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West Australian Colts weekly wrap: Swans and Sharks setting the early pace

ROUND 2 of the West Australian Football League (WAFL) Colts was split over Saturday and Sunday with two games played at Steel Blue and East Fremantle Oval giving talent scouts terrific opportunity to watch the next generation of stars.

WAFL Colts: Round Two

West Perth 8.7.55 defeated Claremont 5.10.40

West Perth made it two wins out of two defeating Claremont at Steel Blue Oval by 15 points.

The Falcons got the first goal of the day through Callum Johnson and that was increased soon afterwards by a smart snap by Ewan Brazier. Johnson was setting the tone for others to follow with his hard running and a third major soon followed for Lachlan Scurria. West Perth had winners all over the ground and the Tigers needed to find a way to get on the scoreboard before too long.

An opportunity came through via a long kick came into their forward 50 but the exciting prospect Liam Henry could only register a minor score. For all the Tigers toil, the Falcons were making every post a winner in their Forward 50 when Brazier kicked his second of the quarter the Falcons had a impressive 25 point lead. That remained the margin at the first break and it was a tale of effiency with both teams entering their Forward 50 on ten occasions, but the only thing that counted was that West Perth had six scoring shots to Claremont’s one.

The Tigers looked more fluid at the start of the second quarter with several attacking thrusts but were still unable to put the ball between the big sticks. A free kick from the the goalsquare to Michael Mallard added to their woes and then Ben Johnson converted to pile on the pain. Bottom ager Joel Western got the Tigers on the board midway through the quarter and the game switched into a holding pàttern of sorts. However another indiscretion before the siren led to another 50 metre penalty with Zak Patterson goaling from the square. The 37 point-lead was fully deserved by the Falcons who had winners all over the field led by Jaxon Prior with 20 disposals and Ben Johnson with 14.

The Tigers started the third term with real purpose with Callum Jamieson taking a fine mark and covering from the square and that was soon followed by Charlie Malone kicking their second in quick succession and narrowing the lead to four goals.

For the first time in the contest, the Tigers were running at their opponents and puttting the Falcons under constant pressure. West Perth were well off their game compared to the first two quarters but kicked a steadier right before the siren through Tyron Hindmarsh after some fine ball movement further afield which extended their lead to 30 points. The positive for Claremont was that their effort was certainly now matching their opponents and all they needed was a high level of conversion to finish it off. They got what they were after courtesy of Jack Buller to cut the margin to 20 points. A free kick to Max Minear saw him convert from 40 metres to give them a real chance with eight minutes remaining. However some smart possession football by West Perth saw them withstand the fight back and claim a 14 point win, their second to start the season.

Star of the day

A player that offered so much run from half back was Jaxon Prior who amassed 34 disposals, eight marks, three tackles and countless rebounds from defensive 50 and fully deserved that honour.

Other Falcons who were fine players on the day included Tyron Hindmarsh (28 disposals and eight tackles), Koopah Todd (28 disposals and eight marks) and Ben Johnson (27 disposals and seven marks. A real exciting prospect for the Tigers is mobile 200cm ruck/forward Callum Jamieson with 14 disposals,five marks 13 hit-outs and a goal.

Key factors

The slow start was crucial to the outcome. It is not desirable to give a team a 4-5 goal head start in today’s footy otherwise you are playing catchup for the remainder of the game, however it is still early in the season and there is plenty to work on for both teams. The first half and the ability to show poise under pressure in the closing minutes would please Falcons coach Ryan Lascock and his assistants. Meanwhile, it would have been easy for the Tigers to drop their heads, however they hung in there which was a big positive for the Tigers coaching group. The amount of ball that Claremont took into their forward 50 will also be a pleasing factor (49-33), although they need more players to step up and help convert that advantage.

 

Swan Districts 10.8 (68) defeated East Perth 8.4 (52)

The second game of the double header saw Swan Districts erase a 27-point first half deficit to claim a 16-point win and make it two wins from two games to start the season.

The Royals started the better of the two teams with a number of forward entries. Jaxon East crumbed the ball expertly to kick the first of the game. They then increased their lead through Joshua Ladhams with a mark and goal and just like the previous game one team got off to a flyer with Sam Van Diemen kicking his first under very little pressure. Swans finally got onto the board with their best passage of play leading to a soccered goal by Sebastian Bright from the square. Ladhams put a exclamation point on a great quarter when he marked and goaled from 40 metres as the Royals led by 21 points at quarter time.

Swans got off to the perfect start on the second when Jayden Farrant snapped truly from 15 metres, but Van Diemen replied a few minutes later to give East Perth their their four goal lead once again. Some good forward line pressure saw Sebit Kuek earn a shot at goal which he duly converted and the Royals were out to their biggest lead of the day.

Defender Jack Pasini made the most of a infringement by the man on the mark to kick Swans’ third of the day. The two teams then traded goals towards the end of the second term and East Perth went into the long break with a 21 point margin. The Royals strength throughout the first half was their ability to generate inside 50s (25) and though they only scored on 10 occasions, the weight of numbers told the story. In comparison, Swans only had four scoring shots from their 15 entries. Harley Sparks continued his form from his impressive first game of the season against Subiaco compiling 15 disposals for the half. Meanwhile Kade Wallrodt was a tireless worker for Swans with 14 disposals and two marks.

Bottom ager Ayden Cartwright gave Swans’ the perfect start to the third term with a goal within two minutes. The next 15 minutes was a war of attrition with both teams launching attacks but to no avail. The home team finally broke the deadlock when bottom ager Jamieson Ugle got them to within seven points which seemed inconceivable a quarter ago. The Black and Whites had outscored East Perth 2.2 to no score in the term, but in truth it felt a lot more than that and it was certainly all to play for in the last quarter.

Some clever play early in the last quarter by Narkle set up Cartwright for his second of the game and the scores were now level. East Perth were seemingly running on the spot with Swans all over them like a rash. Cartwright soon kicked his second for the term and Swans had the lead for the first time in the game.

With East Perth needing to find a target in their forward line it was Kuet who stepped up to the mark and cut the deficit to one point. The next goal was always going to be pivotal and it was bottom ager Zane Trew with a fine snap from 35 metres for the home side. The icing on the cake came just before the siren when Jermarl Daly won a free kick and kicked his first major to seal a stirring 16 point victory.

 

Star(s) of the day

There were many candidates with Harley and Connor Sparks amassing 54 disposals, seven marks and seven tackles for the Royals.

But in truth, you could pick a handful of Swan Districts players and not go wrong.
Kade Wallrodt was tireless with 33 disposals and five marks, Zane Trew kicked a decisive goal to go along with his 26 disposals and seven tackles, while bottom ager Ayden Cartwright kicked three goals including two in the all important last term.

However it was the double act of Brenton Hilton and Jake Pasini who really stemmed the tide in the first half. In truth, it would have been a eight goal game without them holding the fort. Then in the second half they were imperious, impassable, impeccable or any other complement you want to pay them. The duo are key to Swan Districts premiership hopes this season.

 

Key factor

Momentum is massive in football and you have to make the most of it when you have it. East Perth had it in the first half but didn’t make the most of it. Swans had it in the second half and kicked six goals to one. That is the game in a nutshell.

 

In Sunday’s games:

East Fremantle 12.8 (80) defeated Subiaco 3.5(23)

East Fremantle made it two wins from two to start the season after a 57-point win. In the clash between the last two premiers it was the home team mastered the greasy conditions from the get-go kicking four goals to no score in the first quarter and the reigning premiers could not respond. Subiaco also were unable to kick a goal in the third term as the Sharks kicked six without reply. Exciting talents Luke Jackson and Trey Ruscoe combined for 40 disposals, nine marks and four goals while Trent Rivers was tireless with 29 disposals and six tackles. With a number of changes to playing personnel and a new head coach, it will take a bit of time for Subiaco to gel. The prolific Tristan Hobley never stopped working hard with 29 disposals and eight tackles.

 

Perth 9.12 (66) defeated South Fremantle 6.9 (45)

Perth kicked six goals to three on the second half to break open what was a low scoring scrappy affair and claim a win in their first game of the season by 21 points. The Demons made the most of their advantage when it came to forward 50 entries (46-33) and scoring shots (21-15) leading as much as 35 points in the last term putting together a impressive performance. Bottom-age talents Nathan O’Driscoll and Cain Evans were terrific for the Demons. O’Driscoll had 32 disposals and five marks while Evans compiled 19 disposals, five tackles and two goals. Meanwhile, Jack Musika was a willing worker with 26 disposals and five tackles and bottom ager Shannon Neale kicked three goals which was a fine effort in a team that only scored six for the game.

WAFL Colts weekly wrap: The journey begins again

THE team you support may have finished well adrift in the finals race the previous season, but round one brings a whole lot of hope and expectation to fans across the nation. In terms of the WAFL Colts, we saw a terrific conclusion to the 2018 season with Subiaco edging out Swan Districts in an absolute thriller. There are bound to be plenty of storylines and young stars looking to put their names in front of the AFL gurus. With all that said, let’s get on with the action.

WAFL Colts - Round 1

Swan Districts 9.9 (63) defeated South Fremantle 8.11(59)

Swan Districts started their quest for Grand Final redemption in strong style after holding off a gallant South Fremantle outfit by four points at Steel Blue Oval on Saturday morning.

After South Fremantle controlled the early passages of play without converting truly it it was Jermarl Daly who got the first goal of the season for the black and whites.

The visitors continued to bring the ball forward with confidence and eventually got their reward when Malachi Walley crumbed the ball well to kick the Bulldogs first of the season. A mark and goal by Jebh O’ Donohue saw the home team reclaim the lead at the twenty minute mark. For all their attacking thrusts, the Bulldogs deserved to be closer than what they were and Jaxon Bellchambers did just that snapping truly to give to cut the deficit to three points at quarter time.

The second quarter was all about 17-year-old Daly, with the South Hedland product causing many headaches for South Fremantle’s defence. The well built youngster took a number of one-grab marks and kicked three goals for the term. Swans blew the margin out to 22 points midway through the term but the Bulldogs steadied somewhat with a goal by bottom ager Dontay Bolton and trailed by 14 points at the long break. In terms of possessions, bottom-age Swan Districts talents Zane Trew and Ty Sears led the way with 13 and 12 disposals respectively, while Jacob Sax was a shining light for South Fremantle with 15 disposals.

The key figure of Daly started the third quarter where he finished the first half, this time snapping truly for his fifth of the game. The Bulldogs were looking threatening every time they brought the ball forward but could not convert their chances. That changed when Walley kicked his second for the game, but Daly had the answers yet again two minutes later kicking his sixth.

Toby McQuilkin was looking lively in the third term and was unlucky to miss from a previous attempt but made amends a few minutes later to cut the margin to 13 points. Even though it was the first game of the season, the heat had definitely gone up a couple of levels. The home team led by 12 points at three quarter time and the questions was whether Swans could hold on or South Fremantle produce a comeback victory.

The Bulldogs peppered the goals in the early stages of the quarter continuing their fine end to the third term. Their perseverance paid off as they kicked two goals through Brodie Plunkett and Nathan Spooner to give them the lead since the early stages of the first quarter. However, try as they might they could not build on that lead and despite having just two scoring shots for the term, Swan Districts were able to kick the match winning goal through Kade Walldrot with four minutes remaining on the clock and were able to see the game out to claim their first four points of the season.

As we see so often in a new season, the skills were a bit rusty, but it was a highly competitive affair with a lot for both coaches to take away from the game.

Star

While were a number of impressive performers on both sides, in terms of pure difference makers Jermarl Daly was exactly that with his six goals. If he can replicate even half that output on a regular basis, Swans will be certainly up amongst the contenders again.

First impressions

Swans have a well rounded team with exciting talents like Kade Walldrot and Brenton Hilton who can play multiple positions, while their key defenders in Jake Pasini and Jack Allen are more than capable of keeping their opponents under wraps.

South Fremantle have a very nimble running fleet led by the likes of Jack Musika, Jacob Sax and Manfred Kelly while Malachi Walley is a very clever operator in the forward 50. Last season they made a sluggish start before storming home and making the top five, so a good start is imperative if they want to progress further this season.

In other games:

East Fremantle 10.6(66) def. Claremont 9.10(64)

In a rematch of the 2017 Grand Final, it was East Fremantle who came out on top winning another thriller on the opening day of the season by two points at Claremont Ovql. Unlike their Fremantle rivals, the Sharks’ comeback in the final quarter was successful with Trey Roscoe kicking two goals in as many minutes which helped overturn a 10 point deficit and topped off a fine display as he also compiled 20 disposals, five marks and four tackles. Ronin O’ Connor was a tireless worker for the Tigers with 20 disposals and nine tackles.

East Perth 10.8(68) def. Subiaco 5.5(35)

Subiaco’s Premiership defence got off to a shaky start as East Perth caused the biggest upset on the opening day of the season defeating their co-tenants by 33 points. The Royals who finished twelve games behind Subiaco last season finishing in eighth position, set up their win with strong first half and went on the job in a professional fashion. Jaxon East was a game breaker for the Royals with 27 disposals and three goals while Harley Sparks was prominent throughout with 32 disposals. Tristan Hobley like he always does for the Lions was tireless with 30 disposals and 10 tackles.

Peel Thunder 11.7(73) def. West Perth 8.8(56)

2018 Preliminary finalists Peel Thunder never relinquished the lead but withstood a number of challenges from West Perth to run out 17 point winners at David Grays Arena. Jarvis Piña led the way for the home side with32 disposals, eight marks and four tackles and he was well supported by Bradley Oldfield with 22 disposals and five tackles while Tyrone Thorne was lively with 17 disposals and two goals. For the Falcons, Koopah Todd with 20 disposals and eight tackles, along with Ben Johnson with 17 disposals and two goals were strong contributors for the visitors.

Scouting notes: WAFL Colts – Week One Finals

IN the 2018 WAFL Colts’ finals series, East Fremantle thumped arch-rivals South Fremantle to the tune of 62 points at Fremantle Oval in the elimination final, while Swan Districts accounted for Peel Thunder by nine points at Claremont Oval to advance through to the grand final. Lenny Fogliani was at both games and noted down the best players.

East Fremantle vs. South Fremantle

East:

#1 Milan Murdock

The East Fremantle Power junior was at his unrelenting best against the Bulldogs with 26 possessions, 14 tackles, three marks and two inside 50s. His tenacity in the contest to win the ball for his team was first class, while his outside link-up play was brilliant.

#7 Jeremy Sharp

The 2018 U18s All-Australian showcased why he is one of the leading prospects for next year’s AFL draft with another polished performance. Sharp accumulated 24 possessions, took nine marks, recorded eight inside 50s and laid three tackles in an impressive display.

#8 Dylan Curley

The Mullewa product manufactured a performance that demonstrated why he is a highly-sought after prospect for this year’s AFL Draft. He finished with nine possessions, eight tackles, three marks and four goals to be one of the most dangerous forwards on the ground.

#9 Corey Robinson

The Aquinas student was again busy in the midfield for the Sharks with 26 possessions, five marks, two inside 50s and a goal. A real feature of Robinson’s game was his crisp disposal especially when going inside 50. More often than not, Robinson would lower his eyes and then spear the ball onto the chest of his forwards.

#24 Trey Ruscoe

The Booragoon junior was deployed as a big-bodied midfielder and it paid dividends for East Fremantle. He bustled his way to 20 possessions, five tackles and five inside 50s to be one of the most influential players on the ground. His draft stocks for 2019 are rapidly rising.

#25 Cameron Davidson

The Collie product was again superb for the Sharks with another polished display off the half-back line. With the ball in hand, Davidson was never flustered and always made excellent decisions. The combination of his combative toughness and silky skills makes him an exciting prospect. He finished with 12 possessions and five marks.

#26 Dillon O’Reilly

Without doubt the star of the show! Made the key focal point in the second half, O’Reilly finished with 19 possessions, nine marks and a bag of six goals to drag the Sharks from a 13-point deficit to victory. His contested marking as well as his exceptional goal-kicking routine makes him one of the best key position prospects in this year’s Draft.

#28 Nick Watson

The East Fremantle Captain produced a true captain’s performance to lead his team to victory. The 2016 WA U16s State Academy representative finished with 11 possessions, 29 hitouts, four marks, four tackles and a goal.

 

South:

#1 Jack Musika

The Cockburn junior was back to his best against the Sharks. He gathered 14 possessions, laid five tackles and grabbed three marks to be one of the better Bulldogs’ midfielders. His toughness in the contest along with his endurance and excellent skills make him a damaging midfield prospect for the 2019 AFL Draft.

#4 Luke Moore

The WA State U18s Academy representative was dynamic and explosive in the forward half for the Bulldogs. Moore’s forward craft had the Sharks defenders terrified whenever the ball went inside 50. He beat players on the lead, forced them to put their hands in his back and his finishing around goal was first class. He finished with 12 possessions, five marks and five goals.

#5 James Russell

The Secret Harbour product was dazzling on the half-back line for the Bulldogs with 26 possessions, and four marks. His composure under duress was magnificent and his foot skills were impressive.

#9 Kyle Hamersley

The Wagin product was again South Fremantle’s best player, underlying his status as one of the best midfielders in this year’s draft pool. He finished with 25 possessions, six tackles, two marks and two inside 50s as he tried to will his team back into the contest.

#10 Regan Spooner

On a tough morning for the South Fremantle defenders, Spooner stood out as he manfully tried to combat East Fremantle’s attacking forays. He collected 13 possessions and laid four tackles as he tried to inspire his fellow defenders to beat their direct opponents.

 

Peel Thunder vs. Swan Districts

Peel:

#1 Lachlan Riley

The South Bunbury product continued his fine season with another excellent performance. Against the Swans, Riley accumulated a team-high 30 possessions, an impressive seven inside 50s, took five marks and laid three tackles to be one of the Thunder’s best.

#7 James Sturrock

The big-bodied midfielder fought hard in the stoppages all game for the Thunder but it was to no avail. The Baldivis junior racked up 29 possessions, laid six tackles, recorded six inside 50s and took four marks to be the Thunder’s best player. His physical contested style of play should have him in the recruiters’ sights.

#9 Michael Randall

Another big-bodied midfielder who tried to gain ascendancy in the middle of the ground, Randall continually bustled his way through packs for the Thunder. He finished the game with 21 possessions and five tackles.

#11 Jarvis Pina

One of the best attacking half-back flankers in the competition, Pina tried his best to give the Thunder some drive from defence. His willingness to take the opposition on was outstanding, whether it was him using his elite skills or pace. He finished the game with 18 possessions, four marks and three inside 50s.

#32 Jason Carter

They say the big guns come out in September, and this was very evident with Carter’s game. The Fremantle Next-Generation Academy member was electrifying on the wing with 20 possessions, seven marks, six inside 50s and four tackles. His skill, speed, courage and dare to take opponents on are all outstanding traits.

Swan Districts:

#1 Joseph Hinder

The 2016 WA U16s State Academy representative was deployed in a host of positions for the Black and Whites, and he handled them with aplomb. He was originally stationed in defence and it was here that his intercept play shone, while on the wing and up forward, his attacking flair was on full display. He finished with 15 possessions, three marks and three tackles.

#3 Mitchell Bain

Arguably the best player on the ground, Bain showcased why he is one of the premier midfielders in the competition. His speed out of contests, his dazzling skills and his tenacious defensive efforts were all to be seen. A highlight of his game occurred in the fourth quarter, when he stole the ball out of congestion, burst away and then speared a ball onto the chest of team-mate Kade Wallrodt. His final stats were 31 possessions, nine inside 50s, eight tackles, and five marks.

#9 Riley Garcia

The 2017 WA U16s State Academy representative was one of the Swans’ best players after a stunning performance in the midfield. He collected 24 possessions, and took three marks as he played the link-up role to perfection. Another feature of his game was his ability to crumb marking contests, spinning out of danger and then passing the ball to a team-mate.

#12 Graydon Wilson

The Centrals Football Club product was brilliant on the half-back line for the Swans, as he gave his team a heap of drive from the defensive half. He accumulated 14 possessions, and laid six tackles to remind recruiters of his potential.

#15 Jarrod Cameron

The younger brother of Brisbane star Charlie, Jarrod was electrifying in the forward half. He gathered just nine possessions, but took seven marks, laid five tackles, recorded three inside 50s and nailed four goals to be the most damaging forward on the ground. His contested marking was a real highlight of his game.

#18 Jake Pasini

The Caversham junior is a quiet achiever on the football field, but his team-mates and coaches would be rapt with his performance. He collected 12 possessions, laid five tackles and took three marks, but more importantly kept his direct opponent (Lachlan Cullen) to just one goal.

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

Western Australia weekly wrap: East Perth continues finals push

ROUND 15 saw the West Australian Football League (WAFL) clubs regain their state Under-18 players as we approached the pivotal point of the home and away season. It had been an absorbing season to this point with two divisions opening up on the ladder between those teams looking to seal a top-two finish while the rest of the teams scrambling to secure the remaining finals berth.

Round 15 WAFL Colts wrap:

East Perth 7.11 (53) defeated Swan Districts 7.6 (48)

East Perth continued its well-timed push for the finals with their third straight victory as the Royals won a thrilling encounter against Swan Districts by five points at Steel Blue Oval on Saturday morning. The first quarter was a dead even encounter with scores locked at 2.1 a piece and that trend continued in the early stages of the second term. Bottom-ager Sebastian Bright finally broke the deadlock 12 minutes into the term but late goals to Rhai-arn Cox and Sebit Kuek gave the Royals a six-point lead heading into the long break. Louis Miller was prominent for the visitors at the half with 15 disposals while Blake Pescud led the way with 14 disposals for Swans.

The third quarter saw the same pattern continue with nothing separating the teams on the scoreboard and with both teams having different objectives in terms of their season goals, the stage was set for a thrilling last term. Nathan Ireland and Ben McGuire traded goals early in the last term but it was the Royals who were looking the more dangerous in attack. Cox then kicked his second to open up a precious mini-break of eight points with just 10 minutes left in the contest. For all its dominance in terms of forward 50 entries, East Perth was missing golden opportunities to seal the game but its inaccuracy had a benefit as it pushed the margin out to two goals. A goal to Patrick Farrant with two minutes remaining gave Swans a real sniff and a chance to punish their opponents for their wastefulness, but it was the Royals who managed to hang on and secured a precious four points in their push for the finals.

In keeping with the pattern of the contest, not a lot separated the teams in terms of key statistics with East Perth edging the disposal count (239-234) and inside 50s locked at 37 a piece. Louis Miller continued his impressive first half with a strong showing in the final two quarters finishing with 28 disposals and five marks while Cox was extremely lively all day with 17 disposals, five marks and 2.3. Sebastian Bright worked tirelessly for Swans with 13 tackles to go along with 15 disposals and a goal, while Farrant was a good target with 19 disposals and four marks.

 

Peel Thunder 14.11 (95) defeated Perth 7.8 (50)

Peel maintained their spot in second place on the ladder with a composed 45 point win against a slumping Perth at Lathlain Park. Looking to rebound after last weeks defeat in the top of the table clash against Subiaco, Peel got off to the ideal start amassing 16 inside 50s and kicking five goals to two to lead by 21 points at quarter time. Bottom-ager Bailey Smith kicked his second to cut the margin to 15 points and that was soon followed by Mitch McLIheney’s second major. However Peel hit back hard with goals to Tyrone Thorne and Jack Sears and led by an impressive 31 points at the long break.

Further goals to Thorne and Lachlan Riley in the early part of the third term pushed the lead past seven goal and virtually sealed the game for the visitors and they maintained that lead for the rest of the term and lead by 43 points with a quarter to play. To their credit, Perth showed some true fight in the final quarter and kept the margin from blowing out any further. Peel completely controlled the tempo of the game despite having only having seven more possessions (285-278) and less marks (59-51). However they dominated the inside 50 count (56-36) and used that to generate ten more scoring shots than their opponents (25-15).

Bottom ager Thorne was a live wire for the Thunder and had 16 possessions but kicked four goals all of which came at important moments of the contest. Jake Howes was at his in and under best with 23 disposals and ten tackles while state representative Bradley Oldfield seamlessly slipped back into Colts action with 21 disposals and four marks. For Perth whose losing streak now stretches to six games, WA U/18s key midfielder Luke English was prominent with 30 disposals and five marks while bottom ager Deven Robertson was a diligent worker all game with 21 disposals and 12 tackles.

 

Subiaco 7.12 (54) defeated South Fremantle 3.9 (27).

Subiaco kept their one game lead on top of the WAFL Colts ladder with a gritty 27 point win over a gallant South Fremantle at a wet Leederville Oval on Saturday. Lions forward Nicolas Martin kicked the only two goals of the first quarter but the Bulldogs hit back kicking two of the three goals in the second term through Lachlan Feeney and Jack Redman. Subiaco took in a slender four point lead into the half time break but with the stormy weather closing in around the metro area and the surface already quite heavy, goals were certainly going to be at a  premium as the match progressed.

The Lions kicked a crucial early goal in the third term through Jacob Peletier and continued that momentum with another major by key forward Jack Mayo. However Thomas Weston gave the Bulldogs a lifeline a few minutes from three quarter time with a goal which cut the margin to 12 points. The sealer was kicked by bottom ager Sandon Page and Mayo put the icing on a pretty tasty cake for the Lions as they ticked off another victory which was their sixth in a row. Subiaco to their credit controlled the momentum for a great majority of the contest in the difficult conditions and their effort levels and how the game was played as a whole was illustrated by the fact that there were 209 tackles in the game which Subiaco had 124 of them.

The Hickmott brothers tallied 61 possessions between them with Liam having 33 disposals and eight tackles and Wil compiling 28 disposals and four tackles. Mayo was fantastic in the tough conditions where he had 16 disposals, seven marks five hit-outs, four tackles and two goals. The key forward could have had a real bag in the evening but his inaccuracy cost him kicking five behinds. The Bulldogs keep their spot in the top five due to a superior percentage over their rivals but continued to show positive signs throughout the contest. Matthew Ward was superb for the Lions with 25 disposals and 13 tackles while Jack Musika matched his efforts with 22 disposals and 12 tackles.

Claremont, East Fremantle and West Perth all had the bye this weekend.

Western Australia weekly wrap: Subiaco returns to top spot

ROUND 14 in the West Australian Football League (WAFL) Colts saw the top two teams meet, while a new contender emerged for the last finals berth.

WAFL Colts Round 14 Wrap:

Subiaco 12.8 (80) defeated Peel Thunder 7.11 (53)

A strong second half performance has earned Subiaco their fifth straight win and a return to the top of the ladder for the first time in two months after a 27-point win against their closest rival Peel Thunder at Leederville Oval on Saturday.

The scene was set for a great encounter between the two hottest teams in the WAFL Colts in 2018. After starting the season 1-3, the visitors brought a seven game winning streak into the contest while after a sticky spell, Subiaco had won four games in a row.

A partly cloudy day with little breeze greeted both teams onto the field and the first few minutes saw Subiaco dominate the play. Jordan Faroane kicked the first goal of the game for the Lions but Ben Middleton crumbed well to give Peel the quick reply. Subiaco took back the early initiative with a goal to Jack Mayo from 45 metres from a acute angle. After an extended part of the quarter was defined by strong pressure tackling by both teams, it was Peel who broke the deadlock through key forward Lachlan Cullen. Soon after, Cullen appeared to push his opponent out the contest but the mark was paid and he kicked his second from 15 metres to give Peel their first lead of the game. Cullen was proving a real headache for the Lions defence and he took another mark just before the siren. Although the kick missed, Peel had illustrated their credentials from the 10 minute mark of that quarter.

Zane Shellabear Healey got the home side of to the perfect start in the second term where he was all alone in the forward 50 and able to dribble it through from 30 metres. Not soon after, Jack McIntosh gave the Lions back the lead with a true snap on goal. Just like the early stages of the contest, Subiaco was dictating the terms as Peel has suddenly lost its forward structure and composure in possession. For all Subi’s dominance, they only led by five points so the visitors were well in the contest. With the weight of possession came opportunities for Subiaco’s forwards and Mayo kicked his second for the half with a fine goal from the boundary. Middleton kicked Peel’s first for the second quarter which was vital to take a bit of momentum away from the Lions. The halftime siren saw the Lions lead by five points in an intriguing half of football.

It looked to be a battle of the key forwards with Mayo for Subiaco, and Cullen and Middleton for the Thunder set to have a key say in proceedings in the next 50 minutes. Nicolas Martin gave Subiaco the best possible start after the long break with a mark and goal from 35 metres in front and he backed that up a few minutes later with his second and give Subiaco their biggest lead of the game of 16 points. Some excellent forward pressure from Faroane forced a fumble from his opponent and he took advantage kicking his second of the game. Both teams then had their chances but it was the Lions who went into the final change leading by 24 points. Some great interplay by ball magnets Jacob Peletier and Tristan Hobley set up Martin for his third to take them a massive step closer to icing the four points.

However, good teams like Peel always manage to hit back hard and they did so through a classy goal to James Wiltshire from the boundary and then Cullen took a strong mark and goal to narrow the gap to under three goals with fifteen minutes remaining. It was now Subiaco’s time to reply and some good ball movement saw Duane Oxenham-Smith kick his first and arguably the sealer. Once again the pure determination by Subiaco in their forward 50 was superb as 15 year old Tyler Broughton ripped the hall away from his opponent and snapped truly. Peel bottom-ager Jack Sears kicked a clever goal from a acute angle, but it was Mayo who had the final say in the contest kicking his third which made the final margin 27 points and move the Lions a game and percentage clear of Peel and Swan Districts on the ladder.

In the end it was a very composed performance by the Lions in a hotly contested battle befitting of the two top teams on the ladder. Their pressure around the ball especially in the second half was superb and that was able to force mistakes from their opponents which they were able to seize upon and create opportunities of their own.

To put Subiaco’s 2018 season into perspective, this win was their ninth for the season. In the previous three seasons they had only won 12 games combined (including a one win season in 2016). Their last finals appearance was back in 2013, and while they wouldn’t want to be getting ahead of themselves in any way, it is looking very likely that they will make a long-awaited to September action this year.

Although Peel’s coaching group will be aware they they can play a lot better, they will have lost few friends with their competitive performance. In truth, they lost the contest in the second and third quarters being outscored six goals to one and lost all momentum they had after a very impressive first quarter.

Hobley (28 disposals, six marks and six tackles) and Peletier (24 disposals and seven marks) were strong contributors and the impact of their forwards Mayo (11 disposals, seven marks and three goals) and Nicholas Martin (17 disposals, six marks and three goals) were essential to the victory.

Sturrock (25 disposals, six tackles) and Riley (21 disposals, eight marks) were solid contributors all game for the Thunder while Cullen was a strong target with three goals.

In other games;

South Fremantle put on a emphatic display to defeat Claremont by 82 points at Fremantle Oval and with the win moved into the top five for the first time this season.

The final score was 15.13 (103) to 3.3 (21).

Lachlan Feeney kicked four for the home side and he was well supported by Lachlan Johnson and Thomas Weston each with two. It was a grim old day for the Tigers with Liam Henry and Benjamin Elliott the only goal kickers.

Feeney had 20 disposals and eight marks to go along with his four goals while their on-ball brigade had a field day, as Tom Blechynden had 34 disposals, Enrique Aiken-Featherstone with 28 disposals and Jack Musika 27 disposals to name just three. Liam Henry tried all day with 20 disposals and nine tackles for last years grand finalists who with their poor percentage (71.5) fell to the bottom of the ladder.

Meanwhile, East Fremantle continued their impressive form to defeat West Perth by 43 points at East Fremantle Oval and further entrench themselves in the top five.

The final score was 12.12 (84) to 5.11(41).

Bottom-ager Connor McPartland was the leading goalkicker with four goals while Ethan Brown kicked two. There were five individual goalkickers for the Falcons.

Milan Murdock was irrepressible with 33 disposals but was also superb with 16 tackles while McPartland also had eight tackles, six marks and 16 disposals to go with his four majors. Meanwhile Nathan Murray kept up his superb season with 37 disposals, four marks and four tackles along with a goal.

In the round’s final game, a powerful last quarter display saw Swan Districts consign Perth to their fifth loss in a 39 point win – 9.15 (69) to 4.6 (30).

Bottom-age youngster Nelson White and Matthew Russo each kicked two goals for the home side while Kade Walldrot racked up 29 disposals and seven tackles. Meanwhile for Perth, Zac Casey was their best on the day with 27 disposals, nine marks and eight tackles.

WAFL Colts wrap: Round 2

SUBIACO and Swan Districts remained unbeaten after two rounds in the Western Australia Football League (WAFL) Colts competition, while Claremont had the bye and will be looking to do the same in round three. In South Fremantle’s opening game they met a clinical Lions outfit, while Perth and West Perth were other winners from the weekend.

Perth 15.9 (99) defeated East Fremantle 5.6 (36)

Perth bounced back from its opening round loss to record a huge 63-point win over East Fremantle away. Luke English had the ball on a string, with 33 disposals, seven marks and eight inside 50s, also capitalising in front of goal with three majors. Deven Robertson was equally as influential through the midfield, also collecting 33 disposals, taking six marks and laying five tackles. Speaking of tackles, Sydney Stack was glued to his opponents in the match, laying a game-high 13 tackles to go with his 24 disposals and seven inside 50s. Others that impressed for Perth were Ethan Hansen (24 disposals) and Maverick Hamilton (22 disposals and a goal). For East Fremantle, Trent Rivers was the sole ball winner in the 20’s – registering 20 disposals, six marks and two tackles, while Corey Robinson (18 disposals, two tackles, four inside 50s and a goal) could also hold his head high in the loss.

West Perth 7.12 (54) defeated East Perth 4.7 (31)

The Falcons got a vital win against their east-town counterparts, with a three goals to zero final term seeing West Perth run away from the Royals. West Perth had no shortage of big ball winners, with Tom Medhat collecting 33 disposals, 12 marks, four inside 50’s, laying eight tackles and booting a goal in a best on ground performance. Bailey Chalmers was not far behind him, amassing 29 disposals, 10 marks, four tackles, four inside 50s and booting a goal. Nathan Murray (29 disposals, four tackles, one goal), Koopah Todd (26 disposals, six marks) and Filimone Muavou (23 disposals, five marks) were others that impressed for the winners. For the Royals, Louis Miller was the highest possession winner with 22 disposals, while Jarrod Hamer-Matthew did his best with 21 disposals, five tackles and five inside 50’s. Excitement machine bottom-ager, Rhai-Arn Cox booted a goal from 13 disposals and two marks.

Swan Districts 5.12 (42) defeated Peel Thunder 5.10 (40)

Swan Districts remained unbeaten with a low-scoring two-point victory over Peel Thunder in their clash. Mitchell Bain racked up 28 disposals, three marks, four inside 50’s and laid seven tackles in the win. Harry Edwards (16 disposals, 11 tackles and 17 hitouts) and Jarred Cameron (15 disposals, 10 tackles) were others that brought the defensive heat on the day. Jackson Beck (25 disposals, eight marks, seven inside 50’s and a goal) was prolific, as were Graydon Wilson (22 disposals, five marks) and Riley Garcia (21 disposals, three marks). For Peel, James Sturrock had 22 disposals, three marks and eight tackles, while Jarvis Pina was the other player who had more than 20 disposals, with 21 touches, eight marks and three tackles, as well as driving the ball inside 50, four times. Bradley Oldfield (17 disposals, eight tackles) provided good defensive pressure, while Billy Chambers (35 hitouts) was strong in the ruck.

Subiaco 14.10 (94) defeated South Fremantle 7.8 (50)

The Lions proved too good for the Bulldogs in the latter’s first game of the season, in a clinical performance. Subiaco had just 32 inside 50’s to the Bulldogs’ 40, yet had 24 scoring shots, and averaged a scoring shot every 11.9 disposals. Luke Foley was prominent again with 28 disposals, five marks, four tackles, two inside 50’s and two goals. Liam Hickmott had 23 disposals and eight tackles, while brother Will had 22 disposals and five tackles. Zane Shellabear Healey was busy with 22 disposals and four tackles, while Xavier Peacock was the dominant performer in the ruck with 28 hitouts. For the Bulldogs, Kyle Hamersley had a promising opening game, amassing 27 disposals, six marks, five inside 50’s and laying four tackles. Tom Belchynden had 23 touches, seven marks and three tackles, while Jack Musika racked up 21 disposals, three marks and three tackles. Luke Moore was the Bulldogs’ key target up forward with 3.3 from 13 disposals and three marks.

Western Australia claims Under 16s Championships with nail-biting wins

WESTERN Australia has remarkably pulled off back-to-back one-point wins over both Victorian teams to claim the division one title at the National Under 16s Championships. The third round of the division one championships concluded on Friday with the Sandgropers winning 11.8 (74) to Vic Metro’s 11.7 (73) in what was effectively the grand final after both sides headed into the final round unbeaten.

With a couple of minutes remaining in the Vic Country vs. Western Australia game on Monday, it looked likely Vic Metro had sewn up the shield heading into the last game, but a three-goal spurt in the last two minutes saw Western Australia climb over the top of Country in an exhillarating one-point win. South Australia finished third overall after defeating Vic Country on the final day of the tournament to claim its first win. Across the tournament all sides had a number of players that fans are likely to hear more about in the coming years as they continue down the pathway to reach their goal of playing AFL.

Western Australia played an exciting brand of high-intensity, high-risk, high-reward football. Among the players that impressed me were ruckman Luke Jackson from East Fremantle who was not too dissimilar to Brodie Grundy in his second efforts. While still a lighter framed player at 81kg, the 192cm ruckman moved really well for a taller player and depending on how his growth goes over the next few years, could become that prototype midfielder, or even that Mark Blicavs’ role switching between midfielder and ruck. South Fremantle’s Jack Musika also stood out with his penetrating kick and great skills. Having not seen any of this group of players before, against Vic Country he would opt for that difficult in-board kick and also set up a number of passes inside 50 providing his teammates with score assists.

Luke Jackson was impressive in the ruck and around the ground for Western Australia with some good second efforts and movement for a bigger player.

Others for Western Australia that stood out on the Gold Coast included East Perth’s Rhai Arn Cox, Claremont’s Liam Henry and Perth’s Tarkyn Brogan-Henry. Cox rose above the pack to clunk a mark with seconds remaining and win the game for the Swans against Vic Country. He is a lightly framed forward, but always looked dangerous inside 50. Henry buzzed around the ground and always looked creative, despite on occasions doing a bit too much and getting caught. Brogan-Henry got the West Australians off to a great start against Country, booting three goals in the first quarter and providing a target both up the ground and closer to goal.

Vic Metro’s top star was Oakleigh Charger Noah Anderson, with the 16 year-old already a good size at 188cm and 83kg and looked to have plenty of develpment left in him. Anderson was Metro’s leading disposal winner with 26 against Vic Country in round one and finished as the Kevin Sheahan Medallist as the best player in division one. Naturally he also won the Vic Metro MVP Award for the tournament in a large field of candidates that could have been successful.

Chargers’ teammate  Matt Rowell who was another standout across the tournament. He showed off his versatility across the three rounds playing both inside and outside midfield, as well as kicking goals up forward and creating plays off half-back. Rowell’s unbelievable 31 disposals, nine clearances and four goals against South Australia on Monday was an example of what he could excite fans in the TAC Cup later in the year should he be selected by the Chargers. Rowell will likely be one of a number of Vic Metro players selected in the AFL Academy sides announced later in the year.

Oakleigh is sure to have no shortage of talent over the next few years with the classy Dylan Williams really standing out with his smarts and strength overhead. Playing between midfield and half-forward, Williams hit the scoreboard and would remind a few of Jack Billings the way he clunked marks at 185cm against taller opponents.

Vic Metro’s Matt Rowell was ultra-impressive for Vic Metro against South Australia.

Others that stood out for Vic Metro included Sandringham Dragons’ duo Jack Mahony – who provided good run in transition and found space inside 50 while forward – and Andrew Courtney who at 197cm but just 76kg still has plenty of filling out to do but his ruckwork was impressive. Western Jets’ Emerson Jeka impressed up forward leading to the right positions and taking some good marks but his kicking was off, not making the most of his opportunities. He played down back as well and showed off his versatility across the ground. Eastern Ranges’ Mitch Mellis and Calder Cannons’ Daniel Mott were others that stoof out, although players like James Ross (Eastern), Jamieson Rossiter (Eastern) and Lachlan Rzanovski (Western) were also impressive.

For South Australia, unfortunately the game I saw live at Gold Coast was not the best performance, particularly early on. The Croweaters were competitive apart from a couple of poor patches, but there was one clear standout for me. Cameron Taheny from Norwood was ultra-impressive playing all over the ground and using his penetrating left boot to kick out from full-back and launch goals from outside 50. He also worked hard defensively laying several strong tackles and providing good team pressure around the stoppages. His kicking was similar to Matt Suckling with more strings to his bow, Taheny did step over the goal line a couple of times which caused ball-ups in the goal square, but otherwise he really impressed me.

South Australia’s Cameron Taheny was one of the more impressive players on the Gold Coast with a penetrating kick and ability to play anywhere.

Other South Australians that stood out were Glenelg’s Will Gould, who at 98kg was outmuscling opponents at will, playing through the ruck and up forward. Gould was impressive in his second efforts and defensive presusre. Woodville-West Torrens’ duo Kysaiah Pickett and Harry Schoenberg also had their moments providing good run through the middle, with Pickett’s clean hands and turn of pace among the highlights. Norwood’s Mitchell Carroll made good decisions under pressure in the back half, while Eagles’ Jackson Mead was another who impressed with his pace, kicking and strength in the air. Sturt’s Josh Shute, South Adelaide’s Daniel Sladojevic – who really impressed up forward with his presence and booming kick – and the balanced Karl Finlay from North Adelaide – who won the South Australian MVP – were others I noted as performers in the match against Vic Metro.

Vic Country also had a number of impressive players stand out across the tournament. For Country, forward pairing Izaac Grant (GWV Rebels) and James Schischka (Bendigo Pioneers) were high flyers that provided plenty of scoreboard impact. Grant despite weighing in at just 64kg, took several big grabs and was a reliable set shot for goal. Schischka worried opponents with his ability to crash packs and moved well for a taller 190cm forward. Dandenong Stingrays’ Hayden Young took out the Vic Country MVP Award, having a good combination of clean hands and strength at ground level, good momement and strong in the air. Young collected 26 disposals and had five rebound 50s against Vic Metro in round one.

Gippsland Power’s Sam Flanders was influential early in the match against Western Australia, with the Vic Country midfielder seen competing for the ball here with Liam Henry.

Gippsland Power’s Sam Flanders seemed to be everywhere on the Gold Coast and won plenty of the football, using it well in transition. He along with Power teammate Caleb Serong and Bendigo Pioneers’ Thomson Dow won their fair share of the football and will no doubt be names to remember in the years to come. Of all the Vic Country players, Tom Richardson (Geelong Falcons) really impressed me with a workman-like effort moving up and down the ground constantly, being that Nick Riewoldt roaming half-forward who was a really slick kick inside 50. He stands at 190cm and 79kg, a frame that could see him become that contested beast or key position forward in the next 18 months, both roles he could play really well.

MVP:

Vic Metro: Noah Anderson
Vic Country: Hayden Young
South Australia: Karl Finlay
Western Australia: Devon Robertson

2017 Kevin Sheehan Medalist: Noah Anderson (Vic Metro)

2017 NAB AFL Under 16 Championships Division One results:

ROUND 1

Vic Metro 12.11 (83) d Vic Country 9.8 (62) 

Goals
Vic Metro: McAsey 5, Rossiter 3, Jeja 2, Bianco, Ramsey
Vic Country: Gundry 2, Flanders 2, Stuart, Serong, Barker, Kaak, Schischka

Best
Vic Metro: Rowell, Mahony, Anderson, McAsey, Witts, Bianco
Vic Country: Young, Kemp, Serong, Flanders, De Koning, Stephens, Gundry

Western Australia 12.13 (85) d South Australia 11.13 (79)

Goals
Western Australia: Davies 3, Cox 2, Middleton, Buller, Brogan-Henry, Brockernd, Smith, Garcia, Sharp
South Australia: Sladojevic 5, Pickett 2, Park, Lochowiak, Hilder, Durdin

Best
Western Australia: Jackson, Buller, Robertson, Penny, Cox, Pasini
South Australia: Hilda, Pickett, Stephens, Mead, Douglas, Sladojevic

ROUND 2

Vic Metro 17.10 (112) d South Australia 6.12 (48) 

Goals
Vic Metro: Rowell 4, Williams 3, Westwood 2, Anderson 2, Bianco, Mahony, Romero, Mott, Rossiter, Jeka
South Australia: Sladojevic 2, Taheny, Davis, Shute, Schoenberg

Best
Vic Metro: Rowell, Anderson, Cassar, Williams, Duffy, Ross
South Australia: Stephens, Mead, Taheny, Shute, Dowdell

Western Australia 12.8 (80) d Vic Country 12.7 (79)

Goals
Western Australia: Brogan-Henry 3, Cox 3, Middleton 2, Jackson, Smith, Buller, Thomas
Vic Country: Schischka 3, Grant 3, Richardson, Flanders, Serong, Barker, Ironside, Kaak

Best
Western Australia: Robertson, Jackson, Cox, Musika, Pasini, Brogan-Henry
Vic Country: Stephens, Barker, Kemp, Young, Schischka, Flanders

ROUND 3

Western Australia 11.8 (74) d Vic Metro 11.7 (73) 

Goals
Western Australia: Ruscoe 3, Thomas 2, Brogan-Henry, Cox, Garcia, Middleton, Smith, Sharp
Vic Metro: Jeka 3, Rossiter 3, Rowell, Mahony, O’Sullivan, McAsey, Mott

Best
Western Australia: Musika, Jackson, Robertson, Garcia, Ruscoe, Hudso
Vic Metro: Anderson, Jeka, Rossiter, Westwood, Ross, Mott

South Australia 14.14 (98) d Vic Country 10.10 (70)

Goals
South Australia: Park 3, Pickett, Arriola, Sladojevic, Stephens, Davis, Freitag, Durdin, Pearce
Vic Country: Grant 3, Serong, Flanders 2, Ash, Schischka, Barker

Best
South Australia: Finlay, Arriola, Taheny, Gould, Stephens, Magor, Mead, Pickett
Vic Country: Flanders, Serong, Young, Ash, Rayner, Schischka