Top beats bottom in wonderful topsy turvy WAFL round

WAFL round 11

 THE WAFL fixtures are weird. So are some of the results. In round nine Peel played Claremont at home and lost by 76 points. In round 11 Claremont hosted Peel, it was top playing bottom, and lost by 14 points.

It was  the WAFL’s rivalry round and it didn’t disappoint.

Peel, in one of the best performances of their far from glittering history, scored seven goals to four in the last quarter after scores were level at the last break.

Matt Orzel had a good game against his old team, youngster Tom Sheriden was very impressive, Lee Spurr was effective and Peter Faulks was solid in defence. Matt Battye, Brad Holmes and Eddie Dann each kicked three goals for the Thunder. Ruckman Alistair Gillespie was outstanding for the Tigers, Luke Blackwell did his bit and Alroy Gilligan had his best game of the year.

Peel 14.14 (98) Claremont 11.18 84).

In the Sunday game Swan Districts were in control all afternoon and sealed things with eight goals to three in the last quarter to beat Perth by 46 points at Lathlain Park. Ashley Hansen kicked seven goals for Swans, Murray Newman kicked five and Marlon Motlop was in brilliant form. Alistair Smith, Ross Young and Leon Davis were good players for the Demons.

Swan Districts 22.12 (144) Perth 15.8 (98).

In the WA Day Fremantle derby the Sharks got over the Bulldogs by eight points in a thriller after scores were level 26 minutes into the last quarter. Cameron Sutcliffe looked classy for East Fremantle, Justin Monaco kicked five goals, Jack Perham got four. Richard Hadley and Rory O’Brien were strong in the midfield and forward Sean Henson was lively and dangerous. Andrew McCarrey was almost the match-winner for South. He kicked seven goals. Toby Bairstow’s hard running helped get his team back into the game, Ben Sanders kicked three goals and Adam McIntosh also ran hard. The crowd at Fremantle Oval was about 8000.

East Fremantle 16.14 (110) South Fremantle 15.12 (102).

But none of the above provided the highlight of the round. That happened at Arena Joondalup where the Perth derby was a draw. West Perth led by 34 points at half time but East Perth kicked six goals to two in the last quarter, took the lead, lost it and then a Josh Smith goal with seconds to go made it even. Smith finished with three goals, midfielders Freddie Clutterback and Craig Wulff led the comeback and Dylan Roberton kicked two goals in a solid effort. Andrew Stijk kicked four goals for the Falcons and Matthew Guadagnin and Mark Hutchings were good all day. Incredibly both teams had 333 disposals for the game. That’s even. Around 5000 turned up for the game.

West Perth 15.9 (99) East Perth 15.9 (99).

The ladder: Claremont 28; Swan Districts 28; East Perth 26; East Fremantle 24; West Perth 18; Subiaco 16′ South Fremantle 12; Peel 8; Perth 8.

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. Aren’t Peel a relatively new team Les?

    Which begs the question about traditional rivals and which spin doctor has the brilliant idea in the first place.

  2. Good observation Mr Ph.
    Peel came into the comp in 1997. They had their first win against Claremont so someone probably thought that was enough. Subiaco-Claremont makes more sense, there’s only one train stop between them.
    By the way the biggest home and away crowd ever in the WAFL was in a Perth derby at Leederville Oval… round 21 1978 when East Perth, coached by Barry Cable, won, jumped from fifth to second and went on the to win the premiership. 24,567 turned up to that game.

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