East Fremantle slipped into the four after another interesting WAFL round that concluded with three games on the Monday WA Day holiday.
On Saturday Swan Districts confirmed they’re the real deal again. Perth got away to a 37-point lead but the top team got going and after a seven-goal last quarter beat Perth by 37 points. Tim Geappen kicked six goals for Swans, Graham Jetta was superb in the back line, Matthew Rogers and Blaine Boekhurst continued their great form and Tony Notte, enjoying his best season, had another fine game. Matthew Boyle was Perth’s best player, Mitch Morton kicked five goals in the first half and Paul Bevan also played well.
Swan Districts 18.15 (123) Perth 13.8 (86)
At the Showgrounds Claremont pulled off the upset on the round and knocked Subiaco out of second place. Luke Blackwell and Ryan Neates were excellent in the Claremont midfield, Jack Bradshaw and Jack Richardson each kicked three goals, Andrew Foster was highly effective and Corey Yeo had his best game of the season. Matthew Boland kicked four goals and Jason Bristow and Jarrod Kayler-Thomson worked well in the midfield.
Claremont 13.9 (87) Subiaco 10.18 (78)
At Fremantle Oval the visitors controlled a tight and intense game for most of the afternoon and won by 15 points. Andrew Stephen was solid in defence for the Sharks, Brock O’Brien also played well in the back line and midfielders Mark McGough, Rory O’Brien, Bradd Dalziell worked hard while Ryan Lester-Smith (four goals) and Brandon Ellis (three goals) were effective in attack where Danny Chartes provided plenty of grunt. Captain Ryan Cook kept going all afternoon for the Bulldogs, Mitchell Carter and Ben Saunders each kicked three goals, Tim Kelly did some classy things and Brendon Verrier and Ashton Hams used the ball well. Kris Miller ended his career with 153 games for East Fremantle and 150 for South and was one the best for the Bulldogs in the five-goal last quarter.
East Fremantle 15.16 (106) South Fremantle 13.13 (91)
Up at Joondalup the home team led at the first three changes but a four goal to one last quarter led to a 16-point victory for East Perth. Steven Payne put in another brilliant performance for the Royals, Freddie Clutterbuck was busy, Scott Lycett kicked three goals and Kyle Anderson worked well in defence. Aaron Black, Shane Nelson and Jay Van Berlo were the best of the Falcons.
East Perth 10.9 (69) West Perth 7.11 (53)