The incredible WAFL season continues. After the round 13 games on Saturday two teams dropped out of the top five and two jumped in. And while all that went on Subiaco strengthened their hold on top spot despite being far from full-strength.
At the Showgrounds the Lions strangled the Tigers – scoring against Subiaco is becoming one of the competition’s big challenges – in fact it’s the challenge that some coach will need to overcome to prevent: “… to the premiership we’re bound,” coming true. Sam Menegola looked very much like the kind of big midfielder all clubs lust over and kicked two good goals on a difficult day – makes you wonder why he wasn’t retained by the Dockers, Chris Phelan did his thing again, Charles Le Fanu and Jordan Lockyer were good in defence and David Madut played a valuable role in the ruck. Corey Yeo and Keifer Yu were again outstanding for the Tigers along with Ryan Neates who covered a lot of ground while John Williams was cool in defence.
Subiaco 10.15 (75) Claremont 5.8 (38)
Something needs to change for East Fremantle, who currently look like the team most likely to slide from the crowded race for the five. The Sharks battled it out but East Perth always looked likely to win. Mitchell Fraser continued his rich run of form, Murray Newman kicked three goals and Craig Wulff enjoyed the conditions for the Royals. Jamie McNamara ran hard for East Fremantle and Danny Chartes also played well.
East Perth 14.10 (94) East Fremantle 11.7 (73)
Perth showed a bit with a five-goal second quarter but couldn’t stay with Swan Districts in the second half. Tony Notte is getting better with age, Nathan Blakely controlled the ruck and Tim Geappen kicked three goals. Callum Collard and Mitch Morton each kicked three goals for the Demons.
Swan Districts 12.10 (82) Perth 7.9 (51)
West Perth’s win at home gave them a firm hold on second place. Big defender Marcus Adams was important for the Falcons along with Matt Guadagnin and Jay Van Berlo. Haiden Schloithe didn’t get the ball much but kicked four goals for South Fremantle while captain Ryan Cook and youngster Jacob Dragovich were good players.
West Perth 9.17 (71) South Fremantle 8.8 (56)
The ladder: Subiaco 40; West Perth 28; Swan Districts 24; East Perth 24; Peel 24; South Fremantle 24; Claremont 20; East Fremantle 20; Perth 4.