Three members appointed at AGM

Wednesday, November 14, 2018 - 10:47 AM

Two existing members, and one new member have been elected to the Mundella West Australian Women's Football League Board during the 2018 Annual General Meeting held at the Subiaco Football Club on November 13.

Existing Treasurer Danielle Fagents was elected back to her financial role, entering a new three year term from 2018 - 2021.

Joining Danielle in a three year term is returning member Sarah Campbell, who will take on the administration role until 2021.

The Mundella WAWFL welcomes new member, Jo Taylor who will take on a one-year appointment from 2018 – 2019.

With an extensive background in women’s football and currently involved at Swan Districts FC, Jo brings a significant amount of women’s football knowledge to the table and will be a valuable member on the Board.

President Carolyn Hills congratulated the new and returning Board members, making comment on the skills each member will bring to their role.

"I would like acknowledge tonight’s appointed Board Members and welcome them on board. I am confident they will each bring their football experiences and expertise to continue to grow the WAWFL”.

“2019 marks an exciting time for female football in WA, and the Board, especially our new appointments, will play a pivotal role in helping guide our competitions into season 2019 and going forward”.

Swans Announce Women's League Coach

Monday, November 12, 2018 - 1:49 PM

Article: Swan Districts Football Club

Swan Districts Football Club has appointed All Australian and Fremantle Docker’s AFLW captain, Kara Donnellan as its new women’s football League coach.

From leading her team onto the Optus stadium turf to play Collingwood in front of a record-breaking crowd for women’s football of almost 42,000 fans in February, to her April engagement to fellow athlete, Ebony Antonio, Donnellan has had a phenomenal year by anyone’s standard. When the ecstatic couple shared the news of Donnellan’s proposal on Instagram, fiancée Antonio posted “could 2018 get any better?” Donnellan’s acceptance of Swan Districts’ Head Coach offer is proof that sky’s the limit for Australia’s favourite power couple.

“I have had a number of conversations with the Club’s CEO and Football Manager post 2018 WAWFL season about my thoughts on coaching the club next year,” said Donnellan. “I have also had a number of conversions with my partner, current and ex-players and club staff, and after weighing up all my other commitments outside of football, I decided that this is where my passion lies, in helping those around me and to give back to our great game. I am extremally loyal to this incredible football club and feel like I owe a lot too. I want to give back to the club that has given me so much both on and off the field,” Donnellan said.

“The role will continue on from what I started at the end of the 2018 season. I will work with the other coaches across our Reserves and Colts to build a strong culture and structured program to ensure we are providing our players with the best opportunity to learn, grow and develop both on and off the field. Being a past captain of the club, I feel like I have built strong relationships and respect with the group and club over the years, and have the experience, knowledge and passion to take this club and group of female footballers to the next level. I have high expectations of myself and those around me and will be imparting as much knowledge and education as I can to the players, coaches and staff – to grow the success of the club and the players within the club to take that next step to AFLW level.”

Donnellan’s understanding of the organisation’s ethos, which extends beyond just a football-centric focus and prioritises building community and developing people, is reflected in her goal formulation.

“My short-term goals as League Coach is to continue to develop my coaching and be the best coach I can be. To learn off the coaches and players around me across both the male and female programs, to continue working with the football club and football department to align both the male and female programs and to continue imparting the club’s values to the players, staff and volunteers to ensure we are continuing to build a strong football community and enhance wellbeing amongst members of the Swans’ community. I want to help develop our players so they succeed at the current level and provide them with the resources and knowledge that will enable their advancement so they can excel at the next,” shared Donnellan.

My long-term goals include achieving success both on and off the field, to provide opportunities, knowledge and skills to players that will facilitate their growth whatever pathway they choose, whether it be at AFLW or State based level. I want to continue growing Swan Districts as the premier pathway club and the leader in developing players and the people of the Swans’ community. I want to help grow our State based league in Western Australia and bridge the gap between other state-based competitions across the country, so we are recognised a competitive state in all levels of our game. As a player I play to win premierships, as a coach that doesn’t change - I want to win premierships and win games and continue the rich history of this club,” Donnellan stated vehemently.

In addition to the hefty goals, Donnellan has set herself, she also has her sights set on establishing a new program.

“I want to help grow a semi-professional program that bridges the gap between our state-based program and the next level at AFLW. This starts from off-field processes, recourses, access and structures to on-field development. I want to impart what I have learnt over my last three years in an AFLW system and help bump up the standards of our state league programs. I have a game plan that will complement the players at the football club, is easy to understand, and will be exciting brand of football to play and watch,” Donnellan divulged.

 “We’re delighted to have someone of the calibre and profile of Kara lead our women’s football teams,” said Swans’ CEO, Jeff Dennis.

“The club places a high priority on the expansion of our women’s football program. It’s an opportunity to build a new generation of Swans audiences and fans. Kara’s understanding and expertise in elite sport, talent development and also building a brand presents an invaluable asset for our club.”

“I love the culture and the rich history of our great football club, I love the supporters, the loyalty and our fearless reputation – what we stand for and how other clubs see us. We are a strong pathways club that is all about developing people and community,” Donnellan said passionately. 

With 2019 fast approaching, both the staff and supporters of Swan Districts’ women’s teams are eagerly counting down the days until the start of the new football season. With 100% confidence in Donnellan’s coaching ability, the fans are anticipating another fantastic year of female football under her helm.

Swan Districts seek Reserves and Rogers' Coaches

Monday, November 12, 2018 - 1:42 PM

Swan Districts Football are seeking applicants for the following positions in their Women’s Football Program for season 2019:

  • Reserves Coach
  • Rogers Cup Coach
  • League, Reserves and Rogers Cup Assistant Coaches

The 2019 Swan Districts Female Football Program commences on Wednesday 21st November at 6pm – Venue TBC.

If you are interested, in any of the above positions, please send a current CV to reception@swandistrictsfc.com.

For further information, please call the Club directly on (08). 9279 8700.

Applications are due: Monday 19th November 2018
 

Notice of 2018 AGM

Tuesday, November 6, 2018 - 8:43 AM

The 2018 WAWFL AGM will be held on Tuesday 13th November, 6:30-7:30pm at The Don Carter Room, Subiaco Football Club, Leederville. 

Please note that attendance at the AGM is compulsory for all WAWFL Clubs.

There are four (4) Board positions to be elected at this years AGM: 

Job descriptions outlining the responsibilities and required competencies for these positions are above for your consideration.

Anyone wishing to nominate for the above positions must complete and return the attached nomination form and send to secretary@wawfl.com.au by C.O.B Monday 12th November, 2018. Any nominations received after this time will not be considered. 

Tiger time at Claremont Oval

Friday, August 31, 2018 - 6:55 AM

Article by Sandra Argese, images by Tom Campbell

Bringing consistent touches of class and professionalism across four strong quarters of football, Claremont has moved past the Peel Thunderbirds to win their first reserves premiership since 2015.

Early on in the piece, uncontested possessions proved hard to come by. 

Leading from the front, Claremont Captain Angel Hayward kicked the first goal of the game. Moments later, Lolita Viska slotted Claremont’s second with a free kick from a 50m penalty. 

Forcing the ball into their attacking 50, locking the ball in there and repeatedly pushing up the ground, Claremont had Peel under some serious pressure. Remaining scoreless for the majority of the opening term, the Thunderbirds needed something special. 

With three minutes remaining until the first break, Peel suddenly found their mojo. Maddie Byford’s clever ‘something out of nothing’ snap shot saw Peel kick their first.  Less than 40 seconds later Peel had another goal on the board, and all of a sudden, Claremont’s two goal lead was trimmed back to a three-point ball game.

Claremont’s Amber Ugle-Hayward wasn’t having a piece of it, and with less than 30 seconds on the clock, she snuck into the goal square for a quick goal.

The physicality and intensity of the game certainly reflected the hunger of both sides. 

Katharine Thayer copped a whack and was taken from the ground with blood on her jumper. Courageously, she returned and played out the remainder of the game. In a major blow for Peel, Rebekah Raston popped out a shoulder and was in a world of pain after laying a hard tackle.

From the second quarter onwards, Claremont swiftly moved the ball forward, increased their intensity and wasn’t letting anything pass them. Defensively, the Tigers limited Peel to just two goals after quarter time. In the same space of time, Claremont’s dominance saw them kick nine.

Finishing with three goals to her name, Hayward finished as the most damaging forward of the afternoon.

“It really intense and Peel gave it to us every second of the match,” she said after the game.

“It’s been amazing journey this entire season, we’ve all worked so hard this season and we’re certainly going to celebrate.”

Hot on her heels on the scoreboard, Ugle-Hayward and Jasmina Andros finished with two goals each.

A consistent performer all afternoon, Ugle-Hayward (pictured) was  awarded best on ground honours. A deserving winner, Ugle-Hayward made the most of her opportunities, displayed solid run across the ground, presented well and racked up the possessions in droves.

Eventually running out 69-point winners, the Tigers dominance and poise around each contest made them worthy premiers.

QUARTER BY QUARTER

CLAREMONT: 3.3 (21), 6.6 (42) 10.9 (69) 12.15 (87)
PEEL THUNDERBIRDS: 2.0 (12) 3.0 (18) 3.0 (18) 4.0 (18)

GOALSCORERS

CLAREMONT: Angel Hayward (3), Amber Ugle-Hayward (2), Jasmina Andros (2), Misty Trimboli, Lolita Viska, Nikki Phillips, Holly Cattermole, Amy Smeding.
PEEL THUNDERBIRDS: Krystie Bland, Tess Blackburn, Narelle McIntyre, Maddie Bedford. 

East Fremantle Sharks win 2018 premiership

Monday, August 27, 2018 - 6:47 PM

Written by Sandra Argese, photos by Tom Campbell

As far as grand finals go, this was one for the history books.

An epic showdown between East Fremantle and Subiaco, it was an afternoon where ladder positions meant nothing, and time meant everything. 

Set against a backdrop of blue sky, scarce winds and plenty of sun, over 2500 spectators packed into Claremont Oval for the Mundella WAWFL League Grand Final showdown.

Less than sixty seconds after the opening bounce, the blue and white army already had something to cheer about.  Setting the stage, Ashlee Atkins immediately kicked off proceedings by executing a perfect set shot on goal.

East Fremantle’s speed, tackling intensity, composure, kicking efficiency and second efforts were phenomenal, and they looked virtually unstoppable early on. Roxanne Roux kicked their second, and while the Sharks’ dominance and ability to lock the ball inside 50 was telling, they weren’t without their challenges.

With Subiaco limiting their opponents to just the two majors in the opening term, the Lions weren’t giving up without a fight.

Eventually finding an avenue up forward, the Lions finally hit the scoreboard five minutes into the second quarter with a goal from Mckenzie Dowrick.

In the highest scoring quarter for the game, the Sharks immediately responded when Atkins kicked her second.  

Amy Lavell then sealed a contested grab and kicked her first major to cull the Lions back to within a kick of the lead. Running into an open goal, Belinda Smith answered the call and stretched East Fremantle’s lead back out to 12.

While the game had turned into a ‘see-saw’ like affair of epic proportions, East Fremantle managed to still benefit from a handy two goal buffer at half time.  

Kicking two goals to nil in the third term, Subiaco certainly gave the Sharks something to worry about.

Courtesy of a textbook banana snap around the body, it was Lavell who got the maroon and yellow faithful out of their seats with a goal that gave Subiaco the lead by a single point.

At the final break, scores were level. It was game on.

Having not kicked a single goal since the second term, East Fremantle were looking for answers.  

Missing two shots on goal in the opening 10 minutes of the final term, Subiaco found themselves holding onto a two point margin with half a quarter to play.

Amongst the best on ground, East Fremantle’s Sharon Wong threw herself at virtually every contest. Consistently at the bottom of packs, running hard and repelling many of Subiaco’s attacks on the football, her poise and influence helped place East Fremantle in positive stead all afternoon.

Roxanne Roux had a massive impact in the final term. Taking intercept marks around the ground, her strength in each contest was huge.

As the clock dwindled down, Sprlyan provided the x-factor East Fremantle needed. Finding herself in front of goal with seven minutes remaining, she took charge and kicked a goal to give the Sharks back the lead.

Courageously going back with the flight of the ball, East Fremantle’s Julie-Anne Norish took an intercept mark deep inside defensive 50 to save East Fremantle just minutes from the final siren. While her efforts were match-saving, Norish was carried from the ground with a potential leg injury.

With the last 30 seconds played on Subiaco’s 50m arc, stoppage after stoppage halted any prospect of a comeback.

Holding on to win their first flag since 2011, the five point win and premiership honours had East Fremantle colours written all over it.

Deservedly taking out Lou Knitter Best on Ground honours, Danika Pisconeri (pictured) delivered a stellar performance in the ruck for the Lions. Keeping Subiaco in the race all day and making a huge difference, she successfully sent the ball down the throats of her teammates all afternoon.

Speaking after the game, East Fremantle Coach Nikki Harwood said they had expected and prepared for a tight game against the Lions.

“Subiaco are such a quality outfit - they’re hard and tough. I was never convinced we would come out and win this without a fight,” she said.  

“The dedication, hard work and discipline (the squad has shown) from November to now has paid off.

“Pre-game I said we were a good team, and today’s result would depend on whether we were a great team. We went out and fought for full 80 minutes and never gave up – we today have something that will go down in history.”

QUARTER BY QUARTER

EAST FREMANTLE: 2.2 (14) 5.3 (33) 5.4 (34) 6.5 (41)
SUBIACO: 0.1 (1) 3.3 (21) 5.4 (34) 5.6 (36)

GOAL SCORERS

EAST FREMANTLE: Ashlee Atkins (2), Kahra Sprlyan (2), Roxanne Roux, Belinda Smith.
SUBIACO LIONS: Mckenzie Dowrick (2), Amy Lavell (2), Ashlea Renshaw.

 

Sharks, Lions seek Premiership glory

Wednesday, August 22, 2018 - 6:50 AM

By Sandra Argese

It’s been a few years between premiership drinks for both East Fremantle and Subiaco. Come Sunday afternoon, that equation will change.

With the Sharks searching for their first flag since 2011, their journey in 2018 has been telling. From round one, the club wasted no time taking the wheel and steering it to the top of the ladder – and not once have they looked back.

Accomplishing a minor premiership, 15 wins and an average winning margin of 56 points, the Sharks raised the bar as the very best in the competition in 2018.

Amassing eight wins and finishing fourth on the ladder, Subiaco have emerged as the surprise package of the finals series. With two consecutive wins over third placed Swan Districts and second placed Peel Thunderbirds, they’ve certainly hit peak form at the right time.

Winning their last flag in 2015 as the Coastal Titans, the club will be looking to secure their first premiership in their new maroon and yellow colours.

Meeting a the fourth time this season for the 2018 premiership, Subiaco will be looking to move past East Fremantle – a team who has already beaten them three times this year.

East Fremantle Vice Captain Ashlee Atkins said the club was treating the upcoming grand final just like any other game.

“Our preparation and mindset wont change in that sense,” Atkins said.

“Subiaco are a great side that have really come into some form the last couple of weeks, so we definitely think we’ll have a tough game on our hands.”  

Fresh off her 2018 Dhara Kerr Best and Fairest win on Monday night, AFLW Fremantle Docker and Subiaco Lion Captain Hayley Miller’s prolific form has been telling in 2018. Displaying effective run and carry, racking up the clearances in droves and exhibiting gritty tackling pressure across this season, her ability to win the ball and use her effective skills with both hand and foot is certainly going to make a difference come grand final day.  

Other influential AFLW players to take the field include former Mundella WAWFL leading goal kicker Ashlee Atkins (East Fremantle), Melissa Caulfield (East Fremantle), midfielder-forward Gabby O’Sullivan (East Fremantle) and midfielder Evangeline Gooch (East Fremantle). Former Fremantle Docker Amy Lavell (Subiaco) is coming off a four-goal performance in the preliminary final against Peel, and will be looking to continue her superb form in front of the big sticks.

Subiaco Coach Simon Quayle said he had relished the opportunity to promote skill and understanding within the squad throughout the season and looked to take that into Sunday’s grand final.

“There were heaps of new players with limited exposure to football. My approach and message was to teach the game, coach the person,” he said.

“It probably took nine rounds for our players to adapt, grow, and improve their mindset and be consistent. We weren’t far off in some of our losses in the early rounds. The girls took it to a new level with empowerment managed by developing onfield leaders. They have been outstanding as a group.”

Simon said the Subiaco squad were over the moon and were using the week to reflect on their growth over the duration of the year.

“East Fremantle are an outstanding group, coached well and have a full list of good players. They deserve to be the outright favourite. We’ll be preparing as normal;  focus on skills, focus on team, focus on what we do well,” he said.

"Finals are all about winning. Coming from 4th, every week was an elimination. The club has only one goal, to win.”

The 2018 Mundella WAWFL League Grand Final will be played at Claremont Oval on Sunday August 26 with bounce down at 2.30pm, following Reserves at 12pm and Rogers Cup at 10am. All games will be live streamed on the Mundella WAWFL Facebook page.

Hayley Miller wins Dhara Kerr Fairest and Best

Monday, August 20, 2018 - 3:06 PM

Subiaco Lions Football Club’s Hayley Miller has won the Mundella WA Women’s Football League’s Dhara Kerr Fairest and Best at the 2018 Medal Presentation Dinner on Monday night at the Hyatt Regency, Perth.

The announcement is even more impressive when it is pointed out that Miller played her first game in round 5 of the season.

Held in front of more than 245 guests, the Medal Presentation Dinner celebrates the Mundella WA Women’s Football League’s Fairest and Best players within the competition.

President of the WA Women’s Football League Carolyn Hills opened proceedings by recognising the milestones of the year, including recognition of West Perth who won the Mundella Cash for Clubs competition, Coastal Titans alignment to become Subiaco Lions and the fifth Yorga’s Koodjal Kadadjiny match held in July.

"The 2018 season was another successful year of the WA Womens Football League"

"None of our success over the past 31 years is possible without the invaluable contribution of our clubs and volunteers who power them" Carolyn said.

Honoured with the Mundella WAWFL's highest playing award Subiaco Captain Hayley Miller graciously accepted the title of the Dhara Kerr Fairest and Best. The AFLW Fremantle Dockers player continues to break the mold as her fast pace and courage on the field gains respect from teammates, opposition and spectators alike. 

In an exciting finish that went down to the last round of the season, Miller was able to claim the winning vote in the final game to secure her final tally of 24 votes. Swan Districts Gemma Houghton was hot on Miller's tail and chased throughout season, falling just one vote short to finish on 23. Finishing third was East Fremantle's Belinda Smith who finished on 21 votes.

Finishing in a tie with 17 votes, Reserves players Renee Holwill from Swan Districts and Tahlea Martin from East Perth were both awarded the Reserves Fairest and Best. Just one vote behind, second placed Hereripenne Williams of Peel Thunderbirds chased the heels of the eventual winners, with Claremont's Angel Hayward finishing third on 15 votes.

The 2018 Rogers Cup Fairest and Best was won by Jacklyn Atkinson, from Peel Thunderbirds with a total of 22 votes. Jacklyn took the win by just one vote as East Perth's Mikayla Morrison finished with 21 votes, and Subiaco's Abbey Dowrick and Swan District's Nyra Anderson shared third spot with 19 votes. 

With 78 goals to her name for the season, the Joanne Huggins Leading Goal Scorer award was won by Peel Thunderbirds Kira Phillips for the second year in a row. The Reserves Leading Goal Scorer was awarded to Narelle McIntyre from Peel Thunderbirds who kicked an impressive 40 goals, while in Rogers Cup there was a tie as Jenna Bantick from South Fremantle and Aimee Hiscock from Swan Districts took out the title for Rogers Cup with 24 goals each.

Also presented on the night were our rookie awards which are awarded to players competing in their first year of football that record the most votes across the year.  The Cath Boyce Rookie of the Year was awarded to Subiaco Jayme Harken, Reserves Rising Star award went to Ashlee Sidebottom from Peel, and Rogers Cup Rising Star was awarded to Subiaco's Kia Buckley.

South Fremantle's Jenna Allomes was recognised as the 2018 Lynette Smith Volunteer of the Year award who has over twelve years dedication to South Fremantle. Jenna's passion and motivation to improve the South Fremantle Women's Football Club and our competition, make her a worth recipient of this honourable award. 

New life membership was also recognised during the night with current WAWFL President Carolyn Hills joining the elite group. Life Membership is the pinnacle level of recognition within the WAWFL, so it is fitting that Carolyn's 14 years of commitment to the bettering of the WAWFL and female football in WA was recognised with this honour.

League, Reserves and Rogers Cup Grand Finals take place this weekend at Claremont Oval, Claremont.

Entry is $5 per person, including a year book. Bounce down for League game is 2:30pm, following Reserves at 12:00pm and Rogers Cup at 10:00am. All finals will be streamed on the Mundella WAWFL Facebook page.

Preliminary finals see Lions, Thunderbirds, Sharks progress

Monday, August 20, 2018 - 2:56 PM

The Mundella WA Women's Football League Grand Finals will be played this Sunday, August 26 at Claremont Oval.

The League Grand Final at 2.30pm will see minor premiers East Fremantle battle against Subiaco for premiership glory in season 2018. 

The Reserves Grand Final will feature Claremont Tigers and Peel Thunderbirds, while the Rogers Cup Grand Final sees Peel Thunderbirds clash with  East Fremantle.

Entry to Claremont Oval is $5 and includes a 2018 WAWFL Yearbook.

PRELIMINARY FINALS FIXTURES

Sunday, August 19 – venue Claremont Oval.

League
2.30pm – East Fremantle v Subiaco

Reserves
12pm – Claremont v Peel

Rogers Cup
10.00am – Peel v East Fremantle

PRELIMINARY FINALS RESULTS

League - Peel Thunderbirds 7.3 (45) defeated by Subiaco 9.12 (66)

Reserves - Peel Thunderbirds 3.5 (23) defeated East Fremantle 2.5 (17)

Rogers Cup - East Fremantle 5.8 (38) defeated South Fremantle 5.1 (31) in overtime.

2018 WAWFL Preliminary Finals

Monday, August 13, 2018 - 8:29 PM

The Mundella WA Women's Football League Preliminary Finals will be played this Sunday, August 19.

The League clash at 2pm will see Peel Thunderbirds clash with Subiaco for a place in next week's Grand Final against East Fremantle. 

The Reserves Preliminary Final will feature Peel Thunderbirds and East Fremantle with the winner to play Claremont, while the Rogers Cup Preliminary Final sees South Fremantle and East Fremantle doing battle for a spot in the Grand Final, against Peel.

PRELIMINARY FINALS FIXTURES

Sunday, August 19 – venue South Fremantle Oval.

League
2pm – Peel Thunderbirds v Subiaco

Reserves
12pm – Peel Thunderbirds v East Fremantle

Rogers Cup
10.30am – South Fremantle v East Fremantle

SEMI FINALS RESULTS

League

2nd Semi: East Fremantle 12.11 (83) defeated Peel Thunderbirds 3.3 (21)
1st Semi: Swan Districts 4.8 (32) defeated by Subiaco 9.2 (56)

Reserves

2nd Semi: Peel Thunderbirds 2.1 (13) defeated by Claremont 9.15 (69)
1st Semi: Swan Districts 3.3 (21) defeated by East Fremantle 7.6 (48)

Rogers Cup

2nd Semi: Peel Thunderbirds 5.9 (45) defeated South Fremantle 0.2 (2)
1st Semi: East Fremantle 3.4 (22) defeated by Swan Districts 3.3 (21)

East Fremantle Straight into the 2018 Grand Final

Monday, August 13, 2018 - 6:37 PM

Article by Sandra Argese, Photos by Tom Campbell

East Fremantle versus Peel Thunderbirds – Semi Final One

Footy can be telling. On Sunday afternoon, East Fremantle’s performance certainly told a story.

With 15 wins, a minor premiership and a reputation as being virtually unbeatable on the line, season 2018 couldn’t have been any kinder to the Sharks.

Come finals time in their semi-final against Peel Thunderbirds, the trend unquestionably continued.

It was never a matter of East Fremantle finding their momentum, because they started with it from the very first bounce, and not once did they look back. On the flip side of the coin, it was another story for their opponents in Peel Thunderbirds, who exhibited a performance which was anything but a reflection of the consistent form they’ve shown throughout 2018.

With opening goals to Ashlee Atkins and Belinda Smith, the Sharks wasted no time converting and making the most of their consistent entries inside 50. Add Jade De Melo’s strong leads, effective run and two goals to the first quarter tally, and the Sharks looked unstoppable. They went into the first break up 28 points.

Matters only got worse for Peel in the second term. Electing to play on after winning a free kick from an illegal head high tackle, Caitlyn Edwards slotted East Fremantle’s sixth. Moments later De Melo continued her telling performance with her third major and the Sharks’ seventh.

East Fremantle’s Larissa Versace worked hard around each contest, racking up plenty of disposals.

Seven goals down with two and a half quarters still to play, Peel needed to find a spark.

Pushed off the ball in a marking contest, Kira Phillips won a free kick and kicked the Thunderbirds’ first goal for the afternoon – but this would be their last goal for quite some time.

East Fremantle’s game plan was nothing short of unstoppable. Showing strong tackling pressure, the Sharks outnumbered Peel around each contest. Displaying strong skills by foot and effective run and carry across each quarter, the Sharks rarely missed a target and were often too quick for their opponents.

Securing a 40-point buffer at the main break, the Sharks could do no wrong.

With a neat set shot that travelled strait over the goal umpires head, De Melo slotted her fourth goal to start the third term in style.

Peel lost Bonnie Mackintosh halfway through the third quarter after she received a heavy knock. Though down for a couple of minutes, Mackintosh bravely returned to play out the rest of the game.  

A worthy contributor for a best on ground performance, Gabrielle O’Sullivan did the highlights reel plenty of favours when she shrugged off oncoming traffic to kick a stunning goal.

Whitney Benson’s gritty performance down back was a real positive for the Thunderbirds. Taking strong defensive marks and contesting the Sharks’ numerous entries inside 50, Benson’s pressure around the footy forbid a much bigger Sharks win.

Though far too late for a comeback, the Thunderbirds hit the scoreboard for the first time since the second term with two consecutive final quarter goals from Ebonee Hardie and Bailey Molloy.

The Sharks’ dominance, class and poise saw them run out 62 point winners and straight into the grand final, leaving Peel to face Subiaco in an elimination final next weekend.
 

QUARTER BY QUARTER

EAST FREMANTLE: 4.4 (28) 7.5 (47) 9.9 (63) 12.11 (83)

PEEL THUNDERBIRDS: 0.0 (0) 1.1 (7) 1.1 (7) 3.3 (21)

 

GOALKICKERS

EAST FREMANTLE: Jade De Melo (4), Belinda Smith (2), Kahra Sprlyan (2), Roxanne Roux, Ashlee Atkins, Caitlyn Edwards, Gabrielle O’Sullivan.

PEEL THUNDERBIRDS: Kira Phillips, Ebonee Hardie, Bailey Molloy.

Hungry Lions claim important win

Thursday, August 2, 2018 - 6:59 AM

Fighting to secure a finals berth, it was all or nothing for Subiaco in their Round 15 clash with Claremont on Sunday afternoon.

With West Perth hot on their tail in fifth by percentage, a loss would have placed the Lions a win outside finals contention. Yet despite being out of a position to make finals, their opponents in Claremont weren’t going down without a fight.

Mother nature certainly didn’t have any tricks up her sleeve, with conditions at Claremont Oval sunny and without much breeze.

From the opening bounce, Claremont's poise and grit in defence was immediately evident. Tackling and chasing hard, their ability to clear the ball from defensive 50 was telling. 

Subiaco made it anything but easy for the home side, dominating possession and looking threatening in front of goal. While they did control the ball for most of the opening half, their dominance wasn’t converted on the scoreboard.

With the margin just two points at the main break, it was certainly game on.

The opening half of the third term had Claremont written all over it, with the girls stealing the lead back courtesy of two quick goals to open the term.

Needing to respond, Subiaco immediately answered the call with a contested grab and goal courtesy of Amy Lavell. Finishing as the most dominant forward on the ground with three goals to her name by games end, her dominance and ability to lock the ball inside 50 proved crucial for the Lions.

Danika Pisconeri certainly made the highlights reel, consistently finding space, winning the ball and showcasing some quality ruck work which proved advantageous to her teammates.  

Still anybody’s game, Hayley Miller took matters into her own hands with a screamer mark and goal to re-ignite Subiaco back into the lead by a solitary point at the final change.

The Lions’ run of goals didn’t stop there. Kicking the next three, they found themselves in positive stead and up by 19 points halfway through the final term.

Question was, would Claremont find a way to put their wheels back on or would Subiaco shut the door on them? It seemed Claremont had found their answer in Amanda Robertson. Slotting a neat set shot for the Tigers with only five minutes to go, she narrowed the margin back to 12, and once again it was game on.

A testament to Subiaco’s composure and hunger for the win, the girls held their nerve and walked away 12 point winners.

Brooke Erceg, Amber Ugle-Hayward, Nikki Phillips, Andie Payne and Isabella Zadnik were amongst the Tigers’ best, while Claire Ortlepp, Courtney Stubbs, Mary Roseingrave, Sara Lewis, Hayley Miller, Melissa Lim and Danika Pisconeri all provided stellar performances for the Lions.

GOAL KICKERS

Claremont: Caitlin Lewis (2), Adele Arnup, Brooke Erceg, Amanda Robertson.

Subiaco: Amy Lavell (3), Hayley Miller (2), Katie Lamb, Lauren Stammers.

QUARTER BY QUARTER

Claremont: 0.3 (3) 2.4 (16) 4.6 (30) 5.7 (37)

Subiaco: 1.4 (10) 2.6 (18) 4.7 (31) 7.7 (49) 

2018 Yorga’s Koodjal Kadadjiny

Friday, July 13, 2018 - 8:29 PM

This Sunday the Mundella WA Women's Football League and WA Football Commission will host the fifth Yorga’s Koodjal Kadadjiny "Women’s Two Way Learning Match" at Steel Blue Oval Park.

Promoting the mutually respectful relationship between our Indigenous and Non-Indigenous female football players, the Indigenous All Stars vs WAWFL All Stars match was born from an idea by Charlie Headland and Paula Hicks to celebrate indigenous Australian women’s love of playing football and promote reconciliation between all players.

This weekend's game was strategically organised to coincide with the 2018 NAIDOC week, celebrating the contribution indigenous and non-indigenous players have made to our game.

The Lil Kickett Memorial Shield (awarded to the winning team) and Sharon Woods Best on Ground Medal will be highly sought rewards, with bragging rights also a highlight reward.

Coaches for the Indigenous team are Kristen Nelson and Lisa Cockie, while Leith Woods, Amanda Robertson and Paul Beaver will coach the non-indigenous team. Full teams are listed below.

Bounce down will take place at 12pm, with the game being a curtain raiser to the WAWFL North All-Stars vs South All Stars game.

The All-Stars game will see the State's most eligible AFL Women’s draft prospects will compete in the Mundella WAWFL All Stars game, starting at 2pm.

There will be activities and competitions for everyone to get involved in, including a goal-kicking competition during the main break of the All Stars match.

Previous Lil Kickett Memorial Shield winners:

2016 - Indigenous All-Stars Team 
Sharon Woods Best on Ground: Imahra Cameron, Indigenous All-Stars Team (South Fremantle)
2014 - WAWFL All-Stars Team 
Sharon Woods Best on GroundKira Phillips, Indigenous All-Stars Team (Peel)
2012 - Indigenous All-Stars Team 
Sharon Woods Best on Ground: Kira Phillips, Indigenous All-Stars Team (Peel) 
2010 - Indigenous All-Stars Team 
Sharon Woods Best on Ground: Taylah Angel, Indigenous All-Stars Team (Coastal Titans)

Teams listed below: Grey - Indigenous team, Yellow - Non-Indigenous

Tigers claw back for draw

Wednesday, June 27, 2018 - 7:10 PM

Written by Sandra Argese, Images Thomas Campbell

If any game was going to walk the talk in round 11, Claremont’s clash with Swan Districts on Sunday afternoon certainly did the trick.

With five consecutive losses to their name, Claremont needed to do something special if they were going to overpower the in-form reigning premiers.

A Swans victory would’ve added fuel to the clubs’ case as strong premiership threat and enhanced their recent record to five wins in their past six outings. A loss would’ve put all the above in jeopardy.

From the opening bounce, it instantly became clear both sides were hungry for the four points, and hungry to prove themselves.

Frantic and quick, both the Swans and Tigers competed hard for the football in a stoppage-heavy opening quarter.

Kicking off proceedings in front of the big sticks, Jasmin Stewart converted Claremont’s first after winning a free kick from a push in the back infringement.

The Swans didn’t take long to respond, with Rhonda Williams’ prolific run and a neat chest mark earning the away side’s first major for the afternoon.

Lauren Osborne continued the trend and reaped the rewards from her solid run off the half backline to kick the Swans' second. She was closely followed by Maddison Ugle, who also used her brilliant pace to advantage to run the ball off half back to convert for the Swans’ third strait goal.

While Claremont held possession, dominated disposals and the inside 50’s, maintained prolific run and fought hard in the clearances, they were unable to register their dominance and poise on the scoreboard, finding themselves in a 17-point deficit and with only a single goal to their name at half time.

Claremont’s Allana Dickie fought hard all afternoon to restrict Swan Districts’ forward 50 entries. Consistently reading the play, her ability to take intercept marks across half back made things a bit tougher for the Swans. 

Swans Emily Mcguire and Taryn Priestly battled well around the ground to rack up plenty of touches, clearances and tackles across the four quarters.

Stewart answered Claremont’s goal scoring drought in the third quarter, putting toe to footy amongst traffic to kick her second and reduce the margin to less than two kicks.

Shifting the momentum back to the Swans, Ashley Sharpe unloaded with a 70m sprint on the wing. In what would become the Swans’ final goal of the day, Sharpe was uncatchable as she ran lightning fast to find herself face-to-face with an open goal.

Moments later, a head-high free kick awarded Robertson her first major for the day. This cut the Swans’ lead back to 10 points.

Slotting the opening goal of the final quarter, Robertson kicked her second to claw the margin back to four points.

A 50m penalty then put Isabella Zadnik in scoring range, to which she converted truly to give Claremont its first lead since the opening minutes of the first term. As the Claremont crowd erupted out of their seats, the Swans couldn’t convert up forward and managed a final two points to level the scores.

At 5.4 a piece, the siren sounded to signal the first draw for season 2018.

Quarter by Quarter
Claremont: 1.1 (7) 1.3 (9) 3.4 (22) 5.4 (34)
Swan Districts 3.0 (18) 4.2 (26) 5.2 (32) 5.4 (34)

Goalkickers
Claremont: Jasmin Stewart (2), Amanda Robertson (2), Isabella Zadnik.
Swan Districts: Rhonda Williams (2), Madison Ugle, Lauren Osborne, Ashley Sharpe. 

Lions hold on in Saturday night thriller

Thursday, June 14, 2018 - 6:11 PM

Written by Sandra Argese, Photography by Thomas Campbell

It seems three is the magic number for Subiaco.

Notching up their third win of the season, the Lions’ gritty win against West Perth was decided by less than a kick in a heart stopping three point thriller.

In fact, it was this Subiaco victory which knocked West Perth from third spot into fourth on the ladder.

A seesaw like affair, both the Falcons and Lions dominated for significant patches throughout the game, making it never quite clear who would walk away with the four points.

Kicking off proceedings, the Lions came out firing with an unanswered three goal haul to open the Saturday night clash at Leederville Oval, with Captain Hayley Miller wasting no time in the opening minutes to nail a set shot to make her mark on the scoreboard after winning a tug of the jumper free kick.

West Perth instantly found themselves with some soul searching to do after only managing to score a single point at the first break.

And soul searching they certainly did.

Virtually catapulting themselves into the lead, the Falcons hit the start button on a pattern of unanswered goals in the second term. Kicking the next four goals, they found themselves up five points at the main break.

The Falcons’ dominance was certainly short lived, as the lions convincingly looked home by kicking four of the next six goals amongst the wet conditions. 

Clawing their way back to just three points, the Falcons’ Danica Arnold won a free kick from a push in the back decision only metres out from goal. As mother nature chipped in with an outpour of rain, she kicked truly and there was less than a kick in it.

With only seconds to go before the final siren, Ellie Hansen did her best to push West Perth forward and clear the ball to run inside 50 toward goal, but ran out of time.

Former Fremantle Dockers co-vice captain Amy Lavell reminded spectators of her poise, class and accuracy in front of the big sticks by finishing the match with a telling three goal haul.

Lauren Stammers (Subiaco) and Tyhara Garlett (West Perth) also got in on the multiple goal scoring action, kicking four between them.

Just two wins outside the top four, the Lions will carry momentum going into this weekend’s clash against Claremont as they look to claw their way up the ladder.

On the other side of town, the Falcons will be hungry to rectify the loss in their meeting with Subiaco again in a fortnight at Joondalup Arena.

QUARTER BY QUARTER

Subiaco: 3.2 (20) 3.5 (23) 7.8 (50) 7.8 (50)

West Perth: 0.1 (1) 4.4 (28) 6.5 (41) 7.5 (47)

GOALKICKERS

Subiaco: Amy Lavell (3), Lauren Stammers (2), Tiah Haynes, Hayley Miller.

West Perth: Chloe Metcalf (2), Tyhara Garlett, Ann Mcmahon, Danica Arnold, Ellie Hansen.