A later grand final, a settled five, revised fixtures and a fight for the top three, that’s the WAFL story as we head to round 19.
South Fremantle won the their 12th consecutive derby running away from the Sharks after a competitive first half. Brandon Donaldson added another cog to the dangerous Bulldog forward line kicking five goals while Mason Shaw got four and Cody Ninyette three. Powerful midfielder Manfred Kelly impressed again. Defenders Matthew Jupp and Cam Eardley were good for the Sharks. South Fremantle 19.9 (123) East Fremantle 9.8 (62)
At Leederville East Perth stayed in front all day against Perth with Thomas Edwards-Baldwin kicking three goals and Aidan Lynch impressing in the midfield. The Demons are beset with injury concerns. East Perth 9.12 (66) Perth 5.11 (41)
At Claremont Oval the Tigers stayed in front for most of the day. Ben Sokol (six goals) got them in the end. Subiaco 14.9 (83) Claremont 13.10 (88)
At Bassendean six goals in the last quarter made it look comfortable for Swans but the home team was challenged by the plucky understaffed Thunder. Frank Anderson and Jesse Palmer helped control the midfield for Swan Districts while tiny Tyrone Thorne was brilliant for Peel. Swan Districts 14.15 (99) Peel 7.5 (47)
Ladder: Subiaco 48; South Fremantle 44; Claremont 40; West Perth 36; Swan Districts 36; East Perth 24; East Fremantle 20; Peel 16; Perth 16; West Coast 16.
There’s a strange mathematical chance East Perth could push Swan Districts out of fifth spot. And they meet this weekend in the most interesting game of the round.
Saturday: Swan Districts vs East Perth; Subiaco vs East Fremantle; Perth vs Claremont. Sunday: West Perth vs West Coast.