Final four final but movable
WELL I did my best to talk up a possible Perth derby round 24 elimination final... but alas... after round 22 the final four has been settled. There’s still some movement possible because this week first takes on second and third meets fourth.
The top four confirmed their credentials by winning well in round 22 that featured two horrible blow-outs.
Let’s work backwards.
In the Sunday game Luke Weller had scored two of East Fremantle's three goals in the first three minutes and the game, and West Perth’s season, was effectively over. The Sharks had winners everywhere with Rory O’Brien controlling the midfield, Jayden Schofield and Sam Menegola provided good run. Brad Dick kicked six goals, Brock O’Brien got four and Weller finished with three. There was a lot of interest in the return of Josh Kennedy – he kicked a brilliant running left-foot goal, took a couple of excellent contested marks and ran very hard. Andrew Srtijk, Jay van Berlo and Matt Gaudagnin tried hard for the disappointing Falcons.
East Fremantle 23.15 (153) West Perth 7.8 (50)
In the battle of the co-tenants at Leederville Oval East Perth gained control with a six-goal second quarter and, despite some horrible kicking for goal, easily accounted for Subiaco.
Zac Clarke was the best player on the ground, Garry Moss returned to form and Nick Kommer was at his pesky best. Aidan Parker was again good for the Lions as was George Hampson.
East Perth 15.25 (115) Subiaco 11.9 (75).
Perth didn’t score a goal at home in the first half. Claremont got 17. The second half was better... the Tigers won by 145 points.
Tom Lee kicked six goals for the Tigers, Kane Mitchell did what he usually does, Chad Jones kicked five goals, Alex Silvangi enjoyed himself in defence and Tom Swift and Andrew Foster also enjoyed the afternoon.
Nick Lower did pretty well for the Demons as did Ross Young.
Claremont 29.13 (187) Perth 5.8 (38).
In the Friday night game South Fremantle were brave all night but were knocked over in the last quarter by Swan Districts. Tim Geappen and Ashley Hansen each kicked four goals for Swans, Tallan Ames was good in defence and Wes Lammie was strong in the ruck. Haiden Schliolthe was a tenacious Bulldog and John Sgherza kicked five goals.
Swan Districts 17.18 (120) South Fremantle 13.7 (85).
The ladder: Claremont 56; Swan Districts 52; East Fremantle 48; East Perth 46; West Perth 34; Subiaco 28; South Fremantle 24; Perth 24; Peel 16.
• Sean Henson takes a shot for goal while Mitchell Boyle suggests he might have been a better option, Henson's kick went out on the full. Photo by Les Everett.