Demons eye the five

WAFL round 14

Friday night WAFL games sound like a reasonable idea but often the weather isn’t kind and they turn into bleak affairs. At Leederville Oval the Thunder didn’t score a goal until the last quarter and in the third it was Subiaco 0.7 to Peel 0.0. Hayden Kennedy was effective for the Lions and is having a breakout season, Ben Sokol kicked a couple of goals and was a good go-to man, Angus Litherland handled the conditions well and Zac Clarke tellingly won the big man battle. Blair Bell and Michael Johnson were the best of the Thunder.

Subiaco 9.15 (69) Peel Thunder 2.5 (17)

At East Fremantle Oval the Sharks, who are on the lookout for a new coach after Rob Wiley announced he’d give it away at the end of the year, stayed with West Perth for three quarters in a heartening display. Corey Chalmers added a new dimension to his output with five goals for the Falcons, Shane Nelson set the standard in the midfield and Keegan Knott kicked four goals. Cameron Loersch scored four goals in his best performance of the year, George Hampson was everywhere and finished with three goals and Jonathan Marsh returned to his early season form.

West Perth 15.15 (105) East Fremantle11.9 (75)

Goals were hard to come by at Fremantle Oval until South broke free in the last quarter. Brandon Donaldson kicked three goals in a valuable contribution while Haiden Schloithe and Marlion Pickett showed class in the midfield. Kane Mitchell and Jared Hardisty worked hard for Claremont and Anton Hamp again did his bit in defence.

South Fremantle 10.13 (73) Claremont 6.11 (47)

It’s been unthinkable for years but now it’s a chance. Perth and finals! The Demons scored an important win at Bassendean and are now right in the hunt. Cody Ninyette kicked five goals and Michael Bennell two and this pair will spell danger for all opponents. Michael Sinclair was excellent again for Perth. Veterans Matt Riggio and Tony Notte led the way for Swans and Brayden Noble kicked three goals.

Perth 14.17 (101) Swan Districts 11.11 (77)

The ladder: Subiaco 48; South Fremantle 36; West Perth 32; Swan Districts 20; Claremont 20; Perth 20; Peel 20; East Perth 16; East Fremantle 8.

Round 10:  Subiaco vs South Fremantle; Perth vs Peel; Swan Districts vs East Perth.

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