It was arguably Fremantle's biggest morning-after and the port city yesterday showed all the signs of someone suffering from a raging hangover: reluctant to rise and sluggish when it did.
Streets that had been crowded with purple-clad revellers hours earlier were swept clean by 8am but there were few around to admire the effort as, up and down the cappuccino strip, cafes opened their doors in anticipation of a breakfast rush that was slow to materialise.
Kelli Dawson, who drove in from Canning Vale with her children Cairenn, Liam and Zahra, said she was surprised by the empty streets.
"It's dead," she said. "I think if Freo had won last night it would have been a different story. I came to see how things are. I was expecting a few more people."
Clad in a Dockers cap and halfway through an omelette at a South Terrace cafe, Corey Lopdell opted for brevity when asked how he was feeling after the loss.
"Very hung-over," he said.
Many cafes and restaurants had a quieter start than usual for a Sunday, though by mid-morning business had picked up. Gordana Vlah, working behind the counter at Italian restaurant Portorosa, said she welcomed the opportunity to catch her breath.
"It's slow this morning, which we probably need," she said.
"Yesterday at this time the place was full."
WA Police reported 19 arrests, four summons, 46 move-on orders and eight liquor infringements, saying they were generally happy with the behaviour of the 40,000-strong crowd.
A Bayswater teen was among those charged after he allegedly punched a man in the face as he was being evicted from a pub.The balcony of the Sail and Anchor tavern was closed after reports of people tipping beer and flicking cigarette butts.