WAFL round 16…
There was a strange game at the Showgrounds on Saturday. Claremont kicked seven goals in the first quarter and two thereafter but still managed to beat South Fremantle by four points. The Bulldogs had their chances in the last quarter but consistently kicked straight to defenders as they attacked – a feat emulated down in Lonnie the following day by Fremantle. Ryan Neates was again outstanding in the midfield, Oliver Tate was constructive, Matthew Davies was robust in defence, Kepler Bradley kicked the first two goals of the game and did lots of good work and Jack Bradshaw kicked four goals. Marlon Pickett almost got his team over the line with some bold running from the back line, Ashton Hams had another good game, Tim Kelly did some classy things and Haiden Schloithe kicked three goals.
Claremont 9.10 (64) v South Fremantle 8.12 (60)
West Perth rattled away to another good victory over Perth at Lathlain Park but may have lost Matt Guadgnin, one of their most important players, to a knee injury. Aaron Black capped a fine display in the midfield with three goals, Nic Rodda impressed, Chris Keunen controlled the ruck and Andrew Strijk, Jay Van Berlo and Shane Nelson spent a lot of time with ball in hand. Brennan Stack kicked four goals in his best game for a while and youngsters Reid Polak (Graham’s nephew) and Marshall Jones did ok on debut.
West Perth 14.25 (109) Perth 9.6 (60)
Peel found themselves nearly five goals down during the second quarter but aided by some big man strength, good running and Shark inaccuracy ran away to a comfortable victory. Jon Griffin kicked three goals in an influential display, Ed Langdon played his best game of the year, while Cameron Suttcliffe, Connor Blakely and Josh Bootsma all played strongly. Brock O’Brien spoiled a brilliant effort by kicking 2.6 and Cameron Eardley was in good touch. The Sharks have lost seven games on the trot.
Peel Thunder 14.8 (92) v East Fremantle 8.18 (66)
It was only a point the difference at three quarter time at Leederville but the league leaders flexed their muscles in the last quarter and ran away from the Royals. Defender Jordan Lockyer continued his good form for Subiaco as did midfielder Sam Menegola while Kyle Halligan and Michael Wood each three goals. Brendan Lee was East Perth’s best player and Craig Wulff kicked three goals in the first half.
East Perth 9.8 (62) Subiaco 12.13 (85)
The ladder: Subiaco 48; West Perth 36; Peel 32; Claremont 28; Swan Districts 28; South Fremantle 28; East Perth 24; East Fremantle 20; Perth 4.
The Sharks can get back in the race by winning the derby next Sunday, Claremont and Peel will play for third spot, East Perth can stay in touch by beating Perth and Swan Districts host West Perth.