UPDATE Sunday 11.10am: An estimated 40,000 Dockers fans commiserating at a post-grand final street party on Fremantle’s streets have been largely peaceful and law abiding, according to the city’s Mayor.
Police reported 19 arrests, four summonses, 46 move on notices and eight liquor infringements. The offences included assault, assaulting a public officer, disorderly conduct and obstructing police.
Fans watched on the big screen as their team's captain, Matthew Pavlich, led his teammates in a match against Hawthorn at the MCG yesterday.
Despite the team’s loss, the vibe remained upbeat as many stayed to party in the city centre, closed to vehicle traffic for the occasion.
It was the biggest day of festivities Fremantle had seen since the Australia II’s America’s Cup win almost 30 years ago to the day, Mayor Brad Pettitt said.
"It was spectacular, it made me really proud of Fremantle," Mr Pettitt said.
"It had that real sense that people were passionate and vocal but really well behaved."
Pubs and restaurants did a bustling trade with punters at some venues queuing for an hour before they could get inside for a beer.
People crowded the windows outside some venues trying to catch a glimpse of the screens as they steamed up from the crush of people inside.
The largely calm celebrations were briefly marred as some people were ejected from the Sail and Anchor tavern, and two young men were taken into custody by police.
Liquor licensing authorities closed down the bar’s balcony after reports of people tipping beer and flicking cigarette butts at people’s heads.
Beer stocks were hammered at taverns across the city but Sail and Anchor manager Pete Bottcher said theirs should last through the weekend.
At the Old Shanghai food court, one stall holder said she had ordered in more food in preparation for the post-match festivities.
"Because now I think business in Fremantle has not been so good, but because there’s something special, I think all the businesses are expecting (it to pick up)," said the stall holder, who asked not to be named.
Die-hard fan Kevin Croon, 68, said he was happy he watched the match with other fans.
"Fremantle’s a very local place, we’re a great local community,” he said.
“The feeling’s been fantastic.”