C3 Grade Season PreviewFriday, March 24, 2017 - 2:47 PM

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  • Belmont
  • Brentwood Booragoon
  • Coolbinia West Perth
  • Cottesloe
  • Dianella Morley
  • Ellenbrook
  • Manning Rippers
  • Mosman Park
  • Piara Waters

Belmont Districts enter C3 Grade for the first time since 2013 when they finished in ninth position. It was a quick rise to the top after finishing in eighth position in 2015, last season they claimed the C4 premiership with a 10-point win over Cottesloe. The 2017 season sees Wayne Hulm coaching the side for the fourth year in a row.

Newly elevated Cottesloe jump into C3 Grade for the first time in the club’s short history. Since entering the WAAFL in 2014, Cottesloe finished fourth and fifth in the C4 competition before making it to the Grand Final last season. A successful club in C4 at both League and Reserves level, will the Rooster’s be able to continue this success at the next level. They will be coached again by hard working clubman Hudson Wheeler.

Piara Waters made their second finals series in a row last year since rebranding from Southern River. They won 12 games for the year but lost both their finals games against Nollamara and Ellenbrook. Andy Leinasars has been reappointed as Coach after a successful season last year. Ryan Jenkins will be one to watch in this team after taking out the WAAFL C3 Best and Fairest in 2016.
SNESA have appointed new coach David Van Raalte who joins the club after two premierships with the Karratha Kats. SNESA will be looking to make their way back to the top half of the table after failing to make the finals for the past four seasons. 

Coolbinia West Perth enter the C3 competition after only winning three games last year and therefore being relegated from C2. Coolbinia West Perth have appointed Wayne Bonjour as league coach for 2017. Wayne was the league coach at Osborne Park AFC in 2014 and 2015 as well as the assistant league coach in 2013 at Stirling. He has experience as a player at WAFL, WACFL and WAAFL clubs.

Mosman Park finished seventh in 2016 and have appointed Aian McLennan as Coach this season. Aian is a personal trainer who played football in Sydney before moving to Perth to open his own gym in Cottesloe. The reserves side finished strongly last season making the Grand Final but unfortunately went down by six points to Swan Valley.

A strong season in 2017 saw Ellenbrook finish in fourth position as well as making it into the preliminary final. A 16-point loss to eventual premiers Nollamara cut their season one game short of promotion. They have added some coaching experience by appointing former Geelong player Justin Wood as head coach. Justin recently spent four years coaching at Swan Athletic and was involved in their promotion to A Grade. Last season he was a playing assistant coach at Williams where the side won the premiership. Twin brothers Logan and Daniel Ashby return to the Eels to boost their premiership chances with Logan a Club Best and Fairest player in 2016 while Daniel returns from East Perth.

Manning Rippers have reappointed Clayton Gardiner as Coach for the third consecutive season. Manning made their way into the finals last season after failing to make the finals since 2011.

Dianella Morley just missed out on finals last season after playing in the previous two finals series. They have appointed a new coach with Peter Zelesco joining the Raiders this season after coaching Brentwood Booragoon in 2016.

Brentwood Booragoon survived relegation last season due to the fold of the Swan View Football Club. They have appointed Lance Lennen as head coach for 2017 who joins Brentwood Booragoon from coaching the colts at North Fremantle. Lance has also coached development squads and colts at WAFL club East Fremantle.