Wally Matera

Wally Matera (born 9 September 1963) is a former Australian rules footballer. He played with the West Coast Eagles and Fitzroy in the AFL and for South Fremantle in the WAFL. His brothers, Peter and Phillip Matera both followed in his footsteps and represented West Coast, while his son Brandon is a current player with Fremantle Football Club and Bailey who plays Colts for South Fremantle.[1]

Wally Matera
Personal information
Date of birth (1963-09-09) 9 September 1963
Original team(s) South Fremantle (WAFL)
Draft No. 3, 1989 pre-season draft
Debut Round 1, 1987, West Coast
vs. Richmond, at Subiaco Oval
Height 170 cm (5 ft 7 in)
Weight 64 kg (141 lb)
Playing career1
Years Club Games (Goals)
1987–1988 West Coast Eagles 24 (26)
1989–1990 Fitzroy 32 (39)
Total 56 (65)
1 Playing statistics correct to the end of 1990.
Career highlights
  • 2 time West Australian representative
  • 3 time South Fremantle best and fairest 1985, 1992, 1993
Sources: AFL Tables, AustralianFootball.com

Matera arrived in South Fremantle from Wagin Federals, debuting in 1982 at the age of eighteen. Three years later he won their best and fairest and after another solid season he found himself in West Coast's squad for their debut season. He top scored for the Eagles in their first league game, kicking 4 goals.[2] After a couple of seasons he moved to Victoria where he played with Fitzroy until the end of 1990.

After leaving the AFL he stayed in Victoria, representing Prahran briefly. He then returned to Western Australia, where he won the South Fremantle best and fairest twice more and was appointed captain in 1993 after being vice-captain in 1992.[3]


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