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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 vs. SANFL State Game

IN the latest instalment of the Hayden Bunton Jnr Cup between Western Australia and South Australia, the Croweaters defeated the Sandgropers by seven points at Optus Stadium. There was a host of potential mature-age draft prospects putting their hands up for AFL selection for both sides.

Below were the best AFL draft prospects in the game:

 

WESTERN AUSTRALIA

#4 Haiden Schloithe
The 2017 Sandover Medallist was excellent on the wing for the Sandgropers with 14 possessions, six marks, four tackles, four inside 50s, and two goals. Often the link-up player for Western Australia, Schloithe was the catalyst for many of WA’s attacking forays.

#9 Josh Deluca
The former Fremantle rookie produced another outstanding performance that could see him picked up in the AFL’s Mid-Season draft. Against South Australia, Deluca accumulated 29 possessions, laid seven tackles, took six marks, recorded four inside 50s and kicked a goal to be a deserving winner of the Simpson Medal.

#12 Michael Sinclair
Stationed in defence, Sinclair was superb for the Sandgropers, often intercepting South Australia’s attacking forays. He accumulated 16 possessions, took five marks and laid four tackles to showcase why he is one of the best defensive prospects for this year’s AFL Draft.

#15 Michael Bennell
The Albany product demonstrated why he is considered to be one of the most dangerous forwards in this year’s WAFL competition. He booted three goals (and two behinds) from just eight possessions but also laid a team-high nine tackles.

#16 Jye Bolton
The dual Sandover Medallist put in a dazzling performance that should make recruiters consider drafting him. He accumulated 28 possessions, took five marks, recorded four inside 50s, and laid three tackles to be one of WA’s best.

#23 Ben Sokol
In his first State game, Sokol emphatically confirmed why he is considered to be one of the best big-game performers in this year’s WAFL competition. He booted four goals (three behinds) from 13 possessions and 11 marks.

 

SOUTH AUSTRALIA

#1 John Noble
Stationed on the wing, Noble was excellent for South Australia providing speed and class throughout the match. He finished with 24 possessions, five marks, five rebounding 50s, four inside 50s, and four tackles.

#3 William Snelling
The former Port Adelaide player illustrated why he is deserving of another chance at AFL level, with a classy performance against the Sandgropers. He accumulated 19 possessions, laid eight tackles and kicked a goal.

#7 Aidan Tropiano
The 2015 Sandover Medallist was sensational against his native state. He collected a team-high 28 possessions, laid a game-high 11 tackles and recorded four inside 50s to be an influential figure for the Croweaters’ victory.

#15 Jonathon Beech
Playing at centre half-forward, Beech always offered a presence in the attacking half. He gathered 11 possessions, took three marks (one contested), and booted four goals to be one of the best players for South Australia.

#23 Jordan Foote
The former Sydney Swans Academy product was brilliant for South Australia with 24 possessions, six marks, three inside 50s, three rebounding 50s, two tackles and two goals. With such performances, Foote could be headed for a second chance at AFL level.

#33 Michael Knoll
The former basketballer was a deserving winner of the Foss Williams Medal (South Australia’s Best on Ground medal) in the Croweater’s victory over the Sandgropers. He finished with 15 possessions, 31 hitouts, five marks, four tackles and three inside 50s.

Scouting notes: WAFL Colts Round 3 – East Perth vs Claremont

IN Round 3 of the West Australian Football League (WAFL) Colts competition, Claremont defeated East Perth by 28 points at Leederville Oval.

Below are the best players from the game.

 

EAST PERTH 6.5 (41) defeated by CLAREMONT 10.8 (68)

 

East Perth:

#3 Harley Sparks
The Deanmill product was arguably the Royals’ best midfielder with a team-high 28 possessions, five tackles, three marks and a goal. Sparks often imposed himself in congestion to win the ball for his team and then dish it to the outside runners.

#9 Sebit Kuek
Last year’s Past Player and Officials Encouragement Award winner was excellent in the forward half for East Perth. He finished with 12 possessions, six hit-outs, four marks, four inside 50s, three tackles and a goal. His leading patterns combined with his strong overhead marking ability make him a damaging forward prospect.

#14 Kane Hughes
The East Perth wingman toiled hard all day for the Royals with 26 possessions, seven marks, two tackles and two inside 50s. His link-up style of play makes him one of the better wingmen in this year’s WAFL Colts competition.

#39 Cody Rodgers
The East Perth key defender showcased why he is considered to be one of the best key defensive options in this year’s draft pool. His positioning in defence was excellent, his knowledge of when to roll off his opponent to intercept the opposition was outstanding and his decision-making was sound. In the third quarter, he snuck forward and took a strong contested mark before booting a goal.

#40 Jed Montgomerie
The South Bunbury Junior was a standout in the ruck for East Perth in a competitive battle with Claremont’s Callum Jamieson. Montgomerie finished with 12 possessions, 22 hit-outs and five marks to be a presence for the Royals in the midfield.

 

Claremont:

#3 Leno Thomas
The Belmont junior was dynamic on the half-back line for Claremont with 19 possessions, four marks, two inside 50s and a goal. His electrifying speed, top agility and penetrating skills make him one of the more highly regarded prospects in this year’s WAFL Colts competition.

#8 Jack Buller
The Christ Church Grammar student was situated at centre half-back, playing on Jaxon East, and more than held his own in the contest. Buller finished with 20 possessions, 10 marks and three tackles, while holding East goalless.

#14 Jack Cooley
Stationed on the half-back line, Cooley offered a calm and composed figure for the Tigers. He finished with 25 possessions, six marks and two inside 50s, often providing excellent rebound from the defensive half. A highlight of his game was in the third quarter, when he grabbed the ball out of a pack and speared it to Jacob Blight, who kicked his second goal.

#15 Liam Henry
The Fremantle Next-Generation Academy prospect was arguably best afield, displaying traits that would endear him to recruiters. He accumulated 24 possessions, grabbed five marks and booted four goals in a sizzling display. His desire to run and carry and ability to use precise skills makes him one of the most damaging wingmen in this year’s draft pool.

#21 Louis Passera
The Scarborough junior continued his excellent start to the 2019 campaign with another superb performance, this time against the Royals. He collected 25 possessions, grabbed five marks, laid two tackles and recorded two inside 50s in a powerful display.

#22 Jye Clark
The younger brother of Geelong’s rising star Jordan, Jye Clark was prolific in the midfield for the Tigers. He finished with a game-high 29 possessions, five marks and four inside 50s in a near best-afield performance. His decision-making and skill execution are elite for someone his age.

#25 Callum Jamieson
The North Beach Junior was outstanding in the ruck for the Tigers. In a highly competitive battle with East Perth’s Jed Montgomerie, Jamieson accumulated 15 possessions, won a game-high 23 hitouts, took six marks, laid six tackles and recorded five inside 50s to be one of the best players for Claremont.

Scouting notes: WAFL Colts – Round 21 – Super Sunday

IN round 21 of the WAFL, the Colts had a “Super Round” held at Domain Stadium on Sunday August 26. Up first was East Fremantle v South Fremantle at 10am. Following that was Peel Thunder against East Perth, and Subiaco v Perth was the final game. On Saturday, Swan Districts hosted Claremont at Steel Blue Oval.

The concept was designed to give recruiters an enhanced opportunity to see all of their draft targets. Below were the best players in the three games held at Domain Stadium.

 

East Fremantle vs. South Fremantle

East Fremantle:

#1 MILAN MURDOCK

The East Fremantle Power junior was at his tenacious best for the Sharks through the middle of the ground. Murdock accumulated 28 possessions, laid a game-high 11 tackles, took three marks and recorded three inside 50s in a spirited display. Expect him to play a big role in September.

#9 COREY ROBINSON

The Aquinas College student showcased why he is one of the best midfielders in the competition with another brilliant display. Robinson finished with 30 possessions, five marks and five inside 50s as he tried to will his team to victory. Robinson’s clearance work was a real feature of his game, as were his clean hands, and sharp disposal.

#23 LUKE JACKSON

The AFL Academy member produced a performance that highlighted why he is a potential first-round draft prospect for next year. Impressive against the Bulldogs, he collected 11 possessions, won 25 hit-outs, took three marks, laid three tackles and kicked a goal.

#27 JAI JACKSON

The Chapman Valley junior was again solid in the midfield for the Sharks, with 23 possessions, five tackles, four marks, four inside 50s and two goals. His power to break through tackles is phenomenal for his age and it will not be a surprise to see him dominate in the seniors soon.

#28 NICK WATSON

The 2016 WA State Under 16s Academy player was arguably the best ruckman on the ground. He finished with 14 possessions, 28 hit-outs, six marks and a goal in a true captain’s performance. His ability to cover the ground as a ruckman is superb for someone his age, while his ruck craft is top notch.

 

South Fremantle:

#4 LUKE MOORE

Without doubt the most dynamic forward of the game, Moore was the catalyst for the Bulldogs’ win. Some of his plays throughout the day were breath-taking and were similar to how Alan Didak used to run rings around opposition defenders. In the first quarter, Moore gathered the ball at full pace, drew two defenders and handballed to Jack Musika who goalled. Early in the second quarter, Moore danced his way past a Sharks’ defender and snapped truly, but it was his third quarter which was breath-taking. Within the first five minutes of the quarter, he had kicked two goals and assisted Brodee Knight to score one as well. His finals stats were 10 possessions, five marks and four goals.

#9 KYLE HAMERSLEY

Although this was his first game since round five, Hamersley was arguably the best player on the ground, highlighting his capabilities as a midfielder. He gathered a team-high 23 possessions, laid six tackles, took five marks and kicked a goal as he showcased why he is a highly rated draft prospect.

#11 IRA JETTA

The cousin of Neville and Lewis, Ira Jetta showed why he is a highly rated prospect for the 2020 AFL Draft. Blessed with speed, agility, skill and vision, Jetta used all of his traits to torch the Sharks’ defenders. He finished with 18 possessions, four marks, four tackles, three inside 50s and a goal.

#16 TOM BLECHENDYN

The Brookton-Pingelly product continued his fine season with another accomplished display. Against the Sharks Blechendyn accumulated 19 possessions, recorded five inside 50s, took four marks and laid three tackles in a superb outing.

#26 ROBERT WOODS

The 2017 WA U16s State Academy member was lively in the forward half for the Bulldogs. A real highlight of his game, was when he used his pace to burn off two East Fremantle defenders to drill through a goal from the flank. He also finished with 14 possessions, six marks and six inside 50s.

 

Peel Thunder vs. East Perth:

Peel:

#2 JAKE HOWES

The Peel Skipper was his usual tough self in the midfield, often burying himself into packs to rip the ball out for his team. He accumulated 16 possessions, laid eight tackles, took two marks, recorded two inside 50s and kicked two goals in a magnificent performance.

#9 MICHAEL RANDALL

The South Mandurah product used his big frame to crash and bash his way through congestion to feed the ball to his outside runners. He won an equal team-high 18 possessions, recorded a game-high eight inside 50s, laid three tackles and booted a goal to be a valuable contributor.

#11 JARVIS PINA

The State Combine invitee showcased why he is such a highly touted West Australian draft prospect. Against the Royals, Pina collected 10 possessions, laid six tackles and recorded five inside 50s. His drive off half-back set up a host of the Thunder’s attacking forays.

#28 TYRONE THORNE

The livewire small forward was dynamic for the Thunder, often having the Royals’ defenders extremely nervous. He finished the game with 18 possessions, six tackles, five marks, five inside 50s and three goals (although if he kicked straighter he could have had a bag of six goals). Without doubt the best player on the ground.

#34 BILLY CHAMBERS

The Pinjarra ruckman was his imposing self against the Royals with 11 possessions, 25 hitouts, four marks, two tackles and two inside 50s. He would often give his midfielders first use of the football, but would spread from the contest to make himself a target for his midfielders to kick to.

 

East Perth:

#7 LOUIS MILLER

The Dunsborough junior was yet again solid in defence for the Royals. He finished with 19 possessions and four tackles in an inspiring performance. As well as his exceptional defensive efforts, Miller’s rebounding has improved dramatically and it is little wonder why AFL clubs are rating him highly.

#9 RHAI-ARN COX

The AFL Academy member was dazzling in the forward half for East Perth. He finished with 14 possessions, eight marks, three tackles, three inside 50s and a goal in a performance that highlighted his draft credentials for 2019. The Mount Hawthorn junior has a bright future ahead of him.

#10 TOM BAULCH

The Mackay product was arguably East Perth’s best player with 24 possessions, eight marks, four inside 50s, two tackles and a goal. His attack on the ball is ferocious and his class on the outside makes him a tantalising prospect.

#19 DAMON GREAVES

The Busselton junior showcased why he is one West Australia’s best draft prospects with another scintillating performance. Against the Thunder, he gathered 22 possessions, laid seven tackles and took three marks to be one of the best players on the ground. His dare to take the game on, along with his incredible composure makes him one of the best attacking half-back flankers in this year’s draft pool.

#29 LIAM MARTIN

The Mount Lawley-Inglewood junior went up against Billy Chambers and more than held his own. He finished the game with 17 possessions, 18 hitouts, five marks and a goal in a superb outing. His will to get his midfielders into the game was outstanding.

 

Subiaco vs. Perth

Subiaco:

#3 TRISTAN HOBLEY

The 2016 WA Under 16s State Academy player was phenomenal in the midfield for the Lions with 32 possessions, 10 marks, eight tackles, four inside 50s and a goal. His ability to be a link-up player as well as a metres-gained player is incredible for someone his age.

#10 JACK MAYO

The 2018 WAFL Colts Leading Goalkicker produced a sensational performance that improved his draft credentials. Originally stationed in defence, Mayo showed an elite ability to read the play and intercept the opposition’s attacking forays. After half-time, he was shifted forward and he starred with his forward craft on full display. He finished the game with 20 possessions, 10 marks, five inside 50s and two goals.

#15 WIL HICKMOTT

The son of former Carlton and Geelong player Adrian Hickmott, Wil showcased his classy and silky outside game against the Demons. He racked up 21 possessions, took eight marks, recorded three inside 50s and laid two tackles in a starring performance.

#16 TAJ SCHOFIELD

The Port Adelaide father-son prospect was phenomenal against the hapless Demons. Stationed on the half-forward flank, Schofield accumulated 23 possessions, recorded eight inside 50s, took seven marks, and laid three tackles.

#18 JACOB PELETIER

The Esperance product was yet again outstanding for the Lions. He collected 24 possessions, grabbed 11 marks, recorded four inside 50s and kicked a goal to be one of the most dangerous midfielders on the ground. The Ports junior has bright future ahead of him.

 

Perth:

#15 NYIKA JOHN

The West Coast Next Generation Academy member tried extremely hard on the half-back line for Perth. He finished with 15 possessions and four marks, as he tried to give his team some drive to score.

#45 NATHAN O’DRISCOLL

The Northam product was superb in the midfield for the Demons with 27 possessions, eight tackles and two marks. On a bleak day for Perth fans, O’Driscoll was a beacon of light with his ball-winning ability, composure, and skill execution all on display.

#50 DEVEN ROBERTSON

The nephew of West Coast great Darren Glass produced a timely performance that indicated he is a first round prospect next year. He accumulated a game-high 36 possessions, took six marks, recorded five inside 50s, laid three tackles and kicked a goal to easily be his team’s best player.

Western Australia weekly wrap: Subiaco returns to top spot

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

WAFL Colts Round 14 Wrap:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

In other games;

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Western Australia weekly wrap: Peel Thunder surges to top of Colts ladder

ROUND 13 saw Friday Night footy take centre stage, while the good old fashioned winter chill was in effect to greet the players on Saturday morning. Peel Thunder displayed their premiership credentials for all to see, while 2017 premiers East Fremantle put their hand up to be a contender once again.

WAFL Colts Round 13 Wrap:

West Perth 6.8 (44) defeated by Subiaco 14.14 (98)

The Friday Night lights shined brightly on Subiaco as they put together four clinical quarters to thrash West Perth by 54 points at Joondalup Arena.

The Lions got off to a start full of purpose by having seven scoring shots to two and led by twenty points at quarter time. Xavier Peacock kicked a early goal to start the second term that extended the visitors’ lead to 26 points. Alec Johnson finally got the Falcons’ first goal of the game ten minutes into the term, however, the rampaging Lions hit back hard with Peacock kicking his second for the quarter and Jack Mayo his second goal for the game. Lachlan Scurria kicked a vital late goal for West Perth to give them a semblance of hope for the second half. Subiaco were sharing the ball around nicely with 52 more disposals (183-131) and eight players in double figures led by Jacob Peletier with 18 disposals.

Noah Clune kept up the late momentum that the Falcons had with a early goal to start the third term to bring the margin within 20 points, but Subiaco had all the answers yet again and responded through two goals each from Jack McIntoshand Sandon Page to give them a match-winning 47 point lead with a quarter to play. In the back of their minds the Lions would have been thinking about rebuilding their percentage which had taken a slight hit after a sizzling start to the season.

The final term was a open affair and despite West Perth playing their best footy for the game just like they had done all evening, Subiaco had the answers kicking four goals to three to seal their fourth straight win and go to the top of the ladder – albeit with a game in hand over Swans and Peel Thunder who were due to meet later in the round. Unsurprisingly, Subiaco led all the major stats in a clear sign that they have their mojo back after their three game skid earlier in the season. What would make this victory even more satisfying for Subiaco is that West Perth thrashed the Lions to the tune of 59 points in round six.

It was a terrific team effort, but Peacock stood out in the ruck with 39 hit-outs, along with six tackles and four goals. Mayo was a superb target with two goals to go along with his 21 disposals while Jordan Faroane was a live wire with three goals from 18 disposals. The midfield contingent were also in fine form with Tristan Hobley (29 disposals) Wil Hickmott (24 disposals), Zane Shellabear Healy (24 disposals) and Liam Hickmott (23 disposals) all finding plenty of the ball. Nathan Murray was once again terrific for the Falcons with 28 disposals which is his average across 12 games this year.

 

Peel Thunder 16.9 (105) defeated Swans 6.7 (43)

Peel Thunder underlined the fact that they are now the team to beat after thrashing Swan Districts by 62 points at Bendigo Bank Stadium.

In this clash between two of the standout teams of the 2018 season, it was Peel who started the better with early goals through James Wiltshire and Ben Middleton. That was soon followed by majors from Billy Chambers and Jake Howes, leaving Swans in a early hole. Wiltshire then topped off a fine first quarter performance by the home side by kicking his second. Bottom age talent Jax Watson finally got Swans onto the board a few minutes from the quarter time break.

The visitors continued to get into the game early through the second quarter as Sebastian Bright kicked their second goal of the game, and they were right back into it when Blake Pescud narrowed the gap to 11 points. However, Peel hit back hard with interest courtesy of two goals by Lachlan Cullen and another to James Sturrock getting the lead back to 30 points. The half time margin of 35 points pointed to the fact that Swans had a mountain to climb in the second half.

However Peel was in no mood to let their rivals back into the game as they slammed on four goals to end the game as a contest. Wiltshire was proving a real thorn in the side of the Black and Whites, kicking his fourth while being given strong support by Middleton, who kicked two for the term. Incredibly, despite the differential in the score, Swans were still managing to get the ball into their forward 50, but were unable to find anyone to catalyse on the opportunities. In fact, the visitors were held scoreless in the third term as Peel took a 77-point lead into the final term.

Swans managed to wrestle a bit of respectability back in the final term by winning their first quarter of the game, but there is little doubt that with their seventh win in a row Peel Thunder are the team to beat, and they will be ready for another big challenge against second placed Subiaco next week. Meanwhile, Swans will want to get back to winning ways after two defeats in a row when they play a struggling Perth outfit.

A sign of Peel’s efficiency was that they generated 25 scoring shots from their 42 inside 50 entries compared to Swan Districts, who could only muster 13 scoring shots from their 38 entries.

James Wilshire was a clear example of true effective play as he kicked four goals, made three tackles and took two marks all from just eight disposals. Likewise, Lachlan Cullen was just as impactful with five marks and three goals from his ten disposals while Lachlan Riley took seven marks to go along with his 23 disposals and James Sturrock was strong with ten tackles along with 20 disposals. Joseph Hinder was best in a tough day for Swans with 25 disposals, seven marks and six tackles.

 

South Fremantle 5.10 (40) defeated by East Perth 7.4 (46)

East Perth won consecutive games for the first time in 2018 and moved to a game behind Perth in fifth place after defeating South Fremantle in a gritty low scoring encounter at Fremantle Oval.

It was a dour affair in the first quarter with South Fremantle only kicking two behinds despite having nine inside 50s, while East Perth were kept scoreless. Rory Sparks broke the ice with a goal early in the second quarter and he soon followed that with his second of the game as the Royals went into the long break with an 18-point lead which felt a lot more in such a low scoring affair.

Angus McKay finally kicked the Bulldogs’ first goal of the game early in the third term but that was quickly answered by Reuben Pasalich. South Fremantle continued to apply scoreboard pressure on their opponents with goals to Thomas Weston and Brett Pitt, but it was ball magnet in Thomas Baulch who topped off his hard work with a goal to keep the momentum with the visitors.

Although the lead was a handy one under the circumstances, you just wondered whether the weight of inside 50s (31-14) would take its toll in the last 25 minutes as both teams were looking to make a strong push for the top five. Weston shaped as being a decisive figure in the final term and the key forward made a instant impact by kicking two goals to give the Bullldogs the lead for the first time since quarter time. However the Royals were not willing to let the four points slip out of their grasp and hit back with goals to Sebit Kuek and Pasalich. The Royals were then able to stay strong and withstand the Bulldogs’ attacks in the last 15 minutes and grind out a very important victory.

In a statistic that will take a fair bit to top, the Royals won the game with only 19 inside 50s compared to South Fremantle’s 45. A sign of how keenly contested this struggle was is highlighted by the number of tackles in the game which was in East Perth’s advantage (101-92).

Baulch willed his team over the line with 32 disposals, nine marks, six tackles and a goal and he was well supported by Jacob Msando with 29 disposals, seven marks and seven tackles. For the Bulldogs, Weston was terrific with three goals from his 16 disposals along with eight hit-outs. The only blot on his copy book would be the four behinds he kicked.

 

East Fremantle 15.11 (101) defeated Claremont 7.4 (46)

East Fremantle staked its claim in the 2018 premiership race with a highly impressive 55-point win over Claremont at East Fremantle Oval.

The Sharks got off to a blistering start in a rematch of the two top teams from 2017 kicking the first five goals of the game, with Zac Wilkinson kicking two of them. While the forward line was functioning effectively for the Sharks, their defence were coping with a flood of inside 50s from the Tigers (12), but they were able to only generate one scoring shot through Lachlan McKay.

The Tigers started with intent in the second term quick goals to Jye Clark and Callum Jamieson. However, the Sharks were in no mood to let their opponents back in the game and they hit back through goals to Tom Wright and Ethan Brown, seeing them take a 26-point lead into the main break.

East Fremantle put the game well and truly out of reach of their opponents in the third quarter with a seven goal to none quarter pushing the lead out to ten goals. The duo of Wilkinson and Dylan Curley was proving incredibly hard to handle for the Tigers defence as they each kicked three goals to that stage of the contest. Just like Swans did, Claremont managed to get some respectability back in the final term outscoring their opponents four goals to one, but it was another case of a team trying to play catchup after a very sluggish start and falling well short.

East Fremantle now improve their record to 7-5 for the season and are very nicely placed to mount a strong defence of their premiership. Conversely, Claremont are in no-mans-land at 4-8 having struggled to get any momentum into their season so far.

Unsurprisingly, East Fremantle led all the major categories, in particular dominating the inside 50 count 33-14 in the second half after trailing the Tigers by seven in that department after the first two quarters. The Sharks had impressive contributors all over the ground from Curley, Wilkinson and Brown all kicking three majors, to top-ager Cody Smith being strong in the contest with 21 disposals, five tackles and five marks. While for the Tigers, it was bottom ager Clark who could hold his head very high with 24 disposals along with six marks and a goal.

West Australian weekly wrap: Thrillers all round in WAFL Colts

THIS weekend produced the most exciting round of West Australian Football League (WAFL) Colts football so far, with every game decided by two goals or less, including three games by a combined nine points.

Peel Thunder 11.4 (70) defeated Subiaco 9.12 (66)

Peel Thunder has upset Subiaco to hand the Lions their second consecutive loss with a narrow four-point win at home. Subiaco looked on top early, booting eight goals to four in the first half, but could only manage one after the main break as the home team piled on seven, to run away with the contest and claim a vital four points and move back into the top five.

Peel’s Lachlan Riley had 23 disposals, seven marks, five inside 50s and three tackles, while Andrew Butler also managed 23 disposals, three marks, four inside 50s and five tackles. Lachlan Cullen played an important role down forward, booting 3.3 from eight disposals, while Jaxon Egan finished with two majors. Jake Howes was the other player over 20 disposals, with 21 touches, three inside 50s and seven tackles.

For the losers, Tristan Hobley topped the disposal count with 26 touches, nine marks, three inside 50s and three tackles, while Zane Shellabear Healey had 23 disposals (all kicks), four marks, seven tackles and four inside 50s, but was inaccurate up forward with three behinds. Jack Mayo was the lone hand up front with four goals from eight scoring shots, 12 disposals, seven marks and 11 hitouts, while Liam Hickmott laid 10 tackles and booted a goal from 17 touches.

 

Claremont 9.8 (62) defeated Perth 8.12 (60)

Claremont has held on for the upset of the round, taking down top-of-the-table Perth in a two-point thriller. The Tigers stormed out of the blocks, booting four goals to one in the first term and led by 17 points at the main break, before the Demons hit back. Perth booted three goals to one in the third term to draw within two points, but the Tigers managed to hang tough in the last term with both sides adding a goal and Claremont celebrating a memorable victory. In fairness to Perth, they were missing their top prospects who had made the Under 18 state squad.

Max Grant won plenty of the footy for the winners, racking up 25 disposals, six marks, four tackles and booted a goal. Jack Monaghan had 22 disposals, five marks and three tackles, while Angus Longmire was strong in the ruck with 34 hitouts and 14 disposals. Lewis Henry and Benjamin Clohessy both booted three majors.

For Perth, Zac Casey had the ball on a string with 31 disposals, six marks, eight tackles, five inside 50s and a goal. Maverick Hamilton (24 disposals, seven marks and four inside 50s) and Bailey Smith (21 disposals, five inside 50s) were the other big ball winners. Alan Narkle was a lone hand up forward with four goals from eight disposals, while Jarrod Schofield laid seven tackles and had four inside 50s from 12 disposals.

 

East Perth 9.4 (58) defeated by South Fremantle 10.10 (70)

In the battle between the bottom two sides, South Fremantle picked up an away win over East Perth – the second for the season. It was a close game for most of the contest before the Bulldogs broke away with a three goals to one third term to lead by 23 points at the final break. A two goals to zero last quarter saw the Royals edge closer, but it was not enough to get the four points.

Tom Blechynden notched up 23 disposals, two marks and four inside 50s, while Manfred Kelly was one of the Bulldogs’ best with 23 disposals, four marks, seven tackles and three inside 50s. Matthew Ward was crucial in transition with eight inside 50s and four marks from 21 disposals, while James Russell laid nine tackles to go with 18 disposals. Thomas Weston did the most damage up forward with three goals.

For the Royals, Jarrod Hamer-Mathew and Eric Bashemule both had 17 disposals, four tackles and booted goals, while Jordan Hayden also had 17 disposals and took four marks. Thomas Baulch and Rory Sparks combined for 13 tackles, while Kyle Robinson was the home side’s only multiple goal kicker with two majors from 10 disposals, four marks and five tackles.

 

West Perth 12.6 (78) defeated by East Fremantle 12.9 (81)

Another thrilling contest saw the game between the Falcons and Sharks decided by less than a goal. After trailing throughout the first half, the home side booted four goals to two in the third term to open up a nine-point lead with a quarter to play. East Fremantle had other ideas than to just shy away from the contest, and booted four goals of their own to the Falcons’ two in the final term, to run over the top of the home side and claim a three-point victory.

Corey Robinson was enormous throughout the game for the Sharks, notching up 29 disposals and 11 marks, while Joshua Ritchie was also impressive with 25 touches, seven marks, five inside 50s and a goal. Nicholas Watson was good in the ruck and worked hard around the ground for 21 hitouts, 17 disposals and seven marks, while his partner in crime, Dylan Curley, also had 13 disposals, 16 hitouts and booted a goal. Mitchell Anderson booted three goals to be one of three multiple goal kickers for the winners, while Jai Jackson booted two from 16 disposals and nine marks.

Nathan Murray was the round’s highest ball winner, leading the Falcons with 34 disposals, three marks, three tackles and five inside 50s. Tyron Hindmarsh was also busy with 23 disposals, three marks, six tackles and four inside 50s, while Alec Johnson (22 disposals, seven marks) and Daniel Rowe (22 disposals, six tackles) were among the best. Jack Burke made an impact up forward with two goals from 19 disposals, six marks and four tackles, while Ben Johnson had a team-high seven inside 50s from 20 disposals and a goal.

Second placed Swan Districts had the bye.

Western Australia weekly wrap: Demons upset reigning premiers; Tigers finally roar

ROUND three of the West Australian Football League (WAFL) had it all – with comebacks, beltings, and upsets showcasing the unpredictable nature of season 2018.

In the biggest surprise of all, reigning premier Peel Thunder succumbed to last year’s wooden spoon winners Perth 11.13 (79) to 12.13 (85) in Mandurah. The Thunder were challenged from the outset, as the Demons applied ferocious forward half pressure to lead by a goal at quarter and half time. Led by former St Kilda player Spencer White, who was phenomenal with five goals, the third quarter saw the Demons make their break, booting seven majors to two as they headed to the final change with a 38-point lead. However, the Thunder switched on and goals to Shane Kersten and Gerard Ugle saw the Mandurah side get within six points as only minutes remained. Yet, the Demons held on to prevail and register their first win of 2018. For the Demons, another former Saints player Clinton Jones was a workhorse with 35 disposals, while new recruit and former Essendon player Ben Howlett led the way for the Thunder with 33 disposals.

Claremont staged a thrilling victory over East Fremantle, with midfielder Keifer Yu booting a goal on the full-time siren to give the Tigers a 12.11 (83) to 11.13 (79) win at Claremont Oval. The Tigers found themselves in early trouble as they trailed by 27 points deep in the second quarter. However, a four goal performance from forward Alex Manuel helped steady Claremont, as they re-took the lead heading into the final quarter. Despite four goals from former Collingwood rookie Jack Perham helping the Sharks to a winning position, Yu’s mark and consequent goal sunk the East Fremantle side at the very last gasp. Souring the win for Claremont was a knee injury to club favourite Kane Mitchell, who took no further part in the game after half time.

Subiaco sent a clear message to the rest of the competition after a thumping win over Swan Districts. In a battle of the only two undefeated teams so far in 2018, the Lions roared with a 21.12 (140) to 6.8 (44) victory. The Black and Whites got off to an ideal start, leading by two goals at quarter time in what looked to be an even tussle. However, Subiaco held the Swans scoreless in the second quarter, while kicking six goals of their own to turn the match on its head. After half-time, matters worsened for Swan Districts, with the Lions piling on 12 goals to one. For Subiaco, forwards Ben Sokol and Bradley Stevenson had a field day with four goals each, while Christopher Phelan and Josh Deluca both had 32 and 31 disposal games respectively. A two-goal and 20-disposal game for Rhys Palmer provided the only real highlight for the Black and Whites in what was a bitter defeat at Leederville Oval.

In a tight affair at Arena Joondalup, West Perth could not hold off a fast finishing South Fremantle, losing 13.10 (88) to 15.6 (96). After the Falcons exploded with a five goal to one first quarter, the Bulldogs fought back to remarkably take a one-point lead at half time. The third quarter proved a tight tussle, as goal for goal blows saw West Perth take a slender one goal lead at three quarter time. In the final quarter however, the Bulldogs took control as Hayden Schloithe dominated the midfield battle with 28 disposals, while also hitting the scoreboard with four goals. As South Fremantle put on a four goals to one final quarter, it was only fitting that Schloithe convert the match sealing goal in the dying moments of the game. Shane Nelson was phenomenal in the Falcons loss with 41 disposals, while young forward Tyler Keitel showed great signs with three goals.

Western Australia weekly wrap: Swan Districts topples Peel; Subiaco asserts its dominance

ROUND Two of the West Australian Football League (WAFL) saw two teams continue their unbeaten start to the season. Subiaco, the 2017 runners-up hold top spot on the ladder after a comfortable 58-point win, while Swan Districts toppled reining premier Peel Thunder, emerging as a possible dark horse for this year’s finals race.

The Lions travelled down to Fremantle Oval to take on South Fremantle in a rematch of last year’s preliminary final. The first half proved an even tussle, with only two goals separating the sides at half time. However, Subiaco unleashed a 11 goal to four second half to run away 18.12 (120) to 6.8 (62) winners. For the Lions, former Fremantle Docker Josh Deluca collected a game high 33 disposals, while small forward Ben Sokol finished with an impressive five goals. Reigning Sandover Medallist Hayden Schloithe finished with 26 disposals and ruckman Brock Higgins was named the South’s best player with 30 hitouts and 18 disposals.

In one of the round’s surprise results, Swan Districts overcame Fremantle affiliated powerhouse Peel Thunder 15.12 (102) to 13.10 (88). The Thunder held a one-goal lead at the final break, but the Black and Whites produced a six goals to three fourth quarter to storm home with a 14-point win. Midfielder Jarrad Blight was influential for the Swans with 24 disposals, while forward William Reidy was superb with four goals. For the Thunder, overlooked Docker Danyle Pearce produced an exceptional game collecting 40 disposals, with fellow Docker Darcy Tucker collecting 34 touches and former Essendon forward Leroy Jetta kicked two goals.

In a tight affair at East Fremantle Oval, the Sharks led at every change and proved too strong for Perth winning 13.9 (87) to 11.14 (80). For East Fremantle, former Geelong rookie Cameron Eardley was a standout, collecting a game high 38 disposals, while forward Ryan Ambrose contributed with three goals. Ruckman Christian Eyres was named Perth’s best after collecting 28 hitouts, six marks and 16 disposals, while livewire Cody Ninyette kicked three for the Demons.

In the final game of the round, the Perth Derby ended in a shellacking, with the West Coast affiliated East Perth 17.10 (112) trouncing cross town rivals West Perth 7.12 (54). After a disappointing performance in round one, the Royals switched on and booted 14 goals after quarter time to record their first win of 2018, while condemning the Falcons to their first loss. Eagles midfielder Luke Partington was fantastic with 33 disposals, while 2017 first round draft pick Jarrod Brander was dominant down forward, clunking 10 marks and kicking three goals. In a dim day for the Falcons, three time best and fairest winner Shane Nelson was a shining light with 36 disposals, while Trent Manzone collected 26 disposals and two goals.

WAFL Colts wrap: Round 1

THE Western Australia Football League (WAFL) Colts kicked off for 2018 on Good Friday with plenty of players impressing across the opening round of football.

Subiaco 19.11 (125) defeated East Perth 7.10 (52)

It was the Hickmott brothers who were the most impressive through the midfield for Subiaco. Both Liam and Will collected 28 disposals each, with their ability to get the ball inside 50 important – helping the Lions forwards hit the scoreboard. Luke Foley (28 disposals, six tackles, six inside 50s) was also a prominent player, booting two goals. Small midfielder Zane Shellabear Healy had his best Colts game, with 23 disposals (22 kicks), seven inside 50s and booted two goals. The Lions dominated the hitouts 53 to 16, helping their midfielder get first hands on the ball.

For the losing side, Damon Greaves (21 disposals) was one of their best. All three Sparks boys found plenty of the ball with Cooper (18 disposals), Harley (16 disposals) and Rory (15 disposals) all finding themselves in the top five disposal winners for East Perth. Tall forward Liam Martin booted a match-high three goals. Jacob Msando’s presence around the ground was important, where he laid a team-high five tackles. 

Peel Thunder 11.12 (78) defeated East Fremantle 8.5 (53)

Fremantle Dockers’ Next Generation Academy member Jason Carter won plenty of the football and was impressive in Peel’s win over East Fremantle. Carter collected 22 disposals, five marks and laid four tackles in the win. Durak Tucker (15 disposals) was named as Peel’s best player, while small forward Jarrad Fazioli booted 2.2 from his 15 disposals and will be a name to watch at the National Under 18 Championships for Western Australia this year. Bradley Oldfield (21 disposals, eight tackles) was another player who featured in the Peel’s best players.

East Fremantle AFL Academy member Tom Joyce found 20 disposals, while Corey Robinson was the losing teams leading disposal winner with 24 disposals and he laid five tackles. Jeremy Sharp collected 22 disposals and was able to get the ball inside 50 on multiple occasions, while Milan Murdock made his disposals count – where he hunted the ball back with vengeance, laying eight tackles for the game.

West Perth 8.13 (61) defeated by Claremont 12.6 (78)

The Claremont Tigers came from behind to win a close contest against West Perth. Despite trailing by three goals at three-quarter time, the Tigers pilled on six goals-to-one to run out as winners. Midfielder Rylie Morgan largely lead their final quarter charge, with 30 disposals, 11 marks, six tackles and five inside 50s for the game. He was well assisted by Tyron Smallwood, who collected 28 disposals, six inside 50s and two goals. Forward Jack Buller clunked five marks and booted three goals, as his teams leading goalkicker. 

For the home side, Nathan Murray lead the stats sheet – with 31 disposals and seven marks. Daniel Rowe (15 disposals) and Eamon Gilbert (19 hitouts) were also in the best for West Perth. Jaxon Prior had six shots on goal for the game, while tall Thomas O’Donnell marked the ball on nine occasions. 

Perth 10.3 (63) defeated by Swan Districts 11.9 (75) 

Despite a relatively close first half, Swan Districts ran out winners against a strong Perth team, thanks to a four goals to one third term. Midfielder Luke English was one of the standouts for the home team, collecting 28 disposals, six marks and four inside 50s. Possible Top-10 draftee Ian Hill found 23 disposals, laid four tackles and had four inside 50s. Elijah Taylor (16 disposals, seven marks) marked well overhead, while Sydney Stack’s pressure around the ground was very good, where he had 18 disposals, seven tackles and won four free kicks. 

The Swan District team got their hands on the ball more than their opponents, winning nearly 60 more disposals than the home side. Riley Garcia was the clear best player – collecting 32 disposals, laying six tackles and having six inside 50s. Jackson Beck (26 disposals) and Mitchell Bain (25 disposals) were two of the other Swan District players to impress through the midfield. Graydon Wilson laid 10 tackles, working hard right throughout the contest – while Atem Deng booted two goals from his 15 disposals.