2017 WAFC Female Talent Academy Development Squads

Congratulations to these Booragoon JFC players for being accepted into the 2017 WAFC Female Talent Academy Development and Orientation Squads:

Brittaney Gonslaves
Bronte Montague
Chloe Ducrow
Chloe Hogg
Kylee Pearson
Monique Blasiak
Tyler Jones
Jade Jerome
Ellie Suriano
Amalea Lawrence
Jess Creighton
Millie Jones

Well done to all players, enjoy the development program over the summer!

2016 Under 12 Girls


Left Photo: Alyssa Foster, Jade Jerome, Amy Ivandich, Shoniquah Wilson-Bandy, Amelia Tooker, Ava Hagger
Right Photo: Tayla Keillor (Asst Coach ), Jasmin Hall, Alyssa Foster, Jade Jerome, Amy Ivandich, Ellie Suriano, Ben Tooker (Coach), Amelia Tooker

I brought my daughter down to the club at the beginning of the year to see if she would be interested in playing Australian Football.  A few weeks in and I was approached to assist with the training.  Before I knew it I had been nominated the head coach and was wracking my brain trying to remember my junior footy days and the drills we used to do 30+ years ago. The assistant coach Tayla was a big help here as she has a much better knowledge of modern training structure and drills than I.

The girls bonded quickly and showed a level of skill and tenacity that was far beyond what I was expecting.  The team developed well throughout the year and it was a real pleasure to watch their skills improve.  It was also great to see the girls start using tactics like quick handpasses and marking up without having to think about what they were doing.  Despite our small numbers I felt that we outperformed the other teams in most of the games we played and had heaps of fun in every match along the way.

I thoroughly enjoyed the season, and Milly and I will be back next year.  I think we will see some of these girls in the Women’s Football League in the not too distant future.

Gooooo Bulldogs – WOOF WOOF!

Ben Tooker (Coach)

Women’s Football in the Media (April 2016)

Lots of coverage of Womens Football in the media this week after the AFL Womens games over the weekend.

West Coast women claim derby win over Fremantle (for match highlights click here)

CAPTAIN Kara Donnellan inspired West Coast to a thumping victory against Fremantle in the first women’s football derby at Domain Stadium on Saturday afternoon.

After an even opening quarter, West Coast steadily asserted its authority in a bruising women’s exhibition match that proved an entertaining curtain-raiser to the Eagles-Dockers AFL clash.

WA elite footballers do best to shine in lead up to first ever Australian female footballers draft

AFL spokesman Patrick Keane said the interest in women’s football had grown ahead of next year’s national competition. “last year we added about 150 women’s teams … We are hoping to add around 230 this year”.

The Round 20 exhibition match between women teams from the Western Bulldogs and the Melbourne Demons was broadcast on free-to-air television, out-rating the previous day’s men’s match between Adelaide and Essendon.

Women make their mark in AFL playing, coaching and administering at highest level

On the field, last year, female participation rose by 46 per cent, with 284,501 players and 163 new teams. Females now make up 22 per cent of all players.

Suburban footy feeling the impact of women’s AFL

The recent revolution in women’s football can be felt even at suburban grounds and clubs. Most of these clubs are now racing to introduce a women’s football team to their ranks or expand the ones they already have.


Fremantle Dockers, West Coast Eagles to battle for women’s AFL side

Freo and the Eagles are battling to have WAs first AFL Womens Team in 2017.

It is expected that one team from WA, South Australia, Queensland and New South Wales will join four clubs from Victoria in the inaugural AFL women’s season.

“It’s really going to be about getting enough girls of that ability to play in a national competition at that top level.”


Click to see the article on the WA Today web site.

Girls Football with the Freo Dockers – 15th March

The Fremantle Dockers will once again be visiting Female Footballers in the District at an Open Day on the 15th of March.  This will be similar to last years event at our very own Karoonda Park.
Jack Hannath, Tyana Johnson and players from the Booragoon Junior Football Club under 12s team.
This year it is on at Piara Waters Oval on Tuesday the 15th of March from 4:30PM to 6:30PM.  Get along, be part of it, and see the rapid growth of Girls Football.

fremantle girls football open day 2016

2015 Under 12 Girls Blue

2015 Team U12w

Back: Shakia Wilson-Bandy, Amalea Lawrence, Arabella Marsh, Tyana Johnson (coach), Chloe Hogg, Charlotte Gibbons, Jade Jerome
Front: Janinda Wilson-Bandy, Gabrielle Gibbons, Holly Brisbane, Jessica Creighton, Ellie Suriano
Absent: Alicia Fogwill (Inset), Lee Lawrence (Team Manager), Tim Gibbons (Assistance Coach), John Marsh (Assistant Coach)

This was the first year of an “All Girls” team at Booragoon Bulldogs playing in the Under 12 Girls Competition, with the large amount of pre-season interest the club was able to create 2 well rounded teams ahead of the 10 round competition. I was not initially the Whites Team Coach, but was approached by the President when the team fell short of a coach as my younger sister was training in the team (and watching me kick the footy with her before the first few weeks of training). The White team had girls from Years 3-6 of all abilities, some who had never played before, some who just kicked a footy with their older brothers through to some who had played Auskick.

A highlight of the season was a visit from the Fremantle Dockers along with 2 woman’s AFL draftees (Brianna Green and Jessica Woosha), the girls got to play a game with the Dockers players, ask questions and have items signed.

We had our very own Booragoon Derby’s against the Girls Booragoon Blue Team, these were always fun. The team developed well throughout the season with everyone’s range of skills improving significantly, even the cartwheels and handstands I encouraged after kicking many goals every game as celebration.

Also on our last game I invited Caitlyn Edwrds, East Fremantle’s Youth Girls Coach to come and watch their last game and the incredible skills they had learnt, she was mighty impressed.
Special thanks to Tim Gibbons and John Marsh who were my Assistant Coaches and my Mum Lee who put her hand up for Manager they all put in an huge amount of effort in throughout the season, I couldn’t of done it without them.

And the ongoing support of the parents and families (even the brothers and sisters) throughout the entire year, from helping out with water running to goal umpiring and bringing fruit for the girls at half time, your efforts definitely didn’t go unnoticed and were greatly appreciated.

Tyana Johnson (Coach)

2015 Under 12 Girls White

2015 Team U12b

Back: Phylllis Bandy (Assistant Coach) Millie Jones, Tyler Jones, Jasmin Jones (Coach) Subeedha Rijal, Stacey Collier, Alyssa Foster, Erin Clarke (Manager)
Front: Georgia Clarke, Ainslee Clune, Scarlett Carroll, Amy Ivandich, Lily Jones, Jessica Muggeridge

The 2015 season saw the start of the first ever all-female junior teams being born at Booragoon Bulldogs Junior Football Club. With 23 registrations we proudly formed two teams to compete in the South Fremantle District competition in the Under 12 Junior Girl League.

What a great first season the Junior Girls BLUE team had! The girls competed with enthusiasm, determination and absolute respect for each other and the other teams competing in this competition against: Booragoon White, Riverton, Bibra Lake, Freo City Dockers and Hammond Park.

Our 10 week competition consisted of Tuesday training, Sunday morning Home and Away matches and half time Little-League matches at ATOM Stadium during one of the Senior WAFL matches and two of the WAFL Women’s League games. This gave the girls even more chances to bond and our two teams have become a very tight-knit group.

Some of the mighty Fremantle Dockers players came down to Karoonda for a training clinic, which the girls (and parents) thoroughly enjoyed.

To see friendships formed and constant support from stronger players to help the less experienced girls of the group improve each week was the highlight of the season for the coaching/management staff and the parents.

Thank you to all the parents who assisted in helping the games run smoothly. A special thanks goes to Lee Lawrence (White Manager) and Leigh Wardell-Johnson (Coach Co-ordinator) for your knowledge and support that you gave us all.

Girls: It has been wonderful to get to know you all. Each week your smiles on the field and cheers of delight were what we all came to watch and enjoy. Your skills have improved and we cannot wait to see you next season, with some more of your friends, so that Booragoon Bulldog Girls can continue to grow! Congratulations on a great first season.

Erin Clarke (Manager) and Jasmin Jones (Coach)

Fremantle Dockers come to Karoonda Park

Great training session tonight with the Booragoon and Riverton Under 12 Girls with the Fremantle Dockers and State Fremantle Footballers.


Thanks to the Fremantle Dockers, East Fremantle Football Club, Female Football WA, and Booragoon and Riverton JFCs for putting on a good night!

Click here for a great article on the Fremantle Dockers website about the future of Girls Football.