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State leagues preview: Pressure on undefeated sides

AS the weekend approaches, state leagues around the country prepare for another big round of footy. With high stakes across the board, don’t be surprised to see some thrilling contests.

Victoria:

The VFL will be holding less games this week, with eight teams set to have a bye this weekend as the competition breaks up the matches with the added interstate teams. However, this does not mean there will be a shortage of exciting matchups.

The Casey Demons were hoping to maintain their spot on top of the ladder with a win over the Sydney Swans at Casey Fields on Sunday morning, however that encounter has been delayed due to COVID-19 related issues. The Demons find themselves in first place after starting the season 3-0 with a handy percentage and their big win over North Melbourne last round will give them plenty of confidence despite not being able to head into a clash with the struggling Swans side. Sydney have started the season with just one win from their three games, with their heartbreak from last week’s three-point loss a driving factor for the Swans players.

Sunday afternoon will also see the Carlton Blue travelling to Whitten Oval to take on the undefeated Footscray Bulldogs in a tantalising matchup. Carlton have been no slumps this season, winning two out of their first three matches, and dominating Essendon by 49 points in round three. They will fancy themselves against the Dogs here, but it will be a tough task to slow down their opponents. Footscray soundly defeated the Northern Bullants to the tune of 43 points last week, marking their third win by over seven goals. Prized Bulldog Jamarra Ugle-Hagan continues to find his feet at this level, so expect him to have a big presence in the forward line. Carlton’s Will Setterfield will be looking to perform at the level that has seen him collect over 25 disposals in each of the last two games.

South Australia:

The SANFL season is flying as South Australia’s premier league heads into their sixth round of action. The most intriguing matchup of the round comes first as the Woodville-West Torrens host the South Adelaide Panthers in a clash that will prove vital for each of the two sides. The Panthers have lost just the one match from their first five games, good enough for second place on the ladder. Their chances will be bolstered by the return of Matthew Broadbent and Liam Fitt, while 17-year-old Matty Roberts will make his debut after a strong performance in the U18’s last round. The Eagles sit just behind their opponents in third place, having won one less game, but will be driven by last round’s loss to Port Adelaide. The inclusion of star forward Jack Hayes will give them a huge confidence boost heading into a crucial game on Saturday afternoon.

The Central District Bulldogs will be looking for their second win for the season as they prepare for this round’s match against Norwood at X Convenience Oval on Saturday afternoon. The Bulldogs have had a less than ideal start to the season, finding themselves on the bottom of the ladder after six rounds, and have decided to change things up at selection. Key forward Connor McLean has been named in the forward pocket, in an attempt to stretch Norwood’s defence. Norwood could be recalling Mitch Grigg, who is named on the extended bench after his shocking relegation to the reserves in recent weeks. Grigg collected 20 touches in last week’s match, so don’t be surprised to see him line up for the senior side this week.

The SANFL showdown always delivers a buzz around Adelaide, with this year proving no exception, as the Port Adelaide Power and the Adelaide Crows prepare to go to war on Saturday afternoon at Adelaide Oval as a curtain raiser to the AFL match between the two sides. The Power find themselves just inside the top five based on percentage, but last week’s ten-goal win over the Eagles will see them enter this match with their tails up. Experienced defender Tyson Goldsack will debut for the side having overcome a knee injury, while potential draftee Jase Burgoyne will line up for the Power in his debut as a part of his work in the Power’s Next Generation academy. The Crows sit on the same amount of wins as their fifth-placed opponents, but find themselves down the pecking order in eighth place. They will unleash Tasmanian development player Oliver Davis on the wing, after being recruited from Clarence for the rest of the season.

Kicking off the Sunday football action, the North Adelaide Roosters will host the West Adelaide Bloods at Prospect Oval on Sunday afternoon, with both sides keen to take home a very important win. The Roosters have started the season with just the one win from five games, so a triumph in this match would be vital for reigniting their 2021 season. They will welcome back utility Sam McInerney, who will play his first match since 2019, following a series of back injuries, while former Hawk Billy Hartung has been named on a wing in his first game of the year. The West Adelaide Bloods will be hoping to ride the momentum of last week’s win over Central District into this week, as they look to enter the top five with a victory on Sunday. They will be welcoming mature-age recruit Nick Steele, who will be lining up at centre-half-forward for his first SANFL match.

Sturt face a tough task this round, as they face off against the top of the table Glenelg at ACH Group Stadium on Sunday afternoon in the final game of the round. Sturt have started the season with two wins and three losses from five games, with their round five triumph over the Crows coming by just one point. They have not confirmed their changes yet, with all inclusions named on the extended bench, and one of these inclusions is former Power player Riley Grundy, who could debut to boost his side’s backline. Glenelg have started the season like a house on fire, winning all five of their matches to date, and will be looking to keep their unbeaten streak rolling. As a result of their hot start, they will likely enter the clash unchanged.

Western Australia:

The sixth round of WAFL action kicks off with an absolute blockbuster, as Claremont travel to Leederville Oval to face off against a fired-up Subiaco side on Saturday afternoon. Claremont have not put a foot wrong in their start to the season, ending round five with a 4-0 record as the dominant team of the competition. Forward Jack Butler kicked five goals from nine scoring shots, so expect Subiaco to send their best defender to keep an eye on him all day. Subiaco started the season 3-0, but were handed their first loss of the season by South Fremantle in round five, so look for them to come out eager to make amends. Ruckman Lachlan Delahunty will play a crucial role in his side’s success, and if he can back up last week’s 21 disposal and 29 hitout effort, Subiaco’s midfield should gain ascendancy.

Perth will be hoping to move up the ladder with a second consecutive win as they prepare to take on a Peel Thunder side in a similar situation. Both sides sit at 2-2 on the season and a third win could see the victor move into the top four after this high-stake game. Perth broke a two-game losing streak with a five-goal win over East Fremantle last round in a promising display and would love to back it up this round. Brady Grey played his best game of the season last week, with 29 disposals, 11 marks and nine tackles, and was crucial in the win, and should prove important again this week. Peel Thunder dominated West Coast last week, crushing their opponents by 79 points, so they will be confident in their ability heading into this clash. Blair Bell is fresh off a six-goal haul against the Eagles, so keep an eye on his presence around goal.

Swan Districts will be looking to edge closer to top spot on the ladder with a win over a faulting West Perth team at Provident Financial Oval on Saturday afternoon. Swan Districts are on a three-game winning streak to see them currently sit with a 3-1 record in second place and will be heavy favourites this week. Midfielder Samuel Fisher is averaging 34.5 disposals on the season in a blistering start and should rack up plenty of the ball in this clash. West Perth have only managed the one win in the 2021 season, and look unlikely to snatch one here, but if they do, it could kickstart a promising campaign.

East Perth will have the opportunity to grab their first win of the season on Saturday afternoon, as they travel to Fremantle Community Bank Oval to take on South Fremantle. East Perth have started the season with a disappointing 0-4 record and sit second last on the ladder. Last week’s performance was promising as they pushed second placed Swan Districts right to the final siren, only falling two goals short of a massive upset. If they can bring a similar effort this week, they may finally sing the song. Edward Simpson booted five snags in the loss and should once again give defenders a headache. South Fremantle have won two games in a row to finally build some momentum as the season progresses. A win here could push them into the top three, so they will be eager to walk away victors. Haiden Schloithe has displayed his talents as a goalkicking midfielder all year so expect Saturday to prove no different.

The final match of round six will see East Fremantle host a West Coast side that is yet to compete all year, as the sides go head-to-head at New Choice Homes Park on Saturday afternoon. East Fremantle are making a strong push for the top four, but last round’s loss to Perth made that slightly harder. They will be looking to grab this game with both hands early on, with Cameron Eardley likely to prove influential through the midfield. West Coast have simply looked off the pace all year, yet to register their first win and have been soundly beaten by plenty of sides. A bright spot for the season has been Hamish Brayshaw, who will look to find plenty of the ball around the ground.

Queensland:

QAFL action begins at 1:00 on Saturday afternoon, as Surfers Paradise host Noosa at Sir Bruce Small Park, as both sides look to recover from shaky starts. Surfers Paradise have won just the one game so far this year, and a loss here could see them fall right down in the race for the flag. Luckily for them, they face an out of form side, and a win would likely pump some life into their season. Look for Alby Jones to back up last week’s strong outing. Noosa are yet to win a game after four games and will be desperate to change that with a win this round. They were competitive against Sherwood Districts, but missed an opportunity to defeat a side that was also searching for their first win. Ryley Buntain has delivered two fantastic performances in losing sides, so he will be eager to walk off a winner.

Labrador will be thrilled with the opportunity to jump up the ladder as they head into Saturday afternoon’s clash with Mt Gravatt at Cooke-Murphy Oval. Labrador sit fourth on the ladder with three wins and one loss from their matches this year, and a win could see them reach second depending on results around the league. Heading into the match as favourites, their motivation will be high to continue to set themselves up as the season progresses. Former AFL gun Pearce Hanley has been on fire in the last two weeks, so if he is once again allowed to roam free, Labrador will be hard to stop. Mt Gravatt have won only the solitary game this year but have had two byes in five weeks. Nevertheless, a second win is crucial, and Saturday provides a perfectly good opportunity. Gavin Grose’s start to the year has been eye catching and should continue in this match.

A fresh Morningside team will be hosting Redland-Victoria Point at Jack Esplen Oval on Saturday afternoon in an exciting matchup. Fresh off the bye, Morningside will be ready for the challenge from a strong Redland-Victoria Point side, as both sides look to climb the ladder with an important win on Saturday. Redland-Victoria Point’s Harrison Kerr has booted 11 goals in his past three games and will need to be held accountable if Morningside are to slow down the scoring of their opponent.

Sherwood Districts will be looking to cause an upset as they prepare to host an impressive Maroochydore at Sherwood Oval on Saturday afternoon. Sherwood Districts have only won a single game this season, while their opponents have won three, so a boilover here looks unlikely, but stranger things have happened. Maroochydore sit second on the ladder, and if ladder leaders Broadbeach are beaten this round, a big win in this match could see them move to the top of the table. Keep an eye on Maroochydore’s Jacob Simpson, who has performed strongly all year. Sherwood Districts’ William Fletcher has been equally impressive and has also put his hand up as one to watch.

Wilston Grange face the tough task of slowing down the ladder leaders, as they host the undefeated Broadbeach at Hickey Park on Saturday afternoon. Wilston Grange have a 1-3 record after four games in an underwhelming start to the year, but a win here would truly send a message to the rest of the competition. They have the ability to kick a winning score, highlighted by Will McKenzie’s seven goals in his last two games. Broadbeach will be a tough beast to tame though. 4-0 on the season, they simply know how to get the job. With the top spot comes the pressure, and they will be eager to show they can more than handle it. Liam Nelson has been strong in the last three games and will be hoping to maintain this.

Tasmania:

The sixth round of TSL football kicks off with a bang as Clarence host competition powerhouse Launceston at Blundstone Arena on Saturday afternoon. Launceston have looked unstoppable but face arguably their toughest challenger this week on their home deck. Clarence have looked fantastic this year, especially since returning to Blundstone Arena, and will fancy themselves a strong chance to knock off the reigning premiers on Saturday. The inclusion of experienced forward Josh Green should make them more dangerous forward of the ball. Launceston will be regaining stand-in captain Jake Hinds after serving his suspension, while Dylan Riley will be eager to continue the run of form that has seen him boot 19 goals in the last two matches.

Another key clash this weekend comes in the form of North Hobart taking on Glenorchy at North Hobart Oval on Saturday afternoon. Both sides sit with a 1-3 record and changing that to 2-3 is crucial for the season moving forward. North Hobart will bring in ruckman Logan Elphinstone to establish some midfield dominance. Glenorchy will be regaining the services of experienced midfielder Sam Rundle who should prove a crucial inclusion to the side.

The Tigers and North Launceston will clash at UTAS Stadium on Saturday afternoon in the final match of the round. The Tigers have a 3-2 record and had their colours lowered by a firing Clarence side last weekend, so they will be desperate to get back on the winners list. Star Elijah Reardon was kept reasonably quiet last round so he should be keen to bounce back in this game. North Launceston sit at 2-2 having played one less game than their opponent, but will regain the services of Bradley Cox-Goodyer, setting up a thrilling clash.

Picture credit: The Examiner

State Leagues Wrap: Weekend of thrillers

AS the weekend came to an end, so did a round of exciting football around the country. State leagues saw plenty of contests that came down to the wire, while other teams flexed their muscles with big wins.

Victoria:

VFL action kicked off on Thursday night with the Casey Demons’ big win over North Melbourne as VFL finally returned to Marvel Stadium. The Demons kicked a whopping 19 goals and finished the game as 107-point winners in a game that would not have impressed North Melbourne fans. Sam Weideman kicked four goals as he continues his ripping form that is sure to earn him an AFL recall in the near future. Unfortunately for him, Casey’s AFL affiliate Melbourne is absolutely flying at the moment, but if the key forward keeps up these performances, he will be hard to ignore come selection time. For the Roos, ruckman Tristian Xerri fought hard, and won the duel with Casey’s rucks, collecting 16 disposals to go with his 35 hitouts.

Collingwood stole a victory at the death as they snuck away with a three-point win against the Gold Coast Suns at Olympic Park Oval on Friday afternoon. With his 20th disposal, Magpie Reef McInnes kicked a goal at the 26-minute mark of the final term to put his side in front, and the rest is history. Young Pie Oliver Henry’s three goal haul would have impressed coaches, while Sun Will Brodie dominated in the midfield, collecting 41 touches and laying 11 tackles.

Geelong held off a fast-finishing Sydney side to claim a tense four-point win at Tramway Oval on Saturday afternoon. The Swans led by three points heading into the final term but Logan McDonald’s three goal effort was not enough to get the Swans home. Charlie Constable found the ball 28 times in a promising display, while Josh Jenkins booted two goals. For the Swans, Lewis Taylor and Robbie Fox combined for 59 disposals and looked dangerous whenever the ball was in dispute.

Essendon’s fast start couldn’t be maintained, eventually falling to Carlton by 49 points at Windy Hill on Sunday afternoon. The Bombers led by 14 points at the first break, but a five goal to nil second term got the Blues in front, and they never looked back. Out of favour Blue Will Setterfield continued his strong VFL form with a 26 disposal effort as he continues to push for a recall, while Nic Newman returned from a serious knee injury sustained last year to gather 23 disposals in a promising outing for Blues fans. First game Don Nick O’Kearney gathered 36 disposals in an eye-catching performance.

South Australia:

Round 5 of the SANFL began with an upset, as Norwood took down the previously undefeated South Adelaide Panthers at Coopers Stadium on Friday night. The Redlegs kicked a whopping five goals to one in the second goal to give themselves a 26-point lead at half time, and the Panthers simply couldn’t get the comeback done in time. Norwood midfielders Matthew Nunn and Jacob Kennerley combined for a whopping 29 tackles with 16 and 13 respectively, while former Crow Richard Douglas racked up 30 disposals. Joseph Haines was the Panthers’ best with 28 touches.

Glenelg remain the best team in the competition after their 31-point triumph over the North Adelaide Roosters on Saturday afternoon at Prospect Oval. A four-goal lead at quarter time was a sign of things to come, as Glenelg rode the first quarter effort until the final siren. Former Tiger Liam McBean kicked a bag of five of Glenelg, while midfielder Luke Partington had 35 disposals and seven clearances. Thomas Schwarz kicked three goals for the Roosters.

A strong final term saw West Adelaide claim their second win of the season, taking down Central Districts by four goals at Hisense Stadium on Saturday afternoon. There were only four points separating the two sides at three quarter time, but West Adelaide were able to extend that lead after kicking four goals to none in the final term. Edward Allan was strong in the midfield for North Adelaide, finishing with 22 disposals, five clearances and 11 tackles, while teammate Thomas Keough kicked four snags. For Central Districts, Justin Hoskin’s 26 disposals and two goals were excellent.

Over at Unley Oval, Sturt were able to pull off a heist, stealing a one-point win from the Crows on Sunday afternoon. Sturt’s Ashley Johnson kicked his fourth goal 26 minutes into the final quarter to give his side a one-point lead that proved to be enough. He was well aided by teammate Albania Davis who had 33 disposals, 11 marks and a goal. Crows skipper Matthew Wright kicked three goals in what could have been a match-winning performance.

Port Adelaide’s ten goal win over the West-Woodville Torrens was set up by a clinical second quarter performance at Alberton Oval on Sunday afternoon. The Power kicked seven goals in the second quarter to take a 47-point lead into half time, which they only improved on in the second half. Port’s skipper Cam Sutcliffe was marvellous rotating through the midfield and forward line, finishing with 25 disposals and three goals, while Tom Rockliff had 34 touches and eight clearances. Eagles mid James Tsitas had a whopping 39 disposals for the losing side.

Western Australia:

In the WAFL, Round 5 kicked off with Swan Districts surviving a massive scare from an East Perth side who are still searching for their first win. The inaccuracy of East Perth really hurt their chances, kicking 7.13, while Swan Districts kicked 10.8 to run out 13-point victors for their third win of the season. Swan Districts midfielder Samuel Fisher had the ball on a string as he worked his way to 37 disposals and a goal, while teammate Frank Anderson had 35 touches of his own. Edward Simpson was nearly the hero for East Perth, booting five goals in a near match-winning performance.

Perth were able to cruise to their second win of the season with a triumph over East Fremantle by five goals at New Choice Homes Park on Saturday afternoon. A six-goal opening term set up the win, with the home side unable to close the gap in the next three quarters. Brady Grey was the star for the victors, with 29 disposals and a huge 10 inside 50’s for the match, while Doultan Langlands kicked three goals. For East Fremantle, Cameron Eardley led the way with 32 touches.

Despite a slow start, Claremont were able to find their rhythm in the second quarter, steamrolling their way to a 52-point win over West Perth at Revo Fitness Stadium on Saturday afternoon. Claremont trailed by two goals at quarter time, before kicking six goals in the second term to get the game back in their control. Claremont’s Lachlan Martinis racked up a whopping 42 disposals and nine marks in a dominant display, while Jack Buller kicked five goals for the victors. For West Perth, Shane Nelson had 39 disposals in an impressive display.

South Fremantle caused a major upset with their 18-point win over Subiaco, handing them their first loss of the year at Fremantle Community Bank Oval on Saturday afternoon. Subiaco were at the top of the table heading into this game, while South Fremantle had only won the two games, but they turned the table in this dominant display, set up by their seven goal second term. Haiden Schloithe put in a star turn for the winners, ending the match with 39 disposals and two goals in a clear best on ground performance. For Subiaco, Gregory Clark led with 30 touches.

West Coast’s struggles continued on Sunday morning after being convincingly beaten by Peel Thunder to the tune of 79 points at David Grays Arena. The Eagles trailed by seven goals at half time, and could not get themselves back in the game against a dominant Thunder side. Blair Bell kicked six goals for Peel, while teammate Josh Treacy kicked five of his own. West Coast’s Hamish Brayshaw performed admirably with 29 disposals.

Queensland:

QAFL’s fifth round of action kicked off with a blockbuster as Labrador upset Maroochydore by 12 points at Maroochydore Multisports Complex on Saturday afternoon. Labrador had one less win than the home side heading into this clash, but a strong third term saw the visitors take a lead that they would end up holding for the remainder of the game. Labrador’s Pearce Hanley once again claimed best on ground honours, running riot through the midfield as he continues to show that age will not slow him down. For Maroochydore, Jacob Simpson fought hard all day to be his side’s best.

Redland-Victoria Point cruised their way to their third win for the year against Mt Gravatt on Saturday afternoon at Southside Toyota Oval. Redland-Victoria Point jumped to an early lead in the first quarter and then only extended their control from there, waltzing to a crucial win that keeps them well in the hunt for top spot on the ladder. Redland-Victoria Point full back Mitchell Stallard was named his side’s best after a dominant display in defence. Gavin Grose was Mt Gravatt’s best for the second week in a row.

Sherwood Districts have finally found their first win for the season, defeating bottom-placed Noosa by 22 points at Rococo Oval on Saturday afternoon. Noosa remain winless, but Sherwood Districts will be hoping this is the triumph that kick starts their season. For the winners, Joshua Coombes led the way with three goals up forward, but it was truly a team effort that delivered the win. For Noosa, Ryley Buntain was his side’s best for the second consecutive week.

A bag of seven goals from forward John Anthony has led Palm Beach Currumbin to an important win over Wilston Grange at Salk Oval on Saturday afternoon. Anthony’s bag of seven was inspiring and proved crucial to Palm Beach Currumbin securing their second win of the season, shooting them up the ladder. Anthony was his side’s best, but had plenty of help from teammate Matthew Gahan. For Wilston Grange, Isaac Corvo was a clear standout.

Broadbeach kept their unbeaten streak rolling with their fourth win of the year, defeating a brave Surfers Paradise side by 10 points at Subaru Oval on Sunday afternoon. A close game all day, Broadbeach kicked three final quarter goals to seal the game to hold off the upset. For the winners, Liam Nelson was the star, leading his side all day in a best afield display, while Alby Jones was the bright spark for Surfers Paradise.

Tasmania:

TSL action resumed this weekend, as Clarence continued their hot streak, knocking off the Tigers at Kingston Twin Ovals on Saturday afternoon. The victors led all afternoon, and never looked like giving up the lead on their way to recording their third win of the season. For Clarence, Oliver Davis was best on ground for the second week in a row. For the Tigers, Blake McCulloch stood out through the backline to end the day as his side’s best.

North Hobart have recorded their first win for the 2021 season, kicking away in the last quarter to defeat Lauderdale by 18 points at Lauderdale Oval on Saturday afternoon. There was two points separating the sides heading into the last quarter, but North Hobart were too strong, kicking four final quarter goals on their way to a maiden win for the year. For the victors, Thomas Liefhebber was outstanding all day, while Jye Menzie kicked four goals. For Lauderdale, Alex Hevey never gave up and performed admirably.

Launceston continue to uphold their status as league powerhouse, demolishing Glenorchy by 148 points at Windsor Park on Saturday Oval. Launceston hit the 100-point mark by half time, and Glenorchy never stood a chance against this well-oiled machine. Launceston star forward Dylan Riley backed up his 10-goal haul last week with a nine-goal effort this round, putting emphasis on the importance of shutting him down. For Glenorchy, Nick Reibelt impressed despite the loss.

State Leagues Preview: Key games across the board

STATE league football will continue over the weekend with plenty at stake for the teams involved. With some sides looking for their first win and others trying to keep themselves ahead of the pack, expect plenty of thrilling action this weekend.

Victoria:

The third round of VFL action kicks off this weekend with Collingwood taking on Gold Coast at Olympic Park Oval on Friday afternoon. Gold Coast registered their first win last weekend over Sydney by 14 points, getting on a roll and will be looking to back it up this weekend against the Pies. Suns midfielders Will Brodie and Brayden Fiorni fired in the engine room last round and will need to do the same if they are to grab their second win of the season. Collingwood couldn’t back up their Round 1 win with another last week, falling to the Bombers by 35 points in a disappointing second half. Big man Mason Cox will miss due to suspension while the side will look extremely different with plenty of injuries at AFL level. The Pies depth will be tested here, which should make the win even sweeter if they can pull it off.

The Sydney Swans and the Geelong Cats will make for an interesting matchup when they face off on Saturday afternoon at Tramway Oval. With a 1-1 start to the year, the Swans will be eager to the return to their Round 1 form, which saw them take down the Giants by 26 points. If they are to take down this Cats side, experienced heads such as Sam Gray and Lewis Taylor will need to lead by example. The Cats will be fully refreshed after a bye last weekend, and will be looking to back up their Round 1 effort which saw them run out 79-point winners. Forwards Ben Jarvis and Josh Jenkins combined for eight goals, and if they can do something similar this weekend, it will be hard to stop the Cats.

In a battle of cross-town rivals, Carlton will travel to Windy Hill to take on Essendon on Sunday afternoon as both sides look for their second win to take them up the ladder. The Blues clinched a massive 69-point win over the Lions last weekend, which should give them a world of confidence heading into this match. A combined 12 goals from former AFL listed players Ben Crocker and James Parsons drove the Carlton win and if either can get off the chain again this weekend, Essendon coaches will have plenty to ponder from the sidelines. The Bombers took down the Pies last weekend, and should be looking to use the win as a spark for their season following a Round 1 loss. Tom Cutler was Essendon’s best in the win with 27 disposals and three goals, so expect the Blues to pay some attention to him throughout the match.

South Australia:

Round 5 of state league action kicks off with a blockbuster match, as Norwood host South Adelaide at Coopers Stadium under lights on Friday night. Norwood has landed a selection bombshell heading into the match, stunningly dropping dual-Magarey Medalist Mitch Grigg, who had just 14 disposals and a goal in last week’s 18-point loss to West Adelaide. Brad Mckenzie will line up on a wing in his return to the side while Brad Carroll is also confirmed to return to the side. Highly touted youngster Fraser Turner will finally debut for South Adelaide, named to start on a wing. The former Richmond utility has been named on the extended bench for consecutive weeks and will finally get his chance against Norwood. Liam Fitt will miss following a nasty head knock while Anthony Biemans is expected to miss multiple weeks following a leg injury.

North Adelaide will be looking to erase the memory of last week’s heartbreaking loss with a win this week over Glenelg at Prospect Oval on Saturday afternoon. North Adelaide fell to Woodville-West Torrens by three points in Round 4, and this pain will still be fresh in their minds. They could be bolstered by the return of star defender Cameron Craig, who has been named on the extended bench following a hamstring injury, but changes are yet to be confirmed. Don’t be surprised if Glenelg choose to not make any changes at selection this weekend, following a 10-point win over Port Adelaide last round, with no changes confirmed to the lineup that achieved that feat.

West Adelaide and Central Districts will go head-to-head, with the winner certainly moving up the ladder following their clash at Hisense Stadium on Saturday afternoon. Both sides are in the bottom half of the ladder sitting at 1-3, so a win on Saturday afternoon is crucial for both these sides. West Adelaide will unleash a new player, as Canberra Demons recruit Lucas Meline is named to line up in the midfield for his first game in the new colours. There have been no confirmed outs at the time of publication. Central Districts coaches have been busy shuffling the magnets with four confirmed changes to their team. Rhett Montgomerie, Connor Mclean and Jacob Templeton will all miss through injury while Nick Gillard has been omitted. Fraser Fort, Wyatt Patterson, Cooper Dahms and Travis Schiller have been named as their replacements.

Bottom placed Sturt will have the opportunity to move up the standings as they host Adelaide at Unley Oval on Sunday afternoon. Sturt have not been able to register a second win on the season and will be desperate to take this opportunity against the Crows. Forwards Abe Davis and Josh Hone will return to give Sturt a boost while Charlie Parker will debut for the side across half back. Sturt will lose the services of Jordan Houlahan and Matt Crocker through injury while Adam Trenorden has been dropped. Adelaide will be waiting for AFL emergencies to affect their lineup but will certainly be without midfielders David Mackay (AFL) and Luke Pedlar (injured). Nick Murray has also earned an AFL call up.

In the final SANFL game for Round 5, Port Adelaide will return to Alberton Oval to host Woodville-West Torrens on Sunday afternoon in a key clash for both sides. Port Adelaide currently sit with a disappointing 1-3 record, and with Trent Burgoyne and Matt Appleton both ruled out through injury, a chance to improve this record seems unlikely. In saying this, don’t rule out the Power just yet, with plenty of talent around the ground, they won’t give up without a fight. Woodville-West Torrens have worked their way to a 3-1 record and will see this weekend’s match as the perfect opportunity to improve this. They will be without the services of former AFL forward Daniel Menzel, who will miss with an ankle injury and has been replaced by debutant Cooper Sharman.

Tasmania:

TSL action kicks off on Saturday with Clarence travelling to the Twin Ovals in Kingston to take on the Tigers. The Tigers found their form again last week, defeating Glenorchy by 24 points in the ANZAC day clash. The side will go in unchanged following the victory, and the obvious player to watch is Elijah Reardon who should continue his blistering season this weekend. Clarence had the bye last weekend and have brought in some firepower to combat this Tigers team, while the Roos have brought in Oliver Davis, Baker Smith, Darcy Gardner, Colin Garland and Jacob Young to make their side look much stronger. Expect a close contest.

Lauderdale will be keen to bounce back after last round’s 93-point belting at the hands of a brutal North Launceston side, and this round’s matchup against a struggling North Hobart side will get their hopes up. Lauderdale have shaken things up at team selection in order to conjure a response from their side. Among the ins are Tyler Martin, Luke Hodoninczky, Bryce Walsh and Ozzie Warmbrunn as the Bombers fight for their second win. North Hobart were embarrassed by Launceston last round, conceding 25 goals and losing by 125 points, and they have also opted to change things up at team selection. The Demons are bringing in Johnathon Pullen, George Mcleod, Jye Menzie, Tyler Mcginniss and Will Splann. Both sides have plenty to play for here.

Glenorchy face a tough obstacle if they want to bounce back from last week’s loss, and that obstacle comes in the form of an outrageously in-form Launceston side. The Magpies were defeated by the Tigers to the tune of a 24 point margin but face an even tougher task this week in the Blues. Glenorchy will need to change things up if they are to upset the juggernaut, and the team selection reflects this. The Magpies will lose former Blue Sam Rundle but will be bringing in Riley Best, Darrean Wyatt, Joshua Whitford, Dominic Brown and Isaac Manson. The Blues have made only one change in their quest to remain undefeated, bringing in hard-running midfielder Miller Hodge at the expense of Grant Holt who has been omitted.

Western Australia:

The fourth round of the WAFL was unfortunately cancelled last weekend as Western Australia battled a minor COVID outbreak. This has since been resolved and Round 5 is scheduled to go ahead, with all sides nice and refreshed. The first game of the round will see East Perth welcome Swan Districts to Leederville Oval as they attempt to find their maiden win of the 2021 season. In Round 3 they fell by 25 points, in a promising display. They aren’t far away from a win and this weekend could be the drought breaker. Expect centre half-back Nathan Blee to find plenty of the ball as he did in Round 3. Swan Districts are tracking nicely, sitting in third place on the ladder and looking to improve on their 2-1 record with a win this weekend. The team regains former Eagle Lewis Jetta who is sure to break the game open with his blistering pace.

East Fremantle will host Perth at New Choice Homes Park on Saturday afternoon in a match with implications for both sides. A win for East Fremantle keeps them in touch with the top of the ladder as they currently sit in fourth place and a loss could see them slip down the standings. Perth are barely keeping in touch with the top five, but a win here could potentially see them enter the top half of the ladder. Keep an eye on East Fremantle half-back flanker Cameron Eardley, who racked up 26 disposals and 14 marks in Round 3.

Claremont will be looking to extend their undefeated streak as they welcome West Perth to Revo Fitness Stadium on Saturday afternoon. Claremont couldn’t have asked for a better start to the season, and they currently hold a 3-0 record, along with Subiaco. West Perth’s start to the season hasn’t quite been as successful. They sit in sixth place on the ladder with a 1-2 record, and face a serious challenge to improve this in Round 5. Can Aaron Black continue his strong form and lead his side to an upset over this powerful Claremont side?

Speaking of undefeated sides, Subiaco are as good as it gets this year. They sit on top of the ladder and will be keen on staying up there this weekend with a win over South Fremantle at Fremantle Community Bank Oval on Saturday afternoon. Subiaco were able to sneak past West Perth in Round 3 and will probably need a slight lift if they are to keep their spot on top of the table. Meanwhile South Fremantle took down Peel Thunder in Round 3 and will give themselves every chance to walk away with the upset win here. Expect South Fremantle’s Haiden Schloithe to play a big role in the result of this game, fresh off best on ground honours in Round 3.

The final game of the round sees some Sunday footy action as the Peel Thunder will face off against West Coast at David Grays Arena. West Coast have struggled to fly this year and will be keen to get some runs on the board after a 0-3 start to the 2021 season. Peel Thunder have started the season 1-2, good enough to see them sit seventh after three rounds. They will be eager to return to their Round 2 form which saw them with a triple-digit win over East Perth. Pending AFL selection, should Connor Blakely play, expect him to find plenty of the ball for Peel Thunder.

Queensland:

The fifth round of QAFL action sees plenty of exciting matchups. The first will see Maroochydore look to remain undefeated with a win over a surging Labrador side. Maroochydore are yet to lose a game in the 2021 season, but expect Labrador to push them right to the final siren. Labrador have only lost the one game so far, and an upset here would push them into the ‘contender’ category by the end of the weekend. Former Lion and Sun Pearce Hanley has worked his way into the season for Labrador and should prove a headache for Maroochydore players and coaches.

Redland-Victoria Point have started the season in strong fashion, with two wins from three games, and will be looking to snatch a fourth as they travel to Southside Toyota Oval to face off against Mt Gravatt on Saturday. Mt Gravatt have had two byes so far, but still sit at 1-1, with the loss coming against an in-form Maroochydore side. Mt Gravatt forward Jonah Licht has kicked 10 goals in his two games this season, and if he can prove dangerous around the big sticks again, it is hard to see his side losing.

The last two teams on the ladder in Noosa and Sherwood Districts will clash on Saturday afternoon at Rococo Oval, in a vital match for both sides. A perfect opportunity for both teams, whoever emerges victorious could find themselves with a spark to start their season, while the other will be left in no man’s land on 0-4 and much less likely to make finals. Sherwood Districts midfielder William Fletcher has enjoyed a consistent start to the season and could play a key role here, as he has proved himself as a goal kicking midfielder. No matter what happens, one of these sides will be singing the song for the first time in 2021.

In a battle for a second win, Palm Beach Currumbin and Wilston Grange will face off at Salk Oval in the final match of Saturday QAFL action. Not much separates these sides, with both teams sitting on a 1-2 record, this is another vital clash in the fifth round of action. A second win could see either side move into the top five, which is crucial heading into a sixth round. At the time of publication, team lineups had not been released.

Finally, a seemingly unstoppable Broadbeach side will host a struggling Surfers Paradise side at Subaru Oval on Sunday afternoon. Broadbeach are yet to lose a game and boasting the best percentage in the league, they sit on top of the table. Surfers Paradise are a completely different story, having only won one game in their first three, and in dire need of a second. The key question is can they contain Broadbeach forward Sam Jasper, who is fresh off a bag of eight goals last weekend? This matchup will prove important in determining a winner.

WAFL League Weekly Wrap: Round 9 – Perth pulls off finals miracle

THE final round of the 2020 WAFL League season saw a host of great individual and team performances alike with Perth securing a drought-breaking finals appearance. The round also saw East Perth, West Perth and Swan Districts secure victories. Claremont was the club that had the bye this weekend.

Read below to catch up on all the Round 9 results, and to see the best players.

EAST PERTH 15.11 (101) def. PEEL THUNDER 4.6 (30)

East Perth ended its 2020 Optus WAFL League campaign with a bang, after thumping Peel by 71 points at Leederville Oval.

Former Casey Demon Angus Scott starred for East Perth with 26 possessions, 12 marks, 4 tackles and 3 goals.

Ex-AFL players Jackson Ramsay (35 possessions, five inside 50s, three marks, three tackles), Nicholas Robertson (25 possessions, seven marks, six tackles, one goal), Rohan Kerr (22 possessions), Nathan Blee (21 possessions, six marks), Patrick McGinnity (15 possessions, two goals), and Scott Jones (12 possessions, 35 hit-outs) were prominent for the Royals.

Young guns Kye Willcocks (19 possessions, eight marks), Christian Amdeuri (15 possessions, eight tackles, one goal), and Matthew Young (12 possessions, five marks, one goal) also showed encouraging signs for the Royals.

For Peel, talented youngsters Michael Randall (22 possessions, seven marks), Isiah Winder (15 possessions), Tyrone Thorne (13 possessions, eight tackles, one goal), and James Sturrock (12 possessions, four marks, four tackles) showed promise, somewhat a theme of the Thunder’s difficult season.

WEST PERTH 12.5 (77) def. SUBIACO 8.10 (58)

West Perth ended the finals hopes and dynasty of reigning premier, Subiaco after beating the Lions by 19 points at Provident Financial Oval.

In his 200th Club game, Aaron Black was sensational for West Perth with 26 possessions, 7 tackles, 3 marks, 3 inside 50s and a goal.

Shane Nelson (28 possessions, 3 marks), Connor West (20 possessions, five marks, three tackles, three inside 50s), Luke Meadows (15 possessions, four tackles), Noah Pegoraro (13 possessions, four marks), and Tyler Keitel (12 possessions, eight marks, five goals) helped guide the Falcons to victory.

For Subiaco, captain Leigh Kitchin competed admirably with 23 possessions, 13 tackles and 4 inside 50s.

Kyal Horsley (21 possessions, five tackles, five inside 50s, four marks), Lachlan Delahunty (18 possessions, 36 hit-outs), Max Walters (17 possessions, one goal), and Greg Clark (16 possessions, four marks, three tackles, three inside 50s, two goals) also competed strongly for the Lions.

PERTH 8.18 (66) def. SOUTH FREMANTLE 9.7 (61)

Perth secured its first finals campaign since 1997, after overcoming South Fremantle by five points in a thrilling contest at Mineral Resources Park.

Former West Coast player Brant Colledge was inspirational for Perth with 22 possessions, 4 marks, 4 tackles, 2 inside 50s and a goal.

Andrew Fisher (26 possessions, 9 marks), Matthew Rogers (13 possessions, 8 marks, 6 tackles, 6 inside 50s, 3 goals), Jacob Coniglio (17 possessions, 4 marks) and Marshall Jones (15 possessions, 8 tackles, 1 goal) were excellent for the Demons.

Budding stars Conor McPartland (16 possessions, five inside 50s, four tackles), Nathan O’Driscoll (10 possessions, seven tackles), Regan Clarke (9 possessions, three marks) and Logan McDonald (8 possessions, one goal) played pivotal roles to help steer the Demons to victory.

For South Fremantle, former Hawthorn player, Kade Stewart shone with 19 possessions, nine tackles, four marks, four inside 50s and two goals.

Jacob Dragovich (27 possessions, seven tackles, seven inside 50s, five marks), Chad Pearson (21 possessions, three marks, three tackles, three inside 50s), Ben Rioli (14 possessions, one goal), Caleb Datson (16 possessions, two goals), Dylan Main (12 possessions, seven tackles, one goal) and Steven Verrier (13 possessions, four tackles) contributed strongly for the Bulldogs.

EAST FREMANTLE 6.8 (44) def. by SWAN DISTRICTS 11.9 (75)

Swan Districts secured its third victory of the 2020 Optus WAFL League competition, after overwhelming East Fremantle by 31 points at New Choice Homes Park.

Jesse Turner was best afield for Swan Districts with 32 possessions, 7 inside 50s, 6 marks, 5 tackles and 3 goals.

Samuel Fisher (28 possessions, six tackles, six inside 50s, four marks, one goal), Frank Anderson (25 possessions, five tackles), Corey Gault (22 possessions, 23 hit-outs) and Lachlan Riley (14 possessions, one goals) produced superb performances for the Swans.

Former Fremantle Rookie Luke Strnadica was a shining light for East Fremantle with 11 possessions, 16 hit-outs and two goals.

Cameron Eardley (26 possessions, six inside 50s, five marks, five tackles), Blaine Boekhorst (26 possessions, three tackles), Cody Leggett (19 possessions, three inside 50s) and Jarrad Jansen (16 possessions, nine tackles) were admirable for the Sharks.

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WAFL League Weekly Wrap: Round 8 – Lions, Tigers, Dogs and Swans all salute

A HOST of great individual and team performances characterised round eight of the Optus WAFL League competition. This round saw Subiaco, Claremont, South Fremantle and Swan Districts all secure victories. Peel Thunder was the club that had the bye this weekend.

Read below to see the results of round three and to see the best players.

Subiaco 12.12 (84) defeated East Fremantle 6.7 (43)

Subiaco has entered the top four for the first time this season, after defeating East Fremantle by 41 points at Leederville Oval. Former Gold Coast player Kyal Horsley was named Subiaco’s best player after he finished with 26 possessions, eight inside 50s, five tackles and two goals.

Captain Leigh Kitchin (26 possessions, four inside 50s, three marks, two tackles) and reigning Sandover Medallist Lachlan Delahunty (19 possessions, 35 hit-outs) helped inspire the Lions to victory. Budding stars Liam Hickmott (24 possessions, eight tackles), Greg Clark (23 possessions, seven inside 50s, six tackles, five marks), Max Walters (20 possessions, one goal), Jack Beverley (14 possessions, five tackles) and Nicholas Martin (10 possessions, four marks, two goals) played crucial roles for Subiaco.

For East Fremantle, Kody Manning did his best to try and will his team back into the game. He finished with 20 possessions, three marks, and two tackles. Ambrose Ryan (24 possessions, three marks, three inside 50s), Milan Murdock (22 possessions, five tackles), Timothy Bockman (17 possessions, four inside 50s), Cameron Eardley (16 possessions, five tackles) and Jarrad Jansen (16 possessions, 13 hit-outs, four tackles) competed strongly.

 

Claremont 10.12 (72) defeated West Perth 5.11 (41)

Claremont have announced themselves as a genuine premiership contender, after they beat fellow premiership contenders West Perth by 31 points at Revo Fitness Stadium.

Dual Sandover Medallist Jye Bolton was exceptional for Claremont with 37 possessions, five marks, five tackles and three inside 50s. Oliver Eastland (16 possessions, 31 hit-outs), Bailey Rogers (27 possessions), Ryan Lim (23 possessions, five marks), Declan Mountford (21 possessions, four tackles), Jared Hardisty (19 possessions, six tackles) and Alec Waterman (16 possessions, eight marks, four goals) were prolific for the Tigers.

For West Perth, debutant Heath Chapman showed plenty of encouraging signs with 11 possessions and five marks. Blake Wilhelm (23 possessions, eight marks), Aaron Black (22 possessions, five tackles), Connor West (22 possessions, five tackles) and Trent Manzone (19 possessions, four marks) won plenty of the football for West Perth.

 

South Fremantle 13.7 (85) defeated East Perth 9.9 (63)

South Fremantle remains undefeated in the 2020 Optus WAFL League competition, after overcoming East Perth by 22 points. Trailing by 27 points at three-quarter time, the Bulldogs kicked eight goals in the final quarter to run out victors.

Former Port Adelaide player Mason Shaw starred for South Fremantle with nine possessions, six marks and five goals. Brock Higgins (13 possessions, 31 hit-outs), Chad Pearson (22 possessions, seven marks), Zachary Strom (20 possessions, six marks, five inside 50s), Haiden Schloithe (17 possessions, one goal) and Dylan Main (15 possessions, two goals) all played important roles in the victory.

For East Perth, Jackson Ramsay continued his stellar season with another accomplished performance. He finished with 28 possessions, 10 tackles, six inside 50s and three marks. Rohan Kerr (27 possessions, nine marks, five inside 50s), Nathan Blee (20 possessions, five marks), Kye Willcocks (20 possessions, five marks), Nick Robertson (16 possessions, six tackles), and Angus Scott (16 possessions, three marks) were solid contributors for the Royals.

 

Swan Districts 11.9 (75) defeated Perth 7.6 (48)

Swan Districts secured their second victory of the 2020 Optus WAFL League competition, after they defeated Perth by 27 points at Steel Blue Oval.

Former Collingwood player Corey Gault was best afield after finishing with 21 possessions and 25 hit-outs. Jesse Turner (27 possessions, six marks, four inside 50s, three tackles), Frank Anderson (24 possessions, eight tackles, five marks, four inside 50s), Samuel Fisher (23 possessions, five inside 50s), Joshua Cipro (21 possessions, six tackles, one goal) were prominent for the Swans. Young gun Denver Grainger-Barras increased his draft prospects with another sensational performance. He finished with 16 possessions, eight marks and three tackles.

For Perth, Fraser McInnes battled manfully, finishing with 16 possessions, 19 hit-outs, seven marks and two goals. Brady Grey (16 possessions, five tackles), Matthew Taylor (14 possessions, three marks), Andrew Fisher (13 possessions, three tackles) and Jacob Coniglio (13 possessions, four marks) fought valiantly for the Demons. Rising stars Logan McDonald (three goals) and Nathan O’Driscoll (15 possessions, six marks, three tackles, three inside 50s) increased their draft prospects with brilliant performances.

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WAFL League Weekly Wrap: Round 7 – Lions stay in the hunt

A HOST of great individual and team performances characterised Round 7 of the Optus WAFL League competition

This round saw Subiaco (13.12.90) defeat Perth (9.10.64), South Fremantle (9.16.70) beat Peel Thunder (5.5.35), Claremont (10.5.65) overcome East Fremantle (9.6.60), and East Perth (11.9.75) triumph over Swan Districts (6.4.40). West Perth was the club that had the bye this weekend.

Read below to catch up on all the Round 7 results, as we review some of the best performances.

PERTH (9.10.64) def. by SUBIACO (13.12.90)

Subiaco returned to the winners list, after defeating the in-form Perth Demons by 26 points at Mineral Resources Park.

Toodyay product Jakob Atkinson was named Subiaco’s best after he finished with 18 possessions, 7 inside 50s, 5 hit-outs and 3 goals. Experienced trio Kyal Horsley (23 possessions, 4 marks, 4 tackles, 4 inside 50s), Leigh Kitchin (20 possessions, 7 tackles, 1 goal) and Lachlan Delahunty (19 possessions, 23 hit-outs, 4 inside 50s, 1 goal) also led the Lions exceptionally well.

Meanwhile, young guns Max Walters (17 possessions, 2 goals), Greg Clark (13 possessions, 9 tackles), Michael Braut (12 possessions, 4 marks, 1 goal) and Nicholas Martin (12 possessions, 5 inside 50s, 4 marks, 4 tackles) showed encouraging signs.

For the Demons, Nathan O’Driscoll (20 possessions, 6 tackles, 3 inside 50s and 2 marks) and Logan McDonald (8 possessions, 3 marks, 3 goals) enhanced their draft prospects with stunning performances. Matthew Taylor (20 possessions, 7 marks, 4 tackles), Jacob Coniglio (16 possessions, 3 marks), Brady Grey (15 possessions, 5 tackles, 5 inside 50s, 1 goal), Michael Sinclair (15 possessions, 8 tackles) and Fraser McInnes (12 possessions, 5 marks, 3 goals) also competed strongly for the Demons.

>> Round 7 Player Focus: Nathan O’Driscoll

PEEL THUNDER (5.5.35) def. by SOUTH FREMANTLE (9.16.70)

South Fremantle remains undefeated in the 2020 Optus WAFL League competition, after beating Peel Thunder by 35 points at David Grays Arena.

Former Port Adelaide forward Mason Shaw starred for the Bulldogs with 13 possessions, 8 marks and 4 goals. Jake Florenca (36 possessions, 8 marks, 6 inside 50s, 4 tackles), Nick Suban (21 possessions, 6 marks, 6 tackles, 1 goal), Jacob Dragovich (17 possessions, 8 tackles), Kade Stewart (17 possessions, 6 tackles), Chad Pearson (17 possessions, 4 marks, 3 inside 50s), Dylan Main (17 possessions, 7 inside 50s) and Steven Verrier (16 possessions, 3 marks) were prolific for South Fremantle.

Former Carlton defender, Josh Bootsma was named Peel’s best player after he finished with 17 possessions, 10 rebound 50s, 9 spoils, 5 marks (2 intercept marks) and 3 score involvements. Former Essendon players Jackson Merrett (25 possessions, 8 marks, 5 tackles, 1 goal) and Ben Howlett (18 possessions, 2 marks, 2 inside 50s) competed strongly for the Thunder.

Young guns Ben Hancock (18 possessions, 6 tackles, 3 inside 50s), Michael Randall (17 possessions, 5 marks), Tyrone Thorne (14 possessions, 5 tackles) and James Sturrock (12 possessions, 5 tackles) displayed promising signs, while Isiah Winder collected 11 touches upon his League return.

EAST FREMANTLE (9.6.60) def. by CLAREMONT (10.5.65)

Claremont overcame a late surge by East Fremantle to win by five points in a thrilling contest at New Choice Homes Park. The Tigers led by 23 points at three quarter-time, but only held on to win by five points against the Sharks.

Dual Sandover Medallist Jye Bolton was best afield for Claremont, finishing with 29 possessions, 10 marks, 6 inside 50s and 2 goals. Kane Mitchell (20 possessions, 10 marks, 6 tackles, 5 inside 50s, 1 goal), Declan Mountford (19 possessions, 2 inside 50s, 2 tackles), Bailey Rogers (18 possessions, 5 marks), Jared Hardisty (17 possessions, 8 tackles, 3 inside 50s), Callan England (17 possessions, 5 marks, 1 goal) and Oliver Eastland (15 possessions, 22 hit-outs) all played critical roles in getting Claremont over the line.

For the Sharks, boom recruit Cody Leggett continued his magnificent season with another sensational performance. He finished with 24 possessions, 4 inside 50s, 3 marks and 2 goals. Thomas Bennett (20 possessions, 1 goal), Jordan Snadden (19 possessions, 6 marks), Cameron Eardley (19 possessions, 3 tackles), Ryan Lester-Smith (16 possessions, 7 marks) and Ambrose Ryan (14 possessions, 6 marks, 2 goals) were influential for the Sharks.

EAST PERTH (11.9.75) def. SWAN DISTRICTS (6.4.40)

East Perth won its third game of the Optus WAFL League, after triumphing over Swan Districts by 35 points at Leederville Oval.

Former Collingwood player Jackson Ramsay was dynamic for the Royals, finishing with 30 possessions, 9 inside 50s and 4 marks. New recruit Aidan Lynch (31 possessions, 9 tackles, 6 marks, 5 inside 50s), and former VFL player Angus Scott (28 possessions, 4 marks, 4 inside 50s) were prolific for the Royals.

Budding stars Kye Willcocks (18 possessions, 4 marks), Matthew Young (18 possessions, 7 tackles), and Edward Simpson (9 possessions, 6 marks, 4 goals) continued to show impressive signs.

For Swan Districts, former Northern Blues midfielder Samuel Fisher had an enormous impact with 37 possessions, 7 marks, 7 tackles and 4 inside 50s. Corey Gault (14 possessions, 23 hit-outs, 7 tackles, 5 marks, 4 inside 50s), Frank Anderson (18 possessions, 9 tackles, 3 marks), Steven Payne (14 possessions, 3 marks, 2 tackles) and Tony Notte (14 possessions, 4 tackles, 3 marks) competed strongly for the Swans.

Rising star Denver Grainger-Barras continued to enhance his draft prospects with another excellent performance. He finished with 9 possessions, 4 marks, 3 tackles and a goal.

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WAFL League Weekly Wrap: Round 6 – O’Driscoll seals Demons’ Pyke Cup triumph

IN Round 6 of the Optus WAFL League competition, there was a host of great individual and team performances alike.

This round saw East Perth 9.9 (63) beat Subiaco 7.12 (54), Perth 11.4 (70) defeat Claremont 7.11 (53), Swan Districts 9.8 (62) win against Peel Thunder 4.9 (33), and West Perth 8.11 (59) overcome East Fremantle 8.7 (55). South Fremantle was the club that had the bye this weekend.

Read below to catch up on all the Round 6 results and best performances.

SUBIACO 7.12 (54) def. by EAST PERTH 9.9 (63)

East Perth secured its second victory of the 2020 Optus WAFL League season, after it defeated reigning premiers Subiaco by nine points in a thrilling contest at Leederville Oval.

Former Collingwood player Jackson Ramsay won the inaugural North Perth Community Cup Best on Ground Award after he finished with 29 possessions (15 contested), nine clearances, six tackles and four inside 50s.

Former AFL players Nathan Blee (31 possessions, eight marks), Rohan Kerr (28 possessions, 11 marks), Nicholas Robertson (24 possessions, eight marks) and Scott Jones (24 hit-outs) were invaluable for the Royals. VFL recruit Angus Scott was also pivotal with 26 possessions and 10 marks.

Youngsters Shayne Hille (22 possessions, 12 marks, one goal), Edward Simpson (10 possessions, two goals) and Matthew Young (10 possessions, five marks, three goals) showed encouraging signs for East Perth.

For the Lions, skipper Leigh Kitchin tried his best to inspire the team to victory with 25 possessions, five tackles, three marks, and three inside 50s.

Greg Clark (22 possessions, eight marks, five tackles), Hayden Kennedy (17 possessions, five marks), Max Walters (15 possessions, five inside 50s), Michael Braut (15 possessions, two marks), Ben Sokol (12 possessions, seven marks, three goals), and Jack Beverley (10 possessions, 12 tackles) competed strongly for Subiaco.

CLAREMONT 7.11 (53) def. by PERTH DEMONS 11.4 (70)

Perth is inching closer to its first finals campaign since 1997, after a stunning 17-point victory over Claremont at Revo Fitness Stadium.

Former Fremantle player Brady Grey was named Perth’s best player after he accumulated 28 possessions, recorded eight inside 50s, took three marks and laid three tackles.

Former AFL players Matthew Taylor (29 possessions, five marks), Chris Masten (24 possessions, one goal), and Fraser McInnes (15 possessions, five marks, one goal) were excellent for the Demons.

Jacob Coniglio (23 possessions, three marks), Andrew Fisher (19 possessions, five marks, five tackles, three inside 50s), Michael Sinclair (15 possessions, four marks), and Lennon Marlin (11 possessions, two goals) also stood out for the Demons.

Draft hopefuls Nathan O’Driscoll (seven possessions, four tackles, one goal) and Logan McDonald (12 possessions, four marks, three tackles, two goals) showed plenty of promise, with the former making his League debut.

For Claremont, Bailey Rogers led the charge with 25 possessions, 3 marks, and 3 tackles.

Former AFL players Jye Bolton (25 possessions, two tackles, two inside 50s), Callan England (24 possessions, five tackles, four inside 50s), Kane Mitchell (20 possessions, seven tackles, five marks, three inside 50s), Declan Mountford (19 possessions, seven tackles), Alec Waterman (11 possessions, four goals) and Ryan Nyhuis (11 possessions, three marks) were important for the Tigers.

SWAN DISTRICTS 9.8 (62) def. PEEL THUNDER 4.9 (33)

Swan Districts secured its first victory of the 2020 Optus WAFL League season, after winning by 29 points over Peel Thunder at Steel Blue Oval.

Former Collingwood player Corey Gault was named the Swans’ best player after he finished with 18 possessions and 35 hit-outs.

George Hampson (25 possessions, five inside 50s, two goals), Samuel Fisher (21 possessions), Joshua Cipro (21 possessions, one goal), Steven Payne (21 possessions, one goal), Jesse Turner (21 possessions, six marks), and Frank Anderson (17 possessions) were all prolific for the Swans.

Young gun Denver Grainger-Barras showcased why he is a highly rated draft prospect with another strong performance that saw him finish with 10 possessions, four marks and three tackles.

For the Thunder, Ben Hancock was named the Player of the Game after he finished with 25 possessions (12 contested), five marks (two intercepts), five inside 50s, four score involvements, three tackles and a goal.

Former Essendon players Ben Howlett (19 possessions, seven tackles, six marks, four inside 50s) and Jackson Merrett (26 possessions, five marks, four tackles, three inside 50s) competed strongly for Peel.

Youngsters James Sturrock (21 possessions, three marks), Tyrone Thorne (19 possessions, six marks), and Michael Randall (18 possessions, one goal) showed plenty of encouraging signs, including a big hanger from Thorne.

WEST PERTH 8.11 (59) def. EAST FREMANTLE 8.7 (55)

West Perth pulled off a great escape, after overcoming a 29-point deficit to defeat East Fremantle by four points in an enthralling contest at Provident Financial Oval.

In his 200th WAFL game, Aaron Black starred for the Falcons with 26 possessions, six marks, four tackles and four inside 50s.

Shane Nelson (24 possessions, nine tackles), Trent Manzone (23 possessions, nine marks), Luke Meadows (16 possessions, eight tackles, six inside 50s) and Tyler Keitel (14 possessions, four marks, two goals) were critically important in getting West Perth off the canvas.

Young guns Tristan Hobley (13 possessions, three marks), Connor West (13 possessions, four marks) and Thomas O’Donnell (eight possessions, five marks) showed encouraging signs.

Boom recruit Cody Leggett (23 possessions, six marks, five inside 50s, four tackles) and rising star Thomas Bennett (22 possessions, five tackles, three inside 50s, one goal) led the way for East Fremantle.

Former AFL players Cameron Eardley (28 possessions, seven marks, one goal), Jarrad Jansen (24 possessions, six tackles, four marks, one goal), Jordan Snadden (23 possessions, six marks, one goal), Blaine Boekhorst (23 possessions, four marks), Brodie Riach (12 possessions, four marks, one goal) and Jonathon Griffin (11 possessions, 42 hit-outs) were all outstanding for the Sharks.

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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 League weekly wrap: Round 3 – Bulldogs remain top, Lions get on the board

IN Round 3 of the Optus WAFL League competition, there were a host of great individual and team performances alike.

This round saw Subiaco (11.13.79) defeat Swan Districts (6.4.40), East Perth (15.9.99) beat East Fremantle (8.8.56), West Perth (20.11.131) win against Peel Thunder (5.9.39), and South Fremantle (7.6.48) win a thriller over Claremont (5.10.40).

Perth was the club that had the bye this weekend.

Read below to see the results of round three and the best players.

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SWAN DISTRICTS (6.4.40) def. by SUBIACO (11.13.79)

Subiaco returned to the winners’ list with a solid 39-point victory over Swan Districts at Steel Blue Oval.

Reigning Sandover Medallist Lachlan Delahunty led the way for the Lions with 24 possessions, 12 hit-outs, eight marks and six tackles.

Hayden Kennedy (22 possessions, six marks, four inside 50s), Greg Clark (19 possessions, seven tackles, five marks), Leigh Kitchin (17 possessions, four marks, four tackles), Ben Newton (19 possessions, five inside 50s, four marks, one goal) and Kyal Horsley (19 possessions, two goals) were excellent in the midfield.

Up forward, Ben Sokol (three goals) and Nicholas Martin (16 possessions, seven marks, two goals) were dynamic for the Lions.

For the Swans, Denver Grainger-Barras was brilliant with 10 possessions, four marks and four tackles.

Former Northern Blues midfielders Frank Anderson (23 possessions, three tackles) and Samuel Fisher (18 possessions, four marks) tried hard all day. Bunbury product Aidan Clarke (21 possessions, six marks) was also admirable for the Swans.

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EAST PERTH (15.9.99) def. EAST FREMANTLE (8.8.56)

East Perth secured its first victory of the 2020 Optus WAFL League competition with a solid 43-point victory over East Fremantle at Leederville Oval.

Former Collingwood player Jackson Ramsay (28 possessions, four marks, four inside 50s, three tackles) and former Brisbane player Nicholas Robertson (12 possessions, six marks, four tackles, four inside 50s, three goals) led the way for the Royals.

Young guns Shayne Hille (22 possessions, seven marks, one goal), Aidan Lynch (28 possessions, nine marks, four tackles, four inside 50s, one goal), Mitchell Dobson (13 possessions, one goal), Ajang Ajang (18 hit-outs), Matthew Young (18 possessions, three goals) and Jaxon Cahill (17 possessions, six marks) were all influential for the Royals.

For the Sharks, gun recruit Cody Leggett continued his good form with 21 possessions, five marks, five tackles, and four inside 50s.

Former AFL players Jordan Snadden (27 possessions, one goal), Cameron Eardley (20 possessions), Blaine Boekhorst (25 possessions, nine marks, seven inside 50s) and Luke Strnadica (three goals) competed hard for the Sharks.

PEEL THUNDER (5.9.39) def. by WEST PERTH (20.11.131)

West Perth returned to the winners’ list after a resounding 92-point victory over Peel Thunder at David Grays Arena.

Reigning West Perth Best and Fairest winner Tyler Keitel was imposing for the Falcons with 16 possessions, seven hit-outs, five marks, three tackles, three inside 50s and five goals.

Luke Meadows (27 possessions, six marks, six tackles, four inside 50s, two goals), Connor West (24 possessions, five tackles), and Shane Nelson (30 possessions, one goal) were all pivotal for the Falcons.

Former Essendon player Jackson Merrett was name Peel’s best player, as he finished with 31 possessions and 11 marks.

Blair Bell (19 possessions, six marks, two goals), Ben Howlett (18 possessions, seven tackles, six marks, three inside 50s) and Jordan Boullineau (11 possessions, three marks) were named as Peel’s best players.

SOUTH FREMANTLE (7.6.48) def. CLAREMONT (5.10.40)

South Fremantle remains undefeated in the 2020 Optus WAFL League competition after a thrilling eight-point victory over Claremont at Fremantle Community Bank Oval.

Jacob Dragovich was inspirational for the Bulldogs with 25 possessions, seven tackles, five inside 50s and three marks.

Jake Florenca (21 possessions, six tackles, one goal), Nicholas Suban (22 possessions, five tackles), Zachary Strom (21 possessions, seven marks), Ben Rioli (16 possessions) and Chad Pearson (16 possessions) were significant for the Bulldogs.

Former North Melbourne midfielder Declan Mountford was Claremont’s best with 30 possessions, six tackles and six inside 50s.

Jack Lewsey (27 possessions, seven marks), Jye Bolton (24 possessions), Kane Mitchell (20 possessions, six tackles) and Alec Waterman (20 possessions, nine marks, eight inside 50s, one goal) competed solidly for the Tigers.

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2020 WAFL Club Preview: East Fremantle

WHILE East Fremantle has proven somewhat of a footy factory over the past few years, the Sharks have not quite been able to translate their junior production line to senior success in the West Australian Football League (WAFL). Coming off an eighth place finish at League level in 2019 and five seasons without finals, Bill Monaghan‘s troops will be looking to improve on their five-win campaign last time out.

The Reserves side fared much better as the sole Sharks unit to make finals, finishing fourth on the back of a positive 9-7 record. An exciting finals run ensued, before East Perth ended any hope of a 2’s flag at the preliminary final stage. Despite having a massive five players drafted last year from its Colts squad, including third pick Luke Jackson, the Sharks could only muster a seventh place finish in the junior grade at 6-10, with disruptions to the immense top-end talent proving costly.

If preseason form is anything to go by, there should be some improvement from the Sharks in 2020, with the League boys pushing 2019 finalist Claremont to within a goal, while the Reserves got one over the Tigers’ 2’s to the tune of 28 points. All three levels will run out for their final preseason dig on Saturday, July 11, set to measure themselves against the strong Subiaco squads before taking on South Fremantle the following week in Round 1.

Bigman Jonathon Griffin will again lead the Sharks out in 2020, flanked by last year’s leading goalkicker and fellow former Docker, Luke Strnadica. 2019 club champion Matthew Jupp will look to back up his outstanding year in the blue and white, while the likes of Jarrad JansenBlaine Boekhorst, and Cameron Eardley are also set play key roles once again.

The Sharks won out in the tug-of-war for former Perth utility Cody Leggett, who looked like being left in limbo for some time as the Demons initially denied his transfer request. He’ll add some great depth and experience to the squad, while a couple of former AFL additions also make for promising progression.

Former Sydney rookie Durak Tucker enters the ranks on his return to WA as a talented defender, while developing former West Coast rookie Brodie Riach also joins the club. Jordan Mills is another handy addition to the defensive setup having crossed from West Perth, completing a list of four solid inclusions. The Sharks also lost some personnel post-2019, with 10-year veteran Jack Perham calling time on his career, while James Harrold and Joe Hebiton will pursue interstate opportunities.

The Colts squad is, to no one’s surprise, stacked with draftable talent, led by Fremantle Next Generation Academy prospect, Brandon Walker. The smooth moving medium defender/midfielder boasts terrific athleticism and sharp skills, and his twin brother Christopher is also set to line up for the Sharks once again.

Jack Carroll is another sharp user of the ball, able to play off half-back or through midfield, while inside type Finn Gorringe will be one to operate the engine room. He’ll be aided by bottom-age gun Judd McVee, while fellow AFL Academy hub members Richard Bartlett and Owen Dann can fulfil roles up either end of the ground. Young talent from last year’s crop includes Jai Jackson, Reuben McGuire, and Max Murphy, who should all push for senior selection in 2020.

With another promising batch of juniors and some handy inclusions to the senior ranks, the Sharks will be able to ease the pressure on their experienced leaders and push for marked improvement across each level.

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