WAFL round 23…
IT’S been a strange WAFL season. The four was settled early and the two form teams of the competition aren’t in it. Claremont won their last six games and finished fifth while South Fremantle won six of the last seven to finish up seventh.
The Tigers wound up their year by beating top team East Perth at Leederville. After setting up a 41-point lead at Leederville at quarter time the Tigers held on to win by seven. Claremont’s bright finish guarantees nothing for 2015 – Luke Blackwell, again among the best on the ground, Trinity Handley, who kicked three goals including the sealer, Andrew Foster and Matt Orzel have all announced their retirement. Steven Payne and Brendan Lee were the best for the Royals.
Claremont 12.12 (84) East Perth 11.11 (77)
Subiaco got back onto the winning list in impressive fashion on Sunday at Leederville over third placed East Fremantle. Nothing separated the teams for the first three quarters but the Lions ran away in the last to win by 25 points. Kyal Horsley was in superb form, Shane Yarran kicked three goals in a dangerous display and Matt Boland kicked three to take his season tally to 51 – second in the competition. Brock and Rory O’Brien were again good for the Sharks.
Subiaco 12.9 (81) East Fremantle 8.8 (56)
It was a similar story at Fremantle Oval where South Fremantle ran away from Peel in the last quarter. Ben Saunders secured the Bernie Naylor Medal with his five goals taking him to 59 for the year while Ashton Hams and Haiden Schloithe capped excellent seasons with fine efforts. Matt De Boer was Peel’s best player and Jacob Ballard finished the year off well.
South Fremantle 14.20 (104) Peel 10.14 (74)
We don’t mention personal player stats too much here but it’s worth noting that West Perth’s Shane Nelson made 52 disposals (28 kicks and 24 handpasses) against Perth at Lathlain Park on Saturday. Anthony Tsalikis and Dan Hunt each kicked four goals in their last WAFL game and Marcus Adams, who might just find himself on an AFL list next year, also kicked four. Aidan Tropiano was good for the Demons and Callum Collard kicked three goals to make it 33 for the season.
West Perth 21.18 (144) Perth 9.8 (62)
The ladder: East Perth 64; Subiaco 56; East Fremantle 48; Swan Districts 48; Claremont 44; West Perth 36; South Fremantle 36; Peel 16; Perth 12.
Next week: First semi final: East Fremantle vs Swan Districts at East Fremantle Oval. Second semi final: East Perth vs Subiaco at Leederville Oval.