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WAFL Colts weekly wrap: Peel clinches minor premiership in style

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

WAFL Colts Round 18

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

WAFL Colts weekly wrap: Sharks play spoilers again to end Peel’s winning run

THERE was only three games in the West Australian Football League (WAFL) Colts competition this week, but there was certainly no lack of storylines.

WAFL Colts wrap: Round 15

East Fremantle 10.9 (69) defeated Peel 8.9 (57)

A rejuvenated East Fremantle caused one of the upsets of the WAFL Colts season by defeating the red hot Peel Thunder by 12 points at New Choice Homes Park on Saturday morning.

The Sharks came into this game full of confidence having knocked off Swan Districts to end a nine-game losing streak, but it was the ladder leaders who started the contest in ominous fashion kicking the first three goals of the game to take an 18-point lead into the first break.

Bottom ager Isiah Winder kicked his second goal early in the second term to extend the lead, but Dylan Curley quickly responded for the Sharks. Jonathan Ietto pushed the lead back out to four goals, but from that moment it was all East Fremantle. The home side kicked four straight goals to narrow the gap to a single point at the long break.

It was an outstanding quarter by the Sharks which belied their lowly position on the ladder who outscoring their in-form opponents 5.2 to 2.3. The Sharks had more of the ball in the first half (153-124) with Luke Jackson giving his midfielders terrific service with 17 hit-outs for the first half. Trent Rivers was prominent with 14 disposals and four inside 50s while Jackson Knight led the way for Peel with 13 disposals and seven tackles.

In what had turned in a fascinating encounter, both teams split four goals in the early stages of the third term. It remained tight and tough for the remainder of the term and the Thunder took the slimmest of margins into the three quarter time break. Peel had a 2-0 record with games decided by under a kick in 2019 while the Sharks were 1-3.

East Fremantle took their first lead for the game courtesy of bottom ager Finn Gorringe. It was a huge mental barrier to climb over for the Sharks and now it was down to the Thunder to respond and see whether they can reproduce their form from the first term. However, the Sharks were not in the mood to let their southern rivals back into the contest. Ruck/forward Reuben McGuire and Alec Evensen pushed the lead to 19 points. Peel managed to hit back with 12 minutes remaining courtesy of of bottom ager Roy George. The ladder leaders were now pressing hard but the lowly ranked Sharks were adeptly keeping the premiership favourites at bay.

Three goals to one in the final quarter was able to see the Sharks over the line and seal their second consecutive win. It is the second time they have managed to win back to back games this season with the first time occurring way back in the first two rounds of the season. Conversely, it was only Peel’s second defeat of the season and their first since the middle of May. But with West Perth also tasting defeat this round, they keep their buffer of two and a half games.

The Sharks were well worth their victory when you take the overall statistics into account. The home team had 58 more disposals (297-239) and 29 more hitouts (53-24), and while East Fremantle had four less inside 50s (37-33), they were more efficient with two more scoring shots on the day (19-17).

Although the Sharks wont play finals this season they can certainly play a spoiling role in the weeks ahead. You also wouldn’t be surprised to see some of these youngsters taste senior action before the season is out. Jackson will be one of those in line for selection as the ruck/forward hasn’t missed a beat since returning from the U18s carnival. Jackson not only controlled the ruck duties with 41 hit/outs, he also had 22 disposals and two marks. Likewise, Rivers was prominent with 25 disposals, seven tackles, six marks and five inside 50s and Chad Warner was composed throughout with 26 disposals and eight tackles. The Thunder while beaten will have appreciated the stern tests they have been given in the last few weeks. Jackson Knight produced an all-round terrific display with 25 disposals, 12 tackles, eight inside 50s and seven marks.

East Perth 8.7 (55) defeated West Perth 5.10 (40)

East Perth proved once again that they are one of the dark horses in the Premiership race after defeating West Perth by 15 points at Joondalup Arena on Saturday morning.

This clash saw the old rivals in prime form. West Perth had won four in a row while the Royals had won four of their past five with their only defeat coming in a one-point thriller against Peel Thunder last week. The Royals took a slender five point margin into to the first break. The second term was lacking in terms of goalscoring action, but that suited East Perth nicely. The visitors kicked the only two majors to extend their lead to 15 points.

Both teams had seven scoring shots and West Perth had three more inside 50s (17-14) but it was clearly evident that East Perth had made the most of their opportunities. The Royals looked to put the game out the Falcons reach early in the third team by kicking two quick goals to Luke Furlong and Cody Rodgers. The ever present Koopah Todd kicked two goals for the Falcons in the term, but the Royals still won the quarter and took a 22-point lead into the final 25 minutes of action.

To the Falcons’ credit they kept at the job at hand, chipping away inch by inch but sometimes it is not your day and the Royals were able to keep them at arms-length throughout claiming their fifth win from six starts. There was not one dominant quarter by the Royals but more so a steady build leading to a consistent performance. In some ways, West Perth will look at their wastefulness in front of goal (5.10) and overuse of the football as some reasons behind the defeat. East Perth had 44 less disposals (273-229) and four less inside 50s (36-32) yet still managed the same amount of scoring shots and walked away with the four points. But With the quality of the two teams you would expect they will meet in September.

It was an even spread of contributors for the victors with Harley Sparks prominent with 28 disposals, eight inside 50s and six marks. Joshua Ladhams has regularly had a major impact with his ruck work this season and so it proved again with 24 hit/outs which he combined with 17 disposals and eight marks. While the tenacious in and under work of Adam Boules was there for all to see again as the bottom ager added another eight tackles to his tally for the season. Boules leads the category with 91 for the season at a outstanding average of seven per game.

Meanwhile for the Falcons, Tyron Hindmarsh racked up big numbers again with 31 disposals and four tackles. The midfielder is averaging 28.50 disposals a game. WA U18s representative Jaxon Prior also got his fair share of the ball the running half back compiling 32 disposals, four tackles, four inside 50s and a goal.

Claremont 10.9 (69) defeated Perth 0.4 (4)

Continuing the WAFL’s plan to take Colts footy to the regions, Claremont and Perth played their fixture in Albany on Saturday evening. It was a game that Claremont will remember while the Demons would soon forget as the Tigers produced a superb exhibition of wet weather football by claiming victory to the tune of 65 points. The victory sees the Tigers rise with a bullet up to second place and certainly a clear premiership threat. Meanwhile, the Demons produced the lowest score of the season and are basically out of all finals contention. A staggering statistic to take into account in regards to Claremont’s four game winning streak is that they have conceded on average just 25 points in those wins. That is what you call a supreme defensive effort and something to keep an eye on as we approach the final month of the regular season.

WAFL Colts weekly wrap: Reigning premiers keep their season alive

AS the West Australian Football League (WAFL) Colts clubs grow closer to welcoming back their state Under-18 heroes to the fold, it was up to those players that remained at Colts level to help their teams over the line in Round 13.

WAFL Colts Round 13

Subiaco 11.14 (80) defeated East Fremantle 5.10 (40)

A longer list of contributors and a more potent forward line were the key elements in Subiaco’s 40-point win against East Fremantle at Leederville Oval on Saturday morning.

This clash shaped as a early elimination final with both teams sitting adrift of the top five (Subiaco by two and a half games and East Freo by an extra game). So while for the loser it was lights out for season 2019, the winner still had an opportunity to put some pressure on those above them. Subiaco came into this fixture with the better form having won two of their last three games, while the Sharks were in terrible form having lost their last eight in a row.

The reigning premiers kicked the first goal of the game courtesy of some quick ball movement ending with a goal to Jacob Peletier and their lead was soon doubled by strong forward play by Abraham Clinch. The Sharks were trying to get their running game into action but despite a few forward thrusts they were repelled by the Subiaco defence.

Harvey Bishop made it three goals without reply for the Lions, but some fine forward line pressure by Mitchell Cusworth caused his opponent to drop a mark and then was able to maintain his efforts by laying a fine tackle which set up Jack Carroll for the Sharks’ first major of the day. East Fremantle’s intent was certainly there, they just needed an outlet to finish off their hard work. The quarter time score saw the Lions up by 10 points but both teams had the same amount of scoring shots.

Subiaco ramped up their pressure early in the second quarter and Abraham Clinch was the beneficiary, taking a uncontested mark from the square to give the Lions a three goal lead, and soon after, he kicked his third for the first half. However, the Sharks kept fighting and their best move of the match led to a goal from Tom Muskarovsky. Light rain then hit Leederville Oval which saw a already heavy surface due to a week of constant rain become just that bit more boggy. It led to plenty of stoppages and Subiaco held sway by 18 points at the long break.

The third quarter saw Subiaco break the game open as they kicked four goals to one to set up a 37 point lead. Sandon Page, Peletier and Clinch were all crucial with their efforts in the term while East Fremantle’s lone goal came from a strong mark and goal from Reuben McGuire. Once again it was not about effort by the Sharks, it was about finding the end product in the forward 50 to capitalize on their hard work.

The Sharks started the final term strongly when McGuire goaled from the square cutting the lead to 29 and offering just a glimmer of an opportunity. However Subiaco’s forward pressure was too much to handle leading to a Patrick Mullane goal.

Some adept round ball skills by Page were very handy on the slick surface leading to his second of the day. A final margin of 40 points was probably a fair reflection of the contest. When Subiaco attacked, they did so in numbers and had terrific outlets in place to convert their opportunities. Meanwhile, East Fremantle had to work extremely hard for whatever they could conjure up and they lacked the targets that their opposition had.

Star of the day:

Despite the ups and down in their premiership defence, Subiaco have had a few constant figures who have shone come victory or defeat. One of them had been Abraham Clinch and Saturday was no exception. The top ager was exceptional, floating in between midfield and forward to rack up 35 disposals, nine marks, seven inside 50s six tackles and three goals. Clinch has averaged 28 disposals in 2019.

Other notable performances:

Benjamin Golding has also had a very impressive season to date. A year younger than Clinch, Golding tallied 28 disposals (one more than his season average), seven marks, four tackles and six inside 50s. Sandon Page was a excellent target inside 50 where he had 20 disposals, eight marks and kicked two goals. For the Sharks, Reuben McGuire was tireless with 17 disposals and two goals while Dylan Curley worked hard across the ground with 15 disposals and a goal.

The future

Subiaco are walking a tightrope with one slip likely ending their title defence. If today was an elimination final, next Friday night is their grand final against Claremont – where a victory will see them close the gap to the Tigers to under two games. Meanwhile, East Fremantle will continue their quest to end their long losing streak, this time against Swan Districts at home.

In other games:

Claremont 13.10 (88) defeated South Fremantle 5.4 (34)

The Tigers made it five wins from their last six games with a resounding 54-point victory against South Fremantle at Claremont Oval.

After a extremely even first half which saw Claremont down by three goals at one point, a nine goal to one onslaught after the break saw the Tigers win in emphatic fashion with South Fremantle kicking just one goal after quarter time. Charlie Malone’s impact was a real catalyst for change with three of his four goals coming in the all-important third term. That was where the home team slammed on eight goals to one behind and turned a two point lead at the long break into a 51-point advantage. Jack Buller gave his midfielders supreme service around the ground with 36 hit-outs along with 20 disposals, five tackles and four marks. Bottom-ager Logan Young was tough and hard with nine tackles to go along with 17 disposals and a goal. For the Bulldogs, Jack Musika was tireless in his efforts with 21 disposals, seven inside 50s and six tackles.

East Perth 8.9 (57) defeated Swan Districts 6.7 (43)

The mid-season woes of Swan Districts continued as they fell to their fourth consecutive defeat, this time a 14-point loss to East Perth in Bunbury on Saturday afternoon.

The teams were separated by less than a kick throughout the first three quarters, and the Black and Whites took a seven-point lead into the final 25 minutes after holding the Royals scoreless in the third term. But with Swan Districts down to just one fit player on the bench, East Perth took advantage kicking four goals to one to run out 14 point winners. The victory is East Perth’s fourth straight and sees the Royals join Swans and on 7-4 and one step closer to sealing a finals berth.

West Perth 13.8 (86) defeated Perth 7.5 (47)

A six goal to nil opening half set up West Perth for their eighth win of the season and take sole possession of second place in the process as they defeated Perth by 39 points on Joondalup Arena on Sunday afternoon.

The victory was the Falcons’ fourth in succession and at this moment they are playing the type of football that puts you well and truly in premiership contention. The goalscoring load was shared between nine individual players with bottom age trio Cooper Blackburn, Tommy Taylor-Shreeve, and Corey Rundle along with Ryan Hudson each kicking two. The score could have gotten very ugly for the visitors when the Falcons kicked the first of the third term to make it seven goals to nil, but to the Demons credit, they outscored their opponents from that moment seven goals to six.

In terms of disposals it was the regular duo of Tyron Hindmarsh (31 disposals, seven marks and four inside 50s) and Koopah Todd (25 disposals, nine marks and five inside 50s) who led the way. The ruck duo of bottom ager Michael Mallard(25 hit/outs) and Adam Gerritsen (18 hit/outs) gave their following divisions great service all day. For Perth, the duo of Kaden Elliott (27 disposals and six inside 50s) along with Simon Hayward (26 disposals and five inside 50s along with a goal) gave wholehearted displays throughout the four quarters.

West Australian weekly wrap: Thunder hang on to beat West Perth in a thriller

WITH Swan Districts having the bye this week, it gave the opportunity for those below the ladder leaders to make the most of their absence in Round 7 of the West Australian Football League (WAFL) Colts.

WAFL Colts – Round 7:

 

Peel Thunder 8.12 (60) defeated West Perth 9.4 (58)

Peel Thunder have given themselves some valuable breathing space in second place on the Colts ladder after defeating West Perth in a thrilling contest at HBF Arena on Saturday afternoon.

This clash was between the two closest rivals to Swan Districts with Peel starting the season (4-1) and West Perth half a game behind (4-2). This was the second time the two teams had met in 2019 with Peel running out 17 point winners at David Grays Arena in Round 1. Peel had in fact long been the masters of this matchup with a 14-5 win-loss record since 2011.

The Falcons took a seven-point lead into quarter time despite having three less scoring shots. Peel were having no issue with bringing the ball into their forward 50, but conversion was a major issue. Despite clearly being in the ascendancy in a number of key categories including 40 more disposals (200-160), marks (58-33) and inside 50s (29-16) it was a ugly looking scoreboard with Peel kicking 2.8 to trail West Perth by five points at the long break.

Peel were superbly served in the first half by Isiah Winder and Bradley Oldfield who had 22 and 20 disposals respectively. While for the Falcons who had four individual goalkickers, it was the ever present Tyron Hindmarsh who led the way with 16 disposals and he was well supported by Heath Chapman with 12 disposals and five tackles.

The great footy adage that the third term is deemed ‘the premiership quarter’ was certainly apt in this contest as the Thunder got their game into gear by kicking 4.3 to 1.0 to break the game open with Clifton Stack being a catalyst, kicking two goals.

The Thunder took a 16-point lead into the last break and extended into a game high lead of 22 when bottom ager Jaxon Pitts kicked his second of the game. It would have been easy for West Perth to become disheartened for the lack of reward for their hard toil. However the Falcons are made of strong stuff in 2019 and when Ewan Brazier kicked his third for the game, the Falcons were back within eight points. The lively forward struck again with three minutes remaining to cut the margin to a solitary point. Try as they might, the Falcons could not find a winning goal and Peel survived an almighty scare to register their fifth win from six to give them some breathing space in second place.

This was a true roller coaster affair. Both teams played some terrific football, but also went through some real barren periods where the opposition were able to stamp their claim on the contest. Peel would be breathing a sigh of relief as they ran the risk of being overrun for the second week in a row. But they held strong and could view these four points as vital come the end of the season. Despite developing some fine young talent in their ranks in the last few years, in terms of results it has been a tough time for the Falcons missing the finals for three consecutive seasons. But they would have lost few friends with this competitive display and will be delighted if they could maintain their current position throughout the home and away season.

Peel had 53 more disposals (338-285), 38 more marks (95-57) eleven more inside 50s (49-38) and eight more scoring shots (20-12). Bottom age talent Isiah Winder had his best game at this level collecting 34 disposals and four tackles. Teammate Bradley Oldfield was once again prolific with 32 disposals, seven marks, six inside 50s and three tackles while Zachary Rankin continued his good form with 22 disposals, seven marks, six inside 50s and four tackles. Tyron Hindmarsh extended his lead on top of the total possession count for the Colts with another 33 to go with eight inside 50s and seven tackles. The midfielder averages 29 disposals a game from his seven games this season. While Ewan Brazier made every one of his eight disposals count kicking 4.2, taking the ball inside 50 three times and making three tackles.

 

East Perth 11.9 (75) defeated South Fremantle 8.9 (57)

East Perth won their third game from six games after a deserved 18 point win against South Fremantle at Fremantle Oval on Saturday afternoon.

This was a contest between two teams who were looking to get their 2019 season into full swing having only registered three wins between them to start the campaign. Nathan Spooner got the home team off to the best start with two quick goals and they led by eight points at quarter time.

The Bulldogs continued to hold sway during the majority of the second term, however two late goals to Cooper Sparks and Kyle Robinson changed the outlook of the game somewhat and the Bulldogs only took a four point lead into the long break. East Perth had close to 50 more disposals over the first two quarters.

The weight of possession began to show on the scoreboard when Aliyud Luko gave the Royals their first lead of the contest in the early stages of the third term. From that moment, the Royals never trailed again kicking a further seven goals to four by the Bulldogs and secure a 18 point win.

The Royals shared the load beautifully with nine individual goal kickers for the game. Luke Furlong was a key figure in the second half display by East Perth kicking two goals in the third and fourth quarters. Harley Sparks was a real key figure throughout the contest and finished with 27 disposals, 13 marks and four inside 50s while bottom ager Adam Boules was tenacious with 22 disposals, seven marks and six tackles. The lack of possessions from their key movers hurt the Bulldogs with Manfred Kelly the only player to reach 20 disposals.

 

Claremont 12.7 (79) defeated Subiaco 7.9 (51)

Claremont claimed consecutive wins for the first time in 2019 after defeating reigning premiers Subiaco by 28 points at Claremont Oval on Sunday afternoon.

Subiaco got off to a great start leading by 13 points at quarter time. However the Tigers , who would have been on a high after their terrific last quarter comeback against Peel last week kicked four unanswered goals to take the lead. The Lions had been held scoreless for the proceeding 24 minutes, but a goal to Levi Duyckers on the siren cut the lead of the Tigers to five points at the long break.

There were some big individual numbers for both teams with Jye Clark having 17 disposals and Thomas Baldwin with 14. Meanwhile for the Lions, Abraham Clinch continued his outstanding form from last week collecting 17 disposals while Tristan Hobley led all players with 18 disposals and five inside 50s.

The Tigers continued their momentum in the third term with Charlie Malone who kicked two goals in the second quarter followed that with two more in the third as they extended their lead beyond four goals. Subiaco responded in kind with goals to Zac Caulfield and Jack Borchet to cut the margin to 13 points but Leno Thomas gave the Tigers a three goal buffer with a quarter to play. The home side then finished off the job without any major dramas kicking three goals to one and clinching a very accomplished 28 point victory which moves them into the top five.

It was a deserved win for the Tigers who held an advantage in most of the key categories. In terms of individual performances, the back to back premiers in 2015 and 16 were best served by Fremantle next generation academy member Joel Western who collected 27 disposals, seven inside 50s and four tackles. Jye Clark was also highly influential with 30 disposals, eight marks and seven inside 50s while four goals by Charlie Malone were critical to the outcome of the contest. For the Lions who remain rooted to the bottom of the ladder, their fifth loss of the season was certainly not due to the efforts of Tristan Hobley who picked up a game high 42 disposals, seven inside 50s, five marks and five tackles. Abraham Clinch and Ben Golding were terrific in support with 56 disposals and 22 tackles split between the pair.

 

Perth 9.8 (62) defeated East Fremantle 8.11 (59)

At the GBSC Sports Park in Geraldton on Saturday evening, Perth picked up a thrilling three-point win over East Fremantle which sees the Demons alongside Claremont and East Perth on a 3-3 split and certainly keeping touch with those above them.

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.

Scouting notes: WAFL Colts – East Fremantle vs. West Perth

IN what was arguably the match of the round, West Perth overcame East Fremantle by five points at New Homes Choice Park. Considered as a finals preview, there was a host of players who stood up.

Below were the best players from each team.

EAST FREMANTLE

#2 Michael Wright
In a powerful display, the Chapman Valley product proved he is one of the premier midfielders in this year’s WAFL Colts competition. He accumulated 23 possessions, took five marks, laid five tackles, recorded two inside 50s and kicked a goal to be one of East Fremantle’s best.

#10 Trent Rivers
The East Fremantle captain tried his heart out to try and drag his team to victory. He gathered 27 possessions (12 contested), took 10 marks, recorded nine inside 50s, laid four tackles and kicked two goals to arguably be East Fremantle’s best player. Playing as an inside midfielder, Rivers threw his body into every stoppage to win the ball for his team and was able to dish it out to his outside runners. His drafts stocks continue to soar every week.

#16 Chad Warner
The Willetton junior showcased why he is one of the best midfielders in this year’s WAFL Colts competition. In a dazzling display, he gathered a game-high 29 possessions (18 contested), won six clearances, took six marks, laid two tackles, recorded two inside 50s. He also kicked a goal from outside 50 in the first quarter.

#18 Chris Walker
The Fremantle Dockers’ Next-Generation Academy member was excellent off the half-back line for East Fremantle. He finished with 16 possessions, eight inside 50s, six marks and five tackles. Like Richmond star Nick Vlastuin, Walker is a medium sized defender who is excellent at intercepting the opposition’s attacking forays.

#23 Luke Jackson
Against the Falcons, Jackson produced a performance that indicated why he is considered a first-round prospect in this year’s AFL draft. Opposed to Zak Patterson, he finished with 17 possessions, 28 hitouts, six inside 50s, five clearances, five marks and two goals.

WEST PERTH

#3 Ben Johnson
The 2016 WA State Schoolboys’ representative was exceptional for the Falcons in their victory over the Sharks. He accumulated 20 possessions (12 contested), laid six tackles, recorded four inside 50s, took three marks and kicked a goal to be one of the Falcons’ best players.

#7 Jaxon Prior
Stationed at centre half-back, Prior was instrumental in the Falcons’ victory. He accumulated 23 possessions, took nine marks, laid six tackles and recorded four inside 50s in an inspiring performance. Like Fremantle’s rising star Luke Ryan, Prior is a medium-sized defender who has a strong aerial ability and an elite understanding of the game , enabling him to effectively intercept many of the opposition’s attacking forays.

#18 Tyron Hindmarsh
The Ocean Ridge product was outstanding in the midfield for the Falcons. Going head-to-head with Chad Warner, Hindmarsh accumulated a team-high 28 possessions, laid 11 tackles, won seven clearances, and took seven marks to arguably be the best player on the ground.

#23 Zak Patterson
The Joondalup-Kinross junior was outstanding in the ruck against East Fremantle. Opposed to Luke Jackson, Patterson finished with 15 possessions, 19 hit-outs, three marks, two tackles and a goal in an entertaining duel. Patterson looms as a draft smoky when his excellent athleticism, elite ruck craft and raw potential are considered.

#25 Heath Chapman
A bottom-age prospect, Chapman did his draft chances for 2020 no harm with a classy performance against the Sharks. Playing on the half-back line, Chapman gathered 21 possessions, took seven marks and laid three tackles to be a pivotal player in the Falcons’ victory.

West Australian Colts weekly wrap: Swans produce second half masterclass to destroy reigning premiers

AROUND this time of the season you are able to cast a bit of judgement on who may be among the contenders this season. The pacesetters Swan Districts and Peel Thunder were looking to finish the first quarter of the season on a winning note before the league bye for the state game against South Australia next week.

WAFL Colts Round 5

Swan Districts 14.10(94) vs Subiaco 7.9.(51)

Swan Districts produced a second half for the ages by kicking 13 goals to three and overturning a 22-point half-time deficit to thrash Subiaco by 43 points at Bassendean Oval on Saturday morning.

The two grand finalists from 2019 have had vastly different starts to the new season with Swan Districts sitting pretty at the top of the ladder with four wins from as many games. Meanwhile, Subiaco is sitting rock bottom with no wins from three games and with the woeful percentage of 38.7 having not kicked more than six goals in a game this season.

After some overnight rain, conditions would have been a good test especially as we have had a fine and unseasonably warm to the season. From the outset, Subiaco were switched on for the challenge. The reigning premiers had three early entries but could not make the most of their chances. Despite that fact, they looked the better of the sides in the first 20 minutes and got their reward through a mark and goal to Nicolas Martin. If it wasn’t for the influential presence of Jake Pasini being able to read the play superbly and making many clearances from the defensive 50, Swans would have had a bigger deficit than seven points. A skirmish just before the quarter time siren was a clear sign that this was more than your usual early season contest. It remained to be seen if the Lions could continue their outstanding pressure for the remaining three quarters.

The early stages of the second quarter were a carbon copy of the first term with tremendous forward line pressure, rewarded when Martin Snapped truly. Swans finally got their first on the board when Ayden Cartwright won a free kick for a push in the back and converted from directly in front. But Subiaco hit back with their third through Martin which coincidentally was his third for the game. When a infringement occurred in the Swans’ defensive 50 close to the half time siren, Levi Duyckers was the beneficiary and kicked a huge goal in the context of the contest giving the Lions a 22-point lead to take into the long break.

To be honest, it was all that the visitors deserved. They controlled play all over the ground and their dominance was shown by the fact they had 12 scoring shots to five and taken the ball inside 50 five more times (23-18). Nicolas Martin was undisputedly the star of the half with 18 disposals, six marks and three goals. He was well supported by Tristan Hobley with 23 disposals and Lions ruckman Xavier Peacock giving his midfielders silver service with 12 hit-outs and four marks to go along with seven disposals. For Swans, Jake Pasini led from the front in a overworked defence with 15 disposals and four marks. But the 2019 WA U18 squad member needed a lot more help if they wanted to keep their 100 per cent record in tact.

Swans got the perfect start to the second half with their best move for the match culminating in Benjamin Taylor (who is the younger brother of GWS key defender Steven) marking and goaling in the square and that was soon followed by Jermarl Daly converting from similar range. Daly then marked from a Taylor kick to the goalsquare and Swans suddenly were only four points behind. The influential Daly who kicked six goals in Round One was turning this game around in similar fashion. The forward kicked his third for the term and it was his best of the bunch from a acute angle on the boundary. Jamison Ugle then joined in on the third quarter domination snapping truly and Swans were able to open up a 16-point lead just before three quarter time when Bodhi Nordahl kicked his first for the game. There was plenty to think about for the Subiaco coaching staff. They were kicking with the aid of a slight breeze in the final term, but needed to find their game again as they were blown away by Swans during that 25-minute term.

However, Swans were on a mission to keep that momentum going and although the teams traded goals in the early stages of the final quarter, the home team were on another level and drove home the advantage with Atem Deng kicking two for the term and providing a number of teammates with one each as the home team in all kicked seven goals to three and ran out 43-point winners to seal their fifth win in a row. The turn around in this contest was something else. At half time you would have thought there was only going to be one winner with the reigning premiers prevailing. However, Swans are desperate to go one better than their heartbreaking loss in 2018 and this victory sent a clear message to their rivals. For the Lions, it would be a tough loss to swallow. Everything was clicking in the second half and they had undoubtedly played their best footy of the season. However it all turned into a nightmare in the second half and the gulf between the two teams was there to see.

Star of the Day

Only a handful of Swan Districts player were contributors throughout the full four quarters. Jake Pasini was one of those, holding the fort at one end with superb defensive play and driving the ball into their attacking half. But if you are looking for an out and out game breaker, then Jermarl Daly would be the man. Swans needed someone to stand up after looking decidedly toothless in the attacking 50 metre arc in the first 50 minutes. After the break, Daly was that man putting himself front and centre and if he didn’t score a goal himself, his presence set it up for his teammates. Four goals in a half is a pretty good effort to say the least especially when your team was on the ropes. The performance of Daly certainly swung momentum in this contest, no question at all.

Reasons behind the turnaround

As previously stated, Subiaco held sway in the inside 50s by five at half time. By the end of the game it had shifted to the Swan Districts’ advantage by twelve (46-34). When you narrow it down to the second half, it was 28-11 in the home teams favour. It led to nineteen scoring shots to just four by the Lions. Subiaco still won the possession count handily (333-287) but their disposals in the second half were ineffective as Swans were terrific in pushing them away from the corridor and near the boundary line. Nicolas Martin who was superb in the first half, only had five disposals and one behind in the second fifty minutes.

 

IN OTHER GAMES…

 

Peel 9.18 (67) defeated East Perth 4.6 (30)

Peel Thunder kept the heat on the Black and Whites by winning its fourth game out of four to start the season, defeating East Perth by 37 points at David Grays Arena on Saturday.

The home team led throughout the contest, leading by 15 points at quarter time, 25 at half time, 44 points with a quarter to play and eventually finishing with a six-goal final margin. Once again, the home team shared the load with eight individual goal kickers with 16-year old Jaxon Pitts their only multiple with two. On the possession front it was also very balanced with top ager Bradley Oldfield finishing with 22 disposals and six tackles. Ruckman Brendan Cooke did a fine job giving his mids first use of the ball with 35 hit/outs and 13 disposals. For the Royals, small forward Sam Van Diemen was tireless in his pressure with eight tackles to go along with 17 disposals.

West Perth 9.11 (65) defeated East Fremantle 9.6 (60)

West Perth were able to keep the top two honest after a superb come from behind win over East Fremantle by five points at New Choice Homes Park on Saturday to keep third spot on the ladder. After leading almost exclusively throughout the contest, East Fremantle succumbed to some terrific Falcons pressure and let slip a 14 point lead with only eight minutes to go. Ewan Brazier was the match winner for the visitors kicking truly with just over a minute on the clock. Tyron Hindmarsh willed his team over the line with 28 disposals, seven marks and eleven tackles. WA/U/18 squad member Jaxon Prior was also very good with 23 disposals nine marks and four inside 50s while bottom ager Cooper Blackburn kicked two goals and had 17 disposals and four inside-50s East Fremantle were WA U18 squad member Trent Rivers with 27 disposals and nine inside 50s while his fellow U/18s teammate the highly touted Luke Jackson was terrific with 17 disposals, six inside-50s five marks 28 hit-out and two goals.

Perth 10.4 (64) defeated Claremont 3.14 (32)

Perth gave Claremont a lesson in accurate kicking by winning by 32 points despite having three less scoring shots. The Demons set up their win in the first term kicking three goals to none and increased their lead steadily throughout the contest. A pair of Demon WA U18 squad members celebrated their selection in style. Deven Robertson was prolific with 37 disposals, five tackles and four inside 50s. He was well supported by the in-form Elijah Taylor who was terrific again with two goals from his 25 disposals while Bailey Smith also had 25. In a tough day for the Tigers, it was the ruck/forward Callum Jamieson who stood out with 19 disposals, 38 hit-outs and four inside 50s.

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.

Western Australia weekly wrap: Final five locked in for September

ROUND 20 loomed as the most important weekend of the Colts season to date with a number of teams fighting for the opportunity to play in September, that special time of year when reputations are made.

Which teams coped best with the pressure?

Read ahead to find out.

Round 20 WAFL Colts wrap.

South Fremantle 11.10 (76) defeated Perth 5.6 (36)

South Fremantle have sealed their spot in the 2018 WAFL Colts finals courtesy of a emphatic 40 point win over Perth at Fremantle Oval on Saturday morning.

The Bulldogs controlled the early stages of the vital contest kicking goals through Nash Miller and Ira Jetta but Perth steadied through Ben Watson. The Bulldogs slightly increased their lead to 13 points at the long break courtesy of a three goal to two second quarter. The third term is widely regarded as the most pivotal of the game and so it proved again with the Bulldogs kicking the first two goals through Jetta and Luke Moore. Although the Demons were striving hard to find a path back into the contest, it was the rock solid defence of the Bulldogs who were repeatedly repelling the visitors. The home side turned for home with a 26 point lead which in all truth felt a lot more and the last quarter finally saw the Bulldogs emphasise their superiority as they kicked four goals to two and completed a 40 point win.

The victory was the third in the last four games for the Bulldogs and while some may say you do not deserve to play finals with a losing record, the Bulldogs can even their season ledger in the last round against old adversaries East Fremantle next Sunday. In truth, the kind of football that the Bulldogs have produced in the last fortnight is what wins games in September so they should not be a team to be taken lightly. The home side won all of the key indicators with a major advantage in disposals (350-267) leading to 18 more inside 50s (55-37) and ten more scoring shots (21-11).

The performance of 16 year-old Jaxon Bellchambers would have been heartwarming to many at the Bulldogs as he had a impact all over the ground with 22 disposals, seven marks, three tackles and topped off his fantastic display with three last quarter goals. At the other age of the age spectrum, Matthew Ward was a diligent four-quarter performer with 29 disposals and nine tackles while the forward pressure of Ira Jetta was first class with nine tackles to go along with 12 disposals and two goals. The second half of the season has been a greatly disappointing one for the Demons although they have certainly improved on their four win season in 2017. Perth are regularly seen as great developers of young talent and the National AFL Draft will likely show that with the names of Luke English, Ian Hill and Sydney Stack likely to be high up on the radar of recruiters. Nathan O’Driscoll is another Demon name to remember for the future with the 16 year-old amassing 28 disposals, eight tackles and a goal.

 

Claremont 9.7 (61) defeated Peel Thunder 6.5 (41)

With Perth’s defeat to Bulldogs, it meant the finals hopes of Claremont disappeared but that did not deter the Tigers as they arguably produced their best performance of the season to defeat high flying Peel Thunder by 20 points at Claremont Oval.

Claremont had been convincingly beaten by the Thunder in each of their meetings in 2018 (78 and 36 points) but the first quarter was a tight affair with Peel leading by five points. Well aware that they required a win to keep their season alive along with needing another result to go in their favour, Claremont arguably played their best quarter of an inconsistent campaign kicking 5.1 to 0.1 and opening up a imposing 25-point lead with Isaac Barton and Angus Longmire each kicking two for the term. The impressive Tigers continued their dominance early in the third with goals to Jacob Dorset-Sawyer and a third to Barton which pushed the lead out beyond six goals and plenty of danger signs for the second placed Thunder. A late goal by Jackson Knight narrowed the gap to 31 points to give them the slightest ray of hope but the game was seemingly well and truly in control of the Tigers.

Peel made a final concerted push to get back into the game in the early stages of the last quarter narrowing the gap to three goals through majors from Killian Rawson and Tyson Powell. The Tigers looked to have gone into their shell for the first time in the game as Peel were piling on the pressure, and Jack Willis kicked their third of the quarter narrowing the gap further to 13 points. From there the Tigers managed to stop the flow of attacks from the Thunder and sealed a meritorious victory when Benjamin Schuhkraft kicked truly just before the final siren.

The key stats showed how much Claremont controlled the nature of the contest with 70 more disposals (331-261) which led to 19 more inside 50s (49-30) and five more scoring shots (16-11). Isaac Barton set the tone of the contest in the first half for the Tigers and the top-ager compiled 18 disposals, six tackles and three goals and he was well supported by the tireless work of ruckman Longmire with 15 disposals, four marks, 38 hit-outs and two goals, while Max Grant finished with 27 disposals. Despite the loss, Peel will finish second on the ladder with their opponent still to be decided, and Lachlan Riley was a true four-quarter performer for the visitors with 28 disposals, six marks and four tackles.

 

Subiaco 9.13 (67) defeated East Fremantle 7.12 (54)

Subiaco kept up their on their winning ways as they claimed their tenth straight win holding off a surging Sharks outfit to win by 13 points at East Fremantle Oval.

Subiaco made a very strong start to the contest kicking three goals to nil to open up a 20 point lead at quarter time. That level of dominance continued in the second term as the league leaders kicked another four goals to one and holding a very healthy 40 point lead at the long break. Successful teams play a strong brand of team football where they do not depend on one player and Subiaco have successfully illustrated that fact throughout the season. To half time they had seven different goalkickers and eight players with double-figure disposals, led by Tristan Hobley with 18 and Taj Schofield and Liam Hickmott with 16 apiece.

While you do not want to have a defeatist mindset during the game, the Sharks brains trust would have been thinking of ways to limit the damage and save their percentage. While they would keep a one game advantage over the dormant Swan Districts, a heavy defeat could have seen percentage come into play in the final round if Swans were to be victorious in their last game against Claremont and if the Sharks slipped up against South Fremantle.

However, those hypotheticals were put on the back burner as the Sharks stemmed the bleeding and played some more composed football in the third term. They won the quarter courtesy of goals through Adam Meadowcroft and the highly promising bottom ager Luke Jackson – who had the tough choice to make between footy and basketball, but the talented and athletic sportsman chose the former. The Sharks had certainly found some impetus and continued their momentum kicking the first two goals of the last term with another major to Jackson and Zach Wilkinson. Nicolas Martin kicked a goal to ease any tension within the Subiaco ranks, but the highly impressive second half by the Sharks continued with further goals to Corey Robinson and Wright. Opportunities were coming thick and fast for the home team, however time ran out as Subiaco made it ten straight wins and with Peel’s loss, the Lions clinched the minor premiership and a bye in the first week of the finals.

While the Lions were outscored six goals to two in the second half, they did enough to show one of their closest challenges for the premiership that you need to play at a high level for the full four quarters if you want to beat them. Hickmott compiled 29 disposals and nine tackles and was well supported by Schofield (27 disposals, six marks and five tackles) andHobley (27 disposals) while Robinson was a solid contributor for the Sharks with 23 disposals.

East Perth 12.7 (79) defeated West Perth 6.9 (45)

East Perth played some of their best football of a very inconsistent 2018 campaign as they registered a 34-point victory against arch-rivals West Perth at a sun-drenched Leederville Oval on Saturday morning.

This contest was all about pride with both teams eliminated from finals contention last week, it was the Royals who started the better opening up a two goal lead in the first term but really got going in the second quarter kicking four goals to one to open up a five goal margin at the long break with the duo of Rhai-arn Cox and Callum McVee looking lively with two goals each.

The Royals were in complete control of the contest in the third term kicking two goals to one and turning for home with a 37 point lead. A West Perth comeback did not look on the cards when you take into account that they had kicked three goals in as many quarter. However they produced a barnstorming first ten minutes of the final term where they had six scoring shots kicking 3.3 and narrowing the gap to 16 points, which suddenly gave them a deal of momentum.

Not wanting their good football in the first three quarters to go to waste, East Perth responded through a second goal to Kyle Robinson which was soon followed by majors to Ashley Willcocks and Kane Hughes as the Royals were able to seal a deserved 34 point win. With the Falcons having the bye in the final round, East Perth can still avoid the wooden spoon if they defeat Peel Thunder next Sunday.

Robinson was a standout all-around performer for the Royals with the bottom ager amassing 23 disposals, seven marks, three tackles and two goals while Damon Greaves continued his highly impressive season with the AFL draft combine invitee amassing 31 disposals and ten tackles. Bailey Chalmers was a tireless worker for the Falcòns with 29 disposals and four tackles while Tyron Hindmarsh was a very serviceable contributor once again with 21 disposals and seven tackles.

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.