Western Australian Football League (WAFL) Premiers Since 1885

Western Australian Football League (WAFL) Premiers Since 1885

Back-To-Back In Both WAFL And SANFL

Victor P Taffa

In two of the oldest Football Competitions in the world Peel Thunder and Sturt have gone Back-To-Back in the WAFL and SANFL Grand Finals respectively.

  • Peel Thunder defeated Subiaco in 2017 and Subiaco in 2016
  • Sturt defeated Port Adelaide in 2017 and Eagles in 2016.

In the days before the AFL crowds at WAFL and SANFL matches were as large as AFL crowds today in Western Australia and South Australia.

It was this strength that led to the creation of the AFL from what was the VFL.

However interest in the WAFL and SANFL is just as strong among Western Australians and South Australians in 2017.

AFL Teams in Western Australia and South Australia draws much talent from WAFL and SANFL Teams.

Editor Victor P Taffa wrote an article in The Southern Thunderer and also to the AFL calling for all teams to play each other twice in a 34 round season that will only strengthen WAFL, SANFL and AFL Clubs.

 

Western Australian Football League (WAFL)

This is a list of the Western Australian Football League Premiers, the premier state based Australian Rules football league in Western Australia, and includes Premiers of the:

  • Western Australian Football League (2001–),
  • Westar Rules (1997–2000),
  • West Australian Football League (1991–1996),
  • W. A. State League (1990),
  • West Australian Football League (1980–1989),
  • Western Australian National Football League (1931–1979),
  • West Australian Football League (1908–1930),
  • Western Australian Football Association (1885–1907).

Premiers

In the early years, a number of cups were awarded to clubs who won the Premiership, including the ‘Dixson Cup’ and the ‘Farley Cup’.

Prior to 1931, Premierships were either awarded to the team leading the ladder or who won a final. If the top team lost the final, then they had the right to call for a challenge match to be played the following week to determine the Premiership.

In 1931 the system changed to the Page finals system where the Top Two teams play in the second Semi Final, with the loser having a second chance and the winner progresses straight to the Grand Final.

Winner of the third and fourth placed teams who played in the first Semi Final played the loser of the second Semi Final in the Preliminary Final.

Drawn Grand Finals

Since 1885 there have been 2 Drawn Grand Finals. These are as follows with Grand Final Replay scores listed below:

  • 1938 Claremont vs. East Fremantle
  • 1905  West Perth vs. East Fremantle

Season         Premier                      Runners Up               Score               G.B.T.

2017                Peel Thunder               Subiaco                       11.6. (72) – 7. 14. 56

2016                Peel Thunder               Subiaco                       11.13 (79) – 8.8 (56)

2015                Subiaco                       West Perth                  21.10 (136) – 10.10 (70)

2014                Subiaco                       East Perth                    11.16 (82) – 9.12 (66)

2013                West Perth                  East Perth                    20.11 (131) – 12.10 (82)

2012                Claremont                   East Fremantle            18.16 (124) – 15.8 (98)

2011                Claremont                   Subiaco                       19.13 (127) – 10.11 (71)

2010                Swan Districts             Claremont                   14.16 (100) – 14.15 (99)

2009                South Fremantle          Subiaco                       17.11 (113) – 13.17 (95)

2008                Subiaco                       Swan Districts             22.16 (148) – 14.7 (91)

2007                Subiaco                       Claremont                   15.13 (103) – 9.8 (62)

2006                Subiaco                       South Fremantle          24.9 (153) – 10.10 (70)

2005                South Fremantle          Claremont                   17.8 (110) – 7.12 (54)

2004                Subiaco                       Claremont                   15.9 (99) – 7.9 (51)

2003                West Perth                  Subiaco                       13.9 (87) – 9.10 (64)

2002                East Perth                    West Perth                  15.14 (104) – 5.14 (44)

2001                East Perth                    South Fremantle          17.18 (120) – 5.8 (38)

2000                East Perth                    East Fremantle            18.11 (119) – 11.14 (80)

1999                West Perth                  South Fremantle          14.13 (97) – 11.6 (72)

1998                East Fremantle            West Perth                  20.10 (130) – 13.9 (87)

1997                South Fremantle          East Fremantle            13.7 (85) – 11.13 (79)

1996                Claremont                   East Perth                    13.8 (86) – 12.12 (84)

1995                West Perth                  Subiaco                       21.11 (137) – 12.9 (81)

1994                East Fremantle            Claremont                   13.13 (91) – 10.10 (70)

1993                Claremont                   West Perth                  13.14 (92) – 8.14 (62)

1992                East Fremantle            South Fremantle          12.19 (91) – 9.13 (67)

1991                Claremont                   Subiaco                       19.18 (132) – 8.7 (55)

1990                Swan Districts             Claremont                   16.7 (103) – 10.17 (77)

1989                Claremont                   South Fremantle          15.16 (106) – 5.9 (39)

1988                Subiaco                       Claremont                   19.8 (122) – 8.12 (60)

1987                Claremont                   Subiaco                       20.20 (140) – 10.9 (69)

1986                Subiaco                       East Fremantle            19.16 (130) – 8.13 (61)

1985                East Fremantle            Subiaco                       15.12 (102) – 14.13 (97)

1984                Swan Districts             East Fremantle            20.18 (138) – 15.12 (102)

1983                Swan Districts             Claremont                   15.14 (104) – 12.11 (83)

1982                Swan Districts             Claremont                   18.19 (127) – 11.12 (78)

1981                Claremont                   South Fremantle          16.15 (111) – 12.24 (96)

1980                South Fremantle          Swan Districts             23.18 (156) – 15.8 (98)

1979                East Fremantle            South Fremantle          21.19 (145) – 16.16 (112)

1978                East Perth                    Perth                            11.15 (81) – 12.7 (79)

1977                Perth                            East Fremantle            26.13 (169) – 14.12 (96)

1976                Perth                            East Perth                    13.14 (92) – 11.3 (69)

1975                West Perth                  South Fremantle          23.17 (155) – 7.9 (51)

1974                East Fremantle            Perth                            17.20 (122) – 15.10 (100)

1973                Subiaco                       West Perth                  10.12 (72) – 6.4 (40)

1972                East Perth                    Claremont                   9.17 (71) – 8.8 (56)

1971                West Perth                  East Perth                    14.17 (101) – 9.15 (69)

1970                South Fremantle          Perth                            15.7 (97) – 6.18 (54)

1969                West Perth                  East Perth                    21.21 (147) – 10.14 (74)

1968                Perth                            East Perth                    16.14 (110) – 13.8 (86)

1967                Perth                            East Perth                    18.12 (120) – 15.12 (102)

1966                Perth                            East Perth                    11.25 (91) – 10.15 (75)

1965                East Fremantle            Swan Districts             18.18 (126) – 16.6 (102)

1964                Claremont                   East Fremantle            14.18 (102) – 15.8 (98)

1963                Swan Districts             East Fremantle            17.10 (112) – 13.12 (90)

1962                Swan Districts             East Fremantle            14.10 (94) – 10.16 (76)

1961                Swan Districts             East Perth                    17.9 (111) – 12.15 (87)

1960                West Perth                  East Perth                    17.13 (115) – 12.1 (83)

1959                East Perth                    Subiaco                       12.19 (91) – 9.14 (68)

1958                East Perth                    East Fremantle            8.17 (65) – 8.15 (63)

1957                East Fremantle            East Perth                    10.18 (78) – 9.8 (62)

1956                East Perth                    South Fremantle          10.17 (77) – 9.10 (64)

1955                Perth                            East Fremantle            11.11 (77) – 11.9 (75)

1954                South Fremantle          East Fremantle            21.14 (140) – 9.8 (62)

1953                South Fremantle          West Perth                  18.12 (120) – 8.13 (61)

1952                South Fremantle          West Perth                  12.19 (91) – 10.10 (70)

1951                West Perth                  South Fremantle          13.10 (88) – 12.13 (85)

1950                South Fremantle          Perth                            12.23 (95) – 13.11 (89)

1949                West Perth                  Perth                            16.13 (109) – 12.7 (79)

1948                South Fremantle          West Perth                  13.9 (87) – 8.15 (63)

1947                South Fremantle          West Perth                  13.8 (86) – 9.17 (71)

1946                East Fremantle            West Perth                  11.13 (79) – 10.13 (73)

1945                East Fremantle            South Fremantle          12.15 (87) – 7.9 (51)

1944                East Perth                    East Fremantle            14.13 (97) – 4.17 (41)

1943                East Fremantle            Swan Districts             17.15 (117) – 11.11 (77)

1942                West Perth                  Claremont                   19.16 (130) – 11.13 (79)

1941                West Perth                  East Fremantle            14.14 (98) – 10.17 (77)

1940                Claremont                   South Fremantle          13.13 (91) – 9.20 (74)

1939                Claremont                   East Fremantle            14.11 (95) – 11.10 (76)

1938                Claremont                   East Fremantle            14.17 (101) – 11.13 (79)

1938                Claremont                   East Fremantle            13.16 (94) Drew 14. 10 (94)

1937                East Fremantle            Claremont                   14.13 (97) – 13.9 (87)

1936                East Perth                    Claremont                   11.5 (71) – 9.6 (60)

1935                West Perth                  Subiaco                       11.8 (74) – 7.9 (51)

1934                West Perth                  East Fremantle            11.7 (73) – 5.9 (39)

1933                East Fremantle            Subiaco                       10.13 (73) – 7.7 (49)

1932                West Perth                  East Perth                    18.9 (117) – 11.8 (74)

1931                East Fremantle            Subiaco                       9.13 (67) – 7.7 (49)

1930                East Fremantle            South Fremantle          12.15 (87) – 9.11 (65)

1929                East Fremantle            South Fremantle          8.22 (70) – 5.9 (39)

1928                East Fremantle            East Perth                    10.13 (73) – 8.8 (56)

1927                East Perth                    South Fremantle          10.12 (72) – 7.9 (51)

1926                East Perth                    Subiaco                       11.19 (85) – 5.5 (35)

1925                East Fremantle            Subiaco                       10.10 (70) – 6.7 (43)

1924                Subiaco                       East Fremantle            7.9 (51) – 3.6 (24)

1923                East Perth                    East Fremantle            9.9 (63) – 7.4 (46)

1922                East Perth                    West Perth                  7.13 (55) – 5.9 (39)

1921                East Perth                    East Fremantle            5.9 (39) – 4.8 (32)

1920                East Perth                    East Fremantle            6.16 (52) – 4.6 (30)

1919                East Perth                    East Fremantle            10.8 (68) – 7.4 (46)

1918                East Fremantle            East Perth                    11.8 (74) – 8.5 (53)

1917                South Fremantle          East Fremantle            6.5 (41) – 3.8 (26)

1916                South Fremantle          East Fremantle            7.12 (54) – 5.5 (35)

1915                Subiaco                       Perth                            3.3 (21) – 2.7 (19)

1914                East Fremantle            South Fremantle          5.13 (43) – 3.6 (24)

1913                Subiaco                       Perth                            6.7 (43) – 4.7 (31)

1912                Subiaco                       East Fremantle            5.8 (38) – 4.5 (29)

1911                East Fremantle            West Perth                  14.12 (96) – 7.3 (45)

1910                East Fremantle            East Perth                    5.5 (35) – 2.10 (22)

1909                East Fremantle            Perth                            8.8 (56) – 4.6 (30)

1908                East Fremantle            Perth                            5.7 (37) d. 0.8 (8)

1907                Perth                            East Fremantle            6.6 (42) – 5.11 (41)

1906                East Fremantle            West Perth                  12.3 (75) – 5.6 (36)

1905                West Perth                  East Fremantle            4.7 (31) – 3.9 (27)

1905                West Perth                  East Fremantle            5.11. (41) Drew 6.5. (41)

1904                East Fremantle            Perth                            12.11 (83) – 3.7 (25)

1903                East Fremantle            West Perth                 

1902                East Fremantle            North Fremantle         

1901                West Perth                  East Fremantle           

1900                East Fremantle            South Fremantle         

1899                West Perth                  East Fremantle           

1898                Fremantle                    West Perth                 

1897                West Perth                                                     

1896                Fremantle                                                       

1895                Fremantle                                                       

1894                Fremantle                                                       

1893                Fremantle                                                       

1892                Fremantle                                                       

1891                Rovers                                                            

1890                Fremantle                                                       

1889                Unions                                                            

1888                Unions                                                            

1887                Unions                                                            

1886                Fremantle                                                       

1885                Rovers                                                            

 

Current Clubs

Club Nicknames are in Brackets.

Claremont (Tigers)

Premierships: (12) 1938, 1939, 1940, 1964, 1981, 1987, 1989, 1991, 1993, 1996, 2011, 2012,

Runners-Up: (13) 1936, 1937, 1942, 1972, 1982, 1983, 1988, 1990, 1994, 2004, 2005, 2007, 2010,

East Fremantle (Sharks)

Premierships: (29) 1900,1902, 1903, 1904, 1906, 1908, 1909, 1910, 1911, 1914, 1918, 1925, 1928, 1929, 1930,1931, 1933, 1937, 1943, 1945, 1946, 1957, 1965, 1974, 1979, 1985, 1992, 1994, 1998,

Runners-Up: (29) 1899, 1901, 1905, 1907, 1912, 1916, 1917, 1919, 1920, 1921, 1923, 1924, 1934, 1938, 1939, 1941, 1944, 1954, 1955, 1958, 1962, 1963, 1964, 1977, 1984, 1986, 1997, 2000, 2012,

East Perth (Royals)

Premierships: (17) 1919, 1920, 1921, 1922, 1923, 1926, 1927, 1936, 1944, 1956, 1958, 1959, 1972, 1978, 2000, 2001, 2002,

Runners-Up: (16) 1910, 1918, 1928, 1932, 1957, 1960, 1961, 1966, 1967, 1968, 1969, 1971, 1976, 1996, 2013, 2014,

Peel Thunder (Thunder)

Premierships: (2) 2016, 2017,

Runners-Up: (0)

Perth (Demons)

Premierships: (7) 1907, 1955, 1966, 1967, 1968, 1976, 1977,

Runners-Up: (10) 1904, 1908, 1909, 1913, 1915, 1949, 1950, 1970, 1974, 1978,

South Fremantle (Bulldogs)

Premierships: (13) 1916, 1917, 1947, 1948, 1950, 1952, 1953, 1954, 1970, 1980, 1997, 2005, 2009,

Runners-Up: (17) 1900, 1914, 1927, 1929, 1930, 1940, 1945, 1951, 1956, 1975, 1979, 1981, 1989, 1992, 1999, 2001, 2006,

Subiaco (Lions)

Premierships: (13) 1912, 1913, 1915, 1924, 1973, 1986, 1988, 2004, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2014, 2015,

Runners-Up: (16) 1925, 1926, 1931, 1933, 1935, 1959, 1980, 1985, 1987, 1991, 1995, 2003, 2009, 2011, 2016, 2017,

Swan Districts (Swans)

Premierships: (8) 1961, 1962, 1963, 1982, 1983, 1984, 1990, 2010,

Runners-Up: (3) 1943, 1965, 2008,

West Perth (Falcons)

Premierships: (19) 1897, 1899, 1901, 1905, 1932, 1934, 1935, 1941, 1942, 1949, 1951, 1960, 1969, 1971, 1975, 1995, 1999, 2003, 2013,

Runners-Up: (14) 1903, 1906, 1911, 1922, 1946, 1947, 1948, 1952, 1953, 1973, 1993, 1998, 2002, 2015,

 

Western Australia AFL Clubs

Fremantle Dockers joined the AFL Competition in 1995.

Since the 2014 season, Peel Thunder has served as the ‘Host Club’ in the WAFL for the Fremantle Dockers AFL Club. This arrangement sees Fremantle’s reserve players playing for Peel Thunder.

West Coast Eagles were founded in 1986 and entered the AFL Competition in 1987.

Fremantle Dockers AFL

Premierships: (0)

Runners-Up: (1) 2013,

West Coast Eagles AFL

Premierships: (3) 1992, 1994, 2006,

Runners-Up: (3) 1991, 2005, 2015,

 

Defunct Clubs

Club

Fremantle

Premierships: (2) 1886, 1898,

Runners-Up: (0)

Imperials

Premierships: (0)

Runners-Up: (1) 1897,

Midland Junction

Premierships: (0)

Runners-Up: (0)

North Fremantle

Premierships: (0)

Runners-Up: (1) 1902,

Rovers

Premierships: (2) 1885, 1891,

Runners-Up: (0)

Unions/Fremantle

Premierships: (9) 1887, 1888, 1889, 1890, 1892, 1893, 1894, 1895, 1896,

Runners-Up: (1) 1898,

 

Abbreviations

(AFL)              Australian Football League

(WAFL)          Western Australian Football League

(SANFL)         South Australian National Football League

(VFL)              Victorian Football League (Preceded the AFL Competition)

 

Definitions

G. B. T.

G         Goals kicked are worth 6 Points

B         Behinds kicked are worth 1 Point

T         Total Score