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State Leagues wrap: COVID chaos and big boilovers

WHILE Victoria has descended into COVID chaos once more, state leagues rolled on in South Australia, Tasmania, and Western Australia with a bunch of intriguing results produced. While it was largely business as usual in the SANFL, there was a major boilover in the TSL, while the WAFL top five is firming as three teams continue to battle for top spot. We run you through all the results from around the nation and what they mean moving forward in this week’s state leagues wrap.

South Australia (SANFL):

While Round 16 proceedings are currently under a COVID cloud, Round 15 went ahead without a hitch in the SANFL. There were two clashes between top five teams this past weekend, as ladder position counted for plenty with every higher-ranked side picking up full points across the five-game round.

At the top of the tree, Glenelg extended its perfect run to 14 games with an 18-point win over South Adelaide, who have now in lost three of their last four outings. A three-goal to nil opening term proved the difference, as the Bays put away another finals candidate. Matthew Snook (29 disposals, one goal), Luke Partington (26 and one), and Chris Curran (24 and one) were all prominent in yellow and black, while Bryce Gibbs managed 27 touches, 14 tackles and a goal in his 50th League match, fittingly against his old side.

Saturday’s other top five clash saw reigning premier Woodville-West Torrens power past Norwood, winning by 36 points on the back of a second half surge. The Eagles piled on nine of the last 10 goals after trailing at the main break, flexing their muscle forward of centre. James Tsitas and Mitch Grigg led the disposal count for either side with 29 touches apiece, while Tyson Stengle‘s two goals at the end of term three helped the Eagles push ahead.

Port Adelaide and Sturt remain in the hunt for finals after respective wins against the bottom two sides, though both came by a mere 13 points. The Magpies did enough to get past a plucky West Adelaide on Sunday, remaining one game out of the top five, while the Double Blues bettered Central District in a low-scoring slog to sit two games off the pace. North Adelaide was the weekend’s other winner, downing Adelaide by 54 points to strengthen its standing in third.

Tasmania (TSL):

Clarence has shaken up the TSL top four frame, defeating North Launceston by two points in a major boilover. The Roos led by a single point at half time and after extending the margin to eight come the final break, were made to reclaim the ascendancy via Colin Garland‘s boot at the death.

The result sees Clarence close to within a game of its weekend rival, as the Northern Bombers suffer rare consecutive losses in what was meant to be a celebration for player-coach Brad Cox-Goodyer‘s 200th game.

Brandon Leary booted four goals for the victors in a losing effort for the Northern Bombers, while Garland finished with three and James Holmes was named best afield.

Meanwhile, league leader Launceston escaped a similar scare against Tigers, snaring three goals to nil in the final term to sneak home by 13 points. The Blues trailed at every break after the hosts got the jump, but clawed their way back and pounced at the ideal time.

Fletcher Seymour and Cody Thorp (two goals) were among the victors’ best, while Luke Graham booted a game-high three majors for Tigers as Zach Adams claimed full votes.

In the weekend’s sole non-top four clash, Lauderdale powered past Glenorchy on the back of a 13-goal second half, saluting to the tune of 81 points. Leading a brigade of nine individual goalkickers for the Bombers was Edward Stanley (five), while Tyler Martin (four) and Allen Christensen (three) compounded their side’s scoreboard dominance.

Western Australia (WAFL):

East Perth inflicted the sole ladder change after Round 15 of the WAFL League season, jumping Perth in eight after its nine-point road win over the Demons. Former Carlton-listed pair Rohan Kerr (41 disposals, 10 marks) and Angus Schumacher (33 disposals, two goals) were prominent for the Royals, who held off Perth’s final term surge after leading by an even five goals at three quarter time.

A three-way tie for points from first to third remains after Claremont, Subiaco, and South Fremantle all claimed their ninth wins for the season. Subiaco still leads the way on percentage having defeated West Coast by 20 points, with 10 of the Lions 12 goals coming at one end of Leederville Oval.

Claremont isn’t far behind after downing Peel Thunder by nine points on Sunday, while South Fremantle’s 36-point win over Swan Districts proved a definitive result between finals contenders. Fremantle Next Generation Academy (NGA) prospect Jesse Motlop debut for the Bulldogs, booting two goals from 13 touches.

West Perth came away as the round’s other winner after scraping past East Fremantle by five points, overcoming a half time deficit and near-costly inaccuracy to remain clean in fourth. The Falcons were served typically well by Aaron Black (38 disposals, nine marks), as Tyler Keitel and Lachlan Bailey booted four goals for their respective sides.

NSW-ACT / Queensland / Victoria (VFL):

Victoria’s recently-extended five-day lockdown saw Round 14 of the VFL scrapped, with the competition currently running on a week-by-week scheduling basis. Victorian teams which travelled to Queensland also had their official fixtures cancelled, though Essendon and North Melbourne combined their reserves to face Brisbane in a scratch match on Saturday. Returning Roos tall Charlie Comben impressed with four goals in that hit-out.

The VFL Women’s finals series has also been impacted, but the VFL says it remains committed to awarding a premier with just the preliminary and grand finals left to play.

Image Credit: Cory Sutton via SANFL

State Leagues wrap: Finals spots shaken up

THERE were some key changes to finals calculations across the state league this weekend, with ladder leaders soaring as the following packs jostle for position. Victorian sides still await their return, but it was business as usual in South Australia and Tasmania, while West Australian fans had two fixtures to take in on Saturday and Sunday. We run you through all the results and outstanding performances in this week’s state league wrap.

NSW-ACT / Queensland / Victoria (VFL):

Teams from everywhere but Victoria carried the Victorian Football League through another round of action, with three AFL reserves sides taking the field across a pair on Saturday afternoon fixtures. The first saw Gold Coast complete a dramatic turnaround against Sydney Swans, with first year utility Joel Jeffrey putting the SUNS ahead in the dying stages having trailed by as much as 38 points in term two. An eight-goal third quarter blitz set up the 17.5 (107) to 16.8 (104) victory, with Jeffrey among four SUNS to boot three goals. Brayden Fiorini racked up a game-high 45 disposals upon returning to the grade, as Sydney bigman Hayden McLean claimed four majors.

In the day’s second fixture, over at Blacktown International Sportspark, Greater Western Sydney (GWS) stormed home with seven final term goals to topple Aspley by 49 points. Having been trialled in numerous roles, GIANTS youngster Jake Riccardi returned to his familiar forward post and bagged eight goal to spearhead his side’s victory. Up the other end, competition leading goalkicker Matthew Hammelmann snared six of the Hornets’ nine major scores, as teammate Matthew Payne led all comers for disposals (32). Young GIANTS Tanner Bruhn (25 disposals, two goals) and Kieren Briggs (23 disposals, 28 hitouts, one goal) were also outstanding.

With Victorian teams back in training as of last week, a return normal programming should be just around the corner. Southport currently tops the ladder at 6-1 having played twice more than most other teams, while Casey Demons and Footscray remain undefeated at 5-0 to sit second and third respectively.

South Australia (SANFL):

Woodville-West Torrens moved up to second spot with a comprehensive 68-point drubbing of Port Adelaide, seeing the Magpies drop to fifth. The Eagles broke away with 10 goals to one after half time, with Jack Hayes (28 disposals, three goals) and James Tsitas (41 disposals, eight clearances) among the prominent figures. Jarrod Lienert was kept busy for Port, registering 14 rebound 50s among his 26 disposals as first year forward Ollie Lord showed some promise with two goals and three contested marks.

The Eagles overtook South Adelaide in second, as the Panthers went down to Norwood by nine points. Mitch Grigg continued his return to form for the Redlegs, racking up 34 touches and booting three goals in the win while Matthew Nunn (29 disposals) and Richard Douglas (19, one goal) also played key hands. Former AFL veterans Matthew Broadbent (25 disposals) and Bryce Gibbs (24, 11 clearances and one goal) stood up for the Panthers, as 200-gamer Joel Cross also hit the scoreboard and top draft prospect Jason Horne booted a goal from his 19 touches.

Ladder leader Glenelg moved to an ominous 10-0, defeating North Adelaide by 23 points as Liam McBean (five goals) and Matthew Snook (34 disposals) took hold. Meanwhile, Adelaide jumped Sturt after its 10-point win over the Double Blues, which saw senior-listed players Jackson Hately (31 disposals, seven clearances and one goal) and Billy Frampton (three goals) knock on the door for a call-up.

Tasmania (TSL):

Round 11 of the Tasmanian State League (TSL) went largely as expected, with ladder position telling the story of all three results. The round of action opened on Friday night as Tigers stormed KGV to come away 22-point victors over Glenorchy, seeing the visitors stretch the gap to their weekend opponents to three wins. Max Collidge booted three goals for Tigers, while Riley Oakley snared two for the Magpies as Edward Cole and Nathan Blowfield were named best afield for their respective sides.

North Launceston maintained its chase for top spot on Saturday, doubling Lauderdale’s score to win by 35 points in enemy territory. 14 of the combined 15 goals scored were kicked at one end of the ground, with the Northern Bombers dealing more damaging blows in the first and third terms. Jay Foon booted a game-high three goals and was named the victors’ best player, while Phillip Bellchambers snared two for Lauderdale as Rhys Sutton earned the coaches votes.

Competition leading goalkicker Dylan Riley enjoyed another day out, booting eight majors in Launceston’s 103-point thumping of North Hobart. Riley has bullied the Demons this season, kicking 18 goals in two meetings – including a season-high bag of 10. Alec Wright also featured prominently for the table topping Blues, while Callum Fitzpatrick was named the best for North Hobart after a tough outing.

Western Australia (WAFL):

Claremont rose to the top of the West Australian Football League (WAFL) ladder in Round 10, coming from behind to beat Peel Thunder by seven points on Saturday. The Tigers trailed at each of the first three breaks, before piling on five goals in the final term to sneak ahead at the clutch. Jye Bolton continued his dominance with another 35 disposals and nine inside 50s for Claremont, as youngster Jack Buller booted four goals in the win. Fremantle-listed midfielder Luke Valente was Peel’s biggest ball winner (26 disposals), as the Thunder again yielded a heavy amount of rotations.

The round’s sole other fixture came on Sunday, with East Perth causing a boilover to beat reigning premier South Fremantle by five points. The Royals were ahead at each break and while South remained within striking distance, they were unable to turn the tables and snatch victory. The Bulldogs still sit pretty comfortably in third though, with the Royals’ second win sees them remain ninth. The likes of Angus Scott (26 disposals), Angus Schumacher and Shayne Hill were terrific for East Perth, as Chad Pearson (29 disposals) led all comers and Brandon Donaldson (four goals) proved potent going forward for South Freo.

Image Credit: Hannah Howard/SANFL

Out to impress: WAFL Round 7 preview

YOUNG talent continues to turn heads at state league level around the nation, and it has been no different across all three WAFL grades upon the competition’s resumption in 2020. As we roll into Round 7, Draft Central continues its new weekly preview format, highlighting some of the best up-and-comers who will be out to impress with each passing game. In our latest edition, a familiar name could finally be in for his League debut with Subiaco, while Peel continues to blood its youth.

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Son of a gun Liam Hickmott is finally set to make his League debut for Subiaco this week, but younger brother Wil comes the other way as part of five changes for the reigning premiers. Liam slots straight into the midfield, while fellow debutant Aaron Breman assumes a spot on the bench to start. The Lions take on Perth in all three grades, with Conor McPartland headlining the Demons’ promotions in his Reserves berth. The 19-year-old is a readymade ball winner who has made a prolific start to the season at Colts level.

Nathan O’Driscoll not only retains his spot in Perth’s League line-up, but looks like gaining some more midfield minutes with 2018 West Coast premiership player Chris Masten out of the team. Key forward Logan McDonald will continue his push for top five AFL draft contender-ship, while 22-year-old Ethan Hansen comes into the side for his sixth League game, and first since Round 2.

Undefeated ladder leader South Fremantle takes on winless cellar dweller Peel Thunder on Saturday, with a couple of exciting inclusions made to both teams. In line with Peel’s promotion of its youth, leading draft prospect Isiah Winder returns to the top flight fold after averaging 27 disposals at Colts level since being dropped. Unfortunately, Ryan Bennell comes out of the team, while David Yaccob‘s Colts form has been rewarded with a Reserves dig. 22-year-old Jacob Warne is also poised to make his League debut for South Fremantle, having made the cut on the interchange bench.

Bottom-age gun Richard Bartlett‘s Colts return may be short-lived, but East Fremantle’s Colts side should remain well stocked as the likes of Brandon Walker, Finn Gorringe, and Jack Carroll still battle to climb the grades. 202cm 20-year-old Brynn Teakle has been named among the Sharks’ extended League bench, looking to make his second appearance at the level.

Claremont shapes up as a fearsome opponent for the Sharks across the League and Colts competitions, though the sides are relatively even at the Reserves level. Tyron Smallwood and Jeremy Goddard missed the League cut and should boost the Tigers’ two’s stocks, which already includes the likes of Jack Buller, Jye Clark, and Cameron Anderson.

The round’s final set of fixtures sees East Perth take on Swan Districts, with the Swans fresh off their maiden League win. They can move level on points with the Royals should consecutive wins be in the offing, with help from Denver Grainger-Barras down back. Up the other end, Victorian Corey Watts remains for the Royals, though they will still be without AFL recruit Angus Schumacher due to injury. Youngsters Harley Sparks and Sebit Keuk were named on an extended Royals bench, though they look set to remain unchanged.

Victorian Deven Costigan comes out of Swan Districts’ League team and remains doubtful with a hamstring niggle, while the likes of Zane Trew, Ty Sears, and Jamison Ugle continue to push for senior selection.

This week, Draft Central will have eyes on the Claremont vs. East Fremantle Colts fixture. Keep an eye out for our scouting notes and weekly wraps early next week.



Perth vs. Subiaco | Saturday August 29, 12:05pm @ Mineral Resources Park
Peel Thunder vs. South Fremantle | Saturday August 29, 2:00pm @ David Grays Arena
East Fremantle vs. Claremont | Saturday August 29, 2:30pm @ New Choices Homes Park
East Perth vs. Swan Districts | Saturday August 29, 2:35pm @ Leederville Oval


East Perth vs. Swan Districts | Saturday August 29, 12:00pm @ Leederville Oval
East Fremantle vs. Claremont | Saturday August 29, 12:00pm @ New Choices Homes Park
Perth vs. Subiaco | Saturday August 29, 2:40pm @ Mineral Resources Park


Perth vs. Subiaco | Saturday August 29, 9:25am @ Mineral Resources Park
East Perth vs. Swan Districts | Saturday August 29, 9:30am @ Leederville Oval
East Fremantle vs. Claremont | Saturday August 29, 9:30am @ New Choices Homes Park
Peel Thunder vs. South Fremantle | Saturday August 29, 4:30pm @ David Grays Arena

Bye: West Perth


Featured Image: Owen Davies/Peel Thunder

Out to impress: WAFL Round 6 preview

YOUNG talent continues to turn heads at state league level around the nation, and it has been no different across all three WAFL grades upon the competition’s resumption in 2020. As we roll into Round 6, Draft Central continues its new weekly preview format, highlighting some of the best up-and-comers who will be out to impress with each passing game. In our second edition, another Perth young gun looks set to be unleashed in the League side, while a couple of AFL Academy members prepare for their Colts returns.

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Nathan O’Driscoll is poised to join fellow AFL Academy member and 2020 draft hopeful Logan McDonald in Perth’s League side, after being named on the Demons’ extended bench. It took just one Reserves outing for the talented midfielder/defender to make the ultimate step up, and his debut is sure to attract plenty of eyes as he firms as a first round lock come draft time.

Fellow 2019 State Under 18s teammate Regan Clarke is another youngster who has earned a League berth of late, and looks like remaining in the side after his Round 5 return. Tyron Smallwood is a lively small who will hope to remain in Claremont’s top flight team, as the likes of Jack Buller, Jye Clark, and Cameron Anderson stake their own claims in the Reserves. Potentially adding to the squeeze is Joel Western, who returns from injury via the Colts for his first outing since Round 2.

The Hickmott brothers again headline Subiaco’s young representation in the senior grades, with Liam looking to join younger sibling Wil in the League lineup. 19-year-old forward Nicholas Martin retains his League spot for the Lions, named at full forward. One of the unluckiest players to miss out in last year’s draft, Jai Jackson will be out to impress for his new club, thrust back into the Reserves fold after another week back at Colts level.

Subiaco’s opponents, East Perth have benefitted from the inclusions of a couple of Victorians, with Corey Watts now looking to motor on with an extended run in defence, while former Carlton utility Angus Schumacher has been in threatening form further afield. In the Reserves, the likes of ex-Claremont midfielder Jack Cooley and State Under 16s gun Rhai-Arn Cox will continue their climbs.

It seems as if West Perth fans and draft watchers alike will have to wait at least another week to see Heath Chapman make his League debut, after he missed selection once again. The mobile marking defender has been in ripping form at Colts level, pushing his case as a first round draft candidate.

Greater Western Victoria product Matty Lloyd faces stiff competition to retain his place in the League side, named on an extended Falcons bench alongside potential debutant Tristan Hobley. 18-year-old accumulator Callum Johnson could make the step up to Reserves level having carved up the Colts competition, with Tyron Hindmarsh an over-ager currently cutting his teeth in the same grade.

The Falcons take on East Fremantle this week, and the Sharks have teased senior berths to some of their top-end talents. Among them, it seems Fremantle Next Generation Academy gun Brandon Walker and Finn Gorringe will have to wait a little longer, while Jack Carroll could make his way into the Reserves. Former Sydney rookie Durak Tucker is well placed to continue in the top flight, with Reuben McGuire named on the extended bench.

Winless teams Swan Districts and Peel Thunder do battle to see out the weekend’s action, and there is plenty of young talent set to grace the field across the board. Denver Grainger-Barras has become a mainstay for the Swans down back, with former VFL forward Deven Costigan hoping to cement a similarly safe spot alongside Sam Fisher and Frank Anderson, who have been in terrific form through midfield.

Peel has been no stranger to welcoming youth into its League setup, with the likes of Zach Rankin, Tyrone Thorne, and Ben Middleton all given an extended run thus far. Ryan Bennell could slot in for his first game since Round 1, while promising AFL Academy member Isiah Winder looks to break back into the team. Tyler Nesbitt is not far away either, but will have to prove his worth for a touch longer at Colts level.

This week, Draft Central will have eyes on the Claremont vs. Perth Colts fixture. Keep an eye out for our scouting notes and weekly wraps early next week.



Subiaco vs. East Perth | Saturday August 22, 2:30pm @ Leederville Oval
Swan Districts vs. Peel Thunder | Saturday August 22, 2:30pm @ Steel Blue Oval
Claremont vs. Perth | Saturday August 22, 2:30pm @ Revo Fitness Stadium
West Perth vs. East Fremantle | Saturday August 22, 3:05pm @ Provident Financial Oval


Subiaco vs. East Perth | Saturday August 22, 12:00pm @ Leederville Oval
Claremont vs. Perth | Saturday August 22, 12:00pm @ Revo Fitness Stadium
West Perth vs. East Fremantle | Saturday August 22, 12:35pm @ Provident Financial Oval


Swan Districts vs. Peel Thunder | Saturday August 22, 8:50am @ Steel Blue Oval
Subiaco vs. East Perth | Saturday August 22, 9:30am @ Leederville Oval
Claremont vs. Perth | Saturday August 22, 9:30am @ Revo Fitness Stadium
West Perth vs. East Fremantle | Saturday August 22, 10:05am @ Provident Financial Oval


Featured Image: (Retrieved from) Perth Football Club via Facebook

Classic Contests: Begley and Stephenson combine for nine, but Pioneers clinch shootout

IF you are missing footy like we are, then let us somewhat salvage that with a look back in our series of Classic Contests. In today’s contest we look at another clash between the NAB League rivals to complete our full series, and today’s battle is between the Bendigo Pioneers and Eastern Ranges. In this edition, we wind back the clock to 2016, when the two sides met in Kyabram for what was a high-scoring affair.

2016 TAC Cup, Round 6
Saturday May 7, 1:00pm
Kyabram Recreational Reserve

BENDIGO PIONEERS 2.7 | 7.7 | 16.8 | 19.11 (125)
EASTERN RANGES 1.1 | 8.7 | 9.11 | 15.14 (104)


Bendigo: J. Neaves 4, K. Kirby 3, B. Whitford 3, A. Schumacher 2, J. Atley 2, C. Jones, J. Rosengren, M. Booth, N. Twigg, D. Henderson.
J. Begley 5, J. Stephenson 4, S. Hayes 2, J. Lynch, T. Jacotine, P. Wallis, N. Mullenger-McHugh.


Bendigo: A. Schumacher, C. Jones, D. Henderson, B. Blake, J. Sheahan, L. Wallace
J. Begley, J. Stephenson, H. Nolan, N. Mullenger-Mchugh, T. North, J. Lynch

Draftees in action:

Bendigo: Joe Atley, Kayle Kirby, Angus Schumacher, Kane Farrell
Eastern: Josh Begley, Jaidyn Stephenson, Tom North, Sam Hayes, Nathan Mullenger-McHugh

There may have been a host of big names missing when Bendigo and Eastern went head-to-head in the 2016 TAC Cup season, but it didn’t stop the extensive talent afield from putting on a high-scoring showcase. A total of 34 goals were kicked between the Pioneers and Ranges as they met in Kyabram, with 17 individual goalkickers spread between the teams, and two star Ranges combining for more than half of their side’s score.

Eastern made the long road trip without the likes of Jordan Gallucci, Callum Brown, and Dylan Clarke, as well as a host of jets from their bottom-age crop which went on to produce 10 AFL draftees. Bendigo also boasted a terrific under-age core in that period, but would not have access to the likes of Paddy Dow, Lochie O’Brien, and Brent Daniels for this encounter. Nine future AFL players still took the field, split five to four in the Ranges’ favour.

Speaking of favours, a clear scoring end was established throughout the match, and the hosts would have access to it first-up. Eight scoring shots to two told of Bendigo’s immense territorial gains, but a 12-point quarter time lead meant the Pioneers had failed to truly capitalise. The game would be opened up massively after the first break, with Eastern edging ahead by one goal at half time on the back of 7.6 to Bendigo’s 5.0.

The third term is often referred to as the premiership quarter, and it was where the Pioneers made their move. In keeping with their accurate conversion rate in term two, the hosts slammed home 9.1 to stream ahead by 39 points heading into the final break. It proved more than enough to withstand Eastern’s final charge, as the Ranges remained 21 points adrift upon the final siren.

Five goals from that year’s Victorian draft bolter, Josh Begley, and four from Collingwood star Jaidyn Stephenson were not enough to peg back Bendigo’s even spread of scorers, even with bigman Sam Hayes (two goals) getting in on the act. Begley was rightly named best afield for the Ranges, with draftees Nathan Mullenger-McHugh and Tom North also recognised for their efforts.

But they would prove fruitless, as Jonty Neaves (four goals) led Bendigo’s scoring surge, backed by the likes of Kayle Kirby (three goals), and Angus Schumacher (two), who was named the winners’ most valuable player. Cooper Jones and Darby Henderson both collected 26 touches to be named among the best, while Joe Atley found it 24 times and Kane Farrell, 18.

The Pioneers would hardly improve their ladder position by season’s end, missing out on finals as their 4-14 record was only good enough for 11th. Eastern fared much better, but only added three more wins to their tally after Round 6, finishing eighth at 7-10. The Ranges were pipped by Sandringham Dragons in a dramatic elimination final to end their season.

WAFL League weekly wrap: Round 4 – Bulldogs triumph in Grand Final rematch

IN Round 4 of the Optus WAFL League competition, there was a host of great individual and team performances alike.

This round saw West Perth (12.9.81) defeat arch-rivals East Perth (8.1.49), Perth (10.4.64) overcome East Fremantle (8.10.58), Claremont (8.10.58) beat Peel Thunder (5.5.35), and South Fremantle (15.7.97) win the Grand Final rematch against Subiaco (7.5.47). Meanwhile, Swan Districts was the club that had the bye this weekend.

Read below for all the Round 4 results and to see who were the best players.

West Perth 12.9 (81) def East Perth 8.1 (49)

West Perth secured its third victory from four games, after defeating arch-rivals East Perth by 32 points at Provident Financial Oval.

Michael Lourey was West Perth’s best player with 11 possessions, seven marks and four goals in a powerful display.

Shane Nelson (34 possessions, six tackles, three inside 50s), Aaron Black (31 possessions, seven marks, six tackles, three inside 50s), Trent Manzone (25 possessions, five tackles, three inside 50s) and Connor West (23 possessions, seven tackles, four inside 50s) were all excellent for the Falcons.

Keegan Knott (two goals), Mitchell Peirce (two), Tyson Moulton (one), Conal Lynch (one), Tyler Keitel (one), and Luke Meadows (one) were the goalkickers for West Perth.

For the Royals, ex-AFL players Jackson Ramsay (29 possessions, 14 tackles, one goal), Angus Schumacher (28 possessions, six marks, six tackles) and former VFL footballer Angus Scott (26 possessions, one goal) were outstanding.

Former West Perth players Aidan Lynch (21 possessions, one goal), Rohan Kerr (23 possessions, six marks) and Nicholas Robertson (12 possessions, four tackles, one goal) contributed strongly against their former team.

East Fremantle 8.10 (58) def. by Perth 10.4 (64)

The Perth Demons remain undefeated in 2020, after overcoming East Fremantle by six points in a thrilling contest at New Choice Homes Park.

Former West Coast Eagles trio Chris Masten (21 possessions, four tackles, four inside 50s), Brant Colledge (15 possessions, three marks) and Fraser McInnes (13 possessions, six marks, five hit-outs) were outstanding for the Demons.

Young gun Logan McDonald continued to increase his draft stocks with 12 possessions, six marks, four inside 50s and two goals in a dazzling display.

Former Adelaide and Fremantle player Jonathon Griffin led the charge for the Sharks with 12 possessions, 25 hit-outs, three marks and a goal.

Jordan Snadden (20 possessions, three inside 50s), Cameron Eardley (18 possessions, five tackles, four inside 50s, one goal), Cody Leggett (18 possessions, four marks, three tackles, three inside 50s) and Jarrad Jansen (17 possessions, three tackles) were all solid for East Fremantle.

Claremont 8.10 (58) def. Peel Thunder 5.5 (35)

Claremont returned to the winners’ list after beating Peel Thunder by 23 points at Revo Fitness Stadium.

Former Hawthorn player Jared Hardisty was exceptional for the Tigers with 26 possessions, six tackles, six inside 50s and a goal.

Jye Bolton (34 possessions, six marks, four inside 50s), Kane Mitchell (23 possessions, 10 tackles, two goals) and Ryan Lim (21 possessions, five marks, five tackles, four inside 50s) and Callan England (16 possessions, two goals) were all pivotal in the Tigers’ victory.

Former Essendon player Jackson Merrett shone for the Thunder with 22 possessions and eight marks.

Michael Randall (20 possessions, six marks), Brad McGowan (nine possessions, 20 hit-outs), Lachlan Cullen (10 possessions, four marks, one goal), Matthew Bogensperger (17 possessions, four marks, four tackles) and Jordan Boullineau (11 possessions, five marks) all contributed strongly for the Thunder.

Subiaco 7.5 (47) def. by South Fremantle 15.7 (97)

The South Fremantle Bulldogs are still unbeaten in 2020, after they exacted revenge on Subiaco in the Grand Final rematch at Leederville Oval.

After trailing at half-time, the Bulldogs kicked 12 goals to Subiaco’s three in the second half to run out 50-point victors.

Former Fremantle player Haiden Schloithe inspired the Bulldogs with 24 possessions, six inside 50s, three tackles and two goals.

Zachary Strom (21 possessions, 17 hit-outs), Jake Florenca (26 possessions, four tackles), Kade Stewart (21 possessions, seven tackles, five inside 50s, one goal), Brandon Donaldson (19 possessions, two goals), and Dylan Main (10 possessions, six marks, three goals) were all excellent for the Bulldogs.

Reigning Sandover Medallist Lachlan Delahunty competed strongly for Subiaco with 19 possessions, 17 hit-outs, and a goal.

Greg Clark (14 possessions, 12 tackles), Leigh Kitchin (16 possessions, nine tackles), Ben Newton (17 possessions, five inside 50s), and Ben Sokol (13 possessions, eight tackles, five marks and a goal) were admirable for the Lions.

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WAFL weekend preview: Round 2 – Royals enter the fray on super Saturday

ROUND 2 of the West Australian Football League (WAFL) bounces down on Saturday, with the East Perth Royals set to make their first appearance of the season across each level. After the opening weekend of action delivered on entertainment and threw up a mixed bag of results, teams will again be looking to put on a show and steer their shortened seasons in the right direction. Four seperate venues will again be utilised, with the Reserves and Colts kicking off all bar one of the triple-headers.

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East Fremantle and Peel Thunder will be looking to get on the board for the first time in 2020 when they clash at New Choice Homes Park, with either sides’ woes extending further than mere form. Despite having no access to Fremantle listed players or a Reserves side, the Thunder got within two goals of Perth in Round 1, while the Sharks were torn to shreds by arch rival, South Fremantle.

Having already blooded a bunch of debutants in Round 1, Peel may be forced to do so again as Isiah Winder, Rob Schindler-Taylor, Zach Rankin, Thomas Quaife, and Rob Falkstrom have all been named on an extended bench, with injuries forcing Ryan Bennell and Brad McGowan the other way. Expect team of the week defender Matthew Jupp to again have his hands full for the Sharks, but for the return of Jarrad Jansen to be a positive among three changes.

Two Round 1 winners in West Perth and South Fremantle are set to do battle at Provident Financial Oval, with one team’s ‘0’ set to go – barring a draw, of course. The Falcons downed last year’s wooden spooner, Swan Districts on the road last time out, while the Bulldogs thrashed their Eastern rivals by 95 points to storm into top spot. East Fremantle will be without its skipper, Dylan Main through injury, but it may spawn an opportunity for one of the slated inclusions in Kye Barker, Tom Blechynden, Andrew Haydon, John Levien and Steve Verrier.

The first matchup of contrasting records takes place in the last of the 2:30 League fixtures, as Claremont hosts Swan Districts at Revo Fitness Stadium. The Tigers got their season off to the perfect start with a win over reigning premier, Subiaco, and now face a slightly easier matchup on paper in the Black Ducks. West Perth accounted for Swan Districts in Round 1, but a slender 11-point margin of defeat should help the visitors carry some confidence into this clash.

Claremont midfield ace Jye Bolton looms as a key figure in deciding the game, with his career disposal average against Swan Districts hovering at 36.3 per his 10 outings, up from his usual effort of 29.1. He will be aided, as if he needs it, by the inclusion of Dec Mountford, while star recruit Ryan Nyhuis is set to play his 50th game. A couple of fresh faces are set to take the field for Swans as Jackson Beck and Nelson Waite make way through injury, with Tarir Bayok and Jack Cox named in the lineup.

East Perth’s first appearance for the League season is set to see out the round, with Perth looming as a tricky first assignment for the Royals. The Demons got the job done by 10 points over Peel in the opening round, spearheaded by Under 18 key forward and debutant, Logan McDonald. He’ll team up again with Fraser McInnes, and await delivery from gun former Eagle, Chris Masten, who lit up Round 1 with 30 disposals. New recruits Angus Schumacher, Corey Watts, and Aiden Lynch have all been named in the Royals’ side, looking to immediately add quality.



East Fremantle vs. Peel Thunder | New Choice Homes Park | Saturday July 25 | 2:30pm
West Perth vs. South Fremantle | Provident Financial Oval | Saturday July 25 | 2:30pm
Claremont vs. Swan Districts | Revo Fitness Stadium | Saturday July 25 | 2:30pm
Perth vs. East Perth | Mineral Resources Park | Saturday July 25 | 3:05pm


West Perth vs. South Fremantle | Provident Financial Oval | Saturday July 25 | 12:00pm
Claremont vs. Swan Districts | Revo Fitness Stadium | Saturday July 25 | 12:00pm
Perth vs. East Perth | Mineral Resources Park | Saturday July 25 | 12:30pm


West Perth vs. South Fremantle | Provident Financial Oval | Saturday July 25 | 9:30am
Claremont vs. Swan Districts | Revo Fitness Stadium | Saturday July 25 | 9:30am
East Fremantle vs. Peel Thunder | New Choice Homes Park | Saturday July 25 | 12:00pm
Perth vs. East Perth | Mineral Resources Park | Saturday July 25 | 5:35pm

Bye: Subiaco



Picture: East Perth Football Club

2020 WAFL Club Preview: East Perth

EAST PERTH will be looking to go one better in 2020 with finals appearances across all three grades, having missed out comfortably at League level last time out on the back of a 5-13 campaign. With Jeremy Barnard at the helm for a second year and some significant player movement, the only way is up for the Royals. The Reserves scraped into finals last year after managing a Grand Final berth in 2018, but were bundled out by East Fremantle in week one.

Preseason form has not quite been ideal for the Royals, although they have faced stiff opposition in the form of Subiaco thus far. At League level, the Royals went down by 41 points with the Reserves managing to bridge that gap to 22 points in their hitout. The Colts side were handed a hefty defeat, thumped to the tune of 103 points by the rampaging Lions. Teams across all three grades are set to battle it out against South Fremantle for one last preseason dig this Saturday (July 11), before the season kicks off a week later.

Looking ahead to the squad for this season, and former captain Kyle Anderson stands as a massive loss for the senior squad, with former Collingwood and West Coast midfielder Sharrod Wellingham joining him in retirement amid the current climate. The Royals are also set to lose ex-Fremantle forward Joel Houghton after just one season, with former West Coast rookie Tony Olango rounding out the exits alongside Asher Samelko.

But it is not all bad news on the movement front for East Perth, with a mix of experience and youth set to bolster its stocks for 2020. Former Brisbane Lions teammates Jonathan Freeman and Nick Robertson have made the switch from Queensland, headlining a list of seven inclusions. Freeman is a prolific key position goalkicker, while Robertson promises to add hardness around the ball in a variety of roles.

A couple of young Victorians also top up the list, with former Carlton defender Angus Schumacher making the move west after being axed by the Blues, while Sandringham Dragons graduate Corey Watts will also look for a state league berth in WA. Schumacher provides terrific ball use and has the potential to move further afield, listed as a utility as it stands. 197cm bigman, Watts looks most comfortable in defence where he reads the play well, but can also pinch-hit in the ruck or swing forward.

In terms of inter-league moves, childhood Royals fan Aidan Lynch crosses over from rival club, West Perth, bringing fellow former Falcon, Daniel Rowe in tow. Lynch should further the Royals’ bolstering of their contested ball stocks. Former Swan Districts player Brad Fullgrabe rounds out the changes from 2019, making for even more forward/ruck depth.

The Royals will still boast a decent core of staples, led by standalone captain Patrick McGinnity. Reigning club champion Jackson Ramsay has been among the league’s most dominant players since returning from Collingwood in 2018, and should prove a key cog in the side once again. 2019 leading goalkicker Mitchell Dobson may have to carry a fair burden in front of goal, with the second and third placed scorers (Houghton and Wellingham) no longer at the club.

At Colts level, incoming coach Daniel Curtis will have the task of nurturing the club’s young talent back into draft relevance, after not having any Royals picked up in last year’s AFL cohort. Adam Boules and Jaylen Colegate front a six-man leadership group, while Kade Dittmar and Jack Hindle are the sole AFL Academy hub members.

Improvement will be relatively easy to track for the Royals in 2020, and bringing the League side back to consistent finals appearances will undoubtedly be a key goal. Maintaining form down the grades will be aided by added squad depth, while some elite-level interest will help push the Colts onto improved results.

Picture: East Perth Football Club

Classic Contests: Daniels proves a handful for the Rebels

IF you are missing footy like we are, then let us somewhat salvage that with a look back in a new series of Classic Contests. In today’s contest we look at one of the would-have-been Round 8 clashes in the NAB League this year between the Bendigo Pioneers and Greater Western Victoria (GWV) Rebels. In this edition, we wind back the clock to 2017 when the two teams met for the first of their two battles during the TAC Cup season.

2017 TAC Cup, Round 2
Sunday April 2, 2:30pm
Alfredton Recreation Reserve

GWV REBELS 2.3 | 10.5 | 10.9 | 14.12 (96)
BENDIGO PIONEERS 3.2 | 7.5 | 12.10 | 16.12 (108)

Draftees in action:

GWV – Lloyd Meek (Fremantle), Flynn Appleby (Collingwood), Thomas Berry (Brisbane)*
Bendigo – Brent Daniels (GWS), Paddy Dow (Carlton), Lochie O’Brien (Carlton), Kane Farrell (Port Adelaide), Angus Schumacher (Carlton), Jye Caldwell (GWS)*

* – denotes bottom-aged

GWV and Bendigo may have finished as the bottom two TAC Cup sides in 2017, but it did not stop the regions from producing solid draftee hauls out of their respective squads. The early and late rounds of the competition often see each team come in at full strength, and it was no different as the Rebels and Pioneers went at it in Round 2, three years ago, with Bendigo coming out on top by 12 points.

Both sides could lay claim to most of their future AFL draftees in this fixture, with GWV naming all of their three while Bendigo boasted a whopping six – only missing Jarrod Brander. The Pioneers’ production line was particularly impressive given it had three first rounders – Paddy Dow (Pick 3), Lochie O’Brien (10), and Brander (13) – attracting eyes from all around the pathway programs.

In terms of form, Bendigo struggled in Round 1 to click its stacked side into gear, falling by a comfortable 51 points to Murray on neutral territory. The Rebels did not fare any better, beating out the Pioneers’ total (47) but being thumped to the tuned of 82 points by eventual premier, Geelong.

The home side was unlucky not to share the spoils in a tight opening term, as both teams shared five scoring shots each. Bendigo would sneak ahead via its greater conversion, managing to split their chances 3.2 to GWV’s 2.3. It only worked to kick the Rebels into gear, as they took advantage of the more open contest to pile on eight second term majors and lead by 19 points at the main break.

Bendigo’s four goals in the term split GWV’s momentum and gave the Pioneers a sniff, with their top-end talent helping to spark an incredible turnaround. It was now the visitors’ turn to batter the scoring end, notching five goals while keeping GWV goalless to swing the lead 13 points in their favour. The Rebels could not recover enough, with their need to attack leaving them exposed the other way as both sides managed four goals apiece in the final term.

Brent Daniels‘ handful of goals meant he was exactly that for the GWV defence, and he could have had a massive day out had it not been for his four behinds. He was beaten out to best afield honours by Dow for his 21-disposal effort, while fellow Carlton recruits O’Brien and Angus Schumacher managed 26 and 21 respectively. A bottom-aged Jye Caldwell was also named among the best having racked up 19 touches, with Port forward Kane Farrell held to 12 and a goal.

Brisbane’s Thomas Berry notched 18 disposals, eight tackles, and a goal in an outstanding bottom-aged display, but had Collingwood VFL gun Cal Wellings beat him out to best-on recognition with 35 touches, 10 marks, and nine tackles. Freo bigman Lloyd Meek served his role in the ruck with 23 hitouts, while the final draftee afield, Flynn Appleby managed 13 disposals.

GWV would go on to shake the poor start with their five wins making for a superior tally to Bendigo’s three. The Rebels would also gain redemption in the return fixture, downing the Pioneers by 27 points. Still, their seven draftees over the next two drafts can only be labelled as a success.

Classic Contests: Bushrangers’ seven-goal last term blows away Pioneers

IF you are missing footy like we are, then let us somewhat salvage that with a look back in a new series of Classic Contests. In today’s contest we look at one of the would-have-been Round 2 clashes in the NAB League this year between Murray Bushrangers and Bendigo Pioneers. In this edition, we wind back the clock to 2017, when the sides went head-to-head in an opening round meeting down at Punt Road in what was a tight game for three quarters before the Bushrangers stormed to victory in the last term.

MURRAY BUSHRANGERS 1.1 | 3.3 | 6.8 | 13.13 (91)
BENDIGO PIONEERS 1.3 | 2.5 | 4.8 | 5.10 (40)

Round 1 | Saturday, March 25, 2017
Swinburne Centre, 3.15pm

There was no form to go off for either side heading into the opening round’s clash at Punt Road, with both sides having a number of draft hopefuls on show. Over-ager Ben Paton was one of a number of prospects who were unlucky not to end up on an AFL list the year before, while the Bushrangers had a number of talls such as Hudson Garoni, Jacob Koschitzke, Jordon Butts and Ben Kelly who would trouble a lot of opposition sides. Coming off a Grand Final loss to Sandringham Dragons the year before, the Bushrangers were looking good for another deep finish after double-figure players were drafted in November. The Pioneers changed coaches with Rick Coburn coaching his first match in this game, with Paddy Dow leading a number of top draft prospects for the year, though there were still a few out of the side for this match. Others who would end up on AFL lists included Angus Schumacher and Kane Farrell who also played in the match, while a host of players would enter the state league system in the coming years.

It was clear from early on that the Pioneers would be no pushovers against a Bushrangers side that had seen much success of late. By quarter time, the Bendigo team led by two points in a low-scoring affair, though by half-time, Murray had regained control, albeit only slightly to lead by a mere four points at half-time. The game remained fairly even in the third quarter, but it was clear the favourites were starting to get on top, but not making the most of their chances. The Bushrangers booted 3.5 to 2.3 to extend the lead out to a straight two kicks by the final break. With the game at breaking point, nothing would be left on the line and Murray soon showed some of the talent that had taken it to last year’s grand final. The Bushrangers piled on 7.5 to 1.2 in a barnstorming final term to run away with a 51-point win. While the margin might not have been indicative of the overall closeness between the sides for the match, it did show what Murray was capable of when the Bushrangers got a run on.

Of all the areas, Murray dominated the inside 50 count 54-36 with a high proportion coming in the final term, whilst winning the clearance battle 33-19. With first hands on the footy, it was more surprising to see the Bushrangers also winning the tackle count on the day, 65-61. With five multiple goalkickers, the Bushrangers shared the load and were able to provide unpredictability going inside 50.

Nicholas Richards ended up with the most touches in the game, finishing with 27 disposals, five marks, four tackles, six clearances, four inside 50s and a goal, while Paton’s kicking ability stood out in a best on ground performance thanks to 23 disposals (17 kicks), five marks, two tackles and 11 rebounds coming out of defence. Future Hawk, Harry Jones would pick up 26 touches (11 contested), four marks, three tackles, two clearances and six inside 50s, as Angus Hicks dug deep for 23 disposals (11 contested), five tackles, seven clearances and six inside 50s. Dave Smith booted two goals from 20 touches and five marks, while Joe Richards, Nathan Oakes, Garoni and Jessy Wilson also hit the scoreboard with a couple of majors. Butts finished the game with 15 touches, nine marks and two rebounds showing off his ability to find the ball that would lead to him becoming a Crow in time.

Dow was a star on the day with 23 disposals, three marks, three tackles, three clearances, six inside 50s and three rebounds showing why he was talked up in such a high way. The work in defence from Tom Campbell (11 disposals, seven marks, three tackles and five rebounds) and Jose Milado (18 disposals, six marks and seven rebounds) earned the pair the top votes from the coaching staff. Darby Henderson (22 disposals, five marks, five tackles, two clearances, two inside 50s and three rebounds) and Matt Harvey (21 disposals, three marks, three tackles, three clearances and five inside 50s) found plenty of the ball, while Jacob Atley also shone in defence with 19 disposals, six marks and nine rebounds. Of the future draftees, Schumacher had 14 disposals, four marks, six tackles and two rebounds, while Farrell finished with 13 touches, eight marks and four inside 50s.

Murray finished fifth on the table but fell to Sandringham Dragons in the elimination final at MARS Stadium, the second consecutive final the Bushrangers had lost to the Dragons after the 2016 Grand Final as Charlie Spargo would join Paton, Jones and Doulton Langlands on AFL lists at the end of the 2017 year. The Pioneers would finish on the bottom of the table with just three wins, 10 points behind the Greater Western Victoria Rebels, but would have three players drafted in the top 13 (Dow, Lochie O’Brien and Jarrod Brander), and six in total (Farrell, Schumacher and Brent Daniels) in what was a huge draft period for the program.