Mo­ments to re­mem­ber

Cockburn Gazette - - NEWS -

The one that started it all; the first ever WA Day Derby.

In a low-scor­ing match, where only 10 goals were kicked all game, South Fre­man­tle had their backs to the wall against the reign­ing pre­miers in the Sharks, who were again sit­ting on top of the lad­der.

De­spite trail­ing at three-quar­ter time, the Bull­dogs were able to record a hard fought 11-point win.

East Fre­man­tle would go on to lose just three games that year, two of which came at the hands of the Bull­dogs.

The two teams played out three clas­sic der­bies, with a trio of tight wins.

With a com­bined win­ning mar­gin of just 19 points, all three games proved to be nail biters.

An 11-point win in 1959 came on the back of a stun­ning se­cond half, the Bull­dogs coming from five goals down to take the match.

That mar­gin was just one point in the 1960 match, while seven de­cided the 1961 game.

Fourth-placed East Fre­man­tle were on a roll with a three-game win­ning streak while third-placed South Fre­man­tle were buoyed af­ter tak­ing out the first derby ear­lier in the year.

De­spite in­ac­cu­ra­cies, an eight goal se­cond quar­ter helped the Bull­dogs coast to a 41-point win.

Don Had­dow, Joe McKay and Stephen Michael all kicked five, while Noel Carter, Mau­rice Ri­oli and Ge­off Marsh all played a big role in front of more than 15,000.

A record-win­ning mar­gin of a whop­ping 157 points saw South Fre­man­tle take out this derby.

With the Bull­dogs sit­ting third and the Sharks last, the warn­ing signs of a po­ten­tial blowout were there be­fore the match.

Coached by John Dim­mer, the star-stud­ded side in­cluded David Gault, Clint Jones, Paul Duffield, Theo Adams, the Hams broth­ers, Ryan Webb, Rodger Hay­den, Daniel Gil­more, Ash­ley Sampi and Ryan Mur­phy.

The Bull­dogs scored 35 goals be­tween them, with Mur­phy kick­ing five, and Gil­more notch­ing up a mas­sive 40-pos­ses­sion game.

The 100th an­niver­sary of the first WA Day Derby was a match to re­mem­ber.

In front of almost 10,000 peo­ple, a phys­i­cal match saw Bull­dog Jeff Farmer knocked out in a collision with East Fre­man­tle’s Rob Young. There were plenty of AFL names on the field in­clud­ing Shane Woe­wodin, Rhys Palmer, Chris Mas­ten, Harry Tay­lor, Gar­rick Ib­bot­son, Ash­ley Sampi and Paul Duffield. South Fre­man­tle won by 14 points.

THIS year’s hosts South Fre­man­tle Foot­ball Club have shared some of their favourite WA Day Derby wins from over the years. 1907 Der­bies are al­ways a big game for both lo­cal teams.

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