Kick straight: WAFL round one

Sebit Kuek didn’t mark this one but left his mark on the game. Photos by Les Everett

The WAFL season began on Good Friday and the round one games couldn’t have been much closer. Three wins by less than a goal, one by eight points and Peel came from behind at three quarter time to beat East Fremantle by 31 points.

An interesting feature of the close games was that each loser had more scores than the victor. And when you consider that East Fremantle led 10.11 to 10.4 at three quarter time the importance of accurate kicking for goal was clear.

At Leederville on Friday both teams had periods of control and moved the ball well. No player was more effective than East Perth full forward Sebit Kuek who had a hand in each of his team’s first five goals, kicked two including the sealer and was vital in the last quarter. 

Kuek did something unusual in the final moments of the game. Swans kicked a goal to get within four points and after the bounce the Royals raced to flood the back line. Kuek stayed where he was – a loose man in the forward line. Good strategy I thought. Of course the runner was out in a flash, “Behind the ball! Behind the ball!”

Hamish Brayshaw was solid throughout and kicked a great goal in the last quarter and Scott Jones made things happen in the ruck. Brayden Noble is becoming a very reliable key forward for Swans and kicked five goals while Tony Notte’s marking was a highlight of the game.

East Perth 12.7 (79) Swan Districts 11.9 (75)

Claremont 9.11 (65) West Perth 8.13 (61)

Peel 17.8 (110) East Fremantle 11.12 (78)

Perth 9.8 (62) West Coast 8.12 (60)

South Fremantle 8.7 (55) Subiaco 6.11 (47)

Subiaco played a stack of first gamers last week due to Covid. This week it’s Claremont’s turn and, to a lesser extent, Peel.

Round two

Saturday: South Fremantle vs West Coast; Swan Districts vs East Fremantle; Claremont vs Subiaco.

Sunday: Peel vs West Perth; Perth vs East Perth.

One of Tony Notte’s marks. Photo by Les Everett

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