at Mandurah's David Grays Arena on Saturday evening at 5pm with Peel Thunder taking on East Fremantle.

That game looms as a fascinating one in a lot of different aspects and not the least because they are the two premiership teams from the opening two seasons of the WAFLW competition.

2021 OPTUS WAFLW SEASON PREVIEW

East Fremantle won back in 2019 with a Grand Final victory to savour against Swan Districts while Peel Thunder delivered fairytale story in 2020 to go from wooden spooners in that inaugural season to go all the way to win the flag with a stunning Grand Final victory against Subiaco.

Saturday night will provide Peel with the opportunity unfurl that premiership flag in front of their home fans in Mandurah as they celebrate that remarkable achievement of a year ago.

But the Sharks are never an easy team to beat and always have been a powerhouse in female football in WA so it shapes as the most fascinating of season openers for both Peel and East Fremantle in Mandurah on Saturday night.

And if you can't get down to watch the game live and in person on Saturday night, it will be live streamed courtesy of Front Row Screens.

The other two Round 1 match ups to open the 2021 WAFLW season take place on Sunday afternoon.

First up is South Fremantle beginning their second season in the competition on home turf against Subiaco at Fremantle Community Bank Oval.

While the Bulldogs went winless in their first season last year and the Lions claimed a second straight minor premiership and made the Grand Final, this game could very well be more competitive than that suggests.

South Fremantle improved rapidly from Round 1 to the end of that season in 2020 to the point where they put in a tremendously competitive showing last up against Subiaco.

The Bulldogs without question will have improved from that experience last year and they also have exciting young talent to come through the ranks and receive opportunities after their Youth Girls team won the Rogers Cup premiership in 2020.

Then there is Subiaco who have a point to prove in 2021 that they can go all the way in the WAFLW competition. 

The Lions finished on top back in 2019 before missing out in the Grand Final with a preliminary final loss and then again they finished on top last year, got the Grand Final but ultimately lost to Peel Thunder.

With both teams having plenty to prove for different reasons, this shapes as a tantalising Round 1 match up too.

And then last up for Round 1 will be Swan Districts and Claremont doing battle at Bassendean's Steel Blue Oval.

Both teams have been powerhouse female clubs in WA football for some time and are still chasing that first premiership in the WAFLW competition.

Both of them are full of talent, both clubs have provided a lot of players to get an opportunity in the AFLW competition, and now it's going to be well worth checking out to see how they start off the new season against one another on Sunday.

The game will be broadcast live thanks to The West Australian.

Now on top of the WAFLW fixtures to take place across the weekend, the Reserves and Rogers Cup competitions get underway as well.

The reserves matches between the same clubs will all be played at the same venues as lead in to the WAFLW fixtures while the Rogers Cup contests will open the days across the grounds.

There will also be West Perth playing East Perth on Sunday at 3pm at Joondalup's Provident Financial Oval in a Youth Girls Rogers Cup match up.

OPTUS WAFLW PREMIERSHIP SEASON - ROUND 1

PEEL THUNDER v EAST FREMANTLE – DAVID GRAYS ARENA, SATURDAY 5.00PM
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Live stream from Front Row Screens

SOUTH FREMANTLE v SUBIACO – FREMANTLE COMMUNITY BANK OVAL, SUNDAY 1.00PM
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SWAN DISTRICTS v CLAREMONT – STEEL BLUE OVAL, SUNDAY 2.00PM
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Livestream from The West Australian
 


WAFLW LIVE STREAM: Peel v East Fremantle

Friday, February 19, 2021 - 4:35 PM

Premiers Peel Thunder will open the 2021 Optus WAFLW Season with a clash against East Fremantle at David Grays Arena. 

Check out all the action below in our live stream.

 

 


Optus WAFLW Premiership Season Preview

Thursday, February 18, 2021 - 1:51 PM - by Chris Pike

THE Optus WAFL Women's competition has grown tremendously and in exciting fashion over the last two years, and now in 2021 it will be starting earlier to be more in line with the national AFLW competition.

The 2021 WAFLW season begins this weekend, six weeks before men's WAFL season gets underway, and it will open up avenues for AFLW players to come back to play but also for players to play in the local competition and push for higher honours.

That new approach will create another new sense of excitement around a competition that already has enjoyed tremendous growth over the past two seasons.

Last year despite the complications of the COVID-19 global pandemic, the inaugural five clubs of Subiaco, Swan Districts, East Fremantle, Claremont and Peel Thunder were joined by South Fremantle.

It turned out to be a tremendous season that culminated in the fairytale finish for Peel Thunder who rose from wooden spooners in that first season in 2019 to premiers in 2020 on a brilliant Grand Final day held at Joondalup's Provident Financial Oval.

Now the 2021 season is shaping as seeing the WAFLW competition go to another level again and it all gets underway this weekend.

The opening match is on Saturday February 20 when reigning premiers Peel Thunder take on East Fremantle at David Grays Arena. That will be a memorable occasion as they unfurl their premiership flag from 2020.

There will then be two matches on Sunday afternoon with South Fremantle hosting Subiaco and Swan Districts taking on Claremont.

One aspect of the 2021 season to keep an eye out for will be the opportunity for AFLW listed players to drop back to play in the WAFLW competition should they not be selected to play that given weekend with either the West Coast Eagles or Fremantle Dockers.

With the WAFLW season then running longer than the AFLW season, there will be the chance for some players to return to their home clubs to finish out the season too.

Not only that, but the benefit of having an earlier run WAFLW season will open up potential AFLW opportunities for the future for the players taking the field. 

With the AFLW Combine and AFLW Draft being brought forward to July this year, the players will be able to push their case by playing in the WAFLW season to be then noticed and selected for future national league honours.

There is plenty to look forward to across all six clubs for this 2021 WAFLW season with Peel Thunder looking to defend their premiership, Subiaco trying to make up for being so close once again, Swan Districts out to get back into the mix, Claremont trying to leap up, East Fremantle to get back into the flag hunt and then South Fremantle to rapidly improve in their season.

After Abby Barnden and Krystal Carter led Peel to the premiership last year as co-captains, they will step back into roles as vice-captain in 2021 with Cassey Davidson appointed the sole captain at the Thunder.

It was the Peel playing group who voted to make Davidson captain for 2021 and she couldn’t be more proud to take on the role.

"To be voted in as captain of your club by your peers and then to get the tick of approval by your coaching staff is something that is very special to me and something that I'm obviously very proud of, but humble about too," Davidson said.

"I think aspirations for any club that's fortunate enough to have won a premiership is obviously to go back-to-back the following season, which isn’t an easy thing to do.

"Ultimately the goal for us would be to continue to play some really good footy and make it a consistent season, which will give us every chance to go all the way again."

Subiaco has been a force the past two WAFLW seasons finishing as minor premiers back in 2019 and then reaching the Grand Final last year, and now new coach Michael Farmer is hoping to take them one step further in 2021.

It was a tough initiation to the WAFLW competition in 2020 on limited preparation for South Fremantle, but by the end of the season the Bulldogs were starting to be much more competitive than they were at the start.

"Making the Grand Final last year under Amy Lavell, who did an amazing job, obviously hurt but it's a new year and season, and we will definitely be looking to go as far as we can in 2021," Farmer said.

"Kia Buckley and Abbey Dowrick are currently working through some injuries but should be pushing to play in the early rounds of the season while Lara Filocamo has progressed really well from her broken leg she sustained last year.

"Jayme Harken and Caitlin Walker have been outstanding since day one but I think Charlie Thomas will be the one to watch. At 17, she's a natural footballer who uses the ball extremely well and makes reliable decisions."

Their last game was a competitive showing against Subiaco and now ahead of her second season, new vice-captain Tahlia Holtze has high hopes for how much further the Bulldogs can improve in 2021.

"That last game was such a good confidence booster for us. We just wanted the season to keep going because we were improving each week, but now that the girls know what we are in for, we are all just working hard to be better and fitter, and get ourselves up to that standard," Holtze said.

"I think we all learned a lot from last year. It was definitely a step up but the girls are up for a challenge and the standard is so high. But even at training now, our levels have improved and things are more structured. 

"It's been a step up from everyone, including the coaches, and we are all developing and learning, and working hard to get ourselves up to that standard of football. It is a massive challenge and the girls are so ready for it I reckon.

"Winning is No. 1 for any team but we are just looking to learn and develop in every game we play. We are now much better prepared for this season and everyone is gelling so well. 

"We have 19 new players this year and that's massive, and each one of those girls has brought so much with different strengths. It's a good different to last year because we are growing as a group."
 


Captains Give Their Predictions ahead of 2021 Optus WAFL Women’s

Thursday, February 18, 2021 - 12:38 PM

The captains of the six teams in the Optus WAFL Women’s competition have given their predictions on the approaching season, with Claremont and Peel expected to be favourites heading into the season. 

At the Optus WAFLW Launch on Tuesday at Kings Park & Botanical Gardens, the six leaders polled on a range of questions relating to how the season will unfold. 

The questions included Premier favourites, competition best & fairest, rising stars and leading goalkickers. 

The full survey was conducted by the following players; Cassie Davidson (Peel), Tarnica Golisano (Subiaco), Ashleigh Gomes (East Fremantle), Lauren Vecchio (South Fremantle), Emily McGuire (Swan Districts) and Ella Smith (Claremont). 

Which team apart from your own is most likely to win the Premiership?

2 – Claremont
1 – Peel
1 – Swan Districts
1 – East Fremantle 
1 – Subiaco

Who will win the competition best & fairest?

2 – Ella Roberts (Peel Thunder)
2 – Lara Filicamo (Subiaco)
2 – Amy Franklin (Claremont)

Who will kick the most goals in the competition?

2 – Aimee Schmidt (Subiaco)
2 – Kate Bartlett (Peel Thunder)
2 – Mikayla Morrison (Swan Districts)

Who will win the Cath Boyce Rookie of the Year?

3 – Lucy Gilchrist (South Fremantle)
2 – Jamie Rust (Subiaco)
1 – Dana East (Swan Disticts)
 


Optus WAFLW fixtures confirmed for Round 1

Thursday, February 11, 2021 - 2:36 PM

Peel Thunder and East Fremantle will open the 2021 Optus WAFLW Season with a night fixture at David Grays Arena on Saturday February 20. 

The rematch of the last year's Prelimary Final will begin at 5.00pm, seeing the Premiers host the first fixture of the season. 

Compeititon newcomers South Fremantle host Subiaco at Fremantle Community Bank Oval on Sunday February 21 at 1.00pm. 

Swan Districts will round out the opening weekend with a clash against Claremont at Steel Blue Oval on the same day at 2.00pm. 

Times and dates for the remaining fixtures will be released in due course.

 


2020 Young Lives Matter Report Findings

Thursday, February 11, 2021 - 9:11 AM

The WACFL were fortunate to partner with UWA’s ‘Young Lives Matter’ Foundation recently, to examine the role that football plays in our regional communities.

In 2020, 10 of our 25 Senior regional competitions did not play due to the uncertainty surrounding COVID-19 and its implications. As such, UWA’s researchers were able to produce a survey comparing the mental and physical wellbeing of those that did not play versus those that did. 

The overarching theme of the report confirmed what the industry had suspected, the mental and physical health of those that did not play football in 2020, was generally poorer than those players fortunate to participate in a season. The connectivity football provides to the community is a real highlight of the findings and the full report, including 29 recommendations, is attached via a website link for you to review at your leisure.

The WACFL will be working through the relevant key recommendations and will use them to build a Club Development Plan. As part of the community and club development, the WACFL will  be launching an ‘Adopt-a-League’ initiative, for corporations to support mental health and wellbeing development for club personnel within those regional communities. More details will be provided shortly but feel free to reach out if you would like more information on any of the above.

READ THE REPORT HERE

Tom Bottrell
Executive Manager – Country Football, Affiliates & Facilities
tbottrell@wafc.com.au
 


Facilities in Focus - Lakelands Park

Wednesday, February 10, 2021 - 1:29 PM

Facilities are a critical to delivering a highly positive experience for all players and through partnering with clubs and all levels of government, the WAFC aims to continually drive investment in our venues across the state.  Facilities in focus will profile some of the great projects that are happening throughout our state, with a particular focus on sharing best practice for future developments.

The Lakelands Park Sports Facility was formally opened in late 2020 by City of Mandurah Mayor Rhys Williams, Hon. David Templeman MLA, Member for Mandurah and Andrew Hastie MP, Federal Member for Canning.

The $7.9M project delivers three full size playing fields with match standard lighting in a significant growth corridor for football. These fields are critical in supporting the North Mandurah Football Club reach their growth potential as they grow their junior and senior pathways.

The $2.5 million state of the art facility including four unisex change rooms, club rooms for the North Mandurah FC, kitchen and canteen facilities and a host of support infrastructure.

The North Mandurah Football Club have in excess of 400 participants across junior and senior clubs including over 50 female participants.

The West Australian Football Commission thanks the key project funding partners WA Government ($4.5M), City of Mandurah ($2.8M), Federal Government ($300,000) and Australian Football League ($150,000).

Some key links relating to the project are outlined below:


2021 Optus WAFLW Fixtures released

Monday, February 8, 2021 - 9:41 AM

Fixtures have been finalised for the 2021 Optus WAFL Women’s Premiership season, with Round 1 to kick off on the weekend of February 19 and 20. 

The change to an earlier start has been made to allow for recent changes by the AFL, with the AFLW U19s National Championships brought forward to the April school holidays and the AFLW Combine and AFLW Draft being moved to late July 2021. 

CLICK HERE to view 2021 WAFLW Fixture.

The competition will remain at six teams, allowing for a 15-round-home-and-away fixture with two byes, with each team playing each other three times.  
 
There is provision for non-selected AFLW players to compete in the Optus WAFLW competition, while some players may return to their local club at the conclusion of the AFLW campaign. 

Fixtures throughout 2021 will be played at WAFL venues, with games being live streamed across WAFL platforms as well as The West Australian online. 

Other 2021 highlights include the continuation of the Dhara Kerr Cup featuring Claremont and Swan Districts in the opening round, a Grand Final rematch between Subiaco and Peel Thunder in Round 2 and the Fremantle Derby in Round 5. 

WAFC Executive Manager WAFL & Talent, Scott Baker believes the Optus WAFLW competition is continuing to build momentum ahead of its third year. 

“The introduction of WAFLW over the past two seasons has been extremely successful and a great showcase of women’s football across the state,” Baker said.

“To see over 400,000 people tune into the live stream of games last season was a testament to the growth of the competition, demonstrating plenty of interest and support for the players.” 

“The changes to the Optus WAFLW season allow our female talent pathway athletes to be extremely well prepared prior to the U19 AFLW National Championships.”

“Running concurrently to the AFLW season also gives a boost to the competition, with AFLW players able to play in a premier state league competition when not selected at AFLW level.”

“We look forward to welcoming back as many AFLW players as possible into the competition in the second half of the season, once their AFLW duties are completed.”

“The Seven Network will again broadcast the Optus WAFLW Grand Final live and free on the first weekend of July.”


WAFC Statement: COVID-19 Update

Friday, February 5, 2021 - 12:25 PM

Following the WA State Government announcement in respect to easing of the lockdown requirements as of 6pm tonight (Friday 5th February 2021) the following protocols must be adhered to by all football clubs within the Perth & Peel Regions.

  • You do NOT need to wear masks whilst actively engaged in ‘vigorous’ outdoor Football Training sessions – but you will need to wear a mask both before and after training, or if you are watching training.
  • You will need to wear a mask if indoors i.e. training within a gym, in the changerooms, in a function room, or in a lecture theatre
  • Limit the number of people indoors at any one time – the 1 person per 4sqm rule applies with a maximum of 150 people allowed at the venue/facility 
  • Masks must be worn at all other times in and around the Football Club
  • Do NOT share water bottles and follow all other hygiene requirements including washing hands and using alcohol based hand sanitiser
  • Maintain social distancing of 1.5m at all times
  • Ensure appropriate cleaning of facilities and equipment is undertaken
  • Download and use the SafeWA App, and Clubs must ensure that QR codes are displayed
  • Ensure that all players, staff and volunteers use the SafeWA App or a register is kept of all those in attendance at training 
  • If you are unwell or have any symptoms then stay home from training and get tested.
  • A G2G PASS is required to enter or leave the Perth/Peel region. This is only granted for essential travel, therefore players outside of these areas cannot travel into the Perth/Peel area for training and vice versa during this period

Again, please note that these requirements are in place for only Clubs in the Perth & Peel Regions. All other clubs should continue to maintain the appropriate hygiene requirements.
 
WAFC staff will continue to work from home next week but will be accessible via email and phones. The WAFC offices will not be open to members of the public during this time.
 
Whilst the WAFC will continue to provide updates at www.wafootball.com.au, the football community is also urged to remain informed via the following key sources of information:
 
WA State Government out of Lockdown Protocols
 
Health Department Advice
 
Nothing is more important than the health and well-being of our football participants and the wider community that we are all a part of, and this will remain at the forefront of all decision making.

 


WA Football COVID-19 Lockdown update

Sunday, January 31, 2021 - 6:09 PM

As per the Western Australian State Government announcement today, the areas of Greater Perth, Peel and the South-West will be in lockdown from 6pm Sunday 31st January until 6pm Friday 5th February.

This means that all football clubs and umpiring groups in these affected areas cannot hold training sessions, gym sessions or hold face-to-face meetings during this period. It is imperative that all football stakeholders strictly adhere to the lockdown requirements set out by the WA State Government.

Further information in relation to the lockdown can be accessed via: https://bit.ly/3ozHJJ5
As such the WAFC offices will be closed over this period. WAFC staff will be working from home across this week.

Whilst the WAFC will continue to provide updates at www.wafootball.com.au, the football community is also urged to remain informed via the following key sources of information:

WA Government Department of Health

Nothing is more important than the health and well-being of our football participants and the wider community that we are all a part of, and this will remain at the forefront of all decision making.

Further advice to all Football stakeholders will be provided later this week.


2021 Optus WAFL Premiership Season Fixture

Friday, January 29, 2021 - 4:28 PM - by Elliot Raiter

An Easter football feast will open the 2021 Optus WAFL Premiership Season, seeing five blockbuster games played across two days, beginning with a double-header on Good Friday, April 2. 

The 20-round home-and-away season will be followed by a four-week finals series, with the Optus WAFL Grand Final scheduled to be played on the weekend of September 18 & 19 at a venue to be confirmed. 

CLICK HERE to view the 2021 WAFL fixture.

A focus on traditional rivalries and feature rounds will bring excitement across the season, with ANZAC Day, WA Day and NAIDOC Round all set to be celebrated.

West Coast’s return to the Optus WAFL takes the competition to 10 teams, seeing each team play each other twice with three byes across 20 rounds. 

Claremont will only need to wait two rounds to avenge their Grand Final heartbreak against South Fremantle, while the Bulldogs will unveil their Premiership Flag in the opening week of the season.   

Twenty matches across the season will broadcast live and free on the Seven Network, including the Optus WAFL Grand Final, Optus WAFLW Grand Final and Simply Energy WAFL Colts Grand Final. 

The West Australian is committed to live streaming a Simply Energy Colts and Optus WAFL League match per week on their platform. 

The WA Football Commission is in ongoing conversations with the SANFL around the possibility of a KIA Australia State Game in early May.

WAFC Executive Manager WAFL & Talent, Scott Baker said players, clubs and fans should be excited ahead of a return to a full Optus WAFL season in 2021. 

“The fixture is developed to grow and enhance the WAFL competition, promoting competitive matches, supporting feature rounds and offering prime-time television coverage,” Baker said.

“The 20-round-home-and-away season continues to provide the fairest fixture as well as creating a highly-competitive and exciting state league competition here in WA.”

“Opening the season across the Easter weekend should attract strong crowds, allowing our family friendly audience to experience and enjoy a WAFL match day full of activities.” 

“WAFL clubs continue to create a fantastic atmosphere for fans and families, alongside the unique chance to get up close to the action, listen to the coaches and enjoy a kick on the ground at breaks.”

The WAFL will head to the community in 2021, with South Fremantle and West Perth to host games in Pingelly and Yanchep during the season, giving the club’s a great chance to connect with their respective regions.

“Taking football to Pingelly and Yanchep presents a great opportunity for WAFL clubs to connect with their regions and give something back to the communities where many of their players started their football journey,” Baker said.

While the traditional timeslot of Saturday afternoon will be prominent throughout the season, the addition of alternative matchdays supports the ability for the competition to be flexible.

“Playing games across the weekend creates opportunities for the WAFL, including attracting a larger audience, both at the ground and on TV, as well as supporting important initiatives such as WA Day and NAIDOC Week,” Baker said.

“We are committed to be flexible throughout 2021 as we continue to steer our way through the difficulties of the COVID-19 pandemic.”

Optus WAFL Pre-Season fixtures will be played on March 20 and 27. 

The Optus WAFL Broadcast schedule on the Seven Network will be released in due course. 


Charmaine Rogers named as AFLW Community Cup Ambassador

Wednesday, January 27, 2021 - 2:06 PM

The AFL has today announced the 2021 NAB AFLW Premiership Cup Ambassador, along with seven NAB AFLW Community Cup Ambassadors at the official 2021 NAB AFLW Season launch.
 
Yeronga South Brisbane Devils Football Club player, Jamie Howell has been selected to be the 2021 NAB AFLW Premiership Cup Ambassador.
 
Jamie, who is profoundly deaf, captured the hearts of many people last year when her teammates surprised her by performing a rendition of their club theme song in Auslan, following a win in the QAFLW league.
 
As part of her role, Jamie will be involved in the 2021 NAB AFLW Grand Final and present the NAB AFLW Premiership Cup to the winning team.
 
Head of Women’s Football, Nicole Livingstone said Jamie represents the true spirit of the AFLW community.
 
“It’s fair to say 2020 served up some pretty ordinary moments for all of us, but the moment when the Yeronga South Brisbane Football Club surprised Jamie with a rousing rendition of their club song in Auslan certainly captured the hearts and minds of all,” Ms Livingstone said.
 
“The football community is known for embracing each other regardless of a person’s background or ability, and the Yeronga Devils have demonstrated above all else they respect and value one another. Jamie is an amazing athlete in her own right and is a role model for other women and people in the Deaf community that you can achieve anything you put your mind to.
 
“Jamie and her team represent the true spirit of the AFLW community – inclusiveness and passion, so we’re delighted to have Jamie involved in the AFLW season in her role as 2021 NAB AFLW Premiership Cup Ambassador.”
 
Jamie, who plays football wearing a cochlear implant, said she was thrilled to be selected as the 2021 NAB AFLW Premiership Cup Ambassador.
 
“I’m so excited to be selected as the 2021 NAB AFLW Premiership Cup Ambassador, it’s such an incredible opportunity and I’m stoked to be part of it,” Ms Howell said.
 
“It means so much to me because it’s recognition for my amazing club, teammates and staff who have gone above and beyond to make sure I felt included, supported and part of the team, so to be able to represent them on the biggest day on the AFLW calendar means a lot.”
 
For the first time, seven representatives from each state and territory will also be involved in the NAB AFLW Finals after being selected as NAB AFLW Community Cup Ambassadors.
 
Jo Butland (QLD), Charmaine Rogers (WA), Yvette Andrews (NSW/ACT), Lateesha Jeffrey (NT), Shona MacInnes (VIC), Jodie Mather (TAS) and Paul Modra (SA) have been selected as the inaugural NAB AFLW Community Cup Ambassadors for their outstanding contribution to female football.
 
The inaugural NAB AFLW Community Cup Ambassador program was established to recognise members of the female football community who have been instrumental in facilitating and nurturing the remarkable growth of women’s football.
 
Each NAB AFLW Community Cup Ambassador receives a $1,000 grant from the Women’s Football Fund to donate to the club of their choice and the opportunity to be involved in the 2021 NAB AFLW Finals Series.

Charmaine Rogers- Western Australia
Charmaine Rogers has a long and prestigious history in female football in Western Australia which has seen her impact the lives of many players and administrators over the last 27 years. Described as the heart and soul of the Claremont Women’s Football Club since arriving in 1993, Charmaine has contributed to the game in almost every role possible, including as a player, coach, secretary, Club President, Club Board member, WAWFL President, WAWFL Board member and competition coordinator. In addition, Charmaine has a competition named in her honour ‘The Rogers Cup’ and was made a Life Member of the WAWFL for services to the game and advancement of female sport in WA.