After establishing a 16-point lead by quarter time after kicking into the wind, Peel were always in control at East Fremantle Oval. Zac Clarke’s dominance in the ruck helped Thunder set things up and Rory O’Brien, Dylan Tucker and Tendai Mzungu fed of his good work. In defence Matthew Uebergang was outstanding while Tanner Smith and Ryan Nyhuis also did good things in the back line. Captain Gerald Ugle kicked the sealer after Peel, for the second week in a row, stalled in the last quarter. Anthony Morabito showed class, Blair Bell again won plenty of hard contests and Keegan Power, a little bloke with very strong hands, made an impressive debut as did fellow Warnbro product Bradley McGowan who kicked two goals. Jayden Schofield was everywhere for the Sharks, Andrew Stephen, Matthew Watson and Brock O’Brien almost sparked an unlikely comeback in the last quarter, Tim Bristow was lively and kicked two goals while Matthew Jupp and Josh Cuneo were good in defence. East Fremantle were missing Cameron Eardley, Jamie McNamara and George Hampson but this was balanced by the fact that Peel had four players on debut.
East Fremantle 7.10 (52) Peel Thunder 11.12 (78)
At Leederville Subiaco absolutely thrashed co-tenant East Perth in a powerful and sustained performance notable for the displays by Hayden Yarran (on debut) and Liam Ryan who each kicked five goals. Leigh Kitchin was impressive in the midfield and Simon Moore kicked four goals.
Jarrad Oakley-Nicholls kicked three goals in his return to the league term for the Royals.
Subiaco 25.12 (162) East Perth 9.9 (63)
At Lathlain Park West Perth shook off a gallant Perth in the last quarter. Nic Rodda continued his good form, Rohan Kerr and Shane Nelson held sway in the midfield and Michael Lourey kicked four goals. The Demons are improving. Clint Jones again got more than his share of the ball, Sam Garstone was good in attack and kicked two goals and Aidan Tropiano did some good things.
West Perth 11.12 (78) Perth 8.4 (52)
On Sunday at the Showgrounds Claremont didn’t take long to shake off Swans. The Tigers had control in the midfield and too much height in attack but in the end it was the small forwards who did the damage. Jye Bolton was the best player on the ground and capped his effort with four goals, Jack Bradshaw kicked five goals and Jack Richardson was always dangerous and finished with three. Ryan Neates was also busy in the midfield while Jack Beeck and Cameron Palmer provided great run from defence. Alex Howard did his job against the odds in defence for Swan Districts, Adam Faulkner worked hard on the ball and kicked two goals and Ricky Cary started promisingly in attack and did well when moved to the back line despite struggling with an ankle injury.
Claremont 20.10 (130) Swan Districts 7.8 (50)
Ladder: South Fremantle 32; Subiaco 32; East Fremantle 24; Peel 24; West Perth 24; East Perth 16; Claremont 12; Perth 8; Swan Districts 4.
Next week: Saturday – Subiaco vs Peel; Monday – Swan Districts vs Peel; South Fremantle vs East Fremantle; West Perth vs East Perth.