Round 16 of the WAFL Season had one theme to sum up the weekend: The streak is over, and it took place on both sides of the Swan River.

From East Fremantle snapping a long-running streak to Subiaco hitting some form against East Perth, the weekend had it all from just two matches.

Read up on who stood out in Round 16 of the WAFL here.


"Ding dong, the streak is dead" is what summed up East Fremantle taking their first Freo Derby victory in the last fifteen attempts by 12 points at Fremantle Oval.

As was becoming a habit, South Fremantle got the jump and led into the final term but as was the habit the Bulldogs fell away and East Fremantle pulled away, kicking the last four goals of the match.

East Freo had plenty of winners around the ball who delivered effective service, the biggest was former South Australian Fraser Turner who amassed 25 disposals, 6 marks and 3 tackles around the coalface continuing his improving work rate at WAFL level.

The midfield support came in droves from the likes of Jack Cleaver [22 disposals, 6 marks, 2 tackles, 2 inside 50s] and Jarrad Jansen [22 disposals, 4 marks, 6 tackles, 4 inside 50's] who both showed tremendous discipline winning vital centre clearances.

Jonathon Marsh arguably played his best game of the 2023 Season, not only kicking 3.4 from seven scoring shots but played a hand in some crucial majors in the last term when the Sharks pulled away.

FREMANTLE, AUSTRALIA - JULY 18: Jake Florenca of the Bulldogs in action during the round one WAFL match between the South Fremantle Bulldogs and East Fremantle Sharks at Fremantle Community Bank Oval on July 18, 2020 in Fremantle, Australia. (Photo by Paul Kane/Getty Images)

The Bulldogs also had a huge winner up forward in reliable swingman Brandon Donaldson who kicked four goals straight from 12 disposals but played the lone hand in front of goals with Zach Strom, Aiden Hall & Jimmy Miller each only scoring one major.

Jimmy Miller also played his role in the ruck securing 40 hitouts and following up with 24 disposals and 7 tackles in a commendable solo outing in the centre.

Tom Blechynden [29 disposals, 3 marks, 7 tackles, 2 inside 50's] along with Jake Florenca [24 disposals, 2 marks, 7 tackles, 2 inside 50's] provided solid work in the Bulldogs midfield, continuing their consistent form across the season.


Subiaco continued their pursuit of the double chance by ending East Perth's eight-game winning run to the tune of 41 points at Leederville Oval.

The Lions set up their victory with an impressive five goals to two opening quarter and were never challenged by the Royals who were playing catch up all day in the changeable conditions.

Former Fremantle and Essendon ruckman Zac Clarke continued his domination in the ruck with another 46 hitouts and 24 disposals in his follow up work to complete another all-round game in midfield and all but solidified his claim as favourite for the Sandover Medal.

Subiaco ruckman Zac Clarke in the WAFL 2023 (Image via Subiaco FC, Instagram)

Clarke had plenty around the football to support the Lions' delivery into attack with Liam Hickmott [24 disposals, 4 marks, 9 tackles] and Stefan Giro [22 disposals, 6 marks, 1 tackle] providing valuable pressure on the ball and clearances from the centre.

The forward line functioned like clockwork for the first time in weeks with Taj Schofield [four goals] and Ben Sokol [three goals] booting seven goals between them but Ryan Borchet led the charge inside 50 with four goals from seven kicks.

East Perth had a lot of players down and were not able to have contributions from everyone but Angus Schumacher put in a solid effort from the centre gathering 29 disposals, 5 marks, 7 tackles and 2 goals in a shift up forward.

Angus Scott [27 disposals, 5 marks, 3 tackles, 6 inside 50's] saw plenty of the ball but like Stanley Wright [24 disposals, 3 marks] and Nicholas Robertson [22 disposals, 5 marks] but were down on impact compared to their last eight games.