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Call for nominations: West Perth District Football Development Council & Junior Football League

Friday, September 1, 2017 - 2:29 PM

The West Perth District Football Development Council (DFDC) Annual General Meeting will be held on Wednesday 29th November 2017.

The West Perth DFDC will formally call for nominations for all positions (in line with the District Constitution) for season 2018 in coming weeks and after seeking advice from the WA Football Commission in relation to the Structure of Football Review and Recommendations and any effects this will have on the DFDC Structure.

The West Perth DFDC can confirm that the 2018 West Perth Junior Competition Committee structure for the Junior Football League will not change and as such nominations are called for the following positions:

  • Assistant Junior Competition Director (1 positions available) (2 year term)
  • Assistant Competition Director - Female Football (1 year term)
  • Registrar (2 Year term)
  • Secretary (1 Year term)
  • Coach Coordinator (2 Year term)
  • Auskick Coordinator (1 Year term)

Due to term periods, the following positions do not require re-appointment or election at the 2016 WPDFDC AGM:

  • Competition Director - Natalie Sharman
  • Assistant Competition Director - Rhys Mola

For an information and application package please contact: 

Andrew Ridley, Community Development Manager

Ph: 0408 298 725   E: 

Download: DFDC Role Descriptions - Junior Football


Djinda Falcons Dryandra Camp (supported by City of Joondalup)

Wednesday, August 23, 2017 - 2:27 PM

The Djinda Falcons, thanks to support from City of Joondalup Sports Development Grant participated in a unique leadership opportunity last week. 

On Saturday 19th of August Djinda Falcons Leadership Group travelled to Dryandra Woodlands Campsite in Dryandra. 24 local Aboriginal Youth, Sharon Kenney West Perth Abroiginal Liason Cooridnator and Djinda Falcons coaching staff travelled for the event. The camp was organised with the site worker Jaime Yallup who had setup activities for the two days alongside Uncle Noel who told story’s, songs and dances for the youth to learn and remember ready to pass on to the next generation.

The camp started at the Wadjak Science Fair at the Northside Centre in Balga. After the Science Fair, the bus made its way down to Dryandra Woodlands. The bus trip took just over 2 hours to get to Dryandra and provided time for the group to gel together.

Once everyone got to the campsite everyone had to setup up the camp. Youth participants had a task of setting up their own tents and activities included bush walks, aboriginal art painting, boomerang throwing and dancing then finishing the night with a nice kangaroo stew.  After dinner sat around the fire while Uncle Noel told stories and everyone was roasting marshmallows on the fire.

In the morning, the group participated in a variety of leadership workshops, with the aim to become a better leader and skill development on how they can improve to become better leaders.

The camp concluded with one of Uncle Noels songs and dance a special award was given out to a bloke who had showed improvement in his journey and show great leadership and character was great on the didgeridoo. The award was a Djinda Falcon Shirt and the award was awarded to Royce Williams.     

Special thanks to Adam Cockie, Brad and Sharon Kenney, Uncle Noel, Jamie Yallup and volunteers. Special thanks also to the City of Joondalup and Falcons Distrcit. 

Northern Conference JFL Vote Count

Wednesday, August 23, 2017 - 11:12 AM

The best and fairest vote count for competitions in the Norther Conference Junior Football League will take place on Monday 11 September. All interested parties are encouraged to attend. Clubs will be contacted to invite players who finish near the top of their respective award.

  • Date: Monday 11 September
  • Time: 
    • Year 8 & 9: 6pm
    • Year 10-12: 7:30pm
  • Venue: Seacrest Park Community Sporting Facility

Junior Finals Meeting

Wednesday, August 23, 2017 - 11:09 AM

A reminder to all Coaches and Managers of Year 8-12 teams competing in Finals this year of the Finals Meeting, details below.

  • Date: Monday 28 August
  • Time: 7pm
  • Venue: Seacrest Park Community Sporting Facility, Sorrento
  • At least one representative from each team must be in attendance.

Wanneroo's Lorraine Elliss named Falcons District 'Sunday Times Volunteer of the Year'

Monday, August 14, 2017 - 1:51 PM

Lorraine Elliss’ time and effort to football cannot be measured, nor can words truly reflect how much she has put in during her time with the Wanneroo Amateru Football Club. 

Lorraines involvement with the Wanneroo Amateru Football Club started in the `90s when her husband who was involved in the club rocked up at home one day with the club books, plopped them on the table and said “guess what you are the treasurer”.

20 Years on, her official role on the committee of Wanneroo Amateur Football Club is club Treasurer but her commitment goes beyond that. This season Lorraine not only has the club finances under control, she has regularly dealt with the local council about club projects, assisted in the clubs major revenue stream in the bar, and completes various administration roles.

Lorraine has seen many people at the club come and go, but rarely would people know who Lorraine is. Her work behind the scenes has been paramount in maintaining the clubs future and if it was not for the hard work of Lorraine Elliss who knows if Wanneroo Amateur Football Club would been in the position it is today.

Every club has a treasurer but not every club has a Lorraine Ellis. 

Lorraine will attend the 2017 Sandover Medal Count on Monday 18th September where she has progress to the WA Final of the 2017 Sunday Times WA Football Volunteer of the Year. She will join District Volunteers on Friday 22nd September at the 2017 District Football Awards of Excellence joining a strong band of volunteers to be awarded with Volunteer Excellence Awards. 

2017 Volunteer Excellence Award winners joining Lorraine on the 22nd September include:

Adam Dyer from Whitford Amateur Football Club

Ray Garcia from the West Perth Football Club

& Binnie Greco from the Quinns DIstricts Junior Football Club.

2017 District Awards of Excellence

Wednesday, July 26, 2017 - 1:36 PM
The 2017 Awards of Excellence for the Claremont, Subiaco and West Perth Districts will be held on Friday 22nd September 2017 at the Rendezvous Hotel Scarborough.
The event will celebrate season 2017 and bring together clubs, volunteers, coaches, umpires and supporters from local junior clubs, senior clubs. local governments and football stakeholders. 
In 2017 the event will grow, moving to the Grand Ballroom at Rendezvous Hotel Scarborough, and based on 2016 feedback the event moves to a new Friday evening time slot allowing clubs to celebrate season 2017 in style.
Date: Friday 22nd September 2017
Time: 6:30pm doors and bar opens | 7pm start
Venue: Grand Ballroom, Rendezvous Hotel Scarborough.
Dress Code: Lounge suit
Volunteer Excellence Awards:
Adam Dyer - Whitford AFC
Lorraine Elliss - Wanneroo AFC
Ray Garcia - West Perth FC
Binnie Greco - Quinns Districts JFC
Auskick Coach of the Year Finalists: 
Brad Johnson - Ocean Ridge JFC
Paige Searson - Quinns Districts JFC
Carry Fisher - Yanchep Districts JFC
Modified Coach of the Year Finalists: 
Sheldon Gault - Joondalup Kinross JFC
Trevor Tadman - Ocean Ridge JFC
David Stevens - Whitford JFC
Youth Coach of the Year Finalists: 
Tom Hills - Edgewater Woodvale JFC
John Blackburn - Whitford JFC
Jack Ingram - Yanchep Distrcits JFC
Female Coach of the Year Finalists: 
Donna Field - Brighton Seahawks JFC
Leslie Farrell - Quinns Districts AFC
Hollie Morrell - Quinns Distrcits JFC
Senior Coach of the Year Finalists: 
Stephen Healy - Wanneroo AFC
Paul Beaver - West Perth FC (Womens)
Peter Barille - Whitford AFC
Young Achiever of the Year Finalists: 
Severio Marafioti - Edgewater Woodvale JFC
Jayden Crane - Wanneroo JFC
Geogia Sneddon - West Perth Football Club 
Umpire Service Awards - 5 years +
Nick Blanchard
Matthew Bonser
Brenton Cockman
Adam D'Ascenzo
Martin Davis
Dylan Ebert
Callum Giglia-Smith
Eamon Gilbert
James Haywood
Mark Vivian
Mitch Whan
Other awards to be presented on the eveing:
2017 WAFL Debuting Players - Club of Origin Presentations
2017 Umpire of the Year
2017 Junior Club of the Year 
2017 Senior Club of the Year 
Tickets for the 2017 Awards of Excellence are now available for purchase. 
Please contact your local club to purchase tickets. 

For full information please download District Circular 10-2017: 2017 Awards of Excellence 

For more information on the award finallists click here: 10-2017b

This Circular provides information on the following: 

  • Section 1 – Categories, General Conditions and Submission Guidelines
  • Section 2 – Nomination Form, Specific Award Criteria and Conditions
  • Section 3 – 2017 Awards of Excellence Tickets  

Photos below are from the 2016 event





Treating our Umpires with Respect

Wednesday, July 19, 2017 - 9:57 AM

Below is an email sent to the Junior Football League from a Junior Footy Parent this week - it is different to most of the emails the league receives and is worth sharing. This is an important message about respect for umpires and is worth considering as we enter the second half of season 2017 and start preparing for the finals season.

It is worth a read:

"The debate continues about the standard of junior umpires. Our umpires are continually blamed for close losses, player injuries, lack of control and generally no idea about footy. No wonder it is hard for umpires to recruit and increase participation, given the harassment they receive from coaches, players, parents, and spectators.

I cringe when there is conflict between coaches and umpires. For young players, this is a bad example for a coach to be setting. Our kids, our youth, our players follow by example, and if they see their own coach confronting an umpire, they think it’s ok for them to do the same.

As a former player and coach, I have found myself frustrated at times with an umpire’s decision mid-match. One thing I know that has not changed over my years of involvement in football is that umpires will never change their decision after copping a mouthful of abuse from a coach or player.

The role of umpire’s must be recognised and respected by the coaches, the players, the timekeepers, spectators and the parents. The umpire in a footy match has complete authority over players and coaches from the moment that he or she walks onto the field until the game is over. It is an umpire’s job to officiate the match within the rules and keep our players safe. It is also the role of the coach to pull up players who overstep the boundaries and put themselves and opposition players in danger. I find it astounding that coaches often point the finger at the umpire rather than looking at their coaching methods or the actions of their players.

We need to remind everyone involved in our game of the consequences if you abuse an umpire. The actions can have a much greater impact than what you think. We need to reiterate the need to treat umpires with respect both as a club official, coach, player and a spectator.

I absolutely agree that our umpires need to be accountable, just as players and coaches are on match day. They need to be fit, know and understand the rules, position themselves on field in the best position to make good decisions and are to also show respect to the players and coaches involved in the match they are umpiring. There is an expectation that our umpires perform, just as our players are. One thing to remember is that umpires, like players will make mistakes during a game. Our umpires attend training sessions as do our players. Our umpires have coaches, as do our players. We should not hold the umpires to account for the result of a match because of one bad decision! One umpires bad decision should not be blamed on next week’s umpire. Again I find it astounding that parents and coaches feel it acceptable to criticise an umpire in ways they would never dream in criticising their own players or children.

Many sports have instituted a zero-tolerance policy for spectators and parents, resulting in ejection from the game if umpires/officials are taunted, abused or jeered. I have attended many games as a spectator / parent and observed other spectators and parents dishing out excessive abuse to the younger umpires. What these spectators didn’t realise was that they were only hurting the young umpires concentration on the game and possibly discouraging him / her from continuing to work as an umpire in the future.

Parents can help ensure the health and safety of umpires in the future by starting to educate their kids on showing and treating umpires with respect. Coaches, players, parents, and spectators should never argue or dispute the decision of an umpire, make negative or derogatory remarks or gestures towards an umpire, or otherwise behave inappropriately to disturb the normal course of play in a game. Not only is this behaviour setting a bad example for players, it distracts the umpire, makes the coach’s job harder, and takes away from the enjoyment of the game. Remember, it’s only a game, and it’s important to set a good example of respecting the umpire for our young players."


Umpires are a very important part of the game - our kids can’t play without them.

All umpires train weekly in an excellent program led by our Junior Umpiring Coaches and leadership teams.

While we may not agree with an umpire’s call, we always need to respect their authority on the field. No player, parent or official is permitted to approach an umpire to question a decision at any time.

If you have any concerns about the standard of umpiring, let your coach or manager know and they’ll take it through the proper channels. Please remember they are working hard and doing their best. Just like our players and even parents, umpires are not perfect!

We also need to remember that many of the umpires at our game are young, and still learning, so give them the space they need to do that!

If any family is interested in the umpiring program we strongly encourage you to give it a go – it’s a great way to become a leader, earn some pocket money and it also helps our players with their football awareness.

Contact Nick on email 

Falcons to host International Round with hopes to engage community

Thursday, June 22, 2017 - 11:33 AM

The Falcons Football District has a rapidly growing population with the fastest growing migrant and multicultural demographic in the state. Australian Rules Football is continually being embraced by these new populations.

In celebration, the West Perth Football Club and the Falcons District will host an International Football festival on July 1st at HBF Arena, as the West Perth Football Club take on the Subiaco Football Club.  

West Perth Football Club's league team will play in a special one-off themed Jumper in Round 15 to embrace its international community..

After the success of International Round in 2016, with more than 5000 people attending, the club hopes for even more community involvement in 2017 and an attendance figure of over 6,000.

Event Details: 

Saturday 1st July 2017

Kids Zone opens 1.00pm

League Match kicks off 2.15pm


Falcons July School Holiday Coaching Clinic

Tuesday, June 13, 2017 - 3:28 PM


at HBF Arena (Joondalup), home of the West Perth Football Club

For Boys and Girls with full coaching and Instruction provided

Morning Tea and Drinks Provided

Football Inflatables, Give-a-ways and more


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Nominate your club's unsung-hero

Thursday, June 1, 2017 - 2:35 PM

Every football club, league or association is being encouraged to nominate an outstanding volunteer who has made a significant contribution to WA football, for the West Australian Football Commission’s Sunday Times WA Football Volunteer of the Year award.

Each year the West Australian Football Commission, in partnership with The Sunday Times, recognises volunteers and administrators for their outstanding work, whether it may be the completion of a significant project throughout the year or someone who has contributed in a number of roles over a long period. 

A Volunteer of the Year award winner is selected from each state and territory and receives two tickets to the 2017 Toyota AFL Grand Final (with flights and accommodation) and the opportunity to walk in the Toyota AFL Grand Final Parade, thanks to the AFL. Read More ...