WAFL Round 5: Peel arrive, Perth off the mark

All the away teams won in round five of the WAFL and the competition is full of interest. Historians are checking as we speak to see if Peel have ever been second on the ladder before. I haven’t checked… but they haven’t.

At Leederville the AFL-aligned clubs met and early in the game Peel looked like the team few have grown to love. They kicked to an empty forward line in the first quarter and scored eight behinds before their first goal came in the second. Then it all changed as the Thunder took total control with Tendai Mzungu, Connor Blakely and Brendon Jones providing continuous drive from the midfield. Defenders Alex Pearce, Joshua Mathers and Brady Grey were inspirational players. Brant Colledge was again impressive for East Perth along with Brendan Lee, Callum Hart and young defender Tom Barrass. The Royals were unable to celebrate Craig Wulff’s 250th game with a victory.

Peel 9.16 (70) East Perth 7.5 (47)

At the Showgrounds Perth won the clash of the winless. Former Swan Brett Wolfenden kicked three goals and provided plenty of drive for the Demons, Jared Bell played strongly and Liam McKenna and Dene White again impressed in the midfield. Tom Ledger again played well for the Tigers and Jack Bradshaw kicked four goals.

Perth 11.9 (75) Claremont 10.6 (66)

Out at Bassendean boom recruit George Hampson kicked five goals in an important win for East Fremantle. Liam Anthony and Jamie McNamara dominated the midfield and big man Robbie Young was influential. Rudy Riddoch kicked four goals in an impressive effort for Swans and Matt Riggio put in another good game.

East Fremantle 16.7 (103) Swan Districts 10.12 (72)

In a round of statements Subiaco roared loudest down at Fremantle Oval. The Lions had sorted things by three quarter time and then kicked 10 in the last quarter. Brett Robinson, another former Swan, played his best game for the Lions, Brad Stevenson and Shane Yarran each kicked six goals and Rhys Waters got four while Chris Phelan again played well. Tim Kelly and Ashton Hams were the best Bulldogs.

Subiaco 24.13 (157) South Fremantle 10.8 (68)

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. The WAFL has no clear patterns this season. Every team except Claremont and Perth (who are certainly improving) can lay claim to best team status depending on the week. Should make for an in intriguing season, but I can’t even use yesterday’s WAFL round for solace.
    My Swans lost and the Peel Dockers beat the East Perth Eagles. I hope they’re not omens.
    Curse you Purple Baron.

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