Triple Threat Swans Create History

Monday, August 21, 2017 - 5:26 PM

Written by Sandra Argese, photos by Thomas Campbell

Swan Districts have stamped their authority on all three of this year’s Mundella West Australian Women’s Football League grand finals, winning all three premierships at Rogers Cup, Reserves and League levels.

The history-making clean-sweep was set in stone in the last game of the day that saw the league girls walk away 29 point winners over the Coastal Titans.  

Unlike the slim margins that’ve separated the two sides in recent encounters, the Swans maintained their composure at every change and restricted their opponents to a goalless second half to win 2.3 (15) to 6.8 (44).

The Swans found momentum early in the piece, with opening goals to Emily Mcguire and Kellie Gibson helping them to a healthy 10 point lead at the first change. From then on, it was all Swans as they were clean, quick and rarely wasteful in front of goal.

While the Titan's Dana Hooker and Captain Hayley Miller notched up plenty of ball and tried to inspire a comeback, it never arrived.

Consecutive second term goals to the Swan's Rhonda Williams left the Titans with an 18 point deficit at half time. Though attempting to shift their defensive structure and play extras down back, the Titans still couldn’t find the solution to their woes.

Alicia Janz was inspirational in the ruck for the Swans, while her skipper Kara Donnellan gave the Titans plenty of headaches around stoppages and team mate Ebony Antonio joined in on the party with a nifty third quarter major

Skipper Kara Donnellan was rewarded for her hard work and walked away with Lou Knitter Best on Ground award.

The league-level Swans now continue their dominance of the local league in recent times, with this premiership their fourth in five seasons.

Head Coach Nicole Graves said it was a wonderful day for the footy club.

“For the Swans, it was an amazing day for us and was so exciting. If I didn’t think the pressure was on before, it certainly was by the time the other two teams had won.”

Goal kickers
Swan Districts:
Rhonda Williams (2), Emily Mcguire, Kellie Gibson, Ebony Antonio, Tayla Macauliffe.
Coastal Titans: Zoe Timmers, Dana Hooker.
Quarter by Quarter
Swan Districts: 2.4 (16) 4.6 (30) 6.8 (44) 6.8 (44)
Coastal Titans: 1.0 (6) 2.0 (12) 2.1 (13) 2.3 (15)

 

Watch the Grand Finals live!

Thursday, August 17, 2017 - 9:46 AM

Watch the 2017 Mundella WAWFL Grand Finals below to see which teams will win premiership glory!

We'll find out if Swan Districts claim back-to-back premierships and which player will be awarded the Lou Knitter Best-on-Ground! 

2.30pm - League: Coastal Titans v Swan Districts
12.00pm - Reserves: Swan Districts v East Fremantle
10.00am - Rogers Cup: Swan Districts v South Fremantle

 

 

 

 

 

 

League Grand Final - 2.30pm: Coastal Titans v Swan Districts 

Reserves Grand Final - 12.00pm: Swan Districts v East Fremantle

Rogers Cup Grand Final - 10.00pm: Swan Districts v South Fremantle

Battle of the year: Titans v Swans

Thursday, August 17, 2017 - 8:49 AM

Written by Sandra Argese, photos by Thomas Campbell.

League Grand Final: Coastal Titans versus Swan Districts - Medibank Stadium at 2:30pm

Over each round of the 2017 Mundella WAWFL season, two teams have deservedly thrust themselves into the spotlight as the unarguable benchmarks of the competition. With these two teams, we have two stories to tell. 

In the red corner, the Coastal Titans are the club that, since winning their first premiership in a fairy tale debut season in 2004, are synonymous with success. 2015 was the year when the club secured its seventh premiership - just another reason why they're often sitting within the realms of the top of the ladder. This year’s minor premiers reminded us all why they’re one of the best in the business, hitting the repeat button week after week on their red-hot form. 

Defeating Swan Districts with a gritty five point win a fortnight ago in semi final 2, the Titans won themselves a golden ticket into this year’s Grand Final. 

In the blue corner, Swan Districts’ sit alongside the Titans as the competitions other benchmark. After all, four premierships in the past five seasons will do that. 

Finishing 2017 three games clear in second position on the ladder, the Swans’ remarkable rise to success has been characterised by their prolific style of quick ball movement. 

In fact, they're the only club to defeat the Coastal Titans throughout the 2017 with their three point triumph back in round 8. 

So when both clubs collide and attempt to spoil the others' party in this year’s final showdown, barely anything will separate the two - that’s if recent history repeats itself of course.

Their last two meetings have been decided by less than five points. Swan Districts won one of those games, Coastal Titans the other. 

If this doesn’t set the stage for one of the closest, most highly-anticipated grand finals of the modern era, then not much else will.

Reserves Grand Final: Swan Districts versus East Fremantle - Medibank Stadium at 12pm

There isn’t much going wrong for Swan Districts at the moment. In fact, all three of their WAWFL teams are grand finalists. It’s been four years since the Swans’ reserves side enjoyed premiership success, a feat they’ll be looking to replicate when they take on East Fremantle in this weekend’s reserves grand final. After keeping the Coastal Titans goalless in their preliminary final meeting, the Sharks enter this year’s grand final brimming with confidence despite being tipped as the underdogs.

Rogers Cup Grand Final: Swan Districts versus South Fremantle - Medibank Stadium at 10am

??A mammoth four goal haul from South Fremantle’s Ella Smith solidified the Bulldogs a comfortable spot in this year’s Rogers Cup grand final. They’ll come face-to-face with Swan Districts, who earnt themselves a week off as they head into the game after defeating the Bulldogs by a single point in semi final 1. 

 

Swan defeat Sharks for Grand Final Berth

Tuesday, August 15, 2017 - 9:52 AM

Written by Sandra Argese, Photos by Thomas Campbell

Fighting off a late East Fremantle surge with a historic 11 point victory, the final chapter to Swan Districts’ 2017 fairy tale season is almost complete.

Suffering heartbreak at the hands of the Coastal Titans’ 5 point win in the nail-biter of a semi-final, the Swans were looking to redeem themselves against the in-form Sharks.

Responding against their opponents with class, poise and a fierce ability to win the contested football across four gritty quarters, the Swans have now locked themselves in for the biggest stage at this year’s league grand final. But not all was smooth sailing.

Even as the rain held off, both teams battled through the wet, muddy and slippery conditions that plagued Steel Blue oval on Sunday afternoon. 

The Swans kicked off proceedings in style on their home turf with the opening two goals of the match. Though dominating the inside 50 count and maintaining possession for much of the first quarter, the Swans couldn’t quite add as much scoreboard pressure as they would’ve liked, despite finishing the opening term with a handy 8 point lead.  

The Sharks’ defensive unit were consistent all day and didn’t make any Swan score an easy one, helping to leave the door wide open for a potential comeback.

Sharon Wong was a worthy contributor for the Sharks in the midfield, while Kellie-Maree Gibson was handy up forward for the Swans and finished with two goals to her name.

As the windy conditions kicked further into gear for the third quarter, East Fremantle flipped the game on its head, winning the quarter by a single goal while succeeding in holding their opponents scoreless.  

Tense proceedings skyrocketed as Tara Avery gave the Swans grief with a contested mark and goal that lessened the margin back to just 5 points early into the fourth quarter.

With just minutes to go, Kellie Maree-Gibson responded and saved the day for the Swans with a quick soccer goal to close the potential of a come-from-behind Shark victory.

The Swans will now meet the Coastal Titans in the upcoming grand final on Sunday afternoon and will be looking to make history with their fourth premiership in five seasons.

GOALKICKERS

SWAN DISTRICTS: Kellie-Maree Gibson (2), Stephanie Cain, Ashley Sharp, Chloe Piparo.
EAST FREMANTLE: 
Tara Avery, Ashlee Atkins, Samara Pluschke.

QUARTER BY QUARTER
SWAN DISTRICTS: 2.2 (14) 4.2 (26) 4.2 (26) 5.2 (32) 
EAST FREMANTLE: 1.0 (6) 1.0 (6) 2.3 (15) 3.3 (21)

 

Reserves Preliminary Final: Coastal Titans versus East Fremantle

Completely dominating at all ends of the ground, East Fremantle have booked themselves a date with Swan Districts at this years reserves grand final. From the get go, East Fremantle burst out of the starting gates and not once did they look back - kicking all of the games' five goals while holding their opponents scoreless on the other end of the ground. 

QUARTER BY QUARTER
COASTAL TITANS: 0.0 (0) 0.1 (1) 0.1 (1) 0.4 (4) 
EAST FREMANTLE: 1.2 (8) 3.3 (21) 4.3 (27) 5.5 (35)

 

Rogers Cup Preliminary Final: South Fremantle versus Peel Thunderbirds

In a serious display of forward brilliance, South Fremantle’s Ella Smith  showcased the goal-scoring goods with four majors to her name to help her side to a 5.5 (35) to 2.2 (14) win over a brave Peel Thunderbirds outfit. Despite an even first quarter, South Fremantle broke away after the first break and managed to restrict their opponents to a single behind.

GOALKICKERS
SOUTH FREMANTLE: 
Ella Smith (4), Shakira Pickett. 
PEEL THUNDERBIRDS: Sarah Verrier, Ava Muir

QUARTER BY QUARTER

SOUTH FREMANTLE: 2.1 (13) 4.4 (28) 5.4 (34) 5.5 (35) 
PEEL THUNDERBIRDS: 2.1 (13) 2.1 (13) 2.1 (13) 2.2 (14)

White claims Fairest and Best

Monday, August 14, 2017 - 2:24 PM

Coastal Titans Football Club’s Jodie White has won the Mundella WA Women’s Football League’s Dhara Kerr Fairest and Best at the 2017 Medal Presentation Dinner on Monday night at the Hyatt Regency, Perth.

The moment was even sweeter for the Coastal Titans WFC who had claimed the Fairest and Best in both the Reserves and Rogers Cup divisions beforehand.

Held in front of more than 245 guests, the Medal Presentation Dinner celebrates the WA Women’s Football League’s Fairest and Best players within the competition.

President of the WA Women’s Football League Carolyn Hills opened proceedings by recognising the milestones of the year, including recognition of the 37 WAWFL players selected as AFLW players, the partnering with Mundella Foods and officially governing the Rogers Cup competition going forward.

“2017. What an incredible year! There are so many moments to celebrate, but the inaugural AFLW season was absolutely the best. Who would have thought they would ever see a national women’s AFL competition? Simply incredible”.

 “To see the team run out on Fremantle Oval was a moment I’m sure I shared with the majority of the crowd here tonight, and one I won’t easily forget” Carolyn said.

In a fantastic achievement, and now recognised as the best senior female footballer in WA, Coastal Titans Jodie White graciously accepted the title of the Dhara Kerr Fairest and Best. This is an amazing achievement for Jodie who is playing her first season after a having two year hiatus. This is also the 36 year old’s first Mundella WAWFL Fairest and Best award after having played for the Titans since the Club’s inception in 2004.

In an exciting finish that went down to the last round of the season, White was able to claim the win winning two votes in the final game to secure her final tally of 26 votes. Fellow teammate, and Titans Captain, Hayley Miller, chased Jodie throughout season, and fell just two short to finish on 24 votes. Finishing third was Peel Thunderbird Sabreena Duffy who claimed a total of 19 votes for the season.

In a decorated night for the Coastal Titans, Reserves player Melissa Lim was awarded the Reserves Fairest and Best. With 20 votes for the season, 6 clear of second placed Jasmine Calgaret of Perth Angels, Melissa had an impressive five games in which she was awarded a full three votes.

Our inaugural Rogers Cup Fairest and Best award was won by Abbey Dowrick, also from Coastal Titans. With a tally of twenty-six votes, Abbey was well ahead of her chasing opponents, with second place finishing in a three way tie between Mikayla Morrison from East Perth, Nyra Anderson from Swan Districts and South Fremantle’s Shantae Freeman who all finished on fifteen votes.

With 38 goals to her name for the season, the Joanne Huggins Leading Goal Scorer award was won by Peel Thunderbirds Kira Phillips. The Reserves Leading Goal Scorer was awarded to Danielle Fagents from Coastal Titans who kicked an impressive 55 goals, while South Fremantle’s Shakira Pickett took out the title for Rogers Cup with 31 goals to her name.

Also presented on the night were our rookie awards which are awarded to first year players that record the most votes across the year.  The Cath Boyce Rookie of the Year was awarded to Peel Thunderbird’s Sabreena Duffy, Reserves Rising Star award went to Bridget Henderson from Coastal Titans, and Rogers Cup Rising Star was awarded to Nyra Anderson from Swan Districts.

The Lynette Smith Volunteer of the Year award was presented to the very deserving Narelle Scott from East Fremantle. With over ten years dedication to East Fremantle, and female football in Perth, Narelle has proven herself worthy of taking our this prestigious award.

The 2008-2017 Mundella WAWFL Team of the Decade was also announced on the night with Kiara Bowers (Coastal Titans) named as Captain, Kara Donnellan (Swan Districts) and Chelsea Randall (Swan Districts) Co-Vice Captains, and Martine Pearman (Coastal Titans) confirmed as Coach. 

League, Reserves and Rogers Cup Grand Finals take place this weekend at Medibank Stadium, Leederville. Entry is $5 per person, including a year book. Bounce down for League game is 2:30pm, following Reserves at 12:00pm and Rogers Cup at 10:00am.

 

Sharks knock Tigers out of finals

Wednesday, August 9, 2017 - 8:22 AM

Written by Sandra Argese, Photos by Thomas Campbell.

East Fremantle 12.8 (80) defeated Claremont 2.2 (14) 

East Fremantle have gone full-throttle and switched up the notch on their form with a stellar 66 point victory over Claremont on Sunday afternoon at East Fremantle Oval. 

From the get go, the Sharks were in complete control. East Fremantle's Latoya Wallace gave Tigers fans something to worry about as she kicked off proceedings with 2 classy goals within the first 5 minutes of play. As Claremont headed into the first break staring directly down the barrel of a 26 point deficit, the comeback they needed to execute never happened.  

The Sharks dominated in the clearances, won plenty of the ball around stoppages and were ruthless up forward and in defence. 
The Tigers were dealt a blow when Emily Johnston was taken from the field just over 8 minutes into the second quarter after suffering a heavy knock, though relief was ensured as she returned to the ground to play out the remainder of the game. 

While the game was done and dusted by the third and final break as the Sharks got themselves a healthy 49 points up, Claremont’s never say die attitude was on song as they continued to contest hard around the ground. Leading the charge, Claremont’s Isabella Zadnick was virtually unstoppable in the ruck and had no problems tapping the ball down the throat of her teammates. 

Caitlyn Edwards was one of East Fremantle’s best, working hard around the ground with clean disposal and kicks to advantage, even managing to switch on the goal scoring goods, finishing with two majors to her name.

A wave of energetic goals and multiple goal scorers heaped the pressure onto Claremont, with Wallace, Edwards, Melissa Caulfield and Cassie Davidson each kicking two goals, while Joanne Beechey, Samara David, Belinda Smith and Gabrielle O’Sullivan didn’t miss out either as each kicked individual goals.   

Whilst not the outcome the Claremont family were chasing, the club is elated to have made League finals in 2017, their first appearance in 14 years.

East Fremantle are still very much alive and will look to take their confidence into the preliminary final, where they will meet Swan Districts on Sunday Afternoon. 

QUARTER BY QUARTER

EAST FREMANTLE: 4.2 (26) 7.2 (44) 9.8 (62) 12.8 (80) 
CLAREMONT TIGERS:
 0.0 (0) 2.1 (13) 2.1 (13) 2.2 (14)

GOALSCORERS 
EAST FREMANTLE: 
Caitlyn Edwards (2), Melissa Caulfield (2), Cassie Davidson (2), Latoya Wallace (2), Joanne Beechey, Samara David, Belinda Smith, Gabrielle O’Sullivan. 
CLAREMONT TIGERS: Matilda Sergeant (2). 

Reserves Semi Finals

Tuesday, August 8, 2017 - 9:41 AM

Written by Sandra Argese, Photos by Thomas Campbell

 

Semi Final 1: Swan Districts 4.6 (30) defeated Coastal Titans 3.0 (18)

 

Heading straight into the grand final, Swan Districts' 12 point victory over the Coastal Titans showcased yet again why they're looming as serious premiership contenders for 2017. 
 

Ruthless in defence and determined up forward, the Swans lead all game and not once did they look back. In fact, their quality defensive pressure was so good that it left their opponents still scoreless at half time.  Danielle Fagents, Jay Hockley and Milly Burns each kicked single goals for the Titans, while Kathleen Prosser, Tayah Reed, Shannan Rene and Sarah Fragomeni shared the glory in front of goal for the Swans.
 

The Titans have another chance to make amends and slot themselves into a grand final should they overcome East Fremantle this coming Sunday

 

Semi Final 2: East Fremantle 2.6 (18) defeated South Fremantle 2.4 (16)

 

Leading from the front, 2 goals from East Fremantle’s Emily Wise gifted the Sharks a golden ticket right into a preliminary final showdown against the Coastal Titans. 

Trailing behind South Fremantle all day, the Sharks clawed their way back to the lead to steal a close victory by 2 points.Heidi Schlesniak and Casey Byrne each kicked a goal for the Bulldogs, but it just wasn’t enough at the final hurdle.

Rogers Cup Semi Finals

Tuesday, August 8, 2017 - 9:34 AM

Written by Sandra Argese, photos by Thomas Campbell

Semi Final 1: Swan Districts 4.0 (24) defeated South Fremantle 3.5 (23)

The old saying ‘clenching victory from the skin of their teeth’ rang true on Sunday morning at Claremont Oval, as Swan Districts clenched a tight victory by the slimmest of all margins in a one point thriller over South Fremantle. 

Intent high from both sides, the Swans grit their teeth and held on to secure the win 4.0 (24) to the Bulldogs’ 3.5 (23).  Tara Stribley wore the goal kicking boots for the Swans and booted two strait majors, while Nyra Anderson and Mikayla Hyde joined in on the party with one goal a-piece. Isabella Mary Stevens loomed as a dangerous option up forward for the Bulldogs and finished with two goals of her own, while teammate Ella Smith stood up to add another goal to the tally. 

Following the narrow loss, South Fremantle now enter a sudden death preliminary final against the Peel Thunderbirds, who head into the game fresh off a thrilling 3 point victory over Claremont.

Semi Final 2: Peel Thunderbirds 5.0 (30) defeated Claremont Tigers 4.3 (27)

The Peel Thunderbirds were all class as they held off a defiant Claremont to secure themselves a healthy spot in this year’s preliminary final. 

While the games’ leading goal kicker Hope Ugle stood up for Claremont and kicked three of the Tigers’ four match day goals and was assisted by Sara Riou’s nifty goal, it just wast enough as they fell short by a slim 3 point margin.

The Thunderbirds' decorated spread of individual goal kickers (Ava Muir, Sarah Verrier, Teah Taylor, Shauna Hart, and Sierra Smith) were on song and kicked accurately to help the team into a preliminary final showdown against South Fremantle, who will be looking to redeem themselves following a one point loss to Swan Districts.

 

Nifty 38 point win ticks the boxes

Tuesday, July 25, 2017 - 10:18 AM

By Sandra Argese

If one thing’s for certain following the Coastal Titans’ nifty 38 point win over the Thunderbirds on Sunday afternoon, it’s that there’s a serious air of confidence at the club as the race to the impending finals series patiently looms right around the corner.   

Heading into Round 15 almost undefeated (a narrow 3 point loss to the Swans back in Round 8 their only defeat of 2017) and sitting comfortably a-top the ladder, the Titans hit the repeat button on the hot form they’ve carried into every game this season and re-affirmed themselves as firm premiership contenders with the gritty win.

But it wasn’t all smooth sailing for the eventual winners.

Taking the field at Grenville Oval, Peel burst out of the starting gates firing and immediately challenged the Titans early on in the piece with persistent entries inside 50 that culminated in a 5 point lead at quarter time.

Following the first break, the Titans eventually gained momentum and control of the game – and not once did they look back. In fact, not even the wintry conditions could deter them from banging on 8 of the games next 9 goals.

Ashlea Renshaw proved a crucial target up forward for the Titans, kicking truly to guide a healthy three goals through the big sticks.
Jacqueline Toth continued her strong form for 2017 and finished with a goal of her own, while teammate Sara Lewis added another element to the Titans’ dangerous forward setup by finishing with two majors. With goals raining from a healthy 7 individual scorers, the Titans’ depth and versatility as a side was on song.

But while the Thunderbirds, who currently sit just outside the top four, would eventually lose by 38 points, they did anything but back away from the contest and competed hard all day.

QUARTER BY QUARTER
COASTAL TITANS: 2.4 (16) 5.5 (35) 8.8 (56) 10.8 (68)
PEEL THUNDERBIRDS: 3.3 (21) 3.5 (23) 3.6 (24) 4.6 (30)

GOAL KICKERS
COASTAL TITANS: Ashlea Renshaw (3), Sara Lewis (2), Mckenzie Dowrick, Hayley Miller, Courtney Stubbs, Jacqueline Toth, Dianna Evans.
PEEL THUNDERBIRDS: Kate Bartlett, Kira Phillips, Courtney Hodder, Demi Okely.

Bulldogs fetch gritty win at home

Tuesday, July 4, 2017 - 11:47 AM

Written by Sandra Argese

Though challenged early on in the picture, South Fremantle grit their teeth and weathered an initial Angel storm to fetch a comfortable 49 point victory at Fremantle Community Bank Oval on Sunday afternoon.

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Celebrating 30 proud years

Tuesday, June 20, 2017 - 8:47 AM

Celebrating 30 proud years by Sandra Argese

Footy clubs can achieve a lot in 30 years. Of course, East Fremantle Women’s Football Club certainly no exception.

Formed in 1988 as the Melville Women’s Football Club, it founded its rich reputation with back-to-back WAWFL premierships in 1990 and 1991, adding another two to the tally in 2002 and 2007.  Transitioning 20 years later into the East Fremantle Sharks in 2008, the club added two more premiership trophies to the cabinet in 2009 and 2011.

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LEAGUE: 78 points does the trick

Thursday, June 15, 2017 - 3:37 PM

78 points does the trick by Sandra Argese

A reinvented Tigers outfit have bounced back following a disappointing 48 point loss to East Fremantle in Round 8 with a convincing 78 point victory over West Perth on Sunday afternoon.

From the very first center bounce, Claremont were in complete control.

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RESERVES: Titans Tumble Swans

Thursday, June 1, 2017 - 3:13 PM

Titans Tumble Swans - written by Sandra Argese

Holding their opponents scoreless for an entire second half, the Coastal Titans have walked away from Sunday nights arm-wrestle with Swan Districts 21 point winners.  

Heading into round eight sitting in second and third position and both at five wins and two losses a piece, the two top four favourites clashed heads at Grenville oval on Sunday afternoon.

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Claremont WFC to pink up for breast cancer

Friday, May 26, 2017 - 3:40 PM

Claremont Women’s Football Club is preparing to pink up for Breast Cancer Network Australia (BCNA)’s annual Pink Sports Day on the 28th of May 2017.

Last year more than 800 clubs across Australia took part to show their support for Australians affected by breast cancer. This year Claremont Women’s Football Club will join sporting groups nationwide as they rally together in a bid to raise $550,000 for Australians affected by breast cancer.

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Off the leash: Bulldogs go back to back

Tuesday, May 16, 2017 - 12:21 PM

Off the leash: Bulldogs go back to back by Sandra Argese

There’s a fresh blend of confidence brewing down at the South Fremantle camp – one that we weren’t sure existed for the first four rounds of season 2017.

But if last week’s 185 point domination of East Perth wasn’t enough to silence the critics, the Bulldogs’ gritty 19 point win on Sunday afternoon at Fremantle Community Bank Oval over a spirited West Perth sure did the trick.

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