Mundella signed as WAWFL major sponsor

Wednesday, February 1, 2017 - 3:36 PM

Mundella fuelling WA female football As female football stars prepare to pull on their boots for the first round of the AFL Women’s competition tomorrow night, West Australian dairy producer Mundella Foods has been announced as the new major partner of female football in Western Australia to support the stars of the future.

The partnership includes naming rights to the Mundella WA Women’s Football League (WAWFL) 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.

WAFC CEO Gavin Taylor said it was fantastic to have a West Australian company supporting local participants as female football entered such a significant and exciting year in 2017.

“The growth of female football over the past few years has been remarkable and we only expect this to continue with the arrival of the AFL Women’s competition this year,” he said.

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.

“It’s really important that we can continue to support the growth in female participation and that WA Football offers positive, welcoming environments while also providing opportunities for players to aspire to the elite level,” Mr Taylor said.

“We want to ensure that WA continues to be an industry leader in this key growth area. This new partnership with Mundella will be vital in helping to achieve this goal.”

WAWFL President Carolyn Hills also thanked Mundella for their support and said it was ideal timing with the League celebrating its 30th anniversary this year.

“It all makes for a very exciting season ahead. We have a new naming rights partner to celebrate our 30th anniversary and women’s football will be played on the national stage with many local WA players set to star” she said.

“With the support of Mundella we look forward to ensuring the WAWFL continues to be a great competition that participants aspire to be involved with whether it is as players, officials or volunteers.

” Mundella General Manager Peter James said as WA’s favourite yoghurt brand, Mundella was delighted to be supporting WA’s female footballers in such an exciting time for the sport.

“We see this as a great opportunity to be involved with female football in Western Australia and to support healthy, active lifestyles while also helping the next generation of players who are aspiring to achieve their dream of reaching the elite level,” he said.


Established in 1974, Mundella has been making premium yoghurts and cheeses as Western Australia’s leading dairy company for over 40 years. Their delicious selection of pot-set yoghurts and feta and ricotta cheeses are naturally made in Mundijong with produce from the Serpentine-Jarrahdale area. For more information visit: 

Claremont WFC seeks reserves coach

Thursday, January 5, 2017 - 11:09 AM


Are you Interested in developing female football players and contributing to the fastest growing Sport in Australia? Do you want to be part of the Western Australian Women’s Football League?

Claremont Women’s Football Club are seeking a qualified coach for the 2017 Reserves Team who will form an integral part of the senior squad by working closely with the League Coaches.

The Claremont Women’s Football Club is seeking expressions of interest from suitably qualified coaches for the above position.

To be considered for this role, you will need experience developing footballers, along with outstanding communication and leadership skills.

Previous experience coaching female athletes is desirable but not essential. Suitable applicants will possess the following selection criteria:

People Management & Planning:
• Capacity to effectively manage the playing group
• Ability to lead and influence within a senior and junior club environment
• Demonstrate structured and sequential training program within the football season
• Capacity to teach/educate/mentor/facilitate players of all abilities

Football Knowledge:
• Demonstrated knowledge of coaching techniques/strategies and modern training methods at a senior club level
• Sound understanding of skill development learning strategies
• Effective Communication:
• High level of communication skills

AFL Level 1 coach accreditation or higher, or willing to obtain by June 2017

Applicants are required to submit a coaching resume and cover letter addressing the selection criteria. Any queries should be directed to Claremont Women’s Football Club President: Amanda Robertson.

Applications are to be submitted to:
Amanda Robertson
Claremont Women’s Football Club  President

Applications close: 12pm Friday 20 January 2017

Partnership with Beiersdorf Australia

Thursday, December 22, 2016 - 12:42 PM

The West Australian Women’s Football League is proud to announce that Beiersdorf Australia has become an official tape supplier for the next three years.

Already partnering with the WA Football Commission, and WA Football League, Beiersdorf Australia will now be the exclusive provider of Elastoplast tape.

WAWFL President Carolyn Hills is excited to welcome a sponsor that has player’s health and well-being as a high priority. “Elastoplast tape is a quality product and one that we are confident will assist our players whenever they need.”

“The WAWFL is proud to partner with a business that supports all levels of football through their commitment to our players who take to the field every week.”

“From supporting grassroots football through to elite athletes, we feel a partnership with Beiersdorf will be a great outcome for the WAWFL, our clubs and our players moving forward" Carolyn said.

Beiersdorf Sales Manager of Plasterbrands ANZ Sport Steven Salvador said Beiersdorf Australia would like wish all players a successful season in 2017.

“We trust that the West Australian Women’s Football League will have a successful and “injury free” year with Beiersdorf”.

“We look forward to working and supporting their activities to promote the sport in 2017 and beyond” he said.

For information on Beiersdorf product and range, please visit

WAFC Customer Satisfaction Survey

Thursday, November 24, 2016 - 9:27 AM

The West Australian Football Commission (WAFC) is conducting a Customer Satisfaction Survey for the first time in 2016, allowing everyone involved in football to provide valuable feedback on their views, perceptions and importantly, levels of satisfaction of being involved in WA football.

The WAFC strives to deliver high-quality programs, competitions, governance and services to support all the players, volunteers, administrators, coaches, umpires and clubs engaged with WA football.

Please CLICK HERE to complete the survey.

The purpose of this survey is to seek feedback on the key issues and challenges for our game and also provide opportunities to identify where the WAFC can better support leagues, clubs, programs or competitions.

Football Clubs and all of those involved are the lifeblood of the game, providing participation opportunities for players, coaches and umpires. In addition, we know that Football clubs would not survive without the loyal support of a significant volunteer network that sustains our sport at grass roots level.

This is your chance to provide us with those views, which we will review and benchmark at the end of every season moving forward. The WAFC and its football stakeholders will use the feedback provided in the survey to review and develop improvement strategies for our game moving forward.

Your views are important to ensure West Australian Football continues to grow, is successful and meet the needs for all of those involved.

Please CLICK HERE to complete the survey

Clubs elect 4 Board Members

Thursday, November 10, 2016 - 2:22 PM

Three existing members, and one new member have been elected to the West Australian Women's Football League Board during the 2016 Annual General Meeting held at the Department of Sport and Recreation, Leederville on November 8.

Existing Vice President Sally Allomes was elected back in as WAWFL Vice President, entering a three year term from 2016 - 2019.

Joining Sally in three year terms are Gerry O'Dea and Shirley Elliot, with their positions running until 2019.

New comer Kara Donnellan was voted in on a one year term from 2016 - 2017.

WAWFL President Carolyn Hills congratulated the elected Board members stating she was confident their skill sets would positively impact the WAWFL going forward.

"I would like to welcome the newly elected Board Members, and am confident they are ready for an exciting time in helping guide the WAWFL into our 30th year and the future.

"Importantly, I thank our out-going members, Charmaine Rogers and Bronte Ryan for their dedication and passion over throughout their terms" Carolyn said.

"Their knowledge and expertise will be missed, and we are truly thankful for their time, support and involvement".

The new board members kick start their roles with the annual planning weekend that will take place in late November.

Nikki Harwood inducted as Life Member

Wednesday, November 9, 2016 - 9:58 AM

The West Australian Women’s Football League is delighted to announce that Life Membership has been awarded to Nikki Harwood.

Nikki was inducted at the WAWFL 2016 Annual General Meeting held on Tuesday 8 November at the Department of Sport and Recreation office in Leederville.

Induction as a WAWFL Life Member is regarded as the WAWFL's highest level of recognition and is awarded to individuals that have rendered outstanding service to the League.

WAWFL President Carolyn Hills congratulated Nikki on receiving the honour of WAWFL Life Membership.

“It has been 14 years since our last Life Member was inducted, and we believe Nikki is a truly deserving recipient of this recognition.

“Nikki has given over a decade of her life to the betterment of the West Australian Women’s Football League and it is with great pleasure we induct her as Life Member” Carolyn said.

Starting her WA playing years in 2002, Nikki had a decorated playing career achieving some of female football’s highest levels of recognition along the way.

In WA, Nikki played at the Southern Thunder Football Club from 2002 – 2005, winning a premiership in 2003 as player coach, and embracing the role into the following season.

In 2006 Nikki played for Melville Women’s Football Club (now East Fremantle Women’s Football Club) until 2011, and again in 2015 until 2016. During her time there she was a Premiership player coach in 2007, 2009, and 2011. Nikki was League Coach in 2011 - 2012.

Nikki’s talent on the field should not be one to underestimate. Representing WA in the State Open’s competitions in 2006, 2007 (Vice Captain), 2009 (Captain) and 2011. She also won recognition as an All Australian Player in 2001 (for NSW), 2006, 2007, 2009, 2011 (Vice Captain). Further to her National achievements, Nikki was also named on the Half Back line in the WAWFL team of the decade (1998 – 2007).

Nikki’s passion for female football was well known, and in 2008 Nikki took on the role of President at Melville Women’s FC, a role she held until 2009. As President Nikki worked alongside key stakeholders in the East Fremantle Football Club to develop a relationship between clubs that saw Melville WFC affiliate with EFFC, which saw the inception of
the East Fremantle Women’s Football Club.  In 2014, Nikki was inducted into the EFWFC Hall of Fame.

While playing, Nikki joined the WAWFL Board as a general member in 2004 and was the Competitions Coordinator. In 2006 she took her Board Member position one better, taking on the role of WAWFL President in 2006 – 2007. In 2010 and 2012, Nikki was an Assistant Coach for the WA Under 18’s team and in 2012 and 2014 was named Indigenous All Stars Coach. In 2013 Nikki was an Assistant Coach for the WA Open Team and took on the role as Head Coach for the WA Talent Academy.

More recently Nikki was the Melbourne Football Club Assistant coach for inaugural AFL women’s exhibition match in 2013, and in 2014 became the Co-Head Coach of Western Bulldogs Football Club’s women’s team in 2014. Nikki has been recruited as Assistant Coach for Collingwood FC for inaugural National Women’s League in 2017.

With 15 years of service to the WAWFL and over 150 games as a player and many more as a coach, upholding WAWFL values and continuing to strive for greatness in female football, the WAWFL congratulates Nikki (Webbo) Harwood on achieving the WAWFL’s highest honour of Life Membership.

WAWFL to govern Rogers Cup Youth Girls

Friday, November 4, 2016 - 9:55 AM

In an exciting announcement, the WA Women’s Football League will officially govern the Rogers Cup Youth Girls competition from season 2017.

Having been previously run by the WA Football Commission since 2013, the Rogers Cup Youth Girls competition caters for female players aged 13 – 17 years. 

The competition was created to bridge the gap between junior football and senior football, providing a complete pathway for girls to play female football.

With 319 Rogers Cup Youth Girl players in 2016, the WAWFL looks forward to amalgamating the governance of both senior and junior competitions.

Taking on the governance and administration of both competitions will see very little changes for players and simplify the management for all clubs.

WAWFL President Carolyn Hills looked forward to welcoming the Rogers Cup Youth Girls competition under the WAWFL structure.

“We think this move has been a long time coming, with clubs unanimously requesting the WAWFL take on the Rogers Cup Youth Girls competition into the future.

“The move will make administration much easier for our clubs, and will enable a smooth transition from junior football into senior football for the players.”

The governance change will take place from 2017 onwards.

Thunderbirds Coaching Opportunities

Thursday, October 20, 2016 - 4:47 PM

The Peel Thunderbirds Football Club Inc is seeking suitable applicants for the following positions: 

  • Youth Girls Head Coach 2017 Season
  • Youth Girls Assistant Coach 2017 Season

Peel Thunderbirds Youth Girls Team is the equivalent to Peel Thunder Men's Colts playing in the WAWFL. 
Peel Thunderbirds Youth Girls Team was founded 2013 - 2014, 2015 AND 2016 WA Premiers
Undefeated in the 2016 Season. 

?    Minimum Level 1 Coaches Accreditation working towards Level 2
?    All positions – Working with Female football (Preferred But not essential)      

Applicants please send their resume with the following – Listing experience, Qualifications and Why they wish to coach the Peel Thunderbirds FC 

Send to: - Applications close 4th November 2016 

For further information contact Mark Fenton (Peel Thunderbirds Head League Coach) on 04 2835 7174 

South Fremantle seek coaches

Tuesday, October 11, 2016 - 11:07 AM


Are you Interested in developing Players and contributing to the fastest growing Sport in Australia? Do you want to be part of the Womens AFL National Competition launching in 2017?


  • YOUTH GIRLS (Players aged 13-18 Years)

The South Fremantle Women’s Football Club is seeking expressions of interest from suitably qualified coaches for the above positions.
To be considered for this role, you will need experience developing footballers, along with outstanding communication and leadership skills.
Previous experience coaching female athletes is desirable but not essential. Please email Sue Harker for a more detailed selection criteria for each position.

Suitable applicants will possess:

People Management & Planning:

  • Capacity to effectively manage the playing group
  • Ability to lead and influence within a senior and junior club environment
  • Demonstrate structured and sequential training program within the football season
  • Capacity to teach/educate/mentor/facilitate players of all abilities

Football Knowledge:

  • Demonstrated knowledge of coaching techniques/strategies and modern training methods at a senior club level
  • Sound understanding of skill development learning strategies

Effective Communication:

  • High level of communication skills


  • Youth Girls - AFL Level 1 coach accreditation or higher, or willing to obtain by June 2017
  • Reserves - AFL Level 1 coach accreditation or higher, or willing to obtain by June 2017
  • League - AFL Level 2 coach accreditation, or willing to obtain by June 2017

Applicants are required to submit a coaching resume, cover letter and which position you are seeking with the selection criteria required. Any queries should be directed to SFWFC Vice President: Sue Harker. Remuneration package will be negotiated upon appointment.

Applications are to be submitted to:

Sue Harker
SFWFC Vice President

Applications close: 12pm Friday 28th October 2016

Season 2016: Claremont Piranhas

Wednesday, September 28, 2016 - 1:43 PM

2016 was an extremely exciting and challenging year for the Claremont Women’s Football Club. The decision to submit 2 teams in the WAWFL competition after a very successfully 1 team campaign in 2015 was not made lightly. We knew that the year would be a difficult one. Despite regularly running 80 minutes without a bench, the players stepped out on that field each week and gave a hard-hitting and competitive match. The tenacity, courage and sportswomenship these players showed week-in and week-out is admirable. The Piranha’s were not playing for glory, but for the future development of the club. The legacy of this club goes to the selflessness of the women who played in this 2016 season. I am extremely proud to be President of a playing group who can hold their heads-high, support and encourage each other despite a season of loses. Well done Piranhas.

Credit to our most successful team this year; our Youth Girls. 2016 saw a lot of fresh faces and exciting talent join the team. The Youth team relished the opportunity to play finals and we are all looking forward to future season with the talent developing in the youth and progressing to the seniors. The CWFC committee would like to acknowledge the dedication of our Coaching Group and our Sponsors.

Without the support of the following people and businesses, community football cannot exist. Our deepest gratitude

Charmaine Rogers: League Coach
Christy Rowe: Reserve Coach
Emily Johnston: Youth Girls Coach
Amanda Robertson: Assistant Coach
Stephanie Yanev: Assistant Coach

Burswood Trophies

Captain Stirling Hotel

Dominating Websites

Season 2016: Joondalup Falcons

Wednesday, September 28, 2016 - 1:40 PM

Gillon McLachlan could be a man that we could have easily hated for his statement that a National Competition for Women would commence in 2017 instead of the previously forecasted 2020. Instead his “kick in the pants” technique has probably proven to be a master-stroke. Why?

We have seen an already growing sector of the game grow even stronger and the recognition that it now enjoys could very well propel it onto the television sets around Australia on a weekly basis faster than anyone would have imagined. Because of the great media push driven by the AFL, the Falcons have seen our numbers grow in both our Youth Girls and Senior teams by over 30%, combine this with a healthy retention and our 2016 season was set up for a big year.

With thanks to a committed group of people driving the club’s strategic plan we kicked off the year by reaching the Gold Quality Club level ahead of time an achievement only possible because of a strong inclusive culture within and around the club.

The continuity of a strong coaching team headed by Paul Beaver and Chris Leonard and very ably assisted by Naomi Bowran and Sophie Prizeman the players were able to build on the knowledge gained in 2015 and it also meant that the good number of new players would integrate far quicker than in previous seasons allowing the teams to settle easier.

We were all very proud and excited when Laura Pugh, Ashton Hill and Brooke Hongell (who gained notoriety through an ill delivered front on bump) were selected to play in the historic Female Western Derby. Add to this the great achievement by Ruby Riley and Chloe Metcalf to represent the Woomeras and WA respectively, in the National 18’s carnival in Melbourne and top it off with Akoor Dhelbai and Scovia Anzoa (the first African born players to represent WA) in the State 15’s Schoolgirls played in Maroochydore and certainly not forgetting that Ashton also showed her football’s ever increasing improvement by joining the U23’s as they played a double header in Queensland. The transition of players from the Butler Falcons continues to show great promise with several more joining this year, the work that Joe is doing with these girls is such a good base for when they step up to a more competitive environment.

Our relationships with the Amateur clubs continues to grow stronger. We owe a huge thanks to Wanneroo, a club which we have shared many years with and a club that has proven to be a leader when it comes to the respect shown to female footy, we again played as part of its Ladies Day and we also thank East Fremantle for sharing the day with us. This year we also played at Whitford Amateurs as they too are very keen to develop female footy, this was a night game shared with Peel Thunderbirds, who we owe a huge thanks to given where they had to travel to after the game.

What was really great to see was the creation by West Perth District for a Friday night junior girls competition, the 6 week program introduced so many more girls to the game and truly completed the pathway for females within our district, to McGhie, Sarah, Maddie, Courtney who along with some other players took the time to train and coach the Joondalup girls well done, we certainly look forward to many more young girls coming up through the ranks like Daisy.

Thanks to Smile Teeth Whitening who became our major partner in 2016 and gave us the chance to display our newly designed jumpers, we very much appreciate your support, also that of Turtle Travel who re-joined us for a second year. Deb and the crew at Bailey’s Bar and Bistro you’ve been awesome this year, definitely the best place to go in Joondalup.

The biggest thanks goes to the entire playing group in both our teams, the great culture you have all helped create is what is taking us further and further, it is making a place that people want to be a part of and support, add to this the great volunteers that have helped throughout the year, special mention to Mark Young and Brooke Lloyd who have taken exceptional care of all the players this year and who can forget Frazer who week in week out ran boundary so well that the umpires continually wanted to recruit him.

Finally to our awesome partner West Perth Football Club, we thank you for the opportunity to use HBF Arena as our home ground and we certainly look forward to an even more ‘united’ future.

Season 2016: East Perth

Wednesday, September 28, 2016 - 1:34 PM

Established 2016!

It’s been an exciting year of firsts for the East Perth Women’s Football Club!

We kicked off our season against Peel Thunderbirds at Rushton Park and while we didn’t walk away with a win, we could not have hoped for a better first round experience for our teams.  Thank you, Thunderbirds, for the fantastic welcome to the League and for your encouragement! 

Our teams

Our first year in competition has seen a group of girls largely new to the game come together to finish the season itching to get started on season 2017!

Our Youth Girls were inspiring in their fearless passion for the game and the Club could not have been prouder when the team won us our first ever u18s game.  Captain Tahlea Martin summed it up best - “I was overwhelmed with joy and happiness seeing the team run off with massive smiles and knowing all the hard work had paid off.”     

Coach: Nuria Ushoroff.  Assistant coaches:  Josie Mark & Donna Nowotny.  Captains:  Tahlea Martin & Jaymii Karapetkov.  Team Manager:  Janis Burgess.  “Fire-Up” Manager:  Amy Jackson.   

Our Reserves lost some run and experience midway through the season with the loss of Lillian Thomas, Mina Nguyen and Fiona Sammin.  We didn’t lose our spirit though!   Our ‘code hopping’ Captain and play maker, Kim Youdan, kept us inspired; as did the consistently outstanding performances of Skye Cameron and Josie Mark.  First year players and ‘hoppers’, Beth Dawson (cricket), Janis Burgess (netball) and Nikki Oliver (rugby) inspired in their commitment to personal improvement and playing the game plan.  

Coach:  Gemma Francis.  Captain:  Kim Youdan.  Vice captains:  Lillian Thomas, Misty Trimboli & Kristy Robinson.  Team Managers:  Fiona Sammin & Mina Nguyen.  Runner:  Darren Riekie.

Our management
Getting the Club up and running in time for Round 1 was a massive challenge and it’s one that our relatively inexperienced Management Committee rose to admirably!  Special mention to our Development and Fundraising sub-ommittees, and to Kristie Robinson and Gemma Francis for their contribution to our inaugural year’s success.   

President:  Donna Nowotny.  Vice-President: Nuria Ushoroff.  Treasurer: Kim Youdan.  Secretary: Janis Burgess.  General Committee:  Jess Hancock; Merryn Tate, Brad Patterson and Darren Riekie. 

Our partners and sponsors
The support we received from the community leading into our first season was humbling.  Our sincere thank you to Eastern Guruma, AHG, Malaga Print & Copy, Mitsubishi Electric and Burley Sekem for sharing our vision and jumping on board the Royals train before we’d even left the station!  Thank you also to the East Perth Football Club for sharing your history and tradition with us; we wear it with honour and pride and look forward to becoming a powerful East Perth representative force in the female game.        

Our future
No matter what your interest in the game (playing, coaching, umpiring, administration), our goal is to ensure our members grow and develop within a fun and safe environment.  If you’re a Youth Girl in the East Perth district and aspiring to play AFL, you can expect to be provided a solid foundation and support base from a Club committed to empowering you to achieve your dreams.

If you’re interested in being part of our future, please contact me on 0401 834 450 or

Season 2016: Perth Angels

Wednesday, September 28, 2016 - 1:20 PM

Season 2016 was a significant step in the right direction for the Perth Angels Football club, with both the Senior Reserves and Youth Girls teams qualifying for the finals. Under the guidance of new Senior Coach Gerry O’Dea, the Senior Reserves team embraced a fresh, new game plan and sense of identity, which saw the team’s belief and confidence flourish. A host of new players reinvigorated the team and improved the depth of the list – this depth would unfortunately become tested mid-season due to a number of long-term injuries to key players. However, the Senior Reserves team withstood that challenge, holding onto 4th spot on the ladder to qualify for the finals for the first time in the Perth Angels Football Club’s short history.

In their second season under Youth Girls Senior Coach Andrew “Muldy” Mulcahy, the Perth Angels Youth Girls continued their impressive development, finishing the home and away season in the top 2. Much like the Senior Reserves team, the Youth Girls’ depth would be challenged by an injury list that continued to pile up, however the team’s resilience ensured that they were able to overcome these challenges. We would like to congratulate Perth Angels Youth Girls Dana Chatman, Rachel Ashley, Emily Pickett and Madison Yarran on being selected to represent WA in the Youth Girls Championships in 2016.

Everybody’s favourite fifty-year old, Frances Finn, celebrated her 50th game for the club this season on an historic day for the Perth Angels Football Club who, in collaboration with the Belmont Junior Football Club, held the inaugural Equity Round at Lathlain Park in Round 9. Equity Round showcased the future stars of the game - both male and female - through an Auskick game at half-time in the match between the Perth Angels and Joondalup Falcons. The ever-reliable Jess Stevens, Reserves Captain Lea Caccamo, and the highly-decorated Rachel Ashley also notched up their 50th games for the club this season.

The strong relationship between the Perth Angels Football Club and Belmont Junior Football Club also saw the introduction of primary school visits within the Demons District in 2016. Perth Angels players and representatives joined Belmont JFC Ausckick Coordinator John Allan to promote positive female football role models, explore the role of sport in gender equality, and highlight the pathways beyond Auskick and Junior Football.

We would like to thank and acknowledge the work of President Kristy Geuer and her committee, for their efforts in making season 2016 a successful year both on and off the field.

We would also like to thank our sponsors Pallet Palls, The Kewdale Tavern, Sportspower Belmont, INK Promotions, Rentwest and Brikmakers for their support in 2016.

Club Officials:

Reserves Senior Coach: Gerry O’Dea
Reserves Assistant Coach: Brad Lukosius
Reserves Team Manager: Samantha Ballantyne
Youth Girls Senior Coach: Andrew Mulcahy
Youth Girls Assistant Coaches: Alison Moore & Ken
Youth Girls Team Manager: Jen Hunt
Runner: Rob Thompson
Sports Trainer: Jasmin

Season 2016: Swan Districts

Wednesday, September 28, 2016 - 1:14 PM

2016 has been of a year re-building and developing on what was a strong list from the previous season. With players retiring and new players coming through, it’s been a year of ensuring everyone understands the game style and Swannies way of football.

The Swans league side has had a very different look to it this season with long serving Head Coach Nicole Graves standing aside to take a larger role with the SDFC WAFL side and Rob Kennedy coming in and taking the reins. With new systems, structures and players the early part of the season was always going to be about learning and not so much about only winning. After the disappointment of losing in the Grand Final in 2015 there is no doubt that the girls want to go one step further this season and they are determined for nothing to get in their way. With key players Kirby Bentley doing a season ending injury, Kellie Gibson moving to Adelaide and Chelsea Randall only available for minimum games this season, its given other girls a chance to step up and feel the void. The girls have done what was set out to achieved by finishing in the top 2 and with captain Kara Donnellan leading the side out on the park we have all the confidence that the girls can achieve 2016 success.

It massive year for the development of Swan Districts Football Club and the place this development was most evident was in our Reserves. With 23 first year players at the club for season 2016 for the first part of the season there was a real focus on skills and game sense. The rapid development of some of these players was evident when they got the call up to play League Football throughout the season.

Unfortunately the season ended early for the group missing the finals by a mere 1.2% but as a club we couldn't be more proud of the fact that they put themselves into a position where finals were a real possibility. With the changing face of Female Football in our state the strength of this group gives us real confidence that our club will remain in a strong position in years to come.

It was another fantastic year for Youth Girl’s football. Our Swan Districts girls had the opportunity to get involved in the V Swans - Strength to Succeed program which ran over the preseason from October 2015. This gave our girls education on fitness, nutrition, leadership, goal setting and a number of other skills that will hold them in good stead over their football and everyday lives. Our numbers at training each Friday were up around 30, which meant competition and variation in skills and strategies. Having extra help from Senior players and coaches at the club meant we could focus on individual skill development and still work on structures, game play and team work. Our youth girls always feel part of the club, from being invited to presentations and senior trainings, to helping out a senior games and seniors helping them, the girls are awe-struck by the talent around them but know they are privileged to have some up and coming AFL greats as their mentors.  The girls finished 4th in the home and away season and are looking to improve on their finals performances.

This year saw the first ever U15 junior girls competition which allowed some of our younger Youth Girls to play against girls similar in age. The team was coached by our very own Nicole Graves and had a record breaking undefeated season.

To wonderful volunteers, players, coaches, support staff, parents and our great supporter base we must save a massive thank you, you are the ones that continue to drive us to keep training, playing and picking ourselves up each week after a tough game and continue to fly the flag for female football and our football club.

To our major sponsors; Eden Fab, Swan Districts Sports Clinic and Whyteline Roofing we thank you for ensuring we can get this club on the field each week and ensuring financially we are strong so our players can get on with the job of playing football. To Ashworth’s Office Furniture, The Woodbridge Hotel, Slater Gartrell and the Swan Districts Football Club thanks for making sure our players are fed and watered after games and providing weekly awards.


Head Coach                                                Rob Kennedy
Senior Assistant Coach                               Ryan McLaren
Reserves Coach                                         Jo Taylor
Assistant Coach                                         Craig Quartermaine
Youth Girls Coach                                       Leith Woods
Assistant Coaches                                     Emily Bonser & Asha Price
Junior Girls Coach                                      Nicole Graves
Women’s Team President                            Jo Taylor
Senior Team Manager                                 Julie Harrison
Reserves Team Manager                            Nicole Ayres
Youth Girls & Junior Girls Team Manager     Rachel Lawrence



Falcons President named Volunteer of the Year

Friday, September 23, 2016 - 3:40 PM

Joondalp Falcons Women's Football Club President Dave Burton has been recognised for his significant contribution to the development of women’s and junior football after he was awarded The Sunday Times WA Football Volunteer of the Year at the WAFL Sandover Medal Count on Monday, September 19.

From the West Perth district, Burton was one of 17 regional and district finalists chosen from more than 1500 nominees and has received a trip for two to the AFL Grand Final.

Previously chair of the West Perth District Football Development Council (DFDC) for five years, Burton has been instrumental in the development of school football programs, a parent-umpire program, International Round and more recently the Joondalup Women’s Football Club, after he transitioned into the role of Female Football Advisor for the West Perth DFDC in 2013.

Burton worked tirelessly behind the scenes to help build the foundations of the Joondalup Women’s FC, completed his Level 1 and 2 coaching courses to coach the club and more recently took over as Club President.

As Club President of the Joondalup Women’s FC, Burton has created strong relationships with the West Perth Men’s club to further promote the club and expand the female football market in the district.

Burton has created a strong Youth Girls competition in the district to ensure a bright future for the club and worked closely with junior and senior clubs to further define a pathway for women in AFL.

With sights set on 2017, Burton is currently working with West Perth FC to transition the club to hosting Women’s League and Reserves football. This will provide female players access to the club’s gym, trainers and support services.

Burton has strengthened relationships with Wanneroo AFC, Whitford AFC and Kingsley AFC to grow female football opportunities, initially working with the clubs to host both West Australian Women’s Football League (WAWFL) and Women Exhibition matches.

Burton has brought a wealth of knowledge to his current Presidential role having previously assumed the role of Club President at Quinn’s Junior Football Club in 2000, a time when the club was suffering financial hardship.

Burton built the club from almost nothing and fulfilled all jobs including working in the canteen, marking field lines and holding fundraisers.

Burton connected the club with teams outside the West Perth district by creating a cross-division competition and most importantly, he managed to secure sponsorship interest which provided better equipment, new jumpers and more promotional material and merchandise for the club.

West Australian Football Commission Program Manager Kane Benson congratulated Burton on his win, and emphasised the important role volunteers play in the WA grassroots football community.

“There are so many aspects of our game that just wouldn’t happen without the dedication and commitment of our volunteers and it’s really important they are recognised,” Benson said.

“Volunteers are involved at all levels of the game whether it’s in the canteen, umpiring or coaching. Thanks to The Sunday Times, we can recognise the contribution and efforts from passionate volunteers who live and breathe our traditional game.”

Credit: WA Football