Fremantle derby spirit ‘alive and well’ after Bulldogs targeted by graffiti

The graffiti at Fremantle Oval.
The graffiti at Fremantle Oval.

FORGET the first western derby at Optus Stadium, the upcoming WAFL Fremantle derby between South Fremantle and East Fremantle at “Shark Park” is set to be fiery.

This morning Bulldogs staff walked in to find the entrance to their changerooms defaced with the words “sharks” and weak dogs” painted in blue on the stairs.

Earlier this morning staff posted the pictures on Facebook.

“Look what we found overnight out the front of our home change rooms,” the post said.

“2.15pm Sunday can’t come fast enough.”

South Fremantle chief executive Tom Bottrell, who was arranging for the graffiti to be cleaned up, said while the situation wasn’t ideal and the club would not be contacting police, he did see the funny side.

“Ideally we wouldn’t have to clean up graffiti but at least the derby spirit of old is alive and well,” he said.

“It’s nice to hear from East Fremantle after all these years.”

East Fremantle Football Club Operations manager Darryn Fry agreed with his Souths counterpart, and said while it was not the way to show support or passion but the incident may have ignited Bulldogs supporters to get down to the derby.

“Isn’t it great to see that passion and rivalry remains?” he said.

“Hopefully it puts a sting in the tail of Bulldogs supporters and gets them down for a big Anzac derby crowd.”

South Fremantle has won four of the past five Fremantle derbies.

The derby kicks off at East Fremantle Oval on Sunday at 2.40pm.

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