1926 WAFL season

The 1926 WAFL season was the 42nd season of senior football in Perth, Western Australia.

Football Season

1926 WAFL season
Teams 7
Premiers East Perth
(6th premiership)
Minor premiers East Perth
(6th minor premiership)
Matches played 66
Bernie Naylor Medallist Bonny Campbell (East Perth)
Sandover Medallist Johnny Leonard (Subiaco)

Desire had existed upon some stakeholders to expand the competition ever since it contracted to six clubs during World War I,[1] but because districts were not applied to the senior competition until 1925, the leading contenders, former club Midland Junction and established B-grade club Claremont-Cottesloe, were not able to attract or keep top players. Claremont, wearing the blue and gold colours of the local swimming club, were admitted at a meeting on 19 August 1925[2] and made their debut in 1926 but former “B” grade Claremont juniors with established WAFL clubs like Jerry Dolan and Pat Rodriguez were permitted to stay with their current clubs. Claremont had an exceedingly inexperienced team and were only able to win one game and that by a single point.[3] Patronisingly called the “babies” in their early years in the WAFL,[4] Claremont were not to finish above second-last in their first ten seasons, and were not helped by being the worst sufferer from the interstate recruiting drives of VFL clubs when the Great Depression began.[5]

With the return of champion coach Phil Matson after he was widely tipped to take over the reins at Richmond,[6] East Perth won their sixth premiership in eight seasons. West Perth, who had been last in 1924 but had a new grandstand constructed during the season at their eleven-year-old home base of Leederville,[7] rivalled them until September before the Royals showed themselves clearly the best team in the run home. Subiaco, who had developed what many regard as the best team it ever fielded in the previous season,[8] were disappointing until a stirring run from a mathematical chance for the four drives them to the Grand Final only to be thrashed – a scenario repeated by the Maroons in 1933.

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Round 1
Saturday, 24 April (2:45 pm) Claremont-Cottesloe 6.10 (46) def. by East Perth 16.21 (117) Claremont Showground [9]
Saturday, 24 April (2:45 pm) East Fremantle 7.12 (54) def. Perth 6.8 (44) Fremantle Oval [10]
Saturday, 24 April (2:45 pm) Subiaco 11.7 (73) def. by South Fremantle 11.10 (76) Subiaco Oval [11]
Bye:West Perth

Claremont-Cottesloe make their league debut with only one established player in Norm McIntosh (formerly of Richmond) and are outplayed but viewed as “promising”.

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