WAFL in motion

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Bailey Banfield. Photos by Les Everett.

I’ve been away but the WAFL, to its credit, has continued. There’s a good battle for spots in the five with only the improved East Fremantle and Swan Districts out of the running. The Lions keep winning and are two games ahead of the field in top place. West Coast are beginning to look ominous – in form and poised a game outside the five. They’ll move in with a win over Subiaco on Saturday. And wouldn’t a successful Eagles be great for the comp…

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Peel, led by Bailey Banfield who dominated the midfield and kicked two goals, had to work hard to hold off the Sharks at East Fremantle Oval. Jackson Merrett (left) also looked good and Tobe Watson (also in the picture) was solid in defence. Blaine Boekhorst and constructive and instructive for the Sharks… the way he communicates with team mates is a clear difference in the way the team operates. Youngster Jeremy Sharp looked exciting but a little more poise with disposal would make him more effective.

Peel 11.14 (80) East Fremantle 9.5 (59)

The Perth derby at Joondalup was a thriller…the Royals could have tied it with the last kick of the game. Rudy Riddoch was probably the difference, he kicked three goals and set up others and is the most exciting player in the competition. Blake Wilhelm was good all day and kicked the winning goal. Ajang Ajang was excellent in the ruck for East Perth and Joel Houghton kicked three goals in another good performance.

West Perth 12.6 (78) East Perth 11.6 (72)

Round 16: Subiaco vs West Coast; Claremont vs Perth; South Fremantle vs Swan Districts.

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Important Shark Blaine Boekhorst.

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