Changing the Game - Youth Football

Thursday, April 19, 2018 - 1:44 PM

With Football seasons up and running in most regions of the State, it's timely to look at some of the information around the Youth Age Group as they are obviously critical to the future health of Country Football. 

Ensuring Youth continue (transition) into Senior Football was a major theme of the WAFC's new Strategic Plan 2017-2022 and something all Country Leagues are aware of and need to focus on.

The WA Football Family was recently invited to talks from a world renown expert on Youth Retention in Sport (all the way from USA) John O’Sullivan.

John gave an informative presentation on some of the best and worst practices happening around the world to address what is a global issue. It was interesting to hear what other codes are doing which challenges some of our traditional mindsets. 

John's presentation also ties in with reports recently released by the WAFC around Player Welfare and Youth Football. 

Player Welfare is particularly important for the youth age group who are often asked to play and train in numerous formats of the game (Senior / Junior Club, School, Talent Academies etc) whilst their bodies are maturing at different times.  What is the ideal amount of Matches in any one season for a teenager? - This report tries to address this question and will be implemented by the WA State Academy Programs from 2018 onwards.   

Those interested in helping keep youth in the game in their local area can click on the WACFL website http://wacfl.com.au/resources/downloads   to download the following two documents. 

1. WAFC Player Welfare Protocols

2. WAFC Youth Football Working Group Recommendations 2017-2020

Additionally, for those that missed John's recent presentations in Perth, they are welcome to watch the recorded version by clicking on the following links. 

https://www.facebook.com/WAFootball/videos/3534582903218512/

https://www.facebook.com/WAFootball/videos/3534654416544694/

CBH Group Country Colts Curtain Raiser

Friday, April 13, 2018 - 9:45 AM

44 Country Colts will get an opportunitiy to be some of the first Country Footballers to play a match on Optus Stadium prior to the AFL Match between West Coast Eagles and the Gold Coast Suns.

The match is part of the WACFL's CBH Group Country Colts Program which provides opportunities and exposure for up and coming players residing in Regional Western Australia.

"We are committed to providing opportunities for Country players to get exposure and access the State's talent pathway" said WACFL Operations Manager Brent Sheridan.  

Each year sees the program produce a handful of players that go on to the WAFL system. 

Teams will be coached by Claremont Premiership Coach Darryl Panizza and Pilbara superstar Kristian Dicton.

One of the WACFL's projects for 2018 is to look at the talent systems in each regional area and look to implement measures with the WAFC's assistance to improve the pathway to the WAFL and AFL programs for Country Players.

"We know there is still room for improvement and talented players out there who we'd love to see make in into the AFL." Sheridan said. "Hopefully two or three of this years squad put their hand up and can get a crack at higher levels." 

With recent changes by the AFL to bring Curtain Raisers closer to the start time of the AFL match, there should be around 20,000 people in the stadium to watch the last quarter of the match. AFL and WAFL talent scouts will also be in attendance. The match kicks off at 4.10pm with gates opening to the public at 4pm.  

NAME

SURNAME

DOB

LEAGUE

CLUB

Darryl

Anderson

10/2/2001

UGSFL

Narrogin

Ted

Baker

      17/11/2001

LSWFL

Southerners

Taj

Barnsby

1/8/2001

LSWFL

Southerners

Ted

Batchelor

7/2/2001

GSFL

North Albany

Bryce

Blaszkow

29/5/2000

GSFL

Albany

Jack

Borchet

17/4/2001

GFL

Railways

Ethan

Chick

14/10/2001

GNFL

Northampton

Dixon

Clements

27/8/2000

EKFL

Kununurra Demons

Russell

Cowcher

7/12/2000

UGSFL

Boddington

Clive

Djiagween

17/11/1999

NPFL

Karratha Kats

Jack

Downsborough

25/7/2001

EDFL

Merredin

Fraser

Eaton

15/11/2000

GSFL

Albany

Reece

Edwards

14/9/2000

LSWFL

Manjimup Tigers

Jaxon

Egan

28/3/2001

SWFL

Harvey Bulls

James

Ewing

22/2/2001

SWFL

Eaton

Jimi

Gillespie

31/12/2000

UGSFL

Boddington

Izaiha

Humphries

27/7/2000

SWFL

Eaton

Jai

Jackson

25/4/2001

GNFL

Chapman Valley

Kye

Jasper

25/9/2001

LSWFL

Southerners

Jack

Kennedy

23/8/2001

SWFL

Busselton

Kyron

McKenzie

4/9/2000

EDFA

Newtown Condingup

Curtis

Mitchell

14/9/2000

GNFL

Chapman Valley

Ethan

Nordahl

14/5/2001

SWFL

Sth Bunbury

Thomas

O'Brien

10/12/2001

SWFL

Bunbury

Lachy

O'Shea

27/6/2001

GSFL

North Albany

Josh

Padlie

31/12/2000

SWFL

South Bunbury

Hayden

Parker

14/6/2001

GSFL

Denmark Walpole

Nicholas

Pemberton

2/4/2001

SWFL

Bunbury

Tanner

Perkins

9/3/2001

SWFL

HBL

Ben

Roberts

25/9/2000

SWFL

HBL

Darcy

Rowe

23/4/2001

GNFL

Mullewa

Bradley

Ryder

8/6/2000

GNFL

Brigades

Jarrod

Salmeri

2/10/2001

UGSFL

Boddington

Cole

Sawyer

14/3/2001

SWFL

Sth Bunbury

Josh

Scott

12/1/2000

SWFL

Eaton

Kobi

Sellar

23/3/2000

GNFL

Railways

Fraser

Softley

10/3/2000

GFL

Boulder City

Nathan

Spooner

30/5/2001

UGSFL

Wagin

Sam

van Diemen

27/10/2000

LSWFL

Bridgetown

Kade

Wallrodt

22/3/2001

SWFL

Sth Bunbury

Taj

Williams

2/2/2001

GSFL

North Albany

Tom

Wolfe

29/8/2000

GSFL

Railways

Michael

Wright

1/2/2000

GNFL

Chapman Valley

Kahn

Wyatt

25/5/2002

EDFA

Esperance

 

Register for 2018

Wednesday, February 21, 2018 - 9:50 AM

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

To Register Online with your Club for the 2018 season, click here  

XBLADES is offering 15% off boots to all WACFL Players. To redeem, visit your local SportsPower store or www.xblades.com.au using code WACFL-XB18 

WACFL 2018 Roadshow

Wednesday, February 14, 2018 - 11:34 AM

With the Football season getting closer, WACFL staff will be touring the state to run Club Development sessions through March and April.  These sessions represent the best opportunities for new and old Club Administrators to receive Professional Development on all the intricacies involved with running a Country Football Club.

Topics to Include:-
WACFL’s Strategic Plan, Talent & Rep Footy Discussion, Country Football Rules & Regs, New Policy, Footy Web – Registrations – Match Days, Club Development, Umpiring, Tribunals, Country Week, State Country, WAFL Zoning, WAFC Changes, Match Day Management, Coaching Accreditation, Player Insurance, Governance & more…..

Confirmed dates so far include:- 

27 Feb- Newman NFL- Newman

28 Feb- Fortescue NFL- Tom Price

1 Mar- Peel NFL- Bendigo Bank Stadium

6 Mar- SWFL- Hands Oval

10 Mar- East Kimberley FL- Kununurra

11 Mar- Central Kimberley- Fitzroy Crossing

12 Mar- West Kimberley- Broome

12 Mar- North Midlands FL - TBC

13 Mar- Avon FA- Green Hills

13 Mar- Central Wheatbelt FL- TBC

15 Mar- Central Midlands Coastal FL- Badgingarra

19 Mar- Gascoyne FA- Carnarvon

20 Mar- Great Northern FL- Geraldton

20 Mar- Ongerup FA- TBC

21 Mar- Great Southern FL- Albany

22 Mar- Mortlock FL- Goomalling

22 Mar- Lower South West- Manjimup

2X Mar- Upper Great Southern- Narrogin

28 Mar- Hills FA- TBC

3 Apr- North Pilbara FL - Port Hedland

4 Apr- North Pilbara FL- Karratha 

11 Apr- Esperance Districts FA- Esperance

For further detail speak to your local League President.  

 

Key Events in 2018

Wednesday, February 7, 2018 - 10:27 AM

2018 is shaping up as another exciting season of Country Football.  Here is a snippet of some of the exciting things happening:- 

-MARCH- Country Football League Roadshows.  League and Club personal are invited to attend WACFL Roadshows and hear all the important info in the lead up to the 2018 season. Speak to your League for further detail.

-MARCH 25- The first AFL match on the new stadium- WCE take on the Sydney Swans- tickets should be hard to come by.

-APRIL- Season Kick Off- With Easter falling on 1 April this year, most leagues will have an uninterrupted lead in to the start of their seasons. 

-APRIL 28- Albany WAFL Match - CFC v SFFC- Centennial Oval hosts its first WAFL match since its recent upgrade. 

-MAY 19-20- 20 Year Belt up. Celebration Round.  All leagues promote the Belt up. message across this annual round.  This year has special significance with the Belt up. campaign with country football heading into its 20th year. 

-JUNE 30- Geraldton WAFL Match- East Fremantle hosts Claremont in Geraldton. 

-JUNE 16-17- Stand Alone Colts Carnivals- Wongan Hills and Kulin

-JULY 5-8 - Landmark Championships- The Championships returns to a 'Perth Only' format with the Colts playing from 5-7 July and the Seniors playing from 6-8.

-JULY 28- WA v SA State Match- Can WA go back to back and defeat the SACFL on the magnificent backdrop of the Adelaide Oval?

- AUGUST- WACFL Finals- Finals action starts to heat up.

-SEPTEMBER 23- WAFL GRAND FINAL- The first WAFL Grand Final on the new Perth Stadium.  West Coast Poly Country Player of the Year is announced and gets himself a trip to the AFL Grand Final. 

Mixing It Up

Wednesday, December 6, 2017 - 11:21 AM

Football in the Central Midlands FL and the Mortlock FL will trial something different in 2018 with both Leagues agreeing to Clubs playing "crossover" matches against one another for premiership points.

That's right, in 2018, there will be 10 matches throughout the season wherby a CMCFL Club plays a Mortlock FL Club with the winner taking 4 premiership points to their home competition. 

The idea came about due to consistent issues around byes and long seasons due to the odd number of teams in both competitions. The crossover games will allow all Clubs in both Leagues to play an efficient 14 games over 15 rounds.

In the Central Midlands, the five teams will still play one another three times with each team having a home and away match against the Mortlock whilst in the Mortlock, all seven sides will play one another at home and away with 3 Clubs (Gin Gin, Toodyay and Dalwallinu) playing two matches against the Central Midlands with all other clubs playing just one.

"Having smart fixtures is one of the keys to making football accessable in any competition and I take my hat off to both Leagues for trialling the concept." said WACFL General Manager Joe Georgiades.

"It has certainly created some interest and I think it will not only ensure both Leagues are destination Leagues for country footballers, but could be a model used elsewhere if the trial is deemed successful."

As part of the WACFL's Strategic Plan, they will be conducting a review into the overall health of football competitions in the Wheatbelt with sustainability of the Clubs moving into the future to be high on the agenda. 

Another benefit of this trial may be the growth of an 'All Day Sport' model in the Central Midlands as Clubs push ahead with plans to start a female hockey competition to run alongside the Football and Netball Leagues. CMCFL has a strong junior football competition and this may also be of benefit to Mortlock youth wanting to play underaged football. 

"Having families travel as one unit and play their sport together should be what all smaller country towns strive for and early signs are positive for next year." Georgiades said.  

Fixtures for both competitions will be released early in 2018, however a sneak peak of possible crossover games include: -

Match 1 Cervantes v Gin Gin

Match 2 Lancelin v Toodyay

Match 3 Jurien Bay v Dalwallinu

Match 4 Calingiri v Dandaragan

Match 5 Moora v Dowerin Wylie

Match 6 Goomalling v Moora

Match 7 Gin Gin v  Lancelin

Match 8 Toodyay v Jurien Bay

Match 9 Dandaragan v Wongan Ballidu 

Match 10 Dalwallinu v Cervantes

With both Leagues winning Division 2 of the Landmark Country Championships in the past two years, matches should be extremely competitive and are sure to generate plenty of interest from the surrounding communities.   

 

WACFL's Strategic Plan 2017-2019

Monday, September 4, 2017 - 11:00 AM

With spring upon us and Country Football finals action in the air, the WACFL has released its 3 year strategic plan titled 'Playing Country Football in a Perfect World'.

The plan looks to address the various challenges with running senior football competitions in regional Western Australia as well as identifying key partners that can provide assistance to those at grassroots level.

"This has been a fairly thorough project which has lasted over 12 months, dating back to a League and Club feedback questionnaire this time last year.  The WACFL executive believes the plan not only lays out the realistic challenges facing our network, but also offers some strategies to ensure Country Football remains strong throughout the State" said WACFL Executive Member Ian Stanley. 

The document has identified 15 Key Areas of Country Football that require attention and makes 75 Observations, sets 75 Aspirations and Opportunities and most importantly provides 30 Recommendations for the Executive and WACFL network to work towards in the coming years.

"Completing all 30 recommendations will be a challenge for the network, but we know there is a great deal of work to be done to ensure football can remain healthy in some parts of the state.  I also believe there are a number of motivated people in country WA who feel the time is right to make the changes required to ensure football is on the right track" said WACFL General Manager Joe Georgiades.

The Strategic Plan's foreword was provided by West Coast Eagles CEO Trevor Nisbett who acknowledged the work of the WACFL and all of country football’s volunteers and stressed the importance of stakeholders embracing change for the betterment of the code.

The full report can be downloaded at http://wacfl.com.au/resources/downloads 

For more information contact:

Joe Georgiades
General Manager WACFL
M: 0407 849 984
E: jgeorgiades@wafc.com.au 

 

WA Breaks the Drought!

Monday, July 31, 2017 - 1:30 PM

The New Holland State Country side has tasted victory for the first time in over five years when they defeated South Australia by 40pts at Fremantle Community Bank Oval on Saturday night.

After a tight first half, the hosts went into the main break trailing by nine points. It was a fired up Sandgropers outfit that reemerged after the break and piled on eight goals to nil in a scintillating term of football to all but end the contest by the final change.

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WA Hunting a WIn

Monday, July 24, 2017 - 2:06 PM

The New Holland State Country State team has named its strongest teams in the past decade today in preparation for Saturday's clash with South Australia.

A win in the match would arrest a disturbing trend which has seen the Croweaters unbeaten by WA in matches since 2011.

The WA team looks to have some elite performers with the majority of the squad all performing well at the recent Landmark Country Championships.  No one was in better form then Jurien Bay trio Simon Moore, Rhys Waters and Jayden Magro who all fired for Central Midlands over the championships.

Former AFL listed players Greg Broughton, Josh Bootsma and Brett Peake will add some handy experience in both the forward and backlines, whilst the midfield will be full of former WAFL players including Stephen Payne, Lewis Harvey, Mitch Boyle, Joel Leeson and Andrew Haydon (pictured) who has been in electric form since returning to South Mandurah from Peel in 2017.  

An interesting selection is Waroona stalwart Courtney Lakay who has been missing from state selection since 2012, but was awarded the Landmark Medal for his performance in the centre for Peel in the Division 1 Grand Final victory. 

Two certain starters in Brad Holmes and Brendan Jones have withdrawn due to injury.

WA's stocks could rely on its ability to get the most out of a potent forward line that includes Joel Houghton, Scott Worthington, Arron Russell and David Johnston.  Those four players alone should be hard for any backline to contain.

Bouncedown for the match is at 5pm at South Fremantle, following the League match between South Freo and West Perth this Saturday.  For those unable to make it to the Oval, a live broadcast will be provided via the West Australian Country Football Facebook page.

No.

Surname

Name

Club

League

DOB

1

BOYLE

Mitch

Railways

GNFL

22/4/1992

2

LEESON

Joel

Dalwallinu

MFL

8/8/1991

3

JONES 

Brendon

Harvey

SWFL

18/4/1986

4

HAYDON

Andrew

South Mandurah

PFNL

21/10/1993

5

DANN

Eddie

Baldivis

PFNL

21/8/1989

6

ORZEL

Matt

North Albany

GSFL

5/1/1985

7

PAYNE

Steven

AMR

SWFL

10/7/1990

8

WORTHINGTON

Scott

Boulder

GFL

28/1/1991

9

LAKAY

Courtney

Waroona

PFNL

28/12/1984

10

BOOTSMA

Josh

Katanning

UGSFL

22/2/1993

11

MOORE

Simon

Jurien Bay

CMCFL

18/1/1993

12

RUSSELL

Michael

Eaton

SWFL

4/6/1991

13

HARVEY

Lewis

Cervantes

CMCFL

16/10/1990

14

BUXTON

Matthew

Centrals

PFNL

22/2/1992

15

OELSNIK

Will

Eaton

SWFL

28/09/1985

16

RUSSELL

Arron

Wongan-Ballidu

MFL

27/7/1987

17

BROUGHTON

Greg

Toodyay

MFL

29/9/1986

18

BORRETT

Blake

York

AFA

5/11/1992

19

PEAKE

Brett

Bunbury

SWFL

5/7/1983

20

DICKIE 

Matt

Newman Tigers

NNFL

1/7/1988

21

JOHNSTON

David

Wagin

UGSFL

17/6/1990

22

HOUGHTON

Joel

Collie

SWFL

26/11/1991

23

HOLMES 

Brad

South Mandurah

PFNL

3/9/1988

24

HISLOP 

Mason

South Bunbury

SWFL

20/2/1995

25

WATERS

Rhys

Jurien Bay

CMCFL

14/10/1993

26

MAGRO

Jayden

Jurien Bay

CMCFL

6/9/1996

27

ROSS

Dylan

Wickepin

UGSFL

26/6/1990

28

McALLISTER

Jordan

Ravensthorpe

RDFA

28/3/1991

29

PHILLIPS

Tyson

Halls Head

PFNL

10/9/1991

30

ZIS

Karl

Rovers

GNFL

7/3/1990

New Holland State Country Squad named

Wednesday, July 19, 2017 - 2:25 PM

The WACFL has announced a 30 man New Holland State Country Squad ahead of next Saturday night’s interstate clash against South Australia at Fremantle Community Bank Oval. Head Coach Craig Walker and his selection panel finalized the squad following the Landmark Country Championships earlier this month.

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