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August - Western Derby

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Western Australia's number one footy match - the Western Derby - has been named as the eighth heritage icon as part of the State's 175th Anniversary celebrations.

 

Eagles and Dockers icons

 

The icon listing, which was recommended by the National Trust, was in recognition of football's key social and historical importance to the State. The announcement was made by Dr Gallop on the eve of one of the most crucial Derby matches to date - one which could determine which WA team would make it to the finals.

Since the Dockers entered the AFL in 1995, WA footy fans have become gripped by the Derby. While Western Australians are always proud of giving an interstate team a thumping, there is something about the Derby that draws out the best in both sides.

The Western Derby provides a link to the rich heritage of the Fremantle derbies that had been played in the WA Football League since early last century. In its early days, as well as being intensely competitive, it was also a fairly violent match where emotions ran high. Most of the players during the week worked side by side on the wharfs, yet when it came to the two clubs playing each other, all friendships were forgotten and it was winning that mattered. It is hoped that this tradition, minus the unnecessary violence, will continue through the growing tribal rivalry of the Eagles-Dockers clashes.

The West Coast Eagles have dominated the Derby matches, winning 14 out of the 19 games played so far.

The Fremantle Dockers won their first Western Derby in July, 1999 and picked up their last victory by 10 points in May this year.

Derby Key facts

Since the Fremantle Dockers entered the AFL in 1995, 19 Western Derby games have been played.

  • West Coast Eagles have won 14 out of the 19 Derby matches
  • The Fremantle Dockers won their first Derby in Round 16 in 1999
  • The biggest margin was in 2000, round 6, when the Eagles won by 117 points.
  • The closest match was also in 2000, round 21, when the Dockers won by 1 point.

  • 1995
    • Fremantle Dockers 9.12 (66) defeated by West Coast Eagles 23.13(151), (Round 7)
    • Fremantle Dockers 8.10 (58) defeated by West Coast Eagles 16.15 (111), (Round 22)

  • 1996
    • Fremantle Dockers 6.9 (45) defeated by West Coast Eagles 9.13 (67), (Round 1)
    • Fremantle Dockers 7.6 (48) defeated by West Coast Eagles 12.10 (82), (Round 16)

  • 1997
    • Fremantle Dockers 9.17 (71) defeated by West Coast Eagles 16.15 (111) (Round 3)
    • Fremantle Dockers 7.7 (49) defeated by West Coast Eagles 13.4 (82), (Round 18)

  • 1998
    • Fremantle Dockers 10.7 (67) defeated by West Coast Eagles 14.10 (94) (Round 3)
    • Fremantle Dockers 8.12 (60) defeated by West Coast Eagles 15.9 (99) (Round 18)

  • 1999
    • Fremantle Dockers 13.20 (98) defeated by West Coast Eagles 15.12 (101) (Round 1)
    • West Coast Eagles 11.6 (72) defeated by Fremantle Dockers 17.17 (119) (Round 16)

  • 2000
    • Fremantle Dockers 9.7 (61) defeated by West Coast Eagles 28.10 (178), (Round 6)
    • West Coast Eagles 15.10 (100) defeated by Fremantle Dockers 15.11 (101) (Round 21)

  • 2001
    • Fremantle Dockers 13.10 (88) defeated by West Coast Eagles 16.16 (112) (Round 4)
    • Fremantle Dockers 9.10 (64) defeated by West Coast Eagles 14.14 (98) (Round 19)

  • 2002
    • Fremantle Dockers 18.10 (118) defeated by West Coast Eagles 21.11 (137)(Round 1)
    • West Coast Eagles 11.4 (70) defeated by Fremantle Dockers 15.10 (100), (Round 16)

  • 2003
    • Fremantle Dockers 10.13 (73) defeated by West Coast Eagles 16.12 (108)(Round 5)
    • West Coast Eagles 11.16 (82) defeated by Fremantle Dockers 14.12 (96) (Round 22)

  • 2004
    • West Coast Eagles 11.7 (73) defeated by Fremantle Dockers 12.11(83) (Round 7)

    • Fremantle 6.9 (45) defeated by West Coast Eagles 13.15 (93) (Round 21)