Almanac WAFL: First WAFL Grand Final for Peel


Peel’s Darcy Tucker amazed everyone with this mark close to goal. Photos by Les Everett.


Peel Thunder took control of the preliminary final early and simply didn’t let a plucky South Fremantle back into it.


After Peel kicked the first three goals South steadied and by quarter time had got back into the game and the feeling by the first break was that not much damage had been done. However, with their midfield right on top, Thunder scored 5.5 to a point in the second quarter and effectively put the game to bed. Peel’s pressure, dominance at clearances and run were quite irresistible.



Blair Bell slams through a goal.


The Bulldogs fought back int the third quarter and were within reach at the last break but early last quarter goals from Thunder ended the contest. Brilliant late goals from Brock Higgins and Steven Edwards gave the local crowd something to cheer about.


Harley Balic


Connor Blakely played the game of his short career winning the ball in close and on the outside and using it well, Matt De Boer was solid again and has worked hard on his kicking, Josh DeLuca put in another polished performance, Harley Balic displayed good evasive skills at half back, Zac Clarke was prominent in the ruck, Tendai Mzungu’s running and ball handling were useful, Rory O’Brien, who kicked two important goals in the second quarter, Nic Suban and Darcy Tucker were also effective in the midfield while Blair Bell kicked two goals in a typically tough performance.


Marlion Pickett gave further evidence of his versatility with good work in defence and he then led the third-quarter fightback when he went into the ruck, Shane Hockey stood up well in the midfield, Jason Maskos had a difficult job in defence and did it well, Tim Kelly did some good things at clearances, Higgins battled away against the odds in the ruck and Edwards kicked three goals.


Peel Thunder 16.13?(109) South Fremantle 10.10?(70)

In the grand final on Sunday Peel will meet Subiaco at Subiaco Oval.

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. David Zampatti says

    Good call, Les.

    Out of curiosity, what do you make of Matt de Boer’s future? There seems to be a universal opinion that he’ll be traded/delisted, but I think it’s a waste of a model citizen who, even if he only plays for Peel, can do Freo a lot of good as a mentor/example to the young guys. And, at only 26, hard as nails, pretty much guaranteed to give you the most tackles of anyone on the ground, not without skills, who’s to say he might fit perfectly into a game plan down the track.

  2. He seems to play the same way whether he’s getting a game in the AFL or not – he did well for Freo in the last game of the year. I’d definitely keep him.

  3. Mick Jeffrey says

    So how many non AFL listed players (i.e. Peel listed players) will actually be a part of this potential flag winning team?

  4. There were five on Sunday… probably the same in the GF.

    Some of the other 17 won’t be AFL listed players in about a week’s time.

    The rules will change next season. But if Peel happen to snare a flag I’ll be happy for them. Subi have their own advantage$.

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