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Scouting notes: WAFL Colts Elimination Final – East Perth vs. Swan Districts

EAST Perth defeated Swan Districts by 24 points in the West Australian Football League (WAFL) Colts Elimination Final at Fremantle Community Bank Oval. The Royals will now face West Perth in the first semi-final next week, while it is season over for the Swans.

Below were the most notable players in the game.

EAST PERTH:

#2 Adam Boules

The Mount Hawthorn junior continued his excellent season for the Royals with another accomplished performance. Against the Swans, Boules collected a game-high 28 possessions, laid eight tackles and recorded an equal game-high five inside 50s to be one of the best players on the ground. A strong finals series could see him rise onto the draft board for next year.

#8 Cooper Sparks

The Deanmill product was his usual busy self in the midfield for the Royals. He accumulated 19 possessions, laid a team-high 12 tackles, recorded two inside 50s and took two marks. His desire to never shirk a contest laid the foundations for the Royals to run over the top of the Swans.

#9 Sebit Kuek

The West Coast Eagles’ Next-Generation Academy member was lively for the Royals, rotating between the forward line and the ruck. He finished with 13 possessions, 16 hit-outs, eight marks, five tackles, three inside 50s and a goal. The highlight of his game came late in the second quarter, when he took a strong pack mark just before the siren went. He then went back and coolly slotted the goal from a tight angle after the siren to give the Royals a 25-point lead at the main break.

#12 Kade Dittmar

The 16-year-old was his brutal self in the midfield for East Perth, often crashing and bashing his way through congestion to win the contested possession for his team. He finished with 17 possessions, 10 tackles, three marks and two inside 50s. He is shaping up to be a leading WA prospect for the 2021 AFL Draft.

#15 Luke Lombardi

Another 16-year-old, Lombardi showed plenty of class and composure off the half-back line for East Perth. He gathered 19 possessions, laid six tackles and grabbed four marks in an impressive display.

#21 Jamie Marinoni

Playing as a small defender, the Kojonup product was excellent for the Royals. He gathered 14 possessions, and took two marks, but more importantly he helped set up his fellow defenders to make sure the Swans were not as potent with their inside 50 entries as they have been all year.

#24 Liam Dellamarta

The Morley junior continues to stake a claim to be a solid outside midfield option in next year’s AFL Draft. Against Swan Districts, Dellamarta was prolific off the wing, accumulating 26 possessions, recording four inside 50s, laying four tackles and taking three marks. He was always willing to take the game on with his skill execution or through his pace.

#37 Joshua Ladhams

The Lower South-West product was arguably the best ruck in the game, often giving his midfielders first use from his ruck work. He finished with 15 possessions, 33 hitouts and five marks in an excellent performance. What was even more impressive about Ladhams’ game was his desire to push back into defence to outnumber the Swan Districts’ forward line.

SWAN DISTRICTS:

#1 Kade Wallrodt

The South Bunbury junior tried his absolute heart out for the Swans, but unfortunately to no avail. Against East Perth he accumulated 23 possessions, recorded five inside 50s, laid four tackles, grabbed two marks and kicked a goal to be one of his team’s best performers.

#7 Ben Taylor

The younger brother of GWS’ rising star Sam Taylor, Ben was solid down in defence for the Swans, often halting the attacking entries by the Royals. Taylor gathered 15 possessions, laid three tackles and took two marks in a trying performance.

#12 Brenton Hilton

The Ellenbrook junior was excellent off the half-back line for the Swans, providing plenty of attacking drive from the defensive half. He finished with 21 possessions, five marks and five tackles in a brilliant performance.

#16 Max Chipper

The 2019 WA U16s State Academy member was excellent off the wing for the Swans. He accumulated 23 possessions, laid four tackles and recorded three inside 50s in an accomplished performance. His skill execution, reading of the play, and aerobic capabilities are all very good for someone his age.

#18 Jake Pasini

The 2019 WA U18s State Academy member showed why he is deserving to be recognised as one of the better key defensive options in this year’s crop. Against the Royals, Pasini finished with 17 possessions, four marks, two tackles and two rebounding 50s. With ball in hand, Pasini was always cool and composed even under heavy duress and without the ball he always attacked each contest with vigour.

#24 Sebastian Bright

The High Wycombe junior was his usual combative self in the midfield for Swan Districts. He accumulated a team-high 25 possessions, laid a game-high 13 tackles, recorded an equal game-high five inside 50s and took three marks to arguably be his team’s best player.

#31 Ethan Nordahl

The South Bunbury junior tried hard for Swan Districts. He finished with 18 possessions, six tackles, four marks and a goal in a combative display. The highlight of his game came in the last quarter, when he was able to shrug off an opponent before banging through a goal from 50 metres out.

#52 Atem Deng

The West Coast Eagles’ Next-Generation Academy member was lively in the forward line for the Swans. In the first quarter, he was able to nudge his opponent under the ball, gathered it, burst away from his opponent and then laced out Ayden Cartwright inside 50. In the last quarter, he took a courageous mark when he went back with the flight of the ball despite on-coming traffic. He finished with 15 possessions and four marks.

#59 Ty Sears

A bottom-age prospect, Sears showed he has potential to be a bolting prospect for next year’s AFL Draft with a classy performance. Playing off the half-back line, Sears gathered 12 possessions and recorded three inside 50s, trying to provide attacking drive from the defensive half.

WAFL Colts weekly wrap: Royals avoid elimination as Claremont books date with Peel

SEPTEMBER is always a special time for every football fan around the country as it means that finals time has arrived. These are the moments that every player lives for and where reputations are carved out. There is an extra level of significance when it comes to the Colts players with recruiting scouts from all AFL clubs watching with keen interest. A strong finals series can see them move one step closer to their senior footballing dream.

WAFL Colts wrap – Finals Week 1

East Perth 8.5 (53) def. Swan Districts 4.5 (29)

East Perth has progressed on to week two of the finals by eliminating 2018 runners-up Swan Districts by 24 points at Fremantle Oval on Saturday morning.

The teams split their meetings in the regular season and there was not a lot between the two sides in either game. Swans trailed for the best part of three quarters before storming home to win by 16 points in Round 2. Three months later in Bunbury saw a late burst by the Royals prove the difference as they won by 16 points. So there was no sense of underlying trepidation for either camp heading into this elimination clash.

The Royals got the quick start in this contest, kicking three goals to one and led by 11 points at quarter time. The first goal in the second term came eleven minutes in through Steele Cahill and was soon followed by another to Sebit Kuek. You never want to drop too far behind in a game, especially in an elimination clash Swans found themselves in a 25-point hole at the long break. While Swans were getting their hands on the ball, one thing they needed to fix was their forward entries only having 14 compared to 24 for East Perth. Bottom age midfielder Adam Boules was the lead player on the ground in terms of disposals at the long break with 18 along with four tackles and three inside 50s. Meanwhile, 16 year-old Kade Dittmar was bringing the energy and tenacity required in games like this with eight tackles. In terms of Swan Districts, the ever reliable Sebastian Bright was leading the way with 12 disposals and nine tackles.

A goal to Brock Fisher early in the third term meant that the margin was back to within three goals, but the Royals hit back hard to goals by Cahill and bottom ager Jy Thompson. Despite taking the ball inside 50 in a more frequent fashion, the end product was certainly lacking and Swans were unable to truly eat into the margin. The equation was simple but extremely challenging at the same time, Swans needed at least six goals in the final 25 minutes while keeping their opposition near enough to goalless to keep their season alive.

East Perth looked to blunt any opportunity for a comeback at the start of the fourth term. When Ethan Nordahl kicked the first goal of the term, there was only 12 minutes left on the clock. However, they were certainly going to leave everything out there and cut the margin further when Kade Wallrodt kicked his first for the game. It was all hands to the pump for the Royals defence as Swans were attacking at will but the leaders were holding firm. Against the run of play, Luke Furlong put the result beyond doubt when he kicked East Perth first for the term and that sealed East Perth’s fate to play the loser of the Claremont and West Perth clash next week.

After the heartbreak of seeing the double chance slip through their fingers in the last minute last week, it was a fine response by the Royals who led for the great majority of this final and were deserved winners. For Swans, it told a story about how the second half of the season went. The effort was there, it was just the lack of goal scoring quality which was absent when it truly mattered. Swan Districts had 46 more disposals (322-277) but East Perth were able to conjure up four more scoring shots (13-9). The game was won in the first half when the Royals opened up a four goal break. Swans had the better of the game in the second half, but East Perth’s resilient defence was able to stand strong.

Adam Boules was tremendous throughout the four quarters for East Perth and finished with 28 disposals, eight tackles and inside 50s. His midfield companion Cooper Sparks also had plenty of tenacity and had 12 tackles to go with 19 disposals. The ruck combination of Joshua Ladhams and Sebit Kuek were terrific for the Royals combining for 49 hit-outs, 28 disposals and 13 marks. Meanwhile for Swan Districts, Sebastian Bright was tireless with 25 disposals, 13 tackles and five inside 50s. Kade Walldrot also tried hard with 23 disposals, five inside 50s and four tackles.

Claremont 7.4 (46) def. West Perth 5.11 (41)

Claremont are just two games away from a grand final appearance after defeating a wasteful West Perth by five points at Joondalup Arena on Sunday morning.

Just like the clash on Saturday, the teams split their meetings in the regular season. West Perth won the first clash by 15 points way back in Round 2. But perhaps a more accurate gauge was when the Tigers claimed a 17-point victory three weeks ago. While both teams would have loved to progress to the second semi final against Peel next week, they could relax through the knowledge that there is a second chance for the loser.

Due to the fact that West Perth’s seniors were playing their elimination final at Joondalup Arena later on in the day, it was a advantage for the Colts side to be playing there despite Claremont finishing higher on the ladder. The game began in heavily overcast conditions with showers forecast. Claremont dominated the first quarter in terms of taking the ball inside 50s (16-5) without hitting the scoreboard.

The Falcons made them pay early in the second term by opening up a nine point lead when Liam Foley goaled. The teams then traded goals and the Falcons were able to hold onto their margin for the rest of the half. The overall statistics told an interesting story. West Perth had more in terms of disposals (165-141) and scoring shots (9-5) but Claremont had taken the ball more inside their attacking arc (25-17).

Callum Johnson was leading the way for the home side with tremendous effort compiling 16 disposals, making nine tackles and kicking a goal. His ruckman Zak Patterson was terrific in giving his midfielders first use with 20 hit-outs. For the Tigers it was Jack Cooley with 15 disposals, five tackles and four inside 50s.

The third quarter was terrific tight finals footy with no quarter asked for and none given in response. Claremont were able to finally get their attacking game into gear in the greasy conditions during this term much like they did last week against Swan Districts. Ben Elliott became the first multiple goalscorer of the contest which put the Tigers in front for the first time since late in the first term. One quarter to go and the Tigers took a slender four point lead into the deciding term. It had been a game of momentum to this point so it was up to the Falcons to see if they could respond.

They were edging their way back through behinds, tying the game at 34 apiece. Jack Buller gave back the Tigers the lead and that was followed by Logan Young. West Perth now needed three scores in little over five minutes to claim an unlikely victory. They got a extremely late goal through Tyron Hindmarsh, however the game was over by the time the umpire bounced the ball in the square. With that, the Tigers moved onto the major semi final against minor premiers Peel next week, while West Perth will play old rivals East Perth in the first semi.

It was a game of missed opportunities for the Falcons especially when they had all the play in the early stages of the fourth term. But as the old adage goes, bad kicking is bad football and the Tigers clinical play made them pay. There was nothing much between the two teams when it came to disposals (295-285) and inside 50s which Claremont ended up winning by just one (41-40).

In terms of individuals, it was Callum Jamieson who was sensational, with the ruck-forward covering every inch of grass amassing 28 disposals, six marks, six tackles and 15 hit-outs. Jack Cooley was terrific in his usual fashion with 26 disposals, six tackles and six inside 50s while Anthony Davis was rock solid with 23 disposals and six marks. The Falcons were led by a terrific in and under display by Callum Johnson with 28 disposals, 12 tackles and a goal. His fellow midfielder Tyron Hindmarsh also tried hard with 26 disposals, eight tackles, four marks, five inside 50s and a goal.

Scouting notes: WAFL Colts – Claremont vs. Swan Districts

IN the final round of the West Australian Football League (WAFL) Colts competition, Claremont defeated Swan Districts by one point at Leederville Oval.

In next week’s first finals, Claremont will take on West Perth, while Swan Districts will now take on East Perth in what is shaping up to be a terrific finals series.

Claremont’s Cameron Anderson, Jye Clark, Anthony Davis, Liam Henry, Harry Saggers and Leno Thomas did not partake in the game, while for Swan Districts, Matthew Brock, Dylan Brockbernd, Jermarl Daly, Atem Deng, Riley Garcia, and Zane Trew did not play.

Despite these gun prospects being absent, a host of other players stood tall throughout the game, with the best highlighted below.

CLAREMONT:

#5 Ronin O’Connor

Stationed on the half-back flank, O’Connor was excellent for the Tigers. Behind the play, O’Connor was setting up his fellow defenders, and when the ball was in his area, he attacked it with vigour and intent. His skills off half-back were also solid as he was able to set up plenty of forward opportunities for his team. He finished with 13 possessions, three marks, three clearances, two tackles and two rebounds.

#8 Jack Buller

The Christ Church Grammar student was exceptional at centre half-back for the Tigers. He was aggressive in the aerial contest, always competed strongly when the ball was in his vicinity and he was neat with his kicking skills. He finished with 12 possessions, three marks, three tackles, three inside 50s and two rebounds.

#9 Nicholas Crump

The two-time WA U15s MVP and dual U15s All-Australian put together his best outing for the Tigers this year. Against the Swans, Crump accumulated 13 possessions, took four marks, produced four one-percenters, recorded two inside 50s and two rebounds in a lively performance.

#12 Joel Western

The Fremantle Next-Generation Academy member showed why he is such a highly rated prospect for next year’s draft with a sizzling display. He accumulated 27 possessions, took six marks, won five clearances, recorded five inside 50s and three rebounds. He used his speed and his skills to penetrate the Swans’ defensive zones and set up plenty of attacking opportunities for the Tigers. The highlight of Western’s game came in the third quarter when he took a strong contested pack mark.

#14 Jack Cooley

The 2016 WA U15s State Schoolboys’ representative was phenomenal in the midfield for the Tigers. He accumulated 19 possessions, won seven clearances, recorded three inside 50s, laid two tackles and kicked a goal in brilliant performance. The highlight of his game came in the third quarter, when he received a handball from Charlie Malone, and then banged through a goal from beyond 50 metres out. As a big-bodied inside midfielder, Cooley may receive interest as a rookie or late national selection.

#16 Anthony Davis

The former AFL-AIS Academy member was excellent on the half-back line for the Tigers. He finished with 17 possessions, four marks, three tackles and three inside 50s in an exceptional performance. His positioning, skills and decision-making were all features of his game.

#25 Callum Jamieson

The North Beach junior was excellent for the Tigers, using his smarts in the ruck to give his midfielders first use of the ball. He gathered 20 possessions, won 24 hit-outs, took nine marks, won two clearances and recorded two rebounds. He is shaping up to be a rising tall prospect in this year’s AFL Draft pool.

#27 Charlie Malone

The Scarborough junior continued his excellent form for the Tigers with another dominant display, this time against Swan Districts. Against the Black Ducks, Malone accumulated 12 possessions, recorded five inside 50s, took three marks and kicked three goals in a lively performance. He finished the year second to Peel’s Ben Middleton for the WAFL Colts Leading Goalkicker Award.

#29 Jake Willson

Playing off a wing, Willson provided plenty of run-and-carry for the Tigers, linking up well between defence and attack. In this accomplished outing, he accumulated 16 possessions, recorded four inside 50s, took three marks, laid three tackles and kicked a goal.

#38 Isaiah Butters

The Fremantle Next-Generation Academy member was lively for the Tigers rotating between the wing and the forward line. He accumulated nine possessions, laid five tackles, took four marks, recorded two inside 50s and kicked a goal. The highlight of his game came in the final quarter when he nailed a goal from 45 metres out on a tight angle that put the Tigers up by seven points with just a couple of minutes remaining in the game.

SWAN DISTRICTS:

#1 Kade Wallrodt

The South Bunbury product was powerful in the midfield for the Swans, racking up 24 possessions, taking five marks, recording four rebounds, laying three tackles, recording three inside 50s and winning two clearances in a masterful performance.

#7 Ben Taylor

The younger brother of GWS’ rising star Sam Taylor, Ben was rock solid in defence for the Swans, thwarting a host of the Tigers’ attacking entries. He finished with 12 possessions, five one-percenters, three tackles, two rebounds and two marks.

#11 Ashley Brockbernd

The 2017 WA U16s State Academy member was excellent in the midfield for the Swans, often throwing his body into stoppages to win the hard ball for his team. He accumulated 19 possessions, won seven clearances, recorded five inside 50s, laid five tackles and kicked a goal in a sensational performance. Late in the second quarter, Brockbernd snapped through a goal that extended Swans’ lead by 17 points.

#16 Max Chipper

The 2019 WA U16s State Academy member showed he has the potential to be a gun prospect for the 2021 AFL Draft. Against the Tigers, Chipper accumulated 17 possessions, took four marks, recorded two rebounds and laid two tackles while playing off a wing. His kicking is a real feature of his game as he is able penetrate the opposition’s defensive zones with his skills.

#18 Jake Pasini

The National Combine invitee showed why he is considered to be one of the best key defenders with a sensational display against the Tigers. He was very strong with his spoils and was very strong with his overhead marking. When rebounding out of defensive 50, Pasini was always cool, calm and composed even under duress and he always spotted up the best option coming out of defence. He finished with 22 possessions, nine rebound, five marks, and four one-percenters.

#24 Sebastian Bright

The High Wycombe junior was a brute in the midfield for the Swans, crashing-and-bashing his way through stoppages to get the ball to his outside runners. He accumulated an equal game-high 27 possessions, won a game-high eight clearances, recorded a game-high six inside 50s and laid seven tackles to arguably be his team’s best player.

#28 Jack Allen

The 2018 WA U16s State Academy member was a key focal point in attack for the Swans, with his leading patterns, and overhead marking both real features of his game. He gathered eight possessions, took four marks, won four hit-outs, and kicked two goals, showing plenty of promising signs.

#31 Ethan Nordahl

The South Bunbury junior was prolific in the midfield for the Black Ducks, often trying his best to win the hard ball for his team. He finished with 26 possessions, nine marks, three clearances, two tackles, two inside 50s, two rebounds and two goals. The highlight of his game came in the first quarter when he snapped through a goal out of a pack.

#59 Ty Sears

The 2018 WA U16s State Academy member was excellent on the half-back line for the Swans, providing plenty of energy from the defensive half. He collected 12 possessions, laid four tackles, took three marks, produced two one-percenters and recorded two rebounds.

WAFL Colts weekly wrap: Top five set and ready for action

THE final week of the home and away season saw the four games split over two days with double headers played at Mineral Resources Park (Saturday) and Leederville Oval (Sunday). With West Perth playing on the Saturday against South Fremantle, a victory for the Falcons would increase the pressure on East Perth who played the following day against Subiaco in their bid to lock up a double chance.

Would everything go to plan or would there be a costly slip-up with September just around the corner?

Read on to find out.

WAFL Colts wrap – Round 20

West Perth 12.7 (79) def. South Fremantle 9.8 (62)

West Perth survived a major scare, defeating a gallant South Fremantle side by 17 points in the first game of the Saturday double-header at Mineral Resources Park

Despite what was on the line for the Falcons, it was the wooden spooners who started the better of the two teams leading by six points at quarter time. Tyson Headland and Tommy Taylor-Shreeve kicked goals for their respective sides early in the second term as it remained a tightly contested battle. A major to Bulldogs youngster Haiden Mead reasserted their two goal buffer which they kept until half time.

The Bulldogs had not won a game since the third of June against East Fremantle and this was one of the best halves of Football that they had produced since that victory. Tyson Headland and Manfred Kelly led a strong list of contributors for the Bulldogs with 18 and 17 disposals respectively. While bottom-ager Cooper Blackburn had a terrific half with 14 disposals, five marks and two goals for the Falcons.

With their double chance hopes on the line, the Falcons knew they had to raise their level and did so accordingly in the early stages of the third term through goals to bottom age talents Logan Foley and Luke Reilly. However, the resilient Bulldogs responded through Liam Bradford. The Falcons then answered in kind with goals to Liam Martin and a second to Reilly for the term which gave the Falcons their first lead of the game. Rohan Scurria then kicked his first and it was shaping as a decisive moment in the contest. The Falcons had kicked five goals to one and led by 11 points at the final break. South Fremantle were so good for so long and it would be a shame if they were to fade away.

It seemed that was to be the case early in the last term as Blackburn kicked his third for the game. However, the spirit of the Bulldogs was in fine fettle as goals to Jacob Sax and 16-year-old Aaron Drage put them right back in the hunt. But just as any good team looks to do, the Falcons responded through Cooper Hinchcliffe and Callum Johnson. Tyron Hindmarsh then sealed the victory as the Falcons moved back up to third spot and would have their fingers crossed that the Lions could knock off East Perth on Sunday.

West Perth held sway in terms of disposals (311-260) but inside 50s were locked up at 39. In terms of individual performances, Cooper Blackburn was a terrific four quarter performer for the Falcons with 17 disposals, seven marks, three inside 50s and three goals. Ruckman Zac Patterson was great with his work around the ground with 45 hit-outs to go with 13 disposals while Tyron Hindmarsh sealed his mantle as the leading ball winner in the competition with 24 disposals, four marks and four tackles. Hindmarsh averaged 28.4 disposals in 15 games. Meanwhile for the Bulldogs, Tyson Headland was a willing worker all day with 27 disposals, five inside 50s three marks and three tackles and was joined by Manfred Kelly with 25 disposals, seven tackles and four inside 50s.

Peel 10.14 (74) def. Perth 8.4 (52)

Peel rounded out a fine home and away season with a solid 22-point victory over Perth in the second game of the Saturday double header.

After an extremely tight first half where not much more than a goal separated the two teams, it was the premiership quarter where Peel stamped their authority on the contest. The Thunder kicked 5.2 to 0.1 in the term to open up a 37-point lead heading into the final 25 minutes.

To their credit, the home team put some respectability back onto the scoreboard in kicking four goals to one, but Peel had done more than enough to pick up the four points. In truth, the minor premiers could have won by a lot more if they had their kicking boots on as they amassed 24 scoring shots compared to 12 of their opponents. Peel will now enjoy the week off and will be watching the other four finalists with a deal of interest. A win in the second semi final in a fortnight will be enough to see them progress to the Grand Final.

The workrate of Jack Sears up and down the ground was terrific once again for the Thunder with 22 disposals and eight marks. Bradley Oldfield was in the heart of the contest with nine tackles and six inside 50s to go along with 20 disposals and bottom age duo Connor Heuer and Tyler Nesbitt combined for six goals. Meanwhile for the Demons who finish the season with five wins from 16 games talented key forward Logan McDonald kicked three goals from 13 disposals and five marks and the ever-present Simon Hayward was tireless with 33 disposals and a game-high 13 tackles with six marks and a goal to top off a fine individual campaign in style.

Subiaco 10.10 (70) def. East Perth 9.13 (67)

Subiaco have played the role of ultimate party poopers by denying their co-tenants a finals double chance at the very death by defeating East Perth by three points in a dramatic game of Football at Leederville Oval on Sunday.

After a tight beginning it was Subiaco who kicked the first goal of the day through Daniel Frost and that was soon followed by a major to Patrick Mullane. The Lions were certainly hitting in hard and making the Royals earn all their possessions. The Royals were certainly having no issue bringing the ball inside their 50 metre arc (15-5 advantage) but the difference was conversion. After seven straight behinds East Perth finally had their first goal on the board through Jake Littleton but the Lions still held a one point advantage at the first break.

Jack Borchet gave the Lions some breathing space early in the second term with a mark and goal. However, the extremely talented Rhai-arn Cox out-bodied his opponent in the square and goaled giving the Royals the quick reply. Liam Dellamarta soon followed with a fine snap to give the Royals the lead. The Royals were now running over the top of their opponents and their ground pressure paid dividends when Sam Van Diemen snapped truly to give the top four outfit their biggest lead of the game that being 13 points. The Lions looked to get some ascendancy back in the game but were just missing the finishing touches. Jacob Peletier was the man to answer the call late in the second term as he finished with aplomb and cutting the margin to five points at the long break.

The Lions were doing a remarkable job to be as close as they were to think they had only amassed 12 inside 50 for the game compared to 27 of their opponents. Cooper Sparks, Sam Van Diemen and Adam Boules led the way in terms of disposals with 12 while Abraham Clinch had the same tally for the Lions. The first few minutes of the third term would tell a story whether the Lions would be able to sustain their attack on the footy or whether the Royals could use their greater attacking prowess to finish the job.

The Royals were the first team to hit the scoreboard early in the third term through Kyle,Robinson and the well built forward soon doubled his tally extending the lead to 16 points. Next goal was pivotal and the Lions needed it to keep in touch and managed to get it through Blake Morris. Cox then took a fine mark when it looked like his opponent was in better position and he managed to goal and push the lead out back to 16 points. The Lions were one persistent opposition however, and Frost kicked his second after a fine contested mark on the siren. The Royals were in the box seat to claim the four points but you sensed they would have fight tooth and nail as the Lions would throw everything at them.

East Perth got off to the quick start through Max Fabre and the two influential figures of Robinson and Boules combined to push the lead to four goals and seemingly clinch the game for the Royals. However the Lions would just not lie down and goals to Ben Golding and Borchet. It cut the margin to under ten points with seven minutes remaining. When Golding kicked his second of the quarter courtesy of a down the ground free the equation for the Lions was a goal required in two minutes.

Unbelievably Golding was left unmanned at half forward and had the shot from 40 metres directly in front to at the city end to win the game. It is exactly what the midfielder did as he was then swarmed by teammates. As the clock continued to tick down the Royals could not muster another attack and were heartbroken at the final siren. The result meant that West Perth had moved into third position but Swans could overtake them with a substantial victory in the final fixture.

It was the ultimate tale of never giving up and although the Lions did not have a finals spot on the line, they did have a sense of pride and finishing the season on a real high which is certainly what they did finishing with a 8-8 record for the season. For the Royals it truly was a gut-punch. In control for so long in this contest, yet they are set to be in sudden death football from next week and blowing the comfort of a double chance.

Player of the match

It was a game of fine moments from many individuals but star players rise to the top when everything is on the line. When hope seemed lost, Ben Golding was superb with his industry and willingness to outrun his opponents. The midfielder picked up 27 disposals, eight marks, six inside 50s and nine tackles, not to mention his three last quarter goals including the match winner. All in all it was a superb performance and one that may well have caught the eye of the recruiters.

Other notables

Jacob Peletier was very handy with his dash and poise picking up 22 disposals and six marks along with a goal. Chayse Grabe-Paparone kept dangerman Rhai-arn Cox under control in the second half and picked up 15 disposals himself while Blake Morris was strong with ten marks. Adam Boules was certainly East Perth’s best with 27 disposals, nine tackles, six marks, and five inside 50s while Harley Sparks was very solid support with 26 disposals,six marks,six tackles and seven inside 50s.

Claremont 7.12 (54)def Swan Districts 8.5 (53)

Claremont got the best finals preparation they could ask for with a thrilling one point victory over Swan Districts at Leederville Oval on Sunday.

Swans got off to the best start possible and Ethan Nordahl kicking the first of the game. The second placed Tigers were locked into that position and mobile forward Charlie Malone levelled the scores. Jack Allen then gave the lead back to the vibrant Swans outfit when he earned a free kick in the forward line and duly converted. It was goal for goal and Malone when kicked his second with a fine goal from the boundary. The rest of the quarter played out without any major incident and scores were locked at 14 at the quarter time break.

After seemingly an age without a goal in the contest, it was Allen who kicked his second from the square to give Swans back the lead and Nordahl soon grabbed his second,as Swans built a nice lead. When Aiden Cartwright kicked Swans fifth for the game, they were certainly in control of the contest. Claremont needed something to stem the bleeding and it took a fortunate bounce over the head of Jake Pasini with Jake Willson kicking his first.

But Swans were in no mood to let momentum slip and Ashley Brockbernd kicked a fine goal when under substantial pressure. The underdogs went into half time with a very handy 17 point lead and looked like to be the more desperate team with Claremont having little to play for other than match practice leading into the finals. Ethan Nordahl was the leading player on the ground at half time with 17 disposals, six marks and two goals while defensive pillars Brenton Hilton and Jake Pasini had 13 and 12 respectively.

It was a cagey start to the third term but the Tigers needed to kick the first and they did just through Jack Cooley. Not long after, Jamieson Ugle slotted a fine goal from the boundary giving the Black and Whites a three goal margin. Malone was proving a real beacon in the Tigers forward line and kicked his third narrowing the gap to eight points nearing three quarter time. That was the way it stayed, but it was clear that the intensity had risen in the Tigers play and it was anyone’s call about who would claim the victory.

The first goal of the quarter was going to be vital and it went the way of the Tigers through Ben Schuhkraft. When Isaiah Butters slotted a fine goal from the boundary pushing the margin beyond a kick with six minutes left,it seemed like the Tigers had done enough. A scrambled piece of possession deep in the Swans forward line led to nothing but a point, but they had very late hope when Jax Watson kicked truly and setting us up for a second grandstand finish of the day. However the Tigers did enough to get themselves over the line by a solitary point.

In the end there were no real losers in this contest. Swans showed they could match it with a team sitting second on the ladder and in reality it was their best performance it what has been a very difficult second half of the season. For the Tigers, there was no doubt they were off their game in the first half. Perhaps it was to do with the circumstances, but also give credit to their opponents for putting the heat on them, However, like good teams do they responded and claimed another four points.

Both teams would have been thrilled with the performances of some of their key movers played. For the Tigers, Joel Western picked up 27 disposals, six marks and five inside 50s while Callum Jamieson was elite in his athleticism compiling 20 disposals and nine marks along with 24 hit/outs. Seb Bright was tireless in the midfield for Swans with 27 disposals and seven tackles along with six inside 50s. Meanwhile Ethan Nordahl had 26 touches, nine marks and two goals.

How it stands at the end of 20 rounds
1. Peel – 56 pts
2. Claremont 44 pts
3. West Perth 36 pts
4. East Perth 36 pts
5. Swan Districts 32 pts 108.6%
6. Subiaco 32pts 89.2%
7. East Fremantle 24 pts
8. Perth 20 pts
9. South Fremantle 8 pts

Week 1 of the Finals
Claremont vs West Perth- Qualifying Final
East Perth vs Swan Districts – Elimination Final
Peel- Bye

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.

West Australian Colts weekly wrap: Peel joins Swan Districts as early season pacesetters

THE ANZAC Round saw the next generation of stars getting a taste of evening footy with three of the four games being played under lights. Who shone brightest under those conditions? Read below to find out.

WAFL Colts Round 4

Peel 15.15(105) def. Subiaco 6.4(40)

Peel Thunder maintained its perfect record to start the 2019 season after thrashing reigning premiers Subiaco by 65 points at Leederville Oval.

With temperatures in the high twenties at bounce down, Peel was able to get the all-important quick start. The visitors amassed 14 inside 50s and used that dominance to full effect by kicking six goals with Jaxon Egan and Jonathan Ietto each kicking two majors each. In reply, the reigning premiers could only register the solitary goal through bottom ager Ezekiel Bolton.

The second quarter started in a similar vein with Peel blowing the lead out to 46 points when Deon Welhan goaled, but bottom ager Sandon Page and Trey Kennedy got some respect back for the Lions to trim it back to 37 points at the long break.

Peel had winners all over the ground, putting their opponents under constant pressure and getting the rewards on the scoreboard. Bottom-ager Ietto was setting the standard with six tackles to go along with his 12 disposals and two goals.

Subiaco continued its respectable comeback in the third term, winning its first quarter for the game (two goals to one) and cutting the margin to 33 points. Despite this, and witnessing the pattern of the game, a stunning fightback felt a bridge too far.

And so it proved with the visitors finishing as strongly as they started the game by kicking six goals to one and finishing with a emphatic 65 point victory as they look to keep pace with Swan Districts atop the premiership ladder. Peel won convincingly in all the major categories amassing 63 more disposals (302-239) 48 more marks (88-40) and 26 more hitouts (50-24) to name three.

Star of the day

It may be a cliche term, but this was the quintessential team effort. The Thunder shared the ball around beautifully with no player totalling more than 20 disposals. Every one played a part from Ben Middleton with nine marks, seven inside 50s and three goals to Jonathan Ietto, Killian Rawson and Brad Oldfield who shared 28 tackles between them. A fine effort all round.

A word for Subiaco’s Jacob Peletier who was tireless across the four quarters with 29 disposals, 11 tackles and four inside 50s.

Impressions

Peel Thunder are certainly a real contender for the premiership with their team first football a pleasure to see. They will certainly face more sterner challenges than what the Lions produced, but they have the talent to be there when it counts. For the Lions, it is all about getting their football moving in a positive direction. A lot of their key premiership players have moved up to the reserves, leaving a largely fresh group with a new head coach. While they got blasted in the first and final quarters, they more than held their own in the middle two terms which is a positive to take away from this fixture.

In other games

East Perth 9.11(65) def. Perth 9.6(60)

East Perth withstood a sterling comeback from Perth to record their second win of the season with a five point win at Mineral Resources Park.

The Royals kept their opposition at arms length for the first three quarters, leading by 12 points at quarter time, eight points at half time and nine points at three quarter-time. However Perth were coming hard at their opponents. After East Perth got out to a 18 point lead midway through the third term, Perth kicked four consecutive goals and hit the lead inside the first minute of the final quarter through Alan Narkle.

Sam Sardelic then pushed the lead out beyond a goal before Sam Van Diemen responded for the Royals’ first goal in over a quarter. However Sardelic quickly responded in kind with his second of the term to push the visitors lead out again. This absorbing quarter had yet another twist with East Perth kicking two goals in as many minutes to Sebit Kuek (his third of the game) and bottom ager Cody Nash which gave the Royals the lead back and held it for the remaining four minutes to claim victory.

In this tight and tough affair it was bottom ager Adam Boules who stood above all else with 26 disposals, four marks and 14 tackles. Ruckman Jed Montgomerie was also tireless with 19 disposals eight marks, eight tackles and 24 hit-outs while Sebit Kuek was a real target with 3.4, eight marks and six tackles.

For the Demons, Mitch Mcllheney stood up tall around the ground in a terrific battle with Montgomerie amassing 26 disposals, six marks, four tackles and 21 hit outs.

Swan Districts 11.9(75) def. West Perth 9.4(58)

Swan Districts continued their 100 per cent record to start the season as they outlasted West Perth to win by 17 points at Joondalup Arena on Saturday evening.

The lead changed hands no fewer than six hands in the first half with both teams going goal for goal. The Falcons led by three points at quarter time and by four at the long break. While it was a tight contest, the visitors would have been hoping to get more reward for their forward entries having amassed 23 of them but only kicking five goals.

The Falcons got out to the biggest lead of the game when Ewan Brazier and Lachlan Newell goaled early in the third term. But in keeping with the pattern of the game, Swan Districts responded in kind with Jack Allen who had spent the first three weeks of the season deep in defence, providing a focal point in the attacking 50 kicking two goals and pulling down a number of key marks. Both teams kicked 3.1 for the term so the status quo remained and West Perth took a narrow four point lead into the final 25 minutes.

Ayden Cartwright gave Swan Districts their first lead in the second half to begin the final term and Ethan Nordahl put the exclamation mark on a terrific personal performance when he extended the lead to double figures. His twin brother Bodhi put the cream on the cake soon after kicking his second for the game and sealing the four points. It was a professional final quarter performance by Swans who kicked 3.3 and kept their opponents scoreless.

The broader picture of the contest showed that Swan Districts were more than a deserving winner as they amassed 73 more disposals (339-266), 13 more marks (68-55) and 25 more inside 50s (51-26). Swans had a number of contributors all over the ground in their victory. Ethan Nordahl was terrific with 31 disposals and two goals Sebastian Bright was in and under at ground level all game with 11 tackles to go along with 22 disposals while Jack Allen produced a clear example of his talent with 20 disposals, 11 marks, five inside 50s and two goals. For the Falcons, Tyron Hindmarsh was superb with 34 disposals and seven tackles.

South Fremantle 10.5(65) def. East Fremantle 5.10(40)

South Fremantle registered their first win for 2019 after defeating rivals East Fremantle by 25 points at Fremantle Oval on Saturday evening.

Despite having the same amount of inside 50s and one less scoring shot, the Sharks trailed by 21 points at the long break. The three quarter time score of 8.3 to 3.8 was a perfect reflection of the game as it showed that South Fremantle had made the most of their opportunities. Both teams traded goals in the fourth term as the home team recorded a comfortable victory. Despite picking up their first four points, the Bulldogs have been incredibly competitive this season with a average losing margin of 10 points across their first three games.

South Fremantle shared the load nicely with their 10 goals split between seven players. Robert Woods, Darryl Anderson and Benjamin Pears were the multiples with two each. The trio of George Wessels, Adam Correia and Brodie Plunkett were superb sharing 74 disposals and 24 tackles between them. Lachlan Taylor was terrific for the Sharks with 25 disposals and ten marks.

2018 WAFL Colts Grand Final preview

THIS Sunday it will be Subiaco taking on Swan Districts in the 2018 WAFL Colts Grand Final at Optus Stadium. Both sides have had sensational seasons, with Subiaco taking out the minor premiership and Swan Districts finishing third. The Lions will be looking to win their first WAFL Colts premiership since 1989, while the Swans will be looking to win their seventh Colts premiership and first since they went back-to-back in 2007 and 2008.

 

HEAD-TO-HEAD

In the four matches they have played each other this year, Subiaco has won all of them by an average 35 points.

In their first encounter in round three, the Lions cruised to a 36-point victory on the back of brilliant performances by the 2018 Jack Clarke Medallist Liam Hickmott (27 possessions and seven tackles) and the 2018 WAFl Colts Leading Goalkicker Jack Mayo (14 possessions and five goals). For the Swans the likes of Graydon Wilson (18 possessions and 10 tackles), and Jackson Beck (17 possessions and nine marks) fought admirably.

In round 12 the Swans sent a scare through the Subiaco line-up when they got within two goals. Ultimately though the Lions prevailed by 21 points, with Jake McKinnon (28 possessions and 13 tackles) leading the way. Livewire forward Jarrod Cameron led the way for the Swans with 26 possessions, six marks, six tackles and five inside 50s.

Then in their final home-and-away encounter in round 18 Kyle Stainsby (26 possessions and 10 tackles), Liam Hickmott (35 possessions and 6 tackles) and Zane Shellabear-Healey (24 possessions and two goals) helped guide the Lions to a 38-point victory. However the likes of Kade Wallrodt (24 possessions and seven marks), Sebastian Bright (15 possessions and 14 tackles) and Joseph Hinder (25 possessions and five marks) never trailed off for the Swans,

In the Second Semi-Final, Subiaco defeated Swan Districts by 46 points on the back of brilliant performances by Luke Foley (22 possessions, five marks, five tackles, three inside 50s and two goals) and Nathan French (25 possessions, five inside 50s and three goals), as well as a host of others. For the Swans Mitchell Bain (24 possessions and six tackles), Wallrodt (15 possessions and four goals) tried hard.

 

KEY STATS

Both Subiaco and Swan Districts rank highly in a number of key categories.

In terms of possessions the Swans rank number one in the competition with a total 6067 possessions at an average of 243 per game, with the likes of Riley Garcia (25 per game), Mitchell Bain (23), Graydon Wilson (20) and Jackson Beck (19 leading the way. While on the other hand, the Lions rank number two in the competition with 6043 at 241 per game. Tristan Hobley (27) and Liam Hickmott (26) rank one and two in the comp while Luke Foley (25), Wil Hickmott (22) and Zane Shellabear-Healey (20) are also prolific ball-winners.

While in terms of firepower inside 50 the Lions are number one after booting 217 goals across the season. Jack Mayo took out the WAFL Colts Leading Goalkicker Award after booting 48 goals from 19 games, while Jordan Faraone (21) goals) and Nathan French (15) have also proven to be dangerous in the forward half for the Lions. For the Swans, Atem Deng led the way with 22 goals with Patrick Farrant (19) also finishing in the top 10 of the competition.

But both sides have also showcased they are excellent two way running teams with Swan Districts ranking number one for tackles and Lions ranking third. The Swans have the number one tackler in the competition in Sebastian Bright (153 tackles), while for the Lions Liam Hickmott (144) and Jake McKinnon (128) are ranked two and three in the competition.

 

KEY PLAYERS

SUBIACO

LUKE FOLEY

The big-bodied midfielder is one of the premier draft prospects this year and is shaping up as a big-game player already in his career. He is tough around the stoppages, has elite skills and has the ability to run all day. He can also drift forward where he uses his marking prowess to be a key focal point.

LIAM HICKMOTT

The Jack Clarke Medallist is one of the best clearance players in the competition due to his clean hands, footy nous and elite skill. He ranked second in the competition for possessions (484 at an average of 26 per game) and for tackles (144 at eight per game). His contested and clearance work is similar to that of North Melbourne star Ben Cunnington.

TRISTAN HOBLEY

The runner-up in the Jack Clarke Medal, Hobley is one of the best outside midfielders in this year’s competition and it isn’t hard to see why. His dazzling skills, incredible vision and sound decision-making make him a threat for opposition teams when he’s on the outside. He ranked first in the competition for possessions (505 at 27 per game), second for marks (100 at five per game) and was in the top 20 for tackles (68 at four per game).

JACK MAYO

The Carine junior took out the WAFL Colts Leading Goalkicker Award after booting 48 goals from just 19 games. He is strong in one-on-one contests, powerful on the lead, is agile, has a great shot for goal and possesses an excellent field kick. He has also shown versatility in his ability to play in the ruck as well as in defence when required.

KYLE STAINSBY

The reigning Newton Screaigh Medallist provides excellent run out of defensive half for the Lions and is often a catalyst for their attacking forays. His ability to either weave his way through congestion or break tackles and then spot a team-mate further up the field makes him one of the most damaging players in the competition.

 

SWAN DISTRICTS

MITCHELL BAIN

The High Wycombe junior is a bonafide midfield star and it isn’t hard to see why. He is tough around the stoppages, he’s got pace to burst away from opponents and has penetrating skills to carve the opposition’s defence to ribbons. He ranks third at Swan Districts for possessions (315 at 23 per game), second for total tackles (78), and sixth for marks (56).

JARROD CAMERON

The West Coast Eagles’ Academy member is always dangerous inside the forward 50 due to his blistering speed, dazzling skills and incredible footy nous. Like his older brother Charlie, Cameron also thrives on defensive pressure and expect him to make the Subiaco defenders nervous.

MATTHEW GERMS

Despite only playing 10 games this year, Germs won the fifth-most hit-outs by any ruckman in this year’s WAFL Colts competition (354 at 35 per game). His ability to control the ruck contests and palm the ball to his midfielders is first class.

JAKE PASINI

The Western Australia State Under 18s Academy member will have his hands full when he lines up on Subiaco’s gun key forward Jack Mayo. But Pasini is more than up to the task. A no-nonsense defender, Pasini has proven this year he can shut down any key forward due to his determination, physicality and aggression in the contest.

GRAYDON WILSON

The Centrals product is one of the best attacking half-back flankers due to his explosive pace and reliable kicking skills. More often than not, Wilson will tuck the ball under his arm, take on the opposition defenders and then lace out a teammate further up the field.

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: Swan Districts survive Claremont scare to retain lead on WAFL Colts

SWAN Districts has overcome a plucky Claremont side, while Subiaco had to fight hard to knock off East Fremantle in a round of mix results for the West Australian Football League (WAFL) Colts competition.

Claremont 8.8 (56) defeated by Swan Districts 9.7 (61)

A fadeout in the second half has seen Claremont just miss out on causing one of the upsets of the season, going down to Swan Districts by five points. The Tigers led at the main break, having booted five goals to three in the opening half, but a goalless third term which saw the Black Swans pile on four goals ultimately turned the momentum. While Claremont booted three of the final five goals, the damage was done, just missing out on a memorable win.

Mitchell Bain was the highest disposal winner, notching up 25 touches, one mark, three inside 50s and laying seven tackles for the winners, while Sebastian Bright had 19 disposals, five tackles and booted a goal. Jarrod Brockbend was their only multiple goal kicker with two goals from 10 disposals, three marks and eight tackles, while Kade Wallrodt was frenetic with his tackling, laying nine to go with his 15 disposals, eight marks and a goal.

For the Tigers, Corey Hitchcock found the ball 26 times, took three marks and laid seven tackles as well as booting a goal, while also being in the umpires good books with four free kicks. Thomas Baldwin was prolific with 25 disposals, five marks and seven tackles, while Isaac Barton was one of the best going inside 50, pumping the ball into the forward line six times to go with his 22 disposals, three marks and nine tackles. Jordon Reid was good around the ground in the ruck, amassing 15 disposals and 22 hitouts, while Benjamin Schuhkraft booted three goals to be the key goal scorer on the day.

 

Subiaco 14.11 (95) defeated East Fremantle 12.10 (82)

After losing a string of games following a strong start to the season, Subiaco has held off a brave East Fremantle outfit to record a 13-point win. Trailing at quarter time by four points, the Lions booted five goals to three in the second term to take a nine-point advantage into the main break. The Sharks hit back with three goals to one after the long break to lead by 10 points with a quarter to go. Fearing an upset, Subiaco stormed home with an impressive six goals to three final term, also kicking five behinds in what could have been a larger margin.

With his brother impressing for Western Australia, Liam Hickmott went to work for the Lions, notching up 32 disposals, two marks, six tackles and two inside 50s, while Tristan Hobley recorded 28 disposals, five marks, two tackles and three inside 50s. Subiaco’s best through the midfield was arguably Taj Schofield, who had 24 disposals, three marks, four tackles, six inside 50s and booted 2.2 in a good day out. Up forward it was another day out for Jack Mayo who slammed home six goals from 13 disposals and seven marks in a big game, while Zane Shellabear Healey had 24 disposals, four marks and two inside 50s.

For the Sharks, Trent Rivers was the top disposal winner with 22 disposals, six marks, five tackles, two inside 50s and a goal, while Corey Robinson had 20 disposals, two marks, four tackles, six inside 50s and also booted a goal. Nicholas Watson was prolific in the ruck with 20 hitouts from 14 disposals, while Dane Jenzen had a game-high seven inside 50s, and Ethan Brown was the only multiple goal kicker for East Fremantle.

 

Perth 4.5 (29) defeated by South Fremantle 13.18 (96)

With their top-end talent away on state representative duty, Perth succumbed to bottom four side South Fremantle in a one-sided affair. The Demons failed to score in the opening term and by half-time, the Bulldogs had opened up a 35-point lead. Never looking back, South Fremantle put the foot down in the second half, piling on 6.12 to 2.4 to run away with the match by 67 points. The match was best summarised by the lopsided inside-50 count of 55-21.

Not a huge individual possessions side, Tom Blechynden topped the winners’ disposal list with 20 touches, six marks and four inside 50s. But it was hard to look past Luke Moore for the best on ground, booting a mammoth seven goals from 13 disposals, seven marks and two tackles, while Thomas Weston also had multiple shots on goal, but kicked four behinds from 15 disposals and 15 hitouts. Enrique Aiken-Featherstone had 19 disposals, four marks and laid a match-equal-high tackles with nine, while Jack Fenton was the prolific ruck on the ground with 31 hitouts and six inside 50s.

For Perth, Zac Casey was the clear stand out with 29 disposals, five marks, eight tackles and three inside 50s, while Connor Sing kicked a goal to go with his 19 disposals, three marks and three tackles. Simon Hayward and Austin Davis both had 19 disposals and laid five tackles, while Zak Tanner worked hard in the ruck for 26 hitouts and eight disposals.

 

Peel Thunder 12.16 (88) defeated West Perth 8.6 (54)

Peel Thunder has claimed a comfortable win over West Perth on the back of a solid four-quarter performance. Dominating the inside-50 count, Peel always looked in control and booted six goals to four in each of the halves, including six goals to two in the second and fourth quarters.

James Sturrock had a day out with a round-high 36 disposals, nine marks, eight tackles and six inside 50s for the winners, while Jackson Perry was also prolific with 27 disposals, seven marks, two tackles, two inside 50s and 1.3. Jacob Hewett notched up 20 disposals, six marks, four inside 50s and booted a goal, while Lachlan Cullen was the key man up forward with four goals from nine disposals and six marks. Billy Chambers had 24 hitouts and 13 disposals in the ruck, while Jarvis Pina had five inside 50s and six tackles to go with his 17 disposals.

For the losers, Nathan Murray had the highest disposal tally to go with eight marks and five tackles, while Ben Johnson (23 disposals, four marks) and Brayden Templeton (22 disposals, three marks and eight tackles) were the other big ball winners. Callum Johnson booted three goals from 11 disposals and four inside 50s, while Lachlan Rewell also had multiple goals to go with his eight touches and three marks.