Well that’s it for the 2020 season, now we look forward to 2 more of our teams playing in the Grand Final this week.
Check out our upcoming events, latest news and match reports below for these headlines:
Perth Football League Medal Night at Willetton Football Club TONIGHT!!
Colts and Integrated into the Grand Final
Annual Gibb Medal Awards Nights - Saturday 3 October 2020
New Teams in 2021??
Sponsor a Colt Program is Back
Perth Football League Medal Night at Willetton Football Club TONIGHT!!
Tonight the club will be opened at 7:00pm to live stream the Perth Football League Medal night. With a few highly placed players in the colts team there is a good chance the Willetton Football Club could come away with an association medal winner tongiht. If you're not doing anything make sure you get down to the club and show your support. Food and drinks will be available.
Colts Grand Final
The Colts Grand finals will be played against Kalamunda at Kingsway reserve on Saturday 19th at 10.25am. These teams have had a win each against each other this season with Kalamunda holding off the fast finishing Willetton to fall over the line in the qualifying final last weekend. Some would say the week off isn’t a good way to prepare and the warmup Willetton had against Winnacott on the weekend the perfect preparation. Both teams are pretty evenly matched so get along and support you Willetton Blues team and check out the future talent coming through your clubs ranks.
Integrated Grand Final
At time of writing we were still in discussions with the PFL on the scheduling of the integrated teams Grand Finals. Unfortunately its scheduled for 11.00am at North Fremantle’s Gil Frazer Oval which is a direct clash with the Colts game. Its currently set as the curtain raiser to the C3 Grand Final so cant be put back. We are working to try and find a new location as well as get acceptance from the opposition, Coolbinia, for this possible change. We will keep you posted on how this is going but if we get locked where we are and Kingsway is too far to travel can you get down to Gil Frazer at 11.00am and cheer on Willetton Blues Integrated team
Annual Gibb Medal Awards Night – Saturday 3 October 2020
Lock the 3rd of October 2020 in as a night to get dressed up, have a couple of drinks and dance the night away in style as your club hosts the annual Gibb Medal Awards Gala at Beaumonde on the Point in Perth.
Beaumonde is situated above Embargo where the old Ku De Ta used to be.
Tickets will cost just $119 which is over $30 cheaper than last year’s awards night. Plus anyone with a ticket can get 15% off a hotel room across the road at Fraser Suites for the night (Just contact Emily Pollett or email email@example.com to get the discount code).
With this being the first year of our girls team it promises to be the biggest awards night we have ever had.
Lock your ticket in at the team store now!
Colts Preliminary Final
Due to a quirk in the historical formulae for fixturing of finals the Willetton Colts had to travel to Heathridge Reserve on Saturday to Play the team from Palmyra, the Winnacott Eagles. Interesting in that the Oceanridge club hosting the game doesn’t have a Colts team in the competition.
These two teams last met about 4 weeks ago in what was a real arm wrestle. At the time they were sitting 1 & 2 on the ladder and both coming from almost the same district with brothers on teams playing against each other. This match was always going to be a hard physical contest with the winner earning the last available place in the Grand Final the following weekend
While Willetton probably went in favourites the Winnacott Eagles were definitely up for the challenge and appeared to be a bit harder in the contests and winning a bit more of the contested ball. The defensive efforts from their midfielders was also impressive making it very difficult for the Willetton forward to find space and function efficiently when they went into their attacking 50. At half time the Eagles had their noses in front with Willetton staying in the game thanks to their more efficient use of the ball and pretty much controlling the match across their centre allowing them to continuously pump the ball forward. The few opportunities Winnacott had to get into their forward 50 often resulted in a score in this 1st half.
It was always going to be a question of how long the Eagles could maintain the high energy style of game they were playing, especially after losing a key player to a dislocated elbow just before the half time siren. As the 3rd quarter unfolded it looked like Willetton were going to run away with the game, controlling the play for the first 10 minutes and going ahead on the score board into the stiff breeze. To their credit the Winnacott team fought back with late scores to return the margin to what it was at half time taking them to the break with a lot of confidence
The last quarter started with both teams going hard at the contested ball but the with the wind against them the Winnacott team found the going a little tougher. Willetton were able to hold the Eagles scoreless in the last quarter to run over the top 16 point winners. One of the better games of the year to watch and a credit to the young Winnacott Cats team on both their Preliminary finals performance and their outstanding year in general, a great tune up for the Grand final for Willetton next weekend
Best players were hard to pick for the Willetton Blues because it was very even contribution across the entire squad but Lachlan Katich’s run, tackling, intercepts across the middle and delivery into the forward are were a stand out, Ray Burge was strong in defence, Jarrod Patmore as a small forward often contesting the mark as well as get his own front and centre ball to convert goals was inspirational for the team, Zac Artingstall as Full Forward was perhaps the scoring difference between the two teams and Theo Fernandez was also a huge contributor. Zac Artingstall kicked 4 goals, Jarrod Patmore had 2 and Mitch Yarren & Tristan Jacques each had 1 with Willetton running out winners 8-8, 56 to 6-4, 40.
Whats really encouraging and promising for the club is that only two of the best players listed here will be moving up to seniors next year and in total only 8 boys will graduate from the Colts list. While these are all quality boys and players the 2022 season will see a further batch of strong talent progressing into the senior lists and club continues to build on its programs to add further depth into the Colts program.
Integrated Prelimary Final
High Wycombe hosted Willetton Blues in a preliminary final for the Integrated Football League at Scott Reserve on Saturday the 12thSeptember 2020 at 1pm. This game was highly anticipated by both teams as the winner was to go through to the grand final and play an undefeated Coolbinia team.
Willetton opened the scoring with two points. Halfway through the first saw Zac Aquino, from Willetton take the first goal of the game, High Wycombe took their first score with a goal from Shannon Mckinley in the tenth minute, this was shortly followed by another High Wycombe goal by Anthony Kalimeris. The first quarter finished with two rushed behinds on Willetton’s score, while one for High Wycombe. The second quarter started with a quick goal from Zac Aquino. This was followed by a series of points from both teams and the half finished with a goal from Uwane Akor who, kicked it through for a goal with one-minute left for the half. This goal resulted with Willetton going into the second half with a one-point lead.
Shannon Mckinley opened the scoring for the third quarter with a goal for the home team. Willetton responded with a goal from Zac Aquino. This was followed by two rushed behinds by Willetton before Tyson Worthington scored a marvellous goal, dodging three High Wycombe players. High Wycombe’s forward, Anthony Kalimeris scored his second goal of the game, a quick snap from a few metres out. Followed by another great goal by Zac Aquino, leaving Willetton up at three quarter time 6.8.44 to High Wycombe 5.5.35. The final quarter started with a goal from Willetton forward Geoff Stewart, followed by two consecutive goals from the Anthony Kalimeris. Elijah Gardi attained a goal for Willetton with less than five minutes left. Uwane Akor followed with his second goal for the game with an amazing kick from approximately 30 metres out, this goal was followed by a point for the home team with three minutes left.
Willetton took the win 9.9.63 over High Wycombe 8.6.54. It was a great match with a lot of sportsmanship from both teams, despite the pressure that the game held. The atmosphere of the ground was amazing from both the players and supporters. This game was live streamed by the Perth Football League and the players all seemed to have a really great time. Willetton now go on to play Coolbinia in next weeks grand final at Gil Fraser Oval.
Thanks to Shireen for this review and looking forward to another next week on the Grand Final. This is the second year in a row the Willetton team will contest the grand final and the 6th that Coolbinia will be contesting having won the last five. They must surely be due for a surprise loss and what a win it would be if the Blues could knock them off. If you haven’t been to watch the integrated team, play this is just about the most entertaining game of footy you can imagine and extremely uplifting as well. You just help but find yourself smiling throughout the entire match and you do with a sense of the time spent was very much worth it.
Considering the Integrated team was often playing short on numbers this year this is a fantastic result for them and if the team turn up with their game face on they will surely give Coolbinia a good run for the 2020 grand final. The club would greatly appreciate everyone getting the word out for the 2021 season for a few more numbers to come down and join the clubs all inclusive, all abilities Integrated team.
New Teams in 2021??
Many thought it unlikely that we would be able to make up a womens team for this season let alone one that would go through to play finals. Well we ended up with as many as 38 women coming through the clubs 1st season list with this settling back to a solid 26 – 28 available girls depending on injuries.
As we come to the end of the season the Clubs position is we wont be saying NO to any applicant who wants to come and join our clubs womens program and to that end if we get enough numbers we will be seeking to nominate a 2nd womens team for the 2021 season. You can help by spreading the word throughout the community to come and get on board with a successful club, with a great culture and big future.
Our Colts team this year is testament to what can be achieved with a bit of hard work behind the scenes in the off season. Coming off the back of the 2019 season where the Colts copped a hammering most weekends and at times could only manage 15 fit & available players it was unthinkable that in 2020 the Colts team would be over-subscribed and players rostered off games due to too many numbers.
Colts are the life blood of a community football club and Willetton has taken steps to diversify its source of Colts players coming into the club and we believe that this will see the club with as many as 60 available Colts players when we get started in the 2021 season. If we see numbers like this during the preseason. The Willetton Football Club will be looking to nominate of a 2nd Colts team to be entered into the Laurie Keen Colts competition for next season.
Next season will see a fair few Colts graduating into the senior ranks and this should push player numbers down the line into the reserves and 3rds. Meanwhile, many of our regular 3rds players are now getting to that point where the mind is willing but the body is not doing so well.
We are thinking that maybe its too early to put them out to pasture as such but perhaps we can find them a competition that’s better suited to their pace and we think that a Masters team might be just the thing!
Masters is a competition available to anyone who is 35 or older (its possible also to play upto 2 younger guys, aged 32 or older, in the list as well). We would be very interested to hear back from our extensive list of Past Players on their “Expression of Interest” in being involved in our proposed Masters Team. Maybe its time for some of you old Jets and legends to relive some of your past glories but at this point were just putting the feelers out there.
Sponsor a Colt Program is Back
Colts are the life blood of every amateur footy club and if you can’t ensure a constant flow of juniors coming into the Clubs colts program the footy club will quickly become irrelevant. In the past the club has run with the Past Players a “Sponsor A Colt” program where individuals will donate a small amount and get allocated a Colt player from a draw.
For the 2021 season we are asking for as many Past Players (and anyone else who wants to get on board) for a donation to the club that will qualify you as a Colts Sponsor. We will be offering a two-tiered system that will combine the Colts Sponsorship with a full social membership being the Blue Sponsors or you can just be a Colts sponsor being a Brown Sponsor, clearly the naming here is designed to make the Gold option the one of choice.
Blue will qualify you as a sponsor and also for a full social membership which includes merchandise and entry into the Thursday and Saturday evening membership # jackpot cash draw. Blue level will be $80.00
Brown will earn you a colt sponsorship and a sense of community service and knowing you’re doing a good deed for the club. Brown level will be $50.00. Colts and colts sponsors will be provided a free drink by the club at a meet your sponsor event early in the season in 2021.
Your Colts Sponsorship will go directly to providing the entire Colts list with fee cost relief and remove this discounting of fees as a cost to the club. Registration for 1 team costs the Willetton Footy Club is in the area of $3,300 per season, so to discount this for any team if a significant financial impost to the club that we would like your help to fund and thereby underwrite the clubs future playing stocks and status in the Perth Football League. To register your interest as a colts sponsor click the button below: