Sam Birmingham

Sam BirminghamPresident

  • 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

Samantha Reece

Samantha ReeceVice President

  • Samantha is both qualified and highly experienced in marketing and business growth with over 25 years’ experience representing national companies such as Leading Edge Chain, Fuji Film and Retravision as well as local companies such as Stockland, Peet and Fini Developments. Her career spans roles in business development, marketing and public relations. She currently owns and runs Catalyst2Success engaged by companies and small business centres on developing marketing strategies and business management. Samantha currently volunteers her expertise on the Board of Freo Now and has previously been a Board member of Youth Focus.

    Term: 2019-2021


Bill ARMSTRONGBoard Member

  • 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: 2018-2020

Matt Grant

Matt GrantBoard Member

  • 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: 2018-2020

Jon Knox

Jon KnoxBoard Member

  • 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: 2020 - 2022

James Matkovich

James MatkovichBoard Member

  • 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

Rob Steel

Rob SteelBoard Member

  • Rob played 350 senior games of football between 1981 and 2002. He has won 10 premierships as a player for Wembley (‘78), Wanneroo (‘81, ‘83, ‘88, ‘91, ‘92, ’97 and ‘98) and Toodyay Football Clubs (‘09). He is currently playing football for the Kingsway Football Club Masters team bringing his games total to over 400. 

    He has also held various coaching roles including assistant coach of the East Perth Football Club Reserves for five years, Kingsway reserves coach in ’96, ’00 and ’01 and the Kingsway League coach from 2010-2012. He coached the Subiaco development squads 13’s and 14’s between 1988-1993 and coached Toodyay Football Club to three premierships in 2004, 2005 and 2009. He was an assistant coach of the State Country V WAAFL in 2010 and a Masters coach at National Carnivals. Rob also has an interest in Women’s football, coaching the State Women’s side in 2006 and has been the assistant coach of the Coastal Titans since 2014. 

    Rob has also been on the committee for the AFCA (1994 – 2005) and was re-elected in 2016. He is the current president of the Kingsway Football Club, a position he has held since 2013. 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

Jonathan Small

Jonathan SmallBoard Member

  • Jonathan has played over 200 games for Wanneroo AFC and is a Life Member of the club. A civil engineer and an Associate with TABEC Engineering Consultants, Jonathan gained his MBA from UWA in 2017. He is currently Vice Chairman of the Duyfken 1606 Replica Foundation and a member of Reconciliation WA.

    Term: 2020 - 2022

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Geoff GlassBoard Member

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