Almanac WAFL: Final round fizzer & Eyes on Freo for first finals

The ball eludes Liam Henry (Peel) & Aidan Clarke (Swan Districts0 at Rushton Park. Photo by Les Everett


WAFL Round 20

It was all set for a Sunday pre-finals elimination final with Peel and Swan Districts fighting for fifth spot in the last game of the qualifying rounds.


Swans kicked the first goal.

Thunder got the next 11.10.

Yeah… it wasn’t much of a contest.

Lloyd  Meek controlled the ruck and kicked three goals, Connor Blakely and Mitch Crowden were extraordinary at clearances, Sam Sturt kicked four first-half goals and Ethan Hughes, Nathan Wilson, Liam Henry and Karl Worner were damaging in what turned out to be a Peel romp. Jesse Turner, Aidan Clarke and Jarvis Pina battled away for the outclassed Swans who were great at home but lost away in 2022.

The other games went as expected. 

West Perth kicked nine goals to one in the second half to beat Subiaco. Tyler Keitel scored five goals and got reported. I don’t know what he did but I reckon the tribunal will come down hard and give him a reprimand. 

East Fremantle restricted East Perth to three goals at Leederville but only scored seven themselves. The midfield impressed again. It was the last game for Royals captain Jackson Ramsay.

The wonderfully named Steely Green starred for South Fremantle who put Perth out of their 2022 misery, and Claremont defeated West Coast by a thin margin in front of friends, relatives and Eagle-hanging-judges at Claremont Oval. Both finals will be played in Fremantle this weekend.

East Fremantle 7.11 (53) East Perth 3.14 (52)

Claremont 10.8 (68) West Coast 6.9 (45)

Peel 18.20 (128) Swan Districts 5.6 (36)

West Perth 13.11 (89) Subiaco 5.12 (42)

South Fremantle 14.8 (92) Perth 4.4 (28)

Ladder: West Perth 54; East Fremantle 52; Claremont 52; South Fremantle 50; Peel 44; Swan Districts 40; Subiaco 28; East Perth 24; Perth 12; West Coast 4.

Qualifying final: Saturday: East Fremantle vs Claremont (East Fremantle Oval).

Elimination final: Sunday: South Fremantle vs Peel (Fremantle Oval).


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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. Daryl Schramm says

    We’re Peel continuing/riding the high of the purple haze the night before? Disappointing for PB’s black swans by the looks.

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