On Friday 26 May, the annual WA Amateur Football League v WA Country Football League match was held at Fremantle Oval.
The best under twenty three year old players from across the WAAFL came up against the best open side from the WACFL.
On a night where the temperature dropped to 14 degrees the WACFL started fast with two goals on the board dominating the first half of the first quarter. It took eight and a half minutes for the WAAFL to kick their first goal which came from the boot of Thomas Cuijpers. With that they fought back to win the second half of the first quarter to trail by just seven points at quarter time.
With an accurate delivery into their forward fifty the WACFL received their first goal of the second quarter from Bill Fetherstonhaugh. The WAAFL dominated the quarter after that keeping the play in their forward half of majority of the quarter kicking 5.2 to 2.0.
After the break the WACFL were determined to not let the game get away kicking the first two goals of the second half including another two goals for the quarter to trail by only one point at three quarter time.
With history against them the WAAFL held on with goals to Stanton, Walton, Macmillian and a goal just before the siren to Stacey to break a nine year drought.
The WAAFL coming away with a 13.9 (87) to 10.3 (63) victory. A genuinely surprised Thomas Cuijpers took out the Best on Ground for the WAAFL while Lewis Harvey was Best on Ground for the WACFL.
WAAFL 2.2 7.4 9.4 13.9 (87)
WACFL 3.3 5.3 9.3 10.3 (63)
WAAFL: M Wood 2, J Macmillian 2, L Stanton, T Cuijpers, J Mccomb, J Williamson, B Swanson, B Southcott, J Hall, J Walton, M Steacy.
WACFL: B Fetherstonhaugh 2, R Melvin 2, J Brooks 2, D Parker, J Meadmore, B Holmes, J Leeson.
Best on Ground:
WAAFL: Thomas Cuijpers
WACFL: Lewis Harvey
Earlier in the night the WAAFL Colts took on the WACFL Colts. The match started well for the WAAFL with a goal to Harrison Ryan at the three-minute mark. It was a highly-contested match throughout the first quarter with just five points separating the two teams at quarter time.
The match opened up in the second quarter with both sides able to get some run through the middle of the ground. Within the first minute of the quarter the WACFL had their first goal off the boot of Jai Jackson. The WACFL won the quarter kicking 2.2 to 0.1.
In the third quarter Jai Jackson again kicked the first goal within the first minute but the WAAFL followed up with their own goal one minute later from Braydn Furmark. A few minutes later a fast break down the wing and accurate kick inside the forward fifty saw a mark and goal to WAAFL’s Brodie De Abreu as the WAAFL continued their fight back. The margin was cut to just 13 points at three quarter time.
Unfortunately for the WAAFL they were unable to hold on in the last quarter kicking just one goal. The WACFL taking the win 7.10 (52) to 4.7 (31).
WAAFL: 1.2 1.3 3.5 4.7 (31)
WACFL: 2.1 4.3 5.6 7.10 (52)
WAAFL: H Ryan, B Furmark, B De Abreu, K Cavanagh
WACFL: J Jackson 2, R Hamlett 2, T Devenny, T Heenan, C Hitchcock
Best on Ground:
WAAFL: Andre Coutinho
WACFL: Ryan Bennell