The first recorded match was played between the
Fourteenth Foot Regiment from Hobart and a group of locals on the Bishop
Collegiate school grounds. The match took two days and was won by the military.
Clubs were slowly formed in the early 1880s,
including the Swans Club in 1883, culminating in the formation of the Western
Australian Football Association in 1885. The association was made up of three
clubs, Fremantle Union, Victorians and Rovers.
The first game was played on the 6th June between
Victorians and Rovers.1886 saw the splitting of Fremantle Union into Union and
Fremantle. 1898 saw the formation of East Perth and 1899 South Fremantle.
In 1906 the association celebrated its 21st
Birthday with six clubs, West Perth, South Fremantle, East Fremantle, Perth,
Subiaco and East Perth. In 1926 they were joined by Claremont and in 1934 by
Swan Districts. The league changed its name to Westar Rules and added "Peel
Thunder" to the above eight teams. The league then reverted back to beig the
The 1982 Grand Final was commemorated by an
overprint of the
27c Kangaroo Paw PSE with PM 923 and by
a cover produced by Frankston Stamps (top) This cover was one of a series of
covers including 1 Cover with the VFL Logo and logos of each club, 12 covers
with the logos of each VFL club, all with VFL Grand Final PM (APM12220) and the
above cover with the WAFL Logo, the logos of the WAFL clubs and the WAFL Grand
Final PM (APM12110). 9,285 cancels were applied to all types of covers. All were
displayed in a special Folder. The same cover was also
postmarked by the
Swan Districts defeated Claremont 18.19.127 to
The Grand Final in the Centenary Year, 1985, was
commemorated by a special cover and Postmark (PM 1235). 4,493 envelopes were
cancelled. One of the covers commemorated
Haydn Bunton Jnr who led the Swans
to their first Cup in 1961.
In a close fought
match East Fremantle defeated Subiaco by only 5 points to take the Centenary
flag with a score of 15.12.102 to 14.13.97
East Fremantle, the most successful team in
the West with 28 premierships celebrated its Centenary in 1997 with release of 2
Commemorative covers and Postmark (PM 2043). One showed the
Centenary Crest and the other the
Havilah Enterprises also released a
East Fremantle also played off in the
1997 Westar Grand Final but went down to
South Fremantle. 100 covers were privately produced by Havilah Enterprises
to commemorate the 1997 Grand Final.
East Fremantle were more successful in 1998
defeating West Perth. 50 covers were privately produced by Havilah
Enterprises to commemorate the
1998 Grand Final.
On 19th September 2004 at Subiaco the home
side defeated Claremont in the WAFL Grand Final. A Commemorative
was released by First Class Collectables.
East Fremantle defeated Claremont by 56 pts at the
Grand Final played at Subiaco on the 18th
released by First Class Collectables.
On the 22nd June 2006
Steve Marsh were
inducted into the AFL Hall of Fame.
Postcard from the Past
The above KGV Postcard is posted Perth on 1 Oct 3? to Mr B
Walkemeyer from the WAFL Secretary, Mr WR Orr, advising him that he has
been appointed to act as umpire on the Perth Oval on the next Saturday.
Review of WAFL records show that Mr B Walkemeyer only
umpired one game on 15th May 1926 when Claremont played East Fremantle at the
Show Grounds. (Thanks to Steve Davies).