The 2015 WAFL home and away season is over, and finals began this weekend in the fight for the premiership, so now is an ideal time to reflect on each club and their leading goalkickers for this season, in the race for the Bernie Naylor Medal.
22-year-old Jack Bradshaw managed 37 goals in his 19 games this season for the fifth placed Tigers, placing third in the Bernie Naylor Medal. Bradshaw has played 69 games for 133 goals in his WAFL career and this year averaged 15.6 disposals and 1.9 goals per game, booting four goals on four separate occasions through the year.
Brock O’Brien’s 11-year WAFL career has seen him notch up 123 games, 41 with Peel Thunder, with 82 at his current home with the Sharks where he has booted 128 goals. He also played 21 games for the Dockers’ in 2007/2008. This season, O’Brien has delivered 23 goals in 19 games leading the club in a disappointing year for East Fremantle, winning just six games for an eighth placed finish.
The Royals qualified fourth for this years finals and veteran Craig Wulff in a differing role led the clubs goalkicking with 22 in 20 matches.
In Wulff’s 14 seasons with East Perth, he has notched up 263 games, becoming only the third Royal to reach 250 games, but only booted 125 goals, with 2015’s goal haul a career-high for the now crafty half-forward.
The feeder club for the Fremantle Dockets, Peel with 13 wins qualified third on the ladder, with former Essendon small forward, Leroy Jetta leading the way with 39 goals, enough to place runner-up in the Bernie Naylor Medal. Jetta, who played 93 games with the Bombers has averaged 2.1 goals with 13.9 disposals per game for the Thunder in 2015. Jetta’s highlight was his seven-goal haul in the final round against South Fremantle.
The Demons struggled in season 2015, finishing last with two wins. As a result, their leading goalkicker was Mitch Morton with a tally of just 19. Morton, the former West Coast, Richmond and Sydney Swans 2012 premiership player returned to the WAFL in 2014 and has booted 40 goals in his 22 games with Perth, though he managed just ten senior games this season.
They may have missed out on a finals berth this season, but South Fremantle welcomed back Cory Dell’Olio after a three-year stint with Essendon in the AFL. Dell’Olio kicked 33 goals in just 16 games this year, including two bags of four in round 7 and 10, taking his goal tally to 142 in his 74 games with the Bulldogs going back to his WAFL debut in 2008.
The 2015 season has been one of dominance for the Lions, finishing four games clear on top of the ladder with 17 wins and Shane Yarran taking out the Bernie Naylor medal with his tally of 46 goals for the season. Yarran, started the season on fire with two bags of six and two bags of five in the first eight rounds, but has dropped off since then with just 17 goals coming in his last 11 games. Despite this he still finished seven goals clear of Leroy Jetta and has been named as one of 23 WAFL players invited to the AFL’s draft combine.
Matthew Jukes may have only played 12 games this year for the Swans, but his tally of 28 goals was enough to take out the clubs’ goalkicking award. Jukes has played 46 games since his debut in 2011 and though he couldn’t break into the senior side until round 10, Jukes average of 2.3 goals per game wasn’t quite enough to get the Swans into the finals, missing out by just 3.3 percent.
The Falcons have enjoyed a fine season in 2015, qualifying in second place with 13 wins, and their recruit from Victoria, Michael Lourey has been a key asset with his 36 goals for the season. Lourey, who had previously booted 127 goals in 62 games in the VFL for Sandringham and Frankston, averaged 1.8 goals per game in 2015 with a best of 6.3 coming in round 3 against Perth.