WAFL round six…
It was as hot as buggery at East Fremantle Oval on Saturday and the derby was a beauty. The Sharks looked to have stolen a victory late in the last quarter when Brett Peake kicked perfectly for his third but then Haiden Schloithe floated a set shot through and captain Ryan Cook sealed the issue with a running goal with moments remaining.
An incredible run of centre clearances by Tim Kelly in the third quarter seemed to set up a win for the Bulldogs but East Fremantle gained control of the centre in the last mainly through Jesse Crichton. Matthew Watson, who earlier in the piece seemed as popular as Shane, came into the game in the second half and kicked five goals.
Ben Saunders (left) kicked three goals for South, Ashton Hams put in another top effort and Matthew Gundry did some good things in defence as did Blayne Wilson.
Josh Simpson played his best game for the Sharks and Brock O’Brien used the ball well in the back half.
South Fremantle 1316 (94) East Fremantle 13.9 (87)
At Leederville two late goals from best-on-ground Rory O’Brien helped propel Peel to a much-needed win over Claremont. Matthew De Boer and local Blair Bell were outstanding for the Thunder.
Darcy Cameron kicked four goals in another outstanding performance for the Tigers who followed up last week’s 19.2 with a score of 8.14 – back to the drawing board.
Peel 11.17 (83) Claremont 8.14 (62)
East Perth powered away from an improved Perth in the last quarter to record at 44-point win. Tom Lamb kicked five goals for the Royals, Craig Wulff had another good game and Tom Barrass was sure in defence. Steven Payne was good in his 100th game for East Perth.
Liam McKenna, Julian Jacobs and Clint Jones were the best of the Demons.
East Perth 17.9 (111) Perth 10.7 (67)
West Perth found some form at Bassendean and beat the home team by 23 points. Michael Lourey and Joel Lesson each kicked three goals for the Falcons, the reliable Luke Meadows was again good and Steven Potente showed a bit of class.
Veterans Tony Notte (three goals) and Tallan Ames stood out for Swans.
West Perth 13.14 (92) Swan Districts 10.9 (69)
The ladder: South Fremantle 20; Subiaco 20; Peel 12; East Perth 12; Claremont 8; East Fremantle 8; West Perth 8; Swan Districts 4; Perth 4.
Next week: West Perth vs Claremont (at Kulin); Peel vs Perth; South Fremantle vs Subiaco; East Perth vs East Fremantle (on Sunday).