WA football champions Bernie Naylor and Mel Whinnen have been inducted into the Australian Football Hall Of Fame at a function hosted by the AFL on Tuesday night in Melbourne.
Bernie Naylor was a champion player for South Fremantle. The fast leading full-forward kicked over 1000 goals in nine seasons of league football, and more than 100 goals in a season five times.
Naylor’s football career began in 1941, but he missed the next four seasons when the competition was suspended due to World War II. He served as a signal man in Darwin and New Guinea, where he practised his goal kicking between palm trees.
IT was the most competitive round of the 2018 WAFL season on Saturday and as a result there were comfortably 40 players who had genuine claims to be in the TABtouch Team of Round 8.
It was a tremendous Saturday afternoon of action in the WAFL for Round 8 with East Fremantle and Claremont pulling off some significant upsets, Swan Districts securing their spot in the top five and Subiaco holding off a determined Perth.
The action got underway at Leederville Oval with Swan Districts defeating East Perth 13.8 (86) to 11.7 (73).
PERTH and Swan Districts both won their Round 8 WAFL Colts encounters on Saturday to move clear on top of the ladder with South Fremantle and Peel Thunder also victorious.
The Round 8 WAFL colts action saw Swan Districts come from behind to beat East Perth impressively 11.5 (71) to 6.4 (40) at Leederville Oval.
South Fremantle also finished strongly to defeat Claremont 8.6 (54) to 3.11 (29) at Fremantle Community Bank Oval while Peel Thunder downed East Fremantle 8.11 (59) to 5.9 (39) at East Fremantle Oval and Perth beat Subiaco 6.9 (45) to 5.9 (39) at Lathlain Park.
GEORGE Hampson has been the barometer at East Fremantle since arriving from Subiaco in 2015 and on Saturday he just wasn’t going to let the Sharks' losing run continue as he put in a performance that made him a lock to be the M & J Chickens Player of Round 8.
There were plenty of other standout performers too in some difficult conditions in Round 8 of the WAFL.
Subiaco made it seven straight wins with Chris Phelan and captain Kyal Horsley outstanding.
There will be no League cases heard at the WAFL Tribunal from Round 8 after all Match Review Panel offers were accepted.
Nicholas Kommer, East Fremantle, accepted a $50 financial sanction for rough conduct on Ben Howlett, Peel Thunder, during the first quarter of the League match between East Fremantle and Peel Thunder on Saturday 26th May at East Fremantle Oval.
Sixteen Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander men aged 18 to 24 years will represent Western Australia in a curtain-raiser match to the Dreamtime at the G clash between Essendon and Richmond on Saturday night.
The match is part of the 2018 AFL Rio Tinto Footy Means Business program which acts as a fantastic platform for young Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander men to showcase their talents on the footy field and develop leadership skills to become positive role models.
Check out the top Kia marks and TABtouch goals of Round 8 of the WAFL in the videos below.
Perth player Zachary Hill was named winner of the Round 7 KIA Mark of the Week and West Perth player Andrew Strijk booted the TABtouch Goal of the Week.
THE WAFL competition roared to life on Saturday with the best round of the 2018 season as Claremont upset South Fremantle, East Fremantle ended its horror losing run, Perth took it right up to Subiaco and Swan Districts were impressive beating East Perth.
The lower ranked team won three of the four Round 8 WAFL matches on Saturday and even though Subiaco remained undefeated as well, Perth took it right up to the Lions and were only two points behind early in the last quarter.
While there has at times been a stark gap between the top and bottom placed teams in the WAFL this season over the opening seven rounds, that certainly wasn’t the case on Saturday as the competition shone despite the bleak weather.
The WA State Academy will undertake the second round of trial games this Friday following last week's fixtures held at Steel Blue Oval in Bassendean.
The trial games are an important part of the State Academy's preparation and selection process ahead of the AFL National Championships in June and July.
The first intake of players for the 2018 WA State Academy was completed at the end of April.
ADAM Pickering will be excused for having a couple of think-twice moments this Saturday at Leederville Oval as he leads Swan Districts into battle against East Perth, but the Swans coach is only focused on what could be a season-defining win.
Pickering will coach Swan Districts up against East Perth for the first time this Saturday in Round 8 of the WAFL and it will certainly lead to the odd strange moment at Leederville Oval for him.
Aside from a couple of years at Perth, Pickering has made Leederville Oval virtually his second home ever since arriving in Western Australia back in 2004 to begin his WAFL playing career with East Perth following time in the AFL at both Richmond and Carlton.
ROUND 8 of the WAFL gets underway with East Perth and Swan Districts battling over cementing a position inside the top five while East Fremantle and Peel Thunder desperately need four points and then Subiaco and South Fremantle look to keep winning against Perth and Claremont respectively.
All four matches in Round 8 of the 2018 WAFL season take place on Saturday afternoon beginning at Leederville Oval at 1.40pm with East Perth playing Swan Districts.
The Royals enter the game in fourth position with a 4-2 record while Swan Districts is fifth at 3-3 heightening the importance of the contest with both teams coming off losses at the hands of South Fremantle.
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Round 8 of the WAFL kicks off this Saturday at Leederville Oval where East Perth take on Swan Districts in what's expected to be a very close contest. In Fremantle we see East Fremantle clash with Peel Thunder, while their Port rivals South Fremantle host Claremont. North of the river we see Perth and Subiaco battle it out at Lathlain Park.
There will be heaps happening around the grounds including fun zones, pop-up food and beverage outlets, competitions for the whole family and don't forget to cheer on the Movie Masters Little Leaguers who play at half-time at all matches.
Check out what you can get involved in at the footy this weekend!
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The annual WA Football Commission (WAFC) Footy Writing Competition sparked tremendous interest in schools across the State in Term One.
Four winners from Year 3 to Year 6 were announced and received a prize pack from Burley Sekem and earned their school a range of prizes:
Lucia Old from Carnley Anglican Community School (Year 3)
Cyrus Cargill from Gooseberry Hill Primary School Student (Year 4)
Rhania Khan from Perth College (Year 5) and
Emelia Bullers from East Fremantle Primary School (Year 6)
BIG Round 7 WAFL wins for Subiaco, South Fremantle and West Perth saw plenty of players in fine form for the top three teams while Perth's one-point win against Claremont saw a host of others put up their hands for the TABtouch Team of the Round.
All four WAFL Round 7 fixtures took place on Saturday afternoon and it saw the top three teams, Subiaco, South Fremantle and West Perth, make quite the statement.
Subiaco made it six straight wins to start the season beating Peel Thunder 21.14 (140) to 7.6 (48) in a Grand Final rematch at Bendigo Bank Stadium.