2012 WAFL Grand Final

The 2012 WAFL Grand Final was an Australian rules football game contested between the Claremont Football Club and the East Fremantle Football Club on Sunday 23 September 2012 at Patersons Stadium, to determine the premier team of the West Australian Football League (WAFL) for the 2012 season. Claremont won an exciting game by 26 points - 18.16 (124) to 15.8 (98) - and Paul Medhurst of Claremont was awarded the Simpson Medal. The win, which gave Claremont's its 12th WAFL premiership, was also the first time the Tigers had won successive flags since their 1938-1940 hat-trick.[1]

2012 WAFL Grand Final
Claremont East Fremantle
18.16 (124) 15.8 (98)
Date23 September 2012
StadiumPatersons Stadium
Attendance18,612
Accolades
Simpson MedalPaul Medhurst (Claremont)
Broadcast in Australia
NetworkABC1 (television)
720 ABC (radio)
ABC Grandstand (radio/online)
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BackgroundEdit

Claremont, the reigning premiers, finished the home-and-away rounds on top of the ladder with 15 wins and a large percentage. The Tigers advanced directly to the Grand Final after defeating Swan Districts in the Second Semi-final.

East Fremantle finished third at the end of the home-and-away rounds with 14 wins. The Sharks defeated East Perth in the First Semi-final and then Swan Districts in the Preliminary Final to advance to the Grand Final. This was the first time the Sharks had made it to the Grand Final since 2000, and their most recent Grand Final victory was in 1998.

In the lead-up to the Grand Final, Claremont captain Andrew Browne failed a fitness test on his injured left hamstring, and deputy Luke Blackwell was appointed to lead the side.[2]

TeamsEdit

ClaremontEdit

FB: Jesse Laurie David Crawford Jeremy McGovern
HB: Aaron Holt James Thomson Lewis Stevenson
C: Tom Swift Nick Suban Kane Mitchell
HF: Rory Walton Tom Lee Jake Murphy
FF: Ian Richardson Chad Jones Brad Nisbett
R: Mitch Andrews Luke Blackwell (c) Byron Schammer
I: Paul Medhurst Andrew Foster Gerrick Weedon
Trinity Handley
Coach: Marc Webb

East FremantleEdit

FB: Brad Cooper Mitch Brown Steven Dodd
HB: James Bayliss Tom Howlett Andrew Stephen
C: Bradd Dalziell Mark McGough (c) Sean Henson
HF: Sam Menegola Luke Weller Brad Dick
FF: Brock O'Brien Rob Young Jacob Brennan
R: Jonathan Griffin Richard Hadley Koby Stevens
I: Jayden Schofield Rory O'Brien Leith Teakle
Cameron Sutcliffe
Coach: Steve Malaxos

Match reportEdit

East Fremantle closed to within one point at the start of the final quarter when Young kicked his second,[2] but Claremont managed to steady and kick five of the last six goals to run out comfortable winners in the end.

The defeat was especially bitter for the Sharks as, for the second time since 2000, they lost Grand Finals in all three grades; they had lost earlier to Claremont in the Reserves, and were defeated for the Colts premiership by South Fremantle.[1]

Match DetailsEdit

2012 WAFL Grand Final
Sunday, 23 September 2:15pm Claremont def. East Fremantle Patersons Stadium (crowd: 18,612) Report
8.6 (54)
11.11 (77)
13.13 (91)
 18.16 (124)
Q1
Q2
Q3
 Final
1.1 (7)
7.5 (47)
13.6 (84)
 15.8 (98)
Umpires: Justin Orr, Todd Keating, Scott McPhee
Simpson Medal: Paul Medhurst
Television broadcast: ABC1
Medhurst 6
Richardson, Mitchell 3
Foster 2
Schammer, Blackwell, Lee, Jones 1
Goals 3 Griffin, Young
2 B. O'Brien
1 Menegola, Teakle, Stevens, McGough, Brennan, R. O'Brien, Dalziell
Medhurst, Blackwell, Mitchell, Richardson, Schammer, Foster, Walton Best Griffin, Dalziell, Brown, Howlett, Dodd, Young, Menegola
Foster (knee) Injuries Bayliss (elbow)
Handley (rough conduct) Reports Young (rough conduct)

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b Reid, Russell (23 September 2012). "Tigers claim back-to-back flags". The West Australian. Archived from the original on 18 October 2012.
  2. ^ a b Pike, Chris (23 September 2012). "Claremont survives East Fremantle fightback to claim 2012 WAFL flag".