Four games in round six of the WAFL with no blow outs… what a relief.
The biggest margin was in the Sunday game at windy East Fremantle Oval but the game was in the balance until midway through the last quarter. East Perth found the cross breeze difficult to deal with and scored 3.10 in the first quarter. The spirited Sharks also made it difficult for their more highly rated opponents. The Royals got on top in the second half of the third quarter aided by some ill-discipline from East Fremantle including three shots at goal resulting from 50 metre penalties and another from a relayed free kick. The versatile Asher Samelko impressed for East Perth, Joshua Rotham was classy in defence, Sharrod Wellingham and Brayden Ainsworth were good in the midfield, Shayne Hille worked hard and Fraser McInnes was good in big moments. Jonathan Marsh and Jayden Schofield were tireless and inventive in defence for East Fremantle, Sean Henson and George Hampson tried to get things happening in the midfield, Cameron Loersch made an excellent WAFL debut and kicked two goals while ruckman James Bristow capped a hard-working effort with a brilliant running goal in the last quarter.
East Perth 10.21 (81) East Fremantle 6.12 (48)
It was windy down at Rushton Park on Saturday too. The return of Harley Bennell for Peel added interest to the game. He didn’t play in the first quarter, had a run among the kids having kick-to-kick at quarter time and got through the rest of the game pretty well. Luke Strnadica kicked three goals in a very promising effort for the Thunder, Traye Bennell was again impressive in defence. Danyle Pearce and Tommy Sheridan worked hard in the midfield, Stefan Giro did some nice things and Shane Kersten used the ball well from the back line. Tye Bolton ran hard and kicked decisively for the Tigers, Hayden Busher’s run from defence was outstanding and tiny recruit James Egan kicked three goals on debut displaying real skill.
Peel 14.14 (98) Claremont 11.12 (78)
At Fremantle a brilliant midfield performance by Marlion Pickett might just have been the difference between the teams. Swan Districts were right in the game until a late Pickett goal to an end to it. Cory Dell-Olio and Matthew Parker each kicked three goals for South Fremantle and Shane Hockey was again in good form. Corey Gault and Brayden Noble scored four goals each for Swans and Rhys Palmer was busy and effective.
South Fremantle 16.11 (107) Swan Districts 14.10 (94)
Subiaco had their tightest encounter for the year and took a while to shake off West Perth at Leederville. Kyal Horsley was in brilliant form for the Lions, Kyle Halligan kicked four goals and Zac Clarke controlled the ruck. Andrew Strjik, Corey Chalmers and Aaron Black were good for the Falcons.
Subiaco 13.10 (88) West Perth 10.6 (66)
The ladder: Subiaco 20; South Fremantle 16; East Perth 16; West Perth 12; Swan Districts 12; Peel 8; Perth 4; Claremont 4; East Fremantle 4.
Saturday: WAFL vs SANFL at Adelaide Oval.