Almanac Footy: WAFL statements by Les Everett



Job done Fremantle Oval. Photo by Les Everett



The biggest statement in Round five of the WAFL came from 2020 runners-up Claremont who came from a couple of goals down at quarter time to dump West Perth. The Tigers remain undefeated in 2021 under new coach Ashley Prescott. Jack Buller kicked five goals for the Tigers while Dylan Smallwood snuffed out dangerous Falcons forward Tyler Keitel.


I went down to Fremantle Oval and missed perhaps the most critical moment of the game. Subiaco players Rowan Powell and Max Walters collided in the first quarter and took no further part in the match. South Fremantle piled on seven goals in the second quarter to take complete control. However the Bulldog statement wasn’t all that emphatic. The 2020 premiers didn’t kick a goal in the last quarter and, in the end, the margin was just 18 points. Brock Higgins controlled the ruck and Haiden Schloithe was sensational on the ball.


At Leederville Oval, Swan Districts led East Perth 6.2 to a point at quarter time. The Royals spent most of the rest of the game in a brave chase and actually hit the front at one stage before the improved Swans rallied. Sam Fisher (Swan Districts) and Angus Scott (East Perth) were the stars.


Perth jumped the home side to lead by 30 points at quarter time at East Fremantle Oval and that was the margin when the final siren sounded. Brady Grey put in a powerful performance for the Demons.


Peel played West Coast in an off-Broadway derby curtain-raiser in front a crowd at Rushton Park on Sunday. Fremantle fans had smiles on their faces as Josh Treacy kicked five goals, Sam Sturt four, Stefan Giro ruled the midfield and youngster Joel Western again impressed. The real star though was Blair Bell who kicked six goals for the Thunder is a display of skill and strength. Peel have had two wins this year posting a club-record score both times. The new record is 24.12 (156).


The smiles disappeared from the masked faces of Freo fans later in the day when their team was somehow thrashed by one of the weakest line-ups West Coast has fielded in the past five years – maybe longer. It was expected the Eagles would come out snarling after the previous week’s humiliation at Kardinia Park. Instead they looked unsure as Fremantle dominated the early stages and kicked the first two goals.


However things changed as the Dockers invited their opponents into the game with characteristic fumbles, mis-directed kicks and other bits of ridiculousness. The invitation was accepted. And somewhere watching were the person or persons who emphatically declared five or six years ago that Tim Kelly wasn’t worthy of placement on the Fremantle Rookie list. I don’t think they’re still at Freo – maybe they’re at another club or working as an expert in the media.



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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. Peter_B says

    Very enjoyable weekend’s footy Les. Thanks for asking.
    I was at Leederville for my Swans and your Royals (your absence was noted). At quarter time I pronounced East Perth a rabble and Swans would win by 15 goals. They must have changed jumpers on me.
    The Royals dominated the second and third quarters. Other than appalling goal kicking they should have been 3 goals up at the last change. East Perth are tall and strong but not quick. When they applied physical pressure most Swans other than Sam Fisher folded. Something other coaches will be quick to note.
    Last quarter the Royals seemed to have spent all the pennies and Swans persisted and ran away in the last 15 minutes to win comfortably if not convincingly.
    As one Swan put it to me – at least it was a game we would have lost last season.
    South Freo, Claremont & Subiaco seem a cut above the rest. Swans have West Perth this week to see who is best of the rest.
    Sunday that bloody Docker premier McGowan ruined my fun by banning Eagles members from attending to dance on their grave. Only Mundy could hold his head high for the Anchormen. Had been impressed by Longmuir’s coaching but he erred badly setting up for a shootout with the Eagles in the midfield. Teams beat us when they lock down and apply physical pressure. Getting ahead of yourself?

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