It was a round that promised and teased but when the dust settled we were left with a top four that looks very familiar.
The romantics wanted Perth to beat Swan Districts and grab their first spot in the finals since 1997. The Demons couldn’t cope with Swans who brought up their second win if the year.
Romantic hopes rose when East Perth led the undefeated South Fremantle by 27 points at three quarter time. The Bulldogs scored eight goals to none in the last quarter.
New romantics had got sick of Subiaco’s success and enjoyed their slow season start. Then the Lions kicked six goals to East Fremantle’s none in the last quarter and stormed into the four.
In the other game Claremont grabbed second spot by convincingly beating West Perth. The Tigers have the bye in round nine and could slip to third.
Two of next week’s games will shape the final four and one might.
• If Perth beat South Fremantle and Subiaco lose to West Perth the Demons will grasp that elusive finals prize.
• If West Perth beat Subi they will finish second.
• If Subi and Perth lose and East Perth thrashes Peel then the Royals could play finals.
A couple of individuals worth mentioning from round eight are Matt Riggio from Swan Districts who played his 200th game and Alec Waterman from Claremont who kicked four goals and has rekindled a career interrupted by illness.
Subiaco 12.12 (84) East Fremantle 6.7 (43)
Claremont 10.12 (72) West Perth 5.11 (41)
South Fremantle 13.7 (85) East Perth 9.9 (63)
Swan Districts 11.9 (75) Perth 7.6 (48)
The ladder: South Fremantle 28; Claremont 24; West Perth 20; Subiaco 16; Perth 16; East Perth 12; Swan Districts 8; East Fremantle 4; Peel 0.
East Perth vs Peel; West Perth vs Subiaco; Perth vs South Fremantle; East Fremantle vs Swan Districts.
Your correspondent was at Wickepin to see the undefeated locals beat Williams by two points in the second semi final of the Upper Great Southern Football League. The Warriors team list includes three former regular East Fremantle players James Bristow (pictured), Jayden Schofield and Dion Anthony.