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. 

QUARTER BY QUARTER
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)

GOALKICKERS
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.

QUARTER BY QUARTER

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)

GOALKICKERS

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

SOUTH FREMANTLE: Chae-Lee Salbie

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.

QUARTER BY QUARTER

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)

GOALKICKERS

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.

My FootDr partners with Mundella WAWFL

Thursday, March 29, 2018 - 10:01 AM

The Mundella WA Women’s Football League is pleased to announce that current sponsor Medifoot Podiatry has rebranded and joined the My FootDr group.

In 2018, My FootDr will continue as a valued partner for the season as the official sponsor for our match day umpires.

My FootDr is Australia’s largest podiatry group with a team of more than 200 highly skilled and experienced podiatrists and support staff helping patients maintain healthy feet across 60 clinics nationally, including five in the Perth area in Carousel, Currambine, Warwick, Wembley Downs and West Perth.  Each clinic is equipped with state of the art podiatry equipment, taking a sophisticated, modern, and digital approach to delivering world-class podiatry care.

Mundella WAWFL President Carolyn Hills welcomed My FootDr to the WAWFL and looked forward to continuing the partnership that would benefit each other in the future.

“We are thrilled to continue our relationship forward with My FootDr and know the players and umpires will be in professional and knowledgeable hands” she said.

“Having a podiatry sponsor is simply a wonderful fit for the WAWFL given the physical aspect of our game” Carolyn said.

WA State Manager and Podiatrist Matthew Keating is excited about the changes that come from joining a major company in My FootDr and how it will positively impact the WAWFL.

“WAWFL players will have access to 5 different clinic locations across Perth for all their foot and lower limb care, which means we will be able to make a real difference to players this season” he said.

“For us, our goal is to keep all players on the footy field and reaching their peak performance throughout the season using detailed assessments and high-tech management systems”.

Fellow Podiatry Director Stacey Keating mirrored the sentiments of Matthew, explaining that it was an exciting time to work with female football players.

“The My FootDr team is extremely excited to work with the WAWFL community and believe that female athletes should have the same obtainable goals as males, including those aspiring with dreams of playing AFLW”.

“We commonly see players with heel pain, forefoot pain and lower limb injuries. Our aim is to prevent injuries first, and second to manage any injuries as quickly as possible to keep players in the game,” she said.

Some of the professional services My FootDr provide include biomechanical assessments, custom-made foot orthotics, shockwave treatment, injury prevention and management.

For more information about My FootDr (formerly Medifoot), please visit www.myfootdr.com.au or call 1800 FOOTDR.

 

 

2018 fixtures released

Friday, March 16, 2018 - 5:21 PM

THE Mundella WAWFL has released the 2018 fixtures, with the season scheduled to kick-off on April 8.

The League competition will host a 8-team competition this season, with East Perth not taking part in the League division this coming season.

The League competition will see 2017 Grand Final rematch between Swan Districts and the now Subiaco (previously Coastal Titans) as they renew their rivalry in Round 1.

There is a general bye on 3 June over the Queen’s Birthday long weekend in June, and a second general bye on 15 July to allow players to compete in the WAFC Challenge Cup.

Other key dates include:
Mundella WAWFL Semi Finals - 12 August
Mundella WAWFL Preliminary Finals - 19 August
Mundella WAWFL Presentation Night -  20 August

Click here to view the 2018 League Fixtures
Click here to view the 2018 Reserves Fixtures
Click here to view the 2018 Rogers Cup Fixture

 

Claremont Tigers seek Reserves Coach

Friday, March 16, 2018 - 5:13 PM

Title: Head Reserves Coach - Reports to: Head Senior Coach

Overview: The Head Reserves Coach of the Claremont Women’s Football Club will be assisting the Head Senior Coach in executing the 2018 football development plan with a focus on the skills and abilities of the playing group.

The Head Reserves Coach will work closely with the Head Senior Coach to execute training and game say strategies. The Head Reserves Coach will work collaboratively with the other Coaches to ensure the players have the skills and abilities required to play the highest level of football they can. This role is key in building on the existing club culture by focusing on high performance, team success and an inclusive and inviting club environment.

Key Responsibilities:
? Coaching the CWFC Reserves Team during trainings and on game days
? Assist in creating a 2018 football development plan
? Conduct a coaching program outlines by the Head Coach for pre-season and during the season. You will need to:
? Develop the skills and abilities of individual players
? Give the players feedback benchmarks and feedback on how to improve both physically and mentally (i.e. expected fitness levels, skills and abilities, mental preparation for games and Individual Development Plans)
? Communicate strategies and tactics for varied scenarios and opponents
? Work collaboratively with the League, Reserves and Rogers Cup coaches, the 2018 Committee and all volunteers.
? Lead by example to maintain our performance focus and continue to build a supportive club culture
? Work in a professional manner to give feedback to staff, players and volunteers

Key Selection Criteria:
? Minimum Level 1 Coaching Accreditation
? Commitment to attend all training sessions and matches
? A preference for coaching female athletes and an understanding of nuances and motivational factors of female athletes
? Ability to work as part of a team towards common goals
? A sound knowledge of football rules and an ability to coach a range of modern techniques and strategies
Additional Requirements:
? Valid WA Working with Children Card
? Training 2 nights per week (Wednesday and Friday nights), plus planning, review & meetings Match day in-season (Sundays)

? Willingness to attend club functions and other events relevant to your position

Applicants are required to submit a cover letter and coaching resume which addresses the position you are seeking and the key competencies outlined above.

Applications are to be submitted to the Claremont Women’s Football Club by email: claremontwfc@gmail.com

Applications close at 5:00pm, Monday 26th March 2018.
 

APE Medical joins for second year

Friday, March 16, 2018 - 5:01 PM

The Mundella West Australian Women’s Football League is pleased to announce a second year of partnership with APE Medical for season 2018.  

APE Medical provide sports medicine and rehabilitation products to all sports, having over 25 years of experience treating patients in the clinic and working with athletes in the sporting arena.  [Unknown Object]

Mundella WAWFL President Carolyn Hills is excited to welcome back the WA business that supported our players and clubs throughout 2017, on and off the field

“We’re really happy to be partnering with APE Medical again this season and know they’re providing our clubs and players with appropriate medical supplies to ensure our clubs have the best equipment available.“

“APE Medical is beneficial to all of the WAWFL community, saving our clubs time and money whilst also supporting our other partner Elastoplast.”

APE Medical General Manager Martin Meyer said APE Medical is proud to be nominated as the preferred supplier of medical rehab supplies to the WAWFL in 2018.

“We have always loved being involved with sport in WA, and to continue our involvement with the growth of the WAWFL is particularly special. We look forward to helping all clubs through the 2018 and continue to develop the partnership that started last year”.

For information on APE products and range, please visit http://www.apemedical.com.au

Carolyn Hills inducted as Life Member

Sunday, January 14, 2018 - 5:44 PM

The West Australian Women’s Football League is delighted to announce that Life Membership has been awarded to current President Carolyn Hills.

Induction as a WAWFL Life Member is regarded as the WAWFL's highest level of recognition and is awarded to individuals that have rendered outstanding service to the League.

Carolyn has been involved with the WAWFL since 2005 and has taken on a wide variety of roles during that time. Starting her volunteer adventure developing team resources for the Coastal Titans Women’s Football Club, Carolyn realised she had much more to give to the game, and nominated for an official role on the Coastal Titans committee.

As a committee member Carolyn’s main responsibility was the club’s Fundraising Coordinator, a position that she held until 2010. Whilst on the club committee, Carolyn was also a player at Coastal Titans, winning four premierships, and in 2009 she also took on a player/coach role with the club’s League team. She has always been one to promote best practice, and believed that instilling her experiences and knowledge could provide a new insight to her team mates.

Carolyn’s forward thinking allowed her to dream that each of the 9 football districts should host a senior women’s team. Her vision was that all females across the Perth metropolitan area should have the opportunity to play football in a female only environment. During her last year at Coastal Titans in 2010, Carolyn decided to take on the task of establishing a team within the East Perth Football District. This was an enormous job that required a leader who was able to handle precise planning, delegation, finances and pressure. 

In 2011, the Mt Lawley Hawks women’s team took to the field for their inaugural season. Carolyn was a player/coach during this first season, and to her credt, the Mt Lawley Hawks made the Division Two grand final. In her last playing season in 2012, Carolyn was again a player/coach, and in 2013 held the role as Assistant Coach.

While still with the Coastal Titans, Carolyn choose to expand her football knowledge,  embarking on a different path and nominated to join the WAWFL Board. She was successful, and was the WAWFL Secretary from
2008 – 2009, taking on all administration activities. 

After just two years’ on the WAWFL Board, Carolyn nominated to become President and was again successful. Now in her eighth year as President, Carolyn has been a trailblazer, making many decisions other volunteers would shy away from.

Her time as President has seen progressive movement forward, with many milestone moments - one of those being the introduction of a full time staff member to manage football operations. The introduction of this role was a pivotal move for the League, given the growth in participation numbers and the amount of work involved to successfully manage the competition. Creating a job within the WA football community was a great move for the WAWFL, one that would see the League build various positive relationships within the industry, increase professionalism and would dramatically reduce the workload of many volunteers.

In her first year as President, Carolyn led the introduction of the hugely important development program, the Rogers 20/20 Cup. This program completed the player pathway allowing high school aged females the opportunity to play in a pre-season development program. In 2013, the Rogers 20/20 Cup transitioned into the WAFC Youth Girls competition, transforming to the WAWFL Rogers Cup competition in 2017.

In 2014, Carolyn led a female football first, introducing a player points system to help equalise the WAWFL playing field. This enormous task required a level head to oversee hours and hours of forums, interviews and stakeholder engagement to confirm this system was the correct move for the WAWFL. This change was a bold move that had differing levels of support, but was successfully implemented. Once in place, Carolyn had to deal with a varying degree of negative and positive feedback, but did so with confidence knowing the right decision for the WAWFL had been made. The introduction of this system has set the course for WA female football to reap the benefits in the future.

With the emphasis to ease the workload on volunteers and umpires, Carolyn was a major instigator in the rolling out of the WAWFL app to effectively manage game day operations and reduce paperwork. The decision to provide all clubs with iPads was supported, and once distributed, club members and umpires gratefully embraced the new technology created to assist game day duties. This was another milestone move for the WAWFL with positive feedback received from all 9 clubs, umpires, the umpire coordinator and the wider football community.

Outside of the President role, Carolyn is the go-to contact for all stakeholders, working all hours to ensure that relationships within the community are upheld. Carolyn has attended and been a member of the Community Football Advisory Committee since, and across the years has built strong relationships with football partners including the WA Football Commission, AFL, Masters Football and WA Amateur Football League.

Having now been involved with the WAWFL for over 10 years, the WA female football community has benefitted grossly from the passion and drive of a very dedicated volunteer. Carolyn is a passionate advocate for female football in every aspect of her life, and always makes time to strengthen relationships to ensure the best for female football in WA.

It is for all of her hard work and achievements, that Carolyn has been recognised with WAWFL Life Membership.

Hills re-elected as President

Thursday, November 30, 2017 - 3:57 AM

The West Australian Women’s Football League held its Annual general meeting on Tuesday 14th November 2017 at the Department of Sport and Recreation.
 

After seven years in the role, existing President Carolyn Hills was unnanimously elected back as WAWFL President, entering a new three year term from 2017 - 2020.
 

Also reappointed to a three year terms is Sophie James in her existing Board portfolio of Marketing, Communications and Sponsorship.
 

Independent new comer Janine Looby was voted in a General Board member (Governance) for a one year term from 2016 - 2017, and will be joined by James Jeffery who was appointed as General Board member (Operations) role shortly following the AGM.

 

WAWFL Vice President Sally Allomes congratulated the elected Board members stating she was confident their skill sets would positively impact the WAWFL going forward.
 

The WAWFL would like to take this opportunity to once again thank our Clubs for their efforts and wish all members a safe and happy Christmas and New Year period.

Nine WAWFL players drafted for 2018

Thursday, October 19, 2017 - 10:24 AM

Nine WAWFL players were selected in the 2017 NAB AFL Women's Draft on October 18, 2017 showcasing the WAWFL's growing range of talent.

Congratulations to the five Swan Districts, two Coastal Titans, two East Fremantle players, plus the individual Perth Angel who were drafted on the day!

Swan Districts' Stephanie Cain was the first selection of the WA players, redrafted by the Fremantle Football Club with pick #2.

East Fremantle's Evangeline Gooch was also drafted by the Fremantle Dockers with pick #10, and the 2017 Dhara Kerr Fairest and Best Jodie White (Coastal Titans) followed shortly after with pick #18 by Fremantle Football Club. 

To finish an exciting day, Perth Angel Rachel Ashley was secured as a free agent by the Western Bulldogs who passed on their final pick in order to secure the defender.


2017 WA draftees:

No.2 - Stephanie Cain, Swan Districts WFC / Fremantle FC

No.10 - Evangeline Gooch, East Fremantle WFC / Fremantle FC

No.18  - Jodie White, Coastal Titans WFC / Fremantle FC

No.26 - Ashlee Atkins, East Fremantle WFC / Fremantle FC

No.33 - Emily McGuire, Swan Districts WFC / Fremantle FC

No.34 - Ashleigh Brazill, Swan Districts WFC / Collingwood FC

No.39 - Alicia Janz, Swan Districts WFC / Fremantle FC

No.41 - Rheanne Lugg, Swan Districts WFC / Adelaide FC

No.43 - Leah Mascall, Coastal Titans WFC / Fremantle FC

Free Agents:
Rachel Ashley, Perth Angels / Western Bulldogs
Image: AFL.com.au

Notice of 2017 AGM

Monday, October 9, 2017 - 8:30 PM

The 2017 WAWFL AGM will be held on Tuesday 14th November6:30-7:30pm at the Department of Sport and Recreation, Leederville. 

Please note that attendance at the AGM is compulsory for all WAWFL Clubs - 2017 AGM Agenda

There are four (4) Board positions to be elected at this years AGM: 

Job descriptions outlining the responsibilities and required competencies for these positions are above for your consideration. 

Anyone wishing to nominate for the above positions must complete and return the 2017 Board Member Nomination Form to secretary@wawfl.com.au by C.O.B Friday 3rd November, 2017.

Please ensure you write on the form which Board position and portfolio you are nominating for. Any nominations received after this time will not be considered. 
 

 

 

2008-2017 Team of the Decade recognised

Tuesday, October 3, 2017 - 9:16 AM

A host of current and former Mundella WAWFL stars were honoured as the 2008-2017 WAWFL Team of the Decade was announced at our annual presentation night.

The WAWFL Team of the Decade recognises players who have achieved outstanding success in the WAWFL. The third WAWFL Team of the Decade will recognise players between the years of 2008-2017 (inclusive).The WAWFL 2008 - 2017 Team of the Decade is:

Backs: Caitlyn Edwards, Fiona Boucher, Brooke Whyte
Half backs: Lauren Stammers, Hayley Miller, Tiah Haynes
Wings: Melissa Caulfied, Dana Hooker
Centres: Kiara Bowers, Jodie White (Ruck), Deanne Coates, Kara Donnellan
Half forwards: Renee Forth, Chelsea Randall, Emma Swanson
Forwards: Kirby Bentley, Sabrina Frederick-Traub, Shelley Matham
Interchange: Emma King, Nikki Harwood, Stephanie Walding, Leah Mascall, Kellie Gibson, Brianna Green

Vice Captains: Chelsea Randall, Kara Donnellan
Captain: Kiara Bowers
Coach: Martine Pearman

In order to be eligible for selection, players had to have played at least four seasons in the WAWFL between 2008-2017, and clubs from within the competition nominated players they deemed worthy.

WAWFL President Carolyn Hills congratulated the team and said all of them had made an enormous contribution to the success of female football in WA.

“The aim of the WAWFL Team of the Decade is to recognise the outstanding contribution the players have made to the competition and these players are all certainly worthy of the highest form of recognition,” said Carolyn.

“This team is full of players that have won a multitude of awards at WAWFL level and within their own clubs, and represented our State. As the game continues to evolve, speed and skills are now as important as ever, this team is highly talented, and positions should be held with pride.               

“These players, and the coach, have strived for greatness, won and lost games, and some have experienced the greatness of claiming premiership glory. They have dedicated themselves to the game, with their efforts contributing to a competition that is now a pathway onto AFLW football.”

Congratulations to those all made our latest Team of the Decade, you have etched your name into WAWFL history.

Pictured: Lauren Stammers, Hayley Miller, Brooke Whyte, Kiara Bowers, Dana Hooker, Jodie White, Deanne Coates, Jayne Frederick-Traub, Kara Donnellan, Stephanie Walding, Nikki Harwood, Martine Pearman

Rogers recognised at Football Woman of the Year Awards

Tuesday, October 3, 2017 - 7:57 AM

LONG serving WA Women’s Football League volunteer Charmaine Rogers was recognised today, Thursday September 28, with the VicHealth Community Award at the Football Woman of the Year Awards in front of more than 1,000 guests at Crown Palladium, Melbourne.

The annual Awards, which are hosted by the Essendon Women’s Network as part of AFL Grand Final Week, recognise women in the industry who have made a significant contribution to the game of Australian Football.

The Community Award recognises those who work in a volunteer capacity, whether it be at the grass roots level, or through their voluntary contribution to clubs at the highest level.

Charmaine Rogers has been supporting the progression of women in Australian Rules Football since 1996 and has undertaken various roles within the WAWFL for the past 21 years.

Through her role as a board member and WAWFL president she has been able to support growth in female participation and has developed strategies to ensure financial stability and secure the future of female football in WA.

Essendon Women’s Network Chair, Jane Grover, said Charmaine’s commitment and leadership to women's football had been legendary in Western Australia.

“Charmaine's passion, energy, enthusiasm and encouragement to women of all ages, and the way she highlights the many career pathways, is to be applauded,” she said.

Charmaine was one of three West Australian finalists at the awards along with current WAWFL President Carolyn Hills, and West Australian Football Commission (WAFC) Female Football Coordinator Allana Dickie.

Photo: Carolyn Hills, Allana Dickie and Charmaine Rogers

Article: WA Football

West Australian women honoured as Award finalists

Friday, September 8, 2017 - 9:02 PM
Written by WA Football Commission

THREE West Australian female football leaders have been named as finalists for the 2017 Football Woman of the Year Awards.

They include WAWFL President Carolyn Hills, WAWFL life member Charmaine Rogers for the Community Award, and West Australian Football Commission (WAFC) Female Football Coordinator Allana Dickie for the overall Football Woman of the Year Award.

WAFC CEO Gavin Taylor said to have three West Australians named among nine finalists was a great testament to female football leadership in WA and congratulated each of them on their achievement.

“All three of these women have played a significant role in the success of female football in our State and are highly deserving of the honour,” he said.

“Not only have we witnessed tremendous growth of approximately 40% in female participation numbers in WA over the past few years, but great results in talent development with 37 WA players recruited for the inaugural season of the AFL Women’s competition last year.

“Allana, Carolyn and Charmaine’s leadership is critical to ensuring this success can continue and that not only do we continue to increase player participation and AFLW Draft numbers, but also encourage more women to take on key leadership roles within football.”

The award winners will be announced by the Essendon Women’s Network (EWN), during AFL Grand Final week in Melbourne on Thursday, September 28.

Recent winners of the Football Woman of the Year Award include Daisy Pearce (2016), Jan Cooper (2015), Peta Searle (2014) and Michelle Cowan (2013).

The Football Woman of the Year Award

The Football Woman of the Year Award recognises a woman who has made a significant, positive and measurable impact to the advancement of women in the game of Australian Rules Football.

WA Finalist – Allana Dickie

Allana is the West Australian Football Commission’s Female Football Coordinator. She is an advocate, a leader, a promoter, an agent of change and above all a quality individual who makes a significant difference to football. Allana is also a key member of the WAFC Diversity committee that is leading an all-of-industry change to equality in football. Allana also plays and coaches and continues to drive for improvement in the female game. She is aspiring to be drafted by an AFLW club, but has the philosophy of ensuring that no matter what, all players continue to grow and develop to be the best possible version of themselves.  Allana inspires change and growth in others, and has developed several programs that are assisting to develop the next generation of ambassadors for the game. She actively promotes to females, the benefits of working in the industry and provides opportunities for many aspiring female sports administrators to gain an understanding of both her role and other roles in the football. Allana also positively recruits males to be a champion for change as well – an important strategic approach. This highlights Allana’s remarkable drive and energy to want to leave the game in a better place than what it was yesterday.


Community Award

The Community Award recognises the unsung heroes, those who work in a volunteer capacity whether it is at grass roots level at Auskick or local footy, or through their volunteer contributions to clubs at the highest level

WA Finalist – Carolyn Hills

Carolyn Hills has been on the WA Women’s Football League board since 2005, and has been President for more than seven years, making her the longest serving president in the history of the WAWFL. Carolyn’s commitment to the League has seen the expansion of the competition and an increase in professionalism. She has overseen the introduction of the player points system as a means of equalising the competition, and as a key strategy in retaining a greater number of female participants in the game. Carolyn is also a representative on the State Government’s GOAL (Get Onboard and Lead) program, which is aimed at increasing the number of women in leadership roles in the Sport and Recreation sector. As a key member of the Community Football Advisory Council, Carolyn also helps develop strong relationships with the other community leagues across Western Australia, and advocates for the benefit of community participation in Football. Carolyn is a passionate advocate for female football in every aspect of her life, and always makes time to strengthen relationships to ensure the best outcomes for female football in WA.
 

WA Finalist – Charmaine Rogers

Charmaine Rogers epitomises Community Football in Western Australia. She has been volunteering to support the progression of females in the sport since 1996, and has undertaken virtually every role there is. Charmaine has been the heartbeat of the Claremont Women’s Football Club since 1993, where she started as a player, and has also volunteered with the WA Women’s Football League for more than 21 years. Charmaine has supported female participation growth through her role with the WAWFL through some often tough and turbulent times, and she has represented herself and all females in the game to the highest regard. She has led By-Law and Constitution reviews, often working with passionate stakeholders, but has always kept what is in the best interests of the game, and the development of female football, front of mind. As a former WAWFL president and a Board member she has ensured the financial stability of the league, and developed strategies to ensure the future of female football in WA is secured. In 2001, Charmaine was made a life member of the WAWFL for services to the game and to the advancement of female sport in WA. Charmaine also has a Competition named in her honour ‘The Rogers Cup’ which is for 15 – 18-year-old talented players, and highlights again the esteem that Charmaine is held in across WA. There was no prouder person across Australia when the first ball was bounced for the first AFLW match. It is something she has dreamed about and worked towards for decades.