WAFL round eight…
Upset results are a sign of a healthy competition and in round eight of the WAFL season three teams beat opponents above them on the ladder and Subiaco played out their version of an upset – someone was close to them at three quarter time.
It was a horrible day for footy and when the wind is around it sure does blow strange down at East Fremantle Oval. The plan for the Sharks was simple – win the contests, get the ball, push it forward. There was no wind advantage. In fact it was a hindrance to all – Blair Bell shanked a shot to the northern end and Michael Apeness to the south. The home team led for most of the way but it was up for grabs at three quarter time. George Hampson is made for such situations and his last quarter was exceptional and included one of the two goals in the quarter. The whole backline was equally heroic with Jonathan Marsh desperate and daring, Dylan Winton cool and Leon Pearton also doing plenty of good. Ambrose Ryan and Nick Kommer were useful and the giant Cameron Loersch was a great target the last quarter. Peel didn’t score a goal in the first and last quarters and again looked unbalanced. Stefan Giro was close to an AFL debut this week and again put his name up in front of the selectors, Ben Howlett was busy, Matthew Piggott worked hard and showed dash in the backline, Bell did his normal thing, Apeness marked pretty well as did defender Taylin Duman.
East Fremantle 8.13 (61) Peel 4.13 (37)
At Fremantle Oval Claremont opened up a 27-point lead early in the second quarter but it didn’t take South Fremantle long to reel the Tigers in. The writing was on the wall for a Bulldog victory but Claremont fought back and held on. Tye Bolton and Jared Hardisty were hard at it again in the midfield, Tom Lee kicked four goals and Declan Hardisty impressed in defence. Marlion Pickett was outstanding in the midfield again for South Fremantle as was Dylan Main – they were both reported, adding to South’s woes.
Claremont 13.10 (88) South Fremantle 12.10 (82)
Top team Subiaco led Perth by just eight points at three quarter time at Lathlain Park but the plucky Demons just couldn’t hold on. The Lions scored seven goals to two in the last quarter for an uncomfortable comfortable victory. Chris Phelan and Kyal Horsley were outstanding in the midfield for Subiaco and Zac Clarke continued his good form in the ruck, Cody Ninyette and Brant Colledge were effective for Perth.
Subiaco 15.12 (102) Perth 9.8 (62)
Swan Districts led from the start at Leederville Oval and held on to beat East Perth. Taryce Stewart kicked four goals for Swans, Rhys Palmer was again in good touch, Tony Notte led the defence and big man Nathan Blakely more than held his own. Julian Ameduri and Luke Partington battled hard for the Royals while Jack Petruccelle kicked three goals.
Swan Districts 13.8 (86) East Perth 11.7 (73)
The ladder: Subiaco 28; South Fremantle 20; West Perth 16; Swan Districts 16; East Perth 16; Claremont 8; Peel 8; Perth 8; East Fremantle 8.
Round nine: Saturday: Claremont vs Peel; Swan Districts vs Perth. Monday: West Perth vs East Perth; South Fremantle vs East Fremantle