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Scouting notes: WAFL Colts – Claremont vs. South Fremantle

IN Round 19 of the West Australian Football League (WAFL) Colts competition, Claremont defeated South Fremantle by 78 points at Fremantle Community Bank Oval.

Despite missing talented prospects Cameron Anderson, Isaiah Butters, Jye Clark, Liam Henry, Callum Jamieson and Ronin O’Connor, the Tigers flexed their muscles against a sorry Bulldogs outfit to secure a home final.

It is worth noting that the Bulldogs were missing Darryl Anderson, Ben Pears, and Robbie Woods.

Below were the best players in the game.

SOUTH FREMANTLE

#1 Jack Musika

The 2017 WA U16s State Academy member showed that he could be considered one of the better forward-midfield players in this year’s WAFL Colts competition. Against the Tigers, Musika collected 16 possessions, laid five tackles, took four marks, recorded two inside 50s and kicked a goal playing as a half-forward flanker. The highlight of his game came in the first quarter when he was able to gather the ball cleanly between multiple players, and then checkside the ball through for a goal.

#3 Jarrod Salmeri

The Boddington product was solid off the half-back line for the Bulldogs, trying his utmost to repel Claremont’s repeated forward entries. In the process he accumulated 13 possessions, took three marks and laid two tackles, trying to intercept the attacking forays, and also tried to provide adequate rebound from the Bulldogs’ defensive half.

#6 Manfred Kelly

The Fremantle Next-Generation Academy member continued his strong season for the Bulldogs with another solid performance. Against Claremont, Kelly accumulated a team-high 19 possessions, laid five tackles, recorded a team-high five inside 50s and took three marks to be one of the few South Fremantle players to hold their heads up after the game.

#27 Eric Botha

The Booragoon junior tried his heart out for the Bulldogs but it was to no avail. He finished with 18 possessions, seven tackles, six marks and four inside 50s to be one of the better players for South Fremantle.

#42 Nathan Spooner

The Wagin product was outstanding in the ruck for the Bulldogs, toiling hard in an entertaining duel with Steven Miller. Against the Tigers, Spooner gathered a team-high 19 possessions, won 18 hit-outs, took a game-high nine marks, recorded four inside 50s and laid two tackles as he tried to will his team into the contest.

#49 Ira Jetta

Before going off with a shoulder injury early in the third quarter, Jetta showed enough to suggest that he could be considered a gun prospect for WA at next year’s AFL U18s Championships. He finished with 13 possessions, five inside 50s and three tackles, as he rotated between the midfield and the forward line. His neat skills combined with his speed make him a damaging player.

CLAREMONT

#3 Leno Thomas

The Fremantle Next Generation Academy member showed he has all the traits to become a very good player at the next level with an accomplished performance. Playing as a half-back flanker, Thomas intercepted many of the Bulldogs’ attempts, rebounded with class and used his speed and skill to penetrate the Bulldogs’ defensive zone. A highlight of his game came in the first quarter when he intercepted a South Fremantle attack, played on immediately and found Charlie Malone inside attacking 50. His final stats were 19 possessions and five marks.

#8 Jack Buller

Playing as the centre half-back, Buller was pivotal to the Tigers’ mauling of the Bulldogs. He set up behind the play exceptionally well, helped organise his team-mates, was aggressive with his attack on the ball and man, was strong in the aerial contests, and read the play well to position himself in the right spots. He limited his direct opponent, Jacob Plunkett, to just two possessions and a goal, while he finished with 11 possessions and five tackles.

#11 Kade Lines

The Marist Junior was excellent through the midfield for the Tigers, applying plenty of pressure around the contest and helping set up a host of attacking forays. He gathered 21 possessions, laid six tackles, recorded four inside 50s and took two marks in a dazzling display.

#12 Joel Western

The bottom-age prospect who is also a member of the Fremantle Next-Generation Academy, Western was exceptional against South Fremantle. He finished with 26 possessions, four inside 50s, three tackles, two marks and a goal in a dazzling display. The real feature of his game was his desire to use his pace to burn off his opponents and to help set up many of the Tigers’ attacking moves. Western is shaping up to be one of WA’s better prospects in next year’s AFL Draft.

#14 Jack Cooley

The 2016 WA U15s State Schoolboys’ representative continued his fine season with the Tigers with another dominant outing. He accumulated a game-high 28 possessions, laid seven tackles, recorded five inside 50s and kicked two goals to arguably be best afield. His ability to stand up in a tackle before getting the ball to a team-mate on the outside was very good for someone his age. Could potentially be a gem for a club that picks him up late in the National Draft or as a rookie.

#21 Louis Passera

The 19-year-old was excellent off the wing for the visitors using his speed and skill to carve up the Bulldogs’ defensive zones. He accumulated 14 possessions, took five marks and kicked two goals in a powerful performance.

#27 Charlie Malone

The Scarborough junior showed why he is one of the better small forwards in this year’s WAFL Colts competition with another dazzling performance. Against the Bulldogs, Malone collected 17 possessions, grabbed five marks, laid four tackles, recorded four inside 50s and kicked four goals to be the most damaging player on the ground. His leading patterns, particularly in the first half, were excellent for someone his age.

#32 Logan Young

The 17-year-old showed he could be a potential inside midfield prospect for next year’s AFL draft with a solid performance against South Fremantle. He finished with 15 possessions, eight tackles, three inside 50s and two goals to be one of the more damaging players on the ground.

#36 Steven Miller

The Wembley Amateur produced the best performance of his short career to date for the Tigers. Against the Bulldogs, Miller gathered 14 possessions, won a game-high 29 hit-outs, laid five tackles and recorded two inside 50s to be the best big man on the ground. His ruck craft, mobility around the ground and his competitiveness all stood out in his performance.

WAFL Colts weekly wrap: Peel clinches minor premiership in style

THERE was a taste of Spring in the air as the teams made their way out onto the playing arenas for Round 18 of the West Australian Football League (WAFL) Colts. While the top five had been decided, there was no shortage of tricky tests, with a team who will not be playing in September claiming another big scalp.

WAFL Colts Round 18

Peel Thunder 14.10 (94) def. South Fremantle 3.5 (23)

Peel Thunder will finish the home and away season as minor premiers after ruthlessly dispatching of South Fremantle to the tune of 71 points at Fremantle Oval on Saturday.

South Fremantle had been the master of this fixture in recent seasons, but Peel were more interested in the present as they looked to seal top position and move the Bulldogs one step closer to collecting the unwanted wooden spoon.

The opening half was a illustration of dominance as the visitors kicked eight goals to two behinds to take a 52-point lead into the half time break. Peel had six individual goalkickers for half with Tyrone Thorne and bottom ager Jaxon Pitts leading the way with two goals each.

Peel once again managed to keep their opponents goalless while adding another two goals to their tally in the third term. The final quarter was by far the best quarter of the game with both sides going goal for goal. While Peel ended up winning the term, it was good to see the Bulldogs show some fight despite being outclassed throughout the contest. The general stats were pretty close when you consider what the final margin was. The deciding factor was that Peel were able to hit the scoreboard on a frequent basis and amassed 24 scoring shots to just eight by South Fremantle.

Peel are well worth the honour of premiership favourites heading into September having been the best team in the competition in the second half of the season. Once again it was a even spread of contributors for Peel led by Thorne who amassed 25 disposals, seven tackles four inside 50s and five goals. Jack Sears was a major winner with 28 along with five inside 50s while Zachary Rankin was a hard worker all game with 21 disposals, eight tackles and six inside 50s. Meanwhile as it has been for most of the campaign, it was left to far too few for the Bulldogs. The trio of Ira Jetta (27 disposals, eight inside 50s and one goal), Jack Musika (25 disposals, six inside 50s and five tackles) and Manfred Kelly(21 disposals, eight tackles and five inside 50s) were very dependable yet again.

East Fremantle 9.12 (66) def. East Perth 5.8 (38)

The recent giant-killing ways of East Fremantle continued on Saturday as they knocked off yet another finals bound side their fourth in succession – this time it was East Perth to the tune of 28 points at New Choice Homes Park on Saturday morning.

The resurgent Sharks carried their recent fine form into the first half of this contest, building a 25-point lead at the long break. The load was shared with five individual goalkickers and the home teams defence was also more than filling their end of the bargain by restricting the Royals to just four scoring shots for the first 50 minutes of action. East Fremantle increased their lead in the third term, kicking two goals to nil leaving the visitors marooned on just one goal for the first three terms.

The visitors who had a lot riding on this encounter having come into it in second place needed to respond to regain a sense of confidence. To their credit, East Perth won the fourth quarter by four goals to two, but the damage had well and truly been done before then. In a quirky statistic, there was no multiple goalkickers on the day with 14 players each kicking one major. The Royals slipped to third and would be hoping for a Subiaco win later in the day against Swan Districts to hold onto that position.

Luke Jackson gave another showing of his all-round talents with 24 disposals, 27 hit-\outs and a goal. Chad Warner was terrific throughout the four quarters with 30 disposals and six tackles, while Trent Rivers picked up 25 disposals, six inside 50s and four marks. For the Royals, Adam Boules continued his terrific season with 31 disposals, six marks and six tackles while Harley Sparks found life tougher on the back of his 47 disposal showing, this week collecting 22 touches and eight marks.

Claremont 11.8 (74) def. West Perth 8.9 (57)

Claremont reclaimed second position on the ladder after a composed 17-point win against West Perth at Claremont Oval on Saturday morning.

After a entertaining first quarter of action with seven goals scored between the two Premiership contenders, Claremont opened up a handy break in the second term kicking three goals to nil and led by 22 points at the long break. Benjamin Elliott kicked his third goal early in the second half to give the home team a five goal margin. While the Falcons were getting the ball into their forward 50, the conversion was certainly lacking.

The difference was that the Tigers were more clinical and managed to increase their lead to 33 points at three quarter time. The Falcons certainly upped their intensity in the early stages of the fourth term with four of the opening five goals of and cutting the margin to 10 points. However, as what so often happens when a team makes a big run, they end up running out of steam and the Tigers were able to steady and clinch a very important victory.

Kade Lines was a key figure in the end result for the Tigers with four goals to go along with 13 disposals and five inside 50s. Jack Cooley had 24 disposals and five tackles and four inside 50s while Joel Western had 23 and three marks. The loss was the third in succession for the Falcons and while at one point seemed a likely prospect to seal a double chance, the Falcons seem likely to face a do or die clash in the first week of the finals. The prolific duo of Tyron Hindmarsh and Koopah Todd each collected 28 disposals and laid five tackles each for the Falcons.

Subiaco 12.8 (80) vs Swan Districts 8.8 (56)

Subiaco were the second team to put a dent in the double chance hopes of a finals bound team when the Lions defeated Swan Districts by 24 points at Kalgoorlie on Saturday evening. After a tight opening half, the Lions booted seven goals to five to gain some separation on their opponents and guarantee a big win with the season winding down.

WAFL Colts weekly wrap: Royals rise to second with win over South Fremantle

WE have finally arrived in the final month of the regular season. While the top five has been decided, jostling between the teams will be fascinating to observe. Just half a game separated second and fifth on the ladder meaning no team could afford a off day otherwise they could quickly slip down the ladder which could prove pivotal come finals time.

WAFL Colts wrap – Round 17

East Perth 10.12 (72) def. South Fremantle 5.7 (37)

East Perth continued their fine stretch of form by defeating a gallant South Fremantle by 35 points at Leederville Oval on Saturday morning.

It was the tale of two teams going in opposite directions. East Perth had won five of their past six games and were a premiership dark horse, while the Bulldogs had lost five on the bounce and were sitting last on the ladder. But the Royals knew every game from now was massively important.

It was an open beginning to the match with the ball moving freely to either end but the pressure from both defences being at an extremely high level. The home side were beginning to pepper the goals but a breakthrough was still to come as we ticked past the 20 minute mark. Eventually, the perseverance of the Royals paid off as Sam Van Diemen kicked the Royals’ first goal from 40 metres. That was soon followed by a major to Harley Sparks and the Royals had a 15-point break at quarter time. For all their endeavour, South Fremantle were yet to register a score in the first 25 minutes

That soon changed when Eric Botha converted from close range after some fine work further up the ground. South Fremantle were certainly making East Perth work hard across the ground and it had turned into a attritional battle. After many missed chances, East Perth finally kicked their first for the term courtesy of quick hands by Sebit Kuek and finished by Max Fabre. But to the Dogs credit, they were committed to give their higher placed opponents a real contest. A kick by the exciting bottom ager Ira Jetta found fellow youngster Aiden Hall and he duly converted cutting the margin to 12 points at the long break.

The Royals had 41 more disposals (175-134), four more inside 50s (24-20) and seven more scoring shots (10-3) but the visitors were well and truly in the contest. However, they would have to find a way to curve the accumulative talents of Harley Sparks who had amassed 25 disposals, four tackles and four inside 50s. Ira Jetta had shown flashes of his brilliance with 10 disposals and four inside 50s for the visitors.

Kyle Robinson gave the Royals a perfect start to the second half and that was soon followed by one to Luke Furlong and within a blink of a eye the margin of the game which was 24 points. Furlong then kicked his second on the run and the game was well and truly on East Perth’s terms now.

South Freo needed to find something quickly if they were not to be blown away and Jetta delivered a pin-point pass to Shannon Neale who converted truly. However bottom-ager Luke Lombardi kicked a fine goal on the run from just inside 50 in response to give the Royals back their five-goal lead. The Royals were not at their free-flowing best, but still were doing enough to keep a committed opponent in check.

Kuek started the final term in fine fashion kicking a goal from the boundary. Botha then responded for the Bulldogs as they continued their committed performance. Some smart work by Neale on the goal line give him his second and brought the margin back to 27 points. It was soon three in a row to the Bulldogs when Jermaine Pickett scored his first and they were getting full reward for their effort. Time was against the Bulldogs in terms of producing an inspiring comeback, but you could certainly see the confidence ooze out of their play.

Despite all their efforts the final say in this game went to the home team. Firstly, Robinson mopped up own crumb and snapped truly from 15 metres. And with the siren blowing in the background, Kuek put a cherry on top of the cake with a goal from 45 metres and he was duly mobbed by his teammates. It was not their best performance this year, but these are the games that really decide whether you have the will to get yourself over the line.

When you take scoring into the equation (22-7), you may think that it was fortunate that South Fremantle did not receive a real belting. But on the other hand, the visitors took it into their 50 on 37 occasions, only five fewer than their opponents. The lack of a third forward that could help out Botha and Shannon Neale really hurt. The snakes and ladders of the top five see East Perth take advantage of some of their rivals misfortune this round and work their way to second position. It is the highest they have been placed since the first week of the season.

Star of the day.

When you have a season-high 47 disposals, there can be only one name with that man being Harley Sparks. The 17-year-old (turns 18 in September) has a terrific ability to get to every contest and is able to distribute the ball to the outside runners. While he could be excused for dropping off in the second half after he amassing 25 disposals in the first half, Sparks certainly kept running to the very end and produced 13 touches in the last quarter. If he continues in the same vein and has a strong finals campaign, the midfielder may well be a smart smoky pick around draft time.

Other notables

Adam Boules produced a valuable contribution in midfield for the Royals with 27 disposals, eight marks, six tackles, and five inside 50s. Liam Dellamarta was accomplished with 26 disposals, nine marks, five tackles and five inside 50s. While Ruckman Josh Ladhams was colossal around the ground taking strong marks across half back and in the forward line. The accomplished big man had 19 disposals, nine marks and 36 hitouts. For the Bulldogs, Jack Musika never stopped working hard in his usual fashion and had 22 disposals and 11 marks, while George Wessels worked himself into the contest and had 22 disposals, eight tackles and seven marks.

Peel Thunder 12.4 (76) def. Claremont 9.6 (60)

Peel Thunder showed they are still the team to beat in the 2019 Colts competition after recording a 16-point victory over Claremont at David Grays Arena on Saturday morning.

Peel were desperate to taste that winning feeling again after falling to defeat for only the second time this season in their last game against East Fremantle. Meanwhile, Claremont had won four in a row and wanted to cut the margin between first and second to just one game, while inflicting a mental blow on their opponents.

The home team did not trail throughout the contest and set up their victory in the first term kicking six goals to three with Jackson Knight kicking three of them. While Claremont trimmed the margin back to 16 points at the long break, they seemed to be always playing catchup. Ben Middleton kicked two goals in the third term as they pushed the margin out to 35 points with one quarter to play. Although the Tigers never gave up on the course, kicking three goals to none in the final 25 minutes, it was little more than consolation as Peel got some revenge for their round six defeat.

Tyrone Thorne can normally effect the nature of the contest with his goalkicking and defensive pressure but today the state/U18s player got his hands on the ball plenty of times picking up 25 disposals, five tackles and three marks. Knight was influential when the game was on the line and he ended up with a fantastic all-round stat line of 15 disposals, six inside 50s, five tackles, five marks and three goals. The steady hand of Bradley Oldfield was also important with 24 disposals, six marks and two goals. For the Tigers who slip to third with the defeat, Jack Cooley and Jye Clark each had 29 disposals.

East Fremantle 11.10.(76) def. West Perth 8.11.(59)

The outstanding late season form of East Fremantle continued as they knocked off another finals bound team in West Perth to the tune of 17 points at Joondalup Arena on Saturday morning.

The Sharks while out of finals contention were keen on playing the spoilers role having defeated Swan Districts and Peel in consecutive weeks. Meanwhile, West Perth were coming off the bye having lost last time out against rivals East Perth which was their first defeat in five games.

The Sharks displayed their A-game from the opening quarter, kicking five goals to one and going on with the job in the second term extending their lead to 39 points at the long break. Although the Falcons kicked seven goals to three in the second half, they did not get closer than 16 points.

The WA state 18s title winning quartet of Chad Warner, Trent Rivers, Jai and Luke Jackson were elite again for the Sharks combining for 114 disposals and five goals between them. Luke Jackson gave his on-ballers great service with 36 hit-outs. Bottom age talent Logan Foley competed well for the Falcons with 12 disposals, five marks, four inside 50s and two goals.

Subiaco 15.8(98) def Perth 6.4(40)

Subiaco produced one of their best all-round performances of the season with a 58-point win over Perth at Mineral Resources Park on Saturday afternoon.

This clash was all about pride with both teams out of finals contention. Perth especially would have wanted to show something after the ignominy of a goalless game against Claremont two weeks ago. However that drought continued in the first quarter as Perth was kept scoreless while the Lions put on four goals. The second term was more even with three goals each, but that trend suited the Lions as they led by 25 points at the long break. The second half saw the visitors kick eight goals to three and seal their fifth win of the season.

The margin could have been even more when you take into account that the Lions had 45 more hitouts (70-25), 30 more inside 50s (53-23) and 13 more scoring shots (23-10). The Lions duo of Abraham Clinch and Ben Golding have been prolific for the reigning premiers throughout the 2018 season. Again they were magnificent with the duo combining for 60 disposals and 17 tackles while Clinch also kicked two goals. Kane Foley was a terrific target up forward with three goals. Meanwhile for the Demons, Hamish McFarlane made the most of limited opportunities with three goals while Nathan O’ Driscoll was terrific and tireless in a well beaten side with 29 disposals and ten tackles.

Scouting notes: WAFL Colts – South Fremantle vs. Swan Districts

IN Round 16 of the Simply Energy WAFL Colts competition, Swan Districts defeated South Fremantle by 31 points at Fremantle Community Bank Oval on Saturday.

Below were some of the best players as noted by Lenny Fogliani.

South Fremantle:

#5 Jaxon Bellchambers

The Bibra Lakes junior keeps on improving his draft prospects for next year with yet another polished performance. He collected 13 possessions, laid five tackles, grabbed four marks and recorded three inside 50s to be one of South Fremantle’s best.

#6 Manfred Kelly

The Fremantle Next-Generation Academy member toiled hard in the midfield for the Bulldogs, often trying to provide a spark to get his team in the game. He finished with 24 possessions, five tackles and two inside 50s.

#23 Nash Miller

The South Coogee product tried hard for the Bulldogs, giving his all in the ruck. He accumulated 13 possessions, won 25 hit-outs, took four marks and kicked a goal to be one of South Fremantle’s better players. His desire to cover the ground was outstanding.

#26 Tyson Headland

The Kwinana product tried his heart out for the Bulldogs but to no avail. Stationed on the half-forward line, Headland tried his absolute best to create attacking forays for the Bulldogs. He finished with 13 possessions, three marks, three tackles and two inside 50s.

#34 Aiden Hall

The 17-year-old showed glimpses of why he could be a lively prospect for next year’s AFL Draft with a polished WAFL Colts debut. Against the Swans he accumulated 13 possessions, recorded five inside 50s, laid three tackles and kicked a goal. The highlight of his game came in the fourth quarter, when he ripped the ball out congestion before nailing his first goal for the Dogs.

#49 Ira Jetta

The 17-year-old was electrifying in the middle for the Bulldogs. Like Kelly, Jetta often tried to provide a spark for the Bulldogs through the middle of the ground, using his speed and skills to penetrate his way through the Swan Districts’ defensive zone. He gathered a game-high 33 possessions, recorded a game-high eight inside 50s, laid a team-high six tackles and grabbed a team-high five marks.

Swan Districts:

#1 Rhett Bazzo

The son of former Swan Districts’ champion Stephen Bazzo, Rhett showed off all the traits that helped him win All-Australian selection at the AFL U16 Championships. Stationed at full-back and opposed to Lachlan Johnson, Bazzo finished with 14 possessions and three marks, while limiting Johnson to one goal from eight possessions.

#2 Max Chipper

The 15-year-old showed why he was considered to be one of Western Australia’s best players at the AFL U16s Championships. In his debut for Swans, Chipper accumulated 21 possessions, laid five tackles and took three marks, playing off a wing.

#7 Ben Taylor

The younger brother of GWS’ rising star Sam Taylor, Ben was prominent for the Swans, playing through the midfield. He gathered 21 possessions, grabbed seven marks, laid four tackles, recorded four inside 50s and booted a goal.

#11 Ashley Brockbernd

The 2017 WA U16s State Academy member was excellent for the Swans, finishing with 22 possessions, eight tackles, five marks and five inside 50s. His skills and decision-making were a real feature of his game.

#12 Brenton Hilton

Stationed on a wing, the Ellenbrook junior produced a dazzling performance with his smarts, skill execution and turn of speed all on display. Against the Bulldogs, Hilton accumulated 31 possessions, and took eight marks, playing the link-up role to perfection.

#28 Jack Allen

The 2018 WA U16s State Academy member showed why he is one of the best key position players in the WAFL Colts competition. His overhead marking, power in the contest and skill execution were all features of his game. Against South Fremantle, Allen collected 14 possessions, won 14 hit-outs, took three marks, recorded three inside 50s and kicked a goal.

#31 Ethan Nordahl

Playing as a midfielder, Nordahl was arguably the best player on the ground. Against South Fremantle he accumulated 30 possessions, took six marks, laid four tackles, recorded four inside 50s and kicked a goal. His grunt work in the stoppages, combined with his ability to spread from the contest made him a potent offensive weapon for the Swans.

#35 Thomas Edwards

In his WAFL Colts debut, Edwards looked every bit a future star for either Swan Districts or for an AFL club that may take a punt on him. The Albany product gathered 10 possessions, took four marks, laid three tackles, recorded two inside 50s and kicked two telling goals to be one of Swans’ best players. His leading patterns, overhead marking, skills and decision-making were all outstanding.

#52 Atem Deng

The West Coast Eagles’ Next Generation Academy member showed why he is a highly rated forward using his speed, flair, skills and evasiveness to carve up the South Fremantle defensive system. He bagged four goals from 20 possessions to arguably be the most electrifying forward on the ground. A highlight of his game came in the second quarter when he roved a marking contest expertly before dribbling through a goal from the boundary line.

#59 Ty Sears

The 2018 WA U16s State Academy member was solid off the half-back line for the Swans, accumulating 12 possessions, taking five marks, and laying four tackles, while also intercepting a lot of the Bulldogs’ attacking forays.

WAFL Colts weekly wrap: Swans back on winners list after downing South Fremantle

THERE was only the one game this week in the West Australian Football League (WAFL) Colts, with bottom placed South Fremantle taking on last years runners-up Swan Districts. Despite being the only game on the fixture list, there was plenty on the line especially for the Black and Whites.

WAFL Colts wrap: Round 16

South Fremantle 5.11 (41) defeated by Swan Districts 11.6 (72)

Swan Districts got the victory they were after, claiming a composed 31-point victory over South Fremantle at Fremantle Oval on Saturday morning.

Of all the teams in the top five, Swan Districts were certainly in the poorest of form after losing their last five games in a row. While their finals status was not in doubt they would dearly liked to get on a winning streak before the big games arrive in a months time.

The first quarter was an even affair with both teams kicking two goals each and the home team holding a slender three-point lead at the first break. The visitors made a strong start to the second term with Atem Deng kicking two quick goals. The athletic utility was having a outstanding quarter and he soon kicked his third for the quarter pushing the lead out to a game-high 16 points which was extended by an another point at the long break.

The statistics showed that Swans had a 75 disposal advantage (179-104) over their opponents with Ethan Nordahl leading all players with 20 while Ashley Brockbernd (14), Brenton Hilton (14), and Deng (13) all providing able support. Bottom ager Ira Jetta was a livewire for South Fremantle with 15 disposals, six tackles, four inside 50s and a goal.

Swans kept on with their momentum early in the third with Nordahl adding to his fine game to this point with a goal and that was soon followed by a major to bottom ager ager Jamieson Ugle. It was now five goals on the trot to the visitors and South Fremantle needed to find something quickly if they did not want to be blown away. However, that is exactly what happened with three further goals to the visitors which included Deng kicking his fourth for the game. Swan Districts had put the game well and truly to bed and the only question was how much the final margin would be. Meanwhile for South Fremantle, the final quarter was going to be all about pride having only amassed a total of four points in the second and third quarters.

The two quarter goal drought was finally broken for the Bulldogs early in the fourth term when Nash Miller converted but Swans ruckman Ryan Letessier quickly responded. Bottom-ager Aidan Hall then kicked South Fremantle’s second of the term and that was soon followed with a goal to 16-year-old Jermaine Pickett. It was a nice way for the game to finish for the Bulldogs, winning the quarter three goals to one and their younger members of the 22 running the game out very nicely. However, all Swan Districts were concerned about on their trip down to Fremantle was picking up the four points and getting their season back on track which is what they did as they climb above East Perth into fourth on the ladder.

Swans amassed over than 130 disposals more than their opponents (375-241) but despite controlling the tempo of the game, the home team had plenty of opportunities to convert, taking the ball inside 50 four more times (42-38), but their overall conversion let them down.

The victors had a range of very good contributors across the board. Brenton Hilton led the way from from the half-back line in his usual composed fashion tallying 31 disposals and eight marks. In midfield, Nordahl was prevalent with 30 disposals, six marks, four tackles and four inside 50s. While up forward Deng’s three goal burst in the second term certainly helped set up Swan Districts’ first victory since round eight finishing with four for the game along with three marks and 20 disposals. A special mention goes to Jack Allen who has not played for Swans since late April due to school footy commitments. His impressive form from there translated to his club side combining time in the ruck and up forward finishing with 14 disposals, 14 hit-outs and a goal.

The Bulldogs remain rooted to the bottom with just two wins for 2019. Jetta set the standard that his teammates can hopefully follow in the weeks ahead as he finished with 33 disposals, six tackles, five marks and eight inside 50s. Souths’ inability to get their hands on the ball was illustrated by the fact that they had only one other player top 20 disposals and that was Manfred Kelly who had 24 and five tackles.

WAFL Colts weekly wrap: Winter winds of change sees Peel claim top spot

WITH the Under-18 carnival taking place throughout June, you often see plenty of variations in ladder positions. The sides from below look to make their move, while the teams from the top echelon could look a bit vulnerable. This season has been no exception.

WAFL Colts wrap – Round 11

West Perth 11.10 (76) defeated Swan Districts 7.4 (46)

West Perth narrowed the gap on Swan Districts after a composed 30-point victory over the Black and Whites at Steel Blue Oval on Saturday morning.

After a tight and scrappy first term The Falcons led Swans by nine points at the long break. The visitors were certainly outworking the ladder leaders around the ground with 16 more tackles (41-25) and using their possessions count by compiling 20 more inside 50s (33-13). Koopah Todd was a star in the first half for the Falcons with 18 disposals, five marks, five inside 50s and three tackles. Atem Deng matched that disposal output for Swans also taking eight marks and four inside 50s. The early stages of the third quarter saw Swan Districts kick two early goals from Ryan Letessier and Benjamin Taylor to reclaim the lead that they had in the second term. But from that moment, West Perth kicked seven goals to two and ran out deserved winners.

Bottom ager Corey Rundle was a real catalyst for the Falcons’ fine second half kicking three goals and managing four for the game. Todd continued on his solid first half and finished with 32 disposals, eight marks, six inside 50s and two goals while Callum Johnson added valuable tenacity around the packs with 21 disposals and seven tackles. After seven consecutive wins to start the season, this defeat was Swan Districts’ second in a row and not the kind of performance they wanted ahead of a massive test against Peel Thunder next week. It is the first time that Swans haven’t occupied the first position since Round 2. Deng was prominent for the home side with 26 disposals, eight marks and two goals while Ethan Nordahl continued his excellent 2019 season with 27 disposals, four inside 50s and four tackles.

Peel Thunder 18.11 (119) defeated Perth 3.6 (24)

Peel celebrated their ascension to the top of the WAFL Colts ladder in style with a thumping 95-point win over a beleaguered Perth outfit at Mineral Resources Park on Saturday morning.

The Thunder set up their victory by producing a six goal blast in the first term with Jonathon Ietto kicking two majors as the visitors led by 27 points at quarter time. The visitors extended the lead to 50 points at the long break. Peel were extremely efficient with their 17 scoring shots coming from 26 inside 50s. Ben Middleton and Ietto were prominent in the forward 50, kicking three goals for the half. The second half was a exercise in percentage boosting for the visitors with Peel kicking a further seven goals to nil and running out emphatic victors.

Peel’s key to success so far in 2019 has been a number of contributors that can bob up and produce on a game to game basis. Despite such a thumping win, Peel did not top the 300 mark in terms of overall disposals but still managed over 100 more than their opponent (284-184). Thunder also compiled more than double the amount of inside 50s than their opponents (54-22).

As he done a number of times this season, Bradley Oldfield topped the disposal charts for the winners with 25 disposals, five marks and seven inside 50s. The highly rated Jarvis Piña compiled 21 disposals and eight inside 50s while Ben Middleton was impactful by kicking four goals to go along with nine marks while bottom age star Ietto also kicked four majors. Simon Hayward was a true shining light for the Demons with 26 disposals, six tackles and two goals. A illustration of Perth’s performance was that they only had five players to collect double figure disposals.

Subiaco 15.11 (101) defeated South Fremantle 4.5 (29)

Subiaco gave everyone a glimpse of their 2018 premiership form as they defeated South Fremantle by 72 points at Fremantle Oval on Saturday morning.

The Lions produced their most clinical opening quarter of a difficult season to date kicking five goals to none and led by 30 points at the first break with Tyler Broughton and Nicolas Martin each kicking two goals for the visitors. Both teams kicked two goals for the second term and the Lions were able to keep their handy buffer at the long break. The second half saw the visitors well and truly go on with the job kicking eight goals to two and claim their second consecutive victory and second over the Bulldogs in 2018.

The Lions had any number of contributors over the four quarters with Ben Golding collecting 30 disposals, taking six marks and five inside 50s. Abraham Clinch was terrific once again for the Lions with 28 disposals and six marks while the duo of Nicolas French and Tyler Broughton kicked seven goals and took 15 marks between them. It was certainly a difficult day for the Bulldogs but exciting prospect Ira Jetta was certainly a shining light with 20 disposals and nine tackles.

East Perth 9.10 (64) defeated Claremont 7.9 (51)

In the closest game of the day, East Perth consolidated their place in the top five with a 13 point win over the Tigers at Claremont Oval

The first quarter was a tight affair with the Royals leading by two points at the first break. The Royals extended their lead to 20 points at the long break kicking four goals to one. Despite the Tigers making a number of runs at the Royals, East Perth was able to keep their opponents at arms length and collect their fifth win for 2019.

Claremont will look back to the lack of a real key target in the forward 50 as a reason for them not claiming the victory as they had eleven more inside 50s for the game.(48-37). Bottom ager Cody Nash was tenacious in his workrate for the Royals with seven tackles, five inside 50s along with 16 disposals. Ruckman Joshua Ladhams was very solid with his efforts around the ground clocking up 24 hit-outs and collecting 16 disposals and four marks. Meanwhile for the gallant Tigers, Jye Clark was terrific with 30 disposals, seven tackles and three inside 50s.

WAFL Colts weekly wrap: Swans slip up and Peel take full advantage

THIS weekend saw the second part of the split round conclude with the top two teams returning to competitive action after a week off in the West Australian Football League (WAFL) Colts. Despite just the two games being played, there were plenty of storylines to come from the fixtures.

WAFL Colts wrap – Round 10:

Peel Thunder 15.8 (98) defeated South Fremantle 7.8 (50)

A six-goal to one opening term blitz was the catalyst behind Peel Thunder’s 48-point victory against South Fremantle on Saturday evening, which saw the Mandurah based club record their seventh win of the season.

The home team have built their success in 2019 on an even spread of contributors and once again this was a key factor with eleven goalkickers on the evening, icluding six multiple goal scorers and six players amassing 20 disposals or more. Jack Sears led the way with 28 disposals, five marks and four inside 50s while Isiah Winder kicked two goals to go along with 27 disposals six marks and three inside 50s. The work-rate of Andrew Buttler was certainly noticeable with eight tackles to go along with 10 disposals, three inside 50s and one goal.

South Fremantle did manage to win the second and fourth quarters, but the damage was well and truly done in the first and third terms when they were outscored by 12 goals to two. Ira Jetta was a shining light with 18 disposals, three inside 50s and two goals.

Claremont 5.11 (41) defeated Swan Districts 5.8 (38)

Claremont proved once again to be the fly in the ointment of the top two sides after inflicting the first defeat on Swan Districts for 2019 with a thrilling three-point win over the Black and Whites at Steel Blue Oval on Sunday morning.

The Tigers have had a topsy-turvy campaign to date and after four games were languishing with a 1-3 record. A sterling come from behind win over the previously unbeaten Peel Thunder in round six seemed to be a catalyst and they have managed to gain considerable confidence from that victory and with this win over Swans, they now sit half a game inside the top five.

The game itself didn’t reach any great heights, but as a contest it was gripping with the margin not exceeding eight points throughout the four quarters. This season Swan Districts have built their success on a dominant 30 minutes of football where they have just left their opponents in their wake. However in this game, the Tigers did not let their opponents get away in any sense. The home team held a slender three point lead at the long break, but Claremont had their most productive quarter in an attacking sense during the third term, kicking 3.3 to 2.2 to take a four-point lead into the last term.

Swan Districts still would have fancied their chances with one quarter remaining, but Claremont defended for their lives, handing Swan Districts only their second goalless quarter of the season to date. While the Tigers also were unable to put the ball between the big sticks, they wouldn’t have cared one bit as they picked up their fourth win for 2019.

Callum Jamieson was a colossal figure for the Tigers in this game where he collected 18 disposals, eight tackles, seven marks and 39 hit-outs. Fremantle NGA candidate Joel Western continued his impressive season with 25 disposals and five tackles, while Jye Clark kept up his accumulating ways with 28 disposals, eight tackles and four inside 50s. The big guns for Swans still managed to have a sustained impact with Ethan Nordahl (29 disposals and six tackles), Brenton Hilton (28 disposals and five marks) and Kade Wallrodt (23 disposals, 7 marks and a goal) all contributing.

With the defeat, The Black and Whites lead Peel only on percentage (9.8%) and their much awaited first meeting of the season is looming on the horizon in two weeks time. Before that, Swans face another stern challenge against third placed West Perth on Saturday and after controlling a great majority of their round four encounter before falling just short in the final term, the Falcons will certainly not be lacking any confidence.

Western Australia weekly wrap: O’Reilly and Cameron shine on September stage

THE first weekend of Spring saw fine and sunny conditions and a true sense of finals fever as the second season officially began in earnest. The first week of finals saw old rivals East and South Fremantle meet at Fremantle Oval on Saturday while Peel and Swan Districts met in the qualifying final on the Sunday at Claremont Oval. The two games were held at the same locations to where the Seniors were playing their finals.

For those individuals who have been lucky enough to play at this time of year, they will tell you that it is a completely different type of footy compared to the home and away season. It is a time when reputations are earned and careers are made. For the next generation of stars, the next month will be a great learning tool in their fledgling careers.

WAFL Colts Wrap: Finals Week 1

Elimination Final – East Fremantle 18.7 (115) defeated South Fremantle 8.5 (53)

A stunning 14 goals to two second half display saw reigning premiers East Fremantle storm their way into the second week of the finals series with a 62-point thrashing against old rivals South Fremantle on Saturday morning, ending the Bulldogs season.

Both teams came into the game knowing each other extremely well having played each other just six days ago when the Bulldogs ran out victorious by 18 points which saw East Fremantle blow their opportunity of finishing in the top three and slip down into this elimination final clash. In their two other meetings in 2018 it was the Bulldogs who ran out victorious by 38 points in round four, while East Fremantle registered a victory in the traditional WA/Foundation Day clash by 14 points.

The Bulldogs got off to a strong start leading by eight points at quarter time with Luke Moore continuing his strong form from last week, causing a fair share of headaches for the Sharks defence. East Fremantle started the second term with a real sense of purpose kicking the first two goals to briefly take the lead, but it was the duo of Moore and Ira Jetta who were looming as being extremely influential to the outcome of the contest. The Bulldogs went to the long break by kicking three consecutive goals to lead by 13 points with Moore kicking four goals for the half.

Once again East Fremantle got off to a strong start to the quarter courtesy of goals to Dillon O’Reilly and Edward Curley and scores were now locked at 40 points a piece. Unlike the second term, the Sharks kept up with their momentum and O’Reilly put them back in front. The game was compelling in its nature with South Fremantle hitting back once again when Moore kicked his fifth goal of the game.

There was now an old-school shootout taking place at either end of the ground as O’Reilly kicked his third for the quarter and the son of the former Geelong and Fremantle full-back was causing massive concerns for the Bulldogs coaching thrust kicking his fourth for the all-important third term. Nash Miller kicked the seventh goal of a thrilling quarter of action, but Cody Smith responded in kind to push the lead out back beyond double figures. A late goal by Ethan Brown gave the Sharks a handy 17-point buffer with a quarter to play.

The main question going into the final 25 minutes was whether the Bulldogs had an answer to East Fremantle’s third quarter blitz, or if the Sharks could carry on the with the job. The answer was the latter as East Fremantle kicked another seven goals to nil to finish with a resounding 62-point win and will play the loser of the clash between Peel and Swans.

It was almost hard to keep up with the scoring action such was the regularity of the Sharks entries into their forward line. It could be said that East Fremantle lured their Fremantle rivals into a false sense of security after last week, keeping something up their sleeves to hit them with and they certainly did so with a crisp, clean knockout punch. In doing so, the Sharks put the top three teams on notice that they are not going to give up their premiership without a fight.

A clear sign of East Fremantle’s superiority after the break came courtesy of the inside 50 count. At half-time it was locked at 18 a piece, but come the end of the game the statistic had been flipped on its head to see East Fremantle hold an advantage by 19 (45-26). That naturally translated to a number of scoring shots and the Sharks had 18 for the second half (14.4) compared to just three for the Bulldogs (2.1).

Versatile swing man O’Reilly was an absolute colossus for East Fremantle and his impact in the second half was one of the main reasons for the momentum switch in the match.  He finished with six goals to go with nine marks and 19 disposals. Milan Murdock worked tirelessly all game racking up 26 disposals and 14 tackles, while Dylan Curley was a livewire in the forward 50 with four goals to go with his eight tackles and three marks.

South Fremantle proved over the last month of the season that they were a deserving finalist, playing the kind of football that wins you games in September. That continued in the first half of the elimination final, but they were left wanting in the final half, unable to keep up with their opponents.  Continuing his consistent form all season, Kyle Hamersley was a willing worker in the midfield with 25 disposals and six tackles and had support in Matthew Ward with 22 disposals and seven tackles. Moore was the dominant player on the ground in the first half with four majors, but as his team struggled to get their hands on the ball, the forward was naturally starved of opportunities only kicking one goal after the long break.

Qualifying Final – Swan Districts 9.7 (61) defeated Peel 7.10 (52)

Swan Districts overcame the ghosts of finals past as they produced a composed performance defeating second placed Peel Thunder by nine points at Claremont Oval on Sunday morning.

Both teams had split their two meetings in 2018, with Swans’ winning a thrilling affair by two points in round two, but Peel emphatically turned the tables in round 13 thrashing their opponents by 62 points.

The first goal of this contest came courtesy of a strong mark and goal to Jarrod Cameron and they followed that with a major to Nathan Ireland thanks to a ruck infringement. Peel had no difficulty getting the ball inside their 50-metre arc but were struggling to find a key target to make the most of their opportunities. Atem Deng then set up Cameron for his second of the quarter and the Swans went into quarter time with a 16-point lead.

Peel would have been looking for better’ composure with ball in hand and it didn’t take long for that to eventuate when a pin-point kick by Jake Howes set up Lachlan Cullen for their first goal. Peel were now dominating field position and Swans’ were looking to weather the storm and hit the Thunder on the counter attack.

They did just that when Ayden Cartwright kicked his first goal from a mark and then some clever play from Cameron put Patrick Farrant into space and he converted on the run from 45 metres. Peel hit back through a mark and goal from a acute angle by Ben Middleton and were well and truly back in the game when Killian Rawson converted smartly from a stoppage cutting the margin to just 12 points.

A screamer by Fremantle Dockers next generation prospect Jason Carter then set up another scoring opportunity, but Cullen missed to the near side and that summed up the first half for Peel a nutshell as they had many more inside 50s and double the scoring shots, but just could not capitalise. 

The third quarter underlined the nature of this contest with plenty of big tackles, great pressure from both sides and missed opportunities. Swans’ edged the quarter two goals to one courtesy of two great individual bits of play from Cameron, one from the boundary and the other a set shot from 50 metres which stamped his class on the contest. In between those goals Jarrod Fazioli kicked Peel’s fourth major to keep them in the hunt. Heading into the last term, Peel needed roughly four goals to win but that looked to be a tall task, having only kicked four goals for the first three quarters.

Deng started the fourth term with a great tackle inside the Swans’ forward 50 which earned him a free kick and his subsequent finish gave them a three goal lead. Riley Garcia then topped off a typically hard running game with a goal which moved them one step closer to a semi final clash with Subiaco.

Needing a piece of inspiration to keep them alive, a clever kick out of a pack by Cameron Gavin gave them the smallest glimmer of hope with 13 minutes left. Their chances grew a little more hopeful with a terrific goal by Middleton which gave them back to back goals and some late momentum.

Peel then wasted some late scoring chances and eventually when Middleton converted an opportunity by kicking his third for the game, there was just over a minute left and Swans’ were able to see that out without any drama to claim a well deserved win. They have earned a clash against minor premiers Subiaco in the major semi next week while Peel will meet East Fremantle in the minor semi final. Although the margin was only nine points at the end of an intense encounter, make no mistake Swans were certainly the deserving winners having made all the running throughout the contest.

The win ended four straight losses in finals for Swans’ who have been September regulars over the past five seasons winning the 2014 premiership runners-up to Claremont a year later. Ironically their last win in September came against Peel in the 2015 Preliminary final.

A feature of Swans’ victory was their pressure around the ground and that was emphasised by the fact that Swans had 90 tackles for the game, 22 more than their opponents had on the day. They were also able to soak up a lot of pressure conceding twenty more inside 50s (54-34) and were more efficient as they had just one less scoring shot for the game (17-16).

In terms of best players, Swan Districts had many but for overall impact there was none better than Cameron who despite having just the nine disposals, made every one of them count by kicking four goals and setting another one up in a permanent forward role. He presented well up at the footy with seven marks and laid five bone bruising tackles. The midfield unit was led superbly by Mitchell Bain who had 31 disposals and eight tackles along with Garcia with 24 disposals. Meanwhile the defensive unit was well marshalled by the likes of Denzel More, Brenton Hilton and Jake Pasini who for the majority of the contest kept the key figures in the Peel forward line at bay.

Peel also had a strong showing from their midfielders in Lachlan Riley (30 disposals and five tackles) and James Sturrock (29 disposals and six tackles), while the very promising Carter was pushed into the midfield in the last quarter after a composed game at half back finishing with 20 disposals, seven marks and four tackles.

Scouting notes: WAFL Colts – Round 21 – Super Sunday

IN round 21 of the WAFL, the Colts had a “Super Round” held at Domain Stadium on Sunday August 26. Up first was East Fremantle v South Fremantle at 10am. Following that was Peel Thunder against East Perth, and Subiaco v Perth was the final game. On Saturday, Swan Districts hosted Claremont at Steel Blue Oval.

The concept was designed to give recruiters an enhanced opportunity to see all of their draft targets. Below were the best players in the three games held at Domain Stadium.

 

East Fremantle vs. South Fremantle

East Fremantle:

#1 MILAN MURDOCK

The East Fremantle Power junior was at his tenacious best for the Sharks through the middle of the ground. Murdock accumulated 28 possessions, laid a game-high 11 tackles, took three marks and recorded three inside 50s in a spirited display. Expect him to play a big role in September.

#9 COREY ROBINSON

The Aquinas College student showcased why he is one of the best midfielders in the competition with another brilliant display. Robinson finished with 30 possessions, five marks and five inside 50s as he tried to will his team to victory. Robinson’s clearance work was a real feature of his game, as were his clean hands, and sharp disposal.

#23 LUKE JACKSON

The AFL Academy member produced a performance that highlighted why he is a potential first-round draft prospect for next year. Impressive against the Bulldogs, he collected 11 possessions, won 25 hit-outs, took three marks, laid three tackles and kicked a goal.

#27 JAI JACKSON

The Chapman Valley junior was again solid in the midfield for the Sharks, with 23 possessions, five tackles, four marks, four inside 50s and two goals. His power to break through tackles is phenomenal for his age and it will not be a surprise to see him dominate in the seniors soon.

#28 NICK WATSON

The 2016 WA State Under 16s Academy player was arguably the best ruckman on the ground. He finished with 14 possessions, 28 hit-outs, six marks and a goal in a true captain’s performance. His ability to cover the ground as a ruckman is superb for someone his age, while his ruck craft is top notch.

 

South Fremantle:

#4 LUKE MOORE

Without doubt the most dynamic forward of the game, Moore was the catalyst for the Bulldogs’ win. Some of his plays throughout the day were breath-taking and were similar to how Alan Didak used to run rings around opposition defenders. In the first quarter, Moore gathered the ball at full pace, drew two defenders and handballed to Jack Musika who goalled. Early in the second quarter, Moore danced his way past a Sharks’ defender and snapped truly, but it was his third quarter which was breath-taking. Within the first five minutes of the quarter, he had kicked two goals and assisted Brodee Knight to score one as well. His finals stats were 10 possessions, five marks and four goals.

#9 KYLE HAMERSLEY

Although this was his first game since round five, Hamersley was arguably the best player on the ground, highlighting his capabilities as a midfielder. He gathered a team-high 23 possessions, laid six tackles, took five marks and kicked a goal as he showcased why he is a highly rated draft prospect.

#11 IRA JETTA

The cousin of Neville and Lewis, Ira Jetta showed why he is a highly rated prospect for the 2020 AFL Draft. Blessed with speed, agility, skill and vision, Jetta used all of his traits to torch the Sharks’ defenders. He finished with 18 possessions, four marks, four tackles, three inside 50s and a goal.

#16 TOM BLECHENDYN

The Brookton-Pingelly product continued his fine season with another accomplished display. Against the Sharks Blechendyn accumulated 19 possessions, recorded five inside 50s, took four marks and laid three tackles in a superb outing.

#26 ROBERT WOODS

The 2017 WA U16s State Academy member was lively in the forward half for the Bulldogs. A real highlight of his game, was when he used his pace to burn off two East Fremantle defenders to drill through a goal from the flank. He also finished with 14 possessions, six marks and six inside 50s.

 

Peel Thunder vs. East Perth:

Peel:

#2 JAKE HOWES

The Peel Skipper was his usual tough self in the midfield, often burying himself into packs to rip the ball out for his team. He accumulated 16 possessions, laid eight tackles, took two marks, recorded two inside 50s and kicked two goals in a magnificent performance.

#9 MICHAEL RANDALL

The South Mandurah product used his big frame to crash and bash his way through congestion to feed the ball to his outside runners. He won an equal team-high 18 possessions, recorded a game-high eight inside 50s, laid three tackles and booted a goal to be a valuable contributor.

#11 JARVIS PINA

The State Combine invitee showcased why he is such a highly touted West Australian draft prospect. Against the Royals, Pina collected 10 possessions, laid six tackles and recorded five inside 50s. His drive off half-back set up a host of the Thunder’s attacking forays.

#28 TYRONE THORNE

The livewire small forward was dynamic for the Thunder, often having the Royals’ defenders extremely nervous. He finished the game with 18 possessions, six tackles, five marks, five inside 50s and three goals (although if he kicked straighter he could have had a bag of six goals). Without doubt the best player on the ground.

#34 BILLY CHAMBERS

The Pinjarra ruckman was his imposing self against the Royals with 11 possessions, 25 hitouts, four marks, two tackles and two inside 50s. He would often give his midfielders first use of the football, but would spread from the contest to make himself a target for his midfielders to kick to.

 

East Perth:

#7 LOUIS MILLER

The Dunsborough junior was yet again solid in defence for the Royals. He finished with 19 possessions and four tackles in an inspiring performance. As well as his exceptional defensive efforts, Miller’s rebounding has improved dramatically and it is little wonder why AFL clubs are rating him highly.

#9 RHAI-ARN COX

The AFL Academy member was dazzling in the forward half for East Perth. He finished with 14 possessions, eight marks, three tackles, three inside 50s and a goal in a performance that highlighted his draft credentials for 2019. The Mount Hawthorn junior has a bright future ahead of him.

#10 TOM BAULCH

The Mackay product was arguably East Perth’s best player with 24 possessions, eight marks, four inside 50s, two tackles and a goal. His attack on the ball is ferocious and his class on the outside makes him a tantalising prospect.

#19 DAMON GREAVES

The Busselton junior showcased why he is one West Australia’s best draft prospects with another scintillating performance. Against the Thunder, he gathered 22 possessions, laid seven tackles and took three marks to be one of the best players on the ground. His dare to take the game on, along with his incredible composure makes him one of the best attacking half-back flankers in this year’s draft pool.

#29 LIAM MARTIN

The Mount Lawley-Inglewood junior went up against Billy Chambers and more than held his own. He finished the game with 17 possessions, 18 hitouts, five marks and a goal in a superb outing. His will to get his midfielders into the game was outstanding.

 

Subiaco vs. Perth

Subiaco:

#3 TRISTAN HOBLEY

The 2016 WA Under 16s State Academy player was phenomenal in the midfield for the Lions with 32 possessions, 10 marks, eight tackles, four inside 50s and a goal. His ability to be a link-up player as well as a metres-gained player is incredible for someone his age.

#10 JACK MAYO

The 2018 WAFL Colts Leading Goalkicker produced a sensational performance that improved his draft credentials. Originally stationed in defence, Mayo showed an elite ability to read the play and intercept the opposition’s attacking forays. After half-time, he was shifted forward and he starred with his forward craft on full display. He finished the game with 20 possessions, 10 marks, five inside 50s and two goals.

#15 WIL HICKMOTT

The son of former Carlton and Geelong player Adrian Hickmott, Wil showcased his classy and silky outside game against the Demons. He racked up 21 possessions, took eight marks, recorded three inside 50s and laid two tackles in a starring performance.

#16 TAJ SCHOFIELD

The Port Adelaide father-son prospect was phenomenal against the hapless Demons. Stationed on the half-forward flank, Schofield accumulated 23 possessions, recorded eight inside 50s, took seven marks, and laid three tackles.

#18 JACOB PELETIER

The Esperance product was yet again outstanding for the Lions. He collected 24 possessions, grabbed 11 marks, recorded four inside 50s and kicked a goal to be one of the most dangerous midfielders on the ground. The Ports junior has bright future ahead of him.

 

Perth:

#15 NYIKA JOHN

The West Coast Next Generation Academy member tried extremely hard on the half-back line for Perth. He finished with 15 possessions and four marks, as he tried to give his team some drive to score.

#45 NATHAN O’DRISCOLL

The Northam product was superb in the midfield for the Demons with 27 possessions, eight tackles and two marks. On a bleak day for Perth fans, O’Driscoll was a beacon of light with his ball-winning ability, composure, and skill execution all on display.

#50 DEVEN ROBERTSON

The nephew of West Coast great Darren Glass produced a timely performance that indicated he is a first round prospect next year. He accumulated a game-high 36 possessions, took six marks, recorded five inside 50s, laid three tackles and kicked a goal to easily be his team’s best player.

Western Australia weekly wrap: Bulldogs loom large as finals wildcard

THE final round of the home and away season saw a ‘Super Sunday’ of action with three games played at Domain Stadium. While the final five was locked in, a precious double chance was still up for grabs with East Fremantle and Swan Districts jostling for that third position. With Swans playing on Saturday, East Fremantle knew the equation at hand when they met their arch rivals the following day.

Could the Sharks get the job done? Read ahead to find out all the details.

WAFL Wrap Round 21

South Fremantle 13.9 (87) defeated East Fremantle 10.9 (69).

South Fremantle kept up their fine late season form while dealing their bitter rivals a hammer blow in the process with a 18-point win over East Fremantle at Domain Stadium.

East Fremantle got off to the best possible story courtesy of a Tom Wright goal. The Sharks looked more composed in the early stages, but South Fremantle eased their way into the contest and got on the board courtesy of Lachlan Johnson. The Sharks regained the lead courtesy of an opportunistic snap by Jai Jackson, but the inform Bulldogs produced a great piece of team football which was smartly finished off by Jack Musika.

Both teams were really cracking in hard giving no quarter and expecting none in return. Jackson was looming as a key figure in the contest kicking his second of the quarter and helping the Sharks hold a six point lead at quarter time.

South Fremantle were peppering the goals at the start of the second term but were unable to get maximum reward for their effort. Another smooth piece of ball movement involving the likes of Ira Jetta gave Johnson the chance to change that and he kicked truly to level the scores. Jetta was then left unattended inside the forward 50 and the lively 16 year-old made the Sharks pay to give them their biggest lead of the contest.

The game was now being played on South Fremantle’s terms and some clever footwork by Luke Moore outfoxed his opponent and he kicked truly from 40 metres. The Bulldogs were now oozing confidence and some swift ball movement down the outer wing involving Jack Redman ended with Robert Woods who nailed their fourth for the term.

East Fremantle certainly needed a steadier and they got two in as many minutes firstly from Cody Smith and then a good running goal from the very likely bottom age prospect in Luke Jackson. It was a fascinating quarter with the Bulldogs dominating large parts but East Fremantle finished the stronger and only trailed by six points at the long break.

As always, the third quarter shaped as pivotal for the outcome of this captivating contest. It began with a brilliant rundown and tackle by Manfred Kelly who set up Moore for his second of the day to re-establish the two goal margin for the Bulldogs and Jaxon Bellchambers and Moore then set up Brodee Knight for his first.

All the hard work in getting back into the contest was at risk of being washed away and the influential Moore emphasised that point as he kicked his third to give the rampant Bulldogs their biggest lead of the game which was 24 points. East Fremantle then got a much needed response through Dylan Curley, however it was South Fremantle that were just playing better football with their transition from defence into attack which was first class and that was illustrated when Nash Miller set up Kyle Hamersley for his first and the Sharks defence was now close to breaking point.

East Fremantle then made the fatal mistake of over committing in defence leaving Toby Mcquilkin loose out the back to goal from close range. However they quickly regrouped courtesy of a long bomb by Cody Smith which was marked by Nicolas Watson in the goal square just before the three quarter time siren. It gave the Sharks a lifeline heading into the final 25 minutes and they would have known that every goal was vital as they had percentage to protect with third spot on the line.

After some untidy play to start the final term, Moore kicked his fourth of the game to re-establish their five goal lead and make life difficult for the visitors. A costly 50 metre penalty gave hard running defender Neil Irani a shot at goal which he duly converted to ice the game for the Bulldogs. Curley kicked his second of the game for the Sharks and Jackson soon set up the forward for another one soon after to trim the margin back to four goals. The Sharks were certainly playing with renewed energy knowing that every goal mattered in the equation of a double chance.

Cameron Davidson kicked a goal on the final siren to narrow the final margin 18 points but that did not worry the Bulldogs as they continued their fine end to the season which was their third in a row and third victory against top four opponents in as many attempts (also defeating Swans in Round 19 and Peel in Round 16). They are peaking at the right time and loom as a very dangerous opponent against anyone they come up against. Meanwhile the loss proved extremely costly for the Sharks who now slip to fourth and a rematch against their Fremantle rivals next week.

Moore was pivotal in the second half kicking three of his four goals and setting up another while Ira Jetta ran hard all day pressuring his opponents of himself all over the ground with 18 disposals and four tackles while James Russell was fantastic in defence with 17 disposals and three marks. For the Sharks Corey Robinson tried hard all day with 30 disposals while Jai Jackson was a true focal point with 23 disposals five tackles, four marks and two goals.

Peel Thunder 11.15 (81) defeated East Perth 9.8 (62)

Following that clash, Peel Thunder bounced back from last weeks disappointing loss against Claremont with a solid 19-point win over East Perth.

Peel dominated the early stages of the contest racking up four inside 50s in as many minutes and they finally got their reward through a mark and goal by Michael Randall in the square. East Perth barely got the ball past halfway in the first 12 minutes but were lucky to remain in the contest as Peel were not making their overall dominance count.

East Perth’s first scoring attempt came through Jarrad Hamer-Mathew who missed to the near side but they were edging closer to success and their first major came through Thomas Baulch. Then out of nowhere the game completely switched in momentum and East Perth were on the front foot when Egan Bradbury kicked their second of the contest. A third goal soon followed through Hamer-Mathew and remarkably the Royals went to the quarter time break with a six-point lead. Wasteful footy was certainly costly for Peel who finished the quarter with 1.8 but realistically should have been three goals in front.

Peel needed a spark and they got just that to start the second quarter with a brilliant running goal by Jake Howes from the boundary from 45 metres. Hamer-Mathew responded soon after for the Royals and Liam Martin then followed to give them their biggest lead of the contest which was 14 points. Lee Chapman kicked a important goal for Peel to cut the margin to single digits and then Jack Sears marked and goaled to cut it to a single point. When Sears kicked his second of the term, Peel were back in front but Baulch seemed to lock the scores at 40 points a piece at the long break, however it was deemed to be after the siren therefore Peel went into the long break with a six-point lead.

The second placed Peel now looked just like they did to start the contest, but the only difference were they were making their opportunities count outscoring the Royals four goals to one with Jake Howes prominent in their attacking thrusts. When Tyrone Thorne kicked his second for the quarter the margin in a blink of a eye was 31 points and a long way back for East Perth. The Royals were getting smashed out of the centre with the running fleet of Peel in fine form. Harley Sparks cut the margin to four goals but once again it was that man Thorne who gave Peel their five goal margin again and they took that margin to the three-quarter time break.

East Perth started the final quarter with some purpose and the excellent hard running of Baulch set up Rhai-arn Cox for his first of the day. The Royals were now certainly pushing hard but just not converting their opportunities. A strong tackle by Ben McGuire in the forward 50 gave him his first for the day to cut the margin to three goals but the Thunder were not in any immediate danger and saw out the rest of the game with no troubles and they go into their finals clash with Swan Districts next week on a winning note.

Remarkably Peel Thunder only totalled 219 disposals for the game but used them to great effect with 44 inside 50s compared to 31 from East Perth which led to 26 scoring shots compared to 19 from the Royals.

Thorne was the catalyst behind the terrific second half by the Thunder with three goals to go along 18 disposals six tackles and five marks while Jake Howes was in and under all game with eight tackles to go along with 16 disposals and two goals.

For the Royals, it was the hard running of Baulch which was a stand out as the top ager collected 24 disposals and eight marks while Cox kept working hard and looked dangerous collecting 14 disposals eight marks and three tackles along with a goal.

Subiaco 17.15 (117) defeated Perth 4.4 (28)

In the final game of a long day it was Subiaco who recorded their eleventh straight win with a 89-point thrashing over Perth. The team football which have served the Lions so well this season was again on display with eleven goal kickers on the day led by Jordan Faraone with three and Jack Mayo with 20 disposals, 10 marks and two goals while Tristan Hobley rounded out his home and away season in fine style with 32 disposals, ten marks and eight tackles.

The thumping loss consigned Perth to the wooden spoon position dispute going into the game with a 5% advantage over East Perth. They finished the game with a deficit of 0.3 per cent. Two of their youngest players could hold their head high high with Deven Robertson having 36 disposals and six marks while 16 year-old Nathan O’ Driscoll continued his excellent form with 27 disposals and eight tackles.

Swan Districts 10.8 (68) defeated Claremont 5.7 (37)

In the lone game played on Saturday morning, Swan Districts tuned up for finals action with a comprehensive 31 point win over Claremont at Steel Blue Oval in a game where they led throughout the contest.

Swans got off to a strong start leading by 13 points at quarter time courtesy of two goals to Atem Deng. Claremont, who were eliminated from finals calculations last week responded well in the second quarter kicking three goals to two and cutting the margin to seven points at the long break.

Swan Districts who were looking to get some momentum heading into the finals after two straight losses kicked the first two goals of the third term courtesy of Nathan Ireland and Patrick Farrant and once again Claremont failed to register a goal in the third term and had an uphill task heading into last quarter trailing by 19 points.

Bottom ager Liam Henry gave the visitors the best possible start to the final term kicking a goal but Patrick Farrant responded giving them their three goal lead and that was soon followed by Ayden Cartwright’s first major of the game which sealed the four points for the Black and Whites.

Deng sealed a best on ground performance with his third late in the contest and Graydon Wilson topped off a fine second-half performance for the home side to seal a 31 point win and put them in a positive frame of mind as they head into September action looking to make up for their 2017 exit after being bundled out in straight sets after finishing third in the home and away season. With the Sharks loss, it has handed them them a perfect opportunity to do just that. The Lions can now put up their feet and watch the four teams below them put their bodies on the line.

At least they will have the opportunity to atone that disappointment which is more than what Claremont can do as the Premiers from 2015 and 2016 and runners-up from last year reflect on a campaign that never really got any momentum behind it. However with a number of promising youngsters in their ranks, they cannot be written off as a chance to play finals footy next season.

Deng was the player who set the tone for the win with 19 first half disposals and two goals and while he had a much quieter second half, his impact could not be understated finishing with 24 disposals, five marks and three goals. He had strong support from Western Australia Under 18s representative Wilson with 23 disposals, seven marks and a goal and Riley Garcia was at his ball gathering best with 31 disposals. For Claremont, bottom-ager Henry was a willing worker throughout the contest with 18 disposals, four marks and two goals.

 

Week 1 Finals:

Qualifying Final

Peel Thunder vs Swan Districts

Elimination Final

East Fremantle vs South Fremantle