WAFL – Tight results to start WAFL finals: Report by Les Everett


• Bulldog Brandon Donaldson get his kick away in the WAFL qualifying final at Fremantle Oval. Photos by Les Everett


The funny thing about the finals matches played in the WAFL over the weekend was the winners dominated play but just fell over the line.



• Another mark by Hayden Busher.


At Fremantle Oval the Tigers will rue their unproductive start… they got the first goal but missed a couple of chances before South Fremantle broke away. The Bulldogs got out to a  39-point lead early in the third quarter. Claremont kicked seven of the last nine goals and, while they didn’t really look like getting there, they nearly did. The Bulldogs defence was superb against an undermanned and at times insipid group of Tigers forwards. Blayne Wilson has never played better and Chad Pearson looks like a real prospect. Brock Higgins was strong in the ruck, Dylan Main did some good things, Haiden Schloithe was very effective early and Joshua Collard kicked a couple of nice goals. Hayden Busher kicked Claremont’s first goal and then did some great work in defence taking intercept marks and providing dash. Bailey Rogers put in another powerful display while Kane Mitchell and Jye Bolton kept running and getting the ball though Mitchell wasted it a bit.


South Fremantle 11.5 (71) Claremont 9.10 (64)


The weather at Joondalup on Sunday was horrible until the last quarter. West Coast dominated in most aspects of the game…especially missed shots for goal. Incredibly West Perth hit the front with a few minutes to go and missed a chance to seal it. Brady Grey found himself in hectares of soggy space with less than minute left and slotted the winner. Hamish Brayshaw was the best of the Eagles and big man Keegan Brooksby worked hard in the wet. Tyler Keitel, Rudy Riddoch and Blake Wilhelm were good for the Falcons who were lucky to get as close as they did and unlucky to lose. The game was the last for West Perth great Andrew Strijk.


West Coast 5.15 (45) West Perth 6.6 (42)


Next Sunday: First semi-final: Claremont vs West Coast (Claremont Oval).


Second semi-final: Subiaco vs South Fremantle (Leederville Oval)



• Impressive South Fremantle defender Chad Pearson.


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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. Bloody Eagles.

  2. Les, any news on the two Redlegs lads, Giro and Valente, both were drafted to the Dockers.

  3. Les Everett says

    Fisho… Giro did a knee early in the year and missed he rest of the season.
    Valente had groin and hamstring issues and didn’t play much. Roll on 2020 for those two.

    Peter_B… it’s a footy fairy tale that a team could come in a competition and make the finals in their first year. Everyone if the WAFL community is tickled pink by it…

  4. Went to Lathlain the week before to see if any Eagles WAFL players warranted a call up. Pleased to see it was still an East Freo home game despite the venue. Some people there in their Eagles scarves and hats cheering like mad. I thought “get a life”. Carn the grassroots.
    AFL seconds teams are very unbalanced. Eagles had 6 ruckmen playing that day. Must be how Aussies feel lining up for the Delhi Daredevils.

  5. Stefan Giro re a rookie will be interesting to see if the dockers give him another chance.Luke Valente v frustrating year will work his backside off to get his body ready,PB same sentiments re over here and Alex G played his role to perfection on Saturday

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