WAFL round 20…
Swan Districts held on to beat top team Subiaco by point at Bassendean on wild and windy Saturday afternoon to force yet another change in the WAGL top five. After starting well with the breeze Swans fell to a 16-point deficit at half time but did just enough in the second half. Nathan Blakely was important in the ruck for the home team, Jarrad Blight had one of his best games for the year, Justin Simpson played well in defence and Aaron Elari and Ryan Davis used the ball well. Simon Moore kicked three goals for the Lions and Chris Phelan and Clancy Wheeler were good players.
Swan Districts 11.6 (72) Subiaco 10.11 (71)
A brilliant second quarter into the wind at Fremantle Oval appeared to set Peel onto the road to a big win over South Fremantle. However the Bulldogs showed some pluck, kicked with incredible accuracy and were in the game with a chance late into the last quarter when Thunder finally pulled away. A miss by Jacob Dragovich at the 27-minute mark of the last quarter registered South’s first and only behind of the game. Midfielders Connor Blakely, Brendan Jones and Josh Ballard enjoyed the tough conditions for Peel, Max Duffy did some clever things and kicked three goals while Josh Bootsma and Ed Langdon were poised in defence. Tim Kelly and Ashton Hams were lively for the Bulldogs, Cory Dell Olio kicked three goals, Jacob Martinez ran the ball out of the back line effectively and Callum Ah Chee showed signs of his great talent.
Peel 14.13 (97) South 11.1 (67)
It was tight at Leederville where East Perth just about secured a finals spot by beating Claremont by 10 points. Paul Johnson’s ruck work was a telling factor in the victory, Jamie Bennell worked well in defence and Kane Lucas had one of his better games. Beau Maister kicked three goals for the Tigers and Tom Ledger had a strong game.
East Perth 10.10 (70) Claremont 8.12 (60)
East Fremantle’s horrible season continues – the Sharks managed just four goals at home against West Perth in a game that was all over at quarter time. Trent Manzone had his best game for the Flacons and capped it with two goals, Steven Potente kicked three goals and Tyler Keitel, Aidan Lynch and Ray Bartholomew were all in good touch. Brock O’Brien and Rory O’Brien battled away for the sorry Sharks.
West Perth 15.14 (104) East Fremantle 4.7 (31)
The ladder: Subiaco 56; West Perth 44; Peel 44; East Perth 40; Swan Districts 36; Claremont 32; South Fremantle 32; East Fremantle 20; Perth 8.