WAFL round 11
I popped over to my favourite ground on Saturday to see Swan Districts take on West Perth. At quarter time Swans coach Adam Pickering was interviewed on the sidelines. Poor decisions and shonky skills were the problem for his team he said. The trend continued and the Falcons won by 46 points.
Midfielders Shane Nelson and Tristan Hobley were impressive for West Perth and I liked the look of defender Noah Pegararo. Tough midfielder Jesse Turner was the best Swan. By the way the Bassendean Oval sound system is unusual – you can actually hear what people are saying. Maybe they could send a consultant to Perth Stadium.
West Perth 14.9 (93) Swan Districts 7.5 (47)
It was about ins and outs at Lathlain Park with the home team welcoming back about a third of a team of first choice players including Fraser McInnes, Chris Masten and Micheal Sinclair while East Fremantle were without Hugh Dixon, Dillon O’Reilly, Josh Schoenfeld, Milan Murdock and late withdrawal Cam Eardley. Jonathon Marsh, who kicked five goals, led the undermanned Sharks to an important victory. Kyle Baskerville and Tim Bockman were also good for East Fremantle. The classy Corey Byrne was the best of the Demons and Kristen Cary took some good marks on the way to three goals.
East Fremantle 12.9 (81) Perth 8.7 (55)
Subiaco just needed to beat bottom team West Coast at home to move back to the top of the ladder. But with West Coast boosted by a load of West Coast players this was a different proposition and Subi don’t have good memories of AFL squad laden WAFL teams. The big problem for the Lions was West Coast’s ruck combination of Nathan Yardy and Bailey Williams – shades of Peel grand finals there. The Eagles also had Luke Shuey, Brendon Ah Chee and others and kicked six goals in the third quarter to lead by 23 points at the last break. The Lions fought back in the last quarter with Ben Sokol kicking four goals (six for the game) but fell five points short.
West Coast 12.9 (81) Subiaco 11.10 (76)
Ladder: Claremont 32; Subiaco 28; South Fremantle 24; West Perth 20; Swan Districts 20; East Fremantle 16; Perth 16; Peel 12; East Perth 8; West Coast 4.
Round 12: Peel vs East Perth; South Fremantle vs Perth; Subiaco vs Swan Districts; West Perth vs Claremont; East Fremantle vs West Coast.