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)

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)