All the away teams won in round five of the WAFL and the competition is full of interest. Historians are at work as we speak trying to see if Peel have ever been second on the ladder before. I haven’t checked but can confidently say they haven’t.
At Leederville the AFL-aligned clubs met and early in the game Peel looked like the team few have grown to love. They kicked to an empty forward line in the first quarter and scored eight behinds before their first goal. Then it all changed as the Thunder took total control with Tendai Mzungu, Connor Blakely and Brendan Jones providing continuous drive from the midfield. Defenders Alex Pearce, Joshua Mathers and Brady Grey were inspirational players. Brant Colledge was again impressive for East Perth along with Brendan Lee, Callum Hart and young defender Tom Barrass. The Royals were unable to celebrate Craig Wulff’s 250th game with a victory.
Peel 9.16 (70) East Perth 7.5 (47)
At the Showgrounds Perth won the clash of the winless. Former Swan Brett Wolfenden kicked three goals and provided plenty of drive for the Demons, Jared Bell played strongly and Liam McKenna and Dene White again impressed in the midfield.Tom Ledger again played well for the Tigers and Jack Bradshaw kicked four goals.
Perth 11.9 (75) Claremont 10.6 (66)
Out at Bassendean boom recruit George Hampson kicked five goals in an important win for East Fremantle. Liam Anthony and Jamie McNamara dominated the midfield and big man Robbie Young was influential. Rudy Riddoch kicked four goals in an impressive effort for Swans and Matt Riggio put in another good game.
East Fremantle 16.7 (103) Swan Districts 10.12 (72)
In a round of statements Subiaco roared loudest down at Fremantle Oval. The Lions had sorted things by three quarter time and then kicked 10 goals in the last quarter, Brett Robinson, another former Swan, put in his best game for the Lions, Brett Stevenson and Shane Yarran each kicked six goals and Rhys Waters got four while Chris Phelan put in another big game. Tim Kelly and Ashton Hams were the best for South Fremantle.
Subiaco 24.13 (157) South Fremantle 10.8 (68)
The ladder: Subiaco 16; Peel 12; East Fremantle 12; South Fremantle 12; Swan Districts 8; West Perth 8; East Perth 8; Perth 4; Claremont 0.