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Scouting notes: WAFL Colts – 2019 Grand Final

THE Claremont Football Club secured its fourth WAFL Colts premiership this decade, and sixteenth overall, defeating Peel Thunder by just five points at Optus Stadium on Sunday.

Lenny Fogliani wrote his opinion-based notes on some of the best players in the game.

PEEL THUNDER

#1 Tyrone Thorne

The younger brother of Peel’s senior player Calvin, Tyrone was exceptional for the Thunder and would have come close to winning the Mel Whinnen Medal had the Thunder won. He finished with a team-high 22 possessions, a game-high eight tackles, recorded three inside 50s, took two marks and kicked a goal in a dazzling display. He never shirked a contest, always fought hard in the stoppages and used his class to set up plenty of attacking opportunities for the Thunder.

#2 Jackson Knight

The Mandurah Football Club product showed why he deserved to finish second in the WAFL Colts Coaches Award with another brilliant performance. He accumulated 19 possessions, took six marks, and recorded three inside 50s as he tried to spark his team to a famous victory,

#8 Zachary Rankin

The Eaton Boomers Junior was excellent off the wing for the Thunder, providing an excellent link between defence and offence. He finished with 16 possessions, six marks, six tackles and five inside 50s in a terrific performance. A highlight of his game came in the third quarter, when he was able to spear a pass onto Isiah Winder who went back and kicked the Thunder’s first goal of the game.

#11 Jarvis Pina

The Peel captain tried his best to set up attacking opportunities from the defensive half for his team, often using his speed and his precise skills to set up team-mates who were further up the field. He finished with 11 possessions, five marks, five tackles, two inside 50s and a goal. The highlight of Pina’s game came in the first quarter, when after he received a 50-metre penalty, he played on due to no-one being on the mark, and drilled through a goal.

#18 Ben Middleton

The 2019 WAFL Colts Leading Goalkicker showed why he is one of the more impressive key forwards in this year’s draft pool. He was strong and powerful in the contest, his leading patterns were excellent and he was accurate in front of goal. He finished with 11 possessions, five marks, four inside 50s and five goals to arguably be his team’s most influential player. In the third quarter alone, Middleton booted three goals from five possessions and three marks. His best goal came in the second quarter when he snapped the ball through the goals from the boundary line, after taking a strong contested mark.

#19 Isiah Winder

The bottom-aged prospect showed why he finished in the top 10 of the Jack Clarke Medal with a sizzling performance. He finished with 10 possessions, four marks, two inside 50s and a goal. The highlight of his game came in the second quarter when he stepped his way around an opponent before he snapped through his second goal.

#21 Jaxon Egan

The Harvey Bulls Junior was excellent for the Thunder, playing as a half-forward flanker. Egan produced a host of scoring opportunities for the Thunder, including one where he produced a bullet-pass onto the chest of Ben Middleton in the third quarter. Egan finished with 12 possessions, six marks, four tackles and a long-range goal.

#27 Jack Sears

Playing off a wing, Sears was excellent as the link-up player between defence and offence. He finished with 15 possessions, six marks, and six inside 50s, often running hard to the right spots to be a bail out kick for his defenders. His class with ball in hand was also crucial in setting up his teammates with scoring opportunities.

CLAREMONT

#3 Leno Thomas

The hero for Claremont, Thomas was the player who produced the goal-saving smother on Jon Ietto which ultimately sealed victory for the Tigers. He accumulated 14 possessions and took four marks, playing as an intercepting and rebounding defender. His precise skills coming out of the defensive half were a real feature of his game, as he was able to set up several attacking opportunities for the Tigers.

#5 Ronin O’Connor

The Claremont captain was a bull in the midfield for the Tigers, often throwing his weight around to win the contested possessions and clearances for his team. He finished with 17 possessions and three inside 50s in a brilliant captain’s performance. His attack on the ball and the man were a real feature of his game.

#12 Joel Western

The bottom-aged Fremantle Next Generation Academy member showed why he is one of the leading prospects from Western Australia for next year’s AFL Draft. He accumulated 23 possessions, and laid six tackles, often using his speed and skill to break Peel’s defensive zones.

#14 Jack Cooley

A deserving winner of the Mel Whinnen Medal, Cooley was simply phenomenal for the Tigers, often powering his way through the contest to get the ball out to his outside midfielders. He finished with 33 possessions (18 of which were contested), won 14 clearances, laid seven tackles, recorded seven inside 50s, and took five marks in a very impressive performance.

#16 Anthony Davis

The Borden product was another hero for the Tigers, being the player who kicked the goal that put the Tigers in front with just minutes remaining. In that passage of play his ability to read the play and intercept Peel’s attempted rebounding 50 was excellent and his finish in front of goal was class. He finished with 15 possessions, four inside 50s and three marks.

#22 Jye Clark

The younger brother of Geelong’s rising star Jordan, Jye was extremely brave through injury. He finished with 15 possessions, four tackles, four inside 50s and a goal. The highlight of his game came in the final term when he gathered the ball out of a pack and bounced it through for a goal, which at the time brought Claremont to within one point.

#25 Callum Jamieson

In a sensational performance, the North Beach Junior showed why he was a deserving recipient of a National Combine invitation. He finished with 12 possessions, 34 hitouts, and four marks to be the best ruckman on the ground. What was really impressive about Jamieson’s performance was when it looked like he went down with a shoulder injury in the last term, he continued to play at a high standard despite being in some discomfort.

#38 Isaiah Butters

The Fremantle Next-Generation Academy member showed why the Dockers rate him so highly with a sublime performance in the Grand Final. He finished with just seven possessions but booted four goals to be the most dangerous forward on the ground for the Tigers. The highlights of his game came in the first quarter – the first one was when he took a sensational pack mark in the twelfth minute of the first term, and the second one was when he cleanly gathered a “chaos” ball after it ripped through several other players before snapping through his second goal.

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.

Scouting notes: WAFL Colts – Round 14

A mixed bag of results did not take away from some outstanding performances in Round 14 of the West Australian Football League (WAFL) Colts, with many from the title-winning Western Australia Under 18s squad returning to action. Lenny Fogliani was on hand to provide his opinion-based notes on outstanding players from three of the four fixtures.

East Fremantle vs. Swan Districts

East Fremantle:

#2 Michael Wright

Playing as a defensive small forward, the Chapman Valley Junior was outstanding for the Sharks, performing his role to perfection. He accumulated 16 possessions, recorded six inside 50s, grabbed four marks, laid three tackles and kicked a goal to be one of his team’s best.

#7 Jeremy Sharp

The dual All-Australian was at his best for the Sharks providing a heap of offence from the wing. His penetrating skills, elite speed and endurance, skilful evasive moves and line-breaking capabilities were all on display against the Swans. He finished with a game-high 35 possessions, eight inside 50s, four marks and a goal.

#10 Trent Rivers

The East Fremantle captain led from the front for the Sharks, often throwing his body into stoppages to win the contested possession for his team. His ability to shrug off opponents is elite for someone his age, and at his size (191cm) this makes him a very attractive prospect. His decision-making, vision and skill execution were all on display for the home team. He finished with 26 possessions, five tackles and three goals.

#15 Jack Carroll

The 2017 WA U15s State Schoolboys representative continued his fine season for the Sharks with another sensational performance. Against the Swans, Carroll collected 21 possessions, laid four tackles and took two marks to be one of the Sharks’ best midfielders on the day.

#16 Chad Warner

The clearance machine was again brilliant for the home team, often winning the ball for his team and getting it forward. He accumulated 31 possessions, laid 13 tackles, recorded five inside 50s and kicked a goal in a telling performance. The Willetton junior shares similarities to West Coast’s Jack Redden in that both are tough, thrive on the contest, can win their own ball and apply serious pressure to the opposition.

#18 Chris Walker

The Fremantle Next Generation Academy (NGA) member was excellent on the half-back line, providing a heap of rebound as well as intercepting a host of Swans’ attacking forays. He collected 15 possessions, grabbed six marks, and laid two tackles to be a pivotal player for East Fremantle’s victory.

#20 Brandon Walker

The 2018 AFL Under 16s All-Australian member increased his draft stocks for 2020 with another superb performance. Against Swan Districts, Walker accumulated 16 possessions, took four marks and laid two tackles, playing primarily across the half-back line. His line-breaking capabilities, decision-making and disposal efficiency are all at a fantastic level for someone his age. He is a part of Fremantle’s Next Generation Academy.

#23 Luke Jackson

The Larke Medal runner-up showed why he is arguably the best ruck prospect in this year’s AFL Draft pool with another brilliant performance. He gathered 17 possessions, won a game-high 38 hit-outs, laid seven tackles and kicked a goal to be one of the most influential players in East Fremantle’s victory. His raw athleticism, ruck craft and endurance make him a tantalising prospect.

#25 Jai Jackson

Pushing through injury, Jackson played a great game playing as a hybrid forward. Against Swan Districts, Jackson collected 11 possessions, laid seven tackles, took three marks and kicked a goal to be one of the more dangerous forwards on the ground. As well as playing as a forward, Jackson has demonstrated an ability to push into the midfield where he uses his big frame to crash and bash his way through stoppages to get the ball going forward for his team.

#29 Reuben McGuire

The Wesley College student always provided a target inside 50 for his team-mates to kick to. He finished with 11 possessions, 12 hit-outs, four marks, two tackles and two inside 50s. His raw athleticism, power and aggression make him an attractive key forward prospect.

Swan Districts:

#11 Ashley Brockbernd

The 2017 WA U16s State Academy member tried hard all day for the Swans, playing off the half-back line. Against East Fremantle, Brockbernd accumulated 11 possessions, laid six tackles, took two marks and recorded two inside 50s to try and keep his team within touching distance of the rampant Sharks.

#12 Brenton Hilton

The Ellenbrook junior was prolific for the Swans playing in defence. He was trying to thwart plenty of East Fremantle’s attacking forays, while also trying to provide plenty of rebound from the defensive zone. He finished with 22 possessions, five tackles, four inside 50s and three marks.

#18 Jake Pasini

Having made a name for himself as a strong key defender, Pasini showed off his versatility playing as a big-bodied inside midfielder against East Fremantle. He bullocked his way to 17 possessions, three marks, two tackles and two inside 50s.

#21 Jackson Ryan

The 17-year-old showed why he could be one of the rising key forward prospects out of Western Australia for next year’s AFL Draft with a powerful performance. Despite a lack of attacking forays, Ryan always provided an option for his team-mates and clunked four marks. He finished with two goals from seven possessions.

#25 Jermarl Daly

The South Hedland product showed flashes of his brilliance against the Sharks. One moment of his brilliance came in the second quarter, when he took a fantastic pack mark and then nailed the goal to bring the Swans within a goal of the Sharks. He finished with seven possessions, three tackles and a goal.

#34 Jak Watson

Arguably Swan Districts’ best player, Watson never stopped trying for the visitors but to no avail. He accumulated 27 possessions, laid eight tackles, grabbed three marks and recorded two inside 50s in a dazzling performance.

#52 Atem Deng

The West Coast Eagles Next-Generation Academy member was sublime for the Swans, playing on the half-forward line. He gathered 15 possessions, laid four tackles and recorded three inside 50s as he tried to create attacking opportunities for the visitors. Last year Deng finished seventh in Swans’ Best & Fairest, and another strong year would increase his draft chances.

#59 Ty Sears

The bottom-age star was brilliant for Swan Districts off the half-back line. Against East Fremantle, Sears collected 19 possessions, recorded three inside 50s and took two marks as he tried to create attacking drive from the defensive half.

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East Perth vs. Peel Thunder

East Perth:

#2 Adam Boules

Stationed on the wing, the Mount Hawthorn junior was prolific for the Royals, as he always provided a link for their attacking forays and displayed a desire to run defensively as well. He gathered 22 possessions, laid 11 tackles, took five marks and recorded four inside 50s to be one of the best for the Royals.

#8 Cooper Sparks

The Deanmill product continues to amass an excellent season for East Perth with another polished performance against the Thunder. He accumulated a team-high 25 possessions, recorded five inside 50s, laid four tackles, took two marks and kicked a goal to be the Royals’ best player on the night.

#9 Sebit Kuek

The West Coast Eagles’ NGA member was dangerous in the forward line for the Royals, always providing an option for his team-mates. He gathered 11 possessions, won 18 hitouts, took three marks, laid two tackles, recorded two inside 50s and kicked a goal in a dazzling performance.

#15 Luke Lombardi

Playing on the half-back line, Lombardi showed why he could be a bolter for next year’s AFL Draft. He finished with 14 possessions, three marks and two tackles, showing off poise, composure and sound-decision-making with ball in hand.

#19 Joshua Hubbard

The Ellenbrook junior was outstanding for the Royals, rotating between the half-back line and the wing. His run and carry, link-up play, decision-making and skill execution were all pivotal in the Royals’ effort to defeat the Thunder. He finished with 17 possessions, six inside 50s, and four tackles.

#37 Joshua Ladhams

The Southerners product was instrumental in the ruck for East Perth. He finished with 10 possessions, 33 hit-outs, five marks and four tackles, while being in an entertaining duel against Brendan Cooke (nine possessions and 30 hit-outs).

#39 Cody Rodgers

Playing in defence and up forward, Rodgers competed hard all night for the home team. He only gathered five possessions, but took three marks and kicked three goals to be a potent option up forward. His contested marking was a real feature of his game against the Thunder.

#49 Rhai-Arn Cox

The 2017 WA U16s State Academy member showed off his flair and offensive tricks in the forward half for the Royals. He collected 14 possessions, recorded two inside 50s and kicked a goal in a solid performance. As a small forward, Cox boasts excellent goal sense and the ability to take strong contested marks – similar to how West Coast star Liam Ryan plays.

Peel Thunder:

#1 Tyrone Thorne

The WA U18s State Academy member was dangerous in the forward half for the Thunder, always on the move and ready to pounce on any scoring opportunities that came his way. Thorne also showed why he is considered to be one of the better small forwards in this year’s AFL Draft pool with six tackles to his name. He finished with 11 possessions and two goals.

#2 Jackson Knight

Currently fourth in the WAFL Colts Coaches Award, Knight continued his excellent campaign with another solid performance for the Thunder. Against East Perth, Knight accumulated 22 possessions, laid eight tackles, and recorded seven inside 50s to be one of the more damaging midfielders on the night.

#3 Roy George

Stationed in defence, George showed why he is such a prodigious talent with his intercepting and rebounding a real feature of his game. He gathered 10 possessions, took two marks, and even drifted forward to kick a goal.

#8 Zachary Rankin

Stationed on the wing, Rankin played an excellent two-way game for the Thunder, being defensively accountable but also showing off some offensive flair. Against the Royals, Rankin gathered 18 possessions, grabbed five marks, laid five tackles and recorded three inside 50s to be one of the more instrumental players in Peel’s victory.

#11 Jarvis Pina

The Peel Thunder captain was pivotal in his team’s victory over the Royals with a game-high 33 possessions, five marks, five tackles and two inside 50s. His reading of the play, decision-making and penetrating skills were all on display for the recruiters to see.

#13 Cameron Gavin

The Halls Head junior was outstanding for the Thunder, finishing with 15 possessions, five inside 50s, four marks and two goals in a sizzling performance. His forward half presence was outstanding for the Thunder and he played a big role in the victory with his decision-making and skill execution a real feature of his game.

#18 Ben Middleton

The leader in this year’s WAFL Colts Leading Goalkicker Award, Middleton showed why he is arguably the best forward in the competition. In nine games for the Thunder, Middleton has kicked 18 goals – three ahead of East Perth’s Sebit Kuek and West Perth’s Ewan Brazier. Against the Royals, Middleton kicked two goals from eight possessions and four marks.

#27 Jack Sears

Playing on the wing, Sears sent a timely reminder to recruiters on why he should be considered one of the best players in this year’s WAFL Colts competition. He collected 23 possessions, took eight marks and recorded six inside 50s in a powerful display.

Subiaco vs. Claremont

Claremont:

#3 Leno Thomas

The Fremantle NGA player was lively in the forward half for the Tigers. As well as being gifted with offensive tricks, Thomas showed off a defensive side of his game against the Lions, recording five tackles. He finished with 10 possessions, four marks, two inside 50s and a goal.

#5 Ronin O’Connor

Stationed in defence, O’Connor was solid for the Tigers, often repelling Subiaco’s attacking forays. He gathered 12 possessions, laid six tackles and took three marks, but it was his leadership down back that caught the eye. His ability to communicate with his team-mates about where they should position themselves was outstanding for someone his age.

#8 Jack Buller

Arguably best afield for the Tigers, Buller was instrumental playing as either a key position player or when he pinch-hit in the ruck. His strength in the contest was outstanding, often barging his way through the opposition to get the ball going forward for his team. His final statistics were 16 possessions, 26 hit-outs and three tackles.

#12 Joel Western

A bottom-age prospect, Western showed why he is such a promising prospect for the 2020 AFL Draft. Against Subiaco, Western accumulated 18 possessions, took three marks, recorded three inside 50s and laid two tackles, from the wing. His speed, agility, vision, decision-making and skill execution were all on display.

#14 Jack Cooley

The 2016 WA U15s State Schoolboy was outstanding in the midfield for the Tigers, accumulating 33 possessions, taking five marks, laying five tackles and recording five inside 50s as he willed his team to victory. His power to burst away from stoppages and to win the clearance was simply phenomenal

#15 Liam Henry

The U18 All-Australian was electrifying around the ground for the Tigers, using his speed, agility and evasive tricks to weave his way in and out of congestion. Once in space, Henry was balanced and had the poise to execute his skills to a high level. His decision-making was also elite against the Lions. He finished with 26 possessions, six marks, three tackles and two goals.

#16 Anthony Davis

Stationed on the half-back line, Davis showed why he is considered to be a draft smokey this year. Against the Lions, Davis gathered 13 possessions, laid six tackles and took three marks as he tried to repel plenty of Subiaco’s attacking forays.

#22 Jye Clark

The younger brother of Geelong’s rising star Jordan Clark, Jye showcased why he is considered a top-five midfielder in the competition. Like his older brother, Jye is physical in the contest, prepared to throw his body on the line, is a sound-decision maker and is an excellent distributor whether by hand or foot. Against Subiaco, Clark finished with 35 possessions, five inside 50s, three marks and three tackles.

#25 Callum Jamieson

The North Beach junior was terrific for the Tigers, rotating between the forward line and the ruck. He gathered 10 possessions, won 20 hitouts, laid four tackles, took two marks and kicked two goals in a powerful display.

#35 Isaiah Butters

In just his second game of WAFL Colts, Butters showed he belongs at the level with a lively performance against Subiaco. He collected 18 possessions, took six marks, laid three tackles, recorded three inside 50s and kicked two goals in a dazzling display.

Subiaco:

#1 Jacob Peletier

The Esperance product was superb in the midfield for the Lions, racking up 24 possessions, recording three inside 50s, taking two marks and laying two tackles. His leadership throughout the game was exemplary, often throwing his body on the line to try and win the contested ball for his team.

#8 Ben Golding

Against the Tigers, Golding produced a performance that highlighted why he is currently third in the WAFL Colts Coaches Award. He gathered 29 possessions, laid 10 tackles, took eight marks, recorded five inside 50s and kicked a goal as he tried to will his team to victory. The only blemish on his performance was two behinds.

#19 Lachlan Henderson

Stationed at centre half-back, Henderson was outstanding for the home team, often repelling Claremont’s attacking forays. The 17-year-old finished with 10 possessions, four hit-outs and two marks in a solid performance.

#21 Connor Patterson

In just his fifth game of WAFL Colts, Patterson showed signs of being a gun player for the Lions. He gathered nine possessions, took three marks, laid two tackles, recorded two inside 50s and kicked two goals in a lively performance.

#27 Trey Kennedy

The Warwick-Greenwood junior was superb off the half-back line for the Lions, amassing 18 possessions, four marks, four tackles, two inside 50s and a goal. His defensive accountability, combined with his decision-making and skill execution make him an elite half-back flanker.

#37 Abraham Clinch

The Warwick-Greenwood product was prolific in the midfield for the Lions, gathering a team-high 32 possessions, recording five inside 50s, taking four marks, laying two tackles and kicking a goal. His desire to throw his body into congestion to win the ball for his team is outstanding for someone his age.

#41 Tyler Broughton

The 2018 WA U16s State Academy member was excellent in the forward line for the Lions, using his speed, agility and flair to create scoring opportunities for his team. He accumulated 12 possessions, laid five tackles, took four marks, recorded three inside 50s and kicked a goal to be one of the most dangerous forwards on the ground.

#50 Xavier Peacock

The 2018 WA U18s State Academy player showed why he is one of the best ruckmen in this year’s WAFL Colts competition. His work around the ground, ruck craft and strength in the contest were all on display. He finished with 12 possessions, 17 hit-outs, three marks, three inside 50s and two tackles.

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.