WAFL round 18…
SATURDAY’S WAFL matches at Leederville and the Showgrounds were played in terrible conditions while Bassendean and Fremantle stood up better to the weather and produced more goals.
At Fremantle Oval Subiaco came from 11 points down at three quarter time to run down South Fremantle and hold onto second place on the ladder. It was a familiar story for the Bulldogs but this time they were unlucky – they lost Ashton Hams early and Ben Saunders just before the last break. Jason Bristow loved the wet conditions and continually got the ball forward for the Lions, Kyal Horsley displayed real class and Andrew McDougall showed we’ll be a key player in the finals.
Haiden Schloiithe maintained his great form for the Bulldogs.
Subiaco 13.15 (83) South Fremantle 12.12 (84)
Like South Fremantle, Perth have found plenty of ways to lose. This time the Demons managed to give up a seemingly unassailable 31-point lead at three quarter time and Swan Districts piled on 6.9 in the last quarter after scoring 5.2 in the first three. Graham Jetta was inspirational for Swans, Kirk Ugles’s skill was vital and Ricky Cary kicked three goals. Chance Bareman kicked three goals for Perth and Kieran Hug played well.
Swan Districts 11.11 (77) Perth 10.11 (71)
At the boggy Showgrounds Claremont moved into fifth place after leading all the way against fourth placed East Fremantle. Luke Blackwell was superb for the Tigers, Tom Ledger had his best game of the season and defender Matt Davies was very effective. Rory O’Brien battled it out for the Sharks and Andrew Stephen enjoyed the conditions.
Claremont 7.10 (52) East Fremantle 4.11 (35)
There were mud and puddles at Leederville – West Perth simply could cope while East Perth could barely cope and that was enough. Steven Payne was wonderful for East Perth and must be a Sandover hope, Callum Sinclair controlled the ruck while Brendan Lee and Craig Wulff enjoyed themselves. Rohan Kerr was the best of the Falcons. West Perth played two games for the week, including a horror Foxtel Cup GF against Williamstown, and managed a total of three goals.
East Perth 5.9 (39) West Perth 2.6 (18)
Ladder: East Perth 52; Subiaco 48; Swan Districts 48; East Fremantle 40; Claremont 28; West Perth 24; South Fremantle 16; Perth 12; Peel 12.
Next week’s biggy will be a Leederville Oval co-tenant clash between the top two teams; the bottom two play at Lathlain Park; there’s a Fremantle Derby at East Fremantle Oval and West Perth host Swan Districts. There’s still a mathematical chance that Claremont could displace East Fremantle in the four. It’s just a matter of the Tigers not losing and the Sharks not winning for the remainder of the qualifying rounds.