Western Australia’s premiere netball competition, the Gold Industry Group West Australian Netball League (WANL) is an elite training and league structure that provides the best opportunities for players, coaches, umpires and officials to develop and maximise their abilities. Engaging seven Clubs, WANL serves as the primary pathway to the West Coast Fever program for West Australian netballers.
The League launched in 1989 as the Gold Netball League, with six metropolitan and 12 country regions. During the initial years, all matches were played in a home and away series, and all players and officials were required to play for the region of their residence. Netball WA celebrated 25 years of the League in 2014.
In 2015, following extensive community consultation, the competition underwent a name change to the West Australian Netball League. The League consisted of eight regions (five metropolitan and three country), with 22 teams across three divisions – League, Reserves and 18U.
In 2018, Netball WA introduced a Men’s Division, with four teams competing, namely, the West Coast Warriors, Perth Lions, South East Demons and Wheatbelt Flames. The West Coast Warriors would go on to be crowned premiers.
2018 also marked the most significant change in the competition’s history. While celebrating its 30th anniversary, Netball WA sought out up to eight new WANL clubs to compete in a revamped format, with seven clubs awarded a licence to compete in the 20U and League divisions, while four of those seven will compete in the Men’s division.
In 2019, following a record $5 million partnership deal between the Gold Industry Group and Netball in WA, the competition was rebranded to the Gold Industry Group West Australian Netball League.
An eighth club will be announced in the coming weeks to compete from 2020-2021.
The Jill McIntosh Medal is awarded annually to the Fairest & Best player in the Gold Industry Group West Australian Netball League. Votes are awarded on a 3-2-1 basis by the umpires each game, with the player with the most votes crowned the winner.
* In 1989 and 1990, the award was called Classique Player of the Series.
* From 1991-1993, the award was called the Berri Medal.
2020-2021 WANL Expression of Interest License Application Information Pack
2020-2021 WANL Timeline
2019-2021 WANL Competition Regulations
2019-2021 WANL Commercial Manual
Netball WA High Performance Plan 2018-2022 Attachment 1
2019-2021 WANL Notional Budgets Only Attachment 2
2019-2021 WANL Income and Expenses Attachment 3
2019-2021 WANL Player Points System Attachment 4
2019-2021 WANL Judicial Process
2019-2021 WANL Home Game Manual
ASC Supporting Club Governance
Operational Plan Template
WANL Budget Template (Download through Dropbox)