WAFL finals cooling down


We were hoping for a close WAFL finals series but it’s looking very much like a comfortable Claremont flag right now.

Last week’s semi finals were disappointing. A pair of 85-point thrashings. Then during the week came the news that Subiaco ruckman Michael Rix busted a knee in the first semi and won’t play again.

So this week’s preliminary final is between West Perth, with one win in six games, and Subiaco, in hot form but missing their most important player.

Claremont, at full strength, in form and fortified by their GF experience of 2010, will be waiting for the winner.

The preliminary final will be played at West Perth’s home ground Arena Joondalup on Sunday – the Falcons have lost their last three home games but did beat Subiaco there last time they met in round 15.

I’m tipping a western suburbs grand final – Claremont vs Subiaco – and that would mean a small crowd.

By the way, in pointing out some of the draft prospects in the WAFL last week I missed the best of the lot – Stephen Coniglio kicked four goals for Swan Districts in the grand final last year and won the 2011 Larke Medal. He’s decided to devote himself to footy rather than cricket – poor bugger will end up at GWS.

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 footyalmanac.com WAFL correspondent and uses the money he makes from that role to pay for his expensive websites australianrules.com.au and talkingfrankie.com and fund the extravagant Vin Maskell at scoreboardpressure.com


  1. Subiaco 8.8 (56) West Perth 5.11 (41)

  2. Wet and windy made it difficult for both sides today. But Claremont should win by 10 goals next week. Several classes above the rest. No Krakouer to deny them this year.

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