West Australian women honoured as Award finalists

Friday, September 8, 2017 - 9:02 PM
Written by WA Football Commission

THREE West Australian female football leaders have been named as finalists for the 2017 Football Woman of the Year Awards.

They include WAWFL President Carolyn Hills, WAWFL life member Charmaine Rogers for the Community Award, and West Australian Football Commission (WAFC) Female Football Coordinator Allana Dickie for the overall Football Woman of the Year Award.

WAFC CEO Gavin Taylor said to have three West Australians named among nine finalists was a great testament to female football leadership in WA and congratulated each of them on their achievement.

“All three of these women have played a significant role in the success of female football in our State and are highly deserving of the honour,” he said.

“Not only have we witnessed tremendous growth of approximately 40% in female participation numbers in WA over the past few years, but great results in talent development with 37 WA players recruited for the inaugural season of the AFL Women’s competition last year.

“Allana, Carolyn and Charmaine’s leadership is critical to ensuring this success can continue and that not only do we continue to increase player participation and AFLW Draft numbers, but also encourage more women to take on key leadership roles within football.”

The award winners will be announced by the Essendon Women’s Network (EWN), during AFL Grand Final week in Melbourne on Thursday, September 28.

Recent winners of the Football Woman of the Year Award include Daisy Pearce (2016), Jan Cooper (2015), Peta Searle (2014) and Michelle Cowan (2013).

The Football Woman of the Year Award

The Football Woman of the Year Award recognises a woman who has made a significant, positive and measurable impact to the advancement of women in the game of Australian Rules Football.

WA Finalist – Allana Dickie

Allana is the West Australian Football Commission’s Female Football Coordinator. She is an advocate, a leader, a promoter, an agent of change and above all a quality individual who makes a significant difference to football. Allana is also a key member of the WAFC Diversity committee that is leading an all-of-industry change to equality in football. Allana also plays and coaches and continues to drive for improvement in the female game. She is aspiring to be drafted by an AFLW club, but has the philosophy of ensuring that no matter what, all players continue to grow and develop to be the best possible version of themselves.  Allana inspires change and growth in others, and has developed several programs that are assisting to develop the next generation of ambassadors for the game. She actively promotes to females, the benefits of working in the industry and provides opportunities for many aspiring female sports administrators to gain an understanding of both her role and other roles in the football. Allana also positively recruits males to be a champion for change as well – an important strategic approach. This highlights Allana’s remarkable drive and energy to want to leave the game in a better place than what it was yesterday.


Community Award

The Community Award recognises the unsung heroes, those who work in a volunteer capacity whether it is at grass roots level at Auskick or local footy, or through their volunteer contributions to clubs at the highest level

WA Finalist – Carolyn Hills

Carolyn Hills has been on the WA Women’s Football League board since 2005, and has been President for more than seven years, making her the longest serving president in the history of the WAWFL. Carolyn’s commitment to the League has seen the expansion of the competition and an increase in professionalism. She has overseen the introduction of the player points system as a means of equalising the competition, and as a key strategy in retaining a greater number of female participants in the game. Carolyn is also a representative on the State Government’s GOAL (Get Onboard and Lead) program, which is aimed at increasing the number of women in leadership roles in the Sport and Recreation sector. As a key member of the Community Football Advisory Council, Carolyn also helps develop strong relationships with the other community leagues across Western Australia, and advocates for the benefit of community participation in Football. Carolyn is a passionate advocate for female football in every aspect of her life, and always makes time to strengthen relationships to ensure the best outcomes for female football in WA.
 

WA Finalist – Charmaine Rogers

Charmaine Rogers epitomises Community Football in Western Australia. She has been volunteering to support the progression of females in the sport since 1996, and has undertaken virtually every role there is. Charmaine has been the heartbeat of the Claremont Women’s Football Club since 1993, where she started as a player, and has also volunteered with the WA Women’s Football League for more than 21 years. Charmaine has supported female participation growth through her role with the WAWFL through some often tough and turbulent times, and she has represented herself and all females in the game to the highest regard. She has led By-Law and Constitution reviews, often working with passionate stakeholders, but has always kept what is in the best interests of the game, and the development of female football, front of mind. As a former WAWFL president and a Board member she has ensured the financial stability of the league, and developed strategies to ensure the future of female football in WA is secured. In 2001, Charmaine was made a life member of the WAWFL for services to the game and to the advancement of female sport in WA. Charmaine also has a Competition named in her honour ‘The Rogers Cup’ which is for 15 – 18-year-old talented players, and highlights again the esteem that Charmaine is held in across WA. There was no prouder person across Australia when the first ball was bounced for the first AFLW match. It is something she has dreamed about and worked towards for decades.

 

Narelle Scott named Volunteer of the Year

Tuesday, August 29, 2017 - 8:12 PM

Congratulations to Narelle “Scotty” Scott, who has been recognised as the Lynette Smith Volunteer of the Year for 2017.

Narelle has been involved with East Fremantle Women’s Football Club for the past ten years and has been an integral part of the clubm, female talent programs and promotion of the League. Her endless commitment to our game is recognized by all those that know her, with the most recent example being when Narelle took on the role of EFWFC Vice President despite having a newborn at the time.

While in the Vice President role, Narelle mentored the new Treasurer (her role before Vice President), coordinated the 30 Year Player Reunion and Supporters Day, coordinated a fundraiser that raised $4000, organised all Team Manager resources, liaised and presented to the East Fremantle Football Club on female football, and was always available whenever the Club needed help.

Narelle has been a member of the EFWFC since 2008 and for the past 10 years has been an active participant both on and off field. Narelle played 116 games, was Captain of the reserves side for two seasons and was part of the leadership group multiple times. When joining the sharks in 2008 Narelle quickly put her hand up to take on the role of Volunteers Officer, a role that coordinated the duty roster and other volunteers including player duties. From there Narelle became the Treasurer in 2009, and a member of the EFWFC Executive. She is the only continuous member since this time.  When Narelle took on the role of Treasurer, East Fremantle was struggling across various financial aspects.  Narelle spent a great deal of time in the early days looking back over receipts and bank records to develop a budget for the club and to ensure that sponsors and fundraising became an integral part of the club.

In 2009, the EFWFC was offered the opportunity to run the canteen at the East Fremantle men’s home games.  Again, Narelle put up her hand and volunteered to run the canteen at every home game while also coordinating the other players to assist this venture. This initiative provided the women’s team with a strong revenue stream that assisted in buying a new uniform and equipment, her efforts ultimately led to Narelle being awarded the EFWFC Club Person of the Year that same year. Narelle’s fundraising efforts have continued across the years including Quiz Nights, Supporter Days and this season’s Bogan Bingo event, with one Quiz Night Narelle coordinated raising the clubs’ record of over $10,000!

Outside of EFWFC, Narelle also volunteers her time within the wider football community through her roles with School Sport WA (SSWA), as an AFL School Ambassador and on District Football Councils. 

Narelle became the Team Manager for the State Schoolgirls team in 2012 and has continued in this role for the past 6 years.  While the State Schoolgirls team is run by SSWA, this program has been a key driver in the development of current Roger’s Cup players and future WAWFL stars.  In this role, Narelle has developed relationships with many key stakeholders in the WAFC, Junior Clubs and WAWFL clubs.  Narelle has promoted girls transitioning from school football to WAWFL clubs by ensuring girls are aware of player pathways. Narelle also now volunteers her time as a member of the SSWA Management Group where she is able to promote female football.

As a primary school teacher, Narelle completed training to be recognised as an AFL School Ambassador in 2009.  While Narelle has promoted AFL during work hours to her students, she has also volunteered her time across South Fremantle and East Fremantle to promote female football and increase participation. 

In 2010, Narelle coached a group of Primary School Students in an after school Junior Girls program and in 2011 assisted the South Fremantle District Officer to develop an after schoolAuskick Centre and volunteered her time as a coach during the running of the program.  Also when working in the South Fremantle District, Narelle was asked to take on the role of Female Football Representative on the South Fremantle District Football Development Council in 2011.

In 2016 Narelle volunteered as a member of the East Fremantle District Football Development Council as the Female and Senior Club Representative andsaw the introduction of a Junior Girls competition in the Eas t Fremantle District.  As part of her role on the EFDFDC, Narelle presented at the District Club Night on the growth and pathways of female football. Narelle also volunteered her time at a combined East Fremantle/South Fremantle football clinic for girls involving the Fremantle Dockers.  In 2017, while heavily pregnant, Narelle found time to attend the first ‘Come and Try day’ for girls which included Junior Clubs in the East Fremantle District and the EFWFC. 

Volunteers are a hugely important part of every sport, and we are thankful for every volunteer that positively impacts our League. The WA Women’s Football League would like to thank Narelle Scott for her tireless efforts across the past ten years in all aspects of female football. The WAWFL, in particular the East Fremantle football family, are lucky to have such a dedicated, passionate and committed member. It is with pleasure the WAWFL recognises ‘Scotty’ as the Lynette Smith Volunteer of the Year in 2017.

The Lynette Smith Award is awarded for outstanding volunteer service to the West Australian Women’s Football League. The Lynette Smith Award is named in honour of one of our longest serving and dynamic volunteers.  Lynette is both a Life Member of the WAWFL, and a Life Member of the East Fremantle Football Club.  

Swans surge over Sharks

Wednesday, August 23, 2017 - 9:53 AM

Written by Sandra Argese, Photos by Thomas Campbell

Swan Districts have held off a late East Fremantle fightback to take home their first reserves premiership since 2013.

The second victory of Swan Districts’ triple premiership sweep across the entire competition on Sunday afternoon, the reserves grand final showcased a low-scoring, physical contest driven by plenty of stoppages and pressure from both sides.

The Swans entered favourites, having dominated all season as the competition benchmark and not once losingto the Sharks in season 2017 – and they sure lived up to that reputation.

Bursting out from the starting gates in style, the Swans dominated their opponents in attack and conjured up several entries inside 50 early on in the game.

East Fremantle struggled to move the ball out of the Swans’ attacking zone and were forced to defend for the majority of the opening term.
The Swans were first rewarded for their domination of the opening quarter with a worthy quick-thinking dribble goal from Taya Reid. The party then continued as Sarah Fragomeni added to the Swans’ first quarter domination by running into an open goal and converting for her first major.

The second term proved to be much more of an arm wrestle, especially as the Sharks were able to hold the Swans at bay in contested situations and restrict their opponents scoreless.

Though it took just over four minutes into the second term to arrive, East Fremantle’s first real spark finally arrived courtesy of Sarah Townsend’s first major. Facing an eight point deficit at half time, the Sharks clearly had more work to do.

But as the see-saw nature of the game continued, Fragomeni’s second goal in the third term, a neatly converted set shot 35 metres out, lifted the Swans faithful and extended the margin seemingly beyond the Shark’s reach.

But East Fremantle weren’t quite done yet.

Katrina Davis found herself on the end of a superb delivery inside 50 and converted a set shot to keep East Fremantle alive late in the fourth term, narrowing the difference to just two kicks with only minutes to play.

The Swans then kicked into gear and again applied their consistent brand of smart, forward-thinking football, composing themselves in the last few minutes to slow down play and bravely hold on for the deserved win.

Susie Chout took best on ground accolades – her hard work around the footy, contested disposals and consistent effort at every contest making her a deserving winner.

QUARTER BY QUARTER
SWAN DISTRICTS: 2.3 (15) 2.3 (15) 3.8 (26) 3.8 (26)
EAST FREMANTLE: 0.0 (0) 1.1 (7) 1.1 (7) 2.3 (15)

GOAL KICKERS
SWAN DISTRICTS: Sarah Fragomeni (2), Taya Reid.
EAST FREMANTLE: Sarah Townsend, Katrina Davis.

 

Rogers Cup Grand Final

Tuesday, August 22, 2017 - 7:10 PM

Written by Sandra Argese, Photos by Thomas Campbell

Ticking the first of three boxes on this years grand final day, Swan Districts have showcased a stellar four quarter performance to over-run a brave South Fremantle outfit by 10 points in the Mundella WAWFL Rogers Cup 2017 Grand Final.

But the sweet win was no walk in the park for the eventual premiers.

If history dictated anything between the two sides, it was that this particular game would be no walk in the park for either team and a close encounter determined by the smallest of all margins. While the Swans entered the game as favourites, their previous run of undefeated wins over South Fremantle in season 2017 were decided by only 10 and 4 points in games during the regular season. Their recent semi-final encounter was decided by only a single point.

In the early stages of the game, the Swans consistently held the ball inside their half of the ground and looked dangerous each and every time they moved the ball moved forward.

Emily Hocking rewarded the Swans with their first major of the game and inspired her side forward into the second term.

It took half way through the second quarter for their first score, but the magical moment finally arrived for South Fremantle with a classy goal from this years Rogers Cup leading goalkicker (32 goals) Shakira Picket, who kept the Bulldogs in the contest.

With both teams so evenly matched, South Fremantle tugged at the Swans at every change. The margin never exceeded 7 points by three quarter time - setting up set up for a final quarter showdown that went down to the absolute wire.

Momentum and grit on the Swans’ side, the eventual premiers fought hard all day with consistent pressure around the ball and rarely came off second best in one-on-one contests around the ground. It was their ferocity and gritty attack that rarely gave the Bulldogs a sniff.

Swan Mikayla Hyde proved instrumental to their grand final win. The gallant number 5 racked up plenty of the ball and displayed composure across each of the four quarters to eventually be rewarded with Best on Ground accolades.

As the clock ran down in the final minutes of the game, the Swans faithful began to chant, and the first of its three WAWFL premierships were locked in.

GOALSCORERS

SWAN DISTRICTS: Emily Hocking, Rikkiesha Carling, Erin Brown.
SOUTH FREMANTLE: Shakira Pickett, Cali Hunt. 

QUARTER BY QUARTER

SWAN DISTRICTS: 1.0 (6) 1.3 (9) 2.7 (19) 3.7 (25)
SOUTH FREMANTLE: 0.0 (0) 1.0 (6) 2.0 (12) 2.3 (15)

 

Triple Threat Swans Create History

Monday, August 21, 2017 - 5:26 PM

Written by Sandra Argese, photos by Thomas Campbell

Swan Districts have stamped their authority on all three of this year’s Mundella West Australian Women’s Football League grand finals, winning all three premierships at Rogers Cup, Reserves and League levels.

The history-making clean-sweep was set in stone in the last game of the day that saw the league girls walk away 29 point winners over the Coastal Titans.  

Unlike the slim margins that’ve separated the two sides in recent encounters, the Swans maintained their composure at every change and restricted their opponents to a goalless second half to win 2.3 (15) to 6.8 (44).

The Swans found momentum early in the piece, with opening goals to Emily Mcguire and Kellie Gibson helping them to a healthy 10 point lead at the first change. From then on, it was all Swans as they were clean, quick and rarely wasteful in front of goal.

While the Titan's Dana Hooker and Captain Hayley Miller notched up plenty of ball and tried to inspire a comeback, it never arrived.

Consecutive second term goals to the Swan's Rhonda Williams left the Titans with an 18 point deficit at half time. Though attempting to shift their defensive structure and play extras down back, the Titans still couldn’t find the solution to their woes.

Alicia Janz was inspirational in the ruck for the Swans, while her skipper Kara Donnellan gave the Titans plenty of headaches around stoppages and team mate Ebony Antonio joined in on the party with a nifty third quarter major

Skipper Kara Donnellan was rewarded for her hard work and walked away with Lou Knitter Best on Ground award.

The league-level Swans now continue their dominance of the local league in recent times, with this premiership their fourth in five seasons.

Head Coach Nicole Graves said it was a wonderful day for the footy club.

“For the Swans, it was an amazing day for us and was so exciting. If I didn’t think the pressure was on before, it certainly was by the time the other two teams had won.”

Goal kickers
Swan Districts:
Rhonda Williams (2), Emily Mcguire, Kellie Gibson, Ebony Antonio, Tayla Macauliffe.
Coastal Titans: Zoe Timmers, Dana Hooker.
Quarter by Quarter
Swan Districts: 2.4 (16) 4.6 (30) 6.8 (44) 6.8 (44)
Coastal Titans: 1.0 (6) 2.0 (12) 2.1 (13) 2.3 (15)

 

Watch the Grand Finals live!

Thursday, August 17, 2017 - 9:46 AM

Watch the 2017 Mundella WAWFL Grand Finals below to see which teams will win premiership glory!

We'll find out if Swan Districts claim back-to-back premierships and which player will be awarded the Lou Knitter Best-on-Ground! 

2.30pm - League: Coastal Titans v Swan Districts
12.00pm - Reserves: Swan Districts v East Fremantle
10.00am - Rogers Cup: Swan Districts v South Fremantle

 

 

 

 

 

 

League Grand Final - 2.30pm: Coastal Titans v Swan Districts 

Reserves Grand Final - 12.00pm: Swan Districts v East Fremantle

Rogers Cup Grand Final - 10.00pm: Swan Districts v South Fremantle

Battle of the year: Titans v Swans

Thursday, August 17, 2017 - 8:49 AM

Written by Sandra Argese, photos by Thomas Campbell.

League Grand Final: Coastal Titans versus Swan Districts - Medibank Stadium at 2:30pm

Over each round of the 2017 Mundella WAWFL season, two teams have deservedly thrust themselves into the spotlight as the unarguable benchmarks of the competition. With these two teams, we have two stories to tell. 

In the red corner, the Coastal Titans are the club that, since winning their first premiership in a fairy tale debut season in 2004, are synonymous with success. 2015 was the year when the club secured its seventh premiership - just another reason why they're often sitting within the realms of the top of the ladder. This year’s minor premiers reminded us all why they’re one of the best in the business, hitting the repeat button week after week on their red-hot form. 

Defeating Swan Districts with a gritty five point win a fortnight ago in semi final 2, the Titans won themselves a golden ticket into this year’s Grand Final. 

In the blue corner, Swan Districts’ sit alongside the Titans as the competitions other benchmark. After all, four premierships in the past five seasons will do that. 

Finishing 2017 three games clear in second position on the ladder, the Swans’ remarkable rise to success has been characterised by their prolific style of quick ball movement. 

In fact, they're the only club to defeat the Coastal Titans throughout the 2017 with their three point triumph back in round 8. 

So when both clubs collide and attempt to spoil the others' party in this year’s final showdown, barely anything will separate the two - that’s if recent history repeats itself of course.

Their last two meetings have been decided by less than five points. Swan Districts won one of those games, Coastal Titans the other. 

If this doesn’t set the stage for one of the closest, most highly-anticipated grand finals of the modern era, then not much else will.

Reserves Grand Final: Swan Districts versus East Fremantle - Medibank Stadium at 12pm

There isn’t much going wrong for Swan Districts at the moment. In fact, all three of their WAWFL teams are grand finalists. It’s been four years since the Swans’ reserves side enjoyed premiership success, a feat they’ll be looking to replicate when they take on East Fremantle in this weekend’s reserves grand final. After keeping the Coastal Titans goalless in their preliminary final meeting, the Sharks enter this year’s grand final brimming with confidence despite being tipped as the underdogs.

Rogers Cup Grand Final: Swan Districts versus South Fremantle - Medibank Stadium at 10am

??A mammoth four goal haul from South Fremantle’s Ella Smith solidified the Bulldogs a comfortable spot in this year’s Rogers Cup grand final. They’ll come face-to-face with Swan Districts, who earnt themselves a week off as they head into the game after defeating the Bulldogs by a single point in semi final 1. 

 

Swan defeat Sharks for Grand Final Berth

Tuesday, August 15, 2017 - 9:52 AM

Written by Sandra Argese, Photos by Thomas Campbell

Fighting off a late East Fremantle surge with a historic 11 point victory, the final chapter to Swan Districts’ 2017 fairy tale season is almost complete.

Suffering heartbreak at the hands of the Coastal Titans’ 5 point win in the nail-biter of a semi-final, the Swans were looking to redeem themselves against the in-form Sharks.

Responding against their opponents with class, poise and a fierce ability to win the contested football across four gritty quarters, the Swans have now locked themselves in for the biggest stage at this year’s league grand final. But not all was smooth sailing.

Even as the rain held off, both teams battled through the wet, muddy and slippery conditions that plagued Steel Blue oval on Sunday afternoon. 

The Swans kicked off proceedings in style on their home turf with the opening two goals of the match. Though dominating the inside 50 count and maintaining possession for much of the first quarter, the Swans couldn’t quite add as much scoreboard pressure as they would’ve liked, despite finishing the opening term with a handy 8 point lead.  

The Sharks’ defensive unit were consistent all day and didn’t make any Swan score an easy one, helping to leave the door wide open for a potential comeback.

Sharon Wong was a worthy contributor for the Sharks in the midfield, while Kellie-Maree Gibson was handy up forward for the Swans and finished with two goals to her name.

As the windy conditions kicked further into gear for the third quarter, East Fremantle flipped the game on its head, winning the quarter by a single goal while succeeding in holding their opponents scoreless.  

Tense proceedings skyrocketed as Tara Avery gave the Swans grief with a contested mark and goal that lessened the margin back to just 5 points early into the fourth quarter.

With just minutes to go, Kellie Maree-Gibson responded and saved the day for the Swans with a quick soccer goal to close the potential of a come-from-behind Shark victory.

The Swans will now meet the Coastal Titans in the upcoming grand final on Sunday afternoon and will be looking to make history with their fourth premiership in five seasons.

GOALKICKERS

SWAN DISTRICTS: Kellie-Maree Gibson (2), Stephanie Cain, Ashley Sharp, Chloe Piparo.
EAST FREMANTLE: 
Tara Avery, Ashlee Atkins, Samara Pluschke.

QUARTER BY QUARTER
SWAN DISTRICTS: 2.2 (14) 4.2 (26) 4.2 (26) 5.2 (32) 
EAST FREMANTLE: 1.0 (6) 1.0 (6) 2.3 (15) 3.3 (21)

 

Reserves Preliminary Final: Coastal Titans versus East Fremantle

Completely dominating at all ends of the ground, East Fremantle have booked themselves a date with Swan Districts at this years reserves grand final. From the get go, East Fremantle burst out of the starting gates and not once did they look back - kicking all of the games' five goals while holding their opponents scoreless on the other end of the ground. 

QUARTER BY QUARTER
COASTAL TITANS: 0.0 (0) 0.1 (1) 0.1 (1) 0.4 (4) 
EAST FREMANTLE: 1.2 (8) 3.3 (21) 4.3 (27) 5.5 (35)

 

Rogers Cup Preliminary Final: South Fremantle versus Peel Thunderbirds

In a serious display of forward brilliance, South Fremantle’s Ella Smith  showcased the goal-scoring goods with four majors to her name to help her side to a 5.5 (35) to 2.2 (14) win over a brave Peel Thunderbirds outfit. Despite an even first quarter, South Fremantle broke away after the first break and managed to restrict their opponents to a single behind.

GOALKICKERS
SOUTH FREMANTLE: 
Ella Smith (4), Shakira Pickett. 
PEEL THUNDERBIRDS: Sarah Verrier, Ava Muir

QUARTER BY QUARTER

SOUTH FREMANTLE: 2.1 (13) 4.4 (28) 5.4 (34) 5.5 (35) 
PEEL THUNDERBIRDS: 2.1 (13) 2.1 (13) 2.1 (13) 2.2 (14)

White claims Fairest and Best

Monday, August 14, 2017 - 2:24 PM

Coastal Titans Football Club’s Jodie White has won the Mundella WA Women’s Football League’s Dhara Kerr Fairest and Best at the 2017 Medal Presentation Dinner on Monday night at the Hyatt Regency, Perth.

The moment was even sweeter for the Coastal Titans WFC who had claimed the Fairest and Best in both the Reserves and Rogers Cup divisions beforehand.

Held in front of more than 245 guests, the Medal Presentation Dinner celebrates the 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 the 37 WAWFL players selected as AFLW players, the partnering with Mundella Foods and officially governing the Rogers Cup competition going forward.

“2017. What an incredible year! There are so many moments to celebrate, but the inaugural AFLW season was absolutely the best. Who would have thought they would ever see a national women’s AFL competition? Simply incredible”.

 “To see the team run out on Fremantle Oval was a moment I’m sure I shared with the majority of the crowd here tonight, and one I won’t easily forget” Carolyn said.

In a fantastic achievement, and now recognised as the best senior female footballer in WA, Coastal Titans Jodie White graciously accepted the title of the Dhara Kerr Fairest and Best. This is an amazing achievement for Jodie who is playing her first season after a having two year hiatus. This is also the 36 year old’s first Mundella WAWFL Fairest and Best award after having played for the Titans since the Club’s inception in 2004.

In an exciting finish that went down to the last round of the season, White was able to claim the win winning two votes in the final game to secure her final tally of 26 votes. Fellow teammate, and Titans Captain, Hayley Miller, chased Jodie throughout season, and fell just two short to finish on 24 votes. Finishing third was Peel Thunderbird Sabreena Duffy who claimed a total of 19 votes for the season.

In a decorated night for the Coastal Titans, Reserves player Melissa Lim was awarded the Reserves Fairest and Best. With 20 votes for the season, 6 clear of second placed Jasmine Calgaret of Perth Angels, Melissa had an impressive five games in which she was awarded a full three votes.

Our inaugural Rogers Cup Fairest and Best award was won by Abbey Dowrick, also from Coastal Titans. With a tally of twenty-six votes, Abbey was well ahead of her chasing opponents, with second place finishing in a three way tie between Mikayla Morrison from East Perth, Nyra Anderson from Swan Districts and South Fremantle’s Shantae Freeman who all finished on fifteen votes.

With 38 goals to her name for the season, the Joanne Huggins Leading Goal Scorer award was won by Peel Thunderbirds Kira Phillips. The Reserves Leading Goal Scorer was awarded to Danielle Fagents from Coastal Titans who kicked an impressive 55 goals, while South Fremantle’s Shakira Pickett took out the title for Rogers Cup with 31 goals to her name.

Also presented on the night were our rookie awards which are awarded to first year players that record the most votes across the year.  The Cath Boyce Rookie of the Year was awarded to Peel Thunderbird’s Sabreena Duffy, Reserves Rising Star award went to Bridget Henderson from Coastal Titans, and Rogers Cup Rising Star was awarded to Nyra Anderson from Swan Districts.

The Lynette Smith Volunteer of the Year award was presented to the very deserving Narelle Scott from East Fremantle. With over ten years dedication to East Fremantle, and female football in Perth, Narelle has proven herself worthy of taking our this prestigious award.

The 2008-2017 Mundella WAWFL Team of the Decade was also announced on the night with Kiara Bowers (Coastal Titans) named as Captain, Kara Donnellan (Swan Districts) and Chelsea Randall (Swan Districts) Co-Vice Captains, and Martine Pearman (Coastal Titans) confirmed as Coach. 

League, Reserves and Rogers Cup Grand Finals take place this weekend at Medibank Stadium, Leederville. 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.

 

Sharks knock Tigers out of finals

Wednesday, August 9, 2017 - 8:22 AM

Written by Sandra Argese, Photos by Thomas Campbell.

East Fremantle 12.8 (80) defeated Claremont 2.2 (14) 

East Fremantle have gone full-throttle and switched up the notch on their form with a stellar 66 point victory over Claremont on Sunday afternoon at East Fremantle Oval. 

From the get go, the Sharks were in complete control. East Fremantle's Latoya Wallace gave Tigers fans something to worry about as she kicked off proceedings with 2 classy goals within the first 5 minutes of play. As Claremont headed into the first break staring directly down the barrel of a 26 point deficit, the comeback they needed to execute never happened.  

The Sharks dominated in the clearances, won plenty of the ball around stoppages and were ruthless up forward and in defence. 
The Tigers were dealt a blow when Emily Johnston was taken from the field just over 8 minutes into the second quarter after suffering a heavy knock, though relief was ensured as she returned to the ground to play out the remainder of the game. 

While the game was done and dusted by the third and final break as the Sharks got themselves a healthy 49 points up, Claremont’s never say die attitude was on song as they continued to contest hard around the ground. Leading the charge, Claremont’s Isabella Zadnick was virtually unstoppable in the ruck and had no problems tapping the ball down the throat of her teammates. 

Caitlyn Edwards was one of East Fremantle’s best, working hard around the ground with clean disposal and kicks to advantage, even managing to switch on the goal scoring goods, finishing with two majors to her name.

A wave of energetic goals and multiple goal scorers heaped the pressure onto Claremont, with Wallace, Edwards, Melissa Caulfield and Cassie Davidson each kicking two goals, while Joanne Beechey, Samara David, Belinda Smith and Gabrielle O’Sullivan didn’t miss out either as each kicked individual goals.   

Whilst not the outcome the Claremont family were chasing, the club is elated to have made League finals in 2017, their first appearance in 14 years.

East Fremantle are still very much alive and will look to take their confidence into the preliminary final, where they will meet Swan Districts on Sunday Afternoon. 

QUARTER BY QUARTER

EAST FREMANTLE: 4.2 (26) 7.2 (44) 9.8 (62) 12.8 (80) 
CLAREMONT TIGERS:
 0.0 (0) 2.1 (13) 2.1 (13) 2.2 (14)

GOALSCORERS 
EAST FREMANTLE: 
Caitlyn Edwards (2), Melissa Caulfield (2), Cassie Davidson (2), Latoya Wallace (2), Joanne Beechey, Samara David, Belinda Smith, Gabrielle O’Sullivan. 
CLAREMONT TIGERS: Matilda Sergeant (2). 

Reserves Semi Finals

Tuesday, August 8, 2017 - 9:41 AM

Written by Sandra Argese, Photos by Thomas Campbell

 

Semi Final 1: Swan Districts 4.6 (30) defeated Coastal Titans 3.0 (18)

 

Heading straight into the grand final, Swan Districts' 12 point victory over the Coastal Titans showcased yet again why they're looming as serious premiership contenders for 2017. 
 

Ruthless in defence and determined up forward, the Swans lead all game and not once did they look back. In fact, their quality defensive pressure was so good that it left their opponents still scoreless at half time.  Danielle Fagents, Jay Hockley and Milly Burns each kicked single goals for the Titans, while Kathleen Prosser, Tayah Reed, Shannan Rene and Sarah Fragomeni shared the glory in front of goal for the Swans.
 

The Titans have another chance to make amends and slot themselves into a grand final should they overcome East Fremantle this coming Sunday

 

Semi Final 2: East Fremantle 2.6 (18) defeated South Fremantle 2.4 (16)

 

Leading from the front, 2 goals from East Fremantle’s Emily Wise gifted the Sharks a golden ticket right into a preliminary final showdown against the Coastal Titans. 

Trailing behind South Fremantle all day, the Sharks clawed their way back to the lead to steal a close victory by 2 points.Heidi Schlesniak and Casey Byrne each kicked a goal for the Bulldogs, but it just wasn’t enough at the final hurdle.

Rogers Cup Semi Finals

Tuesday, August 8, 2017 - 9:34 AM

Written by Sandra Argese, photos by Thomas Campbell

Semi Final 1: Swan Districts 4.0 (24) defeated South Fremantle 3.5 (23)

The old saying ‘clenching victory from the skin of their teeth’ rang true on Sunday morning at Claremont Oval, as Swan Districts clenched a tight victory by the slimmest of all margins in a one point thriller over South Fremantle. 

Intent high from both sides, the Swans grit their teeth and held on to secure the win 4.0 (24) to the Bulldogs’ 3.5 (23).  Tara Stribley wore the goal kicking boots for the Swans and booted two strait majors, while Nyra Anderson and Mikayla Hyde joined in on the party with one goal a-piece. Isabella Mary Stevens loomed as a dangerous option up forward for the Bulldogs and finished with two goals of her own, while teammate Ella Smith stood up to add another goal to the tally. 

Following the narrow loss, South Fremantle now enter a sudden death preliminary final against the Peel Thunderbirds, who head into the game fresh off a thrilling 3 point victory over Claremont.

Semi Final 2: Peel Thunderbirds 5.0 (30) defeated Claremont Tigers 4.3 (27)

The Peel Thunderbirds were all class as they held off a defiant Claremont to secure themselves a healthy spot in this year’s preliminary final. 

While the games’ leading goal kicker Hope Ugle stood up for Claremont and kicked three of the Tigers’ four match day goals and was assisted by Sara Riou’s nifty goal, it just wast enough as they fell short by a slim 3 point margin.

The Thunderbirds' decorated spread of individual goal kickers (Ava Muir, Sarah Verrier, Teah Taylor, Shauna Hart, and Sierra Smith) were on song and kicked accurately to help the team into a preliminary final showdown against South Fremantle, who will be looking to redeem themselves following a one point loss to Swan Districts.

 

Nifty 38 point win ticks the boxes

Tuesday, July 25, 2017 - 10:18 AM

By Sandra Argese

If one thing’s for certain following the Coastal Titans’ nifty 38 point win over the Thunderbirds on Sunday afternoon, it’s that there’s a serious air of confidence at the club as the race to the impending finals series patiently looms right around the corner.   

Heading into Round 15 almost undefeated (a narrow 3 point loss to the Swans back in Round 8 their only defeat of 2017) and sitting comfortably a-top the ladder, the Titans hit the repeat button on the hot form they’ve carried into every game this season and re-affirmed themselves as firm premiership contenders with the gritty win.

But it wasn’t all smooth sailing for the eventual winners.

Taking the field at Grenville Oval, Peel burst out of the starting gates firing and immediately challenged the Titans early on in the piece with persistent entries inside 50 that culminated in a 5 point lead at quarter time.

Following the first break, the Titans eventually gained momentum and control of the game – and not once did they look back. In fact, not even the wintry conditions could deter them from banging on 8 of the games next 9 goals.

Ashlea Renshaw proved a crucial target up forward for the Titans, kicking truly to guide a healthy three goals through the big sticks.
Jacqueline Toth continued her strong form for 2017 and finished with a goal of her own, while teammate Sara Lewis added another element to the Titans’ dangerous forward setup by finishing with two majors. With goals raining from a healthy 7 individual scorers, the Titans’ depth and versatility as a side was on song.

But while the Thunderbirds, who currently sit just outside the top four, would eventually lose by 38 points, they did anything but back away from the contest and competed hard all day.

QUARTER BY QUARTER
COASTAL TITANS: 2.4 (16) 5.5 (35) 8.8 (56) 10.8 (68)
PEEL THUNDERBIRDS: 3.3 (21) 3.5 (23) 3.6 (24) 4.6 (30)

GOAL KICKERS
COASTAL TITANS: Ashlea Renshaw (3), Sara Lewis (2), Mckenzie Dowrick, Hayley Miller, Courtney Stubbs, Jacqueline Toth, Dianna Evans.
PEEL THUNDERBIRDS: Kate Bartlett, Kira Phillips, Courtney Hodder, Demi Okely.

Bulldogs fetch gritty win at home

Tuesday, July 4, 2017 - 11:47 AM

Written by Sandra Argese

Though challenged early on in the picture, South Fremantle grit their teeth and weathered an initial Angel storm to fetch a comfortable 49 point victory at Fremantle Community Bank Oval on Sunday afternoon.

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Celebrating 30 proud years

Tuesday, June 20, 2017 - 8:47 AM

Celebrating 30 proud years by Sandra Argese

Footy clubs can achieve a lot in 30 years. Of course, East Fremantle Women’s Football Club certainly no exception.

Formed in 1988 as the Melville Women’s Football Club, it founded its rich reputation with back-to-back WAWFL premierships in 1990 and 1991, adding another two to the tally in 2002 and 2007.  Transitioning 20 years later into the East Fremantle Sharks in 2008, the club added two more premiership trophies to the cabinet in 2009 and 2011.

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