Strath forwards boot Storm home over Dragons by Richard Jones

 

STRATHFIELDSAYE forwards Sam Mildren and Stephen Milne booted 12 goals between them as the Storm surged home to down Sandhurst in Saturday’s Bendigo Football League grand final.

StrathstormIn just their sixth year of existence and only their 114th senior game since the start-up season in 2009, the Storm booted 12 goals to four after half-time to claim the Bendigo Advertiser Cup: 20.18 (138) to 12.11 (83). Continue reading

Frankie’s Four Seasons by Richard Jones

A look at Jersey Boys (M)

JerseyMAFIA boss Gyp DeCarlo from the mean streets of New Jersey takes a few neighbourhood boys under his wing and acts as their mentor. It’s the early 1950s and Gyp (Christopher Walken) is well aware that Tommy DeVito (Vincent Piazza) and Frankie Valli (John Lloyd Young) could spend most of their productive years behind bars.

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Lions leap into the GF Sharks kick themselves out of it

Shane Yarran, the most influential player in the prelim, marks close to goal. Photos by Les Everett

Shane Yarran, the most influential player in the prelim, marks close to goal. Photos by Les Everett

WAFL preliminary final

YOU could almost hear the giggles coming from the East Fremantle coaching box. Surely Sharks coach Steve Malaxos scorewould have seen the funny side of it as his players missed set shots, missed when running into open goals, mucked up attempts to get the ball to a player in the best position and then didn’t even want to have shots for goal. They produced 1.8 in the first quarter, 1.7 in the second, 4.7 in the third and 1.4 in the last on the way to 7.26. It turned out they needed to score 7.32.

It was a gripping preliminary final. Subiaco lost their best player and captain Kyal Horsley and leading goal scorer Matt Boland before the game and the creative George Hampson also wasn’t there. They needed to be brave and creative and they were.

Some of East Fremantle’s football, especially in the third quarter, was exhilarating. Rory O’Brien, Jayden Schofield and Jamie McNamara were running the ball with great effect and, to be fair, the Sharks didn’t have much luck around the goals. A neatly crafted snap shot from 50 by Ryan Lester-Smith hit the base of the post and a running check-side shot from the boundary by Bradd Dalziell was…perfect…but just brushed the post on the way through.

Subi's Rhys Waters gets up high. He didn't take the mark but did plenty of good things.

Subi’s Rhys Waters gets up high. He didn’t take the mark but did plenty of good things.

The Lions were held together by an extraordinary effort from Wayde Twomey, great work by Andrew McDougall, who is probably in the best form of his career. Dashing work by defender Daniel Leishman helped the cause and no one was more important than Shane Yarran. Staying close to goal for the most part, Yarran’s clever positioning enabled him to kick four goals and that was match-winning contribution.

Subiaco will play East Perth in the grand final next Sunday and even some Royals supporters will be barracking for the Lions.

Subiaco 10.13 (73) East Fremantle 7.26 (68)

Meanwhile West Perth’s Aaron Black has won the Sandover Medal. He polled 47 votes to win from Luke Blackwell (Claremont) and Shane Nelson (West Perth) with 46, Kyal Horsley (Subiaco) 45, Bradd Dalziell (East Fremantle) 43 and Craig Wulff (East Perth) 35. If East Perth do win the premiership no one will be able to suggest Wulff isn’t deserving.

Nearly got him. What Sandover Medal winner Aaron Black almost looks like.

Nearly got him. What Sandover Medal winner Aaron Black almost looks like.

Royals into GF Sharks get another bite

Rob Young gets the first clearance of the last quarter in the first semi final and kick-starts an incredible East Fremantle comeback. Photos by Les Everett

Rob Young gets the first clearance of the last quarter in the first semi final and kick-starts an incredible East Fremantle comeback. Photos by Les Everett

There’s unease in the WAFL world. East Perth, the West Coast Eagles alignment team, are into the grand final just as everyone predicted. They made 11 changes to their round 23 team when putting together a line-up for the second semi final. Nine of the inclusions are on the Eagles list making it 11 West Coast players in the second semi team.

I took in two quarters of WAFL finals on Sunday.

There was a good crowd at Leederville Oval but some Subi supporters were wondering why their players Dom Sheed and Callum Sinclair were playing for East Perth.

There was a good crowd at Leederville Oval but some Subi supporters were wondering why their players Dom Sheed and Callum Sinclair were playing for East Perth.

I arrived at Leederville Oval at quarter time for the second semi ready for a work-out with a big new lens then realised I didn’t have a card in the camera.

The Royals did pretty well into the breeze in the second but actually blew the game open early in the third quarter while I was driving back to to Freo.

Dean Cadwallader ran brilliantly and used the ball well for East Perth, Steven Payne was busy, Dom Sheed showed some class, big men Paul Johnson and Callum Sinclair covered a lot of ground and Blayne Wilson was strong in defence.

The scoreboard shows the Royals on top during the second quarter.

The scoreboard shows the Royals on top during the second quarter.

Andrew McDougall marked well for Subiaco and Joel Latham, Jason Bristow and Wayde Twomey all worked hard in difficult conditions. However the Lions were wasteful in attack.

East Perth 13.12 (90) Subiaco 7.16 (58)

When I got to East Fremantle Oval it was three quarter time. Swans were 30 points in front and Sharks coach Steve Malaxos and his helpers were huddled together in the box trying to work something out while the players waited.

Ruckman Rob Young kicked the ball forward at the first bounce of the last quarter, James Bristow marked and kicked a goal and the game changed. Eight minutes into the quarter the home team was in front. Swans, who had led at each break, hardly got a kick. East Fremantle scored 9.2 to 0.3 for the quarter.

James Bristow makes a contest during the last quarter at East Fremantle Oval.

James Bristow makes a contest during the last quarter at East Fremantle Oval.

Mark McGough ensured he’ll play with 100th WAFL game with another stellar effort in the middle, Young led the fightback, Andrew Stephen went forward and kicked two last quarter goals, Brett Peake kicked four goals, Jack Perham got three and Steven Dodd, who will retire at the end of the season, was outstanding in defence.

Ricky Cary kicked four goals and Tony Notte three for Swans, Nathan Blakey battled hard in the ruck and Adam Faulkner led the midfield.

East Fremantle 19.7 (121) Swan Districts 14.14 (98)

Next week. Preliminary final Subiaco vs East Fremantle at Leederville Oval.