1989 WAFL season

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1989 WAFL season
Teams 8
Premiers Claremont
(7th premiership)
Minor premiers Claremont
(8th minor premiership)
Matches played 89
Bernie Naylor Medallist Neil Lester-Smith (East Fremantle)
Sandover Medal Craig Edwards (South Fremantle)
1988
1990 (WASFL) →

The 1989 WAFL season was the one hundred and fifth season of senior football in Perth. It saw Claremont continue its dominance of the competition with a third successive minor premiership under Gerard Neesham, despite having lost most of their top players to the VFL, and their 1988 conquerors Subiaco fall to third last with a mere six wins - their worst performance since the dark days of 1983 when the club had been wooden spooners five times in eight seasons.

The season saw Perth return to Lathlain Park after the experiment of playing at their pre-1959 home of the WACA Ground was regarded as a financial failure. It also saw two experimental matches played in outer suburbs so that the WAFL could assess the possibility of relocating financially crippled Perth and West Perth to the Perth Hills and the growing northwestern corridor respectively.[1] The former move never occurred due to dissent within the committee, the latter did however five years subsequently.

Another first was the semi-finals double-header that was to become standard in the league during the 1990s. it was instigated due to the only senior finals tie since the 1938 Grand Final, with the first semi-final replay played with the second semi. (As with the AFL, WAFL/Westar semi- and preliminary finals have since 1991 been required to play extra time if drawn at full-time, though this has never actually occurred).

Home-and-away Season[edit]

Round 1[edit]

Round 1
Saturday, 8 April West Perth 13.12 (90) def. by South Fremantle 19.19 (133) Leederville Oval (crowd: 4300)
Saturday, 8 April Swan Districts 23.8 (146) def. Perth 16.9 (105) Bassendean Oval (crowd: 4100)
Saturday, 8 April Subiaco 5.14 (44) def. by Claremont 17.11 (113) Subiaco Oval (crowd: 5000)
Saturday, 8 April East Fremantle 23.17 (155) def. East Perth 9.10 (64) East Fremantle Oval (crowd: 4300)

Round 2[edit]

Round 2
Saturday, 15 April East Perth 10.11 (71) def. by Swan Districts 17.16 (118) WACA (crowd: 4267)
Saturday, 15 April Perth 9.14 (68) def. by Subiaco 15.17 (107) Lathlain Park (crowd: 4398)
Saturday, 15 April Claremont 15.23 (113) def. West Perth 10.11 (71) Claremont Oval (crowd: 3720)
Saturday, 15 April South Fremantle 16.19 (115) def. East Fremantle 13.19 (97) Fremantle Oval (crowd: 9358)

Round 3[edit]

Round 3
Saturday, 22 April West Perth 18.15 (123) def. East Perth 14.15 (99) Leederville Oval (crowd: 3440)
Saturday, 22 April Claremont 19.24 (138) def. Swan Districts 14.8 (92) Claremont Oval (crowd: 4200)
Saturday, 22 April Perth 13.19 (97) def. by East Fremantle 27.27 (189) Kelmscott (crowd: 3601)
Sunday, 23 April Subiaco 16.15 (111) def. by South Fremantle 17.15 (117) Kalgoorlie (crowd: 4000)

With Perth considering a move to the southeastern Perth Hills, the WAFL plays a game in Kelmscott.[1]


Round 4[edit]

Round 4
Saturday, 29 April West Perth 18.15 (123) def. Subiaco 10.13 (73) Wanneroo (crowd: 5007)
Saturday, 29 April South Fremantle 19.15 (129) def. Perth 12.12 (84) Fremantle Oval (crowd: 5257)
Saturday, 29 April East Perth 5.17 (47) def. by Claremont 19.26 (140) WACA (crowd: 3050)
Saturday, 29 April Swan Districts 17.12 (114) def. East Fremantle 13.14 (92) Bassendean Oval (crowd: 5100)

In an effort to assess a potential move by the Falcons to the northern suburbs,[2][3] a game is played in the rapidly developing Shire of Wanneroo. West Perth would move to Arena Joondalup for the 1994 season.


Round 5[edit]

Round 5
Saturday, 6 May Swan Districts 18.17 (125) def. Subiaco 16.13 (109) Bassendean Oval (crowd: 5695)
Saturday, 6 May Perth 22.17 (149) def. East Perth 11.8 (74) Lathlain Park (crowd: 3466)
Saturday, 6 May Claremont 17.18 (120) def. South Fremantle 15.10 (100) Albany (crowd: 4638)
Saturday, 6 May East Fremantle 19.14 (128) def. West Perth 14.19 (103) East Fremantle Oval (crowd: 4671)

Round 6[edit]

Round 6
Saturday, 13 May West Perth 15.24 (114) def. by Swan Districts 17.13 (115) Leederville Oval (crowd: 4403)
Saturday, 13 May South Fremantle 18.18 (126) def. East Perth 11.12 (78) Fremantle Oval (crowd: 3510)
Saturday, 13 May Claremont 18.25 (133) def. Perth 18.10 (118) Claremont Oval (crowd: 3309)
Saturday, 13 May Subiaco 18.14 (122) def. East Fremantle 16.14 (110) Subiaco Oval (crowd: 3780)

Round 7[edit]

Round 7
Saturday, 20 May Swan Districts 12.15 (87) def. by South Fremantle 17.10 (112) Bassendean Oval (crowd: 6352)
Saturday, 20 May Perth 9.20 (74) def. by West Perth 15.20 (110) Lathlain Park (crowd: 3158)
Saturday, 20 May East Perth 12.12 (84) def. Subiaco 11.13 (79) WACA (crowd: 2504)
Saturday, 20 May East Fremantle 4.11 (35) def. by Claremont 10.18 (78) East Fremantle Oval (crowd: 4168)

Round 8[edit]

Round 8
Saturday, 27 May South Fremantle 6.11 (47) def. by West Perth 12.15 (87) Fremantle Oval (crowd: 3682)
Saturday, 27 May Perth 11.13 (79) def. by Swan Districts 24.10 (154) Lathlain Park (crowd: 2616)
Saturday, 27 May Claremont 9.7 (61) def. by Subiaco 12.19 (91) Claremont Oval (crowd: 3015)
Saturday, 27 May East Perth 8.13 (61) def. by East Fremantle 14.29 (113) WACA (crowd: 2122)

Round 9 (Foundation Day)[edit]

Round 9
Saturday, 3 June Subiaco 13.14 (92) def. by Perth 14.12 (96) Subiaco Oval (crowd: 3561)
Saturday, 3 June West Perth 12.19 (91) def. by Claremont 27.9 (171) Leederville Oval (crowd: 5428)
Sunday, 4 June Swan Districts 12.13 (85) def. by East Perth 15.15 (105) Dampier Sports Ground (crowd: 3000)
Monday, 5 June East Fremantle 21.14 (140) def. South Fremantle 20.15 (135) East Fremantle Oval (crowd: 10000)

Clinton Browning kicked the Sharks’ winning goal in the last minute[4]

Round 10[edit]

Round 10
Saturday, 10 June South Fremantle 16.15 (111) def. Subiaco 7.9 (51) Fremantle Oval (crowd: 4278)
Saturday, 10 June East Perth 15.16 (106) def. West Perth 14.16 (100) WACA (crowd: 3403)
Saturday, 10 June Swan Districts 13.18 (96) def. by Claremont 22.12 (144) Bassendean Oval (crowd: 5126)
Saturday, 10 June Perth 13.10 (88) def. by East Fremantle 17.13 (115) Lathlain Park (crowd: 3178)

Round 11[edit]

Round 11
Saturday, 17 June Subiaco 8.16 (64) def. by West Perth 14.21 (105) Subiaco Oval (crowd: 3839)
Saturday, 17 June Perth 11.10 (76) def. by South Fremantle 18.18 (126) Lathlain Park (crowd: 3306)
Saturday, 17 June Claremont 21.11 (137) def. East Perth 17.13 (115) Claremont Oval (crowd: 3306)
Saturday, 17 June East Fremantle 20.16 (136) def. Swan Districts 16.10 (106) East Fremantle Oval (crowd: 4276)

Round 12[edit]

Round 12
Saturday, 24 June Swan Districts 14.17 (101) def. Subiaco 14.11 (95) Bassendean Oval (crowd: 3442)
Saturday, 24 June East Perth 17.16 (118) def. by Perth 19.8 (122) WACA (crowd: 3116)
Saturday, 24 June South Fremantle 16.13 (109) def. Claremont 11.14 (80) Fremantle Oval (crowd: 7,668)
Saturday, 24 June West Perth 15.13 (103) def. by East Fremantle 23.13 (151) Leederville Oval (crowd: 3890)

Round 13[edit]

Round 13
Saturday, 1 July Swan Districts 18.12 (120) def. West Perth 15.11 (101) Bassendean Oval (crowd: 4399)
Saturday, 1 July East Perth 11.11 (77) def. by South Fremantle 19.16 (130) WACA (crowd: 3398)
Saturday, 1 July Perth 12.8 (80) def. by Claremont 16.13 (109) Lathlain Park (crowd: 2633)
Saturday, 1 July East Fremantle 15.12 (102) def. Subiaco 14.14 (98) East Fremantle Oval (crowd: 3533)

Round 14[edit]

Round 14
Saturday, 8 July South Fremantle 14.10 (94) def. Swan Districts 14.7 (91) Fremantle Oval (crowd: 4683)
Saturday, 8 July West Perth 17.18 (120) def. Perth 16.11 (107) Leederville Oval (crowd: 2636)
Saturday, 8 July Subiaco 22.17 (149) def. East Perth 13.6 (84) Subiaco Oval (crowd: 2741)
Saturday, 8 July Claremont 16.13 (109) def. East Fremantle 11.17 (83) Claremont Oval (crowd: 4200)

Round 15[edit]

Round 15
Saturday, 15 July West Perth 11.14 (80) def. by South Fremantle 13.16 (94) Leederville Oval (crowd: 3748)
Saturday, 15 July Perth 22.6 (138) def. Swan Districts 9.9 (63) Lathlain Park (crowd: 3194)
Saturday, 15 July Subiaco 15.12 (102) def. Claremont 11.16 (82) Subiaco Oval (crowd: 3478)
Saturday, 15 July East Fremantle 20.19 (139) def. East Perth 12.12 (84) East Fremantle Oval (crowd: 2641)

Round 16[edit]

Round 16
Saturday, 22 July Swan Districts 21.13 (139) def. East Perth 12.14 (86) Bassendean Oval (crowd: 3031)
Saturday, 22 July Perth 18.19 (127) def. Subiaco 14.16 (100) Lathlain Park (crowd: 2684)
Saturday, 22 July Claremont 18.15 (123) def. West Perth 3.12 (30) Claremont Oval (crowd: 2405)
Saturday, 22 July South Fremantle 14.15 (99) def. by East Fremantle 20.6 (126) Fremantle Oval (crowd: 8,970)

West Perth are the first WA(N)FL team goalless at half-time since Swan Districts against South Fremantle in Round 15 of 1976.

Round 17[edit]

Round 17
Saturday, 29 July Subiaco 12.9 (81) def. by South Fremantle 13.14 (92) Subiaco Oval (crowd: 3465)
Saturday, 29 July East Perth 8.14 (62) def. by West Perth 16.10 (106) WACA (crowd: 2377)
Saturday, 29 July Claremont 13.12 (90) def. Swan Districts 9.15 (69) Claremont Oval (crowd: 3303)
Saturday, 29 July East Fremantle 27.15 (177) def. Perth 3.11 (29) East Fremantle Oval (crowd: 3458)

East Fremantle record their biggest win over Perth,[5] who kick the second-lowest score ever at East Fremantle Oval and the lowest since 1954.[6]

Round 18[edit]

Round 18
Saturday, 5 August West Perth 18.11 (119) def. Subiaco 13.10 (88) Leederville Oval (crowd: 2812)
Saturday, 5 August South Fremantle 20.8 (128) def. Perth 13.5 (83) Fremantle Oval (crowd: 3282)
Saturday, 5 August East Perth 17.14 (116) def. by Claremont 20.17 (137) WACA (crowd: 2165)
Saturday, 5 August Swan Districts 12.10 (82) def. by East Fremantle 14.21 (105) Bassendean Oval (crowd: 5441)

Round 19[edit]

Round 19
Saturday, 12 August Subiaco 15.10 (100) def. by Swan Districts 23.26 (164) Subiaco Oval (crowd: 3017)
Saturday, 12 August Perth 16.20 (116) def. East Perth 12.14 (86) Lathlain Park (crowd: 2225)
Saturday, 12 August Claremont 16.8 (104) def. South Fremantle 12.11 (83) Claremont Oval (crowd: 5514)
Saturday, 12 August East Fremantle 16.19 (115) def. by West Perth 20.10 (130) East Fremantle Oval (crowd: 3780)

Round 20[edit]

Round 20
Saturday, 19 August West Perth 16.17 (113) def. Swan Districts 12.16 (88) Leederville Oval (crowd: 7895)
Saturday, 19 August South Fremantle 21.14 (140) def. East Perth 7.4 (46) Fremantle Oval (crowd: 3149)
Saturday, 19 August Claremont 15.17 (107) def. Perth 7.15 (57) Claremont Oval (crowd: 2660)
Saturday, 19 August Subiaco 10.18 (78) def. by East Fremantle 21.10 (136) Subiaco Oval (crowd: 2800)

Round 21[edit]

Round 21
Saturday, 26 August Swan Districts 11.15 (81) def. by South Fremantle 17.14 (116) Bassendean Oval (crowd: 5739)
Saturday, 26 August West Perth 27.15 (177) def. Perth 10.15 (75) Leederville Oval (crowd: 4995)
Saturday, 26 August East Perth 12.17 (89) def. by Subiaco 20.17 (137) WACA (crowd: 1876)
Saturday, 26 August East Fremantle 13.17 (95) def. Claremont 12.15 (87) East Fremantle Oval (crowd: 6060)

Swan Districts fall out of the four for the only time all season as West Perth thrash Perth.

Ladder[edit]

1989 WAFL Ladder
TEAM P W L D PF PA  % PTS
1 Claremont 21 17 4 0 2376 1724 137.82% 68
2 South Fremantle 21 16 5 0 2336 1870 124.92% 64
3 East Fremantle 21 15 6 0 2539 1982 128.1% 60
4 West Perth 21 11 10 0 2196 2146 102.33% 44
5 Swan Districts 21 10 11 0 2236 2243 99.69% 40
6 Subiaco 21 6 15 0 1971 2209 89.23% 24
7 Perth 21 6 15 0 1968 2560 76.88% 24
8 East Perth 21 3 18 0 1752 2640 66.36% 12
Key: P = Played, W = Won, L = Lost, D = Drawn, PF = Points For, PA = Points Against

Finals[edit]

Semi Finals[edit]

First Semi-Final
Saturday, 2 September East Fremantle 16.14 (110) drew with West Perth 16.14 (110) Subiaco Oval (crowd: 15,656)

In his three hundredth game, Brian Peake goaled from 40 metres out to produce the first senior WAFL finals draw since the 1938 Grand Final.[4] As of 2013, it is East Fremantle’s only draw since 1974.[7]

Second Semi-Final
Saturday, 9 September Claremont 12.17 (89) def. by South Fremantle 16.9 (105) Subiaco Oval (crowd: 30,246)
First Semi-Final Replay
Saturday, 9 September East Fremantle 17.17 (119) def. West Perth 9.22 (76) Subiaco Oval (crowd: 30,246)

The replay was played as a double-header with the second semi-final, starting a tradition established in the WAFL during the 1990s.

Preliminary Final[edit]

Preliminary Final
Saturday, 16 September Claremont 17.14 (116) def. East Fremantle 12.13 (85) Subiaco Oval (crowd: 16,088)

Grand Final[edit]

Main article: 1989 WAFL Grand Final
1989 WAFL Grand Final
Saturday, 23 September South Fremantle def. by Claremont Subiaco Oval (Crowd: 38,193) [8]
0.2 (2)
1.6 (12)
5.7 (37)
5.9 (39)
Q1
Q2
Q3
Final
4.6 (30)
9.10 (64)
11.13 (79)
15.16 (106)
Simpson Medal: Ben Allan (Claremont)
Willie Rioli 2, Peter Matera, Geary, Macdonald Goals Brayshaw 5, Dale Kickett 3, Evans 3, Thorne 2, Mann, Allan
Edwards, Solin, Maskos, Nalder, Brad Collard Best Allan, Evans, Thorne, Neeshan, Scott, Hahn, Brayshaw

In a game expected to be close, Claremont record a crushing win via a superb defence and brilliant tagging. South Fremantle kick the lowest open-age WA(N)FL Grand Final score since 1934, with all their goals coming between the 28-minute mark of the second quarter and midway through the third. Neesham, who was superb in the packs,[8] and Warren Ralph retired as players after the game.


References[edit]

  1. ^ a b East, Alan (2005); From Redlegs to Demons : A History of the Perth Football Club from 1899; p. 165
  2. ^ Atkinson, Brian; It’s a Grand Old Flag: A History and Comprehensive Statistical Analysis of the West Perth Football Club 1885-2007; p. 151; ISBN 9781921361395
  3. ^ “WA Football 2000”; in Barker, Anthony J. Behind the Play: A History of Football in Western Australia; pp. 275-276 ISBN 0975242709
  4. ^ a b WAFL Match Program and Results 1989 (archived)
  5. ^ WAFL Footy Facts: East Fremantle Team v Team
  6. ^ WAFL Footy Facts: East Fremantle Oval
  7. ^ WAFL Footy Facts: Most Consecutive Games Between Successive Draws
  8. ^ a b Stocks, Gary; "Perfect Timing by Maestro Neesham"; in The West Australian; 25 September 1989; p. 110

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