It was another disappointing round in the WAFL. Last week we mentioned the average winning margin was 64.5 points… this week it was 61.25. Luckily Subiaco had the bye.
At Lathlain Park Perth, understrength at full strength, were missing seven first-choice players and were soon in trouble against West Perth. Some of the slingshot footy by the Falcons was remarkable… in one passage they ended up with a four-on-one inside 50. Andrew Strijk (right) was in remarkable form for West Perth but it could have been better. While his field kicking was brilliant, and he kicked three goals, Strijk missed some pretty easy shots. Blake Wilhelm was good in defence, Tyler Keitel covered a lot of ground and kicked five goals, Tyson Moulton kicked three goals, Corey Chalmers was dynamic in the midfield and Michael Lourey did a good job as a makeshift ruckman. Perth were ok in the second half. Richard Bourne Jr was a shining light for Perth, running hard for the whole game. Corey Byrne was energetic, Luke Salomone kicked two nice goals and Cody Leggett got lots of the ball but missed a couple of shots at goal that would have been useful.
West Perth 17.11 (113) Perth 6.15 (51)
It was slaughter from the start at Bassendean as Swans handed the Sharks their second thrashing in succession. Corey Gault was in everything for Swan Districts and finished with four goals, Rhys Palmer put up with a bit against his old team but came out on top, Steven Payne played his best game for Swans and Jesse Turner also impressed. George Hampson did his best for East Fremantle and kicked two goals while Jack Perham managed to maintain his form and kicked three.
Swan Districts 22.17 (149) East Fremantle 9.5 (59)
Down in Albany, 415km south of Perth, it was tight with South Fremantle breaking away in the last quarter to win by 27 points over Claremont. Shane Hockey was in hot form for the Bulldogs, Brandon Donaldson had another good game, Brock Higgins worked hard as usual in the ruck and Haiden Schloithe kicked three goals. Hayden Busher was good in defence for the Tigers and Ian Richardson and Tom Lee each kicked three goals.
South Fremantle 12.13 (85) Claremont 8.10 (58)
The Sunday game was the traditional AFL-aligned-clubs-derby. East Perth took over in the second quarter and Peel had no answer. Patrick McGinnity kicked four goals in another outstanding display – put him in your Sandover black book. Matthew Allen kicked five goals and Will Schofield was good in defence. Benjamin Hancock was Peel’s best player and Traye Bennell was again good in the back line.
East Perth 21.8 (134) Peel 10.8 (68)
The ladder: Subiaco 16; South Fremantle 12; West Perth 12; East Perth 12; Swan Districts 12; Peel 4; Perth 4; Claremont 4; East Fremantle 4.
Round six: Saturday: Peel vs Claremont; South Fremantle vs Swan Districts; Subiaco vs West Perth. Sunday: East Fremantle vs East Perth.