WAFL Round 2: Thunder records

• Smooth mover. Peel’s Joel Western. All photos by Les Everett.

Another Taylin Duman interception.


WAFL Round 2


Peel Thunder thrashed East Perth at Leederville Oval recording their highest score and biggest winning margin in the process. The Thunder started well and didn’t stop – they moved the ball well and made the most of scoring opportunities. Will Schofield had an extraordinary game disrupting East Perth’s expected advantage in the ruck. Taylin Duman (above) was brilliant in defence while Joel Western, Lachlan Cullen, Benjamin Hancock, Tyrone Thorne and Michael Randall all caught the eye. The Royals were tipped by some – well me – to be big improvers in 2021 but Peel exposed many shortcomings.


In the other games West Perth crushed West Coast with Aaron Black outstanding in his 200th game and Tyler Keitel kicking six goals.  A big last quarter took Subiaco to victory at East Fremantle Oval – Harry Marsh and Leigh Kitchen continued their excellent form. Swan Districts were too good for Perth with Sandover Medal winner Sam Fisher in hot form and Matt Riggio, who almost gave the game away at the end of last year, kicking four goals. New coach Ashley Prescott led Claremont to victory when the 2020 grand finalists met at Claremont Oval. Deposed captain Kane Mitchell kicked three goals in a best-on-ground performance.




Peel 24.10 (154) East Perth 7.7 (49)

West Perth 19.6 (120) West Coast 6.6 (42)

Subiaco 12.14 (86) East Fremantle 8.5 (53)

Claremont 17.6 (108) South Fremantle 13.14 (92)

Swan Districts 14.15 (99) Perth 6.13 (49)



The highlight of Round 3 should be the game at Pingelly Oval between South Fremantle and Peel. There are rumblings that Peel’s Fremantle-listed players won’t play in the game. Pingelly’s facilities are superior to all WAFL grounds.




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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. Les, does the WAFL use the new “stand” rule for the man on the mark?

  2. Les Everett says

    G’day Smokie: Yes with similar results – high scoring & players buggered.

  3. Lathlain under lights on a warm evening was great for the Swans game. We are the big improvers this year. Finals bound.
    Fisher looked even better than in his Sandover year. Lewis Jetta injured a calf. Old man’s injury (just like the rest of the Eagles list – Chris Masten looks and moves like a broken down draught horse for the Demons). Swans have got 2 handy Victorian recruits – Jones & Palmer – after Fisher & Anderson last season. VFL players wanting reliable work and game opportunities. Palmer is a medium sized forward who moves and kicks well – good hands. Jones was recruited as a key defender – but went to full forward after an early knock restricted his mobility. Provided the marking target which is our main structural deficiency. Be interesting to see where Pickering plays him in coming weeks. I’d keep him forward. Nephew Brandon Erceg had a career best game marking everything in defence. Happy days.
    Needed it badly as an Eagles antidote Saturday night.

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