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.

Celebrating a rich history decorated with a diverse pool of playing talent, coaching staff and club personnel, the club added the perfect dose of nostalgia to its Sunday afternoon schedule.

The curtain raiser to the league match saw the Sharks ‘Oldies’ take on the ‘Masters WA’ side in a friendly ‘Old Girls’ reunion game consisting of two quarters (one per half).

From the very first bounce, WA were in control by taking the lead early on. Julie Nichols was having none of it towards the end of the first half, winding back the clock to wheel around multiple players and score her first major to even up proceedings at 2 goals apiece at the main break.

The second half saw WA dominate the inside 50 count, but the Sharks’ defence was ruthless and let barely anything past them. Eventually paying off, East Fremantle slotted the final two majors of the game to run away 21 point winners.

Celebrating the victory by singing the team song loud and proud, the win was the perfect nod to the decorated football club’s esteemed history.

PLAYERS
EAST FREMANTLE:
Lynette Smith, Wendy Booth, Jacqui Edwards, Julie Nichols, Belinda Bentley, Lyn Kay, Tracey Anderson, Ange Williamson, Tammy Licence, Kareen Blachford, Melissa Cook, Shelley Matcham, Laef Howell, Tamika Hansen, Nikki Harwood.
WA MASTERS:
Chelsea Stevenson, Kristen Teale, Desiree Giles, Christine Green, Linlee Taylor, Ali Lockley, Vanessa Chrisp, Pauline Gibbs, Laura Osmetti, Suzi Croker, Zoey Narrier, Sharon Duncan, Louise Knitter, Toni Darmms, Tess Burton.

FINAL SCORES
EAST FREMANTLE: 5.3 (33)
WA MASTERS: 2.0 (12)

LEAGUE: 78 points does the trick

Thursday, June 15, 2017 - 3:37 PM

78 points does the trick by Sandra Argese

A reinvented Tigers outfit have bounced back following a disappointing 48 point loss to East Fremantle in Round 8 with a convincing 78 point victory over West Perth on Sunday afternoon.

From the very first center bounce, Claremont were in complete control.

Immediately winning the opening clearance, they wasted no time kicking off proceedings. Chloe Colegate showcased her diversity as a quick midfielder with an ability to play forward by slotting the first major of the game with a classy snap around the body. Within a matter of mere minutes, team-mate Angel Hayward slotted the next two goals of the match and debutant Mary Smith-Bin Omar even managed to sneak one through just seconds before the quarter-time siren.

Following yet another quick goal from Hayward to open the second term, West Perth were goalless and looked like they didn’t have a response to the dominant tigers. The Falcons were quick to respond, finding an avenue courtesy of a goal from Chloe Metcalf. 

While the Falcons amassed several entries inside fifty, they failed to apply the same scoreboard pressure in line with their opponents as Claremont’s defence worked hard to let little past them.

Finding themselves with a difficult 47 point deficit to rectify, the home side went into half time scratching their heads. Any hope of a comeback was further quashed by arguable dual best on ground performances by Omar and Hayward. Amassing an incredible 11 goal haul between them, the two key forwards looked incredibly dangerous every time the Tigers went inside 50, with both racking up plenty of contested ball, forcing turnovers and providing prominent marking options for team-mates.

Though the game was clearly done and dusted by three quarter time, Claremont continued to show real intent after the final break by finishing the fourth term with 5 unanswered goals. 

Head Coach Pat Litherland praised the team’s collaborative performance on the day and said it was a great result, given the disappointment of the sides’ previous loss.

“Bella Zadnik was outstanding in the ruck alongside midfielders Chloe Colgate, Tildi Sergeant and Lindsey Kenyon,” Mr Litherland said.

“Kate Cowen had her best game of the season and another first gamer Amber Ugle-Hayward lead the way with her determination to win the football.

“Amber Goodwin-Wissink also made a welcome return from injury with a strong game in defence.”

QUARTER BY QUARTER

WEST PERTH: 0.3 (3) 1.3 (9) 3.3 (21) 3.3 (21)
CLAREMONT: 4.5 (29) 7.7 (49) 10.8 (68) 15.9 (99)

GOALS

WEST PERTH: Chloe Metcalf, Laura Pugh, Ellie Hansen.
CLAREMONT: Mary Smith-Bin Omar (6), Angel Hayward (5), Kate Shallard (2), Philippa Harrison, Chloe Colegate.

NEXT WEEK

Claremont will play their first match for 2017 at the redeveloped Claremont Oval. They enter the game as favourites to win in a vital clash against the Thunderbirds this Sunday afternoon. Down at Steel Blue Oval, the Falcons will head into Round 10 as the underdogs looking to cause an upset in the fight for a top four birth.

RESERVES: Titans Tumble Swans

Thursday, June 1, 2017 - 3:13 PM

Titans Tumble Swans - written by Sandra Argese

Holding their opponents scoreless for an entire second half, the Coastal Titans have walked away from Sunday nights arm-wrestle with Swan Districts 21 point winners.  

Heading into round eight sitting in second and third position and both at five wins and two losses a piece, the two top four favourites clashed heads at Grenville oval on Sunday afternoon.

A game bursting with defensive pressure from both ends kept the scores down, but maintained a high intensity that ran hot for four gritty quarters of footy.

Renee Holwill opened the contest with a Swans goal, but the show was immediately stolen by Titan Danielle Fagents who took control of the first quarter. Her textbook snap around the body for her first major was one for the highlights reel. She then followed up the superb effort by nailing a set shot for her second to put the Titans 9 points up at the first break.

In a heavily contested ‘hot potato’ like term, countless stoppages wretched open the game. Kathleen Prosser nailed the Swans’ only major for the second term. Though notching up a higher amount of entries inside 50, the Titans couldn’t apply scoreboard pressure and gave the Swans a sniff at half time as both teams went into the main change at 16 points a piece.

Staying true to the classic style of the third ‘premiership quarter,’ Titan Jacqueline Toth put in her bid for 'best on ground' with a complete domination of the term that inevitably won the game for her side. She was the player behind the Titans’ first major since the opening term, even then proceeding to bang on two more goals  in style – one from a neat set shot and the other a contested soccer goal that sailed straight through the middle of goal.

Down the other end, the Swans score remained unchanged.

With the coaches’ message at three quarter time to “not give the Swans a sniff,” the Titans held their opponents scoreless in the final term to run out 21 point winners. Match play was suspended minutes before the final siren after a huge 'flying over the pack' marking contest ended badly for one player that ultimately saw the game called off. 

Despite the Titans’ domination on the inside 50 count, the Swans’ left the game with encouraging signs of quality defensive pressure and a high tackle count to their name.


QUARTER BY QUARTER

Coastal Titans: 2.3 (15) 2.4 (16) 5.5 (35) 5.7 (37)
Swan Districts: 1.0 (6) 2.4 (16) 2.4 (16) 2.4 (16)

GOAL KICKERS:

Coastal Titans: Jacqueline Toth (3), Danielle Fagents (2)
Swan Districts: Kathleen Prosser, Renee Holwill.

NEXT WEEK

The Titans will be looking to help themselves to top spot on the ladder should they upset South Fremantle at Grenville Oval on Sunday, while Swan Districts will go in favourites against East Fremantle. 

Claremont WFC to pink up for breast cancer

Friday, May 26, 2017 - 3:40 PM

Claremont Women’s Football Club is preparing to pink up for Breast Cancer Network Australia (BCNA)’s annual Pink Sports Day on the 28th of May 2017.

Last year more than 800 clubs across Australia took part to show their support for Australians affected by breast cancer. This year Claremont Women’s Football Club will join sporting groups nationwide as they rally together in a bid to raise $550,000 for Australians affected by breast cancer.

Funds raised from Pink Sports Day will go directly to BCNA to support its work in ensuring Australians diagnosed with breast cancer receive the very best support, information, treatment and care appropriate to their individual needs.

BCNA CEO, Christine Nolan, said Pink Sports Day is an opportunity for all sporting communities to raise awareness and support local women, men and families affected by breast cancer.

“Nearly 17,586 Australian women and 144 men are expected to be diagnosed with breast cancer this year. These women – mothers, wives, daughters, sisters and friends – need to know that they are supported and not alone,” Christine said.

“Pink Sports Day is a wonderful event that inspires great community participation and spirit, while raising awareness and vital funds for BCNA, and we are very grateful for your support,” she said.

Amanda Robertson, President from Claremont Women’s Football Club is urging the local community to get behind the Tigers “Pink Sports Day is a great opportunity for the whole community to head down to our Cruickshank reserve, Nedlands and support not only the teams competing on the day, but also those in the local community who have been affected by breast cancer,” Amanda Robertson said.

“We hope that everyone will come together, pink up and get behind the teams as they play, as women it is important for us to stand in solidarity for women’s health and to contribute to this cause in any way that we can” said Amanda Robertson.

Pink up for Breast Cancer
Date: 28th of May
Time: 12pm Reserves game, 2pm League Game
Location: Cruickshank Reserve, Nedlands
Entry cost: Gold coin donation

Off the leash: Bulldogs go back to back

Tuesday, May 16, 2017 - 12:21 PM

Off the leash: Bulldogs go back to back by Sandra Argese

There’s a fresh blend of confidence brewing down at the South Fremantle camp – one that we weren’t sure existed for the first four rounds of season 2017.

But if last week’s 185 point domination of East Perth wasn’t enough to silence the critics, the Bulldogs’ gritty 19 point win on Sunday afternoon at Fremantle Community Bank Oval over a spirited West Perth sure did the trick.

Fetching themselves a second win for 2017 in consecutive weeks, the home side remained composed and though tested at times, never looked in serious danger of losing.

From the get go it was Bulldog Chae-Lee Salbie that provided the ultimate curtain raiser – nailing a superb set shot just over two minutes into the game. Teammate Jessie Mcdonald followed up the effort by running into an open goal to put through the sides second. West Perth’s Laura Pugh interrupted the trend, kicking truly to put through the Falcons’ first and only major for the opening term.

Larissa Bennell stayed true to career best form, swinging forward to open the second term with a handy goal. But it was Falcon Kristen Jayasuria that won the quarter highlight with a quick and classy snap that sealed her sides only major for the quarter.

A marking contest collision virtually centimetres from West Perth’s goalline between Bulldog Casey Byrne and Ellie Hansen saw the later come off second best and carried from the ground.

While majors from Tess Moynihan and Chloe Metcalf won the third term for the Falcons, the Bulldogs fired up and took control of the final quarter, kicking two goals to one.

Salbie proved a prolific ball user and saw out the game with a slew of goal assists and effective disposals to her name, while West Perth’s Brooke Hongell left nothing in the tank, creating opportunities around the ground and setting the benchmark high with her quality pace, consistent pressure and productive tackling. Bulldog Lucy Vandermeer proved productive in each ruck contest, dominating the hitouts and feeding the ball down the throats of her teammates at every turn.

Bulldog Beatrice Devlyn finished the game with a mound of possessions to her name – even slotting the final goal of the match to diminish any possible opportunity for a Falcon fightback.

But the entire show was stolen by Mcdonald, who rose to each challenge and put in her claim for a best on ground performance to finish with four of South’s seven match goals to her name.

Her slice of third quarter magic was one for the highlights reel, as she slammed ball on boot through traffic on the impossible angle to seal what many could argue is the best goal of 2017 so far.  

NEXT WEEK
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South Fremantle will be looking to take their confidence into Round 8 with an upset against reigning premiers Swan Districts at Steel Blue Oval, whilst West Perth’s loss shouldn’t poison their claim as favourites as they take on the winless Royals at Altone Park.

QUARTER BY QUARTER

SOUTH FREMANTLE: 2.2 (14) 4.4 (28) 5.7 (37) 7.10 (52)
WEST PERTH: 1.1 (7) 2.2 (14) 4.3 (27) 5.3 (33)

GOAL SCORERS
SOUTH FREMANTLE:
Jessie Mcdonald (4), Beatrice Devlyn, Larissa Bennell, Chae-Lee Salbie.
WEST PERTH: Chloe Metcalf (2), Tess Moynihan, Kristen Jayasuria, Laura Pugh.

 

WAWFL Clubs recognise volunteers

Thursday, May 11, 2017 - 10:05 AM

Across Round 6, the Mundella WAWFL will highlight the contribution of our invaluable volunteers as Australia celebrates ‘National Volunteer Week’ across May 8-14. The week is an annual celebration to acknowledge the generous contribution of volunteers.

Volunteers help govern, run, operate and maintain every aspect of our League. It is because of our volunteers that our League can host over 400 games every season.

To celebrate the contribution of volunteers to our game, the WAWFL offered each club the opportunity to nominate a volunteer whose contribution the club has gone above and beyond.

In 2017, the following people were nominated, and have received a $50 Pegy voucher.

Congratulations to the following volunteers:
Coastal Titans – Ashlea Renshaw
Claremont – Brigitte Shenton
East Fremantle  – Wendy Booth
East Perth – Nuria Ushoroff
Perth – Kristy Geuer
Peel – Jenni Cocking
South Fremantle – Sue Harker
Swan Districts – Julie Harrison
West Perth – Kellie-Anne McGhie
WAWFL Board – Sophie James

LEAGUE: Angels spread their wings

Tuesday, May 2, 2017 - 1:42 PM

Angels spread their wings by Sandra Argese

There’s no doubt that the Perth Angels turned up the heat for their first home match of 2017, handing East Perth a 108 point reality check at Carlisle Park on Sunday afternoon.

While there was nothing quite royal about East Perth’s performance across the four terms, this Angel resurgence no doubt declared and confirmed their growing presence in the league.

While a four goal third term and five goal fourth term were impressive for the Angels, it was their stellar second quarter domination that set the foundations for a win that’ll be talked about for years to come, with seven unanswered majors. Heading into the main break up 53 points and without even conceding a single point, not once did they look threatened or in danger of losing.

A dangerous ball magnet for each of the four terms, Tamika Watterston was unstoppable up forward and exuded class all round, finishing with six superb majors and collection of contested marks to her name. Aleisha Duncan followed suit, banging on five show-stopping majors as a goal kicking machine for the home side. Hayley Thompson got in on the excitement with two to her name, whilst Carolyn Ruoss and Rachel Ashley contributed one goal each.

For a team starring down a goalless barrel by half time, the Royals momentarily redeemed themselves with an earned first, and eventual only, major for the game courtesy of a set shot from Katrina Jetta early in the third term.

But in a case of raining goals, Perth could do no wrong – the damage had already been done at this point.

Throughout the day, Perth’s defence was superb – nothing was let past them. Not a single behind was even rushed through; the Royals finished with just the one goal to their name.

Amy Chinnery dominated the hitouts for Perth – as such, her teammates had no problems swallowing the ball from her effective ruck work, whilst Lea Caccamo powered through the game as a surging ball carrier; efficient in disposal and impressive around the ground.

Above all, the Royals simply had no answers for the dominant angels, who flexed their muscles with smart ball movement, effective goal assists, accurate disposal and confidence surging inside forward 50.

QUARTER BY QUARTER
Perth Angels: 1.3 (9) 8.5 (53) 12.7 (79) 17.12 (114)
East Perth: 1.0 (6) 1.0 (6)

GOALKICKERS
PERTH ANGELS: TAMIKA WATTERSTON (6), ALEISHA DUNCAN (5), HAYLEY THOMPSON (2), HEIDI THOMPSON (2), CAROLYN RUOSS, RACHEL ASHLEY.
EAST PERTH: KATRINA JETTA

NEXT WEEK
Heading into round 5 without a win in season 2017, the Royals will look to change that stat as they line up against South Fremantle, who’ll also be on the hunt for their first 2017 win. The Bulldogs are coming off a 67 point disappointing round 4 loss to the Coastal Titans, so both teams will look to redeem themselves. Meanwhile, Perth enjoy a bye week off.

Tigers claw past defiant Sharks

Wednesday, April 19, 2017 - 11:45 AM

Tigers claw past defiant Sharks by Sandra Argese

It might have only been round two, but there’s plenty to like about the Tigers and Sharks in 2017.

Confidence surging and a team in form coming off their 69 point demolishing of the Angels, Claremont backed up their stellar round one performance with a thrilling six point win over the Sharks at East Fremantle Oval on Sunday afternoon after the first Grace Corner Memorial Match.

Despite the loss, it was actually the Sharks that held the lead for the majority of the heavily contested four quarters, testing Claremont at every turn.
Whilst only 7 goals were scored between both sides, the match intensity was always running hot.

The Sharks looked set in stone to take out a convincing win late in the second term by banging on two majors in the space of mere minutes – goals courtesy of Stephanie Sparke, Philipa Seth and Kirsty Soley did the trick overall, but the clubs 7 behinds left their opponents with a sniff.

Shark Kirsty Soley’s major arrived as she manoeuvred around several players to kick truly and send the crowd erupting at East Fremantle oval with a classy major inside 50, whilst Samara David also provided a real moment for the Sharks’ highlight reel with a first grade tackle that awarded her a free kick from a holding the ball decision.

Amongst the match highlights, a quick third quarter goal from Tiger Chloe Colgate amongst busy traffic made for a real game changing moment as the Tigers propelled to steal away the lead.

Allana Dickie was impressive down back for the Tigers, whilst Tess Maisey did the side plenty of favours with effective ball carry and use. Bursting open the game and surging, the Tigers rubbed salt into the wound of a defiant East Fremantle with the match sealer in the final quarter as they managed to secure the lead and win.

The final result saw the away side run away six point winners and undefeated in 2017. Claremont President Amanda Robertson said that it was an extremely well fought out match between both sides.

“Whenever Claremont and East Fremantle play there is always a sense of respect for each other and this game was no exception,” she said.

“Claremont have a few young/new players and didn't really know what to expect in terms of their ability to stand up and take on the grand finalists from last year.

“Each quarter was played with intent to win the ball and make the most of opportunities presented may that be to kick a goal, make a tackle or make an effective disposal. As a coaching group we could not have asked more from the players and they came away with a win which was a display of excellent team work”.

FINAL SCORE
Claremont 4.7 (31) defeated East Fremantle 3.7 (25)

GOALKICKERS
Claremont: Kim Powell, Matilda Sergeant, Holly Harrison, Chloe Colgate.
East Fremantle: Stephanie Sparke, Philipa Seth, Kirsty Soley.

ROUND 3
East Fremantle will be looking for their first win of the season as they face cross town rivals South Fremantle, whilst Claremont will go into the bye undefeated.

Malaga Print and Copy back on board

Monday, April 3, 2017 - 1:38 PM

The WA Women's Football League officially welcomes Malaga Print and Copy back on board in a two year sponsorship deal.

In their fifth year of sponsorship with the WAWFL, we are very proud to partner with a printing service that offers "over 90 years of combined experience".

Felicity and her team based in Malaga, again join the WAWFL to help develop female football in providing printed promotional and operational material for female football clubs throughout Perth.

All WAWFL Clubs and their extended female football networks are encouraged to use Malaga Print and Copy for any printing needs they may require.

This state of the art printing company offers an environmentally friendly service for the benefit of all customers, the future and their immediate environment.

As we celebrate our 30th year, we look forward to a partnership that has helped the WAWFL for many years.

To make contact with the organisation visit the Malaga Print and Copy Facebook page or telephone 9248 8500.

Swans sneak home in a seesaw affair

Monday, April 3, 2017 - 8:16 AM

Footy fans can’t deny that extra buzz of anticipation that arrives with a grand final rematch, writes Sandra Argese.

Add the prospect of the classic Sunday afternoon timeslot in near perfect conditions at Steel Blue Oval in Bassendean, and it’s the ultimate recipe for a real blockbuster. The Swans v Sharks season opener was certainly no exception, in a match defined by the timeless of art of the comeback – courtesy of Swan Districts.

A defiant East Fremantle were the dominant side for the majority of three quarters, taking confident leads into the breaks of the first three quarters, only to fall short at the final hurdle courtesy of the reigning premiers’ unstoppable final quarter surge as the scores settled at 8.5 (53) to 6.6 (42). But the round one Mundella WAWFL match was certainly no high scoring affair to start off with. 

An entire seven and a half minutes into the first quarter was the time it took before the Swans finally broke the goal scoring drought with a cleverly orchestrated major courtesy of Emily Mcguire.

A Sarah Townsend goal put the Sharks on the board to give them a two point advantage at the first change.

Mcguire’s second major opened the second term, but her team didn’t continue the trend. Much of the second term became a one sided Shark affair, as they would bang through the next three goals of the game.

The first of three arrived with Joanne Beechey’s quick thinking overhead goal. Arguably the goal of the round, this was followed by Jade de Melo’s major which extended their lead to seven points. Winning a free from a holding the ball decision in front of goal, Shawnee Turner’s major only increased that number and handed the Sharks a healthy 13 point lead at the main change.

The Swans had no answers for the Sharks leading up to half time and the game looked well and truly in the hands of the away side. 

Shark Kimberley Bowey proved a strong hitout winner in the ruck, whilst Sharon Wong could do no wrong in the midfield providing plenty of ball carry throughout each of the four quarters.

Following the main break, East Fremantle’s lead blew out to 22 points at one point. The game looked well and truly over.

But in true grand final intensity, it completely turned as the classy Swans showed why they are the reigning premiers by storming home by kicking six goals after half time to East Fremantle’s two. 

The news didn’t get any better for the Sharks midway through final term as Tara Avery was helped off the field following a rough tackle.

Mcguire had the goal kicking boots on, pushing hard up forward to finish the match with the highest individual score of three majors to her name.
Consecutive goals, speedy ball carry and a strong defensive unit amongst several entries inside defensive 50 saw the home side deservedly come home with the four points.

Swan Districts will go in favourites against South Fremantle, who will be looking to redeem themselves following a 55 point battering at the hands of the Peel Thunderbirds. Meanwhile, East Fremantle will be looking to secure their first win of the season when they take on the Claremont Tigers.

QUARTER BY QUARTER:
SWAN DISTRICTS: 1.1 (7), 2.3 (15), 5.4 (34), 8.5 (53)
EAST FREMANTLE: 1.3 (9), 4.4 (28), 6.5 (41), 6.6 (42)

GOALKICKERS
SWAN DISTRICTS:
Emily McGuire (3), Gemma Houghton (2), Jenna Basse, Sharni-Leigh Kittow, Tayla Mcauliffe.
EAST FREMANTLE:
Jade de Melo (2), Shawnee Turner, Sarah Townsend, Joanne Beechey, Ashlee Atkins.

Pegy joins in perfect fit

Wednesday, March 22, 2017 - 12:51 PM

As Round 1 of the 2017 season draws ever closer, the Mundella WA Women’s Football League is pleased to welcome Pegy as a sponsor for the next three years.

Pegy, who specialise in high support, high quality sports bras, compression wear and sporting apparel, will join the WAWFL as the major sponsor of the match-day app from 2017 – 2019.

Mundella WAWFL President Carolyn Hills welcomed Pegy to the WAWFL community, and described the partnership as a fantastic step forward for female footballers.

“Having an apparel partner like Pegy on board is an exciting move for the League, and we are happy to endorse a product that all players can actively use”.

“Our players are constantly striving to improve their game performance, and to have access to professionally fitted sports bras is a simple way the players can increase their on-field capabilities” Carolyn said.

Pegy Owner Kim Havas said that Pegy products align perfectly with the speed, skill and determination of WAWFL players and that the partnership felt like a perfect match.

“We are excited to be a part of this passionate sport, watch it grow, support the women, become a part of WAWFL history” Kim said.

“Our unique service, coupled with our educational briefs on breast awareness and injury prevention provides valuable information for all players. This will in turn enables the players to choose the best supporting apparel to provide them best fit and support to prevent injuries and perform better.”

“Fit, healthy, strong women are powerful role models for our community and it is wonderful to be part of this exciting movement.”  

Pegy’s mobile fitting facility will allow Pegy to visit clubs and WAWFL events and provide all players and the WAWFL community quick and easy access to a range of Pegy garments.

For more information or to see Pegy’s apparel range, please visit http://www.pegy.com.au, or follow them on Facebook and Twitter.

The WAWFL app can be downloaded from the Apple App Store or Google Play.

WAWFL clubs seek Head Trainers

Monday, March 13, 2017 - 10:07 AM

The Mundella WA Women’s Football League (WAWFL) is the State League Women’s League Competition in Western Australia.

With the AFL launching the inaugural National Women’s Competition, additional resourcing is required to support and maintain a high standard of service and bridge the gap within the WA Women’s League (WAWFL) Competition and the AFL Women’s Competition (AFLW)

In 2016 Female Football in WA had a total of 70,065 participants (Auskick, Club, School and AFL 9’s) making up 24% of total participation for WA. With 84 new Female Club teams last year, the WAFC expects this to continue to grow in 2017.

The WAWFL clubs are seeking Head Trainers to oversee the player welfare, injury prevention, strength and conditioning protocols throughout the 2017 season.

The Head Trainer would be required to;

  1. Adhere to Code of Conduct and Polices in place by the WAWFL & WA Football Commission
  2. Communicate regularly with their respective club
  3. Be guided by Female Football Coordinator as to tasks and requirements from a State Body Level

Key Roles and Responsibilities include:

  • 2x training session a week
  • Sundays during game times (10:30, 12:00, 2:00)
  • Injury prevention and management and reporting
  • Warmup and cooldown protocol
    • Footy 1st Warm up at Games (pre-game and half time) if S&C coach absent
    • Footy 1st Warm up and exercises at both training sessions if S&C coach absent
    • Cool down and stretches post training and games if S&C coach absent
  • To attend 3x meetings held by the WAFC for PD & Education to ensure the WAWFL is leading the way with player welfare and our clubs are receiving the best possible support.
  • Refer injuries to Health Professional for clearance before return to play
  • Oversee volunteer students as Sports Trainers and Strength and Conditioning coaches
  • Strong communication with Club Coach, S&C coach and other Sports trainers on player injuries

Essential Qualifications

  • Level 2 Sports Trainer through Sports Medicine Australia

Essential experience:

  • Proven experience as a Sports Trainer for a minimum of 3 years

If you are interested in applying for this exciting position, please submit your expression of interest with a covering letter (maximum one page) addressing your ability to address the selection criteria above, along with your resume (maximum two pages) to the following club contacts looking for a Head Trainer:

CLUB                                             CONTACT                    EMAIL

East Perth WFC                        Donna Nowotny               secretary@eastperthwfc.com.au

Claremont WFC                        Amanda Robertson         claremontwfc@gmail.com

South Fremantle WFC              Kym Hart                       sfwfcpresident@gmail.com

      Perth Angels WFC                   Sam Ballantyne              sballantyne82@gmail.com

West Perth                               Ward Harris                    ward@falconsfc.com.au 
                                                Heather Johnson             heather@falconsfc.com.au

For further information for each club please visit http://www.wawfl.com.au/clubs/wawfl-clubs

The successful volunteer will receive:

  • A reference from the WAWFL Club
  • An honorarium payment at the end of the season
  • Education and Personal Development opportunities through the WAFC & WAFTA partnerships
  • Future opportunities within WAWFL and Female Football pathways

For more information about this opportunity and what the role entails, please contact Allana Dickie (WAFC Female Football Coordinator on adickie@wafc.com.au or 0439971010

2017 set to be highlight season

Wednesday, March 8, 2017 - 1:45 PM

A new-look Mundella WA Women’s Football League season is set to kick off a huge 30th year in 2017 with nine clubs represented for the first time at League level and more attention than ever on the competition that produced 36 players for the inaugural AFL Women’s season.

For the first time, Perth Angels, East Perth and last year’s Reserves premiers West Perth, will field League teams, seeing a WAWFL League side now aligned to every WAFL men’s team.

For West Perth, this includes the complete integration of the Joondalup Women’s Football Club with West Perth Football Club.

Joondalup Women’s Football Club President Dave Burton said the club had enjoyed a strong relationship with West Perth Football Club for many years.

"It’s great to see it progress to this point and provide an invaluable opportunity for all females within our District and give them a clear pathway through to the AFL if that’s where they dream to go," Burton said.

Claremont, formerly known as the Piranhas, will be replacing their much-loved piranha logo and adopting the emblem of the tiger and the same jumper design as Claremont Football Club.

With Swan Districts having over 10 years of alignment with their WAFL Club, East Fremantle, East Perth, Peel Thunderbirds, Perth Angels, and South Fremantle will continue to build and strengthen their relationships with WAFL clubs, while Coastal Titans are also strengthening their ties to Subiaco. 

In another first for the WAWFL competition, West Australian dairy producer Mundella Foods was recently announced as the new major partner of female football in Western Australia.

The partnership includes naming rights to the Mundella WA Women’s Football League and a range of initiatives linked to the West Australian Football Commission’s (WAFC) Female Talent Pathway, Female Ambassador Program, WA Women’s Round and female participation programs.

Last year, there was a 61.3% increase in the number of females playing club football in WA and the total number of club-based teams almost doubled from 84 to 157.

WAWFL President Carolyn Hills said it was certainly shaping up to be a huge year for the WAWFL when games get under way on April 2.

“We launch our 2017 season off the back of the AFL Women’s competition inaugural season, and with a new naming rights major sponsor, Mundella Foods, who will help us continue to grow and develop the league," she said.

“The excitement around the AFL Women’s competition is evidenced by the significant numbers of girls turning up at Club training sessions, and confirmed as three clubs take a momentous step forward entering League teams into the competition.

“We are really looking forward to the start of what promises to be a thrilling and celebratory 30th year of women’s football in WA."

To ensure an even and competitive season for all nine teams fixtures have been formulated with teams grouped into a top, middle and bottom three. Teams will play more games against those in the same group than teams in the other groupings.

This will inlcude the three teams that are new to the League division only playing a top team once each throughout the season.

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2017 WAWFL Clubs

Claremont Women’s Football Club

COACH: Patrick Litherland

2016 FINISHED: 6th

PREMIERSHIPS: 5 (1995, 1996, 1999, 2000, 2001)

HOME GROUND: Claremont Oval

The club, previously known as the Innaloo Piranhas, was one of four original teams to form part of the WA Women’s Football League in 1987.

The Piranhas aligned with Claremont Football Club in 2006, and have adopted the emblem of the tiger and the same jumper design as the men for season 2017.

This will see the Claremont Women’s Football Club transform from a community club to a professionally run and managed body. The Youth Girls team relished the opportunity to play finals in 2016 and the club is looking forward to seeing this talent progress to the seniors for 2017, when the club will celebrate its 30th year in 2017.

Coastal Titans Women’s Football Club

COACH: Andrew Di Loreto

2016 FINISHED: 1st

PREMIERSHIPS: 7 (2004, 2005, 2006, 2008, 2010, 2012, 2015)

HOME GROUND: Grenville Reserve, Tuart Hill

AFLW PLAYERS: Fremantle: Kiara Bowers, Hayley Miller, Lara Filocamo, Tiah Haynes, Amy Lavell, Kelly Clinch, Dana Hooker, Tarnica Golisano, Brooke Whyte. Collingwood: Emma King. GWS: Renee Forth, Aimee Schmidt.

With an influx of new players and the transition of a number of youth girls into senior women’s football, the Coastal Titans pre-season focus has been development and conditioning. With the departure of 2016 League Coach Martine Pearman to the Subiaco WAFL Reserves side, the club appointed Andrew Di Loreto to take over the helm and David Trainer with the Reserves side.

The Titans squad has been working hard on the training track since December under the watchful eye of Fremantle Dockers Strength and Conditioning coach Tamara Jacobson.

The Coastal Titans had 12 players drafted into the AFLW competition and will look for their experience when the WAWFL commences. With a blend of AFL talent and new players, the Coastal Titans are determined to emulate the 2016 regular season where they finished top of the ladder and will compete strongly again for 2017 premiership glory.

East Fremantle Women’s Football Club

COACH: Steph Walding

2016 FINISHED: 3rd (Grand Finalists)

PREMIERSHIPS: 6 (4 as Melville Sharks, 2 as East Fremantle)

HOME GROUND: East Fremantle Oval

AFLW PLAYERS: Fremantle: Brianna Green, Melissa Caulfield, Cassie Davidson, Belinda Smith, Gabby O’Sullivan. Brisbane: Jessica Wuetschner, Collingwood: Caitlyn Edwards, Ruby Schleicher. GWS: Emma Swanson, Alex Williams

The Sharks are looking to go one better in 2017 after making it to the WAWFL Grand Final in 2016.

Steph Walding will continue as Head Coach in 2017, with Reserves Coach Wendy Booth and Youth Girls Coach Chris Boulay also continuing in their roles.

10 Sharks were drafted to the AFLW in 2016 to four different Clubs around the country, and up to eight of these will return to the Sharks for the WAWFL Season. Outside the AFLW, the Sharks have also had a strong off season, with the core group of players returning and a host of new faces at the Club in 2017.

Along with the WAWFL, the Sharks are celebrating their 30-year anniversary, having been a foundation club for the WAWFL as Melville Rams.  They will hold a celebration and reunion during the season.

 East Perth Women’s Football Club

 COACH: Justin Hocking

 2016 FINISHED: 7th (Reserves)

 PREMIERSHIPS: None

 HOME GROUND: Altone Park, Beechboro

 AFLW PLAYERS: None

Following on from an inaugural season of firsts, the Royals Women take another leap forward in 2017 with their nomination to the League competition.

The move comes as the club continues to welcome new and exciting players from a range of sports eager to put their sporting talent and athleticism to the test against the best.

Newly appointed coach, Justin Hocking, is excited by the ease with which the girls have transitioned to football and balanced with the experience of returning players Skye Cameron, Josie Mark and Lilian Thomas, the Royals Women are prepared for a hard fought first season. 

Youth Girls 2016 Fairest & Best Tahlea Martin will make her League debut and is a player to watch, along with Courtney Webb, Bree Murray and Sarah Garstone. 

Peel Thunderbirds Football Club

COACH: Mark Fenton

2016 FINISHED: 5th

PREMIERSHIPS: Reserves (2011), Youth Girls (2014 , 2015 and 2016)

HOME GROUND: Bendigo Bank Stadium , Dower street , Mandurah

AFLW PLAYERS: Fremantle: Tayla Bresland, Demi Okely, Kira Phillips.

The Peel Thunderbirds are looking forward to season 2017 having 20 girls play their League debut in 2016. The Thunderbirds are looking for a big improvement this year.

Captain Tayla Bresland with Demi Okely and Kira ‘Cuz’ Phillips will be back and will be complemented with Premiership Youth girls Sabreena Duffy, Kate Bartlett and Courtney Hodder this season along with new recruits.  

League coach Mark Fenton is hoping to go deep into the Finals action this year. The club is very new compared to most and is always seeking new members and sponsors. A highlight this year will be the club’s 10th Anniversary.

Perth Angels Football Club

COACH: Gerry O’Dea

2016 FINISHED: 4th (Reserves)

PREMIERSHIPS: Division 2 (2011)

HOME GROUND: Lathlain Park

The Perth Angels are one of the newest clubs in the WAWFL, after beginning life as St Norberts. The Angels are playing their first season in the WAWFL League competition, after setting the Reserves competition alight last season finishing a creditable fourth after being written off by all and sundry. The Angels are looking forward to running out as a League team and will, as always, give a fantastic effort with their fierce determination and never-say-die approach.

2016 WAWFL Reserves Best and Fairest Jen McDougall is hopeful of returning this year from a knee injury and will add to a powerful midfield with her sister Carolyn Ruoss as well as Skipper Lea Caccamo and the evergreen Franny Finn.

Angels coach Gerry O’Dea is also back at the helm and is working hard on developing the best club culture in the WAWFL.

Other key players shaping up for 2017 include key backs Jess Stevens and Sarah Thompson along with goal-sneak Aleisha Duncan and power forward Tamika Watterston. Watch out for new midfielder Sammy Shaw who has impressed in the pre-season.

A highlight on the club’s calendar this year will be watching so many new and exciting players take the field for the club and playing with that renowned Angels Spirit.

South Fremantle Women’s Football Club

COACH: Brendon Logan

2016 FINISHED: 4th

PREMIERSHIPS: 2 (2009 - Division 2; 2011 – Reserves)

HOME GROUND: Anning Park

AFLW PLAYERS: Beatrice Devlyn (Fremantle), Sabrina Frederick-Traub (Brisbane), Tara Morgan (Collingwood)

The Bulldogs are looking forward to a strong season in 2017 with an all new coaching team led by Brendon Logan. On the back of the popularity of the inaugural AFLW season, many new faces have joined the familiar and experienced players at the Bulldogs and all have been pushing hard during pre-season training. This can only augur well for the club who are striving to have all teams in the finals in 2017.

The Bulldogs will be adding some height and some more speed to its playing stocks with many of these new recruits showing early promise.

Key players to look out for this season are Taylor Francesconi, Kahra Sprlyn and Katrina Tinson.

A highlight of the club’s calendar this season will be running out in Round 1 on 2 April as a cohesive team with a goal in mind.

Swan Districts Football Club

SENIOR COACHES: Nicole Graves

2016 FINISHED: 2nd

PREMIERSHIPS: 3 (2013, 2014, 2016)

HOME GROUND: Steel Blue Oval, Bassendean

AFLW PLAYERS: Fremantle: Kara Donnellan, Ebony Antonio, Kirby Bentley, Stephanie Cain, Ashley Sharp, Emily Bonser, Stacey Barr, Taryn Priestly, Akec Chuot, Taylah Angel, Gemma Houghton. Adelaide: Chelsea Randall, Kellie Gibson. GWS: Jacinda Barclay

After a very successful 2016 Swans will look to continue to grow their pathways in 2017 ensuring girls within the Swans Zone have access to the best facilities and coaches to ensure quality development. 

With 14 drafted players coming from the club in 2016/17 their commitment to continuing to provide opportunities to girls to reach their potential is what the club is all about. 

Swans took out the 2016 League Premiership and their Youth Girls made the Grand final so 2017 has much to live up to for the Club. Back-to-back Premierships and continued success in the Rogers Cup U/18 division is well in the club’s sight.

West Perth Football Club 

COACH: Paul Beaver

2016 FINISHED: 1st (Reserves)

PREMIERSHIPS: 2 Reserves (2016, 2007)

HOME GROUND: HBF Arena, Joondalup

2017 will be a history making year as WA’s oldest and most successful WAFL club will enter the WAWFL Competition after an amalgamation with Joondalup Women’s Football Club.

The Falcons, following their second Reserves Premiership, step up to WAWFL League in 2017 with Paul Beaver and Naomi Bowran continuing their successful partnership as coaches.

With all but a few players returning, and a massive amount of new talent joining the ranks, the Club will also field a Reserves and Rogers Cup team for the first time.

Key players for West Perth will be Club Captain Ashton Hill (twice WAWFL Reserves Fairest and Best), Laura Pugh (Club Fairest and Best 2016), Brooke Hongell (best on ground in 2016 Grand Final) and Tyhara Garlett (League leading goal-kicker)

Other than playing in the West Perth jumper, highlights will include launching the season as the curtain raiser to the WAFL West Perth vs Subiaco match on Saturday 1 April, and the annual clash with East Fremantle at Wanneroo Amateurs’ Football Club Ladies Day.

Mundella WAWFL welcomes Medifoot Podiatry

Tuesday, February 14, 2017 - 11:39 AM

The Mundella WA Women’s Football League is pleased to announce Medifoot Podiatry as a sponsor for the next two years, supporting women’s football in Perth.

In an exciting move, Medifoot Podiatry will be the official sponsors of game day umpires for all games played within the 2017 - 2018 seasons.

Mundella WAWFL President Carolyn Hills welcomed Medifoot Podiatry to the WAWFL community, and looked forward to how the partnership would benefit each other into the future.

 “We are thrilled to be working with Medifoot Podiatry in 2017, and excitingly have them officially sponsor our game day umpires”.

“This is a first for WAWFL football, and one we think will be a great fit” Carolyn said.

“We welcome Medifoot Podiatry and believe their education and products will fit well in our community, as players strive for better fitness and recovery methods.

Medifoot Podiatry Managing Director Matthew Keating stated the Medifoot team are extremely excited to work with the WAWFL community and believe that female athletes should have the same obtainable goals as males, including those aspiring with dreams of playing AFL.

“The team at Medifoot Podiatry will be able to make a real difference to keep players on the footy field reaching their peak performance throughout the season through the use of detailed assessments and high tech management systems”.

Medifoot Podiatry Managing Director Stacey Keating mirrored the sentiments of Matthew, stating it was an exciting time to work with female football players.

“We now consider ourselves part of the WAWFL and look forward to working with the league in growing the great game”.

“Our goal is to prevent injuries first and second to manage any injuries as quickly as possible to keep players in the game” she said.

For more information about Medifoot Podiatry, please visit http://www.medifoot.com.au/

APE Medical joins Mundella WAWFL

Tuesday, February 14, 2017 - 9:58 AM

The Mundella West Australian Women’s Football League is pleased to announce that APE Medical has become an official sponsor of the WAWFL for 2017.

APE Medical provide Sports Medicine and Rehabilitation advice and products to all areas of sport, having over 25 years of experience treating patients in the clinic and working with athletes in the sporting arena. 

Mundella WAWFL President Carolyn Hills is excited to welcome a sponsor that will provide all clubs a range of competitively priced products that will ensure our players’ well-being is looked after

“The WAWFL is proud to partner with a WA business that will support our players and clubs with professional advice, on and off the field”.

“A partnership with APE Medical will provide clubs an easy and effective way to source all medical supplies, and will ensure the right equipment is always available”.

“APE Medical will be beneficial to all of the WAWFL community, saving our clubs time and money whilst also supporting our other partner Elastoplast.”

APE Medical General Manager Martin Meyer said APE Medical is proud to be nominated as the preferred supplier of medical rehab supplies to the WAWFL in 2017.

“We have long supported all sport in WA and are excited now to be able to support women’s football in this state.

 “We look forward to developing our partnership with the WAWFL and to be a part of the growth of the women’s footy in WA over the coming seasons”

For information on APE products and range, please visit http://www.apemedical.com.au