1961 WA State Football Team
Australian Football | Inducted: 2014
1961 Western Australian State Football Team (First team inducted into the WA Hall of Champions)
In the final match of the Australian Football
Championships in Brisbane in 1961, Western Australia needed to beat Victoria by
at least seven points to win the title on percentage.
Against a Victorian team which included legendary players
such as Ron Barassi, Ted Whitten and Allen Aylett, the WA team won by nine
points with a goal kicked by Joe Fanchi with seconds to play, delivering a
famous victory for the state.
The win heralded a golden period in WA's football history with many
of its greatest players being prominent in the decade that followed this win.
Astutely coached by Jack Sheedy and captained by Haydn Bunton, the WA team
featured such enduring champions as Graham "Polly" Farmer, John Todd and Jack
While many other WA teams have performed great deeds in
interstate competition and the relatively new AFL competition, this victory is
arguably the greatest, and is a worthy recipient of induction to the WA Hall of