Claremont WFC seeks EOIs for President

Monday, September 19, 2016 - 11:16 AM

Claremont Women's Football Club are seeking expressions of interest for the position of Club President for the 2017 season.

We are seeking an individual who is passionate about developing women's AFL and has leadership experience.

CWFC have a solid foundation in the form of a Gold Club Accreditation leading into 2017, an updated constitution and a newly developed strategic plan.

We are seeking someone who can navigate the transition to the brand new Claremont Football Club facilities and dedicate the time needed to develop this club to a highly professional standard.

All Expressions of Interest will be considered by the club committee.

Please submit your details to Eleanor Grinceri by 31st September el.grinceri@hotmail.com

Triumphant Swans 2016 Premiers

Monday, August 29, 2016 - 10:51 AM

Swan Districts have taken out the 2016 WAWFL premiership in an absolute nail bitter at Medibank Stadium on Sunday afternoon, holding off a daring East Fremantle to come out 9 point winners.

A fiery surge of goals in the final term from East Fremantle arrived far too late as Swan Districts held onto their first three quarters of complete domination to secure their third grand final win in four seasons.

Not even heavy winds over 30km/hr could sway the Swans off their game as they kicked the first seven goals of the game unanswered.

For three quarters the Swans were simply unstoppable with their fast brand of football – the Sharks had no answers for them.

Not only were Swan Districts dominating the inside 50 count, but they also looked dangerous every time they went forward. Swans Emily Mcguire and Lou Knitter Best on Ground recipient Ashley Sharp (pictured) kicked six goals between them and were simply unstoppable.

On the other end, Latoya Wallace was leading, presenting and taking contested marks in her trademark style as one of East Fremantle’s best players.

The umpires had their work cut out for them, with the intensity of tackling and pressure around the ball from both sides as good as it had been all season.

Akec Chuot’s work in defence for the Swans was pivotal and made all the difference as the Sharks didn’t kick a goal until nine minutes into the third term.  

From this point, it was completely East Fremantle – they slotted the final four goals of the match as their opponents went goalless in the final term.

Their surge arrived far too late as Swan Districts ran down the clock and secured the win.

Their desperation around every contest, quick ball movement, effective return from entries inside 50 and textbook ball carry throughout culminated to win them the game.

Swan Districts coach Rob Kennedy praised his side for holding on for the win.

“We knew they [East Fremantle] would come at us,”

“The girls dug deep, they did what they needed to do…it’s a great feeling,” he said.

This is Swan Districts third premiership in four years.

FINAL SCORE:
Swan Districts 7.1 (43) def. East Fremantle 5.4 (34)

BEST ON GROUND: Ashley Sharp (Swan Districts)

GOAL SCORERS:
SWAN DISTRICTS
E. McGuire 3, A. Sharp 3, S. Matcham
EAST FREMANTLE
E. Swanson 2, J. Wuetschner, R. Schleicher, M. Caulfield

QUARTER BY QUARTER:
Swan Districts: 4.0 (24) 6.0 (36) 7.0 (42) 7.1 (43)
East Fremantle: 0.0 (0) 0.2 (2) 1.2 (8) 5.4 (34)

UMPIRES:
Field: Graeme Cook, Mark Zampogna
Boundary: Justin Harrex, Graeme Thomas
Goals: Rod Clarke, Steve Leudar

Report: Sandra Argese 

Falcons fly high to win premiership

Monday, August 29, 2016 - 10:36 AM

The Joondalup Falcons have confirmed themselves as the strongest wawfl reserves side of 2016, outclassing their opponents in the Coastal Titans with an outstanding grand final victory by 16 points.

The 2016 minor premiers are now the official premiers, dominating the opponents at Medibank Stadium on Sunday afternoon.

But it wasn’t all smooth sailing.

The Titans dominated the first term, taking control in the goal scoring department by finishing at quarter time with a 15 point lead to their opponents nil.

Joondalup woke up soon after, eventually kicking seven of the next nine goals for the game.

Hayley Dixon kept the Titans within reach of clenching victory as the games leading goal scorer with three.

2014 and 2015 Reserves Best and Fairest winner and captain, Ashton Hill was impressive throughout, steering her team to the win.

It was a fired up grand final from start to finish. Fast paced and quick ball movement was as good as it had been all season.

With flawless defence from the Falcons backs, the Titans were constantly under pressure, even when they managed to hold the ball inside their forward half for large patches of the game – they simply couldn’t convert on the scoreboard.

The Titans had nine scoring shots to the Falcons six by three quarter time, but it was simply a case of Joondalup taking their opportunities with accurate kicking and scoreboard pressure.

Despite this, it was still anyones game as the margin stood at only 2 points at the final change. Though the Titans had only kicked a single goal since quarter time, they immediately had their goalscoring boots on in the opening minute of the final term with a quick goal courtesy of Chelsea Dyson. Moments later, Joondalup responded with the games standout goal courtesy of a clever snap kick out of a pack of players from Ann Mcmahon for her second.

The Titans initial last quarter surge to win seemingly ended there and then, as Joondalup took control, never looked back and continued to extend their lead.

Falcon Brooke Hongell was named best on ground, racking up plenty of the ball throughout whilst even slotting a goal of her own in true premiership winning style.

Tess Moynihan sealed the Falcons victory with the final goal of the game as the Falcons continued their unbeaten run over the Titans for 2016.

Joondalup coach Paul Beaver praised his side for their hard work throughout 2016.

“We all get around each other, we all work hard for each other on and off the field,” he said.

Joondalup have secured their first premiership win since 2007 and have truly backed up a dominant top of the ladder 2016 finish in style.

FINAL SCORE:
Joondalup Falcons: 7.4 (46) def Coastal Titans 4.6 (30)

BEST ON GROUND: Brooke Hongell (Joondalup)

GOALSCORERS:
JOONDALUP FALCONS: Ann Mcmahon (2), Kristen Jayasuria, Laura Pugh, Tess Moynihan (2), Brooke Hongell
COASTAL TITANS: Hayley Dixon (3), Chelsea Dyson

QUARTER BY QUARTER:
JOONDALUP FALCONS: 0.0 (0) 2.1 (13) 4.2 (26) 7.4 (46)
COASTAL TITANS: 2.3 (15) 3.3 (21) 3.6 (24) 4.6 (30)

UMPIRES:
Field: Trevor Blackburn, Matt Barber
Boundary: Don Beard, Brett Jotta
?Goals: Chris Johns, Les Rowland

Report: Sandra Argese 

Nichols recognised as joint Leading Goal Scorer

Friday, August 26, 2016 - 3:20 PM

It is with great pleasure, the WAWFL would like to acknowledge that Julie Nichols has also been recognized as a joint Leading Goal Scorer for the 2016 Reserves competition, tying with Joondalup Falcons player Tyhara Garlett.

Unfortunately, Julie’s award was not celebrated at the 2016 Medal Presentation night, as not all of Julie’s goals were registered during the home-and-away season. It was quickly acknowledged, and the League celebrates Julie’s fantastic achievement.

After an impressive 14-year career with the WAWFL, Julie has had a celebrated career, winning a premiership with the Sharks in 2009 and winning the Reserves Leading Goal Scorer outright in 2012.

2016 has been another successful season for the forward, as her Reserves team made their way to the preliminary final, but were denied a grand finals berth by just 1-point. 

Julie also celebrated her 100th game this season, was captain of the team, and was recognized as one of the best forwards in the Reserves competition. But for Julie, winning the goal scorer award isn’t about self recognition, it’s a much bigger accolade to recognize her team mates too.

“The leading goal-kicker award for the Reserves competition means a lot to me, but maybe not for reasons that people may think.”

“ I see it as an indicator of me being able to play my role after my team mates have worked incredibly hard to get us in a position to score. Footy is a team game and the acts of self-less play, hard work and sacrifice around the ground that everyone needs to commit to are crucial to team success.” Julie said.

“It’s the number one thing that drives us, and if I can be one part of that club and team-first attitude at training and on game day, then I’ve done ok. I hope the Reserves girls know that this award is theirs as much as it is mine because I certainly wouldn’t have won it without them.”

Julie said coming to terms with not putting on a jumper next year has been hard to grasp but insists her retirement will still in fact involve football.

“I hope that Jules’s Kicking School, to help develop player’s skills, will make an appearance next year!”

“I’ve also become involved in a bit of special comments commentary for the women’s games the last couple of years, and it’s something I’ve enjoyed, so there may be some opportunities come from that in the future" she said.

“The East Fremantle Women’s Football Club has been such a special part of my life for the past 14 years and I consider the girls my family. I can’t thank everyone enough for their continued support over the years and hope the passion and pride I’ve felt in wearing the jumper and representing this incredible club has shone through every time I’ve stepped on the field,” Nichols said.

The WAWFL would like to take the time to congratulate Julie, who will also receive a special presentation of her award on-field at the close of the Reserves Grand Final at Medibank Stadium this weekend. 

Live Streaming: Grand Finals

Wednesday, August 24, 2016 - 11:21 AM

For all live streaming of all 2016 Grand Finals, please view the videos below.

WAFC Youth Girls - 10am
Peel Thunderbirds v Swan Districts
Reserves - 12pm
Joondalup Falcons v Coastal Titans
League - 2.30pm
Swan Districts v East Fremantle 

All games are being hosted at Medibank Stadium, Leederville.

Follow us on Twitter on Instagam at @WAWFL or #wawflfinals

 

 

 

 

Youth Girls Grand Final - Peel Thunderbirds v Swan Districts

Reserves Grand Final - Joondalup Falcons v Coastal Titans

League Grand Final - Swan Districts v East Fremantle

Grand Finals Preview

Wednesday, August 24, 2016 - 11:06 AM

2016 WAWFL League Grand Final: East Fremantle v Swan Districts

Game Preview
Both comfortable finishers inside the top four, East Fremantle and Swan Districts have been dominant forces of the WAWFL for season 2016. East Fremantle will be hungry to break their five year premiership drought, having won their last flag in 2011. On the other end, Swan Districts will be chasing history to win three flags in the space of four years.
Despite their previous encounter in June at ATOM stadium, which saw the Sharks defeat the Swans by 13 points, the Sharks will head into this match as the underdogs.

Head to Head in 2016
Round 3: ATOM Stadium  
Swan Districts def East Fremantle
9.8 (62) to 4.8 (32)
No home ground advantage didn’t bother the Swans, as they had their biggest win over East Fremantle for 2016 only three rounds into the season with a telling five goal victory.

Round 5: Steel Blue Oval
Swan Districts def East Fremantle
8.6 (54) to 5.4 (34)
Asha Price & Kellie-Maree Gibson kicked five goals between them to help Swan Districts to a healthy 20 point win over the Sharks in round five.

Round 10: ATOM Stadium
East Fremantle def Swan Districts
5.10 (40) to 4.3 (27)
Despite being an inaccurate day for the Sharks on the scoreboard, Jessica Wuetschner, Belinda Smith, Emma Swanson, Latoya Wallace & Gabrielle O’Sullivan had the goal scoring goods to help the Sharks over the line by 13 points in round 10.

The finals road to the grand final
East Fremantle sent South Fremantle packing with a 78 point demolition in the first week of the elimination-finals at Dianella Open space, automatically winning them a spot in the preliminary final at Lathlain Park. Not only did they back up their stellar performance from the week earlier, but they overcame their underdog status with a convincing win over the minor premiers the Coastal Titans by 27 points.Having finished in second position, the Swans needed to only secure a win in the semi-finals to progress strait into the grand final, with a 23 point win over the Coastal Titans winning them a grand final spot and a deserved week off before the big decider.  

WAWFL premiership history
Swan Districts: 2013, 2014.
East Fremantle: 2009, 2011.  

2016 Ladder Finishes
Swan Districts: 2nd - 11 wins, 3 losses, 1 draw 
East Fremantle: 3rd - 9 wins, 6 losses 

Reserves: Coastal Titans v Joondalup Falcons

The finals road to the grand final
A low scoring affair for the history books; the Coastal Titans defeated the Joondalup Falcons by the slimmest of margins in their preliminary final, escaping one point winners to progress into the grand final against the Joondalup Falcons, winning 2.5 (17) to 2.4 (16). A week earlier, the Falcons muscled their way past a fired up Coastal Titans to confirm themselves a well-fought out spot in the 2016 WAWFL Reserves Grand Final. The occasion was met with four quarters of fast paced, high quality football from both sides, but it was the Falcons with all the answers as they ran out 31 point winners.

The Grand Final
The Titans will regroup and will hope to take the momentum and confidence from their heroic one point victory into Sunday's grand final. Having completed season 2016 as the minor premiers atop the WAWFL reserves ladder, the Falcons reserves will look to back up that impressive feat with their first flag since 2007. Taking place at 12pm following the youth girls, it sure is shaping up to be an unmissable grand final.

Youth Girls: Peel Thunderbirds v Swan Districts

Taking place at 10:00am before the reserves take the stage at Medibank Stadium, the Peel Thunderbirds will take on Swan Districts in the Youth Girls grand final for 2016.

The Thunderbirds flew past the Angels in their qualifying final to come out 44 point winners and secure themselves a 2016 grand final spot. Their opponents were determined a week later, as Swan Districts held on to defeat the Angels by 5 points in a heart-stopper. This game shapes up to be a fierce grand final and a true snapshot of the women’s football stars of tomorrow.

Bowers and King jointly win Fairest and Best

Monday, August 22, 2016 - 12:59 PM

Coastal Titans Football Club’s Kiara Bowers and Emma King have jointly won the WA Women’s Football League’s League Division Dhara Kerr Fairest and Best at the Medal Presentation Dinner on Monday night at the Duxton Hotel, Perth.

Held in front of more than 220 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 this season, including recognition of the 8 WAWFL players selected as marquee players for next years National Women’s League.

“This year was full of highlights that were celebrated, but you simply can’t go past the announcement of the Fremantle Dockers receiving a licence in the inaugural year of the national women’s league.”

“The likes of Bowers, Donnellan, Swanson to name a few, will become household names for girls dreaming to play in the AFL like Nic Nat and Buddy for the boys” Carolyn said.

In a fantastic achievement, and now recognised as the best senior female footballers in WA, Coastal Titans Kiara and Emma both graciously accepted the title of the Dhara Kerr Fairest and Best. This is the fifth time Kiara has won the WAWFL’s highest individual award winning in 2009, 2013, 2014, 2015 and now 2016. For Emma, this is her first WAWFL Fairest and Best award.

With Emma leading the point tally going into the last round of the home season, it was Kiara who joined her in top spot, gaining three points in their game against Claremont, whilst Emma collected just one point. The teammates, who stole points from each other throughout the season, finished one point ahead of East Fremantle’s Brianna Green who finished on 20 points.

Perth Angels Jennifer Homes was awarded the Reserves Fairest and Best, a brilliant achievement for the first year player who also claimed the Reserves Rising Star, an award recognising the best first year player in the competition. Finishing on 21 votes, 3 clear of second placed Ashton Hill of Joondalup Falcons, this is the first time a Perth Angels player has won a Fairest and Best award, in a season that has seen the team develop strongly on and off the field.

With 51 goals to her name for the season, the Joanne Huggins Leading Goal Scorer award was won by Coastal Titan’s Amy Lavell. The Reserves Leading Goal Scorer was awarded to Tyhara Garlett from Joondalup who kicked 35 goals.

Also presented on the night were first year player awards with the League Cath Boyce Rookie of the Year, being awarded to Claremont’s Jasmin Stewart, with the Reserves Rising Star award going to Jennifer Homes from Perth Angels.

The Lynette Smith Volunteer of the Year award was awarded to the very deserving Sally Allomes from South Fremantle. With over ten years dedication to the League, and South Fremantle Women’s Football Club, Sally is an asset to the growth and development of the WAWFL.

League, Reserves and WAFC Youth Girls 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 Youth Girls at 10:00am.

Titans grand final streak no more

Monday, August 22, 2016 - 10:39 AM

A convincing win has seen East Fremantle put their best foot forward as genuine premiership threats, defeating the Coastal Titans by 27 points at Lathlain stadium on Sunday afternoon.

The Titans entered the WAWFL in 2004 and have since amassed seven historical premierships as one of the powerhouse units of the competition. Not once have they missed a single grand final, with season 2016 ending that outstanding run.

Despite the margin, the intensity of this final saw large patches of play where little or no goal scoring took place – both teams had come to play.

Latoya Wallace opened up the games scoring by running into an open goal to put the Sharks on the board - it was from there that they never looked back.

Play was momentarily stopped when Lara Filocamo had to leave the ground after coming off second best in a heavy contest collision.

The game was highly contested throughout the middle, but it was the Sharks who had the goal scoring goods. Two first half goals to Wallace and a single to Melissa Caulfield set them up for the win, but they could’ve lead by more – the Titans defence remained fearless and held up well.

The reigning premiers were in deep strife at half time, as the Titans hadn’t scored a single goal.

Emma King impressed for the Titans in the ruck, whilst Latoya Wallace made all the difference in the Sharks fierce ball attack and pivotal movement up forward as one of the best on ground.

Cassie Davidson and Samara David added two more goals to the Sharks tally in the third term, with David’s goal arriving right on the three quarter time siren.

The Titans came out firing in the final term, winning the first centre clearance in style, culminating in a strong contested mark and goal courtesy of Aimee Schmidt. They needed to mount an incredible comeback to win, but despite winning the final quarter by five points, it was simply not enough as they wouldn’t kick any more goals.

The Sharks ball use was as good as it has been all season, hitting targets and dominating their opposition in the execution of defensive tackles and pressure all round.

Having convincingly won the last two weeks’ worth of finals, the Sharks will take confidence into their grand final meeting against Swan Districts to challenge for their first premiership since 2011.

QUARTER BY QUARTER:

EAST FREMANTLE: 1.2 (8) 3.2 (20) 5.4 (34) 5.5 (35)
COASTAL TITANS: 0.0 (0) 0.2 (2) 0.2 (2) 1.2 (8)

GOALKICKERS:

EAST FREMANTLE: Latoya Wallace (2), Melissa Caulfield, Samara David, Cassie Davidson
COASTAL TITANS: Aimee Schmidt

- Sandra Argese

Titans beat Sharks in thriller

Monday, August 22, 2016 - 6:51 AM

By the slimmest of margins, a single point was all it took for the Coastal Titans to solidify themselves a spot in the 2016 WAWFL Reserves Grand Final as they defeated East Fremantle in an absolute heart-stopper, winning 2.5 (17) to 2.4 (16).

After virtually only minutes of play, it soon became clear that this game would go down to the absolute final wire as one low scoring affair to remember.

The focal point of East Fremantle’s intense game plan was their ability to hold up so well in defence. Despite the Titans dominance in the inside 50 count, they were unable to do any real scoreboard damage in what culminated to be one of the lowest scoring, yet highly contested matches of 2016.

It would be fair to say that many were stunned to see that by half time only one goal had been scored between both sides, a rarity in modern football – but that score didn’t tell the real story, that the fierce intensity, commitment and desperation of the contest from both sides was as good as it had been all season. 

The Sharks were the side that hadn’t scored a single goal to half time, until Maisie Glen put them on the goal-kicking scoreboard in the opening minutes of the third term. Tegan Davidson followed the trend by kicking the Sharks next goal to put them in front for the first time all game.

The intensity of the game was matched with the louder-than-ever crowd at Lathlain Park.

Heading into the final term 4 points ahead, the Sharks looked to have sealed the win, until a 50m penalty helped Titan Danielle Fagents to perfectly slot her sides final winning goal in the dying minutes.

Following this and with little time remaining, the Sharks pushed hard forward, quickly and desperately, but could only manage to score a single behind which still left them one point behind – the Titans held on, running out the clock as one point winners.

East Fremantle can head out of season 2016 with their heads held high, whilst the Titans will regroup and take on minor premiers Joondalup Falcons in shapes up to be an unmissable reserves grand finale.

GOAL KICKERS:

EAST FREMANTLE: Tegan Davidson, Maisie Glen
COASTAL TITANS: Di Evans, Danielle Fagents

QUARTER BY QUARTER:

EAST FREMANTLE: 0.1 (1) 0.1 (1) 2.3 (15) 2.4 (16)
COASTAL TITANS: 1.2 (8) 1.4 (10) 1.5 (11) 2.5 (17)

Sandra Argese 2016

Sharks through to Preliminary Final

Thursday, August 18, 2016 - 4:12 PM

It was only a fortnight ago that South Fremantle defied the odds and came from behind in wet, stormy conditions to triumph with a win against home-town rivals East Fremantle by no more than a single goal.

Sunday afternoon’s elimination final saw the two sides meet again after the short period of time. Unlike their previous meeting, this game was no nail bitter. It was a complete display of domination and class, courtesy of the East Fremantle football club as they handed South a 78 point thumping at Dianella Open Space on Sunday afternoon, eliminating the Bulldogs from the 2016 competition.

From the first whistle the Sharks looked dangerous. Despite countless early entries inside fifty, they simply couldn’t convert on the scoreboard and missed their first seven shots on goal. Their domination never faltered, as the behinds increased, so did their charge forward.
 
Their goal kicking drought was eventually broken when Samara David won a holding the ball decision, quickly moved and kicked the ball directly into the arms of Jessica Wuetschner, who finally scored their first goal of the match. It was only a matter of seconds following the next centre bounce that she would run into an open goal for her second major for the game.
 
Larissa Bennell kept South in touch toward the end of the first quarter, marking and goaling on the line moments before siren. They carried this momentum into the second term as they kicked two unanswered goals.
 
The Sharks inaccuracy and failure to kick a goal in the second quarter cost them a chance at a handy lead, going into the main break only 8 points up.
 
Still anyone’s game, the finals atmosphere was heating up.

The feeling didn’t last long – from there on in, it started raining goals for East Fremantle.
 
The ball rarely saw South Fremantle’s forward fifty – the Sharks were simply too good.
 
The beginning of the third term saw Melissa Caulfield win a free kick from a push in the back, using the opportunity to kick the Sharks first goal since the first quarter. Moments later, Cassie Davidson followed suit with a classy mark directly in front of goal, which turned into another major. All of a sudden – the Sharks looked unstoppable, and unleashed revenge on the team that had beat them only two weeks earlier.
 
Wuetschner was on fire, slotting goals left, right and centre. She finished with five for the match in arguably a best on ground performance.

The Sharks finished strongly, holding up well in defence to hold South Fremantle to only two behinds after half time.  

Whilst South-Fremantle’s 2016 season is now over, East Fremantle will progress into the preliminary final and hope to cause an upset against minor premiers, the Coastal Titans. 

Quarter by quarter -
East Fremantle: 2.9 (21) 3.11 (29) 8.15 (63) 14.17 (101)
South Fremantle: 1.0 (6) 3.3 (21) 3.3 (21) 3.5 (23)

- Sandra Argese

Falcons soar to Grand Final

Monday, August 15, 2016 - 10:26 PM

The Joondalup Falcons have powered past the determined Coastal Titans to confirm themselves a well-fought out spot in the 2016 WAWFL Reserves Grand Final.

It was finals like atmosphere at its absolute best, as the occasion was met with four quarters of fast paced, high quality football from both sides, but it was the Falcons with all the answers as they ran out 31 point winners.

The Falcons had their dream start, kicking three unanswered first term goals courtesy of Tess Moynihan, Ashton Hill and Elana De Santis. From here, the win was well set up - the Falcons never looked back.

There wasn’t much separating the two sides in the second term, as each team only scored one major each. The Titans kicked their first and only goal for the first half, as Danielle Fagents won the set shot from a free kick and converted truly, whilst Ann McMahon scored the only major for the Falcons in that quarter.

Falcon Ashton Hill worked hard throughout the ground and pushed hard for the ball, whilst teammate Teighan Kelly was impressive as a strong defensive unit and ball carrier.

The second half saw the Falcons kick three goals to the Titans two, with the low scoring affair a true reflection of the games overall intensity as the girls skills were at their very best.

Falcons Hill and McMahon both finished with two goals a piece as the games only multiple goal scorers.

Despite their loss, the Titans managed to kick the final goal of the match courtesy of Jasmine King and will be looking to take that momentum into this Sunday’s preliminary final, as their second place finish on the 2016 WAWFL reserves ladder means they have two chances to make the grand final.

The Falcons finished 2016 as the minor premiers, and will now be looking to back up finishing first on the ladder with a premiership win. Not only have they earnt themselves a week off, but a spot in the grand final, and an opportunity to win the reserves side their first flag since 2007.

GOALS:

JOONDALUP
A. Hill 2, A. Mcmahon 2, B. Hongell, E. De Santis, T. Moynihan

COASTAL TITANS:
J. King, J. Toth, D. Fagents

QUARTER BY QUARTER:

JOONDALUP: 3.3 (21) 4.4 (28) 6.6 (42) 7.9 (51)
TITANS : 0.0 (0) 1.0 (6) 2.1 (13) 3.2 (20)

Female Football Semi Finals

Wednesday, August 10, 2016 - 10:24 AM

As the WAWFL home and away season closes, the door to our finals series opens!

This weekend, the female football semi finals will showcase the some of the best players in our state, as 12 teams will fight it out for just six grand finals spots.

Kick starting the female football finals series will see the WAWFL junior counterparts taking to the field in the WAFC Youth Girl semi finals.

In a qualifying final, and looking to secure their place in the grand final, the Peel Thunderbirds will take on the Perth Angels in what will be an exciting match. At the same time, an elimination final will see Swan Districts and Claremont Piranhas fight it out, with both teams hoping to hold onto their finals dreams.

The WAWFL finals will open with the team from Joondalup taking on the Coastal Titans in the first Reserves qualifying final, with the winner of this game earning themselves a grand final place, and next week off. Trying to avoid elimination will see the East Fremantle Sharks take on the Perth Angels, who met just last week, with Perth taking the win by 8-points.

Our League qualifying final will see our two powerhouse teams take to the field. Coastal Titans will host the Swan Districts, with both teams looking to lock in their chance at premiership glory.

The League elimination final will showcase a Fremantle derby, as East Fremantle host South Fremantle, who finished third and fourth respectively on the ladder. While the winner will progress on in this years finals, the other will be finished until 2017.

With a strong weekend of football ahead, we encourage everyone to join us with the first games being played at 10.30am at Dianella Open Space, Light Street, Dianella.

Canteen facilities will be available, with the bar open from 1pm.

Full fixtures for the semi finals:

League, 2pm:
Semi Final 2: Coastal Titans (home team) v Swan Districts (away team), lower oval (qualifying final)
Semi Final 1: East Fremantle (home team) v South Fremantle (away team), upper oval (elimination final)

Reserves, 12pm:
Semi Final 2: Joondalup (home team) v Coastal Titans (away team), lower oval (qualifying final)
Semi Final 1: East Fremantle (home team) v Perth Angels (away team), upper oval (elimination final)

WAFC Youth Girls, 10.30am:
Semi Final 2: Peel (home team) v Perth  (away team), lower oval (qualifying final)
Semi Final 1: Swan Districts (home team) v Claremont Piranhas (away team), upper oval (elimination final)

2016 Finals Calendar
14th August: Semi Finals - Dianella Open Space, Dianella.
21st August: Preliminary Finals, location to be confirmed.
22nd August: WAWFL Presentation Night
28th August: Grand Finals - Medibank Stadium, Leederville.

Freo Dockers AFL Women’s Talent Search

Wednesday, August 3, 2016 - 2:27 PM

Do you think you have what it takes to be the next AFL superstar?

The Fremantle Dockers are conducting an AFL Women’s Talent Search which is designed to give female athletes an opportunity to test their football skills and abilities.


The aim of the program is to identify talent outside the current football system as well as those who are currently registered.

The talent search day will be held on Saturday 13 August from 9am – 1pm at Emmanuel College in Success.

In order to apply you must be 15 years of age by 1 January 2016.

Apply now!

Applications close Wednesday 10 August.

Successful applicants will be notified via email on Thursday 11 August.

For more information please email wades@fremantlefc.com.au

http://www.fremantlefc.com.au/

Bulldogs win in nail biter

Monday, August 1, 2016 - 10:12 AM

The WAWFL provided a Saturday night highlight under lights at Fremantle Oval, courtesy of the fired up derby between the South Fremantle Bulldogs and East Fremantle Sharks.  

Beating strongly in the heart of the Fremantle city centre, this game brought with it several heart-stopping, exciting moments, and one of the best comeback stories of 2016. The South Fremantle Football club overcame a twenty three point deficit at three quarter time to run away with a hard-fought one goal win.

This was no average win. For the Bulldogs, it is one that’ll no doubt be recognised as one of their most hard-fought, triumphant comebacks, but they sure had to work for it.

As heavy rain clouds loomed, the Sharks took advantage of the then dry conditions by opening the match with a dominant first quarter. Despite this and their higher inside fifty count, they only lead by 7 points at quarter time.

Shark Emma Swanson did her side plenty of favours as an effective ball magnet, whilst Joanne Beechey proved important for their side as their only multiple goal scorer with two majors. Despite these efforts, and three quarters of consistent football, East Fremantle would eventually fade away.

Taking a 7 point lead into the second quarter, the Sharks extended it to 15 by half time. With the heavens momentarily opening up with persistent rain in the opening minutes of the second term, a typical low scoring, highly contested game was in order, which was reflected as several shots on goal misfired, with the first six scores of the quarter all behinds. As the rain eventually dried up, so did the accurate goal scoring, until the Sharks eventually broke the second quarter goal drought moments before the final siren.

The Sharks lead looked hard to come back from, especially as the ball rarely saw the Bulldogs half of the ground for three quarters.

Sabrina Traub-Frederick’s strong performance stood out for the Bulldogs as a key influence, alongside team mate Larissa Bennell who arguably had one of the best second halves of her career by kicking multiple goals and driving her team forward. Though she goaled to open the third term to bring the Sharks halftime lead back to 10 points, the Sharks got one back moments later and eventually won the quarter.

With one quarter to go, South were down by 21 points, having only scored 16 points across three quarters of football. They came out firing as the Bulldogs owned the final quarter, exerting a surge of commitment, class and grit to kick four unanswered goals. The Bulldogs utilised their opportunities up forward and improved in kicking efficiency, strong efforts around contests, and hardness for the ball.

They powered through, with their four final quarter majors beginning with Traub-Frederick’s impressive contested mark and goal fifty metres out. Not only did South now have the momentum, but as the rain again began to pour down, the home crowd became as vocal and energetic as ever. It was all white and red from there on in. Tara Morgan’s textbook tackle, and win of a free kick minutes before the final siren proved a pivotal moment and summarised her side’s determination for the win. With minutes to go South were only a single point behind, but scored a behind to level the scores, until (with less than two minutes on the clock) Larissa Bennell added to her tally of three goals by scoring her fourth, and consequently, the match winner.

It was one for the history books, and one of the highlight nail bitters of season 2016. Despite South Fremantle’s heroic win, they still sit in fourth spot on the ladder behind the third placed Sharks. East Fremantle have an opportunity to bounce back with their round 15 clash with the fifth placed Thunderbirds, whilst South Fremantle have a chance to back up their win by taking their winning confidence into next week’s game against second placed Swan Districts.

QUARTER BY QUARTER:
SOUTH FREMANTLE: 1.1 (7) 1.3 (9) 2.4 (16) 6.7 (43)
EAST FREMANTLE: 2.2 (14) 3.6 (24) 5.7 (37) 5.7 (37)

GOAL SCORERS: 
SOUTH FREMANTLE:

Goal Kickers: L. Bennell 4, S. Traub-Frederick, E. Humble
EAST FREMANTLE:
Goal Kickers: J. Beechey 2, R. Schleicher, M. Caulfield, C. Davidson

Article: Sandra Argese

Titan domination hurts Royals

Thursday, July 28, 2016 - 11:15 AM

Despite having the home ground advantage, two scoreless East Perth quarters didn’t do them any favours as they went down by 73 points at Altone Park on Sunday morning.

With eight of the game’s final nine goals going the way of the Titans, there was a clear difference between the two sides. The Titans confidence reigned supreme to huge success as they capitalised well from their numerous entries inside fifty, whilst dominating the board in every aspect of play.

The first quarter was a fairly even contest with the Titans scoring two majors to East Perths one. This trend didn’t continue, as the Titans eventually gained control of the match from thereon after and never looked back.

Despite the fact that the majority of the match was played inside the Titans forward half, the Royals were never without fight. Though their only two goals for the match weren’t enough to win them the game, they were definitely well worked for.

The first quarter saw Siobhan Wade impressively score what would culminate in her sides only major until seconds before the three quarter siren, when Jaleesa Dearle converted with a powerful shot from the fifty metre arc. But that’s where the positives for the Royals ended.

Rachel Ortlepp and Saskia Kosterink proved a dangerously good forward combination, booting six goals between them for the unstoppable Titans.

Jacqueline Toth also proved an important contributor with two majors to her name, nailing both of her goals in the first and final quarters for the Titans.

First gamer Zoe Timmers played like a veteran, working hard throughout the ground for the titans to push her side forward toward goal. Her impressive efforts were eventually rewarded with a stunning goal on the run moments before the final siren.

A fourth quarter highlight, Claire Ortlepp put forward her case for the match highlight reel, as she helped seal the win with an impressive long bomb from the fifty metre line, which bounced straight through the middle of the goal posts.

The Titans advanced and once again put forward their claim as serious finals contenders by further cementing their deserved spot within the top two, with their combination of intelligent ball use and consistent deliveries inside fifty clearly working to their advantage.

FINAL SCORE:
Coastal Titans 13.7 (85) defeated East Perth 2.0 (12)

GOALS:
East Perth WFC: S. Wade, J. Dearle
Coastal Titans: R. Ortlepp 3, S. Kosterink 3, J. Toth 2, Z. Timmers, C. Reinikka, K. Schmidt, A. Renshaw, C. Ortlepp

Article and images: Sandra Argese