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State Leagues Wrap: Weekend of thrillers

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


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

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

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

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

South Australia:

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

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

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

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

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

Western Australia:

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

State Leagues wrap: Contenders appear after two rounds

STATE League football continued across the country on the weekend, with plenty of teams recording back-to-back wins, while others look for improvement across the board following a disappointing first week. We take a look at the action in the QAFL, SANFL, TSL and WAFL across Round 2.


By: Peter Williams

A couple of massive wins to sides – including a triple-figure thumping – saw plenty of goals kicked in what was effectively a very one-side round in the QAFL. Aside from one 14-point differential, the other four games were between 32 and 100 points. The largest of them all was Maroochydore’s 25.18 (168) to 10.8 (68) shellacking of Wilston Grange. The Gorillas were coming off a first round one-point win over newcomers Noosa Tigers, but ran into an unstoppable force in the Roos.

Maroochydore piled on a whopping 12.12 to 3.1 by half-time, and booted six goals in each of the first three quarters, and seven in the final term for 43 scoring shots to 18. After narrowly missing out on the leading goalkicker award last year, Maroochydore’s Mitchell Scholard wasted no time getting some runs on the board with 11 majors, kicking more goals than the entire opposition side. Lochie Laing booted four snags, while Lachlan Robinson and Josh Govan were also impressive for the winners. Hugh Fidler managed three majors for Wilston Grange, while Harry Wilson and Mitchell Crawley were steadfast in defeat.

League newcomers Redland-Victoria Park also wasted no time asserting themselves on the competition with a high-scoring 58-point win over 2019 QAFL premiers Surfers Paradise. In the combined highest scoring match of Round 2, the Sharks won 24.10 (154) to 15.6 (96). Twenty two players hit the scoreboard in the match, with Josh Brown and Harrison Kerr snagging four goals apiece for the winners, while Thompson Smith‘s three majors were the most of any player on the losing side. Matthew Walters (Redland-Victoria Point) and Jack Prestegar (Surfers Paradise) were named the top players for their respective sides.

Reigning premiers Morningside also kicked off their season in style with a 43-point triumph over Palm Beach Currumbin. Rising star talent Nathan Colenso slotted five majors in the win, with Sam Godfrey (one) and Liam Dwyer (two) also among the best for the Panthers. Nick Crowley and Frazer Eaton both kicked a couple of goals for the Lions, as Corey Joyce was named best-on for the home side.

The result sets up a tantalising grand final rematch next week after Connor Nutting (five goals) and Jordan Moncrieff (four) put Labrador to the sword during Broadbeach’s 15.7 (97) to 9.11 (65) win. Trailing by 10 points at quarter time, the Cats piled on 13 goals to six in the final three quarters to get the win, with Tyrone Armitage and Ryan Gilmore both impressive. Shaydan Close and Blair Rubock both kicked three goals for the Tigers, while Andy Hollis was named the best in a losing side.

In the tightest game of the round, Mt Gravatt held on to run out the stronger side against Sherwood Districts, defeating the Magpies, 12.12 (84) to 9.16 (70). Trailing by a goal at half-time, and then leading by only four points at the final break, the Vultures booted 4.3 to 2.5 in the final term to secure the win. Jonah Licht nailed half a dozen goals in the victory, while Craig Malone and Gavin Grose were among the Vultures’ best. For Sherwood, Kobe Tozer made a successful return from injury the last couple of years to slot three goals for the Magpies, as Luca Winton and Riley Easton were also among the losing team’s top players.


By: Liam Badkin

At Alberton Oval, Port Adelaide pulled off a miraculous comeback against the Bulldogs, kicking 4.6 to 0.0 in the last quarter to run out 17-point victors. Boyd Woodcock led his side with 23 disposals and a goal, while Jarrod Lienert had 23 touches of his own but missed both of his opportunities to put his name in the goalkickers column. Luke Surman kicked 3.2 and led the come from behind victory. Kyle Presbury was the best for the Bulldogs, racking up 36 disposals and nine marks, while Ethan East was dangerous around goal, kicking three.

At Prospect Oval, the North Adelaide Roosters fell to a second quarter surge courtesy of the South Adelaide Panthers, who kicked seven goals to one in the second term, to put the game out of reach. The Roosters battled hard in the second half, but the comeback couldn’t be completed as they were defeated by 11 points. South Adelaide’s Joseph Haines found plenty of the ball, accumulating 28 disposals, while midfielders Joel Cross and Bryce Gibbs combined for 11 clearances. Liam Fitt, Damon Frietag and Eamon Wilkinson kicked two goals each. For the Roosters, Harrison Wigg had 29 disposals, while Jarred Allmond impressed with 27 touches and a goal. William Combe kicked two goals while an inaccurate Aaron Young kicked 1.4 for the day.

Moving to Unley Oval, the Redlegs backed up last week’s win with another, beating Sturt by 21 points in a solid outing. Sturt trailed all game, and while the margin was only four points at half time, the Redlegs did enough to keep their opponents at bay and leave the ground 2-0 after two games. Matthew Nunn and Nikolaus Rokahr finished with 24 disposals each, while Michael Knoll was the main extractor from stoppages, finishing with nine clearances. Dom Barry and Tom Wagner slotted two goals apiece. For Sturt, James Battersby won a game high 25 disposals and was able to hit the scoreboard with a goal in a solid performance, while Ashley Johnson kicked two goals to try and bring his side back into the contest.

Across at ACH Group Stadium, the Glenelg Tigers proved too good for the Woodville West Torrens Eagles, winning by a comfortable 29 points. Inaccurate to start the game, the Eagles punished their opponents, who were left ruing their missed opportunities. A second half told a different tale as the Tigers kicked 11 goals to three and would be pleased with their turnaround. Tigers midfielder Matthew Snook was unstoppable in the midfield, finishing with 24 disposals, 12 tackles, 10 clearances and a goal, setting the tone for his teammates. Luke Partington (32 disposals) and Brett Turner (26 disposals and 10 clearances) both found themselves with the ball plenty of times, while Luke Reynolds and Lachie Hosie chimed in three goals each. For the Eagles, Daniel Menzel (three goals) and Dane McFarlane (25 disposals) fought hard.

Hisense Stadium was home to a classic on Saturday afternoon, as the Adelaide Crows scraped past the North Adelaide Bloods by six points in a thriller. With the game tied at three quarter time, both sides were inaccurate, kicking three behinds each, but a James Matthews goal in time on proved to be the match winner. For the Crows, skipper Matthew Wright found plenty of the ball, disposing of it 27 times and combined well with ruckman Kieran Strachan who displayed dominance in the air. Luke Pedlar kicked three goals, all of which proved to be handy. For the Bloods, former Hawthorn player Kieran Lovell dominated through the midfield with 39 disposals and six clearances, while Logan Hill continued to find the ball with 27 touches.


By: Liam Badkin

Saturday’s Tasmanian football action saw some big wins across the grounds. Clarence bounced back from last week’s loss to Lauderdale by defeating Glenorchy by 32 points at KGV oval. Coming off the bye last week, Glenorchy found themselves trailing by four goals at the main break. A third quarter fightback saw scores level heading into the final term, but Clarence kicked five goals to none in the last quarter to walk away with their first win of the year. There were a plethora of goal kickers for the victors. Former Brisbane Lions and Essendon player Josh Green and Oliver Preshaw kicked three goals each, while Jacques Barwick chimed in with two. Onballer Baxter Norton was judged best afield for his work through the midfield, while playing coach and former Richmond Tiger Jeromey Webberley was also amongst the best. For Glenorchy, Ben Karamic booted a game high five goals to be his side’s best performer and start his season off in style.

Moving to Kingston’s Twin Ovals, the Tigers took down Lauderdale by 29 points in a convincing win. The Tigers started the game in style, kicking 5.0 to Lauderdale’s 3.1, and the lead only continued to grow. Lauderdale struggled to contain the Tigers, particularly in the second term, and it didn’t help that the Tigers didn’t miss a shot on goal until the third term. For the Tigers, Tyler Carter kicked three goals, while Sam Duigan, Elijah Reardon, Marcus Gardner and Max Collidge all kicked two each, and midfielder Lachlan Clifford was judged best afield. For Lauderdale, Josh Mcguinness kicked four goals and was his side’s best, while Will Poland also impressed in his first game of the year.

In the north of the state, North Launceston bounced back from last week’s disappointing defeat to crush North Hobart by 113 points at UTAS Stadium. Last year’s runners up dominated all day, not allowing their opponents from the south any room to score, while piling on the goals themselves. For the winners, there were 10 individual goal kickers, led by Thomas Bennett’s four goals and Brad Cox-Goodyer’s three. Daniel Withers kicked two of his own and was his side’s best performer. For the Demons, Jack Mcculloch was the lone goal scorer for his side, while Callum Kilpatrick tried all day.

Launceston had the bye.


By: Peter Williams

Subiaco has set the bar high in the early stages of the WAFL season, with an impressive 33-point win over fellow Round 1 winners, East Fremantle. The teams were evenly matched to three quarter time with the Lions leading by just two points, before running away with it in the final term thanks to 5.8 to 1.1 in order to post a 12.14 (86) to 8.5 (53) victory over the Sharks. Leigh Kitchin had a day out with a match-high 28 touches, as well as 10 tackles and six inside 50s, working hard alongside Gregory Clark (21 disposals, five marks, 11 tackles, one goal). Ryan Borchet (three goals) and Harrison Marsh (two) were both prominent in the win. For the Sharks, ball magnet Josh Schoenfeld racked up 27 touches and 10 tackles to go with his 40-plus disposals from last week, while Luke Strnadica dominated the ruck with 48 hitouts and a goal to accompany 23 disposals, five marks and four tackles.

Claremont is hot on Subiaco’s tail after Round 2, accounting for another Round 1 winner in South Fremantle on Saturday. The Tigers won 17.6 (108) to 13.14 (92) in the game of the round. Lachlan Martinis and Jye Bolton combined for 63 disposals and nine tackles, while Jake Patmore (26 disposals, four marks) and Kane Mitchell (25 disposals, eight marks and three goals) were also prominent. Top draft-eligible tall Jacob Van Rooyen had a quieter day out compared to Round 1, managing the seven touches and three marks. Dylan Main (26 disposals, four marks and three tackles) and Haiden Schloithe (24 disposals, five tackles, five inside 50s and a goal) were the most prominent players for the Bulldogs.

After suffering a Round 1 defeat, Peel Thunder completely dismantled East Perth with a 15 goals to three second half, to run away with the 24.10 (154) to 7.7 (49) victory. The Thunder were far too strong in posting the 105-point shellacking, as a combination of past and present AFL talents took control. Fremantle duo, Taylin Duman (30 disposals nine marks and three inside 50s) and Connor Blakely (26 disposals, seven marks and two inside 50s) were both impressive, while ex-Eagle Will Schofield (26 disposals, seven marks, 16 hitouts and a goal) and ex-Bomber Jackson Merrett (25 disposals, seven marks) all stood out. For the Royals, Angus Scott had a day out with 34 touches, four marks, three tackles and six inside 50s, while Jackson Ramsay did all he could in the loss with 28 disposals, 10 tackles and six inside 50s.

West Perth bounced back from a Round 1 loss to easily account for a disappointing West Coast side, piling on nine and 10 goals in the respective first and second halves, as the Eagles only managed the three apiece in those halves. The Falcons dominated possession with four players picking up 30-plus disposals, and only one player having single-digit disposals on their way to a team total of 457 disposals. Aaron Black had a lazy 43 disposals, nine marks and six inside 50s in his 200th WAFL game, joined in the 40-plus club by Trent Manzone (40 disposals, seven marks). Shane Nelson (31 disposals, five marks) and Connor West (30 disposals, six marks) were also massive ball winners, whilst up forward, Tyler Keitel was unstoppable thanks to six goals from 17 touches and nine marks, while Mitchell Antonio snagged four goals from 25 touches and a whopping 15 marks. The Eagles had a couple of players pushing for a recall with Brayden Ainsworth (36 disposals, 10 marks and three inside 50s) the clear best, while Alex Witherden managed the 26 touches, six marks, four tackles and two inside 50s.

In the only game of the round where a Round 1 loser defeated a Round 1 winner, Swan Districts got on the board with a 50-point victory over Perth. While the Bombers kicked 3.6 in the final term to reduce the deficit, the damage was already done in the first three quarters, when the Swans booted 11 goals to three. Ball magnet Sam Fisher had a lazy 41 touches with seven marks, six tackles, seven inside 50s and a goal, teaming up well with fellow ex-Carlton VFL midfielder Frank Anderson (31 disposals, five marks, six tackles and five inside 50s). Nelson Waite (29 disposals, five marks and four tackles) and Aidan Clarke (28 disposals, 14 marks and four inside 50s) were also strong, as Matt Riggio (20 disposals, six tackles, five inside 50s and four goals) was a dominant goalkicker alongside Jesse Palmer (11 disposals, three marks and four goals). For Perth, Chris Masten had the 29 disposals and six marks, while Brady Grey (28 disposals, six marks, seven tackles and eight inside 50s) and Brent Edmonds (25 disposals, eight marks, five inside 50s and a goal) were also consistent despite the loss.

Picture credit: WAFL

State Leagues preview: QAFL’s first full round begins as other states go again for Round 2

IN a Draft Central first, we have streamlined a look across the nation with a number of state leagues coming back for Round 2 after a big opening round. Competitions in South Australia, Western Australia, Tasmania and Queensland all take place over the weekend and we preview them all in one convenient preview.


The full bill of teams will be out in force for Round 2 of the QAFL after last year’s wooden spooners Wilston Grange got the one-point win over newcomers Noosa Tigers last weekend. The Gorillas matched their total wins from last season – albeit from a shorter nine-game season – from just one match, and will host Maroochydore this weekend. The Roos have teenager Ben Thomas on the wing, with key position tall Max McDonald named at half-back. For the Gorillas top-age draft prospect Bae Gallop has been named onball, alongside Kuot Thot (half-forward flank). Ky McKenzie (interchange) and Oscar Stewart (back pocket) are others who are young talents to watch for the home side.

Meanwhile grand finalists Broadbeach will host Labrador in the Cats’ first game of the year, while reigning premiers Morningside will travel to Palm Beach Currumbin for an away game first up. Naturally the Panthers were happy to wait until Round 3 to unfurl the flag against the team they conquered in the 2020 decider. The Cats will have a couple of Suns Academy members who have come through the program in Ryan Pickering and Finn Brown (emergency), while for Labrador, small forward Blair Rubock is back again in the yellow and black, with Bryce Retzlaff to provide a a tall target and crucially, ex-Gold Coast and Brisbane talent Pearce Hanley named onball.

Will Bella is the one to watch for the Lions as they try to take down the reigning premiers in Round 1, as the Gold Coast Suns’ tall has been named in the forward pocket. He will play alongside the likes of Ethan Hunt and Ashton Crossley who have both come through the Northern Academy programs in recent years. For Morningside, Ben McCarthy has been named at half-back and is one to watch from the Brisbane Academy, while Nathan Colenso and Tom Griffiths have come through the Northern Academies in recent years and remain youngsters to keep an eye on.

The 2019 QAFL premiers Surfers Paradise will be eyeing off a much better season in 2021 after just two wins last year, taking on another new team in Redland-Victoria Point. The Demons will hit the road against the Sharks in the clash, whilst the final match of the round will see Sherwood Districts hosting Mt Gravatt. Noosa Tigers will have a bye after the tight Round 1 loss.

Not named as a starter, but young Jaspa Fletcher will be one to watch for Sherwood this season, with Adrian’s son set to create plenty of headaches inside 50. Speaking of headaches inside 50, it is great to see Kobe Tozer returning from injury to be named at full-forward for the black and whites. Up the other end, Conner Bulley has been named in a forward pocket as another teenager in the side, whilst for the Vultures, Lochlan Harrop (half-forward) and Ethan Kerr (back pocket) are a couple of teenagers in the Round 2 team.

Surfers Paradise have players to keep an eye on as they keep developing such as Matthew Green and Myles Jewell returning to the side to take on the Sharks. Redland-Victoria Point is a new side entering the QAFL, though Redland has had its success in the NEWAFL, and ex-Collingwood talent Peter Yagmoor is one to watch on the list, as well as ex-Sherwood player Caleb Franks.

South Australia:

Former Tasmanian State League (TSL) and ex-West Coast Eagle Mitch O’Neill has been named for his South Adelaide debut, coming into the Panthers’ team alongside another former TSL and ex-AFL talent in Fraser Turner. They will beef up the Panthers’ starting team to take on North Adelaide in the SANFL League clash, who celebrate Jarred Allmond‘s 200th game. Top draft prospect will start on the interchange for the Panthers, whilst Dyson Hilder will be at full forward for the Roosters.

Another Tasmanian coming into the league is Hamish Allan, with the ex-North Hobart 20-year-old running out for Sturt this year. He will be amongst the side that features past South Australian representatives at Under 18s level, Tom Lewis, Josh Shute and Jed McEntee among others. Their opponents Norwood will celebrate Cameron Shenton‘s 100 games, but will be without Richard Douglas for the clash due to personal reasons, though a player who has garnered draft interest in recent years in Cole Gerloff returns to the Redlegs.

A trio of teenagers will potentially line-up for the League side with Brady Searle, Cooper Horsnell and Will Chandler all named in the side for their debuts, with ex-Demon Billy Stretch out with an ankle injury. Their opponents Woodville-West Torrens will unveil Canberra Demons’ recruit Mitchell Hardie who comes into the side along with the huge – physical and metaphorical – inclusion of ruck Jarrad Redden.

Teenage talent Bailey Chamberlain has been named for West Adelaide as one of three inclusions up against Adelaide’s reserves side. He joins new recruit Nick Steele as a potential inclusion, with no outs as of yet, and the likes of Josh Gore and Elliot Dunkin as ones who have caught AFL clubs attention in past years. The Crows will include ex-Glenelg onballer Luke Pedlar for the first time, with Daniel Jackson rested from the match.

Meanwhile Port Adelaide will be without Lachie Jones (debut) and Tom Rockliff (concussion) in a couple of massive outs, which gives Central District a big bonus at the selection table, welcoming in former Panther Brett Kennedy alongside ex-Tiger Ben Nason who returns into the team for the clash against the Magpies.



In Round 2 of the TSL, Glenorchy enter the competition after a Round 1 bye, set to take on a Clarence team coming off a hard-fought seven-point defeat. The Roos took a little too long to get going against an Allen Christensen-inspired Lauderdale outfit, and they will be keen to step it up against the Magpies.

Glenorchy will of course be without legend Jaye Bowden who retired last season, with Matthew Joseph set to be the focal point up forward, whilst youngster Callum Thompson is one to keep an eye on in the match. The Roos lose a shot of young guns due to Tasmania Devils returning to the NAB League with Oliver Davis, Baker Smith, Darcy Gardner and Noah Holmes all out, while ex-Demon Colin Garland has been named at full-forward.

In the Tigers-Lauderdale clash, much has been spoken about the huge impact that Sam Siggins and Nat Franklin had through the midfield with Christensen dominating up forward. The trio will look to have a similar impact when they travel to Kingborough to take on Tigers, who had a young gun stand out in Round 1 with Zach Adams impressing off a wing, whilst Lachlan Gadomski and Riley Ashlin are other young talents.

North Launceston will be without the Sanders brothers in Ollie and Ryley Sanders, as well as Nathan Pearce for the clash against North Hobart, as the Northern Bombers need to find a way to bounce back from a 55-point loss to reigning premiers Launceston. They still have experience in Brad Cox-Goodyer through the middle, but have a new-look side to its recent years. For the Demons. The Demons are coming off a loss themselves, going down to Tigers by 11 points, and will be massively depleted with a ridiculous amount of young talent out of the side including George McLeod and Jye Menzie. It will be up to the next ground of players coming in, with 12 inclusions – including four emergencies – to the Demons side.


East Perth and Peel Thunder will be keen to quickly move on from Round 1 losses as they do battle in Round 2. The Royals will be without Nick Robertson, but still have Jackson Ramsay and Rohan Kerr among the midfielders as former AFL talents. Peel Thunder will bring in a quartet of Fremantle players with Griffin Logue and Liam Henry joining Mitch Crowden and Bailey Banfield in the side, with Sam Sturt‘s five-goal haul enough to earn a recall at the Dockers, as Connor Blakely and Taylin Duman also are out. A non Fremantle-listed talent to watch for is young gun Brodie Lake who is named in the back pocket.

Two teams that picked up wins in Round 1 were Claremont and South Fremantle, with ex-Dockers Jason Carter and Alex Pearce a couple of big inclusions for the Tigers. They have plenty to like about their lineup with Jye Bolton, Kane Mitchell and Jake Patmore among the talented experienced players in there, though Jacob Van Rooyen is the one to watch as a potential Top 10 pic, lining up on ex-Geelong Cat Blake Schlensog who is playing for South Fremantle. The Bulldogs will be without Cam McCarthy for this match, but still have Haiden Schloithe and Matthew Parker, and the exciting Ben Rioli.

A potential matchup between Chris Masten and Lewis Jetta on the team selection sheets is a mouth-watering clash for any West Coast Eagles fan, with the two ex-talents doing battle for Perth and Swan Districts respectively. Jetta might just have the leg speed in that head-to-head, with Sam Fisher, Jesse Palmer and Frank Anderson among the other Swans to keep an eye on. For Perth, ex-Murray and St Kilda talent Doulton Langlands joins ex-Docker Brady Gray and ex-Eagle Brant Colledge in the Perth midfield which will provide some resistance for the clash.

It is early days, but a top of the table clash between Round 1’s big winners in East Fremantle and Subiaco opens the second round with plenty to get excited about. Ex-Docker Hugh Dixon is joined by youngster Finn Gorringe who comes into the Sharks’ League side, while Jonathon Marsh and Dillon O’Reilly make a damaging forward duo. For the Lions, Ben Sokol is a goal-scoring machine, with Lachlan Delahunty starting his year off strong, set to go head-to-head with Josh Schoenfeld in a battle of the leather poisoning talents from the opening weekend.

At the time of publishing, the West Perth and West Coast teams were not out.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

PERTH (9.10.64) def. by SUBIACO (13.12.90)

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

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

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

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

>> Round 7 Player Focus: Nathan O’Driscoll

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Out to impress: WAFL Round 6 preview

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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



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


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


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


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WAFL League weekly wrap: Round 5 – Falcons down Demons in game of the year

IN Round 5 of the Optus WAFL League competition, there was a host of great individual and team performances alike.

This round saw South Fremantle (10.7.67) beat Swan Districts (7.5.47); Subiaco (10.15.90) defeat Peel Thunder (5.8.38); West Perth (13.12.90) overcome Perth (12.11.83); and Claremont (12.14.86) win against East Perth (8.4.52). East Fremantle was the club that had the bye this weekend.

Read below for the Round 5 results and to see the best players.

SOUTH FREMANTLE 10.7 (67) def. SWAN DISTRICTS 7.5 (47)

South Fremantle retained the John Todd Cup after beating Swan Districts by 20 points at Fremantle Community Bank Oval. The result sees the Bulldogs remain the only team who is still to be defeated in the 2020 Optus WAFL League competition.

Former Fremantle player Haiden Schloithe led the way for the Bulldogs with 27 possessions, six tackles, five inside 50s, three marks and two goals. Jake Florenca (26 possessions, five tackles), Chad Pearson (24 possessions, eight marks, four tackles), Zachary Strom (21 possessions, 14 hit-outs) and Dylan Main (21 possessions, seven marks, five tackles) were prominent for South Fremantle.

Up forward, Mason Shaw booted four goals from 11 possessions and nine marks. Steven Verrier, Brandon Donaldson, Jimmy Miller and Caleb Datson each kicked one goal.

Former AFL players Corey Gault (18 possessions, 36 hit-outs) and Matt Riggio (19 possessions, eight marks) led the way for the Swans. Jesse Turner (29 possessions, five marks), Samuel Fisher (27 possessions, four tackles), George Hampson (22 possessions, one goal) and Frank Anderson (17 possessions, one goal) won plenty of the football for Swan Districts.

Young gun Denver Grainger-Barras continued to show why he is a highly rated draft prospect with a sensational performance that saw him finish with 13 possessions and six marks.

PEEL THUNDER 5.8 (38) def. by SUBIACO 10.15 (75)

Subiaco returned to the winners’ list after defeating Peel Thunder by 37 points at David Grays Arena. Subiaco’s Captain Leigh Kitchin inspired the Lions to victory with 28 possessions, eight tackles, eight inside 50s and three marks.

He was well aided by reigning Sandover Medallist Lachlan Delahunty (18 possessions, 39 hit-outs), former Melbourne and Port Adelaide player Ben Newton (20 possessions, two goals) and budding star Max Walters (23 possessions, one goal).

Nicholas Martin proved to be a handful up forward, finishing with 15 possessions, eight marks and three goals. Tom Edwards-Baldwin, Jack Beverley, Greg Clark, and Lewis Upton each kicked one goal.

Former Essendon players Ben Howlett (14 possessions, 12 tackles) and Jackson Merrett (21 possessions, five marks) tried to inspire the Thunder. Blair Bell (16 possessions, one goal), James Ewing (18 possessions, seven marks), Brayden Lawler (11 possessions, 13 tackles), Brad McGowan (13 possessions, 23 hit-outs) and Jordan Boullineau (12 possessions, five tackles) were serviceable for the Thunder.

PERTH 12.11 (83) def. by WEST PERTH 13.12 (90)

West Perth handed Perth its first loss of 2020, after the Falcons overcame the Demons by seven points in a thrilling contest at Mineral Resources Park.

In his 100th game for West Perth, Tyler Keitel was pivotal for the Falcons with 13 possessions, six hit-outs, four marks, three tackles and six goals. Aaron Black (29 possessions, seven inside 50s), Luke Meadows (27 possessions, five inside 50s), Connor West (16 possessions, seven inside 50s, four tackles) and Noah Pegoraro (11 possessions, five marks) were all influential for the Falcons.

Andrew Fisher was named Perth’s best, after he finished with 22 possessions, 12 inside 50s and five tackles. He was well supported by Kieran Delahunty (12 possessions, 20 hit-outs, one goal), Chris Masten (22 possessions, four marks), Matthew Taylor (22 possessions, five marks), Brant Colledge (13 possessions, seven tackles, two goals) and Jack Richardson (12 possessions, three goals).

Rising star Logan McDonald continued to show why he is a highly rated draft prospect with another dazzling performance that saw him finish with 15 possessions, six marks and three goals.

EAST PERTH 8.4 (52) def. by CLAREMONT 12.14 (86)

Claremont secured its fourth victory of the season, after they defeated East Perth by 34 points at Leederville Oval.

Former West Coast rookie Callan England was instrumental for the Tigers with 21 possessions, seven marks, six inside 50s and a goal. Kane Mitchell (20 possessions, six marks, four inside 50s), Declan Mountford (19 possessions, six tackles), Anton Hamp (17 possessions, 11 marks, three goals), Alec Waterman (11 possessions, three goals) were all influential for Claremont.

For the Royals, Rohan Kerr competed strongly, finishing with 20 possessions, four marks, four inside 50s and a goal. Former AFL players Jackson Ramsay (19 possessions, six tackles, five marks), and Nicholas Robertson (14 possessions, six tackles) competed hard for the Royals. Youngsters Kye Willcocks (19 possessions, four marks) and Matthew Young (11 possessions, two goals) showed promising signs for East Perth.

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Out to impress: WAFL Round 5 preview

YOUNG talent continues to turn heads at state league level around the nation, and it has been no different across all three WAFL grades upon the competition’s resumption in 2020. As we roll into Round 5, Draft Central brings to you a new weekly preview format, highlighting some of the best up-and-comers who will be out to impress with each passing game. In our first edition, a couple of key inclusions boost stocks in the Colts grade, while a notable AFL Academy member readies for a Reserves berth.

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Perth is set to blood another gun youngster at senior level, this time as Nathan O’Driscoll lines up for the Reserves. The Demons take on West Perth on Saturday, with the 187cm prospect named in the back pocket. O’Driscoll is real goer who loves to carry the ball and boasts a penetrating kick, so don’t be surprised to see him feature off half-back, or even through midfield as he usually does at Colts level.

Logan McDonald is also poised to continue his hot start to the season at League level, with the opportunity to again break clear atop the goalkicking charts. The 196cm key forward has cemented his spot in Perth’s first team, and looms as a riser in terms of top 10 AFL Draft calculations. 19-year-old Regan Clarke is in line to return to League action for Perth, while Victorian Matty Lloyd – the younger brother of Sydney’s Jake – will make his fifth appearance for the Falcons.

At couple more top-age spearheads look likely to go head-to-head in a shootout at Colts level, as leading goalkickers Corey Rundle (West Perth, 15 goals) and Harry Quartermaine (Perth, 12 goals) prepare for battle. There will be plenty of talent running around in the competition’s featured game for the week, with versatile defender Heath Chapman among them, while fellow Falcons Michael Mallard and Brady Alvaro have made promising starts to the season. Conor McPartland, who is currently averaging 34 disposals per game, is also one to watch for Perth.

Peel Thunder is a team familiar with trialling youth this year, and this week is again set to be no different as Tyler Nesbitt awaits his potential League debut. After four promising Colts outings, he has been named on the Thunder’s extended bench alongside fellow top-age draft hopeful Isiah Winder. Winder could be back after his one-and-done Round 3 debut, with Ryan Bennell another out to make his second appearance at the top level in 2020. Among those established in the side are over-agers Zach Rankin, Ben Middleton, and Tyrone Thorne.

The Thunder take on Subiaco this weekend, who could field a couple of familiar names in hopes of bouncing back from last week’s loss. Brothers Liam and Wil Hickmott – the sons of former Carlton and Geelong player, Adrian – have both been named on an extended bench for the Lions, with Lachlan Henderson a Colts product who could also make his debut. The younger of the pair, Wil has already played three League games, while Liam will hope to earn his maiden senior cap.

Sandringham Dragons graduate Corey Watts is set to be thrust straight back into the League fold after one week out due to a finger dislocation. He lines up at full back for the Royals, while exciting small Rhai-Arn Cox is a well-known talent who continues to hunt for a senior berth. The Under 16s State vice-captain had been thrown to the wilderness until late last year, and will make his third-consecutive appearance at Reserves level this week. Last year’s Mel Whinnen medalist, Jack Cooley will feature in the two’s for East Perth against his old side.

Mature-age Claremont prospects Jeremy Goddard and Callan England will be out to boost their stocks once again for the Tigers’ League outfit, with Jye Clark among the potential debutants. Talented over-ager Cameron Anderson looks like moving up to the Reserves level having proven himself in the Colts, while Fremantle Next Generation Academy member, Joel Western will make his return from injury in the junior grade. State Academy Hub members Kalin Lane and Jacob van Rooyen have been in ripping form for the reigning Colts premiers, and should prove a handful once again.

The undefeated South Fremantle League side has been impressive over four rounds, but in terms of youth, Swan Districts will be the side to look towards this week when the two sides go head-to-head. Leading prospect Denver Grainger-Barras will look to back up a terrific performance last time out, with his intercept marking and composure working a treat in defence. Nathan Ireland is set to return for his first top level outing in 2020, while Victorian forward Deven Costigan has been named to make his League debut having moved across with mature-age guns Sam Fisher and Frank Anderson.

At Colts level, inside midfielder Zane Trew is likely to make his return from a concussion for the Black Ducks as they continue their search for a maiden win. They’ll have to do so without the smooth moving Jamison Ugle though, as he makes the move up to the Reserves grade.

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



South Fremantle vs. Swan Districts | Saturday August 15, 2:30pm @ Fremantle Community Bank Oval
Peel Thunder vs. Subiaco | Saturday August 15, 2:30pm @ David Grays Arena
Perth vs. West Perth | Saturday August 15, 2:30pm @ Mineral Resources Park
East Perth vs. Claremont | Saturday August 15, 3:05pm @ Leederville Oval


South Fremantle vs. Swan Districts | Saturday August 15, 12:00pm @ Fremantle Community Bank Oval
Perth vs. West Perth | Saturday August 15, 12:00pm @ Mineral Resources Park
East Perth vs. Claremont | Saturday August 15, 12:30pm @ Leederville Oval


South Fremantle vs. Swan Districts | Saturday August 15, 9:30am @ Fremantle Community Bank Oval
Perth vs. West Perth | Saturday August 15, 9:30am @ Mineral Resources Park
East Perth vs. Claremont | Saturday August 15, 10:00am @ Leederville Oval
Peel Thunder vs. Subiaco | Saturday August 15, 12:00pm @ David Grays Arena


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