Claremont Oval is back. The redeveloped footy ground was unveiled on Saturday. The ground will, in time, be surrounded by apartment blocks – a number of BBQs were fired up at the completed block in the north-west corner pocket. The Tigers now have a stylish grandstand and the best player facilities in the competition. The outfield banks are smaller now so a 3500 crowd looked very big – this is a good thing for a second tier competition. There were a couple of little issues – the food outlet was inadequate, the siren was insipid and they’ve put up one of those bloody electronic scoreboards.
The game was close with East Fremantle recovering from last Monday’s humiliation to put up their best performance of the year. It could have gone either way and perhaps it was nice that the home team was in front when the final siren squeaked. Ryan Lim was energetic in the midfield where Jye Bolton also did some strong work, some of the tap work by Mitch Andrews was outstanding, Jared Hardisty did lots of hard running, CJ Oakley’s cleverness in attack was crucial, Eddie Simpson kicked three goals as did Matt Guelfi. Andrew Stephen, for years one of the WAFL’s most hard-nosed defenders, somehow kicked seven goals in the most incredible performance of a long career. Cam Eardley’s clearance work was first class and Jayden Schofield was everywhere.
Claremont 14.11 (95) East Fremantle 14.8 (92)
At quarter time in the Fremantle derby on Monday South Fremantle led 10.1 (71) to nothing. Back at home on Saturday the half time score was South Fremantle 2.5 (17) Peel 10.3 (63) – such is football. The Bulldogs scored nine goals to three in the second half and almost stole a draw. In the closing moments Matt Taberner, Sean Darcy and Luke Strnadica took strong contested marks and Strnadica kicked the winning goal. Josh Deluca put in another impressive effort for the Thunder, Darcy was good in the ruck, Traye Bennell was involved in some good passages of play and Ethan Hughes was in good touch and kicked a vital last quarter goal. Cory Dell-Olio kicked four goals for South Fremantle, Haiden Schloithe has again in brilliant form, Shane Hockey was good in the midfield as was Jason Maskos in defence.
Peel 13.5 (83) South Fremantle 11.11 (77)
The Lions keep rolling along. The top team had no trouble with Perth at Lathlain Park. Clancy Wheeler kicked five goals for Subiaco, Adam Creeper looked good in the ruck on debut, Jordan Lockyer was outstanding in the back line. Callum Papertalk kicked five goals for the Demons and Clint Jones battled it out as usual.
Subiaco 22.18 (150) Perth 11.9 (75)
The Sunday game was a thriller at Bassendean with the visitors doing enough to get the result. Tyler Keitel kicked four goals for West Perth, Shane Nelson dominated the midfield and Scott Nelson put in an important defensive effort. Matt Riggio and Tony Notte were outstanding for Swan Districts and Todd Banfield kicked four goals.
West Perth 12.17 (89) Swan Districts 12.9 (81)
The ladder: South Fremantle 40; South Fremantle 28; West Perth 28; Peel 24; Swan Districts 24; East Perth 20; Claremont 16; Perth 8; East Fremantle 0.
Next week: East Fremantle vs Perth; Claremont vs Swan Districts; Subiaco vs East Perth; West Perth vs South Fremantle.