Almanac Footy: WAFL Round 19 – Swans, Sharks, Dockers turn back the clock by Les Everett


          Bassendean Oval. Photos by Les Everet


In a big weekend of footy in the West there were a few nods to the past:


• At Bassendean Oval Swan Districts celebrated the 1961 premiership. As part of the fun the umpires dressed in 1960s – and I swear they did look great (as Bob Dylan kinda said in Joey).


• East Fremantle pulled off the kind of result that was customary back when they were good.


• Fremantle won a derby.



                     Old style cheer squad



Despite a couple of flutters from the Royals the home town controlled proceedings at Bassendean. Brayden Noble was a strong presence in attack and kicked three goals for the Swans, Jesse Turner was active in the midfield and Aidan Clarke scored four goals. Rohan Kerr was everywhere for East Perth and Ben McGuire kicked three goals.



Swan Districts 14.11 (95) East Perth 8.6 (54)



Things were going to script when top team Subiaco established a 27-point lead over East Fremantle during the second quarter. Things changed. The Sharks took over completely and scored 12 goals to three in the second half. The return of Hugh Dixon (three goals) allowed Jon Marsh to spend a bit more time on the ball as well as carrying out duties in attack where he kicked three goals. Kyle Baskerville, Luke Strnadica and youngster Finn Gorringe also put in powerful performances.



East Fremantle 16.12 (108) Subiaco 9.10 (64)



With Claremont in form and most of Perth’s players in the sick room most predicted a big Tiger win at Lathlain Park. But the Demons put in one of their best efforts for the year and for a while the upset seemed possible. Bailey Rogers was a strong performer for Claremont, Timm House kicked three goals and organised the forward line, and while Jye Bolton was kept away from the ball by tagger Brodie Gray, he managed three vital goals. Conor McPartland was good for Perth.



Claremont 11.10 (76) Perth 10.8 (68)



Up at Joondalup on Sunday West Perth was far too good for a West Coast line up that included a dozen AFL listed players. The Eagles were 1.3 (9) at three quarter time. Tyler Keitel kicked seven goals for the Falcons while the midfield dynamos Shane Nelson and Aaron Black were unstoppable.



West Perth 16.10 (106) West Coast 5.5 (35)



To properly acknowledge David Mundy and the retiring Stephen Hill, Fremantle just needed to win the derby. There were some mighty efforts by Dockers but let me tell you about one – Mitch Crowden. In 15 games this year Crowden has had 12 or fewer disposals 10 times. In the derby he had 11 in the last quarter and was a vital part of Caleb Serong’s incredible goal-of-the-year (contender). What does it all mean? Dunno.



Ladder: Subiaco 48; South Fremantle 44; Claremont 44; West Perth 40; Swan Districts 40; East Fremantle 24; East Perth 24; Peel 16; Perth 16; West Coast 16.



Round 20: Saturday: East Perth v East Fremantle; Peel vs West Coast. Sunday: West Perth v South Fremantle.




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About Les Everett

A Footy Almanac veteran, Les Everett is the author of Gravel Rash: 100 Years of Goldfields Football and Fremantle Dockers: An Illustrated History. He is the WAFL correspondent and uses the money he makes from that role to pay for his expensive websites and and fund the extravagant Vin Maskell at


  1. Great day at Bassendean on Saturday. Umpires looking like strict priests in their virtuous white & fundamentalist black sox. Lime cordial strip undermines credibility.
    East Perth contributed by reprising their 1961 performance. Many thanks.
    As for Sunday. The first quarter was like watching the ramshackle Taliban overwhelm Kabul. Where were the tanks & rocket launchers the Eagles invested so much in?
    Heart trumps talent. Longmire is an excellent motivator and strategist. His troops follow orders. Simpson is General Haig at the Somme.
    Sean Darcy is a ripper. Nic and Sandi’s love child?

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