WAFL semi finals…
Peel and the AFL alignment model is the topic on all WAFL lips right now and the cacophony will continue right through to grand final day after the Thunder ended Subiaco’s 19-game winning streak in the second semi final.
In the first semi final at Fremantle Oval Swan Districts gave some early cheek, led by three points at quarter time and kicked the first of the second. The Bulldogs kicked eight goals in the second quarter to take control and never looked back. Shane Hockey’s outstanding clearance work helped the home team wrest control while Brock Higgins was again a powerful force in the ruck. Haiden Schloithe, Tim Kelly (three goals) and Ryan Cook were effective in the midfield and Ashton Hams used the ball well. Blaine Johnson kicked four goals and Ben Saunders three in a South Fremantle forward line that worked well while Jarrod Garlett provided useful run. Ryan Crowley, in his last senior game, kicked three goals in an outstanding performance for Swans, young defender Tobe Watson performed well and Todd Banfield and David Ellard were good players. Tallan Ames also bowed out of the WAFL after 263 games and Jamie Bennell has played his last game for Swans.
South Fremantle 20.16 (136) Swan Districts 8.8 (56)
Matt Taberner was outstanding early for Peel at Leederville Oval and finished with four goals. Thunder led by 30 points at half time and Subiaco chipped away but couldn’t bridge the gap. Missed chances early in the last quarter stalled the Lions and two big goals from Sean Darcy brought them to a halt. Taberner and defender Luke Ryan each took 16 marks for Peel, Danyle Pearce (left) was busy and effective, Cameron Suttcliffe, Nick Suban, Brayden Lawler and Tom Sheridan worked hard while Ben Hancock kicked two goals in another eye-catching effort. Kyle Halligan kicked two goals and set up numerous chances in attack for Subiaco, Leigh Kitchen and Adam Cockie worked hard and Liam Ryan kicked three goals.
Peel 14.8 (92) Subiaco 10.8 (68)
Sunday 17 September: Preliminary final Subiaco vs South Fremantle at Leederville Oval.