Sharks surge into the future

WAFL round 21

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Finals are a couple of weeks away but it’s season over for the form team of the competition. East Fremantle said farewell to the old East Fremantle Oval with a thumping win over West Perth making it three victories over top five teams in the past five weeks. It was a beautiful day for footy and the Sharks handled the perfect conditions best with their remarkable goal-front accuracy contrasting with the wayward Falcons. Hugh Dixon kicked five goals for East Fremantle highlighting by strong marking, hard running and long kicking; Kyle Baskerville was dynamic in the midfield; Tom Monaghan kicked three goals while Jon Marsh and Matthew Jupp again made important contributions. East Fremantle Oval will be redeveloped over the next couple years.

East Fremantle 20.3 (123) West Perth 9.23 (77)

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Tom Monaghan sizes up the goals before slotting his third for East Fremantle. Photos by Les Everett

Long suffering Perth fans might have thought they had it in the bag when their team led 7.1 to 1.0 at quarter time at home. Unfortunately another big defeat was around the corner. Peel hit the front early in the third quarter and kept going. Mitch Crowden was dynamic for the Thunder along with Tyrone Thorne and Stefan Giro.

Peel 16.10 (106) Perth 10.3 (63)

Subiaco retained top spot with a 14-point win over a gallant East Perth. Lachlan Delahunty was the key for the Lions. The Royals said farewell to Nathan Blee and Rohan Kerr.

Subiaco 12.13 (85) East Perth 11.5 (71)

At Fremantle Oval the home team led for the most of the day but lost the lead to Swan Districts late in the last quarter, A late goal by Mason Shaw helped the Bulldogs snatch back the victory. Haiden Schloithe and Jake Florenca were the keys in the midfield for South. Gregory Ottaviano kicked three goals for Swans, his first three at league level.

South Fremantle 10.16 (76) Swan Districts 11.5 (71)

It’s rumoured West Coast won’t field a team in the WAFL next year. The Tigers toyed with them at Claremont Oval with Jye Bolton probably helping himself to three Sandover votes and Isaac Barton kicking five goals

Claremont 19.15 (129) West Coast 4.9 (33)

Round 22: Claremont vs Swan Districts; Peel vs Subiaco; Perth vs West Perth; South Fremantle vs West Coast.

Ladder: Subiaco 52;  South Fremantle 48; Claremont 48; West Perth 44; Swan Districts 40; East Fremantle 32; Peel 24; East Perth 24; Perth 16; West Coast 16.

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