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WAFL victorious over SANFL in Adelaide

In blustery yet reasonably mild conditions at Adelaide Oval on the weekend, a building Showdown crowd headed to their seats early to witness a seesawing affair between the South Australian National Football League (SANFL) and West Australian Football League (WAFL) representative sides.

With both teams boasting a multitude of former AFL listed talents, the match promised to be a close contest.

In what was a slow, scrappy yet hotly contested start to the game, Western Australia dominated the inside-50 count 11-4 early. However,  the first goal was not kicked until the the 17th minute mark when former Crow-turned-Sturt onballer Aiden Riley converted a regulation set-shot from close range.

As the South Australian side began to get on top, two-time Magarey Medalist and SANFL skipper Zane Kirkwood (Sturt) put the home side nine points clear.

Late goals from Marlon Motlop (Glenelg) and Josh Hone (Sturt), led the Croweaters to a comfortable 22-point buffer at the first break.

The lead was short-lived, with the WAFL’s Blaine Johnson (South Fremantle) finally booting his side’s first major of the game, sparking WA into life.

The West Australian’s completely dominated the second term with big name stars Jye Bolton (Claremont), Sharrod Wellingham (East Perth) and Rhys Palmer (Swan Districts) all becoming heavily involved across the midfield dominating the clearances and getting the ball moving in their advantage.

Goals from Corey Gault (Swan Districts), Wellingham and another from 22-year-old medium forward Johnson capped off a breathtaking 54-point quarter  which included eight unanswered goals to put the Sandgropers ahead at the main interval.

In desperate need of a quick turnaround, the SANFL piled on three quick goals  courtesy of prolific onballer Kaine Stevens (West Adelaide) and forwards Josh Scott (Glenelg) and Justin Hoskin (Central Districts) to trim the margin back to a kick.  

Tough midfielder Matt Panos (Norwood) brought his side to within just one-point from tying things up, before key forward Corey Gault kicked truly from a set-shot.

Former Power defender Sam Colquhoun (Sturt) hit back with a running goal to again close the gap, with Kirkwood showcasing why he is regarded as one of the best state league players in the country.

Down by eight points at the final change, Rhys Waters (Subiaco) added the first six-pointer of the quarter before a goal-for-goal shootout saw Josh Scott, Jack Hayes (Woodville-West Torrens), Rhys Palmer and Andrew Strijk (West Perth) all exchange blows.

Strijk snagged his second and third goals within three minutes and Corey Gault converted his third to put the WAFL comfortably in front late in the game.

It was a game of inconsistencies from quarter-to-quarter, much like the showdown that would follow, but the WAFL’s stars proved too good on the day, leading their side to its first victory in Adelaide in 24 years.

Kirkwood finished with 35 disposals, six marks, eight tackles and a goal to claim the Fos Williams Medal for SA, while Jye Bolton again reminded AFL recruiters of his talents, collecting 34 touches, six marks and three tackles.

Bolton won his second Simpson Medal as best afield for the WAFL. Panos (25 disposals, eight marks and seven tackles). 

Mitch Grigg (Norwood, 27 disposals and seven tackles), Stevens (24 disposals and six tackles) and Jarrod Allmond (North Adelaide, 24 disposals and four marks) were also prolific for the home side with Josh Scott the lone multiple goal kicker booting 2.2 for the afternoon.

For the victorious visitors, Shane Nelson (West Perth30 disposals and 10 tackles) was rugged throughout all four quarters, while Wellingham (27 disposals and a goal) was classy with his ball use all day.

Kane Mitchell (Claremont, 25 disposals) provided spark around the contest, and another former-Magpie, Johnathon Marsh (East Fremantle20 disposals) was also strong down back limiting the dangerous Jack Hayes to just one goal.

Corey Gault and Andrew Strijk snared three apiece with Johnson and Waters chipping in with two each.

Western Australia weekly wrap: WAFL teams recruit big for 2018

SEVERAL West Australian Football League (WAFL) clubs have recruited former AFL-listed players in a bid to end Peel Thunder’s two-year premiership winning era.

Headlining a raft of signings for 2018 are former Carlton players Rhys Palmer and Blaine Boekhorst. Delisted after playing only one game for the Blues, Palmer will look to re-launch his footballing career with Swan Districts as an inside midfielder, with the Black Ducks seeking to improve on their fourth-place finish in 2017.

In a coincidental twist, Boekhorst turned his back on former-club Swan Districts, instead signing with Palmer’s original club, East Fremantle. Boekhorst’s 25-game AFL career ended in disappointment after the former first round draft pick was unable to win another contract despite impressing in his final two games of 2017. The speedy 24 year-old will add fantastic depth to a Sharks’ midfield that is in desperate need of quality ball users.

Subiaco has also recruited strongly by adding two former Fremantle Dockers in ruckman Zac Clarke and inside midfielder Josh Deluca. Clarke, who played 101 games at AFL level, will add a wealth of experience to the Lions’ midfield brigade, with coach Jarrad Schofield hoping that Clarke’s 203cm height and athletic prowess will give the Lion’s midfield first use. A premiership player with the Lions in 2014 before being drafted, Deluca will compliment the Lions’ contested ball winning mentality in their push for a third successive grand final.

Peel Thunder have pulled off a remarkable off season signing by luring former Essendon midfielder Ben Howlett. A former best and fairest winner at club, Howlett is a handy addition to the two-time reigning premier’s already impressive list, with the Fremantle-aligned side looking to draw on all of Howlett’s 124 games of AFL experience.

East Perth have secured former Collingwood premiership player and West Coast half-back Sharrod Wellingham. After a 171 game career (92 with Collingwood and 79 with West Coast), the Royals will look to use Wellingham’s great ball use and leadership skills in continuing their alignment with the Eagles.

Former Fremantle midfielder Nick Suban won’t be leaving Fremantle Oval after signing with South Fremantle. The former North Ballarat Rebel has opted against returning to his home state, joining last year’s runner-up minor premiers. Suban will be a welcome replacement for the Bulldogs after star midfielder Tim Kelly was snapped up by Geelong in the recent AFL National Draft.

Ex-Fremantle forward Shane Yarran has also been sighted at Subiaco training recently, but is yet to officially sign following release from his six-month jail sentence.

Other notable signings:

East Fremantle: Jarrad Jansen (Brisbane Lions), Cameron Loersch (Gold Coast Suns), Jordan Snadden (West Coast Eagles), Jonathan Griffin (Fremantle Dockers)

East Perth: Tom Gorter (West Coast Eagles)

Perth: Matthew Taylor (North Melbourne)