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2021 WAFL Colts MOTR: Round 1 – South Fremantle vs. West Perth

THE 2021 WAFL Colts competition got underway on the weekend, with the four fixtures providing some fairly competitive action. It took little time for much of the West Australian Under 19 talent pool to shake off the cobwebs in Round 1, and fans were treated to high-scoring games with end-to-end forays and even a bit of spirit.

Our featured match of the round, played between South Fremantle and West Perth, exemplified everything good about the opening weekend of football. In a contest littered with momentum shifts and fast-paced transitional play, the Bulldogs came out on top by 14 points 15.11 (101) to 13.9 (87) in warm conditions at Fremantle Oval on Saturday morning.

We take you through some of the top performers from either side in our Scouting Notes. Please note, they are the opinion of the individual scout.

SCOUTING NOTES

SOUTH FREMANTLE vs. WEST PERTH

By: Michael Alvaro

South Fremantle:

#9 Julian Hultan

Hultan was a sensation in the attacking half for South Fremantle, finishing with half-a-dozen goals and proving a handful for opposition defenders. While not an overly tall player at 182cm, Hultan defied his listing to play like a key forward at times with the way he commanded space and worked strongly in the air. He opened his account with an opportunistic goal from nothing in the first term and added another in the second, but was sighted contributing more work up the ground before the main break. Afterwards, his forward craft came to the fore inside 50 with some really crafty goals. His composure and willingness to compete at ground level proved the theme for two third term goals, while contested marking became his MO in the fourth with another two majors. Overall, it was a memorable day for the 18-year-old.

#18 Aaron Drage

A key part of the Bulldogs’ strong midfield rotation, Drage won his fair share of ball on the inside early and did not mind getting nice and physical with the opposition. He looked to send the ball forward quickly from congestion with some hurried kicks away at stoppages, but also remained strong under tackling pressure to dish out by hand. As the game wore on, Drage also worked up to either end of the ground and was competitive in his efforts to ensure South could hold on for victory.

#20 Caleb Stephens

Stephens was South’s leading ball winner on the day with 22 disposals and provided some real drive from midfield with a game-high seven inside 50 entries. He looked to set the tone by wheeling and going quickly, while also working to string together some nice handball chains as South broke forward. Stephens almost troubled the scorers in the third term but pulled a snap wide, though his long kick to Lochlan Bloomer ended in a goal assist during the same stanza. He also ran hard back to defence in the fourth quarter after South was beaten in the middle, providing a clutch intercept at the death.

#21 Angus Fraser

Another of the Bulldogs to play a key hand in midfield, Fraser provided a handy point of difference with his willingness to stay on the move once in possession at the contest. He was not as overtly dominant as a pure ball winner, but did some nice things with ball in hand and most importantly, impacted the scoreboard. Fraser’s first major came from a crafty and clean finish at a forward 50 stoppage, showcasing his quick thinking. His second was a set shot conversion on the end of a 50-metre penalty, having initially cut across to turn the ball over inside attacking 50.

#37 Jesse Motlop

The Fremantle Next Generation Academy (NGA) member and son of Daniel was lively in South’s win, rotating through midfield from up forward. He bookended his game inside the attacking 50 and constantly looked to create forward of centre, showing great confidence to take on opponents and baulk his way into open spaces. He first hit the scoreboard with some quick work over the back in term two, putting boot to ball with composure to snap through a classy goal. His second major was the highlight of the day through, as Motlop initiated a give-and-go hemmed in on the boundary, before cutting inside and snapping home once again. He is still a raw type who looks more comfortable up forward, but has rare instincts and constantly backs himself to make something happen.

Others:

Lochlan Bloomer was another South Freo forward to shine, taking his chances well for three goals on the back of some lively work inside 50. Liam Brandis and Ira Jetta were others to provide some spark in the front half, while Lachlan Turley played a key role down back and Toby Dodds‘ work on the rebound was terrific. Another Fremantle NGA prospect, Riley Colborne also showed promise on the wing.


West Perth:

#3 Zac Fleiner

Difficult to miss under his brightly-coloured helmet, Fleiner also has an eye-catching style of play. The run-and-gun defender loves to break the lines out of defence and strung together a number of passages with multiple running bounces. He is a kick-first kind of talent and often sent forward short, darting passes, but can refine some of his work at full tilt. His first term goal was one of the moments of the day, as Fleiner finished from long range on his favoured left foot having taken a couple of bounces and good meterage. While lightly built, another pleasing aspect of Fleiner’s play was his intensity and courage to work back defensively; flying for intercept marks and doing some dirtywork at ground level.

#4 Luke Reilly

Reilly was one who worked well into the game and began to show his best traits once he built up a full head of steam. His first good bit of play came in the second term, with a spearing pass to assist Jack De Marte’s goal. The nippy midfielder looked smooth on the ball and often looked to dart into open space before delivering forward passes by foot. He set the tone for West Perth’s ball movement with a relentless willingness to move it on quickly, constantly looking to move with intent. Reilly seemed to lift in the final term and kicked a goal on the run having taken the advantage from a free kick.

#8 Lochlan Paton

Paton is a player with a lot of class and while he was not overly prolific with 15 disposals, his high level was evident in nearly every possession. He started a little shakily with a poor kick across defensive 50, but redeemed himself with some nice moments in the first quarter. A couple of important defensive efforts led to goals for West Perth in term two; with the first being a smother as South Fremantle looked to break out of defence, and the second a terrific holding the ball tackle which had the same effect. Paton seemed to have more time on the ball than most others and showed off with some nice spins to break out of congestion cleanly. If he can begin to accumulate better and string together such moments more consistently, he could quickly rise in 2021.

#24 Jack De Marte

Leading all comers on the day with 23 disposals (20 kicks), De Marte was one of the more busy players out there. He built into the contest well and began to take hold after quarter time, propping nicely in congestion to get an open kick away and even sneaking forward to snare a goal in term two. His kicking became neater as the game wore on and he was one of the key West Perth players to lift when the game was on the line late. One particularly clutch play saw him lay a tackle and then deliver inside 50 for a Saverio Marafioti goal.

#28 Zarne Robis

Robis was clearly West Perth’s premier forward on the day and finished with four goals in a highly promising display. He took a bit of luck to get going, but exemplified the Falcons’ ability to be efficient inside 50 with two snap goals in the first term. Later, he would showcase his smooth set shot routine to complete the four-goal haul and catch the eye of many onlookers. At 191cm, the 19-year-old is not exactly key position size, but rather dynamic and versatile in the role he plays up forward.

Others:

Cooper Blackburn showed plenty of dash coming out of defence for the Falcons, while Saverio Marafioti‘s raw talent came to the fore up forward with bull-like attack and real penetration in his play. Kane Bevan‘s transition to a key forward role yielded one goal, as Liam McWha and Riley Sprigg battled well in the ruck. Harrison Baxter was also handy in the front half and Jordan Berry had his moments.

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WAFL Colts Round 8 MOTR: Claremont vs West Perth

CLAREMONT returned to the winners’ list, after conquering West Perth by 12 points at Revo Fitness Stadium in Round 8 of the West Australian Football League (WAFL) competition.

It was Leith Fitzpatrick who scored the opening goal of the game, when he ran onto a loose ball inside 50 and was able to soccer it through for a goal in the third minute. Soon after, Zac Mainwaring soccered through a goal. Moments later, Fitzpatrick kicked his second goal of the quarter, after he was awarded a 50-metre penalty and converted his set shot. Before the quarter-time siren, Lachlan Rewell nailed West Perth’s first goal of the game, after he marked a chaos ball inside attacking 50.

In the second quarter, Matao Owen, Jacob Van Rooyen and Kieran Gowdie all kicked goals for Claremont, and the Tigers went into the main break with a 33-point lead.

After the main break, Dylan Mulligan slotted through his first goal after he was awarded a free kick for being taken too high. Kallum Erikson roved a pack expertly before snapping through a goal for West Perth. Darcy Dixon took a strong mark inside 50, and then kicked a goal for the Falcons. Moments later, Dixon took a great diving mark inside attacking 50. He went back and nailed his second goal. Gowdie kicked a long-range goal from 65 metres out. After the three-quarter time siren, Kalin Lane scored a goal that pushed Claremont’s lead out to 31 points.

Dixon got the Falcons off to a good start in the final quarter, when he booted his third goal of the match. Mulligan soccered through the instant reply for the Tigers. After winning a free kick for being pushed in the back, Lochlan Paton went back and kicked a goal for West Perth. Brock Lewis banged through a goal from 40 metres out. Tommy Taylor-Shreeve kicked another goal for the Falcons that brought the final margin back to just 12 points.

Jacob Blight (26 possessions, three marks) and Jack Avery (24 possessions, five marks, three tackles) were outstanding in defence for the Tigers. Joel Western (21 possessions, four marks, four inside 50s, three tackles), Alex Pearce (21 possessions, four tackles), Samuel Alvarez (20 possessions, five inside 50s) and Jake Willson (18 possessions, five marks) were prolific for Claremont.

For West Perth, Michael Mallard continued his excellent season with 14 possessions, 31 hit-outs, and four marks. Rohan Scurria (22 possessions, six marks), Brady Alvaro (15 possessions, seven marks), Cooper Blackburn (15 possessions, six inside 50s), Jack DeMarte (15 possessions, five inside 50s) and Kellen Johnson (14 possessions, five marks, four tackles) also competed strongly for the Falcons.

Next week, West Perth hosts the rampaging Subiaco at Provident Financial Oval, while Claremont has the bye before it embarks on another finals campaign.

WAFL Colts weekly wrap: Top five set and ready for action

THE final week of the home and away season saw the four games split over two days with double headers played at Mineral Resources Park (Saturday) and Leederville Oval (Sunday). With West Perth playing on the Saturday against South Fremantle, a victory for the Falcons would increase the pressure on East Perth who played the following day against Subiaco in their bid to lock up a double chance.

Would everything go to plan or would there be a costly slip-up with September just around the corner?

Read on to find out.

WAFL Colts wrap – Round 20

West Perth 12.7 (79) def. South Fremantle 9.8 (62)

West Perth survived a major scare, defeating a gallant South Fremantle side by 17 points in the first game of the Saturday double-header at Mineral Resources Park

Despite what was on the line for the Falcons, it was the wooden spooners who started the better of the two teams leading by six points at quarter time. Tyson Headland and Tommy Taylor-Shreeve kicked goals for their respective sides early in the second term as it remained a tightly contested battle. A major to Bulldogs youngster Haiden Mead reasserted their two goal buffer which they kept until half time.

The Bulldogs had not won a game since the third of June against East Fremantle and this was one of the best halves of Football that they had produced since that victory. Tyson Headland and Manfred Kelly led a strong list of contributors for the Bulldogs with 18 and 17 disposals respectively. While bottom-ager Cooper Blackburn had a terrific half with 14 disposals, five marks and two goals for the Falcons.

With their double chance hopes on the line, the Falcons knew they had to raise their level and did so accordingly in the early stages of the third term through goals to bottom age talents Logan Foley and Luke Reilly. However, the resilient Bulldogs responded through Liam Bradford. The Falcons then answered in kind with goals to Liam Martin and a second to Reilly for the term which gave the Falcons their first lead of the game. Rohan Scurria then kicked his first and it was shaping as a decisive moment in the contest. The Falcons had kicked five goals to one and led by 11 points at the final break. South Fremantle were so good for so long and it would be a shame if they were to fade away.

It seemed that was to be the case early in the last term as Blackburn kicked his third for the game. However, the spirit of the Bulldogs was in fine fettle as goals to Jacob Sax and 16-year-old Aaron Drage put them right back in the hunt. But just as any good team looks to do, the Falcons responded through Cooper Hinchcliffe and Callum Johnson. Tyron Hindmarsh then sealed the victory as the Falcons moved back up to third spot and would have their fingers crossed that the Lions could knock off East Perth on Sunday.

West Perth held sway in terms of disposals (311-260) but inside 50s were locked up at 39. In terms of individual performances, Cooper Blackburn was a terrific four quarter performer for the Falcons with 17 disposals, seven marks, three inside 50s and three goals. Ruckman Zac Patterson was great with his work around the ground with 45 hit-outs to go with 13 disposals while Tyron Hindmarsh sealed his mantle as the leading ball winner in the competition with 24 disposals, four marks and four tackles. Hindmarsh averaged 28.4 disposals in 15 games. Meanwhile for the Bulldogs, Tyson Headland was a willing worker all day with 27 disposals, five inside 50s three marks and three tackles and was joined by Manfred Kelly with 25 disposals, seven tackles and four inside 50s.

Peel 10.14 (74) def. Perth 8.4 (52)

Peel rounded out a fine home and away season with a solid 22-point victory over Perth in the second game of the Saturday double header.

After an extremely tight first half where not much more than a goal separated the two teams, it was the premiership quarter where Peel stamped their authority on the contest. The Thunder kicked 5.2 to 0.1 in the term to open up a 37-point lead heading into the final 25 minutes.

To their credit, the home team put some respectability back onto the scoreboard in kicking four goals to one, but Peel had done more than enough to pick up the four points. In truth, the minor premiers could have won by a lot more if they had their kicking boots on as they amassed 24 scoring shots compared to 12 of their opponents. Peel will now enjoy the week off and will be watching the other four finalists with a deal of interest. A win in the second semi final in a fortnight will be enough to see them progress to the Grand Final.

The workrate of Jack Sears up and down the ground was terrific once again for the Thunder with 22 disposals and eight marks. Bradley Oldfield was in the heart of the contest with nine tackles and six inside 50s to go along with 20 disposals and bottom age duo Connor Heuer and Tyler Nesbitt combined for six goals. Meanwhile for the Demons who finish the season with five wins from 16 games talented key forward Logan McDonald kicked three goals from 13 disposals and five marks and the ever-present Simon Hayward was tireless with 33 disposals and a game-high 13 tackles with six marks and a goal to top off a fine individual campaign in style.

Subiaco 10.10 (70) def. East Perth 9.13 (67)

Subiaco have played the role of ultimate party poopers by denying their co-tenants a finals double chance at the very death by defeating East Perth by three points in a dramatic game of Football at Leederville Oval on Sunday.

After a tight beginning it was Subiaco who kicked the first goal of the day through Daniel Frost and that was soon followed by a major to Patrick Mullane. The Lions were certainly hitting in hard and making the Royals earn all their possessions. The Royals were certainly having no issue bringing the ball inside their 50 metre arc (15-5 advantage) but the difference was conversion. After seven straight behinds East Perth finally had their first goal on the board through Jake Littleton but the Lions still held a one point advantage at the first break.

Jack Borchet gave the Lions some breathing space early in the second term with a mark and goal. However, the extremely talented Rhai-arn Cox out-bodied his opponent in the square and goaled giving the Royals the quick reply. Liam Dellamarta soon followed with a fine snap to give the Royals the lead. The Royals were now running over the top of their opponents and their ground pressure paid dividends when Sam Van Diemen snapped truly to give the top four outfit their biggest lead of the game that being 13 points. The Lions looked to get some ascendancy back in the game but were just missing the finishing touches. Jacob Peletier was the man to answer the call late in the second term as he finished with aplomb and cutting the margin to five points at the long break.

The Lions were doing a remarkable job to be as close as they were to think they had only amassed 12 inside 50 for the game compared to 27 of their opponents. Cooper Sparks, Sam Van Diemen and Adam Boules led the way in terms of disposals with 12 while Abraham Clinch had the same tally for the Lions. The first few minutes of the third term would tell a story whether the Lions would be able to sustain their attack on the footy or whether the Royals could use their greater attacking prowess to finish the job.

The Royals were the first team to hit the scoreboard early in the third term through Kyle,Robinson and the well built forward soon doubled his tally extending the lead to 16 points. Next goal was pivotal and the Lions needed it to keep in touch and managed to get it through Blake Morris. Cox then took a fine mark when it looked like his opponent was in better position and he managed to goal and push the lead out back to 16 points. The Lions were one persistent opposition however, and Frost kicked his second after a fine contested mark on the siren. The Royals were in the box seat to claim the four points but you sensed they would have fight tooth and nail as the Lions would throw everything at them.

East Perth got off to the quick start through Max Fabre and the two influential figures of Robinson and Boules combined to push the lead to four goals and seemingly clinch the game for the Royals. However the Lions would just not lie down and goals to Ben Golding and Borchet. It cut the margin to under ten points with seven minutes remaining. When Golding kicked his second of the quarter courtesy of a down the ground free the equation for the Lions was a goal required in two minutes.

Unbelievably Golding was left unmanned at half forward and had the shot from 40 metres directly in front to at the city end to win the game. It is exactly what the midfielder did as he was then swarmed by teammates. As the clock continued to tick down the Royals could not muster another attack and were heartbroken at the final siren. The result meant that West Perth had moved into third position but Swans could overtake them with a substantial victory in the final fixture.

It was the ultimate tale of never giving up and although the Lions did not have a finals spot on the line, they did have a sense of pride and finishing the season on a real high which is certainly what they did finishing with a 8-8 record for the season. For the Royals it truly was a gut-punch. In control for so long in this contest, yet they are set to be in sudden death football from next week and blowing the comfort of a double chance.

Player of the match

It was a game of fine moments from many individuals but star players rise to the top when everything is on the line. When hope seemed lost, Ben Golding was superb with his industry and willingness to outrun his opponents. The midfielder picked up 27 disposals, eight marks, six inside 50s and nine tackles, not to mention his three last quarter goals including the match winner. All in all it was a superb performance and one that may well have caught the eye of the recruiters.

Other notables

Jacob Peletier was very handy with his dash and poise picking up 22 disposals and six marks along with a goal. Chayse Grabe-Paparone kept dangerman Rhai-arn Cox under control in the second half and picked up 15 disposals himself while Blake Morris was strong with ten marks. Adam Boules was certainly East Perth’s best with 27 disposals, nine tackles, six marks, and five inside 50s while Harley Sparks was very solid support with 26 disposals,six marks,six tackles and seven inside 50s.

Claremont 7.12 (54)def Swan Districts 8.5 (53)

Claremont got the best finals preparation they could ask for with a thrilling one point victory over Swan Districts at Leederville Oval on Sunday.

Swans got off to the best start possible and Ethan Nordahl kicking the first of the game. The second placed Tigers were locked into that position and mobile forward Charlie Malone levelled the scores. Jack Allen then gave the lead back to the vibrant Swans outfit when he earned a free kick in the forward line and duly converted. It was goal for goal and Malone when kicked his second with a fine goal from the boundary. The rest of the quarter played out without any major incident and scores were locked at 14 at the quarter time break.

After seemingly an age without a goal in the contest, it was Allen who kicked his second from the square to give Swans back the lead and Nordahl soon grabbed his second,as Swans built a nice lead. When Aiden Cartwright kicked Swans fifth for the game, they were certainly in control of the contest. Claremont needed something to stem the bleeding and it took a fortunate bounce over the head of Jake Pasini with Jake Willson kicking his first.

But Swans were in no mood to let momentum slip and Ashley Brockbernd kicked a fine goal when under substantial pressure. The underdogs went into half time with a very handy 17 point lead and looked like to be the more desperate team with Claremont having little to play for other than match practice leading into the finals. Ethan Nordahl was the leading player on the ground at half time with 17 disposals, six marks and two goals while defensive pillars Brenton Hilton and Jake Pasini had 13 and 12 respectively.

It was a cagey start to the third term but the Tigers needed to kick the first and they did just through Jack Cooley. Not long after, Jamieson Ugle slotted a fine goal from the boundary giving the Black and Whites a three goal margin. Malone was proving a real beacon in the Tigers forward line and kicked his third narrowing the gap to eight points nearing three quarter time. That was the way it stayed, but it was clear that the intensity had risen in the Tigers play and it was anyone’s call about who would claim the victory.

The first goal of the quarter was going to be vital and it went the way of the Tigers through Ben Schuhkraft. When Isaiah Butters slotted a fine goal from the boundary pushing the margin beyond a kick with six minutes left,it seemed like the Tigers had done enough. A scrambled piece of possession deep in the Swans forward line led to nothing but a point, but they had very late hope when Jax Watson kicked truly and setting us up for a second grandstand finish of the day. However the Tigers did enough to get themselves over the line by a solitary point.

In the end there were no real losers in this contest. Swans showed they could match it with a team sitting second on the ladder and in reality it was their best performance it what has been a very difficult second half of the season. For the Tigers, there was no doubt they were off their game in the first half. Perhaps it was to do with the circumstances, but also give credit to their opponents for putting the heat on them, However, like good teams do they responded and claimed another four points.

Both teams would have been thrilled with the performances of some of their key movers played. For the Tigers, Joel Western picked up 27 disposals, six marks and five inside 50s while Callum Jamieson was elite in his athleticism compiling 20 disposals and nine marks along with 24 hit/outs. Seb Bright was tireless in the midfield for Swans with 27 disposals and seven tackles along with six inside 50s. Meanwhile Ethan Nordahl had 26 touches, nine marks and two goals.

How it stands at the end of 20 rounds
1. Peel – 56 pts
2. Claremont 44 pts
3. West Perth 36 pts
4. East Perth 36 pts
5. Swan Districts 32 pts 108.6%
6. Subiaco 32pts 89.2%
7. East Fremantle 24 pts
8. Perth 20 pts
9. South Fremantle 8 pts

Week 1 of the Finals
Claremont vs West Perth- Qualifying Final
East Perth vs Swan Districts – Elimination Final
Peel- Bye

WAFL Colts weekly wrap: Reigning premiers keep their season alive

AS the West Australian Football League (WAFL) Colts clubs grow closer to welcoming back their state Under-18 heroes to the fold, it was up to those players that remained at Colts level to help their teams over the line in Round 13.

WAFL Colts Round 13

Subiaco 11.14 (80) defeated East Fremantle 5.10 (40)

A longer list of contributors and a more potent forward line were the key elements in Subiaco’s 40-point win against East Fremantle at Leederville Oval on Saturday morning.

This clash shaped as a early elimination final with both teams sitting adrift of the top five (Subiaco by two and a half games and East Freo by an extra game). So while for the loser it was lights out for season 2019, the winner still had an opportunity to put some pressure on those above them. Subiaco came into this fixture with the better form having won two of their last three games, while the Sharks were in terrible form having lost their last eight in a row.

The reigning premiers kicked the first goal of the game courtesy of some quick ball movement ending with a goal to Jacob Peletier and their lead was soon doubled by strong forward play by Abraham Clinch. The Sharks were trying to get their running game into action but despite a few forward thrusts they were repelled by the Subiaco defence.

Harvey Bishop made it three goals without reply for the Lions, but some fine forward line pressure by Mitchell Cusworth caused his opponent to drop a mark and then was able to maintain his efforts by laying a fine tackle which set up Jack Carroll for the Sharks’ first major of the day. East Fremantle’s intent was certainly there, they just needed an outlet to finish off their hard work. The quarter time score saw the Lions up by 10 points but both teams had the same amount of scoring shots.

Subiaco ramped up their pressure early in the second quarter and Abraham Clinch was the beneficiary, taking a uncontested mark from the square to give the Lions a three goal lead, and soon after, he kicked his third for the first half. However, the Sharks kept fighting and their best move of the match led to a goal from Tom Muskarovsky. Light rain then hit Leederville Oval which saw a already heavy surface due to a week of constant rain become just that bit more boggy. It led to plenty of stoppages and Subiaco held sway by 18 points at the long break.

The third quarter saw Subiaco break the game open as they kicked four goals to one to set up a 37 point lead. Sandon Page, Peletier and Clinch were all crucial with their efforts in the term while East Fremantle’s lone goal came from a strong mark and goal from Reuben McGuire. Once again it was not about effort by the Sharks, it was about finding the end product in the forward 50 to capitalize on their hard work.

The Sharks started the final term strongly when McGuire goaled from the square cutting the lead to 29 and offering just a glimmer of an opportunity. However Subiaco’s forward pressure was too much to handle leading to a Patrick Mullane goal.

Some adept round ball skills by Page were very handy on the slick surface leading to his second of the day. A final margin of 40 points was probably a fair reflection of the contest. When Subiaco attacked, they did so in numbers and had terrific outlets in place to convert their opportunities. Meanwhile, East Fremantle had to work extremely hard for whatever they could conjure up and they lacked the targets that their opposition had.

Star of the day:

Despite the ups and down in their premiership defence, Subiaco have had a few constant figures who have shone come victory or defeat. One of them had been Abraham Clinch and Saturday was no exception. The top ager was exceptional, floating in between midfield and forward to rack up 35 disposals, nine marks, seven inside 50s six tackles and three goals. Clinch has averaged 28 disposals in 2019.

Other notable performances:

Benjamin Golding has also had a very impressive season to date. A year younger than Clinch, Golding tallied 28 disposals (one more than his season average), seven marks, four tackles and six inside 50s. Sandon Page was a excellent target inside 50 where he had 20 disposals, eight marks and kicked two goals. For the Sharks, Reuben McGuire was tireless with 17 disposals and two goals while Dylan Curley worked hard across the ground with 15 disposals and a goal.

The future

Subiaco are walking a tightrope with one slip likely ending their title defence. If today was an elimination final, next Friday night is their grand final against Claremont – where a victory will see them close the gap to the Tigers to under two games. Meanwhile, East Fremantle will continue their quest to end their long losing streak, this time against Swan Districts at home.

In other games:

Claremont 13.10 (88) defeated South Fremantle 5.4 (34)

The Tigers made it five wins from their last six games with a resounding 54-point victory against South Fremantle at Claremont Oval.

After a extremely even first half which saw Claremont down by three goals at one point, a nine goal to one onslaught after the break saw the Tigers win in emphatic fashion with South Fremantle kicking just one goal after quarter time. Charlie Malone’s impact was a real catalyst for change with three of his four goals coming in the all-important third term. That was where the home team slammed on eight goals to one behind and turned a two point lead at the long break into a 51-point advantage. Jack Buller gave his midfielders supreme service around the ground with 36 hit-outs along with 20 disposals, five tackles and four marks. Bottom-ager Logan Young was tough and hard with nine tackles to go along with 17 disposals and a goal. For the Bulldogs, Jack Musika was tireless in his efforts with 21 disposals, seven inside 50s and six tackles.

East Perth 8.9 (57) defeated Swan Districts 6.7 (43)

The mid-season woes of Swan Districts continued as they fell to their fourth consecutive defeat, this time a 14-point loss to East Perth in Bunbury on Saturday afternoon.

The teams were separated by less than a kick throughout the first three quarters, and the Black and Whites took a seven-point lead into the final 25 minutes after holding the Royals scoreless in the third term. But with Swan Districts down to just one fit player on the bench, East Perth took advantage kicking four goals to one to run out 14 point winners. The victory is East Perth’s fourth straight and sees the Royals join Swans and on 7-4 and one step closer to sealing a finals berth.

West Perth 13.8 (86) defeated Perth 7.5 (47)

A six goal to nil opening half set up West Perth for their eighth win of the season and take sole possession of second place in the process as they defeated Perth by 39 points on Joondalup Arena on Sunday afternoon.

The victory was the Falcons’ fourth in succession and at this moment they are playing the type of football that puts you well and truly in premiership contention. The goalscoring load was shared between nine individual players with bottom age trio Cooper Blackburn, Tommy Taylor-Shreeve, and Corey Rundle along with Ryan Hudson each kicking two. The score could have gotten very ugly for the visitors when the Falcons kicked the first of the third term to make it seven goals to nil, but to the Demons credit, they outscored their opponents from that moment seven goals to six.

In terms of disposals it was the regular duo of Tyron Hindmarsh (31 disposals, seven marks and four inside 50s) and Koopah Todd (25 disposals, nine marks and five inside 50s) who led the way. The ruck duo of bottom ager Michael Mallard(25 hit/outs) and Adam Gerritsen (18 hit/outs) gave their following divisions great service all day. For Perth, the duo of Kaden Elliott (27 disposals and six inside 50s) along with Simon Hayward (26 disposals and five inside 50s along with a goal) gave wholehearted displays throughout the four quarters.

WAFL Colts weekly wrap: Swans surge continues while Thunder stumble

AFTER a bye for the state game, the youngsters were greeted with a taste of winter chill with the temperatures around five degrees at bounce-down on Saturday morning. Which teams did not miss a beat on their return to competitive action and who slipped up?

Read on to find out.

WAFL Colts Round 6

Swan Districts 13.10 (88) def. East Fremantle 3.4. (22)

Swan Districts confirmed its status as the team to beat in the 2019 WAFL Colts competition as it ruthlessly disposed of East Fremantle to the tune of 66 points at Steel Blue Oval on Saturday morning.

The top of the table side made a dominant start to proceedings with nine inside 50s and five scoring shots inside the first fifteen minutes. The Sharks were lucky to be down by no more than 22 points at quarter time, such was the performance of the Black and Whites. That pattern continued in the second term with Atem Deng proving a lively focal point with two first half goals. It was slim pickings for East Fremantle’s forwards but Tyrone Papertalk was able to make his only disposal for the first half count kicking the Sharks’ first goal of the game. Swan Districts had close to fifty more possessions than their opponents during the first two quarters and restricted the Sharks to just seven inside 50s, which was a terrific effort.

Swans were firmly in control of proceedings in the third term and while not as fluent in an attacking sense, were still keeping their opponents completely at bay. A late goal by Ryan Letessier pushed the lead beyond eight goals and the premiership favourites were set for another boost to their already impressive percentage.

East Fremantle started to show some life in an attacking sense during the final quarter with Michael Wright kicking two goals in quick succession. However, Swan Districts responded in kind through Ashley Brockbernd, Bodhi Nordahl and Kade Wallrodt to regain their eight goal margin. Benjamin Taylor then kicked two goals in three minutes and Walldrot pushed the lead beyond eleven goals, putting an exclamation point on their most complete performance of the season. The dominance of Swan Districts was not only seen on the scoreboard as they had 103 more disposals (328-225), marks (73-46) and inside 50s (46-25). They also had a even number of contributors across the board.

Walldrot, just like he is most weeks, was at the forefront with 28 disposals, seven inside 50s, five tackles and three goals. Ruck-forward Letessier had impact all over the ground with 18-hit-outs to go with 15 disposals and two goals while Denver Grainger-Barras marshalled the back six superbly with 11 disposals and three marks. For the Sharks, Wright was a tireless worker throughout the four quarters with 23 disposals and nine tackles.

Claremont 10.8 (68) defeated Peel Thunder 8.8 (56)

A stunning six-goal last quarter saw Claremont shock the previously unbeaten Peel Thunder by 12 points at Claremont Oval.

The Tigers’ defensive unit stood strong withstanding 14 inside 50s by Peel to lead by eight points at quarter time. However, the weight of numbers eventually told in the second term with Peel scoring four goals to one to lead by 13 points at the long break. Peel were certainly outworking their opponents with pressure around the ground, amassing 17 more tackles (51-34) and their midfield gave the forwards consistent opportunities with 26 inside 50s to just 11 by the Tigers.

Killian Rawson gave Peel their biggest lead of the game of 19 points, and they extended it soon after when Kyle Penny kicked his first goal of the game. Like they had done all game, the Tigers hung tough and went into three-quarter time still a chance, trailing by 18 points. A early goal by Jonathon Ietto seemed to ease any nerves in the Thunder camp, however the Tigers came storming back by kicking four goals in five minutes to suddenly level the scores at 8.7 a piece and suddenly it was game on again.

Luke Knight then gave Claremont their first lead since the second quarter when he kicked his second for the game. The mobile ruck-forward then kicked his second of the final term to complete a remarkable and stirring fight back as the Tigers recorded their second win of the season. Meanwhile, Peel fell one game behind Swan Districts at the top of the ladder.

WA Under 18 squad member Ronin O’Connor was a tireless worker with 10 tackles, six inside 50s to go along with 15 disposals, while ruck-forward Luke Knight was influential with the game on the line amassing 18 hit-outs, 11 disposals and three goals. Thomas Baldwin also was a fine contributor with 22 disposals and six tackles.

Peel will look back at this game as a major opportunity lost having been in control of the contest for a large part of the game. Zachary Rankin was the best for the Thunder with 22 disposals and six inside 50 while bottom ager Jonathon Ietto was a real presence in and around the forward 50 with two goals and 18 disposals.

Subiaco 7.7 (49) defeated South Fremantle 5.7 (37)

Reigning premiers Subiaco finally got off the mark for season 2019 with a 12-point victory over fellow strugglers South Fremantle at Leederville Oval on Saturday morning.

South Fremantle scored the only goal of the first quarter through Toby McQuilkin with the Lions held scoreless. The Lions edged back into the contest in the second quarter by kicking three goals to one and only trailed by two points at the long break. Ben Golding and Abraham Clinch were catalysts for the impressive reversal in fortunes combining for 43 disposals while Chayse Grabe-Paparone kicked two goals in the second term.

In this low-scoring, tight affair, goals were worth their weight in gold. The home team kicked three goals to one in the third term courtesy of 16-year-old Matthew Johnson, Golding and Trey Kennedy to push the lead out to 12 points with one quarter to play. In keeping with the pattern of the contest, the last term was tense and tight with both sides looking to claim the victory which could kick start their season. Each team could only muster one goal each in the final 25 minutes but that was more than enough for Subiaco as they outlasted their gallant opponents.

Subiaco had close to 400 disposals for the game with one player ticking over the 40 mark and three players who fell just short, a rare feat indeed. Abraham Clinch collected 43 disposals and six tackles, Ben Golding was elite with 39 disposals, six inside 50s, five tackles and one goal, Noah Ash had 38 disposals and eight marks while Jacob Peletier had 38 and 10 tackles. The individual stats weren’t as eye watering on the South Fremantle side of things, but Jack Musika was impactful in his own way with 26 disposals and six marks.

West Perth 12.10 (82) defeated Perth 8.10. (58)

West Perth remains on the heels of the the top two after recording its fourth win for the season, defeating Perth by 24 points at Mineral Resources Park.

West Perth was well worth its 13-point lead at quarter time and the visitors were able to spread the load with four individual goalkickers in the first 25 minutes. Perth responded in the second quarter kicking three goals to one and trailing only by one point at the long break.

The Falcons, who were trying to keep pace with the top two set up their victory in the third term kicking four goals to three behinds to head for home with a 24 point lead. Each team kicked three goals in the final quarter and while the Demons narrowed the gap to 12 points with seven minutes remaining, bottom age talents Cooper Blackburn and Corey Rundle finished off the job and moved the Falcons to within half a game of Peel Thunder in second place.

The Falcons were tireless in their pressure efforts with 80 tackles and Callum Johnson led the way with nine tackles to go along with 24 disposals, five inside 50s and three marks. Tyron Hindmarsh topped the disposal charts with 33 and four tackles while Cooper Blackburn was very lively with 15 disposals, seven inside 50s, seven marks and two goals. For the Demons, Simon Hayward was prominent with 31 disposals, seven tackles and four inside 50s.