List of West Australian Football League premiers

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This is a list of the West Australian Football League premiers, the premier state based Australian rules football league in Western Australia, and includes premiers of the Western Australian Football Association (1885–1907), Western Australian National Football League (1931–1979), WA State League (1990) and Westar Rules (1997–2000).

Premiers[edit]

In 1967, WAFL football historian Dave Clement discovered a discrepancy between the official premiership list as published by the league and what he had determined from examination of records from the time. The original list has Fremantle winning six of the first seven premierships. However, documentation was found that the Unions club had won three premierships in succession.[1] The discrepancy was not officially acknowledged and fixed until the League's centenary in 1985.[2]

In the early years, a number of cups were awarded to clubs who won the premiership, including the "Dixson Cup"[1] and the "Farley Cup"[3]

Prior to 1931, premierships were either awarded to the team leading the ladder or who won a final. If the top team lost the final, then they had the right to call for a challenge match to be played the following week to determine the premiership. In 1931 the system changed to the Page finals system where the top two teams play in the second semi final, with the loser having a second chance and the winner progressing straight to the Grand Final. The winner of the third and fourth placed teams who played in the first semi final play the loser of the second semi final in the preliminary final.[4]

Western Australian Football Association (1885–1907)[edit]

Season Premiers

Runners Up

Score

Captain Coach

Best on Ground

Venue

Attendance

Umpire(s)

1885 Rovers
1886 Fremantle
1887 Unions
1888 Unions
1889 Unions
1890 Fremantle
1891 Rovers
1892 Fremantle
1893 Fremantle
1894 Fremantle
1895 Fremantle
1896 Fremantle
1897 West Perth
1898 Fremantle
1899 West Perth East Fremantle
1900 East Fremantle
1901 West Perth East Fremantle
1902 East Fremantle
1903 East Fremantle
1904 East Fremantle 12.11 (83) - 3.7 (25)
1905 West Perth East Fremantle 4.7 (31) - 3.9 (27)
1906 East Fremantle 12.3 (75) - 5.6 (36)
1907 West Perth East Fremantle 6.6 (42) - 5.11 (41)

West Australian Football League (1908–1930)[edit]

Season Premiers Runners Up Score Captain

Coach

Best on Ground Venue Attendance Umpire(s)
1908 East Fremantle Perth 5.7 (37) – 0.8 (8) Fremantle Oval I Crapp
1909 East Fremantle Perth 8.8 (56) – 4.6 (30) WACA Ground I Crapp
1910 East Fremantle East Perth 5.5 (35) – 2.10 (22) Fremantle Oval I Crapp
1911 East Fremantle West Perth 14.12 (96) – 7.3 (45) Subiaco Oval I Crapp
1912 Subiaco East Fremantle 5.8 (38) – 4.5 (29) Perth Oval 4,000 I Crapp
1913 Subiaco Perth 6.7 (43) – 4.7 (31) WACA Ground 10,000 I Crapp
1914 East Fremantle South Fremantle 5.13 (43) – 3.6 (24) Subiaco Oval I Crapp
1915 Subiaco Perth 3.3 (21) – 2.7 (19) Perth Oval B Orr
1916 South Fremantle East Fremantle 7.12 (54) – 5.5 (35) WACA Ground Craig
1917 South Fremantle East Fremantle 6.5 (41) – 3.8 (26) WACA Ground Craig
1918 East Fremantle East Perth 11.8 (74) – 8.5 (53) Subiaco Oval 8,000 I Crapp
1919 East Perth East Fremantle 10.8 (68) – 7.4 (46) WACA Ground Cooper
1920 East Perth East Fremantle 6.16 (52) – 4.6 (30) WACA Ground 12,000 Collins
1921 East Perth East Fremantle 5.9 (39) – 4.8 (32) Subiaco Oval Isaachsen
1922 East Perth West Perth 7.13 (55) – 5.9 (39) Subiaco Oval 12,721 F O'Connor
1923 East Perth East Fremantle 9.9 (63) – 7.4 (46) Subiaco Oval 16,371 F O'Connor
1924 Subiaco East Fremantle 7.9 (51) – 3.6 (24) Perth Oval 10,519 Brack
1925 East Fremantle Subiaco 10.10 (70) – 6.7 (43) Perth Oval 15,112 F O'Connor
1926 East Perth Subiaco 11.19 (85) – 5.5 (35) WACA Ground F O'Connor
1927 East Perth South Fremantle 10.12 (72) – 7.9 (51) Subiaco Oval F O'Connor
1928 East Fremantle East Perth 10.13 (73) – 8.8 (56) Subiaco Oval F O'Connor
1929 East Fremantle South Fremantle 8.22 (70) – 5.9 (39) Subiaco Oval 11,021 P Trotter
1930 East Fremantle South Fremantle 12.15 (87) – 9.11 (65) Subiaco Oval F Collins

Western Australian National Football League (1931–1979)[edit]

Season Premiers Runners Up Score Captain Coach Simpson Medal Venue Attendance Umpire(s)
1931 East Fremantle Subiaco 9.13 (67) – 7.7 (49) Juda Bee Barney Sheedy N/A Subiaco Oval 10,859 F O'Connor
1932 West Perth East Perth 18.9 (117) – 11.8 (74) Jack Cashman Jack Cashman N/A Subiaco Oval 14,182 T Campbell
1933 East Fremantle Subiaco 10.13 (73) – 7.7 (49) Jerry Dolan Jerry Dolan N/A Subiaco Oval 15,919 F Collins
1934 West Perth East Fremantle 11.7 (73) – 5.9 (39) Don Marinko, Sr. Johnny Leonard N/A Perth Oval 10,464 G Gannon
1935 West Perth Subiaco 11.8 (74) – 7.9 (51) Don Marinko, Sr. Johnny Leonard N/A Perth Oval 19,154 G Owens
1936 East Perth Claremont 11.5 (71) – 9.6 (60) Mick Cronin Jerry Dolan N/A Subiaco Oval 20.874 Sparrow
1937 East Fremantle Claremont 14.13 (97) – 13.9 (87) Ross Hutchinson Ross Hutchinson N/A Subiaco Oval 16,460 Owens
1938 Claremont East Fremantle 14.17 (101) – 11.13 (79) George Moloney Johnny Leonard N/A Subiaco Oval
1939 Claremont East Fremantle 14.11 (95) – 11.10 (76) George Moloney Johnny Leonard N/A Subiaco Oval 19,193 G Owens
1940 Claremont South Fremantle 13.13 (91) – 9.20 (74) George Moloney Johnny Leonard N/A Subiaco Oval 19,876 F Ryan
1941 West Perth East Fremantle 14.14 (98) – 10.17 (77) Spike Pola Ross Hutchinson N/A Subiaco Oval 15,835 G Owens
1942 West Perth Claremont 19.16 (130) – 11.13 (79) Len Harman Joe Brooker N/A Subiaco Oval 5,308 F Ryan
1943 East Fremantle Swan Districts 17.15 (117) – 11.11 (77) Jim Conway Jerry Dolan N/A Subiaco Oval 8,415 L Mosey
1944 East Perth East Fremantle 14.13 (97) – 4.17 (41) Allan Watts Cec Rowland N/A Subiaco Oval 8,991 L McComish
1945 East Fremantle South Fremantle 12.15 (87) – 7.9 (51) George Meiers Jerry Dolan Alan Ebbs (EF) Subiaco Oval 19,509 L McComish
1946 East Fremantle West Perth 11.13 (79) – 10.13 (73) Charlie Doig Jerry Dolan John Loughridge (WP) Subiaco Oval 24,841 F Ryan
1947 South Fremantle West Perth 13.8 (86) – 9.17 (71) Ross Hutchinson Ross Hutchinson Eric Eriksson (SF) Subiaco Oval 25,112 D Cronin
1948 South Fremantle West Perth 13.9 (87) – 8.15 (63) Clive Lewington Ross Hutchinson David Ingraham (SF) Subiaco Oval 28,660 A Pitsikas
1949 West Perth Perth 16.13 (109) – 12.7 (79) Stan Heal Stan Heal Jack Larcombe (WP) Subiaco Oval 34,049 A Pitsikas
1950 South Fremantle Perth 12.23 (95) – 13.11 (89) Clive Lewington Clive Lewington Clive Lewington (SF) Subiaco Oval 31,325 A Pitsikas
1951 West Perth South Fremantle 13.10 (88) – 12.13 (85) Ray Schofield Stan Heal Don Porter (WP) Subiaco Oval 30,006 A Pitsikas
1952 South Fremantle West Perth 12.19 (91) – 10.10 (70) Harry Carbon Clive Lewington Des Kelly (SF) Subiaco Oval 29,701 J Campbell
1953 South Fremantle West Perth 18.12 (120) – 8.13 (61) Steve Marsh Clive Lewington Steve Marsh (SF) Subiaco Oval 34,207 F Wood
1954 South Fremantle East Fremantle 21.14 (140) – 9.8 (62) Frank Treasure Clive Lewington Charlie Tyson (SF) Subiaco Oval 36,098 F Wood
1955 Perth East Fremantle 11.11 (77) – 11.9 (75) Keith Harper Ern Henfry Merv McIntosh (P) Subiaco Oval 41,659 J Green
1956 East Perth South Fremantle 10.17 (77) – 9.10 (64) Jack Sheedy Jack Sheedy Tony Parentich (SF) Subiaco Oval 34,959 L Gardner
1957 East Fremantle East Perth 10.18 (78) – 9.8 (62) Steve Marsh Steve Marsh Frank Conway (EF) Subiaco Oval 38,021 C Fitzpatrick
1958 East Perth East Fremantle 8.17 (65) – 8.15 (63) Tom Everett Jack Sheedy Ned Bull (EP) Subiaco Oval 36,668 L Gardner
1959 East Perth Subiaco 12.19 (91) – 9.14 (68) Jack Sheedy Jack Sheedy Graham Farmer (EP) Subiaco Oval 45,245 R Montgomery
1960 West Perth East Perth 17.13 (115) – 12.1 (83) Brian Foley Arthur Olliver Brian Foley (WP) Subiaco Oval 42,850 L Gardner
1961 Swan Districts East Perth 17.9 (111) – 12.15 (87) Haydn Bunton, Jr. Haydn Bunton, Jr. Keith Slater (SD) Subiaco Oval 41,102 L Gardner
1962 Swan Districts East Fremantle 14.10 (94) – 10.16 (76) Haydn Bunton, Jr. Haydn Bunton, Jr. Ray Sorrell (EF) Subiaco Oval 46,659 B Feld
1963 Swan Districts East Fremantle 17.10 (112) – 13.12 (90) Haydn Bunton, Jr. Haydn Bunton, Jr. Ken Bagley (SD) Subiaco Oval 41,101 R Scott
1964 Claremont East Fremantle 14.18 (102) – 15.8 (98) Les Mumme Jim Conway Norm Rogers (EF) Subiaco Oval 45,120 R Montgomery
1965 East Fremantle Swan Districts 18.18 (126) – 16.6 (102) Bob Johnson Bob Johnson David Imrie (EF) Subiaco Oval 46,744 F Woods
1966 Perth East Perth 11.25 (91) – 10.15 (75) Mal Atwell Mal Atwell Barry Cable (P) Subiaco Oval 46,763 R Montgomery
1967 Perth East Perth 18.12 (120) – 15.12 (102) Mal Atwell Mal Atwell Barry Cable (P) Subiaco Oval 42,625 R Scott
1968 Perth East Perth 16.14 (110) – 13.8 (86) Mal Atwell Mal Atwell Barry Cable (P) Subiaco Oval 40,315 R Scott
1969 West Perth East Perth 21.21 (147) – 10.14 (74) Graham Farmer Graham Farmer Bill Dempsey (WP) Subiaco Oval 51,385 R Montgomery
1970 South Fremantle Perth 15.7 (97) – 6.18 (54) Hassa Mann Hassa Mann Brian Ciccotosto (SF) Subiaco Oval 40,620 R Montgomery
1971 West Perth East Perth 14.17 (101) – 9.15 (69) Graham Farmer Graham Farmer Shane Sheridan (WP) Subiaco Oval 50,975 L Johnston
1972 East Perth Claremont 9.17 (71) – 8.8 (56) Mal Brown Mal Brown Ken McAullay (EP) Subiaco Oval 46,055 J Fuhrmann
1973 Subiaco West Perth 10.12 (72) – 6.4 (40) Ross Smith Ross Smith Dennis Blair (S) Subiaco Oval 46,885 R Capes
1974 East Fremantle Perth 17.20 (122) – 15.10 (100) Graham Melrose John Todd Gary Gibelini (EF)
David Pretty (P)
Subiaco Oval 40,758 R Capes
1975 West Perth South Fremantle 23.17 (155) – 7.9 (51) Bill Dempsey Graham Campbell Mel Whinnen (WP) Subiaco Oval 52,322 R Capes
1976 Perth East Perth 13.14 (92) – 11.3 (69) Colin Lofts Ken Armstrong Mal Day (P) Subiaco Oval 45,823 R Capes, R Powell
1977 Perth East Fremantle 26.13 (169) – 14.12 (96) Colin Lofts Ken Armstrong Wim Rosbender (P) Subiaco Oval 44,381 R Capes, R Powell
1978 East Perth Perth 11.15 (81) – 12.7 (79) Barry Cable Barry Cable Ian Miller (EP) Subiaco Oval 45,126 R Capes, R Buckley
1979 East Fremantle South Fremantle 21.19 (145) – 16.16 (112) Brian Peake Brad Smith Kevin Taylor (EF) Subiaco Oval 52,781 R Capes, J Morris

West Australian Football League (1980–1989)[edit]

Season Premiers Runners Up Score Captain Coach Simpson Medal Venue Attendance Umpires
1980 South Fremantle Swan Districts 23.18 (156) – 15.8 (98) Noel Carter Mal Brown Maurice Rioli (SF) Subiaco Oval 46,208 R Phillips, J Morris
1981 Claremont South Fremantle 16.15 (111) – 12.24 (96) Graham Moss Graham Moss Gary Shaw (C)
Maurice Rioli (SF)
Subiaco Oval 50,517 R Capes, R Powell
1982 Swan Districts Claremont 18.19 (127) – 11.12 (78) Graham Melrose John Todd Graham Melrose (C) Subiaco Oval 50,833 D Gillies, R Phillips
1983 Swan Districts Claremont 15.14 (104) – 12.11 (83) Keith Narkle John Todd Brad Shine (SD) Subiaco Oval 47,760 M Ball, D Rowe
1984 Swan Districts East Fremantle 20.18 (138) – 15.12 (102) Keith Narkle John Todd Barry Kimberley (SD) Subiaco Oval 41,831 M Ball, D Johnson
1985 East Fremantle Subiaco 15.12 (102) – 14.13 (97) Ron Alexander Ron Alexander Brian Taylor (S) Subiaco Oval 42,657 D Johnson, P O'Reilly
1986 Subiaco East Fremantle 19.16 (130) – 8.13 (61) Neil Taylor Haydn Bunton, Jr. Mark Zanotti (S) Subiaco Oval 38,389 M Ball, K O'Driscoll
1987 Claremont Subiaco 20.20 (140) – 10.9 (69) Gerard Neesham Gerard Neesham Peter Thorne (C) Subiaco Oval 32,340 G Vernon, P O'Reilly
1988 Subiaco Claremont 19.8 (122) – 8.12 (60) Greg Carpenter Haydn Bunton, Jr. Mick Lee (S) Subiaco Oval 28,183 P O'Reilly, D Johnson
1989 Claremont South Fremantle 15.16 (109) – 5.9 (39) John Scott Gerard Neesham Ben Allan (C) Subiaco Oval 38,198 D Johnson, P O'Reilly

W.A. State League (1990)[edit]

Season Premiers Runners Up Score Captain Coach Simpson Medal Venue Attendance Umpires
1990 Swan Districts Claremont 16.7 (103) – 10.17 (77) Peter Hodyl John Todd Greg Walker (SD) Subiaco Oval 26,541 P O'Reilly, G Vernon

West Australian Football League (1991–1996)[edit]

Season Premiers Runners Up Score Captain Coach Simpson Medal Venue Attendance Umpires
1991 Claremont Subiaco 19.18 (132) – 8.7 (55) Mark Hann Gerard Neesham Dale Kickett (C) Subiaco Oval 22,731 G Vernon, T Garrett
1992 East Fremantle South Fremantle 12.19 (91) – 9.13 (67) Steve Malaxos Ken Judge Clinton Browning (EF) Subiaco Oval 30,130 T Garrett, G Scoop
1993 Claremont West Perth 13.14 (92) – 8.14 (62) Darrell Panizza Gerard Neesham Dale Kickett (C) Subiaco Oval 32,404 S Kronja, G Scoop
1994 East Fremantle Claremont 13.13 (91) – 10.10 (70) Steve Malaxos Ken Judge Mark Amaranti (EF) Subiaco Oval 17,594 S Kronja, G Scoop
1995 West Perth Subiaco 21.11 (137) – 12.9 (81) Darren Harris John Dimmer Darren Harris (WP) Subiaco Oval 30,712 S Kronja, T Garrett, D Starcevich
1996 Claremont East Perth 13.8 (86) – 12.12 (84) Jeremy Guard Darrell Panizza Todd Ridley (C) Subiaco Oval 29,771 A Binks, W French, S Kronja

Westar Rules (1997–2000)[edit]

Season Premiers Runners Up Score Captain Coach Simpson Medal Venue Attendance Umpires
1997 South Fremantle East Fremantle 13.7 (85) – 11.13 (79) Jon Dorotich &
Peter Worsfold
John Todd David Hynes (SF) Subiaco Oval 32,371 T Garrett, W French, A Binks
1998 East Fremantle West Perth 20.10 (130) – 13.9 (87) Stephen Bilcich Tony Micale Adrian Bromage (EF) Subiaco Oval 23,258 A Binks, W French, S Gill
1999 West Perth South Fremantle 14.13 (97) – 11.6 (72) Kim Rigoll John Dimmer Christian Kelly (WP) Subiaco Oval 25,473 B Rosebury, M Fussell, W French
2000 East Perth East Fremantle 18.11 (119) – 11.14 (80) Jeremy Barnard Tony Micale Dean Cox (EP) Subiaco Oval 30,174 D Corcoran, B Rosebury, D Margetts

West Australian Football League (2001 – )[edit]

Season Premiers Runners Up Score Captain Coach Simpson Medal Venue Attendance Umpires
2001 East Perth South Fremantle 17.18 (120) – 5.8 (38) Jeremy Barnard Tony Micale Ryan Turnbull (EP) Subiaco Oval 23,842 C Hendrie, M Fussell, D Corcoran
2002 East Perth West Perth 15.14 (104) – 5.14 (44) Jeremy Barnard Tony Micale Ryan Turnbull (EP) Subiaco Oval 31,382 L Farmer, C Hendrie, R Worthington
2003 West Perth Subiaco 13.9 (87) – 9.10 (64) Steve Trewhella Darren Harris Brent LeCras (WP) Subiaco Oval 17,775 C Hendrie, D Corcoran, R Worthington
2004 Subiaco Claremont 15.9 (99) – 7.9 (51) Richard Maloney Peter German Paul Vines (S) Subiaco Oval 21,507 D Corcoran, L Farmer, M Fussell
2005 South Fremantle Claremont 17.8 (110) – 7.12 (54) David Gault John Dimmer Toby McGrath (SF) Subiaco Oval 22,570 L Farmer, M Fussell, G Bandy
2006 Subiaco South Fremantle 24.9 (153) – 10.10 (70) Marc Webb Peter German Marc Webb (S) Subiaco Oval 21,291 G Bandy, G Parker, T Keating
2007 Subiaco Claremont 15.13 (103) – 9.8 (62) Marc Webb Scott Watters Brad Smith (S) Subiaco Oval 19,541 G Statham, G Bandy, T Keating
2008 Subiaco Swan Districts 22.16 (148) – 14.7 (91) Marc Webb Scott Watters Chris Hall (S) Subiaco Oval 23,199 G Statham, S Parry, D Margetts
2009 South Fremantle Subiaco 17.11 (113) – 13.17 (95) Toby McGrath John Dimmer Ashton Hams (SF) Subiaco Oval 22,727 S Parry, C Hendrie, G Statham
2010 Swan Districts Claremont 14.16 (100) – 14.15 (99) Josh Roberts Brian Dawson Andrew Krakouer (SD) Subiaco Oval 24,600 S Parry, C Hendrie, G Statham
2011 Claremont Subiaco 19.13 (127) – 10.11 (71) Clancy Rudeforth Simon McPhee Beau Wilkes (C) Patersons Stadium 15,459 S Parry, C Hendrie, S McPhee
2012 Claremont East Fremantle 18.16 (124) – 15.8 (98) Luke Blackwell Marc Webb Paul Medhurst (C) Patersons Stadium 18,612 S McPhee, T Keating, J Orr
2013 West Perth East Perth 20.11 (131) – 12.10 (82)[5] Jason Salecic Bill Monaghan[6] Mark Hutchings (WP)[5] Patersons Stadium[5] 20,008[5] S Parry, J Orr, S McPhee[7]
2014 Subiaco East Perth 11.16 (82) – 9.12 (66) Kyal Horsley Jarrad Schofield Jason Bristow (S) Patersons Stadium 11,987 S Parry, S McPhee, M Adams

Records[edit]

Premierships[edit]

Club Premierships Most recent premiership Most recent Grand Final Runners-up
East Fremantle 29 1998 2012 28
West Perth 19 2013 2013 12
East Perth 17 2002 2014 15
South Fremantle 13 2009 2009 16
Subiaco 12 2014 2014 13
Claremont 12 2011 2011 12
Unions/Fremantle 9 1898 0
Perth 7 1977 1978 9
Swan Districts 8 2010 2010 4
Rovers 2 1891 4
Fremantle 1 1886 0
North Fremantle 0 1
Imperials 0 1
Peel Thunder 0 0
Midland Junction 0 0

Italics indicate a defunct club.

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