2010 WAFL Grand Final
|2010 WAFL Grand Final|
|Date||19 September 2010|
|Simpson Medal||Andrew Krakouer (Swan Districts)|
|Broadcast in Australia|
720 ABC (radio)
ABC Grandstand (radio/online)
The 2010 WAFL Grand Final was an Australian rules football game contested between the Claremont Football Club and the Swan Districts Football Club on 19 September 2010 at Subiaco Oval, to determine the premier team of the West Australian Football League (WAFL) for the 2010 season. Swan Districts won the game by one point, 14.16 (100) to 14.15 (99), with Andrew Krakouer winning the Simpson Medal for best on ground. The attendance of 24,600 was the largest for a WAFL game since the 2002 Grand Final.
Build-up and history
Claremont had dominated the 2010 home and away season by winning seventeen and drawing one of their twenty matches. They then defeated Swan Districts in the major semi final on Sunday 5 September to advance to the Premiership decider. The Tigers were aiming for their first premiership since 1996.
Swan Districts competed in a Grand Final for the second time in three years, following a long period where the club had lingered at the lower reaches of the WAFL table and had serious financial problems threaten its very existence. After losing to Claremont in the first week of the finals, they defeated East Perth in the preliminary final to reach the league’s showpiece game, whilst Brian Dawson aimed to be only the third coach after Haydn Bunton junior and John Todd to lead Swan Districts to a premiership. They were aiming for their first premiership in twenty years. Former Richmond player, Andrew Krakouer, played for the Swans in what had been a spellbinding season for him, which was capped off by winning the Sandover Medal. Krakouer had been previously imprisoned for a violent assault.
The first term was played at a fast tempo in which both sides’ defences held firm. Swan Districts though were wasteful with their kicking for goal, scoring 1.6 (12) during the quarter to go into the first break down by nine points.
Swans began to outwit and outrun Claremont in the second quarter, largely thanks to Krakouer. They managed to add four goals to their total compared with the Tigers who managed only a further two goals.
The intensity of the match increased after the long break and both sides added four goals and five behinds to their respective scoreline, giving the Swans a slim lead at the final change.
As was the case in the third term both sides scored an equal amount of goals in last quarter, the most important and dramatic of these though was Krakouer's late goal merely seconds before the final siren. It put Swans into the one point lead that they would carry until the end of the game to clinch their first flag since 1990.
Andrew Krakouer was the stand out performer of the match, kicking four goals and gaining forty possessions.
Final score: Swan Districts: 14.16 (100); Claremont: 14.15 (99)
|FB:||Blake Anderson||Brandon Franz||Nic Chidgzey|
|HB:||Ryan Neates||Beau Wilkes||Simon Starling|
|C:||Byron Schammer||Luke Blackwell||Andrew Foster|
|HF:||Ian Richardson||Jesse Laurie||Andrew Browne (c)|
|FF:||Jarrod Ninyette||David Crawford||Kane Mitchell|
|R:||Andrew Ruck||Rory Walton||Tom Swift|
|I:||Lewis Stevenson||Tom Derickx||Ryan Brabazon|
|FB:||Graham Jetta||Tallan Ames||Matt Riggio|
|HB:||Wayde Twomey||Matthew Spencer||Clancee Pearce|
|C:||Tom Roach||Josh Roberts (c)||Pat Hassett|
|HF:||Justin Simpson||Tim Geappen||Paul Richardson|
|FF:||Andrew Krakouer||Ashley Hansen||Ben Colreavy|
|R:||Llane Spaanderman||Brett Robinson||Travis Casserly|
|I:||Ryan Davis||Stephen Coniglio||Tony Notte|
- Krakouer leads Swans to nailbiter WAFL Premiership
- “Swans Call for Help”; in The West Australian, May 24, 1995, p. 79