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2021 WAFL Colts MOTR: Finals Week 2 – East Perth vs. East Fremantle

EAST Fremantle booked its preliminary final ticket with a hard fought 17-point win over East Perth on Saturday, sending the Royals packing in straight sets. Neither side was able to truly capitalise on their periods of dominance, with poor kicking and conversion making for a real slog throughout large parts of the game. After taking 24 minutes to scrounge a major in term one, the Royals snared another within the first minute of term two, but the Sharks managed to lurk rather closely.

The game opened up a touch after half time as East Fremantle worked hard to hit the front, but East Perth conjured consecutive majors to ensure that lead was short-lived. The turning tide eventually saw East Perth give way in the final quarter, as the Sharks kicked four unanswered goals to build an unassailable advantage when it mattered most.

We highlight a few of the top performers from either side in our Scouting Notes with a particular focus on state representatives, before taking a look around the grounds and up the grades.

>> Player Focus: James Tunstill (East Perth)

SCOUTING NOTES

East Perth 5.6 (36) def. by East Fremantle 7.11 (53)

East Perth:

#4 Ethan Regan

After an early foray into midfield last time out, Regan was stationed back out in his usual forward post and got busy for the Royals. He notched the first two scores of the day, albeit minors, from consecutive set shots to prove he came to play. His size and athleticism give him great range inside 50, and that showed in his defensive efforts with tackling pressure and a couple of handy smothers which lead to scoring opportunities. Having initially looked lively closer to goal, Regan began to link up the ground as the game wore on and finished with four marks among his 11 disposals.

#7 Jye Amiss

Kept goalless for consecutive weeks after a remarkable stretch of form, Amiss can now look forward to another state game to cap off his season. With the kicking skills of either side not particularly great, Amiss had to make his limited opportunities count. As he has done recently, he led further afield searching for the ball and presented nicely on a few occasions. He was given little room to move, but got separation on a short lead inside 50 in term three and registered a behind from the resultant shot. Not his best day, but Amiss has produced a massive season.

#11 James Tunstill

With midfield bull Kade Dittmar a late out, Tunstill was a constant in the engine room for East Perth and ended arguably as his side’s best player. While hit-and-miss on a few kicks, when Tunstill got his delivery right he looked superb. He hit several spearing passes going forward on the move, with that kind of delivery rare among his peers on the day. Tunstill was also able to find the ball at stoppages, but drove well on the outside around the ground to finish with 23 disposals. He could have had a goal in term two after a strong two-grab mark, but ran around and missed the snap.

#26 Kaden Harbour

Harbour was another player who stepped up in the absence of Kade Dittmar, offering a similar level of intent and physicality around the ball. The usual forward worked hard further afield to provide presence and pressure around the ball, before backing his pace and skill to break forward. A couple of his penetrating kicks inside 50 were outstanding, finding teammates over the back and resulting in shots on goal. He also looked to side-step or break tackles to create more chances, and ended up with a goal of his own in term four. He loved the set shot, showing as much with a big celebration.

#34 Jedd Busslinger

It’s unbelievable how composed Busslinger is at times, especially considering he is a bottom-ager. The state Under 17 representative was solid across East Perth’s backline, chiming in with spoils on aerial balls and mopping up at ground level with aplomb. He was forced to make quick decisions on the ball but hit the right option more often than not, kicking the ball well for a player of his 195cm stature. Even when he made a rare skill error in the second quarter, he intercepted the resultant free kick.

East Fremantle:

#4 Jed Hagan

With a wealth of WAFL Colts experience under his belt now, Hagan continues to prove he is well and truly up to the level. In his usual defensive role, the bottom-ager got his clean kicking game going and made some good decisions under heavy pressure. A solid body despite his shorter stature, Hagan also did well to win ground balls against his direct opponent and was composed in the heat of battle. His effort and skill boded well for a late midfield stint too, which may be a sign of things to come next year.

#5 Corey Warner

A player with senior experience, Warner put his stamp on this game when it mattered. It was no surprise that as the contest seemed to open up, Warner was the one doing so with his driving runs and penetrative kicking. While some of his disposal on that trusty left side could have been sharper at times, Warner got his side on the front foot and looked dangerous when released on the outside via hand. He made some great reads to rove the ball at speed and could have had an even bigger game if not for a couple of misses on goal.

#6 Josh Browne

Browne simply knows how to find plenty of the ball and did so once again in this outing. He finished with a game-high 30 disposals, racking up the ball in different areas of the ground and dropping back to help move it forward. A pure accumulator, Browne sometimes dumped the ball out under pressure having been caught with it on other occasions, but that did not prevent him from finding more of it. He did manage a clean centre clearance break in term four, which ended up being an important goal assist.

#7 Judd McVee

Along with Hagan, McVee was an important rebounding force across half-back with his positional nous and smooth kicking technique. He chimed in with a couple of handy spoils in the back half to add to his attacking play, while also coming off the line hard to impact at centre bounces. His kick-first approach got East Fremantle out of some tight spots, and McVee enjoyed a productive game overall.

#8 Taj Woewodin

In what will likely prove a hell of a fortnight for the Melbourne father-son prospect, Woewodin has the perfect opportunity to impress his potential employers up close. On Saturday, he rotated through midfield and looked to provide his typical forward drive with some release run and punchy kicks. As the game opened up after half time, he was able to find more of the ball in transition and contribute to those kinds of passages for the Sharks.

#20 Josh Cripps

With his elder brother, Patrick watching on, Cripps made a terrific start in nabbing the first two kicks of the game. He was East Fremantle’s primary ruck but later spent more time up forward, having done most of his best work in the opening half. Cripps’ desire to be creative with his ruckwork was terrific and it proved effective as well, as he palmed down to his array of midfielders several times. His skills were also slick for a 199cm player, and a final term goal from the wrong side for a left-footer proved exactly that.

#25 Jack Williams

Having been held well for most of the game, Williams broke through in the second half to make a real impact on the final scoreline. He ended up being East Fremantle’s sole multiple goalkicker with two, both of which came after half time. His first was a well executed left-foot snap, and his second was a 45m set shot. While arguably most effective moving in a straight line at the ball, Williams managed to showcase his aerial prowess with a couple of terrific marks inside 50. He missed three set shot opportunities from similar spots, but is usually reliable in that department and could easily have finished with a bag.

AROUND THE GROUNDS:

The weekend’s qualifying semi-final saw Claremont bring an end to Swan Districts’ 13-game winning run, with the Tigers coming away nine-point victors in a fantastic comeback effort. Having fallen to the minor premiers just a fortnight ago, Claremont trailed at every break but snared four goals to one in the final term to salute 11.14 (80) to 11.5 (71).

Swan Elijah Hewett led all comers with 26 disposals and six inside 50s, supported by running machine Max Chipper (22 disposals, six marks). Defenders Bryce Watson and Lawson Humphries also ticked over 20 touches, while Ben Hewett got stuck in with 10 tackles. James Sullivan proved a key scoring source with four goals, as Brayden Jones snared two from 12 touches and seven marks. State Under 19s standout Rhett Bazzo was relatively quiet, but also snared a major score.

Claremont was served well by a couple of its stars, as spearhead Jacob van Rooyen contributed 4.4 while midfielder Angus Sheldrick notched three goals from 18 disposals. Bigman Eric Benning returned to good effect with 15 disposals, 15 hitouts and seven inside 50s, but Kendyll Blurton (21 disposals, seven tackles, eight inside 50s) led the Tigers’ disposal charts. Small forward Jahmal Stretch was also typically lively, managing a goal and five marks.

Up the grades, Subiaco midfielder Matthew Johnson was a standout performer in his side’s Reserves win over Swan Districts. The 193cm prospect racked up a game-high 27 disposals, four marks and four inside 50s as he continued his sparkling run of form at the level. In the League grade, Jesse Motlop snared a goal from eight touches and five inside 50s as South Fremantle went down to Subiaco.

Featured Image: East Fremantle’s Josh Browne gets a kick away | Credit: Pixell Photography via East Fremantle FC

WAFL Colts Player Focus: James Tunstill (East Perth)

EAST PERTH midfielder James Tunstill has enjoyed a solid season at WAFL Colts level, earning selection in the West Australian Under 19’s State Squad and seeing his side finish top three at season’s end. Tunstill has made a name for himself as a hard working midfielder capable of breaking opposition lines with his carry and kicking.

In Saturday’s do-or-die final against East Fremantle, Tunstill stood up to be a major ball winner in the Royals’ midfield, with East Perth bull Kade Dittmar a late exclusion. Unfortunately despite his best efforts, the Royals lost and bowed out of finals. We put Tunstill’s performance under the Player Focus microscope this week, breaking down his game quarter-by-quarter.

POCKET PROFILE

James Tunstill
East Perth/Western Australia

DOB: 18/07/2003 (18-years-old)
Height: 185cm
Weight:
76kg

Position: Midfielder

2021 Averages:
WAFL Colts (15 games)

21.6 disposals | 14.3 kicks | 7.3 handballs | 3.3 marks | 3.2 tackles | 4.9 inside 50s | 0.4 goals (6 total)

Source: WAFL

2021 WAFL Colts, Semi Final | East Perth 5.6 (36) def. by East Fremantle 7.11 (53)

#11 James Tunstill (East Perth)

Stats: 23 disposals (19 kicks, 4 handballs), 6 marks, 5 tackles, 3 inside 50s, 1 behind

Q1

Starting in his usual on-ball role, Tunstill wasted no time getting involved in the contest and made his presence known in the opening minutes. At the first bounce, Tunstill quickly pressured the kick from the opposition ruck who had won the clearance, and followed up to pressure the opponent that won it on the back of the square. The ball worked its way to the half-back flank for a stoppage, where Tunstill ran into a great spot along the boundary, winning first possession and kicking it down the line just as he was bumped over the boundary.

With the Royals having a lot of ball in their forward half Tunstill, became a key part of his side’s movement inside 50. His first real involvement was a smart lead for his teammate who had taken an intercept mark, where he followed up by wheeling around and putting a bullet-like kick onto the chest of Ethan Regan on a slight angle. Another key opportunity came as Tunstill worked forward from a stoppage and provided a lead when his teammates got it out in space, taking the mark well and continuing to run before kicking forward under pressure with the ball placed perfectly for his forward who unfortunately couldn’t hold the mark.

Tunstill’s work rate was highlighted in the opening quarter, as he worked back to be an outlet option from defensive 50 and joined in on tackles with his teammates to lock the ball in. With such acts, it felt like he was everywhere the ball was when he was on the field. Tunstill did rush his kicks forward at times when under pressure, but overall used it well and gave his teammates the best opportunity to take a mark.

Q2

After a solid first quarter, Tunstill worked into the game more in the second, finding himself more involved around contests as he started positioning well to receive handballs out the back of packs. Tunstill showed good composure when he received these handballs out the back, not flinching with oncoming traffic and generally using it well to keep the ball moving forward.

One particular moment highlighted this best in the defensive 50, where Tunstill received the handball out the back and had his kick smothered, but immediately followed up to win the contested ball at ground level, before quickly firing out a handball wide to a teammate in space. He had a couple of impressive kicks in the back half that helped open up the ground going forward for the Royals, and generally worked hard to be an option for his teammates. Tunstill laid an impressive tackle towards the end of the quarter, running from 20 meters away to close down an opponent, launching himself and grabbing hold to stop an East Fremantle counter attack.

Tunstill had an opportunity on goal that he perhaps would have liked another go at in the second quarter, managing to hold a one-on-two contested mark above his head as both opponents tried to knock him off balance, but deciding to try and play on to snap around the corner rather than take a set shot. The effort ended up going through for a minor score.

Q3

Starting the second half well, Tunstill won the first clearance of the third quarter, running straight through to grab the ball out of the air and kick forward in an unusual manner. He continued to position well around contests but wasn’t used as much as many of his teammates opted to kick long forward when under pressure, although when he was used Tunstill ran well and kicked smartly for teammates to mark.

Tunstill seemed more comfortable with contact in the third term as well, with one play mid-way through the quarter seeing him get onto the end of a handball and jump into oncoming contact, keeping his arms free and firing out a handball to a teammate in space who was able to kick long inside 50. To go with this, Tunstill competed for everything he could, whether it was at ground level or in the air, putting himself in front of leading players or throwing himself on the ground to create a contest.

Tunstill’s ball use seemed to improve in the third quarter as well, notably when out in space or allowed to run a few steps to steady himself. Tunstill would put piercing kicks in the arms of his teammates, giving them every advantage he could to hold the mark.

Q4

As East Fremantle began to overrun East Perth, opportunities to impact became more limited for the Royals. What Tunstill did continually well was display his work rate and do his best to pressure opponents if he couldn’t lay a tackle. Tunstill still had some impressive moments with ball in hand; the most impressive coming later in the quarter where he received a handball in defensive 50 and went for a run up the wing, taking a couple of bounces whilst getting away from opponents, then kicking to a contest due to limited options up the ground.

Closing thoughts…

Whilst the game didn’t end how Tunstill would’ve wanted from a team perspective, he put in a really good all-round game where his work rate and courage were well highlighted. It wasn’t just his work rate to get from contest to contest that was impressive, Tunstill ran hard defensively to lay tackles or apply pressure on opponents not even in his area, causing multiple stoppages throughout the game. Whilst he is prone to rushing kicks when under pressure or in traffic, Tunstill’s ball use is typically solid, with his ability to keep his hands free and handball whilst being tackled a highlight, and his kicking on the run also really strong.

Image Credit: Pixell Photography via East Fremantle FC

2021 WAFL Colts MOTR: Finals Week 1 – Claremont vs. East Perth

CLAREMONT will face off against WAFL Colts minor premier Swan Districts for the second time in three weeks, after downing East Perth by 41 points in week one of the 2021 finals series. The Tigers were inaccurate early on but found their groove and snared crucial goals at the end of the first two terms to restore leads. A five-goal third quarter then helped Claremont break the contest open, before running out comfortable victors with another four majors in the final stanza.

We highlight a few of the top performers from either side in our Scouting Notes with a particular focus on state representatives, before taking a look around the grounds and up the grades.

>> Player Focus: Angus Sheldrick (Claremont)

SCOUTING NOTES

Claremont 13.9 (87) def. East Perth 6.10 (46)

Claremont:

#17 Hugh Davies

His final stats of seven disposals and two marks hardly do justice to the role Davies played in defence, with the bottom-ager making several important plays on the last line. He looked composed in a series of crises, able to work things out across defensive 50 and apply ample pressure on East Perth’s forwards when the ball hit the deck. In the air, he rose for some timely spoils and was desperate enough to keep the play alive with little margin for error.

#22 Sam Gilbey

Another bottom-aged defender who hardly garnered massive stats (six disposals, two marks, one goal), Gilbey still managed to show glimpses of his massively promising skillset on Saturday. Both of his marks were lovely intercepts up the ground, which he used to move the ball on quickly heading inside attacking 50. On the first occasion, Gilbey showed off his impressive left-foot kick with a booming goal just before quarter time, seeing Claremont regain the lead. He competed well to turn the ball over and pressed a high line, before being used further afield in the final term and even shaving the post with another shot on goal.

#27 Angus Sheldrick

Arguably the best player afield, Sheldrick got to work early and put in an absolute shift out of Claremont’s engine room. While able to win the contested ball with his strength and grit, Sheldrick also displayed a phenomenal work-rate to get his legs pumping with some green ball and find possessions around the ground. He helped drive the Tigers forward and despite lacking a finishing touch at times, put the ball into dangerous spots. He was in the wars during term three with a head knock and big hit from Jye Amiss, but got back to work to finish with a game-high 24 disposals, 12 tackles, and five inside 50s to go with a first term goal.

#29 Jahmal Stretch

The crafty small forward is one who has the ability to light up any passage of play, and certainly did that with his 10 disposals, three marks and two goals. An early rush of blood saw him burn a teammate over the top when running into an open goal, but Stretch built into his best work by hitting the ball at speed and springing up for marks inside 50. His first goal came shortly after a set shot fell short, and he added another in term four with a quick snap which showcased his high level goal sense. With terrific pressure acts and sparks of individual brilliance, Stretch continues to be an eye-catching goalsneak.

#32 Jacob van Rooyen

He doesn’t need too many chances to make a real impact, and that is exactly what van Rooyen did during a three-goal third quarter. The strong-bodied key forward helped Claremont kick away with majors at the beginning, middle and end of term three after a relatively quiet first half. His fundamental strengths were solid throughout without much opportunity, but came to the fore during said period with a couple of strong pack marks and set shot conversions. While only earning a modest seven disposals, he made them count with four marks and those three majors to go with some imposing pressure acts.

#35 Luke Brown

Another bottom-ager who managed to show glimpses of potential, Brown finished up with a couple of really handy goals from his five touches. The 199cm ruck-forward first got his hands on the ball through sheer reach in the ruck, before booting those two majors in the second half. The first was a terrific bit of improvisation, as the bigman volleyed the ball home off a deep spillage. His second goal was also manufactured off a pack, as Brown gathered and quickly snapped the ball through to show great skill for a player of his size.

Others:

Claremont had a bunch of solid contributors on each line, starting with the likes of Talon Delacey (19 disposals, five inside 50s) and Kendyll Blurton (15 disposals, five tackles) in midfield. Arthur Jones was again productive on the wing with 17 touches and five inside 50s, while Campbell Rogers played a key hand down back. Speaking of, Sean Williams’ effort to keep leading goalkicker Jye Amiss scoreless was outstanding, as was Peter Coles’ three-goal haul at the other end. In the way of state squad members, Under 17 prospects Edward Allan (wing) and Will Bailey (forward/wing) had their moments, and top-age tall Eric Benning missed with a calf complaint.

East Perth:

#4 Ethan Regan

The West Coast NGA candidate started in midfield, with the East Perth coaches perhaps looking for him to make an early statement with his size and explosiveness. That did not quite eventuate, but Regan built into the game well from his usual high half-forward post. His kick penetration lead directly to goals on two occasions, as Regan linked East Perth from beyond the attacking arc into more dangerous positions.

#7 Jye Amiss

Having built a remarkable streak of kicking multiple goals in all of his previous WAFL Colts and state Under 19 outings, Amiss was finally shut-out on Saturday. The West Australian spearhead was hardly given an inch inside attacking 50 and did not always receive the best delivery in any case. Most of his work was done further afield, where he ventured on searching leads and showed some really nice moments of poise to hit targets on the way back to goal. He later showed signs of a confidence dip with a couple of dropped marks, perhaps the product of perceived pressure having been under the pump all game.

#9 Kade Dittmar

A strong figure in the East Perth midfield, Dittmar offered plenty of his usual power and contested ball winning prowess on Saturday. His physicality on the inside was evident, as he looked to bustle through tackles and apply some punishing ones of his own. While Dittmar gained a good amount of distance on his clearances, with eight of his 15 disposals sent inside 50, he tended to dump kick at times and couldn’t quite hit the target with a couple of attempts on goal. Still, his intent matched the finals atmosphere.

#11 James Tunstill

Tunstill was one who started the game brightly, producing some eye-catching moments in midfield and rotating forward to snare a first term goal. He was prominent at ground level, collecting the ball cleanly and finding ways to slip or spin to the outer where he could gain a bit more meterage. His goal came from a set shot after marking well overhead, converting the chance well from 40m. Tunstill finished up with 14 disposals and three inside 50s, marking a solid return after his promising opening.

#26 Kaden Harbour

Another who was productive in spurts, Harbour brought good intent and effort to the finals contest. He chased up loose balls and worked up the ground for his side, with one play seeing him break at pace with two running bounces before kicking inside 50. The small forward produced another great inside 50 foray in term three which was not finished off, and his closest attempt on goal hit the post with a snap from the pocket.

#34 Jedd Busslinger

Hardly overawed by the finals occasion as a bottom-ager, Busslinger saved his side’s blushes several times on the last line of defence. The 195cm prospect proved difficult to beat both aerially and at ground level, showing great composure to mop up under pressure and move the ball on cleanly. He was never rushed despite the heavy pressure at times, and proved his commitment with a goal-saving mark which saw him thud into the goal post. Busslinger was swung forward in term four, and finished with four marks from his nine disposals.

Others:

No East Perth player notched over 20 touches on Saturday, but speedy midfielder Jayden Peak was the closest with 18. His run-and-carry proved productive, as did the skills of wingman Oscar Armstrong (13 disposals), who kicked a fantastic long-range goal in term three. Kalani Brooks was another to step up in midfield with 16 disposals and five tackles, while state Under 17 squad member Jordyn Baker showed a bit with nine disposals up on the wing.

AROUND THE GROUNDS:

In the other colts final, East Fremantle advanced in Sunday’s knockout bout against West Perth, downing the Falcons by 29 points after trailing narrowly at the first break. The Sharks, bolstered by an array of quality state squad members, soon clicked into gear and manufactured nearly double the Falcons’ scoring shots (20-11).

It was unsurprising to see Josh Browne top the disposal charts once again, racking up a game-high 32 to go with six inside 50s and a goal. Fellow draft combine invitee Corey Warner and bottom-ager Jed Hagan supported him well, while Melbourne father-son candidate Taj Woewodin also found plenty of the ball. In-form tall Josh Cripps kicked a goal from 19 touches, and Jackson McManus – the nephew of Shaun – snagged a game-high three majors.

A pair of promising bottom-agers fared well for the Falcons, as Kane Bevan notched 31 disposals and six marks, while defender Griff Julian clunked eight grabs among his 23 touches. Luke Michael matched the latter’s marking feats, and Lochlan Paton got his hands dirty with 12 tackles to go with 18 disposals.

There was not as much action to speak of in a draft sense up the grades, but classy midfielder Matthew Johnson caught the eye with a team-high 23 disposals, nine marks and one goal in Subiaco’s finals win over West Perth. At League level, Jesse Motlop bagged a goal from 11 touches as South Fremantle held on in a one-point thriller against Claremont.

Featured Image: The 2021 WA Under 19s squad huddles before facing SA | Credit: WAFL via Twitter

2021 WAFL Colts MOTR: Round 19 – Swan Districts vs. East Perth

SWAN Districts stamped its authority as 2021’s leading WAFL Colts side, defeating the third-ranked East Perth by 34 points in a fiery affair on Saturday morning. The Swans broke away early in the third term and never looked back, as the Royals struggled to find any fluency with ball in hand and suffered their second loss in three outings, 11.9 (75) to 5.11 (41). We take a look at a few of the top performers from either side in our Scouting Notes, and go around the grounds with some of the other outstanding Colts performances out of Round 19.

SCOUTING NOTES

Swan Districts 11.9 (75) def. East Perth 5.11 (41)

Swan Districts:

#2 Max Chipper

The Swan Districts accumulator did exactly that on the weekend, racking up a game-high 35 disposals and five inside 50s as a mainstay in his side’s midfield. Chipper found plenty of the ball both at the contest and around the ground, disposing of it quickly with either sharp handballs or clearing kicks. The latter method proved a touch less effective, with many of Chipper’s 20 kicks dumped away under pressure, but he was much cleaner by hand and notched some repeat possessions that way.

#10 Ben Hewett

Another Swans midfielder who had no trouble finding the ball, Hewett also leant on his work-rate to sneak forward and hit the scoreboard. He claimed possession in all parts of the ground en route to collecting 23 disposals, 11 marks and two goals, and could even have snared a couple more majors. His two six-pointers came via set shots after half time; with the first a 40m attempt after streaming forward to create an option inside 50, while the second was converted much closer to goal after sneaking in front of the forming pack to take an easy mark.

#32 Tyrell Metcalf

Setting the play alight with each touch, Metcalf showcased his mix of speed and skill for the Swans. He often worked up the ground and hurt East Perth on the way back with his run-and-carry, selling candy and hitting leading targets along the way. The poise to make good decisions and execute his kicks at speed was good to see, meaning his dancing feet would produce substance along with the obvious flair. Speaking of, Metcalf also snared two goals – both with clean takes and classy snaps on the move inside 50.

#38 Darcy Jones

The bite-sized small midfielder was stationed out on the wing for Swan Districts and despite his 173cm standing, wasn’t afraid to get involved off the contest. Jones’ speed and creativity were his most outstanding features on the day, as he blitzed past opponents with confidence and kicked Swan Districts into attack. The bottom-ager is hard to miss in his helmet, but also caught the eye with a couple of terrific goals. His first came in the second quarter, finished with a left-foot snap after baulking and blind turning his bewildered opponents. The second came in term four, as he again used his pace on the move inside 50 and slotted home with aplomb. Jones showed a great mix of flair, toughness, and smarts while collecting 25 disposals, six marks, and five inside 50s.

#45 Riley Hardeman

The 2005-born prospect produced plenty of promising glimpses out on the opposite wing to his fellow Under 17 state squad member in Jones, boasting similar speed on the outer. He rode the bumps well and wasn’t afraid to back his pace when given the opportunity, providing a bit of spark for the Swans. Hardeman was instrumental in his side’s third term breakaway, booting two goals in quick succession to put a heap of pressure on East Perth. His first 10 minutes of said quarter were terrific, and perhaps a good sign what’s to come.

Others:

Swan Districts had contributors all around the ground, starting with a few notable performances in defence. Cian Ehlers took on one of the competition’s toughest assignments in manning Royals spearhead Jye Amiss and fared exceptionally well, keeping him to two goals while forcing him to work further afield. Bryce Watson (16 disposals) and Lawson Humphries (15) got to work on the rebound, while Noah Hannan proved busy with 24 touches in midfield. Up forward, Braydon Fawcett was a handful for defenders with his pace and pressure, laying a game-high nine tackles.

East Perth:

#7 Jye Amiss

Even on a tough day at the office, Amiss added to his competition-leading goal tally with two majors from 10 disposals and six marks. Swans did their homework on him, but despite a combination of poor delivery and heavy opposition attention, the key forward had his moments. He was forced to work further afield and took a few strong contested marks, before finally finding the goals in term three. He finished nicely with a checkside as the ball broke deep, and later converted a 35m set shot on the end of some nice ball movement to cap off what would have been a frustrating outing for the prolific goalkicker.

#11 James Tunstill

Tunstill took a bit of time to get going but became one of East Perth’s more reliable ball winners at the source as the game wore on. The state Under 19 squad member finished with 16 disposals, four inside 50s and a goal, contributing some strong work around the ball. He stood up in a couple of spells during the first and second terms, with the latter patch ending in a terrific long goal after the half time siren which kept the Royals in with a fighting chance.

#34 Jedd Busslinger

Another bottom-ager and one with a name you’ll unlikely forget any time soon, Busslinger was far and away the most assured East Perth defender afield. He was particularly prominent during the first half, positioning well to intercept and spare the Royals’ blushes on the last line of defence. He showcased good strength and instincts in contested situations, winning the ball back shrewdly before making good decisions with ball in hand. Busslinger’s poise and assuredness among a besieged backline were impressive, and he kept his side in the contest under early pressure.

Others:

East Perth may not have made great use of the ball in general, but had a few players who had little trouble finding it. Kalani Brooks stood up with a team-high 22 touches and six inside 50s, while wingman Oscar Armstrong was the other Royal to hit the 20-mark. Ruckman Sokaa Soka showed his athleticism en route to registering 16 disposals, five marks and 13 hit-outs, while Jayden Peak kicked a nice solo goal and Jordyn Baker popped in patches on the wing.

East Fremantle consolidated its top five standing with a comprehensive 166-point drubbing of Subiaco, taking toll with a side stacked with stars. The Sharks had all but won the game by half time with 12 goals to Subiaco’s two, before running out the game with 148 more disposals and 30 more inside 50s. Josh Browne returned with a casual 35 disposals, seven marks and 1.2 for the victors, supported well by Taj Woewodin (26 disposals, two goals), while Jack Williams (six marks, three goals) and Josh Cripps (23 disposals, four goals) took toll up forward. Jacob Evitt was the Lions’ standout, notching two majors from 16 touches and six marks.

Claremont also registered a dominant victory in the three-game round, defeating the winless Perth by 95 points to move two games clear in second spot. The Tigers dominated at one end of the ground, booting 11 of their 16 goals in the first and third terms while keeping the Demons scoreless. Jacob van Rooyen‘s goalkicking form continued with 5.3 from 22 disposals and seven marks, while the likes of Jacquin Ciminata (26 disposals, 18 tackles, one goal), Kendyll Blurton (26 disposals, nine inside 50s), and Tyreice Brown (23 disposals, 3.2) also made their mark.

There were a bunch of Under 17 and 19 state squad members who returned to PSA action, while others featured up the grades. Finn Gorringe notched 12 disposals and six marks in the Sharks’ 44-point League win over Subiaco, while Jack Avery had 16 touches and four marks for Perth as the Demons went down to Claremont by eight points. Big-bodied East Perth midfielder Kade Dittmar made his senior debut for the Royals but was quiet in a 41-point loss to Swan Districts. In the Reserves, Matthew Johnson fared well with 25 disposals and 10 marks for Subiaco alongside a few of his 2020 Colts premiership teammates.

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WA U19s Player Focus: Neil Erasmus (Subiaco)

SUBIACO midfielder-forward Neil Erasmus has become arguably Western Australia’s top draft prospect in 2021 after some outstanding form to date. On Saturday, he made his return from a month-long injury lay-off, helping his state Under 19s side defeat a select East Perth squad 16.6 (102) to 9.6 (60). The 17-year-old got right back to his ball winning ways, notching 30 disposals and six marks as he warmed to the contest nicely.

With averages of 28 disposals, eight marks and four tackles at WAFL Colts level for Subiaco, and 37 disposals, nine marks and a goal for Hale School in the PSA, Erasmus is as consistent and dynamic an accumulator as any among the talent pool. We put his latest performance under the Player Focus microscope, covering his every move quarter-by-quarter.

>> Scouting Notes: WA U19s vs. East Perth

Neil Erasmus
Subiaco/Western Australia

DOB: 2/12/2003
Height/Weight: 188cm/80kg
Position: Midfielder/Forward

Strengths: 

Overhead marking
Accumulation
Clean skills

2021 Averages:

WAFL Colts: 28.0 disposals | 7.8 marks | 4.0 tackles | 4.0 inside 50s | 0.3 goals (1 total)

Source: WAFL

WA Under 19s 16.6 (102) def. East Perth 9.6 (60)

Player Focus:
#21 Neil Erasmus (WA U19s)

Quarter-by-quarter:

Q1

The West Australian coaching staff would have been forgiven for wanting to ease Erasmus back into action off his quad injury, but the 17-year-old proved ready to go as he started at the opening centre bounce.

His first touch was a sighter for things to come, an uncontested mark at half-back which was followed by a neat kick down the line. In an early showing of his accumulative ability, Erasmus worked into space to receive the kick back and chip another forward.

He looked more comfortable in those open spaces during the opening exchanges, with the couple of times he got first hands to the ball in-tight resulting in rushed handballs away under tackling pressure. That tendency would later be refined.

Most of Erasmus’ work was done by hand as he peeled off the stoppages and worked back to finished the term with seven disposals (two kicks, five handballs) and two marks, despite going off sore with under five minutes left to play.

Q2

After being clipped in the latter stages of the first quarter, Erasmus wasn’t sighted at the opening centre bounce of term two. Once rotated on, he was thrust straight back into the on-ball mix and took some time to get involved.

The Subiaco star’s first big moment came with a terrific overhead mark at half-back, cutting across the waiting contest to pluck the ball solidly. In that same passage, Erasmus went on to chain three disposals together, following his short kicks to get the ball back and continue his side’s forward momentum.

In those instances, Erasmus was clean and used both feet with efficiency, showing great improvement in the kicking department. While not overly quick, he also hit ground balls at speed and was quite slick in his ball handling.

He fed plenty of runners in term two to finish with eight disposals (four kicks, four handballs) in total, bringing his tally for the half up to 15 disposals and four marks.

Q3

Having attended nine of 14 centre bounces in the first half, Erasmus was present at all seven during term three as he produced his equal-most productive term – at least in terms of pure numbers.

He began to show great poise in possession, taking time to assess his options before delivering neat kicks forward or flicking out handballs under pressure. His use by hand was again effective in releasing runners and opening up the play.

Erasmus also had a good defensive moment deep in his own 50m arc, corralling an opponent towards the boundary line and laying a tackle to force the throw-in.

He finished the quarter with eight disposals (four kicks, four handballs) once more, to go with one mark, one tackle, and an inside 50 kick as he broke clear from the corridor.

Q4

Erasmus began to utilise his kicking game in more diverse and impactful ways during a strong final quarter, in which he was again rotated on through the midfield.

His first break with ball in hand came at a centre bounce, where he swooped on the loose pill and kicked a bullet pass up to half-forward, before following up to ask for the hands back.

He still worked around the ground to find plenty of uncontested ball, but also snared first possession more often at the coalface. Erasmus’ best moment came late on as he received on the wing, turned forward quickly and executed a beautiful pass to assist Richard Farmer’s goal.

In the end, another seven disposals (four kicks, three handballs) saw Erasmus finish with 30 touches (14 kicks, 16 handballs) and six marks to put the stamp on an impressive return outing.

In closing…

Erasmus firmed his case as Western Australia’s top draft prospect this year, hardly missing a beat in his return from a quad injury. The Subiaco talent ran out a full game in midfield and leant on his running capacity to find plenty of the ball, which he has had no trouble doing this year. He displayed marked improvement with his kicking on both sides and was typically clean by hand, while showing a single glimpse of his aerial ability with an overhead mark in term two. While not overly quick, Erasmus showed nice poise under tackling pressure and looked to stay on the move at stoppages, most often peeling forward once his teammates had won the contested ball. He attended 21 of 29 centre bounces for the day, but found most of his 30 disposals around the ground. As he continues to work back to full flight, Erasmus will continue to lurk around the top 10 mark, but certainly looks a first round talent.

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Scouting Notes: WA Under 19s vs. East Perth

THE WEST Australian Under 19s squad made good on another opportunity to gel, this time by trumping East Perth by 42 points on Saturday. Magnets were shuffled and top prospect Neil Erasmus made his return from a quad injury in the 16.6 (102) to 9.6 (60) win, which came against a Royals line-up consisting of Colts and Reserves players.

While usual forward Jacob van Rooyen showed promise in defence, the Black Ducks’ stocks were dealt a blow with talls Jarrad McIlvinney (concussion) and Rhett Bazzo (ankle) failing to run out the game. There were plenty of impressive performances nonetheless, which we outline in the latest edition of Scouting Notes.

WA U19s 5.2 | 8.5 | 12.6 | 16.6 (102)
EAST PERTH 1.0 | 4.2 | 6.4 | 9.6 (60)

GOALS:

WA U19s: L. Polson 4, J. Amiss 3, J. Stretch 3, L. Paton 2, R. Farmer 2, K. Harbour, A. Sheldrick
East Perth: C. Sparks 2, T. Graham 2, J. Hubbard, S. Kuek, M. Thomas, J. Cahill, R. Cox

WA UNDER 19s:

#7 Angus Sheldrick (Claremont)
7/11/2003 | 179cm/88kg | Inside Midfielder

A strong performer all year for Claremont and Christ Church Grammar, the hard-nosed midfielder did what he does best – winning plenty of the ball through the midfield and using his strength and smarts at stoppages, while also accumulating around the ground. Although not known for his speed, he had a great passage of play after first winning a clearance, then finding his way on the end of the passage by burning an opponent into goal, but just missing the shot. Sheldrick would finally nail a goal from a free kick after showing his strong play to take on tacklers, which he did all game. He proved difficult to tackle, while also being a strong tackler in his own right.

#8 Jahmal Stretch (Claremont)
16/01/2003 | 181cm/62kg | Small Forward

The Halls Creek product plying his trade at Claremont isn’t eligible for Fremantle under their NGA, so he will be available to every team in the 2021 National Draft and is certainly catching the eye with every passing game with his clear talent and smooth movement. Stretch nailed three goals; his first came from a running passage in the second quarter, before nailing a set shot after an impressive mark going back with the flight. His final goal was a lovely gather and snap goal in the third quarter. Stretch was able to hit the scoreboard but also set up others goals with his clean hands and skills inside 50.

#13 Bryce Watson (Swan Districts)
28/01/2003 | 182cm/71kg | Defender

The smoothing moving defender from Swan Districts showed plenty of class and athleticism, proving a strong defender while also offering plenty of composure and skill with ball in hand. Watson has a good leap and often did well to spoil from behind. When he got front position he attacked the contests hard and cleanly, with a nice passage of play in the second quarter highlighting this as Watson gathered and spun, although his kick was ultimately smothered. While his kicking wasn’t as sound in the second half, he still looked composed and clean from half-back and with continued games like this, he will announce himself as one of the better draft options as a small defender.

#21 Neil Erasmus (Subiaco)
2/12/2003 | 188cm/80kg | Midfielder

Despite a slow start, Erasmus had a huge game playing through the midfield coming off an injury. The Subiaco and Hale prospect was a smooth mover in the midfield, with his composure with ball in hand and skills by hand and foot a real step above. Erasmus showed shades of Brisbane young gun Hugh McCluggage with his work-rate around the ground and composure to hit all his targets despite the pressure, with is kicking on either foot a real feature. Erasmus was great in chaining disposals with some nice marks at half-back and then working up the ground to get involved multiple times in the same chain. Although he seems more suited to the outside, he showed good clearance work in the last quarter and as a player at 188cm with good marking overhead, Erasmus is looking a very complete prospect.

#23 Matthew Johnson (Subiaco)
16/03/2003 | 192cm/82kg | Midfielder

Although not as strong as in last week’s game, Johnson was solid through the midfield working well with his fellow on-ballers. Spreading well from the contest, the Subiaco midfielder standing at 192cm didn’t play the traditional big-bodied midfield role, leaving that to the likes of Sheldrick and Dittmar with Johnson helping out with his clean hands in the midfield chains. Johnson was very steady with his disposal for the most part and a long creative handball in the last quarter showcased his vision and smarts under pressure.

#30 Jye Amiss (East Perth)
31/07/2003 | 195cm/85kg | Key Forward

The East Perth key forward just continues to find the goals with ease, adding another three majors to his long tally of goals kicked this year. Amiss was hard to stop in the air, with his first goal coming in the first quarter – using his body well to protect the ball drop and mark. Amiss’ next two goals were more stock standard, with a nice lead up mark and set shot later in the opening term, and his third goal coming in the third quarter via a routine set shot from 50m. Amiss has a lovely set shot action with his only blemishes coming from shots in general play. Although he needs to do more outside 50, he took a nice contested mark in third quarter outside 50, showing he can be a good target up the ground.

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2021 WAFL Colts MOTR: Round 12 – Peel Thunder vs. East Perth

EAST Perth solidified its second-place status in Round 12 of the WAFL Colts competition, defeating Peel Thunder by 52 points at David Grays Arena on Saturday morning. The Royals’ win was once again spearheaded by rising key forward prospect Jye Amiss, who booted a career-high seven majors to extend his lead atop the league’s goalkicking charts.

Peel started the better of the two sides, keeping East Perth goalless in the opening quarter and dominating the territory to open up a 20-point buffer with five minutes down in term two. That was where things quickly changed, as Amiss and Kaden Harbour each booted two goals within the next 10 minutes to give their side the lead. It ended up being a six-goal run for the Royals, who lead by 17 points at half-time.

The scrappy, fast-past contest began to open up after the main break, with both sides adding three majors in the third quarter. Amiss’ fourth conversion came right before the siren with a miraculous effort in the goalsquare, and East Perth carried that momentum into a one-sided final period. The Royals poured on five goals to nil to see out the game, making for a healthy 14.7 (91) to 6.3 (39) victory.

We take a look at a few of the top performers from either side in our Scouting Notes, and go around the grounds with some of the other outstanding Colts performances out of Round 12.

SCOUTING NOTES

Peel Thunder 6.3 (39) def. by East Perth 14.7 (91)

Peel Thunder:

#2 Scott Tuia

The busy small midfielder was the best player afield in the first half, collecting 19 disposals and booting two goals by the main break. Tuia was able to drive forward with his bursts of speed from midfield, but had his momentum halted with some extra attention in the second half. He booted both of his goals in the opening quarter, the first two of the game overall, with a well-hit set shot and classy snap on his favoured left side. He ended up with 24 touches and four inside 50s on the back of his hot start.

#8 Brady Hough

The Under 19 state squad bolter built into the contest well for Peel, getting his hands on the ball and showing patches of his usually smooth movement. Hough was sighted a fair bit up forward in the first half but could not quite make good on his goal opportunities, before proving his class on both sides of midfield. The Peel standout’s best moment was a poised stop and prop at half-forward, before delivering a well-weighted pass to a leading target inside 50. He racked up nine of his team-high 27 disposals in the third term, having lifted amid East Perth’s dominant patch.

Others…

Peel had players who showed glimpses of form, but solidly-built defender Darcy Wills was one of his side’s more consistent performers. Jackson Broadbent won 24 hitouts in the ruck where he held his space well, while Ethan Donaghy and Kallian Levitt had their moments in possession, and Taj Wyburd got his hands dirty with 11 tackles.

East Perth:

#7 Jye Amiss

The standout key forward of this year’s competition went to another level on Saturday, booting a career-high seven goals to take his overall tally to 37 in nine games. It came after he was held statless in the opening quarter, hardly getting a look as Peel dominated. His fortunes turned in term two, as the Royals spearhead kicked two goals in quick succession to put his side in front, before adding majors on the half time and three-quarter time sirens. He capped his game beautifully with three goals in the final period, with his set shot conversion looking seamless. Amiss also displayed his clean hands and ability to work up the ground, with his laser-like left foot coming in handy there too. He enters top 25 calculations.

#16 Jake Littleton

Playing on both sides of midfield, Littleton was able to showcase a bit more of his inside game on Saturday with 21 disposals and six tackles in a solid outing. He played a key role during the second term as he was moved onto Peel’s Scott Tuia, who had 10 touches and two goals in the first 25 minutes. Littleton also found his own ball and pumped home a long-range goal on the end of a 50m penalty, proving reward for his effort.

#26 Kaden Harbour

In tandem with Amiss, Harbour was one who provided a real spark for East Perth during the second term, hitting the scoreboard with goals in quick succession. He finished well on those occasions, lurking in good spots and latching onto the ball in motion. His major in the following term showcased super pace, as Harbour was first to a ground ball in the pocket and sprinted into the goalsquare to nab a third.

#36 Kalani Brooks

Brooks ended up the leading ball winner on the ground with 30 disposals and he did so in rather unassuming fashion, with much of his work completed at the coalface. He showed clean hands in the clinches and was a handball-first kind of outlet, with 20 of his touches coming via that method. Brooks, who had previously played the entire season at Reserves level, used his mature body to advantage and helped East Perth get on top where it matters most.

Others…

James Tunstill was again terrific in midfield, winning 23 disposals and laying eight tackles as he tried his best to push the Royals forward. West Coast Next Generation Academy (NGA) member Sokaa Soka showcased his athleticism with 17 disposals and 28 hitouts, proving his work was far from completed away from the ruck contests. Max Riley was solid behind the ball with 16 disposals and seven marks, while Jayden Peak popped up to snare a couple of goals.

AROUND THE GROUNDS

Ladder leader, Swan Districts remains clear in top spot after a comprehensive 80-point beating of Subiaco. Ayden Cartwright had a day out for the Swans, booting 5.3 from 27 disposals and eight marks, while fellow midfielder Ben Hewett snared three majors from 25 touches. The Swans engine room was strong, with Max Chipper (25 disposals) also running through there and Ty Sears (21) roaming the outer. Rhett Bazzo also got a rare Colts game in but was quiet by his standards, while first round prospect Matthew Johnson collected 16 touches for Subiaco.

Claremont jumped to third with its 20-point win over West Perth, with the Tigers making much better use of their equal amount of scoring shots. Kendyll Blurton put in a monster shift through Claremont’s midfield, racking up 31 disposals and six inside 50s, while Talon Delacey’s form continued with 26 touches. Bottom-agers Kane Bevan (17 disposals, six tackles) and Luke Michael (14 disposals, seven marks) featured well for the Falcons.

In the round’s final fixture, South Fremantle handed Perth a ninth-straight loss, saluting to the tune of 54 points. Bulldogs ball winner Caleb Stephens notched 34 disposals and seven inside 50s, while Chase Bourne was impressive with 27 touches and two goals. Regan Hill was solid for the Demons, finishing on 24 disposals and a goal.

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2021 WAFL Colts MOTR: Round 9 – East Perth vs. West Perth

EAST Perth bounced back to the WAFL Colts winner list in style, earning a 28-point city derby win over West Perth on Monday morning. The Royals lived up to the WA Day occasion, leading at each break and powering away with five goals to one during term three to set up a comfortable victory. The 9.13 (67) to 5.9 (39) result sees East Perth remain clear in second spot, while their rivals sink to seventh at 3-4.

We take a look at a few of the top performers from either side in our Scouting Notes, and go around the grounds with some of the other outstanding Colts performances out of Round 9.

SCOUTING NOTES

East Perth:

#7 Jye Amiss

Again the standout forward afield, Amiss is in ripping form and booted another bag of five goals for the Royals. While he has improved his overall mobility and ground level craft, the East Perth spearhead found himself most often stationed one-out inside 50 where he could do the most damage. His first two goals, both in the opening half, were relatively straightforward, but the third term is where Amiss really came to life. Three of his five majors came during said period, with two being set shot conversions after showing strong hands on the lead, and the other a classy snap on his favoured left foot after competing for the mark one-on-one. He now has 25 goals for the season and is so potent inside 50, needing few opportunities to hit the scoreboard – even in tough conditions.

#9 Kade Dittmar

After a disappointing display last time out, Dittmar was back to his bullocking best against West Perth. The big-bodied midfielder showed his patented strength at the contest and was able to shrug tackles with pure power, while later getting his legs pumping to break to the outer. His aggressive tackling was another key feature on Monday, as the 18-year-old laid 13 overall with plenty of intent. After sparking a half time skirmish, he came out with a point to prove and was even more fierce in the second half, helping East Perth break away for the win. He capped off his game with a 50m set shot goal in the third quarter, though could do with some sharpening on his field kicking at times.

#11 James Tunstill

Tunstill continues to be a consistent ball winner in midfield for the Royals, and proved as much on Monday morning with a game-high 30 disposals. He was able to put East Perth on the front foot by extracting at the contest, before sending quick clearing kicks inside 50. Having ended with 23 kicks and nine inside 50s, that was his main method. Tunstill was particularly prominent during the third term, giving his side a real boost in the engine room by getting first hands on the ball where it mattered most. This was the 17-year-old’s second 30-touch haul for the season.

#33 Sokaa Soka

The West Coast Next Generation Academy (NGA) prospect continued his solid development, proving too good for his counterparts in the ruck. His combination of pure reach and athleticism was difficult for West Perth to combat, seeing him win 33 hitouts for the day. The next step for Soka will be to more consistently guide those taps to his rovers, rather than thumping forward with the momentum of his leap, but he does so a touch better around the ground. Speaking of, Soka again moved superbly for a player of his size and got his hands dirty with some early clearances and contested marks. As a raw talent, there are exciting traits to work with.

West Perth:

#4 Luke Reilly

Arguably his side’s best player in a dirty derby loss, Reilly consistently burrowed in around the contest and was able to make some clean plays at ground level. The small midfielder has deceptive strength for his size and is not afraid to have a crack, even when running back with the flight of the ball in marking contests. He snapped West Perth’s first score of the day, a minor, and drove the Falcons forward with running spurts. Reilly capped of his solid shift with a classy dribble finish in the final term, roving the forward 50 stoppage nicely and finishing coolly.

#8 Lochlan Paton

Paton spent plenty of time forward in this outing and did some good work in the front half, looking like West Perth’s most dangerous user of the ball. He sprayed a couple of rushed kicks early on but shook off the cobwebs and began to spear some terrific passes inside 50 for the Falcons. Paton was active at stoppages and strong over the ball as usual, with his repeat running efforts capped off by those bullet-like passes to his grateful forwards. He rotated into the midfield but continued to look most dangerous in advanced areas, finishing off with a beautiful left-foot snap running away from goal early in term four.

AROUND THE GROUNDS

Subiaco proved far too good for the winless Perth on Saturday morning, powering past the Demons 11.8 (74) to 5.7 (37) at Mineral Resources Park. Jed Kemp maintained his good for for the Lions with a game-high 31 disposals, followed closely by first round prospect Matthew Johnson (30), who is again pressing for a senior call-up. Campbell Henderson was another to impact with 16 touches, 10 marks and three goals, while strong Perth forward Harry Quartermaine also clunked 10 grabs and Zak Meloncelli racked up 23 disposals in the loss.

Swan Districts was the other side to pick up a win on Saturday, defeating Peel Thunder 15.6 (96) to 4.9 (33) to remain clear atop the table. Max Chipper returned his fourth-straight effort of over 30 disposals, accumulating 35 for the Swans and kicking a goal. Tyrell Metcalf snared a bag of five goals in the win, as Brady Hough was again Peel’s most prolific ball winner (24 disposals) and promising tall Luke Polson showed his dynamism with 18 touches, four marks and a goal.

Fast forward to Monday’s second fixture, and East Fremantle moved into the top five with a 12.8 (80) to 6.8 (44) victory over South Fremantle, with both sides now sitting at 4-3. Josh Browne was again outstanding for the Sharks with a game-high 28 touches and one goal, while Kobe McMillan (23 disposals, 15 hitouts, four goals) enjoyed a day out and Jack Williams booted two majors. Caleb Stephens (22 disposals) found the most ball for South, as Julian Hulten and Kobe Foster combined for four of their side’s six goals.

The West Australian Under 19 state squad was also announced on Wednesday. It can be found below via the WAFL.

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2021 WAFL Colts MOTR: Round 8 – Claremont vs. East Perth

CLAREMONT staked its claim as a WAFL Colts premiership threat in 2021, upsetting the formerly first-placed East Perth by 48 points on Saturday morning. Conditions were trying at Revo Fitness stadium, but the rain and soaked deck worked to the favour of Claremont’s midfield as they got on top where it mattered most. Benefitting from quick and repeat entries, the Tigers’ host of dangerous small forwards took full toll in the 12.9 (81) to 5.3 (33) victory.

With 21 total scoring shots to eight from 61 inside 50s to 33, the hosts absolutely dominated possession and territory for long periods of time. After the Royals’ second term fightback, Claremont flexed its muscle once again to pull away with four goals to nil in the third quarter, effectively putting the game to bed. The result sees East Perth relinquish top spot to Swan Districts, while Claremont holds onto fourth spot on the same amount of wins (four), albeit with an extra game played.

SCOUTING NOTES

Claremont:

#12 Talon Delacey

On a day where hard-nosed types thrived and precision was largely thrown out the window, Delacey still managed to show enormous class through midfield. He was a constant in the engine room for Claremont, proving a point of difference with his clean hands and refined ball use going forward. While he did not have as much of the ball as others, Delacey made his kicks count with good decision making and finessed passes going inside 50. He broke to the outside well having taken the ball cleanly, which proved no mean feat in the soggy conditions. The 18-year-old was not afraid to get stuck in at the contest too, laying nine tackles in a well-balanced performance for the winners.

#27 Angus Sheldrick

Far and away the best player afield, particularly during the first half, Sheldrick dominated in the wet with his strength over the ball and work-rate leading to a wealth of possessions. He brought great presence to contested situations, but also worked up and back to chase, tackle, and find the ball in other areas. He racked up 22 of his game-high 31 disposals by the main break, as well as two goals, before seeming to spend a little more time resting forward. The hard work had already been done though, as Sheldrick set the tone beautifully and was unstoppable at his best.

#32 Jacob Van Rooyen

The first round draft prospect built on his steady return to the Colts grade with a big outing this time around, finishing with 24 disposals, six marks, and three goals. He did so in unideal conditions for a key forward and on managed gametime, having been diagnosed with glandular fever this year. Van Rooyen presented well up the ground as a marking option, but also worked hard back towards goal, getting involved in handball chains with some run-and-carry on the counter. Two of his three goals came in the opening term, with one a well-struck set shot and the other a handy snap from close range. His third goal proved the cherry on top –  a handball receive on the attacking arc and booming finish from range. In a promising sign for his recovery, Van Rooyen seemed to run out the game well and even earned a spell in midfield during the final quarter.

#34 Dallas McAdam

Another talent out of the prosperous Halls Creek region, McAdam also boasts good footballing pedigree as the brother of Adelaide Crows high-flyer, Shane. The bottom-aged small forward was electric on his Colts debut, starting on the right foot with a classy snap goal from the pocket in term one. He showed a good smarts in the front half and snared a second goal in the third quarter, again finishing with aplomb on the run. He produced a genuine highlight-reel moment too, rising above the pack to take a screamer in the final term, before handing off to Van Rooyen for a goal assist.

Others…

The Tigers were served well by a bunch of solid contributors on each line, starting with Dylan Mulligan in the ruck. He racked up 23 touches and won 13 hit-outs, also rotating forward and finding the ball between the arcs. Eye-catching midfielder Kendyll Blurton had his moments, and zippy small forward Henrick Alforque provided plenty of spark in the forward half for Claremont. Elsewhere, bottom-aged key defender Hugh Davies was resolute as ever, while Rohan Macniell put in a good shift from the wing.

East Perth:

#7 Jye Amiss

The East Perth spearhead was essentially his side’s sole form of resistance in attack, booting three of the Royals’ five goals in trying conditions. Two of his majors were already on the board early into the second term, with his prominent work on the lead and fluent set shot action leading to such impact. Unfortunately, Amiss didn’t see too much desirable delivery when stationed one-out, and was made to work a little further afield to get his hands on the ball at times. He showcased strong hands in those instances and his sharp radar was observed in the final term after marking at the top of attacking 50, turning quickly and slotting a beautiful goal from range on his cannon-like left foot.

#33 Sokaa Soka

The West Coast Next Generation Academy (NGA) member returned his best hit-out numbers by far for 2021, winning 34 in a promising showing. Soka used his raw athleticism and sizeable leap to do so, while also proving mobile in his work around the ground to finish with 12 disposals and three marks. He thrived aerially and was a handy kick-in target for the Royals, but also worked out of tight spaces at the contest to help get his side moving to the outer. While the Claremont midfield was largely on top, Soka was able to showcase his development in a tough losing effort.

Others…

James Tunstill worked hard in midfield as the Royals’ most prominent player in there, with Kade Dittmar kept quiet early before coming into the game later on. Luke Lombardi was kept busy in defence and finished with a team-high 26 disposals, 25 of which were kicks. Wingman Jake Littleton also saw a good amount of ball, as did Jason Kissack while Ethan Regan displayed some of his explosiveness around the contest.

AROUND THE GROUNDS

Peel Thunder got the better of Subiaco in a low-scoring slog on Saturday morning, managing 19 scoring shots to 11 from just five more inside 50s. First round draft prospect Matthew Johnson returned to Colts level for the Lions, winning 21 touches and seven inside 50s while also laying nine tackles. Jed Kemp finished with a game-high 30 disposals for Subi, as Blake Morris clunked eight marks in defence and Koltyn Tholstrup bagged two goals. Cooper Osbourne swung forward again for Peel to also claim a pair of goals, as standout prospect Luke Polson impressed with 18 touches, five marks, and one major. Brady Hough and Clay Philpott also had it 18 times each, while Josh Edwards won 26 hitouts in the ruck.

West Perth thumped the winless Perth by 75 points, with the Demons kept to just two goals as the Falcons jumped into the top five. Deklyn Grocott (29 disposals, six inside 50s) proved a bright spot in the Demons’ loss, supported well by Menno Inverarity (26 disposals) in midfield. West Perth skipper Luke Reilly was his side’s top ball winner on 25, as the likes of Harrison Baxter and Lochlan Paton snared two majors apiece while also getting their hands on the ball.

Swan Districts swooped on top spot with a seven-point win over East Fremantle in Sunday’s sole fixture, holding out for its fifth win of the season. It was no surprise to see hard-running accumulator Max Chipper win 33 touches for the Swans, including 12 marks and two goals. Tyrell Metcalf also notched two majors, as Joshua Middleton snagged three in an even Swans performance. Josh Browne continued his dominant stretch of form for the Sharks, racking up 38 disposals and being supported by bottom-age gun Jed Hagan (34, 11 marks, nine tackles). Ed Curley finished with two goals from 26 touches, as rising WA draft prospect Jack Williams booted another three from 13 disposals and seven marks.

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Out to impress: 2020 WAFL Grand Final previews

YOUNG talent continues to turn heads at state league level around the nation, and it has been no different across all three WAFL grades upon the competition’s resumption in 2020. As we await a trio of exciting Grand Final matchups, Draft Central continues its new weekly preview format, highlighting some of the best up-and-comers who will be out to impress with each passing game. With premiership glory up for grabs, stakes are high for the state’s brightest prospects and bonafide stars alike.

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Claremont has earned passage to the final week of all three WAFL grades, with the League side set to take on minor premier, South Fremantle. Only a fortnight ago, the Tigers toppled their highly-fancied weekend rivals, who will feature in their second-straight League decider after going down to fallen powerhouse, Subiaco in 2019.

20-year-old midfielder and former West Coast rookie Callan England has been crucial this year for Claremont, pushing his case for another shot at AFL level with plenty of possessions and goals out of the engine room. He has been named in the forward pocket, while Max Spyvee, who enjoyed a stellar debut this season will rotate off the bench.

Thomas Baldwin, who has been a permanent League fixture in 2020 takes his place at half-back, with Tyron Smallwood on a flank at the other end, and Dylan Smallwood making his way into the side via the interchange bench.

The Bulldogs have been forced into a change from last week’s winning side, with 23-year-old midfielder Jake Florenca picking up the most untimely of calf injuries at the end of a terrific individual campaign. Jarrad Doney is the man who replaces him, a 24-year old who has made a late surge back into the League fold after some time in the Reserves this year.

Claremont’s Reserves side is also littered with promising young talent, who will look to beat the East Perth Royals to the two’s throne. On track to go through an entire season unbeaten, the Royals will have their hands full with a bunch of lively types on each line.

Claremont’s Isaac Barton was unlucky to be squeezed out of senior calculations, but promises to provide plenty of speed and flair through midfield. Anthony Davis is another who has enjoyed a taste of League footy, but will ply his defensive trade in the second grade having been named as a senior emergency. Jack Buller (half-forward) and Max Minear (full forward) are others to keep an eye on, along with Jye Clark at half-back – the brother of Geelong’s Jordan.

For East Perth, Jacob Msando is a reliable defender who will look to finish his year on a high. The 20-year-old has been named in the back pocket and is likely to take on a lockdown role. Harley Sparks should live up to his name while stationed on a wing, while Sebit Kuek is a raw target to look for at centre half-forward. Among those named on the bench is Jack Cooley, who had 33 touches in Claremont’s 2019 WAFL Colts Grand Final triumph. He’ll be hoping to claim more silverware – against former teammates, no less.

A fortnight after they met in the first week of finals, Claremont and Subiaco will play off for the ultimate Colts glory. The Tigers have the opportunity to go back-to-back after taking out last year’s title, with Joel Western, Cameron Anderson, Ben Ramshaw, and Logan Young all part of the successful 2019 side.

Skipper and Fremantle Next Generation Academy product, Western provides great pace and skill through midfield alongside Anderson, with Young the current competition leading disposal winner, and Kalin Lane the 204cm ruck set to service them. They’ll all have to be on-song against a Subiaco midfield which boasts Jack Clarke medalist Lachlan Vanirsen, who had 29 disposals and two goals in last week’s preliminary final.

The Lions will also rotate the likes of Connor Patterson, Jed Kemp, and bottom-ager Matthew Johnson through the middle, types who enjoy getting their hands dirty. Subiaco leader Sandon Page will also renew his rivalry with Jack Avery, after being held goalless for consecutive weeks. Jaxon Bilchuris is another Subiaco forward with plenty of goals to his name, while recent state combine addition Tyler Brockman will hope to impress.

After a qualifying final decided by 15 points in Claremont’s favour, the reigning premier will again be the favoured side coming in. While premiership glory is the number one priority, many of the prospects out there will also be looking to bring good form into the upcoming West Australian All-Star fixtures.

FIXTURES

League:

Claremont vs. South Fremantle | Sunday October 4, 3:10pm @ Fremantle Community Bank Oval

Reserves:

East Perth vs. Claremont | Sunday October 4, 9:15am @ Fremantle Community Bank Oval

Colts:

Claremont vs. Subiaco | Sunday October 4, 12:10pm @ Fremantle Community Bank Oval

LEAGUE TEAMS

Featured Image: Sandon Page (left, Subiaco) and Joel Western (Claremont) with the WAFL Colts premiership cup | Source: (Retrieved from) @WAFLOfficial via Twitter