WAFL round three…
Subiaco and South Fremantle are looking like the teams to beat in these early stages of the WAFL season but the best thing to happen in round three was Perth’s win over Claremont at Lathlain Park.
After losing their first game of the season last week it looked like more of the same for the Demons when they were jumped by Claremont and trailed by 22 points at quarter time. The Tigers led at every break but a four-goal last quarter was enough to get the home team over the line.
Liam McKenna was a star for Perth last year and continued that form on Saturday with a powerful display in the midfield, Aaron Zucconi was strong in defence in his 100th game, Brennan Stack kicked three goals and Clint Jones was again useful in the midfield.
Oliver Tate kicked three goals for Claremont and Jared Hardisty worked hard.
Perth 14.11 (95) Claremont 12.6 (78)
Mid-way through the third quarter at Joondalup it looked like West Perth were getting the better of the grand final re-match. Then Subiaco clicked into their best form of the year and finished off by kicking seven goals into the wind in the last quarter.
Brett Robinson was the most effective midfielder and finished things off with three goals, Adam Cockie’s strength was important, Ben Sokol kicked four goals after missing some easy shots early, East Perth recruit Shaquille McKenzie kicked three goals and set up others in his first game for Subi and Aaron Heal again impressed in defence.
Seva Mozhaev’s dominance in the ruck kept the Falcons in the game for a long time, Michael Lourey kicked four goals and Jay Van Berlo was West Perth’s best midfielder.
Subiaco 17.15 (117) West Perth 11.7 (73)
At Bassendean it could have been worse for the embattled Swans. Peel piled on the behinds – 28 of them for the afternoon – on the way to a 52-point victory. Matt Taberner impressed as a running forward for Thunder, Rory O’Brien again showed how valuable he will be and Tendai Muzungu was energetic.
Ricky Cary kicked three goals for Swan Districts and Graham Jetta was brilliant in the backline.
Peel 11.28 (94) Swan Districts 6.6 (42)
In the Friday night game at Fremantle Oval the home team was too good for the hapless East Perth. South led all night and sealed things with five goals to two in the last quarter. Haiden Schloithe played his best all-round game for a long time, Ben Saunders kicked five goals (all in the first half), lively forward Steven Edwards kicked three and Marlion Pickett continued as the form defender in the comp.
Chris Masten returned to footy with a solid display for the Royals and Tom Lamb kicked four goals.
South Fremantle 16.13 (109) East Perth 10.9 (69)
The ladder: South Fremantle 12; Subiaco 12; Peel 8; Claremont 4; East Fremantle 4; West Perth 4; Perth 4; East Perth 0; Swan Districts 0.
Next week: East Fremantle vs West Perth; Peel vs East Perth; Claremont vs Swan Districts; Subiaco vs Perth.