1987 WAFL season

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1987 WAFL season
Teams 8
Premiers Claremont
(6th premiership)
Minor premiers Claremont
(6th minor premiership)
Bernie Naylor Medallist Todd Breman (Subiaco) (111)
Sandover Medal Mark Watson (Perth)
1986
1988

The 1987 WAFL season was the 103rd season of the West Australian Football League and its various incarnations. The season opened on 4 April and concluded on 19 September with the 1987 WAFL Grand Final contested between Claremont and Subiaco. The 1987 Sandover Medal was won by Mark Watson of Perth. This was the first season in which a Western Australia-based team, West Coast, was one of two interstate teams (along with the Gold Coast-based Brisbane Bears) to make their debut in the Victorian Football League (VFL).

Clubs[edit]

Club Coach Captain Best and fairest Leading goalkicker
Claremont Gerard Neesham Gerard Neesham Peter Thorne Warren Ralph (75)
East Fremantle Graham Melrose Brian Peake Brian Peake Clinton Browning (75)
East Perth Gerard McNeil Chris Allen George Giannakis Grant Campbell (28)
Perth Mal Brown Mick Rea Mark Watson Mick Rea (81)
South Fremantle Stan Magro Brad Collard Scott Watters Mark Jackson (45)
Subiaco Haydn Bunton, Jr. Neil Taylor Greg Wilkinson Todd Breman (111)
Swan Districts John Todd Brent Hutton Troy Ugle Kevin Caton (45)
West Perth Bruce Monteath Peter Menaglio Craig Nelson Paddy Madaffari (66)

Season[edit]

Round 1[edit]

Round 1
Saturday, 4 April Swan Districts 13.11 (89) def. West Perth 11.21 (87) Bassendean Oval (crowd: 2440)
Saturday, 4 April Claremont 17.9 (111) def. Perth 11.13 (79) Claremont Oval (crowd: 3330)
Sunday, 5 April East Perth 14.14 (98) def. by South Fremantle 19.15 (129) Rushton Park (crowd: 4547)
Sunday, 5 April Subiaco 14.15 (99) def. East Fremantle 18.21 (129) Subiaco Oval (crowd: 4376)
  • The effect of the entry of the West Coast Eagles to the Victorian Football League was seen by the WAFL in the total opening round attendance of 14693 being less than half of the opening round attendance in 1986 of 36499.


Round 2[edit]

Round 2
Friday, 10 April West Perth 16.12 (108) def. Claremont 14.13 (97) WACA Ground (crowd: 3478)
Saturday, 11 April Perth 11.9 (75) def. by South Fremantle 22.19 (151) WACA Ground (crowd: 2918)
Saturday, 11 April East Perth 10.9 (69) def. by Subiaco 27.19 (181) Perth Oval (crowd: 2637)
Saturday, 11 April East Fremantle 23.17 (155) def. Swan Districts 11.6 (72) East Fremantle Oval (crowd: 3069)
  • First ever official WAFL night match at the WACA Ground.


Round 3[edit]

Round 3
Saturday, 18 April South Fremantle 20.18 (138) def. West Perth 20.16 (136) Fremantle Oval (crowd: 4750)
Saturday, 18 April Perth 22.21 (153) def. East Perth 10.17 (77) WACA Ground (crowd: 2204)
Sunday, 19 April Claremont 12.14 (86) def. East Fremantle 11.14 (80) Mount Barker (crowd: 2556)
Monday, 20 April Swan Districts 13.20 (98) def. Subiaco 13.10 (88) Bassendean Oval (crowd: 4846)
  • First ever official WAFL game in Mt Barker.


Round 4[edit]

Round 4
Friday, 24 April Claremont 15.13 (103) def. Subiaco 12.16 (88) WACA Ground (crowd: 2726)
Saturday, 25 April East Perth 15.11 (101) def. by Swan Districts 19.20 (134) Perth Oval (crowd: 2523)
Sunday, 26 April West Perth 14.14 (98) def. by Perth 20.16 (136) Leederville Oval (crowd: 5262)
Monday, 27 April South Fremantle 14.8 (92) def. by East Fremantle 16.13 (109) Fremantle Oval (crowd: 13757)


Round 5[edit]

Round 5
Sunday, 29 March West Perth 16.20 (116) def. East Perth 12.14 (86) Subiaco Oval (crowd: 27500)
Friday, 1 May Perth 11.15 (81) def. by East Fremantle 17.22 (124) WACA Ground (crowd: 3262)
Saturday, 2 May South Fremantle 14.13 (97) def. by Subiaco 25.15 (165) Fremantle Oval (crowd: 4503)
Saturday, 2 May Claremont 22.26 (158) def. Swan Districts 8.11 (59) Claremont Oval (crowd: 3689)

The West Perth vs East Perth game was played as a double-header before the West Coast Eagles' opening round match


Round 6[edit]

Round 6
Saturday, 9 May Swan Districts 7.12 (54) def. South Fremantle 6.8 (44) Bassendean Oval (crowd: 2893)
Saturday, 9 May Subiaco 17.13 (115) def. Perth 12.10 (82) Subiaco Oval (crowd: 3184)
Saturday, 9 May Claremont 18.21 (129) def. East Perth 6.9 (45) Claremont Oval (crowd: 2012)
Saturday, 9 May East Fremantle 14.11 (95) def. West Perth 4.11 (35) East Fremantle Oval (crowd: 3324)


Round 7[edit]

Round 7
Saturday, 16 May West Perth 19.19 (133) def. Swan Districts 12.20 (92) Leederville Oval (crowd: 3495)
Saturday, 16 May East Perth 21.13 (139) def. South Fremantle 18.14 (122) Perth Oval (crowd: 3082)
Saturday, 16 May Perth 10.11 (71) def. by Claremont 23.20 (158) WACA Ground (crowd: 3241)
Saturday, 16 May East Fremantle 26.5 (161) def. Subiaco 14.15 (99) East Fremantle Oval (crowd: 4420)


Round 8[edit]

Round 8
Saturday, 23 May West Perth 17.8 (110) def. by Subiaco 24.16 (160) Leederville Oval (crowd: 4543)
Saturday, 23 May Swan Districts 20.18 (138) def. Perth 16.15 (111) Bassendean Oval (crowd: 4621)
Saturday, 23 May South Fremantle 14.11 (95) def. by Claremont 25.18 (168) Fremantle Oval (crowd: 4947)
Saturday, 23 May East Perth 10.10 (70) def. by East Fremantle 26.18 (174) Perth Oval (crowd: 2612)


Round 9[edit]

Round 9
Saturday, 30 May Perth 12.22 (94) def. by West Perth 15.20 (110) WACA Ground (crowd: 3407)
Saturday, 30 May East Perth 10.15 (75) def. by Swan Districts 15.15 (105) Subiaco Oval (crowd: 2891)
Saturday, 30 May Claremont 11.23 (89) drew with Subiaco 13.11 (89) Claremont Oval (crowd: 5067)
Saturday, 30 May East Fremantle 22.22 (154) def. South Fremantle 17.11 (113) East Fremantle Oval (crowd: 5913)
  • Claremont’s inaccuracy allows Subiaco to break its winning run with the second (and as of 2013 most recent) draw at Claremont Oval.[1]
  • It was Subiaco’s first draw since 1966, at the time the longest such sequence in the WA(N)FL though broken thrice since.[2]


Round 10[edit]

Round 10
Saturday, 6 June Subiaco 14.15 (99) def. Swan Districts 10.18 (78) Subiaco Oval (crowd: 2729)
Saturday, 6 June West Perth 37.17 (239) def. South Fremantle 4.5 (29) Leederville Oval (crowd: 2104)
Saturday, 6 June East Perth 16.9 (105) def. by Perth 16.10 (106) Perth Oval (crowd: 1430)
Saturday, 6 June East Fremantle 10.14 (74) def. by Claremont 13.13 (91) East Fremantle Oval (crowd: 3604)
  • West Perth equalled their highest-ever score set in Round 10, 1981. The 210-point margin was also the greatest in senior WA(N)FL history,[3] though exceeded in the under-age 1944 competition.
  • East Perth dominate for three quarters but 10.2 (62) by Perth in the third gives the Demons a thrilling win after being six goals down at half-time


Round 11[edit]

Round 11
Saturday, 13 June Subiaco 19.16 (130) def. East Perth 9.6 (59) Subiaco Oval (crowd: 3449)
Saturday, 13 June South Fremantle 14.16 (100) def. by Perth 24.14 (160) Fremantle Oval (crowd: 2424)
Saturday, 13 June Claremont 22.15 (147) def. West Perth 7.9 (51) Claremont Oval (crowd: 4933)
Saturday, 13 June Swan Districts 22.12 (144) def. East Fremantle 16.13 (109) Bassendean Oval (crowd: 3128)


Round 12[edit]

Round 12
Saturday, 20 June East Perth 8.19 (67) def. by West Perth 16.18 (114) Perth Oval (crowd: 2108)
Saturday, 20 June Swan Districts 7.15 (57) def. by Claremont 10.19 (79) Bassendean Oval (crowd: 3976)
Saturday, 20 June Subiaco 23.11 (149) def. South Fremantle 11.10 (76) Subiaco Oval (crowd: 2918)
Saturday, 20 June East Fremantle 15.13 (103) def. Perth 4.8 (32) East Fremantle Oval (crowd: 2812)


Round 13[edit]

Round 13
Saturday, 27 June Perth 9.8 (62) def. Subiaco 18.24 (142) WACA Ground (crowd: 2607)
Saturday, 27 June South Fremantle 17.11 (113) def. by Swan Districts 19.30 (144) Fremantle Oval (crowd: 2492)
Saturday, 27 June Claremont 26.20 (176) def. East Perth 10.9 (69) Subiaco Oval (crowd: 2442)
Saturday, 27 June West Perth 19.14 (128) def. East Fremantle 12.19 (91) Leederville Oval (crowd: 3405)

Brian Peake played his 250th game for East Fremantle.


Round 14[edit]

Round 14
Saturday, 4 July Subiaco 20.12 (132) def. West Perth 13.11 (89) Subiaco Oval (crowd: 5525)
Saturday, 4 July Claremont 21.10 (136) def. South Fremantle 20.14 (134) Claremont Oval (crowd: 3041)
Saturday, 4 July East Fremantle 30.12 (192) def. East Perth 17.10 (112) East Fremantle Oval (crowd: 2777)
Saturday, 4 July Perth 12.13 (85) def. by Swan Districts 15.25 (115) Kalgoorlie (crowd: 2774)


Round 15[edit]

Round 15
Saturday, 11 July Claremont 13.23 (101) def. Perth 13.9 (87) Claremont Oval (crowd: 2873)
Saturday, 11 July Swan Districts 15.16 (106) def. by West Perth 16.17 (113) Bassendean Oval (crowd: 4473)
Saturday, 11 July Subiaco 13.11 (89) def. by East Fremantle 20.18 (138) Subiaco Oval (crowd: 6718)
Saturday, 11 July South Fremantle 14.11 (95) def. by East Perth 19.15 (129) Fremantle Oval (crowd: 2738)

East Perth record only their second win for the season against fellow cellar-dwellers South Fremantle, leading by ten goals at the last change.


Round 16[edit]

Round 16
Saturday, 18 July Perth 20.17 (137) def. South Fremantle 16.13 (119) Subiaco Oval (crowd: 2772)
Saturday, 18 July East Perth 13.9 (87) def. by Subiaco 16.14 (110) Perth Oval (crowd: 3368)
Saturday, 18 July East Fremantle 15.15 (105) def. by Swan Districts 22.18 (150) WACA Ground (crowd: 5862)
Saturday, 18 July West Perth 11.11 (77) def. by Claremont 20.11 (131) Leederville Oval (crowd: 7906)


Round 17[edit]

Round 17
Saturday, 25 July Swan Districts 12.17 (89) def. by Subiaco 15.16 (106) Bassendean Oval (crowd: 5914)
Saturday, 25 July West Perth 13.17 (95) def. South Fremantle 10.13 (73) Subiaco Oval (crowd: 2665)
Saturday, 25 July Perth 17.11 (113) def. by East Perth 23.14 (152) WACA Ground (crowd: 2497)
Saturday, 25 July Claremont 25.8 (158) def. East Fremantle 17.10 (112) Claremont Oval (crowd: 5211)


Round 18[edit]

Round 18
Saturday, 1 August West Perth 15.13 (103) def. Perth 10.13 (73) Leederville Oval (crowd: 2725)
Saturday, 1 August East Fremantle 24.13 (157) def. South Fremantle 18.8 (116) East Fremantle Oval (crowd: 3952)
Saturday, 1 August East Perth 17.19 (121) def. by Swan Districts 25.16 (166) Perth Oval (crowd: 3092)
Saturday, 1 August Subiaco 14.7 (91) def. by Claremont 14.11 (95) Subiaco Oval (crowd: 6500)


Round 19[edit]

Round 19
Saturday, 8 August South Fremantle 14.11 (95) def. by West Perth 14.13 (97) Fremantle Oval (crowd: 2628)
Saturday, 8 August Perth 15.17 (107) def. by East Fremantle 16.9 (105) Subiaco Oval (crowd: 2063)
Saturday, 8 August Claremont 15.18 (108) def. Swan Districts 12.16 (88) Claremont Oval (crowd: 4732)
Saturday, 8 August West Perth 21.15 (141) def. East Perth 18.8 (116) Leederville Oval (crowd: 3414)


Round 20[edit]

Round 20
Saturday, 15 August Swan Districts 20.22 (142) def. South Fremantle 18.14 (122) Bassendean Oval (crowd: 3891)
Saturday, 15 August Subiaco 19.13 (127) def. Perth 10.8 (68) Subiaco Oval (crowd: 3498)
Saturday, 15 August East Perth 8.9 (57) def. by Claremont 33.28 (226) WACA Ground (crowd: 2469)
Saturday, 15 August East Fremantle 23.15 (153) def. West Perth 12.15 (87) East Fremantle Oval (crowd: 4813)


Round 21[edit]

Round 21
Saturday, 22 August West Perth 10.14 (74) def. by Subiaco 22.13 (145) Leederville Oval (crowd: 5132)
Saturday, 22 August Perth 17.9 (111) def. by Swan Districts 20.19 (139) WACA Ground (crowd: 4218)
Saturday, 22 August South Fremantle 12.12 (84) def. by Claremont 22.13 (145) Fremantle Oval (crowd: 3297)
Saturday, 22 August East Perth 17.17 (119) def. East Fremantle 12.7 (79) Perth Oval (crowd: 2211)
  • Todd Breman kicked ten goals for Subiaco, reaching 101 goals for the season.
  • Claremont achieve its nineteenth straight undefeated game and the best WA(N)FL home-and-away record since East Fremantle’s unbeaten season of 1946.[4]
  • South Fremantle lost their eighteenth straight game (after winning the opening three matches of the season) to take the wooden spoon for the first time since 1972 and the last to date.


Interstate Matches[edit]

Interstate Mataches
Tuesday, 16 June Western Australia 9.9 (63) def. by South Australia 18.16 (124) WACA Ground (crowd: 7200)
Tuesday, 22 July Western Australia 13.12 (92) def. by Victoria 16.20 (116) Subiaco Oval
  • The game against South Australia was the first night state game to be played in Perth.[5]
  • The game against Victoria was played under State of Origin rules, with Todd Breman the sole WAFL player to make the team.[5]


Ladder[edit]

1987 WAFL Ladder
TEAM P W L D PF PA  % PTS
1 Claremont 21 19 1 1 2692 1695 158.82 78
2 Subiaco 21 14 6 1 2491 1948 127.87 58
3 East Fremantle 21 13 8 0 2599 2080 124.95 52
4 Swan Districts 21 13 8 0 2259 2223 101.62 52
5 West Perth 21 11 10 0 2244 2250 99.73 44
6 Perth 21 6 15 0 2023 2473 81.80 24
7 East Perth 21 4 17 0 1953 2891 67.55 16
8 South Fremantle 21 3 18 0 2127 2828 75.21 12
Key: P = Played, W = Won, L = Lost, D = Drawn, PF = Points For, PA = Points Against

Finals series[edit]

Semi Finals[edit]

1st Semi Final
Saturday, 29 August East Fremantle 19.24 (138) def. Swan Districts 11.16 (82) Subiaco Oval (crowd: 14,872)
2nd Semi Final
Saturday, 5 September Claremont 19.11 (125) def. Subiaco 7.13 (55) Subiaco Oval (crowd: 16,877)


Preliminary Final[edit]

Preliminary Final
Saturday, 12 September Subiaco 17.14 (116) def. East Fremantle 11.12 (78) Subiaco Oval (crowd: 13,785)


Grand Final[edit]

Main article: 1987 WAFL Grand Final
1987 WAFL Grand Final
Saturday, 19 September Claremont def. Subiaco Subiaco Oval (Crowd: 32,340[6])
3.5 (23)
11.8 (74)
16.13 (109)
20.20 (140)
Q1
Q2
Q3
Final
2.2 (14)
4.3 (27)
6.8 (44)
10.9 (69)
Simpson Medal: Peter Thorne (Claremont)
Thorne , Pyke, Beers, Klemm, Sutherland, Ralph Best N. Taylor, Hutchinson, B. Taylor, Breman, Wilkinson, Willet


References[edit]

  1. ^ WAFL Footy Facts: Claremont Oval
  2. ^ WAFL Footy Facts:Most Games Between Successive Draws
  3. ^ WAFL Footy Facts: Game Records
  4. ^ WAFL Records: Best Home-and-Away Season
  5. ^ a b Poat, Peter & East, Alan. 1988 West Australian Football Register. pp. 30–31. 
  6. ^ Poat, Peter & East, Alan. 1988 West Australian Football Register. p. 126. 

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