Western Derby

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Not to be confused with West Derby.
Western Derby
Subiaco Oval panorama.jpg
First contested 14 May 1995
Statistics
Number of meetings 41
All-time series (AFL only) West Coast 21 wins
Fremantle 20 wins
Largest victory West Coast – 117 points
(15 April 2000)
Fremantle – 75 points
(1 August 2010)

The Western Derby /ˈdɜrb/ 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, always being held at Subiaco Oval. There has never been a Western Derby finals match.

West Coast were the dominant team during Fremantle's initial years, winning the first nine derbies, however since Fremantle won their first Western Derby in July 1999, it has been twenty wins to twelve in Fremantle's favour. Fremantle are the current holders of the Western Derby Trophy, having beaten West Coast in round 3 of the 2015 AFL season.

The player adjudged best on ground in each derby match is awarded the Ross Glendinning Medal, named after West Coast Eagles' inaugural captain and former Fremantle Dockers Chairman of selectors Ross Glendinning.

Home and away season derby results[edit]

Derby Round Date Fremantle West Coast Winner By Crowd
1 R7 14 May 1995 1.1 3.5 5.7 9.12 66 4.3 10.7 17.12 23.13 151  West Coast  85 41,601
2 R22 3 September 1995 1.1 2.6 6.9 8.10 58 2.3 5.7 14.10 16.15 111  West Coast  53 39,486
3 R1 31 March 1996 0.3 2.5 3.8 6.9 45 3.5 5.6 8.9 9.13 67  West Coast  22 32,880
4 R16 21 July 1996 1.0 2.2 2.6 7.6 48 2.3 6.4 8.7 12.10 82  West Coast  34 35,410
5 R3 13 April 1997 2.2 4.7 6.12 9.17 71 5.2 10.8 12.10 16.15 111  West Coast  40 39,586
6 R18 3 August 1997 2.1 5.2 6.5 7.7 49 2.0 5.2 10.2 13.4 82  West Coast  33 39,711
7 R3 12 April 1998 0.4 5.6 8.7 10.7 67 5.0 6.2 10.6 14.10 94  West Coast  27 34,557
8 R18 2 August 1998 5.2 6.4 7.9 8.12 60 3.3 7.4 10.5 15.9 99  West Coast  39 37,372
9 R1 28 March 1999 2.2 6.7 8.11 13.20 98 8.3 12.5 15.9 15.12 102  West Coast  4 32,656
10 R16 18 July 1999 7.5 10.8 14.10 17.17 119 4.0 7.3 10.4 11.6 72 Fremantle 47 36,763
11 R6 15 April 2000 3.0 4.3 6.5 9.7 61 5.3 11.4 19.9 28.10 178  West Coast  117 40,460
12 R21 30 July 2000 1.3 4.4 9.8 15.11 101 5.2 9.6 12.8 15.10 100 Fremantle 1 37,573
13 R4 21 April 2001 1.3 5.6 10.8 13.10 88 3.4 7.9 9.14 16.16 112  West Coast  24 38,804
14 R19 12 August 2001 0.3 2.4 5.7 9.10 64 2.4 5.5 10.9 14.14 98  West Coast  34 41,285
15 R1 31 March 2002 4.4 8.7 11.9 18.10 118 6.1 9.5 16.6 21.11 137  West Coast  19 39,467
16 R16 20 July 2002 3.1 5.5 10.7 15.10 100 5.0 6.1 7.3 11.4 70 Fremantle 30 41,779
17 R5 27 April 2003 2.1 4.3 8.7 10.13 73 5.4 8.9 12.10 16.12 108  West Coast  35 41,654
18 R22 30 August 2003 4.2 6.6 12.10 14.12 96 4.2 7.4 9.9 11.16 82 Fremantle 14 43,027
19 R6 1 May 2004 4.1 7.3 11.8 12.11 83 3.2 7.5 9.5 11.7 73 Fremantle 10 42,135
20 R21 22 August 2004 2.2 3.4 5.8 6.9 45 5.1 7.10 9.14 13.15 93  West Coast  48 41,907
21 R3 9 April 2005 2.4 7.6 9.7 12.8 80 2.4 3.9 7.14 12.16 88  West Coast  8 42,027
22 R20 12 August 2005 2.1 5.2 7.4 12.8 80 5.4 12.7 18.11 19.14 128  West Coast  48 40,720
23 R6 6 May 2006 4.4 7.8 10.11 12.16 88 3.5 7.6 10.8 12.11 83 Fremantle 5 42,213
24 R21 27 August 2006 4.1 8.5 14.8 18.10 118 4.3 4.8 4.11 8.13 61 Fremantle 57 43,527
25 R3 14 April 2007 1.2 4.4 8.4 11.4 70 4.1 6.6 9.11 14.17 101  West Coast  31 42,051
26 R18 5 August 2007 5.3 9.4 13.7 19.10 124 2.4 6.7 11.8 14.13 97 Fremantle 27 43,096
27 R3 5 April 2008 3.2 8.5 10.8 12.15 87 3.5 5.9 8.10 10.13 73 Fremantle 14 39,027
28 R18 3 August 2008 9.2 13.5 17.10 17.14 116 4.1 6.6 10.7 12.11 83 Fremantle 33 42,096
29 R6 2 May 2009 3.2 4.2 8.7 13.9 87 4.6 6.13 8.13 9.20 74 Fremantle 13 41,654
30 R17 25 July 2009 3.4 6.8 7.9 10.11 71 1.4 5.9 6.14 8.18 66 Fremantle 5 39,536
31 R6 2 May 2010 4.2 7.4 10.7 17.9 111 4.1 8.6 8.9 10.13 73 Fremantle 38 40,886
32 R18 1 August 2010 7.6 13.8 18.12 24.16 160 0.3 4.4 9.5 13.7 85 Fremantle 75 40,451
33 R8 15 May 2011 2.1 3.4 6.5 9.9 63 4.1 9.5 10.9 14.12 96  West Coast  33 40,567
34 R18 24 July 2011 2.3 3.6 6.7 9.10 64 1.6 3.7 6.14 8.17 65  West Coast  1 41,055
35 R9 27 May 2012 1.1 3.2 3.3 5.6 36 0.4 2.8 7.14 11.18 84  West Coast  48 40,905
36 R19 4 August 2012 4.2 7.6 15.9 17.11 113 1.5 1.10 5.11 6.12 48 Fremantle 65 39,694
37 R1 23 March 2013 2.0 5.4 11.10 16.12 108 3.5 6.7 7.10 11.14 80 Fremantle 28 39,629
38 R16 14 July 2013 4.2 6.4 11.6 19.7 121 2.3 6.5 11.8 14.9 93 Fremantle 28 39,839
39 R7 4 May 2014 4.2 5.3 9.6 11.7 73 2.0. 3.8 5.11 7.12 54 Fremantle 19 40,476
40 R15 28 June 2014 3.3 5.4 10.6 13.10 88 4.2 5.9 5.12 11.15 81 Fremantle 7 40,490
41 R3 19 April 2015 9.2 14.5 16.7 17.9 111 0.4 3.5 6.7 12.9 81 Fremantle 30 39,138

Timeline of results[edit]

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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 team's 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 ironically 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 2nd 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]

In the lead up to Selwood's Mothers' Day round 7 match against Geelong, 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] West Coast would go on to lose its first game for season 2007 by 39 points against the eventual premiers Geelong.

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.

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