Sharks rise to the top

• Matt Williamson (EF) on the way to his first WAFL goal. Photo by Les Everett

Many years ago I was leaving East Fremantle Oval after a big Sharks loss and found myself behind a father and son. 

“Dad, we’ve still won the most premierships haven’t we?”

“Yeah mate, we’re still the best.”

East Fremantle won at least one premiership in each decade of the  20th Century. But things have changed. While the blue and white still have the most premierships, they are no longer a power. Here are the clubs and their last premiership.

Subiaco 2021

South Fremantle 2020

Peel 2017

West Perth 2013

Claremont 2011

Swan Districts 2010

East Perth 2002

East Fremantle 1998

Perth 1977

You’ll hear about the other team later.

And so the Sharks ascended to their rightful place on top of the WAFL ladder when they thrashed West Coast in the game held over for a week because the Eagles didn’t have enough players. Actually the West Coast WAFL didn’t have enough players for this game either and called in a couple of East Fremantle reserves players for the afternoon.

The Sharks didn’t muck around and the 123-point victory and 42% loading shot them to the top.

Kyle Baskerville was brilliant again, Dillon O’Reilly kicked five goals, Luke English got four and Alex Montauban, who also kicked four goals, was probably the best of the forwards. Joshua Browne did some classy things for the Eagles – funny thing is that he should be playing for the Sharks.

East Fremantle 22.14 (146) West Coast 3.5 (23)

At Perth Stadium on Sunday the SANFL beat the WAFL by four points in a thriller. A snap shot by Stefan Giro with not much on the clock hit the post depriving the SA boy of the chance to be a WA hero.

Casey Voss won the Fos Williams Medal as SA’s best and Riley Knight was brilliant in the midfield. The Simpson Medal went to WA captain Leigh Kitchen while Cam Eardley helped drag his team back into the game.

SANFL 10.10 (70) WAFL 9.12 (66)

The ladder: East Fremantle 12; West Perth 12; Claremont 12; South Fremantle 8; East Perth 8; Peel 8; Swan Districts 8; Perth 8; Subiaco 4; West Coast 0.

• East Fremantle forward Alex Montauban marks strongly. Photo by Les Everett

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