All four games looked to be heading towards blow-out results at times during round two but some solid comebacks made thing quite exciting.
At Lathlain Park Perth kicked just one goal in the first half and trailed South Fremantle by 30 points at the big break.
However, buoyed by some amazing clearance work by Aidan Tropiano, the Demons kicked six goals in the last quarter and went down by 10 points.
The big men made the difference for the Bulldogs with Ben Saunders kicking four goals including one from outside 50 in the last quarter that stopped the Perth advance. Brock Higgins controlled the ruck, James Sellar marked well and kicked three goals and Josh Pullman made good position in attack. Haiden Schloithe and Ryan Cook were steady in the midfield when it mattered.
Dene White combined well with Tropiano in the Perth midfield, Liam McKenna tired hard, Cody Leggett kicked three goals and Daniel Arangio kicked two beautiful long goals.
South Fremantle 12.13 (85) Perth 11.9 (75)
West Perth outscored Peel in just one quarter at Arena Joondalup but the six goals to one third was all they needed. Andrew Strijk was outstanding for the Falcons, Michael Lourey kicked four goals and Shane Nelson again did his job on the ball. Connor Blakely made a case for an AFL debut with a brilliant performance for Peel and Brendan Jones was solid.
West Perth 13.6 (84) Peel 11.11 (77)
East Perth withstood a big Swan Districts fightback to win their first game of the year. Swans kicked seven goals to two in the last quarter but fell short by 13 points. Steven Payne and Brant Colledge were the best of the Royals and Josh Hill kicked three goals. Matt Riggio maintained his top form for Swan Districts and Ricky Cary kicked three goals.
East Perth 16.13 (109) Swan Districts 15.6 (96)
At East Fremantle Oval Subiaco sent out a clear message by thrashing the home team. Kyal Horsley was best-on-ground, Shane Yarran kicked five goals (Do you still think he wasn’t quite ready for the big time?), Leigh Kitchin had another good game and Clancy Wheeler kicked three goals. Brandon Ellis kicked five goals for the Sharks and Cameron Eardley was an effective player.
Subiaco 17.12 (114) East Fremantle 9.13 (67)
Subiaco and South Fremantle remain the only unbeaten teams. There are two games on Good Friday – Subiaco vs East Perth and South Fremantle vs Claremont. On Saturday West Perth host Perth and Peel will play East Fremantle.