1945 WANFL season

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1945 WAFL season
Teams 8
Premiers East Fremantle
(20th premiership)
Minor premiers East Fremantle
(25th minor premiership)
Matches played 84
Bernie Naylor Medallist Bill Baker (West Perth)
Sandover Medallist George Bailey (Perth)
1941 (Open-Age)
1944 (Wartime Under-Age)
1946

The 1945 WANFL season was the 61st season of the various incarnations of the Western Australian National Football League.

During the 1944 season, participation had been restricted to players under nineteen as of October 1, 1944, after the season, it was clear to the WANFL that changes had to be made to this underage restriction,[1] since the Over-Age Footballers Association, the Metal Trades Association and services competitions were developing a good standard from players who were too old to play league football.[2] In October 1944, the WANFL agreed to raise the limit to 25 years of age as of December 31, 1945,[3] but this move proved ill-received and on March 29 the League decided to abolish age restrictions altogether, returning the WANFL to open-age competition.[4] There was concern that the erratic availability of players who were still in the services would cause difficulties,[5] which meant that the seconds competition, which was disbanded after 1940, was not resumed.

Numerous famous players of the era – amongst them Merv McIntosh and Bernie Naylor – remained entirely unavailable due to war service, and all clubs had to make constant changes to their lineups,[6] it was generally thought that the 1945 teams would largely be composed of under-age players from 1944, but this proved not to be the case as most either joined the military or proved uncompetitive in senior competition. East Perth, whose unbeaten under-age team of 1944 retained many more of its players than any other club,[7] found the going very tough in open competition and fell to sixth. Owing to the return of numerous top players from its 1941 team, including “Scranno” Jenkins, “Corp” Reilly, Alby Higham and Harry Carbon, South Fremantle, whose restricted-age team had at the close of 1944 lost 24 consecutive matches by an average of ninety-six points,[8] recovered in remarkable fashion to reach the Grand Final.

Claremont was forced to play home games at Subiaco and the W.A.C.A. due to the 1944 Claremont Oval fire[2] and the fact that the Claremont Showgrounds, which would ordinarily have become an alternative Tiger home venue, were themselves burned in a fire in January 1945,[9] finishing last by six games. East Fremantle and West Perth, who contested the previous open-age Grand Final, against set the pace, but Old Easts dominated the latter part of the season and won the premiership.

A new innovation was the Simpson Medal, the first award in Australian sport for the best player in a Grand Final.

Home-and-away Season[edit]

Round 1[edit]

Round 1
Saturday, 5 May (2:45 pm) East Fremantle 16.20 (116) def. Subiaco 3.17 (35) Fremantle Oval [10]
Saturday, 5 May (2:45 pm) Claremont 11.13 (79) def. by Perth 12.10 (82) Subiaco Oval [11]
Saturday, 5 May (2:45 pm) East Perth 9.8 (62) def. by Swan Districts 10.12 (72) Perth Oval [12]
Saturday, 5 May (2:45 pm) West Perth 12.12 (84) def. South Fremantle 12.9 (81) Leederville Oval [13]
  • Good crowds attended the first open-age football for four seasons, which caused difficulties at Leederville Oval where only a single turnstile was available.[14]
  • Steve Marsh kicked five goals for South Fremantle on debut.

Round 2[edit]

Round 2
Saturday, 12 May (2:45 pm) South Fremantle 18.19 (127) def. East Perth 13.12 (90) Fremantle Oval [15]
Saturday, 12 May (2:45 pm) Swan Districts 15.13 (103) def. by West Perth 18.18 (126) Bassendean Oval (crowd: 4009) [16]
Saturday, 12 May (2:45 pm) Perth 12.10 (82) def. by Subiaco 13.13 (91) WACA [17]
Saturday, 12 May (2:45 pm) Claremont 10.12 (72) def. by East Fremantle 20.14 (134) Subiaco Oval [18]

South Fremantle broke a 24-match losing streak with its first win since 1943. Returning forward Alby Higham kicked seven goals in the win.

Round 3[edit]

Round 3
Saturday, 19 May (2:45 pm) Swan Districts 11.10 (76) def. by South Fremantle 13.11 (89) Bassendean Oval [19]
Saturday, 19 May (2:45 pm) West Perth 14.16 (100) def. by East Perth 17.8 (110) Leederville Oval [20]
Saturday, 19 May (2:45 pm) Claremont 16.15 (111) def. by Subiaco 17.17 (119) Subiaco Oval [21]
Saturday, 19 May (2:45 pm) East Fremantle 20.17 (137) def. Perth 14.14 (98) Fremantle Oval [22]

Allan Wilkinson, who had been playing for West Adelaide in previous weeks, kicked nine goals for Subiaco, but he was soon to be forced out of the game after suffering a serious knee problem and being unable to afford surgery.[6]

Round 4[edit]

Round 4
Saturday, 26 May (2:45 pm) Subiaco 11.21 (87) def. by West Perth 13.10 (88) Subiaco Oval [23]
Saturday, 26 May (2:45 pm) Perth 15.11 (101) def. Swan Districts 14.13 (97) WACA [24]
Saturday, 26 May (2:45 pm) East Perth 13.16 (94) def. by Claremont 17.14 (116) Perth Oval [25]
Saturday, 26 May (2:45 pm) East Fremantle 18.14 (122) def. South Fremantle 13.13 (91) Fremantle Oval [26]

Round 5[edit]

Round 5
Saturday, 2 June (2:45 pm) Subiaco 13.13 (91) def. South Fremantle 8.14 (62) Subiaco Oval [27]
Saturday, 2 June (2:45 pm) Perth 21.8 (134) def. East Perth 14.10 (94) WACA [28]
Saturday, 2 June (2:45 pm) Swan Districts 16.16 (112) def. Claremont 13.11 (89) Bassendean Oval [29]
Saturday, 2 June (2:45 pm) West Perth 16.9 (105) def. East Fremantle 14.14 (98) Leederville Oval [30]

Round 6[edit]

Round 6
Saturday, 9 June (2:45 pm) Perth 9.12 (66) def. South Fremantle 6.6 (42) WACA [31]
Saturday, 9 June (2:45 pm) East Perth 8.8 (56) def. Subiaco 3.6 (24) Perth Oval [32]
Saturday, 9 June (2:45 pm) Claremont 4.11 (35) def. by West Perth 13.12 (90) Subiaco Oval [33]
Saturday, 9 June (2:45 pm) East Fremantle 7.16 (58) def. by Swan Districts 11.15 (81) Fremantle Oval [34]
  • On Perth’s wettest football day on record with 77.7 millimetres (3.06 in)[35] East Perth defeated Subiaco despite kicking no goals in the second and third quarters.
  • Subiaco’s score of 3.6 (24) was its lowest since 1922.[36]

Round 7[edit]

Round 7
Saturday, 16 June (2:45 pm) Subiaco 11.11 (77) def. Swan Districts 6.10 (46) Subiaco Oval [37]
Saturday, 16 June (2:45 pm) West Perth 9.16 (70) def. Perth 6.17 (53) Leederville Oval [38]
Saturday, 16 June (2:45 pm) South Fremantle 12.14 (86) def. Claremont 10.15 (75) Fremantle Oval [39]
Saturday, 16 June (2:45 pm) East Perth 10.3 (63) def. by East Fremantle 11.10 (76) Perth Oval [40]

Round 8[edit]

Round 8
Saturday, 23 June (2:45 pm) South Fremantle 17.17 (119) def. West Perth 14.14 (98) Fremantle Oval [41]
Saturday, 23 June (2:45 pm) East Perth 7.11 (53) def. Swan Districts 5.19 (49) Bassendean Oval [42]
Saturday, 23 June (2:45 pm) Perth 7.9 (51) def. by Claremont 11.11 (77) Leederville Oval [43]
Saturday, 23 June (2:45 pm) Subiaco 7.14 (56) def. by East Fremantle 11.13 (79) Subiaco Oval [44]

Record rainfall in Perth of 384.7 millimetres (15.15 in) over thirteen days ending 22 June[35] led to the Perth v Claremont match being transferred due to flooding of the WACA. It is the only such transfer due to a flooded ground in WA(N)FL history.[45]

Round 9[edit]

Round 9
Saturday, 30 June (2:45 pm) West Perth 23.14 (152) def. Swan Districts 11.16 (82) Leederville Oval [46]
Saturday, 30 June (2:45 pm) East Perth 19.16 (130) def. South Fremantle 7.18 (60) Perth Oval [47]
Saturday, 30 June (2:45 pm) Subiaco 12.9 (81) def. Perth 9.6 (60) Subiaco Oval [48]
Saturday, 30 June (2:45 pm) East Fremantle 15.17 (107) def. Claremont 7.3 (45) Fremantle Oval (crowd: 2604) [49]

East Perth take the last place in the top four with a fine win led by a 9.8 (62) to 0.2 (2) second quarter with captain-coach Cecil Rowland scoring their first six goals and eight overall.

Round 10[edit]

Round 10
Saturday, 7 July (2:45 pm) South Fremantle 10.26 (86) def. Swan Districts 11.14 (80) Fremantle Oval [50]
Saturday, 7 July (2:45 pm) East Perth 7.13 (55) def. by West Perth 10.11 (71) Perth Oval [51]
Saturday, 7 July (2:45 pm) Subiaco 19.11 (125) def. Claremont 5.6 (36) Subiaco Oval [52]
Saturday, 7 July (2:45 pm) Perth 7.5 (47) def. by East Fremantle 18.18 (126) WACA [53]

Following the match between traditional rivals West Perth and East Perth, a mob of around fifty spectators made a hostile attack upon field umpire Mosey, following him until he dispersed some distance down Bulwer Street.[54]

Round 11[edit]

Round 11
Saturday, 14 July (2:45 pm) West Perth 19.14 (128) def. Subiaco 19.5 (119) Leederville Oval [55]
Saturday, 14 July (2:45 pm) Swan Districts 12.19 (91) def. Perth 11.6 (72) Bassendean Oval [56]
Saturday, 14 July (2:45 pm) Claremont 9.13 (67) def. by East Perth 12.12 (84) Subiaco Oval [57]
Saturday, 14 July (2:45 pm) East Fremantle 15.12 (102) def. by South Fremantle 16.14 (110) Fremantle Oval [58]

Round 12[edit]

Round 12
Saturday, 21 July (2:45 pm) South Fremantle 15.15 (105) def. Subiaco 7.7 (49) Fremantle Oval [59]
Saturday, 21 July (2:45 pm) East Perth 11.11 (77) def. Perth 7.18 (60) Perth Oval [60]
Saturday, 21 July (2:45 pm) Claremont 9.4 (58) def. by Swan Districts 17.9 (111) WACA [61]
Saturday, 21 July (2:45 pm) East Fremantle 7.14 (56) def. by West Perth 8.13 (61) Subiaco Oval [62]
  • Prior to the round, South Fremantle won an appeal regarding the residential eligibility of Harry Carbon, who before the war had been residentially tied to East Fremantle, but had since moved into South Fremantle's territory.[63][64]

Round 13[edit]

Round 13
Saturday, 28 July (2:45 pm) South Fremantle 10.8 (68) def. Perth 7.14 (56) Fremantle Oval [65]
Saturday, 28 July (2:45 pm) Subiaco 5.7 (37) def. by East Perth 9.5 (59) Subiaco Oval [66]
Saturday, 28 July (2:45 pm) West Perth 16.13 (109) def. Claremont 3.11 (29) Leederville Oval [67]
Saturday, 28 July (2:45 pm) Swan Districts 14.13 (97) def. by East Fremantle 15.10 (100) Bassendean Oval [68]

Round 14[edit]

Round 14
Saturday, 4 August (2:45 pm) Swan Districts 11.19 (85) def. Subiaco 7.10 (52) Bassendean Oval [69]
Saturday, 4 August (2:45 pm) Perth 9.8 (62) def. West Perth 7.13 (55) WACA [70]
Saturday, 4 August (2:45 pm) Claremont 8.11 (59) def. by South Fremantle 16.13 (109) Subiaco Oval [71]
Saturday, 4 August (2:45 pm) East Fremantle 23.12 (150) def. East Perth 6.10 (46) Fremantle Oval [72]
  • Perth unexpectedly end a run of seven consecutive losses against the league leaders, who fail to adapt to muddy grounds resulting from a recurrence of June’s record rainfall.[73]
  • East Fremantle forward George Doig returned for his first match since 1941 and kicked seven goals.

Round 15[edit]

Round 15
Saturday, 11 August (2:45 pm) West Perth 11.10 (76) def. by South Fremantle 13.16 (94) Leederville Oval [74]
Saturday, 11 August (2:45 pm) Swan Districts 10.20 (80) def. East Perth 8.7 (55) Bassendean Oval [75]
Saturday, 11 August (2:45 pm) Perth 17.33 (135) def. Claremont 1.3 (9) WACA [76]
Saturday, 11 August (2:45 pm) Subiaco 11.5 (71) def. by East Fremantle 12.15 (87) Subiaco Oval [77]
  • Perth’s win over Claremont set several records:
  1. It remains the equal-lowest score in the WA(N)FL since Subiaco kicked 1.2 (8) against East Perth in 1920 – being equalled by East Perth in 2003.[78]
  2. It remains Claremont’s lowest-ever score in the WANFL, with the previous lowest being 2.10 (22) against West Perth in 1935.[79]
  3. It was the first time since East Perth against West Perth in 1913 than a senior WA(N)FL team failed to score in the first half.
  4. Perth’s 33 behinds was the most since East Fremantle’s record 41 against Midland Junction in 1917 and is still the equal second-most in league history.[80]
  • Swan Districts came from 21 points behind to defeat East Perth, after kicking twelve consecutive behinds between the midpoints of the first and last quarters. It is the last time a WA(N)FL team has won without scoring any goals in the second and third quarters.

Round 16[edit]

Round 16
Saturday, 18 August (2:45 pm) West Perth 7.15 (57) def. Swan Districts 5.7 (37) Leederville Oval [81]
Saturday, 18 August (2:45 pm) East Perth 8.14 (62) def. by South Fremantle 13.9 (87) Perth Oval [82]
Saturday, 18 August (2:45 pm) Perth 11.8 (74) def. by Subiaco 10.16 (76) WACA [83]
Saturday, 18 August (2:45 pm) East Fremantle 23.19 (157) def. Claremont 9.5 (59) Fremantle Oval (crowd: 2253) [84]

Round 17[edit]

Round 17
Saturday, 25 August (2:45 pm) Swan Districts 15.12 (102) def. South Fremantle 10.15 (75) Bassendean Oval [85]
Saturday, 25 August (2:45 pm) East Perth 7.14 (56) def. by West Perth 14.7 (91) Perth Oval [86]
Saturday, 25 August (2:45 pm) Claremont 6.11 (47) def. by Subiaco 18.15 (123) Subiaco Oval [87]
Saturday, 25 August (2:45 pm) East Fremantle 19.7 (121) def. Perth 9.10 (64) Fremantle Oval [88]

Round 18[edit]

Round 18
Saturday, 1 September (2:45 pm) West Perth 9.13 (67) def. Subiaco 6.17 (53) Leederville Oval [89]
Saturday, 1 September (2:45 pm) Perth 7.12 (54) def. Swan Districts 6.17 (53) WACA [90]
Saturday, 1 September (2:45 pm) Claremont 6.7 (43) def. by East Perth 16.19 (115) Subiaco Oval [91]
Saturday, 1 September (2:45 pm) East Fremantle 18.15 (123) def. South Fremantle 12.14 (86) Fremantle Oval [92]

Swan Districts lost by one point against Perth after kicking 0.8 (8) with the breeze in the last quarter.

Round 19[edit]

Round 19
Saturday, 8 September (2:45 pm) Subiaco 16.16 (112) def. South Fremantle 14.7 (91) Subiaco Oval [93]
Saturday, 8 September (2:45 pm) East Perth 13.21 (99) def. Perth 9.14 (68) Perth Oval [94]
Saturday, 8 September (2:45 pm) Claremont 10.10 (70) def. by Swan Districts 15.25 (115) WACA [95]
Saturday, 8 September (2:45 pm) East Fremantle 19.13 (127) def. West Perth 11.9 (75) Fremantle Oval [96]

Round 20[edit]

Round 20
Saturday, 15 September (2:45 pm) Subiaco 7.12 (54) def. by Swan Districts 11.13 (79) Subiaco Oval [97]
Saturday, 15 September (2:45 pm) West Perth 10.14 (74) def. by Perth 14.9 (93) Leederville Oval [98]
Saturday, 15 September (2:45 pm) South Fremantle 21.18 (144) def. Claremont 14.12 (96) Fremantle Oval [99]
Saturday, 15 September (2:45 pm) East Perth 5.8 (38) def. by East Fremantle 9.19 (73) Perth Oval [100]

Swan Districts defeated Subiaco by 25 points in a match which directly decided which of the two teams finished fourth.

Ladder[edit]

1945 WANFL Ladder
TEAM P W L D PF PA % PTS
1 East Fremantle (P) 20 16 4 0 2149 1400 153.50% 64
2 West Perth 20 14 6 0 1777 1549 114.72% 56
3 South Fremantle 20 12 8 0 1812 1749 103.60% 48
4 Swan Districts 20 10 10 0 1648 1540 107.01% 40
5 Subiaco 20 9 11 0 1532 1558 98.33% 36
6 East Perth 20 9 11 0 1498 1585 94.51% 36
7 Perth 20 8 12 0 1512 1617 93.51% 32
8 Claremont 20 2 18 0 1272 2202 57.77% 8
Key: P = Played, W = Won, L = Lost, D = Drawn, PF = Points For, PA = Points Against

Finals[edit]

First Semi Final[edit]

First Semi Final
Saturday, 22 September (2:45 pm) South Fremantle 16.13 (109) def. Swan Districts 9.11 (65) Subiaco Oval (crowd: 10,500) [101]

First-year rover Steve Marsh (South Fremantle) kicked eight goals.

Second Semi Final[edit]

Second Semi Final
Saturday, 29 September (2:45 pm) East Fremantle 14.14 (98) def. West Perth 6.10 (46) Subiaco Oval (crowd: 18,000) [102]

Ted Tyson played his last match for the Cardinals.

Preliminary Final[edit]

Preliminary Final
Saturday, 6 October (2:45 pm) West Perth 9.7 (61) def. by South Fremantle 16.11 (107) Subiaco Oval (crowd: 13,000) [103]

Grand Final[edit]

1945 WANFL Grand Final
Saturday, 13 October (2:45 pm) East Fremantle def. South Fremantle Subiaco Oval (crowd: 21,000) [104]
2.2 (14)
5.6 (36)
6.10 (46)
 12.15 (87)
Q1
Q2
Q3
 Final
4.6 (30)
4.6 (30)
6.9 (45)
 7.9 (51)
Umpires: Leo McComish
Simpson Medal: Alan Ebbs (East Fremantle)
Meiers 3, McDonald 3, George Doig 2, French, Prince, Alan Ebbs, Strang Goals Marsh 3, Reilly 2, Lewington, Lyon
Strang, Gabrielson, Alan Ebbs, Mann, Soltoggio, McDonald, Garrity, French Best “Scranno” Jenkins, Reilly, Marsh, Carbon, Erikson, Graham, Brown

References[edit]

  1. ^ ‘Football: The Age Limit – Prospects for Future’; The West Australian, 25 October 1944, p. 3
  2. ^ a b Casey, Kevin (1995); The Tigers’ Tale: the origins and history of the Claremont Football Club; Claremont Football Club; pp. 55-56. ISBN 0646264982
  3. ^ ‘Football: The Age Limit – League Agrees to Extension’; The West Australian, 26 October 1944, p. 2
  4. ^ ‘League Football – An Open Competition: Decision for 1945 Season’; The West Australian, 23 March 1945, p. 2
  5. ^ ‘Large training Lists – Second Competition Needed’; The West Australian, 16 April 1945, p. 3
  6. ^ a b Spillman, Ken; Diehards: The Story of the Subiaco Football Club 1896-1945; p. 171 ISBN 0-646-35834-0
  7. ^ ‘Football Season: A Difficult Period – Some Innovations Suggested’; The West Australian, 18 October 1945, p. 2
  8. ^ WAFL Footy Facts: Consecutive Games Lost
  9. ^ ‘Showgrounds Fire: Public Stand Gutted – Handicap to Society’; The West Australian, 6 January 1945, p. 6
  10. ^ ‘East Fremantle’s Big Margin’; The West Australian, 7 May 1945, p. 3
  11. ^ ‘Claremont’s Stubborn Resistance’; The West Australian, 7 May 1945, p. 3
  12. ^ ‘Better Teamwork’; The West Australian, 7 May 1945, p. 3
  13. ^ ‘A Good Recovery’; The West Australian, 7 May 1945, p. 3
  14. ^ ‘Football Season Opens’; The West Australian, 7 May 1945, p. 3
  15. ^ ‘South Fremantle Wins’; The West Australian, 14 May 1945, p. 3
  16. ^ ‘West Perth’s Good Finish’; The West Australian, 14 May 1945, p. 3
  17. ^ ‘Perth Surprised’; The West Australian, 14 May 1945, p. 3
  18. ^ ‘Second Quarter Burst’; The West Australian, 14 May 1945, p. 3
  19. ^ ‘A Matter of Tactics’; The West Australian, 21 May 1945, p. 3
  20. ^ ‘A Fast Game’; The West Australian, 21 May 1945, p. 3
  21. ^ ‘Wilkinson Kicks Nine Goals’; The West Australian, 21 May 1945, p. 3
  22. ^ ‘East Fremantle Too Strong’; The West Australian, 21 May 1945, p. 3
  23. ^ ‘Last-Quarter Burst’; The West Australian, 28 May 1945, p. 3
  24. ^ ‘Perth’s Small Margin’; The West Australian, 28 May 1945, p. 3
  25. ^ ‘Claremont Improves’; The West Australian, 28 May 1945, p. 3
  26. ^ ‘A Fine Display’; The West Australian, 28 May 1945, p. 3
  27. ^ ‘Greater Confidence’; The West Australian, 4 June 1945, p. 3
  28. ^ ‘Superior Weight’; The West Australian, 4 June 1945, p. 3
  29. ^ ‘Swan Districts’ Stamina’; The West Australian, 4 June 1945, p. 3
  30. ^ ‘Bustling Tactics’; The West Australian, 4 June 1945, p. 3
  31. ^ ‘Perth’s Good Tactics’; The West Australian, 11 June 1945, p. 3
  32. ^ ‘East Perth’s Second Win’; The West Australian, 11 June 1945, p. 3
  33. ^ ‘Sound Methods’; The West Australian, 11 June 1945, p. 3
  34. ^ ‘Disabilities Overcome’; The West Australian, 11 June 1945, p. 3
  35. ^ a b Perth Regional Office (009034) June 1945 rainfall
  36. ^ Subiaco: Lowest Scores
  37. ^ ‘Subiaco’s Strong Rucks’; The West Australian, 18 June 1945, p. 3
  38. ^ ‘Perth Misses Heusler’; The West Australian, 18 June 1945, p. 3
  39. ^ ‘South Fremantle Wins’; The West Australian, 18 June 1945, p. 3
  40. ^ ‘East Fremantle Again’; The West Australian, 18 June 1945, p. 3
  41. ^ ‘All-Round Strength’; The West Australian, 25 June 1945, p. 3
  42. ^ ‘Exciting Finish’; The West Australian, 25 June 1945, p. 3
  43. ^ ‘Perth’s Weak Team’; The West Australian, 25 June 1945, p. 3
  44. ^ ‘Subiaco Fails’; The West Australian, 25 June 1945, p. 3
  45. ^ ‘Floods Make Football History’; the Daily News, 22 June 1945, p. 8
  46. ^ ‘West Perth’s Pace’; The West Australian, 2 July 1945, p. 3
  47. ^ ‘The Art of Scoring’; The West Australian, 2 July 1945, p. 3
  48. ^ ‘Perth Finishes Weakly’; The West Australian, 2 July 1945, p. 3
  49. ^ ‘Strong Centre Line’; The West Australian, 2 July 1945, p. 3
  50. ^ ‘South Wins Narrowly’; The West Australian, 9 July 1945, p. 3
  51. ^ ‘An Even Side’; The West Australian, 9 July 1945, p. 3
  52. ^ ‘Subiaco in Form’; The West Australian, 9 July 1945, p. 3
  53. ^ ‘Scales Against Perth’; The West Australian, 9 July 1945, p. 3
  54. ^ ‘League Football: Demonstration Against Umpire’; ; The West Australian, 9 July 1945, p. 3
  55. ^ ‘West Perth’s Strong Finish’; The West Australian, 16 July 1945, p. 3
  56. ^ ‘Poor Forward Play’; The West Australian, 16 July 1945, p. 3
  57. ^ ‘East Perth Wins’; The West Australian, 16 July 1945, p. 3
  58. ^ ‘South’s All-Round Strength’; The West Australian, 16 July 1945, p. 3
  59. ^ ‘A Dismal Failure’ The West Australian, 23 July 1945, p. 3
  60. ^ ‘East Perth’s Good Reserves’ The West Australian, 23 July 1945, p. 3
  61. ^ ‘Strong Second Quarter’ The West Australian, 23 July 1945, p. 3
  62. ^ ‘Lacked a Forward’; The West Australian, 23 July 1945, p. 3
  63. ^ ‘Refusal of Permit – Football Dispute: Decision on Carbon Case’; The West Australian, 19 July 1945, p. 2
  64. ^ ‘The Carbon Case: South Fremantle’s Appeal Upheld’; The West Australian, 21 July 1945, p. 5
  65. ^ ‘Perth’s Improved Display’; The West Australian, 30 July 1945, p. 3
  66. ^ ‘Disappointing Game’; The West Australian, 30 July 1945, p. 3
  67. ^ ‘An Easy Win’; The West Australian, 30 July 1945, p. 3
  68. ^ ‘Good Finishing Effort’; The West Australian, 30 July 1945, p. 3
  69. ^ ‘Subiaco Unbalanced’; The West Australian, 6 August 1945, p. 3
  70. ^ ‘Perth’s Strong Backs’; The West Australian, 6 August 1945, p. 3
  71. ^ ‘A Slow Start’; The West Australian, 6 August 1945, p. 3
  72. ^ ‘Systematic Display’; The West Australian, 6 August 1945, p. 3
  73. ^ Perth Regional Office (009034) August 1945 rainfall
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  75. ^ ‘A Strong Finish’; The West Australian, 13 August 1945, p. 9
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  77. ^ ‘East Fremantle Too Strong’; The West Australian, 13 August 1945, p. 9
  78. ^ West Australian Football League: Lowest Scores
  79. ^ Claremont: Lowest Scores
  80. ^ WAFL Footy Facts: Most Behinds
  81. ^ ‘Below Premiership Standard’; The West Australian, 20 August 1945, p. 3
  82. ^ ‘East Perth’s Mistakes’; The West Australian, 20 August 1945, p. 3
  83. ^ ‘A Close Finish’; The West Australian, 20 August 1945, p. 3
  84. ^ ‘Claremont’s Poor Team’; The West Australian, 20 August 1945, p. 3
  85. ^ ‘Changes Bring Success’; The West Australian, 27 August 1945, p. 3
  86. ^ ‘Centre Line Superiority’; The West Australian, 27 August 1945, p. 3
  87. ^ ‘Wilkinson Stands a Test’; The West Australian, 27 August 1945, p. 3
  88. ^ ‘Not Good Enough’; The West Australian, 27 August 1945, p. 3
  89. ^ ‘Short Game Overdone’; The West Australian, 3 September 1945, p. 3
  90. ^ ‘Remarkable Game’; The West Australian, 3 September 1945, p. 3
  91. ^ ‘East Perth Untroubled’; The West Australian, 3 September 1945, p. 3
  92. ^ ‘Last Quarter Burst’; The West Australian, 3 September 1945, p. 3
  93. ^ ‘Last-Minute Changes’; The West Australian, 10 September 1945, p. 3
  94. ^ ‘A Strong Finish’; The West Australian, 10 September 1945, p. 3
  95. ^ ‘Big Tally of Points’; The West Australian, 10 September 1945, p. 3
  96. ^ ‘West Perth’s Poor Showing’; The West Australian, 10 September 1945, p. 3
  97. ^ ‘Swan Districts in the Four: A Gruelling Game’; The West Australian, 17 September 1945, p. 3
  98. ^ ‘West Perth v Perth’; The Daily News, 15 September 1945, p. 9
  99. ^ ‘South Fremantle v Claremont’; The Daily News, 15 September 1945, p. 9
  100. ^ ‘East Perth v East Fremantle’; The Daily News, 15 September 1945, p. 9
  101. ^ ‘Swan Districts’ Forwards Fail – South Fremantle Wins Hard Game’; The West Australian, 24 September 1945, p. 3
  102. ^ ‘Disappointing Semi-Final – West Perth Outclassed in Poor Game’; The West Australian, 1 October 1945, p. 3
  103. ^ ‘Tame Finish in League Final – South Too Strong’; The West Australian, 8 October 1945, p. 3
  104. ^ ‘East’s Premiership: Stirring Grand Final – South Fails in Great Fight’

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