Almanac Footy – WAFL Round 9: Ladder shuffle

Out of reach at Fremantle Oval. [Source: Les Everett]


WAFL Round 9


West Perth has returned to the top of the WAFL ladder and Subiaco is within sight of the five at the half-way stage of a very interesting season.


In the early game played as an AFL curtain raiser at Perth Stadium, West Coast gave a hint that things might be turning around. The Eagles matched the Lions for the final three quarters and even kicked three goals in the last. Liam Hickmott was active and effective for Subiaco, Ryan Borchet kicked five goals and Max Walters used the ball well. Josh Rotham enjoyed a run in the ruck and helped West Coast win a number of clean clearances while Ethan Hansen played his best game at WAFL level.


Perth began well at Fremantle Oval but six goals to none in the second quarter by the home team put the game to bed early. It was interesting to observe that five of those goals came from free kicks. ‘Learn to tackle mate,’ a helpful South fan yelled at one stage. Toby McQuilkan impressed again, Haiden Schloithe was at his effective best and Jarrad Doney kicked two goals in a strong effort. Jack Avery marked well and provided some spark for the Demons. Injury has slowed the progress of Dylan Main who finally played his 100th game for the Bulldogs.


It was tight all day at the WACA but Claremont kicked four goals to one in the last quarter to knock East Fremantle off the top of the ladder. Tyron Smallwood kicked four goals for Claremont and Jye Bolton was there when needed. Jon Marsh kicked three goals for the Sharks.


Aaron Black led the way for West Perth who recorded a three-goal win over the plucky Swans at Joondalup. Mitch Antonio kicked three goals for the Falcons and Jesse Palmer and Sam Fisher were good for the visitors.


Liam Henry gave a timely reminder of his skills in Peel’s big win over East Perth at Mandurah. Joel Western and Guy Barnes each kicked four goals and Matt Taberner kicked three in a successful return to the field. It was the 100th game for the versatile Blair Bell one of the best one-on-one players in the competition over the past six seasons. Tom Medhat kicked three goals for the Royals.


East Perth did what the rules allowed and denied AFL mid-season draftee Sebit Kuek permission to play in the league game against his old team. He played reserves and kicked the sealer.




East Fremantle 11.13 (79) d by Claremont 14.11 (95) 

South Fremantle 12.12 (84) d Perth 6.9 (45)

West Coast 8.14 (62) d by Subiaco 14.6 (90)

West Perth 10.8 (68) d Swan Districts 7.8 (50)

Peel 18.9 (117) d East Perth 7.10 (52)




West Perth 28

Claremont 28

South Fremantle 24

East Fremantle 24

Peel 20

Swan Districts 20

Subiaco 16

East Perth 12

Perth 8

West Coast 0



Round 10

East Fremantle v Peel

Perth v West Perth

West Coast v South Fremantle

Swan Districts v Subiaco

East Perth v Claremont



South Fremantle’s Haiden Schloithe [Source: Les Everett]



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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. The strong swirling wind inside the oval bowl at Joondalup seemed to be the demise of Swan Districts. West Perth were way too strong around the clearances and they play a lead up, chip, possession game suited to the conditions. Swans have a big game this weekend against Subiaco to stay ahead of 50:50.
    Only Perth and West Coast are struggling this season, and there is likely to only be a couple of games between 1st and 8th at season’s end. 3 good sides will miss out on finals so Swans can’t afford to lose 2 in a row. Carna Black Ducks.

  2. Daryl Schramm says

    The classic 8 point game coming up eh PB?

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