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WAFL Colts weekly wrap: Royals avoid elimination as Claremont books date with Peel

SEPTEMBER is always a special time for every football fan around the country as it means that finals time has arrived. These are the moments that every player lives for and where reputations are carved out. There is an extra level of significance when it comes to the Colts players with recruiting scouts from all AFL clubs watching with keen interest. A strong finals series can see them move one step closer to their senior footballing dream.

WAFL Colts wrap – Finals Week 1

East Perth 8.5 (53) def. Swan Districts 4.5 (29)

East Perth has progressed on to week two of the finals by eliminating 2018 runners-up Swan Districts by 24 points at Fremantle Oval on Saturday morning.

The teams split their meetings in the regular season and there was not a lot between the two sides in either game. Swans trailed for the best part of three quarters before storming home to win by 16 points in Round 2. Three months later in Bunbury saw a late burst by the Royals prove the difference as they won by 16 points. So there was no sense of underlying trepidation for either camp heading into this elimination clash.

The Royals got the quick start in this contest, kicking three goals to one and led by 11 points at quarter time. The first goal in the second term came eleven minutes in through Steele Cahill and was soon followed by another to Sebit Kuek. You never want to drop too far behind in a game, especially in an elimination clash Swans found themselves in a 25-point hole at the long break. While Swans were getting their hands on the ball, one thing they needed to fix was their forward entries only having 14 compared to 24 for East Perth. Bottom age midfielder Adam Boules was the lead player on the ground in terms of disposals at the long break with 18 along with four tackles and three inside 50s. Meanwhile, 16 year-old Kade Dittmar was bringing the energy and tenacity required in games like this with eight tackles. In terms of Swan Districts, the ever reliable Sebastian Bright was leading the way with 12 disposals and nine tackles.

A goal to Brock Fisher early in the third term meant that the margin was back to within three goals, but the Royals hit back hard to goals by Cahill and bottom ager Jy Thompson. Despite taking the ball inside 50 in a more frequent fashion, the end product was certainly lacking and Swans were unable to truly eat into the margin. The equation was simple but extremely challenging at the same time, Swans needed at least six goals in the final 25 minutes while keeping their opposition near enough to goalless to keep their season alive.

East Perth looked to blunt any opportunity for a comeback at the start of the fourth term. When Ethan Nordahl kicked the first goal of the term, there was only 12 minutes left on the clock. However, they were certainly going to leave everything out there and cut the margin further when Kade Wallrodt kicked his first for the game. It was all hands to the pump for the Royals defence as Swans were attacking at will but the leaders were holding firm. Against the run of play, Luke Furlong put the result beyond doubt when he kicked East Perth first for the term and that sealed East Perth’s fate to play the loser of the Claremont and West Perth clash next week.

After the heartbreak of seeing the double chance slip through their fingers in the last minute last week, it was a fine response by the Royals who led for the great majority of this final and were deserved winners. For Swans, it told a story about how the second half of the season went. The effort was there, it was just the lack of goal scoring quality which was absent when it truly mattered. Swan Districts had 46 more disposals (322-277) but East Perth were able to conjure up four more scoring shots (13-9). The game was won in the first half when the Royals opened up a four goal break. Swans had the better of the game in the second half, but East Perth’s resilient defence was able to stand strong.

Adam Boules was tremendous throughout the four quarters for East Perth and finished with 28 disposals, eight tackles and inside 50s. His midfield companion Cooper Sparks also had plenty of tenacity and had 12 tackles to go with 19 disposals. The ruck combination of Joshua Ladhams and Sebit Kuek were terrific for the Royals combining for 49 hit-outs, 28 disposals and 13 marks. Meanwhile for Swan Districts, Sebastian Bright was tireless with 25 disposals, 13 tackles and five inside 50s. Kade Walldrot also tried hard with 23 disposals, five inside 50s and four tackles.

Claremont 7.4 (46) def. West Perth 5.11 (41)

Claremont are just two games away from a grand final appearance after defeating a wasteful West Perth by five points at Joondalup Arena on Sunday morning.

Just like the clash on Saturday, the teams split their meetings in the regular season. West Perth won the first clash by 15 points way back in Round 2. But perhaps a more accurate gauge was when the Tigers claimed a 17-point victory three weeks ago. While both teams would have loved to progress to the second semi final against Peel next week, they could relax through the knowledge that there is a second chance for the loser.

Due to the fact that West Perth’s seniors were playing their elimination final at Joondalup Arena later on in the day, it was a advantage for the Colts side to be playing there despite Claremont finishing higher on the ladder. The game began in heavily overcast conditions with showers forecast. Claremont dominated the first quarter in terms of taking the ball inside 50s (16-5) without hitting the scoreboard.

The Falcons made them pay early in the second term by opening up a nine point lead when Liam Foley goaled. The teams then traded goals and the Falcons were able to hold onto their margin for the rest of the half. The overall statistics told an interesting story. West Perth had more in terms of disposals (165-141) and scoring shots (9-5) but Claremont had taken the ball more inside their attacking arc (25-17).

Callum Johnson was leading the way for the home side with tremendous effort compiling 16 disposals, making nine tackles and kicking a goal. His ruckman Zak Patterson was terrific in giving his midfielders first use with 20 hit-outs. For the Tigers it was Jack Cooley with 15 disposals, five tackles and four inside 50s.

The third quarter was terrific tight finals footy with no quarter asked for and none given in response. Claremont were able to finally get their attacking game into gear in the greasy conditions during this term much like they did last week against Swan Districts. Ben Elliott became the first multiple goalscorer of the contest which put the Tigers in front for the first time since late in the first term. One quarter to go and the Tigers took a slender four point lead into the deciding term. It had been a game of momentum to this point so it was up to the Falcons to see if they could respond.

They were edging their way back through behinds, tying the game at 34 apiece. Jack Buller gave back the Tigers the lead and that was followed by Logan Young. West Perth now needed three scores in little over five minutes to claim an unlikely victory. They got a extremely late goal through Tyron Hindmarsh, however the game was over by the time the umpire bounced the ball in the square. With that, the Tigers moved onto the major semi final against minor premiers Peel next week, while West Perth will play old rivals East Perth in the first semi.

It was a game of missed opportunities for the Falcons especially when they had all the play in the early stages of the fourth term. But as the old adage goes, bad kicking is bad football and the Tigers clinical play made them pay. There was nothing much between the two teams when it came to disposals (295-285) and inside 50s which Claremont ended up winning by just one (41-40).

In terms of individuals, it was Callum Jamieson who was sensational, with the ruck-forward covering every inch of grass amassing 28 disposals, six marks, six tackles and 15 hit-outs. Jack Cooley was terrific in his usual fashion with 26 disposals, six tackles and six inside 50s while Anthony Davis was rock solid with 23 disposals and six marks. The Falcons were led by a terrific in and under display by Callum Johnson with 28 disposals, 12 tackles and a goal. His fellow midfielder Tyron Hindmarsh also tried hard with 26 disposals, eight tackles, four marks, five inside 50s and a goal.

WAFL Colts weekly wrap: Royals loom as premiership contenders after another victory

WITH the top two facing off this weekend for the first time in the West Australian Football League (WAFL), it gave the teams directly below them a great opportunity to make some ground on the loser of that contest.

WAFL Colts Wrap – Round 13

East Perth 10.9 (69) defeated Perth 5.4 (34)

East Perth kept pace with the top three after winning their third game in succession, defeating a gallant Perth by 35 points at Leederville Oval.

The Royals came into this contest on the back of two wins while conversely Perth suffered a hiding at the hands of ladder leaders Peel last week and had lost three in a row. It was a must win game for the Demons as they wouldn’t have wanted to lose further touch with the top five as we enter the final two months of the home and away season.

East Perth got off to a quick start through a mark and fine goal from a acute angle by the extremely talented Rhai-arn Cox and a clever snap by Max Fabre then doubled the Royals’ lead. Perth were struggling to clear the ball from their defensive area with East Perth dominating territory. But some quick and direct play down the middle of the ground led to their first major by Simon Hayward. The Royals took a seven point lead into the first change.

Perth got off to the dream start in the second quarter when 15-year-old James Ettia kicked the first of the second term and the confidence from their play was clearly evident. It was now a very tight contested affair and the free flowing East Perth from the first 15 minutes of the contest had been slowed quite substantially. The teams then traded goals midway through the quarter. An excellent lunging mark by Kyle Robinson which he duly converted gave the Royals a margin of nine points which they took into the long break. The question heading into the second half was if the extremely youthful Demons side could maintain their effort for the full four quarters.

The Demons got the best answer to those questions at the start of the last term when bottom ager Deekan Garlett kicked his first of the game. After a quiet period, a improvised piece of play by Cox and bottom ager Josh Clements set up Cooper Sparks who took a strong mark and converted. Robinson then kicked the Royals’ second consecutive goal and with that the home were able to grab momentum with a 16-point margin. The Demons were still getting their hands on the ball but had seemingly lost their structure.

Robinson benefitted from a down the ground free kick to kick his third and danger signs were flashing for the Demons as they were getting beaten out of the middle. But as they had done all game they kept pressing and the extremely hard working Hayward finished off some good work. Cox put the game to bed well and truly with a fine one on one mark 15 metres out which he duly converted. Clements was then rewarded for some hard running to kick his first of the game to push the lead to five goals and Fabre then put the icing on the cake on a fine second half performance. East Perth restricted Perth to just four scoring shots in the second half, a fine performance.

Star of the day: Rhai-arn Cox

He may have had a tough start to the season, but Rhai-arn Cox has returned to the Royals seemingly revitalised and ready to make a real impact both for his team and for his own future prospects at the senior level. In this contest he was a nightmare matchup for the Perth defenders with his physicality and natural ability. He remained permanently stationed deep in the attacking 50 throughout the contest and finished with 16 disposals (all by foot) nine marks, five inside 50s and 2.3. Being still only 18, he will undoubtedly continue to grow into his body (currently 174cm /76 kg) but seeing him in this type of form and if he keeps it up on a regular basis, he looms as a very exciting prospect indeed.

Special mention has to go to Adam Boules who was colossal with his work-rate, amassing 24 disposals, 11 marks and eight tackles while Kyle Robinson was a strong focal point with 12 disposals, six marks and three goals. Meanwhile Simon Hayward was magnificent for the Demons once again with 28 disposals, eight marks, six tackles, five inside 50s and two goals.

The aftermath:

The Royals are certainly a team on the rise and looming as a real contender on the horizon. This season in particular there seems to clear break away between the top five and the rest. East Perth are only one game from second and face a real test of their credentials in the next three weeks when they face Swan Districts, Peel and West Perth in succession. We will know just exactly where they are truly placed in the pecking order after those games. After last week’s abysmal performance, this week was certainly a turnaround for Perth. Although they didn’t claim the four points, their effort was terrific throughout the whole four quarters, and it was just that they came up against a better opponent on the day. Keep playing like that and they will get some wins up between now and the end of the season.

Peel Thunder 10.17 (77) defeated Swan Districts 5.9 (39)

Peel Thunder showed once and for all that they are the team to beat in 2019 after defeating second placed Swan Districts by 38 points at David Grays Arena in Mandurah. However the final score said little about what was a highly competitive first three quarters.

Peel led by seven points at quarter time and extended it to 23 points at the long break. The visitors were not going to give up without giving a strong account of themselves and dominated the third term kicking 3.4 to one behind and cutting the margin to just two points with a quarter to play. But with Ben Middleton leading the way, Peel slammed on six goals to one in the last term to run out resounding winners.

In truth, Peel were deserved winners with 13 more scoring shots (27-13) and 11 more 50s (47-36). Middleton was monumental for the home side taking eight marks and kicking four goals and four behinds. With the victory, Peel have opened up a two game gap at the top of the table and with their outstanding percentage, it is akin to a three-game buffer. There is plenty of work for the Black and Whites to do to reclaim their mantle that they had for the first half of the season.

West Perth 10.10 (70) defeated Subiaco 5.9 (39)

West Perth moved into equal second position with Swans after a composed 31-point win against Subiaco at Joondalup Arena.

In keeping with the majority of the games this round, we saw a tight first 50 minutes of play, but the better team stamped their authority on the contest in the second half. In this case, West Perth kicked six goals to two to reign supreme. The in-form Corey Rundle Was terrific even again with the bottom age Falcons forward kicking another three goals to add to four from the previous week. Another player who has been in sparkling form in 2019 is Koopah Todd with the top age midfielder amassing 34 disposals, ten marks, five tackles and a goal. He received fine support once again from Callum Johnson with 27 disposals and ten marks. Abraham Clinch was Subiaco’s best with 26 disposals, six marks and five inside 50s.

Claremont 13.12 (90) defeated East Fremantle 2.10 (22)

A completely dominant first half performance from Claremont set the Tigers on their way to a thumping 68-point victory at East Fremantle Oval.

The visitors kicked eight goals to one in the first two quarters with Thomas Baldwin kicking two majors. Ben Elliott kicked two of his own in the second half to give him three for the game and continue the onslaught. Jye Clark continued his very consistent season with 33 disposals and seven inside 50s for the Tigers. The youngster is averaging an impressive 26 disposals in 2019. Ruckman Jack Buller gave his midfielders silver service with 35 hit-outs to go along 20 disposals and five marks.

It was a dark day for East Fremantle kicking just two goals game and after starting the season 2-0, they have now lost eight straight and slipped down to the bottom of the ladder. Bottom ager Jack Carroll was a clear standout for the Sharks with 29 disposals, eight marks, four tackles and five inside 50s.