WAFL round 21
An unlikely victory over second team Subiaco has kept Claremont’s unlikely finals hopes alive. Four goals from Jack Bradshaw, more ruck dominance from Mark Seaby and strong run from Jake Murphy, Luke Blackwell and Ryan Neates helped the Tiger cause. Kyal Horsley was good again for the Lions and Rhys Waters kicked three goals in a lively display.
Claremont 11.11 (77) Subiaco 9.15 (69)
Third team Swan Districts also went down as South Fremantle’s late season surge continued. The Bulldogs simply thrashed Swans at Bassendean. Ashton Hams put in a sensational performance, Josh Pullman kicked five goals, Ben Saunders got four and James Sellar put in another stellar performance. Ryan Davis kicked five goals for Swan Districts who seem to be running out of puff.
South Fremantle 18.7 (115) Swan Districts 9.15 (69)
East Perth pretty much wrapped up top place by destroying Perth in a spiteful game at Lathlain Park. It was close early but the Royals kicked seven goals in the second quarter and 10 in the third to turn it into another ugly Demon day. Josh Smith kicked six goals for East Perth, Steven Payne had another great game along with Craig Wulff and Brendan Lee, who each kicked three goals. Callum Collard kicked four goals for Perth.
East Perth 28.14 (182) Perth 14.6 (90)
Down at Rushton Park in Mandurah West Perth made it a clean sweep for the away teams with a hard fought victory over Peel. Rohan Kerr’s run was very important for the Falcons, youngster Luke Meadows kicked three valuable goals, Marcus Adams was strong in defence and Aaron Black had another good game. The marking of Michael Apeness (two goals) was a highlight for Peel, Anthony Morabito was clean with his ball handling despite getting cleaned up early in the game and Jacob Ballard worked hard.
West Perth 9.14 (68) Peel 8.11 (59)
Ladder: East Perth 60; Subiaco 52; Swan Districts 48; East Fremantle 44; Claremont 36; West Perth 32; South Fremantle 28; Peel 16; Perth 12.
Next week: South Fremantle host Subiaco on Friday night; Claremont must beat West Perth at the Showgrounds; East Fremantle can book a finals spot by beating Swan Districts at home and Peel will take on East Perth at Rushton Park.