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Round one

East Perth beat Peel in the WAFL/AFL derby at Rushton Park but it wasn’t a performance that suggested a Royal world domination. Interestingly “East Perth” players did the most damage for the Royals with Stephen Payne tireless in the midfield and kicking two goals in the tricky conditions, Craig Wulff was outstanding whether out on his own or on the bottom of packs where he likes it and Freddie Clutterbuck also kicked a couple of goals in a strong midfield effort. Jeremy McGovern was good in defence and Brant Colledge used the ball well.

Brendan Jones led the way for Peel, Josh Simpson showed great skill and endeavour, Anthony Morabito ran the game out well, Zac Clarke was good in the ruck and Alex Silvagni was solid in defence.

Peel had nothing on the bench in the second half but East Perth did not increase their half time lead.

East Perth 12.11 (83) Peel 9.10 (64)


The loudest message in round one came in the form of a whimper from Claremont. The Tigers were thrashed by Perth who kicked their biggest score in years. Matthew Moody kicked four goals for the Demons, young ruckman Mitch Leyendekkers had his best game at senior level and Gerald Ugle and Callum Collard showed talent.

Perth 19.10 (124) Claremont 9.5 (59)

Subiaco showed they’ve recruited well in an impressive victory at home over South Fremantle. The Bulldogs kicked 3.11 after half time and that didn’t help their endeavours. Rhys Waters kicked five goals, Wayde Twomey impressed in his first game as a Lion and Chris Phelan was brilliant.

Ashton Hams, Paul Hasleby’s pick for the Sandover Medal, was South’s best player and Marlon Pickett also impressed.

Subiaco 17.9 (11) South Fremantle 9.19 (73) 

East Fremantle got out to a big lead in the last quarter over West Perth at home but the Falcons flew home and finished just short. Brock O’Brien and Rory O’Brien were outstanding for the Sharks, Andrew Stephen put in his usual dependable display in defence and Brett Peake kicked three goals. Jay Van Berlo and Steven Browne led the way for West Perth.

East Fremantle 11.7 (73) West Perth 10.10 (70)

This week it’s South Fremantle vs Perth at Fremantle Oval on Friday night; West Perth vs Claremont at Joondalup; East Fremantle vs Subiaco in Geraldton and East Perth vs Swan Districts at Leederville 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. Looks like Subi were unfairly punished, kicking 17.9 for a score of 11 points. Are they playing modified rules or what? Thanks for the report Les. Cheers

  2. Bloody sub-editors. Always trying to inject controversy into stories.

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