WAFL round 10
The worrying gap in the WAFL ladder has narrowed a little after wins to Claremont, Perth and Peel in round 10. And then there was Subiaco.
It was tight all afternoon at Claremont Oval but the home team showed great heart to surge to victory in the closing stages. Led by midfielders Jye Bolton, Tom Curran and Jared Hardisty the Tigers moved the ball well in difficult conditions. The defence was vital in the win with Dylan Smallwood outstanding on debut and Anton Hamp a cool presence when required. Ian Richardson kicked two goal and did plenty of damage in attack and Keifer Yu (pictured) was also lively. Swans didn’t do much wrong in a good quality game. Tony Notte was brilliant in the back line, Matt Riggio won plenty of the ball and Warrick Wilson displayed a high level of skill.
Claremont 13.12 (90) Swan Districts 10.10 (70)
At Rushton Park Peel’s bright start proved vital. West Perth scored the last five goals of the game but finished three points short. Ben Howlett (left) again worked very hard for the Thunder and caped his game with two goals, Ethan Hughes impressed in defence, Danyle Pearce and Mitch Crowden were strong in the midfield and Jordan Boullineau had another good game. Jay Van Berlo was almost a match winner for the Falcons and finished with five goals, Luke Meadows and Aaron Black were good ball winners and Tyler Keitel kicked three goals.
Peel Thunder 11.11 (77) West Perth 11.8 (74)
Perth were down but not quite out often against South Fremantle at Lathlain but rallied late to snatch an unlikely victory. Lachlan Dennis kicked five goals for the Demons, Clint Jones had a big influence against his old club and Brant Colledge put in a strong performance. Mason Shaw kicked six goals for the Bulldogs, Marlion Pickett continued his sparkling form and Matthew Parker kicked three goals.
Perth 15.8 (98) South Fremantle 14.8 (92)
The last thing the struggling Sharks needed was a trip to Leederville to meet Subiaco. Worst fears were realised with Subiaco having 12 goals on the board before Jesse Wynne kicked East Fremantle’s first. Kyal Horsely was again outstanding for the Lions, Zac Clarke won the ruck battle, Max Walters kicked three goals and Jordan Lockyer did lots of good work. Matthew Jupp did his best in defence for the Sharks and Russell Wynne tried hard.
Subiaco 19.26 (140) East Fremantle 5.7 (37)
The ladder: Subiaco 32; South Fremantle 24; West Perth 20; Swan Districts 20; East Perth 16; Peel 16; Claremont 12; Perth 12; East Fremantle 8.
Round 10: Claremont vs West Perth; Perth vs East Fremantle; South Fremantle Peel; East Perth vs Subiaco.