WAFL Round 13: East Perth continue unbeaten run

By Les Everett

EAST PERTH’S unbeaten run is now nine games but in round 13 they did it with a little less  frenzy. Boasting a ruck battery a number of AFL clubs would trade for the Royals came up against a weakened South Fremantle and put the game to bed in the first quarter. The 59-point final margin would have been far greater if not for some terrible kicking for goal in a second half that produced 6.11.

Ruckmen Paul Johnson and Zac Clarke were outstanding for the winners as were cool young defender Marcus White, full back Luke Sampey and  midfielders Craig Wulff and Garry Moss while Anthony Kyanga kicked three goals in the first quarter and continued to worry the Bulldogs with his pace. Kris Miller battled hard for  South Fremantle, defender Brendon Gulley did some good things and Matthew Olivieri was impressive on debut.

East Perth 16.21 (117) South Fremantle 10.19 (79).


Peel were thrashed at home by Swan Districts and responded by sacking coach Trevor Williams. Ashley Hansen kicked 11 goals for Swans and Tim Geappen kicked six, all in the third quarter. Captain Brendan Jones did the right thing by his coach with a tireless display for the Thunder who now enter another crisis.

Swan Districts 27.15 (177) Peel 12.14 (86).


Subiaco ended a run of six losses by beating the team they always beat – East Fremantle at East Fremantle. The Lions led by 32 points at three quarter time and held on to win by just six as the Sharks piled on 4.9 to 1.1 in the last quarter. Youngster Rhys Waters kicked four goals and did lots more in the best game of his  short career, Jack Anthony was inspirational in defence, Clancy Wheeler had a great game while George Hampson and Jason Bristow were midfield winners. Mark McGough’s stoppage work was good all day and dragged his team back into the game, Richard Hadley was effective, Rob Young kicked three good goals, Rory O’Brien was also important in the comeback and Kieren King showed plenty of dash.

Subiaco 13.7 (85) East Fremantle 10.19 (79).


West Perth went to Lathlain Park expecting trouble from the improved Perth and a big crowd turned up too. The Demons let their supporters down. The Falcons led by 24 points at quarter time, the Demons rallied in the second quarter but kicked 1.7 and were never any trouble in the second half. Defenders Dion Fleay and Michael Pettigrew led the way for West Perth along with impressive young player Shane Nelson and ruckman Chris Keunen. As usual Ross Young was excellent for Perth and Nick Kane had his best game for the club.

West Perth 16.10 (106) Perth 8.16 (64).

The ladder: Swan Districts 36; East Perth 34; Claremont 28; East Fremantle 28; West Perth 22; Subiaco 20; South Fremantle 12; Perth 12; Peel 12.

Next Saturday it’s a top of the table meeting at Bassendean between Swan Districts and East Perth.

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. Dennis Gedling says

    Might head around the corner to watch Swans v the old enemy on Saturday. It’s a big shame that it’s on the same day as the biggest home and away AFL game of the season thus far. The 1985 WAFL Grand Final and the odd Foundation Day Derby at Freo Oval are the only WAFL games I’ve ever been to as a neutral.

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