West Australian Football League
The West Australian Football League is an Australian rules football league based in Perth, Western Australia. The WAFL is the third-most popular league in the nation, behind the nationwide Australian Football League and South Australian National Football League; the league consists of nine teams, which play each other in a 24-round season lasting from March to September, with the top five teams playing off in a finals series, culminating in a Grand Final. The league runs reserves and colts competitions; the WAFL was founded in 1885 as the West Australian Football Association, has undergone a variety of name changes since re-adopting its current name in 2001. For most of its existence, the league was considered one of the traditional "big three" Australian rules football leagues, along with the Victorian Football League and South Australian National Football League. However, since the introduction of two Western Australia-based clubs into the VFL – the West Coast Eagles in 1987 and the Fremantle Football Club in 1995 – the popularity and standard of the league has decreased to the point where it is considered a feeder competition to the AFL.
Although payments are made to players, it is considered to be a semi-professional competition. A salary cap of A$200,000 per club is in place; the league is affiliated with the two Western Australia-based AFL clubs. Players who are not selected to play with their respective AFL clubs instead play for allocated clubs in the WAFL; the competition is governed by the West Australian Football Commission, based at Subiaco Oval. There are ten teams that compete in the WAFL: a Claremont played at the Claremont Showgrounds from 1925 to 1927 and again from 2014 until 2016 when Claremont Oval was closed for re-development, at Subiaco Oval from 1945 to 1947 when Claremont Oval was being rebuilt after a grandstand fire in 1944. B East Fremantle played at Fremantle Oval from 1898 to 1952, excluding a period in 1906 where home games were played at East Fremantle Oval. C East Perth played at Wellington Square from 1902 to 1909, at Perth Oval from 1910 to 1987 and from 1990 to 1999, at the WACA Ground during 1988 and 1989.
D Perth played at the WACA Ground from 1899 to 1958 and during 1987 and 1988. E Subiaco played at Shenton Park between 1901 and 1905, at Mueller Park in 1906 and 1907, at Subiaco Oval from 1908 to 2003. F West Perth played at Leederville Oval from 1915 to 1993. Ten other clubs competed in the competition: Fremantle Football Club was known as Unions Football Club from 1886 to 1889.a Up until the turn of the century, there were a limited number of grounds available for use by the clubs, with all clubs sharing the different grounds. As such, the Esplanade Park and Fremantle Park in Fremantle, the Old Recreation Ground and the New Recreation Ground in Perth were all used as "home" grounds by the above teams. B The High School withdrew from the competition due to lack of players two rounds into the inaugural season. C Rovers were a "wandering" team – they had no home ground, drew players from all over the metropolitan area. D West Australian Football Club merged with Victorians in 1889 to form the Metropolitan Football Club, which in turn became the West Perth Football Club.
The WAFL has a salary cap in place. In 2016 the Total Player Payments cap is $294,000 for the non-AFL aligned clubs, while the cap for East Perth and Peel Thunder is $191,100. In January 2015, the WAFL executive announced. Under the arrangement, Seven agreed to a three-year deal involving the telecast of 18 home and away matches as well as all Finals matches, broadcast throughout Western Australia; the WAFL match of the round was broadcast on ABC throughout Western Australia every Saturday afternoon during the regular home and away season. Matches were replayed nationwide on-demand from the ABC iView service and re-broadcast on the ABC2 channel early Friday morning at 2.30 am local time. Radio stations which cover the competition include 720 ABC Perth, ABC Grandstand Digital, 91.3 SportFM, 107.3 HFM and KIX Country Digital. Since 2015, the current major sponsor of the WAFL Premiership is Telecommunications Company Optus. Prior to that, AAMI were major sponsors of the league. Attendance at WAFL matches dropped when each of the two Western Australian based AFL teams entered the league.
In recent years, however the attendances have increased with 2009 recording the first combined annual attendance of more than 200,000 since 1994. A largest recent crowd was 24,638 at the 2010 WAFL Grand Final between Swan Districts and Claremont at Subiaco Oval; the all-time attendance record is 52,781 in 1979 for East Fremantle v South Fremantle at Subiaco Oval. Patrons at the WAFL pay at the gates; the following are the most recent attendance figures. Organised football in the Perth/Fremantle region of Western Australia dates back to 1881. Back though rugby union was the dominant football code, with only one senior club, "Unions", playing Australian Rules. In 1883 a second club, "Swans", but Australian Rules' growth remained much subdued compared to that of Victoria and South Australia. However, in those days many young men of Perth's wealthier families were educated in Adelaide, the capital of South Australia. On returning home from there they wished to play the sport they'd grown up with and no doubt exerted some influence on their less affluent peers as to such.
Coincidentally, the press at the time reported there was a growing dissatisfaction with rugby as a spectacle. During the 1880s, the discoveries of gold
Adam Roy Goodes is a former professional Australian rules footballer who played for the Sydney Swans in the Australian Football League. Goodes holds an elite place in VFL/AFL history as a dual Brownlow Medallist, dual premiership player, four-time All-Australian, member of the Indigenous Team of the Century and representative of Australia in the International Rules Series. In addition, he holds the record for the most VFL/AFL games played by an Indigenous player, surpassing Andrew McLeod's record of 340 during the 2014 AFL season and retiring the following year with a career total of 372. Goodes was named Australian of the Year in 2014 for his community work through the Go Foundation and advocacy against racism. Goodes was born to Lisa May and Graham Goodes, with siblings Jake and Brett. Goodes' father is of English and Scottish ancestry. Goodes' parents were separated. Goodes preferred soccer as a boy. While at Merbein, Goodes attended primary school at Merbein West Primary School in 1986 and it was there that he began to play Australian rules football as there was no soccer club for him to join.
He moved with his family to Horsham, where he played football at high school and represented at under-16 and under-18 levels. At age 16, he began playing with the North Ballarat Rebels in the TAC Cup. Goodes played in a winning premiership side with the Rebels, where he was scouted by the Sydney Swans. Goodes was drafted by Sydney into the Australian Football League as the 43rd pick in the 1997 AFL Draft, Sydney's third round draft pick, he spent the 1998 season in the reserves competition, but broke into the first team the following year and went on to win the league's Rising Star Award. During 2000 and 2001, Goodes played in a variety of positions, developing his game but lacking consistency at times, he played every game during this period. In early 2002, his form had slumped and it had been suggested that he may be dropped. However, coach Rodney Eade resigned mid-season and under interim coach Paul Roos, Goodes found himself playing more in the ruck. In the second half of that season his form improved immensely.
After injuring his knee twice in the ruck, he moved to play on the wing and went on to win two Brownlow Medals. In 2003, Goodes returned to the ruck position for significant parts of the year in what became his best season to that point, he played a critical role in eventual preliminary final game that year. In particular, his efforts were crucial in the Swans' win against Port Adelaide in the qualifying finals. At the end of the season, Goodes won the club's best and fairest award and received All-Australian selection for the first time. However, his greatest achievement was winning the league's highest personal honour, the Brownlow Medal, alongside Collingwood's Nathan Buckley and Adelaide's Mark Ricciuto; this was the second time in the history of the medal that the award was shared between three players. Goodes attributed his success to his longtime mentor John Winter. Goodes had an indifferent 2004, just like his team who only managed the semi-finals stage of the finals series, he did not repeat his efforts of 2003 due to knee injuries, yet he still managed to play every game.
The knee injuries were due to an awkward fall during the season while playing in the ruck against the West Coast Eagles. Many expected Goodes to have suffered a posterior or anterior knee ligament damage, but he battled on. After this injury, coach Roos announced that Goodes' rucking days were over and that he would be used in other positions, he played in the backline for the remainder of 2004. Goodes returned to form in 2005, playing in the midfield, his year was highlighted with a near match-winning 33 disposals in round 18 against the Adelaide Crows. He played well in the 2005 Grand Final, kicked a goal and gathering 20 possessions as the Swans won their first premiership since 1933, he was awarded life membership of the Swans after playing his 150th game during the year. In Round 7, 2006, Goodes played his 150th consecutive match, a notable effort with the injuries he had in 2004. By the end of the 2007 season, he had played 191 consecutive matches, he returned to the ruck position in 2005 and 2006, but only around the ground and not at centre bounces where his knee injury occurred.
In 2006 Goodes again won the Brownlow Medal. He came into the count as a heavy favourite and became the twelfth player to have won two or more Brownlow Medals, the first Aboriginal to win two, the first player to win two with a non-Victorian club. Goodes said of his performance, "I'd like to think with another couple of years in the midfield I could improve again.". Goodes had a poor performance in the first half of the 2006 Grand Final against the West Coast Eagles in a repeat of 2005. However, he turned on the heat in the second half with his team coming close. At the end of the year he was once again selected in the All-Australian team. Seasons 2007 and 2008 saw Goodes drop off in form but he was still instrumental in Sydney's finals campaigns, he had Brownlow Medal-threatening charges during both years. In 2008 he missed games either through suspension or injury for the first time since 2000, his 2007 season ended for him as he received 16 of a possible 18 Brownlow Medal votes in the last six games of the year.
Goodes played his 250th game against Geelong. He was arguably one of the
Peter Gabriel Burgoyne is a former Australian rules footballer with Port Adelaide in the Australian Football League. He played in midfield and on the half back flank. Burgoyne is of Indigenous Australian descent with tribal ancestry that can be traced to the Kokatha in South Australia, he grew up in the Northern Territory and began playing football with St Mary's in the Northern Territory Football League. He is the elder brother of current Hawthorn and former Port Adelaide player, Shaun Burgoyne and is the son of former Port Adelaide player Peter Burgoyne, Snr. Beginning his AFL career with the inaugural Port Adelaide side to enter the AFL, Burgoyne became well regarded for his performance as an attacking midfielder, he was selected from the Port Adelaide side in the South Australian National Football League in their changeover from the SANFL to the AFL. Honours include being selected as part of the International rules series in 1999 and was a vital part of Port's premiership side of 2004. Burgoyne was named in the Indigenous Team of the Century.
Despite being selected for and representing South Australia in the final State of Origin game against Victoria in 1999, Burgoyne was not technically eligible under the existing rules, having resided in the Northern Territory and not South Australia for the majority of his life between the ages of 10 and 17. In 2007 Burgoyne made a successful transition to the half back flank, following an injury-riddled 2006 in his usual midfield role, finished third in the club's Best and Fairest count, his finals series was acknowledged with the Power's'Best Finals Player' award. Burgoyne retired at the end of the 2009 season, he and team-mate Brendon Lade, the last remaining members of Port Adelaide's inaugural AFL team, both played their final games in round 22, 2009. After the siren kicks in Australian rules football Peter Burgoyne's profile on the official website of the Port Adelaide Football Club Peter Burgoyne's playing statistics from AFL Tables
Chance Bateman is a former Australian rules footballer who played for the Hawthorn Football Club in the Australian Football League. Bateman was Hawthorn's first indigenous player to reach 100 games, first Aboriginal life member, the club's longest-serving WA recruit, he is a development coach at the West Coast Eagles. Bateman learnt his football during his formative years in York and with Perth in Westar Rules, he was an under 18 all Australian and in the squad for the Westar state side in 1999. Drafted by Hawthorn at pick 48 in the 1999 AFL Draft, the Hawks considered themselves lucky as they thought he would have been picked up earlier, his light frame made him a longer term prospect. His early career was interrupted by a variety of injuries; each time he became a key member of the team. Bateman said the true sense of worth for Aboriginal players was founded on their family's value and strength and that fact provided him with his toughest times when he lost his sister Candace in a tragic train accident in 2001 he was desperate to return home to be with his parents and was shattered when he could not work a trade with West Coast or Fremantle."I'd stay at Hawthorn for as long as they'd have me, they've been fantastic for me.
You don't think too much about the milestones as they're coming up, but as you pass them you sort of look back with a bit of pride. I'm our first indigenous life member and to have had a small part in the club's history is pretty special."In 2006 he managed to play 21 games and came 12th in the club Best and Fairest award. Bateman was known for his trademark dreadlocks. Bateman was one of Hawthorn's most valuable players, his speed and hardness at the ball while playing on the wing allowed the team to play a free flowing brand of game. He averaged 20 possessions a game in his 21 games in 2006 and was hitting top form just before the 2007 season, his elite speed was recognised and he was named in the 2006 International Rules Series side to tour Ireland. Bateman said a major career highlight was when he captained the Hawks in an indigenous round victory over West Coast at Launceston in 2007 when the Eagles were led by David Wirrpanda. Bateman kicked Hawthorn's first goal in the 2008 Grand Final.
Bateman had his dreadlocks cut off for charity after the Grand Final victory. The money was donated to the Rioli Fund, set up to improve Aboriginal health throughout Australia. Along with captain Sam Mitchell, Bateman was the only Hawthorn player to play in all games in 2009, he missed the first game of 2010 because of a one-game suspension for striking Matthew Lloyd of Essendon in the last game of the 2009 season. Bateman was put on Hawthorn's veterans list in 2011. Chance Bateman's profile on the official website of the Hawthorn Football Club Chance Bateman's playing statistics from AFL Tables
1997 AFL Rising Star
The Norwich AFL Rising Star award is given annually to a standout young player in the Australian Football League. The 1997 medal was won by Port Adelaide player Michael Wilson; every round, an Australian Football League rising star nomination is given to a standout young player. To be eligible for the award, a player must be under 21 on January 1 of that year, have played 10 or fewer senior games and not been suspended during the season. At the end of the year, one of the 22 nominees is the winner of award
Aaron Sandilands is an Australian rules footballer who plays for the Fremantle Football Club in the Australian Football League. At 211 cm tall, with a peak weight of 120 kg, he is the heaviest and equal tallest player to play in the AFL. From Mount Barker, Western Australia, Sandilands played with the East Fremantle Football Club in the West Australian Football League, before being rookie listed by Fremantle in the 2002 Rookie Draft. Upgraded from the rookie list at the end of the 2002 season, he made his senior debut for the club in round one of the 2003 season. Due to his height, Sandilands plays exclusively as a ruckman resting in the forward line, he was named in the All-Australian team in three consecutive years between 2008 and 2010, again in 2014. He is a dual Doig Medallist as Fremantle's best and fairest player, won in 2009 and 2015. From the small town of Mount Barker in the Great Southern region of Western Australia, Sandilands played at Under 17s level for the Mount Barker Football Club.
He moved to Perth, joined Willeton Junior Football Club and was selected by Fremantle in the rookie draft prior to the 2002 season. He spent the entire 2002 year playing for East Fremantle in the WAFL, before being elevated to the senior list prior to the 2003 season. Playing in 19 games in his first season, the highlights were being nominated for the AFL Rising Star and earning a Brownlow Medal vote for a dominant display against the reigning premiers, Brisbane Lions in Round 14 and playing in Fremantle's first finals match. Despite Essendon being convincing winners, Sandilands was one of the few to perform well, with 41 hitouts; as ruckmen are considered to peak in their late 20s, Sandilands has impressed many to rank 6th or 5th in total hitouts in each of his first three seasons in the AFL, improving to 2nd in 2006. Despite this dominance in hitouts, it does not always result in Fremantle winning the clearances. In 2006 Sandilands suffered a broken jaw in the round 6 Western Derby in a clash with West Coast Eagles ruckman Mark Seaby.
Following an investigation by the AFL, no charges were laid over the incident. Sandilands has been named in the All-Australian Team four times: on the interchange bench in 2008, as the only ruckman in the 2009 team, as the key ruckman in 2010 and 2014. In 2010, Sandilands polled a team-high 20 votes in the Brownlow Medal, placing equal sixth overall alongside Matthew Boyd; this represents one of the highest vote tallies and best finishes by a ruckman in the recent history of the medal, dominated by midfielders. Sandilands suffered broken ribs and a collapsed lung after being kneed in the back by Nic Naitanui in the Western Derby in round 3, 2016, he did not return to football until round 20. Statistics are correct to the end of the 2016 season Individual Doig Medal: 2009, 2015 All-Australian: 2008, 2009, 2010, 2014 Geoff Christian Medal: 2009 Ross Glendinning Medal: 2009, 2010 AFL Rising Star Nominee: 2003 Aaron Sandilands's profile on the official website of the Fremantle Football Club Aaron Sandilands's playing statistics from AFL Tables
Shaun John McManus is a former Australian rules footballer. He is one of the most popular players to represent the Fremantle Football Club in the Australian Football League and is seen as an icon or favourite son of the club, he has been described as the AFL's uphill skiing champion due to his courage and resilience in overcoming two knee reconstructions. He was the co-captain of Fremantle in 2000 and 2001, the second player to reach 200 games with the club and his 228 games was the second most games played for Fremantle behind Shane Parker at the time of his retirement. Following the retirement of Peter Bell during the 2008 season, McManus became the last remaining player from Fremantle's inaugural squad to still be playing in the AFL. McManus was a rated junior player who won the Larke Medal as the best player at the 1993 National Under 17 AFL Youth Championships, he represented Western Australia, alongside Jeff Farmer and Troy Cook. He won a premiership with East Fremantle in the WAFL in 1994, before being selected by Fremantle into their initial squad as a pre-draft selection prior to the 1994 AFL Draft.
McManus played all 18 remaining games for the year. He continued his good form into 1996 and despite missing 6 games with ankle injuries finished 10th in the Fremantle Best and Fairest award. In Round 3, 1997, he suffered a knee injury in the season's first Western Derby and required a full reconstruction, he returned for the start of the 1998 season, but in Round 6 against Port Adelaide he suffered a recurrence of the injury and required a second reconstruction. He played all but five games over the next six seasons. In 2000 his leadership qualities were recognised when he was awarded the co-captaincy of the club alongside Adrian Fletcher. During the Round 4 2001 Western Derby McManus displayed one of the most courageous acts seen in a derby when he ran back with the flight of the ball to take a mark, only to collide with David Wirrpanda, his resilience was displayed when he continued to play after the collision and kicked the goal from the resulting free kick. He played his 100th game for Fremantle in the second last game of 2001, becoming only the fifth player to do so.
In 2005, his form fell away and he struggled for selection. Amid calls for his retirement or delisting, he played on and had one of his best everseasons in 2006, playing all 22 home and away games and all three finals. In 2007 he was one of only five Fremantle players to play in all 22 matches. Despite this, the calls for retirement continued as it became clear that Fremantle's 2008 season would not result in reaching the finals series, he denied the rumours early in the season before announcing that his final game of AFL football would be in the Round 18 Western Derby at Subiaco Oval. McManus played his final game of football on 2008-08-03 against the West Coast Eagles at Subiaco Oval in which the Dockers won by 33 points. McManus received many tributes before and after the match and celebrated the closure of his career with a lap of honour around the oval before he was chaired from the ground by Matthew Pavlich and Ryan Crowley through an honour guard of past and present Fremantle players.
His family is well known in Fremantle: comedian Rove McManus, inaugural Fremantle coach Gerard Neesham and West Coast's Daniel Kerr are his cousins. He was the second 2008 retiree to join Dockers football department, with Luke Webster being appointed as a player development manager. McManus is the coach of East Fremantle Junior Football Club who won the year 10 premiership in 2017. In 2009 Shaun McManus joined the on-air personalities Nathan & Nat for breakfast on Perth radio station, Nova 93.7, replacing cricketer Ryan Campbell. He is the weekend sports newsreader on Nine News in Perth. Shaun McManus's playing statistics from AFL Tables WAFL game statistics