WAFL assessing AFL rule changes

Friday, October 19, 2018 - 11:50 AM

Historically, rule changes implemented by the AFL have been adopted in the WAFL competition following a period of review and assessment.

In line with this approach, the West Australian Football Commission’s Football Affairs Committee will review the rule changes announced by the AFL and assess how these may be applied to the WAFL competition as early as 2019.

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WAFL top draft prospects star in State Combine

Tuesday, October 16, 2018 - 3:26 PM

2018 Subiaco Colts Premiership player Wil Hickmott and Next Generation Academy player Jason Carter were among the players to impress at this year’s NAB AFL State Draft Combine on Sunday, October 14.

Hickmott recorded top results in the 20 metre Sprint,  Agility test and Yo-Yo test, while Carter finished on top in the Vertical Jump and Running Vertical Jump and also impressed in the 20m Sprint.

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Players gear up for AFL State Combine

Tuesday, October 16, 2018 - 2:47 PM

Twenty-one WAFL players will undergo testing at the 2018 AFL State Draft Combine this Sunday.

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.

Congratulations to East Perth's own Louis Miller who will undergo body composition testing and then take part in speed, agility, power and endurance tests.

Following the tests, players will then speak with AFL Club representatives.

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Partnership Officially Ends

Thursday, October 11, 2018 - 11:12 AM

The partnership between East Perth and the West Coast Eagles officially ended last night when the WAFL Council of Presidents voted in favour of West Coast having a standalone team in the WAFL League competition from 2019.

The West Coast Eagles will become the 10th team in the WAFL competition, with a fixture to be formulated so that all teams play each other twice whilst still retaining byes and marquee rounds throughout the season.

This is expected to include 18 games per club across 21 Rounds, with WAFL Clubs expected to host West Coast Eagles at their home venue in 2019. They will play for Premiership points. 

The East Perth Football Club would like to thank the West Coast Eagles for their work during the partnership. The partnership was a success for both clubs. 

Thank you to Trevor Nisbett, his staff and the Eagles players who showed East Perth, it’s players, staff, members, supporters and history a tremendous amount of respect throughout the partnership. Whilst the partnership wasn’t without challenges the already good relationship between the two clubs was further strengthened and East Perth look forward to continuing this long into the future.

East Perth now looks towards the new chapter in its history. There has been significant planning behind the scenes to ensure there is a successful transition to the Royals once again becoming a ‘traditional’ club. 

The club would like to thank all the members who supported the club through the partnership. We would also encourage those supporters and members who disagreed with the partnership arrangement to once again support the club.

May we remain East Perth Forever


Media Statement - Appointment of Senior Coach

Wednesday, October 10, 2018 - 9:03 AM
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Barnard Back In The Blue and Black

East Perth Football Club has been preparing for its return to a standalone club since deciding earlier this year to finalise its partnership with the West Coast Eagles.

These preparations have included seeking a head coach to lead East Perth Football Club beyond our partnership with the West Coast Eagles, as early as the 2019 season.

In anticipation of the final decision of the WAFC relating to a 10th team in the WAFL competition, East Perth Football Club is pleased to announce that 3-time Premiership Captain Jeremy Barnard will coach East Perth for the next three seasons. 

After an illustrious 221 game career at the Royals including the 2000, 2001 and 2002 Premierships, a State game, two-time WAFL Team of the Year inclusions (Captain 2003), East Perth Life Membership and induction into the East Perth Hall of Fame in 2010, Jeremy moved to Victoria, continuing to play with Strathmore in the EDFL where he added another two Premierships to his list of playing achievements.

Barnard began coaching in 2008 as Senior Coach at Strathmore, leading the club to a Preliminary Final. Between 2009-11 he held various positions within the coaching structure of VFL clubs Sandringham and Williamstown including development roles, Midfield Coach, Backline Coach and Senior Assistant Coach with continued success. In 2012 Jeremy moved into Development roles, firstly with the Victorian Metro Academy then for the Sandringham Dragons in the TAC Cup. 

In 2015 he took up the role of Head Coach of the Sandringham Dragons, winning the 2016 Premiership, qualifying for the Grand Final in 2017 and reaching the Preliminary Final in 2018. Some of the players of note to have played under Jeremy’s tenure are Andrew McGrath (#1 2016 National Draft), Andrew and Hamish Brayshaw (#2 2017 National Draft & #67 2017 National Draft), Tim Taranto (#2 2016 National Draft), Will Setterfield, Jack Scrimshaw, Oliver Florent and Harley Balic just to name a few.

Over his coaching career to date, Jeremy has completed all the steps to become an AFL Endorsed, Level 3 AFL High Performance Coach and comes to East Perth as a highly credentialed and recommended Head Coach.

'The Club is excited to have secured Jeremy's services.' CEO Dean Turner said. 'Not only does he have a tremendous playing and coaching resumé, but he is East Perth through and through. He will be an important part of our Club as we look to the next chapter in our rich history.'


Simply Energy Talent Carnival results

Wednesday, October 10, 2018 - 8:56 AM

Emerging young footballers were recently put to the test in the 2018 Simply Energy WA Football League Talent Carnival.

The carnival, conducted between the nine WAFL Clubs, saw under 14s and 15s compete in three rounds.

The carnival helps introduce players to the talent pathway and emphasises the fundamentals of the game in a competitive match-day environment.

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AFL Draft Combine results

Tuesday, October 9, 2018 - 9:54 AM

West Australian players showcased their talent at the NAB AFL Draft Combine at Etihad Stadium this week.

Perth's Luke English impressed in the Yo-Yo test, finishing equal second with Geelong Falcons' Sam Walsh on level 22-1.

English ranked fifth in the two-kilometre time trial clocking 6mins 11secs, Claremont's Jordan Clark not far behind on 6mins 14secs.

Listed below is the Top 10 results for all tests and seperate results for each WA player.

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FD Book Medal Night 2018

Friday, October 5, 2018 - 11:17 AM

For the third time in the club’s history and the second time in two years, the FD Book Medal has finished in a three-way tie. Patrick McGinnity, Luke Partington and Matthew Allen tied on 30 votes ahead of 4th placed Brayden Ainsworth on 29 votes.

Co-Captain McGinnity found fitness and form at the back end of the year finishing strongly in the final rounds. The skipper showed his versatility throughout the year by being able to find the ball in the midfield but also go forward and kick crucial goals when needed. Midfielder Luke Partington capped off another stellar year in the blue and black. The Royals highest disposal getter for the year, averaged an impressive 25 touches per game. Damaging half forward/midfielder Matthew Allen relished being injury free in 2018. Leading the count for most of the night, he was a deserving winner as our most consistent performer for the season.

Brayden Ainsworth took home the only other Outstanding Play Award and was the obvious choice for Best First Year Player. Nathan Eaton was named Best Clubman and received the Trainer’s Award in a sign he is quickly becoming a leader within the group. Shayne Hille received the League Coaches Award. Will Maginness took out the Leading Goal Kicker award with a season tally of 26.

Taylor North won the Eric Smith Medal after being Runner Up in 2017 on 37 votes 1 ahead of 2017 Eric Smith Medal winner Nathan Eaton. In his first year of senior football, Christian Ameduri finished third on 34 votes. Ben Miller and Harley Stack ties for fourth on 33 votes.

In the Colts Jacob Msando was awarded the Hec Stremple Medal, collecting 31 votes, 6 votes ahead of Damon Greaves. In a good night for the Miller family, Louis Miller finished equal third in the Colts count with Jordan Hayden on 23 votes.

Thank you to John, Dora and the team at Teramo Caterers for their fantastic catering and service.

A big thank you to our MC for the evening Simon Beaumont, who did a tremendous job, as always

Full list of award winners below



FD Book Medalists - Donated by Tint-A-Car

  • Matthew Allen 30 Votes
  • Patrick McGinnity 30 Votes
  • Luke Partington 30 Votes

Outstanding Play Award

  • Brayden Ainsworth 29 Votes

Mussman-Gardiner Trophy (Best 1st Year Player)

  • Brayden Ainsworth

League Coaches Award

  • Shayne Hille

Best Clubman

  • Nathan Eaton

League Leading Goal Kicker

  • Will Maginness (26 Goals)

‘George Law ‘Trainers Award – SB to introduce Ken Cowley

  • Nathan Eaton

Jeremy Silcock Awards

  • Jarrod Brander
  • Taylor North


Eric Smith Medal – Donated by EPFC PP&OA

  • Taylor North 37 Votes

Runner-Up Best & Fairest - Donated by EPFC PP&OA  

  • Nathan Eaton 36 Votes

Outstanding Play - Donated by EPFC PP&OA

  • Christian Ameduri 34 Votes

Outstanding Play Award - Donated by EPFC PP&OA

  • Harley Stack 33 Votes
  • Ben Miller 33 Votes


Hec Strempel Medal (Best and Fairest)

  • Jacob Msando 31 Votes

Outstanding Play (Runner Up B&F)

  • Damon Greaves 25 Votes

Outstanding Play (B&F 2nd Runner Up)

  • Louis Miller 23 Votes
  • Jordan Hayden 23 Votes

Encouragement Award - Donated by WAFL Combined Past Players

  • Sebit Kuek

Country Development Award - Donated by Royals in Melbourne

  • Patrick Reilly
  • Cooper Sparks

Best Clubman

  • Kane Hughes

Trademark Award

  • Rueben Pasalich

Most Improved Player

  • Ashley Willcocks

Best First Year Player – Lyall Hunt Scholarship

  • Kyle Robinson


2018 WAFL Life Members honoured

Thursday, October 4, 2018 - 3:40 PM

FIVE long-serving West Australian Football League identities were recently honoured with WAFL Life Membership at the 2018 Sandover Medal count.

Each of the new WAFL Life Members was nominated by their peers in recognition of their achievements and commitment to WA’s premier State League competition.

West Australian Football Commission Chairman Murray McHenry congratulated all of the new Life Members on receiving the honour and said they were highly deserving of the recognition.

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WA players attending AFL Draft Combine

Tuesday, October 2, 2018 - 9:14 AM

A total of 11 WAFL players will undertake testing at the NAB AFL National Draft Combine tomorrow, Tuesday October 2, to Friday October 5.

East Perth's Damon Greaves,pictured, earnt an invite along with Jordan Clark, following his impressive performance for WA at the NAB AFL National 18s Championships.

Luke English and Sydney Stack who were selected for the All-Australians 18s team have also been invited.

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