C4 Grade Season Preview Tuesday, March 28, 2017 - 3:09 PM

Teams:

•    Armadale
•    Bayswater
•    Cockburn Cobras
•    Cockburn Lakes
•    Jandakot
•    Kwinana
•    Osborne Park
•    Rossmoyne 
•    Secret Harbour
•    Yanchep 

Yanchep enter C4 grade for the first time since joining the WAAFL Competition in 2015. Yanchep made the preliminary final in their first year but finished in seventh position last season. Michael Sutherland continues as head coach for the third season in a row. 

Secret Harbour have also made the move from E1 to C4 this year. Secret Harbour have appointed new coach Mark Pink to replace last year’s coach Geoff Hiller. Mark has previous coaching experience as a Reserves coach at Peel Thunder. 

After finishing the 2016 season with just two wins Armadale have found themselves relegated and into C4 Grade for 2017. Armadale spent just the one season in C3 after making the C4 Grand Final in 2015. They have appointed a new coach with Rob McLean leading the side this year after taking over from Craig Smith. 

Osborne Park are one of the more experienced C4 sides having been in the grade for the past five years. They have been slowly making their way up from finishing 6th in 2014, 4th in 2015 and now 3rd in 2016. After making it to the preliminary final last season Osborne Park will be looking to go one better in 2017. Fifteen Osborne Park players polled votes in the WAAFL C4 Best and Fairest in 2016 which shows they have depth right across the field. They have appointed Jarrad Gardner as coach for the 2017 season.

Jandakot finished last year in second spot on the ladder however they failed to win either one of their finals matches. A strong team in both league and reserves last year, Jandakot should be able to push for a grand final spot this season. Jandakot also had fifteen players poll votes in the WAAFL C4 Best and Fairest in 2016. The Jets have appointed former South Fremantle player Cliff Collard as coach for 2017. Cliff played 172 games for South Fremantle and won the 1990 WJ Hughes Medal as the Club’s Best and Fairest player. He has also coached Melville to B Grade and won premierships with the Jandakot Jets Junior Football Club. 

Cockburn Cobras have appointed a new coach with Chris Harris joining the club this season. Chris has had experience coaching colts at North Fremantle, Fremantle CBC and most recently at Melville. The Cobras have not made finals in C4 Grade since they entered the WAAFL back in 2012. 

Kwinana made the finals last season but feel short at the first hurdle with a 41-point defeat at the hands of Cottesloe. Kwinana have played in the past two finals series and have appointed a new coach in Tony Morley for 2017. Kwinana will be without 2016 Best and Fairest and WAAFL C4 Best and Fairest runner up Jake Tregear this season as he looks to transfer to AFL Townsville. 

Bayswater make their way back into C4 after spending 2016 in E1. They managed to win eight games and made it to the semi-finals. Matt Smart will be one to watch in this team after coming off a successful 2016 season winning the Club Best and Fairest as well as finishing runner up in the E1 WAAFL Best and Fairest medal. Jason Santoro will remain as coach for a second season.


Rossmoyne had a season to forget last year after finishing in ninth position with just four wins. Unfortunately, their reserves side finished in the same position as well. Terry Allan will coach the Rhinos for the second season in a row. 

Cockburn Lakes finished in sixth position last season after joining C4 from C3. Cockburn Lakes have missed the finals for the past three years. Jarrad Symmans took out the WAAFL C4 Best and Fairest in 2016 and will be one to watch this season.