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)

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

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.


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

Determined Bulldogs overpower fighting Piranhas

Tuesday, June 21, 2016 - 12:34 PM

Despite a fired up Claremont providing plenty of fight among four consistent quarters of high pressure football, South Fremantle had all the answers, eventually seeing them run out 45 point winners at Anning Park on Sunday afternoon.

South impressed with their strength as a powerful team unit, consistently holding up well with clean defensive play and poise among Claremont’s hard-fought entries inside 50. The Bulldogs capitalised upon their opportunities up forward, as their star forwards benefited from several well executed goal assists. The Bulldogs forwards were on song, with multiple goal scorers Larissa Bennell, Sabrina Traub-Frederick, and Lara Rodin-Zimdahl providing plenty of moments for the highlights reel, scoring nine majors between them.

The windy conditions didn’t exactly do either side any favours as the match culminated in a heavily contested contest, providing ongoing stoppages and patches of play where neither side could break free from each other. As packs of players constantly clashed, the umpires were kept busy throughout.

South Fremantle were dominant early on in the contest, with Sabrina Frederick-Traub opening the match with their first major, only to be followed by another courtesy of a classy run in goal from Larissa Bennell. Kate Cowen put the Piranhas’ on the scoreboard as she benefited from an overhead handball, notching up what would be her sides only score for the quarter. Frederick-Traub again converted from a set shot on the siren to give her side the momentum heading into the next change, taking the Bulldogs to a 16 point lead at quarter time.

Chloe Colegate helped her side open the second quarter with a goal for Claremont, though it didn’t trend as that would also be their only score for the term. It was a low scoring quarter overall, as both defences held up nicely, though South still managed to win the term as Frederick-Traub and Bennell added two more goals within minutes of each other to their teams tally.

Claremont continued to push forward hard after the half time break, with Piranha Jasmin Stewart working well throughout the ground as a pivotal ball magnet. They managed three goals in their best performing term courtesy of Carissa Wright, Jessie Barker, and Madeleine Long. Despite this, the Bulldogs remained a touch better, continuing their scoreboard dominance by winning the quarter.  Bulldog Larissa Bennell continued to impress, with her best goal arriving as she took a contested mark on a difficult angle, only to convert truly with a well-executed banana kick around the body.

The Bulldogs held Claremont goalless in the final term, again adding two more goals to their tally, whilst maintaining possession and play to take home the win. Though it was only their second win of the season, the Bulldogs intensity around the ground looked like a team in a higher ladder position as they showcased impressive form that they’ll look to take into round eleven.

South Fremantle will now be looking to secure their third win of the season and subsequent second win in a row by taking on current ladder leaders Coastal Titans, whilst Claremont will be looking for their first win of the season against the fourth placed Thunderbirds.

South Fremantle: 3.4 (22) 5.6 (36) 9.8 (62) 11.10 (76)

Claremont: 1.0 (6) 2.0 (12) 5.0 (30) 5.1 (31)

South Fremantle: L. Bennell 4, S.  Frederick-Traub 3, L. Rodin-Zimdahl 2, A. Robilliard, S. Dorizzi
Claremont: C. Wright, K. Cowen, M. Long, J. Barker, C. Colegate

Article: Sandra Argese

WA U23s women take on Queensland

Friday, June 17, 2016 - 10:46 AM

WESTERN Australia’s State U23 Women’s team departs this week for games against Queensland’s U23s on Friday night and Sunday morning.

The first game will be held at Yeronga Oval, South Brisbane at 6.30pm on Friday, June 17 and the second at 11am at Metricon Stadium on Sunday, June 19.

The team will be led by State Women’s Academy coach Martine Pearman, captain Courtney Ugle and a leadership group including Demi Okely, Tayla Bresland, Eliza Gelmi and Emily Bonser.

An official jumper presentation for team members was held at Swan Districts Football Club on Tuesday, June 14 and attended by WAFC Commissioners Cheryl Edwardes and Grant Dorrington, as well as AFL club representatives Wade Spilcker from Fremantle and Deane Pieters from West Coast.

WA Football Commission Female Talent Manager Alison Moore congratulated all of the players, coaches and support staff selected in the State U23 team and said it was a fantastic opportunity to represent their State.

“It is a great incentive for all of our participants and a highlight for everyone involved,” Ms Moore said.

“It’s been fantastic to see representative sides this year include State 15 Schoolgirls, State 18 Youth Girls, State Open Women, and now U23 women.

“Well done to 2016 U23 Coach Martine Pearman, the support staff and all of the players selected in this year’s squad.”

In 2015 WA had almsot 50,000 Female Participants (21.83% of WA Participation) and there was 23.5% overall growth in Female Football from the previous year.

There is now a complete pathway for female footballers from all-girls Auskick centres through to juniors, youth and women’s competitions, as well as opportunities for elite female players through the WA Talent Academies and programs such as the State U23s.


1. Rachel Ortplepp (Coastal Titans)

2. Tarni Golisano (Coastal Titans)

3. Tayla Bresland (Peel Thunderbirds)

4. Alex Williams (East Fremantle)

5. Cassie Davidson (East Fremantle)

6. Eliza Gelmi (Swan Districts)

7. Lauren Osborne (Swan Districts)

8. Susan Chuot (Swan Districts)

9. Georgia Perry (Peel Thunderbirds)

10. Emily Bonser (Swan Districts)

11. Demi Okley (Peel Thunderbirds)

12. Courtney Ugle (C) (Swan Districts)

13. Ashton Hill (Joondalup Falcons)

14. Claire Ortlepp (Coastal Titans)

15. Megan Boddington (Swan Districts)

16. Kira Phillips (Peel Thunderbirds)

17. Samara David (East Fremantle)

18. Asha Price (Swan Districts)

19. Milly Burns (Coastal Titans)

20. Ashley Sharp (Swan Districts)

21. Kahra Sprlyan (South Fremantle)

22. Belinda Smith (East Fremantle)

23. Caitlyn Edwards (East Fremantle)

24. Shannon Renee (Swan Districts)


Article: WA Football 

Falcons triumphant over Angels

Monday, June 13, 2016 - 8:47 AM

An impressive surge of late goals from the Perth Angels couldn’t get them over the line over a triumphant Joondalup Falcons, who held on to defeat the home side as victorious 25 point winners.

From the first bounce, Joondalup rose to the occasion and made it very clear why they sit atop the WAWFL Reserves ladder. They spread their wings among sunny conditions at Lathlain Park, maintaining possession inside their forward fifty for much of the first term.  Though Perth’s home ground advantage wasn’t doing them any favours, Joondalup’s goal kicking was, as they failed to put away their opponents early on by only converting 1.3 by the end of the first quarter, despite several entries inside fifty. Perth’s only opportunity to secure their first major was missed early on, as Danielle Wiseman couldn’t convert a set shot directly in front of goal.

Despite this, Perth were finally on the board with a goal halfway through the second quarter.  The contest eventually broke even with both sides proceeding to cough up the ball with unforced turnovers and rushed disposal. Joondalup eventually steadied and regained their dominance of the match, with Abbie Swale and Tess Moynihan slotting their sides second and third goals, winning the quarter and taking home a healthy 14 point lead at half time.

At the main break, Lathlain Park hosted three Auskick games, amassing an exciting opportunity for a number of young, aspiring footballers to play in front of a crowd of adults and inspired young children. They provided the perfect curtain raiser for the second half of the match. Notably, since the Perth Angels have joined with Belmont Junior Football Club to go out and encourage primary schoolers of the benefits, skills, and overall fun to be gained by playing Aussie Rules, there has been a 10% increase in female Auskick enrollments for 2016, with that number having strong potential to continuously rise.

The Angels needed the perfect start after the long break, but redemption didn’t arrive as Perth’s Aleisha Duncan failed to convert a set shot in front of goal, and in a space of minutes the falcons had another two majors. Janaha Williams rubbed more salt into the Angels wounds, as she extended the margin to five goals. Ellie Hansen was also pivotal for Joondalup, pushing up forward and working as an effective ball carrier to help her side to extend their well-maintained lead.

Despite her side never taking the lead, Angel Lea Caccamo provided a standout performance, working effortlessly around the ground for the contested ball, though she later went down halfway through the final term with a troubled leg injury from a rough contest collision.  

Though it was far too late for redemption, Perth came firing in the final term as they managed to score more goals in the final quarter than they had all match, whilst managing to keep Joondalup goalless.

Joondalup now have some breathing space with two wins clear atop the ladder and will head into next week’s round 10 clash against seventh placed East Perth as favourites, whilst the Angels still hold onto their position in third as they approach a week off with a bye.

Final Score:

Perth Angels: 3.4 (22)
Joondalup Falcons: 6.11 (47)

Perth: Aleisha Duncan, Tayla Vanderham, Tamika Watterston     
Joondalup: Tyhara Garlett, Abbie Swale, Tess Moynihan, Ellie Hansen, Brooke Hongell, Janaha Williams                           

Article: Sandra Argese 


Titans down Swans in tough battle

Sunday, June 12, 2016 - 10:26 AM

The Coastal Titans League team have won a bruising encounter against the Swan Districts by 19 points in round 8 of the West Australian Women’s Football League at Steel Blue Oval on Saturday night.

The Titan’s kept the Swans scoreless in the fourth quarter to record a 7.10 (52) to 5.3 (33) victory and moves them four points clear on top of the ladder.

Both sides were tested physically with big collisions and ferocious tackling on display throughout the match.

The Swans struggled to exit their defensive fifty for large portions of the game with the Titan’s forward press forcing long kicks to congested areas.

Titan’s Emma King showed why she was the number 1 pick in the 2015 Women’s AFL Draft, dominating the ruck contest and marking strongly around the ground.

Coastal Titans Coach Martine Pearman said a tough physical contest was what she was expecting.

“Hard contested footy is what we always get against Swan Districts so it was a battle from the first quarter right up until the end there…there certainly were some hard hits tonight.”

“Both teams play hard relentless footy and it’s certainly something that we keep working on week in and week out to get better and better at, that pressure on the ball carrier as much as we can and hit the contest hard.”

“I thought we held our structures really well in the second half and that certainly was one of the messages that we spoke to the girls about at halftime was to hold their structure and contest as hard as they could.”

Swan Districts Coach Rob Kennedy said his team fought bravely and there were a lot of positives to take away from the game.

“You know when you come up against a top side like the Titans its going to be a physical game.”

“We took it to them in the first quarter but we just couldn’t sustain it, we had three girls go down. I thought the girls fought really hard.”

“We are midway through the season and premierships aren’t won in June, but we are on the right path and hopefully we can fix a few things and get it right. I think the systems that we have got in place are good, once we start trusting and executing we will be right.”

Both teams came into the contest unbeaten after drawing their first match in the season opener.

Hayley Miller opened the scoring for the Titans, but the Swans quickly returned fire through the boot of Akec Chuot.

Each side traded goals throughout the opening quarter, with the Titans converting field position into a 3.2 (20) to 2.2 (14) lead at the first interval.

It was the Titans who started off the second term with a greater intensity. Emma King began combining with midfielders Kiara Bowers and Hayley Miller to win clearances.

It wasn’t long before this reflected on the score sheet with Amy Cotterell kicking the Titan’s first goal of the quarter.

The Titans were dominating field position but wayward kicking and gritty Swan Districts’ defence preventing them from taking a larger lead.

Two running goals by Swans forward Ashley Sharp kept them in the contest with the Swans making the most of their limited inside fifties.

The Titans lead 5.6 (36) to 4.2 (26) at halftime.

The Swans came out of the break looking to impose themselves on the scoreboard and started well with Megan Boddington kicking a set shot goal to bring the margin to 4 points.

Swan Districts were switching and moving the ball well with Courtney Ugle and Emily McGuire beginning to find some space on the wings as play went from end to end.

However, sustained defensive pressure from the Coastal Titans began to take effect with Titans forward Brooke Whyte kicking her first goal, giving the Titans an eleven-point lead at 3-quarter time.

The fourth quarter was physical from the first bounce with players refusing to give an inch.

Lara Filocamo was providing a physical presence for the Titans as both teams went hard at the contests.

The Swans seemingly had no answers to the Titans forward press as the ball was kept in the Swans defensive half.

Defensive pressure by the Titans prevented the Swans from scoring any points in the final term.

Martine Pearman, “I’m really pleased with our back line. We needed to make some changes after the first quarter and there was certainly some girls that took on board what we asked of them and the backline certainly stepped up.”

Brooke Whyte’s second goal sealed the win, the Coastal Titans winning by a 19-point margin.

The Coastal Titans will take on East Fremantle next week, with Swan Districts up against the Thunderbirds.


Swan Districts: Sharp 2, Chuot, M. Ugle, Boddington

Coastal Titans: Whyte 2, Millar 2, Wineti, Filocamo, Cotterell


Swan Districts: Antonio, Donnellan, Matcham, Chuot

Coastal Titans: King, Filocamo, Miller, Bowers, Whyte

Article: Cam Inglis

WA Open's take on Western Bulldogs

Wednesday, June 1, 2016 - 9:20 AM

Congratulations to the squad of 23-players, including one emergency, named to represent Western Australia this weekend.

Led by captain Renee Forth, the Women’s Team will play the Western Bulldogs in a curtain-raiser to the Round 11 AFL clash between the Western Bulldogs and West Coast Eagles at Etihad Stadium.

The match will start 10:30am.

Please view the full Western Bulldogs Women's Team squad below.

1. Lorraine Vawser (Coastal Titans)

2. Kira Phillips (Peel Thunderbirds)

3. Chelsea Randall (Swan Districts)

4. Jessica Wuetschner (East Fremantle)

5. Melissa Caulfield (East Fremantle)

6. Sabrina Fredrick-Traub (South Fremantle)

7. Renee Forth (C) (Coastal Titans)

8. Emma Swanson (East Fremantle)

9. Brianna Green (East Fremantle)

10. Demi Okley (Peel Thunderbirds)

11. Taylah Angel (Swan Districts)

12. Rheanne Lugg (Swan Districts)

13. Emily Bonser (Swan Districts)

14. Kara Donnellan (Swan Districts)

15. Kiara Bowers (Coastal Titans)

16. Lara Filocamo (Coastal Titans)

17. Emma King (Coastal Titans)

18. Kellie Gibson (Swan Districts)

19. Ebony Antonio (Swan Districts)

20. Alexandra Williams (East Fremantle)

21. Tayla Bresland (Peel Thunderbirds)

22. Leah Mascall (Coastal Titans)


23. Tarnica Golisano (Coastal Titans)

Angels defeat Sharks at ATOM Stadium

Monday, May 30, 2016 - 9:49 AM

Star forward Aleisha Duncan has booted 5 goals to help the Perth Angels to a 32-point win over the East Fremantle Sharks in Round 8 of the West Australian Women’s Football League Reserves on Sunday.

The Angels led at every change at ATOM Stadium to record an 8. 12 (60) to 4. 4 (28) victory, claiming their fifth win of the season and moving them up to third on the ladder.

Perth’s defensive pressure was on display, as East Fremantle struggled to move the ball out of their own half.

A dominant third quarter by the Angels was the difference, scoring 15 unanswered points and holding the Sharks scoreless for the entire term.

Angels Coach, Brad Lukosius, was very pleased with the team’s effort after a slow start.

“Early I don’t think we were mentally switched on and working hard enough, they did have more players around the ball.”

“We focused on running hard and matching them and being accountable. We started congesting it a bit for them and the flipside was we started to use the footy and transition it forward and kick some goals and it was a really good win,” he said.

It was a tough day for East Fremantle Sharks who started strongly but couldn’t keep up the tempo throughout the match.

East Fremantle Coach, Wendy Booth, said injuries had impacted the team.

“Its been tough, we had ten changes this week so its always hard when you are turning over half of your players. But the second half were better, the girls worked on what we wanted them to work on so there were definitely some positives out of the second half.”

Both teams were placed on equal points coming into the fixture and each side was looking to consolidate third position on the ladder.

Each team was looking to start strongly but it was East Fremantle who fired first. Sharks forward Julie Nichols kicked the opening 2 goals to get the Sharks off to a 12-point lead in the opening minutes.

Booth said, “We wanted to try and hit them hard early and get some scores on the board but unfortunately we weren’t able to sustain that structure for the whole game.”

The Angels defensive pressure began to show as East Fremantle struggled to get the ball out of their back half and use their spread effectively.

Lukosius stated, “The last thing you want to do is give them a 2-3 goal lead and give them plenty of run. But our loose players started to have an impact and we started to find space.”

Despite dominating possession, wayward kicking from the Angels resulted in only a quarter time lead of 2.6(18) to 2.1(13).

The Sharks came back firing and retook the lead at the start of the second quarter with Maisie Glen kicking a goal for a one-point lead.

However, the Angels began to dominate possession and proceeded to pull away on the scoreboard, with Aleisha Duncan kicking 2 goals to give the Angels a 17-point buffer going into halftime.

After the half it was all the Angels as they held the Sharks scoreless for the entire third quarter. Carolyn Ruoss led the Perth defence, stifling East Fremantle’s attack.

The Angels midfield was outplaying the Sharks and Perth Angels star Jennifer Homes showed her class providing run through the centre and kicking the first goal of the third quarter.

Perth had ground away to a 32-point lead by three quarter time.

East Fremantle forward Katelyn Murray kicked the first goal of the fourth quarter, bringing some life back into the contest before Aleisha Duncan sealed the match with her fifth goal.

Next week, the Perth Angels take on the league leaders Joondalup while East Fremantle verse The Thunderbirds.


East Fremantle: Nichols 2, Murray 1, Glen 1.

Perth Angels: Duncan 5, Homes 2, Wiseman 1.


East Fremantle: Nichols, Murray, Glen, Maher

Perth Angels: Duncan, Homes, Thomas, Ruoss


Article: Cam Inglis

O'Dea and Kirke join WAWFL Board

Monday, May 23, 2016 - 10:58 AM

The WAWFL welcomes two new members who have recently joined the WAWFL Board, and thanks our existing board members for all their wonderful, supportive and hard work. Their commitment plays a huge role in ensuring the WAWFL leads the way as we look forward to a Women's AFL competition in 2017.

President Carolyn Hills welcomed the two new appointments who she believes will be great additions to the Board.

"We would like to give a very warm welcome to our two incoming board members, Gerry O'Dea and Lydia Kirke. Both members have a great amount of relevant experience to their future roles within womens football, and we look forward to another successful and productive year ahead".

We’re excited to have them on board and you can learn more about them below!

Gerry O'Dea

Gerry has an extensive history working in WA football including 16 years at the WA Football Commission mostly in participation and talent development, in particular for the Swan Districts FC, Claremont FC and West Perth FC. Gerry was the CEO at West Perth FC and staying within the sporting industry, is currently the General Manager of Yachting WA. Also the Senior Coach at Perth Angels FC, AFL Analyst on Twin Cities radio and a member of the DSR Champions of Change committee, reviewing gender diversity within WA State Sporting Associations, Gerry is a welcome addition to the WAWFL Board.

Lydia Kirke

With an extensive amount of legal experience, Lydia joins the WAWFL board to provide legal advice and support, particularly in relation to governance, by-laws and drafting of documents, including contracts and policies. Also having a lengthy sporting background, including involvement with the UWA netball club and the Rottnest channel swim. Lydia joins the WAWFL at a great time as we continually strive to better ourselves and our policies and governing laws.


WAWFL recognises and rewards volunteers

Friday, May 13, 2016 - 4:47 PM

May 9 - 15 is celebrated throughout Australia as National Volunteer Week. The week is an annual celebration to acknowledge the generous contribution of volunteers around Australia.

Without Volunteers, the WA Women's Football League would simply not exist. Volunteers help govern, run, operate and maintain every aspect of our League.

To celebrate the contribution to our game by volunteers, the WAWFL offered each club the opportunity to nominate a volunteer whose contribution the club would like to reward. The winners will receive a $50 Coles Myer voucher.

Congratulations to our winners:

Coastal Titans – Ashlea Renshaw

Claremont - Alana Barbato

East Fremantle – Steph Walding

East Perth – Tammy Crawford

Joondalup Falcons – Paul Beaver

Perth Angels - Sam Ballantyne

Peel Thunderbirds – Ann Fenton

South Fremantle – Lisa Gilewski

Swan Districts - Leith Woods

WAWFL Board - Carolyn Hills

WAWFL seeks new Board Members

Tuesday, May 10, 2016 - 11:53 AM

The West Australian Women’s Football League is looking to fill a vacant Board member position.

Additionally, the WAWFL can also co-opt two members with specified skill sets to the executive team until the next Annual General Meeting.

The WAWFL Board is seeking new members that can:

Assist in providing information to ensure the League is delivering on its strategic directions through strong governance and support to the President, or;
Provide legal advice and support for the League, or;
Provide support to the League in sourcing new sponsors (and pursuing alternative funding streams) to meet the outcomes of the 2016 - 2020 WAWFL Strategic Plan.

Applicants are encouraged to provide a brief (no more than 2 pages) statement to address the requirements of the positions available and submit via email at by 5pm on Wednesday 18 May 2016. 

A description of the General Board Member role can be found here: General Board Member JDF

Should you wish to discuss the requirements of the role etc. please contact the President, Carolyn Hills on 0412 141 520.

Hodder stars for WA Youth Girls

Tuesday, May 10, 2016 - 9:20 AM

Western Australia's Courtney Hodder was named A-Section MVP at the conclsuion of the Youth Girls National Championships in Melbourne tonight after a standout performance throughout the week-long competition.

Hodder was also named WA MVP and best on ground for her team in their Grand Final loss to Vic Metro at the MCG.

WA will use the Grand Final loss as a valuable learning experience after being held scoreless by a talented Vic Metro line-up which scored 14.11-95 to finish the Championships as undefeated winners.

As the only two sides to have won the competition in the past, WA and Vic Metro faced each other in a curtain-raiser to the Richmond-Hawthorn match on Friday night.

West Australian Football Commission General Manager of WAFL and Talent, Steve Hargrave, congratulated Hodder on her MVP award and said he was extremely proud of all the WA players for reaching the Grand Final.

"These young players, our coaches and support staff have done Western Australia proud," he said.

"While we didn't get the result we were hoping for in the Grand Final, I know they will all learn from this experience.

"We will review the game and look at the result to make sure these players gain all they can from the opportunity." 

"These girls are all talented individuals and future stars of the National women's competition so I know they'll bounce back better and stronger."

After a tight start to the Grand Final, Vic Metro hit the scoreboard first and took a 19-point lead into the first break.

Hard running from WA midfielders Hodder and Maddison Ugle in the second quarter wasn’t enough to get them on the scoreboard.

WA lifted its intensity in the third quarter, constantly tackling and harassing their opponents, but still remained scoreless and Vic Metro was 69 points ahead at three quarter time.

WA slowed the play down in the last quarter and had their highest number of forward 50 entries, but the Vic Metro defence remained resolute.

Vic Metro                  3.1   8.2   10.9   14.11 (95)
Western Australia     0.0   0.0     0.0     0.0 (0)

Vic Metro: Huntington 5, Hayes 3, Struylaart 3, Prespakis 2, Smith

Vic Metro: Smith, Huntington, Prespakis, Ripari, Struylaart, Vesely
Western Australia: Hodder, Ashley, Ugle, McGuire

WA Youth Girls through to Grand Final at MCG

Friday, May 6, 2016 - 9:49 AM

WA’s AFL Youth Girls will play Victoria Metro in the A-Section Grand Final of the 2016 AFL Youth Girls National Championships at the MCG at 3.20pm WST on Friday, May 6.

Click here to watch the game live online.

WA Female Talent Manager Alison Moore said the team was looking forward to playing on the MCG and taking on the reigning Champions.

“From day one of the program the WA players have shown true belief and commitment, so to get this opportunity is very exciting,” she said.

WA coach Clint Degebrodt said he and the other coaching staff had been very impressed with the performance and resilience of the WA players throughout the Championships.

“They’ve done themselves, their families and our State proud and we know they have the ability to go all the way if they apply themselves on the big stage tomorrow,” he said.

WA qualified for the decider with a thrilling one-point win today over Queensland 7.7 (49) to 7.6 (48).

WA also defeated Victoria Country on Day One of the Championships 6.6 (42) to 5.3 (33) but lost to Victoria Metro 10.7 (67) to 3.5 (23) on Day Two. 

Western Australia won the 2014 Youth Girls National Championships against Victoria Metro and finished third in 2015 behind grand finalists Vic Metro and Queensland.

2016 WA Youth Girls National Championships Team

WAWFL to support One Life Round

Friday, May 6, 2016 - 9:23 AM

Players from all nine WAWFL clubs will wear blue armbands this weekend for WA Football’s One Life Round.

One Life is a West Australian initiative to strengthen families, communities and workplaces, improve mental health and build resilience to prevent suicide.

The West Australian Football Commission’s (WAFC) partnership with One Life will use the blue arm bands and football as a vehicle to raise awareness of mental health and suicide prevention and reduce the stigma associated with discussing these topics.

Every year suicide accounts for 32% of deaths for males aged 15-24. It’s not just men either; there has been a recent spike in suicide among young females.

The WAFC is also delivering free mental health and suicide awareness training through the Live Life Ambassador program which includes 90 minute sessions that provide the knowledge to recognise if someone is showing signs of mental health issues, how to properly approach them, along with where to direct them for the best help available.

Education sessions are being delivered this year at all Level 1 coaching courses. Any Club wishing to attend a session is encouraged to contact Tayla Daniele on to register their interest.

The WAFC, in partnership with One Life, has also developed a risk management plan to ensure that the appropriate support is provided throughout One Life Round and during the week leading up to it. Additional counselling support can also be provided if there is an immediate and acute need identified at any of the participating clubs.

Need help?

Suicide Call Back Line: 1300 659 467

LifeLine: 13 11 14

Samaritans 24/7: 135 247

24/7 Youthline: 1800 198 313

East Fremantle take home Derby bragging rights

Monday, April 25, 2016 - 5:30 PM

East Fremantle have outplayed a fighting South Fremantle with a 45 point win under lights at ATOM stadium on Saturday night.

Though the primary half of the first quarter was played in the Sharks forward half of the ground, their conversion in front of goal was inaccurate as they couldn’t capitalise on a promising start.

East Fremantle’s Latoya Wallace kicked things off by taking a fairly uncontested mark in front of goal, only to miss the opportunity to nail the game’s first major. Redemption arrived as Jessica Wuetschner put the ball down the throat of Melissa Caulfield, who converted for their first goal.

Souths didn’t get on the scoreboard until halfway through the first term, capitalising upon their first inside fifty entry. Soon after, the Sharks renewed their domination of the quarter by stringing together two more goals before the first break to lead by 18 points.

South Fremantle arrived to play in the second quarter, slotting the first three goals of the term to level scores.

The Sharks responded well to Souths momentary burst of goals, and never really looked in danger of losing.

It was contested derby football at its best as neither side was ever completely in control. Though this appeared to be Souths final surge of scoreboard pressure as the second half was a complete show of East Fremantle brilliance.

The Sharks extended their nineteen point lead at half time to 25 at three quarter time, outscoring South who only managed one major for the third term, which would subsequently also be their last for the match.

The Sharks looked dangerous pushing forward, consistently forcing turnovers from Souths kick outs, which never hit the target and forced them to play defensive football.

Whilst Sabrina Frederick-Traub worked hard around the ground racking up plenty of ball to push South Fremantle forward, it was not enough as her team would always slump back to their first quarter downfall of goals scored against them.

The girls in blue and white were purely too strong as the match evolved into a frenzy of goals for the Sharks, as they went on to score a final five unanswered goals courtesy of Caulfield, Jacquie Edwards, Wallace, and Zoe Huggett.

Though East Fremantle were consistently inaccurate, having kicked more behinds than goals, their overall dominance around the ground and in maintaining possession was pivotal to their win.

- Sandra Argese 2016