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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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

2016 Youth Girls Super Sunday

Tuesday, July 5, 2016 - 9:47 AM

The West Australian Football Commission Youth Girls teams will battle it out in the annual Youth Girls Super Sunday carnival at Altone Park, Beechboro on Sunday, July 10.

The carnival for all Rogers Cup Youth Girl participants will feature a number of interactive and fun activities including a photo booth, music and inflatables.

Those attending will also get the chance to meet the WAFC Female Ambassadors.

With the Finals looming, WAFC Youth Girls teams will be looking to increase their chances of securing a spot in the top four.

Fixtures:

10:30am Claremont v Perth Angels (Oval 1)
10:30am South Fremantle v Swan Districts (Oval 2)
12:00pm East Perth v Coastal Titans (Oval 1)
12:00pm Joondalup Falcons v Thunderbirds (Oval 2)

It is an exciting time for Female Football with the recent announcement of the Fremantle Dockers gaining a license for WA in the National Women’s League Competition set to begin in 2017.

Come down and support female football and witness the state’s future football stars go head-to-head.

Article: WA Football