WAFL: Epic WA Day Derby between Bulldogs and Sharks brewing


Jordan Matera, Bailey Matera, Blayne Wilson, Shaun Bewick  and Marlion Pickett.
Picture: Jon Hewson           d454469
Jordan Matera, Bailey Matera, Blayne Wilson, Shaun Bewick and Marlion Pickett. Picture: Jon Hewson         d454469

A BATTLE for the ages is brewing.

When South Fremantle and East Fremantle run on to the field on Monday afternoon, there will be more than just bragging rights at stake in what is expected to be the biggest WA Day Derby in almost 20 years.

The last time both clubs were in the top three at this point of the season was back in 1999.

The match is historically the most well-attended WAFL game of the regular season and spectators are sure to be in for a cracker.

Having taken out derby one earlier this year in a thriller, Bulldogs coach Todd Curley said they were expecting another physical, tight game.

“They are a very talented and well organised team who will make you pay whenever you make a mistake,” he said.

“Ladder positions are generally irrelevant in derby games, they are always tight games.”

The Sharks agree.

“Derbies are always very important and players always find that extra effort in derbies,” chief executive Todd Shimmon said.

“This game is very important for us; we have a number of sides just a game behind us, and we need to keep winning to keep them at bay. There’s nothing like a Fremantle Derby, it’s the biggest game of the WAFL home and away calendar, and a great day out for families.”

South Fremantle chief executive Stuart Kemp said there was a good reason the derby was always well attended.

“The words used for this game are tradition, history, bitter rivalry and revenge, powerful emotional words and that says it all about this game,” he said.

“Both clubs love to hate each other and the score is settled out on the field.

“How could you miss a competition like that?”

The Bulldogs will play the Sharks at Fremantle Oval on Monday, June 6 from 2.15pm.