Junior umpire Kynan Davies became the envy of all junior umpires across the nation when he, along with six other junior umpires, was selected by the AFL to officiate the half-time Auskick games at the 2018 AFL Grand Final.
It was a once-in-a-lifetime experience for the 16 year-old Peel football district umpire who got to run out onto the hallowed turf of the MCG in front of a crowd of more than 100,000.
“The atmosphere at the MCG was amazing and I made so many new umpiring friends from different states,” he said.
The final term of school is now underway and that means the WA Football Commission’s (WAFC) Nightfields footy program is set to kick off this month.
Nightfields is an AFL-based program delivered to kids and youth between the ages of 6 and 18 at more than 20 targeted locations across WA.
The after school footy program was developed by the WAFC and is run in partnership with WA Police, various Local Governments, and Shires as well as a broad range of local service providers and state sporting associations.
More than 300 people recently flocked to Alan Edwards Oval in Kardinya to witness students from North Lake Senior Campus and Cyril Jackson Senior Campus Intensive English Centres (IEC) compete in the IEC Cup.
Participants (Year 11 and 12) took part in the WA Football Commission’s (WAFC) Welcome to AFL program throughout the school year in the lead up to the IEC Cup.
More than 100 Sikhs stepped out onto the footy field to learn the fundamentals of our great game as part of the first ever Sikh Community football clinics run by the WA Football Commission.
Kids of all ages and their parents took part in two four-week programs over August and September, which were made up of basic football clinics that tapped into various aspects of AFL both on and off the field.
The West Coast Eagles will field a stand-alone team in the West Australian Football League in 2019 following unanimous endorsement by the WAFL Council of Presidents tonight, Wednesday, October 10.
West Australian Football Commission CEO Gavin Taylor said the proposal had been endorsed to support the growth and development of West Coast’s AFL-listed players within a quality State League competition whilst also providing an improved financial return to the WAFL clubs.
“This decision represents a significant milestone in the history of the WAFL, with the WAFL clubs embracing the opportunities this will create for the Clubs and competition.
East Perth Football Club has been preparing for its return to a standalone club since deciding earlier this year to finalise its partnership with the West Coast Eagles.
These preparations have included seeking a head coach to lead East Perth Football Club beyond its partnership with the West Coast Eagles, as early as the 2019 season.
In anticipation of the final decision of the WA Football Commission relating to a tenth team in the WAFL competition, East Perth Football Club has announced that 3-time Premiership Captain Jeremy Barnard will coach East Perth for the next three seasons.
MARLION Pickett's standout WAFL season for South Fremantle in the midfield was recognised with his winning of the WJ Hughes Medal for 2018 on a night when the Bulldogs farewelled three tremendous servants.
South Fremantle finished the 2018 season for the third straight year in the preliminary final and gathered to celebrate the achievements of the campaign on Friday night at the Esplanade Hotel Fremantle by Rydges.
There was a lot to celebrate on the night for the Bulldogs with the league team finishing in second position at the end of the home and away season and reaching the preliminary final, the reserves narrowly missing the finals, the colts also finishing fifth and reaching the elimination final.
TONY Notte cemented his legacy as a great of the Swan Districts Football Club by winning his second Swan Medal during a memorable night celebrating the 2018 season at the picturesque Mandoon Estate on Friday night.
Over 200 club supporters were on hand at Mandoon Estate in the Swan Valley on Friday to witness the medal counts for the colts, reserves and league teams at Swan Districts for the 2018 season culminating in Tony Notte winning his second Swan Medal.
It was a tremendous night celebrating the 2018 season that saw two of the three grades at Swan Districts reaching the finals with the reserves reaching a first semi-final against Claremont while the colts had a stirring run all the way to the Grand Final, falling just two points short of a stunning premiership.
Emerging young footballers were recently put to the test in the 2018 Simply Energy WA Football League Talent Carnival.
The carnival, conducted between the nine WAFL Clubs, saw under 14s and 15s compete in three rounds.
The carnival helps introduce players to the talent pathway and emphasises the fundamentals of the game in a competitive match-day environment.
The entire Year Six student group at Gwynne Park Primary School participated in the school’s biggest ever NAIDOC footy project this year.
More than 45 students produced their very own dot painting designs on footballs provided by the WA Football Commission (WAFC).
The project was led by ex-student Chloe Calyon and coordinated by the school’s Aboriginal Worker Javeena Miller.
The East Fremantle Football Club has announced Bill Monaghan as its new Senior Coach for the next three seasons.
Monaghan has an extensive background in WA Football, playing over 200 League games with Subiaco and Peel Thunder, followed by an 18-year coaching career with Subiaco and West Perth, culminating in three premierships in League & Reserves at both clubs.
Monaghan was recently honoured with WAFL Life Membership in recognition of his achievements and commitment to WA’s premier State League competition in the role of coach and player.
FOR the second straight year East Perth has three FD Book Medallists with Matthew Allen, Patrick McGinnity and Luke Partington unable to be separated as fairest and best winners for the Royals in 2018.
It was the first time in history at East Perth last year when Nathan Blee, Julian Ameduri and Fraser McInnes shared the FD Book Medal as three fairest and best winners for the 2017 season.
Now remarkably it has happened for a second straight year with lively forward Allen, inspirational co-captain McGinnity and the hard-running Partington all unable to be separated finishing with 30 votes apiece for the 2018 WAFL season.
West Australian players showcased their talent at the NAB AFL Draft Combine at Etihad Stadium this week.
Perth's Luke English impressed in the Yo-Yo test, finishing equal second with Geelong Falcons' Sam Walsh on level 22-1.
English ranked fifth in the two-kilometre time trial clocking 6mins 11secs, Claremont's Jordan Clark not far behind on 6mins 14secs.
Listed below is the Top 10 results for all tests and seperate results for each WA player.
Despite expressing concerns earlier this year, The West Australian Football Commission has been advised by the AFL this week that an extended pre-season Rookie Draft and mid-season Rookie Draft will be introduced in 2019.
WAFC CEO Gavin Taylor said: "The WAFL competition is recognised as a rich breeding ground for AFL talent and while this presents an exciting opportunity for more WAFL players to fulfil their AFL dream, we have immediate concerns about how this may impact on the quality and integrity of the WAFL competition.
FIVE long-serving West Australian Football League identities were recently honoured with WAFL Life Membership at the 2018 Sandover Medal count.
Each of the new WAFL Life Members was nominated by their peers in recognition of their achievements and commitment to WA’s premier State League competition.
West Australian Football Commission Chairman Murray McHenry congratulated all of the new Life Members on receiving the honour and said they were highly deserving of the recognition.