Article by North Beach FC
Four-time North Beach A-Grade premiership player Shane Paap has been appointed the club’s senior coach.
After their historic first A Grade premiership last season, Trinity Aquinas came from fifth spot on the ladder to claim the 2017 premiership and Sandover Shield on Saturday.
Despite their premiership success last year, Trinity Aquinas entered the match as the underdogs as they faced minor premiers North Beach who were victorious both times they met this season.
Trinity Aquinas led at every change to win the match comfortably by thirty-five points 11.8 (74) to 5.9 (39).
Nineteen clubs celebrated premierships last Saturday with the B-E Grade Grand Finals taking place across Perth.
Wanneroo (B, DBC), University (D1, BJC) and North Fremantle (D2, D2R) were the most successful on the day securing two premierships each.
North Beach (D1R) and East Fremantle (E1) made it back to back premierships in their grades while Thornlie also made it back to back premierships claiming the C2 premiership in 2016 before moving up a grade and taking out the C1 premiership this season.
On Wednesday August 30, the WAAFL hosted the eighth annual Hall of Champions function.
The Hall of Champions honours those individuals who have made long, significant and commendable contributions to the WAAFL, to help make it the strong and respected sporting body that it is today.
This year the WAAFL inducted three new members into the Hall of Champions.
This Saturday 9 September, twenty-two grades will contest Grand Finals across the metropolitan area.
Thirty different clubs have made their way into the B- E Grade Grand Finals with Kingsway (B, BR, D2), Wanneroo (B, BR, DBC) and University (D1, D1R, BJC) featuring in three Grand Finals each.
The Grand Finals this year will also see thirteen different clubs feature from the 2016 Grand Finals.
Coolbinia West Perth became the first WAAFL premiers for 2017 when they won their third consecutive Integrated Premiership on Saturday.
Coolbinia West Perth finished the season in second position on the ladder with eight wins and four losses.
They came up against first time grand finalists High Wycombe who finished on top of the ladder with just the one loss during the season.
On Wednesday 30 August over 800 players, officials and VIP’s packed the new Crown Ballroom to celebrate the 96th WA Amateur Football League Season.
One of the biggest nights on the WAAFL calendar sees the football guernsey’s swapped for suits as the league recognises those who have excelled throughout the year.
This year’s presentation saw a tie for the CJ Jamieson Medal as the A Grade Best and Fairest player. University’s Hamish Murray and Fremantle CBC’s Christopher Basile claiming the top award with twenty votes for the season.
While Hamish is a first-time winner of the A Grade award, Chris makes it back to back wins.
With the home and away season now finished for all teams, this weekend sees finals action across all grades. Fifty-two clubs out of a possible sixty-seven made finals this season with North Beach having seven teams through while University and North Fremantle had six teams make finals.
North Beach have finished the 2017 A Grade season as minor premiers with fifteen wins and three losses for the year.
With the top position locked in they will now enjoy a week’s break before taking on the winner of this weekend’s match between Fremantle CBC and University.
On Saturday 12 August forty-eight players from the WAAFL Integrated Football program competed in a Curtain Raiser at Domain Stadium.
The two teams ‘WAAFL Integrated’ and ‘Integrated All Stars’ were assembled from the seven teams in the WAAFL Integrated program as well as players from the newly formed Willetton Integrated Team.
The annual Curtain Raiser aims to showcase the Integrated Football program to a wider audience.
Despite the weather forecast the rain stayed away for the duration of the match allowing both teams to get scores on the board.
The 2017 WAAFL Skill Hire Finals Series kicks off this Saturday 19 August for Grades B and below (except D2).
The beginning of the finals campaign marks the end of the season for some teams while others are only four weeks away from premiership glory.
The WAAFL Integrated State Team competed at the AFL National Inclusion Carnival on the Gold Coast last week.
The WA side qualified for Pool B after winning two out of seven matches at the carnival’s round robin style grading day.