Western Derby

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Western Derby
Subiaco Oval panorama.jpg
First meeting 14 May 1995
Latest meeting 5 August 2018
Next meeting 2019
Statistics
Meetings total 48
All-time series (AFL only) AFL West Coast Eagles Icon.png West Coast 28 wins
AFL Fremantle Icon 2011.png Fremantle 20 wins
Largest victory West Coast – 117 points
(15 April 2000)

The Western Derby (/ˈdɜːrbi/) is the name given to the Australian rules football match between the Fremantle Dockers and the West Coast Eagles, who both participate in the Australian Football League (AFL). As both teams are based in Perth, the capital city of Western Australia, the term "derby" is used to describe the match. It has become one of the most important matches for football in Western Australia, with former South Fremantle and West Coast player, and former West Coast coach John Worsfold claiming that in the week before a derby that it is the main topic in Perth.

It's obviously different to the build-up of any normal game... We don't care what else is happening in the country, which is great."

— John Worsfold, Pierik, Jon (24 July 2011). "The West is history". The Sunday Age. 

In 2004, during the 175th-anniversary celebrations of the establishment of the Swan River Colony, the Western Derby was named as one of twelve "Heritage Icons", in recognition of "football's key social and historical importance to the State".[1]

Referring to a melee during the Round 21, 2000 Derby, Channel Nine sports reporter Michael Thomson said the match had divided Western Australia and the "football landscape in WA has been changed forever."[2]

There are two Western Derbies every year during the home and away season. From 1995 until 2017 the Derbies were held at Subiaco Oval. From 2018, all Derbies will be held at Perth Stadium. There has never been a Western Derby finals match.

West Coast were the dominant team during Fremantle's early years winning the first nine derbies. Fremantle won their first Western Derby in July 1999 and since the turn of the century, it has been an even nineteen wins to both clubs. West Coast are the current holders of the Western Derby Trophy after defeating Fremantle by 58 points in round 20 of the 2018 AFL season.

The player adjudged best on ground in each derby match is awarded the Glendinning–Allan Medal, named after the inaugural captains of the clubs Ross Glendinning (West Coast) and Ben Allan (Fremantle).

Notable Derbies[edit]

Derby XII Round 21, 2000[edit]

An infamous derby occurred in round 21, 2000. Both clubs were out of finals contention, the derby earlier in the year had recorded the biggest ever margin (Scott Cummings' 10 goals led West Coast to a 117-point win), and in the lead-up both teams were talking down the importance of the game with the standard line of "it's only worth 4 points". However, Clive Waterhouse indicated that something different might happen by saying that "blood would be spilled".[3]

Before the first bounce, West Coast, through Michael Gardiner, went on the attack, pushing and shoving first-year player Matthew Pavlich. The umpires awarded a free kick to Pavlich before the ball was bounced. However West Coast settled and led by four goals at quarter time with goals to Phillip Read, Andrew Embley and three to Phil Matera. Fremantle's forward line was struggling, with only 4 goals to half time, including two to Waterhouse, and singles to midfielders Heath Black and Troy Cook, while two goals to Mitchell White, a fourth goal for Matera and one to Chad Morrison in the second quarter saw West Coast go to the half-time break a comfortable 32 points in front. During the break, a brawl broke out which cleared both teams' benches and resulted in one of longest tribunal records in recent times.

In the third quarter, Phil Matera kicked his 5th goal, bringing the Eagles lead to 42 points, but Fremantle surged to cut the margin to 18 points at three quarter time with three goals to Clive Waterhouse and singles to Pavlich and Daniel Bandy.

The last quarter saw Phil Matera carried from the ground on a stretcher after a hard collision with umpire Steven Handley, and a solid but legal shirtfront by Troy Cook also saw Mitchell White carried from the ground on a stretcher. A six-goal to three final quarter, including another two to Waterhouse and singles to Koops, Shipp, and Kickett and Dodd saw Fremantle hit the lead by two points. With only seconds to spare the Eagles pushed forward and a loose ball was unable to be gathered in by makeshift forward Darren Glass, resulting in a rushed behind and a one-point victory for Fremantle, only their second ever in a Western Derby.

The following suspensions and fines were handed out as a result of the brawl:[2]

The following week both teams were well beaten, with Fremantle beaten by Brisbane by 107 points at the Gabba and Melbourne winning by 70 points over the Eagles at Subiaco.

Derby XXV Round 3, 2007[edit]

Shaun McManus' farewell game in Round 18 2008 Western Derby Fremantle home game

The round 3, 2007 match will be remembered as one of the most controversial and spiteful derbies ever played. Nearing three-quarter time, Fremantle's Des Headland was reported by umpire Stuart Wenn for striking and wrestling with West Coast's Adam Selwood, who made an inappropriate comment about a tattoo on Headland's arm which depicted the Fremantle player's six-year-old daughter.

The case was heard on 18 April, with Selwood cleared of using abusive language towards Headland. Headland was found guilty of both striking and wrestling with Selwood, but was not suspended because of "exceptional and compelling circumstances by way of provocation".[4]

West Coast won this match by 31 points, and Michael Braun was awarded the Ross Glendinning Medal, ending his acceptance speech with "Let's have a fucking good year"[5] which was broadcast to 550,000 viewers on live television and to the 42,551 in attendance.[6] Braun was fined $500 by the Eagles, but the AFL intervened, severely reprimanded the Eagles and fined Braun an additional $5000.[7][8]

Several weeks after the match, Selwood officially apologised to women, and claimed that he didn't mean what he had said to Headland four weeks earlier. Paradoxically, he also claimed that he was badly treated by the media because he was innocent of the charges in the Headland saga and he should have just been allowed to prove his innocence.[9]

Source: AFL Tables

Derby XXXIV Round 18, 2011[edit]

The closest finish to a derby occurred in Round 18, 2011 when Eagles midfielder Matt Rosa was penalised by umpire Dean Margetts in a deliberate out of bounds decision with West Coast leading by two points in the dying seconds. Having earnt a free kick from the decision, Hayden Ballantyne had a chance to win the game for Fremantle with a shot after the siren from 50m out on a tight angle and whilst his drop punt looked a goal for much of its journey, it hit the padding on the right hand goalpost[10] amid a sea of hands from both sides, leaving the Eagles the winners by a single point, 8.17 (65) to Fremantle's 9.10 (64).[11] Ballantyne prematurely celebrated, believing that the kick was a goal and had won the match.[12]

This proved to be the catalyst for both sides as the season wound down. Fremantle slid down the ladder, losing the next six matches in succession to end a disappointing season, whilst West Coast went on to win their remaining regular season matches.

Derby XLVIII Round 20, 2018[edit]

Nearly two decades since the most violent Derby in its history, another infamous contest occurred in Round 20, 2018. During the third quarter, West Coast midfielder Andrew Gaff struck Fremantle first-year player Andrew Brayshaw in the face in an incident which occurred off the ball and resulted in Brayshaw suffering a broken jaw. Gaff was sent straight to the AFL Tribunal the following day,[13] where he pleaded guilty to intentionally striking Brayshaw, and subsequently suspended for eight AFL matches.[14]

Western Derby results[edit]

Year Date Rd Home Team Score Away Team Score Ground Crowd Winner M H2H
1 1995 14 May 7 AFL West Coast Eagles Icon.png West Coast 23.13 (151) AFL Fremantle Icon 2011.png Fremantle 9.12 (66) Subiaco Oval 40,356 West Coast 85 +1
2 3 September 22 AFL Fremantle Icon 2011.png Fremantle 8.10 (58) AFL West Coast Eagles Icon.png West Coast 16.15 (111) 39,844 West Coast 53 +2
3 1996 31 March 1 AFL Fremantle Icon 2011.png Fremantle 6.9 (45) AFL West Coast Eagles Icon.png West Coast 9.13 (67) 33,041 West Coast 22 +3
4 21 July 16 AFL West Coast Eagles Icon.png West Coast 12.10 (82) AFL Fremantle Icon 2011.png Fremantle 7.6 (48) 35,406 West Coast 34 +4
5 1997 13 April 3 AFL West Coast Eagles Icon.png West Coast 16.15 (111) AFL Fremantle Icon 2011.png Fremantle 9.17 (71) 39,294 West Coast 40 +5
6 3 August 18 AFL Fremantle Icon 2011.png Fremantle 7.7 (49) AFL West Coast Eagles Icon.png West Coast 13.4 (82) 39,711 West Coast 33 +6
7 1998 12 April 3 AFL Fremantle Icon 2011.png Fremantle 10.7 (67) AFL West Coast Eagles Icon.png West Coast 14.10 (94) 34,710 West Coast 27 +7
8 2 August 18 AFL West Coast Eagles Icon.png West Coast 15.9 (99) AFL Fremantle Icon 2011.png Fremantle 8.12 (60) 37,145 West Coast 39 +8
9 1999 28 March 1 AFL Fremantle Icon 2011.png Fremantle 13.20 (98) AFL West Coast Eagles Icon.png West Coast 15.12 (102) 32,680 West Coast 4 +9
10 18 July 16 AFL West Coast Eagles Icon.png West Coast 11.6 (72) AFL Fremantle Icon 2011.png Fremantle 17.17 (119) 36,763 Fremantle 47 +8
11 2000 15 April 6 AFL West Coast Eagles Icon.png West Coast 28.10 (178) AFL Fremantle Icon 2011.png Fremantle 9.7 (61) 40,460 West Coast 117 +9
12 30 July 21 AFL Fremantle Icon 2011.png Fremantle 15.11 (101) AFL West Coast Eagles Icon.png West Coast 15.10 (100) 37,573 Fremantle 1 +8
13 2001 21 April 4 AFL Fremantle Icon 2011.png Fremantle 13.10 (88) AFL West Coast Eagles Icon.png West Coast 16.16 (112) 38,804 West Coast 24 +9
14 12 August 19 AFL West Coast Eagles Icon.png West Coast 14.14 (98) AFL Fremantle Icon 2011.png Fremantle 9.10 (64) 41,285 West Coast 34 +10
15 2002 31 March 1 AFL West Coast Eagles Icon.png West Coast 21.11 (137) AFL Fremantle Icon 2011.png Fremantle 18.10 (118) 39,467 West Coast 19 +11
16 20 July 16 AFL Fremantle Icon 2011.png Fremantle 15.10 (100) AFL West Coast Eagles Icon.png West Coast 11.4 (70) 41,779 Fremantle 30 +10
17 2003 27 April 5 AFL Fremantle Icon 2011.png Fremantle 10.13 (73) AFL West Coast Eagles Icon.png West Coast 16.12 (108) 41,654 West Coast 35 +11
18 30 August 22 AFL West Coast Eagles Icon.png West Coast 11.16 (82) AFL Fremantle Icon 2011.png Fremantle 14.12 (96) 43,027 Fremantle 14 +10
19 2004 1 May 6 AFL West Coast Eagles Icon.png West Coast 11.7 (73) AFL Fremantle Icon 2011.png Fremantle 12.11 (83) 42,135 Fremantle 10 +9
20 22 August 21 AFL Fremantle Icon 2011.png Fremantle 6.9 (45) AFL West Coast Eagles Icon.png West Coast 13.15 (93) 41,907 West Coast 48 +10
21 2005 9 April 3 AFL Fremantle Icon 2011.png Fremantle 12.8 (80) AFL West Coast Eagles Icon.png West Coast 12.16 (88) 42,027 West Coast 8 +11
22 12 August 20 AFL West Coast Eagles Icon.png West Coast 19.14 (128) AFL Fremantle Icon 2011.png Fremantle 12.8 (80) 40,720 West Coast 48 +12
23 2006 6 May 6 AFL Fremantle Icon 2011.png Fremantle 12.16 (88) AFL West Coast Eagles Icon.png West Coast 12.11 (83) 42,213 Fremantle 5 +11
24 27 August 21 AFL West Coast Eagles Icon.png West Coast 8.13 (61) AFL Fremantle Icon 2011.png Fremantle 18.10 (118) 43,527 Fremantle 57 +10
25 2007 14 April 3 AFL Fremantle Icon 2011.png Fremantle 11.4 (70) AFL West Coast Eagles Icon.png West Coast 14.17 (101) 42,051 West Coast 31 +11
26 5 August 18 AFL West Coast Eagles Icon.png West Coast 14.13 (97) AFL Fremantle Icon 2011.png Fremantle 19.10 (124) 43,096 Fremantle 27 +10
27 2008 5 April 3 AFL West Coast Eagles Icon.png West Coast 10.13 (73) AFL Fremantle Icon 2011.png Fremantle 12.15 (87) 39,027 Fremantle 14 +9
28 3 August 18 AFL Fremantle Icon 2011.png Fremantle 17.14 (116) AFL West Coast Eagles Icon.png West Coast 12.11 (83) 42,096 Fremantle 33 +8
29 2009 2 May 6 AFL West Coast Eagles Icon.png West Coast 9.20 (74) AFL Fremantle Icon 2011.png Fremantle 13.9 (87) 41,654 Fremantle 13 +7
30 25 July 17 AFL Fremantle Icon 2011.png Fremantle 10.11 (71) AFL West Coast Eagles Icon.png West Coast 8.18 (66) 39,536 Fremantle 5 +6
31 2010 2 May 6 AFL West Coast Eagles Icon.png West Coast 10.13 (73) AFL Fremantle Icon 2011.png Fremantle 17.9 (111) 40,886 Fremantle 38 +5
32 1 August 18 AFL Fremantle Icon 2011.png Fremantle 24.16 (160) AFL West Coast Eagles Icon.png West Coast 13.7 (85) 40,451 Fremantle 75 +4
33 2011 15 May 8 AFL West Coast Eagles Icon.png West Coast 14.12 (96) AFL Fremantle Icon 2011.png Fremantle 9.9 (63) 40,567 West Coast 33 +5
34 24 July 18 AFL Fremantle Icon 2011.png Fremantle 9.10 (64) AFL West Coast Eagles Icon.png West Coast 8.17 (65) 41,055 West Coast 1 +6
35 2012 27 May 9 AFL West Coast Eagles Icon.png West Coast 11.18 (84) AFL Fremantle Icon 2011.png Fremantle 5.6 (36) 40,905 West Coast 48 +7
36 4 August 19 AFL Fremantle Icon 2011.png Fremantle 17.11 (113) AFL West Coast Eagles Icon.png West Coast 6.12 (48) 39,694 Fremantle 65 +6
37 2013 23 March 1 AFL Fremantle Icon 2011.png Fremantle 16.12 (108) AFL West Coast Eagles Icon.png West Coast 11.14 (80) 39,629 Fremantle 28 +5
38 14 July 16 AFL West Coast Eagles Icon.png West Coast 14.9 (93) AFL Fremantle Icon 2011.png Fremantle 19.7 (121) 39,839 Fremantle 28 +4
39 2014 4 May 7 AFL West Coast Eagles Icon.png West Coast 7.12 (54) AFL Fremantle Icon 2011.png Fremantle 11.7 (73) 40,476 Fremantle 19 +3
40 28 June 15 AFL Fremantle Icon 2011.png Fremantle 13.10 (88) AFL West Coast Eagles Icon.png West Coast 11.15 (81) 40,490 Fremantle 7 +2
41 2015 19 April 3 AFL West Coast Eagles Icon.png West Coast 12.9 (81) AFL Fremantle Icon 2011.png Fremantle 17.9 (111) 39,138 Fremantle 30 +1
42 16 August 20 AFL Fremantle Icon 2011.png Fremantle 11.14 (80) AFL West Coast Eagles Icon.png West Coast 15.14 (104) 41,959 West Coast 24 +2
43 2016 9 April 3 AFL West Coast Eagles Icon.png West Coast 12.20 (92) AFL Fremantle Icon 2011.png Fremantle 8.11 (59) 40,555 West Coast 33 +3
44 7 August 20 AFL Fremantle Icon 2011.png Fremantle 9.10 (64) AFL West Coast Eagles Icon.png West Coast 17.8 (110) 36,215 West Coast 46 +4
45 2017 29 April 6 AFL West Coast Eagles Icon.png West Coast 16.7 (103) AFL Fremantle Icon 2011.png Fremantle 9.8 (62) 40,836 West Coast 41 +5
46 16 July 17 AFL Fremantle Icon 2011.png Fremantle 5.14 (44) AFL West Coast Eagles Icon.png West Coast 11.8 (74) 38,722 West Coast 30 +6
47 2018 29 April 6 AFL Fremantle Icon 2011.png Fremantle 12.9 (81) AFL West Coast Eagles Icon.png West Coast 13.11 (89) Perth Stadium 56,521 West Coast 8 +7
48 5 August 20 AFL West Coast Eagles Icon.png West Coast 21.16 (142) AFL Fremantle Icon 2011.png Fremantle 13.6 (84) 57,375 West Coast 58 +8

Timeline of results[edit]

WCE
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FRE
WCE
FRE
WCE
FRE
WCE
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WCE
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2019

Statistics[edit]

Up to date at the completion of Derby 45

Most Goals in One Game[edit]

Player Date Round Club Goals Behinds
Scott Cummings 2000 Round 6 AFL West Coast Eagles Icon.png West Coast Eagles 10 2
Matthew Pavlich 2012 Round 19 AFL Fremantle Icon 2011.png Fremantle Football Club 8 2
Josh Kennedy 2016 Round 20 AFL West Coast Eagles Icon.png West Coast Eagles 7 2
Clive Waterhouse 2000 Round 21 AFL Fremantle Icon 2011.png Fremantle Football Club 7 2
Josh Kennedy 2017 Round 6 AFL West Coast Eagles Icon.png West Coast Eagles 6 2
Tony Modra 1999 Round 16 AFL Fremantle Icon 2011.png Fremantle Football Club 6 2
Troy Wilson 2002 Round 1 AFL West Coast Eagles Icon.png West Coast Eagles 6 1

Most Career Goals[edit]

Player Club Goals Behinds Games Goals/Game
Matthew Pavlich AFL Fremantle Icon 2011.png Fremantle Football Club 61 35 34 1.79
Mark LeCras AFL West Coast Eagles Icon.png West Coast Eagles 43 22 17 2.66
Phil Matera AFL West Coast Eagles Icon.png West Coast Eagles 37 16 16 2.31
Josh Kennedy AFL West Coast Eagles Icon.png West Coast Eagles 40 27 17 2.42
Jack Darling AFL West Coast Eagles Icon.png West Coast Eagles 27 16 14 1.83
Hayden Ballantyne AFL Fremantle Icon 2011.png Fremantle Football Club 23 10 14 1.66
Jeff Farmer AFL Fremantle Icon 2011.png Fremantle Football Club 19 10 11 1.72
Scott Cummings AFL West Coast Eagles Icon.png West Coast Eagles 19 2 4 4.75

Games played[edit]

Player Club Derbies
Matthew Pavlich AFL Fremantle Icon 2011.png Fremantle Football Club 34
Dean Cox AFL West Coast Eagles Icon.png West Coast Eagles 27
Darren Glass AFL West Coast Eagles Icon.png West Coast Eagles 24
Aaron Sandilands AFL Fremantle Icon 2011.png Fremantle Football Club 24
David Mundy AFL Fremantle Icon 2011.png Fremantle Football Club 23
Shaun McManus AFL Fremantle Icon 2011.png Fremantle Football Club 22

Brownlow Votes[edit]

Brownlow Votes till the end of the 2016 AFL season.

Player Club Votes Games Average
Daniel Kerr AFL West Coast Eagles Icon.png West Coast Eagles 15 17 0.88
Guy McKenna AFL West Coast Eagles Icon.png West Coast Eagles 13 11 1.18
Stephen Hill AFL Fremantle Icon 2011.png Fremantle Football Club 12 15 0.80
Chris Judd AFL West Coast Eagles Icon.png West Coast Eagles 11 11 1.00
Ben Cousins AFL West Coast Eagles Icon.png West Coast Eagles 11 20 0.55
Paul Hasleby AFL Fremantle Icon 2011.png Fremantle Football Club 11 20 0.55
Aaron Sandilands AFL Fremantle Icon 2011.png Fremantle Football Club 11 24 0.45
Matthew Pavlich AFL Fremantle Icon 2011.png Fremantle Football Club 11 34 0.32
Peter Bell AFL Fremantle Icon 2011.png Fremantle Football Club 10 15 0.66
Matthew Priddis AFL West Coast Eagles Icon.png West Coast Eagles 9 21 0.42

Other Western Derbys[edit]

AFL Women's[edit]

In preparation for the 2017 launch of the AFL women's league competition, the AFL held 10 Exhibition Series matches during 2016. The only match held in Perth featured both a women's side from the Fremantle Football Club & the West Coast Eagles, played as a curtain-raiser for the men's Western Derby, won by the West Coast Eagles.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Heritage Icons: The Western Derby – Constitutional Centre of Western Australia. Retrieved 16 July 2012.
  2. ^ a b AFANA AFL News 6 August 2000
  3. ^ Mark Fine (1 September 2011). The Book of Footy Lists. Slattery Media Group. p. 138. ISBN 978-1-921778-30-8. Retrieved 5 May 2012. 
  4. ^ Burgan, M; A Night at the Tribunal; 19 April 2007
  5. ^ "Michael Braun Ross Glendenning Medal Speach". YouTube. YouTube. Retrieved 19 June 2015. 
  6. ^ Braun no help to the Eagles cause, Tony Jones, Ninemsn; 16 April 2007
  7. ^ West Coast concede error over Braun fine, AAP, The Age; 21 April 2007
  8. ^ "West Coast's Braun fined $5000 by AFL". The Sydney Morning Herald. 16 April 2007. Retrieved 21 August 2010. 
  9. ^ Hagdorn, K;'Slut' allegation AFL player says sorry to women; 13 May 2007; Retrieved on 22 June 2007
  10. ^ Broughton 'thought it went through'
  11. ^ Mark Duffield: Seasons turn on these moments
  12. ^ Hayden Ballantyne miss hands one-point victory to West Coast
  13. ^ "AFL Match Review for Round 20: Andrew Gaff referred to tribunal, plenty of fines". Fox Sports Australia. 2018-10-06. Retrieved 2018-08-06. 
  14. ^ Beveridge, Riley (7 August 2018). "Tribunal hands down Gaff verdict". AFL.com.au. Retrieved 7 August 2018.