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WAFL Colts weekly wrap: Swans’ winning ways show no sign of stopping

ROUND 8 of the West Australian Football League (WAFL) Colts was played on the WA Foundation Day long weekend, with the four games played over three days. Catch all of the results below.

WAFL Colts Round Eight:

Swan Districts 15.15 (105) defeated Perth 6.4 (40)

Coming off the bye had no detrimental effect for Swan Districts as they continued to be the standout team of the competition, winning their seventh-straight game in destroying Perth to the tune of 65 points at Mineral Resources Park.

The visitors made a fine start to the contest, leading by 14 points at quarter time. It was 25 minutes of dominance for the ladder leaders where they had 29 more disposals (87-56) nine more inside 50s (16-7) and four more shots (7-3). The Black and Whites extended the lead early in the second term through goals by Jehb O’Donohue and a second of the game to Benjamin Taylor. Kaden Elliott kicked a much needed reply for Perth, but Swan Districts reenforced their dominance on the contest soon after with goals to Kade Screaigh and Ashley Brockbernd.

The 28-point margin at half time was a clear reflection of the level of the play by the two sides with Swans having eight more scoring shots and close to 60 more disposals (164-106). In terms of individuals, Kade Wallrodt led the way with 15 disposals and five inside 50s while Ashley Brockbernd was an exceptionally hard worker with seven tackles. For the Demons, Simon Hayward had a fine first half with 11 disposals and five tackles.

When Jermarl Daly pushed the lead to seven goals in the first few minutes of the third quarter, the game looked over as a contest and it was only a matter of the margin. Swans won their third quarter of the game (three goals to one) and turned for home with a 45-point margin. They finished off the job in the final term kicking another four goals to one and ending the game with a 65-point margin.

It was dominance all over the park with Swans leading all the major categories and having three times as many scoring shots as the opposition. A key element of the big victory was the tandem ruckwork of Bailey Kane and Ryan Letessier. Between them, they shared 52 hit-outs and with that they were able to give their midfielders silver service throughout the contest. As always, Kade Wallrodt had a sizeable impact collecting 26 disposals, taking six marks and taking the ball inside fifty on nine occasions. Sebastian Bright who has had a tremendous season in and around the bottom of packs was prominent again collecting 22 disposals, dishing out seven tackles and kicking two goals. Bailey Smith led the way for the Demons with 21 disposals and five tackles.

 

South Fremantle 7.8 (50) defeated East Fremantle 3.15 (33)

In the battle of Fremantle, it was the Bulldogs who got the bragging rights with South Fremantle running out 17-point winners on the WA Day public holiday.

Dylan Curley got East Fremantle off to the best start when he kicked the first two goals of the game and they took a 14-point lead into the quarter time break . The second quarter was a complete contrast with South Fremantle kicking 3.4 to four behinds and they took a four point lead into the long break. The Bulldogs had done a fine job in edging in front especially as they trailed quite substantially in all the main categories.

When Eric Botha kicked the first goal of the third term, the Bulldogs had their biggest lead of the game and was then extended when Darryl Anderson kicked his second of the game. Dylan Curley was the certainly the key forward outlet for the Sharks and he was able kick his third of the game to keep them in touch. The Bulldogs turned for home with a 15-point lead despite the the fact they had just 24 inside 50s for the game, 15 less than their opponent. Their defence had done a fine job in keeping the majority of the Sharks forward line under lock and key. One goal in the last quarter was all the Bulldogs needed in the last quarter with Jack Musika capping a solid individual performance with his six pointer.

Conversely, it was a throughly wasteful performance by the Sharks where they had 18 scoring shots and 54 inside 50s (19 more than South Fremantle) yet they could only conjure up three goals for the game. This game was a true illustration that possessions are only worth as much as you actually do with them and the Bulldogs used their disposals to much greater effect.

Manfred Kelly was tenacious throughout the contest and finished with 32 disposals, seven tackles and five marks. He was well supported by Eric Botha with 26 disposals, eight marks and seven inside 50s while George Wessels had 23 disposals and seven tackles. For the Sharks, it was much harder to find good players but Edward and Dylan Curley were certainly standouts. 16 year-old Edward was a solid possession gatherer throughout the contest finishing with 26, five tackles and four marks. Meanwhile, Dylan was the only forward line target who got away from the South Fremantle back six finishing with three goals from five shots.

 

West Perth 13.13 (91) defeated East Perth 8.6 (54)

A ten goal to four second half was the difference as West Perth broke open a tight first half to defeat East Perth by 36 points at Leederville Oval on WA Day and in the process keeping in touch with the top two.

The first quarter swung in momentum with the Royals getting off to a quick start with goals to Riley Boyd and Kyle Robinson, however West Perth hit back to take the lead into quarter time through Rohan Scurria and Koopah Todd. The second term was a very tight affair, with the teams alternating leads throughout the quarter.

The Falcons had plenty more possession (191-140) but East Perth used their disposals in more positive fashion with many more inside 50s (29-18). The teams traded goals in the early part of the third term but West Perth were able to keep that momentum going, and in all kicked four goals to two in the term to open up a 13-point lead with one quarter to play.

Todd topped off a terrific individual display by kicking last quarter goals making it three for the game. In all, West Perth kicked six goals to two in the last term to seal their very good victory. The weight of quality possession was clear to see with West Perth having 73 more disposals (325-252) leading to 12 more scoring shots on the day (26-14).

As discussed previously, Todd was influential from the first bounce until the final siren. The top-ager finished with 25 disposals, six marks, four inside 50s to go along with his three majors. Callum Johnson was great support with 29 disposals, seven tackles, six tackles and a goal. Adam Boules had 19 disposals, seven tackles and four inside 50s for the Royals while Kyle Robinson and Cody Rodgers were handy contributors with two goals each.

 

Peel Thunder 9.8 (62) defeated Subiaco 5.7 (37)

The previous night saw Swans’ nearest opposition produce a composed display as Peel Thunder were never headed defeating Subiaco by 25 points at David Grays Arena. Thunder had a typically even spread of contributors throughout the evening led by Jack Sears with 19 disposals, six marks and three goals while Killian Rawson had 18 disposals and ten marks. Meanwhile for the Lions, Isaac Clinch was very composed throughout the contest with 23 disposals and 12 marks.

WAFL Colts weekly wrap: Swans surge continues while Thunder stumble

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

Read on to find out.

WAFL Colts Round 6

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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.

Western Australia weekly wrap: Subiaco Colts one win away from ending premiership drought

THE second week of a finals series often gives us an indication regarding who are serious premiership contenders and who are just making up the numbers. This weekend saw the opportunity for one side to book a grand final date, while two other teams were fighting to keep their premiership dream alive.

All the details on a pivotal weekend of finals action is below.

WAFL Colts wrap: Semi-Finals

Subiaco 14.10 (94) defeated Swan Districts 7.6 (48)

Subiaco has qualified for its first Colts Grand Final in 23 years after a accomplished 46-point win over Swan Districts at Leederville Oval on Sunday.

In terms of their 2018 meetings, the Lions had got the better of Swan Districts, winning all three games by comfortable margins. When they met at the same venue in round three it was 36 points, Subi held sway all game to beat the Black and Whites by 21 points at Steel Blue Oval in Round 12 and in their most recent meeting last month, Subiaco were able to handle the extremely wet conditions to post a commanding 38 point victory.

The big question coming into this game was how would Subiaco perform coming off the bye especially as they had plenty of momentum coming into the finals after recording eleven straight wins. However, Swans arguably had one of their best wins of the season last week when they upset second placed Peel Thunder in the qualifying final. So while Subi went into the contest as clear favourites, Swans was certainly not without their chances.

A perfect sunny spring day greeted both teams as both teams ran onto the ground.  Swan Districts made the perfect start with a mark to Kade Walldrot and the resulting 50-metre penalty made his shot for goal even more certain. Walldrot then made it two goals in as many minutes as the underdogs got off to the best possible start. The Lions were looking to get their hands on the ball to assert some forward line pressure and a fumble by Brenton Hilton on the last line of defence gave Nathan French a gift from close range to open the minor premiers’ account. A great pack mark and goal by the highly rated draft prospect Luke Foley then gave the Lions their second, but the visitors quickly replied as Walldrot kicked his third of the term.

Swans were looking assured with the ball in hand as their confidence from last week’s win was flowing over to the early stages of this contest. The signs were there for a terrific contest when Jordan Faroane kicked truly for the Lions from 45 metres. However, from the following centre clearance, Swan Districts took the ball forward and a clever soccer goal by Ethan Nordahl put them back in front by a goal.

Subiaco had the last word in a captivating first quarter of free flowing end to end footy when Jake McKinnon kicked a goal from a 50-metre penalty to level the scores at 4.1 apiece at the first break. Zane Shellabear Healy then gave Subiaco their biggest lead of the game with a early goal to start the second term and there were signs that the Lions were getting their game into motion.

The stakes were clearly raised with both teams cracking in very hard and every tackle having a real impact. Faroane kicked Subiaco’s second for the term and that was soon followed by French kicking his second as the Lions were now moving towards top gear. Foley then joined in on the goalscoring blitz by kicking his team’s third in as many minutes and in doing so becoming their third multiple goalscorer for the game.

In the blink of an eye, Swans were on the ropes and desperately needed a goal. It came courtesy of a kick inside their forward 50 by Jarred Cameron which hit Walldrot on the chest and gave him his fourth for the game. However it was becoming clear that Swans’ needed another outlet other than the bottom ager if they wanted to stay with the minor premiers. This was certainly the case as Subiaco had multiple goalscoring options and that was illustrated when Jack Mayo delivered a great kick inside 50 which French was able to run into open space and kick his third.

The five goal to one second quarter by Subiaco shaped as being a pivotal in the outcome of the contest with Foley (14 disposals two goals ) and French 14 disposals (two goals) having a outstanding impact. While Swans’ were far from being out of the contest (24 point deficit), they clearly needed a lot more from their key movers such as Riley Garcia (seven disposals), Jarrod Cameron (five disposals), Joe Hinder (four disposals) and Patrick Farrant (two disposals).

Sixteen year-old Mitch Georgiades got the home team off to the best possible start in the third term by taking a good mark and goaling from close range. Swans were struggling to get any momentum in their forward line and their plight was summed up when Cameron had a straight kick from 50 metres touched on the line. Subiaco then went down the other end where Nicolas Martin snapped truly from close range. The Lions hunger for the contest was infectious all over the ground, not giving their opponents a inch of space. All the visitors were able to conjure up in the third quarter was a solitary point and a damning statistic was since the start of the second quarter, the Black and Whites had been outscored 7.5 to 1.1.

Taj Schofield kept up the Lions’ dominance at the start of the fourth term with a goal from a set shot goal from 45 metres. While a rare second half forward thrust by Swans’ had finished without reward a few minutes beforehand, that failed to deterHinder with the rebounding defender producing a fantastic piece of individual play to kick their first goal since half time, however Subi got the instant reply through Martin. Nordahl got a late consolation goal from a strong mark in the forward pocket, but just like they had done all game, Subiaco had the final say through Benjamin Golding and in reality the final margin of 46 points was a fair reflection of the game.

The final siren sounded and the reality that Subiaco were into the decider swept through the playing group as the celebrations was clear to see. However they will know that the hard work is not done as they aim to win their first Colts premiership since 1989 and remarkably just the third in their illustrious history after their first triumph in 1974.

Just like their big brothers in the seniors, the young Lions have a remarkable ability to flick the switch at any moment which instantly leave their opponents flat-footed and seemingly without any answers. It is also a very scary prospect for the other eight sides that the Lions have a remarkable amount of depth across all grades (their reserves finished top and are in the Preliminary final).

Meanwhile, it was a tough day for Swan Districts as they fell to their fourth straight loss against Subiaco this season with none of the losses have been under three goals. However their win last week gives them another bite of the cherry as they play Peel for the second time in a fortnight at Fremantle Oval next Sunday. They will need their forward line to be in better form as three goal kickers is not going to win a major final at any level.

Subiaco held sway in all of the major categories, but a key factor was the extra amount of scoring shots they were able to generate compared to their opponents (24-13). The second term was the key quarter with Subiaco outscoring their opponents five goals to one. Two of the key players in that quarter wasFrench and Foley who each kicked two goals in that term.

French finished the game with 25 disposals, three marks and three goals, while AFL combine invitee Luke Foley switched seamlessly between midfield and the forward line finishing with 22 disposals, five marks, five tackles and two goals. Madoc Plane subdued the influence of Jarred Cameron when he was stationed in the Swans forward line and finished with 10 disposals, while his fellow defenders in Kyle Stainsby and Samuel West were also key figures in shutting down the other attacking weapons of Swan Districts.

Walldrot was a beacon of hope in the forward 50 for Swan Districts until the forward entries dried up after half time. However, the bottom ager still had a impact around the ground finishing with 15 disposals nine marks and four goals. The back six of Swan Districts had their hands full throughout the game, but one player who could hold his head up high was bottom ager Pasini who kept Subiaco focal point Mayo goalless while taking five marks himself.

Peel Thunder 8.14 (62) defeated East Fremantle 9.6 (60)

In the first semi-final, Peel Thunder withstood a surging East Fremantle side to defeat the reigning premiers by two points and eliminate them from the finals race while progressing to the Preliminary final where they will play Swan Districts looking to gain revenge from last week’s defeat.

Peel Thunder led throughout the large majority of the contest, but a inaccurate third term where they could only kick 3.7 to 1.0 left the door ajar for the Sharks to make one last push as they trailed by 20 points with a quarter to play.

The defending premiers did just that kicking 5.3 to 1.3 and hitting the front for the first time in the game with nine minutes remaining. Determined not to bow out in straight sets after their defeat to Swans last week, Peel regained their composure and kicked the winning goal with only three minutes remaining and managed to hold on to record the thrilling victory. Over time we have seen teams blow opportunities to win games with wasteful kicking on goal and Peel was very nearly one of those teams with seven more scoring shots on the day, but luckily on this occasion that did not prove to be the case.

Lachlan Riley and James Sturrock led the way in terms of possessions with 25 and 22 disposals respectively while bottom age talents Jack Sears and Ben Middleton were important with two goals each. The Sharks spread the load when it came to goalkickers with eight, but only bottom ager Trent Rivers was able to put multiple goals on the board with two. Rivers produced a great all-round performance with 19 disposals and six marks while Milan Murdock produced his typical in and under performance with 23 disposals and 13 tackles.

Western Australian weekly wrap: Lions tame the elements to make it eight straight

IT has been a wet old winter on the west coast and this week was no exception. It is always fascinating to see how individuals adapt in these conditions as it can be a key element of being a good all-round player.

Find out below who excelled in the gloomy conditions and whether South Fremantle took a major step in their quest to seal the final spot in the top five.

Round 18 WAFL Colts Wrap:

Subiaco 9.5 (59) defeated Swan Districts 3.3 (21)

Subiaco underlined their favouritism for the 2018 Colts competition with a very solid 38-point win over Swan Districts at a sodden Leederville Oval on Saturday morning.

The Lions came into the contest on the back of seven straight wins to be sitting pretty with a one game lead over Peel heading into the final month of the season, while Swans had suffered a slight dip in form of late but registered a vital victory against their top four rivals East Fremantle last week.

The players were greeted with a waterlogged ground due to a week of steady rain, topped off by a overnight downpour meaning that it wasn’t necessarily going to be pretty to watch but effective and smart football was the order of the day to get the four points.

The start of the game saw both teams look to adjust to the ground conditions and it was Subiaco who made the stronger start through a mark and goal by ruckman Xavier Peacock. After Swans had a fair bit of play in their forward 50, a very smart piece of play occurred from Nathan French where he soccered the ball from 35 metres and it skidded through for their second goal of the game.

The outer wing was favoured in a attacking sense by both sides due to it being a lot drier than the members side of the ground. Swans were certainly getting their hands to the ball but the only thing missing was their finishing touch in front of goal. However, they remained well in the contest due to the difficulty of kicking a big score because of the conditions.

Scoring was at a premium in the second quarter with only one point registered in the opening 16 minutes. Zane Shellabear Healy broke the drought soon after when he snuck out the back from a stoppage to snap truly and that was soon followed by key forward Jack Mayo picking up a ground ball and kicking a goal from 40 metres.

Swans were being out worked and seemingly lacked any system heading into their forward 50. The Subiaco running fleet of Liam Hickmott, Tristan Hobley and Shellabear Healy were having a field day in the conditions racking up close to 60 possessions between them for the first half. Subiaco went into the long break leading by 23 points and looking on track to push their winning streak to eight games.

The Lions got off to the perfect start in the third term when Hobley continued his fine first half performance with a goal. The Swans finally kicked their first goal of the game five minutes in when Harry Edwards sharked the ball brilliantly to kick truly from 35 and finally gain a bit of momentum. However, Shellabear Healy was once again able to sneak out the back and make himself available to mark and goal from the goalsquare.

Swans were striving to move the ball quickly but the delivery was poor and they were breaking down across half forward where Subiaco were able to mop up and get the ball out of danger. The visitors’ day was summed up when a long bomb was delivered by Hobley deep into the goal square which was dropped on the line by the Swans defender and ever the opportunist, French was on the spot to soccer home his second of the contest. A fine chase down effort by Blake Pescud was one of Swans few highlights in the term but unfortunately his kick on goal did not match his effort. Subiaco turned for home with a very impressive 38-point lead and Swan Districts needed some kind of miracle to stand a chance in the final term.

Some good work to start the final term by Benjamin Taylor saw Max Bradley kick his first and his team’s second of the game. Strong forward line pressure soon set up another chance for the visitors and 16 year-old Ayden Cartwright duly delivered. For the first time in the game, Swans had put Subiaco under a sustained pressure by kicking consecutive goals, but with a commanding lead it was not a case of panic stations for the Lions. The visitors were controlling the possession of the ball and inside 50s but  needed a focal point to make the most of their hard work.

Any doubt over the result was sealed when Kye Barker attempted to switch from defence but his kick was intercepted by Mayo who converted from close range. Another mistake this time from Brenton Hilton soon after gave Mayo his third goal, a fine effort by the key forward given the conditions.

In the end it was a comprehensive win by the Lions as they won their thirteenth game for the 2018 season. The complete performance by the Lions was highlighted by the fact that they won three of the quarters and the fourth term was 2.2 apiece. A main factor behind the Lions victory was 75 more disposals (359-284) which led to 12 more inside 50s (40-28) and eight more scoring shots (14-6).

The Lions were led by Liam Hickmott who thrived in the heavy conditions with 35 disposals and six tackles while Tristan Hobley was a fine partner in crime with 30 disposals and a goal and Zane Shellabear Healy was excellent roaming between wing and half forward with 24 disposals, seven marks and two goals. In a tough day for Swans it was Kade Walldrot who never stopped trying with 24 disposals and seven marks and four tackles while Joseph Hinder provided some great dash from half back with 25 disposals and five marks.

 

Peel Thunder 10.12 (72) defeated East Perth 9.9 (63)

Peel Thunder kept up the pressure on Subiaco by remaining one game behind the Lions with a hard-fought nine point win over East Perth at Bendigo Bank Stadium.

After trailing by three goals at quarter time, Peel hit back to only trail by a point at the long break and then led their opponent by two goals with a quarter to play. The Royals narrowed that gap in the final term but couldn’t get any closer than eight points as Peel sealed their eleventh win for the season and importantly moved two games clear of Swan Districts and East Fremantle in third and fourth.

It was remarkable that East Perth stayed as close as they did as they had 24 less inside 50s for the game (50-26) but were extremely efficient as they generated 18 scoring shots from those entries. Like he has done for a great majority of the season, Lachlan Riley was a key figure for Peel with 25 disposals, four marks and four tackles while Killian Rawson was lively with three goals. Meanwhile, for East Perth, Jarrod Hamer-Mathew was important with three goals from his eleven disposals while Damon Greaves was solid with 20 disposals, four marks and four tackles.

 

West Perth 7.11 (53) defeated South Fremantle 3.7 (25)

West Perth have given themselves renewed hope of playing finals in 2018 after a convincing 28 point win over South Fremantle at Fremantle Community Bank Oval on Saturday evening.

The Falcons were never headed throughout the contest leading by 13 points at quarter time, 17 points at half time and 34 points at three-quarter time. The Bulldogs who had kicked just one goal over the first three quarters showed some heart in the final 25 minutes by winning the quarter two goals to one, but the damage was already done as West Perth drew level with the Bulldogs on points although they have played a game more.

You can throw a blanket across the teams sitting from fifth to ninth and there are certainly bound to be plenty of twists and turns in the final three rounds of the home and away season. Bottom ager Tyron Hindmarsh had 24 disposals and five tackles for the Falcons and he was well supported by Bailey Chalmers, whose work ethic was superb with 12 tackles to go along with 23 disposals while Jaxon Prior had 22 disposals and nine tackles.

Due to a superior percentage over their rivals, South Fremantle’s destiny remains in their own hands in terms of claiming the hotly contested fifth spot. However, they surely would view this as a major opportunity wasted especially as they have a difficult finish to the season playing top four sides Swan Districts and arch rivals East Fremantle. Mason Ward was a true leader for the home side with 31 disposals and ten tackles while Lachlan Johnson was a lone hand in front of goal with 2.2.

Western Australian weekly wrap: Agony and ecstasy in equal measure

ROUND 17 saw the top two teams consolidate their positions on the ladder while third and fourth switched places. However, all the drama was between two teams looking to keep their season alive. There is nothing like breaking a long losing streak with a last minute win and for one club, it may well be the catalyst in their push for finals football.

Round 17 WAFL Colts Wrap:

Swan Districts 8.9 (57) defeated East Fremantle 6.9 (45)

Swan Districts chalked up their ninth win of the season with an important 12-point win over their top four rival East Fremantle, seeing them reclaim third on the ladder.

Swans got off to the better start leading by a goal at quarter time and extending it to 21 points through goals to Atem Deng and Harry Edwards early in the second term. However, East Fremantle responded well with goals to bottom age talents Joshua Harris-Walker and Jai Jackson to only trial by nine points at half time.

It was a tense first ten minutes of the third term but Kade Walldrot kicked Swans’ sixth of the game to give them some breathing space and Edwards kicked his second to give Swans all the momentum in this important top-four clash. Edwards then kicked his third early in the final term to push the lead beyond four goals and seemingly out of reach, but Bailey Tucek booted the reply soon after to give the Sharks a lifeline.

Trent Rivers edged the Sharks a bit closer with his first of the game, but the clock was the enemy of the Sharks and in the end Swans stood strong and sealed a deserved victory which ended their two-game losing run and saw them edge past the Sharks on percentage in a compelling race to get that all-important third spot, which gives you a double chance once September comes around.

While they lost on the scoreboard, a number of East Fremantle’s talented youngsters including Dylan Curley, Corey Robinson, Cameron Davidson and Nicolas Watson got due rewards for their impressive seasons by being promoted to the seniors this weekend.

While East Fremantle held the advantage in the disposals count (319-292) and generated more inside 50s (42-35), it was Swans who were able to generate two more scoring shots (17-15) which was the key story of the contest.

Kade Walldrot was once again a pivotal player in Swans’ win with 21 disposals, 12 tackles four marks and a goal and he was well supported by Joseph Hinder (23 disposals,six marks) and Jackson Beck (22 disposals,six marks) while Edwards was a superb focal point in a low scoring game with three goals to go with 16 disposals and eight marks. Max Murphy was strong in the clinches for the Sharks with 25 disposals, nine marks and six tackles.

 

Subiaco 9.9 (63) defeated Claremont 7.8 (50)

Subiaco survived a searching test of their premiership credentials to emerge with a 13-point win over a gallant Claremont at Claremont Oval on Saturday morning.

The Tigers took a two-point lead into quarter time in a low scoring and scrappy first 25 minutes, but Subiaco looked to break open the game early in the second term through goals to Jordan Faraone and Jack Mayo. Ben Schuhkraft kept the Tigers in it with a late six-pointer which was their only scoring shot of the term to see them trail by 16 points at the long break.

Liam Hickmott got the Lions off to the perfect start in the third term with his first goal, giving the visitors their biggest lead of the game which was a 22 point buffer. Claremont, who were fighting for that highly coveted fifth spot on the ladder, hit back hard with majors through top-ager Jack Monaghan and bottom-ager Ben Elliott to get the margin back under ten points, but Duane Smith gave the Lions a handy 14-point lead going into the final quarter.

Once again the Tigers would not say die and were proving a very pesky opponent with bottom-ager Kade Lines cutting the margin to eight points once again but the Lions’ key forward Mayo kicked his third in this topsy-turvy encounter. The teams traded goals until the end of the contest but it was the figure of Mayo which was pivotal to the result as the key forward kicked four goals for the game which included two in the all-important final term.

These are the wins that teams look back on with pride come the end of the season – when you are not at your best for whatever reason, but still manage to secure the four points. As we enter the final month of the regular season, Subiaco turn for home with a one-game lead on their nearest rival Peel Thunder, who have played an extra game.

The Tigers did extremely well to stay with the ladder leaders despite not winning any of the key statistics. If they play with that kind of enthusiasm for their remaining games, they will certainly a dangerous opponent in the run-in to the finals.

Mayo was superb with 15 disposals, five marks, three tackles and 4.2 while his midfielders played their part in getting the ball down to the key forward with Tristan Hobley (34 disposals, five marks and five tackles) along with Liam Hickmott (28 disposals, nine tackles) highly prominent. Jack Monaghan was very solid throughout the contest for the Tigers with 21 disposals and six marks while Schuhkraft made the most of his opportunities with two goals.

 

Perth 8.7 (55) defeated East Perth 8.5 (53)

A stirring second-half comeback has memorably ended Perth’s seven-game losing streak with a thrilling two-point victory over East Perth at Leederville Oval on Saturday evening.

East Perth got off to a strong start to the contest kicking three goals to one and leading by 14 points at quarter time. An even spread of goalkickers is a clear sign of good team football and that is exactly what the Royals were displaying as their first-half goals had come from seven different players. The home team had a very comfortable 31-point lead at the long break with Louis Miller having 16 disposals and Darrin Cox 14.

Perth made some notable headway to start the third quarter kicking three goals to one to cut the margin to three goals. Hamish McFarlane became the first multiple goal kicker of the game and was a key factor of Perth’s fight back as they looked dangerous every time they took the ball inside their 50-metre arc.

East Perth went into the last quarter leading by 14 points and needing to regain their momentum that they had for the first two quarters. The early part of the last quarter was a cagey affair with Perth looking to close that gap further and the Royals keeping them at bay.

The first goal of the term took a while in coming but the visitors were able to strike the vital blow through Connor Sing. It was now one-way traffic and in East Perth’s case the clock was stuck in time while for Perth it was ticking too fast, but there was to be one more bit of drama on a thrilling day at Leederville Oval.

In the seniors which was played before the Colts game, East Perth kicked a goal after the siren to claim a victory that kept their season alive. Lightning struck twice but this time it was the Demons who were the beneficiaries when top-ager Austin Davis kicked the goal just before the final siren which gave Perth a priceless victory which edges them to within half a game of South Fremantle in fifth place, although the Bulldogs have a game in hand.

A clear sign of the momentum change was in the inside 50s which saw Perth trail by 13 at halftime (28-15) but they flipped that on its head to win it 48-39. They managed to kick 6.5 to 1.2 after the break to complete their superb victory.

It was the tireless work from the likes of Zac Casey that really turned the tide with the midfielder having 21 disposals, five tackles and a goal while McFarlane was a solid contributor up forward with eleven disposals, three marks and two goals while the workrate of bottom-ager Brodie Gray was immense with eight tackles and a goal from 11 disposals.

Meanwhile it was a crushing blow for East Perth who were in total control in the first half but stopped to a walk and paid the ultimate price. Their pain was doubled by the fact that they could have moved to level points with South Fremantle, but instead, remain in last spot with the 2017 Preliminary finalists now running out of time to make a lasting impression this season. Jacob Msando was a classy contributor with 21 disposals, five tackles and a goal while Louis Miller tried hard all game with 23 disposals, five tackles and a goal.

 

Peel Thunder 11.8 (74) defeated West Perth 5.7 (37)

Peel consolidated second place on the ladder with a strong 37 point win over West Perth at Joondalup Arena on Saturday evening.

Looking to consolidate their top two position, Peel started by far the stronger side, kicking four goals to one and leading by 20 points at quarter time. Having a clear look of intent about their play, Peel continued to put West Perth on the back foot with Lee Chapman and Lachlan Cullen looking dangerous with two goals for the half.

The halftime margin of 39 points was an illustration of the gulf between the two sides and the Falcons had plenty of work to do to get themselves back into the contest. While not hitting the scoreboard as frequently, the dominance of Peel showed no signs of abating as West Perth were unable to make no headway for the majority of the third term until Treak Nannup kicked his and his team’s second goal of the game.

West Perth did well to keep their heads up and managed to win the quarter three goals to two but in reality, the damage was already done in the first three quarters and Peel walked away with a very professional 37-point win. The visitors conceded the hit-outs (26-59) but still managed more disposals (276-262), had more inside 50s (39-27) which led to seven more scoring shots (19-12).

Lachlan Riley was prominent for Peel with 25 disposals and nine marks while James Sturrock returned to the Colts ranks after two games in the seniors and his polish was evident with 17 disposals, five marks and two tackles. Meanwhile, for West Perth, Tyron Hindmarsh was very solid with 22 disposals and three marks whileNannup toiled hard with six tackles to go along with two goals.

Western Australia weekly wrap: Challengers take it up to the contenders

ROUND 16 was an intriguing one in the West Australian Football League (WAFL) Colts, as it saw a number of games between the elite teams of the competition and those who were looking to make major claims to play finals footy. The top teams were certainly tested this weekend but were there any upsets? Read on to find out.

Round 16 WAFL Colts wrap:

South Fremantle 5.11 (41) defeated Peel Thunder 3.19 (37)

It may not have looked all that pretty on the scoreboard, but South Fremantle will not care one bit, as they claimed a thrilling four-point win over an extremely inaccurate Peel Thunder at Bendigo Bank Stadium in a result which could prove pivotal for both teams come the end of the home and away season.

Heading into this contest, the Bulldogs led the chasing pack clamouring for the last finals spot and kept Peel goalless in the opening quarter, leading by eight points through a lone goal to Luke Moore. The dour, scrappy nature of the contest continued in the second term but this time it was Peel in the ascendancy kicking 3.7 to two behinds and opening up a very handy 15 point lead at the long break. South Fremantle, who have found some momentum in the past six weeks and pushed ladder-leader Subiaco in similarly wintry conditions last week, took back the momentum with goals to Matthew Ward and bottom-ager Alec Petkovic but they still trailed by five points with a quarter to play.

While Peel were getting the ball into their forward 50, conversion was a major issue throughout the opening three quarters and that continued in the final 25 minutes. They could only manage six straight behinds while South Fremantle put the ball between the big posts on two occasions courtesy of Lachlan Johnson and Braiden Quartermaine. Accuracy was the main point of difference between the two teams as South Fremantle registered their sixth and most important win of the season while for Peel it was a wasted opportunity to put some pressure on top of the table Subiaco who had the bye.

Ward illustrated the effort required to win a big game as he produced 27 disposals, eight tackles, three marks and a goal for the Bulldogs. He was well supported by Tom Blechynden who had 12 tackles to go with his 21 disposals. Meanwhile for Peel, Lachlan Riley was tireless with 29 disposals and five tackles and the work rate of Jake Howes was elite with 12 tackles to go along with 18 disposals.

 

West Perth 11.10 (76) defeated Swan Districts 9.6 (60) 

West Perth gave their season a deal of life with a stirring 16-point upset win over Swan Districts at Joondalup Arena on Saturday, which saw them move up to sixth position and remain within a game of South Fremantle in fifth.

The Falcons started the stronger, opening up a 14 point lead at quarter time and while Swans swung into gear in the second quarter by kicking four goals, the Falcons held sway in the second term and led by 13 points at the long break. The third quarter was well and truly in favour of the visitors as they kicked three goals to three behinds by West Perth and turned for home three points in front.

With everything on the line and considering positions of both teams on the ladder, you would have assumed that Swan Districts would carry that momentum into the final term and record a comfortable victory. However West Perth had other ideas, as they kicked five goals to two with Western Australia Under 18 representative and Fremantle Dockers Next Generation academy prospect Thomas Medhat proving pivotal with two goals in the term. In truth, West Perth deserved their victory as they compiled 47 more disposals (290-243) and 12 more inside 50s (48-36) which led to six more scoring shots (21-15).

With consistent ball magnet Nathan Murray promoted to the ranks of the reserves, it was left to others to fill that big breach and that was led by bottom ager Tyron Hindmarsh who had 28 disposals, five marks and four tackles. He was supported by fellow junior Jaxon Prior who had 26 disposals and seven marks while Medhat had 11 disposals and three marks to go along with three goals.

Just like Peel, we may have to wait to the end of the season to see how costly this slip-up is for the premiership chances of Swan Districts but it is their fourth defeat in their last five games and are now a game behind East Fremantle in third. Bottom-ager Kade Walldrot continued his promising season for Swans with 19 disposals nine tackles, five tackles along with a goal while Benjamin Taylor kicked three majors along with six marks.

 

East Fremantle 10.14 (74) defeated Perth 9.8 (62) 

East Fremantle overcame a stern test of their premiership credentials by defeating a gallant Perth by 12 points at Lathlain Park.

Perth, who had been on a wretched run of form had over the past two months had the look of a confident side early in this contest and that translated to the scoreboard as they opened up a twenty point lead early in the second quarter. The Sharks were certainly getting their hands on the ball and creating goalscoring opportunities, however inaccuracy was their main issue kicking 2.8 for the half and trailing by 18 points at half-time. You have to go back to the last weekend of May where Perth recorded their last win but with the way they played in the opening two quarters, they headed into the second half with a strong belief that they could end their six-game losing streak.

However, the Sharks know what it takes to win the big moments in games and the reigning premiers rolled up their sleeves and got to work in the third term by kicking four goals to two and narrowed the gap to three points with a quarter to go. Now they had a sniff, it was big trouble for Perth as Dylan Curley kicked a goal and that was soon followed by a second major to bottom-ager Ben Wardle and the game was now on East Fremantle’s terms. Despite Ian Hill kicking his third of the game soon after, East Fremantle steadied again and secured their fourth win and move into outright third on the ladder and only percentage behind second placed Peel.

Curley was a strong focal point for the Sharks with five marks, three tackles and eight hitouts to go along with his 3.2, while Max Murphy was tidy with 20 disposals, six marks and a goal.Hill did all he could within his power to get the Demons over the line amassing 25 disposals, six marks and a goal while Sydney Stack was tireless with 26 disposals and 12 tackles.

Claremont 13.12 (90) defeated East Perth 7.3 (45)

Claremont gave their finals chances a boost with a polished 45 point win over East Perth at Claremont Oval.

Claremont got off to a very quick start in this important clash for both sides kicking the first two goals of the game and repeatedly driving the ball into their forward 50. However East Perth were able to respond with three consecutive goals, with Thomas Baulch kicking two of his own. The match was a very open affair as the Royals took in a four point lead to the quarter time break.

Claremont regained their early momentum in the second quarter kicking four goals to one and opening up a 22 point lead. Claremont arguably had their best first half of the season and led by 30 points at the long break having 44 more disposals (142-98) and 20 more inside 50s (30-10). The Royals, who came into this clash in good form having won their last three games managed to get their hands on the ball and therefore some momentum in the third quarter and kicked two goals to one with Ashley Willcocks kicking his third for the game.

However, the Tigers still had a significant buffer heading into the final quarter and after letting many opportunity slip through their grasp this season, this game was not going to be another one of those occasions as they ended their three-game losing streak by kicking three goals to one behind to complete a 45-point win in one of their best performances of the season.

It has been a season of frustration for last year’s runners-up but this win gives them a base to build upon and if they are able to qualify for the top five, they will certainly be a difficult opponent to face for the rest of the finalists. The Tigers controlled the tempo from the very start of the contest and ended up with 62 more possessions (292-230) which led to 28 more inside 50s (57-29) and 15 more scoring shots (25-10). Two top-age talents led the way for the Tigers with Corey Hitchcock kicking four goals while Isaac Barton was a nuisance to the opposition with 12 tackles along with 18 disposals and two goalsThe performance of Zainel Bin Busu was also a key factor for the Tigers’ win as he had 18 disposals, nine tackles and two goals.

It was tougher to find influential players for the Royals, but Baulch once again led from the front with 25 disposals, nine marks four tackles and a goal whileWillcocks made the most of his opportunities with three goals. With the loss, the Royals fall to the bottom of the ladder, but such is the topsy-turvy nature of this unpredictable season, they sit just one game out of the top five with a game in hand over their rivals, although their percentage is the poorest in the league at just 73.9.

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 5

IN a special Triple Header at Fremantle Community Bank Oval, six of the nine teams took part in a huge day of football in the West Australian Football League (WAFL) Colts. Here is how that day, and the standalone Sunday game unfolded in round five.

Claremont 11.6 (72) defeated South Fremantle 5.7 (37)

Claremont won its second game for the season on the weekend with a comfortable 35-point win over South Fremantle. The Bulldogs sit eighth on the ladder with just the one win, while the Tigers are now fourth overall in what is a close competition outside of Subiaco, who had the bye on the weekend.

Tyron Smallwood topped his team’s disposal count with 25, to go with his five marks, six tackles and two goals, while Jack Monaghan had 18 kicks in his 24 disposals, six marks, nine inside 50s and two goals. Rylie Morgan applied plenty of defensive pressure, laying 12 tackles to go with his 22 disposals, five inside 50s and a goal. Thomas Baldwin and Oliver Henderson both notched up 20 disposals apiece, while Lewis Henry and Will Stockwell laid nine tackles each.

For the losers, four players had 24 disposals in a shared effort. Kyle Hamerseley (three marks, nine tackles), Regan Spooner (six marks, three tackles), Matthew Ward (five marks, seven tackles) and Tom Blechynden (three marks, six tackles) were all prominent on the day. Benjamin Pears had 30 hitouts along with his 12 disposals, two marks and four tackles, while Thomas Weston was a lone hand up forward, booting four of his team’s five goals.

 

Swan Districts 11.2 (68) defeated by East Fremantle 14.8 (92)

East Fremantle hold onto a narrow spot inside the five with just over five per cent separating the Sharks from West Perth either side of the dividing line. Swan Districts had the opportunity to stay in touch with the top two but fell to the Sharks in a four-goal defeat.

Milan Murdock was East Fremantle’s top ball winner, notching up 24 disposals, four marks and laying a game-high 10 tackles. Joshua Ritchie was also impressive with 24 disposals, nine marks and two tackles, while Aaron Meadowcroft got it done both offensively and defensively with 17 touches, two goals and seven tackles. Nicholas Watson was impressive in the ruck with 40 hitouts from nine disposals and four tackles, while Dillon O’Reilly booted four goals in the Sharks’ win.

For Swan Districts, Riley Garcia had 23 disposals, three marks, two tackles and four inside 50s, while Brenton Hilton had 20 disposals and nine marks, spreading well. Mitchell Bain laid five tackles from 20 disposals, three marks and four inside 50s, while Kade Walldrot booted three goals to go with his 11 disposals and five inside 50s.

 

Perth 11.15 (81) defeated West Perth 10.9 (69)

A six goal to one second half has propelled Perth to its fourth win, ensuring the Demons hold down second place on the table. The Demons had to do it the hard way, booting five goals to zero in the third term to run over the top of the Falcons and record a memorable 12-point victory.

The top-end talent of the Demons really shone, with Luke English notching up 30 disposals, two marks, seven inside 50s, five tackles and two goals. Sydney Stack had 27 disposals, four marks, six inside 50s, six tackles and two goals, while top West Australian prospect Ian Hill had another magnificent game with 21 disposals, three marks and booting 3.3. Meanwhile Bailey Smith booted two goals from his 14 disposals and four marks.

For the Falcons, Nathan Murray was the clear standout on the day, collecting 27 disposals and booting three goals while laying nine tackles. Alex Johnson had 23 disposals, six marks and three tackles, while Bailey Chalmers was also good with 20 disposals, three marks, four tackles and six inside 50s. Filimone Muavou (18 disposals, four tackles) was another who stood out for Perth.

 

East Perth 11.13 (79) defeated Peel Thunder 12.6 (78)

East Perth have come from behind at half-time to record the narrowest of victories over Peel Thunder – the Royals’ first win of the 2018 season. In what was a relief for the Royals fans, they had to do it the hard way after conceding six goals to two in the second term to trail by nine points at the main break. A four goal to two third term put them back in front and they held on to win by a point.

Louis Miller was a key leader in the Royals’ victory, amassing 25 disposals, eight marks, three tackles, five inside 50s and booting a goal. Damon Greaves was also impressive with 24 disposals, seven marks and a goal, while Thomas Baulch snagged a goal from 20 disposals, 10 marks and six inside 50s. The next two highest possessions winners Jared Hamer-Mathew (19) and Harley Sparks (15) both booted two goals in the win.

For the Thunder, Andrew Butler was the top possession winner with 21 disposals, six marks and four inside 50s, while James Sturrock was the only other player with 20 or more disposals. Bradley Oldfield was impressive in front of goal, nailing three goals from 19 disposals and four marks, while Jarvis Pina had 18 disposals and nine marks, and Jack Sears booted three goals from six disposals and five marks in an efficient display up forward.