WAFL round 19…
It’s a case of four into two won’t go in the WAFL with Claremont, one of the teams scrambling for a place in the finals, looking the only threat to the unbeaten Subiaco.
East Perth’s hold on fourth spot got a little stronger after a 114-point victory over East Fremantle at Leederville. The Sharks have had enough. Players were arguing among themselves while Royals ran free. Jake Waterman kicked seven goals without having to extend himself much, Hamish Brayshaw was outstanding, Oscar Allen kicked four goals, Patrick McGinnity worked hard though he didn’t really need to and Nathan Blee maintained his good form. A lively debut from tiny Milan Murdock was the only bright spot for East Fremantle.
East Perth 23.13 (151) East Fremantle 5.7 (37)
In the most crucial game of the round Claremont handed out a hiding to Perth at Lathlain Park and might have put an end to the year’s most romantic story. An eight-goal second quarter turned the game for the Tigers. Anton Hamp was again outstanding in defence for the Tigers, Jared Hardisty was in the thick of it, Tom Lee kicked three goals, Jordan Clark made an eye-catching debut and Tom Curren was effective. Michael Bennell kicked three goals for the Demons and Brant Colledge worked hard in the midfield.
Claremont 19.11 (125) Perth 11.13 (79)
Swan Districts gave some cheek at Bassendean leading at the first two changes before succumbing finally to South Fremantle who moved back to second place. Shane Hockey was again in brilliant form for the Bulldogs, Cory Dell’Olio kicked four goals and Nick Suban also played well. Defenders Corey Gault and Brandon Erceg performed strongly for Swans.
South Fremantle 12.7 (79) Swan Districts 7.7 (49)
Up at Joondalup Subiaco provided further proof of their superiority with a 47-point win over the home team. West Perth gave a yelp early in the last quarter but really were never in it. Lachlan Delahunty was damaging for the Lions, Thomas Edwards-Baldwin and Kyle Halligan each kicked three goals, Zac Clarke controlled the ruck and Kyal Horsley was again prominent. Andrew Stijk was the best Falcon.
Subiaco 14.20 (104) West Perth 8.9 (57)
The ladder: Subiaco 64; South Fremantle 40; West Perth 40; East Perth 28; Claremont 28; Perth 28; Peel 28; Swan Districts 24; East Fremantle 8.
Round 19: South Fremantle vs Perth; Claremont vs Peel; East Perth vs West Perth; East Fremantle vs Subiaco.