Beers flowed af­ter his­toric derby win

Western Suburbs Weekly - - From The Archives - By BELINDA CIPRIANO

FOR Fre­man­tle Foot­ball Club sup­port­ers and fans, 2006 was a year re­mem­bered fondly.

Fin­ish­ing third on the lad­der with 60 points, the Dock­ers were one spot be­hind Ade­laide and two be­hind cross-town ri­vals West Coast.

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21, where an al­limpor­tant Western Derby 24 had the un­der­dogs de­feat their big broth­ers from up the road 118-61 in their first con­sec­u­tive derby win.

Back in those days, Freo sup­port­ers flocked to The Seav­iew Ho­tel to watch the away games that, at the time, was owned by play­ers Matthew Pavlich and team­mate Paul Hasleby.

The duo had gone into busi­ness in 2004 and Freo sup­port­ers, if lucky enough, could be served a pint or two by the duo one such day was Western Derby 24.

Fol­low­ing the crush­ing de­feat, the pair headed over to the wa­ter­ing hole along with team­mates in­clud­ing Troy Cook and Shaun Mcmanus.

Hav­ing a pint poured by Freo’s even­tual and longest­stand­ing cap­tain is a mem­ory I won’t ever for­get.

Peter Bell in his last year as cap­tain was judged best on ground, while Jeff Farmer was at his out­stand­ing best with four goals and sev­eral goal as­sists.

And de­spite West Coast fin­ish­ing on top of the lad­der and tak­ing out the 2006 Pre­mier­ship, it was a year where the Port side showed they could match it with the best.

Belinda and Matthew Pavlich at The Seav­iew.

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