WA Football volunteer Mark Brookes has been recognised for his significant contribution and leadership in the growth and development of football in the South Fremantle District over the past 15 years as the 2018 recipient of The Sunday Times WA Football Volunteer of the Year Award.
Mr Brookes was presented with the award at the West Australian Football League’s Sandover Medal Count at Optus Stadium on Monday, September 17. He was one of 17 regional and district finalists chosen from more than 1,200 nominees and has received a trip for two to the AFL Grand Final, thanks to the AFL.
THE WAFL has a dual Sandover Medal winner for the first time in 14 years with gun Claremont midfielder Jye Bolton winning for a second time in three years during a glittering Monday evening at Optus Stadium.
Bolton finished the 2018 Sandover Medal vote count on 52 votes to win ahead of Subiaco captain Kyal Horsley with the two gun on-ballers going neck and neck most of the night.
Bolton started on fire polling in each of Claremont's opening nine matches, including best on ground showings in Rounds 5 and 10. That saw him rack up 32 votes by Round 10 but Horsley was keeping pace.
WHILE Subiaco captain Kyal Horsley and West Perth star Shane Nelson head into the Sandover Medal count for 2018 as warm favourites, a host of players are in contention to take out WA football's most prestigious individual honour.
The 2018 Sandover Medal count will be held at Optus Stadium on Monday night for the first time and will be broadcast live by 91.3 SportFM.
It should be a thrilling count with long-time standout WAFL players like Horsley, Nelson, Chris Phelan and Clint Jones trying to breakthrough for a Sandover Medal while the likes of Claremont pair Jye Bolton and Kane Mitchell, West Perth's Aaron Black and South Fremantle's Haiden Schloithe could become two-time winners.
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The 2018 League season-decider will be played at Optus Stadium at 2:40pm on Sunday, 23 September featuring the first ever public kick-to-kick on the ground for fans.
The day will also include the Colts and Reserves Grand Final and heaps of activities for the fans to enjoy and celebrate WA Football.
SWAN Districts have won its way through to the 2018 WAFL Colts Grand Final by winning Sunday's preliminary final over Peel Thunder by 22 points.
With Subiaco having already booked themselves into the Colts Grand Final for 2018 with a win over Swan Districts in the second semi-final at Leederville Oval, it came down to the preliminary final at Fremantle Community Bank Oval to determine their opponents.
Swan Districts opened up a match-winning advantage through the second and third quarters kicking seven goal to just two from Peel and that was enough to see Swans win 10.12 (72) to 7.8 (50).
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SOUTH Fremantle's Dylan Main and West Perth's Aaron Black are both in their first seasons as captains at their respective clubs as they aim to lead their teams to a Grand Final appearance after Sunday's preliminary final.
Main and Black were appointed as the new captains at the Bulldogs and Falcons respectively in 2018 and both under similar circumstances with the former skippers continuing on playing, but standing down as skipper.
Ryan Cook had been captain at South Fremantle since 2012 and by leading the Bulldogs into battle for 117 matches, he became the longest-serving skipper in the history of the club.
THE stage is set for a massive day of WAFL preliminary finals at Fremantle Community Bank Oval on Sunday as Subiaco's league and colts teams, and East Perth's reserves outfit await to find out their 2018 Grand Final opponents at Optus Stadium.
We are already halfway there to knowing who will be playing in the three WAFL Grand Finals at Optus Stadium on Sunday September 23 with Subiaco's league and colts sides, and East Perth's reserves booking their place in the big dance with second semi-final victories last Sunday.
Now the three preliminary finals will take place this Sunday at Fremantle Community Bank Oval to determine the other participants on Grand Final day.
WEST Perth has overcome plenty on and off the field in 2018 to now be one win from a Grand Final appearance and tough and damaging midfielder Luke Meadows sees no reason the Falcons can't still go all the way.
West Perth came into the season after being losing to Swan Districts in last year's elimination final losing key position players Nick Rodda and Scott Simpson with apparently little in the way of new arrivals.
Then early in Round 4 the Falcons lost the inspirational Kody Manning for the season with a knee injury and then of course more recently has been the off-field financial problems that threatened the club's future.
Western Australia’s emerging football talent has received a boost with the announcement of a new partnership with energy retailer Simply Energy.
The Simply Energy partnership includes naming rights to the Simply Energy WAFL Colts competition and the Simply Energy Male State Talent Academy as WA’s Official Talent Pathway Partner.
The partnership will also see the Simply Energy WAFL Colts Grand Final televised for the first time on the 7 Network as a lead-up to the League Grand Final at Optus Stadium on Sunday, September 23.
In another coup for the first WAFL Grand Final at Optus Stadium, major WAFL sponsor Optus today confirmed it will bring Triple J Hottest 100 winning band, The Rubens, to Perth to headline the Optus Pre-Game Show at this year’s event as part of the telco’s partnership with Universal Music.
The Rubens will kick-start the festivities before bouncedown in the League match at the McDonald’s WAFL Grand Final ahead of touring for their third studio album ‘Lo La Ru’ at the end of September.
The band was recently in Perth, having supported Pink in her massive sell-out 42-date arena show run of Australia and New Zealand.
VERY few people have made the move west and made such a lasting impact at South Fremantle than the club's longest-serving skipper Ryan Cook and now he's desperate to win in a third straight preliminary final to reach the Grand Final.
Cook decided to make the move to Western Australia and join South Fremantle back ahead of the 2011 season following his four-year stint in the AFL with Collingwood where he played 14 matches and was a strong performer at VFL level.
He had no possible idea that he would end up wanting to call Perth home now even beyond his playing career, but the mark he has made at the Bulldogs has seen him achieve everything now except play in a Grand Final and win a premiership.
Make sure you keep your Sunday afternoon free folks as South Fremantle and West Perth battle it out in the Preliminary Final for a spot in the 2018 McDonald's WAFL Grand Final against Subiaco at Optus Stadium.
The League game is set to take place at Fremantle Community Bank Oval from 2.40pm and there is a heap happening at the ground which all members of the family can get involved in.
Make sure you bring your own footy down as kick-to-kick will be happening at all breaks of the clash.
WEST Perth left Fremantle Community Bank Oval two weeks ago hoping to get a chance for redemption against South Fremantle and that opportunity presents in Sunday's preliminary final and a Grand Final spot just happens to be on the line.
The qualifying final at Fremantle Community Bank Oval couldn’t have gone much worse for West Perth two weeks ago with South Fremantle kicking 15 of the last 16 goals of the game on the way to a 98-point victory.
It was also a ninth straight win for the Bulldogs against the Falcons, but what West Perth had to focus on was bouncing back last week in a cut-throat first semi-final against Claremont at Joondalup Arena.