Thunderbirds Coaching Opportunities

Thursday, October 20, 2016 - 4:47 PM

The Peel Thunderbirds Football Club Inc is seeking suitable applicants for the following positions: 

  • Youth Girls Head Coach 2017 Season
  • Youth Girls Assistant Coach 2017 Season

Peel Thunderbirds Youth Girls Team is the equivalent to Peel Thunder Men's Colts playing in the WAWFL. 

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South Fremantle seek coaches

Tuesday, October 11, 2016 - 11:07 AM


Are you Interested in developing Players and contributing to the fastest growing Sport in Australia? Do you want to be part of the Womens AFL National Competition launching in 2017?


  • YOUTH GIRLS (Players aged 13-18 Years)

The South Fremantle Women’s Football Club is seeking expressions of interest from suitably qualified coaches for the above positions.

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Season 2016: Claremont Piranhas

Wednesday, September 28, 2016 - 1:43 PM

2016 was an extremely exciting and challenging year for the Claremont Women’s Football Club. The decision to submit 2 teams in the WAWFL competition after a very successfully 1 team campaign in 2015 was not made lightly. We knew that the year would be a difficult one.

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Season 2016: Joondalup Falcons

Wednesday, September 28, 2016 - 1:40 PM

Gillon McLachlan could be a man that we could have easily hated for his statement that a National Competition for Women would commence in 2017 instead of the previously forecasted 2020. Instead his “kick in the pants” technique has probably proven to be a master-stroke. Why?

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Season 2016: East Perth

Wednesday, September 28, 2016 - 1:34 PM

Established 2016!

It’s been an exciting year of firsts for the East Perth Women’s Football Club!

We kicked off our season against Peel Thunderbirds at Rushton Park and while we didn’t walk away with a win, we could not have hoped for a better first round experience for our teams.  Thank you, Thunderbirds, for the fantastic welcome to the League and for your encouragement! 

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Season 2016: Perth Angels

Wednesday, September 28, 2016 - 1:20 PM

Season 2016 was a significant step in the right direction for the Perth Angels Football club, with both the Senior Reserves and Youth Girls teams qualifying for the finals. Under the guidance of new Senior Coach Gerry O’Dea, the Senior Reserves team embraced a fresh, new game plan and sense of identity, which saw the team’s belief and confidence flourish.

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Season 2016: Swan Districts

Wednesday, September 28, 2016 - 1:14 PM

2016 has been of a year re-building and developing on what was a strong list from the previous season. With players retiring and new players coming through, it’s been a year of ensuring everyone understands the game style and Swannies way of football.

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Falcons President named Volunteer of the Year

Friday, September 23, 2016 - 3:40 PM

Joondalp Falcons Women's Football Club President Dave Burton has been recognised for his significant contribution to the development of women’s and junior football after he was awarded The Sunday Times WA Football Volunteer of the Year at the WAFL Sandover Medal Count on Monday, September 19.

From the West Perth district, Burton was one of 17 regional and district finalists chosen from more than 1500 nominees and has received a trip for two to the AFL Grand Final.

Previously chair of the West Perth District Football Development Council (DFDC) for five years, Burton has been instrumental in the development of school football programs, a parent-umpire program, International Round and more recently the Joondalup Women’s Football Club, after he transitioned into the role of Female Football Advisor for the West Perth DFDC in 2013.

Burton worked tirelessly behind the scenes to help build the foundations of the Joondalup Women’s FC, completed his Level 1 and 2 coaching courses to coach the club and more recently took over as Club President.

As Club President of the Joondalup Women’s FC, Burton has created strong relationships with the West Perth Men’s club to further promote the club and expand the female football market in the district.

Burton has created a strong Youth Girls competition in the district to ensure a bright future for the club and worked closely with junior and senior clubs to further define a pathway for women in AFL.

With sights set on 2017, Burton is currently working with West Perth FC to transition the club to hosting Women’s League and Reserves football. This will provide female players access to the club’s gym, trainers and support services.

Burton has strengthened relationships with Wanneroo AFC, Whitford AFC and Kingsley AFC to grow female football opportunities, initially working with the clubs to host both West Australian Women’s Football League (WAWFL) and Women Exhibition matches.

Burton has brought a wealth of knowledge to his current Presidential role having previously assumed the role of Club President at Quinn’s Junior Football Club in 2000, a time when the club was suffering financial hardship.

Burton built the club from almost nothing and fulfilled all jobs including working in the canteen, marking field lines and holding fundraisers.

Burton connected the club with teams outside the West Perth district by creating a cross-division competition and most importantly, he managed to secure sponsorship interest which provided better equipment, new jumpers and more promotional material and merchandise for the club.

West Australian Football Commission Program Manager Kane Benson congratulated Burton on his win, and emphasised the important role volunteers play in the WA grassroots football community.

“There are so many aspects of our game that just wouldn’t happen without the dedication and commitment of our volunteers and it’s really important they are recognised,” Benson said.

“Volunteers are involved at all levels of the game whether it’s in the canteen, umpiring or coaching. Thanks to The Sunday Times, we can recognise the contribution and efforts from passionate volunteers who live and breathe our traditional game.”

Credit: WA Football

Claremont WFC seeks EOIs for President

Monday, September 19, 2016 - 11:16 AM

Claremont Women's Football Club are seeking expressions of interest for the position of Club President for the 2017 season.

We are seeking an individual who is passionate about developing women's AFL and has leadership experience.

CWFC have a solid foundation in the form of a Gold Club Accreditation leading into 2017, an updated constitution and a newly developed strategic plan.

We are seeking someone who can navigate the transition to the brand new Claremont Football Club facilities and dedicate the time needed to develop this club to a highly professional standard.

All Expressions of Interest will be considered by the club committee.

Please submit your details to Eleanor Grinceri by 31st September

Triumphant Swans 2016 Premiers

Monday, August 29, 2016 - 10:51 AM

Swan Districts have taken out the 2016 WAWFL premiership in an absolute nail bitter at Medibank Stadium on Sunday afternoon, holding off a daring East Fremantle to come out 9 point winners.

A fiery surge of goals in the final term from East Fremantle arrived far too late as Swan Districts held onto their first three quarters of complete domination to secure their third grand final win in four seasons.

Not even heavy winds over 30km/hr could sway the Swans off their game as they kicked the first seven goals of the game unanswered.

For three quarters the Swans were simply unstoppable with their fast brand of football – the Sharks had no answers for them.

Not only were Swan Districts dominating the inside 50 count, but they also looked dangerous every time they went forward. Swans Emily Mcguire and Lou Knitter Best on Ground recipient Ashley Sharp (pictured) kicked six goals between them and were simply unstoppable.

On the other end, Latoya Wallace was leading, presenting and taking contested marks in her trademark style as one of East Fremantle’s best players.

The umpires had their work cut out for them, with the intensity of tackling and pressure around the ball from both sides as good as it had been all season.

Akec Chuot’s work in defence for the Swans was pivotal and made all the difference as the Sharks didn’t kick a goal until nine minutes into the third term.  

From this point, it was completely East Fremantle – they slotted the final four goals of the match as their opponents went goalless in the final term.

Their surge arrived far too late as Swan Districts ran down the clock and secured the win.

Their desperation around every contest, quick ball movement, effective return from entries inside 50 and textbook ball carry throughout culminated to win them the game.

Swan Districts coach Rob Kennedy praised his side for holding on for the win.

“We knew they [East Fremantle] would come at us,”

“The girls dug deep, they did what they needed to do…it’s a great feeling,” he said.

This is Swan Districts third premiership in four years.

Swan Districts 7.1 (43) def. East Fremantle 5.4 (34)

BEST ON GROUND: Ashley Sharp (Swan Districts)

E. McGuire 3, A. Sharp 3, S. Matcham
E. Swanson 2, J. Wuetschner, R. Schleicher, M. Caulfield

Swan Districts: 4.0 (24) 6.0 (36) 7.0 (42) 7.1 (43)
East Fremantle: 0.0 (0) 0.2 (2) 1.2 (8) 5.4 (34)

Field: Graeme Cook, Mark Zampogna
Boundary: Justin Harrex, Graeme Thomas
Goals: Rod Clarke, Steve Leudar

Report: Sandra Argese 

Falcons fly high to win premiership

Monday, August 29, 2016 - 10:36 AM

The Joondalup Falcons have confirmed themselves as the strongest wawfl reserves side of 2016, outclassing their opponents in the Coastal Titans with an outstanding grand final victory by 16 points.

The 2016 minor premiers are now the official premiers, dominating the opponents at Medibank Stadium on Sunday afternoon.

But it wasn’t all smooth sailing.

The Titans dominated the first term, taking control in the goal scoring department by finishing at quarter time with a 15 point lead to their opponents nil.

Joondalup woke up soon after, eventually kicking seven of the next nine goals for the game.

Hayley Dixon kept the Titans within reach of clenching victory as the games leading goal scorer with three.

2014 and 2015 Reserves Best and Fairest winner and captain, Ashton Hill was impressive throughout, steering her team to the win.

It was a fired up grand final from start to finish. Fast paced and quick ball movement was as good as it had been all season.

With flawless defence from the Falcons backs, the Titans were constantly under pressure, even when they managed to hold the ball inside their forward half for large patches of the game – they simply couldn’t convert on the scoreboard.

The Titans had nine scoring shots to the Falcons six by three quarter time, but it was simply a case of Joondalup taking their opportunities with accurate kicking and scoreboard pressure.

Despite this, it was still anyones game as the margin stood at only 2 points at the final change. Though the Titans had only kicked a single goal since quarter time, they immediately had their goalscoring boots on in the opening minute of the final term with a quick goal courtesy of Chelsea Dyson. Moments later, Joondalup responded with the games standout goal courtesy of a clever snap kick out of a pack of players from Ann Mcmahon for her second.

The Titans initial last quarter surge to win seemingly ended there and then, as Joondalup took control, never looked back and continued to extend their lead.

Falcon Brooke Hongell was named best on ground, racking up plenty of the ball throughout whilst even slotting a goal of her own in true premiership winning style.

Tess Moynihan sealed the Falcons victory with the final goal of the game as the Falcons continued their unbeaten run over the Titans for 2016.

Joondalup coach Paul Beaver praised his side for their hard work throughout 2016.

“We all get around each other, we all work hard for each other on and off the field,” he said.

Joondalup have secured their first premiership win since 2007 and have truly backed up a dominant top of the ladder 2016 finish in style.

Joondalup Falcons: 7.4 (46) def Coastal Titans 4.6 (30)

BEST ON GROUND: Brooke Hongell (Joondalup)

JOONDALUP FALCONS: Ann Mcmahon (2), Kristen Jayasuria, Laura Pugh, Tess Moynihan (2), Brooke Hongell
COASTAL TITANS: Hayley Dixon (3), Chelsea Dyson

JOONDALUP FALCONS: 0.0 (0) 2.1 (13) 4.2 (26) 7.4 (46)
COASTAL TITANS: 2.3 (15) 3.3 (21) 3.6 (24) 4.6 (30)

Field: Trevor Blackburn, Matt Barber
Boundary: Don Beard, Brett Jotta
?Goals: Chris Johns, Les Rowland

Report: Sandra Argese 

Nichols recognised as joint Leading Goal Scorer

Friday, August 26, 2016 - 3:20 PM

It is with great pleasure, the WAWFL would like to acknowledge that Julie Nichols has also been recognized as a joint Leading Goal Scorer for the 2016 Reserves competition, tying with Joondalup Falcons player Tyhara Garlett.

Unfortunately, Julie’s award was not celebrated at the 2016 Medal Presentation night, as not all of Julie’s goals were registered during the home-and-away season. It was quickly acknowledged, and the League celebrates Julie’s fantastic achievement.

After an impressive 14-year career with the WAWFL, Julie has had a celebrated career, winning a premiership with the Sharks in 2009 and winning the Reserves Leading Goal Scorer outright in 2012.

2016 has been another successful season for the forward, as her Reserves team made their way to the preliminary final, but were denied a grand finals berth by just 1-point. 

Julie also celebrated her 100th game this season, was captain of the team, and was recognized as one of the best forwards in the Reserves competition. But for Julie, winning the goal scorer award isn’t about self recognition, it’s a much bigger accolade to recognize her team mates too.

“The leading goal-kicker award for the Reserves competition means a lot to me, but maybe not for reasons that people may think.”

“ I see it as an indicator of me being able to play my role after my team mates have worked incredibly hard to get us in a position to score. Footy is a team game and the acts of self-less play, hard work and sacrifice around the ground that everyone needs to commit to are crucial to team success.” Julie said.

“It’s the number one thing that drives us, and if I can be one part of that club and team-first attitude at training and on game day, then I’ve done ok. I hope the Reserves girls know that this award is theirs as much as it is mine because I certainly wouldn’t have won it without them.”

Julie said coming to terms with not putting on a jumper next year has been hard to grasp but insists her retirement will still in fact involve football.

“I hope that Jules’s Kicking School, to help develop player’s skills, will make an appearance next year!”

“I’ve also become involved in a bit of special comments commentary for the women’s games the last couple of years, and it’s something I’ve enjoyed, so there may be some opportunities come from that in the future" she said.

“The East Fremantle Women’s Football Club has been such a special part of my life for the past 14 years and I consider the girls my family. I can’t thank everyone enough for their continued support over the years and hope the passion and pride I’ve felt in wearing the jumper and representing this incredible club has shone through every time I’ve stepped on the field,” Nichols said.

The WAWFL would like to take the time to congratulate Julie, who will also receive a special presentation of her award on-field at the close of the Reserves Grand Final at Medibank Stadium this weekend. 

Live Streaming: Grand Finals

Wednesday, August 24, 2016 - 11:21 AM

For all live streaming of all 2016 Grand Finals, please view the videos below.

WAFC Youth Girls - 10am
Peel Thunderbirds v Swan Districts
Reserves - 12pm
Joondalup Falcons v Coastal Titans
League - 2.30pm
Swan Districts v East Fremantle 

All games are being hosted at Medibank Stadium, Leederville.

Follow us on Twitter on Instagam at @WAWFL or #wawflfinals





Youth Girls Grand Final - Peel Thunderbirds v Swan Districts

Reserves Grand Final - Joondalup Falcons v Coastal Titans

League Grand Final - Swan Districts v East Fremantle

Grand Finals Preview

Wednesday, August 24, 2016 - 11:06 AM

2016 WAWFL League Grand Final: East Fremantle v Swan Districts

Game Preview
Both comfortable finishers inside the top four, East Fremantle and Swan Districts have been dominant forces of the WAWFL for season 2016. East Fremantle will be hungry to break their five year premiership drought, having won their last flag in 2011. On the other end, Swan Districts will be chasing history to win three flags in the space of four years.
Despite their previous encounter in June at ATOM stadium, which saw the Sharks defeat the Swans by 13 points, the Sharks will head into this match as the underdogs.

Head to Head in 2016
Round 3: ATOM Stadium  
Swan Districts def East Fremantle
9.8 (62) to 4.8 (32)
No home ground advantage didn’t bother the Swans, as they had their biggest win over East Fremantle for 2016 only three rounds into the season with a telling five goal victory.

Round 5: Steel Blue Oval
Swan Districts def East Fremantle
8.6 (54) to 5.4 (34)
Asha Price & Kellie-Maree Gibson kicked five goals between them to help Swan Districts to a healthy 20 point win over the Sharks in round five.

Round 10: ATOM Stadium
East Fremantle def Swan Districts
5.10 (40) to 4.3 (27)
Despite being an inaccurate day for the Sharks on the scoreboard, Jessica Wuetschner, Belinda Smith, Emma Swanson, Latoya Wallace & Gabrielle O’Sullivan had the goal scoring goods to help the Sharks over the line by 13 points in round 10.

The finals road to the grand final
East Fremantle sent South Fremantle packing with a 78 point demolition in the first week of the elimination-finals at Dianella Open space, automatically winning them a spot in the preliminary final at Lathlain Park. Not only did they back up their stellar performance from the week earlier, but they overcame their underdog status with a convincing win over the minor premiers the Coastal Titans by 27 points.Having finished in second position, the Swans needed to only secure a win in the semi-finals to progress strait into the grand final, with a 23 point win over the Coastal Titans winning them a grand final spot and a deserved week off before the big decider.  

WAWFL premiership history
Swan Districts: 2013, 2014.
East Fremantle: 2009, 2011.  

2016 Ladder Finishes
Swan Districts: 2nd - 11 wins, 3 losses, 1 draw 
East Fremantle: 3rd - 9 wins, 6 losses 

Reserves: Coastal Titans v Joondalup Falcons

The finals road to the grand final
A low scoring affair for the history books; the Coastal Titans defeated the Joondalup Falcons by the slimmest of margins in their preliminary final, escaping one point winners to progress into the grand final against the Joondalup Falcons, winning 2.5 (17) to 2.4 (16). A week earlier, the Falcons muscled their way past a fired up Coastal Titans to confirm themselves a well-fought out spot in the 2016 WAWFL Reserves Grand Final. The occasion was met with four quarters of fast paced, high quality football from both sides, but it was the Falcons with all the answers as they ran out 31 point winners.

The Grand Final
The Titans will regroup and will hope to take the momentum and confidence from their heroic one point victory into Sunday's grand final. Having completed season 2016 as the minor premiers atop the WAWFL reserves ladder, the Falcons reserves will look to back up that impressive feat with their first flag since 2007. Taking place at 12pm following the youth girls, it sure is shaping up to be an unmissable grand final.

Youth Girls: Peel Thunderbirds v Swan Districts

Taking place at 10:00am before the reserves take the stage at Medibank Stadium, the Peel Thunderbirds will take on Swan Districts in the Youth Girls grand final for 2016.

The Thunderbirds flew past the Angels in their qualifying final to come out 44 point winners and secure themselves a 2016 grand final spot. Their opponents were determined a week later, as Swan Districts held on to defeat the Angels by 5 points in a heart-stopper. This game shapes up to be a fierce grand final and a true snapshot of the women’s football stars of tomorrow.

Bowers and King jointly win Fairest and Best

Monday, August 22, 2016 - 12:59 PM

Coastal Titans Football Club’s Kiara Bowers and Emma King have jointly won the WA Women’s Football League’s League Division Dhara Kerr Fairest and Best at the Medal Presentation Dinner on Monday night at the Duxton Hotel, Perth.

Held in front of more than 220 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 this season, including recognition of the 8 WAWFL players selected as marquee players for next years National Women’s League.

“This year was full of highlights that were celebrated, but you simply can’t go past the announcement of the Fremantle Dockers receiving a licence in the inaugural year of the national women’s league.”

“The likes of Bowers, Donnellan, Swanson to name a few, will become household names for girls dreaming to play in the AFL like Nic Nat and Buddy for the boys” Carolyn said.

In a fantastic achievement, and now recognised as the best senior female footballers in WA, Coastal Titans Kiara and Emma both graciously accepted the title of the Dhara Kerr Fairest and Best. This is the fifth time Kiara has won the WAWFL’s highest individual award winning in 2009, 2013, 2014, 2015 and now 2016. For Emma, this is her first WAWFL Fairest and Best award.

With Emma leading the point tally going into the last round of the home season, it was Kiara who joined her in top spot, gaining three points in their game against Claremont, whilst Emma collected just one point. The teammates, who stole points from each other throughout the season, finished one point ahead of East Fremantle’s Brianna Green who finished on 20 points.

Perth Angels Jennifer Homes was awarded the Reserves Fairest and Best, a brilliant achievement for the first year player who also claimed the Reserves Rising Star, an award recognising the best first year player in the competition. Finishing on 21 votes, 3 clear of second placed Ashton Hill of Joondalup Falcons, this is the first time a Perth Angels player has won a Fairest and Best award, in a season that has seen the team develop strongly on and off the field.

With 51 goals to her name for the season, the Joanne Huggins Leading Goal Scorer award was won by Coastal Titan’s Amy Lavell. The Reserves Leading Goal Scorer was awarded to Tyhara Garlett from Joondalup who kicked 35 goals.

Also presented on the night were first year player awards with the League Cath Boyce Rookie of the Year, being awarded to Claremont’s Jasmin Stewart, with the Reserves Rising Star award going to Jennifer Homes from Perth Angels.

The Lynette Smith Volunteer of the Year award was awarded to the very deserving Sally Allomes from South Fremantle. With over ten years dedication to the League, and South Fremantle Women’s Football Club, Sally is an asset to the growth and development of the WAWFL.

League, Reserves and WAFC Youth Girls 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 Youth Girls at 10:00am.