John Townsend has reported in the West Australian that the only way for Fremantle to get a stand alone reserves side in the WAFL competition is for existing WAFL clubs to either fold or merge.
WAFC Chairman Mark McHenry has stated that the league cannot go beyond 10 teams. The even bigger hurdle for the Dockers is that McHenry has stated that Peel, Swan Districts and West Perth would not be considered for mergers due to their location in vital population growth corridors and given they are the teams that have had the most public financial issues the chances of a merger happening seem slim.
Brucey had his say on Wednesday’s show, saying that there was simply too much bad blood for teams like Subiaco and Claremont to combine. He said that it was utterly ridiculous for that to be a requirement, however he pointed out that the marriage between Peel and Fremantle had seemingly been much more acrimonious than the East Perth/West Coast relationship.
McHenry’s stance really fired up our resident Fremantle fan Sean Oleksenko who felt that the WAFL couldn’t allow West Coast to have a stand alone reserves team and then deny Fremantle the same.
Is this an unfair stance from the WAFC? Can you see any teams successfully merging in the WAFL?
Check out our feature interview with Ellenbrook Eels player Aaron Power talking about the indigenous jersey the club will be wearing this weekend.
All three grades will be wearing the jersey designed by Kevin Bynder who has also designed this years indigenous jersey’s for the West Coast Eagles and the Port Adelaide Power.
All games this Saturday at the District Open Space with a bouncy castle for the kids from 12pm, with reserve grade kicking off at 12:35pm, there will be a welcome to country with the league game kicking off at 2:30pm. After the games are over there will be some live music until 9pm, with the awards, such as the Robert Schnaars medal for best on ground, will be presented at 6:30pm.
Good friend of the show Adam Fuller recently had the opportunity to represent the Affiliated States and Territories Storm Police rugby league team. It wasn’t the best of tournaments for the team, beaten convincingly by both the NSW and Queensland Police teams, however Adam did enough to impress the selectors and earn a place in the Australian Police Rugby League team. Adam was one of five from the affiliated states in the 18 man squad that will take part in a trans Tasman battle against New Zealand Police rugby league at Mt Smart Stadium in Auckland on the 24th August.
See below for the full details of the team and give the page a follow to keep up with how the Aussie team fares against the kiwis later in the year.
This week Donny brought up a real head scratcher in #ControversyCorner
During the course of the National Premier League (NPL) game between Perth Glory and Floreat Athena the referee, Tom Glavovic, suffered an injury. Glavovic was duly replaced by the standby referee and all was well with the world, however under NPL guidelines there always needs to be a standby referee in case of an injury. The officialdom scanned the vicinity and no suitable candidate could be found, so in order to allow the game to proceed they grabbed a player from the home teams bench and made him the standby referee.
Now Jordan Barbas, the Perth Glory reserve goal keeper was luckily not required to fulfil his role as an assistant referee at any stage during the match, however it is still a farcical situation for a high level competition like the NPL to be in. For the uninitiated this competition is the equivalent to the WAFL competition. This is just one level below the A-League. We understand that in park footy competitions the officials may be from one of the clubs, but the NPL should be much more professionally run than your Saturday social league competitions.
For the record it was a great match that ended in a 2-all draw. Could you imagine if Barbas was called upon and had to make a crucial call for offside in a close game?
Click here for all the NPL results from last weekend.
What do you think? Does the NPL need to sharpen up their act or are we trying to make a storm in a teacup?
In The Shed’s own Sophie Brown has made the squad for the WA Indoor Cricket team that competed at the Australian Championships in Toowoomba, Queensland from 30th June to 7th July.
A fantastic achievement for Sophie who we had on the show just a few months ago after her selection in the U15’s outdoor cricket side for WA. For her to be playing against experienced women at her age is a testament to her ability and we look forward to chatting with her again in the near future to see how much she’s learned from this experience.