WAFL round 13
At Fremantle Oval Swans were like ducks out of water in the wet for three quarters but the Bulldogs didn’t quite sink them. South Fremantle kicked the first three goals of the game and reeled off 1.14 up to half time. They still led by 32 points at three quarter time.
Swan Districts didn’t score in the first quarter and South matched that in the last. Happy with the opportunity handed to them Swans found something in the last and surged home with five late goals including the winner by Ryan Davis. Kirk Ugle’s move to the forward line proved a match winner, defenders Graham Jetta and Aaron Elari provided the run, Tony Notte was good in attack and Matt Riggio continued his good form.
Ashton Hams was good for the Bulldogs and James Sellar, not long back since a knee injury, played strongly in the terrible conditions.
Swan Districts 9.2 (56) South Fremantle 6.15 (51)
In a high-quality encounter at Leederville Oval Subiaco won the stats but East Fremantle were more efficient. Brett Peake enjoyed the open Shark forward line and his four goals were vital, Mark McGough loved the mud, wind and rain and Rory O’Brien also battled hard. Kyal Horsley and Jamie Bristow did their bit in the Lions midfield and Darren Rumble was solid, as usual, in his 200th game for Subiaco.
East Fremantle 11.5 (71) Subiaco 8.14 (62)
At the soggy Showgrounds East Perth led by 49 points at half time and that was always going to be enough. The young Tigers didn’t hand in their flippers and scored seven goals to two in the second half to fall just 16 points short.
Steven Payne (Sandover alert!!) and Brendan Lee were again wonderful for the Royals and Patrick McGinnity appreciated the conditions.
Luke Blackwell led the Claremont fightback, Mark Seaby did well in the ruck and Matt Orzel also enjoyed playing in the slush.
East Perth 12.10 (82) Claremont 10.6 (66)
Anthony Morabito was the star down at Rushton Park as Peel brought up their second win of the season after trailing the rudderless Perth by 12 points at quarter time. Michael Apeness kicked three goals for Thunder in the rain and Eddie Dann put in a lively display.
Paul Bevan, Gerald Ugle and Matthew Moody were good players for the disappointing Demons.
Peel 12.18 (90) Perth 10.11 (71)
Ladder: East Perth 40; Swan Districts 40; Subiaco 32; East Fremantle 32; West Perth 20; South Fremantle 12; Perth 12; Claremont 12; Peel 8.
West Perth have an interesting week ahead. On Tuesday they play Tasmania’s Western Storm in a Foxtel Cup semi final at Subiaco Oval and on Saturday they head to Fremantle Oval where they must beat South Fremantle and close the gap on the four to eight points. in the other two games Peel play Subi and Swans host the Tigers. East Fremantle, East Perth and Perth have byes.