THERE was hope the ‘doesn’t matter where they are on the ladder’ factor might come into play for the WA Day Fremantle derby. At quarter time at East Fremantle Oval South led 10.1 (61) to nothing. So that was that. The Bulldogs had stars all over the place and some of their clearance work was spectacular. South began the third quarter with midfielder Tim Kelly(right) in attack – he enjoyed the change and kicked five goals for the quarter… seven for the game. Kelly has been good for a while but his improvement in 2016 has been extraordinary. Haiden Schloithe, a midfield star throughout, went forward in the last quarter and kicked three goals to finish with four. Ashton Hams kicked the first two goals of the game and his disposal was brilliant all afternoon, Ryan Cook and Shane Hockey were willing workers, Marlion Pickett mopped up everything that leaked into the backline and brought the ball out creatively, Blaine Johnson was the best of the big forwards and kicked five goals, Brock Higgins was involved in plenty of action and Jake Florenca did some good things. Cam Eardley was the best of the Sharks, Matthew Jupp did a good job as a key defender and Jayden Schofield showed signs of life on a sorry afternoon.
South Fremantle 28.17 (185) East Fremantle 6.4 (40)
Luke Webster began his WAFL coaching career wondering where a win might come from, now he doesn’t know how to lose – the Royals have gone from 0-5 to 5-5. East Perth dominated the Perth derby and should have won by more. Luke Partington kicked three goals in another lively performance, Jack Redden had his best game of the year, Scott Lycett made a promising return to footy and Tom Barrass marked well in defence. Aaron Black shone for the dull Falcons.
East Perth 14.19 (103) West Perth 7.15 (57)
Top team Subiaco got home against Peel at Rushton Park but the game suggested the Thunder will again be a force to be reckoned with in 2017. The Thunder scored seven goals to four in the second half to fall just four points from victory. Clancy Wheeler, fresh from another stellar state game, kicked three goals in a best-on-ground performance, Kyal Horsley was again outstanding and kicked the winning goal, Scott Hancock worked hard and Michael Braut impressed on debut. Tommy Sheridan, Ryan Nyhuis and former Lion Josh.Deluca-Cardillo were the best for the Thunder while Leroy Jetta kicked three goals.
Subiaco 12.15 (87) Peel Thunder 12.11 (83)
Swan Districts jumped Perth at Lathlain Park and were never headed in a welcome return to form. Matt Rogers was the star for Swans and finished with four goals while Matt Riggio, Jackson Slater, Todd Banfield and David Ellard also impressed. Corey Byrne was the best of the Demons while dynamic duo Cody Ninyette and Callum Papertalk each kicked three goals.
Swan Districts 14.13 (97) Perth 9.10 (64)
The ladder: Subiaco 36; South Fremantle 28; Swan Districts 24; West Perth 24; Peel 20; East Perth 20; Claremont 12; Perth 8; East Fremantle 0.
Next week: Saturday: South Fremantle vs Peel (Fremantle Oval); Perth vs Subiaco (Lathlain Park); Claremont vs East Fremantle (Claremont Oval). Sunday: Swan Districts vs West Perth (Bassendean Oval).