Healthway and the WACFL partnership to foster positive mental health

Friday, February 15, 2019 - 8:36 AM

The WA Country Football League is excited to share the announcement of a new three year partnership with Healthway to promote the Think Mental Health message throughout Country WA.

The Think Mental Health club program will be rolled-out across the 25 Country Football Leagues from the Kimberley to Esperance engaging around 130,000 West Australians.

The partnership will provide opportunities to build football clubs’ capacity to respond to mental health concerns and create environments that support social inclusion and connectedness.

"Mental health can affect anyone and a public education campaign like the Think Mental Health campaign coupled with the great work Regional Men’s Health and the Talk to a Mate message is already doing within our Country Clubs is the first step to highlighting the importance of talking and listening" said Acting WACFL General Manager Brent Sheridan.

"The campaigns key message of checking in on a mate, talking and listening is at the heart of what our football clubs are about and the role that they play within our regional communities". 

As there is a link between alcohol and drug use and mental health, clubs will also be supported to develop strategies regarding responsible service of alcohol and reducing alcohol and drug related harm, with support from the Australian Drug Foundation’s Good Sports WA and regional prevention stakeholders.

Think Mental Health is a state-wide public education campaign for all West Australians. The current campaign targets men aged 25-54 and their family and friends with messages about the importance of talking and listening, and that mental health issues can affect anyone.

For more information contact (08) 9287 5584 or email

O'Brien claims the West Coast Poly Player of the Year!

Tuesday, September 25, 2018 - 9:24 AM

Pinjarra Football & Netball Club's Rory O'Brien has been named as the 2018 West Coast Poly Player of the Year at the WA Country Football League's annual WAFL Grand Final luncheon.

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Wheatbelt Review

Thursday, August 30, 2018 - 12:31 PM

The WACFL has released its Wheatbelt Review on the first day of spring to tackle a number of issues arising within its Club network throughout the region.

The need for the Review was identified throughout the 2017 consultation phase of the WACFL's 2017- 2019 Strategic Plan and aims to invite stakeholders to take a longer term approach to how Club football is delivered in the Wheatbelt in the future, in light of the changes that are occurring in the region.   

The review included a Census (over one weekend in June) which looked at where each team accessed its players and gives Leagues the best opportunity to take a measured look at the health and sustainability of their Clubs.

"The important aspect of the report is that change cannot be ordered from Subiaco, but rather, Leagues and Clubs needed to be the ones that analysed the report and identified opportunities for them to improve into the future." said WACFL General Manager Joe Georgiades. 

"There has been a noticeable change in stakeholders views throughout the Wheatbelts (over recent years) around the need to make changes to the game, and I think the time is right to consider where the game might be in ten years’ time, rather than simply taking it one year at a time" 

The Review can be downloaded from the WACFL website 


West Coast Poly Player of the Year - Finalists

Tuesday, August 28, 2018 - 1:13 PM

The West Coast Poly Player of the Year has been narrowed down to three finalists ahead of the announcement of the Player of the Year at the WACFL's WAFL Grand Final Function on Sunday September 23 at Optus Stadium.

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WA Goes Down in Narrow Defeat

Monday, July 30, 2018 - 9:56 AM

WA Country's New Holland State side went down in a narrow five point defeat to the South Australian Country side. The match was played on Adelaide Oval before the Crows v Demons match in the historic surrounds of the Adelaide Oval.

After going down by 40 points in last years encounter, SA was keen for redemption and the first quarter was tightly contested with the match played at a hectic tempo. SA was wasteful with its chances and WA veteran Rory O'Brien (Pinjarra) used his experience to slot the first two majors for his side to settle the players nerves. Liam McKenna (South Bunbury) and Robert Forrest (Federals) also had solid starts while Alex Moreno (Federals) was solid down back against some dangerous forwards. 

The frantic speed continued in the second quarter and Andrew Haydon (South Mandurah) and Jesse Crighton (Harvey Brunswick Leschenault) got busy and created some vital linkages through the midfield and Full Forward Leigh Kohlmann (South Bunbury) didn't look out of place with some strong marking and accutrate kicking at goals. 

WA Country went goalless in the third quarter as SA kicked 3.5. Cable Beach dynamo CJ Oakley started to get into the match with some dashing runs, but was ruled out of the game with a concussion robbing WA of some line breaking speed. 

13 points down at three quarter time, WA needed a spark and it came from Peel FL pair Eddie Dann (Baldivis) and Brad Holmes (Souh Mandurah).  Dann provided numerous charges through the midfield driving the ball forward off his dangerous left boot while Holmes, who had been quiet in the first three quarters got some good supply and capitalised with some accurate kicking, booting two goals from long range. Lewis Harvey's (Cervantes) goal from wide on the ark gave WA some hope and Matt Outrige (Quairading) was rock solid across half back stopping numerous SA assults. 

After WA regaining the lead in the last quarter, SA was able to spread quickly from WA turnovers and efficiently convert some opportunities with it's overlap run holding on to the lead when it mattered the most.

Guy Langdon (Dampier) showed his versatitlity doing some good things across the ground and Mitch Andrews (Harvey Brunswick Leschenault) rucked manfully all night.

Coach Craig Walker, although dissappointed by the loss was proud of his players efforts "When we look back on the match, I think we'll rue some simple skill errors that cost us momentum at important stages.  SA was really impressive how they capitalised from our errors and that was the difference.  I'm really proud of the squad we put together and how the boys came from all over the state and gelled. I think they represented the state and the 12,000 country players with honour." 

Rory O'Brien (Pinjarra) was awarded the Terry House Medal as WA's Player of the Match.  

Matt Outridge (Quaraiding) was awarded the Player's Player of the Match.

The match concludes the WACFL's Representative Programs for 2018 and can still be viewed by clicking on the following link:

State selectors will be out watching LEague Finals in the coming weeks in the search of players to bring into the 2019 program which will see WACFL host SA.  

SA COUNTRY  3.4  4.7  7.12  10.12 (72)

WA COUNTRY  2.2  6.2  6.5  10.7 (67)

BEST – SA Country: Berkefeld, Watson, Miles, Hutchesson, Aisea Raikiwasa, Laurie.

WA Country: O’Brien, Outridge, Crichton, Andrews, Haydon, Langdon.

GOALS – SA Country: Shillabeer 2, Gallio, Davis, Rusca, Ellis, Berkefeld, Simounds, Laurie, Kemp.

WA Country: O’Brien 3, Holmes, Kohlmann 2, Crichton, Harvey, Forrest.

BARRY STRINGER MEDAL – Simon Berkefeld (Penola)


South West make it a hat-trick of Colts titles

Tuesday, July 10, 2018 - 11:48 AM

The South West Football league have made it three CBH Group Colts Carnival titles in a row with a come from behind 26 point win at Bendigo Bank Stadium.

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Eastern Districts on the March

Tuesday, July 10, 2018 - 9:25 AM

Eastern Districts ensured that their time in Division 3 would be short lived with a commanding 28-point win over Great Southern in the Division 3 decider on Sunday.

With three sides locked on three wins apiece following the qualifying matches it came down to percentage as both the Great Southern and Eastern Districts progressed into the decider ahead of the Regional Allstars.

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Goldfields go up!

Monday, July 9, 2018 - 10:38 AM

In only their second year back in the Landmark Country Championships the Goldfields have gone one better than 2017 and claimed the Division 2 title with a hard fought 33-point victory over Mortlock.

After an impressive showing last year the Goldfields were determined to go secure promotion to the top flight and that’s exactly what the did, largely on the back of a final term blitz in which they piled on six goals to two.

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South West back on top

Monday, July 9, 2018 - 9:59 AM

The South West Football League have returned to the pinnacle of WA Country Football after victory in the Division 1 Landmark Country Football Championships decider against Avon on Sunday.

After progressing through the qualifying rounds unbeaten the Green and gold looked primed to atone for the previous two years Grand Finals losses. Standing in their way though were a determined Avon side that put a couple of lean carnivals behind them with an outstanding round of qualifying matches that saw their only loss come at the hands of the South West.

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Division 3 Landmark Country Championships - Preview

Tuesday, July 3, 2018 - 3:26 PM

Division 3 returns to this years Landmark Country Championships on the back of the change in format for 2018. In an exciting addition this has allowed for the re-introduction of the Regional Allstars side into the carnival.

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