Grant, Armstrong & Savage receive WAAFL Life Membership

Friday, September 21, 2018 - 9:22 AM

On Saturday 15 September the WAAFL welcomed its newest life members with Bradley Grant, Bill Armstrong and Neil Savage all receiving recognition for their dedication to the WA Amateur Football League and their clubs.

 

Bradley Grant has been involved in the WAAFL for 31 years at the Fremantle CBC Amateur Football Club. He started in the club as the head trainer/physio and still holds this position today.

Brad has been the Club President since 2003 and has overseen the club build to be one of the League’s most formidable clubs. His vision and commitment to the diversity of the club saw his club be one of the leaders in the creation of Integrated Football with the club continuing to field two teams.

He was awarded Club Life Membership in 1994 and in 2014 was recognised by Clubs WA as Senior Volunteer of the Year.

 

Bill Armstrong is one of few in the history of our League to cover all facets of our game – as a player, coach, umpire, and club and state committee member.

As a 200-game player for the Mt Lawley Football Club, Bill played in six premierships, five in A-Grade. He went on to represent his state on five occasions, one as the only winning WA Captain at a AAFC Carnival in 1991. He was selected as a playing All Australian Amateur in 1988 and 1989, and is currently Secretary/Treasurer of the AAFC.

Towards the end of this playing career he turned to coaching, coaching the Mt Lawley Colts and then the WA State Amateur Colts team between 1990 and 1997. He took to field umpiring in 2006 for three seasons and continues as a boundary umpire today.

Bill joined the WAAFL Board in 2004, and still holds this position 14 years on. He is a Life Member of the Mt Lawley Football Club and now a Life member of the WA Amateur Football League.

 

When you talk of the North Beach Football Club, Neil Savage is a name most wouldn’t recognise.  However, he has been the central figure behind the rise of the North Beach club to be the most successful A-Grade club in the modern era in the WA Amateur Football League.

Over his 34 years at the club, as a player of 70 games, he found his niche as a coach across all teams of the club and as a club committee man. However, it has been his work as Director of Football and chief recruiter at the club from 1985 that saw 12 A-Grade premierships, along with a couple of A Colts and A-Reserve premierships achieved.

So significant is this, it has changed how our clubs structure their football programs and is now a blue print for other amateur clubs.

Neil remains a pivotal figure in the continued growth of the North Beach club, which saw the club field a women’s team in the inaugural A-Grade this season.

The WAAFL congratulates Brad, Bill and Neil on receiving life membership of the WA Amateur Football League.

 

 

Scarborough claim Sandover Shield for the first time in 20 years

Monday, September 17, 2018 - 12:40 PM

When Scarborough claimed the A Grade Premiership on Saturday afternoon at Steel Blue Oval it was the first time they have held the Sandover Shield since 1998.

Scarborough went into the match as favourites over Fremantle CBC after finishing the season as minor premiers with just one loss for the year.

With Fremantle CBC making their first A Grade Grand Final in 15 years the stakes were high for both sides who were keen to end Premiership droughts.

Scarborough wasted no time getting on the scoreboard kicking the first three goals of the match before Fremantle CBC fought back with two goals of their own.

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A Grade Grand Final Preview

Wednesday, September 12, 2018 - 9:00 AM

The A Grade League Grand Final will be broadcast live on ABC Radio on Saturday 15 September from 2.00pm.

Listen live on 720 ABC Radio, Online or download the ABC Radio App.

Listen Live: http://www.abc.net.au/radio/perth/live/

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Nineteen Teams Celebrate Premiership Glory

Monday, September 10, 2018 - 4:14 PM

Nineteen teams celebrated premierships last Saturday with the B-E Grade Grand Finals taking place across seven grounds.

Ballajura (C1, E3, IDC) and University (D1, D1R, BJC) were the most successful on the day securing three premierships each while Coolbinia (C3, C3R) and Jandakot (C4, LKC) secured two wins.

Ocean Ridge (C2R) and University (D1, BJC), made it back to back premierships in their grades while the Jandakot Colts made it back to back premierships taking out the West Coast Eagles Division in 2017 before winning the Laurie Keene Colts division this season.

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B-E Grade Grand Finals- Saturday 8 September

Friday, September 7, 2018 - 9:51 AM

This Saturday 8 September, nineteen grades will contest Grand Finals across seven grounds in the metropolitan area.

Twenty-three clubs have made their way into the B-E Grade Grand Finals with Ballajura (C1, C1R, E3, IDC) featuring in four Grand Finals followed by Jandakot (C4, C4R, LKC) and University (D1, D1R, BJC) who will contest in three different Grades. 

The Grand Finals this year will also see eight different clubs feature from the 2017 Grand Finals.

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University & Cottesloe create history as first Women’s Premiers

Wednesday, September 5, 2018 - 2:25 PM

University and Cottesloe will forever go down in history as the inaugural premiers of the WAAFL Women’s competition.

Both teams were successful in their quest for glory when they played in the A and B Grade Grand Finals on Saturday 1 September at Lightning Park, Noranda.

University came from fourth spot on the ladder to win the A Grade Grand Final after defeating North Beach and minor premiers Curtin Uni Wesley in the finals.

The A Grade Grand Final was a low scoring affair as the teams battled it out across the ground. University capitalised on their scoring shots kicking two goals straight to West Coast 0.5. West Coast had their opportunities in front of goal in the final quarter but finished with four behinds.

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Coolbinia win fourth straight Integrated Premiership

Wednesday, September 5, 2018 - 12:55 PM

Coolbinia made history once again in the Integrated Competition winning their fourth straight Integrated Premiership on Saturday 1 September.

The Grand Final held at Lightning Park, Noranda saw Coolbinia off to a fast start kicking the first three goals before High Wycombe fought their way back into the match kicking three of their own.

In the second quarter both sides failed to kick a goal as the intensity of the match increased. Alex Seymour worked hard right across the midfield for High Wycombe as Graeme Govan provided support in the ruck. 

After half time Coolbinia found their form kicking nine goals to one, out running High Wycombe right across the ground.

Lyndsy Ashworth and Boyd Duffield combined up forward for Coolbinia kicking nine majors between them. Damien Rieger was the only multiple goal scorer for High Wycombe with two goals.

Coolbinia’s Brandon Brown was named Best on Ground.

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2018 Full Votes All Grades

Wednesday, September 5, 2018 - 11:56 AM

Download the Votes for All Grades for the 2018 Home and Away Season here:

2018 WAAFL Votes All Grade

 

 

Ashman claims top honour at WAAFL Awards

Tuesday, September 4, 2018 - 9:04 AM

On Monday 3 September the Crown Ballroom was filled with over 900 guests to celebrate the 2018 WA Amateur Football League season.

One of the biggest attendances in recent years saw many awarded for their outstanding seasons.

Scarborough’s Joel Ashman took out the night’s top award as he received the CJ Jamieson Medal as the A Grade Best and Fairest player for 2018.

A first-time winner of the award, Ashman polled 20 votes in eight games including five best on ground performances. Ashman finished runner up for the award in 2017 falling short by just one vote.

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Integrated Grand Final- Sat 1 September

Wednesday, August 29, 2018 - 10:53 AM

Coolbinia and High Wycombe will face off in the Integrated Football Competition season decider for the second year in a row.

High Wycombe led the competition for majority of the season losing only two matches but were over taken for the minor premiership in the last round by Kingsway.

Coolbinia on the other hand finished in fourth position with five losses but managed to defeat Kingsway in the Semi Final last week to secure their spot.

High Wycombe and Coolbinia went head to head in the 2017 Grand Final with Coolbinia winning their third premiership in a row with a 49-point victory.

The two sides have met twice already this season with High Wycombe winning by seven points in round seven before Coolbinia took the win by 51 points in round fifteen.

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Women's Grand Finals - Sat 1 September

Wednesday, August 29, 2018 - 9:20 AM

West Coast and University will face off in the Women’s A Grade Grand Final this Saturday 1 September at Lightning Park, Noranda. 

West Coast finished second on the ladder at the end of the home and away season before defeating Curtin Uni Wesley in the Semi Final to advance straight through to the season decider.

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Nine Club’s bow out of the Finals Series

Wednesday, August 29, 2018 - 8:59 AM

Last Saturday saw another nine clubs finish their finals campaigns across various grades.

Collegians (DBC), Coolbellup (C4), Forrestdale (E1), Kingsway (Integrated), Lynwood Ferndale (C2R), Melville (IDC), Mt Lawley (BR), Nollamara (WB) and Wanneroo (C2R, PSC) saw their only remaining teams lose in week two of the finals.

While others bowed out, other teams were celebrating as they made their way into their respective Grand Finals.

Coolbinia (C3, C3R, Integrated) and Jandakot (C4, C4R, LKC) have been the most successful so far with three teams through to the Grand Final. Ballajura (C1, E3), Fremantle CBC (D1, E2) and University (WA, BJC) have two teams through.

Bullcreek Leeming (IDC), Cottesloe (WB), Curtin Uni Wesley (D1R), High Wycombe (Integrated), Kingsley (B), Noranda (E1), Ocean Ridge (C2), Quinn’s Districts (C1R), Rossmoyne (WB), Swan Athletic (BR), Warnbro Swans (C2R), West Coast (WA) and Whitford (DBC) all have one team through to the Grand Final.

The Integrated Football competition and Women’s A and B Grade Grand Finals are on this Saturday 1 September at Lightning Park, Noranda.

Preliminary Finals are on this Saturday for grades B-E while A Grades host Semi Finals.

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Finals Campaigns continue for 47 Clubs

Tuesday, August 21, 2018 - 11:08 AM

Qualifying and Elimination finals were held last Saturday for Men’s Grades B and below with twenty teams eliminated after the first week of finals.

Mt Lawley lost the most teams in the first week with their B Grade and D1 Reserves sides unable to get the win in their Elimination Finals. The club still has their B Reserves side in the finals.

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West Coast and Cottesloe through to Women’s Grand Finals

Monday, August 20, 2018 - 4:04 PM

West Coast are the first side through to the WAAFL Women’s A Grade Grand Final after defeating Curtin Uni Wesley in Semi Final 2 on Saturday night.

The match played under lights at Lightning Park, Noranda saw West Coast claim a 5.5 (35) to 1.5 (11) victory.

Heading into the match Curtin Uni Wesley were undefeated so far this season with their last match against West Coast ending in a draw.

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Scarborough finish as minor premiers in A Grade

Monday, August 20, 2018 - 10:24 AM

Scarborough have finished as minor premiers in the A Grade competition for the first time since being elevated into the grade at the end of 2015.

Scarborough lost just one match this season against Fremantle CBC in Round 7 and finished two wins clear of second place.

The side has finished fourth the past two seasons making the Grand Final in 2016 but were knocked out early last season losing to eventual premiers Trinity Aquinas in the Elimination Final.

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