WAFL Round 7: Barricades and brick walls by Les Everett



Co-author Sean Gorman, Mark Greenwood (one of 36 subjects) and Dennis Cometti who launched Derby by Gorman and David Whish Wilson.


IT’S big in WA during derby week but I had a very little footy weekend.
After taking in Fremantle CBC for a half in the WAAFL D-colts (they got up by a couple of points) I attended the launch of Derby by David Whish Wilson and Sean Gorman. The book, published by Fremantle Press, is a beauty. The launch was at Subiaco Oval and it was strange to be walking away as the crowd came in. From there it was off to Mt Lawley to see Kasey Chambers at the Astor Theatre. A quick check of the phone had informed me the game was over early and I was in need of boost – Chambers and band delivered. It was a mixed crowd in every sense; old like me, young like me, groovy like me and daggy like me. There were screaming girls, sing-a-longers, request demanders and at least one person was escorted out. Chambers has assembled a brilliant band that includes her dad Bill, and they are in hot form.


I didn’t wanna know anything about the derby and so imposed a media ban. They can say what they want, write what they want but they’re not getting through my barricades and brickwalls.


In the WAFL East Perth won the alignment derby and maybe exposed an issue with the Fremantle style – scoring. If it is an issue it’s pretty major but I’m sure they’re onto it. Kyle Anderson was good for the Royals, Patrick McGinnity was a welcome addition to the team and Tom Lamb kicked four goals. Leroy Jetta kicked four goals for Thunder and Sam Collins was good in defence.

East Perth 11.10 (76) Peel Thunder 5.13 (43) 


Ricky Cary kicked five goals and Taryce Stewart three for Swan Districts at Bassendean in a hard-fought victory over Claremont. Jack Bradshaw kicked four goals for the Tigers and Sandover Medallist Jye Bolton was in good touch.

Swan Districts 15.9 (99) Claremont 13.4 (82)


Former Swan Rudy Riddoch was the star with six goals in West Perth’s win over Perth at Joondalup. Shane Nelson was outstanding and Jay Van Berlo enjoyed his 150th game. Brennan Stack kicked seven goals for the Demons and Michael Sinclair again showed his value.

West Perth 15.19 (109) Perth 14.6 (90)



The ladder: South Fremantle 20; Subiaco 20; Swan Districts 20; West Perth 16; Claremont 12; Peel 8; East Perth 8; Perth 4; East Fremantle 0.


Next week: Swan Districts v Subiaco Bassendean Oval); Claremont v Peel (Fremantle Oval); East Fremantle v West Perth (East Fremantle Oval); Perth vs South Fremantle (Lathlain Park)

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. Peter_B says

    Les – who do you barrack for in the Alignment Derby? The long suffering faithful wife or the flighty young mistress?
    Swan Districts won again and my nephew was BOG in the Reserves (lost by a point – dammit).
    After quarter time – Kasey would have been much enjoyable than the AFL Derby – whether you were on the winning or losing side. Your (we’re not quite as bad as I feared) versus my (we’re not nearly as good as I hoped)??? Either way feels like kissing your own sister.

  2. Sean Gorman says

    Thanks for your support Les. glad you could turn up – unlike the Purps.

    Go Freo.

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