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Round 19, 1986: South Fremantle FC 24.18 (162) d West Perth FC 16.11 (107), Fremantle Oval

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South Fremantle versus West Perth, Fremantle Oval, Round 19 (9 August), 1986

I once talked to Pete C. and spent the game with him on the scoreboard bank’s concrete terracing at Fremantle Oval (at around the half-forward flank position closest to the northern-end goals) for a match against South Fremantle late in the 1986 season. The West Perth Cheer Squad’s flags had vanished and there was only the two of us left at this juncture in time. Pete C. and I hadn’t even arranged in advance to meet; it was a chance meeting. I would have to say that the cheer squad no longer existed at this point. However, Pete’s charming, quiet, and thoughtful manner had not changed. After the game Pete C. and I walked through the Fremantle city streets together and I think Pete took a Number 106 bus or a train back to Perth while I took a different bus to Booragoon. We probably parted at Fremantle train station. I originally wrote this paragraph 26 years later, on 9 January 2013, and I still haven’t seen Pet…

OPINION: "Why the West Coast Eagles' initial 1987 playing squad was faulty", by Jack Frost, 13/3/2018

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West Coast Eagles’ inaugural playing squad (1987) The official WPFC historian Brian Atkinson states that West Perth sometimes did not receive its fair share of state team representatives in years when the club made the finals. Atkinson comments that: “The failure of any West Perth player to gain state selection in 1984 was a matter of great controversy within the West Perth camp”, especially as the club was in third place at the time the team was selected (only to eventually miss the finals). The West Coast Eagles’ initial 35-man squad for season 1987 was also disheartening for some West Perth supporters. The five West Perth players chosen were: John Gastev, Sean King, Dean Laidley, Paul Mifka, and Dean Warwick with King being a later addition to the original 32-player squad which was first announced at the official launch at Perth’s Merlin (now Hyatt) Hotel. These players were bright and promising youngsters but arguably, with the exception of Laidley and perhaps Gastev, they had not …

OPINION: "How the WAFL could have been saved in 1986 (if anyone had cared)", by Jack Frost, 13/2/2018

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How the WAFL could have been saved in 1986 (if anyone had cared), by Jack Frost Indicative of Western Australia’s “either-or” (not “both-and”) mentality in relation to higher-level sport, no-one in Western Australian football ever seriously suggested in 1986 that the VFL/AFL or the WAFL make any type of reasonable effort to safeguard the WAFL competition’s future. Possible alternative formats never considered include any or all of the following: (a) playing VFL/AFL games mid-week on Tuesday or Wednesday nights as the National Football League’s Wills Cup was played in the 1970s and how State of Origin rugby-league and Champions League European soccer are played today; and / or (b) reducing the size of both seasons and playing the VFL/AFL and WAFL seasons one after the other with one running from January to June and the other from July to November similar to how the A-League plays in summer and the state soccer premier leagues in winter or how the “Super 15” rugby competition season fini…

WAFL Golden Era

WAFL Footballers (1945-1990)

BRADMORE PHIL (WP)4 BREMAN TODD (S)1 BROWN MALCOLM (EP / C / SF / P)5 BUHAGIAR TONY (EF)1 BUNTON HAYDN JNR. (SD)1 CABLE BARRY (P / NM / EP)1 DAVIDSON PETER (C)2 DAYMAN WAYNE (WP)1 DHURRKAY GARY (EF)1 DOROTICH JON (SF)1 EDWARDS CRAIG (SF)1 EVANS RON (WP)1 FARMER GRAHAM (EP / GEELONG / WP)1 FEATHERBY PETER (S)1 FOLEY BRIAN (WP)1 FONG LES (WP)3 GASTEV JOHN (WP)2 GIBBS ROSS (WP / GLENELG)1 GORE DARRYL (EF)1 GRANT BRIAN (EP)1 GREEN DOUG (EF)1 GRLJUSICH GEORGE (SF / 6WF / 6PR)2 HARDIE BRAD (SF)2 HARDING PAUL (EF)2 HEAL STAN (WP)1 HODYL PETER (SD)1 HUNTER KEN (C)1 IRONMONGER JOHN (EP)1 JACKSON SYD (EP / CARLTON)1 JONES MAURIE (C)1 KEENE LAURIE (S)1 KIMBERLEY BARRY (P / SD)1 KING SEAN (WP)1 KUHLMAN MORT (C)1 LAIDLEY DEAN (WP)3 LAMB DWAYNE (S)1 LEWIS CHRIS (C)1 MACNISH ANDREW (S)1 MAINWARING CHRIS (EF)2 MALAXOS STEVE (C / EF)1 MATERA WALLY (SF)1 MENAGLIO PETER (WP)4 MICHALCZYK GEORGE (EP / WP)1 MIFKA PAUL (WP)2 MILLER IAN (P / EP)1 MITCHELL MICHAEL (C)2 MITSOPOULOS CHRIS (P)1 MONTGOMERY ALLAN (P)2 MOSCONI WARREN (SF)1 NAYLOR BERNIE (SF)1 NEESHAM GERARD (EF / SD)2 NELSON CRAIG (WP)1 NEWMAN IAN (P)1 PEAKE BRIAN (EF)1 PERRIN BRIAN (WP)1 RIOLI MAURICE (SF)1 ROBERTSON GLENN (EP)1 ROGERSON RALPH (EP)1 ROWLLES RAY (EP)1 SARTORI PETER (SD)1 SCOTT PHIL (S)2 SELLS STEPHEN (S)2 SHIELDS BOB (P)1 SIDEBOTTOM GARRY (SD)1 SILCOCK JEREMY (EP)1 SKWIROWSKI BILL (SD)1 SPARKS RUSSELL (EP)1 SPENCER PETER (EP / S / C)1 STARCEVICH CRAIG (EP)1 STASINOWSKY CHRIS (WP / SF / P)2 TAYLOR BRIAN (S)1 TAYLOR GEOFF (WP)1 TAYLOR KEVIN (EF / SD)1 TAYLOR NEIL (S)1 TIERNEY PHIL (EP)1 VIGONA BENNY (SF)1 WARWICK DEAN (WP)1 WATTS JOHN K. (EP / GEELONG)2 WILEY ROBERT (P)2 WRENSTED MURRAY (EF)1 YORGEY BRETT (P)2 ZANOTTI MARK (S)1
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