Saturday afternoon matches feature heavily in 2019

Justin FrisSouth Western Times
Last season’s first semi-final between Augusta-Margaret River and Eaton Boomers was one of several bumper fixtures throughout the season. Several marquee games will be held on a Saturday afternoon in 2019.
Camera IconLast season’s first semi-final between Augusta-Margaret River and Eaton Boomers was one of several bumper fixtures throughout the season. Several marquee games will be held on a Saturday afternoon in 2019. Credit: Jon Gellweiler

Football fans who prefer Saturday afternoon matches are in for a treat, with more day time games pencilled in for the 2019 South West Football League season.

Timeslots for all SWFL fixtures were confirmed on Tuesday, with several high profile fixtures held during daylight hours on a Saturday.

These include Carey Park’s annual Anzac Day game and the Peter Betti Cup between Bunbury and Donnybrook in round three – along with the Dr Ern Manea Cup/Chris Sheehan game between Donnybrook and South Bunbury in Round 16.

Round 12 is the only weekend of the season in which there will be no Saturday matches.

Sunday football does also have some big match ups – none bigger than June 2 – when traditional rivals Bunbury and South Bunbury square off in the Dale Alcock Homes WA Derby at Payne Park, while Busselton and Augusta-Margaret River compete for the Busselton Toyota Cup at Sir Stewart Bovell Park.

This season will also mark the inaugural year of the West Australian Football League Women’s competition, which will be referred to simply as WAFLW.

Confirmed by the West Australian Football Commission on Sunday, five clubs will participate in 2019: Claremont, East Fremantle, Subiaco, Peel Thunder and Swan Districts.

A WAFC spokesman confirmed all South West women’s footballers who play club football within a specific WAFL district zone – for example Bunbury Football Club within the Swan Districts zone – would be eligible for selection.

Any footballer who is based in a WAFL district zone outside of the five competing clubs would be able to apply for a playing permit in order to participate in WAFLW, although the player’s WAFL club district of origin would remain the same.

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