Thunder thump Demons by Les Everett

WAFL round 10

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When Sam Collins spoils he means it. Photos by Les Everett

THERE’S a critical mass of Dockers that make Peel hard to handle. In broad terms it’s the more the better but 10 seems to be the magic number – on Saturday 13 Fremantle listed players represented the Thunder at Lathlain Park against Perth. The young Demons were never in it. Peel’s defence is packed with young Dockers and three of them Sam Collins, Brennan Cox and Luke Ryan seem destined for meaningful AFL careers.

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Brennan Cox.

Cox and Ryan were probably the best two players on the ground. Josh Deluca had his first game for the season and kicked three goals in a bustling midfield performance, Jon Griffin and Sean Darcy controlled the ruck and each kicked two goals and Leroy Jetta got three. Real Peel players Corey Morris and Traye Bennell did some good things. Hayden Ballantyne made his “managed” return to football and kicked two goals in a lively effort. Michael Sinclair and Julian Jacobs were probably the best of the Demons.

Peel 18.15 (123) Perth 5.3 (33)

There were 14 Eagles in East Perth’s line-up at Fremantle Oval and they got up in a thriller to beat South Fremantle by a point. The Bulldogs looked set for victory but conceded the last four goals of the game. Mark Hutchings looked good for the Royals, Lewis Jetta played a big hand in the comeback, Tom Lamb kicked three goals and Julian Ameduri was good all day. Drew Petrie made his return from injury and it was a mark and kick from him that led to the winning point. Shane Hockey loved the soggy conditions and was South Fremantle’s best player, Haiden Schloithe handled the ball surely and kicked well, Zac Strom kicked four goals and Brock Higgins was the best ruckman on the ground.

East Perth 10.11 (71) South Fremantle 10.10 (70)

At Joondalup West Perth were too strong for Claremont. Andrew Strijk kicked five goals in a masterful performance, tagger Dean Munns did the job on Jye Bolton, Michael Lourey kicked three goals and Shane Nelson again got plenty of the ball. Keifer Yu continued his good form for the Tigers and Ian Richardson did his best. Claremont have now lost six games in a row.

West Perth 13.14 (92) Claremont 7.18 (60)

At Leederville Oval East Fremantle gave the ladder-leading Subiaco a run for their money. The Sharks even hit the front during a six goal to three third quarter. However, led by Kyal Horsley, Leigh Kitchen, Corey Adamson and Lachlan Delahunty, the Lions ran away in the last quarter. Liam Ryan, now wearing number six, kicked four goals and Liam Baker, who has come down to 40, didn’t kick a goal but again impressed as a small forward. Jonathon Marsh was again strong for the Sharks, Jayden Schofield ran hard and Mark Watson enjoyed having a run on the ball.

Subiaco 15.18 (108) East Fremantle 11.11 (77)

The ladder: Subiaco 32; South Fremantle 24; West Perth 24; Peel 20; Swan Districts 20; East Perth 16; Claremont 12; Perth 8; East Fremantle 0.

Next week: VFL vs WAFL at North Port Oval, Port Melbourne.

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Lathlain Park.

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