Almanac WAFL: Gap? What gap


Last week we showed the footy artwork at Northampton but in was missing one player. Here they all are: Patrick Cripps, Jamie Cripps, Liam Anthony, Harry Taylor, Josh Kennedy, Paul Hasleby, Taryn Lockyer, Daniel Chick & Andrew Lockyer. Photo by Les Everett



WAFL Round 4


Last week we mentioned the importance of round four for Subiaco, Swan Districts and Perth. Well they all won – by margins of one point, nine points and one point – and so the ladder has bunched up with only the Eagles looking to be without hope.


West Perth went to the top of the ladder with a victory over South Fremantle; a volley by Max Walters with seconds to go gave Subi their first win of the season and Perth hung on to beat Peel with Sam Stubbs kicking four goals. Neil Erasmus did something that’s crept in this year – he lined up for Peel after playing part of the last quarter for Fremantle night before. Bailey Banfield and Jake Waterman have done the same thing. I can’t recall it happening in the past.


I watched the game from Bassendean on TV. It always seemed Claremont would take over but Swans kept at it and some bold play and fantastic high marking in defence were rewarded. Jesse Turner was powerful in the midfield, Tony Notte and Nathan Ireland stopped attacks with their marking in the back line while Chris Jones kicked five goals. Lachlan Martinis provided run from defence for the Tigers, Ryan Lim probably ensured himself a spot in the WAFL team and Jye Bolton is again a talking point for 1. gaining 51 disposals; 2. not being in the WAFL squad.


The WAFL will play the SANFL at Perth Stadium on Sunday as a curtain raiser to the AFL blockbuster between the top and bottom teams.


Round four continues with East Fremantle playing West Coast at East Fremantle Oval*. The game was postponed for a week because West Coast didn’t have enough players.


Swan Districts 11.14 (80) Claremont 10.11 (71)

Subiaco 12.12 (84) East Perth 12.11 (83)

Perth 13.10 (88) Peel 13.9 (87)

West Perth 9.9 (63) South Fremantle 8.7 (55)


Ladder: West Perth 12; Claremont 12; South Fremantle 8; East Perth 8; Peel 8; Swan Districts 8; East Fremantle 8; Perth 8; Subiaco 4; West Coast 0.



* And speaking of Northampton. Most WAFL grounds have commercial names these days, they change regularly and it’s hard to know where they are. If you used the WAFL app as your guide you might end up a long way from the game at East Fremantle Oval on Saturday.

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. Rulebook says

    Les rule changed allowing the afl player who was the sub eligible to play in state leagues in that round

  2. I’m playing golf Sunday morning and then heading to Optus. Will miss the WAFL v SANFL State game curtain raiser and see the Eagles ritual slaughter. Dees would win by 200 points if they didn’t lose interest after 100.
    Think I got my priorities wrong.
    What a stupid idea having the State game as a curtain raiser. Why would any Freo fan or independent who loves the WAFL want to pay $75 for a seat to watch the AFL rubbish that follows?
    I would feel the same if it was a Dockers game, even though you are putting on more worthwhile engagement this year.

  3. 1. Thanks Rulebook. That’s what you’re here for.

    2. Peter_B. Arguments I’ve heard are that 1. the State game wouldn’t attract much of a crowd. 2. it’s nice for the players to play at Perth Stadium. Turns out they would have had the day to themselves as Freo and WCE are both playing on Sunday. And I recall a couple of well attended games at Freo & Leederville (the one where Lewis Jetta turned it on when he was about 12). Bassendean would be a good venue too, I reckon. Might be a few Freo fans there… just for the fun to follow.

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