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Not to be confused with West Derby.
Western Derby
Subiaco Oval panorama.jpg
First meeting 14 May 1995
Latest meeting 7 August 2016
Next meeting TBA
Statistics
Meetings total 44
All-time series (AFL only) AFL West Coast Eagles Icon.png West Coast 24 wins
AFL Fremantle Icon 2011.png Fremantle 20 wins
Largest victory West Coast – 117 points
(15 April 2000)
Fremantle – 75 points
(1 August 2010)

The Western Derby /ˈdɜːrb/ 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 fifteen in Fremantle's favour. West Coast are the current holders of the Western Derby Trophy, having beaten Fremantle in round 20 of the 2016 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.

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]

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.

Western Derby results[edit]

Year Date Rd Home Team Score Away Team Score Ground Crowd Winner 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 by 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) Subiaco Oval 39,844  West Coast by 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) Subiaco Oval 33,041  West Coast by 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) Subiaco Oval 35,406  West Coast by 34   +5 
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) Subiaco Oval 39,294  West Coast by 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) Subiaco Oval 39,711  West Coast by 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) Subiaco Oval 34,710  West Coast by 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) Subiaco Oval 37,145  West Coast by 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) Subiaco Oval 32,680  West Coast by 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) Subiaco Oval 36,763 Fremantle by 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) Subiaco Oval 40,460  West Coast by 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) Subiaco Oval 37,573 Fremantle by 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) Subiaco Oval 38,804  West Coast by 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) Subiaco Oval 41,285  West Coast by 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) Subiaco Oval 39,467  West Coast by 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) Subiaco Oval 41,779 Fremantle by 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) Subiaco Oval 41,654  West Coast by 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) Subiaco Oval 43,027 Fremantle by 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) Subiaco Oval 42,135 Fremantle by 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) Subiaco Oval 41,907  West Coast by 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) Subiaco Oval 42,027  West Coast by 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) Subiaco Oval 40,720  West Coast by 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) Subiaco Oval 42,213 Fremantle by 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) Subiaco Oval 43,527 Fremantle by 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) Subiaco Oval 42,051  West Coast by 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) Subiaco Oval 43,096 Fremantle by 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) Subiaco Oval 39,027 Fremantle by 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) Subiaco Oval 42,096 Fremantle by 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) Subiaco Oval 41,654 Fremantle by 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) Subiaco Oval 39,536 Fremantle by 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) Subiaco Oval 40,886 Fremantle by 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) Subiaco Oval 40,451 Fremantle by 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) Subiaco Oval 40,567  West Coast by 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) Subiaco Oval 41,055  West Coast by 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) Subiaco Oval 40,905  West Coast by 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) Subiaco Oval 39,694 Fremantle by 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) Subiaco Oval 39,629 Fremantle by 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) Subiaco Oval 39,839 Fremantle by 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) Subiaco Oval 40,476 Fremantle by 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) Subiaco Oval 40,490 Fremantle by 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) Subiaco Oval 39,138 Fremantle by 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) Subiaco Oval 41,959  West Coast by 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) Subiaco Oval 40,555  West Coast by 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) Subiaco Oval 36,215  West Coast by 46   +4 

Timeline of results[edit]

WCE
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FRE
WCE
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WCE
FRE
WCE
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Statistics[edit]

Up to date at the completion of Derby 44

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
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
Hayden Ballantyne 2010 Round 18 AFL Fremantle Icon 2011.png Fremantle Football Club 6 0

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 37 19 14 2.64
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 28 22 13 2.15
Jack Darling AFL West Coast Eagles Icon.png West Coast Eagles 20 12 11 1.81
Hayden Ballantyne AFL Fremantle Icon 2011.png Fremantle Football Club 20 10 12 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 23
Shaun McManus AFL Fremantle Icon 2011.png Fremantle Football Club 22
Shane Parker 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 23 0.47
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 20 0.45

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 Sydney 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.

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