I’M always keen to be present at historic football occasions and so was happy to hurry along to Fremantle Oval for the game between Claremont, the home team, and Peel. The Tigers are homeless at present due to the redevelopment of Claremont Oval – it’s a marvellous initiative that will result in each Claremont supporter getting an apartment overlooking the oval.*
Peel play a curious style of football. It’s a bit like circle work where they hint at going forward but then decide to go back or sideways and then, just when you’re getting dizzy, Gerald Ugle or Leroy Jetta kicks a goal. It was effective on Saturday, the Tigers couldn’t get the ball off the Thunder in the first half and only kicked one goal. Peel’s defence was outstanding. Sam Collins is the leader, beating his man and barking out instructions, Griffin Logue (left) looked classy and took some great marks while Brennan Cox moved well. Ugle got four goals and Jetta three, Danyle Pearce was very lively in the midfield while Nick Suban and Benjamin Hancock ran hard to provide options in the circle work. It was heartening to see Anthony Morabito back in action, now as a Claremont player, but there’s a sense of melancholy in noting just how bloody good he is. Keifer Yu ran well from defence while Jared Hardisty and Harrison McCracken were tireless. It’s worth noting that Peel’s score was the third lowest of the round and that only one of the team’s goals came from a Fremantle-listed player.
Peel 12.6 (78) Claremont 8.7 (55)
Across at East Fremantle Oval the goals flowed as West Perth overwhelmed the plucky home team. Aaron Black and Trent Manzone were again outstanding in the midfield for the Falcons, Andrew Strijk was at his best and kicked three goals and Tyler Keitel scored four goals. George Hampson was in brilliant touch for the Sharks and his presence gives hope for the future, Brock O’Brien kicked five goals and Jonathan Marsh continued his impressive form. East Fremantle’s first win isn’t far away.
West Perth 19.18 (132) East Fremantle 15.8 (98)
At Bassendean Swan Districts had their first crash of the season with Subiaco far too good. Brad Stevenson kicked five goals for the Lions, Lachlan Delahunty controlled the ruck, Kyal Horsley and Leigh Kitchen were brilliant in the midfield while youngster Liam Baker kicked three goals. Veterans David Ellard and Tony Notte battled it out for Swans.
Subiaco 15.19 (109) Swan Districts 6.9 (45)
In a round where each of the home teams lost, Perth showed fight but couldn’t cope with South Fremantle. Tim Kelly was again on fire for the Bulldogs and this time kicked three goals to add some sparkle to his efforts, Blaine Wilson kicked five goals and Ben Saunders four, Shane Hockey was strong in the midfield and Jason Maskos impressed in defence. Michael Sinclair was Perth’s best player while Gordon Narrier and Nelson Ansey each kicked three goals.
South Fremantle 22.14 (146) Perth 13.8 (86)
The ladder: South Fremantle 24; Subiaco 24; Swan Districts 20; West Perth 20; Peel 12; Claremont 12; East Perth 8; Perth 4; East Fremantle 0.
Next week: Peel vs Swan Districts (Rushton Park); Claremont vs Perth (Fremantle Oval); East Fremantle vs East Perth (East Fremantle Oval); Subiaco vs South Fremantle (Leederville).
* Made that up.