Tiger time at Claremont Oval

Friday, August 31, 2018 - 6:55 AM

Article by Sandra Argese, images by Tom Campbell

Bringing consistent touches of class and professionalism across four strong quarters of football, Claremont has moved past the Peel Thunderbirds to win their first reserves premiership since 2015.

Early on in the piece, uncontested possessions proved hard to come by. 

Leading from the front, Claremont Captain Angel Hayward kicked the first goal of the game. Moments later, Lolita Viska slotted Claremont’s second with a free kick from a 50m penalty. 

Forcing the ball into their attacking 50, locking the ball in there and repeatedly pushing up the ground, Claremont had Peel under some serious pressure. Remaining scoreless for the majority of the opening term, the Thunderbirds needed something special. 

With three minutes remaining until the first break, Peel suddenly found their mojo. Maddie Byford’s clever ‘something out of nothing’ snap shot saw Peel kick their first.  Less than 40 seconds later Peel had another goal on the board, and all of a sudden, Claremont’s two goal lead was trimmed back to a three-point ball game.

Claremont’s Amber Ugle-Hayward wasn’t having a piece of it, and with less than 30 seconds on the clock, she snuck into the goal square for a quick goal.

The physicality and intensity of the game certainly reflected the hunger of both sides. 

Katharine Thayer copped a whack and was taken from the ground with blood on her jumper. Courageously, she returned and played out the remainder of the game. In a major blow for Peel, Rebekah Raston popped out a shoulder and was in a world of pain after laying a hard tackle.

From the second quarter onwards, Claremont swiftly moved the ball forward, increased their intensity and wasn’t letting anything pass them. Defensively, the Tigers limited Peel to just two goals after quarter time. In the same space of time, Claremont’s dominance saw them kick nine.

Finishing with three goals to her name, Hayward finished as the most damaging forward of the afternoon.

“It really intense and Peel gave it to us every second of the match,” she said after the game.

“It’s been amazing journey this entire season, we’ve all worked so hard this season and we’re certainly going to celebrate.”

Hot on her heels on the scoreboard, Ugle-Hayward and Jasmina Andros finished with two goals each.

A consistent performer all afternoon, Ugle-Hayward (pictured) was  awarded best on ground honours. A deserving winner, Ugle-Hayward made the most of her opportunities, displayed solid run across the ground, presented well and racked up the possessions in droves.

Eventually running out 69-point winners, the Tigers dominance and poise around each contest made them worthy premiers.


CLAREMONT: 3.3 (21), 6.6 (42) 10.9 (69) 12.15 (87)
PEEL THUNDERBIRDS: 2.0 (12) 3.0 (18) 3.0 (18) 4.0 (18)


CLAREMONT: Angel Hayward (3), Amber Ugle-Hayward (2), Jasmina Andros (2), Misty Trimboli, Lolita Viska, Nikki Phillips, Holly Cattermole, Amy Smeding.
PEEL THUNDERBIRDS: Krystie Bland, Tess Blackburn, Narelle McIntyre, Maddie Bedford. 

East Fremantle Sharks win 2018 premiership

Monday, August 27, 2018 - 6:47 PM

Written by Sandra Argese, photos by Tom Campbell

As far as grand finals go, this was one for the history books.

An epic showdown between East Fremantle and Subiaco, it was an afternoon where ladder positions meant nothing, and time meant everything. 

Set against a backdrop of blue sky, scarce winds and plenty of sun, over 2500 spectators packed into Claremont Oval for the Mundella WAWFL League Grand Final showdown.

Less than sixty seconds after the opening bounce, the blue and white army already had something to cheer about.  Setting the stage, Ashlee Atkins immediately kicked off proceedings by executing a perfect set shot on goal.

East Fremantle’s speed, tackling intensity, composure, kicking efficiency and second efforts were phenomenal, and they looked virtually unstoppable early on. Roxanne Roux kicked their second, and while the Sharks’ dominance and ability to lock the ball inside 50 was telling, they weren’t without their challenges.

With Subiaco limiting their opponents to just the two majors in the opening term, the Lions weren’t giving up without a fight.

Eventually finding an avenue up forward, the Lions finally hit the scoreboard five minutes into the second quarter with a goal from Mckenzie Dowrick.

In the highest scoring quarter for the game, the Sharks immediately responded when Atkins kicked her second.  

Amy Lavell then sealed a contested grab and kicked her first major to cull the Lions back to within a kick of the lead. Running into an open goal, Belinda Smith answered the call and stretched East Fremantle’s lead back out to 12.

While the game had turned into a ‘see-saw’ like affair of epic proportions, East Fremantle managed to still benefit from a handy two goal buffer at half time.  

Kicking two goals to nil in the third term, Subiaco certainly gave the Sharks something to worry about.

Courtesy of a textbook banana snap around the body, it was Lavell who got the maroon and yellow faithful out of their seats with a goal that gave Subiaco the lead by a single point.

At the final break, scores were level. It was game on.

Having not kicked a single goal since the second term, East Fremantle were looking for answers.  

Missing two shots on goal in the opening 10 minutes of the final term, Subiaco found themselves holding onto a two point margin with half a quarter to play.

Amongst the best on ground, East Fremantle’s Sharon Wong threw herself at virtually every contest. Consistently at the bottom of packs, running hard and repelling many of Subiaco’s attacks on the football, her poise and influence helped place East Fremantle in positive stead all afternoon.

Roxanne Roux had a massive impact in the final term. Taking intercept marks around the ground, her strength in each contest was huge.

As the clock dwindled down, Sprlyan provided the x-factor East Fremantle needed. Finding herself in front of goal with seven minutes remaining, she took charge and kicked a goal to give the Sharks back the lead.

Courageously going back with the flight of the ball, East Fremantle’s Julie-Anne Norish took an intercept mark deep inside defensive 50 to save East Fremantle just minutes from the final siren. While her efforts were match-saving, Norish was carried from the ground with a potential leg injury.

With the last 30 seconds played on Subiaco’s 50m arc, stoppage after stoppage halted any prospect of a comeback.

Holding on to win their first flag since 2011, the five point win and premiership honours had East Fremantle colours written all over it.

Deservedly taking out Lou Knitter Best on Ground honours, Danika Pisconeri (pictured) delivered a stellar performance in the ruck for the Lions. Keeping Subiaco in the race all day and making a huge difference, she successfully sent the ball down the throats of her teammates all afternoon.

Speaking after the game, East Fremantle Coach Nikki Harwood said they had expected and prepared for a tight game against the Lions.

“Subiaco are such a quality outfit - they’re hard and tough. I was never convinced we would come out and win this without a fight,” she said.  

“The dedication, hard work and discipline (the squad has shown) from November to now has paid off.

“Pre-game I said we were a good team, and today’s result would depend on whether we were a great team. We went out and fought for full 80 minutes and never gave up – we today have something that will go down in history.”


EAST FREMANTLE: 2.2 (14) 5.3 (33) 5.4 (34) 6.5 (41)
SUBIACO: 0.1 (1) 3.3 (21) 5.4 (34) 5.6 (36)


EAST FREMANTLE: Ashlee Atkins (2), Kahra Sprlyan (2), Roxanne Roux, Belinda Smith.
SUBIACO LIONS: Mckenzie Dowrick (2), Amy Lavell (2), Ashlea Renshaw.


Sharks, Lions seek Premiership glory

Wednesday, August 22, 2018 - 6:50 AM

By Sandra Argese

It’s been a few years between premiership drinks for both East Fremantle and Subiaco. Come Sunday afternoon, that equation will change.

With the Sharks searching for their first flag since 2011, their journey in 2018 has been telling. From round one, the club wasted no time taking the wheel and steering it to the top of the ladder – and not once have they looked back.

Accomplishing a minor premiership, 15 wins and an average winning margin of 56 points, the Sharks raised the bar as the very best in the competition in 2018.

Amassing eight wins and finishing fourth on the ladder, Subiaco have emerged as the surprise package of the finals series. With two consecutive wins over third placed Swan Districts and second placed Peel Thunderbirds, they’ve certainly hit peak form at the right time.

Winning their last flag in 2015 as the Coastal Titans, the club will be looking to secure their first premiership in their new maroon and yellow colours.

Meeting a the fourth time this season for the 2018 premiership, Subiaco will be looking to move past East Fremantle – a team who has already beaten them three times this year.

East Fremantle Vice Captain Ashlee Atkins said the club was treating the upcoming grand final just like any other game.

“Our preparation and mindset wont change in that sense,” Atkins said.

“Subiaco are a great side that have really come into some form the last couple of weeks, so we definitely think we’ll have a tough game on our hands.”  

Fresh off her 2018 Dhara Kerr Best and Fairest win on Monday night, AFLW Fremantle Docker and Subiaco Lion Captain Hayley Miller’s prolific form has been telling in 2018. Displaying effective run and carry, racking up the clearances in droves and exhibiting gritty tackling pressure across this season, her ability to win the ball and use her effective skills with both hand and foot is certainly going to make a difference come grand final day.  

Other influential AFLW players to take the field include former Mundella WAWFL leading goal kicker Ashlee Atkins (East Fremantle), Melissa Caulfield (East Fremantle), midfielder-forward Gabby O’Sullivan (East Fremantle) and midfielder Evangeline Gooch (East Fremantle). Former Fremantle Docker Amy Lavell (Subiaco) is coming off a four-goal performance in the preliminary final against Peel, and will be looking to continue her superb form in front of the big sticks.

Subiaco Coach Simon Quayle said he had relished the opportunity to promote skill and understanding within the squad throughout the season and looked to take that into Sunday’s grand final.

“There were heaps of new players with limited exposure to football. My approach and message was to teach the game, coach the person,” he said.

“It probably took nine rounds for our players to adapt, grow, and improve their mindset and be consistent. We weren’t far off in some of our losses in the early rounds. The girls took it to a new level with empowerment managed by developing onfield leaders. They have been outstanding as a group.”

Simon said the Subiaco squad were over the moon and were using the week to reflect on their growth over the duration of the year.

“East Fremantle are an outstanding group, coached well and have a full list of good players. They deserve to be the outright favourite. We’ll be preparing as normal;  focus on skills, focus on team, focus on what we do well,” he said.

"Finals are all about winning. Coming from 4th, every week was an elimination. The club has only one goal, to win.”

The 2018 Mundella WAWFL League Grand Final will be played at Claremont Oval on Sunday August 26 with bounce down at 2.30pm, following Reserves at 12pm and Rogers Cup at 10am. All games will be live streamed on the Mundella WAWFL Facebook page.

Hayley Miller wins Dhara Kerr Fairest and Best

Monday, August 20, 2018 - 3:06 PM

Subiaco Lions Football Club’s Hayley Miller has won the Mundella WA Women’s Football League’s Dhara Kerr Fairest and Best at the 2018 Medal Presentation Dinner on Monday night at the Hyatt Regency, Perth.

The announcement is even more impressive when it is pointed out that Miller played her first game in round 5 of the season.

Held in front of more than 245 guests, the Medal Presentation Dinner celebrates the Mundella 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 the year, including recognition of West Perth who won the Mundella Cash for Clubs competition, Coastal Titans alignment to become Subiaco Lions and the fifth Yorga’s Koodjal Kadadjiny match held in July.

"The 2018 season was another successful year of the WA Womens Football League"

"None of our success over the past 31 years is possible without the invaluable contribution of our clubs and volunteers who power them" Carolyn said.

Honoured with the Mundella WAWFL's highest playing award Subiaco Captain Hayley Miller graciously accepted the title of the Dhara Kerr Fairest and Best. The AFLW Fremantle Dockers player continues to break the mold as her fast pace and courage on the field gains respect from teammates, opposition and spectators alike. 

In an exciting finish that went down to the last round of the season, Miller was able to claim the winning vote in the final game to secure her final tally of 24 votes. Swan Districts Gemma Houghton was hot on Miller's tail and chased throughout season, falling just one vote short to finish on 23. Finishing third was East Fremantle's Belinda Smith who finished on 21 votes.

Finishing in a tie with 17 votes, Reserves players Renee Holwill from Swan Districts and Tahlea Martin from East Perth were both awarded the Reserves Fairest and Best. Just one vote behind, second placed Hereripenne Williams of Peel Thunderbirds chased the heels of the eventual winners, with Claremont's Angel Hayward finishing third on 15 votes.

The 2018 Rogers Cup Fairest and Best was won by Jacklyn Atkinson, from Peel Thunderbirds with a total of 22 votes. Jacklyn took the win by just one vote as East Perth's Mikayla Morrison finished with 21 votes, and Subiaco's Abbey Dowrick and Swan District's Nyra Anderson shared third spot with 19 votes. 

With 78 goals to her name for the season, the Joanne Huggins Leading Goal Scorer award was won by Peel Thunderbirds Kira Phillips for the second year in a row. The Reserves Leading Goal Scorer was awarded to Narelle McIntyre from Peel Thunderbirds who kicked an impressive 40 goals, while in Rogers Cup there was a tie as Jenna Bantick from South Fremantle and Aimee Hiscock from Swan Districts took out the title for Rogers Cup with 24 goals each.

Also presented on the night were our rookie awards which are awarded to players competing in their first year of football that record the most votes across the year.  The Cath Boyce Rookie of the Year was awarded to Subiaco Jayme Harken, Reserves Rising Star award went to Ashlee Sidebottom from Peel, and Rogers Cup Rising Star was awarded to Subiaco's Kia Buckley.

South Fremantle's Jenna Allomes was recognised as the 2018 Lynette Smith Volunteer of the Year award who has over twelve years dedication to South Fremantle. Jenna's passion and motivation to improve the South Fremantle Women's Football Club and our competition, make her a worth recipient of this honourable award. 

New life membership was also recognised during the night with current WAWFL President Carolyn Hills joining the elite group. Life Membership is the pinnacle level of recognition within the WAWFL, so it is fitting that Carolyn's 14 years of commitment to the bettering of the WAWFL and female football in WA was recognised with this honour.

League, Reserves and Rogers Cup Grand Finals take place this weekend at Claremont Oval, Claremont.

Entry is $5 per person, including a year book. Bounce down for League game is 2:30pm, following Reserves at 12:00pm and Rogers Cup at 10:00am. All finals will be streamed on the Mundella WAWFL Facebook page.

Preliminary finals see Lions, Thunderbirds, Sharks progress

Monday, August 20, 2018 - 2:56 PM

The Mundella WA Women's Football League Grand Finals will be played this Sunday, August 26 at Claremont Oval.

The League Grand Final at 2.30pm will see minor premiers East Fremantle battle against Subiaco for premiership glory in season 2018. 

The Reserves Grand Final will feature Claremont Tigers and Peel Thunderbirds, while the Rogers Cup Grand Final sees Peel Thunderbirds clash with  East Fremantle.

Entry to Claremont Oval is $5 and includes a 2018 WAWFL Yearbook.


Sunday, August 19 – venue Claremont Oval.

2.30pm – East Fremantle v Subiaco

12pm – Claremont v Peel

Rogers Cup
10.00am – Peel v East Fremantle


League - Peel Thunderbirds 7.3 (45) defeated by Subiaco 9.12 (66)

Reserves - Peel Thunderbirds 3.5 (23) defeated East Fremantle 2.5 (17)

Rogers Cup - East Fremantle 5.8 (38) defeated South Fremantle 5.1 (31) in overtime.

2018 WAWFL Preliminary Finals

Monday, August 13, 2018 - 8:29 PM

The Mundella WA Women's Football League Preliminary Finals will be played this Sunday, August 19.

The League clash at 2pm will see Peel Thunderbirds clash with Subiaco for a place in next week's Grand Final against East Fremantle. 

The Reserves Preliminary Final will feature Peel Thunderbirds and East Fremantle with the winner to play Claremont, while the Rogers Cup Preliminary Final sees South Fremantle and East Fremantle doing battle for a spot in the Grand Final, against Peel.


Sunday, August 19 – venue South Fremantle Oval.

2pm – Peel Thunderbirds v Subiaco

12pm – Peel Thunderbirds v East Fremantle

Rogers Cup
10.30am – South Fremantle v East Fremantle



2nd Semi: East Fremantle 12.11 (83) defeated Peel Thunderbirds 3.3 (21)
1st Semi: Swan Districts 4.8 (32) defeated by Subiaco 9.2 (56)


2nd Semi: Peel Thunderbirds 2.1 (13) defeated by Claremont 9.15 (69)
1st Semi: Swan Districts 3.3 (21) defeated by East Fremantle 7.6 (48)

Rogers Cup

2nd Semi: Peel Thunderbirds 5.9 (45) defeated South Fremantle 0.2 (2)
1st Semi: East Fremantle 3.4 (22) defeated by Swan Districts 3.3 (21)

East Fremantle Straight into the 2018 Grand Final

Monday, August 13, 2018 - 6:37 PM

Article by Sandra Argese, Photos by Tom Campbell

East Fremantle versus Peel Thunderbirds – Semi Final One

Footy can be telling. On Sunday afternoon, East Fremantle’s performance certainly told a story.

With 15 wins, a minor premiership and a reputation as being virtually unbeatable on the line, season 2018 couldn’t have been any kinder to the Sharks.

Come finals time in their semi-final against Peel Thunderbirds, the trend unquestionably continued.

It was never a matter of East Fremantle finding their momentum, because they started with it from the very first bounce, and not once did they look back. On the flip side of the coin, it was another story for their opponents in Peel Thunderbirds, who exhibited a performance which was anything but a reflection of the consistent form they’ve shown throughout 2018.

With opening goals to Ashlee Atkins and Belinda Smith, the Sharks wasted no time converting and making the most of their consistent entries inside 50. Add Jade De Melo’s strong leads, effective run and two goals to the first quarter tally, and the Sharks looked unstoppable. They went into the first break up 28 points.

Matters only got worse for Peel in the second term. Electing to play on after winning a free kick from an illegal head high tackle, Caitlyn Edwards slotted East Fremantle’s sixth. Moments later De Melo continued her telling performance with her third major and the Sharks’ seventh.

East Fremantle’s Larissa Versace worked hard around each contest, racking up plenty of disposals.

Seven goals down with two and a half quarters still to play, Peel needed to find a spark.

Pushed off the ball in a marking contest, Kira Phillips won a free kick and kicked the Thunderbirds’ first goal for the afternoon – but this would be their last goal for quite some time.

East Fremantle’s game plan was nothing short of unstoppable. Showing strong tackling pressure, the Sharks outnumbered Peel around each contest. Displaying strong skills by foot and effective run and carry across each quarter, the Sharks rarely missed a target and were often too quick for their opponents.

Securing a 40-point buffer at the main break, the Sharks could do no wrong.

With a neat set shot that travelled strait over the goal umpires head, De Melo slotted her fourth goal to start the third term in style.

Peel lost Bonnie Mackintosh halfway through the third quarter after she received a heavy knock. Though down for a couple of minutes, Mackintosh bravely returned to play out the rest of the game.  

A worthy contributor for a best on ground performance, Gabrielle O’Sullivan did the highlights reel plenty of favours when she shrugged off oncoming traffic to kick a stunning goal.

Whitney Benson’s gritty performance down back was a real positive for the Thunderbirds. Taking strong defensive marks and contesting the Sharks’ numerous entries inside 50, Benson’s pressure around the footy forbid a much bigger Sharks win.

Though far too late for a comeback, the Thunderbirds hit the scoreboard for the first time since the second term with two consecutive final quarter goals from Ebonee Hardie and Bailey Molloy.

The Sharks’ dominance, class and poise saw them run out 62 point winners and straight into the grand final, leaving Peel to face Subiaco in an elimination final next weekend.


EAST FREMANTLE: 4.4 (28) 7.5 (47) 9.9 (63) 12.11 (83)

PEEL THUNDERBIRDS: 0.0 (0) 1.1 (7) 1.1 (7) 3.3 (21)



EAST FREMANTLE: Jade De Melo (4), Belinda Smith (2), Kahra Sprlyan (2), Roxanne Roux, Ashlee Atkins, Caitlyn Edwards, Gabrielle O’Sullivan.

PEEL THUNDERBIRDS: Kira Phillips, Ebonee Hardie, Bailey Molloy.

Hungry Lions claim important win

Thursday, August 2, 2018 - 6:59 AM

Fighting to secure a finals berth, it was all or nothing for Subiaco in their Round 15 clash with Claremont on Sunday afternoon.

With West Perth hot on their tail in fifth by percentage, a loss would have placed the Lions a win outside finals contention. Yet despite being out of a position to make finals, their opponents in Claremont weren’t going down without a fight.

Mother nature certainly didn’t have any tricks up her sleeve, with conditions at Claremont Oval sunny and without much breeze.

From the opening bounce, Claremont's poise and grit in defence was immediately evident. Tackling and chasing hard, their ability to clear the ball from defensive 50 was telling. 

Subiaco made it anything but easy for the home side, dominating possession and looking threatening in front of goal. While they did control the ball for most of the opening half, their dominance wasn’t converted on the scoreboard.

With the margin just two points at the main break, it was certainly game on.

The opening half of the third term had Claremont written all over it, with the girls stealing the lead back courtesy of two quick goals to open the term.

Needing to respond, Subiaco immediately answered the call with a contested grab and goal courtesy of Amy Lavell. Finishing as the most dominant forward on the ground with three goals to her name by games end, her dominance and ability to lock the ball inside 50 proved crucial for the Lions.

Danika Pisconeri certainly made the highlights reel, consistently finding space, winning the ball and showcasing some quality ruck work which proved advantageous to her teammates.  

Still anybody’s game, Hayley Miller took matters into her own hands with a screamer mark and goal to re-ignite Subiaco back into the lead by a solitary point at the final change.

The Lions’ run of goals didn’t stop there. Kicking the next three, they found themselves in positive stead and up by 19 points halfway through the final term.

Question was, would Claremont find a way to put their wheels back on or would Subiaco shut the door on them? It seemed Claremont had found their answer in Amanda Robertson. Slotting a neat set shot for the Tigers with only five minutes to go, she narrowed the margin back to 12, and once again it was game on.

A testament to Subiaco’s composure and hunger for the win, the girls held their nerve and walked away 12 point winners.

Brooke Erceg, Amber Ugle-Hayward, Nikki Phillips, Andie Payne and Isabella Zadnik were amongst the Tigers’ best, while Claire Ortlepp, Courtney Stubbs, Mary Roseingrave, Sara Lewis, Hayley Miller, Melissa Lim and Danika Pisconeri all provided stellar performances for the Lions.


Claremont: Caitlin Lewis (2), Adele Arnup, Brooke Erceg, Amanda Robertson.

Subiaco: Amy Lavell (3), Hayley Miller (2), Katie Lamb, Lauren Stammers.


Claremont: 0.3 (3) 2.4 (16) 4.6 (30) 5.7 (37)

Subiaco: 1.4 (10) 2.6 (18) 4.7 (31) 7.7 (49) 

2018 Yorga’s Koodjal Kadadjiny

Friday, July 13, 2018 - 8:29 PM

This Sunday the Mundella WA Women's Football League and WA Football Commission will host the fifth Yorga’s Koodjal Kadadjiny "Women’s Two Way Learning Match" at Steel Blue Oval 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 2018 NAIDOC week, celebrating the contribution indigenous and non-indigenous players have made to our game.

The Lil Kickett Memorial Shield (awarded to the winning team) and Sharon Woods Best on Ground Medal will be highly sought rewards, with bragging rights also a highlight reward.

Coaches for the Indigenous team are Kristen Nelson and Lisa Cockie, while Leith Woods, Amanda Robertson and Paul Beaver will coach the non-indigenous team. Full teams are listed below.

Bounce down will take place at 12pm, with the game being a curtain raiser to the WAWFL North All-Stars vs South All Stars game.

The All-Stars game will see the State's most eligible AFL Women’s draft prospects will compete in the Mundella WAWFL All Stars game, starting at 2pm.

There will be activities and competitions for everyone to get involved in, including a goal-kicking competition during the main break of the All Stars match.

Previous Lil Kickett Memorial Shield winners:

2016 - Indigenous All-Stars Team 
Sharon Woods Best on Ground: Imahra Cameron, Indigenous All-Stars Team (South Fremantle)
2014 - WAWFL All-Stars Team 
Sharon Woods Best on GroundKira Phillips, Indigenous All-Stars Team (Peel)
2012 - Indigenous All-Stars Team 
Sharon Woods Best on Ground: Kira Phillips, Indigenous All-Stars Team (Peel) 
2010 - Indigenous All-Stars Team 
Sharon Woods Best on Ground: Taylah Angel, Indigenous All-Stars Team (Coastal Titans)

Teams listed below: Grey - Indigenous team, Yellow - Non-Indigenous

Tigers claw back for draw

Wednesday, June 27, 2018 - 7:10 PM

Written by Sandra Argese, Images Thomas Campbell

If any game was going to walk the talk in round 11, Claremont’s clash with Swan Districts on Sunday afternoon certainly did the trick.

With five consecutive losses to their name, Claremont needed to do something special if they were going to overpower the in-form reigning premiers.

A Swans victory would’ve added fuel to the clubs’ case as strong premiership threat and enhanced their recent record to five wins in their past six outings. A loss would’ve put all the above in jeopardy.

From the opening bounce, it instantly became clear both sides were hungry for the four points, and hungry to prove themselves.

Frantic and quick, both the Swans and Tigers competed hard for the football in a stoppage-heavy opening quarter.

Kicking off proceedings in front of the big sticks, Jasmin Stewart converted Claremont’s first after winning a free kick from a push in the back infringement.

The Swans didn’t take long to respond, with Rhonda Williams’ prolific run and a neat chest mark earning the away side’s first major for the afternoon.

Lauren Osborne continued the trend and reaped the rewards from her solid run off the half backline to kick the Swans' second. She was closely followed by Maddison Ugle, who also used her brilliant pace to advantage to run the ball off half back to convert for the Swans’ third strait goal.

While Claremont held possession, dominated disposals and the inside 50’s, maintained prolific run and fought hard in the clearances, they were unable to register their dominance and poise on the scoreboard, finding themselves in a 17-point deficit and with only a single goal to their name at half time.

Claremont’s Allana Dickie fought hard all afternoon to restrict Swan Districts’ forward 50 entries. Consistently reading the play, her ability to take intercept marks across half back made things a bit tougher for the Swans. 

Swans Emily Mcguire and Taryn Priestly battled well around the ground to rack up plenty of touches, clearances and tackles across the four quarters.

Stewart answered Claremont’s goal scoring drought in the third quarter, putting toe to footy amongst traffic to kick her second and reduce the margin to less than two kicks.

Shifting the momentum back to the Swans, Ashley Sharpe unloaded with a 70m sprint on the wing. In what would become the Swans’ final goal of the day, Sharpe was uncatchable as she ran lightning fast to find herself face-to-face with an open goal.

Moments later, a head-high free kick awarded Robertson her first major for the day. This cut the Swans’ lead back to 10 points.

Slotting the opening goal of the final quarter, Robertson kicked her second to claw the margin back to four points.

A 50m penalty then put Isabella Zadnik in scoring range, to which she converted truly to give Claremont its first lead since the opening minutes of the first term. As the Claremont crowd erupted out of their seats, the Swans couldn’t convert up forward and managed a final two points to level the scores.

At 5.4 a piece, the siren sounded to signal the first draw for season 2018.

Quarter by Quarter
Claremont: 1.1 (7) 1.3 (9) 3.4 (22) 5.4 (34)
Swan Districts 3.0 (18) 4.2 (26) 5.2 (32) 5.4 (34)

Claremont: Jasmin Stewart (2), Amanda Robertson (2), Isabella Zadnik.
Swan Districts: Rhonda Williams (2), Madison Ugle, Lauren Osborne, Ashley Sharpe. 

Lions hold on in Saturday night thriller

Thursday, June 14, 2018 - 6:11 PM

Written by Sandra Argese, Photography by Thomas Campbell

It seems three is the magic number for Subiaco.

Notching up their third win of the season, the Lions’ gritty win against West Perth was decided by less than a kick in a heart stopping three point thriller.

In fact, it was this Subiaco victory which knocked West Perth from third spot into fourth on the ladder.

A seesaw like affair, both the Falcons and Lions dominated for significant patches throughout the game, making it never quite clear who would walk away with the four points.

Kicking off proceedings, the Lions came out firing with an unanswered three goal haul to open the Saturday night clash at Leederville Oval, with Captain Hayley Miller wasting no time in the opening minutes to nail a set shot to make her mark on the scoreboard after winning a tug of the jumper free kick.

West Perth instantly found themselves with some soul searching to do after only managing to score a single point at the first break.

And soul searching they certainly did.

Virtually catapulting themselves into the lead, the Falcons hit the start button on a pattern of unanswered goals in the second term. Kicking the next four goals, they found themselves up five points at the main break.

The Falcons’ dominance was certainly short lived, as the lions convincingly looked home by kicking four of the next six goals amongst the wet conditions. 

Clawing their way back to just three points, the Falcons’ Danica Arnold won a free kick from a push in the back decision only metres out from goal. As mother nature chipped in with an outpour of rain, she kicked truly and there was less than a kick in it.

With only seconds to go before the final siren, Ellie Hansen did her best to push West Perth forward and clear the ball to run inside 50 toward goal, but ran out of time.

Former Fremantle Dockers co-vice captain Amy Lavell reminded spectators of her poise, class and accuracy in front of the big sticks by finishing the match with a telling three goal haul.

Lauren Stammers (Subiaco) and Tyhara Garlett (West Perth) also got in on the multiple goal scoring action, kicking four between them.

Just two wins outside the top four, the Lions will carry momentum going into this weekend’s clash against Claremont as they look to claw their way up the ladder.

On the other side of town, the Falcons will be hungry to rectify the loss in their meeting with Subiaco again in a fortnight at Joondalup Arena.


Subiaco: 3.2 (20) 3.5 (23) 7.8 (50) 7.8 (50)

West Perth: 0.1 (1) 4.4 (28) 6.5 (41) 7.5 (47)


Subiaco: Amy Lavell (3), Lauren Stammers (2), Tiah Haynes, Hayley Miller.

West Perth: Chloe Metcalf (2), Tyhara Garlett, Ann Mcmahon, Danica Arnold, Ellie Hansen.

Sharks patrolling top of WAWFL Ladder

Thursday, May 24, 2018 - 8:06 AM

Article: Sandra Argese

When a team is topping the ladder halfway through the season, chances are there isn’t much its doing wrong. In the case of East Fremantle, they aren’t doing anything wrong.

In fact, with it's League side undefeated and it's Reserves and Rogers Cup squads sitting inside the top four of their respective ladders, it’s no wonder the remainder of the WAWFL are already labeling the Sharks as the team to beat. 

Fresh off a victory over Subiaco, East Fremantle League Head Coach Nikki Harwood attributed the club’s success to the mental and physical standards that many of its players had been exposed to earlier this year through the AFLW. 

Coming into season 2018, Harwood said the aim for each grade at round one was to win one quarter of football each. If results are anything to go by, the club has certainly exceeded that standard. 

“They’ve been working extremely hard since November so it’s fantastic to see them getting reward for effort,” Harwood told wawfl.com.au

Fresh off her debut season as a Fremantle Docker after breaking into the AFLW ranks in 2017 as a GWS Giant, East Fremantle Captain Alex Williams is on the cusp of returning to the WAWFL following recovery.

Speaking to wawfl.com.au, Williams said while being on top was a good feeling, the club certainly wasn’t getting ahead of themselves.  

“It’s been really good, we have had a few younger girls join the team this year and they’ve contributed and complimented the players we already had really well,” she said.

“I’m really happy with how we have come together – we’ve gelled as a group quite well. All the demanding work that started with pre-season where we had a really solid few months of training is really showing.”

With the Sharks’ league side owning a great relationship with the scoreboard in 2018, the girls walked away 49-point winners over South Fremantle in round one, 45-point winners over Swan Districts in round two, 108-point winners over the Angels in round three, 27-point winners over the Thunderbirds in round four, three-point winners over Subiaco in round five, 31-point winners over West Perth in round six and 48-point winners over Subiaco in round seven.

Though taking an average 44-point winning margin into round eight, Williams said the girls never underrated any of their opponents. 

“We've come up against really strong competitors this year, which I think it’s a positive for the future in women’s footy with just how competitive and strong the teams have been.”

East Fremantle President Kate Argent said while the club was aspiring to win premierships in all three grades, this objective always came secondary to creating a “great club with a great culture.” 

“To help with that we've partnered with Women and Leadership Australia to provide a leadership course to 11 of our players and volunteers. This program has been running since February and has given the group some excellent development opportunities,” Argent said. 

“While the players have certainly been getting the challenging work done at training and on game days, as a whole club we've been lifting our standards and expectations over the last few years.”

This has certainly been reflected in the calibre and dynamic of the club, which has built itself up and secured a group of support staff in place that reflects a classic WAFL club model. This included the introduction of a football manager, head coach and three coaches across each grade, a strength and conditioning team, physiotherapist, trainers, team managers and a player welfare manager. 

“Players are being professionally managed back from injury with Enhance physiotherapy working with our strength and conditioning staff,” Argent said. 

“Our Player Welfare Manager Jules has become an essential part of our player management. The coaching team that Nikki and Steph have put in place is excellent and we're focused on continuing to develop their skills as well.”

While East Fremantle’s league side hasn’t taken home the silverware since 2011, Williams said the squad was still taking the 2018 season week by week – grand final day isn’t even on the agenda. 

“I don’t think anyone has mentioned that word (finals) yet. We still have half a season left and have quite a bit to work on over the second half of the season.”

Harwood said the club wouldn’t have the current success it did without the dedication and hard work of its coaches, players, support staff, board and sponsors.

“Nothing changes for us, we will continue to approach every game in the same way as we have been. Every game is a new challenge, so we just try and raise our bar each time by polishing our strengths and improving on specific focus areas,” she said. 

“I personally hope that we will get all three grades into the finals. Our Rogers Cup side have a very difficult draw so will need to continue their good form of the last few weeks to maintain that.”

East Fremantle's league side face Swan Districts on Sunday afternoon at Steel Blue Oval, following the Reserves match at 12pm. The Rogers Cup squad meets Subiaco at Leederville Oval at 10.30am.

Swans crash lions party

Thursday, May 17, 2018 - 3:30 PM

Article: Sandra Argese

Swans crash Lions party

On paper, a Sunday afternoon meeting with Swan Districts in front of a home crowd might have sounded like a dream outing for Subiaco.

In reality, it was a tough four quarter battle against the reigning premiers, who muscled their way to a 32-point win in their second win over the Lions for season 2018.

Under sunny conditions at Leederville Oval, both teams tackled and contended hard all day, but the Swans’ class, poise and quick ball movement around the ground simply proved too strong for the Lions.

A prolific ball magnet up forward, Ashley Sharp gave Subiaco plenty to worry about. After kicking three goals in round five, she hit the repeat button and finished the match with three majors to her name. Emily Mcguire wasn’t far off the mark either, finishing with two majors.

Subiaco’s Captain Hayley Miller worked hard all afternoon to inspire her teammates; there was never any uncertainty that she wouldn’t put in 100 per cent when attacking the football. Her work around stoppages and roving efforts around clearances made her one of the best ball magnets of the day.

Gemma Houghton did the Swans plenty of favours by continuing her strong form in 2018, consistently charging hard out of defence and finding herself plenty of the football. Teammate Taylah Angel played her role across the ground; an instrumental ball winner at ground level.

Though the Lions found their feet and outscored the Swans in the third quarter, the Swans put on three final quarter goals. Moments before the final siren, Sharp ran into an open goal to seal the win.

With another four points in the big, it’s clear the reigning premiers are already on their way to ticking all the boxes if they want to repeat history in 2018. 

SWAN DISTRICTS: 2.1 (13) 4.2 (26) 6.2 (38) 9.6 (60)
SUBIACO: 1.2 (8) 1.3 (9) 3.4 (22) 4.4 (28)

SWAN DISTRICTS: Ashley Sharp (3), Emily Mcguire (2), Rikkiesha Carling, Georgia Nanscawen, Taryn Priestly, Tayla Mcauliffe.
?SUBIACO: Sara Lewis (2), Amy Lavell, Mckenzie Dowrick.

Tigers put Bulldogs on leash

Friday, May 11, 2018 - 8:57 AM

Tigers put Bulldogs on leash

Article: Sandra Argese

If a team's form were dictated by the weather, then Claremont should be requesting to play in the rain and wind every week. At the other end of the table, if the scoreboard were the sole indicator of performance and effort meant nothing, South Fremantle would move on quickly from their 44-point loss to the Tigers at Claremont Oval on Sunday afternoon.

As far as wet conditions go, it was a game where the stoppages were aplenty.

Kicking four goals between them, Katherine Orme and Melanie Baldwin looked dangerously good up forward for the Tigers. A real gamechanger, Orme’s best major arrived when she dodged traffic to nail a tricky goal to get the Claremont faithful up and excited going into half time.

Claremont’s Chloe Colegate worked hard around the ground, creating opportunities and gathering plenty of the ball.

As the game progressed and the weather, albeit drying up, fell below an un-Perth like 20 degrees, temperatures were still running hot at Claremont Oval.

Prompting the arrival of medical staff and a stretcher, Amy Smeding was forced to leave the ground seven-and-a-half minutes into the third term following a strong South Fremantle tackle. Bravely refusing the stretcher, she walked to the bench and was taken into the Claremont rooms by medical staff.

The Bulldogs struggled to find themselves in their attacking half of the ground. Claremont dominated disposals, clearances and marks all afternoon, finding space and still managing to quickly move the ball despite the slippery conditions. Unfortunately, the Bulldogs were unable to match the Tigers dominance on the scoreboard who finished with six goals and 14 behinds.

Going scoreless for the majority of the game, Chae-Lee Salbie broke South Fremantle’s goalkicking drought 11-minutes into the final term.  

With four points and their third win of the season in the bag, the Tigers comfortably secured themselves the gritty win.


CLAREMONT TIGERS: 2.6 (18) 4.11 (35) 4.12 (36) 6.14 (50)

SOUTH FREMANTLE: 0.0 (0) 0.0 (0) 0.0 (0) 1.0 (6)


CLAREMONT TIGERS: Katherine Orme (2), Melanie Baldwin (2), Amanda Robertson, Carissa Wright.


Classy Falcons outplay brave Bulldogs

Monday, April 23, 2018 - 8:25 AM

West Perth Falcons versus South Fremantle Bulldogs (April 22 – HBF Arena)

Article: Sandra Argese, Imagery: James Jeffery

Classy Falcons outplay brave Bulldogs

Though mother nature had a few tricks up her sleeve, West Perth had no problems putting on a show in their round three 74-point win over South Fremantle at HBF Arena on Sunday afternoon.

While the result left South Fremantle still searching for their first win of season 2018, West Perth backed up their win over the Angels last weekend in true style – and their confidence certainly showed.

A tight arm wrestle in the opening term, it was contested footy at its best. South Fremantle’s Rebecca Baly had no problems slotting the opening goal of the match, though West Perth’s Chloe Metcalf wasn’t far off with the Falcons’ first major.

With only three points the difference at the first break, West Perth decided to take matters into their own hands.

Just like Perth’s rumbles of thunder the night before, the Falcons unleashed a storm of goals in the second quarter. Tyhara Garlett slotted three majors in a row and the Bulldogs had no answers for her strong marking and accurate conversion rate up forward, while Ellie Hansen and Laura Pugh helped the Falcons to a healthy six goal lead at the main break.

South Fremantle had some soul searching to do at half time and needed to respond, but one never quite arrived.

Igniting a spark in the face of a scoreless second quarter for the Bulldogs, Larissa Bennell broke the drought with a major at the nine minute mark of the third term.

The Bulldogs midfielders were well serviced by Olivia Hunt, who battled hard in the ruck all afternoon. 

Though the Bulldogs fought hard and maintained possession in their forward half of the ground for the majority of the third term, the Falcons’ defensive unit weren’t letting much past them.

Dodging traffic to slot her fourth for the game, Garlett slotted the opening goal of the final term to slam the door shut on a potential Bulldogs comeback.

Hansen sealed the deal even further, slotting her second major by running into an open goal to get the red and blue faithful up and out of their seats. Moments later, Brooke Whyte got in on the action with her first major and Garlett secured best on ground honours with her fifth goal.

Rounding out the sea of goals, Amy Szeliga nailed a set shot to send the Bulldogs packing.


WEST PERTH 1.4 (10) 6.6 (43) 8.8 (56) 13.12 (90)
SOUTH FREMANTLE 1.1 (7) 1.1 (7) 2.4 (16) 2.4 (16)


WEST PERTH: Tyhara Garlett (5), Chloe Metcalf (2), Ellie Hansen (2), Laura Pugh, Kristen Jayasuria, Brooke Whyte, Amy Szeliga.
SOUTH FREMANTLE: Larissa Bennell, Rebecca Baly.