This is unashamedly an attempt to replicate in WA what a bunch of dedicated Croweaters have achieved over in South Australia - the preservation of historical football footage.
Somewhere out there in suburbia are hundreds, if not thousands, of hours of footage of WAFL games from the 1970s and 1980s. In houses across Perth and WA, the old VHS tapes are slowly deteriorating and, when they are finally thrown in the bin, that footage will also be consigned to the dustbin of history.
That is what we aim to stop.
So, we are building an archive of historical WAFL and State game footage for both preservation and the enjoyment of those who remember a time when the term "derby" had to carry the word "port" or "Perth" before it and when some of the best players in the land were disinterested in playing in Victoria.
LOOKING FOR FOOTAGE?
Take a look at the list of footage already collected on our The Archive page. If there's a game in there that you would love to see again, then there is only one way to do it - come up with a trade.
We will happily provide you with a dvd of footage from our archive in exchange for footage we don't already have. The cost to you is nothing.
If your footage is on VHS, we will transfer your VHS tape to DVD and return your beloved tape to you. We will provide you with either a) a copy of your own footage on DVD or b) footage from our archive which you requested as a trade.
All footage collected by us will be stored in the archive and, therefore, available to others who provide suitable trade material.
The provision of the tapes/DVDS can be done in-person or via Australia Post.
Please note, nothing on this website is for sale. If you want something from the archive and don't have any WAFL footage of your own to trade, then beg for it or borrow it (preferably don't steal it).
*** News Flash *** 11 January 2014
2013 was a big year for the archive, though you may not have noticed it by looking at the website. Our dedicated team of volunteers worked its way through many hundreds of tapes of WAFL football, adding up to 1000 hours of vision into the archive.
Today, we have finally updated the list of footage in our holdings for the period 1985-1989. The next step is to do the same for 1980-1984.
And while we may not update the website as regularly as we would like, that's because we are working on the next batch of tapes. We have something like 800 still waiting to be transferred.
But we are always keen to hear from anyone with some more to add to the pile and can expedite the transfer of videos, should you wish.