WAFL round two
The most amazing thing about the game between the co-tenants at Leederville Oval on Good Friday was that East Perth got within a goal of Subiaco late in the third quarter and again early in the last. There were times in the first half when you’d be forgiven for wondering whether the Royals would ever score again.
The Lions predictably pulled away late in the game and the 31-point final margin was a reasonable indication of the contest. Chris Phelan was really strong in the midfield, there are not many better than him in the competition; dynamic young forward Dylan Clark kicked three goals and showed up East Perth’s lack of pace, Jordan Lockyer was constructive in defence and Leigh Kitchen was also strong in the midfield.
Garry Moss was probably the best of the Royals and that’s not good news because he went down with what looked like a serious knee injury in the last quarter. Jarrad Oakley-Nicholls kicked three goals and provided a bit of spark in a spluttering team that at least showed signs of improvement.
Subiaco 13.15 (93) East Perth 9.8 (62)
It rained all day on Saturday and not many goals were scored. At Rushton Park Peel surrendered an early lead for the second week in a row but this time did the job when it mattered against an inaccurate East Fremantle. Tanner Smith kicked four goals for the Thunder, Jack Hannath dominated the ruck, Rory O’Brien used the ball well, Alex Pearce kicked two late goals when moved into attack and Sam Collins looked good in defence.
Brett Peake kicked five goals for the Sharks and Cameron Eardley was again outstanding in the midfield.
Peel 11.7 (73) East Fremantle 9.16 (70)
At Arena Joondalup we saw Perth for the first time and they looked like wooden spoon fancies again. Aaron Black finished off his good work in the midfield for West Perth with a couple of goals, Rohan Kerr was damaging and Joe Morrow also played well.
We don’t go on about stats too much in this space but it’s worth mentioning that Clint Jones made 45 disposals in his first game for Perth – it seems the Demons won’t be using him as a tagger.
West Perth 12.12 (84) Perth 6.7 (43)
At Bassendean it was horrible for the home team who managed 2.6 including nothing after three quarter time as South Fremantle recorded their second big win of the season. Frankston recruit Shane Hockey enjoyed the conditions, Marlion Pickett continued his good form and Zac Strom also had a good game.
Freddie Clutterbuck battled hard for Swans who look to be in serious trouble.
South Fremantle 9.14 (68) Swan Districts 2.6 (18)
The ladder: South Fremantle 8; Subiaco 8; Claremont 4; East Fremantle 4; West Perth 4; Peel 4; Perth 0; East Perth 0; Swan Districts 0.
Next week: South Fremantle vs East Perth (Friday); Swan Districts vs Peel; Perth vs Claremont; West Perth vs Subiaco.