WAFC Media Statement: WAFL Reserves Grand Final

Monday, August 27, 2018 - 11:56 AM

"The West Australian Football Commission recognises the importance of the WAFL Reserves in supporting the success of the WAFL competition and we are focussing our efforts on making sure the Reserves Grand Final is a great experience for everyone involved on Saturday, September 22.”

“Like all WAFL clubs, we wanted to play the Reserves Grand Final at Optus Stadium on the same day as the League and Colts, however the significant cost of playing all three games on the same day, along with our commercial broadcast obligations, meant it wasn't possible.”

“We have worked hard with Optus Stadium to explore all options but it is a new era for WA football with a new financial model and we must adapt to the new stadium moving forward.”

“We will undertake a full review at the end of the year and hopefully with a bumper crowd to support the commercial model at Optus Stadium we will be able to reconsider how the Reserves Grand Final is scheduled in the future.”

“The Reserves Premiers will also be invited to attend Optus Stadium so they can be celebrated at half time of the League Grand Final and have their achievements showcased.”

“We have an obligation to showcase the WAFL on Grand Final day and Optus Stadium provides an amazing opportunity for WAFL fans and players to experience a world-class stadium, which we hope will become the long-term home of the WAFL Grand Final.”

“The WAFC has also been overwhelmed by the great public response to the League Grand Final being scheduled at Optus Stadium, followed by the first ever public kick-to-kick, which has generated great excitement among WAFL fans of all ages.”

- WAFC CEO Gavin Taylor

Round 21 Match Previews

Friday, August 24, 2018 - 12:16 PM - by Chris Pike

IT is the final round of the 2018 WAFL season and there remains three teams all capable of snatching fifth position with only one of East Perth, Perth and Peel Thunder to have their seasons continue beyond Saturday evening.

It is set to be quite the exciting conclusion to the home and away season in the WAFL for 2018 and all eyes will be on Bendigo Bank Stadium with the reigning premiers of the last two years, Peel Thunder, hosting East Perth.

It's not quite as simple as saying that the winner between the Thunder and Royals will play finals but it almost is the case.

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WAFL Colts Super Round

Friday, August 24, 2018 - 11:29 AM

The second West Australian Football League Colts Super Round for 2018 will be played this weekend, August 25 and 26, following the success of the first Super Round in April.

Three Round 21 WAFL Colts games will be played in succession at Subiaco Oval on Sunday, August 26 from 10am to 3pm to showcase the competition’s most exciting young talent.

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WAFL Grand Final confirmed for Optus Stadium

Friday, August 24, 2018 - 10:06 AM

The 2018 McDonald’s WAFL Grand Final will be played at Optus Stadium at 2.40pm on Sunday, September 23 featuring the first ever public kick-to-kick on the ground for fans.

WAFC CEO Gavin Taylor encouraged everyone, regardless of which team they support, to attend and experience a great day out for the whole family.

“The WAFL Grand Final is one of the biggest events on the WA football calendar and we have a great range of family activities and attractions planned to make it a celebration of WA football,” he said.

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WAFL Reserves to host Saturday Grand Final

Friday, August 24, 2018 - 9:48 AM

The 2018 WAFL Reserves Grand Final will be hosted by the winner of the Second Semi-Final on Saturday, September 22.

The stand-alone Reserves Grand Final was confirmed this morning as part of an announcement to play the League and Colts Grand Finals the following day at Optus Stadium, where the winning Reserves team will be recognised and celebrated at half time. 

West Australian Football Commission CEO Gavin Taylor said that the Reserves competition remained a key part of the WA Football structure and  the WAFC would focus its efforts on making the Reserves Grand Final an exciting stand-alone event.

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Around the Grounds – final round of footy

Friday, August 24, 2018 - 9:35 AM

Can you believe it – the final round of the home-and-away season is almost upon us! We have a heap of fun and exciting competitions and events planned for fans at all four games this Saturday as we celebrate the final round of the season before finals fever hits.

Check out what's happening at your local ground! 

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Round 20 Match Reports

Thursday, August 23, 2018 - 11:07 AM - by Chris Pike

THE WAFL's top three teams all flexed their muscles in Round 20 action on Saturday as Subiaco, South Fremantle and West Perth recorded comfortable wins while Claremont came from behind to beat Peel Thunder and lock in a finals berth in 2018.

It was the second last round of the 2018 home and away season on Saturday and while Subiaco, South Fremantle and West Perth couldn’t move from the top three spots, and Swan Districts and East Fremantle were anchored at the bottom, the last two finals positions were up for grabs.

Going into the penultimate round, Claremont, East Perth, Perth and Peel Thunder were still a chance to play finals and that's now still the case heading into the final round next Saturday but the job is decidedly more challenging for the Demons than the rest.

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AFL State Combine invites announced

Thursday, August 23, 2018 - 10:53 AM

Twenty-one players WAFL have been invited to attend the 2018 AFL State Draft Combine on October 14.

The WA invites include 11 WA State Academy players including Regan Spooner, Ethan Hansen and Luke Moore who were all standouts in the 2018 NAB AFL National 18s Championship Series earlier this year.

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Round 20 Colts Wrap

Thursday, August 23, 2018 - 10:33 AM - by Chris Pike

THE top five positions in the WAFL colts for 2018 are locked away with one round remaining following wins in Round 20 on Saturday by Subiaco, Claremont, South Fremantle and East Perth.

Despite winning on Saturday, Claremont can't make the finals with one game of the season remaining and neither can West Perth, Perth or East Perth.

Subiaco is guaranteed of the minor premiership with Peel Thunder, East Fremantle, Swan Districts and South Fremantle the other teams who will take part in finals action.

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Polly Farmer Shield

Friday, August 17, 2018 - 2:13 PM

WAFL rivals East Perth Football Club and West Perth Football Club will compete for the 2nd Annual Polly Farmer Shield this Saturday, 18th of August at Leederville Oval to recognise and celebrate Farmer’s success as one of the greatest players at each club.

The Shield was struck to allow both clubs and WA Football to celebrate one of the greatest footballers of all time. Polly's daughter Kim Farmer will be on hand to present the shield to the winning captain of Saturday's clash.

Whist many people know of how great Polly was as a player, few know of his legacy continuing through the Polly Farmer Foundation. Polly remains a patron of the Foundation and his daughter Kim is a member of the board and a long-term supporter of the Foundation’s work.

Established in Polly’s honour, the Foundation has over 20 years’ experience and success in empowering Aboriginal students in Western Australia, South Australia, New South Wales and the Northern Territory to complete school and move into successful post-school pathways, including university, apprenticeships, traineeships, and direct employment.

The first program commenced in Karratha in 1997 with 23 students. Today, there are over 1800 students enrolled in 45 primary and secondary programs around Australia. 

Students participating in the programs are encouraged to aim high:

School attendance rate is 88% (vs 67% for all Aboriginal students), attainment rate is an impressive 90%, and students are up to 60% more likely to achieve a WACE (than other Aboriginal students).

In 2017, 35% of students went to university, 25% moved into direct employment, 20% commenced an apprenticeship or traineeship, and 8% started at TAFE.

The Foundation has built long-term, trusted relationships with major government and industry partners, including the WA Department of Education, the Australian Government Dept of Prime Minister & Cabinet, Rio Tinto, BHP, and Woodside.

Get down to Leederville Oval tomorrow to cheer on the Mighty Royals as we look to secure a finals berth and help us celebrate our greatest player. The clash will also be live on Channel 7 from 3.00pm.

Graham (Polly) Vivian Farmer

D.O.B: 10th March 1935
Games: 392: East Perth 176 - Geelong 101- West Perth 69 - WA 31 - Vic 5
Premierships: East Perth 1956, 58-59 - Geelong 1963 - West Perth 1969, 71

Honours: Sandover Meal 1956-57, 60, WA Football Hall of Fame legend; AFL Hall of Fame legend; Equal second BrownlowMedal 1963; fairest and best East Perth 1954-57, 59-61, Geelong 1963-64, West Perth 1969; member 1961 carnival team; All-Australian 1956, 58, 61; Tassie Medal 1956; Simpson Medal 1956 (WA v SA), 58 (WA v Victoria), 59 (WAFL grand final); coach West Perth 1968-71, Geelong 1973-75, East Perth 1976-77; WA captain six times, coach six times; First West Australian awarded MBE for services to football 1970

Of more than 10,000 league footballers in WA’s rich history, Graham “Polly” Farmer sits head and shoulders above the pack.  In 1996 the Australian Football League bestowed legend status on 12 champions in the inaugural Australian Football Hall of Fame.  Farmer was one of them.  The same year he was named ruckman in the AFL’s team of the century, the only West Australian to get a guernsey.

It is widely considered that the title of best player of all time is a toss-up between Farmer and Hawthorn legend Leigh Matthews. Both could single-handedly turn a game.

The only accolade to elude Farmer was the Brownlow Medal. More than just a champion player, he changed the game. His trademark handball revolutionized the ruck.

In the 1950’s he was the power behind East Perth’s six-year domination of WA football. Arch rival, Carlton’s John Nicholls, described him as the best ruckman he had ever played against.  Another Victorian great, Ron Barassi, said “He is dedicated to the elimination of error.”

Farmer returned to WA as captain-coach of West Perth in 1968 and the following year he had one of his best seasons, despite being 34. He was runner-up in the Sandover Medal, won West Perth’s fairest and best award and led the club to a premiership.