WJFC Timeline

50 Years of History all in one place.

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1971

Willetton Junior Football Club founded in 1971 Colours are Black and Blue because they were the only standard colours available in the East Fremantle Junior Competition.  The jumpers were purchased at Campbell Sports in…

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1972

in 1972 the Club changed its name to “Willetton Junior Football and Sports Club” Under 11’s win Premiership. Coach Richard Morphett

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1973

Willetton Junior Football Club becomes the founding member Club of the Willetton Sports Club.  The first meeting of the WSC is conducted in July 1973 and during that first year Basketball, Cricket and Little…

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1974

The WSC holds their AGM in July 1974 and reflects positively on its first year of operation and looking forward to the future. By October  Cricket has 60 registered players, Little Athletics has 120…

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1975

7 Junior Teams registered. Under 10’s win Premiership. Coach: Ted Morgan WSC is working with the Town of Canning on plans for Burrendah Reserve. The project will consist of 4 stages Stage 1 Skateboard…

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1976

Under 12’s win Premiership. Coach;Eddie Stephens Under 14’s win Premiership. Coach; Len Phillips Coaches and Co-ordinators U11s Barry McSwan U12s Eddie Stephens U14s Len Phillips  

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1977

New Clubrooms and Changerooms built at Willetton Reserve on Apsley Avenue.  Used by WJFC and the Willetton Amateurs. Coaches and Co-ordinators U13s Barry McSwan

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1978

Coaches and Team Managers Under 14s Bob Burns   Bob Burns is recognised for his contributions to the Willetton Sports Club through his deep involvement with Little Athletics as well as coaching Junior Football. …

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1979

WJFC has 7 teams in 1979 Coaches and Co-ordinators U12B Barry McSwan  

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1980

The Football division of Willetton Sports Club is split into Seniors who join the South Suburban Murray National Football League and the Juniors are aligned with the East Fremantle Football Club Junior Council. WJFC…

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1981

12 teams playing in 1981 plus 2 Pee Wees 7 and under teams. Under 11’s Blue team win Premiership.  Coach; John Rigby Willetton Sports Club, of which Willetton Junior Football Club is a division,…

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1982

Willetton Junior Football Club fields 14 teams in 1982, 4 Under 9s teams, 4 Under 11s teams, 3 Under 13’s teams 2 Under 15s and 1 Under 17s teams. The Under 11’s Blue team…

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1983

Chairman: Frank Mansfield 5 teams make it to the finals but none to the Grand Final. Noel Myers from the Willetton Football Club pens the theme song, “We are the Boys from Willetton”  to…

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1984

President -Kerry Milne 14 teams playing in 1984 The Under 13s, Under 12 White and the Under 14s Blue all make it to their respective Grand Finals but are all defeated on the day….

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1985

WJFC finishes the season with the Under 11 Blue, the Under 13’s White, the Under 13s Blue and the Under 17’s playing finals.  The Under 11s Blue were undefeated going into the Grand Final…

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1986

Willetton Junior Football Club moves to their new home at the South Oval on Burrendah Reserve. The Under 12s, Under 14s and Under 17s qualify to play finals. Under 12’s win Premiership. Coach; John…

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1987

The 15’s and 13’s teams have a good season and make it to the EFFCJC finals Milestones 50 Games Ryan Baugh 12’s Jamie Estaban Glen Dobson 12’s Brendan McCormack 12’s Michael Goodwin 12’s Jamie…

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1988

For the first time in many years Willetton JFC does not make it to a Grand Final. The Under 14’s and Under 17’s finished in the final four. the Under 11’s won their Lightning…

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1989

WAFL Kane Morphett is recruited by East Fremantle and plays his first game in 1990. He played 44 games over 4 seasons, kicking 8 goals. In 1992 he received 9 Sandover Medal votes and…

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1990

WJFC has teams from 10’s through to 17’s although they are struggling to field at 14s team. a number of 9’s play up in the 10’s competition. the 12’s team complete the season undefeated….

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1991

Under 13’s won Premiership Under 15’s won Premiership Shaun McManus wins Junior Footballer of the Year The Under 17’s competition is created with East Fremantle clubs and South Fremantle clubs and becomes known as…

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1992

WJFC holds their major fundraising event at the Cannington Greyhounds on Saturday the 13th of June. Geoff March provided an autographed bat from the Australian World Cup Series Players. Coaches and Team Managers 9s…

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1993

Coaches and Team Managers Pee Wees 9s Mr Stuart Cole 10s Mr Brian Peake 11s Mr Graeme Thorpe 12s Mr Bob Baugh, Mr Daniel Smythe 13s Mr Peter Della-Vedova 14s Mr Graham Melrose 15s…

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1994

13s and 17s win their Grand Finals. 13’s, 14’s, 15’s and 17’s all participate in finals in 1994. Club President is Tony Reid The Club purchases 2 new sets of Jumpers. A Chocolate Drive…

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1995

Coaches and Team Managers Pee Wees 13s Graham Marsh 14s 15s Rod Hancock Individual Achievements East Fremantle Junior Football combined side representatives 13s Ben McManus, Richard Hadley, Aron Jones, Chris Smythe 14s Michael Keig,…

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1996

The Under 14’s finish the season undefeated and go into the finals along with the 13’s and 17’s The Club holds 2 successful Quiz Nights. Coaches and Team Managers Pee Wees Peter Kennedy 9s…

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1997

WAFL Nathan Cicerello was recruited to East Fremantle in 1998 and played 84 games to 2004 , kicking 31 goals.  He polled 18 Sandover Medal votes over 4 years, the highest being 9 votes…

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1998

Coaches and Team Managers Pee Wees Ross Burvill 9s Con Regan, Brad Lane T.M. Nola Regan 10s Colin Palmer, Jim Browning 11s Rick Kay, Mark Swift 12s John Hollington, Murray Mickiewicz 14s Stuart Coles,…

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1999

1999 President is Tim Browning Coaches and Team Managers Pee Wees Tad Chenue, Ross Withers, David DeMeo 9s Con Regan  T.M. Raylene Shepard 10s John Hollington Greg Hitchen 11s Colin Palmer T.M. Maria Parsons…

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2000

AFL Draft Pick #22 Richard Hadley to Brisbane Lions where he played 44 games and kicked 10 goals over an injury plagued 7 seasons. Hadley was brought into the team during the 2003 finals…

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2001

WAFL Ryan Henley is recruited to East Fremantle in 2002 and plays in 2004 amassing 8 games in two seasons .  He kicks 1 goal in 2004.

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2002

5 teams playing in 2002, the most senior WJFC team being the Under 12’s A combined Willetton-Rostrata team won the Premiership in the Under 14’s The WJFC Committee seriously considers a merger with Rostrata…

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2003

WJFC fields 5 teams again.   AFL Draft Pick #43 Brett Peake to Fremantle Football Club. Peake played 75 games as a midfielder with Freo before moving to Saint Kilda in 2010.  He played…

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2004

Rhys Palmer after playing most of his Junior career at WJFC is cleared to Bullcreek-Leeming in 2004 to play with friends. He plays one season with BLJFC and then plays at East Fremantle before…

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2006

Under 14’s Navy won Premiership. Coach Murray Glaskin

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2007

WJFC fields 9 teams and an Under 17’s team for the first time since 2001. The Club introduces a Junior Life Membership where players who have played all their Junior Football at WJFC are…

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2008

9 Teams,  Under 9’s, 2 teams in Under 10’s,  Under 11’s, Under 12’s, Under 14’s, Under 15’s and two Under 16’s teams. Auskick registrations at 40. The Under 14’s, Under 15’s and Under 16’s…

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2009

President is Mick McGinty. WJFC launches a website aimed at keeping our players and families informed and preserving the history of the Club.  This timeline builds on the work done at that time. 9…

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2010

9 teams playing in 2010 with 240 players registered. 61 Auskickers. Under 13’s won Premiership  Coach: Mark Read Outstanding Achievement in Junior Football Awards Gavin Brown 2010 Presidents Report Thank you to Paul Evans…

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2011

65 Registered Auskick players Outstanding Achievement in Junior Football Awards Steve Schleicher   East Fremantle Association Awards Under 14’s Runner-up Fairest and Best – Thomas Bennett Under 15’s Winner Fairest and Best – Samuel…

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2012

The Willetton Sports Club collapses and the premises is taken over by the City of Canning. Willetton Junior Football Club becomes a stand alone Incorporated Club with its own committee, finances and constitution. The…

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2013

First time in a number of years that WJFC has a team in every age group. Year 12’s are defeated in Grand Final by Melville JFC 120 Auskickers Pre-Primary, Year 1, Year 2 and…

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2014

Year 7’s played in Grand Final Year 8’s played in Grand Final and won their Premiership  Coach: David Artingstall Year 9’s played in Grand Final Year 10’s reached preliminary final. Year 11’s did not…

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2015

Year 7’s Rossmoyne/Willetton Combined team finish on top of their ladder and make it to their Grand Final Year 9’s team finish on top of their ladder, make it to the Grand Final and…

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2017

Year 7’s made it to Preliminary Final Year 8’s made it to Preliminary Final Year 9’s made it to Preliminary Final Year 10’s made it to Preliminary Final Year 11’s won their Grand Final…

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2018

Year7’s, 9’s, 10’s 7&8 All Female and 9-11 All Female  went to their respective semi-finals. 15 WJFC players become Junior Life Members in recognition of their 4  consecutive Premiership achievement, having won as Year…

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2019

Year 9 Team made it to the Grand Final and were defeated on the day. Year 7&8 All Female team won their Grand Final. MVP Georgie Cleaver. Coaches Mathew Green and Steve Burgess. Jake…

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2020

2020 Season has been one to remember with the threat of the COVID-19 virus causing restrictions and a delay to our usual Season start.

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2021

Individual Achievements Chloe Reilly selected in the under 19’s WA State Squad. Rogers Cup squad selection.  Georgie Cleaver, Natalie Athanassiou and Nadya Browne We wish the following former WJFC players a great 2021 season….

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Acknowledgements

The Willetton Junior Football Club would like to acknowledge the following people and Clubs who had the forward thinking to keep The Road Runner and The Willetton World newsletters, Grand Final booklets and Yearbooks. …

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