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.

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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

WAWFL Grand Final Venue Announced

Tuesday, July 26, 2016 - 9:22 PM

The venue for the 2016 WA Women’s Football League and WA Football Commission Youth Girls Grand Finals has been confirmed with Leederville’s Medibank Stadium set to host the deciders on Sunday, 28 August.

Following an expression of interest tender process earlier this year, Subiaco Football Club was confirmed as the successful applicant, allowing Grand Finals to be hosted at Medibank Stadium.

WAWFL President Carolyn Hills said the move to Leederville would provide a great venue to showcase the season’s most exciting day.

“Our Grand Finals are the biggest day in the WAWFL calendar, and for them to take place at such a central location is a great start”.

“I encourage everyone to get to Leederville to embrace the best football of the season as three teams are crowned Premiers.”

The 2016 WAWFL and Youth Girls Grand Finals Day triple-treat promises to be a great day out for fans young and old, with six hours of football excitement.

Following the success and positive feedback from previous years, all Grand Finals will be filmed and streamed online.

Whilst the teams are yet to be decided, preparations are well underway to ensure the biggest day on the WAWFL calendar is not to be missed.

WAFC Youth Girls, Reserves and League Grand Finals will all take place on the day, with entry $5 including a yearbook.

WAWFL secures sponsorship with Burley Sekem

Monday, July 18, 2016 - 2:18 PM

The West Australian Women’s Football League is proud to announce that Burley Sekem will become an official apparel supplier for the next three years.

Already partnering with the WA Football Commission, and WA Football League, Burley Sekem will now be the exclusive provider of WAWFL game day apparel and match day footballs for the homeand-away season.

WAWFL President Carolyn Hills is excited to welcome a WA-based sponsor as the League strives to increase the professionalism of the League.

“Having years of experience supporting WA football, we are very happy to partner with a business that understands our game and needs.

“Burley Sekem provide a quality product that we are confident will help raise the profile of the WAWFL, and ensure our players look as professional as possible while on the field” she said.

Director of Burley Sekem, Ed Cunningham explained he is delighted to have reached an agreement with the WAWFL.

“As one of the few remaining manufacturers in Perth, the support of local leagues is extremely important for us.

“Moreover, we see women’s football as the fastest growing segment of the football market and look forward to assisting the league and clubs during this exciting expansion stage” he said.

With Burley Sekem’s production history dating back to 1907, the WAWFL Board is sure this new partnership will assist the League as we transition into an exciting new era with the inaugural female AFL competition in 2017.

For information on Burley Sekem’s product and range, please visit http://www.sekem.com.au 

For further sponsorship enquiries, please contact secretary@wawfl.com.au

Yorga match to promote reconciliation

Friday, July 8, 2016 - 3:41 PM

This Saturday the WA Women's Football League and WA Football Commission will host the fourth Yorga’s Koodjal Kadadjiny "Women’s Two Way Learning Match" at Lathlain Park.

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

This weekend's game was strategically organised to coincide with the AFL's Multicultural Round, celebrating the contribution multicultural communities have made to the game’s history and welcome new communities to embrace Australia’s game in the future.  Many Cultures, One Game.

Once again, both the Lil Kickett Memorial Shield (awarded to the winning team) and Sharon Woods Best on Ground Medal will be highly sought after alongside with bragging rights.

Bounce down will take place at 5pm, with a gold coin donation requested for entry.

Previous winners:

2014 - WAWFL All-Stars Team
2012 - Indigenous All-Stars Team
2010 - Indigenous All-Stars Team

 

South clip Thunderbirds wings with hard-fought win

Tuesday, July 5, 2016 - 9:51 AM

With the Bulldogs coming off a heavy loss to ladder leaders Coastal Titans, they made amends to eventually secure themselves an impressive 41 point win.

A windy Sunday afternoon at Anning Park provided the prime stage for the Round 11 clash between the two fired up sides in the Peel Thunderbirds and South Fremantle Bulldogs. It was a hard fought contest throughout as tensions arose between the two very physical sides.

Early on, the contest seemed almost even as neither team could break free of each other, until Thunderbird Greta Mckinley put in her contender for the highlights reel with a classy snap around the body to put six points on the board for her side. The Thunderbirds wouldn’t score another major until the third quarter.  South Fremantle eventually took control by keeping the ball in their forward half, with several entries inside fifty resulting in a nine point lead at quarter time.

Chae-Lee Salbie worked especially well throughout the ground to provide plenty of helpful goal assists to the Bulldogs, whilst down the other end Jasmine Covich held up well in defence to help hold the Thunderbirds to 1.1 in the first quarter.

Peel took control in the opening minutes of the second term by maintaining possession, though they simply couldn’t apply scoreboard pressure as the Bulldogs defence reigned supreme. In a low scoring and highly physical quarter, Hannah Barkell found the answer with a textbook snap around the body delivering the goods as the Bulldogs third goal.

Though low scoring and heavily contested, it was clear by half time that both teams had come to play. Following half time, Bulldog Chloe Taylor provided the quarter highlight as she asserted the momentum of her team by winning a free kick off a well-executed tackle, which resulted in a holding the ball decision in her favour.

The third term also saw Isobella-Rose Haigh slot the Thunderbirds second and final goal for the match, though it couldn’t help the team’s scoreboard woes as by the quarters end they were still down 16 points. Needing to more than double their score to beat South, matters didn’t improve for the Thunderbirds as South took control and completely asserted their dominance in the final term.

Bulldog Sabrina Traub-Frederick worked hard providing plenty of goal assists and a pivotal presence up forward for her side, whilst teammate Schlesniak’s impressive performance saw her finish the day with three majors to her name. 

Due to the physical nature of the contest, several players were forced to leave the ground. This was ignited as the final quarter was interrupted with a momentary clash between the two sides, which drew most of the players on the field, which eventually resulted in a South Fremantle free kick.

Overall, the fourth term rained goals for the Bulldogs. Not only did they have momentum going for them, but their hard fought efforts resulted in an inspiring final quarter performance worth four majors to upset the Thunderbirds, who currently sit one spot higher than them on the WAWFL ladder.

Sonia Dorizzi nailed the games final major, signalling that the match was well and truly South Fremantles.

Though the Bulldogs took away the win, they still remain second last on the WAWFL ladder behind the Thunderbirds, who sit in fourth position. South will be looking for their fourth win of the season next week when they take on the last placed Piranhas, whilst the Thunderbirds will be looking to cause an upset and get back on their feet as they take on the second placed Swan Districts.

Quarter by Quarter
South Fremantle: 2.4 (16) 3.5 (23) 4.7 (31) 8.9 (57)
Thunderbirds: 1.1 (7) 1.1 (7) 2.4 (16) 2.4 (16)

SOUTH FREMANTLE
Goal Kickers: H. Schlesniak 3, K. Tinson, S. Dorizzi, H. Barkell, L. Bennell, E. Humble

THUNDERBIRDS
Goal Kickers: I. Haigh, G. Mckinley

Report: Sandra Argese 2016
Photos: Phil Barnes