Only three games were played in round 12 of the WAFL but there was a big mover with Claremont jumping two spots on the ladder. Meanwhile Subiaco is now three games clear on top.
At Bassendean Subiaco kicked the first nine goals blunting the normally buoyant home-town atmosphere at the best WAFL ground*. Swans couldn’t cope with the run and spread and intensity of the Lions and were never in it. It’s always a team effort from Subiaco but Kyal Horsley was prominent again, Jordan Lockyer and Aaron Heal were good defensively, Zac Clarke was effective in the ruck, Ben Sokol kicked three goals and Thomas Edwards-Baldwin was lively on debut and kicked two goals. Tony Notte managed to remain calm and effective in the Swans backline and Brayden Hackett laid 10 tackles in a brave performance.
Subiaco 19.15 (129) Swan Districts 6.11 (47)
Up at Joondalup an eight-goal second quarter sealed the victory for West Perth while Perth again showed signs of their improvement outscoring their opponents in the other three quarters. The Demons dominated the last quarter but just couldn’t kick the goals they needed. While four goals from Andrew Strijk and three from Tyler Keitel were vital for the Falcons the work of Luke Meadows in the midfield and the defensive efforts of Blake Wilhelm and Zac Guadagnin really saved the day. Aaron Black had another big day in the midfield. Brant Colledge and Corey Yeo did good work in the Perth midfield, Michael Sinclair was prominent while Kristian Cary and Michael Bennell each kicked three goals but missed crucial opportunities in the last quarter.
West Perth 15.6 (96) Perth 11.9 (75)
In the early game at Leederville, Claremont had control all day. With a bit of luck the Tigers would have two more wins and would be sitting comfortably in the five. Now they are a real contender. Ian Richardson’s 201st game was a beauty and he kicked four goals, Jye Bolton was strong in the midfield while Bailey Rogers and Declan Hardisty stood out in defence. Brayden Ainsworth was enterprising for East Perth and kicked three goals while William Maginness had another good game.
Claremont 14.11 (95) East Perth 9.9 (63)
The ladder: Subiaco 40; South Fremantle 28; West Perth 28; Swan Districts 20; East Perth 16; Claremont 16; Perth 16; Peel 16; East Fremantle 8.
Round 10: South Fremantle vs East Perth; East Fremantle vs Claremont (Geraldton); West Perth vs Subiaco; Peel vs Swan Districts.
- In my opinion…