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Football Debutant at 75 Years of Age
Wed, April 24, 2024 - 3:07 PM

Bill ‘Cookie’ Cooke has been part of the Pinjarra Football and Netball Club for more than 25 years as a much-loved volunteer.  But on Saturday, Cooke made history to become the oldest football debutant for the club, and possibly Australia, at the ripe age of 75.  Hundreds of people turned out to see Bill run onto the oval, and the fans were not left disappointed as Pinjarra claimed a one-point victory over Rockingham after a

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Tue, April 23, 2024 - 4:55 PM

For 13-year-old Broome resident Landen Stubbs, playing and watching football is something he has enjoyed most of his life. Now, Landen will be able to do both these things on the same day. Thanks to Starkick and SEDA Group, Landen has won a trip to Perth to take part in the second Hand in Hand Crossing for Inclusion ahead of the AFL’s Round 9 Friday night clash between Fremantle and Sydney at Optus Stadium.  He will

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Brookton Pingelly Return In 2024
Tue, April 23, 2024 - 10:20 AM

After spending a season on the sidelines, excitement is growing at Brookton-Pingelly ahead of the club’s return to competition this weekend in the Upper Great Southern Football League.  The Panthers were found guilty of breaching the salary cap and went into recess in 2023, but the club is back this year with three teams.  Brookton-Pingelly President Adrian Fairhead is counting down the days to Saturday night’s match against the Narrogin Hawks.  “The members and committee

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Country Umpires Invited to National UMPowered Coaching Conference
Fri, April 19, 2024 - 2:05 PM

Five emerging umpire coaches from WA, including two from regional WA, will make their way to Melbourne this weekend to take part in the inaugural National UMPowered Coaching Conference. Designed to help women take their umpire coaching to a new level, the UMPowered Coaching Conference aims to increase the number of women in umpire coaching and support their pathway and further development. Cassidy Bodenham (Goldfields Football League Umpires Association) and Katherine Dann (West Kimberley Football

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Country Football WA partners with Tackle Your Feelings
Fri, April 19, 2024 - 1:35 PM

Country Football WA is proud to announce an innovative partnership agreement with Tackle Your Feelings.  This new partnership marks a significant milestone in advancing free mental health education across community football clubs in Western Australia.  The Tackle Your Feelings program is tailored for community football players, coaches, committee members, umpires and club support staff, and offers free access to invaluable mental health resources.  Tackle Your Feelings Program Manager, Adam Baldwin is thrilled to be partnering

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Kyal Steps into WAFL Coaching Cauldron
Thu, April 11, 2024 - 2:18 PM

As a Premiership star with Subiaco Kyal Horsely’s playing career was highly successful, but his debut season as a senior WAFL coach is set to provide an entirely different set of challenges.  The 36-year-old, who was born in Kalgoorlie and played 14 games with the Gold Coast Suns, is best remembered for his role in a golden era for the Lions in the WAFL.  Horsely played 207 matches for Subiaco and was a Premiership captain

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Country Girls Star for WA in 16s Championships
Wed, April 10, 2024 - 2:39 PM

Western Australia kicked off their AFL National Championships – U16s Girls campaign with a triumphant win over the Gold Coast Suns Academy in Victoria on Sunday.  Three country players represented WA – Mia Carlshausen (Dalwallinu), Lacey McKay (Kalgoorlie) and Heidi Ireland (Collie) – who ran out 62-point winners in their first of two matches for the Championships 12.8 (80) to 3.0 (18).  Despite a slow start, the Black Swans came from an eight-point deficit in

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WA Benefits from Telstra Footy Country Grants
Thu, April 4, 2024 - 1:35 PM

Nearly twenty clubs from WA have been successful in applying for the first round of funding as part of the Telstra Footy Country Grants program.  More than $2 million will flow into more than 250 local footy clubs around Australia as the initiative is rolled out.   As one of the successful applicants Chapman Valley FC in the Mid-West City of Geraldton can now install behind-the-goal netting to improve safety for players as part of

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First female president elected to CFWA Board
Fri, February 16, 2024 - 8:36 AM

Country Football WA has appointed its first female president, with Mel Sulzberger elected to the role at Tuesday night’s Board Meeting.  Sulzberger joined the CFWA board in 2023 and brings over a decade of involvement in Albany’s country football community. Her extensive volunteer experience includes roles such as Auskick Coordinator, President of Southern Districts Junior Football, and team manager of the U16s Royals Football Club (Albany).  Sulzberger’s extensive experience spans various sports across the country,

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Country Football WA Welcome Three New Board Members
Wed, February 7, 2024 - 11:18 AM

Country Football WA is delighted to announce the appointment of three new board members.    Andrew Lockyer will serve for the next two years, Andy Henshaw has been elected to fill a one-year casual vacancy, while Mark Blakely has received a two-year casual vacancy position on the board.    A three-time premiership player with East Fremantle in the WAFL, Lockyer also played 76 games with the West Coast Eagles.  Lockyer also initiated a fundraising initiative

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