Royals win a game Bulldogs win again by Les Everett


Brock Higgins bustles his way through in the Fremantle derby. All photos by Les Everett

The big news in the lead up to round six was East Perth, the future of club’s link with West Coast and the future of the club itself. Of course they had a win so now all is fine with the alignment, the Eagles players care deeply about the Royals, everyone is happy and matey. Long may the Eagles rule over us you could say. In their best effort of the year East Perth gained control in the middle two quarters at Leederville but the young Perth team gave some cheek early and late and appear to be on track to improvement. Fraser McIness kicked three goals, took a lot of marks and may have earned himself a derby spot, Mark Hutchings had a big impact on the game and Kurt Mutineer looks a likely type. Clint Jones made an incredible 53 disposals for the Demons, Aidan Tropiano was also prominent in the midfield and Cody Ninyette kicked four goals.

East Perth 17.13 (115) Perth 14.11 (95)

Claremont received their second thumping in succession this time from Subiaco at East


Liam Baker

Fremantle Oval. The Lions are looking pretty powerful. Liam Ryan starred again and topped off his work with five goals, Chris Phelan and Kyal Horsley were excellent abound the middle, Wayde Twomey and Jordan Lockyer were good in defence, little Liam Baker, a WA 18s representative last year, kicked two goals in an impressive debut and Ben Sokol kicked three goals. Bailey Banfield looked good for the Tigers who might just lack a bit of depth.

Subiaco 15.10 (100) Claremont 6.9 (45)

Swan Districts lost their first game of the season but lost no friends in going down by five points to West Perth at Joondalup. Aaron Black was the Falcon midfielder to hog the ball this week, Trent Manzone was again effective, Scott Simpson gain did the job in the ruck and Michael Lourey kicked three goals in his best effort of the year. Todd Banfield (three goals) and Jamie Bennell led a spirited comeback late in the game for Swans, Taryce Stewart kicked three goals and Alex Howard was a very good player.

West Perth 13.7 (85) Swan Districts 12.8 (80)


South’s Steven Edwards drives his team forward.

The Fremantle Derby on Anzac Day was an entertaining affair and for a change both teams would have come away feeling pretty good. East Fremantle led for most for the first half and into the third quarter and South Fremantle looked a bit rattled. However the Bulldogs got things together and dominated from midway through the third quarter with the Sharks still giving a bit in perhaps their best effort of the season. Ruckman Brock Higgins led the way for South, he had ruck support from Marlion Pickett who also played in attack and defence, Haiden Schloithe, Dylan Main, Tim Kelly and Ryan Cook impressed in the midfield and Blaine Wilson kicked three goals. George Hampson kicked four goals for East Fremantle, Cam Eardley was solid in the midfield and Ryan Lester-Smith used the ball well out of defence.

South Fremantle 13.22 (100) East Fremantle 9.5 (59)

The ladder: South Fremantle 20; Subiaco 20; Swan Districts 16; Claremont 12; West Perth 12; Peel 8; Perth 4; East Perth 4; East Fremantle 0.

Next week: Swan Districts v Claremont; West Perth v Perth; Peel v East Perth.

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