WAFL round three
East Perth, just about everyone’s pick for the flag, have won their first three games but they hadn’t looked overly convincing – until Friday night. The Royals took the once daunting trip to Fremantle for a Friday night game and slaughtered the Bulldogs.
Paul Johnson and Scott Lycett formed a frightening big man combination, Josh Smith kicked four goals and Dom Sheed, Craig Wulff and Sam Butler all played well.
Haiden Schoilte battled hard for a very disappointing South Fremantle who are sitting on the bottom of the ladder and seem to be very easy to score against.
East Perth 20.8 (128) South Fremantle 8.5 (53)
Meanwhile the other AFL-aligned team can’t take a trick. Peel have only appeared twice and both times have just about run out players on the bench. They led Swans at Bassendean by 34-points early in the third quarter and and lost by 35.
Swans, just about everyone’s pick for the wooden spoon, showed great spirit and have unearthed a beauty in Ricky Cary, a skinny, strong marking key forward who kicked eight goals. Ryan Davis played one of the best games of his career, defenders Justin Simpson, Graham Jetta and Tallan Ames were superb and midfielders Adam Faulkner and Aaron Elari were feisty when things weren’t going well.
Clancey Pearce played brilliantly against his old team, Zac Clarke rucked well and Matt Taberner showed a bit of talent.
Swan Districts 16.18 (114) Peel 11.13 (79)
At East Fremantle Oval Subiaco thrashed Claremont while many in the crowd wondered whether yellow and gold or maroon and gold were East Fremantle’s new colours.
Geroge Hampson was BOG and kicked four goals for the Lions, Chris Phelan had another excellent game. Tom Ledger played well for the Tigers as did defender Brandon Franz.
Subiaco 18.22 (130) Claremont 6.14 (50)
Up at Joondalup West Perth took until the last quarter to shake off Perth and win their first game of the season. Shane Nelson, Aaron Black and Steve Browne against provided the running power, Andrew Strjik kicked three goals and former Swan Marcus Adams had his best game as a Falcon and kicked three goals.
Paul Bevan kicked four goals for the Demons and Jarryd Morton put in a very strong performance.
West Perth 15.13 (103) Perth 13.7 (85)
The ladder: Subiaco 12; East Perth 12; Perth 8; Swan Districts 4; West Perth 4; East Fremantle 4; Claremont 4; Peel 0; South Fremantle 0.
Next week it’s the Perth derby at Leederville; East Fremantle host Claremont at Claremont’s temporary home ground East Fremantle Oval – let’s call it a derby; Peel play Subiaco at Rushton Park and Swan Districts will be hoping to compound South Fremantle’s misery at Bassendean.
Mark down Easter Saturday – the co-tenants of Leederville Oval, East Perth and Subiaco, meet in a twilight game that could decide top spot.