WAFL round 16…
There was movement in the five after round 16 of the WAFL with West Perth jumping into second place while Claremont and Peel both moved past East Perth who last week looked like the next big thing. Perth didn’t go anywhere but tightened their grip on fourth place with their third win in a row.
It was another wet and windy Saturday but Lathlain Park escaped the really bad weather and an entertaining game resulted. There were numerous lead changes and both teams moved the ball well until Perth took control in the last quarter to record a 41-point margin that was a little unkind to East Fremantle. Forwards Kristin Cary (five goals), Spencer White (four) and Michael Bennell (two) were a constant threat while midfielders Cody Leggett, Brant Colledge, Corey Yeo and the hard running Michael Sinclair (pictured) kept the supply coming for the Demons. Jordan Snadden and Cam Eardley worked well in the middle for the Sharks, Cameron Loersch kicked three goals and Jon Marsh competed well in defence and kept Bennell relatively quiet.
Perth 17.11 (113) East Fremantle 10.12 (72)
Conditions at Claremont Oval were difficult – in fact neither team scored a goal in the last quarter – but the home team took control in the second term and went on to score a vital victory. Jared Hardisty thrived in the slush, Jye Bolton worked tirelessly, defender Declan Hardisty impressed again and Tom Lee presented well and kicked two goals. Jackson Nelson was good in the backline for the Royals.
Claremont 6.13 (49) East Perth 3.7 (25)
Down at Rushton Park Peel bounced out of the blocks, had periods of the stagnation that regularly overcomes them and then finished with dash against an undermanned South Fremantle. Mitch Crowden was strong for Thunder, Harley Bennell showed some brilliant signs, Ben Howlett was good in defence and Hugh Dixon had his best game of the year kicking three goals. Marlion Pickett was classy on a difficult day for the Bulldogs, Jason Maskos was good in defence along with Shaun Bewick.
Peel Thunder 13.12 (90) South Fremantle 9.12 (66)
Swan Districts are still in the finals hunt but it appears the wheels have fallen off. Up at Arena Joondalup West Perth handed out an awful thrashing in a game that was over very early. Chris Keunen controlled the ruck, Andrew Strijk and Tyler Keitel each kicked four goals, Shane Nelson and Aaron Black ran riot and Trent Moulton was a good player for the Falcons. Tobe Watson again impressed for Swans
West Perth 16.22 (118) Swan Districts 4.4 (28)
The ladder: Subiaco 52; West Perth 36; South Fremantle 36; Perth 28; Claremont 24; Peel 20; East Perth 20; Swan Districts 20; East Fremantle 8.
Round 17: Claremont vs Subiaco; East Perth vs Perth; East Fremantle vs Swan Districts; West Perth vs Peel.