Perth Football League Board


Sam Birmingham, President

Sam began his involvement with the WAAFL in 2003 as a commitee member and player for the West Coast Amateur Football Club. He has held various positions on the commitee including President. He also won the West Coast AFC 2006 'SPINE' award for Best Clubman. 

Sam was a club delegate for the WAAFL Amateur Status working party and was also involved with working with the council and local community groups to support the $1.1million redevelopment of the City Beach Oval Pavilion. Birmingham holds a law and economics degree from the University of Western Australia and is a self-employed business owner and University lecturer. 

Term: 2019-2021

George Nicholls, Vice President

George was elected to the WAAFL Board at the 2011 AGM after having been involved as a player and administrator since 1996. He began his playing career for the Wembley Amateur Football Club in 1996, retiring from amateur football at the end of 2001 before returning in an off field capacity as Trinity Aquinas A-Grade Assistant Coach in 2006.

George continued to involve himself off the field, becoming Football Director and joining Trinity Aquinas’s Management Committee in 2007.In 2009, George was elected President of the club and held the position until 2011 before coming onto the WAAFL Board. Professionally, George is Chief Financial Officer for a rural import/export company.

Term: 2018-2021

Bill Armstrong

A secondary school teacher and an accomplished player, Bill played WAAFL football with the Mount Lawley Amateur Football Club between 1981 and 1998 having won five A-Grade Premierships.

He has also represented the Swan Districts Football Club (WAFL 1986), Railways Football Club (GNFL 1992-1993) and Central Crocs (MFL 1998 - 2005). He represented the WAAFL as a state player in 1984, 1987, 1988, 1989 and was Captain in 1991, as well as being a WAAFL State Selector in 1990. In 1988 he was an AAFC Representative at the Bicentennial Carnival and a year later was again AAFC Representative at the NFL Division 2 Carnival.

After retiring from WAAFL football, Bill continued involvement with the state program, coaching the WAAFL State Colts team from 1995 to 1997 and serving as a member of the State Representative Football Sub-Committee between 2004 and 2006. Bill was first elected to the WAAFL Board in 2004.

Bill's board portfolio is umpiring.

Term: 2018-2021





Matt Grant  

Matt has been a player at the Hamersley Carine AFC since 2011. He has also held roles on the committee for six years.

Outside of football Matt has a Bachelor of Commerce majoring in accounting and business law from Curtin University. He owns and runs his own financial planning business in Fremantle which he set up 4 years ago.

Matt has held various other board positions such as Treasurer of the Curtin Commerce Club and Activities Vice President of the Curtin University Student Guild.

Term: 2018-2021

Jon Knox

Jon has been on the Executive Committee at the Ocean Ridge Amateur Football Club for the past nine years, six of those as President. He has also held positions as Treasurer and Sponsorship Manager and was awarded with Life Membership in 2016.

Jon is a National Financial Manager and therefore brings his extensive knowledge in management and finance to the board.

Jon's board portfolio is Sponsorship. 

Term: 2017-2019

James Matkovich

James has had continuous involvement with the North Fremantle AFC for the last decade in committee and coaching roles. James has been Vice President at North Fremantle since 2013 and in 2018 he was the Integrated State Team Coach guiding the team to the division two premiership at the AFL National Inclusion Carnvial in Launceston. 

James holds a Bachelor of Law and Commerce from the University of Western Australia and commenced a carerer in commercial banking five years ago. James is currently the Business Banking Relationship Manager at Macquarie Bank. 

Term: 2019-2021

Scott Rauschenberger

Scott played 240 games for the North Beach Football Club up until 2012 before he took on coaching support roles. He won a premiership in 1994 and his teams best and fairest in 2010. 

Scott is a Certified Practising Accountant who is currently a Chief Financial Officer for an ASX listed exploration company. He is member of the Finance and Administration Sub-Committee and has over 20 years of local and international commerce experience.

Scott's board portfolio is Finance and Risk. 

Term: 2017-2019

Rob Steel

Rob played 350 senior games of football between 1981 and 2002. Winning 10 premierships as a player for Wembley (‘78), Wanneroo (‘81, ‘83, ‘88, ‘91, ‘92, ’97 and ‘98) and Toodyay (‘09). He currently plays for the Kingsway Masters team.  

He has held various coaching roles in the amateurs, WAFL and women's football. Rob has also been on the AFCA committee (1994 – 2005) and was re-elected in 2016. He was president of the Kingsway FC (2013 - 2018). Outside of football Rob works as a station officer for the Department of Fire and Emergency Services.

Rob's board portfolio is Coaching and Volunteers.

Term: 2019-2021